• CaseyJones's Avatar
    Today, 11:38 AM
    ya I suspect this was over something else and they are trying to get money claiming it was over the campaign atmosphere
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Today, 09:58 AM
    Good news, the remaining materials for the dome will be delivered this week or Monday next week. :D Lets get this thing done and make some pizza's.
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    Today, 06:15 AM
    This is definitely a "must-see" video for everyone:
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    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:28 PM
    And the rest of the politicians are lapdogs for lobbyists... At least this dog is out of the closet. ;)
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    I know. It's a shame real root beer can't be made anymore, commercially at least. :(
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    The Zinc here is good I guess, I don't know. The stuff we already have here in zinc is at least 20 years old and it looks like it's new. Haven't had a problem with it. Like I said, copper is not a usual material around here, not many people working with it, making it even more expensive.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    Which is why I prefer using ceramic tiles. They will outlast me. Like these; Available used/weathered and new in many different colors/sizes, small enough so it doesn't look ridiculous on such a small roof.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    Actual sassafras ? Isn't that stuff banned because it gives you cancer ? :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    Nope. I'm quite proud of the things my ancestors achieved.
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    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    If you cover up the blades too much you lose the enticement for assholes to push the button... Gotta just make it smooth with some resin.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    I really like the look of copper flashing.. It doesn't fit the look of the house though. Since it's a small roof, I was thinking about small roofing tiles, the flat ones, used a lot in France. Dark grey with a lot of contrast. I'm not going to put something ugly on the roof. Instead of copper, zinc could be an option. As far as cost goes. I think everything together, including some of the tools I bought (watercooled 14" stone saw) it's around 5k (copper roof could change that, not common around here so it's expensive). The firebricks being the single most expensive part.
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    Yesterday, 03:48 PM
    Well, looks like I have to wait to the end of next week or the beginning of the week after that for my materials. In the meantime I'll be spending some of my spare time into the surrounding structure. I've ordered some lumber to make the wood frames for the rear and I've made a plan for the masonry in front. Since I put a couple hours of thinking into my early drawings everything seems to fit nicely and I won't have to do crazy stuff to make it work, especially the brick pattern, for some reason the dimensions of my oven are perfect for it. The roof is going to be significantly more complicated because it's an octagon and I have no real ability to brace the thing halfway or at the bottom. Luckily there will not be too much weight on top. I think I figured it out. It would have been a lot easier but I have a height constraint since there are beams above the oven for the veranda roof. The way I've got it drawn up right now with plenty space for insulation around the oven, the top of the roof will be about 3" from one of the beams.. The roof is mostly for decoration but it will have to handle all the water that comes from the veranda roof at the chimney since the veranda roof has gutter style lexan on top, in hindsight it would have been a lot nicer to just use wood and ceramic tiles for the veranda with two large windows in there for some light, a bit more expensive but it would have been a gazillion times more convenient to fit a chimney through there without leakage. I'm going to have to get a plumber over to bend/solder some custom zinc gutters around the chimney hole. There's like 30" between the beams, they are at a 7degree, and the chimney is supposed to be 24", so there's not a lot of space to fit some zinc gutters. The space in between the beams I'm going to fill with some wood so you don't see the gutters and it's a bit neater... Long story, which I'm sure nobody will read, but sometimes writing something down helps making things clear. This topic is a bit like a notepad for me, I use it to generate ideas. Who knows, maybe someone can learn from the mistakes I'm making.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Evelyn Beatrice-Hall, characterizing Voltaire. It does not only describe the principles behind freedom of speech but also a main ingredient in peace; tolerance. We may not agree but as long as we agree to respect each other, all of our lives are better. Leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. What should we do about Crimea ? Nothing. Ask the people who live there what they want.
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    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Nomz.. I have a secret cheeseburger with bacon, caramelized onion and some other goodies that I put in parchment paper (yesterday, technically it should keep for 48 hours since the meat is well-done) because I made too many.... Thinking of putting that in the oven to reheat it (inside the parchment paper). Tried that a couple times before and it's not a half bad way to reheat a burger. Not as good as when it's fresh, tastes more fast-food like but still beats the big chains. :D Anybody have a better idea, tell me but this is the best method I've come up with. And I don't like to throw em away.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    Cool. I'd like to go back there again. I wouldn't mind living there. South-Africa is a really nice country, apart from the obvious problems the people there are really nice, the food is good and the scenery, well, it's picture perfect. :)
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    :( Well hopefully your food will make you feel better then.
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    Yesterday, 02:31 PM
    Sounds good.... Do you feel better now ??
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    Yesterday, 11:33 AM
    I'm right there with you that insurance companies should in theory provide insurance for such purposes. My question however was if they were likely to do so right now. I do not know the market in this regard. I wouldn't say a normal gas stove has more of a fire risk. It's a completely different fire risk.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    The clear acrylic is a good idea but I'd try to coat the blade instead of filling it in entirely. It would be to easy to spot. As long as it's not too sharp the fish will be okay. oh and if you put the reservoir upside down it wouldn't need a stem or straw. You'd only have to figure out how to connect the can of air to the reservoir. Don't use a nozzle that's too small.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 AM
    Something like that... Only downside is, you'll have to open the case in order to fill it with water. You could use the fishtank as a source of water but it has to be reasonably airtight and the tubes would be visible. Also, it would be more complicated to make than a separate system. There are also some of them that have pumps on them, not sure how much pressure they produce though and they probably run on 5V or 12V. As far as the base goes, add lead.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 AM
    I have another idea.. Which might actually be practical. If you take out the insides and fit a can of compressed air in there, place it so the air flows when the button is pressed, route the air to a container with water (look for pc-watercooling reservoirs if you want something small that allows you to connect a tube easily) that has a straw/stem connected to your nozzle. Push the button, increase air pressure, squirt water. Quite simple if you find the parts to make it work.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    Well, in theory, that motor would be great for powering a very small impeller, since it has high rpm's, it would require a bit of machining though.. Or some kind of peristaltic pump.. (it would prevent siphoning but apart from making it fit you'd have to reduce the rpm's) Not easy. :(
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    He's right.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:26 AM
    Yeah I saw that but what does that have to do with my comment ? I merely pointed out that the $3000 figure isn't too bad. Calculated risks, which is why I wouldn't put a large amount of those cells inside my house.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 AM
    :confused: But but but... :eek: It's not that much work ? Just requires some TLC... Am I right Tod ?
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:47 AM
    It's the same reasoning used to justify voting for the lesser of two evils. We hear it over and over during every Presidential election cycle. Donald Trump is evil, just as Hillary Clinton is evil. Nothing is going to change with either of them in the Oval Office, and even Dr. Ron Paul recognizes that.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    Well.. If you add labor cost, cost of factory, machines, development, packaging, marketing etc. Oh, and some profit.. You'll probably end up at the Tesla figure... Which isn't too unreasonable I think. BTW, would insurance companies pay out if your house burns down due to a homemade battery pack? If I had one of these Tesla batteries or any other large quantity of those kinds of cells I'd keep them away from my house... Maybe in a shed that's far enough away in case the thing decides to burst into flame.
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