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RE: Nascar Follies

Interesting. Let me say, I've never been a big fan of Nascar, but I've watched races here and there. As I read the way they will determine the starting order, a person who wins their heat by leading wire to wire may very well not be in the top starting position determined by that heat if 2nd or 3rd behind him started at the back of the field and worked their way to the higher position. Am I reading that right or do they have some other way to deal with that? Just curious and figure you guys are way more knowledgeable than I am on this.
p220sigman 03/04/21 10:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Battery Powered Lawn Mower

I have the 40V model and it works great. I bought it to mow our fenced back yard that doesn't have a gate wide enough for my rider. The area is 1200 sq ft. I entire property is about 1/2 acre of lawn. Just because, I set out to mow the entire yard when I first got it. I was able to do about 1/3 of an acre on the one battery (6 aH). I easily finished with charge to spare once I recharged the battery. My yard is pretty flat so I don't have to deal with any hills or much terrain change while mowing. The controller works well increasing the motor speed as needed if the grass gets thick. The mower is much lighter and easier to maneuver than my old gas model (22" deck with a 6 HP engine). The only place I have found that the gas model did better is in high grass. If I don't cut for a few weeks, I have to go over a couple of spots twice to get an even cut. I don't bag, so I don't know how well it works for that. I picked up the 40V blower/battery combo this winter so I have a 2nd battery (4aH) now and feel pretty confident I could mow my entire yard without having to charge now. I've been very happy and can't really think of any negatives at this point. Of course I've only had the mower for one season so I have to see how well it will hold up over time. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up for that size area if you'd rather mow than weedeat it.
p220sigman 03/01/21 07:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

I fall into the buy one-time use tools and things like zip ties there. I bought a rubber mallet and square-nosed shovel for a project in there this weekend. Walked out less than $15.00 (after the 10% off text). I couldn't have come close to that at a box store and odds are pretty good I will never use either of them again, but they are likely to last through the project. I've actually gotten great service out of the two electric tools I have from there. I bought a small disc/belt sander to use when making Pinewood Derby cars with the Cub Scouts. It has lasted 14 years and hundreds of derby cars. I bought an electric impact wrench that was on sale for about $30 for a project about 8 years ago and it still works great. I still use it every time I have to remove the wheels on the car. If both died today, I've more than gotten my use and money's worth out of them. I probably wouldn't replace either one at this point, but they served their purpose.
p220sigman 03/01/21 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Cordless blowers

I think you'll be happy. I'll admit I was slow to get on the electric yard tool bandwagon, but when my push mower died (deck rusted through), I decided to go electric since the area I have to mow with the push mower is small). I have the Ryobi 40V mower and I was really surprised at how well it did. Easily cut as well as my gas mower did and weighs about half as much. Plus, I can talk on the phone while I mow if I need to. When it came time for a new blower, I added the Ryobi 40V blower since it uses the same battery. I got the one that came with a battery so I have two batteries now. It is more powerful than the corded one I had before. I don't see me getting other tools in the near future as I have a Stihl chainsaw and an Echo trimmer that are essentially new, but I wouldn't be opposed to them based on my experience thus far.
p220sigman 02/22/21 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Humble Apology

Thoughts sometimes run through my brain and out my mouth or fingers before going through the filter and I can't blame anything but myself. It happens.
p220sigman 02/19/21 03:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Need a new vacuum cleaner

Can't speak for Shark or Bissell, but we have had a Dyson for about 20 years and it has been great. I'm not sure if they have HEPA or not though. Ours does a great job on pet hair (2 dogs).
p220sigman 02/19/21 02:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

As was said, most of the weight ends up on the rear tire because you sit closer to directly over it than the front wheel. Additionally, think about if you approach something like a curb that you are going to ride over, you end up unweighing the front wheel by pulling up on the bars and potentially pedaling to further lighten the front. Most people will then hit the curb with the rear wheel at or near full weight (a prime source of pinch flats). Some riders are able to shift their weight forward before the rear tire strikes and essentially lift the rear tire up onto the curb, but most don't practice enough to have that kind of bike/body control.
p220sigman 02/18/21 01:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cordless blowers

I don't carry one camping, but I use the Ryobi 40V one at the house and it works very well. It is more powerful than the corded one I had before. I got it because I already had the 40V push mower and they use the same battery. Might be bigger than what you want to carry camping though.
p220sigman 02/18/21 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

I don't think anyone is suggesting that campground owners should be mandated to install chargers or infrastructure to support charging. If it doesn't fit your business model, don't do it. It is no different than any other business choosing to not carry a particular product or service. If I woke up tomorrow as a campground owner, I doubt I would rush right out and install chargers. Would I re-evaluate that decision periodically? Absolutely. Like anything else, as the market changes significantly, those businesses that want to thrive will change with them. I just don't think we are at that significant change point yet. Will there be a market for campgrounds that don't offer charging in the future? I'm sure there will be for many years to come. I suspect most of us will be long gone before that market dries up.
p220sigman 02/17/21 08:57am General RVing Issues
RE: FOB keys and theft

