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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    Are they going to block in between the long floor joist spans?

    How is the sill plate attached to the bottom of those beams that the joists are resting on? I don't think that I have ever seen it...
  2. Re: Replace 'foundation' under a 10x16 garden shed

    Flower boxes make everything just a little bit better!!!!
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    Re: Rentals...Worth the effort?

    I grew up working on and fixing my parents rental properties. Seems like I spent most of every summer as slave labor doing something on one of those houses. As a contractor, I also get a lot of jobs...
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    Re: How to deter coyotes

    Now that's funny!!!!
  5. Re: Recommendations for a good inexpensive home Deli Meat Slicer?

    I've been told by everybody that I talk to that Cabela's sell some of the best meat processing equipment out there. When we finish our processing kitchen, we are planing on using only Cabela's brand...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    It's been one week since we woke up to find Raiden unable to stand up. Today we took him to the vet and had him do a followup to see how he is doing. The vet said that everything looks good and that...
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    Re: How to deter coyotes

    I go for a walk after it rains and I see their tracks in the mud. It's the best way that I have found to monitor their activity, and how close they are getting to my house and livestock.
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    I've never seen your technique used, but I'm sure every crew has their own way of doing it. On the jobs I've had done or been on, there is always that one guy who cuts and smooths out the slope for...
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    Re: Metal Trusses

    No experience, but I'm leaning heavily towards trying them. I want to build a 40x48 haybarn 16 feet tall to store round bales. I like the idea of more space up high that I would get using metal...
  10. Re: Best deck building software? (CAD based)

    I'm old school. I still like to use graph paper and a calculator
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    Re: How to deter coyotes

    I'm running a hot wire at 4 inches a foot and a half and at four feet around my goats, ducks, guineas, chickens, horses and a pig. Part of it is to keep them in, but I also want to keep out coyotes...
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    Re: How to deter coyotes

    I'm no expert and have only killed a couple dozen of them in my lifetime. I've never noticed a bad smell on any of the ones I've killed.
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    Re: Cost to fence in 5 acres?

    What are you fencing in? I fenced in about that much land for my horses and went with Poly Tape instead of the rope because of how visible it is. I did two rows of the tape and one at the bottom of...
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    Re: Central Texas Olive Ranch / Wedding Venue

    When I lived in CA, we would go duck hunting at the Refuges up past Corning and on the way home, we always stopped at the Olive Pit!!! Love all the different types and seasonings you could get...
  15. Re: Stop the rain in my shipping container... :)

    I put a large vent near the floor at one end of my container, and then a large spinning roof vent into the roof of it at the other end. Airflow through the container, especially along the ceiling,...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

    Ed,

    The lift is awesome. I remodel homes for a living and usually just do sheetrock repairs, or small jobs like a bathroom. Every now and then I get a job where I need to do a big ceiling. I...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

    Thank you. I'm hanging sheetrock and will use tile for a backsplash behind the counters. My goal is to make it a happy place that my wife enjoys being at and wanting to be in there. Raising the...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

    Thank you. I'm hanging sheetrock and will use tile for a backsplash behind the counters. My goal is to make it a happy place that my wife enjoys being at and wanting to be in there. Raising the...
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    Re: Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

    The room is 12 feet wide and 24 feet long. There will be a 3 bay sink, electric range, dishwasher and refrigerator. There will be plenty of storage and counter space. Our goal is to have a place...
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    Garden Kitchen/Processing Room

    When I built my house, it was mostly a workshop with a living area attached to it and a lot of plans that I no longer have any interest in perusing. Along the side of my shop I built an area that...
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    Re: Dog Food recommendations

    If you really want to give them the very best, you can make your own dog food. We have started doing this in the crockpot. No fillers and everything is good quality.
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    Re: Chicken plucker biuld

    Thanks. I figured it was just a taste thing. Some people like the taste of the skin, so plucking make sense. We're new to raising chickens, so I was mostly just wondering if we where missing out on...
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    I just thought of another suggestion. Like most homes, the main water valve coming into my house is in the ground. I have to go out my back door, get on my knees, remove the cover, clean off the...
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    Re: Dog Food recommendations

    Blue Buffalo is good stuff, but we feel Victor is better.
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Here is a good link that explains what is happening to Raiden.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demyelinating_disease
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick_paralysis

    More information on Tick Paralysis.
  27. Thread: New Car

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    Re: New Car

    Nice. My parents bought one last year. Same car except it's red. They love it, but in all honesty, it's a bit of a sports car with more power then they need. They took it on one long road trip to...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    One of the things that we are hearing from friends is suggestions on fighting tick born diseases. We did a tick panel blood test for tick diseases just to cover everything and make sure there wasn't...
  29. Re: Thought we had a trespasser with flashlight last night

    Doesn't matter what you prepare for, something is always going to happen that you never thought of!!! Nice to hear there wasn't anybody out there sneaking around your home.

