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Paul from Maryland

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  1. Our home is all electric. I'm interested in a tankless water heater but my research seems to indicate the electric tankless water heaters leave a lot to be desired when compared to a gas model. Would love to hear what others here think about an electric tankless water heater. I'm also facing a full electric service panel. Last month I had to install two "tandem" breakers to make room for a new circuit to charge our new electric car. We have a 200 amp panel, maybe I could install more tandem breakers for a tankless water heater? I don't know.
  2. That's true. We're going to make a pizza tonight...green pepper and onion...one of my favorites.
  3. Interesting. All the instructions we found say to preheat the pizza stone, which does make sense. We use a mixture of flour and corn meal on the pizza peel. But we got much better results after pre-baking our crust for a few minutes. Without pre-baking it was tough to get the raw dough with toppings to slide off on to the pizza stone. A few times we've pre-heated the pizza stone, but rolled the dough out on a thin metal baking tray we have. Pre-bake a few minutes, remove the metal tray and pizza crust...pile on toppings and then back in until done. I haven't fully
  4. Roll out onto pizza stone? We bought a pizza stone a few months ago and have been experimenting. When we make dough from scratch we use a pizza "peel" to slide it onto the pizza stone for 5 to 8 minutes of pre-baking. But your phrase "roll out onto a pizza stone" intrigues me. A hot pizza stone?
  5. I try to watch the SpaceX launches. I won't stay up late or get up early either...the replays are easy to watch on the SpaceX web site. 17 was originally scheduled for a few days ago. Weather delays have pushed it back. 17 has an early morning launch window, 18 has an early AM launch window. First time I've seen the Geoff Barrett web site. Very nice. I've been using spaceflightnow.com for the schedule. And lately I've been using https://www.rocketlaunch.live/?filter=florida. Just now the Rocket Launch Live site was updated to show 17 has s
  6. I should have mentioned LaCrosse in my post. Their stuff looks good too. As for the fan in the AcuRite...some call their stuff AcuWrong. 😉 But overall it looks like good stuff. I was just more drawn to the Ambient Weather hardware.
  7. I think most would consider Davis Instruments weather stations to be the best. The price reflects that too. They start at $350 or so and go up. The AcuRite stuff is very popular. I almost went with AcuRite, but they seem to nickel and dime their customers. Want to see the data on your smartphone? Costs extra. Want to push the data to a web site? Costs extra. The Ambient Weather stuff seems comparable to the AcuRite stuff. But Ambient Weather doesn't nickel and dime their users...everything is included. The biggest complaint you'll see about the Ambient Weather
  8. Andrew, your description of the weather station on your kitchen counter prompted me to do a little research. I've always wanted a personal weather station and I was blown away by the technology in these things today. No wires to run at all! I ended up purchasing a model from Ambient Weather. Outside unit is solar powered with battery backup. Inside display shows wind (speed/direction/gusts), rain accumulation, outdoor and indoor (temp and humidity), barometric pressure, UVI and light indexes and phases of the moon. This model also makes it very easy to share your weather data
  9. We buy Smithfield three-packs of baby back ribs at our local Costco. I always removed the membrane, but about two or three years ago I found the membrane had already been removed. Even though the instructions say to not rinse them (same for poultry) I always do. I'm careful to avoid splashing outside of the sink area and do a careful cleanup afterwards.
  10. Besides the three layers of wall, the outlet below the TV where we tapped in for power was mounted at floor level...yes...right where the baseboard goes. There are a few outlets like that in this house...mounted at floor level. I can't imagine why they would do something like that.
  11. I just helped my son wall mount his TV and hide the wires. Hiding wires in the wall of a 90 year old house wasn't any fun at all. We found three layers...drywall, then a weird hardboard with a printed pattern, then the original plaster and lathe. He found some brackets that mount the sound bar to the bottom of the TV. Worked great.
  12. After two or three cruises to Bermuda we decided to fly there and spend the full 7 days exploring the island. Best vacation we ever had! We rented a small condo-type building from a resident...pretty much just a bedroom/kitchen/bathroom. We had full use of their swimming pool. If I remember right it was only about $125 a night...total. We rented a scooter from Oleander's and toured everywhere! I'll never forget the beautiful beach views along the southern road. Our favorite day was leaving from the dockyard along the southern road, towards St. George...and we sto
  13. We cancelled a Celebrity cruise in July and have received our refund. However, back in January or February I called the Captain's Club for a price reduction. Was told they can't adjust the price and I was transferred to the regular number. I was surprised...if they can't do a simple price reduction then I don't need them at all.
  14. I remember a cruise show (maybe it was on the Discovery Channel?) from a few years ago (maybe even 5 to 10 years ago?) that said the ship had to be at 95% or higher capacity for them to make a profit. That's why they use move-ups and price reductions to fill the ship, especially after final payment date. I guess the unknown is can they make money at a reduced capacity with reduced staff and different itineraries? Same question for restaurants...
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