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    Re: Plywood for concrete forms

    This link is also part of the myths and misconceptions. it is also wrong in stating the water is not incorporated into the concrete. The Cement/water ratio is a chemistry calculation and adds...
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    Re: 4' LED "shop" lights for ~ $32 at Costco

    I was just at COSTCO and they are marked down to 19.95

    Ron
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    Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I have one of those cabinets. I love it. Well made and heavy materials. Use it as my O/A center as it has racks for two cylinders and O/A rod. I am considering adding a 1/2" plate to the top for...
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    Re: Quality Electric Lot Splitter?

    My experience with the 5 ton electric is: they are all made in China, look pretty much alike, operate the same and do a credible job when they work. I have used 3 brands over 6 years. The first one...
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    Re: Hey Eddie, look what I got!

    I raised hogs as a 4H project during my teen years (long ago) when living in the Phoenix AZ area. We did not allow them to generate wallows, had them on pasture, and penned them up when watering the...
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    Re: Cash vs 0% finance cost

    Looks like LS has a different deal on 0/0 than Kubota. K dealers around here do not give a discount for cash. Same price either way.

    Ron
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    Re: Beginner at gas welding

    I would not buy a new torch w/o built in flash arrestors. I have a HF medium duty set that works very well; but, is not used fro production work. They are victor tip compatible.

    Ron
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    Re: Need some help fixing my well.

    A big issue with pumping fines from a well continuously is pump wear. I once did a contract for the Navy on a deep well sand pumping problem. They had been replacing the pump every two years due to...
  9. Re: How to connect external PVC electrical conduit to interior box?

    Are you getting rid of the Zinsco panel? They are like Federal panels are today. Breakers not considered reliable (maybe dangerous), modern features/requirements not available, parts not available...
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    Re: come alongs

    Where are the pictures? Haven't read the whole thing yet so maybe in here later.

    Ron
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    Re: Picked up a forklift boom

    Your tractor needs 4 point outriggers to manage that thing. Lot of leverage out there.

    Ron
  12. Re: Bed Bugs, how a little knowledge saved thousands.

    What a subject to peruse while not being able to sleep!

    Bed bugs like lice are no respecter of social class. You can get them in numerous places where humans congregate. They feed almost...
  13. Re: How to connect external PVC electrical conduit to interior box?

    While I am here perusing TBN instead of counting sheep!

    They make a 4 11/16 X 4 11/16 junction box with 1" knockouts or use a step drill and bore out the 3/4". Nipple out of your condulet into...
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    Re: using a pressure guage as a scale.

    Haven't had time to read the whole thread yet; but a simple precaution is to put a snubber ahead of the gauge and use an oil filled gauge. That's if you go ahead with some solution to this.

    Ron
  15. Re: 600 (575) Volt Rotary Phase Converter Grounding

    Terminology; are we talking physical grounding to earth, bonding a neutral to ground potential, or developing a derived neutral? I would think this requires careful analysis of: the transformer...
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    Re: 3/0 Wire stripper/cutter?

    That is true if both legs are drawing the same amperage at the same time. If one leg is drawing 15 A and the other is 0 A then neutral will be at 15 A also. No inspector of a residential system...
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    Backhoe Re: First rock by thumb - BX25D

    Metal on rock is a slippery slope. Nothing to dig the teeth into so it slides around. Some rocks just don't want to be picked up; happy where they are.

    Ron
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    Re: 3/0 Wire stripper/cutter?

    One post mentioned under sizing the neutral on AC systems. That is only allowed when there are significant 240 volt circuits w/o neutral. Normally only seen in commercial/industrial systems.

    Ron
  19. Re: Can I use a slip clevis on transport chain for tie down?

    With the confusing terminology in this thread I did some research in catalogs. I am more confused as different manufacturers use different names for the same items. I go back to my industrial...
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    Re: petcock

    Possible it does not have one. May have to take off the lower hose to drain.

    Ron
  21. Re: Buying New VS Buying Used: Kubota L3200 HST FEL or current L3301 HST

    Talking from experience; high hours on a tractor drop the used price fast. I still have my 2011 vintage BX for sale (1500 hours), nobody wants it at any price.

