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  1. ponytug

    Flushing Hot Water Tank

    @lman Congratulations on getting 26 years out of your water heater! FWIW: My brother has a heat pump water heater set up in his basement to do dehumidify the basement and he likes it a lot. All the best, Peter
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    PT425 ran great yesterday, won't start today and backfiring through the carb

    Sorry to hear it. I don't have a 425, so this is just general advice to tide you over until someone who really knows can step in. Did you check the oil level to make sure that you didn't have a gas leak into the oil overnight? If it were me, I would start by checking that the choke and...
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    Flushing Hot Water Tank

    While pH can be a factor, it is more common for naturally soft waters to be lower in pH, i.e. acidic, and they tend not to be a problem for pipes or water heaters as the amount of dissolved acid (ionic strength) also tends to be low. More commonly, high ionic strength water (aka "hard" water...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    @LD1 Sorry to hear about the solar ROI problems. When I first looked at solar for our place, it didn't pencil out either, but then as solar costs dropped, it did pencil out, and the ROI ended up being five years or so. Have you looked at adding batteries to your ROI mix? They make a big...
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    Refurbishing a Delta 930 Lathe

    By the way, often all the old motors need are some new bearings, a little dust removal from the windings, sometimes a new capacitor, and you are back in business. Easy to do. I had an old Walker-Turner motor whose motor leads had crumbled, and they needed to be replaced which was a little more...
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    Refurbishing a Delta 930 Lathe

    Good news! You have all the info that you need, as you have motor and switch documentation. I find it easiest to start with the switch. If you look at the connection diagrams, switch lead #3 and switch lead #4 are all that switches between forward and reverse, so for 110V, those need to be...
  7. ponytug

    YM2310 starting issue?

    Don't forget to listen for the "near silent pop"! ;) All the best, Peter
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    I admit to a similar sort of compulsivity, but, over the years, I have come to realize that not everyone is cut out of the same cloth. At fault, or not, I'd be pretty upset to have to start over, though at least the posts and inverters are still there. All the best, Peter
  9. ponytug

    3d Printers

    Yes, 3D printing sure beats the prior method of growing single crystal blades and then checking them to make sure the crystal is aligned properly with the blade after the fact...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    That's so horrible! I feel for your cousin. :eek::cry:
  11. ponytug

    Gate Locking Ideas

    Brazing on a little carbide never hurts either... But again, the adjacent fence gets to be a weak spot very quickly. Our neighbor had someone joyride through their fences with an ATV. I have to imagine that it came with some cost to the rider's body, but the next day, you could see that the...
  12. ponytug

    Wheels for PT-1430

    I believe that they make custom wheels. Measuring instructions here; USEFUL INFORMATION certainly worth asking. All the best, Peter
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    Wheels for PT-1430

    @rScotty posted this over in the Yanmar forum, FWIW: https://www.heywheel.com/index.html All the best, Peter
  14. ponytug

    Gate Locking Ideas

    @HawkinsHollow I would just go with that bar and box or tube design. Anything more, and it becomes too obvious that the easy way in is through the fence. I agree; I think that the goal is just to make it look difficult. Actually keeping someone who is determined out, requires reinforced...
  15. ponytug

    YM187D Project tractor

    Love your hand cleaner "instant electrical system"! You get so much done so quickly. It is very impressive. Thanks for sharing. All the best, Peter
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    YM2310 starting issue?

    @bmaverick The way I read the Hoye instructions is that is 10 seconds on 30 off for a dry igniter. Would that mean that it is ok to use the thermostart again on the second try? Just curious. @etpm A cold diesel that doesn't start right away will end up having fuel coated cylinders and exhaust...
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    Flushing Hot Water Tank

    Just get the pipe thread dimensions (most are 3/4"NPT, which is not 3/4", table here), and length. If it were me, I would try an RV dealer, who often have small anode rods for RV heaters. You can cut it to length, as there will be a wire inside the magnesium that you can use for length. If you...
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    Flushing Hot Water Tank

