And what did we buy today?

haiqu

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2005-10-15 3:51 am
Bundarra, NSW
Well, I thought I had enough cars ... but that was before I spotted the BMW Z3 "clown shoe" Roadster going for AU$2500.

I won't keep you in suspense, I bought it. To paraphrase the guy from Jaws, "I'm gonna need a bigger garage."

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wg_ski

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2007-10-10 5:21 pm
Went shopping for electrical today. All the breaker panels I’ll need for the new compound and the temp socket. And a roll of 4/0 on order - still looking for who has the 2/0 to run to the outbuildings.
 

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wg_ski

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2007-10-10 5:21 pm
GE makes a 20 amp AFCI breaker that fits their standard boxes - it’s not much bigger than the GFCI version, but they do take up a full space so the 40 space panel is a must in the main house. Those cute little half-space breakers don’t come in AFCI/GFCI so forget about 64 or 80. 32 spaces won’t cut the mustard in a house anymore - the one in my house now is maxed and I really need 2 more. That old CH panel won’t even take GFCIs let alone AFCIs. I tried to find them and couldn‘t. The Eaton BR series don’t fit.

The boxes have the dual neutral busses on either side so all those little pigtails can be hooked up easily. No plug-on neutral though (I don’t see what the big deal is anyway). The challenge was finding the OUTDOOR box that had full 200 amp feed thru lugs, since it will be the main facility disconnect and the house needs the full 200A not 100 or 125 off a sub breaker like everything else can. And having everything match. It’s more typical to run everything off the main house, but the simple fact is that it is going to be the LAST building to go up not the first. It simply won’t BE there when we move in. Concrete slabs probably, but I seriously doubt the steel will be up. Just the barn and the mobile home and those will need more or less permanent power.
 

wg_ski

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2007-10-10 5:21 pm
Permanent power to the outdoor pole, not temporary. It will initially feed the mobile home (which needs at least 100, preferably 125, and could go to 200) and an RV socket on a 50 amp to run tools. Plug in my PA distro and go. Then run to the permanent buildings as they go in. The shop is more critical than the house initially, because we can store everything there and sell the old house. Wife hates it here now. MH will eventually get sold and moved, but it may be there and in use for a year.

Original plan (5 years ago) was a lot more straightforward. Can’t leave the wife home alone for a year anymore while I’m living on site building, so a live-in solution for her needed to be found. MH, horse barn, fence, and infrastructure go in first - with a contractor doing all of that. Then we move together, and finish in our own good time. Best “turn key” I was going to get was 12-18 months for just a 1700 sq. ft house - then still need $80-100k more in infrastructure and no budget at all for a shop.
 
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My video security system 15 inch HP flat screen monitor crapped out last year.
Wasn't worth repairing.
So I hooked up my old Samsung CRT monitor for the time being.
However, the security system is in the smallest bedroom closet, and the bulky CRT was annoying.
And new compact flat screen monitors have gotten so expensive.

My local news blog said there is a yard sale of several neighbors just a few blocks away - a 5 minute walk.
OK, so I go for a Morning Stroll....to check things out.
WELL!... low and behold, an older couple had a monitor for sale, a Gateway HD1700 17 inch model.
Immaculate condition!.... the wife got a larger one because of her vision problems.
I asked about the price....
Reply: One Dollar.
SOLD!
The monitor works perfect, widescreen, all the features.
VGA and Digital inputs too.
WiseOldCodger is happy now. :)

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The abundance here in America is just stunning. It means you can often get just what you need for next to nothin', by frequenting thrifts and sales. You cant count on it, but you can sure take opportunity as it's presented. Imagine what it would cost if you had to pay retail for that, or its equivalent?
 
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The abundance here in America is just stunning. It means you can often get just what you need for next to nothin', by frequenting thrifts and sales. You cant count on it, but you can sure take opportunity as it's presented. Imagine what it would cost if you had to pay retail for that, or its equivalent?
I actually gave the husband $3 for the monitor.
Talking with him and the wife was very enjoyable.