    Ron
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    Re: BX trans "chattering".

    Never know when mechanical stuff will break. Probably not the fault of the broken hydro line. Knock on wood, 1500 hours on my BX and no major mechanical problems. Several irritating little ones...
  23. Re: Can I use a slip clevis on transport chain for tie down?

    All my chain tie downs have slip hooks on one end snatch hook on the other end. Tractor has shackles mounted on all four corners the slip hooks go into. Each implement has custom length set of...
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    Re: Breaker Size?

    You will burn up that #8 wire, maybe cause a fire, long before the breaker will trip except for maybe a solid short circuit. There are motor rated breakers that will withstand the starting inrush...
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    Re: metal building plans/blueprint?

    There are pre-engineered/pre-fabricated metal buildings that come as a kit. Everything is light weight materials. During my civil service days I bought several of them. Site adapt engineering was...
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    Re: Welding Table

    I am interested in your 5/8 hole clamp idea. Is there a nut on the underside of the vertical shaft. A cross section picture may be of value in doing something similar. Saves welding hold downs...
  27. Re: Anyone else clean and polish their work boots?

    Yep, we even spit shined our jungle boots in Vietnam. (33 years as a Seabee) Now the military issue boots are rough leather out so you have to keep them oiled not shined. When I worked industrial...
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    Re: Pro / Cons of KTAC?

    If you read all the fine print on both contracts; KTAC covers situations home owners probably will not. No insurance covers wear and tear or lack of normal owner maintenance casualty causes. I had...
  29. Re: Shoud I trust Chinese chain and ratchet binders for hauling?

    I buy based on grade markings. Graded foreign stuff is usually not much less than US made. Ratchet binders are more cumbersome than lever type in my experience; maybe because I grew up using the...
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    Re: New BX23s

    Congrats on the new machine. I have loved my BX25 through 1500 hours. Little things do happen along the line from factory assembly, dealer prep, and our use. I have had my share but all...
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    Re: Nerve pain in back

    Has a nerve conduction study confirmed the pain is a nerve source? If so regular pain medications do not work. I have disc and arthritic spur problems in my spine that create pain in arms, legs,...
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    Backhoe Re: Need Advice on JD110 Backhoe Arm

    I have had good luck using a shaft coupling (they are forged steel) the same size as the pin and welding a short piece of in a drilled out or O/A burned hole. An expandable reamer (like HF has) will...
  33. Re: Running a water line outside above ground

    I have run it inside a 3-4" PVC pipe with doubled closed cell insulation. Slice the ells on a band saw so you can foam at the ends. Tape the ell on and fill with foam through 1/2" holes top and...
  34. Re: BX25D custom enhanced HST fan shield and bucket D-Rings

    Great idea Rock on the BX fan shield. Like you I hate to spend the money for the overkill solution. Once I hget my garage cleasred out to bring in the BX I have several things I plan including...
  35. Re: How to: attach a piano wire to a ball bearing

    If the hardness of a ball bearing is important then silver solder is the best bet. You will have a hard time drilling a ball bearing , if you can even hold it firmly. Use the highest silver content...
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    Re: New from Buckley Wa

    Welcome from us bunch over on the peninsula. Our W WA group keeps growing.

    Ron
  37. Re: 10w-40 called for in a Branson 4720H ?

    Look at DELO 400LE.

    Ron
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    Re: Pallet fork advice

    Clamp ons are the poor man's way (like me) I have used them for a lot of things other than pallets. Quick and easy on & off. I even have four of them to make use picking up and hauling brush.
    ...
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    Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    The air tanks on compressors for home and light commercial use are very thin skinned and can become very sharp pieces of shrapnel.. An air tank at 125-150 psi can create enough force to fly through...
  40. Re: New BX25 owner, first weekend adventures.

