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  1. The rats only need to stand on their hind legs to get to a dwarf coconut.
  2. I think the true dwarf coconuts have nuts that grow about waist high. Our trees are maybe semi-dwarf, we can cut down the nuts using a five or six foot ladder. Anyway our nuts are perfect, every bit as good as those from the full size tree we had cut down. I was always worried about having a worker fall from the big tree, maybe 30 plus feet, when I needed the nuts cut down and the fronds cut back during typhoon season. Watch for rats, man do they love coconuts! They will eat a hole in the side of the nut, then crawl inside to eat the meat. Less of a problem now that we have three cats.
  3. Sometimes. You do not want to put weeds in a compost pile if they have gone to seed. The seeds will often survive the heat of the pile and then you end up spreading them to other areas.
  4. Show the contractor the plans and/or pictures of the house you want built. Ask him "Have you built houses like this quality and style?" If the answer is anything other than "Yes" you may want to consider another contractor. If the answer is "I can build that", the actual answer is "No", again consider another contractor. If the contractor has built homes like this, get the address(es) and go look at them. If possible knock on the door(s) and speak with the owners to see what they experienced during the build. Questions for owners of previous builds: Any issue with quality? An
  5. Or you could buy five or six multicabs for the same price and caravan to Jollybee.
  6. When we lived in Yakima, Washington we had a programable thermostat. In the winter the temperature was set to 16 at night and when we were at work. Just prior to arriving home from work the furnace (natural gas) would raise the temperature to 21, then automatically lower at 9:00 pm. Like Tommy we slept under a nice comforter, light weight but thick and warm. We also had an electric heating pad under the mattress cover. Each side of the bed had it's own heat control. Wife kept her side warm, I kept my side cool. In the summer we would reprogram the thermostat to (aircon) to 21 at night
  7. Not so difficult. If your switch is like mine it will have two adjustment screws, one for low pressure (start pump) and one for the high pressure (stop pump). Your local hardware store will almost certainly have a new switch. You either take the old one end or take a picture with your phone.
  8. My pump was doing the same, not cutting off. When I rapped the side of the pressure switch with the handle of a screwdriver it stopped. That told me the points inside were starting to stick so I replaced the switch. Over time most switches will fail as the arc of electricity will corrode the points over time.
  9. You are married to a very sweet, understanding, and remarkable woman. Good for you.
  10. That is true for me even if there were no covid anywhere.
  11. We bought a multicab three years ago. Overall I am pleased with the purchase and think it would be suitable for your purpose. Even buying a new one as we did, you are buying a used vehicle. As such you can expect to have to repair/replace parts on a more frequent basis than you may be used to. As Dave mentioned above, you can get them readily repaired in almost any town and the repairs/parts come at a reasonable price. Another advantage of the multicab is that the small size makes them easier to maneuver and park here. Also you are less of a "target" for traffic enforcers who may be looki
  12. That might be daturas. If it is you need to be careful as it is poisonous, especially seeds and flowers. From wkipedia Datura is a genus of nine species of poisonous vespertine flowering plants belonging to the family Solanaceae. They are commonly known as thornapples or jimsonweeds but are also known as devil's trumpets. Other English common names include moonflower, devil's weed and hell's bells.
  13. The correct number using your figures is 1.65 percent.
  14. According to this article the overall 2020 death rate for the USA increased by at least 12 percent over 2019. There are lots of graphs in that page so I will not post the actual article. And unfortunately you are correct, it is not over by a long shot. https://usafacts.org/articles/preliminary-us-death-statistics-more-deaths-in-2020-than-2019-coronavirus-age-flu/
  15. Difficult question for sure. I think the problem is not so much with the quality of health care in these "advanced" countries as it is with people who refuse to take precautions for a variety of reasons - personal freedom, you can't make me, I will sue, it's all a hoax, just the flu, etc. With that attitude it is hardly surprising that USA represents about 4% of the world's population but 25% of the world's cases.
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