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    Originally posted by SanTropez
    May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
    Originally posted by bigblue_dl
    I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
    Originally posted by Kepler
    When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
    He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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    • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
      So about that deck I was thinking of having built
      I am so thankful that my wife and I were able to redo our deck last Memorial Day before the lumber prices went bonkers. I think for giggles we did an online estimate again for materials (16x12 deck, composite top boards) and it's triple what we paid.



      I am not looking forward to needing to replace some trim around the eaves and windows this summer though...
      “Demolish the bridges behind you… then there is no choice but to build again.”

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      • We'll probably go composite. It's what buyers seem to want. And if lumber is that insane, I'm hoping composite will be going for a relative discount.

        I have to imagine the wood is because of the housing boom that's going on. There has to be a massive shortage for any house to get 55 offers regardless of price.
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        College Hockey 6       College Football 0
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        Originally posted by SanTropez
        May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
        Originally posted by bigblue_dl
        I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
        Originally posted by Kepler
        When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
        He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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        • Solar install scheduled for June. Should be able to offset 100% of my usage (but I may have to cut down a couple huge trees to reduce shading to hit that). Getting 26% back as a tax credit is pretty great.

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          • Even in Maine you're going to get 100% offset? Holy cow.
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            College Hockey 6       College Football 0
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            Originally posted by SanTropez
            May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
            Originally posted by bigblue_dl
            I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
            Originally posted by Kepler
            When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
            He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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            • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
              Even in Maine you're going to get 100% offset? Holy cow.
              to be fair, it’s possible because of net metering. You install a pretty big system and bank a **** ton of credit with the power company in the summer.

              also, efficiency goes up in the cold so that helps.

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              • I remember someone on here adamant I was wrong that solar would be a feasible option. Glad to see the tech has already caught up.
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                College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                Originally posted by SanTropez
                May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                Originally posted by Kepler
                When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                  I remember someone on here adamant I was wrong that solar would be a feasible option. Glad to see the tech has already caught up.
                  Hmmmm - I wonder if that was me? If so, then you're mis-remembering the arguments about solar that I was adamantly making. Solar is just fine for those who have the acreage. My argument (hard, cold , physics-based calculation, really) was focused on the folks who live here:



                  Where are they (and their 4.3 BILLION urban-dwelling compatriots) supposed to hang their panels? By 2050, the number of urban dwellers will be approaching 7 billion. And that doesn't even get into industrial users of electricity, many of whom are extremely intensive users in relatively small footprints.

                  Solar (still with the right subsidies, I might add) is just fine on a local scale for rural/surburban folk whose rooflines afford them enough properly oriented surface area to collect their own. Have at it - enjoy! But let's not pretend that solar will solve our global electricity demand.
                  Last edited by LynahFan; 04-21-2021, 06:43 AM.
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                  • It could have been. I honestly don't remember. Either way, you're not wrong about it being unable to solve all our electrical woes.
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                    Originally posted by SanTropez
                    May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                    Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                    I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                    Originally posted by Kepler
                    When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                    He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                    • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                      I remember someone on here adamant I was wrong that solar would be a feasible option. Glad to see the tech has already caught up.
                      If you mean me, I stand by prior statements: Wind and solar make sense but only after large scale energy storage catches up. And I mean large scale, and notice I don't say "battery" because some really interesting new energy storage tech is coming about.

                      Side note: I ran the numbers to take my house off the grid. I based my assumptions on Prairie Sun Solar data (representative of what I'd get for solar) as it is reasonably near where I'm at. I assumed five cloudy days and one sunny (data supports that worst case). I'd need panels to do six days of usage (that day's usage and charge five day's worth) and batteries for five day's usage. I'd need almost two acres for the panels and batteries and house. Better batteries would cut that down some, but I still need the panel space.
                      The preceding post may contain trigger words and is not safe-space approved. <-- Virtue signaling.

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                      • Originally posted by The Sicatoka View Post

                        If you mean me, I stand by prior statements: Wind and solar make sense but only after large scale energy storage catches up. And I mean large scale, and notice I don't say "battery" because some really interesting new energy storage tech is coming about.

                        Side note: I ran the numbers to take my house off the grid. I based my assumptions on Prairie Sun Solar data (representative of what I'd get for solar) as it is reasonably near where I'm at. I assumed five cloudy days and one sunny (data supports that worst case). I'd need panels to do six days of usage (that day's usage and charge five day's worth) and batteries for five day's usage. I'd need almost two acres for the panels and batteries and house. Better batteries would cut that down some, but I still need the panel space.
                        Yeah, but that simply shows why trying to cut yourself off of the grid is stupid, not that solar power is bad.

                        Trying to run your own gas/coal generation facility to power your home year round would be similarly unfeasible.

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                        • Originally posted by BassAle View Post

                          to be fair, it’s possible because of net metering.
                          Net metering hurts the power distribution company unless they have a high monthly connection charge and a low energy rate. (Think: Cell phone. You really don't pay per minute, you pay a monthly fee to have the phone and be connected. The power distribution company needs to go to a model like that to pay for their infrastructure to keep you connected to the grid if your state allows net metering.)

                          With net metering you pay X for each kWh in and get paid that same X for each out. Seems fair to you. But, you're using the power distribution company's infrastructure to deliver your energy.

                          Net billing is more reasonable: When you buy you buy at retail, when you produce you sell at wholesale. All energy sellers are equal wholesalers and the power distribution company just becomes a wheeler of energy.

                          All that said, most homeowners produce excess (sell) when the grid doesn't need it (off peak demand times). So now the power company is forced to buy energy that is not in demand at the time, and that forces the power distribution company to raise rates.

                          The preceding post may contain trigger words and is not safe-space approved. <-- Virtue signaling.

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                          • Originally posted by unofan View Post

                            Yeah, but that simply shows why trying to cut yourself off of the grid is stupid, not that solar power is bad.

                            Trying to run your own gas/coal generation facility to power your home year round would be similarly unfeasible.
                            Nothing you say is wrong. But nearly two acres of panels is not appealing.
                            The preceding post may contain trigger words and is not safe-space approved. <-- Virtue signaling.

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                            • Def not as aesthetically beautiful as say, an oil field!

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                              • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                                We'll probably go composite. It's what buyers seem to want. And if lumber is that insane, I'm hoping composite will be going for a relative discount.

                                I have to imagine the wood is because of the housing boom that's going on. There has to be a massive shortage for any house to get 55 offers regardless of price.
                                There’s no inventory of houses for sale, but demand for houses is still there. Last week there were fewer houses for sale than realtors. I’m not sure if that’s ever happened before the current situation.

                                if you’re able to sell and rent for a few months to a year, you might find some great gains if the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic relents.
                                "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

                                "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

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