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    Re: buying a small used Dump truck..

    I keep reading about commercial insurance being higher. I have commercial insurance. Not on a truck that big though. For the trucks I've insured as commercial the insurance has been far cheaper than...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    Very nice build Eddie!
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    Re: buying a small used Dump truck..

    The F500 uses the same cab as a 350. Check the cab mounts.
    That's probably a 5 yard box give or take. You shouldn't have a problem towing your tractor while hauling a load.
    I can't remember if a...
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    Re: buying a small used Dump truck..

    The '68 probably has a 360 in it. Lot's of low end grunt, not much speed, and won't pass a gas station, but still a good engine for that application. With the '68 I'd be more concerned about stopping...
  5. Re: Cost feasibility of building versus buying a trailer

    I'm all for you building your own trailer but I don't think you'll have much luck dumping anything other than rolling stock (cars, tractors, etc) off a tilt trailer. Look at the dump angles on dump...
  6. Re: Cost feasibility of building versus buying a trailer

    A dump trailer typically has a beefier frame than a car hauler. With a dump you have more steel. Lots more steel, the pump, motor, deep cycle battery, controller, hydraulic hoses, in some cases a...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    That's exactly what I did. I asked my agent what it would cost to add a home made flatbed trailer, 14K GVWR, liability coverage only, not for hire, to my business policy. Agent replied $50 a year....
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    Re: Any tricks to find an underground water leak?

    I'm surprised to read that they used glued joint PVC for water lines. I grew up and worked around construction my whole life. That's a new one on me. I'd replace the whole 800'. Here's why....PVC...
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    Re: Are my parents to strict?

    That's something else you need to consider. When you leave, you'll likely leave your pets as well unless you make arrangements for someone else to take them.
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    Re: I HAVE A JOB...........OH-YEAH

    Congrats on the new gig. You were indeed fortunate to find it. Unfortunately $15-$18 an hour for skilled labor is the new reality. In some areas of the country people would be lined up for blocks to...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    Unemployment in this county was 10.3 in Oct 2012. That's the lowest it's been since May '09. Keep in mind the official figures don't count those who's unemployment benefits have run out or college...
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    Re: Maine Trailer Registration

    I looked into it. At first I thought I could save allot of money. I think they even had a 12 year plate. After doing some investigating I found to be legal here in IL I'd have to register my truck...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    I agree it's not a good idea but if someone doesn't have other bills they might make it. The recession has hit this area especially hard. High unemployment. Higher under employment. High gas prices. ...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    I agree that it's a good plan, heck, it's a great plan but not always workable. Not everyone has the option of moving to another area. But let's look at that. Move north and the costs are much...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    I'm a contractor. I totally agree!
    Several years ago my BIL and his wife asked me for a price on building a house on some property they owned. The house was going to be for my SIL parents. They...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    35-40% debt to income is too high. Try to scale back your plans. Maybe finish the basement later instead of when you build. Laminate counter tops instead of solid surface. Vinyl floors in the kitchen...
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    Location does make a difference. In the county where I live the median price of a house is $147700. Median income is $49266.
    20% DP is roughly $29500. 15 years @ 3.5% works out to $998 with 1.25%...
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    Re: Actual trailer carrying capacity

    Try Behnke. They aren't cheap but they are extremely well built.
    16,000 GVW Deckover Equipment Trailer
  19. Thread: Trailer Length

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    Re: Trailer Length

    Technically 18. Some will advertise as 16+2. Only 16' usable.
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    Re: Property Value/Appraisals RANT

    In my area housing prices are down on average over 30%. In some instances values are down much more.

    I'm a remodeling contractor. One of my clients bought a very nice house at the top of the...
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    Re: Are my parents to strict?

    When I was his age it was 1977 and the year 2000 was so far away I never thought about it!

    That young man is in a tough situation. It's a big deal for most his age just moving out or going to...
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    Re: Are my parents to strict?

