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Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Mr-Spain posted:

Insulated the garage door with two pre-made kits. Holy poo poo i should have done this when I bought the house. It's insane how much it quieted the door opening and closing. I also put a portable AC unit in there as it's drywalled and holy crap, I'll be able to do projects in the summer in my south facing garage without dying of heatstroke. It's a south facing garage and I'm in Houston so it's hot and humid as hell.

I'm in Florida and lined the entire inside of my shed with Reflectix, it made a huge difference and I can actually go in there in the middle of summer without feeling like I'm walking into an oven.

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nitsuga
Dec 31, 2006

It's the only way to live.

Mr-Spain posted:

Insulated the garage door with two pre-made kits. Holy poo poo i should have done this when I bought the house. It's insane how much it quieted the door opening and closing. I also put a portable AC unit in there as it's drywalled and holy crap, I'll be able to do projects in the summer in my south facing garage without dying of heatstroke. It's a south facing garage and I'm in Houston so it's hot and humid as hell.

Ordered a whipple supercharger kit for my SS as well. It's a couple weeks out but I'll shoot pics in the update thread when I do it. Excited for that.

Everyone else stay safe :/

Just any old kit? Repainting in my garage, but some insulation might be nice too.

MrOnBicycle
Jan 18, 2008
Wait wat?

Olympic Mathlete posted:

It's not a sports car, it was never really intended to be despite it being used in races (which it very rarely won, proving the point). It is however an extremely comfortable tourer (the seats are fantastic), sounds lovely and looks pretty great too. I'll never pretend it's an amazing car, anyone who does is stupid but for the time period it's a cushy cruiser with enough go to get out of its own way and still great fun on the odd track day and doing the occasional skid. If you get a chance to drive one, do it, they don't take much persuading to go sideways which as you can imagine is even more fun in the wet.

Even family cars are faster than a Mk3 these days but that's not the reason you buy a classic

I see. Kinda aligns with what I'v read online as well. Thanks.

Big Taint
Oct 19, 2003



May 17 Quarantine Productivity Update:



Whipped up the cart for the blaster. It’s a bit short because I don’t have the casters yet. I’ll probably add a couple cleats on the inside of the bottom to keep it from sliding around since there’s no external flange to screw it down. I also ordered the HF dust collector to stick on there. I got a bulkhead fitting for the air connection to the gun so I can get a good seal there, instead of just passing the hose through a grommet. Also got a couple cheap LED flood lights to stick inside. This time next week I should be blasting baby!



More slow progress on the cart, got the upright backing plates cut out of 1/4” plate, edges smoothed a bit, and holes drilled. They’re not quite symmetrical but they’ll hold the car up fine, I reckon. Just have to weld them onto the uprights and then I can figure out how to get the car hanging on them.

Ether Frenzy
Dec 22, 2006



Nap Ghost

My solar panel trickle charger showed up today, I am going to try it out tomorrow. (of course it's going to possibly rain tomorrow/be cloudy)

It's bigger than I expected, but should still sit up in the Miata dash okay. Very excited about not having to dick around jumping the car every time it sits for 2 weeks...

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


Holy poo poo the company fired the village idiot. No more cleaning up after someone who shouldn't have been in the department to begin with.

bolind
Jun 19, 2005



Pillbug

Rhyno posted:

Holy poo poo the company fired the village idiot. No more cleaning up after someone who shouldn't have been in the department to begin with.

Hell yeah, always a good feeling when there's one less idiot to deal with.

On that topic, would anyone like a free octogenarian neighbour? Features include having a physical paper news paper delivered by noisy scooter every morning at six am, being an OCD busybody, letting himself into our lot, having many opinions on how we should make our garden and spend our money, and being absolutely OCD with the fence contractor we have in (shared cost).

Luckily, statistically, the problem will solve itself within a number of years...

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


I don't know how old GTA V is now, but it's free from Epic Games right now.

Downside: 94 GB download. I was about to retire my oldest drive (11 years power-on time, 500GB, nothing really on it anymore), guess it's gonna get abused a bit by the current Epic sale.

