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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    Burn it. We heat our house during the winter with our wood stove. This will supplement the 2 cords of pine I plan on harvesting this summer in the national Forest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    Burn it. We heat our house during the winter with our wood stove. This will supplement the 2 cords of pine I plan on harvesting this summer in the national Forest.
    If it is a 30' black locust it is more likely that the pine will supplement it. That stuff burns hot and slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    If it is a 30' black locust it is more likely that the pine will supplement it. That stuff burns hot and slow.
    Yeah it is great. That is the stuff we put in at night and let it burn till the morning without having to feed the fire box. The pine is for the waking hours.

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    Found some nice retractable rollers for the table




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    Table top attached.
    Two layers of 3/4”, bottom is plywood and top is MDF. Made it two layers so I can replace the MDF as it gets worn out.





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    Here it is stored above my table saw.

    I need to get the wires attached and out of the way, but it fits and works.

    So, combination work table, out feed table that can be stored in the useless space above my table saw.





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    Wires are all connected and strapped into place. I welded some pipe to serve as wire protectors.






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    Ready to try out with first major project




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    I'm ready to get a tracksaw.
    It appears that the Makita, Dewalt and Festool are pretty much equal for hobbies.
    Anyone have particular experience with these?

    I would like to use it for ripping full sheets of plywood. It's doable, but requires a lot of care with my current setup to keep the the plywood against the fence the whole way. And I'm only getting older. Anyone have experience with attaching two 55" tracks for ripping entire sheets? I'm nervous about how sturdy it is. I'm likely to buy the additional single track for doing 8' rips, but am happy to spend less on 2x55" if they work well. Anyone have experience there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I'm ready to get a tracksaw.
    It appears that the Makita, Dewalt and Festool are pretty much equal for hobbies.
    Anyone have particular experience with these?

    I would like to use it for ripping full sheets of plywood. It's doable, but requires a lot of care with my current setup to keep the the plywood against the fence the whole way. And I'm only getting older. Anyone have experience with attaching two 55" tracks for ripping entire sheets? I'm nervous about how sturdy it is. I'm likely to buy the additional single track for doing 8' rips, but am happy to spend less on 2x55" if they work well. Anyone have experience there?

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    No experience with those track saws but I’d think doing 8 feet at once might be tough. Seems like you could do it in stages and get a decent result. I use the Kreg jig that turns my circular saw into a track saw. It works well enough for what I use it for. I rip 8 foot sections in two steps. If I really need the edge straight i first use the track saw in two stages and cut it just barely proud of my measurement. Then I use a table saw with an outfeed table and a roller at the infeed to finish cutting to length. Makes handling the material easier. But I only need very straight cuts if I’m joining boards together, which I rarely am with plywood.
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    Plus, Festools saw is like $1,000 vs the $70 for the Kreg jig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Plus, Festools saw is like $1,000 vs the $70 for the Kreg jig
    I split the difference and got the Makita track saw. It came yesterday, I used it today, and it was glorious.
    I should have bought one of these a long, long time ago.
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    Are the Nest/Ecobee thermostats worth the money? I'm thinking about buying the Nest because it has the geofencing (senses when you're gone from your phone and knows when you get close to home), and, more importantly, you can adjust the balance between when your heat pump runs alone and when your auxiliary heat kicks in.

    I went with the simple digital thermostat that came with our house for the first ten years, but bought a programmable thermostat last year. My electric bill went up fairly substantially last winter and I'm pretty sure it was because this Honeywell PoS was just turning on the auxiliary heat and not letting the heat pump ramp up.

    I know heat pumps don't work when it's below 35, but this past winter was fairly mild and the only thing I changed from the year before was the thermostat. My old thermostat would show an icon when the aux heat kicked in, the Honeywell was more unclear. I may literally have the cheapest electricity in the country (6 cents per kilowatt), but between Dec and Feb, I wouldn't be surprised if my electricity usage went up around $100-150 total over those three months from the year before.

    Anyway, do you guys like the Nest?
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    I bought two ecobees on prime day. I’m not sure yet if they are worth the money, but they’ve been nice to have. They are very easy to control and were easy to install. I like that they have sensors, which I’ve placed around the house to sense when the home is occupied and the to help with the disparate temps in the house. It’s been nice to have it sense that people are gone as the AC does run less sing rive set it the temp two degrees higher when the home isn’t occupied.

