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In the last couple of days, I took another foraging class, and learned to ID some new, late season wild edibles; most notably dead nettle and bittercress. At some point I also need to learn more ways to cook all of these plants I am learning, besides 'salad', and 'stir-fry' :)

I also packed up some long-term food in mylar bags. Bought the latest batch of food and the bags a couple of months ago, but only had the time now to actually sit down for an afternoon and pack it all up. Totally worth the money to get the ones you can zip-loc before heat sealing. Also, I sealed a few pounds of brown rice and whole wheat pasta, because I am curious whether the commonly accepted wisdom that those will go rancid is correct or not. I'll let you know in 20 years...

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Got a rechargeable flashlight. An Olight M2R. Nice light.

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Finally got our 2nd emergency car charger operational again with a good size 12v 20Ah battery. This one is for my son's daily driver. He's living at home while going to school + working over 40 hours a week at his first post-HS job. He's got a 45+ minute commute. He had been waiting for his first paycheck where he didn't have bills to pay to pick it up. Car insurance, groceries, cell phone, gas & maintenance came out of his first one, this is the 2nd. The good news is his car bag + GHB are both well outfitted already and this completes the effort. He's way ahead of where I was at his age.

He also bought an APC UPS for his desktop. Exact same model I have for mine so we have some redundancy in the house. Plus we have four spare batteries for them - two each so we can cover both units since they take a pair.

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zombieapocalypsegame wrote:
He also bought an APC UPS for his desktop. Exact same model I have for mine so we have some redundancy in the house. Plus we have four spare batteries for them - two each so we can cover both units since they take a pair.

That's what I have + the external battery backup. It gives me a lot of runtime. :D

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I don't get as much runtime as I'd like off the UPS units. Typically 20 minutes is what the unit says, but since my desktop is an older generation Alienware is eats electricity at a pretty good clip. I believe the power supply is at least 850W.

I've got a Kill-a-watt on the wall and the UPS plugged into it. It says I am consuming 206w right now, but I am not really running anything although I do have two monitors and a bigger speaker setup than typical. The UPS says I am running a 35% load. My run time goes WAY down when I have a 3D game going.

More importantly, it's the 5 events that the UPS logged that I care about. If I lose power while I am at the desktop, I can shut down and move to more efficient machines like my laptop. But I can't prevent every little brownout or spike that comes through. That's why I have them. My family has far too much in terms of electronics (specifically gaming desktops with horsepower) to not have them.

What I'd LIKE to have is a whole house battery bank + the solar panels to charge them and a changeover panel to manage when the battery takes over and which electric circuits are kept powered.

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zombieapocalypsegame wrote:
What I'd LIKE to have is a whole house battery bank + the solar panels to charge them and a changeover panel to manage when the battery takes over and which electric circuits are kept powered.
That's what I am trying to do, in a way, with chaining my UPS's together. I rent so I can't do anything like solar or wind. The UPS's would just power a few things. I mainly got it for the weather radio, in case of an extended outage. The radio is all-hazards. I am ready to power down everything thing else to keep the radio going, if need be.

I also use surge protectors & I plug the UPS's into those. The UPS's cost more than the surge protectors, & are more vital. The surge protectors are probably old enough that they need to be replaced. I have everything (phone, modem, etc.) going thru them.

Props on the Alienware. :D

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Put BOV #2 up on jack stands for the first time. Been working on this F350 off and on for the year+ since we got it as my son's first vehicle. First time I've had it in the air, as it's really easy to work on when right there on the ground.

Learned:
  • Lowest jack stand position is higher than 4-ton bottle jack can reach
  • Two 2x10's flat under the jack are just barely enough to lift truck above the stands
  • Using wide boards like that is good for stability, bad for placing the jack stands

I also drained the very new transmission fluid from the 5-speed manual in that truck. Ever since we bought it, the transmission had been LOUD with its groans & whines. And that was BEFORE I added any steering noises. hahahahah

I had put in a gallon of the proper high mileage ATF recommended in the manual. But it was still really loud, although it did run better than on the old fluid prior to my initial change. On advice from another forum, I was going to put 24 oz of Lucas Trans Oil in there, so I needed to dump the fluid to make room.

Got the stuff in and replaced the ATF I had just drained, minus 24oz of fluid of course. What a HUGE difference it made - the noise dropped at least 50% if not more. Very happy with that result. Kept the excess fluid in the truck just in case.

I also discovered the plastic coolant reservoir / washer fluid reservoir combo has a nice crack in the middle which had been letting coolant leak out. So I finally figured out where that damn slow leak was coming from. Now I just need to order the part.

And finally going back to the original point of putting the truck on jack stands, tomorrow I'll get a look at the steering. The tie rod ends are likely shot, as the boots are blown apart and ancient. I have new boots, but I don't have the rods yet. Need to see if they are in fact done & gone. But those + a power steering fluid flush + adding some Lucas Steering Fluid is in the very near future. Learning from a mechanic friend I paid to teach me, we already swapped out a new PS pump for the old badly leaking one. So hopefully this will spell the end of the crazy level of groans the truck has been making. And it can come much closer to its nickname - Stealth. :)

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