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New Englander

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  1. Ah, Newfies! We used to fuel stop in Gander or St. Johns flying short range craft, broken down in St. Johns I got to meet some.😁
  2. Looks like Deere stock has been a good investment:
  3. I've been using the small batteries in my Dewalt 1/4 and 3/8ths impacts just to keep them nice and light. I'm amazed at how long even the small batteries last. I'm using the big batteries in the 1/2" impact and drill and haven't used an air impact since I bought it. The battery life is amazing especially considering the torque of the wrench. All my newer power tools are Dewalt. I had no reason other than the first one I received as a gift was a corded circular saw. It's a sweet saw and light, especially compared to my now retired worm drive. I just kept going with Dewalt. One reason - they're bright yellow so I can find them😁 HVAC crew recently at my house had a mix of Dewalt and Milwaukee and said they had no problem with either. I would think to stay with one or the other for battery commonality. Milwaukee has torque selection on their impacts and I think if I was working where that was important I'd go with them. Lots of folks swear by them. I have had mixed luck with Royobi. I burned a drill out but still have corded planner and belt sander that are working OK.
  4. I've got several 20 volt Dewalt tools and I thought the 20 volt tools are replacing the older 18 volt ones. Sorry, I don't know if the 18 volt batteries are interchangeable but it would seem to be a better move to go with the newer models anyway. EDIT: simultaneous post with above. Evidentially batteries don't interchange.
  5. City of Portsmouth ordinance: No air compression brakes within city limits. There's no big hills and no reason for every dump truck to use a Jake at every stop light/sign. I live in a tiny town that borders Portsmouth and could hear them before the ordinance.
  6. That $189. is like the list price of tires - no one ever pays it. Providers put that down on the bill they send to the insurer but in reality the insurer pays the negotiated price to the provider, which is only a fraction of the "list price". You make a good point though. Insurers will balk at weekly tests no matter what price they've negotiated. My wife's best friend coordinates the testing program at her company. They started the testing in order to keep going long before the vaccines became available. They found then that the testing machine was relatively inexpensive although the supplies are still somewhat costly. Most of their employees have completed the one or two shot regimen and are no longer tested. They're still testing a few pregnant and nursing females, a couple on some medical treatment, maybe a cancer treatment (a guess), and a couple of holdouts. The company owner is pro vaccine but not fond of mandates so testing goes on for the holdouts and those who shouldn't.
  7. A good reason not to go bare on insurance. Without a crystal ball we just don't know what may be lurking. It sure can be tough for the self employed though.
  8. No mention anywhere and you know Fox News would be all over it. I don't think it's an issue.
  9. The media attachment Art included says 10%, not $10.
  10. I wonder what the sticking point is? The raises and 401k contributions seem pretty good. There must be something more than wages and benefits perhaps? I wonder if the company will dig their heels in for a while. It's all bad for farmers for sure.
  11. I hope they videoed the firemen at work and the people watching as arsonists like to admire their work and might be among the spectators. Lock 'em up and toss the key.
  12. You're too late! Some communities, some in the mountain valleys where inversions can trap the smoke, already have them. Bay Area in CA has a ban on wood burning appliance in all new construction, other CA towns have ban days. I'm pretty sure it's not just in CA as well.
  13. It's terrible when someone takes that route. I was talking to a retired pilot friend who sounded like he might take that road due health and other personal reasons. He's in CA so I called a mutual friend who went right over. Turned out he was depressed but not that depressed but over the phone I couldn't tell and got real worried. Anyway, it's like the Homeland Security, if we see something, say something. Sadly many don't show it and just snap. There's help: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
  14. One of the shops I worked in as a kid was in Brookline, MA. There were quite a few survivors in that area, some going about their lives and a couple who obviously had been quite damaged. A large percentage of the customers and some of my coworkers were, as the poster said, "descendants of Abraham", and could not be distinguished from any of the gentile population other than their surnames. Antisemitism is toxic to this forum and should be as zero tolerance as politics.
