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Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:35 pm
by Jeff V
We had a lot of trees too, including 2 apple and 1 pear tree. I'd almost give you the win, but my suffering was done before Walkmans were invented. The only sound besides the sometimes howling wind was that of our own whimpering.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:18 pm
by Holman
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Jeff V wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:09 pm
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:01 pm
The Meal wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:08 pm


Even nicer is having a yard small enough to just use a reel mower. :D
Grass shears here.
I grew up on a 1/4 acre lot and have bitter memories of my dad locking my brother and I out of the house until we finished cutting the grass -- sometimes 6" tall and wet from rain with a goddamn reel mower. We would each grab one half of the handle then with a run start charge into uncut grass; if lucky making it about a foot before being stopped cold. Lather, rinse, repeat and we'd be done in mere 6 hours.

Now I live on a 1/3 acre lot. I'm tempted to pass that legacy of animosity to my own kids, but if the grass gets that long the HOA sends me nastygrams that would eventually turn into fines.
I grew having to mow a 4 acre front lawn and 1 acre back lawn with a push mower. After picking up about 8 trees' work of apples. Then mow around several out-buildings and a barn. Then I'd have to mow 8 acres of field with a tractor. Half my allowance was spent on batteries for my Walkman (tm).
I call bullshit. I never saw John-Boy Walton wearing a Walkman.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:43 pm
by Kraken
stessier wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:53 am
Kraken wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:52 am
stessier wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:36 am
I'm curious what part of it died? I went on Youtube and was able to save mine by cleaning some supposedly "not serviceable" sensors.
It's been leaking from the bottom for a few months now. I have to sponge up a cup of water off the floor every time...annoying, but not a critical failure. The bayonet fitting that secures the hose to the faucet doesn't grip tightly, causing unpredictable spraying...that can go beyond annoying into a serious mess. And just last week the door handle broke; every time I close it, I'm unsure whether the latch will open again. That was the final straw.
Ah, you win. :) Hope the new one exceeds expectations!
Sad thing is, the "dead" one still cleans dishes just fine.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:19 pm
by Jeff V
Kraken wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:43 pm
Sad thing is, the "dead" one still cleans dishes just fine.
But do you want to risk it flat-lining when it's your turn to do the dishes?

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:56 pm
by Daehawk
I am the dish washer.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:00 pm
by Kraken
Jeff V wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:19 pm
Kraken wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:43 pm
Sad thing is, the "dead" one still cleans dishes just fine.
But do you want to risk it flat-lining when it's your turn to do the dishes?
It is always my turn to do the dishes, just as it is always my turn to cook, and to do the marketing. Wife kind of isn't allowed in the kitchen.

And no, that's why I'm putting it out to pasture. It might have one more wash in it, or five, or even 12, but it's approaching catastrophic failure from three directions.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:01 pm
by Kraken
My lawnmower's pull cord frayed and broke, so I spent $4 on a new rope and $33 to make my socket wrench set functional again, found a youtube video, and started disassembling. All went fine until I bungled removing the spring assembly and the spring went sproing. After much effort I kind of, sort of, got it back together again, but not functionally. Ran out of daylight and left my mower in pieces.

I just bought a rewind pulley and spring assembly for $24, with delivery in one week. I'm about 90% confident that's the right part, and 75% confident that I can complete the repair when I get it. However, if I fail again, I'm going to need a new lawnmower. My 25-year-old Craftsman (6.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine) has enough other problems that it is not worth taking to a repair shop.

So: what can you tell me about electric mowers? A very cursory look tells me that corded ones are really cheap, like under $200, whereas cordless cost at least twice as much. I don't have a huge yard, but it's not tiny, either; I would need a really, really long extension cord (at least 100', maybe more like 150') and the thought of dragging that around without running over it isn't pleasant. OTOH, we don't plan to stay in this house more than another five years, tops, and I might not need a mower at all in my next living situation, so I don't want to go too deluxe -- it's not like I'm going to be using it for another 20 years. I don't have hills so I don't need self-propulsion.

It's going to be a week before I know whether I can salvage the old Craftsman or not, so what advice can you give me in the meantime? Are battery-powered mowers ready for prime time, or should I look at another gas burner?

EDIT to add: In the fall, I use my mower to chop leaves. Running over leaves with a lawnmower reduces their volume by 75% and greatly reduces the bending needed to pick them up. So I need pretty good power and bagging capacity -- I am concerned that a battery-powered mower will choke when running over big piles of leaves...and I see that I can get a robust gas-powered mower for under $300.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:11 pm
by dbt1949
I'm going to go and buy two steaks tomorrow.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:23 pm
by Zenn7
Zenn7 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:57 pm
Next big "purchase" looks likely to be more medical expenses. Not this year as we capped, but likely to into 2020, so we can quickly polish off the out of pocket max for the kid at the start of the year (or at least our deductible).
Actually, I will incur expenses related to this this year - just not medical directly. Hotels, gas, out to eat, providing money/food for the kid for one meal a day... see this could be $1,000 or more by the end of the year if she's there that long.

Worth it if it really helps her.

Not so much if it doesn't. :(

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:34 am
by em2nought
dbt1949 wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:11 pm
I'm going to go and buy two steaks tomorrow.
If you wait until 9PM sometimes Walmart marks them down. :mrgreen:

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:26 am
by Daehawk
Never buy meats at Walmart. Its all full of salt water to weigh them down plus they are tough.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:14 pm
by Scuzz
Daehawk wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:26 am
Never buy meats at Walmart. Its all full of salt water to weigh them down plus they are tough.
You are saying they brine all their meat?

