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    Re: At Home In The Woods

    I would not move that shed from the rental. If you want one at your house, buy another one.

    I speak from experience, I once bought a rental house with a shed. Cleaned out the house, and the shed...
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    Re: Remove your hitch.

    I set it up so the hitch pin retained them. They have never fallen out.
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    Re: Remove your hitch.

    I had that problem with a motorhome I had. The way I solved it was I went to Home Depot and got two of the lightest gauge galvanized angles they had, the kind intended to be hailed onto a 2x4. A...
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    Re: Your thoughts on my future carreer change

    I like the idea; actually I like it better than the RV park idea where the buildings were going to look primitive. Looking at expansion possibilities before you build anything is very wise.
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  5. Re: Gable and side wall overhang....necessary or not?

    I completely agree with you. Not only do I like the look of overhangs, but they do keep water and sun off the siding. To me, this shades the barn and keeps it cooler in the summer.

    On a house, I...
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    Re: My dogs killed neighbors chicken

    I have a totally different take on Invisible Fencing.

    I used it for years when we lived in relatively dense housing (2.5 acres is right on the edge of this category). It worked well for...
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    Re: Cordless Power Tools - Escalating Costs

    I have had a Honda eu2000 for several years now.

    I bought it primarily for deer and elk camp where it gets about 250 hours per year of use. But since I have it already, it is great for powering...
  8. Re: What do you look at when inspecting a house?

    The number of houses I have bought & sold isn't as many as Eddie, but I have a few other things I have found over the years.

    Instead of not trusting a realtor, in many instances I have found that...
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    Re: Ranch Type Entrance

    I always thought the entrance was there to make a statement about the prosperity and value of the property.

    Make it big, much bigger than the minimum possible size allowed...
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    Re: My last month at work.

    Good luck with your retirement.

    I retired seven years ago, and have been busy ever since. There is something great about being able to call my own shots as you say.

    I retired out of the...
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    Re: Can I get by with a 2wd backhoe

    Will:

    I know what you are saying, but what I am hearing is that your dad did a lot of work with 2wd back when that was the only thing available. In 1982 he switched to 4wd and since then neither...
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    Re: Yikes! Well pump replaced.

    Reading with great interest. I just started irrigating some landscaping with my well, and it has started producing a lot of sand. I am putting in a sand filter (Lakos IWB-0050) tomorrow, but I am...
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    Re: Can I get by with a 2wd backhoe

    I have never regretted spending the money on a 4WD backhoe.

    Yep, I can push and pull with the hoe too, but it is lot harder to steer the front wheels while doing this. I can extend the hoe back...
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    Re: My War on Poison Ivy

    I do not believe that burning oxidizes all of the oil in the PI.

    It is more like the nicotine in tobacco, burning the tobacco vaporizes some of the nicotine and burns some of it, which is why...
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    Re: My War on Poison Ivy

    It is the Mean Green Industrial hand cleaner.

    They have the ones that fit the dispenser, or they have just a plain, large mouth plastic jar of about 1 quart capacity.
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    Re: My War on Poison Ivy

    There is a product called "Mean Green" which has the same ingredients as Zanfel, but comes in quart size jars. It is sold as a hand scrub, but will do the same as Zanfel. Price per ounce is much...
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    John Deere 4410 -- Brake Adjust

    Trying to help a neighbor with a John Deere 4410. The tractor has been sorely neglected in the maintenance department, but we are going through that and getting it done.

    I can't find anything on...
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    Re: 30 Ft. Flag Pole

    I have about a 28' commercial flagpole we installed last summer.

    I agree with the foundation sleeve, this is more or less the standard way to set a flagpole.

    Ours went into decomposed granite...
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    Re: Finding soil bearing capacity?

    Typically, piers do not support a load by bearing on the bottom end of the pier. The support is from friction on the sides of the pier.

    You need to have a soils engineer look at the soil and an...
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    Re: Golf Cart, Gas vs Electric

    I got a pair of 6V golf cart batteries for the house batteries on my toy hauler for about the same price about 2 years ago. I have had much better results with honoring warranties from O'Reilly than...
  21. Buying Advice Re: Rookie here...am I crazy? Help needed...quick!

