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    Re: Snow blowing on a roof

    I use a roof rake too for the bottom 8' or so. Eventually I usually need to get on the roof and do some pushing with a plastic snow shovel. My metal roof is around 3/12 pitch. I've found even at that...
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    Re: Building the Retirement Place

    That's a nice, roomy barn. Glad to hear the weather is going better for you.
  3. Re: Going up and down a hill not riding sideways mowing. Just straight up and down

    If that's 37 deg. in the first pic, I'd be looking for Plan B. Cutting down from the top and pushing the spoils ahead to fill in the at the bottom of the slope should work to make a longer but less...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    61F. Mid-70's today and dry.

    I'm leaving for Ohio around mid-day. Solo trip since our older dog has too many health issues to put in a kennel for a week or so. I'm taking the scenic route over to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Before all of you are done, you guys are going to have me going around making amends to every rock I ever peed on. :laughing:
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    Re: Off-Grid Solar Setups

    There are third party contractors here in Maine that install electric service that is accepted by the utility. They usually are less expensive. The only difference I could find between the utility...
  7. Re: Do you have plans for your place when you pass away?

    I haven't made any decisions about trusts or easements, it's just part of the landscape (excuse the pun) to consider was my thought to share.

    Yep, SWOAM is all over those trusts. I think that is...
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    Re: Off-Grid Solar Setups

    This is how I would define solar categories. The distinctions are a bit fuzzy.

    I wouldn't consider either of these to be "passive."
    solar thermal: collect sunshine heat and transfer it to a...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    You're killing me. :D

    FYI I haven't touched a rock all day.
  10. Re: Do you have plans for your place when you pass away?

    Challenging issue. Brain drain, lack of jobs, kids not interested in rural living and live too far away, wife couldn't handle it alone--yep. :laughing:

    MY plan, if I get the chance to execute it...
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    Re: Off-Grid Solar Setups

    Very true. Earth berms do a lot to dictate the stlye of home built. If ya don't like it, and many do not, it's a non-starter. :D

    We are very happy with our earth berm, passive solar house built in...
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    Re: Off-Grid Solar Setups

    This is the third in a series of articles about the Tesla Power Wall and batteries in general for solar systems. The battery article is near the bottom of the web page, so scroll down. There is some...
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    Re: Free standing fire pit and surrounds

    I would be afraid that the pavers near the downhill side would eventually start drifting/slanting down the slope. Do you plan to have a curb or retaining wall on that side? It would provide a clean...
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    Re: Off-Grid Solar Setups

    Another approach to cutting a house's energy footprint is earth berming. A house with thick brick walls, earth berms, or one that is sealed to Passive Haus standards has virtually no air infiltration...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    51F headed to 78F today.

    Mowing the yard today and some other light chores that do not involve rocks.

    Wngsprd, I think I am rocked out for this summer. I can quit anytime I want to. :D

    My...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    You were welcome to stay but since you are looking at several specific issues with construction choices, off-grid, etc., your conversation won't get muddled up with this one. You will do better with...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    I hear ya. Politics gets involved unfortunately and getting off the grid is one way to insulate oneself from the nonsense. It is a virtual one-finger salute. :D

    I think we (in Maine) will be...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Good luck with the fuel cell.

    Beryllium is odd stuff to handle. I used to visit this Brush Wellman plant in Elmore, OH once in a great while back in my field service days. They produced ingots of...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Dang. You need a break before summer escapes.

    I 'finished' the rock retaining wall. Looks pretty ragged. I'll let it set over winter and decide if it's too ugly to live with next spring. In 20-20...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    That makes technical sense. I wonder if the article writer is confused? It's true that would be equivalent to ending net billing though. DTE, for no investment, gets the difference between wholesale...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    That sounds like an attempt at a revenue grab by DTE. I don't know how that could work unless they put a meter on the grid-tied system inverter output. That isn't how net metering systems are wired...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    51F. Mid-70's today & partly cloudy.

    Roy I hope you aren't working this weekend.

    I should be able to finish rebuilding the rock wall today.

    Farmer2009, that's quite the water works you have...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Oh sorry, Central NY is entirely different than TX which I had assumed. That really opens up more options to choose from.

    If you want to be off the grid a heating system that uses very little...
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    Re: Our adventure officially begins!

    Have fun!