    Running the RPMs over around 2200 does not add significant power I have found. I raised my pressure to 2000 PSI and that made a big difference in performance. I have noticed that revving up with...
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    Buying Advice Re: Trailer purchase

    Messmaker is right on. When I was looking for used equipment trailers I found many with a mishmash of used truck and car tires, old mismatched rusty rims, and obviously old tires. Remember tire...
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    Re: WIX Filters vs OEM Filters

    The Kubota dealer does not price at Fleet Discount or Military Discount. My discounts at NAPA for WIX or their rebranded WIX bring filter costs to almost 1/2 the shelf price. Try getting your K...
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    Buying Advice Re: Trailer purchase

    State Patrol Truck enforcement here looks at the combined capacity of the trailer and towing vehicle to determine if a CDL is required of the driver, has nothing to do with the actual load carried;...
  44. Re: Neighbor plans to discharge standing water into creek

    It depends! There are a lot of regulations regarding this type of action from federal, state, and local jurisdiction. Around here even the Indian tribes get involved (personal experience involving...
  45. Re: Portable ramps... Folding or Arched?

    The angle created by straight ramps to a high bed like a PU create a high centering situation, especially mowers. The arched type are designed to prevent that. Buy the arched ones and you can cover...
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    Re: KPX7 Hanmey Backhoe Cylinder Kits

    Most hydraulic shops can provide rebuild parts for any cylinder. I have found their cost for the parts is cheaper than buying the OEM kits if you can even find them. I have even had them re-build...
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    Re: To insulate or not

    Insulation will prevent condensation on the interior and its accompanying problem of mold. But, the vapor barrier must be complete and installed correctly.

    Ron
  48. Re: Better to replace 2 flatface connectors or 4 Pioneer ISO?

    I would want all my connectors to match and be interchangeable. Change out the flat face to the same as all your other QCs. For the contingency of connecting to flat face make up a short hose withe...
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    Re: 3 (easy) questions for electricians

    A switch is not an over-current device unless it is a circuit breaker or has fuses. The over-current device needs to be in the circuit coming from the generator. The breaker in the generator does...
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    Re: 3 (easy) questions for electricians

    A switch is not an over-current device unless it is a circuit breaker or has fuses.

    Ron
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    Re: Is this normal for concrete?

    Did your contractor put calcium in the mix for cold weather freeze protection? It will leach out like that. If so, that is a huge mistake as calcium corrodes any embedded metals, like reinforcing...
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    Backhoe Re: BX23S oil recommendations

    I have used DELO 400LE 15-40 in my BX for 1500 hrs with no problem. DELO was designed as a lubricant for large diesel engines way back as for as I can remember and I am in my 80s. I have used it...
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    Re: help me understand

    Last fall I found out that the used Kubota price points are moving downward. I credit that to the new BX 0 outlay and 83 mo 0 financing to drive the used pricing downward. Folks buying small...
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    Re: 3 (easy) questions for electricians

    I was misunderstood; only the utility side needs the 2/0. The generator side needs a wire size based on the circuit breaker protecting the wire from the Generator to the circuit breaker protecting...
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    Dealer Re: New friend here-Eric Song

    Eric, I like your attitude, we all need to follow that maxim. Keep your Chinese/English dictionary handy as we do not know your depth of understanding English jargon. We can help you that way as we...
  56. Re: Should a person be able to cause a motorest to recive a traffic ticket?

    General comment (not intended to slander) on a grammatical issue that bugs me. The word "ex" is used when using "former" is in better form. in the military jargon "ex" is only used for those with...
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    Re: 3 (easy) questions for electricians

    The utility wire has to be the same size all the way to the panel. This type system relies on the generator circuit breaker to protect the smaller wire which is not code compliant. It also requires...
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    Re: Electrical wiring question

    MDD has the answer. Putting all that wire and 2 switches into a singe gang box can be a challenge. Be sure and get the extra deep box, full 3" deep. Bring out only single wires for the switches...
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    Re: 4' LED "shop" lights for ~ $32 at Costco

    the house I just bought only had one incandescent bulb in the garage. I installed 8 of the LED 4' units from Lowes. $38, a lot cheaper than the 4' fluorescent types including the lamps. They are...
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    Re: Wax or Rubber Flange Seal on Toilet?