    Think about the orchard ahead of time. DW and I lived on a property that was just over an acre, but had mature apple, plum, peach, apricot and persimmon trees. We were just on the outskirts of town,...
  22. Re: Most economical/efficient way to mark a grade?

    If you can avoid the wind problem, which I have never had, a water level is more accurate than any other method. Beats even the most expensive laser level. You must keep it out of the sun because the...
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    Re: Lead Acid batteries, can they be revived?

    I really don't think there is any good way to recover an old battery. Plus messing with that much acid just seems like an accident in the making to me.

    Bite the bullet and get new ones. You don't...
  24. Re: Propane Hot Water Tank heater or Tankless? Help me decide.

    IMHO, the cheapskate way forward for the OP's question is to replace the anode, which will be about $40 if you get the "smelly water" kind (they work for me) , and less if you just have a regular...
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    Re: Generator brands

    The guys I hunt with have pretty much switched from tents to trailers as we got older. Toy haulers are good for hunting because we can sleep 4 guys in one.

    A few of us have Champion generators,...
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    Re: Concrete pad on sloping ground

    I was just planning on using some rocks to hold it off the ground instead of dobies. Bad idea? Or just easier to use the dobies?

    The dobies are not very expensive, and the tie wire in them is very...
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    Re: Concrete pad on sloping ground

    The rebar in the footers will be held in place by 6x10 stirrups.

    I am not sure of some of your terminology here. What is a 6x10 stirrup? I am not a professional, but have done a lot of concrete....
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    Re: Liability....WHAT liability?

    I agree with Chris.

    A 14 year old tire is just plain not safe, no matter how good the tread looks. I had a 7 year old tire on a trailer blow out a couple of years ago. It had 90+ % of the...
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    Re: help with large posts with bucket

    I set a 6"x6"x25' post about 3 years ago.

    First I put an eye bolt, the cast one with a complete circle about 6" from the top of the post. At least 1/2" in diameter, I used 5/8". Tied two 35'...
  30. Re: Shelf life of unopened UniversalHydraulic/transmission fluid ?

    A good question, but there is a different way to come to an answer.

    How much money are you proposing to save here?

    What percentage of the tractor's value is that?

    What is it worth to not...
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    Re: MF 135 In Frame Rebuild Advice

    Typically done through the injector port or the glow plug port if it has one.
  32. Re: House Construction - Best value and working with a bulder/s???

    Some additional thoughts.

    You need a contract to work with a contractor. When it came time to build our house 8 or 9 years ago, I was amazed at the contracts that various contractors proposed....
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    Re: MF 135 In Frame Rebuild Advice

    Before you decide you need a rebuild, you might want to get a local mechanic to diagnose it.

    If you have a trailer that moved it home, you can take it to the mechanic, or find one who will come...
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    Re: Pex tube and a frozen floor...

    As I understand this, your original plan was to have a wood stove with a homemade added boiler in your shop with a water/glycol mix circulating in the floor to warm the shop. Is this sort of right so...
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    Re: What To Buy ??

    Chain that chunk of concrete very well. If you ever hit anything it will want to come into the truck with you.

    I have often thought about casting a custom weight from the leftovers on my next...
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    Re: Will welding fry an ammeter on a tractor?

    You will be far better off if you replace the dead ammeter with a voltmeter. An ammeter really doesn't show you the condition of your battery, a voltmeter does. And the voltage tells you if the...
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    Re: Floating duck house

    If I make the 4" pipe grid and it leaks, it will sink without warning, separate pipes will make it unsinkable - just like Titanic

    It will at least give you warning by listing before sinking....
  38. Re: House Construction - Best value and working with a bulder/s???

    A couple of suggestions in this area from my experience. We built an oversize garage and put a ramp into the garage. The big advantage here is that if either of you ever need a wheelchair, the common...
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    Re: Pex tube and a frozen floor...

    Pex is claimed to be resistant to freezing, but those experiments were done with unconstrained Pex. Even if the Pex survives, I expect the bond between the Pex and the concrete will be disrupted....
  40. Re: Post Hole Digger lawsuit ends poorly for farmer

    The lawsuit ended poorly for both sides.
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    Re: I Need Some Backhoe Advice

    No matter how long the reach of my backhoe, I always want more.

    For me, being able to trench faster is not a great big deal. I can still do the job.

