Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:03 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9897
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9897
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:03 pm linkquote
Sledge wrote:
The wife freaks out when there is an 'animal' in the house. It's my job to fix it.
What a hero!

Well-played.

Just before we left on vacation wife found the cat entertaining a mouse. My two attempts at rescue failed, said mouse disappeared under the basement freezer and we left it to entertain out three cats for a few days.
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:16 am

Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1832
Location: Adelaide
 
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1832
Location: Adelaide
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:16 am linkquote
Sledge wrote:
The wife freaks out when there is an 'animal' in the house. It's my job to fix it.
It looks like the spider came back when I wasn't looking, as the wife found it in the kitchen. I've named it 'boomerang'. Out you go...


Boomerang the animal.

Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:50 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
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Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:50 am linkquote
Sledge wrote:
Sledge wrote:
The wife freaks out when there is an 'animal' in the house. It's my job to fix it.
It looks like the spider came back when I wasn't looking, as the wife found it in the kitchen. I've named it 'boomerang'. Out you go...
Don't you live in a a country where half the animals are out to kill you? Worst thing I have to worry about is ants and since a few families of sparrows have decided to call our deck home base I haven't seen one of those.
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:09 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:09 pm linkquote
Had my first fuel spillover in forever today.

I guess I should be thankful I didn't have to push it to the station as it took 7.8l (8l tank).
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:38 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
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Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:38 am linkquote
BMWs.

But that will pass when the shift worker over the road with the noisy K75 THAT NEEDS A 5 MINUTE WARMUP AT 3AM moves on.
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:55 am

Ossessionato
BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 3332
Location: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
 
Ossessionato
BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
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Posts: 3332
Location: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:55 am linkquote
Woke at 3:30 AM to the sound of the cat coughing up a hairball on my bed.
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:01 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9897
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9897
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:01 am linkquote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Woke at 3:30 AM to the sound of the cat coughing up a hairball on my bed.
Every time I weaken and think the cats need another chance, something like this reminds me why they're banned.
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:07 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
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Location: KS USA
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:07 am linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Woke at 3:30 AM to the sound of the cat coughing up a hairball on my bed.
Every time I weaken and think the cats need another chance, something like this reminds me why they're banned.
Really? No cat's grandfathered-in from the ban? (:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:36 am

Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
 
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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:36 am linkquote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Woke at 3:30 AM to the sound of the cat coughing up a hairball on my bed.
Woke up at 3:30 AM for no reason whatsoever.
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:41 am

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1471
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
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Posts: 1471
Location: Central New York
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:41 am linkquote
mpfrank wrote:
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Woke at 3:30 AM to the sound of the cat coughing up a hairball on my bed.
Woke up at 3:30 AM for no reason whatsoever.
Wish that that would be a rare thing for me! Actually most nights I'm wake again sooner than that! Most of the time I can get back to sleep fairly soon but some nights it takes hours!
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:37 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
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Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:37 am linkquote
There are melatonin reuptake inhibitors on the market with a prescription. I have suffered from insomnia all my life and I'm not using the term suffer loosely.
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:49 am

Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
 
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:49 am linkquote
This past Thursday (Sept 3), my neighbor texted me while I was on my commute home to let me know that he smelled gas between our driveways. When I got home 5 minutes later, he was just finishing up his call to the gas company. We chatted about it for about 20 minutes, and both caught slight whiffs of gas during our chat. When the gas company arrived 20 minutes later, they determined that the leak was on our side of the meter, and thus was our problem. My neighbor's connection was fine, while mine wouldn't pressurize. So they turned off the gas and removed the meter. It was then up to me to find a plumber to come out and fix it before they'd turn it back on.

My usual plumber didn't answer his cell. I called the main number for his company, and got the after hours message. My neighbor gave me the number for his plumber. When I contacted him, he said that he didn't do jobs that would take him more than 3 hours, so he referred me to another plumber. That one also didn't answer their cell, so I left a message. I knew that I needed to get in touch with a plumber ASAP, due to the Labor Day weekend. I was about to start hunting on Angie's List, when I remembered I have a friend that I used to ride bicycles with who is a plumber (although he doesn't do actual plumbing work anymore). So I messaged him asking who he'd recommend. He said to call another friend of his, and to be sure to let the friend know that he referred me.

Because of the friend connection, the plumber bumped me up to the top of the list, and sent a guy out the next day (Friday). It turns out that it's not a simple repair. Our gas line is so old that it is still metal pipe instead of composite pipe, so the city won't allow a repair, only replacement. Due to the footprint of the house & driveway, and the location of the meter and the connection to the house, they'll have to run close to 200 feet of pipe. The guy said he'd get with his boss and they'd crunch numbers and get an estimate to me.

