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  1. plowhog

    How to repair carpenter bee damage?

    I want to prep my barn for paint, and carpenter bees have caused widespread damage to the wood. There are numerous holes in the siding-- typically the size of a dime, or a nickle. The eaves have some larger holes/voids that are maybe 1-2 inches across. Typically where the boards under the eave...
  2. plowhog

    Case 590 TLB- Any good around a ranch/farm?

    I have a chance to pick up a Case 590 for a pretty good deal. It has a 4-way bucket and backhoe. Would one of these be good around a ranch/farm? The backhoe on it is bigger/stronger than anything I have. But the backhoe is dedicated-- no PTO or 3 point hitch on the back .... How are these for...
  3. plowhog

    Dying pasture in a drought

    Our irrigation ditch water this year has ended due to drought. But with the amount of hot summer days left, all the grasses are going to stress out, and die. Or at least most of them. I can do partial irrigation using hoses and sprinklers. The grasses are about 8-10" tall. Should I mow to have...
  4. plowhog

    Drowning in yard waste- how to dispose?

    I'm overwhelmed with yard debris and need some ideas. My outbuildings are surrounded by many black oaks that exceed 100ft in height. Years of falling leaves have left about 8-12" of solid leaves on the ground, intermixed with vegetation and small sticks/branches. The bottom 3" is compacted so...
  5. plowhog

    Need to wage war on mice / rats

    I'm familiar with, and often use typical household mouse traps in my enclosed garages (Victor brand.) But I need to do some hard core serious mouse reduction. In about a month, I'll be storing a motorhome in my barn. I don't want it to be quickly destroyed by mice. I've never done any mouse...
  6. plowhog

    Source for belts?

    I have a Ventrac 4500Y with tough cut. Just over 100 hours. My belts still work fine but every time I engage the blades they squeal. Which reminds me they are a replaceable part. What is a good source for belts, and is there a master list of what sizes I would need? Or just take them in and...
  7. plowhog

    Removing / unscrewing a broken off pvc male adaptor

    During construction, a freezeless yard hydrant was broken off. It is metal, but was plumbed from the bottom using 3/4" pvc pipe. The threaded male part of the pvc male adaptor is stuck in the bottom of the (metal) assembly. The rest of it is broken off flush. I can't figure out how to get it...
  8. plowhog

    Automatic entry gates - DIY

    I want to add an automatic entry gate. Two 7' bi-parting gates, outward swing. 14' width totall. One exit loop, and an entry keypad on a gooseneck. I will probably have two rock columns to the outside of each gate post, but might instead do a rock wall. My asphalt driveway has been removed, so...
  9. plowhog

    Ventrac- power decreasing, noise increasing???

    Last fall I noticed it seemed a bit more noisy when I used power steering left or right on my Ventrac 4500Y. Didn't use it over winter. This spring, the noise increased. Then I had slowly decreasing power while mowing. I did a test with keeping blades engaged, turning, and lifting the deck all...
  10. plowhog

    Electrical / romex mess

    We have a light on a pole in our driveway. Its in a center circle bordered by pavers. I want to replace the light with a water feature. I turned power off, removed the light and pole, and found two romex lines. One was still hot (don't ask!) They are about 2 feet below current grade, and about...
  11. plowhog

    Transporting boulders

    I want to transport some boulders about 50 miles. I have a 5x8 heavy duty dump trailer that should probably handle 2 or 3 of them. How in the world do you fasten them down for transport? Or not bother? The sides on my trailer are high enough where the boulders could not possible fall over the...
  12. plowhog

    Dead goose mystery

    About 3 days ago I found a dead goose in the pond. It was at the waters edge, part in and part out of the water. Other than being dead, it looked completely healthy and normal. I checked it over and didn't find any wounds or injuries on it. I removed and disposed of it. Since it was at waters...
  13. plowhog

    How to shore up a wooden pond spillway?

