Episode-2486- Listener Calls for 8-8-19 — 16 Comments

  1. I’m glad you put the video link up. I was thinking of the chaining method like we use for really long extension cords.  That over under method is very cool.

  2. I looked up the term “Sepheryn” thinking it might be a god or goddess of some type. It turns out it’s the name of  Maldoon’s album not the translation for “Ray of Light” as it appears to be in the title on YouTube. Whoever put it in parentheses made it look like it was an alternative title.

  3. I tried to change my comment but it timed out and disappeared. Turns out that “Sepheryn” is the name of the Goddess of the Universe, but it does sound like he is saying Zepher. I put in the phrase Goddess of the Universe then Sepheryn with it and turned up a lot more information.

  4. I suspect that the caller asking about the generator was looking for a whole house standby option.  If so, propane would definitely be the way to go – especially if they’re already using it for other things and have a 500 or 1,000 gallon tank (“pig,” as Mr Harris likes to call them).  A 12KW generator would likely power everything they need and would run for about 16 days on 500 gallons, at 50% average load.  As a rule of thumb, propane has about 10% less BTUs per gallon, so that’s about (90) 5 gallon gas cans you’d have to haul to do the same job.

    My preference is to have (2) 500 gallon tanks in a situation like this .  One running the homestead on a normal daily basis, and one designated for the generator but used as a back-up in case the main tank runs low for some reason.

  5. I know from personal experience that kayak fishing can in fact be very addicting.  First off, it’s just plain fun.  Jack hit on a few of the other benefits (cost, ability to get in small water, etc) and I’d add ease of transport, not needing a boat ramp, less likely to spook fish, low maintenance, and more.

    I have 4 yaks right now and I would say that bigger isn’t always better.  Smaller is more maneuverable, usually less complicated, less expensive, and generally lighter (makes a big difference when you’re trying to load it onto a roof rack).  Longer yaks generally track better and are faster (less work) on open water.  SOT (sit-on-top) is definitely preferred for fishing, as opposed to SINK (sit-in kayak).  300-$600 won’t get you much at all and there are many dedicated fishing yaks going for $3,000+, before adding any accessories.  In many cases you can get a used boat/motor for less.

    There are many good forums to learn from and I’d look around to see if there are any kayak fishing tournaments in the area.  There are getting to be more and more of those and one could learn a lot hanging around for a day. I’d suggest starting off simple and adding accessories as you see the need. And sometimes it’s nice just to strip off all of the electronics, the extra tackle, etc and just grab a fly rod and a small box of flies and go have simple fun.

  6. For tracking item purchases, we use an app called Centriq.  It has so many features that would be invaluable if we were the victims of theft or loss due to weather.  And like Jack said, you don’t have to enter everything all at once.  We added things in our house slowly over time and we added new stuff as it came into the house.  My husband manages the app, so I don’t know if there’s a way to export your data that you’ve collected to some other format, but we’ve been using it for a couple years now and we’re happy with it.

  7. Headwaters kayak shop on YouTube has a very informative channel on selecting fishing kayaks. He even shows you big box store options. And if you live in the Lodi, CA area he will even put you on the water to test out different kayaks.

  8. I do almost all of my fishing out of a kayak or canoe. For solo fishing I use a two person sit in kayak that is a very entry level plastic yak. It works great for solo fishing or even with a child. For space reasons I wouldn’t go with two people in though I have but I like using the extra space for gear.

    I keep it simple I put a 5 gallon bucket in the front seat to hold things/ fish. For an anchor I use scrap steel with the rope being coiled between my legs and the front seat.

  9. Yes, we will get a whole house stand by generator. We have no diesel vehicles.
    We can bury a 1000 gallon propane tank. We will also have a propane fire place and a hook up for a propane stove on the finished side of the basement enabling us to choose to get one if wanted.
    Thank you for the input!

  10. Okay then I think Propane is the way to go, really really think about it before burying one though. Talk to your local vendors many won’t even support you with refills if you do and many won’t provide a tank to be buried.

  11. Regarding standby generators, many homeowners in the northeast already have a 275 gallon diesel tank that they may be able to tap into for a generator. I’m referring to houses with oil heat. A diesel engine will run fine on #1(kerosene) or #2 heating fuel. The ultra low sulfur fuel is best for an engine and your furnace unless you need #1. I don’t know how easy it is to put a splitter in the line from the tank to the furnace to run a generator but it’s worth looking into before choosing a generator.

  12. Underground propane tanks are becoming more common in our area and look like a great way to go.  They are special tanks (and installations) – you certainly can’t just bury a standard above ground tank. And you’d want to make sure you’re well below the water table so it doesn’t float.

  13. As somewhat of an alternative to a whole house generator or extension cords running throughout the house from a portable generator we did something a little different.  I wired one 20A circuit that loops through the house with an outlet in each room.  Rather then that going directly to the main service panel it ends with a pigtail that plugs into an outlet that goes to the main service panel.  When the power goes out I just unplug it from the outlet from utility power and plug it into the generator.  We had a hard time justifying the cost for the generator and automatic transfer switch which was about $6000.