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  1. Thread: Tree house

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: Tree house

    Progress is good!!!!
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    Re: Ranch/homested powered tamper for posts?

    While I can't claim to have installed as many posts as you have, I will say that I tamp most of my posts with the dirt. But I drill a 12 inch hole and I have plenty of room to tamp the dirt around...
  3. Re: Looking for ideas on how to build the best low to no maintenance deck

    Did you build the original deck that is failing after only 12 years? Why is it failing? Dollar for dollar, nothing comes close to PT wood for building a deck. I've found that when a deck fails,...
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    Re: Generator advice for welder

    Thank you, I never knew about this. I set it for $850 and will wait to see what happens.
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    Re: Ranch/homested powered tamper for posts?

    I didn't quite understand why concrete wasn't used around the posts. Tamping dirt, no matter how good or powerful you do it will never make that fill dirt as solid as the undisturbed soil. Adding...
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    Re: Pool deck, build or buy/move?

    I would be very hesitant buying a used deck. 90 percent of every deck that I've ever seen was poorly built. Using 4x4's for the posts indicates a poor quality build to me. I only use 6x6's for my...
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    Re: Generator advice for welder

    Congrats to your brother. My wife teaches at UT Tyler and it's a great school. All of her students have jobs lined up before they graduate. It's very impressive!!!!
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    Re: Generator advice for welder

    Thank you, that's very kind of you. How far are you from Lindale?
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    Re: Building a Car Port

    What type of shingles are you using? The reason I ask is they have a nailing patter in their instructions on the back of the back side of the plastic wrap. It's always amazed me how many times I...
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    Re: Generator advice for welder

    Thank you, but I never do anything quickly, and I'm nowhere near being ready to start welding. Right now, with the heat index at 117, I'm not doing much of anything. Once it cools off a little,...
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    Re: lightning strike?

    Sure looks like a lightning strike to me. How close to the house is that?

    A friend of a friend had a tree hit by lightning out in their yard. You can see the burn line going around the bark in a...
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    Re: Building a Car Port

    With all things lumber, this is only true up to a certain distance. That distance is up to the engineer to decide, or the builder if he's comfortable with sizing lumber and it's a small distance. ...
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    Re: Generator advice for welder

    Thanks for the link on that generator. It's a grand right now, but I'm in no rush and might just watch it for a while to see if it comes down again. At $650, that's a fantastic deal!!!!

    Do all of...
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    Re: Gasoline Prices Going Down?

    The price of gasoline is based on the stability of the middle east. There is no shortage of oil, and every year, more is discovered then thought to have existed. In my opinion, Iran is the main...
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    Re: New shop started

    Sounds like your pricing is on par with building a house. Of course, you will have a shop nicer then most houses!!!!
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    Re: Building a Car Port

    Decking is always fun. You get that instant gratification of making a big change in how it looks quickly!!!

    Are you going to install a fascia board? You don't have to, but it does add some...
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    Generator advice for welder

    I have an AC DC arc welder that I'm comfortable with. I've been clearing my fence line for years now and this fall and winter, I would really like to start building my corners. To do this, I feel I...
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    Re: Pipe saddle

    Thank you, this looks like something I need to buy!!!!
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    Re: 32x56x12 The Barn

    Sounds like an excellent plan. I'm looking forward to following your progress.

    Sorry to hear about the arm, hope it heals quickly.
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    Re: Portable tool chest

    As a contractor, I have about a dozen toolboxes. Not the same as a tool chest, but another option. I like to group tools into each tool box. One is for sheetrock, another is for copper plumbing,...
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    Re: New shop started

    Very IMPRESSIVE!!!
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    Re: Building stairs/steps

    Sorry, I meant to type 24 inches, not 26. I was using my phone to reply.
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    Re: Pipe saddle

    Never thought of that before. This might change all my plans for when I get around to building my fence!!!!!

    Who do you think makes the best hole saws for doing this?
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    Re: Building stairs/steps

    I'm not a fan. It makes my head hurt trying to figure it out. I go to this site to do the math for me. Stair Calculator - Plan Diagrams

    One of my pet peaves is a stairway without a center...
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    Re: 24' x 50' Shop Build in VA

    I'm a big fan of those trusses too, but have never used them myself. I've been wanting to use them when I build my hay barn. Where did you get yours from , what size and if you don't mind, what did...
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    Re: Work UTV ... narrow down some choices please

    Congratulations!! Now you will soon begin to wonder how you ever got anything done before having it!!!
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    Re: Powder post beetle -- Borax?