The boss texted me later to say that he wanted to come out personally to look at the situation, because it wasn't making sense to him. He said he'd be out Monday.

Monday they came out, and he confirmed that it was going to require complete replacement of the connection from the meter to the house. He said that he might be able to get away with repairing the leak, but that we'd probably have leak issues with the metal pipe further down the line at some point in the future. I said that I'd rather pay to replace it all now than to have to do it in pieces and pay more in the long run. They left to crunch numbers.

A few hours later, he called to let me know that it was going to be between $6000 & $6500 to do it all, and that the'd send a firm estimate shortly. He also said that because I was friends with his friend, he was giving me a decent discount, that he'd done a similar job a couple weeks ago that came to $8500. The final quote came in at $6250. I said I'd get him the initial deposit to him that evening via Zelle.

I got Zelle set up on my Credit Union account, and sent him the funds. When I got the text asking me to reply with Y to confirm the transfer, I accidentally typed U and sent the reply. Zelle cancelled the transfer and locked my account due to the activity. So now I have to call the CU when it opens and get the account unlocked and get the funds sent to the plumber.

In the meantime, we've been without gas since Thursday. Our 50-gallon hot water heater is out of hot water, but since it is actually outside of the house, the hot water isn't cold, it's more luke warm (yay, Texas heat!). The plumber says the'll be able to get the excavation and repiping done today, and have it inspected by the city tomorrow. If everything is approved, they'll cover everything back up and we can have the gas company turn on the gas that afternoon, or the next day at the latest. So we'll have been without gas for a week.

But it's better than having the house explode.
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:50 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
 
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Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:50 am linkquote
Yeah house exploding would really put a damper on ones day. Bummer on the cost though! You could almost have a shiny new Vespa for that much money.
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:47 pm

Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
Joined: 19 Jan 2011
Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
 
Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
Joined: 19 Jan 2011
Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:47 pm linkquote
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:41 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
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Location: KS USA
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:41 am linkquote
tonyc wrote:
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
As a last resort put a fan on it and keep it upside down. Don't give up too soon.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:58 am

Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
 
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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:58 am linkquote
tonyc wrote:
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
I did the same thing with my sous vide machine - accidentally put the top end in the water for just a second. Then I figured it was probably OK (doh!) and plugged it in.

The new one is actually better (I keep telling myself).

What's really pissing me off today is the truly horrible air quality. Unlike previous (many) times, here at my house the smoke isn't visible in the air and there's no ash fall. But my eyes are burning and I can't breath all the way in without feeling it - and it doesn't feel good. I hate to think what it's like for those who already have difficulty breathing.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:03 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 21612
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
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MP3 250 (sold) MP3 500 (current)
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Location: Nashville, Indiana
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:03 am linkquote
tonyc wrote:
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
So you wanted a new MacBook? Well played.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:27 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9897
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
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Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:27 am linkquote
mpfrank wrote:
What's really pissing me off today is the truly horrible air quality. Unlike previous (many) times, here at my house the smoke isn't visible in the air and there's no ash fall. But my eyes are burning and I can't breath all the way in without feeling it - and it doesn't feel good. I hate to think what it's like for those who already have difficulty breathing.
I feel for you all there. A month ago they were burning cut trees and brush along the edge of a pasture...maybe a hundred yards of individual fires. An inversion kept the smoke low and it hung over our yard for the better part of a day. It sucked, but you knew the fires would die out soon enough. You don't have that luxury. Hang in there!
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:27 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
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Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:27 am linkquote
Chinese Scooter
Royally pissing me off. The bracket support piece just snapped.



Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:19 am

Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
Joined: 19 Jan 2011
Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
 
Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:19 am linkquote
Max6200 wrote:
As a last resort put a fan on it and keep it upside down. Don't give up too soon.
*sigh* it's been 2 days, I might try to put in a bag of rice but i'm afraid it's dead...
mpfrank wrote:
The new one is actually better (I keep telling myself).
ooo! I've been meaning to get a sous vide machine. Been trying to use the instant pot on "keep warm" setting but it's still too hot. What brand did you end up with?
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:05 pm

Moderaptor
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 39656
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
 
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The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
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Posts: 39656
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:05 pm linkquote
tonyc wrote:
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
In a previous life, we used to get coffee, Coke, you name it spilt over *very* expensive keyboards (think custom-made broadcast TV equipment). As long as they were immediately thoroughly rinsed in running tap water, a final rinse in distilled water and then dried in a warm environment (back of the equipment racks) they all turned out fine. Worked for mobile phones and radio transceivers dropped in the loo as well. A surprising amount of the latter...

