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Today 10:53 AM
turdhurdler
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Originally Posted by XJ_Phil View Post

Can you replace that grass with some of that beautiful green pea gravel or astroturf?
I am a renter, so don't have much of choice but to keep the grass.

Jeff
Today 10:29 AM
XJ_Phil We also have a swamp cooler, but in my 50 year old house, it only blows thru the central hallway and not into the the furnace ducts. I have to say tho, it keeps it pretty cool in here most of the time. Window A/C in our bedroom covers those warm nights and too hot days.
Today 10:19 AM
WOKNROX I definitely want to move to solar in the near future. When we first built our house we had to pull the power to the property. ..around 3/4 of a mile and Edison stood in the way of alternative power at that time. Since then they have lift that and others have put in solar. My problem is I want it on a stand on the ground and not on the roof. The roof is a consumable product that will need to be replaced in time. I don't want to deal with the panels at that too.
Phil one of the big pluses of living in the dry climate is the we get to use swamp coolers. I have central air but we only use I once or twice a year if it gets really humid....although we haven't had to this year. We have a whole house Mastercooler system that uses the AC vents throughout the house and can keep my house in the low 70's when it over a hundred outside. It uses the the same amount of power as a ceiling fan.
Today 09:54 AM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post
Ya! No HOA or Water Company to deal with out here! Except for electricity I'm completely off the grid. As soon as Solar energy develops a little more I'll be off the grid completely.
I pull my water out of the ground myself. I have a 400ft well. As for the front yard I have a 4000sqft yard with 3 stations that run 3 minutes each twice a day. Once just before the sun comes up and the other just as the sun goes down. Now for the secret to a green lawn....it's cow poopy. I get it from the cattle farms in the area and use it on the grass. I also on my 50 or so trees....keeps everything nice and green.

Now if we all could just get LA County to stop using up everyone else's water (because they don't have any water of their own) and start drinking ocean water we wouldn't have to worry about water anymore.
My dad had a roping arena at his place and always had lots of cattle, we used steer manure for all the yards and it works amazing. Mike and I even brought in a load when we landscaped our yards here. The neighbors were bbqing and weren't real happy with the smell as we spread it though, haha.

I grew up with well water and it was amazing, I don't like our community tap water near as much. We went solar about 8 years ago, it cost us 65,000 for the setup on our 3,000 sq. ft. house. We got 25,000 back with the tax credits and rebates. We paid it up front since they didn't have any finance options at that time. My bill runs 4.32 a month now to cover the taxes. My bill before was around 300.00 per month since the kids were home, it's stupid the amount we pay for electricity here and Diablo Canyon is just up the road. I generate quite a bit more than we use each month, of course PG&E just sells that to the guy next door
Today 09:46 AM
XJ_Phil $75 a month is pretty reasonable to run a home the size of yours. My old automotive teacher at VVCC, told me to run the A/C in his old 3,500 sf house was close to $2k per month in the peak of the hot season
Today 09:42 AM
XJ_Phil
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post
No not really..Quartz Mtn and Silver Mtn (the one's with all the antennas on them that you see when driving the 15 freeway north through Victor Valley) block or I should say split the wind like a wedge. I'm on the north side of those mountains so I don't get the wind here. Plus those windmills make a lot of noise. I do get a lot of sun so Solar energy is a better option for me. I'm just waiting for the prices to come down. Right now my average bill is $75 a month and with the size of panels I'd need for my place it would cost me $150 a month.
It just doesn't pencil out yet.

I'm sure you have already researched those government incentives and give-a-ways.
Today 09:37 AM
WOKNROX
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Originally Posted by XJ_Phil View Post
Do you get enough wind to use one of those BMF generators instead of solar?
No not really..Quartz Mtn and Silver Mtn (the one's with all the antennas on them that you see when driving the 15 freeway north through Victor Valley) block or I should say split the wind like a wedge. I'm on the north side of those mountains so I don't get the wind here. Plus those windmills make a lot of noise. I do get a lot of sun so Solar energy is a better option for me. I'm just waiting for the prices to come down. Right now my average bill is $75 a month and with the size of panels I'd need for my place it would cost me $150 a month.
It just doesn't pencil out yet.
Today 09:27 AM
WOKNROX Yeah Jeff....the water is fantastic! Crystal clear and with no funny taste. When I was a kid growing up in Lake Arrowhead I hated the water. It tasted like you discribed. But this water comes from the Mojave river aquifer. Next time we're on the trail together I'll be sure to give you a bottle or two. .
Good stuff.
Today 09:22 AM
XJ_Phil
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post
Ya! No HOA or Water Company to deal with out here! Except for electricity I'm completely off the grid. As soon as Solar energy develops a little more I'll be off the grid completely.
I pull my water out of the ground myself. I have a 400ft well. As for the front yard I have a 4000sqft yard with 3 stations that run 3 minutes each twice a day. Once just before the sun comes up and the other just as the sun goes down. Now for the secret to a green lawn....it's cow poopy. I get it from the cattle farms in the area and use it on the grass. I also on my 50 or so trees....keeps everything nice and green.

