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Enjoy!  :icon_sunny:

Beautiful spring! Look at all that water.

I imagined that you and I took that morning stroll together. It was really fulfilling finally meeting you and being in your presence. I felt such a close kinship with you in a personal and idealistic way. Though we may never meet, at least I have this vision of our walk in a rewilding forest together!!

That is a very nice thought Knarf. I always wanted to visit your place. Iíve always thought it was very special, and that you are somebody very worth getting to know.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Rewilding 18 acres : Pics from this morning
« on: April 12, 2021, 10:34:11 AM »
Enjoy!  :icon_sunny:

Beautiful spring! Look at all that water.

Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:05:54 AM »
Iíve been busy fixing things that got broken in the winter storm. Spent last weekend installing a (conventional) hot water heater at the lake house, in a new location, which required me to cut out a false wall behind a bathroom and build an access door, which will end up being a linen closet. The job required a total rewire/re-plumb.....

I like the gooey pipe dope for galvanized better than teflon tape now, after redoing a bunch of joints that weeped after round one.

I still intend to relocate the water supply to the kitchen sink, which is exposed overhead in the carport. Pex on that one, Iím thinking. Iím trying to get all the plumbing INSIDE the house so maybe it wonít be quite so prone to freeze damage next time..

Last night after work I finally got my pool pump replaced at the house int he canyon. All the broken limbs in the pool, with their leaves and twigs, trashed the bearings. Hard to find the proper 1 hp motor just right now locally. I was able to get one off Amazon.

I still have to trim some more trees and finish cutting up all the limbs so I can burn them later in the fire pit. Still have to build the door to the HWH closet, and some removable shelves.

I got very sick a few days after vacation. I missed three days of work, which is unheard of for me. Not like a COVID test and a flu test, both negative.....finally figured out I contracted a  terrible urinary tract infection from sitting in the hot tub after we skied.

When you canít pee, itís a bummer. Bactrim seems to be working. My kidneys seemed to be shutting down for a couple of days......true misery there. Antibiotics are a miracle.

We had a nice Easter meal of grilled steaks and king crab at the lake, even though I didnít get the water heater online until after the party. This weekend Iím taking it fairly easy.

Marathon Man Newz / Larry McMurtry, RIP
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:56:27 PM »
Probably the very best novelist to ever come out of Texas. Incredibly good. Very prolific. I have only read a fraction of his work.

The Last Picture Show is my favorite, and it was made into the best Texas movie of all time, with my favorite actor, Ben Johnson, who played the character of Sam the Lion.

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Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 12, 2021, 05:29:29 AM »
Hello World


He lives!

Been meaning to call you. Hope all is as well as it can be under the circumstances.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 09, 2021, 08:37:09 AM »
The distributor (if you do pull it) goes back in just like it came out. It only fits if the shaft is aligned with the gear that drives's good to remember which way the little tang is pointed at the bottom of the shaft.....but if trial and error is necessary, thatís okay. It only goes in one way. If the distributor does not drop to its fully inserted position, the tang is not aligned, so just keep turning it until it fits. Do not force it by tightening the bolts to help.

You could set the points while the distributor is out of the tractor, so as to not lose the screw again and have to start over. Good luck to both of you.

If you donít decide to fix the tractor you could probably sell it running or not. Thatís not a huge problem to fix, for someone who knows how. It should probably bring $1500 in normal times.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Album: Collapstead Intentional Community
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:44:28 AM »
Is it a Ford 8N...or the later (53 and later) NAA (Golden Jubilee) model?

As NF stated, the distributor is a couple of hundred, and fairly easy to change out....I would first yank the old one and and inspect it carefully to see where the screw went. Itís probably still in the distributor. The distributor itself might even be okay. The screw could have potentially caused the distributor shaft to break, but probably not. Itís probably just messing up the weights in the manual spark advance.

Sorry to hear youíre not able to do the physical stuff anymore, but we all get to that point sooner or later.

Doomsteading / Re: The new 'Stead
« on: March 03, 2021, 07:06:27 PM »
So well thought out. David,I want you to come to Texas and build me a house like yours on my place. I donít even need a basement.
thank you. We are trying hard to balance budget with smart features and position ourselves for the world of tomorrow. No jet packs but not flint knives either if that makes any sense. A net metered array but none of that smart house junk, no electric car but the garage wired for it if it makes sense some day. Texas would be a perfect place to benefit from icf and well insulated construction. Maybe the silver lining to the storm is a rethink in terms of efficiency. I know Texans take great pride in limited regulation so probably not? I'd love to hear your take on it. I find total electric deregulation weird but maybe it's more truly democratic. Were the horror stories exceptions or did everyone get pinched?

ERCOT knew for ten years that this kind of situation was possible, if not likely. Watchdogs warned them repeatedly.

All it took was a real outlier of a winter storm to make it happen.The power monopoly generally gets good marks from me. Weíve had maybe 3 outages in 25 years.....never for more than a day before. I think they were very complacent. They were happy they were producing and selling electricity much cheaper than most places and that consumers were benefiting, which they were.

We were lucky. We only lost power twice, and for short periods of a few hours. We lost water for half day toward the end of it. My rate is locked here at the house. The Austin City Public Utility will eat it.....but no doubt rates will be affected going forward.

On the other hand, I had to take my truck and go rescue my daughterís BF in South Austin, where they lost water and electricity for maybe four days.