    I wouldn't have replied if you weren't 18. As others have said, their house, their rules. Comply as best you can while planning your future. It sounds like you've made up your mind about not...
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    Re: Fuel filter question 655A

    To change the filters you remove the bolt on top center of each filter. Once you change them you'll need to bleed the air out. Should be a bleed screw on the top of the filter housing.
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    Re: Autozone.....Really..??

    The problem was a local manager. Denny's and the cops patched things up. Not sure what they did with the idiot manager.
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    Re: 2013...Do or die for these four ???

    I won't be a bit surprised when Sears and Best Buy go away. Sears has been on a downward spiral for a long time.
    Best Buy seems to employ two types of people.....unknowledgeable and incredibly...
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    Re: Stumps under slab

    It's a no brainer....Take out the stumps and as much of the root system as you can. Place and compact the fill in 4" lifts.
  27. Thread: Tool Box Ideas

    by Pops15
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    Re: Tool Box Ideas

    Those school bus conversions were popular (and cheap) back in the 70's and 80's. A buddy of mine built the slickest one I've seen. He cut the back off the bus and re-attached it with hinges. He could...
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    Re: Vibration Problem with Trailer

    Did the trailer have the vibration problem when you got it?
    Scalloped tires are usually caused by tires being out of balance.
    I doubt a bent axle would cause a vibration. It would more likely...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    Henry made some darn good axles so I wouldn't let a T or A axle under an appropriate size trailer bother you.
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    Our inspection was a little more thorough. I don't remember what all he checked but he did crawl under and check the axles where I narrowed them. He had a checklist of things he looked at. When he...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    Do the state inspectors X-ray the welds on factory built trailers? I highly doubt it.
    A buddy of mine picks up stacks of the cheap utility trailers at the factory for a local dealer. He didn't like...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    They inspect homemade trailers in IL.
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    The states that have outlawed them seem to have done so because of the goofy lug system not because of the axles themselves. The lug system IS a lousy design. The axles themselves are fine if you...
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    Re: Build your own trailers

    If you're just wanting a basic trailer it's cheaper to buy a new cheap trailer, but you get what you pay for. You could probably build a quality trailer for what a good trailer would cost....if you...
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    Re: swapping 05' F150 for a 94-98model 250 or 350

    If it weren't for rust I'd still have my '84 351 4 barrel. My newest truck is a 2000 so I don't have a comparison to new trucks but the only thing better about it than any of the 80's era trucks I...
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    Re: swapping 05' F150 for a 94-98model 250 or 350

    I had a 460 in an '89 F250. The load it hauled or pulled had little effect on mileage but speed made a huge difference.
    My 86 F250 6.9 diesel was similar in that speed made a bigger difference in...
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    Re: Would you help your soon-to-be-ex wife or not?

    Sorry about your situation. One thing that I don't think was mentioned is how her brothers feel towards you. If they blame the split on you, you probably don't want them in your house.
    I'd be...
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    Re: transporting concrete off road

    What Harv said!......except with a 40 yard pour I'd be inclined to use 3 buggies.
  39. Thread: ground leveling

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    Re: ground leveling

    By the time you hire someone to dig the dirt, load and transport it to where you need it, it would be cheaper to just have dirt trucked in.
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    Re: Property appraisals

    300, I'm surprised any bank would make a loan with only 10% down. Stuff like that is what caused this mess. I'm hearing it takes a minimum of 20% down and impeccable credit or they won't make the...
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    Re: Property appraisals

    JD, Around here housing prices are still down more than 30% from pre crash prices. 190K isn't what you were looking for but it's probably in the ballpark. The house that sold for 183K 3 years ago...
  42. Thread: Dump trailers

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    Re: Dump trailers

    KYD you should never dump on a slope. The trailer should always be level side to side to avoid the possibility of rolling over.
  43. Thread: Dump trailers

