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  1. Snow Blade Re: Here's what strong winds and a 50-60 cm (2 foot) Nor'easter looks like...

    We got 21 inches out of that storm. Had 6-7 on the ground already. The last 3 days have been all above freezing. Today it was 46 F here in central Maine. With the melt we still have over a foot on...
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    Re: Gas cans - really

    I keep reading that galvanized steel cans like Eagle or Justrite for diesel are bad for the tractor. I hate the plastic spouts that bust and are just a pain.
    Iwas thinking that I might do well with...
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    Re: California Drought

    https://youtu.be/ggu9YvX-R1Q
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    Re: There's snow on the roof, who care's

    This weekend's job - shoveling the snow off. Must be 28" on it. It is a metal roof. We keep the snow away from the wood stove chimney brackets - the sliding ice and snow moves as one piece and bends...
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    Re: Tractor Supply Does It Again

    They don't have a clue what they are selling. It is always hit or miss.
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    Re: California Drought

    Too much water for the capacity
    : Oroville, California - breaching spillways and evacuations.
    https://youtu.be/MFPuxGr7y6c
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    Re: Pond dreaming is over

    Ducks that stay head for the rivers- goldeneye, bufflehead - or on the coast red mergansers, scoters, eiders. Once in a while you'll find domestic mallards and black ducks hanging out where a river...
  8. Thread: Back hoe

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    Re: Back hoe

    I have an old Northern Hydraulic Trencherman (Northern Tool). 8hp 11gpm two stage pump replacing the original 5hp 1.3gpm pump

    It does a great job.

    The tires can be switched with the solid...
  9. Re: Cleaning eyeglasses, why is there only one good way?

    Can depend on the quality of your glasses and whether they are coated. The idea is not to rub them with anything that is harder than the lens. Some fibers in paper towels or cloth are too abrasive....
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    Re: Any Anvil collectors here ?

    I have a piece of track, 2. One I picked up somewhere and is 8" long and the other I picked in town. 2' piece that was laying on the ground by the tracks. - I have them but don't use them. I read...
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    Re: Flu vaccination, yes or no.

    Like buying anything. Some say one thing, others something else. Those with a vested monetary interest - insist.

    Live and let live. If you want a vaccine, I'm not stopping you. Don't force me to...
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    Re: Flu vaccination, yes or no.

    Taught 26 years. They offered free flu shots and I got them. My wife too, also a teacher. We still got the flu. One year there was a vaccine shortage and I read in the paper that fewer people died...
  13. Re: Anyone done the 600hr front axle pivot or 800 hr engine valve clearance adjustmen

    It is down the road on my tractor. I don't look forward to it. Had a MGB once and it was easy to get at the valves, easy to adjust. I hate fiddling with a wrench, trying to apply pressure at an odd...
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    Re: What's in your tractor toolbox?

    I am always using tools in different places- where I need them. The tools that ride with my tractor tend to be the leftovers that I don't really need for anything. The ones I need are where I last...
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    Re: Just had a sickening thought

    I had a student who over the summer was working under his car. He was using a piece of firewood for a jackpost. The car came down and crushed him. His pregnant girlfriend found him.- Just be smart...
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    Re: Studding tires

    Do those screws ever fall out? I've take a drywall screw out of my truck tire and I hate the idea of giving myself a flat.
  17. Thread: Ice in tires

    by tcreeley
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    Re: Ice in tires

    Rimguard- aka beet juice. In my tires in Maine. Never freezes -20F. Never a problem. Doesn't corrode.
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    Re: Need help identifying tractor!!!

