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    Untreated lumber for uncovered deck?

    I am getting ready to order a portable saw mill. It will take several months before it gets here. One of the first projects will be to build a deck extension off of the front porch of my cabin. This will be uncovered and fully exposed to sun and rain. It will be made of pine from off of my...
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    Switch for 1/3 hp electric motor.

    I have a 1/3 hp electric motor that I want to make into disk sander (French Wheel). I've got an arbor and a chuck and a wheel but the motor needs a switch and I'm an idiot when it comes to electricity. I can wire it, I just don't know what to get. Motor label say 115 volts; amps = 40 max. Do I...
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    High Quality Lawn Sprinkler

    I've been through a lot of cheap sprinklers. I'm talking above ground, not sprinkler system stuff. I don't water much but when I do I don't want a big old hassle. I prefer the chink-chink-chink type but everything I've bought in the last ten years has been junk and does not last. All from China...
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    Z Turn = More Work

    Recently got a 54" Z turn to mow the grass around my cabin. Several acres which I used to mow with a 6' rotary cutter on my 45hp Kubota with Ag tires and then push mowed around the cabin. Not only does the Z turn do it faster but it now looks like a country club! The problem is, in order to keep...
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    Well Pump Electrical Problem

    I am asking this question on behalf of my daughter. She has heard me say so many times "I had a problem and went to the "tractor web site" and those guys told me how to fix it." So now she asks me to ask you guys to solve one for her. The problem is, I don't really have all the facts. But here...
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    ZT Question and Comments

    First a comment: I recently bought a Cub Cadet ZT2 54". I don't know if buying a Cub Cadet was the right move but buying a z-turn sure was. Getting the 3-4 acres done so fast and they look so good (compared to the 6' rotary cutter behind 45 hp tractor). If this particular model keeps doing what...
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    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    We use a lot of mulch. Until recently mulch was free from the county. Unfortunately they stopped their mulch program (backwards rural county can't get anything right and when they do they eventually mess that up). Purchasing mulch at the volume I want is very expensive. Anyway, looking into pto...
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    ZT deck belt frayed.

    I have a new Cub Cadet ZT2 54" zero turn. It has about 8 hours on it. The deck belt came off of the center spindle pulley twice. I'm pretty sure that I did something wrong the first time; either shut the engine off with the PTO engaged or starting with it engaged. Not sure. Put it back on and...
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    Kawasaki mower engine maintenance.

    I just bought a Cub Cadet ZT2 54" zero turn mower. Really liking it so far. But, I was looking at the manual for the 23hp Kawasaki FR691V and was a little surprised to see that at 300 hours it recommends that the combustion chambers be cleaned, adjust valve clearance and clean and lap valve...
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    Oil for new ZT.

    Time for the 5 hour new engine oil change. Kawasaki FR series 24 hp. Manual gives the typical ranges of oil which always make it hard for me to decide. I read somewhere but cannot find confirmation that Kawasaki put out a service bulletin recommending 10w-40 in their mower engines. I do not...
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    2003 F150 Fuel Pump Replacement

    I need help with a problem. I have a 2003 Ford F150 that probably has a dead fuel pump. This is basically a farm truck and stays down at my cabin so there is no urgency to fix it. I have watched all the videos about how to replace the fuel pump. Even though it requires removing the bed on most...
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    Propane water heater?

    I've got several problems with the electric water heater down at my cabin. The first is that it makes the water stink like rotten eggs when water stands in the tank. We go down there about three times a month. I've tried all the remedies. Some work, like the special rod you put it, but not for...
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    Lawn tractor vs ZT

    I have 3 or 4 acres I normally mow with a 45hp utility tractor and 6' rotary cutter which is not exactly 'lawn' but more like lawn than field. (I have mowed this with someone else's JD yard tractor and it did okay). I also have the yard around my cabin which I push mow. Getting tired of push...
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    When do you replace tires?

    I have a 16 year old Kubota L4400 4wd with about 600 hours on it. Came with Ag tires. Fronts are worn, torn, chipped and cracked. Considerable tread loss (fronts are overdriven compared to rears). Could easily keep running them for a while but it wouldn't be nuts to replace them. Anyway I think...
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    Toilet Mystery

    Whenever I have any sort of technical or mechanical issue I know I can come here and you guys will solve it. I have a toilet mystery. Background: I have repaired toilets many times. I have replaced toilets. I have installed new toilets and even the entire drain-waste-vent system in my cabin...
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    Old Stihl 025. Cranks but won't run.

    I have an old home-owner grade Stihl 025 that I inherited from my Dad. It has worked well for years. Last year when I tried to use it it would crank, run for a second and then stop. After that it would not crank unless it sat for day. Repeated same thing many times. Drained all old gas/oil out...
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    Basement Dehumidifier

    I live in a 90 year old house. It has a walk in basement that is basically just concrete floors but otherwise unfinished. It is damp and occasionally with heavy rains there is water on the floor. There is very little way to solve this problem completely. I could have it dug out all around the...
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    Sawmill. What do I need to know.

