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    Re: Landscape edging around foundation

    Thank you all for the advise.
    I've fixed many cracked foundations including my west side to the tune of $1200 and a week of hard labor. Want to make sure I handle the run off properly.

    The...
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    Landscape edging around foundation

    Wife is adamant that she wants stone around the perimeter of the house. Black plastic edging to separate the grass from the stone.

    My concern is that the black edging will trap water and force it...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Sorry for the slow turn around on pics.
    Wasn't able to upload from my phone so I needed to do it from the office computer.
    There's a pic of my lovely wife driving our new toy!

    I drained about a...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Maiden voyage was this evening.
    I was climbing the walls all day at work just aching to get home and fire it up. I asked for 3 things for the $7k:
    -Light kit
    -Armrests
    -Full tank of gas

    Much...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Deal is done.
    Bought the Ferris for $7000 plus tax. This included the light kit, and arm rests. They deliver it tomorrow.
    Stuff is just plain cheaper in the United States.

    What's nice about...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Thanks all for the replies, I really appreciate it.
    I am now leaning towards the Ferris with Kawasaki engine.
    Was provided a new quote of $6900 with the Briggs engine. I understand others have...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Great reply Zick, thank you.
    I received a reply from the dealer stating the Ferris is actually $7250. Now we're looking at an additional $1450 for the Ferris.

    I'm going to have both mowers...
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    Re: Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    100% certain he is covering the delivery charge, it is in both email quotes I received from him. If they are virtually the same machine I would be more willing to go with the simplicity. A couple...
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    Simplicity mower or Ferris mower

    Good afternoon all and thanks in advance for the replies.
    I'm in the market for a zero turn mower and am looking at 2 different models.
    The dealer has provided excellent services over the years...
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    Great suggestion.
    I've been chatting with my neighbors re options.
    Seems there's a little bit of every thing around here including pole barns, and stick building.
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    I built fences for a summer.
    Posts which didn't get minimum 4 feet deep would eventually heave.
    It helped to cut the bottom of the post in a 45 degree angle.

    The gent I was chatting with said...
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    Manitoba is correct.
    Parts of Winnipeg, MB last winter experienced frost as deep as 8 feet.
    It's nutty how cold our winters can be.
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    I chatted with the owner of the local hardware store earlier today.
    I inquired about pole barns and he advised against it. He says The extreme cold weather we have here wreaks havoc on the posts...
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    Does it have to be T&G or will regular sheets be fine?
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    2x6 treated floor joists on 4x4 treated skids.
    Double the flooring is a really good idea.
    Great to know it can support cars.
    Thanks for the feedback.
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    Re: Parking tractor in shed

    Concrete would certainly be best but I don't plan on going down that road.
    16x40 shed is roughly $8000 and that the initial plan.
    Won't go that way though if it can't support the tractor.
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    Parking tractor in shed

    I'm planning on buying a shed to house many things including my Kubota L1801 tractor.
    I need to know if the flooring will support the weight of my tractor. Weighs in at roughly 1600lbs plus...
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    Re: Price check L1801

    That thought has crossed my mind today.
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    Re: Price check L1801

    You forgot to include $1000 in emotional value!
    Ha.
    I'm only fooling myself now.
    I want top dollar for my stuff and want to pay pennies on the dollar for someone elses stuff
    It's been a great...
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    Re: Price check L1801

    Thanks for the prompt reply.
    That's the ballpark I'm playing in as well.
    $3500 tractor value with an $1800 loader.
    It's NA equivalent is the mighty L175/L185.
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    Price check L1801

    Making the move to a B series which means my faithful L1801 must go.
    It was built in 1979 and has 1434 hours on the clock.
    Includes an Allied 95 loader.
    Has 2 sets of rims and rubber.
    Sorry...
  22. Kubota L1801 blowing oil from oil filter

    Tractor ran great yesterday and was parked in the garage. Started it this morning and heard a "clunk" which was followed by oil pouring out from behind the oil filter. Fart!

