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  1. cavalierowner

    Garage Attic

    As I think about it, my interpretation of 2 layers thick was probably not correct. It's a uniformly distributed load that's assumed. So if the 10PSF is correct and 4.25 PSF is used up, then there's 5.75PSF left to work with. That means a straight calculation of 64 SF(an 8x8 platform) x 5.75 PSF = 368 pounds total spread mostly evenly over the whole platform. If stuff starts getting piled up in one area, then that creates a concentrated load; that's when my brain starts to hurt!! BTW, there are always factors of safety built in to structural design, but you probably don't want to get into those....for safety. BTW, me and electrons don't get along
  2. cavalierowner

    Garage Attic

    It's been a while since I've reviewed truss diagrams, but I think the design load for the bottom chord of a standard truss was something like 10 PSF unless a higher load for attic storage was specified. That's why you need to find out what the design load is because things add up in a hurry. 1/2" plywood weighs around 1.5 PSF and 5/8" sheetrock weighs 2.75 PSF. That's a total of 4.25 PSF with just the ceiling and floor. So you've used up almost half of your capacity already. Personally, I wouldn't do it unless I knew for sure what the design loading was and that it was designed for attic loading. Edit: Oops, just saw that you mentioned 2 layers of plywood, so that makes your total load 5.75 PSF.
  3. Most of the time I drive my Ford Taurus. I don't have any issues as long as there isn't more than about 4" snow and not much drifting. And where I go there's a couple rental houses and the guy keeps a pretty well-maintained road. Almost the bigger issue many times is the condition of the approach onto the lake. The approach can get beat up pretty good to where I worry about ground clearance and tearing something out. I ALWAYS carry a scoop shovel. Once it starts looking dicey, I drive the 4WD SUV that has some ground clearance. BTW, I have a 4' x 8' suitcase style Canvas Craft portable that's 4' x 4' when folded. That won't fit in the car, so I'm always pulling a light trailer.
  4. cavalierowner

    Whole house humidifier

    That was exactly the reason I went with the AprilAire humidifier with the outside temperature sensor. With the outside sensor, it truly is "set & go"; I know me well enough that I wouldn't be running to the furnace and constantly changing the setting. It cost more money, but it really does work well. BTW, the furnace burners don't have to be firing; as long as the furnace fan is running, the humidifier is running.
  5. cavalierowner

    Led Bulbs

    Oh-oh, don't like hearing that! I bought a few of the cheap R-20 LED's for 2 of our recessed cans. They've only been in for about a month. I've heard of fluorescents going bad slightly sooner by turning them on and off, but not LED's.
  6. cavalierowner

    Floor standing vs duct mount home humidifier

    I just had an Aprilaire 600A installed yesterday. It's fully automatic with humidistat and outside air temperature sensor, because I know from experience I won't change settings as the outside air temp changes. We shall see how well it works.
  7. cavalierowner

    Do you sharpen your hooks....

    Same for me, although I have a small stone with the groove in my winter box that I use once in a great while. I started working part time a week before I turned 16, went to full time after I was out of school (including 2 years active duty in army) and retired at age 62. That was MORE than enough working for me!!
  8. cavalierowner

    To float or not to float...

    I've had really good luck when they're finicky by just slowly dropping the jig 1/4" to 1" when I see the spring twitch. Then, when it twitches again or the line goes slightly slack, I set the hook. Works very well when they're just "sniffing" the jig. BTW, the spring bobber I use is just a very thin wire. So thin, in fact, that about every dozen fish or so I have to bend it back to it's original shape. The only place I have found the kind I like is at Wayzata Bait.
  9. cavalierowner

    To float or not to float...

    Yep, strictly spring bobbers for me. And I still hand-over-hand it with the old jig sticks that you wrap the line around. Guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
  10. cavalierowner

    Cautious Optimism

    Looks like next week is going to be a great week for making ice with lows below zero every day in the Cities. After that I'm expecting to have enough ice to walk on. Time to get my gear out of storage and get it ready to go. BTW, the web cam at Harty's on Medicine Lake shows ice for as far as the camera goes.
  11. cavalierowner

    Doe permit muzzleloader?

    I know it used to be that an antlerless permit was good for both firearm and ML; I know because I called DNR and asked. I don't see that the laws have changed in looking at the regulations. HOWEVER, my nephew and I hunt both firearms and ML and what was weird this year was that my nephew got TWO permits in the mail with his two licenses. I haven't seen the two permits side by side, but he swears they're identical. I know lottery area means only one deer, period, so maybe they are looking at the two seasons separately for permits. I should add that we moved out of the lottery area and into a Hunter Choice area, so it doesn't matter now, but I may send an e-mail to DNR when we get back to find out what's up. Edit: they normally spotlight changes at the front of the regulations and I don't recall ever seeing that spotlighted as a change.
  12. cavalierowner

    Hearing aids in the woods

    Not sure that would be a good idea for me. I can hear my nephew now: "I don't know what happened officer. I thought I saw antlers on an orange buck sitting in a tree with a rifle. Well, yes, I am in his will." He has always said I was his seventh favorite uncle [of 7]. LOL!!!!
  13. cavalierowner

    Hearing aids in the woods

    As it turns out, you're absolutely right about poor (if any) directional hearing. Yesterday I was in a large room with lots of people milling around and determining what direction someone was calling me from was definitely an issue. I guess I never really paid attention to it before. So what that means is that I'll have to really start to watch when I hear something in the woods to see where a sound is coming from. Heard from the people where I stay for muzzle loader season that there's about 10" of snow on the ground, so the woods will probably be quiet; a real test for wearing my hearing aids for the first time.
  14. cavalierowner

    Hearing aids in the woods

    That could be, I just can't remember for sure what they told me; although I'm pretty sure it was more than 3 years. Sounds like it may be worth checking.
  15. cavalierowner

    Hearing aids in the woods

    I'm assuming directional hearing wouldn't be an issue with my hearing aids because it's not an issue under normal use. I've pretty much decided to try wearing my hearing aids for ML season and just see how it goes.