    My pond spillway is concrete. It has a provision to put boards across the face of it, horizontally, to prevent water from escaping and raise the pond level. The boards currently are 2 x 8's. About 40" from side to side, and I can stack 3 more boards on top of the first. The 2 x 8's act as a dam...
  14. plowhog

    Pitless adapter is undersized. Replace or leave in place?

    My new residence is serviced by an old well. Circa 1995, 2hp motor, about 25gpm +/-. The existing bladder tank is shot, the system sometimes short cycles, plus it is .... old. So I've decided to install a new pump, motor, and constant pressure system. My well guy advises leaving the existing...
  15. plowhog

    Log winching safety questions

    Just getting started with my Farmi 351p logging winch. I recently played out the cable, and winched it back under load. So its now ready for some logging work, but I have a few questions: I want to winch a fallen oak limb out of a forest to a clear spot, only about 60-80 feet. The limb is about...
  16. plowhog

    Need a good way to post No Trespassing signs

    It is time to post No Trespassing signs on the perimeter of my property. This is due to trespassers in general, plus unruly tree crews who work for the local electric utility. I learned they are trained to behave differently if working near a property posted with such signs. I would like to...
  17. plowhog

    Pressure relief valve to prevent damage?

    I have an older IH tractor. During backhoe installation, with no manuals, we accidentally routed the hydraulic lines incorrectly. I believe I deadheaded the pump-- which blew it up. Is there a way to add some sort of relief valve so this couldn't ruin a second pump if the same thing repeated...
  18. plowhog

    AW32 vs AW46

    I'm rehabbing a 1950's International TD-9. First time I tried to pull the lever to lift the front blade, there was a buzzing/chattering from the hydraulic system. I'm not sure if this is normal but it sure doesn't sound normal. Before trying this, I had checked the hydraulic tank and found it...
  19. plowhog

    TD-9 dozer hydraulic pressure

    I am getting a 1950's vintage International TD-9 crawler back in operating form. Right now I can run it on gas then diesel, and I can operate it in forward and reverse. Initially, with the engine at RPM, the control lever to raise the front blade did nothing except make a lot of...
  20. plowhog

    Can I pull out invasive willows using my tractor?

    One of my fence lines has out-of-control invasive willows. My neighbor finally pulled all of his out, which was 80% of the quantity. So I need to do the 20% on my side. He used a Bobcat with a 4-in-1 bucket. Clamping down on a clump of willows and pulling them out by the roots. I don't have...
  21. plowhog

    New lawn sprinklers- PEX or PVC schedule 40 pipe

    Someone suggested using PEX pipe for lawn sprinklers. I've always used PVC schedule 40. Is PEX a good alternative? I drain pipes for winter, as it often is 15-20F here in winter. How deep would I bury it? Any tricks I should know about? What tools are needed?
  22. plowhog

    Neighbor dog on my property harassing wildlife

    My neighbor has two dogs. One of them likes to run. None of our properties are fenced. He has about 5 acres, I'm closer to 100. I know his dog is frequently on an obscure part of my property, as my trail cams catch pictures of him. Yesterday, the dog was in my pond, chasing the ducks and geese...
  23. plowhog

    Trenching with a Massey SCUT

    I need to dig a lot of trenches this spring and summer. Mostly for irrigation pipe such as 1" schedule 40. Lines are drained in fall so they only need to be about a foot deep. Is there something, somewhere, that will let me modify the bucket to something more friendly for trenching? I only need...
  24. plowhog

    Friend broke my GC1710

    I let a friend drive my GC1710. I warned him not to drive with the bucket raised. He did exactly that and a firewood round tumbled back and smashed the hood and headlight. Aahhh. The tractor runs fine, but I need a new hood, etc. Is circling back to my dealer the best option?
  25. plowhog

    How to increase psi in my gravity irrigation system?

