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    Re: Only have power to half my breaker box.

    I vote for you need to get help.

    Somehow you are confused, and I'm not sure exactly what the confusion is but I think it has to do with where to put the white (neutral) wire.

    For the 240V...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Nice weather today. High of 80, not too humid and a light breeze. 67* now and low 50's tonight. Hard to beat.

    I noticed the robins were thinning out two days ago, today they are all gone. This...
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    Re: Only have power to half my breaker box.

    240 switch, and you could verify that the generator is producing both legs of the 240 if you have a volt meter or tester.
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    Re: Apparent near miss in 2012 of CME

    What about pipelines and things like gas stations? Lots of stuff around a typical gas station with electronics that could spark or flame.

    Is this effect like an electromagnetic wave that will...
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    Re: Apparent near miss in 2012 of CME

    Are pace makers and things like auto insulin injectors shielded I wonder? I would think a pace maker has some shielding but have no idea.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    It's always better to hang out with women you know; none of that Basic Instinct and stranger danger stuff. :laughing:
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    Re: Apparent near miss in 2012 of CME

    Gosh, CNN missed-out on some sensationalism there LOL.

    Jokes aside, interesting stuff. I assume compared to telegraph sparks in 1859, the effects will be a lot more devastating next time.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    64*F & cloudy with a nice breeze.

    I cleaned and split two chickens yesterday and put them in marinade. They are going on the swinging grill over a wood fire today is the plan. The yard needs...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Very true. The three projectors came from cleaning out Sharon's Mom's house after she passed. We sent a 24' truck load of stuff to the auction barn, dumpstered a good bit, and hauled some home. I...
  10. Re: SolarCity installing a 6.37kw system on my house!!!

    The inverters used in grid-tied systems do automatically disconnect the solar system from the service panel when there is a power outage. That is a performance test the inverter has to pass to be...
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    Re: Retaining wall block question...)

    Without pics this is shooting in the dark.

    Could you replace the retaining walls with pinned down geotextile material, mulch, and plantings? You would probably plant something either way, so the...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Every cloud has a silver (or maybe satin?) lining. :laughing:

    I dunno, I think I have one more move ahead of me if I'm lucky, but I doubt I'll be needing 9/10 of the stuff I have for that one. My...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Glad I'm not moving. :) You guys are all doing a great job though. Keep up the good work. :stirthepot:

    It was 90* stinking hot today. I got some woodwork stuff done in the garage with the fan...
  14. Re: SolarCity installing a 6.37kw system on my house!!!

    The upfront costs are the stopper for solar, that why lease deals from Solar City exist. They take the renewable credits, plus give the home owner a break on electric costs. Everybody wins a little...
  15. Re: Battery back-up system to complement my Solarcity system.

    My grid-tied system installer said to disconnect (open the breaker in circuit panel) the solar system when using the generator. The reasoning was if the sun is shining during a grid outage, the solar...
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    Re: Town LOST my Tax Files!

    You still sound exited to me. :laughing: Look at your thread title: LOST and ending with !

    Yes, it will cost you more to get a better level of service. If the town was willing to spend the money...
  17. Thread: New Barn

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    Re: New Barn

    Well, if it has to be centered, then a 16' door would be your friend. :D

    I have a 16' W by 9' H overhead door. It is easy to put up and down manually--no opener. I park my truck with an 8' wide...
  18. Thread: New Barn

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    Re: New Barn

    Nice!

    I have a thought about your centered door placement though. Given the interior width of the center section of ~19 ft., centering the doors leaves ~4 ft. on each side. If you use a 12 ft wide...
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    Re: Town LOST my Tax Files!

    Why the excitement? So, someone lost your records. I don't think that is something to get worked up about and look for revenge. You've never lost something? You would be willing to pay more taxes to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Warm & humid this morning, headed to around 90 with a line of t-storms passing through this afternoon.

    In the "I'm not as perfect as I used to be" department, the problem with the Husky chainsaw...
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    Re: Filled up the Gas & Diesel tanks today.

    On-road diesel is $3.95 today.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    57*F, clear and calm. Mid-80's today & tomorrow. The forecast shaved off 4-5 degrees on today's and tomorrow's highs.

    Taking the Ford in for an oil change this morning, filling the diesel jugs,...
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    Re: Fire wood= To stack or not???

    I would stop stacking for free. You have an understandable reason to tell customers who push back; you are forced to go farther for wood and it takes more time, hence your income is falling.

    Or
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    High of 81 today.

