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18 hours ago, balthazar said:

Recent access ramp I built for a customer. They didn't ask me to paint it, tho perhaps that's in the near future, as reportedly it's a permanent structure.

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Nice.  Where did you acquire those skills?

15 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

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I'm going to give this one a phonetic try - I R O V I A  P O L L A' ?

This is one that I like:  ^ A ^ A P I A (where the ^ is lambda) ... an easier one for a visitor to figure out

It's a beautiful place, too:  L A L A R I A, the white beach on the island of Skiathos in the Sporades archipelago.

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1 hour ago, trinacriabob said:

Nice.  Where did you acquire those skills?

:shrug: Just picked it up I guess. I worked with my brother for about 7 years, but we mostly did excavation. I just know how to build things structurally.

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Dang, it isn't $1.39 here.. I filled up the lawnmower yesterday(after a little tuneup - Spark plugs, air filter, and the oil change will probably be this weekend) and regular was $2.04 still. I get the old girl premium though as last year it was sputtering under not-full-throttle. 

this lawn mower was a hand-me-down from my dad when I bought this building to renovate as he bought a new Husquvarna. I don't have the tools at home for everything(well, at the time) so I took it to have the blades sharpened and they told me they were on backwards, Hahaha. My dad had taken them off to sharpen and put them on backwards so they were just ripping the grass. It also needed something else in the blade system that the barings were shot so it was cutting really crooked. $150 later and it cut like it was brand new. It has to be 15 years old at this point and me changing the spark plugs was the first time they were ever changed. My dad had never done that... just changed the oil and sharpened the blades every year(and put them back no backwards at least once!). I cut the grass yesterday and it seemed to  fix whatever sputter it had. The plugs didn't look good but one really didn't look terrible. 

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After working all week in the house and not going much of anywhere, today is food run and pharmacy run to get the wife her meds. Will be nice to get out for a brief time.

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Did the pharmacy run yesterday (drive through only) and will make a vet run Monday to get a refill of meds.

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I got my bike from my parents last week and have gone on a few bike rides this week to get out. I can't stand being stuck inside this much. I'm actually excited to get working on my lawn to do something outside and move around now that my gym has closed. 

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Now the media is focusing on shopping.  They are giving all these guidelines.  More people are covering their faces somehow.  The media both helps and hurts.  

After health workers and first responders get access to masks, sanitizing products, and the like, these products should become more available to the general public as a slow trickle.

As much as I like to keep my tank above half, I will be consolidating shopping/errands and refueling a lot less.

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My job is "essential" to the Commonwealth, so I am still going in on a split schedule, M-T-W 8-2.  So I am still getting inside ppl's nasty-ass cars to take the necessary insurance photos.  Our governor has just recommended we wear masks when we leave the house.

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Yes we are.  And I just got a text from my boss, we are going back to M-F, 8-2 for public interactions, but we can stay longer if we have work to do.

 

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Gotta say this is not surprising.  Hybrid/EV drivers are all the same.  :smilewide:

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Whoa, TANG-y!

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Now the media is focusing on shopping.  They are giving all these guidelines.  More people are covering their faces somehow.  The media both helps and hurts.  

After health workers and first responders get access to masks, sanitizing products, and the like, these products should become more available to the general public as a slow trickle.

As much as I like to keep my tank above half, I will be consolidating shopping/errands and refueling a lot less.

I have gone from fueling every 4 days to about every 7 to 8 days on the SS. So yea, spending less money which is good on fuel.

2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

My job is "essential" to the Commonwealth, so I am still going in on a split schedule, M-T-W 8-2.  So I am still getting inside ppl's nasty-ass cars to take the necessary insurance photos.  Our governor has just recommended we wear masks when we leave the house.

How is Auto Accident repair essential to the commonwealth? With everyone supposedly staying home, much less traffic on the roads, auto repairs are reduced and I do not see how an auto repair from an accident is considered essential unlike food or medical? I am honestly surprised that your state has that listed as essential. Repair shops here are all shut down.

