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  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Does the fat go bad after a while though? I don't think I'd use the fat in near enough quantities to justify keeping it around indefinitely

    Keep it in the fridge. Itll last a month or so. I rotate through a couple small containers and when a batch is almost out ill cook up a pound of bacon and start over.

    You can actually freeze it, too. Which should extend the lifetime by quite a large amount, I feel?

    Oh i bet. I just go through enough bacon that it’s never been an issue.

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  • DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Does the fat go bad after a while though? I don't think I'd use the fat in near enough quantities to justify keeping it around indefinitely

    Keep it in the fridge. Itll last a month or so. I rotate through a couple small containers and when a batch is almost out ill cook up a pound of bacon and start over.

    You can actually freeze it, too. Which should extend the lifetime by quite a large amount, I feel?

    Absolutely.

    Though just keep in mind that any fat (particularly in the fridge or freezer) should be well sealed/wrapped. They have a tendency to pick up whatever other odors or flavors that are cruising around in there and it's not good a time once they do.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    About how much will having a power outlet installed near the toilet run me?

    Going to Japan ruined me as regards the bathroom experience. My whole life I've been pooping wrong and I didn't even know it!

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    About how much will having a power outlet installed near the toilet run me?

    Going to Japan ruined me as regards the bathroom experience. My whole life I've been pooping wrong and I didn't even know it!

    Is there one in the room nearby? Probably ~$400.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    In the guest bath, nearest would be the GFCI outlet about six feet over. However there's likely plumbing in the way--shares a wall with the kitchen and fridge is right in that vicinity.

    Master bathroom is closer, there's a GFCI on a shared wall, though there's also a pocket door in said wall.

  • DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    Yeah I cook potatos with bacon fat and ghee butter. They are incredible.

    Melt some cheese over them as well and you are set. I do want to get an air fryer though, I'd like to be able to make fries.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    In the guest bath, nearest would be the GFCI outlet about six feet over. However there's likely plumbing in the way--shares a wall with the kitchen and fridge is right in that vicinity.

    Master bathroom is closer, there's a GFCI on a shared wall, though there's also a pocket door in said wall.

    pipes being in the way is no big deal

    Assuming the circuit isn't maxed it should be relatively cheap, though you'll have to clean it up and repaint or whatever once they're done.

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  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    edited March 18
    So, I happened to take my lunch to scalp the dead grass while working from lunch and now have a huge pile of brown stuff to compost.

    If I just start a pile in my backyard, how likely am I to tick off the neighbors if I just compost dead clipping and like, veggie scraps? I had thought about buying a tumbler, but this is a LOT of brown stuff that I don't really wanna waste.

    Although is does seem like the tumblers are faster.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Anyone know the code for low voltage speaker wire in basement ceilings going next to insulation?

    I am in the business of saving lives.
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Anyone know the code for low voltage speaker wire in basement ceilings going next to insulation?

    You want in-wall rated cabling, I think CL2? It needs to be in wall rated in most jurisdictions and insurance adjusters will fuck you if you skimp pennies and there's a fire if they find non in-wall rated cable. Some locales require conduit or plenum rated cables, check local building codes or reach out to the local building inspector for guidance there.

    Something like this usually complies with code:

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=3846

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  • RadiationRadiation Registered User regular
    I was reading in one of these threads about hospital towels being used as reusable paper towels. Anyone recall seeing anything like that? My googling isn't helping here, and I can't recall what thread it was in (thinking it was a house thread though).

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    I recommended in this thread that hospital towels are good lint-free kitchen towels, is that what you mean? You can usually buy them on Amazon.

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  • RadiationRadiation Registered User regular
    YES! Perfect!

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    MegaMan001 wrote: »
    Anyone know the code for low voltage speaker wire in basement ceilings going next to insulation?

    You want in-wall rated cabling, I think CL2? It needs to be in wall rated in most jurisdictions and insurance adjusters will fuck you if you skimp pennies and there's a fire if they find non in-wall rated cable. Some locales require conduit or plenum rated cables, check local building codes or reach out to the local building inspector for guidance there.

    Something like this usually complies with code:

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=3846

    I reviewed the National Electrical Code which was the link given by my local government website and it looks like CL2 at least 12 inches from existing wires to prevent feedback.

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Alrighty so things are settling down in my new place. I come to you all for assistance! Ok so it seems with all the shenanigans going on, my shopping/upgrade plans have changed a bit. I'm getting a lightly used dishwasher from a friend for free when they upgraded to a Miele so that takes care of that. My folks and that same friend advised me to hold off on upgrading my water heater even though it's 12 years old (it's a bradford white) and pretty much wait until it breaks or something. Does anyone recall how expensive it is to do just a straight swap? I'd like to do a bradford white again since the inspector and several other folks I talked to say they're pretty much bulletproof, but they're only sold through direct plumber sales and not a big box store and I kinda want to see what that would run me or whether it'd be cheaper just to have someone come out and inspect it and maybe swap the heating element and panel to extend the life of it.

