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  • Bloody Hell, hope your property did not get hit. Terrible Times up there in NSW

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    • Google this....."Incredible footage of Nerriga fire drive".....It was footage of a local making a dash for the pub as the fire approached. Seems to be everywhere on the net but be buggered if I can work out how to link to it on the forum now. Probably me, can't really think straight ATM.

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      • Autosteve my thoughts and prayers are with you mate. Been following your journey through this thread from the begining. As you mentioned I hope all the diligent and hard work you have done over the years fire proofing your property help to pay off. Will be keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best for you. Keep us up to date.
        Pinball...I can't get enough !!!

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        • Mate, wishing you a huge drop of rainfall if possible. Be safe please.
          http://www.aussiearcade.com.au/forum.../138-RAIL-WAYS

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          • RFS fire map shows the fire has spread into our neighbours behind our farm now. They redraw the map showing it has not come along the road as far as they previously had marked earlier today. I suppose that is a blessing because now the fire is about 4-5kms behind rather than previously having it 1km to the east. It shows it is now 3-4kms to the east and a our farm and a half behind. Still pretty inhospitable land to try and fight a fire. Just praying there map is accurate and there are no southerly winds.

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            • Hope it does not get your farm mate
              The best action is wrist action!!!!!!

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              • Went down for a "fire prepare" visit last night. Got in at 11pm, got through the road closed checkpoint, saw the neighbour and then went ballistic prepping the house that is still looking fine by the way. Boarded all the windows up with colourbond fence sheeting so no fire getting in through the windows if they break. Moved anything that can burn away for the house, blew any leaves away, moved all outdoor furniture out into the cleared paddock.
                Sealed up the garage with metal sheet, put 600 X 600 ceramic tiles up against the shipping container doors to stop the rubber seals from burning and up against the bottom of the doors of the house so no fire getting under the doors. Got up on the roof and cleared all the gutters and removed anything that could possibly burn off the roof. Inside the house moved everything to the center away from the internal walls so if it does catch fire inside, the fire has to travel over the bare floor 2 meters before any major fire can start including the BP.
                House is fully prepared now and should withstand any fire other than a direct assault from the head of the fire, ( nothing can withstand that I have been told)
                Got out all the major tools, fuel cans and chainsaws, all the stuff that gets looted. Got some pictures I'll post later.
                Got out of there 4am this morning very happy with what we got done so quickly. Didn't see any fire, not even the glow in the sky but the wind was still and all it takes is a good wind and it's alive again. Got back at 6.30am this morning to a much relieved wife.I've done everything I can for this house to help protect it and the fireys had visited the site earlier that day and said to the neighbour because it has been cleared around the house, well worth trying to defend. looks like all that burning and clearing wasn't in vain I have been doing over the last couple of years. If it stays up, more clearing next year. Fingers crossed but at least now I know in myself there was nothing more I could do and if it burns, so be it.

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                • 1893 the school house was made. School closed in 1993 but it and the houses around become part of the museum until a couple of days ago....




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                  • Well, spoke to the neighbour and found him and I were very lucky, again. 2nd time in 20 years he was saying our properties didn't burn. I decide to celebrate the farm not being burnt to the ground by making another project for the farmhouse. It's an inside and outside temperature gauge set.
                    Already got one but it had it's shortfalls. It was 3 X AA battery powered with 2 other AA batteries in the outside temperature transmitter and that part constantly needed resetting. Needed light on the LCD screens to read them at night so I made this thing. Powered off the house batteries so 12vDC goes into it and it has an inverter inside to convert the 12vDc down to 5vDC that the gauges run off.
                    The thing basically runs off the smell of an oily rag power wise but when I turn the house power off when I leave, they power down as well.

                    Nothing special except it's simplicity and simplicity continues to work reliably I find. No outside transmitter, this one just has long wires going to a probe for the outside temperature. Inside gauge has short wires. No batteries and the gauges are backlit so you can see them at night.

                    Should work fine and adds to the game we play. In the winter when it is often 0c or below outside, We take turns who's turn it is to look after the woodfires each night and the game is to see who can heat the house internally the highest each night. You can cheat by using pine or wattle in the mix as these make more heat than the gums we burn but making the fire solely from either is not allowed as you can crack the woodfire fireboxes using to much of the woods.




                    Should do the job and looks pretty cool. Cost under 16 bucks to make which was about 1/3 the cost of the previous one that gave no end of troubles and it does look much nicer. Just gotta wire it in when I get back down again.

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                    • Glad to hear your property was spared...

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                      • Good news on the not being burnt to the ground
                        The best action is wrist action!!!!!!

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                        • Great news and a big sigh of relief hearing that your farm came through safe and sound....
                          Pinball...I can't get enough !!!

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                          • Until next time.

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                            • Got down the farm last weekend with the wife first time since the fire was about 4kms south and my mate and I prepped the house for fire one night. I'll be going back down over this weekend but here's an update from last week.Drove up the hill to see how bad my mate's property got burnt. Fire went right over his house literally. Five of his neighbours weren't so lucky. This was on the drive to his house on the top of the mountain. Total desolation and it goes to the coast 50kms away, south 40kms and north 15kms...
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                              This is around his house....

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                              Fortunately his peacock survived. Yes it's his and it comes when you call it. The birds got balls too. It stood up to our kelpie, Tess. She didn't know what to make of it and the pair of them stood two meters apart and just eyed each other.

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                              Back to our farm. Green as I've seen it for two years. Hard to imagine it could now be looking like those pictures at the top of the hill...We didn't escape completely

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                              • Great place to self isolate
                                The best action is wrist action!!!!!!

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