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  1. Re: Waster discharge pipe size ? - Plumbers say tear up my new slab to up size risers

    I put 3" in my house in CA and lived in it for 20+ years with no problems.

    A modern low-flow toilet uses 1.6 liters/flush. That is a slug of water 14" long in a 3" pipe.

    Get a different...
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    Re: Feedback on walk in gun safe/storm shelter

    I would put several conduit runs into a strong room like the one you describe. Sounds like a great place to put a backup hard drive, the recorder for security cameras, etc. Definitely want...
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    Re: What do you let your dog chew on?

    I have larger dogs, 2 labs and a golden retriever. We get rolled rawhide from Costco. They are called "Retriever Rolls".

    Somewhat expensive, but the dogs love them. Try putting a little peanut...
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    Re: Trespassers shot

    I will bet that there is more to this story than is being reported.

    Living in rural Oregon, I think there was a, now legal, pot grow on that property and that the two trespassers were trying to...
  5. Tractor Sizing Re: SO many factors to consider... but ground clearance and +/- backhoe may be the to

    IMHO dropping a front wheel into a hole is not a huge problem if you have a FEL. The FEL is strong enough to lift the whole front end of the tractor and curling the bucket will inch the tractor...
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    Re: Wanna own a Lighthouse?

    Every lighthouse I have ever visited has been in a very remote location with absolutely miserable weather.

    I quit visiting "scenic" lighthouses years ago.
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    Re: Snow chains, too close to the body

    Yes, you need spacers. I leave my spacers on permanently. They add to stability by widening the stance of the tractor.
  8. Re: Just Sold my John Deere 4410 w420 loader, now what, seeing Red?

    My JD is getting to about 10 years old right now and I actually prefer the plastic hood and fenders. The color has held up as well as the paint on the metal parts, there are no dents or dings,...
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    Loader Re: Add a cutting edge or not?

    I added one to mine immediately, and I am glad that I did.

    It certainly reduces smiley face a lot, and if you allow the front lip of the bucket to bend significantly, putting one on can be a lot...
  10. Re: Gravel driveway maintenance and brush work attachments for KIOTI DK 5010?

    I agree, you need a rear blade. Preferably one that can be offset to reach into the bar ditch.

    Depending on what your bar ditches look like, even a rear blade might not bring the gravel back up to...
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    Re: New Septic System Troubles

    I would get that point cleared up immediately and in writing.

    When I had a construction defect a few years ago, it was handled by a real-estate lawyer. It was expensive, even though we never even...
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    Re: Converting FEL Bucket to Four in One

    There is another function which is extremely useful. If you open the clamshell and lower the bucket over a post you can clamp the post and pull it up. Much faster than dismounting and wrapping a...
  13. Re: Anyone here replaced their water softener on their own?

    I have one piece of advice.

    My original one had two drain lines. The installer teed them together and ran one to an outside drain. DO NOT DO THIS. If the single line plugs the unit will pump salt...
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    Re: Recommend a magnetic sweeper

    I have the HF one about 18" wide.

    Used it after building a house and then after having a contractor build one. Worked well, and for the price I didn't really care if the wheels fell off (they...
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    Re: Vented or Non Vented Gas Cap

    As you use the fuel, you must allow air to enter the tank. Otherwise either the fuel stops coming out, or the tank collapses somewhere along the line. I would vote for vented.
  16. Re: Understanding Diesel fuel with my sub compact tractor in winter.

    Also a Chemical Engineer. RalphVA and ForestGrump have it right.

    I spent about a year working a special project with Peterbilt on cold weather diesel fuel issues. While this doesn't sound like a...
  17. Snow Attachments Re: How to steer a tractor with R4's on snow, Non metallic "chains"

    The first thing to try is to just swing the hoe all the way to one side or the other. This will both move the weight forward slightly and put more weight on one back tire. This is the lowest cost,...
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    Re: Domestic Tank Hot Water Heater Trouble

    A little-known fact about hot water heaters is that with glass-lined ones the glass is almost always cracked. Considering that the glass must be heated to above its melting point in order to line the...
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    Re: Goodman furnace reviews

    I have rentals and Goodman HVAC units seem to last as long as anyone else's and are available at reasonable prices.

    I can order them over the internet and install them myself.

    One thing to...
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    Re: Yanmar VIO27-3 excavator

    I am not an expert by a long shot, but all the engine being clean really means is that it might have been cleaned since the last time it ran. Without the injection pump you have no idea.

