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  1. 1 hour ago, new guy said:

    In floor heat probably has its place in colder climates. Milder climates I don't see it as neccessary. The kitchen area attached to my shop just has the 2" foam under and around the slab. Girls were in there all afternoon in socks when temps were around zero. No word of anyone with cold feet. There is vinyl flooring in there but that doesn't have much for insulating value on a slab. 

    For my area we have more days pushing triple digits then we have sub zero temps. AC is a definite need as I plan to have wood working materials around and wanted steady humidity levels. The furnace w/AC was only slightly more than the cost of in floor heat only. I would have still had to add cooling which made the price much higher going that route.

    Your money. Spend it how you want. I don't know what the climate is like where the OP is located. 

    The real attraction of floor heat is that it can work with lower temperatures, and that allows more efficiency in your heating appliance. The mass of the slab also helps.
    Right now the boiler in my shop is heating to 89* to supply heat to the floor.  You can hold your hand in the exhaust because so much heat has been extracted from the combustion.

    There is also talk about heat pumps and geothermal working with floor heat due to the low input temperatures needed. 

  2. Well, it was warm so I fired up the 460 to peel the berm in from of the garage up








    wow,   I need to fix the muffler


    while driving home this guy was running next to me 




    with his spare key hanging on the rope cleat


    thats faith

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  3. They have spent a lot of time at the local colledge researching heat loss in buildings. Since then they have been really campaigning for better slab insulation.  

    So we normally 2” under slabs.  Then 4” around the edge vertically, and 2” again running 4 foot out. 

    I would recommend putting pex in the slab, it’s hard to do later.  

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  4. When the wife had two horses we got to choose between wasted hay or wasted time.  You feed big bales and save time, they waste hay. You feed them twice a day and they don’t wast the hay, but..

    Luckily there were kids around and they fed them twice a day 



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  5. It as warm, and I needed to clear a path to a shed, so I had the Kubota and the snow blower out yesterday 


    cut down one of the snow banks and made room for more while I was out.  Hard to beat a blower for making room

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  6. 2 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

    Been true for a bit now.  Used 2-3 yo ones are same price as new.  It makes 0 sense really. 


    BUT, something is changing,  HUGE multi site used truck center in WA and ID just surprised closed their doors last week after at least 20 years.  The press release was they could no longer make their model work with the current used truck/suv market.  They were always near same price as new too but they had what they said and seemed pretty forward about things.  2-3 friends did deals there and we happy anyways.  Most trucks had tint, fancy rims, etc and were listed for about same as new with 20k  +/- miles on them.  I think the rates for the guy who wanted a near new truck with a lift and big tires but NO money for it is tight with 8% loans.  They could buy those fancy trucks with the accessories and 1 big payment, now it's one HUGE payment!  And the $4 gas for 24 months in WA has got to of started hurting the 'want a truck' vs the 'need a truck' crowd.

    The local dealers here still haven’t filled there lots since Covid.  Still mostly empty, first from lack of inventory, then from everyone buying, and now why? It’s almost 4 years since they had a large selection 

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  7. 8 minutes ago, Lars (midessa) said:

    This is my understanding of the process in Texas, if property goes delinquent, the County authorizes the Sheriff to conduct an auction on the Courthouse steps. If you are the successful bidder, you take your purchase paperwork to the County Tax Appraiser, and the deed is transferred to your name, and the property is yours free and clear.

    This is what can happen here, after the process has played out, but it takes awhile, and they publish notices, and there is a period of time that the owners are aware of the issue.  And if there is a bank involved they pay the taxes while processing the foreclosure.

    So what actually happens is any there are so many bidders that the price is driven up to tue market value and there is no real great deal, or the people who are defaulting on the taxes have no money for years and the place is run down from lack of everything that is not worth bidding.

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  8. The corporate office got all excited about this at work, in the end we had to fix a few things but there are only a few steps you are supposed to take to carry fuel.

    The tank has to be certified for the fuel being hauled, diesel isn’t to bad, gasoline is a lot more complicated. Some of our tanks are DOT certified for gasoline. They are not cheap and have a few extra things.
    We had to have a fire extinguisher on the rig.
    Tanks over 115 gallons are supposed to be placarded for the continents and then that brings you closer to the haz mat endorsement deal.


    your results may vary depending on who is asking

  9. 21 minutes ago, hardtail said:

    Well not quite that latitude but we usually have winter for 5-6 months and I couldn't be happier with globull warming, any one that wants to live in an ice age under 200 feet of snow and ice go ahead, a normal job that would take you 5 mins in the summer can immediately double or triple or even go right sideways and be a day or two in the extreme cold, you really have to live it to have any concept of reality which very few of these experts have any clue.

    Yes.  Very much so regarding the change in time for a job.


    last week, needed to haul a load of heating oil for the other house.  So I spent 2 hours after work heating the flat bed up and clearing it off to bring it home. Put it in the shop to thaw out, ran across town at lunch for a load of heating oil, dumped it into the house tank, and put everything away.  All told I had over 6 hours in and an overnight thawing of the truck (and not including cleaning up the mess in the shop). In the fall the job takes me 1-1/2 hours tops.

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  10. 2 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

    Thats interesting how in a 'desert' at -45 fog can exist

    All the vapor from cars, breathing, and heating houses doesn’t dissipate or rise. It just sits there and accumulates.

    and we missed getting 11 inches of rain last year by just a little bit

  11. Been having a cold snap


    it’s been -40 for seven of the last 9 days.  

    We used to see weather like this more often, but it’s been a couple years, I head we went 700 days without -40. Lots of people have new (to them) cars and houses that are having issues. They have never had these temps since the purchased. So the weak spots are being exposed.

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  12. 2 hours ago, New Englander said:

    Good looking vehicles except for the god awful front end. Who the heck designed that? My friend's college buddy has one and he took my friend and some other buddies for a ride. Apparently it really goes and the fit and finish is very good. Guy is in FL so no issues like the frozen Teslas in Chicago.

    Yeah, I didn’t realize what it was for a while. Seems to be a nice looking vehicle, about like a suburban 

  13. 2 hours ago, New Englander said:

    They do it with planes too. S/N 2 getting cold. They said it passed but that early software load absolutely hated the cold! Our first was S/N 51. In the cold we used to start the APU, crank the heat to max until it was uncomfortable then shut it down and start all over again. Latest software no problem. Funny to think the plane is software driven. Engines and APU never gave us a problem in the cold but the rest of the systems just refused.

    Cold soak 7X.jpg

    Never seen the planes.  But the vehicles are all over 

  14. 3 hours ago, augercreek said:

    Most weird winter I've ever seen in my 80+ years! 47* yesterday and maybe a inch of snow left. We are almost 3 feet short of our normal snow fall. We were in a drought last year and now we have a good start on one this year.

    That sucks.  Hope you don’t get caught up all at once. 

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