Mr-Spain
Aug 27, 2003

Bullshit... you can be mine.

nitsuga posted:

Just any old kit? Repainting in my garage, but some insulation might be nice too.

It's this one. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-C...-GD01/202257272 you can probably do it cheaper yourself but this was quick and easy. I had to measure the side ways length between panels and cut that but it's easy to cut. It has standoffs that stick to the door panels to keep the middle pieces in place. It's a soft vinyl backing so if you touch it NBD.

mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


STR posted:

I don't know how old GTA V is now, but it's free from Epic Games right now.

Downside: 94 GB download. I was about to retire my oldest drive (11 years power-on time, 500GB, nothing really on it anymore), guess it's gonna get abused a bit by the current Epic sale.

I bought a game about a month ago and got really excited to play it. Then I found out it was a 50 gb download.

Darchangel
Feb 12, 2009

Tell him about the blower!



STR posted:

Mom's coworker and mom both tested positive. Still asymptomatic for mom, her coworker is already on a ventilator.

If y'all need me, I'll be in the darkest corner you can't find for awhile.

poo poo, dude, that's rough. Hope for the best.
Also, your mom's boss is a dick, just to catch up.
And your step-dad is an oblivious dick.

Krakkles posted:

Dude. I really hope she’s ok.

This is awful, this timeline is awful, and people need to start taking this seriously.

Ideally, Trump and Pence will get COVID-19, and put the lie to rest - but of course it will probably be spun as an assassination by the Chinese attempt or something.
Some other popular public figure dying of it might also bring the idiots around to reality. Nobody cares when it's just us plebes and olds dying.

Kazinsal posted:

STR, sorry to hear about all that. Best wishes for you guys.


The good news is that a COVID-19 vaccine trial is starting in Canada, using something developed at a public university here, so it should end up actually being available to everyone. Y'know, as long as we don't get jammed with the white house imposing some insane 10000% tariff on importing medical supplies from Canada in response to us potentially getting there before US pharma companies do.

I completely believe that the latter part is possible, given how the White House is arguing with the CDC, the federal organization created to deal with this kind of poo poo. The are so completely uninterested in protecting public health over protecting the stock market it's criminal.

Rhyno posted:

Holy poo poo the company fired the village idiot. No more cleaning up after someone who shouldn't have been in the department to begin with.

Sometimes miracles do happen!

mariooncrack posted:

I bought a game about a month ago and got really excited to play it. Then I found out it was a 50 gb download.

Welcome to modern gaming. If you want big, pretty games, you get pretty big file sizes.
And Microsoft wanted the XBONE to be digital download only...
Never mind that literally every game I've bought on physical disc for the Xbox One has had a huge zero-day download to install, completely negating the point of buying the physical disk - EXCEPT that you can sell the physical disc, and/or use it on any system instead of just the one you happen to be logged in on, which is not a trivial advantage.

slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

Good egg


Applebees Appetizer posted:

Isn't that why basements have sump pumps?
Water has to make its way to the weeping tile first! If it finds an easier way to go, it will go that way instead.

There are companies that do foundation repair, usually some sort of coating that is sprayed/covers cracks.

NitroSpazzz
Dec 8, 2006

You don't need style when you've got strength!




Darchangel posted:

Ideally, Trump and Pence will get COVID-19, and put the lie to rest - but of course it will probably be spun as an assassination by the Chinese attempt or something.
Some other popular public figure dying of it might also bring the idiots around to reality. Nobody cares when it's just us plebes and olds dying.

I figured if he got it and survived it would be thanks to his 'superior genes', no mention will be given to the medical workers or anyone else. If he died we'd get stuck with Pence and it would only fire up his followers and bring on more conspiracy theories. It's a lose-lose situation...but so is most things these days.

The Royal Nonesuch
Nov 1, 2005



Pillbug

mariooncrack posted:

I bought a game about a month ago and got really excited to play it. Then I found out it was a 50 gb download.

Smallest game on my system: Untitled Goose Game, 809mb
Largest game on my system: CoD:MW, 180 gigs

Goober Peas
Jun 30, 2007

Check out my 'Vette, bro




Goose Game is still entertaining after all these months. I think I'm broken.

