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  1. Re: Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Here neither, which is good, because they aren't the same thing at all.
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    That was one of the main issues. They weren't torqued to specs, and with the small number of threads, they would just let loose. However, if torqued properly, the number of threads were just fine...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    They do that in the Mustang too. Pretty cool actually.
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    I was referring to the truck in general, not so much of the 2.7L pulling loads that should be behind a 3/4 ton.

    And the EcoDiesel doesn't have the payload to properly tow 9k lbs, but the 2.7L will...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but their won't be an 8-speed. It will be either 9 or 10 speed and is slated for the '17 model year I believe. Then it will continue to be a sweet combination from mall...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    I thought you already invaded...you sent Justin Bieber down! :)
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    How many times though do you really tow heavy and then just shut the truck off instantly. I mean, generally you slow down, coast to a stop, pull into a rest area, stop at a gas station, slowly pull...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    The 2.7L has more HP and nearly as much torque as the 5.4L from only 4 years ago. I think it will do well in all configurations of the truck...4x4, 2x4, regular, super, and crew cabs.
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    That's not necessary anymore.
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    I remember those Fords from the late 80's and early 90's with crappy paint. My dad and brother each had one that had to be repainted. The issue was the switchover to more environmentally friendly...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    CGI is stronger AND lighter than cast iron and stronger than aluminum. It is better for high pressure than aluminum without the weight penalties of cast iron.



    The EcoBoost engines are boosted...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    That was true from '04 - '14, but not on the '15. The FX4 is now an off road package available on all trim levels.
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    Some folks don't understand that you can have more power AND better fuel economy, but not necessarily both at the same time. I'm betting right with you and Ford, though I don't have an...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    My father has seen some of those low numbers with his '13 EB as well. 14 empty, 7 towing an 18' travel trailer weighing in around 3500 lbs. Of course, he does have a lead foot, and it was windy...
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    Re: Drove the new Ford F150 2.7 Ecoboost

    Ummm, he doesn't work for that place anymore (I remember seeing that in a previous post). Maybe he is biased, but is that any worse than your bias against? Geez, it was an honest post.

    I guess...
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Thanks! Getting very excited and antsy now. Going to move some stuff over into the storage and other finished rooms in the basement tomorrow. The folks buying our current home are going to be...
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    Re: Our Home In The Woods!

    Congrats! House looks spectacular!
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    Re: New Home Construction

    After over a month, I figure it is time for an update. The inside is essentially finished with the exception of cabinets, plumbing, and a few finishing touches. Here are a few pics.

    Master...
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    Re: Consumer Reports drops 7 vehicles

    I hate CR! They are trying to stay relevant in the age of ever increasing vehicle reliability. Explain to me, why does an issue with the infotainment system have the same negative effect as a blown...
  20. Re: Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    In a 3 year old vehicle? Wow, that sucks!
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    Re: so who hunts.

    This is my motivation for this year. Of course, my 11 year old daughter has informed me that she is getting it during youth season (November 1-2) so I don't have a chance. :)

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    Re: Honeymoon Safari to South Africa

    Great post Eddie!
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    Re: New Home Construction

    I think so. It had been weighing on my mind a bit lately, and it's like a load is off now that I made the choice. Anything I can unload off my mind right now is a huge plus! :)
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Well, looks like I am going with 10' tall doors on the 'short' side. Talked with the builder and he sees no issue, so let it be done! A bit more cost now to keep my options open in the future. Bad...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    I'm hoping to put one in if we can make the numbers work. We plan to put it on our garage roof as we don't want it on the house. Plus, the garage faces almost due south. We are building it with...
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    Thanks for the clarification dave! I'm hoping to add solar next year some time, so I want to learn as much as I can before then.
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    Re: 2015 Ford F-150 configurator

    And since it's your truck, that's all that matters! Enjoy your ride!
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    Re: Grid-tied solar

    The solar panels are not 100% efficient, so you wouldn't need a converter for the entire 9kW. I would think it would need to be closer to 7.5kW than 6kW though.
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    Re: Honeymoon Safari to South Africa

    Awesome pics! Those are the things us mere mortals only get to see in the zoo!
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    Re: Honeymoon Safari to South Africa

    If we kept everything that was objectionable to someone off of this forum, we would have nothing but a page full of stickies telling us what we couldn't post! Seriously, if you don't like it, don't...
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    Re: Do you pay your kids?

