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    Re: The kitchen appliance that will not die.

    The drive belt in my 1985 Kenmore clothes dryer broke a few weeks ago. We thought about buying a new dryer, but were stunned by the prices. So, I took the old belt out and used the part number to...
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    Re: Masks: An informal unscientific survey.

    We still wear masks when we are around others inside and out. We have a mix of N95 medical masks and KN95 masks. I am immune compromised and have had the full Moderna vaccination series and get my...
  3. Re: Let’s see each other’s pets or animals, past or present.

    GrayC Grayfur. Unfortunately she got sick last spring and died.

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  4. Re: It's the night before Gun Deer Hunting here in Wisconsin.

    Locally we have to push the damn deer aside to get to the car on the driveway. Coming back from town yesterday (5 mile drive) I saw maybe 30 deer. My neighbor is building a new house next door and...
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    Re: EV’s are becoming mainstream

    As I explained if you had actually read the post, the vast majority of those chargers are at hotels which are now closed for the winter. All but one location is level 2 and that one appears to be...
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    Re: EV’s are becoming mainstream

    EVs are pretty far from mainstream here on the Maine coast (Mount Desert Island specifically). I do see a FEW EVs in the summer, but they are 100% out of state, mostly Massachusetts. None of the...
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    Re: Prescription eyeglasses—help, please

    I will endorse Zenni too. I buy their cheapest frames since I don't care about "fashion". $6.50 for standard glasses and readers. My polarized sun glasses cost a little more (in the $20 range). ...
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    Re: Anyone asked those armed drop box watchers

    We don't have a drop box here. I handed mine to the town clerk who checked my name off the voter list then handed the ballot envelope back to me so I could open the envelope and drop the ballot into...
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    Re: $160,000,000 Lottery

    I would take it as a lump sum and pay the tax to get that over with. I would buy a new house on the water with a dock to keep my boats at. I would give my Allied 36 away and buy a Hinckley 48 to...
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    Re: Cord wood, the going rate,

    A real cord here costs about $2 here for chain saw gas and oil, but I have to listen to the grumbling and complaining of the guy who cuts, splits and stacks it. I tried ear plugs, but I can still...
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    Re: Errors in scientific dating, a discusion.

    There are a lot of assumptions and a date is only as good as the validity of the assumptions. My personal experience is limited to C-14 dates, a variety of isotopic systems (Rb-Sr, U-Pb, Lu-Hf,...
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    Re: Make your smart phone a dumber phone

    Wow you guys are phone addicts. I bought my phone for the camera, but now I seldom use it to take pictures since I bought a GoPro. The only functions I use my phone for are: the time since I don't...
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    Re: More air bnb hate

    AirBnB/VRBO rentals are all over the place here. Our road has 8 houses and 5 are weekly rentals. There are currently two new houses being built for the weekly rental market just on our road. The...
  14. Re: if you were buying a new (to you) film camera today

    I would just buy a new battery for my 1970 Minolta sRt 101. I still have about 10 lenses and space to set up a dark room.
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    Re: cool boat thread

    I watched a boat very much like that one being hauled out in Southwest Harbor, ME about a week ago. It was a hard top through not an express. The boat I saw was a Gannon and Benjamin build. Very...
  16. Re: Pain at the pump: Bay Area gas prices inch toward record highs

    I paid $3.65 for gas on Mount Desert Island, Maine last week. Diesel was $4.89/gal. I know because I just filled the tank on my boat after the summer's use.
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    Sticky: Re: Jamie Johnston (S.V. Airlie) is in the hospital.

    Like Emily I have not gotten covid. I am fully vaxed and wear a mask whenever I am around other people inside and out. I have an incurable form of leukemia and the combination of the disease and...
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    Re: About the fired organic chem professor

    Intro organic chemistry is only "hard" because the course includes a ton of nomenclature. The actual chemistry is pretty simple. But then I enjoyed physical chemistry the most of all the chem...
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    Re: Legit East Coast Pizza in SoCal

    What kind of pizza doesn't have avocado on it?
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    Re: Non Boat Question.... Glue up

    Contact cement works, but you only get one chance at positioning.
  21. Thread: First Sarah

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    Re: First Sarah

    I think he is holding out for Boebert
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Tax credits don't give everyone an incentive. I am retired and have my income structured such that I do not pay US income tax since the bulk of my income comes from qualified dividends and long term...
  23. Thread: A Deck Dilemma

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    Re: A Deck Dilemma

    when I redid the decks on Tortuga I was a bit more extreme. I removed the old decks that had been leaking. That revealed considerable rot in the tops of the deck beams which meant I had to build...
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    Re: its not about the camera

    GoPro Hero 9 captured from video

    Day sailing east of Mount Desert Island, ME

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    Jarvis Newman Pemaquid Friendship sloop