    However, to be honest, I really bought them because my kids upstairs will crank the AC or heat so now I can lock it down or at least know when the are messing with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I bought two ecobees on prime day. I’m not sure yet if they are worth the money, but they’ve been nice to have. They are very easy to control and were easy to install. I like that they have sensors, which I’ve placed around the house to sense when the home is occupied and the to help with the disparate temps in the house. It’s been nice to have it sense that people are gone as the AC does run less sing rive set it the temp two degrees higher when the home isn’t occupied.

    However, to be honest, I really bought them because my kids upstairs will crank the AC or heat so now I can lock it down or at least know when the are messing with it.
    I also have a specific reason to buy a Nest -- getting control of the auxiliary heat. My auxiliary heat isn't some additional gas furnace, it's an electric heating element and it burns through a ton of electricity. My electric bills in January and February were around 1/3 higher than the year before. If anything, we turned the temp down last winter. I either have to buy a Nest or just put my old basic tstat back on. There's no way for me to get into the Honeywell PoS and tell it to ride out the heat pump for awhile before going to the aux.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    I also have a specific reason to buy a Nest -- getting control of the auxiliary heat. My auxiliary heat isn't some additional gas furnace, it's an electric heating element and it burns through a ton of electricity. My electric bills in January and February were around 1/3 higher than the year before. If anything, we turned the temp down last winter. I either have to buy a Nest or just put my old basic tstat back on. There's no way for me to get into the Honeywell PoS and tell it to ride out the heat pump for awhile before going to the aux.
    Yeah, I can’t help you there. I have two gas furnaces so I’ve never dealt with a heat pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Yeah, I can’t help you there. I have two gas furnaces so I’ve never dealt with a heat pump.
    I bought a Nest. Other than the fact the thing turns your cooling/heating off when you leave the house, the other main advantage is being able to control your thermostat(s) from anywhere and the ease with scheduling. As I mentioned before, there's also appears to be a distinct advantage for people that have electric auxilliary heat.

    Going through all of this, I've discovered that my HVAC/general contractor probably didn't put a big enough condenser on my house. My house is sealed up pretty well and well-insulated, but according to everything I've read, my house should have had definitely had a 1/2 ton bigger unit -- like my square footage is above the maximum square footage for the size above my unit's size. All of my square footage being on one floor may have also led to the decision to undersize ac unit. All of that said, it is better to undersize an ac unit rather than oversize. Short cycling apparently wears out your compressor much faster than having the thing run longer and the compressor takes at least five minutes after starting to reach full efficiency. We bought this house when we had 1 kid who was still a baby, now I have three kids with oldest being 11. The ac seems to have work quite a bit harder now.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    I saw one or two of you post about putting some kind of cooling/heating system in your garage. Did you put in a mini-split ac/heat pump? If so, what size is your garage and what size unit did you get?

    I have an 800 sq foot garage, west-facing garage. Where I live it's hot, not Phoenix or even as hot as Vegas, but still pretty hot. We have a weight set in the garage and we have a treadmill in the house. I want to get more weights and put the treadmill in the garage along with a TV.

    The ac/heat pump will only come on when someone is working out-- though I'm thinking about getting a two zone unit with the other inside unit going into the bedroom that's adjacent to my garage.

    I'm thinking a 18k unit will do the job?
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Making a stand for making it easier to get up on the horses.




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    How do you get the horse inside the box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    How do you get the horse inside the box?
    Not that hard, actually, but good luck getting it to drink.
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    Stair thingys attached.



    Could also double for a gallows I suppose


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    You're planning on putting a platform at the top of the stairs that you can stand on? You should frame it so that the deck rests directly on the posts. As it is, all the weight of you and the deck is supported by screws. I don't think I'd trust it for long.

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    Mostly no.
    I wanted full posts to keep the hand rails plenty strong. I’m going to put 1/2” bolts through the supports, so that should be ok. I don’t know what code is on something like this, but I’m guessing that would hold for quite a while.
    I’m also just tacking it together in the garage as it is really hot outside. I’ll take it mostly apart and drag it out by the barn for final assembly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Mostly no.
    I wanted full posts to keep the hand rails plenty strong. I’m going to put 1/2” bolts through the supports, so that should be ok. I don’t know what code is on something like this, but I’m guessing that would hold for quite a while.
    I’m also just tacking it together in the garage as it is really hot outside. I’ll take it mostly apart and drag it out by the barn for final assembly.
    When you look at some of the other flimsy devices people use to get on horses I think you will be just fine.
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    Other flimsy devices shown on America's Funniest Videos include: buckets, rotting fence posts, chairs, stools placed on top of chairs, picnic tables, and my personal favorite: standing on someone's back while they kneel beside the horse.

    So I agree with hostile - you'll be fine.

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