    Next, vacuum recommendations. My vacuum died the first day I pulled it from storage so I need a new one. I've got a 50/50 mix of carpet bare floor and no pets so anything that'd work well that's not too heinous would be good. Finally, anyone got any recommendations for finding a Murphy Bed? I want to get one of those set up for the 2nd bedroom so my folks/guests can come visit when this whole corona thing blows over.

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    for vacuums I always recommend Dyson

    those things last and last and last

    I've repaired and cleaned the one I've had for 18 years now and (give or take a couple years) and it still picks up after a german shepherd with an anxiety problem

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  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    for vacuums I always recommend Dyson

    those things last and last and last

    I've repaired and cleaned the one I've had for 18 years now and (give or take a couple years) and it still picks up after a german shepherd with an anxiety problem

    Id recommend a shark myself. Super reliable and easy to fix as well, and seemingly very reliable at like half to a third the cost.

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  • DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    Alrighty so things are settling down in my new place. I come to you all for assistance! Ok so it seems with all the shenanigans going on, my shopping/upgrade plans have changed a bit. I'm getting a lightly used dishwasher from a friend for free when they upgraded to a Miele so that takes care of that. My folks and that same friend advised me to hold off on upgrading my water heater even though it's 12 years old (it's a bradford white) and pretty much wait until it breaks or something. Does anyone recall how expensive it is to do just a straight swap? I'd like to do a bradford white again since the inspector and several other folks I talked to say they're pretty much bulletproof, but they're only sold through direct plumber sales and not a big box store and I kinda want to see what that would run me or whether it'd be cheaper just to have someone come out and inspect it and maybe swap the heating element and panel to extend the life of it.

    Next, vacuum recommendations. My vacuum died the first day I pulled it from storage so I need a new one. I've got a 50/50 mix of carpet bare floor and no pets so anything that'd work well that's not too heinous would be good. Finally, anyone got any recommendations for finding a Murphy Bed? I want to get one of those set up for the 2nd bedroom so my folks/guests can come visit when this whole corona thing blows over.

    https://www.mieleusa.com/e/canister-vacuum-cleaners-1016468-c

    Talk to anyone who works in vacuum repair or anything like that and they're going to recommend a Miele. Hell, there is even a guy who used to do huge reddit AMAs and this is what he always ended up recommending. I don't have one (yet) but I always like canister styles for my hardwood floor and four damn cats. Bagged is always preferred over non-bag for hair and dust collection and disposal.

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    If you go Dyson check Overstock. I’ve got two Dysons from there for under $200 and they’ve both lasted years (we left the old one at the last house for the new owners to use, which is the only reason I’ve bought two.

  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Thanks for all the tips folks. Definitely going to check out Dyson or Miele (though I can pick up a shark right now without having to wait for shipping which is tempting.) and Bed bath and beyond keep sending me 20% off coupons to use so that might be worth a look (though 400 dollerydoos for a vacuum is nuts...I've never spent that much on a vacuum before)

  • DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    Bed Bath and Beyond will never stop sending you those coupons.

    Ever.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    for vacuums I always recommend Dyson

    those things last and last and last

    I've repaired and cleaned the one I've had for 18 years now and (give or take a couple years) and it still picks up after a german shepherd with an anxiety problem

    Id recommend a shark myself. Super reliable and easy to fix as well, and seemingly very reliable at like half to a third the cost.

    Shark is the poor person's (affordable) dyson.

    I have 2 and they are great, super easy to maintain. Super powerful.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Also I want to make it clear, I love me some Dyson, but I would never buy one full price. There are deals to be had. I'm currently waiting to snag a deal on one of the cordless ones that hang on the wall. we have a few uses cases where it would be EXTREMELY useful, but not enough for $300-400 useful.

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  • GizzyGizzy i am a cat PhoenixRegistered User regular
    I just bought a house! So now I’m in the house thread :)

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Gizzy wrote: »
    I just bought a house! So now I’m in the house thread :)

    Welcome, fellow house-owner! You may now be invested into the Secret Mysteries of House Ownership.

    Bring ye forth one plunger, a fire extinguisher, and that hex-wrench-thingy-you-can-never-remember-where-you-put-but-totally-need-right-now. Raise your plunger in your right hand, and repeat after me ...

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Gizzy wrote: »
    I just bought a house! So now I’m in the house thread :)

    Welcome, fellow house-owner! You may now be invested into the Secret Mysteries of House Ownership.

    Bring ye forth one plunger, a fire extinguisher, and that hex-wrench-thingy-you-can-never-remember-where-you-put-but-totally-need-right-now. Raise your plunger in your right hand, and repeat after me ...