  21. Re: Anybody run power cable above ground in conduit?

    Do you really have direct-burry Al wire or do you have direct-burry Al cable?

    Direct burry cable (several insulated wires all in one sheath), especially if you have used it as an extension cord...
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    Re: Auto scan tool suggestions

    I have this one for several years and it works pretty well. The software is not cheap, but you get what you pay for...
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    Re: Creek Disappeared.....???? How to find it????

    If you really want a permanent water hole for deer and other wildlife, how about just a livestock water trough? Put it where you want, and run water to it through a pipe.

    The advantages are huge:...
  24. Re: Kioti backhoe swing boom pin lost and resulting cylinder damange

    I grease every 50 hrs of operation

    My JD manual says to grease every 8 hours some places and every 10 hours others, or at least that is what my weak old brain remembers.

    I grease every 10...
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    Re: Resonsibilty for your step kids?

    A lot of good advice here.

    Left me add an observation and then some more advice.

    Observation: Education is expensive, but it is usually purchased on the installment plan. You don't have to pay...
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    Re: Should I vent diesel storage

    If the drums are vented, water will condense in the fuel for several reasons.

    1) The ullage (volume of drum above fuel, where there is air) will breath due to expansion and contraction of the air...
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    Re: Dry mix or wet concrete for ballast box

    I suspect that there is a significant volume expansion between dry mix and cured concrete. You are adding water, but the density is decreasing. The only way that can happen is if volume increases....
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    Re: Hourly vs Salary?

    You will not be in a strong position to negotiate after the transition.

    The real problem is that you are not really in a strong position to negotiate now either. When one company buys another...
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    Re: Hourly vs Salary?

    I feel honored. I have seen the similarity in our paths.

    * * * * * * * *

    This year medicare is: $134 per month, plus $54 to $295 per month depending on income. Plus another $13 to $76 for...
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    Re: Hourly vs Salary?

    I retired at 61.5 and have no regrets at all. I realized I was selling my days to the company for less than they were worth to me. Especially when I thought about not knowing how many days I had...
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    Re: Hourly vs Salary?

    One thing to ask about is seniority and vacation.

    In a lot of takeovers, continuing employees keep all their old seniority, which can mean a lot of vacation time.
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    Re: Hard wiring home network

    I would think about running the wires exposed inside the garage. It is a garage, not really living space. Go through the wall from the laundry room into the garage and then run straight up to the...
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    Re: Running Well Water Line in 2" Conduit

    Eddie is absolutely right on this. If a plastic water line is not restrained it will flex and move when the water flow is started and stopped. This rubs the water line against the inside of the...
  34. Re: Put wrong viscosity in my Tundra truck. Forget about it?

    I have never trusted any oil change place to put in anything but the very cheapest oil, and probably short a pint or so at that, no matter what I paid for them putting in.

    How do you know what...
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    Re: Safe Haven, if possible without...

    I know I am late to this thread, but I have experience.

    I am 71 and have been retired for a few months short of 10 years.

    At about 61 I realized that I was selling my days to the company for...
  36. Re: Used Construction TLB vs. smaller, newer 'farm' models (Kubota B3350, Kioti CK301

    Back when I brought my 110 TLB, I also looked at the L39.

    There is a major difference. The 110 TLB has a hydrostatic transmission, it was not even an available option on the L39.

    I didn't...
  37. Re: Solar powered battery charger/maintainer for truck dash

    I have exactly the same problem with my F250.

    The problem is compounded by the fact that in winter around here it is overcast a lot of the time and solar chargers just aren't going to work very...
  38. Re: can air conditioner operate on natural gas to air-condition home?

    Think outside the box.

    How much gas is available for free? Does it have to be for your own residential use? Can you figure out a way to sell the gas and use the money to pay your electric bill?...
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    Re: oil stained concrete..What to do?

    Gasoline sometimes will have dyes in it for easy identification.

    I have had good success with kitty litter and mineral spirits. Apply both liberally and then pressed the kitty litter with a...
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    Re: Burying a generator vault into a bank

    In general, an internal combustion engine needs two sources of air, cooling air in and combustion air, and 2 more vents to remove air cooling air out and exhaust. In your situation you need only 3...
  41. Re: 24x48 pole barn, need to pour slab first. 6x6's on top of slab?

    There is another way to do this.