    At the center of my irrigation system I have a 2 1/2 inch pvc pipe with 35 psi. Max flow is about 45 gpm. I want to increase the psi as some sprinklers require 40 psi. My target is 45 psi. I don't want to use an electric pump. Gravity only. The psi is generated because the pipe runs up a...
  26. plowhog

    Shooting into a body of water

    A river otter found my fish-stocked pond. It's living in the pond now, and is decimating the fishery. All my big catfish have been caught and eaten. It's working on the bass now. I am checking with a trapper tomorrow, but if that doesn't work I need to take care of business. I've never seen it...
  27. plowhog

    Black Bear Tango

    One of my game cameras caught some interesting bear footage. I'm pretty sure these two were cubs were born last year. Seems about 3am they just couldn't resist having a little wrestle match in front of my camera.
  28. plowhog

    Invasive Plant versus Pretty Landscaping

    I have spent years trying to eradicate Scotch Broom from my California property. It's invasive, it's a huge wildfire hazard due to oils it produces, it will take over any area where it gets established, and the seeds can lay dormant for up to 80 years, then re-germinate. In Nevada County, CA...
  29. plowhog

    Skunk behind barn- alive but won't move

    Found a skunk behind my barn this afternoon. At first I thought it was dead since it was in an open pasture area and not moving. Then I saw its head bob up and down a few times. That's its only movement-- head bobs up and down once in a while, then head back on the ground and no movement. I...
  30. plowhog

    What PSI should be in my well expansion tank?

    I noticed the kitchen faucet was pulsing water, and pressure seemed a little low. Usual house pressure is 60psi but I don't know what it is right now as my gauge failed. I checked the expansion tank at the well. It had about 45psi in it. So I pumped it up to 60 psi and it seems to have fixed...
  31. plowhog

    Dead bird on frozen lawn

    New Year's Eve was the coldest night of the year so far-- 22F. Our pond is half frozen over this morning. I found a dead woodpecker on the frozen lawn this morning. No marks on him-- looks like he just died and fell out of a tree above. Can birds freeze to death or do you suspect it was...
  32. plowhog

    Ideas to become a better steward of the land?

    I'd like to learn some additional ways to be a truly good steward of the land. My rural property has a residence, barn, pasture, apple orchard, forest, creek, pond stocked with fish, and a lot of wildlife. A recent success was trimming my large oak trees, which improved safety and the tree...
  33. plowhog

    Planting apple trees

    I have an apple orchard that is many decades old. Some trees have died, and some continue to produce apples but are very, very old. I want to plant new trees to rejuvenate the orchard. My local nursery said to plant bare root trees in January. They have many "varieties" that grow in my area...
  34. plowhog

    Wood chipper making lots of chips. What to do with them?

    I just had 10 Black Oaks and 1 Pin Oak tree trimmed. These tree are hundreds of years old, about 125ft high with enormous limbs, some up to 60" diameter. A tree crew with a "spider lift" spent a full week here doing it. Now, I am chipping up LOTS and LOTS of branches and limbs. (Saving larger...
  35. plowhog

    Drywall contractor wants to bankrupt me!

    I'm building a new residence in Northern Nevada. Framing is done, windows in, most exterior doors installed, stucco lathing done. Almost ready for drywall. Lots of square footage and some 10' and 12' ceiling heights. Insulation is starting to be installed today. Drywall installers say they need...
  36. plowhog

    Maiden Voyage- Woodland Mills WC88 Chipper

    Got my Woodland Mills WC88 chipper recently. Unit arrived damaged- ugh. It was packed really, really well but dents and scuffed paint here and there. Plus one cracked weld. Factory says it was shipping damage although the outside of carton was unblemished. They are sending replacement parts and...
  37. plowhog

    Repairing a PVC pipe submerged under water

    My irrigation system has a drain that extends into and underwater in the pond. There is a gate valve near the end of that. Somewhere in the vicinity of that piping and valve there is a water leak. So I am losing irrigation water out of the system, which I don't want to have happen. I need to fix...
  38. plowhog

    How to connect a trailer w/drawbar attachment to my truck's receiver hitch?

