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  1. Hey, at least you can pronounce those. We found this on a back road a few years back. Download Attachment: NZname.jpg 239.86 KB Middle of nowhere, it's the name of an otherwise undistinguished hill in New Zealand. The English translation is... The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater', played his flute to his loved one.
  2. Keep the red boxes at the house and leave the big bins down near the street. Maybe build a cute little pen or garage for them? Done right, you could reach them from your driver's window on your way out to dump smaller stuff or bags of garbage. Drive the red boxes down to empty them as needed. On collection day you would just have to wheel the bins a few yards to the street.
  3. http://digg.com/video/sir-david-attenbo ... ic-curling
  4. David, the normal (never seen one different) set-up is for the air-cleaner to only have AC power when the blower is working, whether that's during normal heating/cooling or when the fresh air ventilation timer starts up the circulation. Of course it does need to have the switch on, but even then you will only see the filter power light come on when the blower is running. I have always assumed the filter electrical power is just connected to the same leads or terminals as the blower motor. On a side note, there are slots for the pre-filters above and below the large electrostatic ones. Make sure the pre-filters are up-stream, or first, in the air-flow. I usually include this link in the report for my clients... https://customer.honeywell.com/resource ... 9-0756.pdf
  5. I see at least 4 steps or levels. How can they all be attached to the rim joist?
  6. Not sure I wanted to see the re-muddle, Bill. The phrase "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be" comes to mind. I was at MOHAI (our Museum of History and Industry) on Sunday for my wife's UW Microbiology Dept Christmas brunch (don't ask). One 1919 exhibit photo in particular caught my eye. I managed to find it online. See http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm-m ... X=1&REC=10 . I imagine my 1927 house was built using wood from a similar stack (albeit fir), but it's the height that amazes me for all sorts of reasons; wind, seismic, not to mention the logistics and safety.
  7. Download Attachment: AFCI_Recall.pdf 169.58?KB Not seeing many of these anymore, but they are still around. If the test button is blue, whenever the house was built, then the date code needs to be checked. I have found that they can be seen without "denergizing the panel" but the red ink is often very faded and unable to be read with the naked eye. So I take a few close-up photos with my camera. I have always been able to read them that way. The last ones I caught, back in May (listed as a 2005 house), I couldn't make up my mind if I was seeing CN or GN, but as both were recalled, no matter. Click to Enlarge 73.6 KB
  8. I think the problem is that the "cylinder" valve isn't lifting and opening enough. Water is entering the bowl and reaching a level high enough to start the siphon effect but not fast enough to maintain the siphon and so the water is pulled low enough for air to enter. Eventually more water enters from the tank and starts the siphon again, etc, etc. My bet is that if you shortened the chain in the second photo, so that the valve lifted higher, you would get just the single forceful flush.
  9. 1st of all...Not Kurt. Yeah, they all call them chargers, but they really are just "stations". Whether it's the Leaf, Volt or the C-Max Energi, the actual charger (transformer?) is on-board. Not sure about the Tesla with their huge battery bank and their fast charge system. I am fully aware of the difference between BEVs (Leaf, Tesla, Focus Electric), PHEVs (Volt, Ford Energis, Prius Plug-in) and all the regular Hybrids. There is a C-max that is just a Hybrid, but the Energi model is a plug-in hybrid which can operate just like the Leaf, albeit for shorter distances, in all battery mode using household voltage to charge the larger section of the battery. The ICE (internal combustion engine) in a plug-in hybrid like the C-Max Energi spends a lot of the first few miles after a charge just sitting there as a heavy lump of metal at the front of the car, but it is instantly available to be used in addition to the big battery pack for extra oomph if needed or wanted. It's actually a fun drive. A plug-in hybrid is a compromise between an all electric car like the Leaf and a regular hybrid. More limited miles on battery alone but without the range anxiety that comes from having no back-up. I looked at them all and settled on the Ford as something we could both enjoy, and use for trips short and long. Frankly, it makes no sense at all financially, but the wife wanted to go electric for her commute. We have a "vehicle" that gets less than 2 miles to the gallon so perhaps this is making up for that a bit?
  10. OK, so just last Friday I installed one of these myself, after a bunch of research. Not the Leaf one but a Clipper Creek LCS-25. Let me take John's last comment first. The wall unit is miss-named. It's a charging station, not a charger. The output is 240 volts AC, not DC. The actual charger is in the car, the unit on the wall is effectively a large on/off switch for the AC current. It has some other functions, but perhaps the primary one is to prevent the AC current just sitting in the cord until it it is plugged in and the car communicates with the box. The Leaf station is a 7.2 KW unit, capable of putting out a full 30 amps should the vehicle charger be capable of taking it. A 30-amp circuit/breaker would be too close to that, hence the 40-amp requirement. The Leaf car actually has a 6.6 KW on-board charger. The car I just bought for the wife is a plug-in hybrid, a Ford C-Max Energi with a smaller battery pack, but still capable of 21+ miles on battery alone (my record in the first few days we have had it is 22.4 before the hybrid engine had to start). It's perfect for her daily commute but also has an unlimited range on gas. Like a Chevy Volt. Anyway, the C-Max only has a 3.3 KW on-board charger (on 240 volt), about 14-amps. The Clipper creek can put out as much as 4.8 KW but our car will only demand the 3.3. Takes just over 2 hours to charge from empty as opposed to 7+ if I used the included 120-volt "charger". The LCS-25 calls for a 25-amp circuit for hard wire or a 30-amp for their plug-in model (same unit but portable). I could also plug into a Leaf or other larger charging station but, again, the draw is dependent on the charger demand in the car and the charge time would be the same. On the other hand, a Leaf could use my charging station but would be restricted by the station to 4.8 kw even though it can take 6.6. I don't know every in and out, but I do know that's how it works.
  11. I don't get it. I too was made in 1949, am still in (mostly) functional condition, can also cook multiple items, and yet no one seems to wax poetic over me.
  12. Nothing in that about brands, etc. I'd punt to the licensed sparky.
  13. Today's flip had a brand new Samsung gas range. The oven control panel had an "Easy Bake" section with seemingly odd choices: Pizza, Proof (for bread) and...really? Click to Enlarge 37 KB
  14. Very handsome, Chad. I hope the cows, goats and chickens appreciate all your work. Maybe trim the brush or cut down a few trees so the humans can get more than a quick peekaboo view as they drive by? Click to Enlarge 88.78 KB
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