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    Re: Dump trailers

    I see this is an old topic but dump trailer questions come up often.
    I looked at several brands before buying. Bri-Mar was one that I looked at. They looked to be good but not the best. Probably...
  44. Re: Looks like we dodged 1 Bullit on Internet Sales Tax

    But many of the objections would disappear if the government spent our money more wisely.
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    Re: Gimme, gimme, GIMME

    Yes, it's in poor taste to solicit donations.
    The events that lead to this situation can't be undone. The family needs to find a real solution. Maybe it's time for this man to move into a nursing...
  46. Re: Looks like we dodged 1 Bullit on Internet Sales Tax

    Many brick and mortar stores offer online sales. Those that do have adapted to the current market.

    I like the idea that an item could only be taxed once.
    In many states (IL being one of them)...
  47. Re: Looks like we dodged 1 Bullit on Internet Sales Tax

    What you fail to realize is cities, counties and states have already raised other taxes to make up for the "lost" revenue from internet sales.
    If they create an internet sales tax it will be an...
  48. Re: Looks like we dodged 1 Bullit on Internet Sales Tax

    I didn't watch the video so I don't know if Mr. Morris concerns are valid but I can't think of a good reason to violate the Constitution.
    Local and state governments have already raised taxes to...
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    Re: Diesel opinions: '93 Ford F250, '87 Ford F350

    Wasn't the 5.4 (330 cubic inch) the only gasoline V8 engine offered? I've got one of those gutless gas hogs in an F250.
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    Re: Diesel opinions: '93 Ford F250, '87 Ford F350

    I had an '86 6.9 auto. Got it with a little over 200K on it. It died at just over 300K. It burned some oil from the time I got it, but was a reliable engine. The only thing I ever had to do to the...
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    Re: Trailer shopping help needed

    24' is about the longest I'd want to go on a tag trailer. I agree that a wood deck would be better.
    I don't know if they have what you're looking for but Behnke trailers are built like a brick...
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    Re: Selling a house to be moved.

    If you go back and re-read my previous posts I said several times how it works in MY area. I also know that's how it works in at least some other areas (California) as I know people that have been...
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    Re: Selling a house to be moved.

    What makes you an expert? You didn't even know a house could be moved with the bricks in place.
    I'm a contractor. I've built everything from room additions to 8000SF houses. I think I have a...
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    Re: Selling a house to be moved.

    Kid, If you go back to my first post on this thread you'll see I said the guys the OP talked about wouldn't have the equipment to move a house safely. Brick or no brick. Brick veneer houses are...
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    Re: Autozone.....Really..??

    Does anyone have Mr. McLean's mailing address?
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    Re: Neighbor removed my property line pin

    Have the surveyor reset the missing pin.
    I think you'll regret planting the trees so close to the line. In some states the neighboring land owner can trim the encroaching limbs. Meaning your...
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    Re: Selling a house to be moved.

    Check out the link in Moss Road's post #18 to see a large brick building being moved.

    In THIS area the value of a house that's going to be moved is often less than zero.......
    A local college...
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    Re: Selling a house to be moved.

    Houses can be moved with the brick still on.
    A grading contractor and a building contractor aren't likely to have the equipment to safely move a house.
    Around here houses that are moved are usually...
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    Re: Septic Tank Maintenance

    Do they require all septic systems to be pumped that often, or just aeration systems?
    My conventional system hasn't been pumped in the 31 years I've been here. In fact only a handful of the 40 or so...
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    Re: Autozone.....Really..??

    I can't think of a single instance locally where the person being robbed pulled a gun and still got shot. There was an instance many years ago where the robber got shot and wounded.
    Let's hope Mr....
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    Re: Autozone.....Really..??

    I can think of three incidents within 3 miles of where I live where a robber was given the money and shot someone anyway. One was a doughnut shop. The elderly lady that worked there was shot and...
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    Re: Gas Generator to House AC connection???