    @ultrarunner do you brass nipples instead of dielectric isolator; if so, how long are they? I am looking at replacing some rusting dielectric isolation nipples, and would welcome any tips before I drag out my 36" pipe wrenches.... All the best, Peter
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    Scrub removal question

    I used that to remove poison hemlock here. I found that it worked best on days when the vegetation was wet, either from rain, or recent rain. The steam cooked and killed it better than anything else. On dry days, it just kind of smoked the plants without killing them. 500,000BTU torch on sale...
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    Flushing Hot Water Tank

    If you have water in the tray, you either have a pipe leak or tank leak, with my bet on a leaking tank. Unless your water quality is poor, you shouldn't need to drain your tank, unless you are going through anode rods quickly. (You check your anode rod every six months to a year, right? Almost...
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    Scrub removal question

    I would try a triangular metal blade for the Stihl. Sharpen it before you start, and periodically thereafter. I have had good success with it on other tough weeds. They also make circular saw type blades that may also work. All the best, Peter
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    Power Trac Maximum Slope Capability Questions

    No doubt about it. My 72" brush mower from PT. I have seen it toss a two inch limb over a hundred feet. That got me to wear a chainsaw face mask and helmet while mowing brush, just in case. All the best, Peter
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    PT mounting plate question

    I would go a little more, as there are scenarios when you would like to be able to get the tips up by a couple of inches when the forks are on the ground, and the PT plate doesn't get as vertical as you might think. My 1445 forks have a similar geometry to @joshlee's; I would do the angle...
  24. ponytug

    Wheels for PT-1430

    I looked at one point, and PT seems to have some rather special rims. I couldn't find any ready made, though I recall finding a company that would make wheels to order. As the wheels get a wider stance, the axles (seals) get leveraged increasing the chances for wear and failure. Terry said it...
  25. ponytug

    186d with 3t72ha Runaway

    Since the tractor has never worked in your hands, I wouldn't assume that anything is good until proven so. I recognize that you have been into the fuel pump, and I give you the benefit of the doubt that it is ok, but that is an assumption that I think ought to be questioned at some point. I...
  26. ponytug

    Squirrels Took Out Our Internet

    Yes, well, aluminum is inert and copper is toxic, so there is a certain Darwinian selection going on... I am glad that the fix worked. Floating neutrals are no fun. All the best, Peter
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    Power Trac Maximum Slope Capability Questions

    At one point in my life I was brush hogging new trails in your neck of the woods, and nearly got swept off our Ford into the brush mower. One comment I would make about the PT brush mower over conventional tractors is that you are driving over the brush after it has been cut down to size. The...
  28. ponytug

    Squirrels Took Out Our Internet

    @jaydee325 Sorry to hear it. Hopefully, it is a one time thing caused by a loose cable. We have trouble with squirrels all the time on our phone/internet. More often than not, it is that they, or the birds, stuff acorns in the overhead breakout boxes and then the nuts get wet and short the...
  29. ponytug

    Water or plumber experts?

    @Pixguy FWIW: our defective softener made some difference to the water quality, but the water quality got significantly better when we put a new softener in. I would be the first to admit that we have very hard water. All the best, Peter
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    It's Time For Medicare (whether I want it or not)

    Don't get me wrong, I would love to see an effective drug for Alzheimer's. Recent data suggests that there may be some issues with the drug in question, Aduhelm. The European drug agency turned it down. The clinical trial data only showed a benefit in the early stage of the disease. Both late...
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    Starlink

    Elon Musk sent out a "strongly worded" email to the starship team over Thanksgiving; https://spaceexplored.com/2021/11/29/spacex-raptor-crisis/
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    Water or plumber experts?