    Excellent timing. I have something inside a light I made from an oak branch that is leaving piles of dust on the ground under it. The hole is tiny and everything we've tried to get into the hole to...
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    Re: How to get rid of mold

    In my area Benjamin Moore is Valspar mixed to a the Benjamin Moore color pallet. If you look up their locations, they are either Lowes or Ace Hardware. Both sell Valspar paint. You just tell them...
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    Re: Off-road flag

    Great idea, thanks for sharing
  30. Re: Hit the predator nocturnal trifecta last nite

    Nicely done. I've been shooting racoons on a regular basis without any noticeable results in their numbers. Oddly, I just shot a possum on Friday that was out during the middle of the day, in the...
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    Re: How to get rid of mold

    I also use exterior paint in bathrooms. The only two brands that are any good after the latest EPA rule changes in how they are made are Valspar and Sherwin Williams.
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    Re: Electric Fencing

    My electric fence pegs my tester at 12,000 volts most days. If it's really dry, it's not as powerful because your ground rods have everything to do with how well your fence works. I have three...
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    Re: How to get rid of mold

    I use swimming pool Shock in the liquid form. Never buy the crystal form and try to make it liquid. It is a much higher percentage of bleach then used for laundry. It will turn your clothes white...
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    Re: Post and beam barn build

    I know the feeling. So many things that you have to do that get in the way of doing what you want to do. I try to do all my chores in the evening so I can have the weekend to work on my latest...
  35. Thread: Tree house

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: Tree house

    Sounds like a fun project and I'm looking forward to following your progress. I've looked around my place for the best place to build one and have decided that if I ever do it, I'm going to fake it...
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    Re: Starting a Barn

    Thanks for the update. Looks like you've had a busy 2 years since your last post on this.
  37. Re: Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    I bought it on Amazon. They have a very limited selection of SDS bits at my local stores. United Rental sells a lot more, but they are expensive.
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    Re: Air conditioned cabs

    What blades are you using on your zero turn mower? I switched from the factory blades on my Scag zero turn to Gator high lift bahia blades that where much more aggressive. Those blades made it...
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    Re: Roof replacement advice needed

    Modern day PT wood shrinks. I would never use it anywhere I didn't have to. You just never know what it's going to do in a years time. I've seen 12 foot PT 2x6's shrink almost an inch in length in...
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    Re: Ducks in your pond

    Here in East Texas ducks don't need a shelter, but for some reason when it got hot out this summer, they all started spending the night inside the horse stall. All five of my horses either stand up...
  41. Re: Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    Very cool. I never heard of that before, but that's the idea I had to monitor and access each pen from one central location. Sometimes I wish I had an education to already know these things.
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    Re: Ducks in your pond

    Wild ducks want shallow water with plants growing in it to eat. If you don't have the right habitat, they will pass you by for what they are looking for. Other ducks in the pond are always good...
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    Re: Anyone here dealing with depression

    You have already done the most important thing by admitting you have it. My Mom has it and is usually fine, but when things start going wrong for her, like dealing with a holes in the family, she...
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    Re: What size wood stove?

    After doing a lot of reading, I went with a Napoleon that was sized for a 2,000 square foot home. My house is 1,000 square feet. My need was to be able to heat the house when the power was out and...
  45. Re: Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    Here is the little silkie that is causing me so much work and money!!!! and my crazy wife in her baby chick room :)

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  46. Re: Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    This weekend I started trenching for my utilities. I want water and power to the coop. Power is coming from the house and is a fairly straight shot. Water is being tapped into from a line I have...
  47. Re: Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    Last week, I measured it all out, marked where the concrete pad would go, and flagged the position of the posts. Then I set the forms and dug out the footings. The ground is very dry and hard, so I...
  48. Creating my Slightly Different Chicken Coop

    Two years ago my wife was given some chickens and I built her a 10x20 chicken coop. We're now getting about 16 eggs a day from them. Last year she was given guineas and needed a coop to keep them...
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    Re: Help! Water under newly laid flagstones

    I found that when using mortar to attach stone, it needs to be on the wet side. From what you describe, I think your mortar was too dry. I'm guessing that you spread it all out at the same time,...
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    Re: Raising a barn

    You've been saving wire for a long time!!!!
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    Re: Raising a barn

    Always good to have as much work space as possible!!!

    Why did you go with 15 amp outlets instead of 20 amp outlets at you workbench?
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    Re: Best deal on Quick attach

    I bought the both parts for the quick attach from Northern Tool. The one that goes onto my bucket, I cut my bucket to get a flat surface and welded it on myself. Then for the part that goes onto...
  53. Re: Question about Dealers buying/selling out of area?

