rpmerf t1_jbth1mn wrote

I think the first questions should be where do you live, and how much do you normally spend on fuel a year?

Next - approx cost of the other things. Gas line, panel, each system, new tank.

Personally, since you don't already have gas in the house, I think I would avoid that route.

As others have said, upgrading your panel has other benefits that help future proof your home.

Another thing to consider is parts availability. If something breaks on your furnace today, how hard would it be to find a replacement part?

Another thought - oil furnaces can usually run on minimal electricity. If you loose power, a small generator can power an oil furnace. You would need a much larger generator to do that with a heat pump.


rpmerf t1_j25wo68 wrote

Spend time looking at a map. Familiarize yourself with landmarks - bodies of water, mountains, large buildings, major roads. Figure out the approximate direction of major roads., Orientation of buildings or parks. Pay attention to which way is north.

Comment about the sun is really good too.

Go without a map, and follow your sense of direction. Only pull up the map if you get lost. This will teach you to think more on your own, instead of following what the map says.


rpmerf t1_j02hyja wrote

I had one like the one of the left that went to shit after a couple months. It had a plastic bushing in it that wore out / broke. My current one is more like the right one, and I've had it about 10 years. The P51 is indescribable, cheap as can be, and works very well once you get used to it.


rpmerf t1_iytp3lq wrote

A couple years back, I got an old Craftsman snowblower off Craigslist for $250. Forget the exact stats. It's from the mid 90s, 8hp, electric start, 26" wide, 24" tall. Fired up on the first pull. Bought it in November while it was still warm outside. Fixed a handful of small stuff on it, lubed up every joint, tossed some paint on the rust spots. Runs great.


rpmerf t1_iyf7loh wrote

It's not about having a single device that can use the speed, it's about having a bunch of devices. Maybe none of the devices can use that speed, but when you add up phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, washer, dryer, microwave, fridge, toaster, whatever all connecting to the internet at the same time, you could get closer to that limit than you could with one device.

However, I do agree that gig is way overkill for most households. Even 100mbs would likely be sufficient for most households.