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  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    KalTorak wrote: »
    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.

    As my small motor yard appliances wear out the plan is to replace them with electric versions that share the batteries my tools use. My end goal is to just have the big riding mower and a good 24" chainsaw be gas powered. Everything else should be electric.

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  • GizzyGizzy i am a cat PhoenixRegistered User regular
    So much work already before even moving in. Home Depot is out this morning measuring to give me a quote on replacing all the carpet with wood laminate. Also the one patch of grass is overgrown so gonna buy some lawn shears today.

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Thanks for the suggestions all! I ended up going with the Shark Lift-Away professional as Bed Bath and Beyond had it on sale + a 20% off coupon made it pretty attractive price/performance wise. I've been on a tear this weekend with projects getting my new home livable.

    -Multiple trips to home depot to get things like fire extinguishers and other supplies for the projects this weekend. Internally seethed at people's lack of social distancing.
    -Picked up several light switches to hopefully fix the ones that are busted around the new condo.
    -Picked up a used Bread Maker from Facebook Marketplace since I figure I'll have time to make my own pizza dough and homemade bread I guess.
    -Installed an additional shelf in the laundry room to better stick cleaners/knick nacks out of the way
    -Installed some shelves above my computer desk to better free up desk space for my dual monitor setups and move my modem/nas drives off and away from my typing keyboard.
    -Picked up a lightly used dishwasher from my friend after he got a new Miele ($1500 dollar dishwasher WHAT?!) as part of his kitchen remodel. It's a samsung and a bit dirty for being in storage for a year, but he claims it works just fine and hopefully should be a lot quieter than the ancient Frigidaire that came with my place and saves me the cost of buying a new dishwasher.
    -Got a stud finder to help with the shelving and learned about drilling pilot holes in studs.
    -Installed a bike hook for the bike my brother gave me.
    -Set up new pillows and a throw blanket for my couch and am currently trying to figure out how to lay a rug in my carpeted living room that won't bundle/crunch under the weight of my heavy metal coffee table I got from him as well. Apparently double sided carpet tape is a thing? Does that work at all?
    -Continued unpacking and cleaning up around the condo. Pretty much only have the 2nd room which will be my workshop to unpack and secure my gun cabinet to the wall.
    -Drove into my job for the weekend to collect things and computer parts I'll need to work from home as the building officially shuts down and disables access starting today.

    I didn't' realize how tired I was after I got back from my office. I figured i'd take a nap around 4:30 saturday afternoon and ended up waking up at 12:30am Sunday morning. I fell back asleep and woke up around 8am fairly refreshed but completely gobsmacked I ended up so tired.

    And finally made some homemade American goulash to cap off the Sunday. A full weekend of homeyville!

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Guyz I think I should use the upcoming stimulus check to buy some laying hens and a coup and run. Change my mind.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Shan't.

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    That in terms of stimulating the economy a really good one. Lots of tools from different places and if you get locally sourced timber that would help other folks.

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    I think I already talked myself out of it. As cool as it would be to have another source of my own food, getting chickens means essentially getting more pets and we already have three cats. Even if these would be outdoor pets only, they would take a lot of care. And even in the shade Texas can get insanely hot in the summer, a small coup might not really be enough to properly care for them. Plus the neighbors have a dog that barks at all hours, that would stress them out. So, sigh, probably not.

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Ah-hah! It was I, the master of reverse psychology, this entire time!

    You're welcome.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    washer broke

    It's super clogged (or possibly clogged with a dead pump motor). Not the best turn of events =/

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  • chromdomchromdom Why do bad things keep happening to me? Oh yeah, because of the things I've done.Registered User regular
    What are you doing washing a dead pump motor, especially one that will clog your washer?

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  • chromdomchromdom Why do bad things keep happening to me? Oh yeah, because of the things I've done.Registered User regular
    <--- Legitimately funny.

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Argh there's a best buy outlet store right next to me here in Lynnwood and I'm seriously eying a new TV for 400 bucks or something just to replace my ancient Phillips Flatscreen, but then I also know I need to get a murphy bed set up for my 2nd bedroom. But goddamn murphy beds are so expensive...holy crap. My friend who I got the dishwasher from has a bunch of woodworking tools. Has anyone built one of those Rockwell Murphy bed kits with any success?