    One night when I got...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    This morning he was really bad. I have to pick him up and carry him outside to go potty. The evening after he first went on his meds, he was able to sit up and even walk a few steps. The second...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    What did you dilute it down to on the horses? Flies can get really bad and so far, we're not winning this battle.
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Thank you again for the information on Permethrin. I have the house treated every spring for termites and random bugs. We put out stuff for fire ants and every now and then I'll buy one product or...
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    Re: Chicken plucker biuld

    We are raising chickens mostly for eggs and will butcher the males when they get big enough. My wife wants another chicken house just to raise them for eating and she doesn't want them to be in with...
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    Re: Central Texas Olive Ranch / Wedding Venue

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on the wedding venue
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    Re: Help with water supply line

    The best advice you have been given is to go talk to the guy in charge at the Water Department. This is where my advice comes from. I talk to them all the time. I've working on jobs for three...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Thanks, we are going to give that a try. We have all the ingredients, we just need to start a program to deal with the ticks!!!!


    As for the horses and Oscar, we give them a wormer in their...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Thanks Sarg, we have something very similar to that. Unfortunately with the really thick coats on our Akita's, it doesn't work very well. Karen is a RN and she just tears them out when she finds...
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    Re: Self employment advice

    Then again, having the ability to make more money allows you to be able to do more things. When I first got into hunting and traveling, I found the motivation to make more money so I could go on...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Sorry for your loss. This is different then lyme disease. This affects his muscles and paralyses them. If the meds do not work, it will continue to spread until he is unable to breath or his heart...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    When I bought my 2012 Ford F150 I was told it did not have a replaceable fuel filter. The filter was where the fuel is filled and the fuel goes through a spinning type of filter before it enters the...
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    Reminds me of the Terracotta Army

    https://www.google.com/search?q=terracotta+army&espv=2&biw=1344&bih=724&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjygeDO997KAhXIeSYKHaDqAyUQsAQIKA
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    Re: Bye, Bye Branson???

    I'm always interested to what happens to Branson since I bought my Century tractor in 2002. I'm very pleased with my tractor, but doubt I wold buy another because I lack faith the brand will last. ...
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    Re: Help with water supply line

    Then once you get the pipe installed and the water turned on, I would test to see what your water pressure is. 60 pounds is ideal. A little less is ok, but there is a point it's too low. If you are...
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    Re: Help with water supply line

    Several things to consider. It doesn't really matter how much pressure you have at the street or how much elevation change that you have since you will have to live with it no matter what it is. ...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    Thank you. He is an Akita and he just turned one year old a week ago. He is 89.5 pounds and considered show quality having beat several top 20 adult Akitas at the shows he's been entered into. ...
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    Re: FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    We have found ticks on both of our dogs ever since we have lived here and never did anything more then remove the tick. We've tried a few different things to keep ticks off of them, but found that...
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    Re: Ridge Vents

    I'm a huge fan of trees and early on would go to extremes to try and save one by building around it. Roads that made detours because of a tree, or just planning the location of a barn or shed. I...
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    Re: Another Metal Roofing Question

    First you have to decide why you are using metal for the roof. The most common reason is that it's the cheapest roof you can create when using purlins across trusses or rafters. It is fast, easy...
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    FYI, Fatal Tick Bite in Dogs

    We had a big scare this morning. One of our dogs,. Raiden, was lame this morning in his back legs. We noticed that he had trouble getting up on our wood floor yesterday, but thought it was more...
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    Re: Crushed asphalt pad?

    My experience with crushed asphalt is that it is best as a top coating that doesn't last very long. It has not strength, so it lasts as long as what you put it over. If just placed on dirt, it will...
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    Re: Ridge Vents

    Usually the roofer will ask you what shingles you want and give you a bid on the total job using the materials they use most of the time. When I hire a roofer, I specify that I want the roof...
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    Re: Garage door header ???

