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Old 10-22-2019, 01:02 PM   #17901
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Bilt Raptor Shadow. Decent ventilation, great, snug padding, and my glasses slide on easily without having to fight said padding. My favorite feature is the built-in sun visor. No more swapping visors!
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Old 10-22-2019, 01:14 PM   #17902
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Thinking about buying a Solo Stove Bonfire. Expensive for a fire pit, but should long outlast the cheap $100 ones from Home Depot. Anyone have one? I'm concerned about heat radius. I've seen one review where the reviewer said it didn't radiate much heat to the side. The near smokeless function is real though.

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Old 10-22-2019, 02:07 PM   #17903
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:17 PM   #17904
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Thinking about buying a Solo Stove Bonfire. Expensive for a fire pit, but should long outlast the cheap $100 ones from Home Depot. Anyone have one? I'm concerned about heat radius. I've seen one review where the reviewer said it didn't radiate much heat to the side. The near smokeless function is real though.

https://www.solostove.com/solo-stove...EaAp0tEALw_wcB
These look cool but I have also thought they seem like they may not put off a lot of heat, I have a regular old fire pit made from bricks in my yard which barely got any use this past summer/fall so while I have thought of grabbing one of these I have zero need for one.
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:12 PM   #17905
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Vents you can't close? Granted, I can't say I've ever ridden with mine closed, so...

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Bilt Raptor Shadow. Decent ventilation, great, snug padding, and my glasses slide on easily without having to fight said padding. My favorite feature is the built-in sun visor. No more swapping visors!
that looks good.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:45 AM   #17906
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that looks good.
It's not too heavy, it breathes well, and the dual visor setup is very handy. It's also ECE certified, so that's a huge plus. For a $130 helmet, it's a bargain.
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:30 PM   #17907
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I bought a small Honda generator to power our home fridge the next time PG&E shuts off our power for a few days. It should arrive today, hopefully before we lose service at our house (again).
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:32 PM   #17908
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:13 PM   #17909
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I bought a small Honda generator to power our home fridge the next time PG&E shuts off our power for a few days. It should arrive today, hopefully before we lose service at our house (again).
No solar panels at casa de Vader?
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:34 PM   #17910
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What we need are better stewards of those resources, unfortunately.
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No solar panels at casa de Vader?
Nope. And even then, our friends who have solar were still sitting in the dark because although they had panels, they didn't have batteries to store the electricity those panels produced. There are a lot of people who are having a bit of a reality check about how prepared they are.
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Old 10-23-2019, 05:36 PM   #17911
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Nope. And even then, our friends who have solar were still sitting in the dark because although they had panels, they didn't have batteries to store the electricity those panels produced. There are a lot of people who are having a bit of a reality check about how prepared they are.
Yeah, you get the kickbacks because the oanels put back into the grid. The batteries can affect the kickbacks and also cost a chunk. My sister got a deal on thenpanels because the company she works for installs them and uses their house as "showroom" of sorts. The batteries, OTH, cost more and weren't something they could gey a deal on.

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Old 10-23-2019, 05:44 PM   #17912
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Yeah, you get the kickbacks because the oanels put back into the grid. The batteries can affect the kickbacks and also cost a chunk. My sister got a deal on thenpanels because the company she works for installs them and uses their house as "showroom" of sorts. The batteries, OTH, cost more and weren't something they could gey a deal on.

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Yup. Most of the people I know who installed solar panels did so because it would reduce their monthly electric bill, not so that it would serve as a backup source of power during a grid outage.
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Have you been hit hard with those shut offs? Here in Lincoln, most of our power is under ground so it doesn't really affect us thankfully

I had solar when I bought my house thankfully. I've never paid a dime for electricity. Battery is next.

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Old 10-24-2019, 12:54 AM   #17914
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Have you been hit hard with those shut offs? Here in Lincoln, most of our power is under ground so it doesn't really affect us thankfully

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We got shut off for about 36 hours in the last one. This time we have not been affected. I picked up the generator at the FedEx store in town today (they required a signature so they couldn't just deliver to the house while we were at work) so now it's less of an issue.
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Old 10-24-2019, 07:26 AM   #17915
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:39 AM   #17916
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PG&E is currently in bankruptcy and we're starting to hear cities (cities like San Jose) suggest that perhaps it's better to just dissolve PG&E and let someone else take over the power grid. I would be in favor of that--PG&E has demonstrated that they were extremely poor stewards of the public trust.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:07 PM   #17917
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Wait, they're actively shutting power down for 36hrs or it's just a routine power outage that happens with weather related stuff?
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Wait, they're actively shutting power down for 36hrs or it's just a routine power outage that happens with weather related stuff?
It's a preemptive shutdown to avoid having high winds/dry conditions spark additional wildfires like the ones that burned down the whole town of Paradise last year. That was determined to be PG&E's fault (and drove them into BK), so they are now turning the power off anytime they think we're going to have high winds that might blow down power lines.
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It's a preemptive shutdown to avoid having high winds/dry conditions spark additional wildfires like the ones that burned down the whole town of Paradise last year. That was determined to be PG&E's fault (and drove them into BK), so they are now turning the power off anytime they think we're going to have high winds that might blow down power lines.
Jaysus. I had heard about the planned blackouts, but put so succinctly its pretty shocking.
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It's pretty appalling. PG&E deserves to go out of business/existence.
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