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Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by mountainmoma on Today at 10:22:36 AM »
Hmmmm. That top board that cannot be removed. Possible to pry the bottom up and get a small roll of 4" flashing and poke it under the tar paper that is under that board?
Then you could put replacement tar paper back on, under that flashing piece

maybe -- it is realy 2 pieces and very thick, like a true inch and about 20 ft long....

Other idea I had is to somehow make a groove into it ? Where it hits the studs so Z flashing can also go would be nice to have a taller ladder

But yes, some how or other flashing needs to happen. I didnt know I needed to watch everything he did, to think about it he just cut off the plywood and tar paper even with this top board. In retrospect, the sliding could have been cut a foot down from this top trim to begin with as the top part wasnt damaged, and everything would have been flashed up there as it had been. It is impossible to get anything close to affordable help, or usually any help at all for repairs. ( To give you an idea, truck is in the shop, and the less expensive mechanic shop is still 110 an hour....but he at least will use closer to actual hours he does rather than "book" hours) Tilers can be up to 1000/day labor (that is on the high end, there are less expensive ones, lets say 20/sq ft labor). ANytime I have had a licensed contractor out to bid, it was unbelievably expensive, but generally none will look at small repairs so.....
The Money Board / Re: Several Random Questions
« Last post by Smurf Hunter on Today at 10:19:47 AM »
Neither Crypto currency or bonds are really "investments" in my opinion. 

As Jerseyboy stated, crypto is speculative. It's slightly better than most casinos, but no one has a clue what could happen decades from now.

As interest rates rise, so will bond yields. In the past few years while the interest rates were nearly 0%, bonds were garbage. This helped fuel investment into equities (corporate stocks).
You'd buy a $100 bond and 5 years later turn it in for $101.00.  In some cases it was better than the bank's saving account, but not much else.

For various reasons, preparedness communities, including TSP, seem to shy away from serious financial talk. Most discussions are limited to "preserving wealth" (which I agree is important), but if I bring up life insurance policies or tax advantages, most people quickly lose interest (no pun intended).

I'm sorry, but I never saw any real "usefulness" of Ted Nugent to the gun cause.  I barely even consider him a celebrity above the level of Kim Kardashian (sp?) or that idiot from the Jackass movies.

He's a loud-mouthed, chest-beating seventies "rocker" for whom I can only remember one song . . ."Cat Scratch Fever."  I don't consider him any sort of politically-insightful (or inciteful) source or reference.

But then, again, I'm not a big fan of the NRA (and I DO have extensive experience as a high-level donor to them).  It is my personal opinion, worth every cent you paid for it, that the NRA does not want a completely pro-2A country.  They play both sides of the fence to maintain a balance that allows them to scare millions of gun-owners into giving them money so they can wear their $5k suits, drive their $70K+ cars and go on repeated dove hunts to South America.  Their business model is EXCELLENT and has been copied by many state-level, and higher, organizations who use their mail and email campaigns as models for their own income generation (i.e., "We need $100,000 dollars by the end of  this month to file an amicus curiae brief on this pending court case that has a gun in it.  If we don't get the money before the 31st, the court may rule and the jack-booted thugs may come after your guns via door-to-door confiscations!!!  YOUR URGENT HELP IS NEEDED NOW!!)

Keep in mind that it was the NRA who okay'd the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.  Remember that it was one of their Board of Directors who PAID an anti-gun politician to specifically leave his company's guns off the ban list.  It was the NRA that stood by and did absolutely nothing on the national level to prevent the Colorado Magazine Ban and refused to do anything but politically yammer at the politicians who passed it.

The "Nuge" did stir up a lot of the lower socio-economic-level-based members.  He helped get a lot of them to sign checks for memberships and donations to the NRA.  His rhetoric, however, seems to do a lot more harm to the average gun-owner than it does good.  So, he did have a sort of usefulness as a recruiter to the NRA.

But to the "cause?"

The Professor
interesting idea. let us know how it goes.
My craftsman mower served me well for 14 years, but last night while cutting the grass, the steel body split, causing the blade to jam. It wasn't horribly rusted, but two rivets popped and I guess fatigue on the metal finally was too much.  The engine is not in top shape, but I've overhauled it and it starts and runs reliably.

