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  • dxmnkd316
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    My wife has vetoed claymores on numerous occasions now.

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  • Kepler
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    Don't forget bastions and crossfire angles.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    The conclusion to the epic saga of Fade's a-hole neighbor.

    A couple weeks back, my fianc? finally got ahold of the Code Enforcement Officer while I was working. She got rather Karenish about the officer's cryptic letter citing some bull**** bylaw about replacing damaged property that we couldn't even find in the online code book. To be honest, she Karened really well because less than an hour later, she got a phone call from the city Chief of Police. After sympathizing with her about the cryptic letter and informing her that the officer has been told about her crappy letters before, she explained the whole situation. Bottom line, my fianc? asked him to make sure this guy was told that we didn't kill his plants, not even accidentally. A few days later, we're in the yard and notice the cops are visiting him and having a look at the camera.

    A week goes by, during which time we observed that the passive-aggressive signage was removed. Finally, my fianc? gets a call from the cops yesterday and they spill to her that he was told to remove the sign because it constituted a violation of a bylaw against intimidation. The best part?

    The camera is not even hooked up. It's all for show.

    The dumb thing about all this is that he's going to end up worse off for pursuing this and acting the way he did. We're fortifying our border and upgrading our flimsy temporary tarp to a big, beautiful wall! Triple-thick reed fencing 32 feet long, 10 feet tall, and built 6 inches back from his privacy fence. I wanted to order some concertina wire to put on top of it, but she said no. ;-)

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  • joecct
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    A Long Island (?) plumbing disaster.

    https://youtu.be/YMWBUGYI3IM

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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    I should just rip the fucking fixture down and replace it wholesale. But did I mention my noodle arms?

    My legs OTOH are wicked strong from carrying so much weight for years.

    Edit: I got it.

    As with Leftist politics, I had just been being too gentle.
    Coincidentally I thought I just had to replace the lights on mine as well. Almost all of them were flickering and the tubes looked more shot than a spark plug with 200k miles on it. Replaced the lights, flipped the switch, and the new ones flickered the exact same. So I'll probably be replacing all the fixtures with the LED strip ones.

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  • walrus
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    I should just rip the fucking fixture down and replace it wholesale. But did I mention my noodle arms?

    My legs OTOH are wicked strong from carrying so much weight for years.

    Edit: I got it.

    As with Leftist politics, I had just been being too gentle.
    I'm fairly confident if you can't get the new tube in the slots and twist it a 1/4 turn you shouldn't be trying to change a fixture. Call an electrician, put a modern LED fixture in and you will be dying of thirst in Arizona before it has to be serviced again

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  • aparch
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    I should just rip the fucking fixture down and replace it wholesale. But did I mention my noodle arms?

    My legs OTOH are wicked strong from carrying so much weight for years.

    Edit: I got it.

    As with Leftist politics, I had just been being too gentle.
    Phillips Plug and Play LED tube lights. They fit the florescent slots and work with no fuss.

    https://www.homedepot.com/b/Lighting...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Father-in-Law saw them and wanted them for his garage because of similar issues. And boy do they work well, even in below zero for days temperatures.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    LEDs

    you can buy conversion kits, even OEM
    I should just rip the fucking fixture down and replace it wholesale. But did I mention my noodle arms?

    My legs OTOH are wicked strong from carrying so much weight for years.

    Edit: I got it.

    As with Leftist politics, I had just been being too gentle.

    Last edited by Kepler; 09-08-2022, 05:56 PM.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    LEDs

    you can buy conversion kits, even OEM

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  • Kepler
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    I hate reinstalling my 48 inch Philips fluorescents I swear to Christ they are too big for the brackets and it doesn't help that my arms are as weak as a fucking newborn's.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    TIL. Sorry, Dad, I'm a failure for not knowing this.
    Cheap, small boards, usually used for non-load bearing purposes. Kind of like long, narrow cutoffs from from a 2x4, but sold as furring strips at the store

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by burd View Post
    furring strips
    TIL. Sorry, Dad, I'm a failure for not knowing this.

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by French Rage View Post
    So our garage came with a pegboard on one of the walls, which is nice. But the pegboard has no space behind it, meaning you cannot get any hooks in there. I suppose I can try to use a small 1/4" peg or dowel, but there is very little board depth holding it in, versus the weight of whatever is resting on the peg/dowel, so I don't think that would work very well). Is there another obvious solution I'm missing? (Other than nailing/screwing into the wall behind the pegboard through the holes, which is a possibility, but more of a last resort solution.)
    People typically use furring strips behind pegboard. If you don't have tools to rip wider boards or dimensional lumber, 1 x 2s will work. I have a lot of finishing kinds of tools (Japanese knives and saws, miter gauges, protractors, some small planes, etc. No chisels) on the wall above my bench, but I stopped using pegboard a long time ago. I just have a piece of cheap, painted plywood with trimline finishing screws sticking out to hang the tools. I trace the shape of the tool so my demented condition doesn't cause confusion as to what is where.

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Welp, at my fiance's insistence, we spent our lunch hour erecting some poles and a temporary tarp (3 feet back from his privacy fence) to block most of his camera's field of view. I'm sure he's already on the phone with the city about it, trying to figure out if he can have us cited for blight or whatever. Maybe he'll just move his camera to the roof. More updates to come, lol.

    FWIW:

    Hang a Sioux banner there. I suppose you think that would strengthen his blight argument.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    I'm pretty sure they already know he's a *****. He's apparently harassed the Trump lady next door over her chicken coop. The eggs are delicious BTW, the harried black guy in Clerks 2 was right. ;-)
    I'm thinking maybe if enough of you complain it will all add up to a visit from the po po, and the loser might eat it then. I'm sure he's a coward.

    Or he'll try his crap on them and wind up charged.

    #usingYourPoliceState

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