Now if we all could just get LA County to stop using up everyone else's water (because they don't have any water of their own) and start drinking ocean water we wouldn't have to worry about water anymore.


Do you get enough wind to use one of those BMF generators instead of solar?
Today 09:20 AM
XJ_Phil
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Originally Posted by turdhurdler View Post
I did try to contact the water company. They stated that living in an HOA means I have to abide by their rules and policies. If that means a green lawn year round, then I will have to pay the higher water rates. No help at all really.

Jeff

Can you replace that grass with some of that beautiful green pea gravel or astroturf?
Today 09:16 AM
turdhurdler
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post

Ya! No HOA or Water Company to deal with out here! Except for electricity I'm completely off the grid. As soon as Solar energy develops a little more I'll be off the grid completely.
I pull my water out of the ground myself. I have a 400ft well. As for the front yard I have a 4000sqft yard with 3 stations that run 3 minutes each twice a day. Once just before the sun comes up and the other just as the sun goes down. Now for the secret to a green lawn....it's cow poopy. I get it from the cattle farms in the area and use it on the grass. I also on my 50 or so trees....keeps everything nice and green.

Now if we all could just get LA County to stop using up everyone else's water (because they don't have any water of their own) and start drinking ocean water we wouldn't have to worry about water anymore.
Steve, is your well water drinkable and taste fine? The last time I recall drinking water from a well like that it seemed to have a metallic taste.

Jeff
Today 09:13 AM
turdhurdler I did try to contact the water company. They stated that living in an HOA means I have to abide by their rules and policies. If that means a green lawn year round, then I will have to pay the higher water rates. No help at all really.

Jeff
Today 08:12 AM
WOKNROX
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post
How the heck is your lawn green Steve??? Mine looks horrible and the water Nazi's say I can't water it. I do at night a little though, haha.
Ya! No HOA or Water Company to deal with out here! Except for electricity I'm completely off the grid. As soon as Solar energy develops a little more I'll be off the grid completely.
I pull my water out of the ground myself. I have a 400ft well. As for the front yard I have a 4000sqft yard with 3 stations that run 3 minutes each twice a day. Once just before the sun comes up and the other just as the sun goes down. Now for the secret to a green lawn....it's cow poopy. I get it from the cattle farms in the area and use it on the grass. I also on my 50 or so trees....keeps everything nice and green.

Now if we all could just get LA County to stop using up everyone else's water (because they don't have any water of their own) and start drinking ocean water we wouldn't have to worry about water anymore.
Today 07:58 AM
WOKNROX
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Originally Posted by turdhurdler View Post
Awesome! Love tortoises. Looks nice and healthy too.

Jeff
This guy must have a huge family because these guys are all over the place around here. It's kinda funny because before they changed the name this area that I live in used to be called "Turtle Valley".
Yesterday 11:59 PM
Lab Lover Report the HOA to the water dept. There's a drought and thats not cool.
Yesterday 11:24 PM
turdhurdler
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post
How the heck is your lawn green Steve??? Mine looks horrible and the water Nazi's say I can't water it. I do at night a little though, haha.
My problem is the water company keeps saying to water less, but the HOA says to water more because it is not green enough. How does one deal with this?

Jeff
Yesterday 10:51 PM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post
We came home from Rick's Cleghorn run yesterday and found this guy living it up in my yard...
How the heck is your lawn green Steve??? Mine looks horrible and the water Nazi's say I can't water it. I do at night a little though, haha.
Yesterday 10:31 PM
turdhurdler
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Originally Posted by WOKNROX View Post
We came home from Rick's Cleghorn run yesterday and found this guy living it up in my yard...
Awesome! Love tortoises. Looks nice and healthy too.

