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RE: Opinion on knock-off batteries for laptop...?

When my son's old laptop stopped holding a charge, I replaced the battery with an aftermarket with no issues. He has since bought a new laptop, but his old one continues to function fine. We ordered one off of Amazon that wasn't the cheapest available, but was still significantly cheaper than the ASUS branded one. Keep in mind that it is likely the laptop manufacturer doesn't make the battery either. It is entirely possible that the aftermarket battery is exactly the same as the manufacturer-labeled batter.
p220sigman 04/23/21 12:22pm Technology Corner
RE: 5050 miles in 9 Travel Days

My record is Tallahassee, FL to Mt. Snow, Vermont and back in five days with a mountain bike race thrown in the middle. A buddy and I co-drove it. By the end, we were swapping out about every hour. I was much younger then..
p220sigman 04/14/21 05:30am General RVing Issues
RE: How Bad Is "Bad Enough" COVID-19

I agree in looking for a drive-up site if you can. They are running one here that has been great from what I have heard. It requires an appointment. They are having it in a large parking lot. As you enter the lot, they direct you to one of several lanes. Someone does your paperwork and then directs you forward to another station where you get the shot. You then can park to the side for the waiting period to see if you are going to have a reaction. If you have a reaction, you blow your horn and they come to your car. We were able to go to our doctor's office, but I know several people who have used the drive-up site and been pleasantly surprised at how easy it went.
p220sigman 04/14/21 05:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Good Deterrent Against Home Burglars

Years ago, a family friend got a dog trained for family protection. They lived pretty far outside of town and the dad was frequently away. He had the dog trained by a professional training group that specialized in protection training. The training process involved several trips to the training facility for the dog for a couple weeks at the time. The dad told us about a pig he saw at the facility. When he asked the trainers about it, they told him that a family had the asked the if they could train the pig. Apparently the family's son was allergic to dogs and had raised the pig since weaning from its mom. Fast forward to a few sessions later, our friend asked the trainer how the pig did. The trainer told him that the pig learned much faster than any dog they had ever trained and was way more aggressive when ordered to attack. I would not have wanted to be in that bite suit.
p220sigman 03/31/21 05:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Lock em up... a long story

Glad to hear it was located quickly. Bottom line is that the idea behind any security measures is the encourage the thief to skip your stuff (car, rv, boat, house, etc.) and go to someone else's because it is less trouble. The more trouble you make it, the more likely the thief is to just move on.
p220sigman 03/30/21 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pine tar on baseball bats

It moved back to KY in 1996.
p220sigman 03/26/21 01:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Pine tar on baseball bats

Wooden bats are still made at the factory in Louisville, KY. Great tour available too. Most, if not all of their non-wood bats are made in China.
p220sigman 03/26/21 09:39am Around the Campfire
RE: 6 passenger toad for gas rv

If you are open to dolly towing, you open up your options to most any front wheel drive vehicle including most mini vans. Most will be under 5K curb weight and can comfortably seat 6.
p220sigman 03/25/21 10:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Pine tar on baseball bats

Ash is still used as well as maple and hickory although hickory isn't as popular because the bats tend to be heavier and slower. What some don't know about the Yankees/Royals game is that the Royals actually won the game. KC protested the disallowance of Brett's homerun. The protest was upheld and the teams had to continue the game later in the year with KC up 5- 4. The Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the ninth.
p220sigman 03/25/21 05:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Pine tar on baseball bats

It doesn't really serve a purpose above the grip area. Some players will have it further up the handle than where they grip so that they can reapply it to their hands from the untouched area during an at bat because it may lose some of its stickiness over time. By rule (MLB), it can't be more than 18 inches up the handle. If it is and the umpire notices or the other team complains, the batter has to use a different bat.
p220sigman 03/24/21 09:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Lawn issues

It will work if you add the weight as suggested.
p220sigman 03/12/21 12:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Interesting. Let me say, I've never been a big fan of Nascar, but I've watched races here and there. As I read the way they will determine the starting order, a person who wins their heat by leading wire to wire may very well not be in the top starting position determined by that heat if 2nd or 3rd behind him started at the back of the field and worked their way to the higher position. Am I reading that right or do they have some other way to deal with that? Just curious and figure you guys are way more knowledgeable than I am on this.
p220sigman 03/04/21 10:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Battery Powered Lawn Mower

