Jim Baird

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About Jim Baird

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  1. Compliments on the skybot pics. I would never attempt to scale such a roof. I've gone to neighborhoods in VA where wood roofs were an HOA minimum, and don't know if they allowed those mutt and jeff rear vs front hybrids. This is such a great example of looks trumping practicality in the name of what realtors would call "value" or what homeowners would define as status.
  2. I turn 69 in November. Glad to see the yoga fans chiming in. I have been practicing for over 35 years, and my back has never been stronger or more flexible. Every few years I will attend a class for a few weeks. I like most of my teachers but not all of them. Currently am on zero meds, except for the occasional IPA.
  3. ...this tablet points to the old one too, it appears. Tells me what I seek is no longer there. Except this little home button gets me there.
  4. ...tells me site cannot be located. After more tries my account is locked.
  5. I need Ramsey contact info to refer him to customer, but new site won't help me find it.
  6. I can log in with Android tablet but not with Windows laptop.
  7. Photos would be a big help.
  8. Extra slack is great, but that looks like enough extra rope to have a hanging.
  9. There are code requirements relating to distance of a footing from the edge of slopes above a certain steepness (maybe >1in3).
  10. ...I think it is just a show of robotic skills improvement. A brick laying John Henry would leave this machine far behind, just like in Johnny Cash's rendition of the song.
  11. I split firewood by hand that I cut from my woodlot. My favorite landscaping tool is a square point shovel. I hand-dig my vegetable plots with a 12 inch straight spade. I think about John Henry a lot. BTW he did beat that steam drill in the contest.
  12. I am told my father and his father designed one in the 1940's and submitted it for patent, but I never saw the drawings. John Henry, they say, left his hammer by the side of the road.
  13. Have never seen vinyl without one. Have seen many hardi sided ones without.
  14. That fireplace flue connector looks pretty scary to me.
  15. I was once certified as a lead inspector/risk assessor (2001) when I did HUD funded inspections. The "training", not paid for by me, was an insult to an average intelligence. An attendee told me then that the xrf cost 15K. I doubt that demand has driven down the price since then. BTW the one knowledge nugget the training yielded was that the best action anyone anywhere anytime can take to avoid lead poisoning is to wash hands. ...unless you live in Flint.