    I'm thinking about getting a saw mill. I do not need one and I do not intend to sell lumber. I've got a cabin on 250 acres that I've had for close to 20 years. There is always a big oak or hickory or cedar blown down. And I just hate to see it go to waste. We use some for firewood but a lot...
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    Need Advice on Finish Mower

    I've got several acres of grass around my cabin that I mow with my 6' rotary cutter. Over the years these acres have become closer to a lawn than a pasture. I keep it cut short. And of course the rotary cutter is not ideal for this and in fact I've worn down the shoes on the front from cutting...
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    Car cover or no car cover.

    I have a 2007 Nissan 350Z that is now used almost exclusively as a track car. It has beautiful Daytona Blue Metallic paint and from 10-15 steps away it still looks pretty good. Any closer and it looks like an 11 year old track car. Many tiny paint dings. Rubber smudges all over from thrown up...
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    New band saw. What's it for.

    I was just given a like-new Powermatic 14" band saw. Looks like a nice piece of equipment. Weighs about 200 pounds. It is for wood only, unfortunately. I do modest wood working from time to time. I have one of those compound/mitre/chop saw deals that I can do a lot with. I have an ancient drill...
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    Hi, my name is George, I am a DIYer. (Long)

    For a long time I have taken pride in doing most things that I can do myself. I do most of my car and tractor repair work. I do pretty much all of the plumbing repairs in my 90 year old house. I built my own log cabin (kit) 16 years ago. Some of this is being a tight wad and not wanting to pay...
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    Battery terminal vs clamp. RANT included.

    This is actually about a car battery.....but just pretend it is on my tractor. We have been having constant trouble with my wife's car battery. Almost every time it can be traced to the negative terminal clamp coming loose. The OEM terminal clamp will not fully and tightly clamp down on the...
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    Help me out with free TV.

    I'm tired of paying for DirecTV. Cable is worse. My wife and I don't even watch much TV. Kind of nuts spending almost $100 a month for something we only use an hour or less a day. So I want free TV. I'm not talking about stuff like Hulu or Amazon Prime. I'm talking about digital TV over an...
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    Super high end sound system...sounds bad?

    Down at my cabin I have been using a Toshiba tuner/amp that I got in 1980 with a set of Bose bookshelf speakers that I got in 1990. It has decent sound for just using at the cabin but the left channel in the Toshiba is cutting out. Well, my cousin recently gave his high end stereo system to my...
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    Is Rock and Roll dead. Part 2.

    Years ago I posted a thread in this forum about how I thought traditional rock and roll was dead. Following the decline of alternative rock in the 1990s there really hasn't been too much new stuff for the rock and roll fan to get into. The classic rock stations play all the old standards but...
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    Truck tire sidewall patch???

    I got a tiny locust thorn stuck in one of my brand new all-terrain tires on my pickup. It was causing a very very slow leak. My wife took the truck to Discount Tire where I bought them. I did not buy the road hazard warranty. They would not even look at it and told her that they could not do...
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    I think I need to fire my optometrist.

    I lost my glasses recently. Freak accident. I need them for near and far vision...so, work, reading, driving, computer, TV, etc. I go to a local optometrist walking distance from my house. They are friends of the family. Not close, but friends nevertheless. I have some cheap, old glasses I got...
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    Opinions on hybrid slab foundation.

    My daughter and her husband and going to be building a house in the country soon. They have talked to several builders and they have suggested that they consider what they call a hybrid slab foundation as it costs considerably less than a traditional pier and joist foundation with a crawl space...
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    Is there any good reason to buy an Optima battery for a car?

    In another thread we discussed my Infiniti G37 that eats batteries. Considerable testing has not found a single clear cause. I think I know why the current one failed and I think I corrected it but the battery is not holding a full charge now probably due to repeated draining. Anyway, whether I...
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    Is this pine log worth anything?

    About ten years ago a fairly large pine that stood beside a creek on my property got blown over. It leaned across the creek and never came down on the ground. It lived for about another six month and then died. I was poking around it a while back with an axe and noticed that even way up that the...
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    Which National Park?

    Our 30th anniversary is coming up this summer and my wife wants to go on a trip. We both like to travel but don't get to do it a lot. Once every couple of years. We have been to Italy, New York, a road trip through the deep south for blues festivals. Now she has the idea that she would like to...
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    Old House Plumbing Problem.

    My house is 88 years old and has a pretty constant flow of 88 year old house problems. The current one is that the hot water valve is leaking in the downstairs shower. This is essentially the guest bathroom. Our master bathroom is a five year old addition up stairs but the other upstairs...
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    Binoculars plus eyeglasses.

