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Got the final bill on the new house construction, the wife will go by and pay it off when she gets off work. Debt free again!

The construction came in under budget (even after adding solar and pre wired for generator) so we have about $30,000 left over to help with our preps.
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Awesome, well done. That takes discipline. Congratulation
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If you'll take your pruned twigs and dry 'em, they make good addition to the cooking wood in a smoker or bbq pit.
I do from my apple and pear trees and this year will be the first pruning on my apricot. I'll be saving those two. Reminds me I need to figure out just what's going on with my plum, I think it has some type of pit disease going on. Oh and the nasty Northstar cherry is coming out in the spring too. That one was a mistake.
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Congratulations NCalHippie, that has certainly been a trial .
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Congratulations NCalHippie, that has certainly been a trial .
Thanks, let's just say we don't want to have to do it again!
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Finally on holiday. My prep for today is to sink my teeth into this wonderful forum. Can't believe I'm just now finding it
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Got the final bill on the new house construction, the wife will go by and pay it off when she gets off work. Debt free again!

The construction came in under budget (even after adding solar and pre wired for generator) so we have about $30,000 left over to help with our preps.
Did you install solar that will operate when the grid is down? Apparently a lot of Californians didn't know what they bought.
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At Home Depot for PPE yesterday who had on clearance Husky 120lumen headlamps for $3.33. Too good to passup for contingency stock so grabbed the 11x available. Don't know if chain wide but rather nice for what cost me.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-12...9482/206510327
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Used the down time at home from getting off work early to try something the wife suggested a while ago. Since this isnít a high end house and the work done by the seller was cheap and fast, we have had lots of issues with the wind blowing in past the windows. Wind blows hard out here and dust comes in. Pretty sure the heat goes out too.
So the wife bought this clear window film for me to try. Iíve seen it used on older wood frame,pane glass where the glazing is failing but am pretty sure with vinyl, the problem isnít the window. These are low dollar replacements and have zero caulk or tape sealing them to the sheathing. Vinyl siding doesnít help. Since Iím planning to reside the house when the weather warms (and will seal the windows properly) I have resisted putting up this stuff.
Wife suggested it again so I decided to give it a try.
Went up pretty easy and the hair dryer made it like playing with shrinky dinks. Weíll see if it makes any difference.


Before trimming the excess...
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I used that window film in the RV when we had it. Makes a big difference...basically ensures you have dead air space instead of drafts.
http://www.rv.tothewoods.net/InsulatingWindows.php
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I used that window film in the RV when we had it. Makes a big difference...basically ensures you have dead air space instead of drafts.
http://www.rv.tothewoods.net/InsulatingWindows.php


Thanks for that. I can see and feel the air coming in so it canít hurt. Itíll come down when Iím done siding and will probably have to redo the casings around the windows inside but that was planned anyway. Some of the materials in this house are pathetic.
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It wouldn't be too difficult to pry off the trim, fill in the gaps with a can of expanding foam, then put the trim back on. Time consuming to do all the windows, but doesn't take much in the way of skills or tools.
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It wouldn't be too difficult to pry off the trim, fill in the gaps with a can of expanding foam, then put the trim back on. Time consuming to do all the windows, but doesn't take much in the way of skills or tools.


Oh, Iím familiar with many of the ways. Haha.
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My prep for today: didn't go to work. The forecast called for 3" of snow but we got about 8", so the day started with delayed reporting...then just as I was getting ready to shave, I got the call saying the base was closed. Perfect timing! So I stayed off the nasty roads.

Spent the time writing up another ham radio project for the website...mounting a radio and phone in the truck. Having comms is a good prep; making it easier to access and use is even better!
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We're eating a lot of garlic these days, as an immune system booster. Here is my favorite garlic toast recipe: dice fresh garlic, add it to a few tablespoons of butter and heat until melted. Spoon that onto slices of your favorite bread. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with a little lemon pepper seasoning. Toast in toaster oven until delightfully crunchy and the house smells yummy.
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Picked up the two bundles of shingles that I ordered. They will go on the the new storage building we are putting up at the BOL this summer.
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Picked up a truck load of plywood and 2x4s for the shop.

Realized that the tires on my truck are worse than I thought. Need to get some new ones...which sucks $$$.
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Did you install solar that will operate when the grid is down? Apparently a lot of Californians didn't know what they bought.
No, the solar is just to eliminate/lower our electric bill. The generator is for when the power is out. We do have the option of installing a battery backup but it would cost a lot to power just our refrigeration needs for more than a day or two of rain and we can go for weeks at a time without seeing the sun.

If I ever build an off-grid home, it will have wind and solar or maybe hydro if there is enough water flow.
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Just hunkering down til the snow clears.
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