    "It will always break when you least expect it,
    It will always break when you're out of town,
    It will always break when your wallet can't bear it,
    Such is the way of homeowner town"

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Gizzy wrote: »
    I just bought a house! So now I’m in the house thread :)

    This may take some getting used to: if you hear someone stomping around on your ceiling, call the police.

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  • GizzyGizzy i am a cat PhoenixRegistered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Gizzy wrote: »
    I just bought a house! So now I’m in the house thread :)

    This may take some getting used to: if you hear someone stomping around on your ceiling, call the police.

    Sound advice - I’ve been apartment living for sooo long

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited March 19
    Go cordless for vacuums.

    We have a Miele corded model and it’s fine (and technically might have more suction). But we also have a v11 and do you know what it’s better? Getting the vacuum, not worrying about plugging it in, pulling out the the cord, then cleaning and doing the entire thing in reverse to pack it away and repeat every time the cord is at full extension.

    It might not seem like much, but it’s a mental barrier that stops you from getting the vacuum out for a small mess. I had wanted one forever and Vivienne resisted saying we didn’t need one, we had it for two days and she was convinced in its value. Now I can just get my vacuum, turn it on and put it away and not have to worry about setup or pack up.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Blake T wrote: »
    Go cordless for vacuums.

    We have a Miele corded model and it’s fine (and technically might have more suction). But we also have a v11 and do you know what it’s better? Getting the vacuum, not worrying about plugging it in, pulling out the the cord, then cleaning and doing the entire thing in reverse to pack it away and repeat every time the cord is at full extension.

    It might not seem like much, but it’s a mental barrier that stops you from getting the vacuum out for a small mess. I had wanted one forever and Vivienne resisted saying we didn’t need one, we had it for two days and she was convinced in its value. Now I can just get my vacuum, turn it on and put it away and not have to worry about setup or pack up.

    What's the battery life like? Most of the reviews I've read say to stay with corded of there is a lot of pet hair / deep carpet / large Sq footage of carpet.

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited March 19
    We have a four bedroom house with three carpeted rooms and we have never run out of battery (and I think not below 50%)

    We got the fancy version and it says it has 48 minutes of charge time, but it is also intelligent and will automatically increase its vacuum while it is on carpet. So if you have carpet the total cleaning time is less.

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited March 20
    I maintain that the Miele is way more powerful, but the Dyson makes frequent cleaning so easy that you don’t need as powerful a vacuum if you’re just vacuuming more often. Think I’ll still bust out the Miele for heavy jobs like spring cleaning and such, but yeah the Dyson is my go to... ESPECIALLY since the last few times I’ve vacuumed, I’ve had to have a baby strapped to my chest, so the ease of use is worth the money right there.

    And yeah no issues with battery life so far, even with the non-stop shed machine that is our greyhound.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    I've never had a vacuum cleaner I hated less than my Dyson. No cords, I can just vacuum whenever the dark spirits inside move me, and it charges while I hang it on the wall out of the way.

    And it doesn't get that weird ozone smell you get with plug-in vacuum cleaners, or at least the ones I've had.

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    I've got a Dyson ball I got for cheap on a black Friday years ago that we use for the carpets upstairs and a cordless Dyson for the laminate and tile downstairs. I'd highly recommend both. They're more expensive but like you said they last forever. Other vacuums I've had would break after two or so years.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Also I want to make it clear, I love me some Dyson, but I would never buy one full price. There are deals to be had. I'm currently waiting to snag a deal on one of the cordless ones that hang on the wall. we have a few uses cases where it would be EXTREMELY useful, but not enough for $300-400 useful.

    We have a v10, and the big thing is that it makes using the vacuum much less painless. No cords, no lugging - just grab and go. And that means that you'll actually use it.

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  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    for vacuums I always recommend Dyson

    those things last and last and last

    I've repaired and cleaned the one I've had for 18 years now and (give or take a couple years) and it still picks up after a german shepherd with an anxiety problem

    I used to, too. Our DC11 barrel vac is still a beast. They've been "value-engineering" all the quality out of their products for years now though.

  • pimentopimento she/they/pim Registered User regular
    I have a Miele, outside of having to plug it in (oh the horror) it's excellent. Also it has a real long cord so I can do most of the house from one plug. The only issue is that I had to get the grey one because the red one was more expensive due to the additional attachments it came with that I didn't need. Same vac, just different colour to denote the additional kit. So I'm vacuuming slower than I could be. Other than that though, real good.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    I like not having to plug in my Dyson because sometimes there's an annoying bug flying around the ceiling and I have to wake up my wife by chasing it down with the pole extension to suck it up.

    Also cords are really irritating on chores you have to do over and over. Getting a cordless vacuum or weedwhacker at least doubled the rate at which I'm likely to use them, probably more.

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