Minnesota Steve

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  1. Well sure... if you live out in the middle of nowhere there ain't many rules. My family on the farm used to burn trash in barrels too. Well until the county finally decided that was a bad idea and started up trash service. HOA isn't all bad. Growing up one house we lived in the neighbors behind us were basically using their back yard as a junk yard. Had something like 8 cars back there on blocks in various stages of dismantling. Stuff like that really runs down property values. It's just you need a balance. And in my view... noise complaints is doing something outdoors after 10pm.
  2. Makes sense. They're definitely common in the suburbs. I think because they're trying to maximize how many homes they can get in an area. And the twinhomes and such where someone mows your lawn for you are very common, so they need an HOA regardless to manage that. We're fortunate where we are now that the road is a city road. It's wide enough cars can park on both sides and they do all the maintenance. Our development is a combination of single family homes and twin homes. So there's a Master association and then one specific to the twin homes. The Master basically just has a bunch of rules and most are reasonable, but I can't park a trailer behind my house and that sucks.
  3. HOA's have become pretty common with housing development... I'd say most new homes end up as part of an HOA. The cities encourage it because if the developer submits a PUD(planned urban development) they can get by zoning restrictions like setback from the road, distance between homes, etc. etc. Usually a PUD ends up with an HOA to enforce the new rules.
  4. That might be a good idea. If I built a plywood cabinet I'd have extra storage underneath.
  5. Well as far as how to respond, I would talk to the HOA. If they yell over the fence, blast music, and especially fire an airhorn... now you have a complaint against them. Don't do anything to make it worse... no childish stunts and what not. But frankly using power tools in the afternoon on a weekend is a perfectly legitimate
  6. Do you have the wheels on your base? They have wheels as an option for like $100, but they just look like regular locking casters.
  7. I got a black friday flyer from Rockler and Woodcraft and it looks like the Supermax 16-32 is back on sale for $999. I think I have just enough room in my shop for one. Not sure I can sneak it past the wife though.
  8. Miter saws aren't really great with any dust collection. When I had the dewalt table saw, honestly the shop vac worked pretty well with it. The dewalt blade is really tightly enclosed so there isn't a lot of volume of air to extract. I wouldn't worry too much for right now. Even when I got a bandsaw the shopvac was ok. It wasn't until you get a planer, jointer or a bigger table saw that you need more. I have the original Dust Right collector from Rockler, and then I bought the Harbor Freight. I pull a hose to each machine as I need it and for that they work ok. The HF one draws like double the air of that little Rockler wall hanger and I'm impressed with it for the price. But I do like how compact the wall hanger is, even though the bag fills up fast.
  9. Bosch Daredevil. They're very aggressive, the tip is a screw that pulls the bit in. No way I can use a regular drill with them as they pull in hard until they stall and then you break your wrist, but since they have a hex shank they work great in the impact driver.
  10. I had a buddy who had an accident with his ryobi portable saw and nearly lost his thumb. More interesting was that even with insurance he had about $2k in bills from the hospital. So when I went to upgrade my dewalt portable saw, it wasn't hard for me to convince my wife that the extra $1500 or so was worth spending. I need my fingers for work. it's very important.
  11. They work great on construction lumber. And I agree you get a lot more control over driving a screw. I've also used it with big spade bits because it drills the hole with more control and less wrist breaking than the drill. But if you're driving a screw into say maple or oak, you'll learn real fast that you didn't pre-drill the countersink deep enough when the head snaps off. Learned that lesson the hard way.
  12. I bought a rotary hammer when I did a lot of tapcons in my basement, and I'm a big fan. It just cuts through the concrete like butter. No where near as slow and painful as a hammer drill. It also works as a jack hammer for taking up tile.
  13. If it makes you feel any better... I've never posted a review on Amazon, yet last year I hit the review button and it says that I violated their community standards and I've been banned from reviews. And they won't respond to any inquiries about why this might be. As far as Acme goes... all their reviews are probably being handled by a third party. They just integrate in with the review service.
  14. Honestly I think they're all decent choices. I think it really comes down to the individual tools where there are subtle differences. And then there's no clear lineup which has awesome everything. You might like the jigsaw from Makita, but the router from Milwaukee. I just have the M12 tools, and tend to only have cordless where I really need to have a cordless tool. As I otherwise have a router from Bosch, a circular saw from Makita, sanders from Dewalt, etc... all corded.