    These guys at this site are great with these garden tractors - tons of experience and how to.

    http://www.tractorforum.com
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    3-Point Hitch Re: New holland 1920 what tiller

    Maine Black Bears. Was hockey as big as it is now? Good school!
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    3-Point Hitch Re: New holland 1920 what tiller

    Manual Canister, Tool Tube, Document Holder, Manual Tube
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    3-Point Hitch Re: New holland 1920 what tiller

    I run this 5' tiller from Agrisupply. Very rugged. Had it 2 years now- never a problem. - 1319.99 + 347 shipping to my doorstep in Maine. Cheaper than the local Tractor Supply. The pics below are...
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    Re: New to Forum and tractors

    Welcome- you are moving right along! That tractor is just like brand new!
    Tractors are a joy to use!
    -Lived 8 years in Groton, MA. Been through Keene a few times. My sister in law grew up in Keene!
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    Re: Blizzard today (video)

    Central Maine we are expecting rain on Monday through Tuesday. One storm dumped 14" and another 4 ". Rain and 1" snow storms have done the rest. 6-8" are still on the ground. My drive is slick ice...
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    Re: Pole Carriage Shed

    Old barns are set on rock footings all through New England, and if kept dry, have lasted 100+ years.
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    Re: Not my wood shed, but a shed

    Metal is good. The heat on a sunny day would be something you'd have to figure out if you use fiberglass. Make sure it has a good flow of air in there to prevent condensation.
    Looks good.
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    Re: Any Anvil collectors here ?

    That's one nice anvil there- huge! But I have to say that I beam looks good too!
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    Re: Any Anvil collectors here ?

    Here is my 98 lb Peter Wright (1860-1800) made from a solid forged piece of wrought iron with a hot forged steel top plate. The two piece body gives it its ring. The larger anvil is my 189 lb Hill...
  28. Re: Is angle iron like this with holes in it commercilly available?

    Why not pick it up locally - 1/4 inch x 2" x 2" angle iron and drill your own holes. Just put them where you want to- not as many as in your picture (which looks like a Fred Cain cultivator on...
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    Re: Cloudy Headlight Lenses

    I tried buffing my lense with my 7" grinder. I wasn't paying attention and I ate up a bit of lense. I bought two headlight assembles with lamps on Amazon pretty cheaply. They work well and look good.
  30. Re: Home-made mini tractor 4*4 with the joint joined frame

    Does a very nice job. Have you tried chains on your tractor? My drive turns to ice and without chains I can't even drive across it. My chains are just on the back.
  31. Thread: I like chilli

    by tcreeley
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    Re: I like chilli

    We do chili once or twice a year. I'm trying to avoid meat so this year we put in 2 quarts of canned spaghetti sauce, 2 quarts canned onions, corn, tomatoes, 3 cans of kidney beans, turmeric,...
  32. Re: How is your local weather this year compared to "normal" conditions

    In the 1980's the week after Xmas was -25f during the day for the entire week. We've had a month of January where the warmest it got was 0F during the day. That felt like normal to us.
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    Re: Opinions on "leftover" LX4500 w/ FEL

    Get a cab, hard or soft. I'd reccomend a snowblower - faster than the bucket for plowing snow. If you go with the plow, make sure it angles. You want it to be as good as your truck for plowing, not a...
  34. Re: How is your local weather this year compared to "normal" conditions

    Tuesday morning I woke up to -9F. Today I wake up to 44F and rain. The high today was 50F. The fluctuations are not normal. The rain is not normal. Should be in the teens during the day and 0 at...
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    Re: rototiller or rotary plow

    Never heard of a rotary plow until just now. We used to use a Troybilt and later a Cub Cadet and a Mantis for tight places.

    Since arthritis kicked in, I use my TC30 and the rototiller. I have...
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    Re: Lovin my generator today.

    Christmas day power was out for 5 hours, 11 am to 4 pm. 3 days later it was out from 11pm , all the next day and came on at 3am.
    We ran the generator from Lowes I bought a couple of years ago. We...
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    Re: BCS Snowblower Review

    This or a version might help with your end of it.

    494465
    Amazon.com : Arnold Deluxe Universal Snow Thrower Cab : Snow Thrower Accessories : Patio, Lawn & Garden
  38. Re: High usage on frost free contributed to freezing it?

    Animal traffic, vehicle traffic drives the frost down deeper. In Maine the frost goes down 4' easily. Pipes in my area should be set 5' below the surface. Some say using an 2" inch of foam tube...
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    Re: Another liquid tire question

    Wheel weights or rimguard are your best choices. Rimguard (beet juice), it it ever leaks will not pollute your ground like calcium chloride or antifreeze/windshield washer solutions. - always try...
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    Re: TN75DA Running Cold HELP!!!

