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    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    Some analog meters would actually charge the customer for electricity sent to the grid. Other analog meters would simply do nothing if power was...
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    The number of solar users who are tied to the grid and have batteries is very few. Batteries just don't make financial sense if you have grid access...
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    Yesterday, 12:30 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I have solar and my electricity certainly is not free when you consider the cost of equipment. Because I ended up spending a ton of money to move my...
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    10-23-2021, 10:37 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    Way more engineering goes into an electric car battery than into a phone battery. Most electric car batteries have sophisticated thermal management...
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    10-22-2021, 3:43 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    What kills cars in Minnesota is rust if you drive the vehicle in the winter. If you drive 12,000 miles per year it is likely your car will have rust...
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    10-21-2021, 10:50 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    Right now, out of state cars often buy fuel when in another state so it mostly evens out. Commercial vehicles have to pay fuel tax for each mile...
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    10-20-2021, 11:47 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    Yes, your phone might be tracked, but I think people are worried about GPS data being sent straight to state government. You know that law...
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    10-19-2021, 5:54 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread House Windows in Off Topic Forum
    I bought a property before selecting a builder. I also got my own construction loan. The small builder allowed me to do my own work like the...
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    10-18-2021, 11:22 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread House Windows in Off Topic Forum
    Why can't you leave out the central air? If you don't want the central air and appliances covered by the mortgage can't you just increase the down...
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    10-18-2021, 11:18 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I worked at a fairgrounds in the 1990s that had passenger shuttles powered by CNG (compressed natural gas). The local natural gas utilities did this...
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    10-18-2021, 11:11 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I doubt there will be any issues getting fuel for any ICE vehicle in a decade from now unless government bans the sale of petroleum fuels. Congress...
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    10-15-2021, 10:59 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread House Windows in Off Topic Forum
    Sure, you can't put a window air conditioner in a casement window, but most houses old enough to need window air conditioners also tend not to have...
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    10-15-2021, 8:37 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread House Windows in Off Topic Forum
    What Paul said. Sliding windows are mostly used because they are cheap. To me, casements are all around a better window than sliding windows. My...
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    10-14-2021, 11:42 AM
    A decent sized office building was built in Minneapolis out of wood about five or six years ago. Nowhere near 20 stories though. It seems like this...
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    10-12-2021, 10:45 PM
    This is only in certain area codes. The reason for this is because next summer we will be able to dial 988 to connect to the national suicide...
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    10-12-2021, 1:21 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I didn't think any electric car manufacturer was actually doing battery swaps at this time. My understanding is the Tesla Model S has battery swap...
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    10-11-2021, 7:23 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    There are a great many people who are dead set against GPS tracking of vehicles for road taxes. Law enforcement will certainly be asking judges to...
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    10-11-2021, 7:14 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I'm not against paying my fair share for road taxes. However, $250 a year is at least $100 per year more than I pay for 12,000 miles in a 23 MPG...
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    10-11-2021, 4:43 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    I have considered buying a used Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus electric from time to time. One reason I haven't done it is because annual registration...
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    10-11-2021, 4:33 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Electric Cars in Off Topic Forum
    Unfortunately, for those who commute to work during the day there usually isn't a place to charge the car to use some of that solar generated...
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    10-11-2021, 9:42 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Windows 11 in Off Topic Forum
    I personally would not buy a used SSD when new ones are so cheap. It is very rare that anyone needs a 4TB SSD. I am still using a 250GB SSD, but I...
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    10-10-2021, 5:00 PM
    An electric bike for outdoor use can still provide good exercise while allowing you to ride more miles. I am pondering getting an electric trike...
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    10-10-2021, 4:58 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Windows 11 in Off Topic Forum
    The round of PCs my employer purchased in late 2014 still came with HDs. Within a year or so of purchase we bought a whole pile of SSDs and started...
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    10-10-2021, 4:47 PM
    We have had four area codes in our area since 2000. The Minneapolis, MN metro area has the largest toll-free calling area of any metro area for...
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    10-08-2021, 12:25 PM
    Again, how many fleets use crew cab short bed half ton pickups? That is the only model of the "Pro" lineup right now is a crew cab that has a short...
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    10-08-2021, 10:58 AM
    The fact they aren't making anything but crew cabs with short beds is a sign that Ford is mostly catering to non-commercial applications for the...
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    10-07-2021, 7:51 PM
    Ford seems to be catering to the people who use a pickup as a family vehicle rather than the people who use pickups as a work tool for this first...
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    10-06-2021, 7:02 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Windows 11 in Off Topic Forum
    My work laptop is a 2014 15" dell laptop with quad core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM along with a GPU. It runs Windows 10 just fine even with all...
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    10-06-2021, 4:12 PM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Windows 11 in Off Topic Forum
    I've been running Windows 10 for so long that I barely remember Windows 7 anymore. It just runs. My personal laptop is ten years old now and...
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    10-04-2021, 11:34 AM
    Brian Elfert replied to a thread Flooded Home in Off Topic Forum
    My previous house would flood the basement if the sump pump failed. It had full finished basement with carpet. I just pulled up the carpet and let...
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