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Toshi

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Hopefully you're going xeriscape with such a paltry "lawn" left?
Going to tear it up with this electrical powered gadget, then try to condition the soil and replant anew from grass seed. Probably will have to overseed again in the spring. Nowhere to go but up from here!

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SkaredShtles

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In a van.... down by the river

Toshi

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300 Wh and much sweat later. It’s like an isometric rowing action the whole time. Gonna get swole from this

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Toshi

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Or put down weed matting and a load of pea gravel.
that reminds me to go order a bag of rocks from Amazon to lay down in the trench at the end of the extended, buried downspout. then soil and hopefully eventually turf atop it.
 

Toshi

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to thwart this in the future also ordered a skid plate. All the off-road centric ones from Slee and the like either replace or require a specific aftermarket crossmember. Per an IH8MUD thread I found an Israeli (!) company, Asfir 4x4, that makes a bolt on fitment for the 100 series that should give the cats some protection. $482, no tax collected, free shipping from Israel. Given the lag time inherent in the above process it should be here in time
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due here on Thursday. the magic of air freight.

meanwhile the adjuster will coordinate with the exhaust shop for the estimate tomorrow or Wednesday. slow process that I had to hasten along by calling and hassling the claims agent. Thursday will thus be just fine indeed with the timeline. might even drop off the skid plate Monday afternoon with the rented Tesla depending on the timeline, or on Friday via e-cargo bike since I'm a goof.
 
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Toshi

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Trying a new engineering firm to see about the potential deck reinforcement for hot tub smoldering project at the mountain house. Hopes still low.
 
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Toshi

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MPEI electrical-related upgrade project financing is as below, with a $100 one time administration fee. for the small insulation project I'm doing for the mountain house attic this doesn't make sense due to that fee being proportionally large. but for the upcoming master suite heat pump setup + potential PV on roof (!) it would make sense.

Down payment and Interest Rate Charges

Members participating in this tariff are required to make a minimum down
payment of 10 percent toward the total cost of the measure. Annual interest
rate for EE projects are as follows:

• 1 percent for electric vehicle charging stations, heat pumps, solar plus
heat pumps and insulation upgrades
• 2 percent for solar projects
 

Toshi

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meanwhile the adjuster will coordinate with the exhaust shop for the estimate tomorrow or Wednesday. slow process that I had to hasten along by calling and hassling the claims agent. Thursday will thus be just fine indeed with the timeline. might even drop off the skid plate Monday afternoon with the rented Tesla depending on the timeline, or on Friday via e-cargo bike since I'm a goof.
$5,901.61 estimate. Progressive is paying out $4,901.61 to me via direct deposit and I'll pay the shop the full amount via credit card when settling up. parts are being ordered now so the timeline still is fine with dropping off the skid plate on Friday and getting that done as part of this.
 

Toshi

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potential PV on roof
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usage.

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estimate, which lines up nicely against the 700 kWh/mo actual usage.

Tesla Energy quotes post-credit price, which works backwards to $12,110 for 5.265 kW for rough parity with the above. that's $2.30/installed W.

$14,904 for 6.48 kW, similarly $2.30/installed W. $20,493 for 8.91 kW, scaling linearly at $2.30/installed W.

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for context, in Denver in May 2020 I paid $24,900.16 for 11.34 kW (on top of my existing 2.6 kW SolarCity array), $2.20/installed W. so minimal inflation but nothing extra off the top.
 

Toshi

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Passes acquired for next season:

Loveland midweek for me
Ikon for me + wife
WP for Baby Aya (last year of glorious $30 pass!)

Shall get WP passes for the elder two kids through the comp center when I sign them up for Devo in the fall.
and Devo now thusly signed up for. not cheap.

maybe I should have the kids take up carting instead

I looked into what the Affirm rates would be as if 0% I'd have gone for it, but not 0 so just paid it straight up.


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(that's $1,750 Devo x 2, $289 WP passes through comp center x 2, $300 parent work deposit that we won't work off at $15/hr, $50 donation)
 

Toshi

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I have posted about this before, but one of my friends posted a mildly harrowing story about her husband and one of their kids hiking through an area that developed a brush fire and was out of cell service. they were able to get in contact via a Garmin InReach device and all worked out.

I'll be upgrading phones for the wife and me this fall so I guess I won't need either of these two devices since the iPhone 14-onward does have similar satellite based SOS services. but for reference:

 

Toshi

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Sprayed front lawn for its crabgrass and clover issues

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current state for posterity.

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Raked loose top junk on razed back lawn. Also leveled out a bit during this. Will need to do that liquid aerator junk again as surely none touched this current exposed layer even if it does anything at all.

next up: fertilizer and seeding and seeding some more. Got two kinds of combined fertilizer/seed spreadable stuff and one sprayable fertilizer concentrate
 
Sprayed front lawn for its crabgrass and clover issues

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current state for posterity.