    Make the concrete driveway strong enough to support a concrete truck. There is no mystery about how to do this, the highway department in your state does it all...
  42. Thread: Fuel Caddy?

    by CurlyDave

    Re: Fuel Caddy?

    This doesn't do much about the filter, but I eliminated the heavy jugs, small spills, etc by just buying one more 5 gal can. When I go to get fuel, I only get the last one filled half way. 2-1/2 gal...
  43. Re: 2006 F-350 Dually brakes, regular vs drilled and slotted rotor replacement

    Back in the day, when I did all my own work, the first time I needed brakes on a car I would buy new rotors, pads and whatever else I needed.

    Don't throw the old ones away, the next time I needed...
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    Re: Tractor Work Business Advice

    I have done small jobs for friends and neighbors, but one of my hard and fast rules is that no money ever changes hands. My insurance covers me in that instance, but commercial insurance is way too...
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    Re: Do we need a warm garage....

    Both of the heaters you have release their combustion products directly into the shop. These combustion products have lots of water vapor in them, which is not going to make the shop dry.

    To get...
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    Re: Burying a generator vault into a bank

    You might need a lot more ventilation than you are being told. I put a ~12000 watt Generac in a shed I built.

    The exhaust is piped out through a muffler from a Ford 9N, the fuel is propane from...
  47. Re: Pressure washing wood outdoor swings/gliders

    I have gouged "ruts" in softer woods with a pressure washer.

    Start well back, and go easy.

    I have never done this, but you might want to think about a little bleach in the initial water,...
  48. Thread: Rock Trommel

    by CurlyDave

    Re: Rock Trommel


    OK here is an image of my screen. The size of the screen is actually 8' x 8', I used two 4' x 8' pieces of expanded metal side by side. It is elevated about 12" to allow material to build...
  49. Thread: Rock Trommel

    by CurlyDave

    Re: Rock Trommel

    I have a large screen (maybe 6' x 8'), made from steel tubing and expanded metal which I have used very successfully to perform much the same function.

    Essentially the screen is set at a 45...
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    Re: Cement Mixers / Concrete Mixers

    Electric mixer all the way. If a job requires more than a few sacks I have two options:

    1. A truck of ready-mix, or

    2. A trailer of ready-mix.

    Around here we have rental yards that also...
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    Re: Trusses delivered - problems

    1. I don't know how big of a deal this might be, but I would be concerned about any significant amount of mud left on the trusses holding water against them long term and promoting rot.

  52. Re: Good vs Poor Wells - What makes a well a good well?

    Whenever the discussion turns to wells, I always like to start an analysis from the back of the water supply issue.

    We have a 4 bedroom house and the county required a 350 gallon per day septic...
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    Re: Battery Specifications?

    I have had to change the battery once on my Deere. It took an ordinary car battery from an auto parts store. I just got the best grade of their house brand battery and it has lasted for years.
  54. Re: Trenching water lines pex vs. poly vs.soil with no rock vs. lots of rocks

    This is the right answer.
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    Re: County Water Pressure Too High

    I would splurge and go up to a 1" pressure regulator, even if the supply line is smaller than that. A pressure regulator can turn into a serious flow restriction under high demand situations.
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    Re: I need a super bright LED spotlight

    This DeWalt spotlight is not cheap, but it will easily light up objects, cars and people at 1/8 mile, which is only a little over 200 yards. DEWALT DCL43 2V MAX Jobsite LED Spotlight - - ...
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    Re: Large poly water storage tank question-

    I would not go in a tank without providing some kind of positive ventilation.

    People have been known to die in that kind of situation.
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    Re: All electric house and a generator

    This is a great idea. We have heat pumps and a propane emergency generator, but enough power to run the heat pumps is just not available.

    We cut back our lifestyle when the main power is out, we...
  59. Re: Is it worth it to have more than the minumum car insurance?

    I have a $5 Million umbrella policy. It only costs a little more than the $1 Million policy. The real, practical reason is that in any serious claim the insurance company will send their "A" team of...
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    Re: TSC never keeps their stock up!!!!!

    I have started getting all my jeans and shirts from Amazon.

    If I go into any store, I have to sort thorough a stack to find the few they have in my size. At Amazon I just order the size I need...
  61. Re: Broken grease zerk extractor tool recomendation?

    In general, I have had more success with the screw extractors with a square cross-section than with the spiral ones.