MrOnBicycle
Jan 18, 2008
Wait wat?

Goose game looks epic. How have I not seen this before.

Goober Peas
Jun 30, 2007

Check out my 'Vette, bro




MrOnBicycle posted:

Goose game looks epic. How have I not seen this before.

It's worth every penny of its $14.99

Basically create your own chaos. Then when you get tired of that, play it the way it was intended. Until you get tired of that, then find new ways to create your own chaos.

It's *really* good stuff

Galler
Jan 27, 2008



It's really good. I'll second that there's a lot of fun to be had just running around as a honking agent of chaos.

LloydDobler
Oct 15, 2005

You shared it with a dick.



Cybernetic Crumb

That looks loving hilarious.

I'm starting to get super depressed, my daughter is pulling away towards independence months before she's actually leaving for college. Basically just wanting to be left alone. I get it but it still sucks.

cakesmith handyman
Jul 22, 2007

Pip-Pip old chap! Last one in is a rotten egg what what.



My kids play goose game more than me, I'm more into stardew valley at the moment.

Into work tomorrow morning, might only be a couple of hours safety training then back home until next Tuesday. They're planning to fire the plant back up but who the gently caress is buying new cars right now? I don't know, I'll work when they all me to, I just want to get the BBQ going every warm day now.

BigPaddy
Jun 30, 2008

That night we performed the rite and opened the gate.
Halfway through, I went to fix us both a coke float.
By the time I got back, he'd gone insane.
Plus, he'd left the gate open and there was evil everywhere.

Work just send an email out saying the office is closed until at least September. People who do it have home offices are freaking out but being an office having 1%er this is very good.

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule



Galler posted:

It's really good. I'll second that there's a lot of fun to be had just running around as a honking agent of chaos.

Paid for by the Australian Government.

Elviscat
Jan 1, 2008

High Energy, Good Feeling!




Hey Kastein,

You were the guy doing Lithium Ion battery reviews years ago, right?

Care to weigh in on this battery?

OEM Li battery from a 2018 Husqvarna dirt bike, "Skyrich" brand, appears to be exclusively sold at WalMart.

Bike was dying during long (>24hr) periods for a few weeks, then refused to start without being bumped. Removed battery and put on a charger, voltage decayed to 10.8ish within a few minutes of being taken off the charger after 24hrs on the charger, indicating at least one dead cell.

I was having a few beers in the garage so I decided to take it apart.




The encasement, top was very solidly affixed by much glue, but the case is bendy, brittle, thin ABS or PVC, and the top was even brittler, thinner ABS, so I had her apart with a flathead pretty quick.



Under the lid, an ominously swollen battery pack and some charge balancing circuitry, looks like a bunch of diodes and some resistors and capacitators, dunno if this is what it should look like.




The black poo poo on top isn't adhered well to anything, but the bulge is held in on the bottom, and I don't feel like trying to pry that fucker out, so surgery is in order.



Trying to blow a hole in my other set of Knipex so they match.

Uhhh


Ummm



With upgraded PPE I forged on, separating the individual
Paquettes, when I severed one side of that little piece of breadboard it sprang apart like it was fuckin' spring loaded, so I put some gloves on.



Figured Mr. Swelly there on the right was the culprit, but he measured out at 3.3V, two on the right are 3.8V each, Mr. Swelly's friend to the right (which has signs of swelling and being distended, then deflating) is StonedeadV.

I dunno if I killed this battery by leaving the key in on too many times (it's wired by Austrians, so if you hit the kill switch everything turns off automatically, except the fuel pump that quietly eats your battery) or by an ECU that has a failure mode of "turn poo poo on even with the key out of the ignition" (once again, because of Austrians) but I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on the build quality of a modern Li battery.

E: a look at some of the beautiful masking tape afixation inside, probably doesn't need to be too fancy with that shrinkqrap overlayment.

Elviscat fucked around with this message at 04:54 on May 19, 2020

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


I'm not super impressed but it's not horrific either. Did you balance charge it regularly? It should have been pretty alright if so, though draining it past the minimum cell voltage and recharging probably did it in. If not that, doing that till one shorted and then recharging it to specified voltage (cramming 4 cells worth of series voltage into 3...) Is probably what turned them into balloons.