    Here's what I've...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Great idea!
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    On Topic portion [sorta]:

    MeanJean,
    After reading about all the safety concerns you guys are having about the high-power high-caliber shooting you're using, I have to ask, could you guys would...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Although we are many miles from the closest neighbors I would feel better with a proper back stop installed.
    I'm trying to convince the property owner to add a pile of dirt to each and every target.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    That's a long shot with a 45-70
    Average Maximum Point Blank Range is 157 yards.
    You would be lobbing that hunk of lead more like mortar!
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I guess the sensor doesn't need to be on the target.
    I use 2 lengths of chain roughly 3 feet each to suspend the target.
    I can attach the sensor to the top link of the chain.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    You make a good point jwmorris.
    There will be roughly 1200 ft/lbs of energy at 400 yards which may damage the sensor. That's 1199 ft/lbs more than needed.

    There are several different ways to...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Very nice
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I'm building my prototype which is a light system. I will epoxy a shock sensor to the back of the plate. A hit will cause 2 LED light strips to flash left than right for 10 seconds. All electronics...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    You could bolt on a flap of car tire.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    https://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&docid=YKvKjni8xIAXGM&tbnid=Jvltb0D7bxtldM:&ved=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangemasterrowdy.com%2F&ei=WthsU9qIGs-SyAT80YCgAg&psig=AFQjCNFALN1ahvH86bEmbbTEUmf...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I would prefer shooting at the face of each paddle, avoiding weird angles.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    That's one of the most creative ideas I've come across.
    Wonderful picture as example as well.
    How would you get the paddles to stop at the right spot?
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    It's hard to argue with a price like that.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    At a far enough distance it wouldn't be an issue.
    Bang---pause---clang

    If the distance is not far enough you don't get the pause.
    The metal you shoot at also affects the sound as well...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    If you could provide a list of all parts including part numbers I would be eternally grateful.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Do you recall the name/model of the sensor?
    I'd be happy to buy the proper one the first time around.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Very nice looking set up.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    This is precisely what I was looking for!
    I originally considered a motion sensor, or an audio sensor but car alarm is perfect.
    I will run it to a flashing light and set it to "go off" for 10...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I'm sorry, I don't understand your question.
    I will eventually break down and buy a hunting scope.
    I do buy "lower end" products for some things but I'm happy to spend the money up front for...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Very nice!
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I'm a big fan of the 243. Also a fan of Savages.
    We just bought our first Savage in 270, it's my wife's gun.

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    I've attached a piece of steel, the likes of which we shoot at. I...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I've also considered a car spring as it bounces around madly.
    An axel also holds potential as an option.
    Shoot a target on the left side and the right side pops up with a flag.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    That's the simple answer I was looking for!

    I'm also considering attaching a string to the bottom of the plate.
    Once hit it pulls the string which causes a flag to pop up.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Does this allow it rock back and forth better?
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I know where there's a pile of the metal post holders for "for sale signs".
    Might need to do a late night drive by.

    We've also considered mounting an Iphone and sending its feed back to a laptop...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Thanks for the reply charlz.
    I'm not concerned about ruining my steel targets as I get them for free and in mass quantity.
    It's pretty impressive seeing a bullet hole thru a 3/8' piece of steel!
    ...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    No plans for match shooting. We just like to get out as a group and bang steel.
    Sometimes you hear the clang and sometimes you don't.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Maybe we won't be doing that...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Would like to shoot a propane tank with a road flare attached to it, that will show up!
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I am not trying to see a hole at 400 yards.
    I am not shooting iron sites at 500 yards.

    We shoot various size calibers at steel targets.
    Rarely will a bullet punch all the way thru but it sure...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Yes, a cheap spotting scope would be sufficient.
    There are a few things I'm happy to spend little on but a spotting scope isn't one of them.
    Buy 1, cry once.

    And again, looking for something...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    I like it, I think we have a winner!
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Periodically we will see the target swing at 400 yards but not all the time.
    We are shooting at the rectangle plates you find on train tracks.
    Roughly 14 inches by 8 inches.
    I will post a pic when...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    $400 spotting scope or $400 in bullets.....?
    We all wear hearing protection.
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    A spotting scope would be great but no one wants to drop the cash.