    I am wondering if the heater core is plumbed on the inlet line to the motor and so never gets heated fluid that hasn't been cooled by the radiator. I think it would be plumbed on the outlet end of...
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    Re: TN75DA Running Cold HELP!!!

    Thermostat is stuck open or no good, temperature sensor or gauge is no good. Is the fluid in the radiator warming up? After you run it, turn it off and open up the radiator cap and see if the fluid...
  42. Re: Why do the LARGER TRACTOR owners not participate here ?

    Different worlds. Just like I wouldn't consider trying to mow my lawn with my TC30, the big New Hollands I see around here wouldn't consider trying to clear the snow in my dive, bush hog, or rototill...
  43. Re: What makes more sense...driving a long paid for old truck, or making huge payment

    In central Maine it will be the rust that kills my 2003 pickup - bought new - WT 2500HD. Mechanically it is in great shape- never missed a scheduled maintenance. I've replaced brake lines, calipers,...
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    Re: Resonsibilty for your step kids?

    Talk it over with your wife. Decide for yourself. Remember- helping them out does not mean you own them. This economy sucks. It is good to get the education when you can. Older students are usually...
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    Re: 50 State Winter Misery Index

    Here is an internet photo of hauling the fishing shack out onto Moosehed Lake in northern Maine. Very popular - every lake when the ice is solid enough. Like a highway- the road onto the lake -...
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    Re: Block Heater Surprise

    My 2003 NH TC30- the glow plugs don't come on automatically when the key is in the ignition, regardless of the gear/neutral I am in. If I don't turn on the glow plugs, they don't come on. - No doubt...
  47. Re: Help please, how to open this hydraulic cylinder?

    Mine is like the one described here. That square rod wire was some 5-6" in length- enough to wrap all the way around in its channel. When you assemble it you feed it in the hole notch in the side of...
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    Re: 50 State Winter Misery Index

    Maine - 5th. About right. The cheerful part is right too. Ice fishing and snowsleds gets people outside like nothing else. Lately the winters haven't been bad, some snow but the temps have been good!...
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    Re: Block Heater Surprise

    You must have newer tractors!
    My tractor is always plugged in and I always set the glow plugs on with my key by turning it backwards, count to 30 or watch for 3 blinks - then I start it. Starts...
  50. Re: Anyone have a "pail tipper" for 5 gallon bucket ease of use?

    I use this when I change the hydraulic fluid in the tractor. Beats pouring!
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    Re: Dogs and neighbors.

    Our neighbors small dog used to come and chase our chickens. We'd chase him off but it is old when you walk with a cane. Finally we told our neighbor- who never took it seriously (thought it was...
  52. Thread: ice melting

    by tcreeley
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    Re: ice melting

    I use the bucket to plow my 2 driveways. The plow truck throws up salt mixed snow the first 3 feet of my drive. I clear that every storm along with the snow/salt mix in front of my mailbox. The rims...
  53. Thread: ice melting

    by tcreeley
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    Re: ice melting

    Ashes- sand, much better alternative to something that causes rust. At my old school they got a salt sander to stick on the back of a 4 x4 pick up. A couple of years use with calcium chloride- the...
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    Re: Hello From Worcester UK

    Good to have you here- welcome!
  55. Thread: ice melting

    by tcreeley
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    Re: ice melting

    Rust- calcium chloride. They salt the roads here in Maine with calcioum chloride and it rusts our vehicles to pieces.
    If you don't mind rust on your tractor, go for it.
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    Snow Equipment Owning/Operating Re: Block heater to warm diesel

    I plug mine in when it is 25 F here in central Maine and tend to leave it plugged in all winter. Makes it easy starting. I have had no problems of any type. The stray cat appreciates it on the cold...
  57. Re: You could learn a thing or two about forging from these guys.

    anvil work- hammer forging - traditional smithing:


    https://youtu.be/HcTcFbxtiLU
  58. Re: You could learn a thing or two about forging from these guys.