    I think the capital gains exclusion on a primary residence sale are fairly generous but yes, it would pay to be sure about that.
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Unfortunately the calculator is a one-way thing, you cannot enter the desired result and have it back figure the DC KW system size needed. I just try several DC sizes to home in on the desired...
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    Re: Smell in Cabin -- gas from septic?

    Hmmm. If it really doesn't have a septic and drain vent, I would add one.

    The vent would usually be a 2" or 3" PVC pipe; a tee or wye connection to a drain line and going up through the roof.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I have no clue about the oil issue. I did something on the Subaru I have never done before, bought a 10 year extended warranty. Probably a waste but we tend to keep our vehicles longer now that we...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    A feedline bearing would ruin your day. I suppose you have redundant feed and water systems in the same barn?

    The finger is healing but slowly. If I ever get off TBN :laughing: I will be messing...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Yes, it will be interesting to see how the negotiation process of reducing the global carbon budget works out. I don't think I will be around to see that. :D It is going to be a complex blend of...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I drove through Wilton yesterday, it's not far at all. Wilton is one of the towns in our school district. It borders Farmington's east side. US Rt 2 used to run right through Wilton's business...
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    Re: Snow blowing on a roof

    Maybe one of those light weight "power shovel" types that use rubber paddles to fling the snow would work.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Not much granite will be used because it is rare to find granite rocks with the natural flat faces that are needed for good stacking.
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Energy Storage and Actual Reality | The Energy Collective

    Interesting perspective on where and how batteries fit into the scheme of things in California which has mandated a move toward utility...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    56F. Mid-70's today with a nice breeze due later this morning.

    Rocks are on today's menu. Hopefully I can rebuild the retaining wall enough today and Friday to keep the groundhogs from burrowing...
  35. Re: PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    Lots of people are having the same problem the past few days.
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    Re: Smell in Cabin -- gas from septic?

    Also check the vent stack integrity, correct install and no leaking connections.

    Any chance there could be an abandoned drain pipe in a wall with no or a dried out trap?
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    63F this evening. We had a t-storm move through this afternoon and drop a bit of rain, maybe a bit of rain tomorrow. There were some pretty powerful lightning bolts in this storm but nothing hit real...
  38. Thread: CRAMMING

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    Re: CRAMMING

    I got the "IRS is suing you" scam call today. A recorded voice saying to call this number ...

    I think scammers, and especially those that prey on the elderly, should be treated like horse thieves...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I think you have been out in the heat too long, or inhaling while painting. :laughing:

    I sure hope the El Nino that is shaping up ends your dry spell this winter.
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    Re: well-what-happened-all-gold hoarders VOL 2

    I was remembering those gold bug discussions too. Ya think I should buy some if it gets down to $450? :laughing:
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    58F headed to 79F today. Highs around mid-70's in the 10-day forecast with a good chance of rain many of those days.

    Ouch Roy! Sorry your toe is giving you grief. Fingers crossed for good healing....
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Warm day but saved by good breeze, had to chase my hat a couple times. It's still 78F.

    Got back to work today taking apart the rock retaining wall that got my finger. The wall was partly made up...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I wonder if the price of diesel vs gas will stay as it is? Diesel is within a couple cents of gas here now after being more expensive, sometimes much more, for the past ten years. I've heard various...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    56F headed to 88F today.

    We kept the Ford Sport Trac. With decent tread remaining on All Season tires and 4x4 it has not needed snow tires but it is a heavier vehicle too. We live on a 2-lane...
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    Re: Question about my new truck

    Cab-chassis truck with an aftermarket bed might have a sticker in the door frame with the GVWR reflecting the added bed. My Dodge does, it looks like it's required maybe?
  46. Re: PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    This web site has links to barn preservation groups around the country. I noticed Idaho has a driving tour for example.
    State-by-State Barn Survey & Agricultural Study Guide | National Barn Alliance
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I didn't look that deep. :laughing:

    The reviews for the OEM Yokohama Geolandar G91F tires aren't that great. They are All Season M+S rated but I wonder if I would be better off getting some real...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Quiet day here. Sharon took Sira to tracking training. I goofed off. My finger isn't ready for ambitious work yet.

    Opened the hood on the Forester and got familiar with where stuff is. Pretty...
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    Re: Butcher pigs - remove hair- torch?

    The traditional method was to use a bell scraper after scalding.

    Bell Hog Scraper [010154] - $27.45 : Butcher & Packer, Sausage Making and Meat Processing Supplies
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    55F. Low-80's today and no chance of rain. We are still a bit behind on rainfall but a downpour on Thursday really helped. Looks like a nice cooling spell is coming after Tuesday.