I have the 40V model and it works great. I bought it to mow our fenced back yard that doesn't have a gate wide enough for my rider. The area is 1200 sq ft. I entire property is about 1/2 acre of lawn. Just because, I set out to mow the entire yard when I first got it. I was able to do about 1/3 of an acre on the one battery (6 aH). I easily finished with charge to spare once I recharged the battery. My yard is pretty flat so I don't have to deal with any hills or much terrain change while mowing. The controller works well increasing the motor speed as needed if the grass gets thick. The mower is much lighter and easier to maneuver than my old gas model (22" deck with a 6 HP engine). The only place I have found that the gas model did better is in high grass. If I don't cut for a few weeks, I have to go over a couple of spots twice to get an even cut. I don't bag, so I don't know how well it works for that. I picked up the 40V blower/battery combo this winter so I have a 2nd battery (4aH) now and feel pretty confident I could mow my entire yard without having to charge now. I've been very happy and can't really think of any negatives at this point. Of course I've only had the mower for one season so I have to see how well it will hold up over time. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up for that size area if you'd rather mow than weedeat it.
p220sigman 03/01/21 07:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

I fall into the buy one-time use tools and things like zip ties there. I bought a rubber mallet and square-nosed shovel for a project in there this weekend. Walked out less than $15.00 (after the 10% off text). I couldn't have come close to that at a box store and odds are pretty good I will never use either of them again, but they are likely to last through the project. I've actually gotten great service out of the two electric tools I have from there. I bought a small disc/belt sander to use when making Pinewood Derby cars with the Cub Scouts. It has lasted 14 years and hundreds of derby cars. I bought an electric impact wrench that was on sale for about $30 for a project about 8 years ago and it still works great. I still use it every time I have to remove the wheels on the car. If both died today, I've more than gotten my use and money's worth out of them. I probably wouldn't replace either one at this point, but they served their purpose.
p220sigman 03/01/21 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Cordless blowers

I think you'll be happy. I'll admit I was slow to get on the electric yard tool bandwagon, but when my push mower died (deck rusted through), I decided to go electric since the area I have to mow with the push mower is small). I have the Ryobi 40V mower and I was really surprised at how well it did. Easily cut as well as my gas mower did and weighs about half as much. Plus, I can talk on the phone while I mow if I need to. When it came time for a new blower, I added the Ryobi 40V blower since it uses the same battery. I got the one that came with a battery so I have two batteries now. It is more powerful than the corded one I had before. I don't see me getting other tools in the near future as I have a Stihl chainsaw and an Echo trimmer that are essentially new, but I wouldn't be opposed to them based on my experience thus far.
p220sigman 02/22/21 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Humble Apology

Thoughts sometimes run through my brain and out my mouth or fingers before going through the filter and I can't blame anything but myself. It happens.
p220sigman 02/19/21 03:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Need a new vacuum cleaner

Can't speak for Shark or Bissell, but we have had a Dyson for about 20 years and it has been great. I'm not sure if they have HEPA or not though. Ours does a great job on pet hair (2 dogs).
p220sigman 02/19/21 02:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

As was said, most of the weight ends up on the rear tire because you sit closer to directly over it than the front wheel. Additionally, think about if you approach something like a curb that you are going to ride over, you end up unweighing the front wheel by pulling up on the bars and potentially pedaling to further lighten the front. Most people will then hit the curb with the rear wheel at or near full weight (a prime source of pinch flats). Some riders are able to shift their weight forward before the rear tire strikes and essentially lift the rear tire up onto the curb, but most don't practice enough to have that kind of bike/body control.
p220sigman 02/18/21 01:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cordless blowers

I don't carry one camping, but I use the Ryobi 40V one at the house and it works very well. It is more powerful than the corded one I had before. I got it because I already had the 40V push mower and they use the same battery. Might be bigger than what you want to carry camping though.
p220sigman 02/18/21 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

I don't think anyone is suggesting that campground owners should be mandated to install chargers or infrastructure to support charging. If it doesn't fit your business model, don't do it. It is no different than any other business choosing to not carry a particular product or service. If I woke up tomorrow as a campground owner, I doubt I would rush right out and install chargers. Would I re-evaluate that decision periodically? Absolutely. Like anything else, as the market changes significantly, those businesses that want to thrive will change with them. I just don't think we are at that significant change point yet. Will there be a market for campgrounds that don't offer charging in the future? I'm sure there will be for many years to come. I suspect most of us will be long gone before that market dries up.
p220sigman 02/17/21 08:57am General RVing Issues
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