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  • Originally posted by aparch View Post

    Glad to know I'm not alone in the resistance to IoT everything. Haha.
    I’ve no interest in voice controlled anything either.

    I have been thinking about adding smart lights as anti-theft while on vacation, but those would need to be app-controlled. I’m still debating.
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    • Originally posted by aparch View Post

      Glad to know I'm not alone in the resistance to IoT everything. Haha.
      The future of my current career path is literally IoT solutions for industry, but even I draw a "Do Not Cross" line in my own home. I also won't buy "smart" major appliances. If I ever spend $5k+ on a fridge, it's gonna be a Sub Zero. :-p

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      • Spent the last 4+ hours running a jackhammer (Hilti electric) busting up sidewalk. Like everything, I'm sure it's all about technique, but I'm properly whipped. A rental, so I had to get the job done in the time I had, but I'll now be slower to roll my eyes at those television characters watching girls go by while they hold the tool down with their big jiggling bellies.
        Last edited by burd; 10-16-2023, 04:03 PM.

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        • Originally posted by burd View Post
          Spent the last 4+ hours running a jackhammer (Hilti electric) busting up sidewalk. Like everything, I'm sure it's all about technique, but I'm properly whipped. A rental, so I had to get the job done in the time I had, but I'll now be slower to roll my eyes at those television characters watching girls go by while they hold the tool down with their big jiggling bellies.
          Electric jack hammers suck, in reality all jack hammers suck but electric way more than air or hydraulic on the end of an excavator. Electric doesn't have balls it needs to work well.
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          • Originally posted by burd View Post
            Spent the last 4+ hours running a jackhammer (Hilti electric) busting up sidewalk. Like everything, I'm sure it's all about technique, but I'm properly whipped. A rental, so I had to get the job done in the time I had, but I'll now be slower to roll my eyes at those television characters watching girls go by while they hold the tool down with their big jiggling bellies.
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            • Originally posted by walrus View Post

              Electric jack hammers suck, in reality all jack hammers suck but electric way more than air or hydraulic on the end of an excavator. Electric doesn't have balls it needs to work well.
              Yeah, I didn't have enough compressor for air. Small job, so it didn't matter too much. I'm just in old-person condition. Lifting the hammer constantly and moving chunks of concrete. If it were a larger job or if I weren't retired, I'd have enough sense to get someone in with a bobcat/excavator and take it out. This gives me something to whine about.

              btw, I'm very much aware that whining about anything in light of what's happening in Gaza is more than a little inappropriate.

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              • Bad things happening elsewhere does not preclude difficulties at home.
                "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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                • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                  Bad things happening elsewhere does not preclude difficulties at home.
                  True, but it does make you rethink what qualifies as "difficulties." It's not a matter of guilt but of . . . proportion?

                  Also true that that's a box you can never get out of. There's always a South Sudan out there.
                  Last edited by burd; 10-16-2023, 07:59 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by burd View Post
                    btw, I'm very much aware that whining about anything in light of what's happening in Gaza is more than a little inappropriate.
                    I think you identified another way to destroy that concrete that hasn’t been mentioned in this thread yet, though.
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                    • Originally posted by state of hockey View Post

                      I think you identified another way to destroy that concrete that hasn’t been mentioned in this thread yet, though.
                      Anonymous tip to the State Police / FBI that a *pick a long cold case* body was rumored to have been buried under the sidewalk?
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                      • Originally posted by aparch View Post

                        Anonymous tip to the State Police / FBI that a *pick a long cold case* body was rumored to have been buried under the sidewalk?
                        I was thinking have a country launch rockets at it, but yours might be cheaper.
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                        • Originally posted by aparch View Post
                          I'm slowly trying out some additional smart home features. I've had a doorbell camera and thermostat from Nest (now Google) for years but resisted other "smart home" features (mainly resisted Alexa/Google voice hubs because I just cant see the point other than novelty).

                          I'm thinking of ordering a smart light switch for the porch lights, because I always forget to turn the d*mn thing on when I leave the house in the evening or no ones home to turn them on when late from work.

                          Anyone else dabble with the IoT / Smart Home features?
                          I have virtually everything automated now. I run Home Assistant to unify everything. AMA.

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                          • So I moved my office around, basically swapping the futon and desk. It had been 3 years of the previous layout so it was time for a change. I had been facing out the window, which I loved, and now my back is to the window, which I'm not sure I'm gonna love. But... I just upgraded my monitors from 24" to 34" ultra-wides so my windows were largely blocked anyway. Not I need to get an external camera and higher stands, because my laptop - which used to be the camera I used - sits over on the side instead of in the middle. White collar issues, seriously.


                            Anyway, moving also really demonstrates just how much my house is settling. I'm now parked right on the sort of tilt section, and everything right here has a noticeable list. Gotta love 100 year old houses. I think this winter/spring we find someone to inspect things and maybe put up some of those pillars down in the basement.
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                            • With interest rates, many of us may now be in our forever homes even if we didn’t think this was it- so settle in (insert smiley emoji)

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                              • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
                                With interest rates, many of us may now be in our forever homes even if we didn’t think this was it- so settle in (insert smiley emoji)
                                Yeah, I had/have no intention of moving any time soon (gf and I plan to be here another 10-15 years at least), but with a 2.99% rate on a 30-year fixed, we're going to cling to that like grim death. On the bright side, we've been absolutely dumping money into the mortgage and - if we stopped paying extra today - are 88 months ahead of schedule.

                                We did the math on 30 year vs. 15 year payments, and decided to go with the 30 but pay extra principle each month to make the payment, effectively, that of a 15 year loan. That way we can get it payed off early but have some runway in case finances change. We're both incredibly lucky to have worked in industries that remained in demand (healthcare IT for me, and vitamins/healthcare woo for her) during Covid.
                                I gotta little bit of smoke and a whole lotta wine...

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