    Have a good one.
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    Re: Annoyed by dirt bikers?

    I know you were poking fun, but the "business" aspect of it is another way to look at it too which is why I quoted your post.

    If it were a business, and it well could be, it's fair to ask where...
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    Re: Annoyed by dirt bikers?

    Without knowing the details of the power line easement, but assuming it is just that with no recreational access involved, I don't think people have the right to use the easement across his land at...
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    Re: Food plot 2015

    That's what I mean by red clover. I am always surprised by how well red clover will colonize open spaces in acid soils. It seems like there are always seeds around to keep it going year after year.
    ...
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    Re: Really a cheap tool guy now!

    Compared to prices (or maybe my net worth :D) in the past a reasonable set of Craftsman wrenches, sockets, etc. seems dirt cheap now if you buy the set on sale??

    I already have about 30 pairs of...
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    Re: to keep people off of my land!

    Before deer season guys come up our drive now and then looking for places to hunt. There is no sign and the house can't be seen from the road easily. There is a mailbox at the road. Funny thing is...
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    Re: Food plot 2015

    This has been a really good clover year for Dutch white, red and yellow hop. I have good patches of red and yellow hop in the field. Dutch white is thick in the yard this year.

    This is yellow hop...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/business/perdue-and-the-race-to-end-antibiotic-use-in-chickens.html?hpw&rref=business&WT.nav=bottom-well&module=CloseSlideshow&region=SlideShowTopBar&version=SlideCar...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Stupid coin. You need the smart money. :D
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    TXDon, I would think that the fermented bread flavor depends a lot on what variety(s) of yeast take over the ferment. The wild yeasts brought in with the mustang grapes could vary from year to year...
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    Re: Food plot 2015

    The oats came in well. Looking good.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Never thought about that. Maybe Sharon can skip a few chiropractor visits. :laughing:
  62. Re: Plowing with a Truck Issues / Effect on Truck's Value

    Our old neighbor's "yard truck" must have burned a quart of oil per storm. The air would be blue by the time he finished. :) IIRC it was an older Jeep pickup.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    It seems like all of that dealer's cars have the All Weather package. Heated seats probably won't get used much by us either since it will be kept in a garage. I think that would be a nice comfort...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Congrats on getting rid of two payments! I don't think the price of college (for its value) has ever been as stiff as it is now. I'm truly glad we are past that stage of life. Our oldest son went to...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    We aren't very picky on the colors. Sharon didn't really like the blue, red would have been okay with both of us, Silver - meh. It will do. :D

    It has the All Weather package (windshield wiper...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    Exactly. It just seems wrong to treat the "dog" that way. :) In the part of the video where the 'bot is on a slippery surface and the guy gives it a good shove with his foot, the scrambling to regain...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Silver. The red and blue ones they had were sold in just a couple days. So, it was silver or charcoal grey. Our Ford is charcoal gray and looks filthy all winter; a wash is only good for one trip to...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    I'm thinking that will play a large role in the future. The odds of resisting that outcome for the general or common good of people are slim to none IMO.

    Automation is already cutting into jobs....
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    Re: Hudson Trailers?

    I had an 18' Hudson with hydraulic tilt bed for several years 2003-2007. It was a good unit. If they are still made to the same quality it should be a good trailer. The only issue I ever had was the...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    I'll bet the programming geeks have put a few hidden "features" in the robot's repertoire of tricks. Like the "Easter Eggs" in other programmed units.

    Intel and Micron just announced a new cpu +...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Results for July 3-31, 2015.

    About in line with previous July's considering July 1-2 are in June's reading.

    *********************************** Model Prediction...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    We got the Subaru home no problems. Eric is right, the full owner's manual would give Dostoevsky a run for his money. :laughing:

    You namby pamby, scalpel, stitch happy folks; I can remember my...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    Haven't. here is the movies teaser premise:
    In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    I know it is silly but because the 'bots look and move at least marginally like a familiar life form, I find myself attaching "feelings" to them. So what happens when the robots are 2-3 times more...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    That's always the challenge with retirement living especially in out of the way areas that aren't commutable to decent jobs or retirement hot spots. Spend the money and make it what you want or worry...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    I did go to the doc this afternoon. I think it's under control but thanks for the concern. The doc said let it heal under the flap of skin if it will and she seemed to be confident that it would. She...
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    It's a slippery slope for sure.
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    Re: Four-legged robots

    Ya, the article that led me to the video was about Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk warning about killer robots and the likelihood of a robot arms race developing. I could see that happening. True they...
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    Four-legged robots

    I just saw this, it's been out since this February.