Many years back I found this website that sells accessories to build your own 12vdc generator using a salvaged mower engine:

It looks like it will cost around $100 for all the supplies. As I already own some alternators and deep cycle batteries, this is more of a novelty, but could be backup method for charging batteries.
It should prove educational. I'm very busy the next few weekends, but I may get this on my list.
Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by Stwood on Today at 09:36:52 AM »
Hmmmm. That top board that cannot be removed. Possible to pry the bottom up and get a small roll of 4" flashing and poke it under the tar paper that is under that board?
Then you could put replacement tar paper back on, under that flashing piece
Not quite a multiple homicide, fortunately, but it may as well go here.

A man tried to detonate a bomb in a Brussels train station which thankfully did not hurt anyone.  Perhaps malfunctioned since it had two different detonations from the same device.  He moved away from the blast site and charged a Belgian soldier responding to the incident while sounding off with a hearty "Aloha Snackbar!"  The soldier shot the man, concerned he might have another device.  Prosecutors say the man did it in the name of ISIS.

Kudos to the soldier for getting on the trigger early and often.
Homesteading and Self Reliant Living / Re: wet or flooding basements
« Last post by WKDTOM on Today at 05:22:53 AM »
I see this is an old post but I'll give my two cents in case the OP is still wondering.  This is specific to older houses in New England with dirt/stone cellars (NOT a basement).  Since you are looking in Maine you may be in the same situation and IMHO a little water in the cellar is not a big deal.

My house is old, built in the 1770s and still sitting on the original stone cellar.  In 1987 my father dug out about a foot of dirt that had accumulated as a result of 200 years of erosion through the rocks.  In the spring when the frost breaks especially we get a bit of water down there, and it carries soil from the ground, through the openings in the stone walls and onto the floor.  They poured a slab on top of the dirt after getting to the bottom of the walls, I actually remember helping flatten the concrete and left my little shoe print in the floor.  My father also installed a PVC drain pipe in the low/SE corner that leads outside, about 40 feet from the house (down hill) and drains into my field. Today you can barely tell there is anything on the floor as the last 30 years have brought more layers of dirt and the slab underneath is disintegrating in places.  Even with the drain we get a good amount of standing water when it's really flowing, at least in the low half of the floor.

Despite all this water and high humidity level, there is virtually no rot on any of the wood down there, no mold, no bugs (other than the occasional salamander).  The floor joists are original and some still have 3/4 sides of bark on them, no rot and no soft spots.  There are actually wood blocks under my oil tank feet (1987 install) and even though they get soaked with the spring melts they have no rot.  Recently I found a sign from my great-grandfather's business that's been sitting on the floor (it's wood) and has no damage other than the thick layers of dust and cobwebs that coat everything. 

Now IF you have one of these well-designed colonial era cellars, and you don't mind the Silence of the Lambs motif, you can actually put it to excellent use for food storage.  My great grandmother was the last to use ours, and after discovering some root cellaring books my fiancee and I are planning to clean it out this summer and use it to store our tubers and other veggies into the winter.  Root cellaring is an excellent and efficient way to store food, if you have the space, as it requires some care but little to no preparation of the food (unlike canning etc). 
Homesteading and Self Reliant Living / Re: wet or flooding basements
« Last post by pedro12 on Today at 03:53:59 AM »
I think you have got the best and enough replies on your query and thanks for asking this here i am also facing this issue at my garage basement and i have hired a professional company for that and they fixed that issue for me.
Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by mountainmoma on Yesterday at 11:49:02 PM »
Unbelieveble heat wave the past week, well, the garden has been watered at least.

Studio project : hired out and little redwood deck front porch is done, shed for washer/hot water heater walls done and painted. I dug out the lower part of the drainage trench for a very short while while it was shaded--tree roots is why he left it shallow, I now know.

House maintenance: had some siding ripped off, and where does one stop when going down that path ? I think one more sheet will come off tomorrow not just for the small amount of dry rot, but taking out the window there ( left over from previous remodeling, there was a window into the walk in closet) showed that there was a bad junction of panels. My handyman took off  the other section on garage when I was busy, and I have a few problematic places.  -- STWOOD -- you may know this : He ripped off ALL the felt paper in the garage section, meaning there is no felt paper sticking out to overlap with....he should have left some coming out from under this board running across the top of the wall, and this board cannot come off as that board is the roof edge, flat roof on the garage. It is non-ideal to rely on a bead of caulk. But if your underlayment has to butt up against something like this, how can it be terminated to make sure water doesnt get under it ? My house walls are like this : 2x4 studs with fiberglass batts inside, covered by tar paper, then sheathing, this sheathing is lap-edged plywood, maybe 3/8" thick, the original was redwood ply, but repaired places are dugfir ply. The older ply lasts longer.
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