    As others have said what you asked about would be functional, but not safe for many reasons.
    You can get a 10 circuit transfer switch for under $400. They sometimes sell much cheaper on ebay.
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    Re: Septic Tank Maintenance

    My parents neighbor was in the septic pumping business. He told me many systems don't need to be pumped nearly as often as the 2-3 years that is generally recommended.
    Soil conditions, installation,...
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    Re: Rock in driveway

    Don't be so quick to judge. Maybe that was the high road. Looks to me like he brought some humor into a difficult situation.
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    Re: DeWalt Planer from Lowes

    It seems as though DeWalt tools are either very good or crap. Their miter saws and cordless drills are very good. Reciprocating saws, drills, hammer drills and drywall screw drivers are crap. I don't...
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    Re: Was chewing the fat and heard....

    I'm not in favor of any more federal regulations.....but IF they need to make a new regulation regarding tires perhaps they should require the tire manufacturers to build a better product. To me that...
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    Re: Was chewing the fat and heard....

    Amen brother!
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    Re: Was chewing the fat and heard....

    I was going to be the guy that disproved that RADIAL trailer tires would only last 6 years. I never ran them under inflated. I always parked the trailer on boards so the tires weren't in the mud. ...
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    Re: Was chewing the fat and heard....

    Bias ply tires can still be good and safe after 10 years.
    We have way too many laws as it is. We don't need another nanny state law telling us when we need to replace our tires!
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    Re: Dollar Store Going up in My Home Town. Pop 150

    We've had Aldi's here for 25 - 30 years. They are always busy. They built new stores at each end of town in recent years. Not much of a selection but their prices are very good. There was an...
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    Re: When do you use the block heater on the tractor

    I've had both core plug and inline coolant heaters that have worked well.
    I plugged the heater in when I'd get home from work and unplug it when I'd leave in the morning. Didn't use enough...
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    Re: Fleetguard air filter - sad to say.....

    It's been proven in dirt track racing that a quality paper filter like Wix does a better job of filtering than K&N. While it's crucial to use a good oil filter, it's equally important to use a...
  73. Thread: Toyota Prius

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    Re: Toyota Prius

    I have 4 local friends with hybrids. 3 of them Prius. The 4th I can't remember what he has. I see several others around town.
    Yes, the big 3 still have a strong presence here as do Nissan and...
  74. Re: Sleep habits, mine are a disaster. How 'bout you?

    I sleep more soundly in my recliner than I do in bed. My wife says I breathe better sitting up. I don't fall asleep as easily as I used to. Until a few years ago it would take maybe 30 seconds for me...
  75. Thread: Toyota Prius

    by Pops15
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    Re: Toyota Prius

    Like anything else there will be those for and those against, and a certain percentage from each group will overstate their side's case. The truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.

    Around here...
  76. Re: wood stoves, other alternate sources of heat, and your insurance

    I agree that you need to deal with a GOOD independent agent. A good agent will go to bat for you with a carrier. I think it's good that you found out how inept your insurance company is now rather...
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    Re: shop door, needs replacement,

    Your fiberglass door is an overhead not roll up. Roll ups roll into a drum as mentioned before. They have their place but I prefer an overhead.

    The $1800-2400 quotes are reasonable for a QUALITY...
  78. Thread: TBN Funnies

    by Pops15
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    Re: TBN Funnies

    Good stuff!
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    Re: Anyone else clean and polish their work boots?

    Got that right SG. My Wolverines are comfy but dang, they're heavy. I used to wear Work & Sport boots from Farm & Fleet. They were reasonably priced, comfortable, and were made in the USA....then...
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    Re: Anyone else clean and polish their work boots?

    Not only do I not wax my work boots, I never heard of anyone doing so until I saw this.....and I have no plans to start waxing them now. ;)
    I buy a new pair every 12-14 months. I wear them 12-16...
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    Re: Insulating ducts in crawl space

    Don't insulate the ducts. Insulate the perimeter of the crawl space. You need the radiant heat off the ducts to keep your plumbing from freezing.
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    Re: Dollar Store Going up in My Home Town. Pop 150

    We have 3 DG stores t 6 miles. One is in a strip mall with a Big Lots and a resale shop. That one is less than a mile from a Dollar Tree (everything is $1). We also have 2 Walmarts about 10-12 miles...
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    Re: What to do about dead deer?