    Like these, but there are many brands: Century Drill and Tool 73214 Square...
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    Re: How To Plumb Well Water Lines for 2 Homes

    I handled a very long run from the well to my house by putting a pressure tank and the well pump controller in a small "well house" at the well.

    There is a second pressure tank in the main house,...
  63. Re: Organizing a MESS of Ethernet, Video & Phone wires.

    This might not help the OP, but anyone else reading this thread will benefit.

    When I designed our house I looked at the office building I worked in and copied what they did. The upper floor is...
  64. Re: Tenants and Fireplaces, Wood and Pellet Stoves

    When I installed security cameras in a 4-plex, we had to access the attic to run cables. We discovered that about 15 years previously a tenant had put their garbage in the attic rather than taking it...
  65. Re: Do you have issues with your new Ford SuperDuty?

    Was out of town for a while, so a delayed response.

    1st tow: alternator failure; replaced batteries and alternator

    2nd tow: Turbo/intake system failure; replaced tube in intake system

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    Re: Rotary Laser levels

    Self leveling is so much easier, and it is faster.

    I have a Bosch that is about 5 years old, and the only real issue is calibrating it takes hours. Some of that is operator inexperience, but some...
  67. Re: Do you have issues with your new Ford SuperDuty?

    Well, as a counterexample, I bought a 2004 6.0l Powerstroke F250 4years ago. I have about 75k miles and I put about 5k miles per year on it. Not a lot, and maybe this is the problem.

    Anyway, I...
  68. Re: Do you have issues with your new Ford SuperDuty?

    It really depends what the OP wants it for.

    If it is for show, wait for the big model change.

    If he wants it to haul stuff and tow stuff, I would far rather have the last of a long production...
  69. Re: Tenants and Fireplaces, Wood and Pellet Stoves

    Tenants are tenants because they do not know how to take care of a lot of things. IMHO you have to take some responsibility for this because you left the cord of green pine there. What did you expect...
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    Re: John Deere 4410 tow in adjustment

    The best penetrating oil I know of is a 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid.

    I would mix some up and try that before I put any heat on it. Once you have used it, you will never...
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    Re: Internet Dish Wiring

    I call BS on this.

    I have the same kind of internet. The base transmitter/receiver is on a tower and is omnidirectional. Hundreds of individual customer dishes access the same tower. The customer...
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    Re: Rotting deck, porch, or piazza

    One of the few things left we can treat wood with is borax. There is a commercial product called Tim-Bor used to treat wood, or you can mix up a solution of good old 20 mule team Boraxo and soak the...
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    Re: Well Drilled - Results

    I would strongly recommend upgrading from brass to stainless check valves. The extra cost is going to be very small, maybe an extra $10 each. The brass ones installed with my original well were...
  74. Re: Newly purchased John Deere 950 maintenance prior to use?

    Please don't take a tire off if you think they might be loaded. They are very heavy, and unstable. You can easily be injured or killed if that much weight falls on you. Even unloaded, I am very...
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    Re: Help! Water under newly laid flagstones

    When I attached natural stone to concrete I used an "acrylic admix" to promote bonding between the stone and the mortar. 3 years and all is holding.

    The other thing we did was to wash the stone...
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    Re: Well Drilled - Results

    Think about it this way. We built a 4 bedroom house and had an extra-large septic system installed. It rates for 350 gallons per day. That is just a hair under 0.25 gpm. This is all of the water a...
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    Re: About To Drill Well - Have Some Questions

    I think the Schedule 120 1.25" PVC pipe is good.

    When I look at the specs, Schedule 80 PVC is probably adequate, but the extra cost of the schedule 120 is not that big and provides a greater...
  78. Re: I think I have screwed up on my Gravel Drive

    The pictures I see are not 3/4" minus or 1/2" minus. Around here they are what would be called "crushed clean" where the fines have been washed out of the rock.

    I would check the invoice the see...
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    Re: catastrophic rim failor

    There is a sure clue that something is going wrong in your pictures.

    There is a witness mark in white paint on the heads of the lug bolts. This was placed when the lugs were originally torqued. ...
  80. Re: Maybe old hat for you serious welders but saw this at my LWS

    Has the advent of LED lights, with much longer battery life, changed that at all?
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    Re: RV dump station convenience

    Look up "RV macerator" or "RV macerator pump" which is a gadget that will pump the contents of your holding tank out though a 3/4" hose.