    Personal smith work on a power hammer - decorative wrought iron-


    https://youtu.be/4jJenYnl3OM
  59. Re: You could learn a thing or two about forging from these guys.

    Power hammer work by a blacksmith.

    https://youtu.be/xsDpt9kGn4A
  60. Re: You could learn a thing or two about forging from these guys.

    Forging a crank shaft-
    https://youtu.be/4wKP1E0wr3Y
  61. Re: You could learn a thing or two about forging from these guys.

    The skill and judgment involved is amazing- What a mess if someone screws up!

    Here is a more mechanized bit of forging. - And to think this is what the US led the world in!

    ...
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    Price Check Re: What are these 2 worth and which if either?

    My 30 hp NH TC30 that I rototill with- (5 ft tiller) is all done in M 1st. It does a better job than using my two lowest gears (L 1st, L 2nd). RPM is at about 2100 to 2200 rpm. Calls for 2400 rpm-...
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    Price Check Re: What are these 2 worth and which if either?

    Both look good. Find out the hours on them and try them out. Read reviews on them. 3o hp can get a lot of work done.
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    Re: New Holland 2120 will not start

    Get an oem switch through Messicks online? They have parts diagrams.

    New Holland Parts | Buy Online & Save
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    Re: Cold weather starting and idleing?

    I plug my tractor in all the time during the winter. The engine may be warm, but the hydraulic oil is cold. Letting it warm up heats thatoil and puts less stress on the engine trying to push that...
  66. Re: Rookie farmer needs help with Bolens G174, cranks fast but will not start.

    When I bleed my NH TC30, it has to be a real stream of diesel fuel coming out of the injectors to purge the air. Anything less doesn't cut it. I'd check that out first.

    Good luck-

    -old thread,...
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    Re: Do I need chains?

    I need chains when my gravel drive is icy. I use my bucket to clear and push snow. Mostly flat driveway. We always have icy days in Maine- so the chains go on and stay on until spring. Not on yet,...
  68. Thread: Hi from Italy

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    Re: Hi from Italy

    Welcome!
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    Re: Hourly vs Salary?

    Salary to hourly - main change will be that you no-longer have control over your hours and work done. They may limit your hours per week, no OT. And if you can't fulfill your job duties in that time...
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    Re: Hi from Belgium - Hinomoto E2304

    Welcome, good to have you here!
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    Re: Help me expand my music collection!

    This will shake you up. Using recycled gas tanks for drums! Tirol region of Austria. Chasing out winter's demons!

    https://youtu.be/pmfQqyXHAeI
  72. Re: TC33d - water in fuel / squeel when cold (hst?)

    My NH TC30 squeals when I use the loader, when I need to change the hydraulic filter. It is a gear tractor that uses the same hydraulic fluid as the loader.
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    Re: Carrying Firewood with Compact Tractor

    I picked up a carryall at tractor supply, bolted a floor on it and used it for wood. It worked well. - Same carry all with some sides and front. I have a hydraulic cylinder up top and it can dump....
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    Re: Farmall Super C Christmas Tree Tractor

    Mother in law tractors, or for the wife!
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    Re: Homemade mini tractor 4*4 from Ukraine

    Liberal still has it regular meaning in the US....unless you listen to Rush Limbaugh. Two new words to add are neoliberal and neoconservative. These are kissing cousins and useless open market...
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    Re: Winter oil Viscosity

    My manual calls for 10W30 and I use just that year round. I have a block heater for temps less than 30F. It will start without one, but the heater removes all of the strain of turning over and...
  77. Thread: I'm puzzled

    by tcreeley
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    Re: I'm puzzled

    When I built my barn I did it myself. It was slow going and the metal roofing was not all on, and some just framed when winter came. I covered it with tarps and moved my two horses in from their...
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    Re: Homemade mini tractor 4*4 from Ukraine

    Great videos you posted- plows very well!
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    Re: Homemade mini tractor 4*4 from Ukraine

    Looking Good!
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    Re: 3pt tiller vs vines?