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It is an auto safety thing, dfelt.  If a light is broken out or a mirror broken off, or the door is pinned shut, etc. etc.

Think about it.

 

As for the mechanical side, citizens need their cars running to get to and from the grocery store, doctor, etc.

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And emergency personnel need to keep vehicles operational. It’s not 1903. 😉
Repair shops and dealership service departments are open in NJ. Dealership sales are closed tho.

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37 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

It is an auto safety thing, dfelt.  If a light is broken out or a mirror broken off, or the door is pinned shut, etc. etc.

Think about it.

 

As for the mechanical side, citizens need their cars running to get to and from the grocery store, doctor, etc.

Got it, forgot you guys are on the east coast where static Government oversight of having to tell auto owners that this or that is broken and has to be replaced and excessive auto inspections to create low paying jobs are a requirement.

28 minutes ago, balthazar said:

And emergency personnel need to keep vehicles operational. It’s not 1903. 😉
Repair shops and dealership service departments are open in NJ. Dealership sales are closed tho.

I have yet to see a government group that uses dealerships for the Police, medical or fire auto's that are used as they usually have their own mechanic shops.

I give this to you as I constantly am surprised by how much government oversight and running of the average persons life there is on the east coast. Crazy.

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No vehicle inspection in NJ other than gas engine emissions.

Local Chevrolet dealer does police vehicle service from a number of towns. I would think it was more cost effective rather than each township mantaining a multi-brand garage/ employing & training mechanics.

Most equipment mandates are at the federal level, tho of course the individual states enforce condition. I would think you would be highly supportive of all safety & other equipment being functional, Mr Felt. Me; I don’t care so much.

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30 minutes ago, balthazar said:

No vehicle inspection in NJ other than gas engine emissions.

Local Chevrolet dealer does police vehicle service from a number of towns. I would think it was more cost effective rather than each township maintaining a multi-brand garage/ employing & training mechanics.

Most equipment mandates are at the federal level, tho of course the individual states enforce condition. I would think you would be highly supportive of all safety & other equipment being functional, Mr Felt. Me; I don’t care so much.

I am all about keeping everything safe and functional, but the years I have worked on the east coast and been in the various states, seems to be allot of enforced state checks / inspections rather than common sense, repair and maintain your auto. Emissions testing is just stupid now as most auto's are so clean and you can see when an auto is burning oil so then the police should pull over and a hefty fine given. Same with people driving around with broken up auto's, do not need an inspection but I understand what you say and appreciate your thoughts on this.

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Not sure what you mean by 'a lot of enforced checks'.
Jersey used to be yearly on everything older than 4 years. It's probably been 8 years now that it's only emissions for gasoline vehicles (nothing for diesels). Takes less time to have you car inspected than it does to fully charge an EV.

They do, I believe, still have the authority to test obvious smoke-emitters on the road (tho I've never seen or heard of this being done). It's really not onerous at all. But note that vehicles over time do commonly show a decline in emission quality, hence the testing. They probably could lengthen the new car interval tho.

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dfelt has too much faith in the level of common sense among the motoring public.  Does he really think anyone pulls  their wheels to check their brake lining life, let alone their tire tread depth?  Does he really believe they put their car on a lift and check for rust holes?  Wow.  An advocate of "zero maintenance" EVs believes this?

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^ These are the same people who are probably demanding voice-activated power windows (but just as a stopgap until thought-activated power windows appear).
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Just a 'plain Jane', cheap, Plymouth Belvedere

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26 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

dfelt has too much faith in the level of common sense among the motoring public.  Does he really think anyone pulls  their wheels to check their brake lining life, let alone their tire tread depth?  Does he really believe they put their car on a lift and check for rust holes?  Wow.  An advocate of "zero maintenance" EVs believes this?

Well, I know for sure it is tougher in the rust belt states.

My wife’s 17 year old Cavalier had to be replaced not because the car stopped running (engine and trans had a lot of life left at 155k) but rust was making the doors fall off. It’s why it’s not uncommon to see 10 year old cars in the junkyard....

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