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Hell yeah. Got two big trash cans full of winter deadfall out of my yard. I thought I was going to have to hang on to one for a week, but I got it out like fifteen minutes before the trucks rolled through.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    stupid samsung washer drain pump motor that broke after 4 years
    stupid pump motor that costs $300
    stupid covid-19 putting shipping times up to 3 weeks minimum for said pump motor
    stupid lowes reviews that lump all reviews for a manufacturer as opposed to the specific item, making it impossible to tell what's actually being reviewed
    stupid having to spend $texas on a new washing machine when the economy and my job are looking highly unstable

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist rugged, weathered Registered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    I think I already talked myself out of it. As cool as it would be to have another source of my own food, getting chickens means essentially getting more pets and we already have three cats. Even if these would be outdoor pets only, they would take a lot of care. And even in the shade Texas can get insanely hot in the summer, a small coup might not really be enough to properly care for them. Plus the neighbors have a dog that barks at all hours, that would stress them out. So, sigh, probably not.

    But you might have convinced me to do it. The question is what kind of coop to buy? We've got foxes and hawks around here so definitely something with a top and a bottom. Placement should be a spot that's shady in summer and sunny I winter, right?
    How many hens? I'm thinking four.

    Any other thoughts?

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    edited March 27
    Cambiata wrote: »
    I think I already talked myself out of it. As cool as it would be to have another source of my own food, getting chickens means essentially getting more pets and we already have three cats. Even if these would be outdoor pets only, they would take a lot of care. And even in the shade Texas can get insanely hot in the summer, a small coup might not really be enough to properly care for them. Plus the neighbors have a dog that barks at all hours, that would stress them out. So, sigh, probably not.

    But you might have convinced me to do it. The question is what kind of coop to buy? We've got foxes and hawks around here so definitely something with a top and a bottom. Placement should be a spot that's shady in summer and sunny I winter, right?
    How many hens? I'm thinking four.

    Any other thoughts?

    Oh, if I was going to get some, I was thinking getting different types so I get different colored eggs.

    For example, going on craigslist locally to see what kind of laying hens I could buy, there were some called black copper marans whose eggs look like this:

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    And another chicken called Silverudd's Blue that gives these kind of eggs:

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    The main difficulty for me being that these ads were selling hatching eggs and not chicks, so no way to sex them before you hatch and I don't think I'm legally allowed to have a rooster within city limits even if I wanted one (I don't!), so it could involve hatching an egg and then selling or giving away any male chicks that hatch.

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist rugged, weathered Registered User regular
    edited March 27
    My sister-in-law has been raising hens for years now so she can help me figure out what to do if we get roosters 🐓

    Note: my family will never forgive me if I butcher our pets so don't even suggest it. 😉

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    The main difficulty for me being that these ads were selling hatching eggs and not chicks, so no way to sex them before you hatch and I don't think I'm legally allowed to have a rooster within city limits even if I wanted one (I don't!), so it could involve hatching an egg and then selling or giving away any male chicks that hatch.

    Do you have an Atwood's or similar feed store nearby? Lots of those types of places sell chicks (and other barnyard animals). No idea what breeds, though.

  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    The main difficulty for me being that these ads were selling hatching eggs and not chicks, so no way to sex them before you hatch and I don't think I'm legally allowed to have a rooster within city limits even if I wanted one (I don't!), so it could involve hatching an egg and then selling or giving away any male chicks that hatch.

    Do you have an Atwood's or similar feed store nearby? Lots of those types of places sell chicks (and other barnyard animals). No idea what breeds, though.

    This is Texas, there are feed stores everywhere. But would I be able to get the special eggs from there, is the question!

  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    I want to get Brahmas or Jersey Giants, because lets be honest, these fuckers are going to be as much pets as egg laying machines. Plus they don't produce a ton of eggs, so I won't be drowning in them if I get a few chickens.

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    I want to get Brahmas or Jersey Giants, because lets be honest, these fuckers are going to be as much pets as egg laying machines. Plus they don't produce a ton of eggs, so I won't be drowning in them if I get a few chickens.

    What specifically about those breeds is pet-related? Are they more friendly?

  • webguy20webguy20 I Spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    webguy20 wrote: »
    I want to get Brahmas or Jersey Giants, because lets be honest, these fuckers are going to be as much pets as egg laying machines. Plus they don't produce a ton of eggs, so I won't be drowning in them if I get a few chickens.