    I do like the idea of a bell but I need to use the material on hand. I could hang a striker from the current target and sit the...
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    Re: Rifle targets-need ideas

    Thanks for the responses.
    Yes, paint certainly works when you've got the magnification to see close up at 400 yards.
    I'm hoping for a reaction target so it's visible with the naked eye.
    Wave a...
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    Rifle targets-need ideas

    We've got steel targets set up at 300, 400, and 500 yards for high power shooting.
    We hang them on swing sets so they sit roughly 4 feet off the ground.
    The problem is you can't always hear a...
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

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    Attached is a picture of the dowel pin which requires an o-ring.
    This acts as an oil gallery.
    This is also the general area of where my leak is developing.
    So.....head bolts arrive...
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

    New head bolts arrive on Wednesday.
    Will clean each bolt hole and reinstall the head gasket.
    I'm getting pretty good at this job.

    Should I Install a new head gasket?
    I'm concerned that the...
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

    I just spoke with a local guy regarding my issue.
    He informs me that the top of the block has a dowel pin which actually acts as an oil gallery.
    This requires an o-ring to work properly.
    I don't...
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

    All great tips, thank you.

    I will clean the bolt holes and replaced all the studs.
    I had cleaned the original studs but a few had some grit on them.

    I will torque everything and report back.
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

    I haven't ordered anything yet, still putting together a game plan.
    I will be ordering head bolts though.
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    Re: Kubota head gasket issue

    I'm not 100% certain of the process of checking the block to see if it's "true".
    Could you enlighten me?

    I would like like **** to find out the block is warped.
    I haven't got the time or know...
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    Kubota head gasket issue

    Kubota L1801. North American equivalent is an L185.*

    I've replaced the head gasket on it 3 times in the same number of years with the last time being a week ago.*
    A leak keeps developing at the...
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    Re: Briggs and Stratton carb ID

    It's interesting you mention that David.
    I pulled the carb apart for a thorough cleaning and noticed a build up of gunk in the jets etc.
    Had a bit of a stutter until I made the adjustments as...
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    Re: Briggs and Stratton carb ID

    There Isn't anything wrong with it. I needed to figure out the kind of carb so I could properly adjust
    It's 1 and 1 half turns from seated on both adjustable screws.
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    Re: Briggs and Stratton carb ID

    Here is a great link for anyone needing info on a down draft carb.


    Disassembly, Cleaning and Repair of Briggs and Stratton Opposed Twin-Cylinder Carburetor - Part 2
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    Re: Briggs and Stratton carb ID

    Engine is a 16hp twin 2.
    Thanks David.
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    Briggs and Stratton carb ID

    I need to ID the carb so I can ensure proper adjustments.
    It looks very similar to several different models and I want to make sure I get it right.
    402707 type 1226 01
    Who can tell me which carb...
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    Re: mower deck keeps spitting belts

    Thanks all for the feedback.

    Belt tensoner spring apprears to be in good shape
    I did replace one pully and the bushings, this did take a bit of wobble
    out of the set-up, hopefully enough to...
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    Re: mower deck keeps spitting belts

    It's a brand new belt so it is not stretched...yet.

    I looked into to kevlar belts but can't find a local source for kevlar in 158 inch.
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    Re: mower deck keeps spitting belts

    I'm not entirely sure where the belt is rubbing.
    I'm also not sure where it decides to cut loose.

    The good news is that there aren't many options for the position of the 2 L's.
    Left side is...
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    mower deck keeps spitting belts

    Troy Bilt mower with a 42 inch deck. Motor is good and strong but the mower deck belt is getting chewed up and falls off.
    I've since replaced a pully and the belt.

    The 2 pullies at the back...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    Where were you 2 weeks ago?!
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    The wife chose the location for the firepit.
    I was out golfing and when I came home...there it was.
    She wanted it far enough from the house in case the wind shifted, can't argue that!
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    2 lawn mowers which won't start, half ton which won't start, broken front rim on tractor, insulate attic, plant 600 trees, leaky car tire.......
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    Path is done and 2 days ahead of schedule.
    It's nice being able to stand back admire the hard work from the last week.

