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2 hours ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

Just out of curiosity... heated? Or just a summer thing.

We heat it as well with a Heat Storm portable infrared WiFi heater. Controlled onsite or remotely by phone app. I highly recommend these heaters. We actually turn off our electric heat in the main cabin when gone and just use a couple of these in the areas of the house with water to protect. 

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11 hours ago, greenmtnwx said:

The bunkhouse? $5,200

10x20 fully insulated, two windows plus the small port window in the loft. Metal roof. 
 

 

Wow, that’s quite reasonable.  Maybe I’ll get something like that for my wooded back yard. #Mancave

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8 hours ago, greenmtnwx said:

We heat it as well with a Heat Storm portable infrared WiFi heater. Controlled onsite or remotely by phone app. I highly recommend these heaters. We actually turn off our electric heat in the main cabin when gone and just use a couple of these in the areas of the house with water to protect. 

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You should install a mini split.  You would get 4 times the heat for the same electricity consumption. 

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1 hour ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

Wow, that’s quite reasonable.  Maybe I’ll get something like that for my wooded back yard. #Mancave

5200 in VT is 20K in Massachusetts 

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15 minutes ago, Ginx snewx said:

5200 in VT is 20K in Massachusetts 

You can order them fully assembled and get it delivered for like 7-8k I’ve seen. If you’re willing to do a little work yourself, it’s like 3-4K.  

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38 minutes ago, ORH_wxman said:

You can order them fully assembled and get it delivered for like 7-8k I’ve seen. If you’re willing to do a little work yourself, it’s like 3-4K.  

Site work, permits , electronics all add up. I would be be extremely surprised if you could complete that exact model for 10 k with you doing all the work 

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9 hours ago, BrianW said:

You should install a mini split.  You would get 4 times the heat for the same electricity consumption. 

Not a chance. This heater costs $125 and because I have this heater on a camera in my kitchen/bath area I run it very minimally to keep it at high 30s in that area with the doors shut to the rest of cabin and no heat on. As soon as I get here it’s wood stove all the way. This heater costs me about $2 a day to keep my cabin weatherproof. 

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Our local cinema has been allowing small private showings of films for a number of weeks.

I just booked a screen to show Empire Strikes Back for my family for next Saturday....  a 40 year old film that I own in several formats

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58 minutes ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

Our local cinema has been allowing small private showings of films for a number of weeks.

I just booked a screen to show Empire Strikes Back for my family for next Saturday....  a 40 year old film that I own in several formats

"Empire"  and "Close encounters of the third kind"  playing next weekend not far from mby in Hanover, Pa . Pretty cool that they're are playing some of the great classics on the big screen again. 

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10 minutes ago, losetoa6 said:

"Empire"  and "Close encounters of the third kind"  playing next weekend not far from mby in Hanover, Pa . Pretty cool that they're are playing some of the great classics on the big screen again. 

Our guy has been offering a decent number of older films for cheap prices.We booked it for under $100 but we will buy lots of snacks to help him out.  25 maximum people per theater.  If there is something you want to see that he isn't offering he will make attempts to work a deal with the distributors.

There will just be 8 of us in the theater for this one.   He has been selling popcorn, candy, etc since back in April or so to try to stay open.  We have eaten a ton of popcorn!  

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1 hour ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

Our local cinema has been allowing small private showings of films for a number of weeks.

I just booked a screen to show Empire Strikes Back for my family for next Saturday....  a 40 year old film that I own in several formats

I thought they got rid of those kinds of theaters...

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On 9/19/2020 at 6:39 PM, greenmtnwx said:

Yeah the bunkhouse will be great. Sleep a bunch of kids or even a family of 4. Can stash a kid in overhead loft over porch. Place down here in Townshend, NV Farms, make some great stuff. 

Looking at their FB page, it seems like they deliver the fully assembled shell. Did that include the insulation? Can’t help being a bit nosy since we have considered something similar for our camp in Maine.

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7 hours ago, uncletim said:

Looking at their FB page, it seems like they deliver the fully assembled shell. Did that include the insulation? Can’t help being a bit nosy since we have considered something similar for our camp in Maine.

They’ll do either. They’ll do just the shell, they’ll do it fully insulated, they’ll do no electric, they’ll run as many outlets as you want etc. price goes up from there. 

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As a casual skier, would I be able to buy new boots and fit them to my skis accordingly? Like if I buy boots for my shoe size online, is it easy enough to change the bindings on the skis?

Ill take them somewhere if I have to, but only skiing a few times a year at most, I’d like to do it myself and save some money 

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4 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

As a casual skier, would I be able to buy new boots and fit them to my skis accordingly? Like if I buy boots for my shoe size online, is it easy enough to change the bindings on the skis?

Ill take them somewhere if I have to, but only skiing a few times a year at most, I’d like to do it myself and save some money 

It all depends on if you have adjustable bindings or not. I believe the majority of bindings these days are adjustable and all you would really need is a screwdriver and some confidence in what tension settings you want.

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6 hours ago, greenmtnwx said:

They’ll do either. They’ll do just the shell, they’ll do it fully insulated, they’ll do no electric, they’ll run as many outlets as you want etc. price goes up from there. 