    I cut up a bit of firewood this morning then I used the brush blade on the trimmer for several hours going around apple trees, along the driveway ditch, etc. Great tool but 80*...
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    Re: Best sealer for pole barn

    It's is hard to keep a natural wood color. I tried with western red cedar clapboards and it didn't work out well. Eventually you get UV caused color changes and you will see every little fleck of...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Too much Mom 24/7, I can relate to that. :)

    Do what you enjoy; we won't hold it against you that you can't stand to be alone with yourself and need direction. :laughing::dance1:
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    57*F with light fog. Low 80's today and dry is the forecast.

    Drew, glad you are nearing the end of your house clearing. It is soooo easy to accumulate stuff over the years. There are things I have...
  28. Re: Help with a bridge! Need some good ideas on how to get a bridge in place.

    If you want a permanent bridge, concrete anchors with cables to two uprights near the bank would give you the abilities of a crane. The uprights would ideally be taller than the bridge deck is long....
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    Grow lights? That stuff is green. :laughing:

    We have a 200 amp service panel in the detached garage where our meter is, plus another 200 amp sub-panel in the house. It isn't because we need 200...
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    Children are the equivalent of Social Security in poor nations. Those developing nations also tend to have a larger and more labor intensive agrarian component in their economies. Having children is...
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    Re: Your thoughts on my future carreer change

    I think the challenge may be to provide both open space for large events and more intimate spaces for smaller gatherings. 40-50 people in a space designed for 300 + dancing is not going to be very...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    73*F with clouds. Some chance of showers today. Sharon has gone to the dogs (show) again this morning in Augusta. :laughing:

    I recently bought a few LED bulbs for the house. A few Phillips BR-30's...
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    Have you read Inferno by Dan Brown? I can't say much about the population control-related plot without ruining it for someone who might read it.

    Big War seems less likely to me than in past times,...
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    I don't know why any discussion about population issues brings on this type of response. It is a problem that will need to be faced or the human existence will be very different in the future. If...
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/us/politics/without-much-straining-minnesota-reins-in-its-utilities-carbon-emissions.html?

    Solar and wind making strides in Minnesota.
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    Re: For those retired....what do you enjoy most?

    Like others, I enjoy the freedom to do whatever. Of course there will always be things that have to get done around a home, but it's minor compared to the 8-5 grind plus doing what has to get done at...
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    Re: Wild black cherries

    Around here they are good wildlife food sources.

    We are at the northern edge of black cherry's range. A good straight stem is very rare, and I've never seen one that doesn't have black knot...
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    That is a false equivalency.

    You are implying that the advances that have occurred since the age of the Black Death in Europe would not have been possible without population growth. You also have...
  39. Re: Coffee, and Expresso grounds in the food garden.

    Coffee filters will decompose eventually, but they are made to get wet and not disintegrate. :D

    Once in a while I have to gather filter papers that have blown around in the spring as the snow...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Sounds tasty, Larro.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    81*F now and today's high. Cloudy.

    The Japanese beetles are out of control, there was a yellow jacket nest in Sharon's flower bed, plus a paper wasp nest inside the outdoor electric outlet cover....
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    Let's see, this thread recently added several pages discussing and cussing the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Now, no sane person would claim that anything about nuclear energy--existing from the...
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    Re: buying new homestead

    That's a freaky sight to see the cow's head in the back window. :laughing:

    I hope your purchase goes well and you enjoy your new land.
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    Re: So much for a Nissan Leaf!

    Over population is an insidious problem. While it is possible for the human population to crash for one reason or another, the reality is as the population grows we slowly acquiesce to a lower...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    The heron is a new one on me, for sure. Not that I know much about herons. It didn't look like it was the first furry meal it caught that way either. How did you like that fatal jab before the...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Good Evening!

    Back home from Ohio. Left Bowling Green at 7:45 am yesterday, got home 12:15 am today. The weather was ideal. I was moving east with that slug of cool air. Temps in the 60's mostly....
  47. Re: Selling tractor : do I have to tell Kubota Credit ?

    That makes sense, but there are still some holes. For example as the seller, if the buyer is paying off the lien directly at the time of sale, the seller needs some assurance that that actually...
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    Re: Familyroom Addition on our Cabin

    I hope you have a good pair of knee pads Scotty. :)

    There is nothing easy about laying tile or slate alone. Mix the thinset, wash off the mixing beater, spread the thinset, dink around with the...
  49. Re: Selling tractor : do I have to tell Kubota Credit ?

    How does a seller of a tractor assure the buyer that a Kubota lien is cleared? Let's say the balance is large enough the proceeds of the sale are needed to clear the lien.

    When selling a home with...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Fingers and toes crossed. :D
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    50*F this morning in BG, Ohio.

