# What I did today -instead- of Rocketry.

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#### Sandy H.

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Cat brought a mouse in (we have a plague currently in Oz) and then let it go in the laundry. Still waiting for it go into a trap.
Ah yes, the mouse plague.
Is that a common occurrence in Australia or is it something unusual? Also, what good is it going to do to trap the cat? It already brought the mouse in!

Sandy.

#### OverTheTop

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Is that a common occurrence in Australia or is it something unusual?
Happens from time to time. I remember a few over my lifetime.

#### Wayco

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Yesterday I took "Logan" our 2018 GMC Sierra and the toy hauler trailer to the scales. Not worried about overloading a 1 ton truck, but we have gone a bit over on the trailer, which is rated at 10,000 lbs. This time Logan weighed in at 10,360 lbs. with a GVWR of 11,500 and the toy hauler came in at 9,460 lbs. with a tongue weight at 1300. Total weight including Logan is 19,820 lbs.
Today I took the old '98 GMC Sierra "Grosser" and the "Lil' Mule" trailer and got them weighed too. Grosser is a 3/4 ton truck and weighed in at 8200 lbs. with a GVWR of 8600, and the Lil' Mule came in at 1180. Total weight 9380.

So we will be moving 14.6 tons of our household to Northern New Mexico this week. Next week we will journey North again to the National Sport launch in Alamosa, Colorado.

#### Cape Byron

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Happens from time to time. I remember a few over my lifetime.
Prolly every 5-8 years. I remember camping during a mouse plague in central Australia when I was a teenager. Woke up in the middle of the night with, seriously, 150 or so on my sleeping bag. Three layers deep just keeping themselves warm.

#### teepot

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I would seriously freak out if I saw that many mice in my tent. Where we used to camp in Idaho it was snakes we had to watch out for.

#### OverTheTop

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Mice biting hospital patients, ravaging farms as plague escalates across NSW

Some video from a rural property on that article will show the problem somewhat.

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#### hobie1dog

wife cut my hair, installed soft foam rubber golf balls on the joysticks of both power chairs, played 3 Lp's, glue a plastic part back on one of the grandkids toys

#### hobie1dog

When I did my mini-split in the garage (best decision ever!) I had to buy all the tools to do it myself as it happened during a major peak in summer temps and all the AC guys were working 24/7. You might ask why I would do it then, but it was because our main house system died when everybody else's did and I gave up on trying to sleep at 85 deg.

I had a retired AC guy tutor me, but I did the whole install myself (1k-ish in tools + 1.5k-ish in materials) and have had no issues in 3-4 years. I also now have a high vac pump and a drawer of HVAC tools in my toolbox from real flaring tools to real vacuum gauges, including a millibar vacuum gauge to measure leakage. I voided the heck out of my warranty when I did it myself, but I actually believe I did a better job on the install than a busy contractor would have. When I opened the valve to dump the refrigerant into the system, it was pulled down and verified way below what is required and therefore the only refrigerant that cold have leaked would have been during the valve opening. Enjoying my 68 deg garage as we speak. . .Also, the garage unit manager to drop the house temp during the problem time from 85 to mid 70's in the bedroom, which was tolerable. If either goes down again, the other unit will keep things tolerable for however long it takes. If both go down, I'm moving to Wisconsin or Maine. . .

Sandy.
Good for you. I worked for 25 years as a commercial HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic. The thieves/criminals that have all the ads on TV take a fan capacitor that they buy for $5.00 and mark it up to$300.00 and the outdoor fan capacitor to over \$400.00 and they do that ALL DAY LONG, 365 days/year. Its all about buying TV time so that you can create ads where the Technicians are all dressed up in white dress shirts, singing and dancing, convincing the Sheeple that they are getting the best deal there is. Once you plant that company name (ex. Morris Jenkins, the local con artists), into their heads so that when you have a problem, their name will be the one that you remember from all the non-stop ads.