    But, there are some jobs where reach...
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    Re: How many screws per board?

    I don't know how you guys build, but I have always put up the stud wall, with temporary diagonal bracing, nailed the shear wall on with the nails called out in the nailing schedule, and then go...
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    Re: How many screws per board?

    As has been stated those are shear walls, and while they do not carry a vertical load, they are loaded in seismic events and during winds.

    The wall with the doors is the most critical in that...
  44. Thread: GUN SAFE

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    Re: GUN SAFE

    One of the best concealment jobs I ever saw was an old water heater converted to a gun safe. Well, it wasn't really a safe, just a hideout, but it was nicely done. Even had dummy pipes, fake gas...
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    Re: help need to find 2011 and 2012 taxes

    The IRS will provide copies of tax returns for previous years. There is a charge for this service, but it may be worth whatever it is.

    OTOH, since you are going to have to file for 2013, you...
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    Re: Garage exhaust fan idea

    I would look at attic fans. You will find some that mount horizontally, and have set of louvers which automatically open and close.

    The advantage of an attic fan over the HF ventilator is that the...
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    Re: How to Join 6" PVC to 6" HDPE drain pipe

    I am not a contractor, but a "very advanced amateur" in the house building and construction areas. I have built two houses, one detached garage, and numerous upgrades (roofs, fences, retaining walls,...
  48. Re: Stihl Kombi or dedicated hedge trimmer and dedicated pole saw

    I have a Kombi and have never had a problem. I have the pole saw and the hedge trimmer, as well as other attachments.

    I am very satisfied, and am very pleased with having one motor, which means...
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    Buying Advice Re: How important is a Backhoe Thumb?

    ...Based on this, I'm going with the thumb.

    That is a great choice. I have both thumb and a grapple on my TLB and they do different tasks. Both are valuable and very useful.

    I think you want...
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    Re: Pouring concrete in winter. Question..,

    I would wait for warmer weather.

    There is a divergence of interests here. You want the best outcome possible. The contractor wants to be paid as soon as possible. Never forget this difference.
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    Re: Where do you carry your gun on your tractor?

    I have one good reason to carry a gun on my tractor. A few years ago I took our 2 labs out the front door one night, and my flashlight caught the eyes of a cougar (4 legged kind) just setting at the...
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    Re: House for my Parents

    I like the mantel up higher too.
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    Re: Caught in a bind - '08 F-150 & Aluma 7818

    I have to disagree a bit here. If I buy a trailer, with a given weight rating. I expect it to be able to carry that weight with any tow vehicle using only industry-standard components. I might only...
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    Re: How did this Tractor Flip?

    I think I way overstated that. The center of mass rotates about the contact point. The tractor looks like the whole thing rotates about the axle, but look very closely and the rear axle moves...
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    Re: Looking for best cordless drill to purchase

    What is the environment you will use the drill in?

    If it is only you, working around the house by yourself anything will do, but the best ones in the contractor class of tools are probably the...
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    Re: How did this Tractor Flip?

    I agree: no drawbar, 3 pt hitch too high, no rops.

    The first two things caused the tip over, the last exacerbated the injuries to the operator.

    One thing that absolutely did not happen is...
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    Re: Anyone priced a Model 94 Winchester lately?

    My, made in Japan, Browning BLR in .308 is by far the nicest lever action I have seen. Interesting that Browning would import a second lever action made by the same Japanese company.
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    Grapple Re: Best "rock" grapple for CUT?

    Out in my area those rocks in the picture would not be just sitting on top of the ground. They are sort of like icebergs with most of the rock below grade. Despite being very heavy duty, my grapple...
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    Traction Re: Wheel Spacers

    When I looked at the inside of my tires and wheels, the clearance without spacers was a guestimated 1" or so.

    I don't what chain experts would recommend, but stock clearance was way below my...
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    Traction Re: Wheel Spacers

    The red Prowler spacers arrived yesterday, installed today with blue locktite. Kept all the metal parts warm with a propane torch to keep the locktited parts over the recommended 60 degrees.
    ...
  61. Re: Earth Tubes: How to build a low cost system to passively heat and cool your home

    The system in the pictures is nice. But it is not consistent with the low cost criteria in the title of this thread.