    Nasty storm passed over our area in Maine yesterday evening. Radar tracked a tornado moving at 50 mph over Industry but I don't think it touched down anywhere...
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    Re: Strange things your pets do.

    On their daily walk our dogs stuff themselves with a certain kind of weed and top that off with tall grass that is just the right age--in their judgment. They get greenery in their food and plenty of...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    The rated size of a system should be the number of panels times the wattage rating of each panel.

    Ten 250 watt panels would be rated at 2500 DC (direct current) watts, or 2.5 DC kW. Hours doesn't...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Thanks for the commiseration on elderly parents guys. I hate to think what it will be like when the boomer generation hits our 80's by the millions. I feel sorry for our kids already.

    Sharon at...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Mom will be 88 next month. She is noticeably losing her thinking abilities, which she says she realizes. At the same time she doesn't want to be wrong about anything and is incapable of accepting...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Upper 80's and sticky in NW Ohio today.

    Visit with mentally declining Mom not going so well tonight. :censored::banghead::banghead: It's never been an easy relationship.

    Just shoot me.
  57. Thread: FRESH eggs??

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    Re: FRESH eggs??

    :laughing:
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    Re: New Battery for my TC34DA

    Baking soda mixed with water is a good way to neutralize acid leaks and stop further corrosion. I brush it on with an old paint brush, let it set a bit, then hose it down. I do this at least once a...
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    Re: Cleaning up the "Back 40"

    You have a project there. Maybe enlarging the area of the pond would capture some of the drainage crossing the pasture. You could make an island in the middle to reduce the amount of material to...
  60. Thread: FRESH eggs??

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    Re: FRESH eggs??

    Brown eggs from the grocery store have the red-brownish fleck in the yolk, but white eggs from the store do not. I think that spot in the yolk has more to do with the chicken breed than fertile or...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    I thought that may be the case ... and it would be a reasonable assumption in Texas. :)
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Not sure what you mean, or perhaps I have confused you. :laughing: We never had a central unit, or AC of any kind before getting the mini-splits.

    Our solar system generated 88% of our needs...
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    Re: A bit of silence at Minnesota Hill.

    Sorry about your loss, Joe.

    Elmer's life was a testament to the kindness and generosity of your wife's family. I have a lot of respect for the folks who make the most of their circumstances.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Low 80's today in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    Having a good visit with Mom.

    I used to get turned around in my own woods when we first bought it. Now I can recognize areas, individual trees and other...
  65. Re: Man Imprisoned for Collecting Rainwater on his Own Land

    That is similar to the area where I grew up. Wood County Ohio is in the middle of what was the Black Swamp, 1500 sq miles of malaria infested wet ground. We were taxed by the township for ditch...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    The quotes you guys are getting makes me wonder if I should get a quote to expand my system. We were at 88% of usage before adding the mini-splits units in June, so now we are using more than before....
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    Re: My dogs killed neighbors chicken

    I'm really not ready to think about pallets yet, the loss is too recent. The lovely Pipette was one sweet chick. :D
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Mom's on Time Warner cable and yes, she has an internet connection on a PC that is getting pretty old and slow.

    I will probably be doing stuff, going places--and listening, and listening...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    The field is picked up, nothing too revolting beyond a couple used Pampers.

    Yard is mowed and I'm packing to go visit Mom in Ohio tomorrow; she's been asking when I'm coming. Sharon is staying...
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    Re: Today's newspaper "Ask Amy" column....

    When Sharon and I married, all nine of her Dad's uncles were there, all old farmers, several dairy. They all had hands that felt like sand packed in burlap.
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    Re: Radiant Floor or hearters?

    It is nice to have a storage room for things you don't want to freeze like paints, wood finishes, etc. Most things like those store really well around 50 degrees with a longer shelf life.
    ...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    69*F, mostly clear with a nice breeze. Headed to low 80's today.

    After the field clean-up this morning--where I hope to not find anything too revolting :p, I need to mow the yard.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    The day ended with a bang. :laughing: The weather settled down and we had a very nice fireworks show and a good turn-out. Got home around 11:15 pm.

    Field clean-up Sunday morning.
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    Re: Radiant Floor or hearters?

    Radiant floor heat is a poor choice for short-term off and on heating. It works fine but not quick.

    I think you would be much happier with the gas heaters unless your goal is to keep the building...
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    Re: Familyroom Addition on our Cabin

    Nice!

    Slate floor is one of my favorites.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    57*F with rain and 20 mph winds. Supposed to stop raining mid-morning but remain windy.

    Heading over to the fireworks field to finish up preps and see what is what with the field condition since...
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    Re: Today's newspaper "Ask Amy" column....

