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  • So the Wood Spike has ended?

    Maybe new builds won't be insane now.
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    • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
      So the Wood Spike has ended?

      Maybe new builds won't be insane now.
      It’s declining, but not near enough to the price it was two years ago. A 2x4x8 back then was about $2-$2.50/board.
      "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

      "Good news! We have a delivery." Professor Farnsworth

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      • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
        It’s declining, but not near enough to the price it was two years ago. A 2x4x8 back then was about $2-$2.50/board.
        Justin Trudeau could probably knock another $1 - 1.50 off a 2x4 with one simple action.
        The preceding post may contain trigger words and is not safe-space approved. <-- Virtue signaling.

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        • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
          Going back to my post from May 15 for reference.

          A 2x4x8 is now selling for $5.75 at Menards.
          The 2x3x8 is now $5.09.
          The next contract forward graph is hilarious. Like I said in either this thread or one of the others, there are going to be a lot of people who don't understand a GD thing about futures who are going to lose a LOT of money. A lot a lot...

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          As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
          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 The Sicatoka View Post

            Justin Trudeau could probably knock another $1 - 1.50 off a 2x4 with one simple action.
            Given that you want him to do it, it's probably a good thing he's not.

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            • In one week - furnace and AC both replaced. And now my water heater. I don’t have any soldering experience, and found out that whoever half-assed the last install failed to again meet code on the pipes. I bought a fucking money pit of a house and my wife loves this crap hole. Great.
              "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

              "Good news! We have a delivery." Professor Farnsworth

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              • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                In one week - furnace and AC both replaced. And now my water heater. I don’t have any soldering experience, and found out that whoever half-assed the last install failed to again meet code on the pipes. I bought a fucking money pit of a house and my wife loves this crap hole. Great.
                Do. Not. Look. At. Your. Wiring.

                Just have an escape route and hope for the insurance fire.
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                ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
                Ivy League Champion 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020

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                • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                  In one week - furnace and AC both replaced. And now my water heater. I don’t have any soldering experience, and found out that whoever half-assed the last install failed to again meet code on the pipes. I bought a fucking money pit of a house and my wife loves this crap hole. Great.
                  Ugh man. Back in March my hot water heater and boiler blew on the same day. Goodbye almost $12,000.

                  I'm waiting on some quotes from an electrician for a bunch of projects I want to do (service upgrade, remove the old wiring, update all outlets to grounded ones, increase outdoor outlets, etc.). This will be done piecemeal, but the service upgrade is likely to be $3000-4000 alone.


                  Also, this fall I plan to do the build, but I'm going to build a large herb garden that I will suspend from my now-unused clothes line. I'm looking forward to it!
                  I gotta little bit of smoke and a whole lotta wine...

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                  • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                    Do. Not. Look. At. Your. Wiring.

                    Just have an escape route and hope for the insurance fire.
                    Though the wiring is old, it’s not of concern. The AC, furnace and water heater were all installed by a DIY guy who just didn’t know what the fuck he was doing. Especially the AC. I had no way to know about that because I’m admittedly ignorant on those items. That said, if I’m going down the DIY path, I seek advice and help from those who do know more. This guy was a Menards fool (hardware store of Walmart-level of quality).

                    "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

                    "Good news! We have a delivery." Professor Farnsworth

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                    • I know the type all too well unfortunately
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                      As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                      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 Kepler View Post

                        Do. Not. Look. At. Your. Wiring.

                        Just have an escape route and hope for the insurance fire.
                        If you saw what I see on a daily basis.
                        I swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.

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                        • My favorite was the spliced wire in the attach outside a junction box.

                          condition of sale to have it fixed.
                          Code:
                          As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                          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
                            My favorite was the spliced wire in the attach outside a junction box.

                            condition of sale to have it fixed.
                            I worked for my church renovating houses for people who needed a leg up. We went into the attic of one house- yikes. A single circuit for the entire house, with a trunk line stapled to a beam running down the center of the house. Wherever there was a plug or light fixture, they had just scraped the trunk wires bare, wound the ends of the branch line around those, and then stapled them to the bare wood. Cannot believe there was even an opportunity to renovate that place....
                            If you don't change the world today, how can it be any better tomorrow?

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                            • Fuck, landscaping sucks. We're putting in a block edge around the largest tree in our front yard. Easily 50' perimeter total. It's also on a slope and in clay. So we're doing a sort of "step into" the hill so it looks built in. We've got the front edge roughed in. But since it's around a very large cottonwood, the roots are shallow and we've had to reset the baseline elevation a couple times as we go song the perimeter. it's such a massive pain in the *** working with clay during a drought. We'll be probably doing the leveling and sand this weekend.


                              Anyways, it's already starting to take shape and it looks really good. We'll be filling it in with (mostly) native bee-friendly plants. Coneflowers, salvia, cardinal flower, aster, and probably a few others. Can't wait until this is finished. Then we'll be moving onto the front flower garden, the other tree in front, and maybe this fall get the backyard (not looking forward to digging that out, though it should be easier since we can use a shovel. The area we're doing now is near the cable boxes and other utilities at the edge of the yard so everything is hand trowel and slow going)
                              Code:
                              As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                              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
                                Fuck, landscaping sucks. We're putting in a block edge around the largest tree in our front yard. Easily 50' perimeter total. It's also on a slope and in clay. So we're doing a sort of "step into" the hill so it looks built in. We've got the front edge roughed in. But since it's around a very large cottonwood, the roots are shallow and we've had to reset the baseline elevation a couple times as we go song the perimeter. it's such a massive pain in the *** working with clay during a drought. We'll be probably doing the leveling and sand this weekend.


                                Anyways, it's already starting to take shape and it looks really good. We'll be filling it in with (mostly) native bee-friendly plants. Coneflowers, salvia, cardinal flower, aster, and probably a few others. Can't wait until this is finished. Then we'll be moving onto the front flower garden, the other tree in front, and maybe this fall get the backyard (not looking forward to digging that out, though it should be easier since we can use a shovel. The area we're doing now is near the cable boxes and other utilities at the edge of the yard so everything is hand trowel and slow going)
                                Sounds very nice.

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