    We give our kids an allowance. We give $1/week per year of age. So, my 11 year old gets $11/week. However, half of that MUST go in savings. The rest of it is theirs to spend as they see fit. Our...
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    Re: Honeymoon Safari to South Africa

    Eddie, congrats on your marriage to your beautiful bride and your many successful hunts!
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    Re: Honeymoon Safari to South Africa

    Are you a vegetarian? If not, then it shouldn't bother you. The meat is going to the folks of the villages (from what I gathered from a previous post of Eddie's).
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    Re: 2015 Ford F-150 configurator

    That was probably one of the test drives that Ford does where you can test competitors trucks against Ford trucks. They all use identical trailers so you can get a feel for the differences between...
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    But it darn sure doesn't fit the original poster's needs.
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Thanks for the advice guys. I think I am going to go with 10' doors after all. The cost now will not be that much more, and definitely less expensive that updating later.



    If you pay for gas...
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    Re: New Home Construction

    This summer has gone by really fast, but things have progressed rather smoothly. Thankfully, we have great builders.

    Yes, we will stick frame on top of the foundation on the shop. The left side...
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Time for another update. The interior is currently being painted. I have the yard in after 4 days of work (mixed among other things). A big thanks goes out to my JD 2720, my wife and kids, and my...
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    Re: Bst way to fertilize a yard?

    Get the fertilizer at the farm supply store and it should be cheaper than the bags at Wal-Mart. You don't have to buy in bulk. At least, that's what I do.

    I just used my 3 point spreader for the...
  40. Re: Ford Motor Company Did or Didnt take bailout money???

    Amen to that! Where is the incentive to not let it happen again?
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    Re: It can happen to anyone...

    That's the way it's supposed to work. ROPS up = belt on. ROPS down = belt off.
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    My '05 F150 had 1200 lbs. of payload, and I was nearing the limit with my 5000 lb (loaded weight) travel trailer. WD hitch and sway bars add 50-100 lbs, coolers, firewood, bikes, people, etc. It...
  43. Re: Ford Motor Company Did or Didnt take bailout money???

    Ford took out loans from plenty of places. They mortgaged everything, including the 'blue oval' as the saying goes. The saw the downturn coming (and knew they were in a big mess) and got the loans...
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    Consider yourself ignored so I don't have to read your drivel anymore. Feel free to do the same to me so you don't have to clutter up the forum responding to my posts. Read my posts and then read...
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    You know what, this has nothing to do with brand. Zero! You are trying to make it about brand when it is not. I have personally seen payload stickers on the Ram EcoDiesel at ~850 lbs. That is NOT...
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    Today's 1/2 tons are worlds ahead of that '99, but I agree with your statement about going with a 3/4 for longer trips.
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    The problem with the EcoDiesel is the payload. The Ram half tons (especially with the heavier diesel) just do not have the payload capacity necessary to tow an 8k lb. load plus haul a family and...
  48. Re: New Colorado and Canyon's being shipped daily.

    1-2 MPG, so not really. That's the disappointing part.
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    Re: What do you tow with?

    Personally, I tow with an '08 F250 PowerStroke. Empty, I get between 12 and 19 depending on highway, city, traffic, hills, etc. Towing, I get between 9-11 depending on the terrain and speed. The...
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    Re: You KNOW you want one

    I just love the sound of the turbo on that thing!
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    Re: TESLA all electric for towing...

    Yeah, that's why I mentioned it would work in a pinch. You wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis is what I was getting after.
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    Re: TESLA all electric for towing...

