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Strange times we are in. Seems we have a record number of people on unemployment that claim they can’t find work. Yet every store I walk into has a help wanted sign posted. Other local businesses are running adds looking for help. My employer pulled me off a crew that was already short handed to go help out another.

one of my coworkers wanted to get some concrete pored , was told not this year, maybe next summer by more than one contractor. Every where I look houses are being built. Seems to be a lot of commercial building too.

One of my friends wants to have is property logged to improve deer habitat. He’s being told standing timber isn’t worth much now and he should wait until the market improves. But yet lumber seems to be in short supply.
Our neighbor is currently putting in an in-ground swimming pool.
 

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While not lumber it's just another example of prices going crazy. I need to have my fuel oil tank replaced. Got a quote in November for $1700 but I wasn't able to get it done right then due to other irons in the fire. Just requested a new quote as the other one was only good for 90-days. Price is now $1950.
 

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I liked your post but don’t like it….

One thing however - it sounds as if you can get one so the availability must still be OK for now. Even with the added expense I wouldn’t hesitate too long….another couple weeks and they might tell you they can’t get them.

Even before all this fiasco I was always my own worst enemy with procrastination especially with larger purchases. Now I am learning that if I need something and find it I had better just pull the trigger.
Agree. I'm going to call them tomorrow.
 

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And that is where the problem resides. :sneaky:
I know what you mean. We're living in an actual clown world right now, the movie Idiocracy has become a documentary - and we can't even share the crazy bits. :-(
 

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Still going in the right direction. Anyone remember what they were going for before the apocalypse? IIRC, I thought they were in the low $2's but that may be nostalgia talking.

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My recollection is less than $3.00 at the big box stores. You could typically do better at a true lumber yard.

Today a 2x4x96 southern yellow pine stud at Lowe's is $3.76. Pressure treated is $5.17. So we're definitely getting there. Plywood still has a ways to go.

Hopefully all those folks with stock piles that were price gouging on Craigslist still have plenty of inventory. :)
 

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Mostly because people are willing to pay the high prices.

Same reason vehicles sell above sticker price. It’s the gotta have it now mentally . Seems to me now is not the time to buy anything you can put off for a while. If gas prices keep going up it probably won’t be long before the used market gets flooded with pickups as people move to smaller more fuel efficient vehicles. We have seen this before.
I suspect we'll soon see a spike in fuel thefts from vehicles and equipment.
 

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With gas prices rising I think we will see a lot of folks switching to EVs. There aren’t a lot of new cars available without waiting so some people will be stuck with their gas guzzler for awhile. It will be interesting to see if the prices come down on trucks like they did in ‘08 and small cars and EVs increase in price even more.
It will be interesting to see. It's not like you can just run out and buy the EV equivalent of the vehicle you are currently driving as most EVs are sub-compacts.

I also suspect that not everyone has the extra capacity to install a home charger in their existing load center. With all the supply chain issues I'd be surprised if even buying a decent home charging station is without issues.
 

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Same here on both accounts.

In fact…I’ve never seen one of these new fangled electric cars in person yet. Guess they are only in urban and very populated areas.
As others have commented, the only ones easy to spot (for me) are the Teslas. Around the Harrisburg area I see at least one or two Teslas every time I go away and I'm not really looking for them. They are kind of distinctive since they have no grill (at least the newer ones).
 
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A lot of the EVs are normal sedan sized or crossover suv sized, not many are small econoboxes.
The charging can be handled by a normal dryer or electric range plug and breaker. Even a regular 15A 120V plug will work but be slow.
Are you referring to plug-in Hybrids? I was referring to true EVs. I just took a quick glimpse at the websites for Ford, Chevy, GMC, Honda and Toyota and while I see a lot of vehicle sizes and offerings for plug-in hybrids, I saw very few offerings for true EVs. Ford has the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning and GMC has the Hummer EV but everything else is compacts like the Chevy Bolt or Honda Insight. Toyota has nothing really (I'm a Highlander guy). I realize there are other brands but this was just a quick glimpse of what came to mind.

A 120V home charging option, while certainly doable, would not be practical for a lot of folks who would depend on their EV for daily transportation.

If you are going to be driving an EV daily, I doubt anyone will be running an extension cord out into the driveway from their electric dryer plug (gas dryer folks like me are out of luck). :)
 
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Chevy Bolt is discontinued. The MachE is one of the more popular models. And Tesla’s are the best selling EV and they’re not small.
I’m a gas dryer guy who converted the dryer wiring to 240V garage plug😬.
I wasn’t meaning that people would drag a cord from the laundry room out to their driveway, just emphasizing that EVs don’t require some voodoo electrical system to charge at home. Most if not all homes have plenty of capacity to run an EV charger.
Its odd that Chevy still shows the Bolt on the website. I agree that Teslas arent matchboxes but I would never want to go from my Highlander to a Tesla sedan. My Highlander doesn't always have enough cargo space and forget about my landscape trailer.

My point with home charging is if you switch to an EV as your daily driver you will probably be wanting to install a true fast charging station. That means available slots in the breaker box (I know lots of folks with full boxes). For folks without a garage like me that means trenching out to the parking area and a significant amount of electrical work - on top of the cost of the charging station. It would cost me thousands to get a 220V charger mounted out at my parking area.

Just spit balling what would be the reality for folks thinking of making the big switch due to rising gas prices.
 
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Tesla’s have a 5000 tow rating so you can still use your landscape trailer!
Cost to add charging would vary on each situation and owners capabilities.
Ummmmm..... sort of.... :)

The Model-X, for which pricing starts at $105,000, has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. IF you don't have the 22-inch wheels. With 22-inch wheels it is only 3500 lbs. But the tongue weight is limited to 200 lbs. UnderstandabIy, I don't really see a Model-X in my future.

The Model-3 only has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs with a 300 lb. tongue weight. Oddly, it appears the Model-S was never rated for towing anything although some folks claim it can tow a bit of something.

Apparently Teslas need a different software package loaded if you plan to tow.
 
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