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    How not to bushhog !!

    You live to your sixties by being incredibly boring, not doing anything exiting. Or you live to your sixties by being incredibly lucky, surviving all the stupid things you do. On a side note all of the land I have been mowing is owned by my 96-year old mother. My two sisters, both in their...
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    How not to bushhog !!

    I have pushed over many trees bigger than the one that got me Saturday. Usually if the tractor will push it over the hog will chew it up. Operated that way for years and finally tore the gearbox up in the old Ford mower last fall. It was 45+ years old and had been used hard. The sapling that...
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    How not to bushhog !!

    I did get the tractor hung up last week. Tried to drive over three 1"-2" diameter trees in a fence row and the large one wedged itself between the clutch and tractor body under the foot rests. The tractor was clutched and would not move. I was in 1st gear so didn't have the momentum to go over...
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    How not to bushhog !!

    Not every one was like that. What pulled the tractor down more than the trees was the thick knee to waist high grass. Don't know what it was but it grows in thick clumps and is tough. RSKY
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    How not to bushhog !!

    I did that a couple months ago. Except my limb was a lot smaller. Left toenail about half black. RSKY
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    How not to bushhog !!

    Finished mowing 24 acres of CRP ground at one farm and moved seven miles to the next 18 acres to be mowed. The west boundary of this farm is Clarks River and the bottom ground floods about every four years and can easily get out of control if not mowed yearly. My brother in law mowed it last...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    I believe he was in Detroit at the time.
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    I solved the problem. Well until I need the tool again. I junked the old sprayer and got a new one. It was a cheap one and the pump cost about as much as the new one. RSKY
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    I talked to a fellow I worked with for about 30 years last week and told him about my finger. He reminded me of what happened to him back in the mid seventies. He was passing a kidney stone. And it got hung up. And would not pass. So off to the Emergency Room at a local hospital. After the...
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    I only got it over one of the three. and it held on the 40 psi sprayer. Until the whole thing quit. RSKY
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    I will try that next time. Thanks RSKY
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    That tool set is over $300. Not what I'm going to pay to repair a sprayer that costs $60 to replace. And I would only need it once every 5-10 years. Looking for something cheaper. Maybe a Harbor Freight one use plastic Chinese special. RSKY
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    I tried that. Got a pan of water boiling then poured into a plastic cup (hose had Roundup in it) and soaked the hose for about five minutes. That is how I managed to get it over the first of three barbs. RSKY
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    This is close to what I am looking for but it is for only one type of fitting. It is a "push on tool". Now maybe I can find one and end this frustrating search.
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    No, had my hopes up but those are not the tool. It was like two of those attached together and he would lock one on the nipple and grip the hose with the other and squeeze the handles together to force the tubing straight onto the nipple. Bad explanation I know but that is the best I can come up...
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    Need tool to put tubing on nipple

    The mechanics at a factory I worked at had a tool they used to put rubber hose/tubing on a nipple. It looked like a set of pliers with clamps on the jaws. I needed one today to repair a leak on a 12-volt sprayer. Worked on it an hour and finally got hose on to where I could clamp it. Sprayed 1/8...
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    What is the best house wash solution in 2021 for vinyl siding?

    Before I got the pressure washer I would mix 1/2 cup TAP with 1 gallon of Clorox and put it in one of the hose attachments made for spraying pesticides. Spray it on, let it stay for a few minutes. Then spray it off with the water hose. Had to swap nozzles a lot but it worked. RSKY
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    Recommendation, Bolt on Bucket Tooth bar

    I use the Piranha bar and it is very good. Even with my low HP tractor I can easily undercut vines and small trees. Our soil has a lot of clay in it and this does not slow the bar down. IF you get one remember to always park with the Piranha down in the dirt. It is an absolute witch to hit a...
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    My soccer debut at 67-years of age.

