truckee construction

Now that the renovations on the inside of my house are almost done, I need to
start saving for the next phase. My question is–new roof or new windows? I’m
leaning towards the new roof first because I’d like to have a metal roof, before
I need a new roof. Also, I have several windows I love that are only marginally
better than holes in the walls. I have a sneaking suspicion that the newer
windows were put in badly and may be really difficult to replace (due to the
amateur work damage).

Does anyone have an idea which would be the better next step?

The glass door is standard.
The legs are an option because it can
also be ordered with a pedestal, instead.
The ash pan is an option that I would likely
pass on (I do plan to buy a 2100)
I may mount mine on a stone pedestal.

> I was mostly frustrated about not being able to go
> look at one

One of the link I posted was from a shop in Litchfield Maine.

www.pinetreestoveshoppe.com

> Just had to put $2k into a car so no money anyway.

Sorry to here that. The 10% woodstove tax credit ends this month.

So far, I have not found another stove (except the 2200)
in that price range, with those features, that has anywhere
near such an impressive efficiency rating. Even the fact
that they use cast iron doors, to cover virtually the whole
face of the steel stoves, is very good, economy targeted
designing for construction. It can be built cheaper, without the cheaper
look of most steel stoves.

 

One of my brothers & I were comparing notes one day. At the time, I was about seven years sober and he had quit a year or two prior. We both seem to have “over-active” minds and speculated that one reason we drank (when we did) was to quiet the “chatter” so we could sleep. Today that sounds more like rationalizing behavior for which there is no rational excuse, but we both agreed that it was comfortable in the rut — better the devil we know than the one we don’t.
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Per the grand scheme, I think every person who is mostly happy is an asset to the universe. All those who end up miserable are a liability. There’s a great quote I don’t have in front of me right now . . . I actually have it on a plaque on our wall at home . . . the essence of it is that we can labor to make ourselves happy OR miserable — the amount of work required is the same. Too many people go through life as if saying to the woodstove, “Make me warm and I’ll put some wood in ya’.” Any human worth knowing will reciprocate warmth, attention, and personal interest. And if they don’t? Just move on down to the next person in the people store . . . there are lots of ‘em out there in Truckee Construction.

As we turned the corner to drop off a friend, I saw a home on slab sited
at the intersection of three hills. It was uphill in three directions!
A paved street ended almost at his front door! No need to mop the
floor, just open the front and back doors!

His neighbors on either side of him with their small lots were not in
much better position. No foundation, just a slab. Yikes. Reminds me
of a cartoon where all the furniture in the house is on stilts,
including the family dog!

 

For those of you whom might think Canada has their act together and can somehow be looked up to setting some standard to emulate, the sad fact it is a failed nation today. Much of the same BS as what has brought down the USA perpetrated by exactly the same interests and using the same methods.

I think the kid did a brilliant job putting it into this video without the usual mega buck financing.

Attention Deficit Warning! It’s two hours long.

 

from time to time we hear snippets of “deep stuff” in the movies.

one of my favorite was from Demolition Man where wesley snipes’ character told someone that you can’t deny an individual the right to be an a–hole.  this is pretty deep.  because it is actually a variant of that you can’t really deny the individual the right to choose.

another of my favorites was from another movie, whose title escapes me, but it notes that – at the end of our lives the only thing we have are the choices we made along the way.

more deep stuff here.  in general, we choose.  more specifically, we choose to be victims or we choose to be successful.  we choose burger king or wendy’s or mcdonalds.

so while a 5′ individual can’t choose to be a great basketball player, since it’s not realistically an option, he/she might be a great basketball coach!

if we so determine and realize, we really do choose.  this follows from the axiom that i think, therefore i am.

as noted below, it is very difficult to overcome years of abuse and/or any debilitating mental/physical illness.

 

“desperately wanted?” Was this expressed?

This attitude or position blames parents for one’s unhappiness. I have a daughter who has used this from time to time so I have thought about it a lot. I finally told her that I was an imperfect parent, as all parents are. If her unhappiness was due to me, then that came from my unhappiness due to my parents, and that came from their unhappiness due to their parents. That is unending and it does no good excepting if it provides motivation to be a better parent, becoming a better parent than ancestors have been.

That said, feelings are always valid. But negative feelings are useful only if they provide motivation to improve one’s self. A day or two ago I noted that one of Peter McWilliams’ books is You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought.

Be responsible for your choices, actions and results. Any position short of that is to remain a child.