I'd worry more about someone breaking into my house and stealing the fob (in a faraday bag or not) and the vehicle. That would seem much easier for the average thief and easier.
p220sigman 02/12/21 12:14pm Tech Issues
RE: need some help

Might check the fuel tank for some debris or trash floating around. It could be floating until it gets sucked to the intake, cutting off the fuel supply. When it cuts off, the debris floats away from the intake. The time would likely get shorter when there is less fuel in the tank.
p220sigman 02/12/21 11:34am Tech Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

I agree with seeing them install several charging stations in a central location rather than setting up each site. Depending on traffic in the area and the layout of the campground, they could install it at the front or adjacent to the campground as a pay site and generate additional revue by it being available to non-campground patrons too. Use the additional charges for leaving the vehicle after it is fully charged to encourage owners to move vehicles once they are charged to help with availability. The other option in the near term would be upgrading several sites with charging infrastructure and then charging extra for those sites. Of course this would depend on the ability to upgrade the campground feed if necessary and the costs. It would be cost recovery for the electricity used and discourage those who don't have an EV from reserving the sites to have them available for EV users to reserve.
p220sigman 02/12/21 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: New Simplified US Federal 1040 Tax Form for Tax Year 2020

Also, a tax increase is always the fault of the current administration (regardless of the administration) and congress, even if that increase is due to some provision expiring. The current administration and congress are the only ones who can do something to change it or prevent the provision from expiring. If they choose to do nothing and allow tax cuts to expire, they have, in effect, raised taxes because they have the power to prevent it.
p220sigman 01/29/21 09:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Speaking of large batch cooking-freezing leftovers?

We have the Food Saver brand that we have had for at least 15 years or so and it still works great. We don't buy the premade vacuum bags, just the roll and cut to size. As was mentioned earlier, vacuum sealing works better if you freeze liquid/juicy foods before sealing. When we buy meat in bulk, I will separate on cookie sheets and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. It doesn't freeze solid at that point, but it does prevent the vacuum process from drawing out the juice from the meat. We have some of the plastic containers that you can use the hose attachment to seal, but I don't use them very often because they take up too much room in the freezer. About the only time I use them is to marinate something. way2roll - I too have been moderated. I lurk, but rarely reply on this forum anymore. I used to stress some about why, but now I just don't care.
p220sigman 01/26/21 09:13am Around the Campfire
RE: Speaking of large batch cooking-freezing leftovers?

I agree with way2roll in cooking smaller portions. We don't do leftovers because we found we didn't end up eating them. Now we just cook what we will eat. If we happen to have some left, it gets thrown out, but we don't typically have anything left. Although I love our vacuum sealer and use it quite often, mostly for separating bulk meat purchases, we don't have room in the freezer for a lot of vacuum sealed leftovers. I vacuum seal portions for just the two of us. If the kids are eating, we just thaw multiple packs.
p220sigman 01/26/21 07:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Thankful for Honest People

That is great. Be sure to keep a watch on your cards though. It is common now for thieves to just record the card information and leave the cards hoping you won't worry since the cards are still there. This especially true since they had access to your personal identifying information as well.
p220sigman 01/21/21 11:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Build my TV

Only you can decide since most of your requirements are subjective. Any of the big 3's 3500/350 series DRW diesels will work. I'd decide on which options aren't "optional" and drive each one. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them as far as reliability goes.
p220sigman 01/21/21 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unnecessary Warnings Shown on Products

My favorite was on a snack food I bought from a vending machine at work one day. Feeling a little hungry so I bought a bag of roasted peanuts. Standing there snacking on my peanuts, I start reading the back of the bag. Right there in bold letters "CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS." Now it wasn't necessarily the warning that disturbed me, it was the "MAY" part. Of course, then I start wondering who sued the peanut company for putting peanuts in a bag of peanuts without a warning label...
p220sigman 01/20/21 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Card Fraud

We have one card that we only use when traveling so any incorrect charges are very easy to ID. We've had it compromised twice so far and both times caught it immediately because we have the card set to where we get an email and text notification of any charges.
p220sigman 01/14/21 11:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Connect small wires to auto battery post?

If you really want to get creative, you can install a separate fuse block with enough spaces for each small circuit and then just run one wire to the battery to power the fuse block rather than all of the small wires. Of course the one wire will need to be large enough to handle the current draw of the combined small circuits and there should be a fuse capable of handling the load, but then each circuit is fused and you don't have a bunch of small wires attached to the battery cable. The advantage is that you can locate the fuse block anywhere that is convenient then. The disadvantage is more wiring and expense.
p220sigman 01/14/21 10:45am Tech Issues
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