Welcome to the Utopia Forums! Register a new account
The current time is Sun Jul 05 12:35:06 2020

Utopia Talk / Politics / Quaratine II
jergul
large member
Mon May 18 17:48:30
TJ
Did you not use the knock on wood techique? Its my go-to method for checking and is accurate enough for me to not buy a 40 dollar moisture checking device.

I buy bucked wood these days, and I really, really care about the moisture content. I am particular that way.
jergul
large member
Mon May 18 17:51:08
Also, I am pretty sure all of you had chores that, when you look back on it today, leave you thinking "wtf?"
TJ
Member
Mon May 18 18:55:48
Sure, when you bang two sticks together if they sound hollow they are good to go. After so many you can tell by the weight.

I fell, stripped, bucked, and split wood for over 20 years in what little time I had to spare. It was a good stress reliever. :) The wife and girls would drag the brush and feed the disposal fire. Glad those days are behind me for certain.
sam adams
Member
Mon May 18 19:31:33
I still love it. Maybe after 20 years i will change my tune...
TJ
Member
Mon May 18 21:15:14
The old stud ain't what he used to be, but that isn't really a bad thing. I learned many skills over the years that saved me, and still does, a crap load of dollars.
Habebe
Member
Mon May 18 22:31:10
I don't mind splitting wood. To be honest though I absolutely love shoveling snow.I used to shovel neighbors and random elderly peoples walkways and parking spots.
jergul
large member
Tue May 19 00:16:36
I remember why weight is not my preferred measure (I can gauge the weight of fish down to the nearest 10 grams, so its not that I find measuring by hand hard). A birch blight slightly predating my time. Trees, inflicted but still good to fell, buck and burn. Weight told you nothing about moisture content as it could either be wet dry rot, or dry healthy wood. Both would weigh in at about the same.

Knuckle knock, not two sticks, is what I do.

You forgot the transport bit. That was always the part I found to be the greatest hassle. snowscooters can be a bit finnicky pulling a full load downhill from the range.
smart dude
Member
Tue May 19 01:34:17
Imagine being so poor you have to chop your own wood and shovel your own snow.
jergul
large member
Tue May 19 03:19:56
SD
Both infer owning a decently size property.
patom
Member
Tue May 19 04:32:25
Never had wood heat as a kid. We had a coal furnace in the basement. Shoveled lots of snow and still do a little for fine clean up. The bulk of my snow moving is done with my pick-up with an 8' plow and a Honda 11/32 snow blower that will blow snow close to 50'. Use that for making a path for the dog to shit in ;)

We're still burning wood in the fire pit that was left here by the previous owners.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Tue May 19 04:43:56
Jergul
I am actually the rare bread of people who thinks wind farms along the coastline looks awesome. In the Eyes of this beholder, it looks like a non-dystopian future. So one of those turning things (30-60% more efficient) well that is practically living on a Lunar colony :)
Habebe
Member
Tue May 19 04:55:47
"Honda 11/32 snow blower "

In my experience Himda actually some makes some of the best small engine tools.I usually keep a push mower to get at hard to reach spots in the lawn that I dont want to weedwhack and Honda is the only push mower I'll use.

Now as for weedwhacker hands down Stihl or Echo.
Habebe
Member
Tue May 19 04:59:35
Nimatzo, You and my mom. That woman loves windmills.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Tue May 19 07:06:24
"Stihl or Echo."

The automower that came with the house is a Swedish Husqvarna, so I felt compelled to buy the weedwacker and the hedgecutter from Husqvarna as well. I must support Swedish industry now. But the real reason is that according to all the tests I read, the Husqvarna i115 was the best one, so I bought the hedgecutter because it is the same battery design.
hood
Member
Tue May 19 08:03:24
"I am actually the rare bread of people"

Is that rye or plain white toasted? Or maybe a dense sourdough?
patom
Member
Tue May 19 08:29:47
I have a Husqvarna mower with a Honda engine. I run it dry after last use in the fall and gas it up and it starts on no more than 2 pulls in the spring.

My Honda snow blower has electric start but I've never used it. Starts on one pull.

I also have a John Deere riding mower D105 does the job for me.

My weed whacker is some cheap thing I picked up at Walmart. I hate it in some ways but the fucking thing won't quit.
patom
Member
Tue May 19 08:35:52
I had chores long before I was a teen. I had a paper route at 10 delivering the Philadelphia Bulletin (now defunct) doubled my route in 6 months. While on my route I would pick up refundable bottles. I also used our push reel mower (no motor) and did about 5 lawns. These endeavors paid for a lot of movies in them glorious old theaters in down town Philly. I could go down town with $5 see a movie get some street food and come home with money still in my pocket.
TJ
Member
Tue May 19 10:15:23
jergul:

Different strokes for different folks and maybe different woods. How much white oak, hickory, and walnut have you fell, striped, bucked and burned? Maybe therein lies the difference.