    Pretty fascinating robotics. Electronic controls with hydraulic actuators.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8YjvHYbZ9w

    I bet it could be...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Thanks, I just learned that too, about 2 hours ago. :laughing: That's what the doc said, good initial cleaner but can be detrimental to healing later. The doc thinks it will heal okay. Soak in Epsom...
  81. Re: Plowing with a Truck Issues / Effect on Truck's Value

    That's true but plowing, and maybe while hurrying a bit too, involves a lot of back and forth opportunities to not be patient enough. :D
  82. Re: Plowing with a Truck Issues / Effect on Truck's Value

    I've been told that what ruins automatic transmissions while plowing is not coming to a full stop when shifting between forward and reverse, creates very high fluid pressures inside the transmission.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Ya, Sharon thinks I ought to see the doc too. I'm giving it air this morning. The skin is only held on in one small section, the rest is separated so it's not getting much blood supply. I'm more...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    According to the PVWatts calculator (using Lynchburg,VA weather data) you would need a 20 DC kW system to produce 29,250 AC kWh per year. At 300 DC watts per panel that would require 67 panels. That...
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    Re: Gravel border around slab

    I have 1" minus spread about 2-3 inches deep over two layers of 8 mil black plastic. Some grass, tree seedlings and weeds will grow in that but they pull easy enough since the roots can't reach dirt....
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    Re: Smelling diesel at 12am

    That's a mess for sure. Good thing it didn't get ignited by the exhaust manifold too.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Mid-80's again today with possible late afternoon t-storms passing through.

    Tuesday morning I messed up the top pad on my left index finger moving some large rocks. Sort of skidded the pad mostly...
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    Re: New Species? Tail-less coons.

    Ha! That's a calm and clever racoon.
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    That is good luck. There is plenty of bad luck to go around, so you deserve it. :D
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    Re: Huge Government recall for Ram, Jeep

    Ya, I'm waiting for more details on the trucks that have been fixed since mine was (supposedly). I put an 8x12 rack side dump bed on my cab chassis truck. What good is a truck book value buy back to...
  91. Re: Plowing with a Truck Issues / Effect on Truck's Value

    I guess it depends on the plowing, like Ed said. For a commercial plow truck that has to hit 100+ driveways every storm plus hauling a loaded sander in the back, they wear out a lot of parts.

    I...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Mid-80's today, it's going to be sticky.

    Ron, sorry about your Mom but family help is good.

    Wet Poop, that should a traction control setting available on some AWD vehicle.

    Good luck with...
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    Re: Neighbors sometimes good, sometime well!!!

    Sounds like he got an earful from his wife. :D
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Sounds good. We've picked green beans a couple times now, have tons of leaf lettuce, ate all our radishes so I planted more, cabbage and carrots are being used.
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    Re: Building our retirement home

    If your soil is that rocky (like the basement hole) for the well line, you might consider putting some sand in the bottom of the trench, lay the pipe, cover with sand for 6" or so before back filling...
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    Re: Busy Wife This Weekend Re; coyotes

    I'm sure coyotes have visited our compost pile on occasion and that's only 40' from the house. They do get bold. We don't have poultry or livestock so, I don't worry about them much. 99% of the time...
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    Re: Huge Government recall for Ram, Jeep

    I have a 2011 Ram 3500 4x4 bought as a cab chassis. The recall situation has been crazy. The steering recall in particular, it took over a year to get it done. The dealer said Chrysler-Fiat would...
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    Re: Busy Wife This Weekend

    Nice! Having good access to areas of your property makes life so much easier. The deer and coyotes appreciate it too. I've seen moose tracks on our lanes but they don't use them as much as the deer...
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    Re: Backhoe Or 5 Extra HP?

    Storage for subframe hoes is an issue. Mine takes about 14' of space, plus leaving room around it for using the stabilizers and bucket for mounting and un-mounting.

    I drop mine on the floor behind...
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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    64F, already beat yesterday's high of 63F. Wonder if we will see the sun today. Perfect weather for an explosion of the slug population.

    Thomas, no cukes here, just blossoms so far.

    RNG is MIA...
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