    I played keeper, or in other words, goalie. I only allowed four goals. We were playing 8 and 9 year old girls who had already been practicing for an hour in 90+ degree heat. It was parents against the team and the parents were one short so I got drafted. They ran circles around us. I would run...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    Yeah, I once thought about changing it to RiSKY but have this handle on everything. I'm usually not this accident prone. Well.....family doctor did tell me once, while putting in some stitches, that he had given me more tetanus shots than anybody he could remember. The problem is that there...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    Glad to be of service. Now I have the flesh sliced off index finger on my left hand from the knife which was what the original post was about. Since then I have reached into a plumbing tool box and sliced open the little finger on my right hand. Never figured out what cut it. Cut an under...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    The last tire manufacturing plant I worked at had a vending machine that would dispense one small bottle of YELLOW tube Locktite to each employee in my department each month. That stuff is wonderful and does not sting. A tire builder handling steed belt wire would get a dozen small pricks in...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    I will have you know that my "fancy knives" cost the breathtaking sum of $4.99 each plus shipping. But they are good, we both reach for them when we need a knife. My wife had two surgeries where they cut something off her retina. She had two stitches each in four places on her eye. Both times...
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    Never had pain like this before!!

    It all started when I ordered these new paring knives from Smokey Mountain Knife Works. They are Victorinox knives, made in Switzerland, and they are SHARP!! So I got one that I added on an order to get free shipping and we liked it so well that I ordered three more, one the with a serrated...
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    How to seal red cedar

    One of the limbs will be sliced to uniform thickness and made into four sets of coasters for family. For this purpose the wood must be sealed to protect it from moisture. I do want the grain to show so I guess I will do a bunch of experimenting. The wood also gives off that great cedar smell...
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    Need info on Land Pride and Bushhog brand mowers.

    Well I got the Bush Hog. Four weeks ago they had one at the local dealer that sold the day before I got there for $2950. I bought one of two the dealership had for $3100. It is located four hours away and the next truck going to that location will bring it back. They say they are the world's...
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    Need info on Land Pride and Bushhog brand mowers.

    A little late to post this as I will be buying today or tomorrow. I need a medium duty rotary mower. It is down to a Land Pride RDR 1872 or a Bushhog 216. Both are medium duty 2" capacity rating. Both are the same price. The major difference is that the deck is 2-1/2" taller on the Bushhog and...
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    How to seal red cedar

    Thanks for all the information. I will try several different methods and see what works best. RSKY
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    How to seal red cedar

    Last Friday we cut down a red cedar tree behind my deceased father-in-law's house. I saved several properly sized limbs and want to make coasters from them. These will go to my wife, sister-in-law, and both daughters. What do I use and how do I seal them. Right not the bare wood is sticky with...
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    Lynch Pins Coming Off

    I have put this story on here before. And it really wasn't the lynch pin but the result would be the same. About twenty years ago my then 70-something mother called me and in a panicked voice told me to come to her house right now. I figured she had shot somebody or something and broke all...
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    Lowes Kobalt 40-v chainsaw

    I was told/have read that the little saws were recalled last year due to the motors self destructing. The newer ones have a brushless motor that hopefully will last a little longer. RSKY
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    Lowes Kobalt 40-v chainsaw

    I used my Lowes Kobalt 40-volt chainsaw yesterday for a pretty good while. I cut down one crepe myrtle with five trunks more than 5" and trimmed two more of limbs/trunks as big or bigger. I walked around the two acre yard trimming and cutting for a couple hours. The little saw is light enough I...
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    Making money with credit card

    We use Samsclub Master Card for gas, 5% back, and restaurants, 3% back. For everything else we use a Fidelity Visa which puts 2% into my IRA with each use. The Discover Card is used for online purchases. Occasionally a company will give back on a different type of purchase and we will change for...
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    Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

    The eight year old granddaughter has played since she was four. She can start running and keep running until the adults with her tire out and quit. To me that is the main draw in having your child playing soccer from an early age. The physical fitness and mental toughness that comes with it are...
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    Bush Hog light duty or Titan light duty

    The old mower we have was purchased back in the seventies. Over the years it has been used hard and abused yearly. About every ten years one of us would 'smoke' the clutch. Mom bought a pipe wrench that is about 30" long for us to use tightening the nuts on the clutch. It always happened when we...
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    Bush Hog light duty or Titan light duty

