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3 minutes ago, Marvel said:

Not supper fast, but it is safe to use around pets and kids.

And it will put them out to lunch.

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55 minutes ago, Marvel said:

 

You can also use boric acid powder, sprinkle it behind cabinets, down in crevices. It sticks to their legs/feet and they carry i back to their nests. When they clean themselves (which they do), they ingest it ant it will kill them. Not supper fast, but it is safe to use around pets and kids.

 

Bruce

 

Good to know.  Thanks.

 

However, I’ve moved twice since living in that eventually bug-free house.  Here in Victoria, we have no mosquitoes, although there are some up-Island.  Down here on the southern tip of the Island we have ocean on three sides of us, and a sea breeze from at least one direction most days.  The common belief is that the breeze blows mosquitoes out to sea, so they’ve given up and stay away.  Many homes, and even some plush hotels, don’t have any screens on the windows.  The building code does require windows to be childproof by being limited to opening a maximum 4 inches/10 cm.  If you have no kids in the house amd want to open your windows wider, it’s easy to adjust the stopper devices.

 

As for in-house bugs, all I see are the occasional tiny jumping spiders.  These ones are only about 1/8”/3mm long, and their mighty jumps are only about 1”/2.5 cm long.  Since they don’t eat or contaminate my food, and don’t try to bite me or jump on me, seeing one every few months doesn’t bother me.  Since their prey is the bugs that do all those things, the little spiders have earned the right to share my space, as long as their numbers are really small (I’ve never seen more than one at a time) and I never see one in the kitchen.  They’re like the tiniest guard dogs in the world, and they feed themselves and never bark.  Not bad, right?

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I house share my place with a 60 year old female though I never stay there.  She complained about the critters so I had an exterminator come over and spray inside and out but due to poor communications he did not bring "bombs" for the attics. 

 

She called this afternoon freaked out.  Apparently the roaches are now looking for safe ground and one hid in her bath towel.  She took it off the rack and it flew at her.  She was out of control for a bit but when I suggested she find a bug free environment she calmed down.

 

She will be away for four days in August and I will bomb the ship out of the attic space.  I hate them too.

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Once upon a time I lived outside of Greenville, TX and was told that a swath of land thru there had a reputation for scorpions. Sure enough I had almost translucent scorpions that would be in the carpet and come up thru the shower drain. Pinch / sting wasn't too bad but sucked nevertheless. Boric acid did them in.

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Boric acid is good, too. I forgot about it.

 

Yesterday's dire prediction for rain worked as I thought. We got drizzle. No flooding or even a threat. One would think the computer models would be adjusted to correct this. We've met our chance for rain today. Just got a little shower.

I stand by my method. When the forecasters call for 20 - 30% chance... batten down the hatches. Over 40% is gonna be muggy, warm and cloudy. Slim chance of significant rain.

 

gotta try to get the wife moving very soon. She needs to go to Tucson for her CDL drug test. @Ceptorman, she's the substitute bus driver in addition to teaching and chief administrator.

  There is another teacher and 2 aids. One of the aids is the primary bus driver. And Christina.The admin assistant/secretary... I love this lady. She gets things done. The admin people on Tucson and Phoenix are afraid of her. East coast gal. A professional chef, in another life and runs the admin like her kitchen. She talks in no uncertain terms.

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39 minutes ago, WillyBob said:

When the forecasters call for 20 - 30% chance... batten down the hatches.

Not at my house.  30% means it is simply not going to rain so dream on.  Until it gets to 80%, don't count on it.  It just goes to show you have to know your local territory.

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^^^^^

=== Yes. I once heard one of the local guessers’ define what the percentage forecast meant. A 30% chance means that in a viewing area of say 150 mile radius 30% of that audience will see some kind of falling liquid. So yeah, when I actually see it raining as it is now, then yes, it’s raining 🌧

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Our local forecasters know better than the computer models and will tell folks, it ain't gonna happen. One would think the computer whizzes could fix this. It's almost a joke around here. Our storms are air mass type. No fronts to provide lift. We NEED sun heating to create thermals.  Once they get going, outflow winds kinda keep things going.