    I spent the last 5 hours moving gravel and spreading with a rake.
    I've...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    I moved the ladder into the garage so as to get into my attic.
    I made sure I had 3 rungs over the top and it was much easier to get up and down....especially after a few brews.
    Good tip!
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    I managed to pick up and install 3 lumber wraps as weed barrier.
    I'm now starting to think that the lumber wraps are NOT a good idea.
    As the are water proof they will not allow water thru.
    I'm...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    Ties were dug in, all of them.
    I will fill in on the outside where the ground is.
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    Thanks for the great idea.
    I will drop by the lumber yard tomorrow on my way home.


    I missed Monday evening due to rain.
    Tuesday evening to ball hockey.
    Wasn't looking good for my Sunday...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    I considered weed barrier but decided against it.
    I will give it a healthy blast of weed killer twice a year.

    I wanted to have all the ties in by end of day, I fell 3 short.
    Will have them in...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    The ground is actually quite dry right now.
    A tooth bar would be a helpful attachment.
    Carrying those ties over has been a workload.
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    About a quarter of our backyard was off limits last spring bc of rain and its the low spot.
    I installed a french drain, 80 feet long and started 2 feet deep.
    All by hand, pick and shovel the...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    [QUOTE=schmism;2836262]I suppose that depends on the size fires you like to have in your fire pit now doesnt it :D[/QUOTE

    Could get out of hand REAL fast.

    I hadn't considered a gazebo/firepit...
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    I want the ties to be flush with the graound so I can drive over it.
    Would also be a trip hazard going back and forth to the firepit.
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    Re: gravel path=giant mess

    Path leads to our firepit.
    5 feet wide between the ties.

    Lots of clay coming out.
    Not pretty.

    Re: 5 rungs of ladder v
    What does the FD say about a healthy mix of beer and pain killers?
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    gravel path=giant mess

    I picked a bad time to start this project.
    I hadn't planned on starting til the fall.
    On Friday I found myself in the backyard with the tiller attached and 1 thing led to another. Now I've got a...
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    Re: meat smoker

    The turkey has landed!
    I stuck it with a meat thermometer and it reads 180F
    Aka good to go.
    I now know that a 15lb bird takes 8 hours at 200F

    I forgot to mention I used hickory chips on the...
  92. Thread: meat smoker

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    Re: meat smoker

    My wife is unhappy as the alarm went off every 3 hours.
    I'm feeling a bit crusty as well.
    Hopefully the turkey will make it worth it.

    This is the maiden voyage for my new smoker.
    I find a...
  93. Thread: meat smoker

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    Re: meat smoker

    So....tired.....

    1:45am and I'm up.
    Temperature is hoding at an even 200 F
    Skin turning brown.
    Looking good!
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    Re: meat smoker

    Turkey on at 11:45pm, 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
    I'm going to add another 10 briquettes and go to bed....for 2 hours.
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    Re: meat smoker

    Charcoal is started.
    I'm 3 minues aheaf of schedue.
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    Re: meat smoker

    250 fahrenheit, my bad.

    T minus 50 minutes to start start if charcoal.
    I'm about to pack chimney starter for lift off.
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    Re: meat smoker

    Boiled broth for roughly 20 mins in a full pot if water.
    It will sit in the fridge until 11:30pm
    Will start charcoal at the same time.
  98. Thread: meat smoker

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    Re: meat smoker

    Tonite's the nite of the turkey.

    15 pound bird sitting in a brine of:
    -Garlic x 2 toes
    -1/2 cup salt
    -1/4 cup chicken soup broth
    -1/8 cup lemon juice
    -4 tsp of oregano

    I'm going to start...
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    Sticky: Re: Snowblowing rules of thumb

    Here is a rule I like to follow.
    Never fight the wind!
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    Re: Check em tomorrow

    I just switched the wifes tires over from Winters.
    I convince her to help but she was impatient the entire time.
    I rushed the job and nearly paid dearly as her drivers front came loose while...
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