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Old 06-11-20, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I mowed one lawn today and it took seven hours.
How many acres?
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We had to get a new AC yesterday, and the crane had to park partially on our NE lawn. Repairs are underway.
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cut my house today, took 45 mins. Have to cut my parents tomorrow, prolly will take an hour ish.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
What's tomorrow?
No, just moved and hope to not need to take a full vacation day. That means everything set up for normal routine. Especially coffee.
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What's tomorrow?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
We had to get a new AC yesterday, and the crane had to park partially on our NE lawn. Repairs are underway.

the swamp cooler went out? That’s what we used in needles. It worked well, cats were attracted to them though.
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Should I sign up for a challenge? Would earning a Strava trophy make me an elite cyclist?
of course.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I never knew people here were such land owners. The BikeForums Gentry.

I mowed one lawn today and it took seven hours.
Know what you need? Goats.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
How many acres?
I don't know. The main (tractor) mowing takes about 2.5 hours. Today I spend about an hour picking up sticks and stuff, 2.25 hours weed eating, 0.75 hours push mowing, 0.5 hours with the blower.
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of course.
If you sign up for a challenge, but don't make it, does everyone see that you're a failure?
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Old 06-11-20, 07:34 PM
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Speakers are all in the ceiling. They're sad little ones which may at some point be replaced, or not. Music is almost non-existent through them; it's 99% for TV. Don't really give a crap about directional at all; the thing that gets me is when cheap built-in speakers get a vibration on certain frequencies. My TV in Boulder did it for Ron Swanson's voice, and my next one did it... I forget what that one buzzed for. Right now we're using a basic Yamaha soundbar from Costco and it's fine, but it seems a shame to not use the speakers if they're there.

The wall has a mess of wires coming out. There are two sets of four colored wire pairs (white, red, blue, green), a set of some plugs labelled "master bath" (for piping in Kenny G to your bubble bath I guess?), and then more wires labeled for the directions (such as the LF I'm holding in the pic).

This house is rather a lot for a simple farmboy. The house I grew up in was wired for electricity by my grandfather, with lamp wire.

Well, you can give 'em a whirl... but I wouldn't get your hopes up. In-ceiling are fine for background music, but I've never been a fan of 'em for use with a screen. Most sound okay at best, and then you have a voice coming from your ceiling, instead of from your screen. To try 'em out, you're going to need to buy a receiver or an integrated amp, at the least. If you don't care about surround effects, I'd just go with a more basic stereo receiver/integrated amp and just use the front left and right speakers. If you really want to do the full surround, nothing's stopping you, though - get at least a 5.1 surround receiver, in that case.

I would expect that the five sets of wires coming out of the wall are for surround, and the others are for the bath and another zone (kitchen? den?). You'll have to test them out. There's obviously four conductors coming out of each jacketed bundle. You can run a pair of speakers with each of these runs (+ and - for L & R), though the positive leads and the negative leads are sometimes doubled up so that each run is for a single speaker. The usual wiring is for a pair of speakers is: Red (+) and Black (-) for the Right channel and White (+) and Green (-) for the Left channel. If they're using each run for a single speaker, it's just the Red/White twisted together is your + and the Black/Green twisted together is your -. If there are no labels, you can test them out pretty easily with a battery - just hold one conductor to one battery terminal and tap the other wire to the other terminal - you'll hear a pop coming from the speaker and then you can label each appropriately.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I never knew people here were such land owners. The BikeForums Gentry.

I mowed one lawn today and it took seven hours.
I have started cutting my lawns with an 18V string trimmer.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:51 PM
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Far too busy trying to get everything unpacked and set up for tomorrow. I nearly forgot coffee equipment. Coffee equipment!
that would be a terrible tragedy. and not a good start to the day.
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Know what you need? Goats.
You'll still need a lawnmower. The goats will probably ignore the grass and go for ring barking the trees and eating any decorative plant that you want first. They'll move onto the vege garden next. They'll mow the lawn as a last resort.
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If you sign up for a challenge, but don't make it, does everyone see that you're a failure?
Depends on your privacy settings. possibly. don't worry: I won't point and laugh if you fail.
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You'll still need a lawnmower. The goats will probably ignore the grass and go for ring barking the trees and eating any decorative plant that you want first. They'll move onto the vege garden next. They'll mow the lawn as a last resort.
We've got a few spaces where goats might work. They're supposed to be covered with ivy, but all sorts of weeds grow through it so I have to weedeat everything back every few weeks.

Do goats eat poison ivy?
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Slow night. Everyone must be out walking.
Correct.

Walked the mean streets of Cazenovistan with Mrs. rjones28, after dinner. There was an ice cream stop.
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Far too busy trying to get everything unpacked and set up for tomorrow. I nearly forgot coffee equipment. Coffee equipment!
Oh my.
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I never knew people here were such land owners. The BikeForums Gentry.

I mowed one lawn today and it took seven hours.
Must be a really big lawn.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
cut my house today, took 45 mins. Have to cut my parents tomorrow, prolly will take an hour ish.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
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Hmm? There's definitely a "global" world and a not-global world. It's like the website I work on for work. We have clients in Hong Kong, but fortunately we don't need to translate into Cantonese or any other Chinese dialect because all of our clients there speak English better than we could do Cantonese. However, when I visit with AG's family, there are huge numbers of people there who don't speak English at all, or very little. Two Hong Kongs.

I'd believe Mexico City is very international. Of course, here in America there's a world of difference between the glittering city of wonders I live in and the quiet desperation that would be an easy bike ride away without traffic.
I was speaking to my inability to get the global elite card. My bank is in the US, but my address and phone number are here. It's only global if you live in the USA. There are dozens of examples. They need a street address and our system doesn't fit. They need a phone number and no place to out a country code. Glaring hypocrisy.
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We've got a few spaces where goats might work. They're supposed to be covered with ivy, but all sorts of weeds grow through it so I have to weedeat everything back every few weeks.

Do goats eat poison ivy?
Little lambs eat ivy.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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We've got a few spaces where goats might work. They're supposed to be covered with ivy, but all sorts of weeds grow through it so I have to weedeat everything back every few weeks.

Do goats eat poison ivy?
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Little lambs eat ivy.
A kid'll eat ivy too.
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I was speaking to my inability to get the global elite card. My bank is in the US, but my address and phone number are here. It's only global if you live in the USA. There are dozens of examples. They need a street address and our system doesn't fit. They need a phone number and no place to out a country code. Glaring hypocrisy.
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