    Leave it for the scavengers or use the diesel and match idea.
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    Re: how to determine GVW on a dump trailer

    Check the axle, previous registration, and Bri-Mar website.
  85. Thread: backhoe size

    by Pops15
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    Re: backhoe size

    A TLB like you're talking about from the 70's or 80's is going to weigh double or even triple what your trailer will haul. I have a 1980 Ford 555 and it weighs in the 15,000 range. Even a little 800...
  86. Thread: Ford 555

    by Pops15
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    Re: Ford 555

    That code doesn't look right. The production code is in the space under "model" on the data plate. It should have a letter instead of the number 1 as the last digit. It should be an A,B, or C....
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    Re: derating a trailer gvw in illinois

    Go to the MO Sec of State/DMV and ask.
    Ask some of your racing friends if they've derated theirs.
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    Re: National Insurance comapny's

    I did a quick search and found the avg teacher salary in the area is 64K and the avg engineer salary in the area is 68K. Let's assume benefits are equal. Teachers work about 8 1/2 months here VS 12...
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    Re: National Insurance comapny's

    That is true in some areas but not in all areas, and certainly not around here.
    I'm not sure that continuing education or higher pay brings in better teachers. Some of the best teachers I had were...
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    Re: Spring Over Axle (SOA) trailer conversion

    Throw those cement (they haven't used cinders in them in most of our lifetimes)blocks away and get a set of quality jack stands before someone gets hurt or killed.
    By all means weld the perches on....
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    Re: derating a trailer gvw in illinois

    That's why he has to fill out the form at the Sec of State office to change the GVWR of his trailer. It's no big deal. A few bucks and a few minutes is all it takes.
  92. Thread: Cell Towers

    by Pops15
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    Re: Cell Towers

    30-40 miles from Chicago. Just outside of a the densely populated area on a state highway several miles from an interstate. He did his homework and got an outstanding deal on the 1st tower. The...
  93. Thread: Cell Towers

    by Pops15
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    Re: Cell Towers

    I know someone with cell towers on his property. One has been there for 15+ years. It brings in $1400+ a month. A few years ago he got a second tower. That one pays $800. They don't take up much...
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    Re: Squirrel Trouble

    We've got grey squirrels. They are nothing but fuzzy tailed rats. They chew on everything. We used to have some nice BIG shade trees. The squirrels would peel the bark off the upper branches and...
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    Re: National Insurance comapny's

    In Illinois we pay real estate taxes twice a year. 1/2 in June, 1/2 in August or September.
    A large portion does go for schools. Until the economy crashed there was a tremendous amount of new homes...
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    Re: derating a trailer gvw in illinois

    You can't just buy the lower rated tag. You have to fill out a form to register it at the lower rating. It's very simple to do at the Sec. of State office. It's Illinois so of course there is a fee...
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    Re: National Insurance comapny's

    FYI many of the smaller local or regional companies sell some or all of their storm coverage to larger national companies that can spread the risk over a larger area.
    Some insurance companies...
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    Re: derating a trailer gvw in illinois

    Yes you can derate the GVWR of a trailer in IL. I derated a 14K trailer to 10K. If I remember correctly you can only change one or two weight classifications. You need to go to the Secretary of...
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    Re: Truck tool box recommendations?

    I've had Reading boxes and really liked the quality. I've also had a cheaper set. Can't remember the brand but they came from Farm & Fleet. I didn't like the hinges on them, and the paint on them was...
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    Re: Big box stores: Inferior tools?

    That's not what I said. They work for the retailers, not the tool companies. I'm not going to say where on the off chance it could get them in trouble with their employers.
    Eddie, I thought you...
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