  

 

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the one forecaster talks about 94` being the magic temp to think about t-storms

 

 went for a drink of coffee

I guess PeeWee thought her toy wasn't lively enough or needed a drink..... one stuffed mouse toy in my coffee cup. Thank you kitty...

nothing wrong with her ... she's just crazy

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On 7/23/2019 at 3:39 PM, JohnJ said:

"That don't confront me!"

Love it bud!!

George could put on a show.. not like Pink Floyd, or ZZTop or Teddy, or Black Flag... but he would entertain!

 

On 7/23/2019 at 3:43 PM, oldtimer said:

That's because he was true to the music.  No frills, just balls to the wall.

Saw George last night! You guys were right, he still puts on a good show. Rocked hard from start to finish. He's getting old but so am I! I was happy to get home and in bed by 10:00!

 

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the show I went to, was just plain ol' fun.

glad you enjoyed it. Age doesn't treat some performers so nice.

 

watched a little of the 40th Anniversary ELP concert. Had to turn it off and be happy remembering them in their prime.

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Went back and read the info from @Tarheel and @Wardsweb about the ac stuff, thanks folks!

The motor on our compressor seized yesterday around 4:30, no doubt what it was. The capacitor is fine, contacts good. It died and it was from 1991. Furnace was from `99. looking at those dates thinking we came out pretty good but 90 degrees & 60% + humidity inside feels like FL in that duplex I was in for a while. 

 

Just signed away almost 8K for a 2.5 ton 2 sp compressor and two speed furnace and coil. All American Standard but da*=it, here we go again with more owed:

 

 

 

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Just now, JohnJ said:

Just signed away almost 8K for a 2.5 ton compressor and two speed furnace and coil.

Dang that seems high.  Co-worker just got a quote today for a 4 ton inside and outside replacement for 6.5K.

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Just now, CECAA850 said:

Dang that seems high.  Co-worker just got a quote today for a 4 ton inside and outside replacement for 6.5K.

Bet that different locales come into play with the pricing of this too.

This includes enlarging the intake in the hallway and repairing some duct work under the house so it's about $400 higher than it was, 3/4 of the way from 7k to 8k is more than I wanted to pay but the brand is better and they'll be here at 8am tomorrow with everything to get us cool again.

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sure glad we don't need that stuff.

Not sposed to make 90` today. Humidity IS up. 60% and it's cloudy. Almost hazy.

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Same here @WillyBob I'm very glad we've got the cloud cover today!!

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40 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

Bet that different locales come into play with the pricing of this too.

This includes enlarging the intake in the hallway and repairing some duct work under the house so it's about $400 higher than it was, 3/4 of the way from 7k to 8k is more than I wanted to pay but the brand is better and they'll be here at 8am tomorrow with everything to get us cool again.

What's the seer?

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1 hour ago, CECAA850 said:

Dang that seems high.  Co-worker just got a quote today for a 4 ton inside and outside replacement for 6.5K.

 

Include a furnace?

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It's only 16 @CECAA850 but accompanied by that furnace fan and how it runs a strong 16 easily and 17 more than likely according to formula he was putting in the laptop. Dead one was a 10 so the improvement should be noticeable coupled with mastic or tape repairs to the knocked loose duct under there. Can't get under there like I could when I was 18-35.

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Two HVAC contractors did Manual J calculations at LF's place and gave prices of $8,000 and $10,000.  Both quoted a 16 seer 3.0 ton heat pump with AC.  The more expensive company advertises a lot more, even on the back of buses, and has a lot more employees and overhead.  It's a Trane with a rather smart thermostat ($700).  Can't spend a lot of time wringing your hands about money in this heat.

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