So there may still be hope! As wine is mildly acidic I'd recommend dismantling and washing that keyboard ASAP.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:12 pm

Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
Joined: 19 Jan 2011
Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
 
Hooked
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Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:12 pm linkquote
^ thanks jimc,
guess I''ll start breaking it down today, but I'm assuming it's too late, w/ the acid and sugars and all? I'm not too concerned now, after talking to the therapist this morning, since I know the HDD & upgraded can be extracted and installed onto another machine, if I cared to.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:29 pm

Member
GTS300HPE Touring, Triumph Tiger Alpine
Joined: 26 Aug 2020
Posts: 27
Location: Kettering
 
Member
GTS300HPE Touring, Triumph Tiger Alpine
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Posts: 27
Location: Kettering
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:29 pm linkquote
COVID robbed me of so many weekends, it was great to see some events coming back. I was really looking forward to them. As of last night's announcement about restricting the number of people who can stand 2m away from each other outside - all gone again
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:47 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:47 pm linkquote
tonyc wrote:
^ thanks jimc,
guess I''ll start breaking it down today, but I'm assuming it's too late, w/ the acid and sugars and all? I'm not too concerned now, after talking to the therapist this morning, since I know the HDD & upgraded can be extracted and installed onto another machine, if I cared to.
If you don't have a Time Machine (or other) backup from the older MBP your best bet is to put the drive in to an external enclosure and do a manual copy of the data. You could potentially also use the external drive to boot another Mac and use migration assistant to transfer the data as well. There are a few options for you to try.

You could potentially put the drive in another machine but not a newer MBP based on the age of the machine that saw the liquid damage. If you can buy one used, then yes that is a possibility.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:09 pm

Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
Joined: 19 Jan 2011
Posts: 451
Location: LA CA
 
Hooked
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Location: LA CA
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:09 pm linkquote
Harbinger wrote:
If you can buy one used, then yes that is a possibility.
Yes, that's what I'd planned on doing as I'd rather liked this model (late 2012 w/ 13" retina) and had installed a new 500G SSD just this Spring before covid. Sadly, it looks like a used one would still run about $400. Silly apple laptop pricing...

Is there a model that's faster that allows HDD swaps? I love how many techies there are in the forum.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:45 pm

Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
 
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2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
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Posts: 4202
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:45 pm linkquote
tonyc wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
As a last resort put a fan on it and keep it upside down. Don't give up too soon.
*sigh* it's been 2 days, I might try to put in a bag of rice but i'm afraid it's dead...
mpfrank wrote:
The new one is actually better (I keep telling myself).
ooo! I've been meaning to get a sous vide machine. Been trying to use the instant pot on "keep warm" setting but it's still too hot. What brand did you end up with?
The one I killed was an Anova 800 watts (with bluetooth that I never used). The new ones have gotten way too expensive and I don't need or want bluetooth. It turns out there are plenty to choose from.

So I went with a Monoprice 1100 watt model which works every bit as well as the Anova, only it heats faster.

https://tinyurl.com/yxjyooqz

I use it multiple times per week, mostly for meat.
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:47 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
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Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
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Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:47 pm linkquote
monogodo wrote:
(omissis)
But it's better than having the house explode.
In Italy the gas company is responsible for breakdowns and repairs up to and including the meter, nothing is due.
In order to have domestic hot water, I have an LPG boiler with an underground tank but the main sources are a 200 liter solar panel (with integrated electrical resistance if needed) https://www.solcrafte.com/ and for the winter a pelletts stove (34,000 kcal) which produces heat. for heating but also heats the water for sanitary use; all integrated with a three-way valve for the controlled choice of the source.
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:52 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2021 Vespa GTS300 HPE Racing 60’s, 2019 BMW K1600GT Sport, 2019 Ural Gear Up
Joined: 21 May 2017
Posts: 8199
Location: Toronto
 
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Location: Toronto
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:52 am linkquote
This. The little pricks keep breaking in to our garage. Bikes are fine fortunately and I think the only thing missing are 2 helmets I don’t wear. Still pisses me off.



Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:20 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
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Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:20 am linkquote
Harbinger wrote:
This. The little pricks keep breaking in to our garage. Bikes are fine fortunately and I think the only thing missing are 2 helmets I don’t wear. Still pisses me off.
Thieves are just the scum of the Earth.
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:40 am

Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
 
Hooked
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Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:40 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
monogodo wrote:
(omissis)
But it's better than having the house explode.
In Italy the gas company is responsible for breakdowns and repairs up to and including the meter, nothing is due.
In order to have domestic hot water, I have an LPG boiler with an underground tank but the main sources are a 200 liter solar panel (with integrated electrical resistance if needed) https://www.solcrafte.com/ and for the winter a pelletts stove (34,000 kcal) which produces heat. for heating but also heats the water for sanitary use; all integrated with a three-way valve for the controlled choice of the source.
It's the same here: the gas company is responsible for everything up to the meter, I'm responsible for everything from the meter to the house.

