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Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by Mendel Leisk, Jul 6, 2022.

  1. ChapmanF

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    That sounds borderline dangerous. I still remember the sandwich I had at a little midwestern US cafe, where the squeeze bottle I took for mayo turned out to be horseradish.
     
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    One of my favorite sushi chefs liked to get the first-timers started with a "mint ice cream cone," a proper big scoop atop a temaki cone... He would usually interrupt and save the mark at the last second. Usually.
     
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    Hey all,

    First off, a big thank you to you all! We are all still here! We have all lost some really close family members and friends since Covid and have learned to embrace the now. What has really been a pleasure over the last 2 years is coming to Pruischat and seeing all of you still here, typing your messages and responses. I read most of your messages and respond when I can. The community here reminds me that there are still people out there who like to talk not just about the Prius, but any car, life concerns, the economy, the environment and family issues. When you think about it, I find this community quite therapeutic.

    With that being said, I wish you all, from Canada, New Zealand, New York (yeah, those bronx peeps!), Egypt, Mexico and all other areas in between that I have seen in here a wonderful holiday and a New Year that brings you happiness!

    And a special shout to that special man from the mid-west with his Pontiac/Prius build! I think we are all living through his build!!

    Take care all!!
     
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    As we seem to be de Grinchifying this thread, here is a link to a story that has become associated with Christmas:

    https://www.vintagewings.ca/stories/the-shepherd

    Audio seems to be preferred format but cbc is not available here (Grinch and all). I snuffled up a pdf though.
     
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    I did it to myself. Thought it was a scoop of avocado
     
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    Our son's condo complex is offering EV charging installs. Would appreciate comment.

    Prices are CDN $’s. Not clear if the initial lump-sum is $3500 or $3050. GST would be roughly 6% (it’s either 7 or 5; can never remember).

    Once you “activate” (start using?), looking at $20~ “cover charge” monthly, plus charge for amount of usage.

    Reasonable? Usury? In between?

    Also: there's no explanation as to what this system is. Is it compatible with all vehicles, just some? How fast? Quality? I get the sense they weren't expecting many takers, just going through the motions? This offer was made about a year back, fwiw.

    Seems a little pricey to me, no mention of any government incentives; assume there aren’t any.

    excerpt from install company email follows:


    Good afternoon. We will be back to install some EV chargers this week and can offer a discount if more installations are added.



    If you are interested, we need your unit & parking stall number.



    The total cost to supply & install is $3,500 (+ GST) – less multiple installation discount of $450 = $3050 (+GST).

    · The EVSE (EV charger) can be mounted in the middle between two adjoining parking stalls or in the center of a single stall.

    · For installation, your parking stall will need to be vacated for ½ day to mount the chargers & required components.



    Each installation includes all the required components:

    1. Level 2 Aprisa EVSE (Charger).

    2. Junction Box.

    3. Cord Hanger.

    4. Wheel Stop (see below).

    5. 25’ charging cord & Universal J-1772 plug.



    A wheel stop are barriers that protect a EVSE from vehicles. They are installed on the floor of the parking stall with threaded Redi-Rod and bolted down 42" from the wall to the wheel-side edge of the wheel stop. They are required by electrical code as mechanical protection of the EVSE. A photo is attached.



    Compatibility

    The EVSE comes with a Universal J-1772 nozzle that is compatible with all EV’s sold in North America. New Tesla’s come with an adapter (Tesla SAE J1772 Charging Adapter) to allow the J-1772 nozzle to be used.



    Invoicing

    · After the EVSE is installed & commissioned, we will send you an invoice for the installation cost.

    · We provide 30 day terms to pay the invoice which can be done by mailing a check or by Visa/Mastercard.


    Charging Fees – Energy & Service Fees

    · When you activate the EV chargeryou will begin being billed $19.95/month by Unico Power (the service provider & network administrator) for monitoring & reporting as well as $0.15/kWh for the actual energy you use for charging each month. All the money collected by Unico Power for charging is paid to Strata to cover the energy cost.
     
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    of course, prices vary greatly depending on location.

    installation is a tough call, because it depends on the difficulty. $3,000. = doesn't seem out of line.

    again, 20 bucks a month depends on how much you will be using it, and how big your battery is.

    15 cents per kwh is cheap for new england, but expensive for florida, so you can only compare to local rates.
    if there are no other charges, and i was driving a bev, or maybe even a phev with a large battery, depending on gas prices, i would be all over it.
     
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    $3k-3.5k for purchase and installation seems fine, adds value to the property anyway.

    $240/yr to be in the club buys you what?

    Ideally, it buys you responsive property management, and that's a fair price for such. If it doesn't work one day, you make one phone call and they take care of it.

    How often do they get to change the rate for electricity, and what regulator is watching them?
     
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    Seems pretty fair to me except for the $20/month. Then again, that's not much more than most streaming services these days. Compared to my three cents/kWh and self installed EVSE, though, I'm reminded of how blessed I am.
     
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    Yeah, as a home owner, it rankles. If I were to get a charging setup, it’d be a one-time cost, and then I’d pay the electrical company, just as I use it. With a condo, at least that offering, you’re sort of renting the charging equipment, month after month, regardless of your usage. Maybe the provincial government will step in, improve the options, sometime down the road.
     
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    Way too common parking practice 'round here:

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    Parking in front of goldfish nets. Despicable.
     
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    We have idiots who like parking against the flow of the lane in our neighborhoods. Waiting for them to try and pull out onto the street and get hit head on.
     
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    But is making two U-turns actually safer? (Assuming they came from the way their vehicle is parked and are going to leave, continuing in the same direction).
     
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    I've seen someone ticketed here, for wrong way parking. Didn't realize it was a thing. Plays havoc with my dyslexia too.
     
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    Their cousins here drive a short distance on the wrong side of a two-lane rural road in order to check their mailbox without getting out of the driver's seat. That's especially dangerous at night to oncoming traffic, with their headlights confusingly in the wrong lane. Try to pass as usual on the right side of the blinding headlight and you'll end up in the ditch or in someone's yard.
     
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    If only more of them would suffer large scratches and paint damage from being sideswiped by wheelchairs attempting to squeeze by without falling off the other edge of the sidewalk, or trapped by a too-narrow gap to another obstacle.

    A wheelchair won't get stuck trying to pass this one, but I do see numerous other cases where they would. The same applies to nose-in parking where vehicles overrun the edge too much. Or even worse, pickups that back in until their rear wheels touch the curb.
     
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    Maybe this has been mentioned. Maybe I mentioned it. But...

    I hate LED bars on cars. You can't see a thing when someone is coming at you with one of those at night! I've decided to just not drive at night now that so many people have them. I have to slam on my brakes and come to a stop every time a car comes my way.
     
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    That would seem to count as a violation of the requirement to dim high beams when approaching. I know dad had a couple tickets or warnings for that long ago. But since the start of the Pandemic, traffic enforcement here has nearly ceased.
     
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