Case could be better, but was probably good enough.

Balance circuit I can't quite decipher with hotsnot all over it but it looks like it's got a bunch of sot23 transistors, small (0805?) Resistors, and large power resistors in it. I would hazard a guess that it's your typical passive balancing circuit (just slowly dumps power from the highest voltage cells into the power resistors while charging) or even just a short circuit protection circuit to keep the balancer connector from melting if abused. It's definitely not an active balancing circuit which is the best kind to have. If it's just an SC protection circuit you really gotta balance semi regularly, if it's a passive balancer circuit it's somewhat optional to do so.

The soldering ain't anything to write home about but it's not fuckawful either.

Depending on the copper thickness on those crosslink PCBs they're either acceptable or bunk. I guess they could have just soldered the terminal strips together instead but that appears to give some stress relief or ease of assembly to the pack.

I dunno, I give it a C- if the advertising material stated no balancing required and that's not a passive BMS, B- if advertising stated balancing is needed, B if it's a passive BMS. It could be a hell of a lot worse. I'd buy it if the price was right and the advertising is accurate.

One of the issues with auto/vehicle lithium batteries outside of an OEM environment is that proper charge management (via BMS, coulomb counting, temp management, short circuit and deep discharge prevention... Etc) and ultra high current starter motor draw are in direct conflict. It's really hard to handle it correctly, and even harder, possibly even impossible, if you're trying to make it drop in to replace a regular flooded lead acid battery with equally low maintenance and installation tech requirements.

Elviscat
Jan 1, 2008

High Energy, Good Feeling!




There's no external balance connection, just the + and - terminals, so I assume it's just passively balanced. Is there a way to balance these if there's no external connection?

This is the OEM battery on this bike. Service manual says you're supposed to pull the battery and put it on the charger if it's not ridden in some ludicrously short interval, like a week, but they also assume you're a pro-MX rider and recommend service intervals to match. Before I blew it up I left the bike sitting for up to a month without operating or charging, battery fired it right up.

Those crosslink PCBs are kinda interesting, no current flows through them, they're just ladder-shaped strips with a big sheet of copper on every "fat" rung, the strips from the cells are threaded through the skinny rungs for mechanical strength, then soldered together on top.of the copper plates, the bare copper plate visible in the picture is an unused one.

I'm thinking of just putting an AGM in there, since my fat rear end doesn't benefit from a 235lb dirt bike over a 240lb one, but it feels sacrilegious, maybe I'll just get one of those giant "Remove Before Flight" lanyards to remind me to take my drat keys out.

I'm hoping that cell shorted and was draining the battery internally through the balance circuit, and it's not another problem.

I loving HATE diagnosing electrical issues on vehicles.

E: all the new KTM/Husqvarnas use this battery, it's really funny if you get a bunch of them together on a cold day, because they all just give a week cough and make the "starter trying to turn the engine over" sad noise the first time you try, then you wait a few seconds for the battery to warm up from that initial attempt and actually fire the engine. It's just silly to hear all these beautiful orang and blue and white MY2020 bikes sound like a bunch of dying shitheaps, while all the decade old Yamahas fire right off on the first kick.

Elviscat fucked around with this message at 05:38 on May 19, 2020

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

Moderator at http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/and soon to be mod of AI. MAKE AI GREAT AGAIN. Motronic for VP.


Oh I see what's going on, I thought the connector to the internal battery wiring was the external balance connector and there was another for the internal wiring. Seems like I misinterpreted the crosslink PCBs too, but the way they did it is fine.

Basically as long as the balance board works as designed I don't really see an issue with this setup.