    I thought there where a couple Kubota dealers on here that do this all the time. Sell to those out of the area at the very best price possible, making it worth while for the buyer to go this route....
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    Re: Pole Barn Insulation

    Your right about spray foam being best. Closed cell spray foam a couple inches thick is really the only thing that will accomplish this. Open cell will hold moisture and cause the metal roof to...
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    Re: If I was a barn builder

    I'm a contractor here in Texas and I've been self employed for the last 15 years. I've built spec houses, done additions, built metal and pole barns. I've found that for me, the challenge is that...
  56. Thread: Poison Ivy

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: Poison Ivy

    Lots of great advice on what to do after encountering it. When all that fails and I start to itch, I've found the Gold Bond Rapid Relief anti itch cream works the best for me. I've also learned...
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    Re: Bent front end loader brush rake.

    Nice to have the dealer do it. Mine was quite a project to make happen, but in hind site, I only wish I had done it sooner!!!!
  58. Thread: California

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: California

    Did you ever meet George Schnieder? He retired from the city of Oakland as a city planner. He ran for Park Commissioner every year just to mess with them. The only guy I ever met who loved...
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    Re: Securing a UTV on a trailer

    When I haul my Kawasaki TansMule, I run one strap over the front axle unit part of the frame. Then I run the other strap over the floor boards in front of the seat. I feel the second strap...
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    Re: Bent front end loader brush rake.

    Before getting my grapple, I tried bolt on forks like that. Just like you have found out, they are very light duty and prone to damage. The problem is that after you fix them, they will just bend...
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    Re: Mini Ex uses

    I've been debating/wanting an excavator for a very long time. I have a New Holland 555E loader backhoe that does just about everything, but sometimes it can be challenging maneuvering it and working...
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    Re: moldy rafters on woodshed

    Really need a picture to give useful advice.

    A properly designed roof includes venting that carries air from the low part of the roof, to the high part. The heat of the roof makes air rise, which...
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    Re: Shed Building Advice

    To span 16 feet you need to create a proper header. In your drawing, the bottom picture is close to what you have to do.

    Not knowing your snow load or the engineering it takes to span 16 feet,...
  64. Thread: California

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: California

    What was the name of that mall in Oakland that closed in the early 90's? I went there a few times when driving for Airborne Express and was amazed that each store had it's own private security. ...
  65. Re: PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

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    This was a pretty interesting barn that was on a sheep farm I hunted on in South Africa. The walls are solid, cut rock that was built almost a hundred years ago. The inside is a mess, the...
  66. Thread: California

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: California

    Of all the laws he signed, the one he vetoed is the only one I felt would have done some good. Making it a felony to steal a gun instead of a misdemeanor makes a lot of sense. Why would he veto...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

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    Took this picture yesterday after getting the range. We're still waiting on the dishwasher and looking at freezers. We're also looking at 4 drawer filing cabinets, but sticker shock on...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

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    Took this picture yesterday after getting the range. We're still waiting on the dishwasher and looking at freezers. We're also looking at 4 drawer filing cabinets, but sticker shock on...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    Glad you where able to find their ad. I don't know anything about them, but figured if somebody was willing to show pictures of such poor quality work, they where really clueless.


    As for...
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    Re: Retiling Shower Floor

    If it's not leaking, there is no reason to replace the pan. Most leaks to the pan happen at the drain and the corners. Use a SDS rotary hammer with a chisel bit to pop off the tile, then smooth out...
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    Re: RDrancher's Photo Thread

    I just came across this ad on Craigslist and thought you might enjoy seeing it. Comparing the quality of your work to what they posted pictures of in their advertisement is just amazing. Your edges...
  72. Re: Makita Lithium Ion 18V Battery Failures Anyone?

    I spoke to a Makita rep when they where at Home Depot doing a big demonstration of their tools about their batteries and he said that they are guaranteed to give you 3,000 charges on each battery. ...
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    Backhoe Re: Video: How deep can you dig?

    I couldn't see the tape either. I was impressed that the guy operating the tractor had the patience to keep digging with that bucket. Kind of like using a spoon instead of a shovel.
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    Re: How to rid Coyote's

    Very Nice!!!