    What specifically about those breeds is pet-related? Are they more friendly?

    I'm speaking more in general to my goals in raising farm animals in that meat production or egg laying ability aren't necessarily the primary goal and I've read that Brahmas can be very friendly and docile and I like the concept of a lap chicken. Also I won't lie having a unique chicken in small numbers would be very cool.

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Speaking of Laundry machines, given how old my washer and dryer are, while they are still functional, I wouldn't mind something newer and quieter (same mindset about my dishwasher honestly) if I do end up scratching up savings to get something new, what brands do you all recommend? i'm willing to pay more for bulletproof reliability and general quietness more than wingdings and looking pretty (though I wouldn't mind them in black if i'm being honest) and they'd have to be electric if it helps.

  • LuvTheMonkeyLuvTheMonkey High Sierra Serenade Registered User regular
    I believe the most well regarded in the reliability department are SpeedQueen, though that's a historical thing as recent reviews (and some of their corporate actions) indicate a downturn in quality.

    I am personally happy with my LG front loader pair. Most brands bring out the same model dryer in gas and electric so variety there should not be a problem.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    Cambiata wrote: »
    The main difficulty for me being that these ads were selling hatching eggs and not chicks, so no way to sex them before you hatch and I don't think I'm legally allowed to have a rooster within city limits even if I wanted one (I don't!), so it could involve hatching an egg and then selling or giving away any male chicks that hatch.

    Do you have an Atwood's or similar feed store nearby? Lots of those types of places sell chicks (and other barnyard animals). No idea what breeds, though.

    This is Texas, there are feed stores everywhere. But would I be able to get the special eggs from there, is the question!

    Looks like Tractor Supply Co has a surprisingly large range of breeds. The assorted colors one looks sort of like what you're looking for. But it doesn't look like you can just buy a specific one from them, at least online.

  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    Cambiata wrote: »
    The main difficulty for me being that these ads were selling hatching eggs and not chicks, so no way to sex them before you hatch and I don't think I'm legally allowed to have a rooster within city limits even if I wanted one (I don't!), so it could involve hatching an egg and then selling or giving away any male chicks that hatch.

    Do you have an Atwood's or similar feed store nearby? Lots of those types of places sell chicks (and other barnyard animals). No idea what breeds, though.

    This is Texas, there are feed stores everywhere. But would I be able to get the special eggs from there, is the question!

    Looks like Tractor Supply Co has a surprisingly large range of breeds. The assorted colors one looks sort of like what you're looking for. But it doesn't look like you can just buy a specific one from them, at least online.

    Well as I said I'm probably not going to be getting chickens. But if I were, these wouldn't work either since they have a 10 chick minimum and I wouldn't want more than 3-4. Craigslist works fine for farm animals, geez.

  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    I overlooked that it's lots of 10. Who needs 10 chickens?

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I overlooked that it's lots of 10. Who needs 10 chickens?

    10 roosters

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    Man I never realized how cheap chicks were, like 2 bucks each at the most on that website. I honestly thought about getting chickens here but in order to do so, I would basically need to turn the whole run on the side of the house in the backyard enclosed and probably have an opening leading into the garage just so they wouldn't get broiled in the heat. And even then, I don't think there'd be enough natural wildlife that they would feed on in the area I could give them access to, so I would essentially have to give them 100% chicken feed which is like bleh, what's the point.

  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Man I never realized how cheap chicks were, like 2 bucks each at the most on that website. I honestly thought about getting chickens here but in order to do so, I would basically need to turn the whole run on the side of the house in the backyard enclosed and probably have an opening leading into the garage just so they wouldn't get broiled in the heat. And even then, I don't think there'd be enough natural wildlife that they would feed on in the area I could give them access to, so I would essentially have to give them 100% chicken feed which is like bleh, what's the point.

    You don't think they'll be able to find bugs? I don't think that's true, bugs are everywhere.

  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    I overlooked that it's lots of 10. Who needs 10 chickens?