    Maybe I'm prissy, but dirty fingernails on men or women makes a poor impression on me, especially when people keep their nails on the long side. It's just something that will always catch my eye.
    ...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    If people will fly half-way around the world to mow grass, we are all missing out on a business opportunity. :laughing: I figure there has to be more than few city dwellers just dying for a chance to...
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    Re: Your thoughts on my future carreer change

    The business plan is really important.

    I would try to find out where event halls make their money. Is the basic rental going to provide enough net return, or is it critical to have some added...
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    Re: Tractor falls through suspension bridge

    Yes, thank you.
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    Re: Tc33d with 758c (6/00) hydraulic issues

    I see. It has become noticeably weaker since you bought it. I had the idea that you recently purchased it and it was weaker than you expected.

    You may get better help if you open a thread in the...
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    Re: Tractor falls through suspension bridge

    I have no idea but I imagine so. Probably varies from state to state too.

    He did say he turned it in to his insurance and is waiting to see what happens with that. I don't think he is trying to...
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    Re: Tractor falls through suspension bridge

    From the second link:


    “We got it out (Monday) night thanks to friends and neighbors,” he said.

    With supervision from Moffat County Road and Bridge, Dickinson made sure the bridge was...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Happy 4th of July!

    68*F, clouds, 100% chance of rain today and tonight. Rain tomorrow morning with 20-30 mph winds.

    This is not good for our VFD fireworks. The plan is to meet up at 10 am...
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    Re: Tc33d with 758c (6/00) hydraulic issues

    On my 2003 758C hoe one outrigger will drift down, and the boom will too. Engine running or not. It's had a lot of use but the boom drift started about four years ago. I think it is more related to...
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    Re: How does your garden grow?

    Larro, I've never been a fan of creamed corn, but yours looks like it would make me reconsider.

    The creamed corn I am familiar with is corn in some runny, funky white sauce.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Well, the driver did get over the white line. With the steep drop-off and saturated loose soil, once the wheels get caught in that you generally aren't going to drive out of it. There is very little...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    70*F. Upper 80's with scattered t-storms this afternoon and evening. 80% chance of rain all day Friday.

    Not good for the fireworks preparations. We use a big hay field. If it rains enough to make...
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    Re: My dogs killed neighbors chicken

    Okay. Why didn't the chicken cross the road? :confused:
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Good Evening.

    Low 90's and T-storms this afternoon, nothing serious. Currently 72*F with 92% humidity, blech!

    This winter's firewood is stacked in the garage. Finished that today. Still have a...
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    Re: Helpful neighbor!

    Shield, Get a Taser Cam and maybe you can be hardware compatible with local LE evidence system. :laughing:

    AXON
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    72*F maybe some rain today with scattered t-storms.

    Drew, those mower blades are not the easiest thing to work on for sure. I have ground my blades laying on my back with the mower connected to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Muggy 73*F with 75% humidity tonight. I could see a haze of humidity in the air all day and felt it too.

    I've got my fingers crossed for Friday and Saturday. We (VFD) have fireworks planned for...
  94. Re: Not QUITE what I expected to have planted in my garden! :D

    Dunno how successful that would be, never tried. Good time to experiment I guess, snappers aren't endangered. Or, just go around the nest giving it a little room--for the rest of the summer (80-90...
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    Re: TC35A Won't Start

    I see.

    Can you test your resistance idea by running a jumper in parallel to just a portion of the existing circuit feeding the relay coil?

    You said going from the battery worked. Working...
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    Re: TC35A Won't Start

    If there is voltage between pins 3-5, then that is an open. The jumper would be closing that. What else is in the circuit/harness between pins 3 & 5 that is not completing the circuit? I'm not...
  97. Re: Need Advice - Bent Steering Cylinder (NH TC35A)

    $600 is at least twice what I would have guessed a replacement PS cylinder costs. :eek:

    If $400 is your worst self-inflicted wound, you are doing well. :laughing:
  98. Re: $5,000 for a 3kW home grid tied solar voltaic for Mom's home

    You could hang a Kill-a-watt meter on the old frig and freezer to see how much power they are using per month. Working fine and energy efficient are not the same.

    Pretty dangerous though changing...
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    Re: At Home In The Woods

    That is interesting, maybe a little overstated about destroying the land's ability to treat waste. He lengthened his drain field to accommodate a system that works better? Or, does he mean he used...
  100. Re: $5,000 for a 3kW home grid tied solar voltaic for Mom's home

    TBN member Redneck in training uses (96) Enphase microinverters in his system. AFIK he's not had any issues, and Enphase has a good reputation. I don't think they make panels.

    Here is a real-time...
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