    They are in the $100-$200 range and will even let you pump...
  82. Re: Tractors and Grease . . how to make it less messy.

    Rubber gloves from Costco help a lot.

    I bring an empty cardboard box and a roll of paper towels with me, when the towels get greasy, put them in the box.

    Another tool I use is a 16d nail. It...
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    Re: Dump trailer vs. utility trailer

    I have never regretted for a second getting my 6' x 12' dump trailer.

    I fact, I would highly recommend going up to this size. Mine rates at 9990 lbs gross, which is more than any of your tow...
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    Re: About To Drill Well - Have Some Questions

    The pricing seems very good compared to Southern Oregon, which would be about 1.5 times that cost. Grundfos is a well-known reputable manufacturer of well pumps.

    What is the use for the well?...
  85. Thread: 4wd or 2wd?

    by CurlyDave

    Re: 4wd or 2wd?

    I have gravel drives on my property and the only concrete is right in front of the garage and garage floor.

    If I forget and leave it in 4WD when I put it in the garage, the front tires leave black...
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    Re: Your best Truck & Your Wost

    No contest.

    All time worst has been the 2004 F250 with the 6.0 liter diesel. Bought it used 3 years ago as a hunting rig -- tow the trailer up to camp and then drive it around to hunt from. Not...
  87. Re: Best way to stuff 6AWG wire in 2AWG Anderson style quick connect

    The big problem with soldering is that the solder wicks up the wire strands and stiffens the wire. The end of the solder wick area will inevitably fail under vibration. Essentially the wire without...
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    Re: Gasoline - Ethanol or Non-Ethanol

    As much as I can I use nothing but non-alcohol premium treated with a triple dose of Sta-Bil in all small engines. It has never failed me yet. Put the additive in before you fill the can and it...
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    Re: Looking for a string trimmer. Any opinions?

    Just this afternoon I got a Husqvarna 223L for $220. There is a promotion right now and they are usually $260. So it fits right in your price range. Weight was claimed to be 9 lbs, which I think is...
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    Re: Need Advice on Building a Rock Wall Garden

    I have built the stack block walls before and they are fast & easy if you can afford them.

    If you have enough local rocks available, that is a less costly way to go, and I think it looks more...
  91. Re: Need help choosing between these two pressure washers.

    When you use it for washing grease off of equipment you need to be aware that the grease is not transported to the 4 th dimension. It comes off the tractor and stays on the ground. The blobs might be...
  92. Re: Gas on-demand Water Heater for one washing machine?

    I very rarely wash anything in warm water. Only cold water washes for me.
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    Re: Question for all backhoe owners

    Plywood is your friend.

    I would pile the dirt on ply and get a couple of extra sheets to set the backhoe on. Especially under the outriggers. Scrap ply works just fine, or OSB.
  94. Re: Building new home. Question for contractors / home builders about foundation / s

    I have seen it done both ways.

    The advantage to a continuous pour is that the concrete in the slab on top of the footer adds to the strength of the footer. OTOH if the footer only has to be 4"...
  95. Re: Compare types of gravel and alternatives for roadway repair

    I am a retired old geezer, but if my buddy wants to go fishing on Wednesday and I have Tuesday to work on the driveway that alone is worth $12.

    * * * * *

    P.S. He has a boat.
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    Re: Memorial Day is for Flagpoles

    Mine was a gift, but I think was in the $300 neighborhood.

    Give some thought to mounting it, even if the pole is strong enough, if the mount is weak it will not take the wind.

    I probably...
  97. Re: Compare types of gravel and alternatives for roadway repair

    Around here many quarries sprinkle their materials in the storage piles. They claim it is to cut down on dust, which is certainly true, but it also means they weigh water along with the stone they...
  98. Re: Anyone actually flipped a HST CUT pulling from the 3pth?

    There is a persistent myth that pulling from below the rear axle is always safe. This is just plain not true. Of course, the lower the attachment point, the less likely a rear flip is, but the real...
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    Re: Memorial Day is for Flagpoles

    Look on Amazon.

    I just checked, and there are plenty of 25 footers for under $100. Some were under $70. This is for the whole kit, flag, pole, hardware, etc. And the pole is properly tapered, so...
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    Re: Home Propane Tank: Rent or Buy?

    The economic analysis for own vs. buy and the payout time have the figures done correctly, but they are the wrong numbers to use. We use very little propane, but over the course of even 5 years, the...
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