    Box blade with teeth, then till? I have the tiller - took me 10 passes to get an old hayfield garden ready. If you have time available, just keep mowing/bush hogging through the summer and your vines...
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    Re: TC30 ga problems

    Here are some old threads. Jinman was a very knowledgeable guy, good info.

    fuel gauge problem...
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    Re: ID request on this tractor. Pictures inside.

    Tractors are funny business. When I started looking - I had a 1948 Farmall Cub which many didn't even consider more than an old toy. Great tractor and hard to find parts for with its magneto and 6...
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    Re: ID request on this tractor. Pictures inside.

    Check out this: Four Wheel Tractor/ China Tractor / Farm Tractor / HuangHai Jinma Tractor


    Mahindra Yueda(Yancheng)Tractor Co.,Ltd.
    Add:9 NenJiang Road,Yancheng Economic Development Zone,Jiangsu...
  84. Re: Will 10w30 oil cause any harm in a snow blower?

    Except for the hassle of doing it 2x- that is what, a quart of oil wasted ! I've got to do my cub cadel snow blower this week. Just replaced a bent auger after watching you tube. Straightforward job....
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    Re: Bread Machines

    I started getting lighter loaves (air pockets) in my no knead bread when I kneaded it after sitting for 18+ hours before the 1-2 hr rise, and kneading it again just before it went into the hot dutch...
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    Re: Bread Machines

    I switched to no knead bread cooked in a castiron dutch oven after spending a week looking for a bread machine that did not use a no-stick pan for the bread to cook in (toxins released by teflon/no...
  87. Re: Gear or Hydrostatic Transmissions for Compact Utility Tractors?

    My pickup is auto- only way I could get a heavy enough transmission for towing on my silverado. The stiff springs make it feel almost like a standard! My tractor is a gear 9x3. I like standards over...
  88. Re: Gear or Hydrostatic Transmissions for Compact Utility Tractors?

    I like my geared tractor. It has a secondary clutch for the PTO - just push further. It is steady, no jerking. I put a piece of rebar on the brake pedal and that is my hand brake. - I've rented a...
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    Re: Bread Machines

    I took the summer off- heat, but I generally make no knead bread

    6 cups Bob's red mill organic all purpose flour

    tablespoon sugar (demara)

    teaspoon instant (bread machine) yeast

    mix the...
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    Re: Can I un-bend this CAT II drawbar?

    Heat it in a forge and hammer it straight on the anvil.
  91. Re: Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    I've seen these and wondered what they are! I like them. How would it work with drain oil? I have a ton of that around!---

    Just watched this - I can see myself tipping things over and regretting...
  92. Re: Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    I have to admit that there have been times when I dump cooking oil- whatever is around on the logs and scraps that I split off edges. I've used olive oil too and with a little paper it holds the fire...
  93. Re: Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    The bricks start cracking and breaking into smaller pieces. I measured them and ordered new ones on Amazon. You can cut them to size with a cold chisel , scoring them and tapping with a hammer little...
  94. Re: Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    That's a nice setup - inside and out!. Never heard of madrone- have to look it up. Wood looks good.
  95. Thread: Tomatoes

    by tcreeley
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    Re: Tomatoes

    We've had good luck with a biodegradable plastic row cover mulch and a soaker hose underneath. It keeps the ground from getting bone dry and it slows the weeds down.

    Grow about 30 plants for home...
  96. Thread: Tomatoes

    by tcreeley
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    Re: Tomatoes

    This site might be useful - Why a tomato cracks and what to do about it
  97. Re: Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    I am pretty stiff and I use canes to get around when I am not on the tractor! You can see them lying against the old pile. I use a pulp hook to pick up the wood, move it, and so on. The tip is barbed...
  98. Heating with wood, 40 + years now. This is how I deal with it.

    I don't burn much a winter. Just 4 cords, sometimes less. But it is the primary heat and we use a large Shenandoah that looks more like a box furnace. Ugly as all get out, but it holds the fire all...
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    Re: Telephones... then and now

    When we moved to our house in the Berkshires of western Mass when I was a kid.- the phone was a party line without a dial. You just picked up the phone and waited for the operator to ask, "What...
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    Re: Driving a pickup

    Sad occasion,
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