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15 minutes ago, losetoa6 said:

Just Don't power wash your outdoor receptacles and light fixtures :whistle:

Or you'll be calling me lol.

Don’t worry, I stayed away from them yesterday. Need to finish up the railings and deck trim 

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1 minute ago, mappy said:

Don’t worry, I stayed away from them yesterday. Need to finish up the railings and deck trim from the outside rather than inside. 

I worked on doing the house yesterday, probably finish up Monday. And yes, I stayed away from the electrical stuff LTA6!

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7 minutes ago, snowfan said:

From the looks of the covid thread, I think some missed yesterdays nice weather. Biked 35 miles. 

It was so, so wonderful. Went hiking with my son.

We identified so many plants... the PictureThis app is awesome.

 

We also identified stinging nettle... >.> my poor kiddo and I brushed into some.

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37 minutes ago, wxdude64 said:

I worked on doing the house yesterday, probably finish up Monday. And yes, I stayed away from the electrical stuff LTA6!

The staircase photo is my fave. Steps cleaned other than top backboard. Right side railing done, left side not. It’s been years since we’ve seen the true wood color. 
 

sanding and staining the railing has now been added to our to do list. Thankfully the decking is composite and in great shape. 

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Also, murder Hornets. I'm loving 2020 so far. 

I know we have european hornets around here that are no joke to mess with. But murder hornets?!?!

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1 minute ago, mappy said:

The staircase photo is my fave. Steps cleaned other than top backboard. Right side railing done, left side not. It’s been years since we’ve seen the true wood color. 
 

sanding and staining the railing has now been added to our to do list. Thankfully the decking is composite and in great shape. 

Very cool! So many of us are catching up on home projects. I'm going full Marie Kondo on my house right now.

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Also, the previous owners did a lot of shitty handy work themselves. We’ve slowly been replacing and correcting as we can. The deck cleaning is us putting lipstick on a pig until we can comfortably afford putting a new deck on the house

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25 minutes ago, mappy said:

Also, the previous owners did a lot of shitty handy work themselves. We’ve slowly been replacing and correcting as we can. The deck cleaning is us putting lipstick on a pig until we can comfortably afford putting a new deck on the house

UGH! I have a lot of decking, back deck is weirdly shaped 6x12 angling out to 12x22 with a set of steps off the side (deck is 10 foot above ground level). Then the front covered deck is 6x12 with a staircase and side is 8x12 with another set of stairs! When I power wash/stain that it is a month adventure lol! I had to take a 2nd look at the avatar, thought I had something on the screen. Good deal on going composite on the deck boards, I likely will once I get to the point of needing to replace.

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24 minutes ago, wxdude64 said:

UGH! I have a lot of decking, back deck is weirdly shaped 6x12 angling out to 12x22 with a set of steps off the side (deck is 10 foot above ground level). Then the front covered deck is 6x12 with a staircase and side is 8x12 with another set of stairs! When I power wash/stain that it is a month adventure lol! I had to take a 2nd look at the avatar, thought I had something on the screen. Good deal on going composite on the deck boards, I likely will once I get to the point of needing to replace.

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Should I thank or curse the rain I’m getting right now?  It lets me do nothing but it prevents me from power washing. 
 

 

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4 hours ago, snowfan said:

Also, murder Hornets. I'm loving 2020 so far. 

I know we have european hornets around here that are no joke to mess with. But murder hornets?!?!

They've confirmed those darn Asian Giant Hornets (aka "murder hornets") out in Washington.  One bee keeper out there found thousands of her honey bees decapitated.

I killed a European hornet the other day.  Mean looking thing!

 

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3 hours ago, H2O said:

Should I thank or curse the rain I’m getting right now?  It lets me do nothing but it prevents me from power washing. 
 

 

It might of saved 2 lives in the year 2127. We will perhaps never know but we are working with tight margins.

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Imagine a months long Thanksgiving where there’s no food, no sports, and perpetual arguments between family members about the same things. That’s the COVID thread. 

Excuse my language but sometimes my wx family is depressing AF. 

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3 minutes ago, WxWatcher007 said:

Imagine a months long Thanksgiving where there’s no food, no sports, and perpetual arguments between family members about the same things. That’s the COVID thread. 

Excuse my language but sometimes my wx family is depressing AF. 

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No one is forcing you to read the thread. Go drink some craft beer or toss the football around in the yard.

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5 hours ago, snowfan said:

Also, murder Hornets. I'm loving 2020 so far. 

I know we have european hornets around here that are no joke to mess with. But murder hornets?!?!

I have read reports that they chase people for a long while, up to a mile.

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29 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

No one is forcing you to read the thread. Go drink some craft beer or toss the football around in the yard.