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:18 pm
by hitbyambulance
ambulance, emergency room, urgent care, hospital, imaging and appointment expenses for my bike accident in April. happened just three days before my health insurance kicked in so that hurt (financially as well as physically)

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:25 pm
by Isgrimnur
hitbyambulance wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:18 pm
ambulance, emergency room, urgent care, hospital, imaging and appointment expenses for my bike accident in April. happened just three days before my health insurance kicked in so that hurt (financially as well as physically)
:shock: :(

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:31 am
by Kasey Chang
Order Blinkx wireless video security system with extra mounting bits. Got the older XT instead of the newer XT2 to save some money. It's supposed to be "indoor only", but it should work fine if I put it in a housing and it goes under an awning. I can mix cameras if I want XT2's later.

Oh, and the Chromebook 2-1 convertible should be coming in Friday.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:15 am
by Kraken
I am still waiting for my lawnmower part to arrive. The shipper uses FedEx, so it will take a week from MI to MA if it arrives at all. After it arrives I'll know if I need a new lawnmower or not (scroll up 9 or 10 posts). Thanks for all your opinions on that, BTW. :wink:

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:49 am
by stessier
Kraken wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:15 am
I am still waiting for my lawnmower part to arrive. The shipper uses FedEx, so it will take a week from MI to MA if it arrives at all. After it arrives I'll know if I need a new lawnmower or not (scroll up 9 or 10 posts). Thanks for all your opinions on that, BTW. :wink:
I have a 5 year old electric Kobalt 40V lawnmower. The newer ones are more powerful. It is great. The bagger on it is not huge, however, so expect to empty it frequently if you are going to be running over a ton of leaves. Also, don't rake the leaves into a huge pile - just mow the yard like normal. Shouldn't be an issue.

My lot is about 0.15 acres (including the part covered by the house) and I use about 2x 40V-4.0ah batteries.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:30 am
by LawBeefaroni
Holman wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:18 pm
LawBeefaroni wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:31 pm


I grew having to mow a 4 acre front lawn and 1 acre back lawn with a push mower. After picking up about 8 trees' work of apples. Then mow around several out-buildings and a barn. Then I'd have to mow 8 acres of field with a tractor. Half my allowance was spent on batteries for my Walkman (tm).
I call bullshit. I never saw John-Boy Walton wearing a Walkman.
Sure, but he was my uncle. He wound up running off to Vegas and marrying a showgirl. Last I heard he was managing a liquor store in Reno. And that was 15 years ago. The Christmas cards stopped coming around then.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:31 pm
by naednek
hitbyambulance wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:18 pm
ambulance, emergency room, urgent care, hospital, imaging and appointment expenses for my bike accident in April. happened just three days before my health insurance kicked in so that hurt (financially as well as physically)
were you at least hit by an ambulance?

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:58 pm
by hitbyambulance
naednek wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:31 pm
hitbyambulance wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:18 pm
ambulance, emergency room, urgent care, hospital, imaging and appointment expenses for my bike accident in April. happened just three days before my health insurance kicked in so that hurt (financially as well as physically)
were you at least hit by an ambulance?
i was hit by an outrageously high ambulance bill

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:16 pm
by Daehawk
Ba dum bum

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:48 am
by ManAboutNothing
My major purchase came sooner than I wanted -- my old laptop gave up the ghost. But this new one is pretty spiffy; SSD drives are a whole different beast than mechanical ones!

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:53 am
by dbt1949
How big is your SSD drive?

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:56 am
by ManAboutNothing
dbt1949 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:53 am
How big is your SSD drive?
1TB, which I wasn't sure if they even made those mainstream yet, but it is apparently. Loads everything in a few seconds pretty much. Got a great deal too thankfully. Not sure I could ever go back to a regular hard drive again, would seem creaky as heck.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:25 pm
by dbt1949
I'm jealous.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:56 pm
by Kraken
My lawnmower part arrived today and it looks like the right one. Tomorrow we'll see if I can bring my old mower back to life. Sacrifice a goat for me.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:02 pm
by Kasey Chang
Chromebook has arrived and messing with it. Now waiting for the security camera system.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:31 pm
by Kraken
Success! Betcha didn't see that coming...I know I didn't. The pulley assembly went together quickly; mounting it back on the engine, less so. After reattaching the gas tank I tried to start it, and...nothing. Didn't even turn over. I fought the temptation to surrender and took it apart again for one more look. Sure enough, I had put the pressure plate on askew (and cracked its housing slightly in the process). Re-seated that little thing, put everything together again, and...it started on the first pull.

My next major purchase will NOT be a lawnmower! IDK how much useful life this one still has in it, but I think it'll get me thru leaf season.

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:40 pm
by Kasey Chang
Anyone has one of those MIDI piano keyboards? I was thinking about getting one for myself (always wanted a musical instrument). And I can get some good piano lessons for like $20. And I can get respectable keyboards on Amazon for well under $100, depending on how wide I really want it. OTOH, I'm kinda "iffy" on it, as I'm not REALLY sure I want one. :D

Re: What are your next major purchases?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:18 pm
by hitbyambulance
Kasey Chang wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:40 pm
Anyone has one of those MIDI piano keyboards? I was thinking about getting one for myself (always wanted a musical instrument). And I can get some good piano lessons for like $20. And I can get respectable keyboards on Amazon for well under $100, depending on how wide I really want it. OTOH, I'm kinda "iffy" on it, as I'm not REALLY sure I want one. :D
i would personally pay extra and get one with weighted keys (with appropriate sound feedback... e.g. you press the key lightly, and the sound is softer - bang on it and the sound is louder). it really makes a difference and establishes the gap between 'playing-piano-feeling' and 'tapping-on-cheap-plastic-switches-feeling'