    To me, putting part of the system under the building is a mistake. Put it under...
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    Grapple Re: Best "rock" grapple for CUT?

    After seeing the rocks, I am more convinced than ever that the right piece of equipment is a backhoe with thumb or an exactor with thumb. It would be very difficult for my grapple to pick up more...
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    Re: Wireless pet fence??

    I have used one of the original Invisible Fence brand with 3 labs and one American Eskimo. It worked well at two different houses unless the batteries in the dog collar wore out.

    To me, the real...
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    Re: Wireless pet fence??

    I have used one of the original Invisible Fence brand with 3 labs and one American Eskimo. It worked well at two different houses unless the batteries in the dog collar wore out.

    To me, the real...
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    Traction Re: Wheel Spacers

    I have chains that fit the front already. It looked like there was plenty of clearance without any spacers.


    ...a great guy with good taste in tractor brands. I keep telling my wife this
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    Grapple Re: Best "rock" grapple for CUT?

    If you are building rock walls, you really want an excavator with thumb, or a backhoe with thumb.

    I have a backhoe with thumb and if you only want to maintain one machine, this is the way to go....
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    Re: Found a cat in my engine

    I have always been partial toward friendly cats. Most of them are very aloof and can't be bothered with the hand that feeds them.

    Good luck with this one.
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    Traction Re: Wheel Spacers

    The weather forecast is showing warmer weather for the next few days. I have a set of ladder chains that fit the front wheels of the backhoe, and I am hoping that between pushing the snow off with...
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    Traction Re: Wheel Spacers

    Last night I bought a set of 4 spacers from ebay. Wheel Spacers Skid Steer 8 Lug 2" Bobcat Case New Holland John Deere Cat | eBay. $319 with free shipping.
    9/16" lugs. I found several threads that...
  70. Re: Earth Tubes: How to build a low cost system to passively heat and cool your home

    I think you need to get an engineer, either mechanical or chemical, to look at your design before you spend a nickel on it.

    As a chemical engineer, this is stuff we learned in undergraduate...
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    Traction Wheel Spacers

    After being snowed in at the top of our steep 1+ mile driveway, I broke down and ordered a set of chains for the rears of my JD 110 TLB. They should get here this week, but now I need a set of wheel...
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    Re: Caught in a bind - '08 F-150 & Aluma 7818

    I hate to say this, but it looks to me like the least expensive way to deal with the issue would be to sell this trailer and get a new one which would be able to use a WD hitch.

    I looked at...
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    Re: Help making sheet steel look 100 yrs old

    I would nip the front corners off at a 45 degree angle, and maybe the back ones too, while I had it out from under the stove. If a corner go lifted up somehow it could cause a really nice cut on...
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    Re: Should stores be closed on Thanksgiving?

    Thanks for recognizing that truth.

    Your argument is based on necessity. Necessity can be as artificial and manipulated as a Black Friday sale price though--and it is. You are assuming there is no...
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    Re: Should stores be closed on Thanksgiving?

    For my entire life, I have been hearing this issue every major Holiday.

    The evil retailer of the year (it wasn't always WalMart) is making people work on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whatever day...
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    Re: To use my weight distribution hitch or not?

    What is the downside of using the WD even if you don't need it?

    What is the downside of not using the WD if you do need it?

    The sway bar is a different issue. Not using it can produce a...
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    Re: At Home In The Woods

    Another thing to think about is since the surface is that bad, what kind of preparation was done under it? Was the rock under it compacted, is the steel centered in the concrete, is the vapor barrier...
  78. Re: COLD winter questions. Kerosene as an additive? Whats winter diesel?

    There is no law that says you can't change oil early. It should not cause any problem with your warranty, but check with your dealer first.
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    Re: Lets Reload some Ammo!

    I reloaded for many years, primarily because I had uncommon caliber guns, and it saved a lot.

    I know you are showing pistol reloading here, but I started with reloading rifle ammo for two...
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    Re: Footbridge safety ideas needed

    I have bought two kinds of metal lath at Home Depot. The stuff that RobA links to is lighter duty. There iS a second kind which is heavier duty and has ribs going along the 8' direction. Maybe twice...
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    Re: At Home In The Woods

    For my money, that looks more like a snowdrift than a professionally installed concrete floor. The contractor needs to either fix that or tear it out and do it again.