The plumbing crew came yesterday (Wednesday 9/9) and dug an 18" deep trench from the meter to the back of the house. During their work, they ended up cutting through two different water lines (that we were unaware of), but they repaired them. They completed everything they could get done prior to having the city inspector come out. The inspector should come out today, we just don't know when. A cold front came through yesterday, and the temperature dropped from the usual mid-90°F range (32°C) to 58°F (14°C) this morning. So my shower was rather chilly.

I'd love to get solar panels installed, but out tree coverage and other financial needs preclude the expenditure.
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:21 pm

Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1471
Location: Central New York
 
Molto Verboso
GTV300 (wife's)
Joined: 08 Nov 2014
Posts: 1471
Location: Central New York
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:21 pm linkquote
Well hope it's Okay to post a non-plumbing message here!

This last Thursday I had gallbladder removal surgery, not terrible but the rest of that day and Friday was not up to doing much other than sleeping or watching the Tube.

Friday night after shower wife noticed I had a couple bumps just to the left of two of the four small incisions. To me they look like blisters from a burn with clear liquid inside. There were about the size of a kidney bean or a little smaller!

Wife later Friday called the doctors office and talked with doctor on call who suggested we go to Urgent Care not ER Room. Early this morning Saturday wife called the local Urgent Care and sure enough the doctor there said he would recommend the ER Room at the hospital where the surgery was done.

Okay, instead of a 5 minute ride to Urgent Care now we had a 35 minute ride to ER at hospital. Get there and go sign in and told to take a seat in waiting room. This is a large hospital in a city of 141,000 not counting the surrounding county(460,000) and suburbs. Quick look and the large waiting room had at the most half a dozen people spread out sitting there. Figured that was a good sign how long could this take?

Twice got called in to see nurses to take BP, temp and such. As time went on more and more people showed up a guess would say close to 40 people at the point we had been there for a full 3 hours. Seeing they were coming in three time faster than they were leaving we decided to cut our losses and just leave.

What really sucks is the total time from when I signed in till I was dressed and ready to leave the day of the operation was only at the most an hour more than the time we had waited to have someone qualified to take a quick look and say if it was good or needed something done!
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:56 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing at Large, Falcon 200, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9311
Location: KS USA
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:56 pm linkquote
Had oral surgery yesterday. Too much anesthetic inro my jaw. Slept all day.
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:03 pm

Addicted
BV 350
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 922
Location: Nebraska
 
Addicted
BV 350
Joined: 22 Nov 2016
Posts: 922
Location: Nebraska
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:03 pm linkquote
Just
Just to put you rmind at rest, it takes a considerable concentration of natural gas (methane) to create an explosion. You need at least 5% by volume, way, way more than 'a whiff', and it won't explode if it gets over 17%. So piddly little leaks, while annoying, are unlikely to lead to problems. Love the way the local gas company (and fire department) panics people, extending the myth that modern natural gas is toxic, as well.

Speaking of pissing you off, we had an incident a while back where a renter moving out out of a house disconnected her gas dryer without shutting the gas off or capping the opening. The owner showed up a couple days later, flipped on a light, and the spark destroyed the house, killed the owner, and obliterated neighboring houses. But the local prosecutor declined to file charges on the renter. Sure seemed like reckless endangerment to me. Hopefully the insurance companies went after her.

We've had black pipe (ungalvanized steel) forever for gas services with few if any problems. But then we are mostly low-pressure services, much less than 1 PSI, so unless a hole is huge there's not much leakage. And there seems to be a correlation between soil type and pipe corrosion, so maybe more of a problem in your location.

The gas company is going around and replacing steel services piecemeal with plastic pipe. We haven't had a problem with our steel service in more than 50 years. I wonder how long the plastic pipe is expected to last?
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:35 pm

Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1267
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1267
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:35 pm linkquote
znomit wrote:
Had my first fuel spillover in forever today.

I guess I should be thankful I didn't have to push it to the station as it took 7.8l (8l tank).
I have never put more than 6 litres in my GTS tank.
Am I reading the yellow light and the bottom red line in the fuel gauge as having almost 3 litres still?
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:49 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7116
Location: New Zealand
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:49 pm linkquote
Fudmucker wrote:
znomit wrote:
Had my first fuel spillover in forever today.

