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2020-07-14 6:36:32 PM  
I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.
 
2020-07-14 6:40:22 PM  
Can't read the article so I'll guess the weiner copter
 
2020-07-14 6:45:15 PM  
Won't sell in South Korea.
 
2020-07-14 6:57:32 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.


COVID and economic devastation have shot our plans to shiat, but my wife and I hope to move to Seattle at some point. We know a lot of houses there don't have AC, but while the summer weather is milder than here in the DC area, my wife is non-negotiable on the AC demand. I told her if we found a good house when the time came we'll buy a couple portable units to pull out and use if needed, maybe just one for the bedroom.
 
2020-07-14 7:02:33 PM  

mongbiohazard: We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.

COVID and economic devastation have shot our plans to shiat, but my wife and I hope to move to Seattle at some point. We know a lot of houses there don't have AC, but while the summer weather is milder than here in the DC area, my wife is non-negotiable on the AC demand. I told her if we found a good house when the time came we'll buy a couple portable units to pull out and use if needed, maybe just one for the bedroom.


You're leaving DC for this? It's almost 80 degrees here! It is supposed to get hotter than that tomorrow!

We had a ductless unit installed in the living room last year, and it's made a huge difference. Upstairs, we didn't think we needed one, so we get by with a portable unit. The house has central heating, but there isn't enough room to install a proper coil for air conditioning, so we're out of luck on the central air conditioning. Make sure about that, if it's a deal breaker.

BTW, if you're looking for a good time to move, right now is great. Prices are depressed and you'll have plenty of chances to meet your neighbors.
 
BBH
2020-07-14 7:09:10 PM  
Fans can be dangerous.
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2020-07-14 7:15:50 PM  

BBH: Fans can be dangerous.
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Jesus you're hairy.
 
2020-07-14 7:16:33 PM  

mongbiohazard: We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.

COVID and economic devastation have shot our plans to shiat, but my wife and I hope to move to Seattle at some point. We know a lot of houses there don't have AC, but while the summer weather is milder than here in the DC area, my wife is non-negotiable on the AC demand. I told her if we found a good house when the time came we'll buy a couple portable units to pull out and use if needed, maybe just one for the bedroom.


Seattle's traffic sucks balls. OTOH the weather is pretty good - mostly mild but stretches of sprinkling rain or dry weather. You should visit for a while before moving there.

I'm a little nonplussed about the whole Cascadia earthquake thing (with no warning, allegedly) and Mt Rainier possibly pulling a Mt St Helens at any time.

Most houses around there do not have AC but it's becoming more common. If you put in an exhaust fan, you can open the windows and get a nice breeze going which is usually nice at any time of the year unless there's forest fires going.

If you plan to go with the no AC option, get a house at altitude on one of the ridges, not in the lowlands. This will totally avoid flooding and be a great source of fresh air, but you will have some snow and hills.

I sort of oscillate between Seattle and the Atlantic coast of Florida and I'm currently back in Florida for a while. There are good things about both places.
 
2020-07-14 7:22:26 PM  
Night = :) Window open cool air
Day = :( Bad cancer heat rays. I live in cave
 
2020-07-14 7:31:34 PM  
A similar life hack: when your car gets an odd noise eminating from under the hood, turn up the radio. Problem solved.
 
2020-07-14 7:32:25 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.


My place is usually chilly all summer. I live in Fremont.
 
2020-07-14 7:51:30 PM  
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Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.
 
2020-07-14 7:53:00 PM  
The belief of "Fan death" is a thing in Korea.  Not sure if using a white noise generator can be as good as a window version of noise-canceling headphones
 
2020-07-14 7:56:12 PM  

Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.


How often do you clean that thing? There is nothing on the blades.

/I just cleaned some of the screens on my fans. Turns out they create a lot more wind when they are clean.
 
2020-07-14 8:11:36 PM  
My dad was military, so we moved during the summer.  First year moving from Kodiak, AK to Seattle was the one year in recent memory it hit 95-100 degrees for a week or two.  I thought I would die.  Of the decade plus I spent in and around Seattle there wasn't another summer near as miserable.
 
2020-07-14 8:33:28 PM  

marklar: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

How often do you clean that thing? There is nothing on the blades.