    Oh yeah, I also like questions. I encourage my clients to ask questions and do research. My biggest challenge is figuring out what they want, and even after a job starts, I sometimes find out that...
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    Re: Garage door header ???

    True, except for questioning what your contractor is doing. I strongly suggest to anybody that hires somebody, to always question what they are doing. Posting pictures on here has shown over and...
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    Re: Garage door header ???

    One of the nicest things about building your own buildings on your own land is that you get to do it the way you want to. As a builder, I am responsible for what I build, even if there is no code, I...
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    I added the largest doggy door I've ever seen at Lowes to my house over the summer. We have to Akita's and they where wanting in and out all the time. I held out putting one in because of all the...
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    Re: Garage door header ???

    Headers are not only to support the load of what's above them, they also keep the wall straight over the distance they span. The longer the span, the more this comes into play. While you might get...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    I already have an AC/DC arc welder that I'm comfortable with, so I don't really want or need a generator with a welder. I've looked at some advertised on Craigslist and it seems that the engines on...
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    Re: Garage door header ???

    A couple of 2x12's would be fine with a single jack stud at either end. How thick are your walls and do you want the header to be flush with the wall? Do you ever plan to finish off the interior...
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    Re: Pole barn Insulation

    I'm curious about this too.
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    The block looks very nice!!!!

    Will you have a sink in the garage? I use mine all the time and would hate to not have one.

    Where is your HVAC system going? Seems like a lot of them end up in...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    Thanks. This ties into another reason I want a bigger generator. I want something big enough to power my welder so I can do my fence corners, round pen and entrance gates. Plus whatever else I will...
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    Re: Self employment advice

    I was wondering if you would do this after talking to you a couple weeks ago. Glad to see you're exploring your options and considering the big move. For me, it was very scary going out on my own. ...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    On storing fuel for a generator, what type of fuel is best? Gas seems to be the worse since it breaks down so quickly and needs to be used and replaced on a regular basis. If I see a storm coming,...
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    Thanks, I see that now. Never done a pier and beam foundation from the beginning. I've been on a few jobs where I built the floor once the foundation was done, but only a few. Around here, most of...
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    Re: I-beam size 30' span

    I personally prefer the two smaller doors. It's not hard getting a car in and out a 9 foot door. My parents are in mid to late 70's and they do it every day. To me, it's just a nicer, cleaner...
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    Re: New House Build in the Country!!!

    I've never seen that before. What did they use for the lines? Did you get any pictures of what they used or how they figured out where to put all the lines?

    Is this going to be a concrete slab...
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    Re: Digging a hole..?

    You should be fine at that depth. I have a backhoe and tend to dig my pits as deep as I can out in the middle of a pasture where I'm 100% sure I will never need to dig there again. I also have a...
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    Re: Cool tree removal video.

    Impressive. I'm sure glad that there are people out there who can do that kind of work. I couldn't do it.
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    Re: I-beam size 30' span

    Kind of. I use screws so I can remove and adjust if I need to. I attach the joist from whatever side is the easiest to get in in place. I have no interest in how strong it is at that time, just as...
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    Re: What fruit trees?

    We did some research, but found that everything we learned, we found something else that contradicted it. Finally we just went to Lowes and bought our fruit trees from them based on them selling...
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    Re: Benefits to lights on your tractor.....

    During the mowing season here in Texas, it's too hot to be out there during daylight hours in my open cab tractor, so I do most of my mowing at last light and into the evening. I've been out as late...
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    Re: Cutting 4x8 sheets

    I also wonder about what it takes to set up a track saw or a panel saw when cutting plywood for something like shelves. Building shelves for clients is something that I do fairly often, and probably...
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    Re: Dozer or mulcher starting out?

    A dozer is just about the worse machine you could think of for clearing land. Mine is a Case 1550 that weighs 40,000 pounds and is 170 hp. I can push over all sorts of stuff with it, but then...
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    Re: I-beam size 30' span

    Nice job on all the joist hangers. I've found that it's easier for me to install the joists first, then come back and install the hangers after they are in place.
  75. Re: Any suggestions for replacing the lousy seat on a Branson?