  15. I hope you have a pilot's license because you were spending more time in the air than on the ground!
  16. I have mixed feelings about the EPA and its dealings. On one hand I wonder why why we can't run the old reliable engines instead of the new ones with immature emissions control but on the other hand I see no reason for some kid to roll coal all over everyone or for some toxic waste to contaminate water supplies. My wells are tested monthly for a plume heading my way from the former Pease AFB. It was generated innocently enough during the cold war - pour jet fuel in a pit, set it on fire, put it out, repeat, but the unintended consequences are upon us. Here's a list of EPA fines and other settlements: https://cfpub.epa.gov/enforcement/cases/ A reading of them is interesting. A few are head scratchers where it seems there was no intent to break laws, just ignorance of them but others clearly stand out as intentional pollution with money as the motive.
  17. This topic could trend political so it may be best to drop it. I'm not thinking of myself but the economy as a whole. Yes, tariffs may encourage domestic production but the retaliatory tariffs along with the effects on the supply chain or the possible quality issues as exporters try to absorb the extra costs all figure in. Look, I'm all for domestic production but we'd have to be very naive to think we're not in a global economy. Protectionism has had mixed results over the years. I'm not sure how I would end up paying higher taxes if tariffs are eliminated. Tariffs generally end up taking money directly out of your pocket. Tariffs generally make it harder for both parties to export. I'm also not saying that all tariffs are bad. They can level the playing field but because the other country usually imposes a retaliatory tariff the effect is generally temporary. They or the threat of them can be a negotiating tool or protect an infant industry. Again, we're talking taxes here but taxes are by nature political and political is verboten.
  18. True, but, there's a bigger picture since retaliatory tariffs hurt and the effect down the line on consumer prices, availability, etc all figure in. I wish it were so simple.
  19. 500 gallon delivered, hooked up and tested, I dug the trench for the line and back filled/graded/seeded. I found cheaper tanks but this supplier has been our supplier for oil for 20 years and we locked in propane at 2.19, which is very good for my area.
  20. A friend of my wife was looking at a Toyota 4 Runner - list PLUS $5000!!!!!!!!!! I advised her to wait and keep driving her Honda. In 1981 we were looking for something more economical to drive than her Plymouth Fury III or my 390 carburetor Ford pickup. Every dealer was marking up 2-3 grand We finally found one who said list price, I won't put additional dealer markup or undercoat/treat seats. I said SOLD! Propane tank I just bought was quoted 3 grand but when I placed order it was suddenly 3500 due to steel prices. We compromised at 3200. Tariffs coming off, maybe prices will stabilize.
  21. I almost puke when I see the Ford ads with the backup feature. Really? It's just NOT that hard!
  22. I had just done a west coast turn in a Falcon and found I needed to do a 135 FO ride in a Challenger that evening. I was pissed! I had only 45 minutes and 3 TO/LDG in the plane to serve as a Part 91 FO until I was sent for a 3 week initial. Well the FAA check airman, our POI, was out of Maine and had thousands of hours in Beech 99 Turbo Props. The FAA typed him in a Sabre and he became "best qualified" as Principle Operator Inspector for the operator I was flying for. Anyway, the ride went well but I busted 200 knots in the traffic pattern on a V1 cut. The Challenger was well overpowered at weights under max landing and you'd actually have to pull the operating engine back. After my ride we let the FAA guy fly. He was a great guy but his experience was in noisy props, which get louder as the speed builds. The Challenger was dead quiet and the controls hydraulic so there was no feel difference. I tapped him on the shoulder as we went through 300 knots. 😁 (speed limit below 10,000' is 250). On 2 engines at light weights the plane could climb 6000 FPM. It would accelerate pretty quick in a normal climb. A month later I took a combined type ride/ATP with the same guy. My written test results had come in and I'd never looked at them, just tossed the envelope in my briefcase as I was flying my pants off. On the night of the check ride I passed him the results and he exclaimed that they weren't opened and how did I know I'd passed. Well, I'd aced most every FAA written, all my mechanic and pilot tests so I was sure I passed and expected another ace but he triumphantly said that I had 1 wrong, a 98! He was really a great guy. Most FAA types would never do a check ride at night. He went on to fly N1 - the FAA flagship for 2 tours in DC.
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