    I thought that may have been where you were going, but had to be a bit of a smart aleck. :)

    But wouldn't that negate the reason for having an electric vehicle...efficiency? That isn't going to...
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    Re: TESLA all electric for towing...

    Why not just put it in the trunk?

    Most electric cars have special chargers anyway.
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    Re: Identify this scat game.

    Bigger deer make bigger turds. :)

    What they are eating can change the size too. I've seen all sizes of deer scat, but I'm not sure if they taste like tootsie rolls or not.
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    Re: Identify this scat game.

    Looks like deer to me.
  56. Re: How to buy Pat's Easy Change System with a Canadian credit card?

    Gotcha. Just wanted to throw it out there. Sorry, I can't be more help than that. :)
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    Re: TESLA all electric for towing...

    Try the Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi. Electric range, and when the electric runs out, it switches over to gas.
  58. Re: How to buy Pat's Easy Change System with a Canadian credit card?

    Have you tried Amazon.com?
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    Re: Voltage Drop for 750 feet advice needed

    I will preface my response by saying that my degree is in electrical engineering, though I don't practice (I'm a computer programmer instead). I remember many of the concepts from school 15+ years...
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    Re: 55 Gallon Drum Ballast

    Then your rake, shovel, etc. handles would be dragging the ground, no?

    Maybe just put a cap on the bottom and drill some holes to let water out.
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    Re: 2003 Chevy Tracker

    Spending 1/3 the cost of the vehicle for the warranty seems like a big red flag to me. I would pass and look elsewhere as others mentioned.
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    Re: 200 year old oak down.

    Yeah, I guess you are right. Some people are just jerks. I have been very fortunate as well with our neighbors as well.
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    Re: 200 year old oak down.

    Really? Where I'm from, we discuss with the neighbor to work something out. We don't worry about whose it is, we worry about who can use the wood or who has the tools to clean it up. Geez!
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    Re: My new construction thread

    We did the same thing on our new home. The entire area under our front porch will be a storm cellar/shelter area.

    Looking great! Love seeing the pics!
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    Re: Smartphone Photo of the Day

    A panorama of an impending storm looking off the deck of our new home. We ended up with just a few sprinkles out of it.

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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Some utilities give you a rebate for putting in a geothermal system (ours is $750/ton). Some just lower your electric rate.
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

    But, it's easy to spend other people's money. :)

    Best of luck in your decision.
  68. Re: So, it appears I have two water meters & two water systems - that's the good news

    May as well drill your own well for that!
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Thanks!

    The windows were nailed from the outside, so replacing one wouldn't be possible without messing with the brick. However, I do think they make 'replacement' windows that could be used in...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Geothermal has the same thing to an extent. The air coming out of the vents is warmer than an air-to-air HP, but not near as warm as a gas furnace.
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    Re: New Home Construction

    Sheet rock is all hung. Mudding/taping is starting today. Amazing how much difference it makes to have the walls covered. It actually starts to look like a house inside instead of boards stuck...
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    Re: How large LPGS for my 2720?

    Well, just an update. I received my LPGS and it worked great! I just used it to take down the middle of the driveway to level and smooth it out a bit. It did a great job and made it look and feel...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    My geothermal doesn't run all the time. It runs more than our propane furnace and old A/C did, but the temp is more consistent, and total cost to run is much less.
  74. Thread: New From MO

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    Re: New From MO

    Welcome from a central Missourian! :)
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    You know, that is the sole reason some friends of ours chose to use gas over geothermal in their new home. 'She wants the air coming out of the vents to feel warm.' I personally don't care, as long...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Talking about hot water brings another thought to mind. With geothermal, make sure you get a desuperheater option on your unit. With it, you get 'free' hot water during the summer. It takes the...
  77. Re: Multirotors / Quadcopters / otherwise known a DRONES

    That would be cool to see. Be sure to post some videos after you do it!
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    Canopy Re: So, what's your daytime job?