    I just bought a new toilet and it came with a rubber seal.

    Ron
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    Dealer Re: New friend here-Eric Song

    Eric, welcome aboard. Once this thread catches on I think you will be deluged (overwhelmed) with questions. A lot of folks have Chinese tractors and are baffled due to the language conversion and...
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    Re: Spiders are taking over my barn

    Like the NE we here in the NW (west of the mountains) also do not have the problems other parts of the country contend with; except we don't have heavy snows either. My wife would go crazy down...
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    Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    AMEN twice over. That is also a good reason to not use them on rolling equipment. They always loosen up and stretch out with over the road vibrations and settlement.

    Ron
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    Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    This item belongs in the "HF Tools That Suck". The theory is good but the product "SUCKS". They do not stand up to field use or stowing behind the seat of the PU. The collapsible shaft is very...
  65. Re: Broken bolt removal, time to revisit.....

    my experience with brass nuts/studs goes way back to the 50s. I don't remember any engine that did not have them back then. Brass fasteners are everywhere. Hardware centers, even the big box...
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    Re: Replacement Seat for a BX 25

    Thanks Ultra, I could not get the dollars I wanted last fall so I wound up keeping it for awhile. Good thing I did; I have put 100 Hrs more on it upgrading the landscaping, irrigation, and roof...
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    Re: Levelling over concrete slab?

    The fiber I am talking about is long fiberglass (there are other fibers except steel also) added to the concrete mix. Cost is not that bad,(unless you are nickel/dimeing the project) probably not...
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    Replacement Seat for a BX 25

    1500 Hrs and my seat cover has gotten brittle and has a large tear at the bottom. What experience is out there on replacement seats other than the Kubota part? What problems were encountered...
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    Re: Professional Welders

    For some unknown reason I was deleted from this thread.

    Ron
  70. Re: Broken bolt removal, time to revisit.....

    If and when you get those broken studs out; when replacing the muffler use brass nuts and a heat proof thread lubricant. Brass nut are the most common way to secure exhaust system bolting. The...
  71. Re: Building a fence from fresh milled lumber

    Stuckmotor is right on that. I grew up in AZ in the 40s and 50s. 1 X 12 green pine sheeting was used routinely as roof sheeting. They always butted the boards tight to each other. After a year...
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    Re: used chainsaw prices/saw worth fixing

    I see those old saws at garage sales and the auction all the time. If running, prices are well under $100. If not running you can't hardly give them away.

    Ron
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    Re: Levelling over concrete slab?

    Your rebar scheme is a drastic overkill as you are going down on a stable sub-grade; so, differential settlement is not an issue. If you stay with it be sure to set it up tied to 1.5" high chairs. ...
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    Re: Professional Welders

    In my younger days as a UA union foreman, general foreman, and superintendent that welder would be sent back to the hall to spend some time in the local's training shop practicing. The dispatcher...
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    Re: Levelling over concrete slab?

    Use 4" of concrete, forget the wire mesh (it never stays where it needs to be) and use fibered concrete instead. Saw cut control joints as soon as you can get on it (next day is too late) on a...
  76. Re: tips for lining up large (heavy) power/utility boxes when installing yourself.

    I would mount the box on "C" channel lag screwed to the building studs. Once you get one bolt in it will be supported to get the others in and then move around as necessary to line up with...
  77. Re: Fireplace sets off smoke alarm with no fire

    Ionization type detectors react to hydrocarbons in the air. They will react to dust containing carbon particles. The react to any gas that is hydrocarbon based such as propane and natural gas and...
  78. Re: Hauling tractor for the first time, tell me what I'm doing wrong

    Looks pretty good. I always ratchet down the binders till the tires squat some. Non-ratchet binders I wrap the bitter end of the chain around the handle to assure it doesn't open up. General...
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    Re: Dogs in Lowes Store

    generally I am against dogs (any pets) in retail establishments. I am in my 80s and have seen this evolve over the years. In my younger days it was verboten everywhere, but then people were more...
  80. Re: Hello from Central Washington State!