/I just cleaned some of the screens on my fans. Turns out they create a lot more wind when they are clean.


unscrew the screws holding the grate on and remove the fan. you can usually uncrew the nut on the front, pop it fan off and rinse it off in the sink
 
2020-07-14 8:39:30 PM  

marklar: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

How often do you clean that thing? There is nothing on the blades.

/I just cleaned some of the screens on my fans. Turns out they create a lot more wind when they are clean.


Twice a year I take it apart and clean it. I oil the motor with a couple drops of 20w oil. The only repair I had to make was when the original switch fell apart about 35 years ago. I got a SPDT toggle switch at the local Radio Shack (when they were still in business) and I was back in business. The Emergency Control Air sticker was something I got from my time working in #2 RAR on the Nimitz.
 
2020-07-14 8:47:21 PM  
Mountain dweller here...daytime is up around 85, nights are a refreshing 50 degrees or so.  No a/c so open the windows at night and let house cool off, no using the stove or oven (camp kitchen outside). Mornings close the doors and windows, run the ceiling fan and its possible to stay comfy all day inside. As for myself, if its hot and im outside,  i wet a tshirt and wear it on my head egyptian style, its tremendously effective even if it looks funny...
 
2020-07-14 9:16:17 PM  
Don't they believe that you will asphyxiate if you sleep in a room with a running fan?
 
2020-07-14 9:18:52 PM  

Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.


Does it still work?
 
2020-07-14 9:23:27 PM  
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2020-07-14 9:27:30 PM  

BBH: Fans can be dangerous.
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a champion idiot can hurt them self with most any appliance.
 
2020-07-14 9:52:16 PM  

khatores: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

Does it still work?


Of course, I wouldn't still have it if it didn't work.

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2020-07-14 10:19:45 PM  

Kraig57: khatores: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

Does it still work?

Of course, I wouldn't still have it if it didn't work.

[Fark user image image 850x748]


That's really cool...I like old workhorse type appliances that are old and just keep going. I like to look at them and think of them working through holidays, Presidential administrations, major world events, etc. Sucks that we don't make many things like that any longer in the US.
 
2020-07-14 11:12:53 PM  

khatores: Kraig57: khatores: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

Does it still work?

Of course, I wouldn't still have it if it didn't work.

[Fark user image image 850x748]

That's really cool...I like old workhorse type appliances that are old and just keep going. I like to look at them and think of them working through holidays, Presidential administrations, major world events, etc. Sucks that we don't make many things like that any longer in the US.


When I was a kid we heard the term "durable goods" quite a bit. It shouldn't be remarkable that machines keep working, although twice a year maintenance on a box fan is farking amazing! Nice work!
 
2020-07-15 12:07:01 AM  

CFitzsimmons: khatores: Kraig57: khatores: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

Does it still work?

Of course, I wouldn't still have it if it didn't work.

[Fark user image image 850x748]

That's really cool...I like old workhorse type appliances that are old and just keep going. I like to look at them and think of them working through holidays, Presidential administrations, major world events, etc. Sucks that we don't make many things like that any longer in the US.

When I was a kid we heard the term "durable goods" quite a bit. It shouldn't be remarkable that machines keep working, although twice a year maintenance on a box fan is farking amazing! Nice work!


And I thought the 5 years I'm getting on my Lasko Wind machine was absolutely amazing..
 
2020-07-15 12:07:39 AM  
I have to sleep with a fan on.  I need the white noise.
 
2020-07-15 1:06:25 AM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: mongbiohazard: We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.

COVID and economic devastation have shot our plans to shiat, but my wife and I hope to move to Seattle at some point. We know a lot of houses there don't have AC, but while the summer weather is milder than here in the DC area, my wife is non-negotiable on the AC demand. I told her if we found a good house when the time came we'll buy a couple portable units to pull out and use if needed, maybe just one for the bedroom.

You're leaving DC for this? It's almost 80 degrees here! It is supposed to get hotter than that tomorrow!

We had a ductless unit installed in the living room last year, and it's made a huge difference. Upstairs, we didn't think we needed one, so we get by with a portable unit. The house has central heating, but there isn't enough room to install a proper coil for air conditioning, so we're out of luck on the central air conditioning. Make sure about that, if it's a deal breaker.

BTW, if you're looking for a good time to move, right now is great. Prices are depressed and you'll have plenty of chances to meet your neighbors.