    Ha ha ha! Good one! :laughing: :laughing:



    Wow, now that is a very diverse background!
  79. Re: Multirotors / Quadcopters / otherwise known a DRONES

    Awesome! Would love to get one in a year or so just for aerial monitoring and viewing of our land. You know, as a toy! :)
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    Canopy Re: So, what's your daytime job?

    I'm a software consultant specializing in web apps built on Microsoft technologies. Been with the same company since graduating college in '98. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to...
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    Re: 3/4 ton mpg empty?

    No need to feel dumb...we're all here to learn, right? :)
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    Re: Sidewalk follwed house by 25 years

    http://static.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/MjAxMi02ODAzZWQyMGZhNjk3MzZm.png
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    Re: Just When I Thought My BX25 Was Enough...

    Excellent advice Gator!
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    Re: 3/4 ton mpg empty?

    Ummm, that's exactly what Fuelly.com is. It's awesome, and a great idea for the OP. The only problem is you don't know the type of driving for each vehicle, so it's a good way to compare overall...
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    Re: Sidewalk follwed house by 25 years

    Ummm, it's crooked! :laughing:

    Just kidding...looks great! Great job!
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    Re: 3/4 ton mpg empty?

    Not sure about Canada, but here, diesel fuel costs 10-30% higher than gasoline. So that negates a lot of the fuel savings. With mixed city and highway, you probably wouldn't pick up enough to make...
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    Re: 3/4 ton mpg empty?

    My dad had very similar mileage with his '11 F250 6.7L. And he ain't no fuel miser!
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Does it make it hard to sell them when you don't like them?



    Agreed! Don't forget how quiet they are! You can't even tell when ours is running. Not to mention the fact that there is nothing...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    Only 10 minutes a day if you don't take into account the time it takes to cut the wood. :)

    Don't get me wrong, I love wood heat! We have a pellet stove in our basement for supplemental heat. It...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    You are in a similar boat we were in when we replaced ours. We were quoted $3500 just to replace the aging (undersized) outside unit. That was to keep the unit inside and the LP furnace, which...
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    Re: Time for a new furnace. What kind?

    My vote is geothermal. After the rebates, you probably won't be much more than going with another system (maybe $2k). Go vertical with your loop and the ground layout won't be an issue. We love...
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    Re: advise please: difficult workshop build

    For a garage that size on a slab, it's probably fine if it is good solid ground (I would take the top soil off and get to something solid). I remember helping my dad pour a 30x44 garage floor like...
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    Re: 3/4 ton mpg empty?

    Ford's money was not bailout money, it was a loan, that Ford is paying back (or has paid back) with interest. The loans were made available to many automakers to increase fuel economy in their...
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    Re: My craigslist find !!!

    Awww, come on, snow is fun! Even though I'm not exactly sure how I am going to clear it off our new 1/4 mile driveway this year. :)
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    Re: My craigslist find !!!

    You have just ensured that it will never snow in your area again! :)
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    Re: Geothermal heat pumps anyone?

    Sort of. From my understanding, they like to oversize geothermal units to ensure efficiency, so they need to push a bit more air than a normal unit.
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    Re: Geothermal heat pumps anyone?

    If the house is an older house, the ductwork may not be sized correctly for the house. It may have been wrong all along, and needs to be updated, regardless of the type of system gets put in.
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    Re: Just When I Thought My BX25 Was Enough...

    Yep, what k0ua said. The BX has plenty of power, it's just not heavy enough to handle a larger rotary cutter. I had a 42" on mine, and that was all I wanted without adding weights to the front.
    ...
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    Re: Geothermal heat pumps anyone?

    They don't have to case the geo wells here. My vertical loops were done by certified geo specialists as well, and they've been doing it for a long time. I asked the HVAC folks what they recommend...
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    Re: Geothermal heat pumps anyone?

    That's one of my favorite things about our GSHP. As I walk through the neighborhood in the morning, hearing the AC units kick in reminds me how much I don't miss that sound.
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