SD:

I did a lot of things that I didn't need to do. And yes, in the beginning I was as poor as a church mouse as the saying goes. Because of all those things I'm no longer near being that same mouse.
TJ
Member
Tue May 19 10:54:46
Tom:

Those old mowers have come a long way from back in the day when we were kids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0AqFL2ltjA
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Tue May 19 13:27:38
Hood
I’ll go with the sourdough. Delicious.
Habebe
Member
Thu May 21 12:45:50
Well, all my project are on hold. I slipped a rib coughing so now it feels like im getting shot with a musket everytime I sneeze or cough... I feel old.
Paramount
Member
Thu May 21 14:08:23
I started with a project today. I deleted my website.

My plan is to make a new site, with a new domain name.

But I first need an idea on what to put on it and how to design it. I haven’t got that far in the thought process yet. Well, I have somewhat of an idea, but I think I need to sleep on it for a couple of days, and drink more coffee.
Paramount
Member
Thu May 21 14:20:26
Another side idea that I have had for some time is to start a youtube channel. The main purpose would be to learn how to film and edit videos (or to improve my skills that I already have. I think I know the basics). I have an basic idea on how to film it, but I need an idea on a topic for the channel.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Thu May 21 14:20:57
Porn.
Paramount
Member
Thu May 21 14:26:29
Youtube does not allow porn.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Thu May 21 14:31:52
youporn does though. Stop making up imaginary problems man, are you going to do this project or not?
Paramount
Member
Thu May 21 14:34:54
Maybe Israel Porn. I could publish once a week, on fridays for an example. And I could talk about Israel. It would basically be Israel Porn. Name of the channel: Israel Fridays.
Habebe
Member
Thu May 21 14:49:48
If there are naked jew broads I'll watch.
Paramount
Member
Thu May 21 15:03:14
If I really start a channel someday, which is not likely but also not ruled out, it will be on youtube, so there will be no porn and no nudity.
Habebe
Member
Thu May 21 15:08:08
Might as well start a podcast then.

YouTube is owned by .American capitalist pigdogs you know.
Habebe
Member
Sun May 24 02:43:37
Actually a UP podcast would be interesting. We could pick a hand full of topics and argue them vocally instead of by text.
patom
Member
Sun May 24 04:46:13
TJ,
I'll say there is a lot of difference. It would probably be good exercise. I don't ever remember that old (much older than I was) push reel mower cutting as easily as the one they show here.
The old one I used had wooden handle and steel wheels. Got a lot of arm exercise which probably why I cold bench a lot of weight from an early age. They do give a good cut though. I believe golf courses still use them on the greens.
TJ
Member
Sun May 24 10:45:11
Tom

"I believe golf courses still use them on the greens."


I didn't know, as much golf I used to play, so I did a google search.

"To keep the grass so short on greens, special mowers are used. Golf course mowers are reel mowers, not rotary like most lawn mowers used at home. The reel spins and cuts the grass like a tight scissor cut. The cut height is set by adjusting the difference between the front and rear rollers."

They aren't pushing them though like we used to do, :-).
patom
Member
Sun May 24 12:07:17
TJ
Yep, they also have them set up as gang mower being towed by a tractor to do big fairways.

I don't golf myself, made the mistake of letting my brother try and teach me.

I did however break 100 the first time out. Then we went to the second hole.
TJ
Member
Sun May 24 13:22:56
Tom
Golf can definitely be a humbling game. One bad hole can totally ruin a decent round. I only started playing because it was a good method of
networking. I don't play anymore.
patom
Member
Sun May 24 14:01:11
I never really had the time and the money. I swore that if I take up a sport it will be with a good teacher so that I don't have to spend the rest of my time playing that sport trying to break bad habits.
Like I said, my brother likes to holler at you for doing something wrong but has no clue how to tell you what the correct method of doing something is. Ergo, I guess I was turned off the first time out.

I used to love to shoot pool and darts in my bar days. I was an above average bar room athlete. When I was low on funds I could usually drink for free from shooting pool and put money in my pocket.
TJ
Member
Sun May 24 14:53:09
It is reported that Bubba Watson never took a lesson in his life. There are also a number of pro-golfers who have technically horrible swings.

Best to learn golf at a young age. My first round of golf was at the age of 38 and only managed to become a consistent bogey golfer, no lessons.

Yeah, I made a good share of money playing snooker, eight ball, and 5/9 ball. Maybe you still can go into any bar or pool hall and strike up a game for money in no time like one used to be able to do. I don't know, because the need no exists as it once did. I used to work in a pool hall when i was a kid. I played for free when I wasn't working.
TJ
Member
Sun May 24 14:54:33
38 should have been 28.
show deleted posts

Your Name:
Your Password:
Your Message:
Bookmark and Share