Our biggest problem was that our huge drafty old house was impossible to keep warm even though the heat pumps were working...but warm is a relative term....we were comfortable in front of the fireplace....I had an employee who had a 39 F  temp inside her home.

I had one patient who had power out for five days...and another for 12 days. Our lake house neighborhood had rolling blackouts for five days, but the power was never off more than a few hours at a time, so Iím hoping that saved my boat from an engine freeze. We shall see. I broke a few water pipes that were exposed in the carport...even though they were wrapped and I left heat on in the house. even in this type of storm it seldom gets down below the 20ís F.....this one got down to 7F at my house for sure, maybe colder when I wasnít checking.

Some Asian folks on my street built an ICF house and I watched it go up...Iíve been interested ever since...not sure who built it for them.

Doomsteading / Re: The new 'Stead
« on: March 03, 2021, 04:53:23 PM »
So well thought out. David,I want you to come to Texas and build me a house like yours on my place. I donít even need a basement.

Diner TV / Re: DD Juke Box V2.0
« on: February 25, 2021, 07:13:09 AM »
Iím very fond of that song....and not sure why.  I find it uplifting.

Marathon Man Newz / Lawrence Ferlinghetti Has Died
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:05:04 AM »
He who was first is now among the last. I celebrate his life and work.

I donít know where to start. He was a hundred and one. Not a big surprise that he would move on.....but he meant a lot to me, for a lot of reasons.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:48:20 PM »
Theyíre saying lost pressure due to broken pipes on the consumer end of things.

Most neighborhoods have been hit pretty hard.....daughter's BFís part of South Austin had power out for two days. Weíve only had two brief interruptions here...and we lost water pressure for a few hours today. Looks like about two more days of is an extremely LONG cold snap.....
Some of my employees also had multiple days without power...and some loss of water as well.

No work is gonna happen at my office this week. I did drive around some yesterday and the day before. Not too bad with my truck. Lots of ice-wrecked cars and stalled cars out there though. I think we lost power at the lake. Probably killed my boat engine...Iíll just have to see. I went out Saturday and turned off the water out there, before the big snowstorm.

 Iím going to rethink my generator situation. Maybe time to buy a nice generator with inverter. Propane would be easier to store than gas or diesel.

I am very glad that you and your family are getting through this. It seems the MSM is not declaring this winter storm to be caused by climate change, they are approaching it as an "unknowable". Of course the far left is jumping on this killer storm to virtue signal it's "holistic, equality" agenda. It is kinda weird that the MSM didn't cow tow to them. Maybe the demand for telling the truth is on the rise.  :icon_sunny:
what does that mean? I am curious not confrontational. I would say disrupted weather patterns are a result of a changing climate. My own news sources are pointing a fingure at climate change.

 Several videos and reports that I watched said it was caused by climate change or a weather anomaly. The truth is not really known yet. Lots of scientific data, but not a consensus. Storms have come before almost as bad as this one. I personally lean heavily to climate warming being the culprit. Many do not. In fact the idiot right is blaming the failed Texas grid on frozen wind turbines!

  The truth is we can not blame climate change for this storm, in fact any one catastrophic climate event can not be blamed on climate change. Science is a work in progress especially in extremely complex situations. So it turns into the same old us against them shit, culturally and politically.

Can you be 100% sure?
nope you cannot be sure. Figuring out anomaly from climate changes is above my pay grade. So you rely on experts who track these things. What really annoys me is a reasonable person looking at the evidence with a scientific mindset will say "I cannot be completely certain, I need more DATA"  Then the low information viewer says " I absolutely positively know its garbage" ....

So...the way I try to figure that out is to look at what data we have for history, which isnít as much as Iíd like. I think we can definitely say that this storm is not beyond the limits of what the historical record says is within the normal range. There was definitely at least one similar (and worse)  event here in 1929. Hillsboro, which is 150 miles due north of Austin got over 2 feet of snow, the all-time Texas record. Austin got more snow that time than in this storm too.

There was a huge panhandle storm in 1899 that also caused a lot of problems, but that was a different world..before electricity.

We lived through a similar event when I was a student in San 1984. The missus was working deep in South Texas in Dimmit County....and I drove there from SA through the was pretty impressive.

But we know that climate change is responsible for the TREND of these events......meaning theyíre getting more common. Iím not able to figure out whether any particular storm is ďcausedĒ by climate change....but I am persuaded itís a factor in some, if not all of them.

The general weather pattern of bitter polar storms sweeping down into Texas off the plains is nothing new. This one is odd in that it has lasted over twice as long as most of them do. And of course the power authority's inability to keep the lights on has caused an outsize impact. My daughter in South Austin is still with our water and power today. They could bail and come they arenít in grave danger...

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:04:38 PM »
Thanks David. Not sure itís worth it to hardwire the house for a generator.  The most critical loads are the heat pumps, and a gennie isnít going to power one of them, much less two.

I was thinking just something to keep a couple of oil bath 120V space heaters going ...not even sure what they draw.....very wasteful I know, but no fire hazard. I usually keep a few of those....but one is at the lake.....maybe one at the stead.....using two of those here now, as well as the oven....but this morning when the power failed I was down to the fireplace.....and not much wood left.

Itíll be all over by the week we hit the 70ís probably. We have been very lucky here at our house. No real hardship.

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