Jeff
Yesterday 10:19 PM
WOKNROX We came home from Rick's Cleghorn run yesterday and found this guy living it up in my yard...
Yesterday 08:33 PM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by Dougzin View Post
There's always an excuse to hit the hammers. Steve and I can get you guys out there. I know Mike would be a kid in a candy store. We seem to be the same way when it comes to hard obstacles lol.
We will have to arrange a trip this fall then, he does like to make those rocks "his bitch" Haha.
Yesterday 08:31 PM
Dougzin
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post
Afraid not this year. I have the cabinet & granite guy lined up to install some more stuff at the BB house and we need to be there. I figure all the work this year will entitle us to play a lot more next.
There's always an excuse to hit the hammers. Steve and I can get you guys out there. I know Mike would be a kid in a candy store. We seem to be the same way when it comes to hard obstacles lol.
Yesterday 08:20 PM
Lab Lover Afraid not this year. I have the cabinet & granite guy lined up to install some more stuff at the BB house and we need to be there. I figure all the work this year will entitle us to play a lot more next.
Yesterday 07:27 PM
Dougzin
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post

Mike thought that's what the roll cage was for in Panamint on the V-notch All I could think of was how happy I was that we bought him his own Jeep!! Lol, when something hits or scrapes we just look at each other and laugh.
Are you guys going to make it for Fun in the Desert? I know Mike would love the hammers!
Yesterday 06:50 PM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by aw12345 View Post
There is and there isn't. It's great when the doors and hard top come out unscatched, tear uo a door, break the hardtop and bust some of the glass and a fun day looses it's luster. Me I prefer to leave everything home that comes off, all that remains is a tub, hood and cage and a torn bikini top. Not much there to get upset over, besides it's fun to use parts of the roll cage as a rock slider
Mike thought that's what the roll cage was for in Panamint on the V-notch All I could think of was how happy I was that we bought him his own Jeep!! Lol, when something hits or scrapes we just look at each other and laugh.
Yesterday 01:59 PM
WOKNROX
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Originally Posted by JoeBot13 View Post
No I haven't. Is this the coyote lake by Yermo? I know of some springs by Alvord and Cady. But I haven't been out there.
Hey Joe. ..sorry bud but I meant to say west of Coyote dry lake not east...
Yesterday 01:45 PM
Gunner Dave has one that makes him turn blue like a smurf if he gets too much sun. I guess I will get banged up some but thats a price I gotta pay if I want to keep jeeping. I will just have to decide when it is banged up enough to replace a part and when it is only making it look tough.
Yesterday 11:09 AM
Serg5000 Good morning everyone.

I like running the A/C but never seem to thinking our jk will over heat. I recently started removing the top and doors because I'm denting shit up. Passenger door is already dented from a trip to the Rubicon. The I run a soft top on trails. Don't care if that gets hammered. Here is a list of damages.

1. Passenger door.
2. Left side of hood. ( already have a replacement)
3. Driver side steel fender ( the one that mounts to the body ). I'm still looking for that used.
Yesterday 08:35 AM
Ditchdoc I take pantyhose and lap it multiple layers and put it between any two parts of the ventilation that is pre fan. Don't know if it works but it makes me feel like I did something.
Got to the bend at deep creek around 11 Saturday. The place still had people, real friendly people. Anyway temps not bad. Don't know what it was but definitely cooler than Placentia.
09-14-2014 11:29 PM
aw12345
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Originally Posted by RKCWLER View Post
When it's hot out, I prefer the air conditioning as well. I just wish there was a easy change filter for the TJ cabin. All that fine dust gets everywhere. I have already pulled the cowl off and plastic doohickey. Can't seem to find a filter to modify and fit it. But then again that's not an easy replacement.
Take the cowl off and the hole the heater draws the air into find a way to mount an air filter on top of it. TJ's do not have a cab filter in the heaterbox
09-14-2014 11:15 PM
XJ_Phil
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Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
LOL it's only paint and fiberglass. Dave and I both take some drugs that say to keep out of the sun. We gotta run a top and doors.


When the bottle said to "keep out of the sun" - I thought that was for the pills......not me. Guess that musta just been a suggestion anyway.
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