    I don't know of a good fix,...
  82. Re: Hydraulic Thumb or Manual for excavator?

    Hydraulic all the way.

    There are many reasons for this, much more convenient, you will never try to pick something up with the thumb in the wrong position just because it was too much trouble to...
  83. Comparison Re: Buying Decision: John Deere 870 or Kubota L35?

    While I am certain the Kubota is more capable in the earthmoving department, the reason I have a Deere 110 TLB is that the L35 does not have HST. Not a big deal for the backhoe function, but really a...
  84. Re: Oil ran too low - Need to fill and bleed the system

    That ball valve is brass, not steel. I don't know the hydraulic pressure on this tractor, but most of the brass valves like that I have seen in the US are only rated for 150 to 200 psi or so. Nowhere...
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    Re: Sattellite internet users

    We had satellite about 6 or 7 years ago. Better than dial-up, but worse than any other choice.

    They we got DSL. We were too far from the nearest router, so that was only somewhat better. I didn't...
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    Re: At Home In The Woods

    I have used one of these concrete grinding machines.

    There are two basic kinds I know of, possibly more. The kind I used is called a "scarrifier" which is obviously not the same as the tooth-like...
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    Re: Bullet Holes in Tire

    As an engineer I can tell you that tires do not work the way most people think they do.

    Air pressure inside the tire does not directly carry any weight. The weight is carried by the sidewalls....
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    Re: FEL and 4WD - How necessary?

    My grandparents started with an outhouse and then moved up to one indoor bathroom for the entire house.

    Now I might, just possibly, be able to live with an outhouse, but my wife would never...
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    Re: Broke a fuse off...in the box. ERRR!!

    If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, they also carry sets of picks very similar to the ones shown above.
  90. Re: New gravel driveway - What should this cost?

    As others have said, check with the county on width. We had to do 12' with a turn out, or bump out on your drawing, every 150'. And, we had a maximum slope requirement. Also had to have room for fire...
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    Re: oil spill stain on concrete.

    I have done a similar thing by using paint thinner and cat litter or oil absorbent on top of it. Spread it around with a push broom and you will be amazed at the final result.

    This is fine...
  92. Re: Ford shop can't work on diesel F350, even the u-joint.

    What you are proposing was outlawed ~150 years ago. Funny-looking President with a beard and a stove pipe hat. Emancipation proclamation or something like that. Made it into the Constitution too, but...
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    Re: Oil Pan Problem

    The next time you have anything like those plugs frozen in place, the best way to remove it is with impact.

    Lots of penetrating oil to start. Get an adjustable wrench, a box wrench, or a socket...
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    Re: Baby Pig. Now What?

    That is a lot of tusk for an animal that big to have.

    * * * * * * * *

    I have been gored by a much smaller intact male -- I was hunting him with a knife, and we were squabbling over who was...
  95. Re: Pond building in NJ. Help me with contractor, pricing, and advice.

    There is enough money in this fill that you might want to reconsider the design.

    I designed a house with this type of layout for DW and I about 8 years ago, we are now living in it. We like it,...
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    Re: Want a new laptop but do I want Windows 8?

    From what I see and read there are a lot more people who have traded a Windows 8 machine for a Mac and liked it than people who have actually had a real problem with screen burn in on a retina...
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    Backhoe Re: Moving backhoe over ditch

    I agree with the idea of not entering the trench. Even a 4 foot trench can kill you if it collapses on your legs and causes deep vein thrombosis, which is very common in this situation. And 8 footer...
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    Re: Want a new laptop but do I want Windows 8?

    Tech Support is an interesting issue.

    I used to live in the SF Bay area and there were many Apple stores I could take my computer, phone or tablet into and get excellent support from live...
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    Re: Grapple Bucket or 4way Bucket?

    I have the grapple and the 4-n-1 and I think that is better than the standard bucket and a grapple. The only thing I can do with a standard bucket that can not be done with a 4-n-1 is carry wet...
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    Re: Grapple Bucket or 4way Bucket?

    I have both a grapple and a 4-n-1 and for moving logs and brush I would choose the grapple over the 4-n-1 95% of the time.

    For moving gravel, digging or back dragging the 4-n-1 is better, and it...
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