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    Multimeter Inception

    When you have to use your cheap multimeter to troubleshoot and fix your more expensive multimeter...
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    SUPER Old Lawn Mower Repaired!

    I have a Montgomery Ward lawnmower my Dad bought... at least 30 years ago, probably more. I've been using it as my "weed lawnlower" for the past 10 years. It has run surprisingly well during those years I've owned it, even though I've not taken care of it properly. Each Spring when I pull it...
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    Privacy Fencing - Vinyl Fence?

    We need a 6' tall privacy fence that is about 12 - 16 feet long. I was going to just build a wood one, but my GF likes the idea of a vinyl fence. I found these "cheap" ones: Home Depot...
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    Simple & Easy Home Aquaponics - Hydroponics ?

    Ok, I know this is probably a slippery slope, but I thought I'd DABBLE in this a little bit. I guess technically I already am.... ;) A few months ago I had some green onions from the store and ended up putting them in water. I was SHOCKED at how fast they grew!!! :ep So, I got to thinking it...
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    What's Better For Time Of Use Rate Plan: West Facing, Oversize, or Battery Storage?

    I already have a 3kw system facing south, but it is no longer enough to cover our usage. I'm kicking myself for not sizing it larger 10 years ago when I got solar installed. I'm in California on a Time Of Use rate plan where electricity is much more expensive during peak usage times from 4pm -...
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    New Sufficient Self Homepage

    You may have already noticed this change when you typed in, or went to your bookmark for www.SufficientSelf.com :) Well, we've been working on this new homepage for a while and we're SUPER excited to launch it! What started out as a way to accommodate our awesome POW (Picture Of the Week)...
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    Picture Of The Week (POW) Information & Submissions

    We've got an exciting new system and process for our Picture Of The Week (POW), so we need your submissions!!! Your Submissions MUST: Be an image you took & own the rights to Be a sharp, clean, picture that's at least 800 pixels wide Include a short sentence about your picture (ie. Prize...
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    SufficientSelf Software Upgrade - Potential Downtime

    Hey All! It's time for us to finally upgrade our forum software to the newest version. The new version comes with some new features, better performance, more security, etc! We're hoping downtime will be VERY limited... hopefully not more than an hour or two. That said, it's hard to know...
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    Remembering Sumi

    4/21/2020, A VERY sad update: We're very sorry to say that our beautiful friend and amazing soul Sumi passed away 3 pm Irish time. It was peaceful and pain free. As some of you may know, our beloved moderator Sumi went missing a few weeks ago. About a dozen of us were frantically working to...
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    New Table Saw - Built A Crosscut Sled

    A few months ago I sold my dad's huge metal Delta table saw for $500, then went to Home Depot and got a tiny portable table saw for $200 (with rack and wheels)! I've been looking at a bunch of fun projects and one that caught my eye was a "crosscut sled". I didn't really want to build a big...
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    DNS URL Redirect Attack

    Over the past day or two the site has been attacked by spammers. They were able to redirect our URL to various spam sites. I've been working tirelessly with the tech team to find the cause and then a solution to the problem. The internet routing of the site's domain name (the DNS) and the URL...
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    Any Experience: Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Re-Piped?

    Every year our old terracotta sewer line gets plugged with tree roots and we have to have it rootered out. A huge mess, super inconvenient, and costly. I hear radio ads for trenchless re-piping and was wondering if anybody has had it done? A few years ago I got a bunch of general quotes. They...
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    Replaced 2 Broken Chromebook Laptop Screens!

    I'm pretty dang proud of myself!!! We had 2 (YES, TWO) broken Chromebook laptop screens. I thought for sure I'd have to just replace them for about $450, but was able to swap our the screens myself for only about $100 and a half hour of my time...
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    Forum Software Updated - Poll Editing, User Online Marker, Etc.

    We've updated the site to the newest software! There are a lof of changes behind the scenes (better spam and user management and other stuff), but here are some things that y'all will notice: Online status indicator on messages Another very common suggestion was to indicate if a user is online...
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    Today I'm a Plumber / Sprinkler Repair Man!

    We have a SUPER old Champion Irrigation 1" Vacuum Breaker / Check Valve on our sprinkler system. The whole thing is usually covered up and on a whim I decided to take a look and check everything. Well, it was leaking pretty bad... like a drip every second. The ground was completely saturated...
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    Family Tradition - HomeMade Freezer Plum Jam

    This has been a family tradition since 1973ish? When I was a kid I was doing this exact same thing with my family using plumbs from the same tree & using the same equipment, including the custom sharpened pit removing tools my dad made! The pitters aren't anything super fancy, but...
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    Checkup - Spam Levels Seem To Have Dropped

    We've been on this new platform for a few months and I thought I'd do a quick check to see if y'all echo my feelings... One of the many reasons we moved to this platform is because it has much better anti-spam features. We'll never be able to 100% get rid of spammers (there's always going to be...
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    Car Headlight Plastic Cleaning - Haze Fogging Yellow Removal

    The headlights on my 2001 Hyundai Elantra are sickly opaque! :sick Over the years I've tried a bunch of stuff to clean them. Some have worked better than others, but nothing seemed to really clean them super well and/or last very long. Today I had another go at it and thought I'd start...
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    Upgraded To Faster "Green" Host Server!

    Over the past day you may have noticed that the site was down for a little bit. This was unfortunately longer than we had expected, but was due to our upgrade to a new server!:celebrate The upgrade we did a few months ago to the new software was the first step (and it was a big one) in...
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    Feedback Needed: Add Required Field During Signup?

    This new system we're on has a lot of great features. One of them allows us to create a new field that is required for members to fill out during signup / registration. We can then display this field in their "postbit" (the area to the left of every post with the avatar, location, etc.). For...
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