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So they still have grocery store paper bags in Arkansas? The danged libs got rid of them here nearly 40 years ago. They wanted to save the trees. All we have is plastic. Now the trees burn every summer and our world is choking to death on plastic bags. Thank goodness for Thrifty Nickels!  ;)

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Well I haven’t had a chance to try out the fire starter ideas yet, I’m buried under with work and on top of that the humidity has been through the roof and it’s dang near 100 Fahrenheit in the shade and no breeze, looks like we are starting to come into the early dog days of summer. 

the heat is supposed break in about a week an a half, back down to the high 80s yay! maybe I’ll feel more like dragging everything out and firing up then if I’m caught back up with work 

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I'm always amused to see them closing down schools and factories in Europe and the UK for temps we consider to be a lovely break from *hot* weather.  Having spent a summer in Germany, I realized that most people didn't have access to AC and were not acclimated to such temps and so it made sense that their personal heat calibration was 10 degF lower than ours.  OTOH I remember VICopper shivering at a quad-state and wearing a jacket when everyone else was fine in shorts and a T shirt. (He was from the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean). 

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Lol I know what you mean Thomas, I’ve been a lot of places around the US and across the pond some hot some cold and it’s fun to see how different people react to different weather myself included, 

Here it’s really not the 100 degf that bothers me it’s the 100 percent humidity yuck! It’s like working in a sweat lodge, this time of year I always joke that if the humidity get any worse we’re all gonna grow gills around here lol. 

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I found it nicer to work at the forge sometimes in OKC as it would produce a dry heat that would help with the sweating.  When I moved to a place where single digit humidity was common, I had to train myself to drink enough water as you never felt dripping with sweat.  After 6+ months I went back to pack up my shop in Ohio and I found myself with sweat running off my nose---not dripping, a continuous stream.

Right now we are have a high humidity climate and our swamp coolers don't work well above 30% humidity and we are suffering.  Of course 90 degF weather is expected for the next 10 days with humidity up to 75%!!!! (Which compared to 7% is a lot for out here!)

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I used swamp coolers out in California when I worked out there and they worked pretty good there, here they aren’t good for anything except maybe a fan lol, 

ive threatened several times to get me a diesel reefer unit off a semi trailer and hook that dude up to my shop lol,

ive heard they can keep those trailers down around-30! 

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Unfortunately I don't think I want to put moisture into the shop; my neighbor's doing a good job of that and I've already had to wire wheel and BLO over 100 tools  because of them. (Not required the first 15 years I lived here!)  But I may use a swamp cooler carcass just for the air flow.  I'm looking for some barn fans or a "whole house fan" that I can mount in the gable of my shop and pullout the hot air.  

I mainly worry about my wife; she's 10 years older than I am and a bit less robust and she doesn't work so no access to AC.

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I wish you was closer I could help you out with big industrial chicken house fans, 

sorry to hear about your neighbors causing trouble, that’s one nice thing about living in the country, my neighbors are far enough away that we don’t get on each other’s nerves lol, 

maybe you could get your wife a cheap ac window unit to help out in times like these? 

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Thomas, I hear you about the adaptation from different climes. We went on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the Bahamas for a week. Great weather, but on about the third day a rogue cold front from the States blew through! Temps dropped into the 40's and we about froze our fannies... only had shorts and T-shirts to wear! The locals were worse off...I don't think there was a coat or sweater on the island!

 

 

 

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Been talking with her about a small AC for the bedroom---would help with the continuously barking LGD's, the crowing of roosters and the noisy guinea hens as well. 

What part of OK are you in?  I go through it from side to side visiting the kinfolk in NW AR.  Wouldn't be the first time I got some stuff for the shop; PTree sold me my roll up doors that I picked up after quad-state one year on my way home, (He's near Lousiville KY IIRC).

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North east Oklahoma, Stilwell Oklahoma to be specific, not sure we’re in northwest Arkansas you go but I’m ruffly 25-30 minutes from Siloam springs and 45-60 minutes from Fayetteville. Time  Depends on how many tractors and feed trucks you get behind lol. 

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