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The states are reporting a small, but often increasing, number of deaths.  But none that I've reviewed are stating what number or percentage of those current deaths are among the unvaccinated. Louise says that omission provides fodder to the anti-vaxxers because the they can point to the total number and say "See, the vax doesn't really work."  I'm inclined to agree.

>buy one just for fun

But only if it has decent hvac.  My 70s VW Kombi van would freeze you, even in the front seats.  I hung a shower curtain being the front seats but you still needed a lap blanket.

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: Today at 07:43:53 PM »
In one of the many heatpumps-ain't-gonna-cut-it UK articles I read they said hydronic floor heating was one of the better solutions --mostly because you could heat room-by-room as needed.

I had a friend who used this under the laminate flooring of his motorhome.  Worked great, but I don't know if it held up over the long haul.  Anyway, for particularly problematic rooms:

InfraFloor - Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Probably why tapestries were a big deal in the middle ages.

If it is still $45k (which I sincerely doubt) that is half the price of an F-150 and cheaper than a bunch of the USED cars out there now. But if at $45k, I might buy one just for fun.

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: Today at 02:46:11 PM »
Here ya go, Bol.  A friend of mine (who lives in the Deep South) sent us his recent article.

In light of the fact that some of the citizens in our Northern climes are facing cold weather, I thought you might enjoy reading this week's column submission to the Americus Times Recorder.

On Fire for a Fireplace
I live in a drafty old house. I live there because she wanted it. You see, we had a nice house: the yard was well-landscaped, the paint was fresh, and the roof didnít leak, much. We could heat and cool it affordably.
Trouble is, it didnít have a downstairs bedroom. Neither of us ever had any trouble navigating the staircase, but with advancing age, we knew our time would come. We thought about adding an elevator, but she really wanted this house and she bought it.
Good Lord! We didnít know what we were in for. Itís a pretty thing. Built in 1848, it is only 100 years older than I.  After a couple of years and a lot of money, we just about have it where we want it except for one thing: I am freezing.
At one time, this house had ten fireplaces. Four of them were covered over in a long ago upstairs remodel, so that leaves six.  We had them checked out and they were pronounced DOA by the local chimney guy. In fact, he advised us not to get too frisky removing some of the paper and insulation that has been blocking them for eons. He thinks that the paper is the only thing preventing the bricks from the chimney and a hundred years of soot from collapsing into the house. That would be fun.
The only warm room in the house is the library for it has a modern ďventlessĒ gas heater that, as they say, will ďrun the rabbit out of the holler.Ē My bride likes it so hot in there that I can only visit for a few minutes at a time. Iím trying to take the chill off, and sheís roasting peanuts on the sofa.
Conversely, the coldest room in the house is a huge, 1970ís addition that, while not in keeping with the rest of the house, is a wonderful room and it is where I spend most of time. I think we need a fireplace if for nothing else, it will look warm.
 Iíve had several suggestions:

1. Gas logs, to me are about as exciting as kissing your sister. Not in my house.

2. Buck stove:  my house is not exactly the Buck stove type. I can just hear the local hysterical society screaming when they catch a glance at the stove pipe. It would have to be at least 40 ft tall. I suppose Iíd have to add a strobe light on top to ward off small planes.

3.  Build a masonry fireplace. From what I understand, $20,000 is just the starting point around here.  With my luck, it wouldnít draw.

No, I want a real honest to goodness fireplace that I can poke at with a stick. I want to haul firewood and have ashes and soot. I want a big fireplace for a big roomÖ and I want to be able to afford it.

Right now, Iím tempted to buy this electric thing I saw at the big box. It has a ďflameĒ simulated by a crumpled roll of aluminum foil, a sheet of red cellophane and a light bulb.

Iím sorry. Just shoot me or at the very least, pass me another blanket.

And please uncover me for the spring thaw.  I sure donít want to miss that.

Boyce (Stick) Miller is a writer of dubious distinction. He lives and works in Americus, GA, and he is a legend in his own mind.

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:53:15 PM »

I built/modified my own 24v power tools around 2001-02.  Dewalt came out with a pro 24v series which didn't take off and was discontinued pretty quickly. Then they later introduced the 18v tools.  I had purchased the 24v sawzall, circular saw, and large hammer-drill.  The ni-cad batteries wouldn't power them long enough to be useful for even medium-sized jobs, so I gutted the battery packs and added a set of long jumper cables to them.  When I rebuilt the pier (standing in chest-deep water), I hooked them to a pair of 12v deep cycle batteries wired in series.  That damn drill would run all day boring 5/8" holes through salt-treated pilings.  I have smaller, easier DC tools now but keep that set to use during Armageddon.

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:15:46 PM »
> not enough to have me give up gas

When the time comes, you won't be asked.  IIRC, BOL is already staring down the barrel of a boiler ban.

Applies to Minnesota, too.

"Some have questioned whether heat pumps are appropriate for rural homes at all. Properties in the countryside tend to have poorer insulation than urban houses, making heat pumps less efficient. More than seven times the proportion of rural homes are rated F or G for energy efficiency, the lowest grades, than urban dwellings."

UK: Millions of rural homes forced into expensive eco upgrades

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: January 15, 2022, 10:28:19 PM »
>a lot of economic/technology^/political signals that would push that decision point earlier

The campaign to ban gas stoves is heating up


Oh yeah, this just came to mind.  Not a far stretch to include generators.

CA to Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Offer Rebates for Electric

>Not a far stretch

It's Official: Generator Ban Passes in California - RV MILES

Water Cooler / Re: UK energy
« on: January 15, 2022, 08:10:58 PM »
Other advances in consumer solar tech I'm watching and could possibly use without mucking up the design of my house:

The solar roof could finally become a reality thanks to GAFís nailable solar shingles - The Verge

These windows are see-through solar panels

> Boston peaked early

Agreed. We're still in that 'rural lag' I posted.  It is raging here, too soon to tell if it is peaking but there are hints that it may be.

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