I'm here in Texas laughing at both of you
 
2020-07-15 1:26:11 AM  

Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.



Get some plastic/vinyl screen material from a home store. It comes in rolls. Easy to cut. Duct tape it to the fan to make a screen window. Tape some cardboard to the ends to seal up against the window frame. The cardboard seal will also increase the net air flow.
 
2020-07-15 1:41:19 AM  

NevynFox: CFitzsimmons: khatores: Kraig57: khatores: Kraig57: [Fark user image 850x668]

Made in the USA and purchased with my saved allowance, in 1970, when I was in Jr. High School. Seven blades and two speeds. I always run when I'm sleeping, usually on low speed. If outside noise wakes me up and I still want to sleep, just change to high speed and go back to sleep. Moving air also keeps the mosquitoes from finding you.

Does it still work?

Of course, I wouldn't still have it if it didn't work.

[Fark user image image 850x748]

That's really cool...I like old workhorse type appliances that are old and just keep going. I like to look at them and think of them working through holidays, Presidential administrations, major world events, etc. Sucks that we don't make many things like that any longer in the US.

When I was a kid we heard the term "durable goods" quite a bit. It shouldn't be remarkable that machines keep working, although twice a year maintenance on a box fan is farking amazing! Nice work!

And I thought the 5 years I'm getting on my Lasko Wind machine was absolutely amazing..


And the crappy plastic fans available any more are lucky to live through the dog knocking them over once.

Trying to find a decent box fan is impossible these days.
 
2020-07-15 11:25:48 AM  
I'm a window fan.  Absolutely love 'em.
 
2020-07-15 7:05:52 PM  

khatores: mongbiohazard: We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'd like to be smug and tell them to just get some air conditioning, but I'm sweating my balls off here in Seattle today without any air conditioning.

COVID and economic devastation have shot our plans to shiat, but my wife and I hope to move to Seattle at some point. We know a lot of houses there don't have AC, but while the summer weather is milder than here in the DC area, my wife is non-negotiable on the AC demand. I told her if we found a good house when the time came we'll buy a couple portable units to pull out and use if needed, maybe just one for the bedroom.

Seattle's traffic sucks balls. OTOH the weather is pretty good - mostly mild but stretches of sprinkling rain or dry weather. You should visit for a while before moving there.

I'm a little nonplussed about the whole Cascadia earthquake thing (with no warning, allegedly) and Mt Rainier possibly pulling a Mt St Helens at any time.

Most houses around there do not have AC but it's becoming more common. If you put in an exhaust fan, you can open the windows and get a nice breeze going which is usually nice at any time of the year unless there's forest fires going.

If you plan to go with the no AC option, get a house at altitude on one of the ridges, not in the lowlands. This will totally avoid flooding and be a great source of fresh air, but you will have some snow and hills.

I sort of oscillate between Seattle and the Atlantic coast of Florida and I'm currently back in Florida for a while. There are good things about both places.


DC's traffic sucks about the same amount of balls.

Whenever I mention I want to move to Seattle someone always warns me about the high housing prices there.... but we live in the DC metro area. We have comparable pricing. Luckily neither the wife or I even want a large house (I feel no need to buy more home than the two of us and our dog can actually use - 2BR/2BR, and that's as much house as we even want). Shocked the heck out of our mortgage lender in a good way when we told him we planned on spending a good bit less than he approved us for. Apparently everyone tries to talk him in to approving them for more house than they can actually afford.

Central AC isn't a deal breaker, we're used to it being 95 and super humid all summer. Wifey just says if there's no AC she needs me to handle kludging some in in the bedroom and livingroom. I can handle that.

Great advice about buying higher elevations. Our house right now is kind of up on a slope, so flooding isn't an issue for us here. Thanks for the tip to watch out for! Wouldn't have really thought much about that.
 
2020-07-15 9:45:21 PM  

mongbiohazard: Great advice about buying higher elevations.


I live up at 830ft, which is pretty high up, as far as habitable areas go within reasonable distance to anything interesting around here. It's a good 5 degrees cooler, definitely.
 
BBH
2020-07-15 10:27:22 PM  

sinko swimo: BBH: Fans can be dangerous.
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a champion idiot can hurt them self with most any appliance.


I was only 2 years old when it happened.
 
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