    I have a Century 2535 that is the same thing as Branson that also has a terrible seat. No padding and just uncomfortable to sit on for very long. My solution was to get a handicap wheelchair seat...
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    Re: Cutting 4x8 sheets

    Are you cutting plywood every day, once a week or just a few times a month? I tend to cut plywood several times a year and can go months at a time without having to cut it. Depending on what I'm...
  77. Thread: Dishwasher

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: Dishwasher

    Mine started messing up about a year or so ago. We just sort of lived with it for awhile, but finally it got to the point that it was time to go. I'm all for fixing things, but I also believe that...
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    Re: I-beam size 30' span

    I think once you price what a steel I beam will cost, plus what it will take to attach your wood floor joists to it, going with two 24 foot long glulam beams will make a lot of sense. Basically the...
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    Re: Electrical question

    Exactly what I was thinking. Great reply!!!
  80. Thread: 13 Hours

    by EddieWalker
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    Re: 13 Hours

    I'm looking forward to seeing it.
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    Re: RIGGING: Moving Wood Stove into Basement

    Are you sure it's 900 pounds? Mine was around 400 pounds, but with the bricks and door removed, it was closer to 250 pounds. Me and my dad where able to shuffle it around onto a furniture dolly,...
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    Re: cabelas is discontinuing tractor sales

    My thought was they saw how Northern Tool has been doing this for years and figured they could do the same thing. They have also been successful at selling a variety of boats at their stores, so why...
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    Re: Tractor shed

    Congratulations, it came out nice. Hopefully one day I'll have one too!!
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    Re: Flying Squirrel

    Great pictures.

    I have them hear, but the only time we see them is when we are in the hot tub at night and sitting quietly. They will come down the tree next to the hot tub to get the bird feed. ...
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    Re: cabelas is discontinuing tractor sales

    Another thing to consider is the rumor that Cabela's is for sale. It might be part of making their sales price better by getting out of anything the hurts their net profit.
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    Re: I'm building a wood shed....I need some help

    Yes, you can buy a metal cutting blade. You can also use an old blade on backwards. I've done both and they will get the job done, but it's unbelievably noisy with tons of sparks flying everywhere. ...
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    Re: Steel truss company central TX

    Thank you
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    Re: Billy Goat yard vacuum

    Never heard of it or seen anything like it. I've only seen the attachments for riding mowers.
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    Re: Steel truss company central TX

    Prices look good. A 40x60 building with 12 foot walls was under $9 grand. It has a 2:12 pitch roof, which I do not want. Do you know if they can do a 4:12 pitch roof?
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    Re: Death knell for landlines - RANT

    Why do you have a landline?
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    Re: Impact drilling

    I use short spade bits in my impact driver where it's a tight fit. But it's jerky and very loud. If I have the room, my drill is ten times better for drilling holes.
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    Re: Pulling trailer with dozer

    Pull the pin and put a ball through the top opening, or change the type of hitch in the trailer so it will go through the pin
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    Re: Heavyweight Sweatshirts

    Carhartt makes my favorite sweatshirts. I tend to pick one up at the end of winter for a very good price. I think $20 on sale at Atwoods. I like to the XXL so I can wear them over my lighter...
  94. Re: Anyone get on of these government surveys ?

    Never received a survey. I lawyer told me that anything you get in the mail has is not legally binding to tell you what to do. There is no way to prove you actually received it. If you sign for...
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    Re: trouble posting pics

    Same here. I tried posting some pics on New Years Day, but it would never happen. Eventually, the screen would just go back to the post and the uploader would disappear.
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    Re: Updated Chainsaw Mounts

    I didn't realize there was no extra space.
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    Re: Updated Chainsaw Mounts

    I put everything on the floor around me, and it's a PIA. 9 times out of ten, I'll go get the Mule so I can haul everything I need in it's bed. Sometimes when clearing trees, I just have to cut them...
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    Re: All around shotgun

    We used Remington 870 pump shotguns in the Marine Corps overseas on Embassy Duty. I can't say if it's the most reliable or best pump shotgun out there, but it's the standard that all others compare...
  99. Re: Never use an Abrasive Cut-Off Wheel Again?

    First time I've seen this for cutting metal. I've been using something similar for concrete for years. When I was at my plumbing supply house, they cut some steel pipe for me using a chop saw and...
  100. Re: Kawasaki Mule 3010 - UTV Stuck In Accelleration ??

    What year is it? Mine is a 2011 and Kawasaki has done some warranty work on the smog aspect of it. What would happen is that when starting it, the engine would rev up real high, then stay there for...
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