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Old 02-25-2011, 02:13 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Salt. On roads and sidewalks, so on everything (lawns, trees, cars, shoes, etc.).
Is shovelling snow not enough? Why can't winter be white, instead of wet?

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Old 02-25-2011, 02:16 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Salt. On roads and sidewalks, so on everything (lawns, trees, cars, shoes, etc.).
Is shovelling snow not enough? Why can't winter be white, instead of wet?
We use cinder here. It doesn't melt the ice, but they put it down after they plow to help provide traction when roads are icy. It also doesn't rot the underside of your car.

I'm amazed that anything grows within ten feet of a roadway in the snow belt.
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In a town I once lived in, people raked/blew/piled leaves in the street intentionally, and the town had a big vacuum cleaner truck come along and hoover them up.

'People using leaf blowers' made me think of my neighbor. I can always tell when he's home and outside, because there is an internal combustion engine of some kind running the entire time. He doesn't use a shovel - he uses a Kubota front end loader. He doesn't shovel snow - he uses a plow. And so on. You should see the pooper scooper.
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... You should see the pooper scooper.
Or maybe the dog ?

We have few ICE driven tools here in the UK, most are leccy thanks to 240v and extension cables. But there is very little time between 05:00 on Saturday and 21:00 Sunday without some kind of motor going somewhere near where I live.
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Double post. My Fokker is nearly done.

EDIT - this is meant to be in the Smiles thread. I've done that twice now, so maybe thats an annoyance...
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In a town I once lived in, people raked/blew/piled leaves in the street intentionally, and the town had a big vacuum cleaner truck come along and hoover them up.
I suppose that's better than some of the people around here, who'll collect the leaves, and place them in plastic trash bags which they put out for the weekly garbage collection. They'll then drive to Home Depot and buy plastic bags of compost.
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Same with snow blowing / shovelling. Obviously putting it into the road is going to make the situation so much better. Well done.
On the flip side I get tired of shoveling my drive, only to come home and find that the plow truck has moved all the snow from the middle of the road to make a nice wall across my drive. I have been sorely tempted to place it back in the road. The amount of work to place it back in the road or on the side is about the same, and it's only effect would be to create a bit of trouble for my neighbor.

HIDs, I may have to mount some halogen aircraft lights on my roof aimed level and slightly to the left. Triggered by another switch on my shifter. Either that or a ma deuce. Meh fairing either of those would be a pain and would add to frontal area.
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I suppose that's better than some of the people around here, who'll collect the leaves, and place them in plastic trash bags which they put out for the weekly garbage collection. They'll then drive to Home Depot and buy plastic bags of compost.
We have a "brown bin" for garden waste which as my garden backs onto a woods consists of about 2-3 tons of leaves every autumn. These are collected and taken to a composting centre which is just up the road. And then sold back to us as compost. I have suggested a composting bin to Mrs A several times...
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Arragonis Junior has learned about electricity and knows about the miracle of a light switch. He even understands a lot of the science, infrastructure and resources behind it from the power station and the resources required to run it, to the grid and its complexities, to the house and even an idea of how light bulbs work.

Now, if I could get him to learn how to turn light switches off when he leaves a room we would be done.
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We have a "brown bin" for garden waste which as my garden backs onto a woods consists of about 2-3 tons of leaves every autumn. These are collected and taken to a composting centre which is just up the road. And then sold back to us as compost. I have suggested a composting bin to Mrs A several times...
Yes. Just like some of my neighbors. My compost pile, BTW, is between 15-30 feet long (depending on the season) since my garden runs to about an acre, and is shaded by a number of large trees.

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