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by Sclass
Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Stealth van camping
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Stealth van camping

How do you keep your stuff from being stolen when you’re out and about?
by Sclass
Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Stealth van camping
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Stealth van camping

We have a couple of spots in our housing development where people park permanently and sleep in their cars. They don’t park in front of homes. They choose spots a long side the common landscaping. On the other side of the street is a wall with a drop off and the homeowners cannot see the road from t...
by Sclass
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Home free?
Replies: 15
Views: 1084

Re: Home free?

Here’s to actually doing what you said you were going to do. As Ego said this takes guts. I couldn’t put it into words when I read your post a week ago but that says it pretty well. Though I recalled your plans years ago I’d subconsciously put you on the list of people here who just disappeared. I m...
by Sclass
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10135

Re: Method to minimize yard wor

Lawns in Los Angeles are just stupid. I keep my mowing down by not watering. The lawn is seasonal with the rains. Right now it’s dried grass. In winter it’ll become dandelion if it rains. No grow no mow. The neighbors hate it. They have perfect lush green grass. My home in Orange County has green gr...
by Sclass
Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10135

Re: Method to minimize yard work

I don’t know. Elon Musk has said the infrastructure needs to be improved for electric cars. Not sure if we have crossed that line yet. There are competing forces. Efficiency has gone up a lot. For example my in-law’s plasma TV from 2000 draws almost a kilowatt. I have an equivalent sized LED TV that...
by Sclass
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10135

Re: Method to minimize yard work

I think there are limits on how much power one can get out of a socket. I can safely get 1 kw from my dinky socket on my patio. My walk behind mower is 4.2kW. Funny how these numbers have gone up since I was a kid. I thought 2kW was a powerful mower back then. I had a corded mower in the Bay Area wh...
by Sclass
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Method to minimize yard work
Replies: 45
Views: 10135

Re: Method to minimize yard work

I cleaned my yard yesterday. I have 3/4 of an acre of shrubs and lawns. About four hours of work singlehanded performed once a month. Recently CA passed a bill to eliminate gas powered outdoor lawn care tools - blowers, mowers and trimmers. I think this will change the way the work is done and also ...
by Sclass
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Retirement endgame
Replies: 76
Views: 12530

Re: Retirement endgame

unemployable wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:01 am
It wasn't split evenly and disbursed when the estate was settled? Or did she just like you more?
No. Probably better discussed in another thread or offline if you’re curious.
by Sclass
Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90155

Re: Fixit Log

Sounds tough. I think your thermostat is reading too low and making the machine shut off prematurely. You need to measure the temperature and compare it to some known good values. Put an oven thermometer in a jacket pocket and run a load. I bet it thinks the drum is hotter than it actually is and sh...
by Sclass
Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90155

Re: Fixit Log

Yes, they are selling on Etsy. I was surprised to learn that too. I expected to find crocheted caps there but I’m finding remanufactured and reimagined parts there. These kids know what is breaking and they are either refurbishing old parts or making new equivalents from raw materials. The justifica...
by Sclass
Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Retirement endgame
Replies: 76
Views: 12530

Re: Retirement endgame

:) Hey! My Mercedes diesel ERE buddy came back. Sorry to hear about your mom. I lost mine in early 2019. Luckily we didn’t have to navigate the pandemic in her final days. Hopefully you’ll be able to settle with your siblings. Mine are very upset about the estate planning I did in their absence. The...
by Sclass
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90155

Re: Fixit Log

I drive two 40 year old cars and it is really hard finding new parts for them. I go to the self serve type junkyards in California LKQ Pick Your Part and Pick and Pull. They don’t get many diesel Mercedes in but if you get on their alert list they’ll tell you when they get a fresh heap to pull parts...
by Sclass
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90155

Re: Fixit Log

Just a few minutes. There is a YouTube video. The pump is behind an access panel on the back. It took a lot longer to diagnose the problem. It was intermittent. After I had replaced the pump I tried to repair the original. I decided it wasn’t coming apart so I decided to break it up to see where it ...
by Sclass
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 434
Views: 90155

Re: Fixit Log

Fixed my LG washer today. It’s a very modern machine controlled by a big electronic control board. The board is dipped in potting compound so it isn’t easy to fix it at the component level. The machine is surprisingly simple inside due to the complexity being confined to the circuit board. It had an...
by Sclass
Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing for Collapse
Replies: 48
Views: 8477

Re: Investing for Collapse

The money has become fugitive funds. Like a wanted criminal ones access to it is limited.
by Sclass
Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Investing for Collapse
Replies: 48
Views: 8477

Re: Investing for Collapse

When one is betting/investing on a collapse it is like placing your chips on green 000000000000000000000000000001 roulette wheel with all other outcomes being some measure of progress. Yes 100% agree. This is mindless. I’m working on making my present secure. I don’t waste my time looking out beyon...
by Sclass
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2527

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

The answer to that one depends on what you’re trying to do. I guess it depends on who you are too. Kind of a sliding scale between with several knobs. Some businesses can be really improved with some simple sw development in house. Others may require a team of seasoned programmers to make a polished...
by Sclass
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2527

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

Sounds like a good reason to aim for early retirement. Makes me tired just reading about it.
by Sclass
Sat Oct 02, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: 3D-printer projects?
Replies: 37
Views: 5297

Re: 3D-printer projects?

Hey I found this offer. It is a screaming deal. I bought one of these printers a couple of years ago for $200. If you are lucky enough to live near a Microcenter there's really no excuse to pass this. Too cheap. Only $100. I already have one so nothing is a bargain if I don't need it. I have one of ...
by Sclass
Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?
Replies: 39
Views: 2527

Re: Is Software Development/ Programming Oversaturated?

It’s really great hearing some of the ideas from a generation of engineers younger than me. I’ve been out of the game so long I have forgotten some of the constraints. I meant to comment earlier on the topic of most CS grads coding like they’re ignorant of how he machine works. I’ve seen this a lot ...