    Since you mention that you have a water softener, I am guessing that your water is hard.:rolleyes: We saw similar floaters in our toilet when our water softener had its main valve piston sheared off internally causing it not to regenerate the ion exchange resin, despite going through the...
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    It's Time For Medicare (whether I want it or not)

    X2 on the special insurance. We volunteer at events in the back country, and the not so back country, see folks get helicoptered out all the time, when the EMTs make the call that the patients are either too unstable to survive the long ambulance ride, or are too young or too old to risk it...
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    Starlink

    Their website isn't the most obvious, I agree. You need to click through to the internet membership page. They have a historic right to some unlimited internet data plans through an equal access program that has been grandfathered along. They have several offerings, one of which is that when...
  35. ponytug

    Compression tubing

    I can say that for my compressor, the original tubing was hardened, not soft tubing. The original tubing got extremely warm, warm enough to have the copper change color. That makes me wonder about the longevity, and wisdom, of repairing the copper line rather than replacing it. FWIW: The copper...
  36. ponytug

    The gated community issue.

    Good for you! I am sure that it isn't easy. Remember your signature quote. All the best, Peter
  37. ponytug

    Septic issue

    How much slope are we talking about here? Sounds as if it wasn't built correctly; ideally, you want your septic lines to all be equally full, i.e. dead level. It is possible that what was done, but your clay soil is forcing the water out at the low points on your slope. My drain lines are set...
  38. ponytug

    Starlink

    @Cougsfan My bad! https://calyxinstitute.org/ is what you want. I corrected the original. All the best, Peter
  39. ponytug

    Starlink

    Lucky you! I would agree with @bdhsfz6; start with Verizon, and ask for 5G home internet to see if they will offer it to you. If not the 4G should be fine. Check out https://calyxinstitute.org/ as well as a price comparison. All the best, Peter
  40. ponytug

    Huge oak fell!

    Yes, Madrone is a west coast wood, mainly coastal. https://ppo.puyallup.wsu.edu/madrone/about/ The BTUs rank up there with oaks; Firewood BTU Ratings Chart Best Firewood Heat Energy Content I think that it is a gorgeous wood, but it practically warps and cracks by just looking at it (almost!)...
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    Starlink

    Locally, I have found a number of issues with data on the opensource apps, including the "existence" of a T-mobile tower, complete with "breadcrumbs" that doesn't exist, purported reception in other areas with no signal. I think that some of it is an artifact of phones continuing to report...
  42. ponytug

    Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Let's Talk A/C

    Yes, that would describe the symptoms; hums and slowly starts up, but no obvious bearing issues. SWMBO thinks that it has always been like this, but I think it has been getting worse. Hence, my question. Thanks! All the best, Peter
  43. ponytug

    Got a 1430, looking for pallet fork recommendations

    Ground cherries, aka poha, aka cape gooseberries, were a long standing jam as a kid. Yummy! But not a common plant in my experience. Grows like a weed, in the Midwest as I recall. All the best, Peter
  44. ponytug

    Huge oak fell!

    One heck of a madrone!
  45. ponytug

    Cheap $20 a month Stand Alone Unlimited Rural Internet through AT&T Wireless

    I believe that the Mobley itself is limited to a DHCP space of five addresses. Like the three wishes with the genie, one of the addresses can be another router with a completely different range of DHCP addresses, like say, 254. It is a fairly common limitation on LTE devices, although I do not...
  46. ponytug

    Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Let's Talk A/C

    Thanks! That was very helpful. It would make sense to test the systems under more realistic conditions. Slight change of subject: on an older furnace/AC system, are there any signs a capacitor is failing, or do they just go? All the best, Peter
  47. ponytug

    Got a 1430, looking for pallet fork recommendations

    +1 on the yellow raspberries! That brings back wonderful memories. Thanks, and good luck. All the best, Peter
  48. ponytug

    Baby, It's Cold Outside, But Let's Talk A/C

    Can you elaborate on this a bit more? Thanks! All the best, Peter
  49. ponytug

    When / how to rejuvenate soil in raised planters?

    We compost plant materials and horse/cow manure. We have enough visits from skunks/opossums/raccoons wandering through that we don't include human food waste in our compost, but I would suggest trying it out to see what it is like where you live. Any method to get soluble nutrients in helps...
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    Google frustration

    I like @Wagtail's suggestions, but in case they aren't helpful, you might try Google maps, and use the search nearby function once you are centered on your area. It is a different way to get geographic results without directly using place names. FWIW: when I searched for "carport builders" in...
 
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