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Raked loose top junk on razed back lawn. Also leveled out a bit during this. Will need to do that liquid aerator junk again as surely none touched this current exposed layer even if it does anything at all.

next up: fertilizer and seeding and seeding some more. Got two kinds of combined fertilizer/seed spreadable stuff and one sprayable fertilizer concentrate
Poisoning the earth so nothing natural grows. How suburban.
 

canadmos

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Clover issues :rofl:


Isn't there a succulent type of plant that has been used in the southwest, which ends up being better than grass? IE less maintenance and whatnot. Wish I could remember the name, but it looked dreamy to walk on.
 

Toshi

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I have spread my seed far and wide

after one more round of raking, liquid aerator, sprayable fertilizer stuff (looked a lot like Revive), that is.

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ended up only laying down maybe 12 lb of one bag. Have much more left yet should this not take beautifully a la the packaging’s pictures.
 

Toshi

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the astute watcher would note from the above that the hot tub pad remains empty despite today having been the delivery date. the dealer removed the packaging prior to loading it up on a truck and found some damage to the overlip of the shell. the R series isn't made any more now (!) and he has to sort out whether liability for this is on the original shipper or his firm.

so I'll have a resolution but won't have a hot tub today or for a few weeks yet, it appears.
 

Toshi

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dropped from 1.3 to 1.199 to 1.1 flat now. how low will it go?!

holding steady thus far, only on market a few weeks yet.
first one that started at 1.3 is now pending sale, so we all will get to see what it ended up at in this climate!

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second dropped from 949 to 899. still unsold.





that first house is literally across the street from ours. it's the near one on the right. ours is the salmon colored box on the left, of course

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SkaredShtles

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In a van.... down by the river
I have spread my seed far and wide

after one more round of raking, liquid aerator, sprayable fertilizer stuff (looked a lot like Revive), that is.

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ended up only laying down maybe 12 lb of one bag. Have much more left yet should this not take beautifully a la the packaging’s pictures.
It's too early to seed. Wait until mid-September. And don't forget to water it.

:D
 

Toshi

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It's too early to seed. Wait until mid-September. And don't forget to water it.

:D
Yeah, I read that I should ideally wait until overnight temps are more like 60. So I may well be reseeding later. But I wanted to try now at least and get some cover! I have like 50 more lb of seed left to spread. Probably should get a better seed spreader: my electric handheld one is not the most even in its distribution, not to mention seeding my own sock, etc.
 

SkaredShtles

Michael Bolton
Sep 21, 2003
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In a van.... down by the river
Yeah, I read that I should ideally wait until overnight temps are more like 60. So I may well be reseeding later. But I wanted to try now at least and get some cover! I have like 50 more lb of seed left to spread. Probably should get a better seed spreader: my electric handheld one is not the most even in its distribution, not to mention seeding my own sock, etc.
Just use your hand for such a paltry sized lawn. :D
 

Toshi

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that doesnt sound very cheap. you´d need very cheap electricity to compete against 6-7mpg diesel.
CA diesel prices as of last month were $4.821/gal.

let's assume 7 mpg. so that's 14.29 gallons to go 100 miles, 170 kWh to go 100 miles.

$68.88 of diesel == 40.5 cents/kWh to break even on this simple metric...
 

Toshi

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more payload capacity than quite a few trucks, honestly

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Toshi

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New solar lights work decently

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video at link of color changing trick that i will never use


Also did some math(s) and figured out square footage of remaining theoretically grass area after the pad, and the answer is about 318 sq ft

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edit: screwed up the math. did triangle formula even for the non triangle areas. should be 462 + 84 + 54 - 9 == 591 ft^2. pad area is 111 sq ft, so would have been 702 sq ft total before the pad encroached on it.
 
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Toshi

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reseeding project update

raked today as getting a bit of cover for new seeds is recommended. also found out during this that the water distribution (after watering this morning on an every day x 14 days schedule for the new seed) is extremely uneven. dependent/lower portions positively waterlogged and upper ones kinda dry.

turned out that some of my sprinkler heads were almost 90 degrees off from their proper 180 degree fan pattern orientation with respect to the yard. fixed that and changed timing.

also one of them had no water at all coming out of it although it popped up fine. instead of troubleshooting more than running my hand over it I ordered up a replacement for $9 on Amazon. I've never replaced a sprinkler head but it seems simple enough: dig around it for access, unscrew, Teflon tape, screw in new one, adjust pattern, put dirt back in.
 

Toshi

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cheap tesla semi is cheap.
time for the same trivial math for charging the PacHy:

it's rated at 410 Wh/mi in electric, 30 mpg on gasoline.

85 octane was $3.979/gal when I drove by Quik Trip today. electricity in summer months under time of use is 11 cents/kWh off peak, 19 cents/kWh mid peak, 27 cents/kWh peak.

so the question I'm going to answer is what equivalent gas price do each of those electricity rates correspond to.

11 cents/kWh * 41 kWh to drive 100 miles / 90% charger efficiency == $5.01, which would break even at $1.50/gal gas.
mid peak 19 cents ==> $8.66, breakeven at $2.60/gal gas.
peak 27 cents ==> $12.30, breakeven at $3.69/gal gas.

therefore I should not worry about when the PacHy gets charged, as it's cheaper at any time than actual gas, and subjectively is better to drive in electric mode anyway beside the environmental benefit (recall that we overproduce from our PV system so our electricity is carbon free).