We had that issue on the Transition too - cold starts are a bastard with lithium. Right when I left we were redesigning the vehicle to use a hybrid ground drive system instead of a lovely CVT and it was looking like its battery and BMS were going to share space with the starting battery and I was looking at putting a heater blanket on both instead of using the "try starting it, wait, then actually start" method, but that's actually exactly how we started it for every flight test in winter

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule



I would be putting that swelly mess into a cinderblock and covered with sand pronto.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Started a script for Adderall today to try to help with the memory and focusing issues from my brain injury.....I'm hopeful about it but a bit worried at the same time, I don't want to be dependent on drugs to help me feel normal

Tremek
Jun 10, 2005



The fifth wheel is pretty cool so far.



Not much squat. Heckin' tronker does just fine with 12,000 lbs behind it.


Proper cul-de-sac Keeping Up With The Joneses intimidation


Set it up on our property; only hookup we have so far is 15A strung over ~200' of extension cord (yes I know) while we wait for the contractor to drop us a 50A service and turn on the well pump again.


Put a Raptor wheel in the Tremor because the Lariat wheel was garbage.


Sunday into Monday we slept in the trailer. Was pretty nice, boys loved it.






Auto-leveling is awesome.


Random GLS pic: This thing is maybe the most complete car we have owned, I'm not kidding. It goes, turns, and stops like nothing that big should.


Resident Derp-in-Chief:


Slow progress being made on the house but the contractor claims the concrete will get poured this PM:


Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Holy poo poo that's awesome dude, house is looking good so far.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



Tremek posted:

Proper cul-de-sac Keeping Up With The Joneses intimidation

suburban_dominance.jpg

quote:

Slow progress being made on the house but the contractor claims the concrete will get poured this PM:


That wraparound porch transforms the look of the house.

KYOON GRIFFEY JR
Apr 12, 2010




Did the wheel just plug and play or did you have to recode it?

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


That house is awesome.

Grakkus
Sep 4, 2011



Nice to see your house is getting fixed, and cool camper. But also


holy poo poo that McMansion

everdave
Nov 14, 2005

For The Record...

Looking good on everything Tremek that camper looks great, enjoy!

Hansolio
Nov 4, 2009

I W A N T M Y M T V



Tremek posted:

Proper cul-de-sac Keeping Up With The Joneses intimidation


I don't think I realized how large the camper was until this picture.

slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

Good egg


Made pizza from scratch, including the crust for the first time in probably 30 years. I had pizza yeast and the store had a decent deal on mozza balls, so I figured why not.

Turned out OK - re-learned some old tricks (like flouring my transfer plate so the crust doesn't stick) so I'll probably attempt it again sometime in the semi near future.

Toppings were pepperoni, bit salami, fresh mushrooms, feta cheese, mozza, small bit of cheddar bit of pineapple on one small section. The made from scratch pizza sauce was probably the star though.

Even though I preheated the oven and pizza stone to temperatures found near the surface of Venus, I made an error and left the pans on the rack underneath it (wanted something in case it dripped) which made the crust ever so slightly underdone to my preference. I prefer some nice browning and crispness - but it was just under that level of doneness The outside crust makes the crust look way thicker than it was - my jumbo size platter I was using for holding the pizza as I made it wasn't quite big enough to the edge hung over the sides, forcing me to to a super quick rearrangement once on my hot stone.

Still, tasted great but not as good as the local ethnic mom-pop place we prefer.







slidebite fucked around with this message at 14:50 on May 19, 2020

cakesmith handyman
Jul 22, 2007

Pip-Pip old chap! Last one in is a rotten egg what what.



That's a good looking pizza.

Safety Dance
Sep 10, 2007

Five degrees to starboard!


That pizza is gorgeous. What temperature do you bake it, and do you preheat the thingy you're making it on?

We've been making cast iron skillet pizzas a couple times a week for the past few months, and they're amazing. I put the dough in the skillet and heat that over a burner while I build the rest of the pizza. The browning on the bottom is perfect. Recipe

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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



Safety Dance posted:

That pizza is gorgeous. What temperature do you bake it, and do you preheat the thingy you're making it on?

We've been making cast iron skillet pizzas a couple times a week for the past few months, and they're amazing. I put the dough in the skillet and heat that over a burner while I build the rest of the pizza. The browning on the bottom is perfect. Recipe

I love that the recipe specifies a "glug" quantity of olive oil! My kinda measurements.

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