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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Our primary heat source is wood cut on our property (windfall). I currently have about 5 years wood cut, split and drying. We do have a propane combi-boiler that can heat the house and provides...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Solar doesn't make economic sense for us. Our annual electric bill is in the $400 range. Given our location in Maine, the orientation of our roof and the fact that we live in the woods we would...
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    Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    I do scrambled and poached eggs in the microwave. No omelets though.
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    Re: Unknown varnich remidiation

    Buy a heat gun and a scraper. An afternoon with those tools and that boat will be varnish free.
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    Re: Seawater in the bilge while on land

    You would be better off periodically adding clean city water mixed with borax to the bilge. The city water won't have fungi spores and even if it does the borax will kill them.
  30. Thread: Corking a boat

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    Re: Corking a boat

    It worked fine if the boat was just in the shed in cold storage.
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    Re: Corking a boat

    Locally what we do to swell a hull is to tent the hull from the waterline down to the ground. Then we spray water under the tenting to raise the humidity under the boat. If possible garden soaker...
  32. Re: Fastener Size for 1969 Woody 36ft Grand Banks

    How thick is the planking and how big are the frames? I would assume screws will be counter sunk 3/8" or so into the planks on that size boat. So go with a screw length of planking minus 3/8" +...
  33. Thread: Awash in cash

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    Re: Awash in cash

    I would have refinanced, but no bank could beat my current 0.0% rate. I also like not owing money to anyone.
  34. Re: Judges, is there any means of disqualifying them?

    Judges in courts below the supreme court can be disciplined by the courts system. About the worst they can do to a district judge is stop assigning cases to that judge for "a limited and defined...
  35. Thread: Steve Bannon

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    Re: Steve Bannon

    I don't think he is much of a flight risk. He has a federal court date on Oct 21. Should he skip that he will have US Marshals looking for him. After that date he definitely won't be a flight risk.
  36. Thread: Why is it....

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    Re: Why is it....

    Locally there are no stores of any kind. The only businesses are three summer only, overpriced, restaurants and one place that sells stamps and has mail boxes (the post office). The closest grocery...
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    Re: Got an odd letter in the mail today

    My next door neighbor is Acadia National Park. I am currently sitting less than 100 feet from the park boundary. They had over 4 million visitors last year.

    I have no intention of actually...
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    Got an odd letter in the mail today

    Today there was a hand addressed letter in the mail from a person I had never heard of. The letter said the person wanted to buy my house and gave me contact information. I looked the person up and...
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    Re: Why is it....

    You have three supermarkets to choose from? The closest supermarket is an hour round trip from here and this time of year it is packed with tourists and often pretty picked over. I shop once every...
  40. Re: Windows 11 - experience upgrading from 10 or opinions?

    When I bought my new laptop it had Windows 10. About 10 days after I started using it the system updated to Windows 11. It was totally seamless and took very little time. The only issues I had...
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    Re: photos from my hike - a community thread

    My next door neighbor's place this last Sunday. They have a deep lot. If you go about 1/4 mile up hill to the right of the house you will be in my yard. I wasn't hiking since hiking isn't needed...
  42. Thread: Portland, Maine

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    Re: Portland, Maine

    You can flee the big city to get away from the southern accents and southern heat. Go at least as far as Boothbay. If you want to get away from the crowds keep going on the coast until you get to...
  43. Re: America's small businesses are running out of workers

    Locally there are few young people. The housing costs have driven people of an age to have children out. For example over the last 20 years our local school enrollment has dropped by about 70%. In...
  44. Re: America's small businesses are running out of workers

    Almost all businesses here (Mount Desert Island, ME) have help wanted signs. As in the OP there is no shortage of demand for services, but a very significant shortage of workers. The reason here is...
  45. Thread: Still Wondering

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    Re: Still Wondering

    What really bugs me is the unexplained injuries. In early June this year I did something to my left hip. I have no idea what I did, but it got so painful that my range of motion was severely...
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    Re: the long line pioneers

    I know a guy who long line fishes for halibut now. He is a recreational fisherman who keeps his boat at the marina where I keep mine. It is interesting to chat with him when he is getting ready to...
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    Re: Contingencies For When Trump Is Arrested

    If he is charged, I suspect the FBI will coordinate with the Secret Service and then show up where Trump is to serve the arrest warrant. Secret Service, with FBI riding along will then take him to...
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    Re: selling a boat online - the cashiers check.

    You can verify the cashiers check by contacting the bank - not using the info on the check. Then send the bank the info from the check and possibly an image. They will tell you if it is real. If...
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    Re: Your Address: climate change risk factors

    The only risk for my place in their model is increased high heat days. They define high heat days as 84 F or warmer for my location. They say we average 7 days a year now of 84+ and 2 days of 90+. ...
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    Re: Trump Takes The Fifth.

    I am sure his lawyers advised him to take the 5th since otherwise he would have lied and ended up charged with perjury.
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