    9 roosters, 1 hen

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  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    edited March 27
    My nextdoor neighbor has 6 chickens. I'm in the Tampa Florida area for Heat/Humidity/Death index. They have a small coop on the other backside of the house from my property line. I have yet to Hear anything, or Smell anything chicken related. On the good news, after about 6 months? of having the chickens, I got my first dozen of eggs yesterday from them! Free! :)

    edit: I don't really know much about how they take care of them. They do let them out to wander the backyard quite a bit. We live on a lake, but they have a fence and put chicken wire on it so there's not been any alligator problems. They had to chicken wire part of the fence that is between us as they were squeezing through the slats as the fence is not uhm.. a full fence? slat, missing, slat.. type of thing. Their lucky that when I let my golden out one day, that I had put a muzzle on her due to her eating grass and getting worms, because all 6 were in my backyard and Bailey took off after them like a rocket and banged a few around with the muzzle.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Man I never realized how cheap chicks were, like 2 bucks each at the most on that website. I honestly thought about getting chickens here but in order to do so, I would basically need to turn the whole run on the side of the house in the backyard enclosed and probably have an opening leading into the garage just so they wouldn't get broiled in the heat. And even then, I don't think there'd be enough natural wildlife that they would feed on in the area I could give them access to, so I would essentially have to give them 100% chicken feed which is like bleh, what's the point.

    You don't think they'll be able to find bugs? I don't think that's true, bugs are everywhere.

    If you grow tomatoes, you can throw the hornworms to the chickens. Chickens love hornworms.

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    Cambiata wrote: »
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Man I never realized how cheap chicks were, like 2 bucks each at the most on that website. I honestly thought about getting chickens here but in order to do so, I would basically need to turn the whole run on the side of the house in the backyard enclosed and probably have an opening leading into the garage just so they wouldn't get broiled in the heat. And even then, I don't think there'd be enough natural wildlife that they would feed on in the area I could give them access to, so I would essentially have to give them 100% chicken feed which is like bleh, what's the point.

    You don't think they'll be able to find bugs? I don't think that's true, bugs are everywhere.

    I live in Tucson, Arizona. While there are bugs, there are not a lot of bugs that live in the ground.

  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Cambiata wrote: »
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    Man I never realized how cheap chicks were, like 2 bucks each at the most on that website. I honestly thought about getting chickens here but in order to do so, I would basically need to turn the whole run on the side of the house in the backyard enclosed and probably have an opening leading into the garage just so they wouldn't get broiled in the heat. And even then, I don't think there'd be enough natural wildlife that they would feed on in the area I could give them access to, so I would essentially have to give them 100% chicken feed which is like bleh, what's the point.

    You don't think they'll be able to find bugs? I don't think that's true, bugs are everywhere.

    If you grow tomatoes, you can throw the hornworms to the chickens. Chickens love hornworms.

    Damn, that has me on the "maybe I should get chickens" train!

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    Now I want to grow tomatoes.

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Neighborhood teen has been begging me for weeks to let him mow. Texting me every day about. But we had a lot of rain and the lawn was partially flooded, so I kept saying no. Today he finally gets to mow it.

    Also, lest you think I'm heartless about some poor kid needing the $20 real bad, when he first started begging I asked what he needed the money for. It was to go to the movies. Nah son, you don't need money for that.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Well, now he certainly doesn't.

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  • CambiataCambiata Commander Shepard The likes of which even GAWD has never seenRegistered User regular
    Orchard update: Peach tree has lots of baby peaches (hope they don't get scavanged this time), orange tree is heavy with blooms and baby oranges, and the entire yard smells like orange blossoms and the bees seem to love it. Lime tree doesn't have as strong a scent (you have to get right up next to the blossoms to smell them), but I think my orange is proving to be a solid wingman for all my plants getting pollinated.

    My fig, pomegranate, cherry, almond, chesnut, apple, lemon trees and my grapvine and raspberry are green with no blooms. Not quite their season yet.

    I've started some tomato and cucumber seeds inside but I keep forgetting about them.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 29
    I think I'm about halfway through this latest round of unpacking. Maybe even 3/4.

    The problem is, the movers broke my all-purpose storage bookcase. It was a cheap junk bit of furniture and I'm not exactly sorry it's gone, but it's where I stashed pretty much all my craft and hardware clutter, and until I've replaced it I'm gonna have piles of stuff sitting around the hallway, and it's gonna bug me like hell.

    Also somehow I have to throw out the old one.
    edit: I went to the city recycling page to find out if they take composite wood. Their furniture page said: "If it's in good shape, donate it! Alternatively, buy less furniture!"
    well that is incredibly unhelpful

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