I know that. I’m free to watch a train wreck and complain about it in the appropriate thread while I’m going about my day. 
 

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One interesting thing I saw on twitter was some school district announcing no snow days next year now that they know distance learning works.

That would be some sh!t for all the kids and adults that like snow days. Lol.

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5 minutes ago, snowfan said:

One interesting thing I saw on twitter was some school district announcing no snow days next year now that they know distance learning works.

That would be some sh!t for all the kids and adults that like snow days. Lol.

I love snow days, but I'd be all for it.  I hate adding days to the end of the school year.

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9 minutes ago, snowfan said:

One interesting thing I saw on twitter was some school district announcing no snow days next year now that they know distance learning works.

That would be some sh!t for all the kids and adults that like snow days. Lol.

Distance learning is definitely not working... at least not for us.

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43 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Distance learning is definitely not working... at least not for us.

I was on a big local conference call recently about distance learning. There are a lot of issues not the least of which is the lost opportunity for kids to learn how to interact with others. Here, it seems to be easier for kids that are on the older side. It’s really rough for the early elementary kids and parents. 

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1 minute ago, WxWatcher007 said:

I was on a big local conference call recently about distance learning. There are a lot of issues not the least of which is the lost opportunity for kids to learn how to interact with others. Here, it seems to be easier for kids that are on the older side. It’s really rough for the early elementary kids and parents. 

I would agree with that. My kids are all 5th grade or younger. If I was a junior in HS this would be OK, maybe even 8th grade and up if the student is really diligent and self-motivating.

 

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28 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

I would agree with that. My kids are all 5th grade or younger. If I was a junior in HS this would be OK, maybe even 8th grade and up if the student is really diligent and self-motivating.

 

I have a 4th grader and kindergartener and its been tough sledding. Not alot of teacher instruction and just fiquiring things out on our own. Thr most frustrating is when the technology is not working and it takes an hour to do something that should take 10 min.

 

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16 minutes ago, Chris78 said:

I have a 4th grader and kindergartener and its been tough sledding. Not alot of teacher instruction and just fiquiring things out on our own. Thr most frustrating is when the technology is not working and it takes an hour to do something that should take 10 min.

 

We are considering home schooling because we figure in the fall it will be the same and we will be doing most of the work anyway...

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I’m hopeful the change this week in BaltCo will help. More virtual meets and teachers actually wanting to see what the kids have been doing. Now granted, I’ve only got a first grader so it’s been pretty simple in terms of teaching her things. But not nearly enough "class" time with her teacher. 

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Yesterday was gorgeous out.  Went for a walk at the Audubon nature center (not far from me) and took several photos.

Here's a hawk that was circling for long enough to get a good shot:

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And an ever-elusive cardinal:

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12 hours ago, mappy said:

The staircase photo is my fave. Steps cleaned other than top backboard. Right side railing done, left side not. It’s been years since we’ve seen the true wood color. 
 

sanding and staining the railing has now been added to our to do list. Thankfully the decking is composite and in great shape. 

Nice job on the deck.  Just a thought...   Our deck is about 900 sq feet and the annual power washing is quite a chore even with a 3000 psi gas powered pressure washer with extension hose.  For years I just used a wand with adjustable nozzle.  Slow and tedious at best and when adjusted to a fan spray pattern the pressure is not equal throughout the pattern.  The result is stripes on the deck boards that look fugly.  

Bought a power broom attachment and tried that, but the 3 nozzles dilute the pressure just a bit too much.  (looks like this - https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200747603_200747603 )  Because of the reduced pressure on each nozzle, ended up having to slow down and/or do repeated passes to get the boards clean, which takes too much time.  

Three years ago we bought the ideal power washer accessory everyone with a deck should have.  Is called a Rotating Surface Cleaner attachment.  There's various sizes and designs.  Ours looks something like this - https://www.homedepot.com/p/MTD-Genuine-Factory-Parts-15-in-4200-PSI-MAX-Quick-Connect-Rotating-Surface-Cleaner-for-Gas-Pressure-Washers-490-245-V003/310449923   It really works well.  With two nozzles that rotate around inside the housing, the pressure is diluted, but not too much like with the power broom.  The nozzles rotate around very fast under the housing and really do a great job.  It cuts down the time needed to do our deck boards by at least half.  Still have to use the adjustable wand on the railings, which is tedious at best.    

If you and/or anyone else does not have a rotating surface cleaner, highly recommend one.  They are well worth the expense in saved time and energy.  Much easier to move around than a power wand because it rests directly on the boards.  The consistent distance between the nozzles and the deck boards also provides much more consistent results than a wand.   

Good luck. 

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