    I will get model numbers and more info tomorrow. I am leaning towards the Bush Hog even though I would rather have the shear bolt instead of the clutch. I have replaced too many clutches in the middle of a field ten miles from our shop in the middle of July. A toolbox full of bolts seems an...
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    Bush Hog light duty or Titan light duty

    Gotta get a new rotary cutter. Will be mounted on an old 55-hp Ford 4600. Our 40+ year old Ford mower died last fall, I think I finally killed it. The Titan light duty, 1" to 1-1/2" capacity, shear pin, cutter is $1700. The Bush Hog light duty mower, 1" to 1-1/2" capacity, slip clutch, is...
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    Which Backpack Blower?

    Use non ethanol gas. If it sits for a month or so between uses the ethanol will separate from the gas and float to the top. Oil doesn't mix with the ethanol and when the tank is run dry you will be running pure ethanol with no oil. At least that is what my dealer told me when I welded a piston...
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    Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

    And if you are the grandparent you end up buying chairs to sit in, umbrellas for sun protection, and a cooler to have something to drink while sitting in the sun with 90+ degree weather. Then you have another grand who lives 30 miles from the other who plays in a different league and you must...
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    Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

    The younger grand plays in a 'recreational soccer' league and that is how they play. The older one plays on a 'traveling team' and it is not the same game. They have positions they specialize in and the games are as intense or more intense than high school play. I actually enjoy her games...
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    Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

    Until a couple years ago I thought soccer was the most boring game ever. Then I had a couple grandkids start playing. One is now eight and on a 'traveling team'. Holy guacamole!! Those little girls play rough. Elbowing, tripping, shoving, whatever they can get away with. Looks more like hockey...
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    Zero Turn w/ Kawasaki FX850v: Mowing RPM / Full Throttle?

    My Bad Boy will stall the first time I engage the blades if not running at full throttle. I also have the mower rolling when engaging. After mowing for a minute or so it will engage without stalling at just a few rpm above idle. RSKY
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    Mowing 85ac pastures... and no time to do it consistently.

    How often are you mowing it? Mowing once a year in fall will generally keep the saplings from taking a field.
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    Tested new smoke detectors.

    I recently replaced all the smoke detectors in the house. I was prompted to do this when one started beeping and as I changed the battery I noticed that it was a couple of years out of date. So I ordered new Kiddee wireless connected smoke detectors. Granddaughter #2 helped me change them out...
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    Bush hog setup

    Been mowing for more than fifty years and only started using a chain for the toplink in the last five. It enables me to mow and trim in a lot of places I could not before. Back up to a ditch or dropoff and the back end of the mower will drop down until the chain stops it. Back up to a steep pond...
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    2021 Current Lawn and Garden Tractor Market-My Observations Part-3

    I bought a Gravely ZTR years ago with the Kohler Command engine. Was told by a different dealer, after my purchase, that the Command was a 500-hour engine. I believe mine had 499 hours on the meter when it self destructed. When I bought my Bad Boy the dealer's daughter told me to get the...
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    How did you meet your spouse.

    We attended the same school for all twelve years. The school had grades 1 thru 12. We were in different first grades but the same second grade class. Best friends from freshman year but didn't actually start dating until last part of senior year. We were pushed together by her best friend Kathy...
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    How did your knee replacement go?

    Gonna add to my earlier post. I don't know why doctors want all the extensive therapy. Seems like everybody that I know who had problems blames it on the therapy. When the therapist came to my house she looked at her paperwork and said, "Oops, a Dr Patel patient. No therapy for you." and we sat...
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    How did your knee replacement go?

    I hope it all turns out good for you. I had mine replaced five years ago. The doctor who did the replacement has an excellent reputation. It takes more than four months to get in to see him. I was taking an Aleve or Naproxen Sodium every morning and another at lunch or was not able to function...
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    What is a good folding chair for ~ $25?

    Try the Mighty Lite from Sams or Home Depot. We have had some for years and they hold up well. Some larger neighbors broke my other folding chairs over the years but these have a 300+ rating. They are also more comfortable than the metal ones. A four pack at Sams is about $95. RSKY
 
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