    I have an off-road farm dump trailer. It uses a standard drawbar setup to connect to the tractor drawbar. I hook the trailer tongue to the tractor drawbar, insert a pin, and go. I want to be able to reposition the trailer from one spot to another using my truck. So I need some way to attach the...
  39. plowhog

    Seat switch #$#$$#$#%

    My seat switch is incompatible with using my new Woodland Mills WC88 chipper. When I leave the seat to use the chipper, everything shuts down. The manual says PTO and engine will *still run* if Park Brake is engaged and selector is in Neutral-- but it doesn't behave that way. Trying to stuff a...
  40. plowhog

    Rent or buy a chipper-- I need to decide soon

    I am hiring a company to trim the huge oak trees at our property in a few weeks. These are mature, huge oak trees. Everyone that sees these trees calls them gigantic. Unbelievably the all-in cost for end weight reduction and trimming is upward of $10k -- after getting multiple bids. They are...
  41. plowhog

    I suck at using a grapple

    I have a Massey 1758 cab tractor, with HLA grapple. My old demolished deck has been on a side hill for months, and I finally got a 30 yard dumpster so I could dispose of it. I foolishly thought I could approach the rotted lumber pile from the downslope side, coming up, and "Grab" a pile of...
  42. plowhog

    Connecting non-standard hitch to my tractor

    I bought a Berkelman off road dump trailer a while back. I am just now wanting to put it into service for some firewood work. I went to connect it to the tractor and ... whoa ... I'm not sure how to do it? Here is a pix of the front tongue of the trailer. The end section that will take a pin...
  43. plowhog

    How to discard old motorized equipment?

    It's time to clear some space in the barn. That means going through decades of accumulated stuff. I have rented a 30yd dumpster which arrives soon. The true junk is easy to throw away. But then I come upon things like old motorized equipment. A rototiller, reel lawnmower with front catch, gas...
  44. plowhog

    How to use Box Blade on a side slope?

    I want to create a level RV parking pad. The area has a slight side slope from right to left, and a slight upslope as you pull forward. I need to level both of those. I have a 40hp tractor, 6 foot box blade, landscape rake, and top n tilt. I started by tipping the right side of the box down...
  45. plowhog

    Repair, re-seal, or replace a Hydraulic Pump

    I have an old tractor (International 3414) which recently blew the seal on the hydraulic pump. A friend was connecting up an attachment, and when he hit a bypass valve I believe it deadheaded the pump. Soon after, hydraulic fluid was shooting out the back of the pump. The pump is a Dynamatic--...
  46. plowhog

    Is this a war on cash or a war on privacy? Or both?

    Went to the bank recently (Wells Fargo.) Presented a completed deposit slip with my business name and account number. I was depositing cash receipts from that same business. I heard: "Sir, I need to see your ID." What? My ID? To give you CASH? I have deposited cash for many years. My business...
  47. plowhog

    Trip to the Big City

    Went to Oakland, CA yesterday to review a unique wall and door system for our new residence. The trip reminded me why I like Rural Living. Traffic was a nightmare, of course. Bumper to bumper on I-80 in both directions. We finished our visit and departed at 1:30pm. Leaving by 1:30 apparently...
  48. plowhog

    Does a recirculating pump defeat the purpose of on-demand water heating?

    I'm building a new residence, about 5,600 sq ft total. The garage is on one side, great room/laundry room about the center, and bedrooms and master on the other side. My architect planned an on-demand water heater in the garage, mainly servicing the kitchen and a bath in that area. And a second...
  49. plowhog

    Where to locate irrigation valves for sprinklers?

    I'm ready to build a manifold to route irrigation/sprinkler water from the main supply to three different directions. Should I put the valves right at the supply and manifold? This is convenient as all the wiring also only has to go there and I could install drains. Or, should I run pressure...
  50. plowhog

    Sprinkler piping- use PEX or schedule 40?

    I am going to run some 1" sprinkler lines at my Nevada property. These will only be operational in summer/fall and I will include drains so I can winterize the lines. Someone here told me I need 19" of depth for schedule 40 PVC due to freeze issues. But my lawn had schedule 40 at about a foot...
 
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