I guess I should be thankful I didn't have to push it to the station as it took 7.8l (8l tank).
I have never put more than 6 litres in my GTS tank.
Am I reading the yellow light and the bottom red line in the fuel gauge as having almost 3 litres still?
My experience is the Vespa specs are quite accurate here. I think I got 8.3l into the LX (spec is 8.5).
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:38 pm

Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1267
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
 
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1267
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:38 pm linkquote
tonyc wrote:
kiddo playing on his laptop tipped over a glass chardonnay right onto my macbook pro keyboard (which was covered with a silicone film). i shut it off asap, flipped the laptop upside down and removed the film, but this morning, no dice.

dead macbook... we've had it in the family for almost 10 years and it only took one small glass of cheap bad wine.
My wife accidentally spilled some sanitizer over her work laptop's keyboard.
It is now perfectly sterile, but sexually experienced.
Damned COVID !
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:01 pm

Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
 
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:01 pm linkquote
Re: Just
Jimding wrote:
Just to put you rmind at rest, it takes a considerable concentration of natural gas (methane) to create an explosion. You need at least 5% by volume, way, way more than 'a whiff', and it won't explode if it gets over 17%. So piddly little leaks, while annoying, are unlikely to lead to problems. Love the way the local gas company (and fire department) panics people, extending the myth that modern natural gas is toxic, as well.

Speaking of pissing you off, we had an incident a while back where a renter moving out out of a house disconnected her gas dryer without shutting the gas off or capping the opening. The owner showed up a couple days later, flipped on a light, and the spark destroyed the house, killed the owner, and obliterated neighboring houses. But the local prosecutor declined to file charges on the renter. Sure seemed like reckless endangerment to me. Hopefully the insurance companies went after her.

We've had black pipe (ungalvanized steel) forever for gas services with few if any problems. But then we are mostly low-pressure services, much less than 1 PSI, so unless a hole is huge there's not much leakage. And there seems to be a correlation between soil type and pipe corrosion, so maybe more of a problem in your location.

The gas company is going around and replacing steel services piecemeal with plastic pipe. We haven't had a problem with our steel service in more than 50 years. I wonder how long the plastic pipe is expected to last?
The City Inspector approved the work Friday around 1pm. I called the gas company 5 times over the next 18 hours or so. During my last call on Saturday at 8:30 am, they still hadn't received the approval from the city. The agent on the phone heard me mention that I had a copy of the approval, so she asked if there was a permit number on it. There was. She said she'd get us turned back on with that. Gas was back on by 1pm.

When the tech was there, he mentioned that they figure the lifespan of the black pipe is about 30 years. We got 70 from ours. (EDIT: I just looked it up and learned that black pipe has a life expectancy of 50 years, while the polyethylene pipe has a life expectancy of 100+ years.)

During the replacement work, I learned that the original gas line went directly from the meter to the back corner of the house in a straight line. Then when the house had additions built, they simply laid new foundation concrete over the gas line location. My driveway, part of the garage, and my TV room all were on top of the gas line. So it turns out it was probably much cheaper to lay new gas line than try to find & repair the leak.

As for what's pissing me off, the work crew took the fence gate off its hinges to get their Bobcat trencher through to the back yard. Once the work was done, they didn't replace it. When I spoke to the head plumber afterwards, he said that we'd discussed the fact that they didn't do fence repair, and that I'd be responsible for repairing the fencing that they'd removed. I explained that it was a gate, and that they'd simply removed the hinge pins and took the gate off. I also didn't see the hinge pins anywhere (they weren't in the hinge parts of the fence or the gate). I later found them sitting on a support beam of the fence. I was able to get the gate back on with my neighbor's help. It just pissed me off, because if he'd had to remove a closet door to replace a water heater, he wouldn't have left the door off, so why was it OK to leave my gate off?
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:22 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:22 pm linkquote
monogodo wrote:
...I'd love to get solar panels installed, but out tree coverage and other financial needs preclude the expenditure.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:36 pm

Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
 
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 449
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:36 pm linkquote
Attila wrote:
monogodo wrote:
...I'd love to get solar panels installed, but out tree coverage and other financial needs preclude the expenditure.
Here's an aerial view of my house.

As you can see, I have a ton of tree coverage.

I also added the gas lines for reference.


monohome

Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:05 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6158
Location: Latina (Italy)
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:05 pm linkquote
monogodo wrote:
Here's an aerial view of my house.

As you can see, I have a ton of tree coverage.

But your house is in the woods! In light of what is happening with climate change i would prune the plants near the house and put the others at a safe distance.
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