    After having perfect vision all my life I am now in progressive eyeglasses. They present a number of challenges but after trying all the other alternatives they are the best option for now. I like to hunt. I like photography. I wear my glasses most of the time for these activities. I can use...
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    Friend is getting a D8!

    A friend of mine who has property across the road from my country place is getting a Caterpillar D8 to clear some land for pasture. He has indicated that I could use it (or have him use it) to clear some small areas on my property as well. It is an older one. His uncle, who is my brother-in-law...
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    Infiniti G37 dead battery again.

    I have a 2009 Infiniti G37 coupe with a manual transmission (a dinosaur by today's standards) that I love. Got it used about 4 years ago. It is my wife's car. Low miles when I got it and we still don't put a lot of miles on it but it gets driven almost every day. For the last two years it has...
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    Drill bits for metal work.

    I've been doing more projects lately requiring drilling in metal. For instance, homemade winch mount for my car/tractor trailer. Drilling through some fairly hard and thick stuff. Some of the cheap multipurpose bits I have won't last long enough to drill one hole. To make things worse, I know...
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    Need IT help. Internet slow at work.

    I work in a doctor's office. Probably 25 people in the building. Computers access is wireless via routers around the building. Our electronic medical record is web based. Internet speeds are visibly slow. Slower than my standard cable modem at home, which uses the same provider. This makes...
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    Stihl 025 (M250) leaking gas

    I have an old Stihl 025 homeowner chainsaw that was my Dad's. Great little saw. Starts great. Runs great. But the last time I used it I noticed some fuel was leaking out when the saw was sideways. I noticed the fuel was coming out of a small nipple on top of the fuel tank. It still I had never...
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    Chainsaw chaps.

    Was using my Stihl 18" chainsaw this weekend clearing brush and small trees. Was tired. It was thick with lots of vines and branches. Felt something hit my leg hard. Thought it was a branch. Looked down and there was a hole in my pants and I was bleeding. Never even saw it happen but pretty much...
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    How to drill a shallow hole in sheet metal?

    I need to drill a hole in some sheet metal...not on a tractor...but we'll pretend that it is. I have no way to tell what is behind the sheet metal on this particular machine. Probably nothing but I don't want to go shooting a drill bit through there where I don't know if there is a wire or a...
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    Where do you guys buy hardware.

    I went to Tractor Supply this evening to buy some grade 8 bolts and other such hardware. Bins were a mess. Wrong parts in wrong bins. Empty bins, etc. Very frustrating. Lowes was next door. Exact same problem. Left both places without the hardware I needed. Where do you guys buy high grade...
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    Stupid Automotive Question: What causes this?

    I know what this is and how to clean it up but I don't know why it happens. I've had this car for 5 years and this has never been an issue. I think the battery is a cheap AutoZone or Advanced Auto Parts. I've found them to be short lived and low quality. Anyone know how to prevent this? I know...
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    I'm done with Levis (Rant)

    I've bought my last pair of Levis jeans. I've worn Levis 505 'regular fit' jeans since I was about 15 (I'm 54 now). Back then it was 33x34s, now it is 34x34s. For decades I could go into the store grab a few pairs of 34x34 505 regular fit jeans and they'd fit just fine. No dressing rooms. No...
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    Strange Coyote Behavior

    We have lots of coyotes around our place. Sometimes you can hear them howling in all 4 directions at once. But, this weekend we had a weird experience. We had just waked up about 7 am (braod daylight by then) when our Labrador started barking like crazy. We could hear another dog barking just...
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    What is this stool?

    I was looking at an article about a warehouse in New York that has props for movies in it. One of the items pictured was this stool that I have linked to below. This exact same stool, without the metal rods, has been in my grandmother's house as long as I can remember. I live in her house now...
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    Security Ideas

    Last week I went to do a little yard work and couldn't find my Stihl string trimmer. A little later I could not find my newish Echo chainsaw. I remembered that I had left them underneath my screen porch in the back yard. It is an area you can walk under where we keep gardening tools and a...
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    Porter Cable Brad Gun Failure....and Rant.

    Got a two different Porter Cable brad guns and a compressor about 10 years ago. Light use only. The smaller brad gun has stopped working. When you pull the trigger there is a slight puff out the exhaust port but it does not drive the brad. There is no hissing or evidence of air leakage. I went...
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    Retiring my 2003 F150.

    My 2003 F150 SuperCrew has been retired to the farm. So I have a few questions. It will probably only get used a few times a month. It will be parked in the tractor shed, roof but open on 4 sides. I'll put Stab-Bil in the gas. I have a trickle charger if needed. Anything else I need to do for...
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    Trailer Winch Wiring

    I've decided to get a winch for my 19' flatbed trailer. Getting the tractor on it is easy. Getting a low riding track car on it is a little more tricky. A winch would make it safer and capable of getting a non-running car back on the trailer too. I've got an extra battery to run the winch off...
 
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