    I've only seen one mt lion in my life and that was while backpacking near Yosemite. My neighbor here in Tyler TX has his own runway and he shot one a few years ago while he was...
  75. Re: Water Heater - Paper Towel Test (Sears Rant)

    Sadly, I think all the water heater companies have gone to the trend of making junk, offering tricky warranties and relying on wearing you out so you cannot do anything except go out and buy a new...
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    Re: Trying my Hand at Hardie Lap Siding

    In the latest issue of Journal of Light Construction (JLC) magazine, there is a great article about flashing windows and using liquid flashing instead of tape. There are too many cases of tape...
  77. Thread: First Job

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: First Job

    First question is if this is something you have experience doing and how nice will it come out? If you can do it so it comes out nicely, a grand would be a good price. If you are just learning and...
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    Re: I have decided to rid myself of the dust

    That sure looks nice!!!!
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    Re: BX2200 Gator Blades

    After my first set of blades wore out, I decided to upgrade to the Gator bahia high lift mulching blades with the special hardness on the edge. I forget the name for sure, but Fusion sounds kine of...
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    Re: BX2200 Gator Blades

    After my first set of blades wore out, I decided to upgrade to the Gator bahia high lift mulching blades with the special hardness on the edge. I forget the name for sure, but Fusion sounds kine of...
  81. Re: Anyone using goats for clearing underbrush?

    We have five horses on two pastures totally 11 acres that are fenced in with a few strands of white electric tape. We feed the horses every evening at the barn, along with our other animals. ...
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    Re: A question for you builders .

    I've never seen a 33 foot engineered beam, but I guess they exist. It's not how I would do it, and I don't even want to know what something like that would cost!!!!!

    Do I understand this...
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    Re: How to rid Coyote's

    I use my 30-06 deer rifle most of the time, but an AR is a good choice, as is any other center fire caliber. They die easy, it's seeing them long enough for a shot that is the challenge.

    I've...
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    Re: Long term Homestead project

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress and admire your thinking outside the box. As a builder, and somebody with a little experience with containers, I will caution you that if you build your...
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    Re: Pole Barn For My Equipment

    I'm a big fan of this type of design and plan on doing the same thing when I build my hay barn.
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    Re: Any thing on Branson Tractors?

    Napa had filters for my Century and now I buy Wix filters for it and my others tractors from Amazon for a lot less money. I have commercial accounts with Napa and ABC with fair discounts, but Amazon...
  87. Thread: California

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: California

    Reading the articles about the economy there, I have to admit that I'm surprised. My friends that still live there have not said anything positive about life there in a very long time. Every year,...
  88. Re: Looking for folding Canopy that mounts to ROPS

    This is what I have and it's attached to a bracket that's bolted on to the ROPS. It has easy to turn knobs that would make it easy to take it off and put it back on again. I've never taken mine...
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    Re: Pole Barn For My Equipment

    Isn't it amazing how much dirt it takes to accomplish anything?

    Nice looking pad, you'll never regret taking the extra steps making it perfect right from the beginning.
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    Re: How to rid Coyote's

    One of the great mysteries is why the wolf population is declining when their food source is increasing. I've read several biologist theorize that it's part of evolution and their time on earth is...
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    Re: Dozer Blade for in the Woods

    You are onto the right track, but you need to make it stick out a lot farther. When pushing brush piles and logs, they like to roll up over the blade and your guard will help with that, but they...
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    Re: Sealing painted surface

    Thank you. I just did that and found quite a few images that where interesting. I've never seen it before, but like how festive it makes the barn look. :)
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    Re: How to rid Coyote's

    There is nothing as satisfying as killing coyote. Sadly, I'm lucky if I kill half a dozen a year. I've had some success with calling them in, but it's time consuming and most of the time they...
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    Re: Sealing painted surface

    Those are nice. What do you do with them now?
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    Re: 3 sided shed

    Can't say for snow areas, but here in the South where we can get over an inch of rain in less then half an hour, 2:12 pitch for a roof is as flat as you can go. Anything less and water will build up...
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    Re: 3 sided shed

    A cab tractor in a 12x12 shed?
  97. Thread: California

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: California

    Something funny about this map. If you notice the red colored county where jobs are declining in North Eastern Texas, that's where I live.

    There is only one place that I can comment on with any...
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    Re: 7 ft wide land pride bush hog?

    For those who are saying this is too big of a mower, are you aware that he is just borrowing it and not buying one that big?

    I wound' t advice him buying one that big either, but there isn't any...
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    Re: New deck on my trailer today.

    Looks nice. I bought my trailer brand new with wolmanized wood on it that lasted 5 years. I replaced it with treated wood from Lowes that is doing a lot better. All my rot started at the angle...
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    Re: YESSSS... Summer is HERE.. !!!

    I sure like the green grass version over the white stuff!!!
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