Mo Gene

>  . . . and then remain on it — while ALWAYS being true to ourselves — regardless of where that path may lead. Our schools and churches and sports programs and military are far too much about conformity — always putting the interests of others ahead of our own. If one grows up with alcoholic parents or guardians, these misguided notions are reinforced all the more . . . as a child quickly learns their ONLY shot at happiness is if they “make” the adults in their life happy first. This leads to all forms of neurotic people-pleasing behaviors and can manifest in the ultimate curse of only being able to see themselves (or get a glimpse of their inherent and unlimited value)
> through the eyes of others.
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> To break with this lifetime of indoctrination and coercion takes real courage and faith enough in oneself to know you will land on both feet . . . and that you WILL prevail come what may. Those are NOT easy confidences to gather together by yourself — especially when it seems that everyone else you know is against it. I’ve been discouraged in my own life by how incredibly l-o-n-g this process took. I wanted a good life MORE than I’ve ever wanted anything and, even then, it was still the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I had lived enough, read enough, learned enough to know by then that the way I had been doing things prior to that simply wasn’t working for me anymore (I now question if it ever did). It was long past TIME for a paradigm shift. So, surely, luck/chance and circumstance weigh in on this . . . many feel trapped . . . most of them never do find a way out.
> ==========
> But it serves no purpose to blame the victim for their circumstance. As with ‘battered wife syndrome’ people can quickly get so beaten down by their circumstances that they no longer see their unlimited options that SOME of the rest of us see so clearly. And honestly? It may be too late for most of them. Our resources may be better spent encouraging young people to feel so good about themselves that they would NEVER let ANYONE treat them poorly — not even for a single day. But even this is nearly impossible for parents/teachers/coaches/military instructors who have never known the power and energy which comes with feeling good about themselves — who have never sung (with feeling), “I’ve found a new best friend and it’s me!”

Hi Ed;

That is nothing but a fantasy. There is no truth to it. Ground
temperatures at a depth of 10ft swing about 10°F between there
highs and lows. At 5ft down, they swing about 20°F. Stable
temperatures do not occur until about 30ft down.

Modern energy efficient above ground houses are also so tight
that they often require mechanical ventilation, in order to have
adequate fresh air. Back in the 1970s, when above ground
houses were virtually always under-insulated and leaky, an
underground house would have been a superior strategies
that would produce better results. However, with today’s
far higher standards for above ground houses (as well as
very efficient heating/cooling systems) building under-
-ground just adds expense, and drastically lowers
resale values, without improving energy efficiency.

> We do have a wood-burning stove for added
> heat, but it’s probably one of the smallest models
> ever made. We hardly use it.”

There is no mention of where the house is located in Canada.
Something like 75% of Canadians live within 75 miles of the
US border, many in climates that are warmer and sunnier
than many US locations. For instance, where I live, in
Northern Michigan, for about three months of the year
South facing windows lose more heat than they gain, even
though they may gain a little more, on an annual basis.
The article sounds like the standard rhetoric of the 1970s.
It was generally valid then, but not today, now that
above ground construction houses are built so much better.

 

Sails===”But it serves no purpose to blame the victim for their circumstance.”

An insightful post Sail.

The more I think I understand the less I am willing to “blame” anyone for their actions. IMO we are all doing the very best we can to get along in the world.

Certain individuals have to be segregated from the rest of us because the way they have learned to get along is toxic to others. However, punishment is an outmoded concept useful as justification for a system that is unwilling to devote resources and caring to rehabilitation for those whom could benefit from it.

Ben

— In LittleHouses@yahoogroups.com, sail4free wrote:
>
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> MO GENE: “You can be in charge of your life or you can let others.
>
> It’s a choice.”
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> While not wanting to get too selfish about it, I think happiness can be measured by how consistently one is able to orchestrate their life in harmoney with who they really are. I doubt many of us got the encouragement we so desperately wanted and needed to find our own path . . . and then remain on it — while ALWAYS being true to ourselves — regardless of where that path may lead. Our schools and churches and sports programs and military are far too much about conformity — always putting the interests of others ahead of our own. If one grows up with alcoholic parents or guardians, these misguided notions are reinforced all the more . . . as a child quickly learns their ONLY shot at happiness is if they “make” the adults in their life happy first. This leads to all forms of neurotic people-pleasing behaviors and can manifest in the ultimate curse of only being able to see themselves (or get a glimpse of their inherent and unlimited value)
> through the eyes of others.
> ==========
> To break with this lifetime of indoctrination and coercion takes real courage and faith enough in oneself to know you will land on both feet . . . and that you WILL prevail come what may. Those are NOT easy confidences to gather together by yourself — especially when it seems that everyone else you know is against it. I’ve been discouraged in my own life by how incredibly l-o-n-g this process took. I wanted a good life MORE than I’ve ever wanted anything and, even then, it was still the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I had lived enough, read enough, learned enough to know by then that the way I had been doing things prior to that simply wasn’t working for me anymore (I now question if it ever did). It was long past TIME for a paradigm shift. So, surely, luck/chance and circumstance weigh in on this . . . many feel trapped . . . most of them never do find a way out.
> ==========
> But it serves no purpose to blame the victim for their circumstance. As with ‘battered wife syndrome’ people can quickly get so beaten down by their circumstances that they no longer see their unlimited options that SOME of the rest of us see so clearly. And honestly? It may be too late for most of them. Our resources may be better spent encouraging young people to feel so good about themselves that they would NEVER let ANYONE treat them poorly — not even for a single day. But even this is nearly impossible for parents/teachers/coaches/military instructors who have never known the power and energy which comes with feeling good about themselves — who have never sung (with feeling), “I’ve found a new best friend and it’s me!”
> ==========

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