Cool, thanks!

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1 hour ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

It all depends on if you have adjustable bindings or not. I believe the majority of bindings these days are adjustable and all you would really need is a screwdriver and some confidence in what tension settings you want.

Skis are about 10 years old..: so I’ll have to see what they look like when I get home.

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2 hours ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

As a casual skier, would I be able to buy new boots and fit them to my skis accordingly? Like if I buy boots for my shoe size online, is it easy enough to change the bindings on the skis?

Ill take them somewhere if I have to, but only skiing a few times a year at most, I’d like to do it myself and save some money 

Yeah you can do it yourself if you feel confident, but if your skis and bindings are older I would highly recommend taking it to a shop to get the bindings fitted and tested.  Like I’d run mine through a machine to test the release values of the toe and heal to make sure the bindings release properly and that’s standard in the industry.

You’d be surprised how many bindings fail after several years...but again it’s all on the consumer and what they want to do.  If you want to save $30 also factor in the cost of blowing out your knee/ACL or breaking your leg if the binding pre-releases too early, or it doesn’t release under torque when it should.

Ski resorts see it all the time, Dad tried to adjust the bindings for each kid but didn’t nail it and now Little Timmy is in crutches because Dad forgot to adjust the DIN and the skis didn’t release...and it turns out the bindings were cranked so much they wouldn’t have come off Timmy’s feet even if he got hit by a bus.

Another suggestion I’d have is never buy ski boots without trying them on.  If you try them on somewhere and know it fits then buy it online cheaper, sure, but I personally would never just buy a pair without putting them on my foot.  

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4 hours ago, DavisStraight said:

Where did you get that pole? I want to set mine up.

The bottom third, that the main unit is attached to is a galvanized steel pipe. The anemometer is attached to an aluminum pole that is used for a roof rake. Since it doesn't snow anymore, I figured the pole would get better use holding an anemometer...

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5 hours ago, powderfreak said:

Yeah you can do it yourself if you feel confident, but if your skis and bindings are older I would highly recommend taking it to a shop to get the bindings fitted and tested.  Like I’d run mine through a machine to test the release values of the toe and heal to make sure the bindings release properly and that’s standard in the industry.

You’d be surprised how many bindings fail after several years...but again it’s all on the consumer and what they want to do.  If you want to save $30 also factor in the cost of blowing out your knee/ACL or breaking your leg if the binding pre-releases too early, or it doesn’t release under torque when it should.

Ski resorts see it all the time, Dad tried to adjust the bindings for each kid but didn’t nail it and now Little Timmy is in crutches because Dad forgot to adjust the DIN and the skis didn’t release...and it turns out the bindings were cranked so much they wouldn’t have come off Timmy’s feet even if he got hit by a bus.

Another suggestion I’d have is never buy ski boots without trying them on.  If you try them on somewhere and know it fits then buy it online cheaper, sure, but I personally would never just buy a pair without putting them on my foot.  

Thanks... I’m not really opposed to trading in all my stuff either and getting newer (probably used) stuff. Will I get anything for 10+ year old equipment? And what can a used set of stuff cost me? Roughly 

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On 9/20/2020 at 6:00 PM, Spanks45 said:

Finally got the Davis setup, temporarily at least until I get the garden built and the anemometer on top of the house....

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No wonder you radiate so well. Can just tell from that pic you’re in a low lying area relative to your surroundings, with a field on either side . I’d bet there’s higher hills on either side . It  almost looks like an old pumpkin patch by that straw grass . You’ll radiate extremely well , but will be upset when the hills around you are snowing and you’re not 

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28 minutes ago, Damage In Tolland said:

No wonder you radiate so well. Can just tell from that pic you’re in a low lying area relative to your surroundings, with a field on either side . I’d bet there’s higher hills on either side . It  almost looks like an old pumpkin patch by that straw grass . You’ll radiate extremely well , but will be upset when the hills around you are snowing and you’re not 

lol, looks like he’s 200ft surrounded by 400-500ft hills.  I’m sure he’ll be fine.  Probably gets some nice natural A/C in the summer nights.

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5 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

@powderfreak  

so these are my skis... not sure if you can tell... but could these accommodate a bigger boot? Or be adjusted at all?

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I’m sure they can be adjusted but honestly, I’m pretty sure those bindings would be on the indemnified list...meaning no shop will adjust them.  Every binding manufacture puts out a list of binding models each year that are indemnified and insurance companies of shops/ski areas won’t touch those for liability issues.  Shops typically take it very seriously.  You can certainly still make the choice to ski them, but no one will work on them (ie adjust them for you).  It may be time for new equipment.

Look at fall ski swaps (though who knows how those happen in COVID times) for used equipment, or I bet there are still a decent amount of places sitting on used demo equipment from last year that they couldn’t unload at the end of last winter because of COVID closures during that normal sale time in the late spring.  For example at Stowe you often can get used demo skis for $150-$250 with bindings... when that gear new is like $700+ set ups.

Here’s a quick run down on indemnified bindings:

Each season the ski industry releases a list of “indemnified bindings” by manufacturers. This means there are actually bindings each year that, according to the manufacturers, cannot be skied anymore due to safety issues.  Bindings simply wear out.

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