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Old 08-13-2023, 04:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am a big fan of insulation.

This guy rants that EV chargers should be more like gas stations, with covered parking, reliable payment systems, squeegees and washer buckets, employees who keep things running, etc.

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Old 08-13-2023, 12:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like to sleep cold. Only time I get good sleep is when I'm under the stars in a hammock.

Supposed to be a hundred today. @freebeard- is your AC flushed out?

I might take the pressure washer out and hit my AC coils (from a reasonable distance to not damage the fins). Took a hose to it earlier this year, but my inefficient unit struggles to keep the house under 80 when it's 90+ out.
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Old 08-13-2023, 04:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Supposed to be a hundred today. @freebeard- is your AC flushed out?
Thanks for caring.

Like Xist, I'm a fan of insulation. For the last week (on and off) I've been working on a 4x10ft panel of 4" foam insulation in a metal C-channel frame. Just before noon, I finally got it up on the roof. And added 4x4ft of foam against the south-facing wall and window.

Might add a big silver tarp.

Beyond that I have the MERV-11 smoke season whole house fan, a old window air conditioner (I vacuumed out the fins) and a pesonal fan I hope I won't need now.

The dome I lived in through the late 90s-early 00s is still shrugging off this kind of weather today, I'm sure. It had radiant floor heat and a big lazy ceilng fan, no A/C.
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Old 08-14-2023, 11:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xist View Post
I thought this was clever and wish the guys from the original video had done something like this.
That little teardrop made from bicycle components wouldn't last very at 70 mph. There is a reason that motorcycle pop-up trailers weigh what they do.

Some friends have one that is about 25 years old and still going strong.

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I have an enormous, gratuitous family tent that sets up in like 1 minute. Don't know why people are opposed to tents. Probably paid something like $40.
Tents don't actually set up in 1 minute. More like 10 - 15 minutes to prep the site, set up the tent, and then properly guy it out so it survives a windstorm. Then it is 20 - 30 minutes to take the tent down, dry it out, and repack everything into the little bags it came in. (That assumes the tent dries out and you don't end up putting it away wet and then sleeping in a wet tent the next night)

That doesn't even include pulling out the sleeping pads and blowing them up, laying out sleeping bags, getting your camp stove and kitchen kit out etc. Then you have to pack all that stuff up again the next night.

Then on a motorcycle all that stuff has to be packed away or tied down on the bike. Didn't get the tent quite all the way back in the bag - try again because now it won't fit into the saddlebag / topcase.

With a little pop-up it takes about 10 minutes to set up / 10 minutes to tear down. All the bedding, etc stays in place as does your clothing. My friends even had a little cassette toilet in theirs.
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
Don't know why people are opposed to tents.
They're easier to break into, and not fire-resistent enough. No wonder the UN was replacing tents in those refugee camps with prefabricated tiny-houses, also fitted with a solar panel and a USB charging port for a cellphone.

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