    Welcome to the site from the left coast. I have a BX 25 and it does all I need it to do. Great for landscaping as it is small and handy around structures. it does most of what the bigger tractors...
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    Re: Drilling a square hole

    That is the way I do for things like carriage and plow bolts. I even smack with a big hammer if I can get adequate back-up.

    Ron
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    Re: Cutting torches - need help

    I agree with Gary on refurbishing. I have the HF heavy duty set; gauges, torch, couple tips, cutting attachment, and hose. All for $200. It is a clone of Victor and Victor tips work with it. For...
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    Re: 100 lb suit case weights

    My 50#ers are hard enough to wrestle much less ones at 100#.

    Ron
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    Re: Tighten quick-release Kubota bucket

    Sodo, what is that right angle crack in the bottom of the hook? There may be a big flaw in the casting (assuming this is a cast or forged part). I would explore that also; it may be the root of the...
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    Re: Who makes best heat pumps (HVAC)

    It is not easy to get moisture into a AC refrigeration system as it is a sealed system operating at a pressure. It has to be introduced upon a leak in the system that loses all the refrigerant or...
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    Re: Clamp on Pallet Forks

    I found that using 4 clamp on forks make the FEL more versatile in moving logs, limbs, and brush. Almost as good as a grapple except the loss of weight capacity being so far out.

    Ron
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    Re: Log splitter working height ideas

    I use a portable electric splitter. Have tried many different heights as I usually set up on a stack of pallets with a piece of plywood under the splitter. Like 4570 I find belt height is best. ...
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    Re: Who makes best heat pumps (HVAC)

    Burn outs are the worst case repairs. If you keep the system and change just change the compressor; a large suction filter/drier is a must do, preferably a replaceable element one. They do remove...
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    The Vietnam Story

    Check out the link below before wasting time watching the documentary starting tonight; which many consider a communist propaganda story. It is your decision just as I have made mine. I was there;...
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    Re: Anyone familiar with m-274 Army Mule?

    Seabees in Nam we appropriated one from the army (how is not important) put a USN ID number on it and Bravo Company used it as the honey bucket mover. Worked great for that purpose due to its low...
  91. Re: Large concrete water trough needs repair.. How

    Use it as a form and line it with fiberglass, will last another lifetime. Get the FG at a marine supply place or industrial pipe supply house.

    Ron
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    Re: Used Car Prices

    I have a 1994 Chevy pickup with only 89,000 miles on it. Great work truck.

    Last December we bought a 2017 ford edge with 2,000 miles on it for $15K under the price of a 2018 same model and...
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    Re: Who needs a $500K Concrete Pumper

    Thanks guys, my source did not know why it would not work either. The first one is the one he sent me. The other one is even better. Why use expensive machinery at home when you have a huge labor...
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    Who needs a $500K Concrete Pumper

    The video on how the Chinese pump concrete W/O expensive equipment was not a good URL. Will add later. Would cancel this post if I could figure how.

    Ron
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    Re: New Medicare Cards

    I hope the new cards are normal wallet pocket size instead of the current oversize cards.

    Ron
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    Re: Who makes best heat pumps (HVAC)

    In the old days we evacuated every system overnight. We had portable 2 stage pumps that in the 60s cost $1K. A good pump with fresh clean oil in it would pull down to 5 microns. Next day we broke...
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    Re: Who makes best heat pumps (HVAC)

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    "That is why in my service tech days a lot of employers provided all the tools and instruments", too hard to monitor what the tech had or didn't have till something that didn't get done...
  98. Re: Hedge trimmer for cutting back raspbery bushes?

    Beware, Glyposhsate has been determined to be a dangerous product. Here is one item: 521400 Crossbow active ingredient is 2-4-D. 521401

    Ron
  99. Re: Red Cross Effectiveness Providing Disaster Relief?

    Why would a charity maintain 1.5 billion in assets? That is many times more than they take in each year on donations and whatever the can siphon from the government.
    Guess where that excess was...
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    Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I have more than one of everything. I love the flashlights. Batteries go dead, throw away. A set of batteries even cost more than the 1.99 if you buy one. Agree with Dragoneggs on the micro...
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