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    Beavers !!!!!!!!

    Yeah, bevers don't seem to have any sense of obligation to a home owner's "rules". Like yourself, I'm content to let them do their thing as their main dam is below the developed part of our property, however they insist on building, building, damming, damming until the water starts to back up...
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    Accurate garden soil testing?

    Thanks much for the info/links. The folks at Cornell are probably a bit more scientific about this stuff than myself. ;) One consideration is that I have a number of different garden plots & raised beds, each with different soil from various places so I may try the lab route for the main garden...
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    Accurate garden soil testing?

    Getting near time to start the vegetable garden again. Thinking that perhaps this season rather than my usual "plant and pray" methodology I'll try too apply at least a minimum about of science. Testing the soil seems like a good place to start. But the last time I tried one of those meter...
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    Who writes owners manuals?

    As a former manual writer-- software apps not hardware-- you nailed it exactly. When hired to start putting together a new manual the biggest challenge is typically trying to get the developer(s) to understand that: "No, you can NOT just assume they know how to do that!" An in depth knowledge...
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    I have to laugh, sarcastically, when commentators say things like, "just download this or that app on your Smartphone". Yeah, right. Then what?? They seem to just dismiss those living in areas with no cell signal or available Internet option. I only have to go a mile from home before I lose a...
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    Can this hose be repaired?

    Fired up the Honda WX 10 water pump for the first time in awhile. Worked great, BUT found out there was a hole in the hose. Not that I couldn't have used a cold shower given how hot out it was, but I'd prefer not to have to deal with that again. Wondering if there's any way to repair such a...
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    Looking for decent battery charger

    Finally tossed this old Craftsman battery charger that I've had for years. Pretty much stopped working and I never was that happy with it in the first place. Looking a quality, not not hugely expensive ("Pro"), charger that can charge 12V car/truck batteries as well as Deep Cycle marine batteries.
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    Building a bridge: PT or rough cut??

    Finally getting around to putting a bridge together that will span a small stream. Main supports are two railroad railings that will sit on very large, flat rocks on each end. Wondering what would be the difference between 2x PT as opposed to 2in rough cut with respect to overall life span? It...
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    Trencher attachment for tractor?

    I'd like to dig several fairly long trenches and am wondering how well an attachment like this might work: The ditch the backhoe makes is way too wide and messy and the length of the trenches I want to dig make a manual labor solution unattractive to say the least...
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    Remote temperature sensor/monitor??

    We expect to be away for an extended period this winter and I would like to find a quality remote temperature monitor device of some kind that we could use to check temperatures in our house at home remotely.
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    Inexpensive reciprocating cordless saw?

    Too many choices out there to make a decision! Have a need for a cordless reciprocating type saw as a gift for a family member. Usage will be light-- perhaps to trim branches on shrubs & bushes (too thick for loppers), occasional use to saw up dead branches for kindling, etc. Looked briefly at...
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    What type of batteries for trail camera?

    Wondering what type of AA batteries are best suited for trail cameras and if the more expensive ones actually perform much better (last longer) than ordinary alkalines?
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    Well water with SULPHUR smell!

    Returned after 3 months away from home we found that what to that point-- 20+ years-- of great tasting well water, now the water has a pretty strong sulphur odor. After a few weeks the smell may have been lessened just a bit but still very obvious. Had the water tested and were told that yes...
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    Cedar deck help please!

    We'll be putting in a new cedar deck this week and are getting some different opinions as to treatment options. Some say just wait until the deck is installed then apply treatment while others say it's important to pretreat before installation. Would appreciate some informed input as to the best...
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    How did you build your floating dock?

    Will need to take a look at the options for upgrading or replacing our current floating dock and would like to know what others might be doing that works for them. What we have currently are some large, floating billets under a PT frame.
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    Battery tender questions

    We'll be leaving our 2012 GMC diesel in our unheated garage for a couple of months this winter. Temps often get well below zero and I'd like to able to fire it up when we return so I've been been looking at these battery tenders as an option. Deltran seems to be one model recommended often...
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    You favorite old-time TV Western?

    Channel surfing the other day I came across that old TV Western "Wanted Dead or Alive" starring Steve McQueen. Had not seen that thing in ages! Thinking about all the old westerns that were so popular back then I did a quick search to remind myself of some of these shows and was amazed at just...
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    Portable battery jump starter advice?

    My aging Sears portable jump starter-- which I never liked in the first place-- is pretty much dead. Looking for a good replacement. The clamps on my old one suck. Have to manually help clamp down sometimes. Any advice as to what models you can recommend as a replacement?
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    Banner year for CRICKETS?!

    Don't recall seeing/hearing so many crickets as I have this summer. Day & night-- creating quite a chatter! Just around here by any chance?
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    Any woodworkers here?

    Trying to find out what I have. It's a VERY heavy, black piece of wood that's been in the family for many years, the origin of which is not known. I pulled it out of storage the other day thinking that perhaps someone might know just what it is. I was told at one point that it was a piece of...
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    How would you repair this driveway?

    Multiple storms have taken their toll on the steepest part of one of our driveways. Material there is crusher run (stone + stone dust) on top of a layer of gravel. I'd like to think that there's enough there to smooth it out somehow rather than have to haul in more fill ($$$).
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    Any idea how to build something like this?

    Given this is a tractor forum it seems to be a perfect place to ask a question about photography. :) Not necessarily for resident photography experience (although I'm sure that exists here) but most of us rural folks have had to rig up all manner of contraptions to come up with a solutions to...
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    Do heat tapes work to prevent frozen pipes?

    We have hot water heat and there's one section of copper pipe in the basement ceiling that runs near the outside foundation which is prone to freezing when the temperature gets down to zero or below. Pulling back the ceiling tiles in that area to let heat in helps but if the thermostat is set...
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    How to catch a vandal??

    That's almost exactly what we have now and what I tried to describe in previous posts. Apparently not all that well. :) The main post is a 6x6 PT and the arm coming out is a 2x6 PT board with the box attached. While that is great system to prevent the whole post & box from tearing out when hit...
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    How to catch a vandal??

    There's been an ongoing issue here with someone driving around and smashing mailboxes. Just put the 2nd new one in the past two weeks and that was smashed last night. The box is quite a distance away and not visible from the house. I'd like to install some kind of security camera in an attempt...
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    Can this pistol be restored?

    Found this old pistol in a stored away container. Doesn't appear to be a particularly valuable pistol even in mint condition but given it belonged to our grandfather there's something of a sentimental attachment. I was wondering that even though it's in horrible shape is it even possible to...
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    Any game players here??

    So I'm told that Pong is no longer the hottest game in town so I guess it may be time to do a bit of catch-up and learn a bit about what's out there these days. Wondering if any of the current game consoles out there offer any games other than the blood & gore shoot-em-up "action" games I see...
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    Removing floor tiles is HARD WORK!

    The hard vinyl 12" square tiles that were installed over our concrete basement floor now need to be removed for new flooring. Whatever glue was used is proving to be quite a challenge. Best I can do with a hammer & pry bar is to chip off pretty small pieces with each whack-- with quite a bit of...
  29. J

    How are the Fall colors where you live??

    Here in upstate NY it's shaping up to be a relatively dull Autumn as far as color goes. Last year was fantastic but even though it's a bit early now, this year a lot of trees are already bare and the hardwoods in the mountains around here don't look like they're going to put on much of a show.
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    Power OUT & BACK ON alarm for generator?

    Looking for a device that sound an alarm when the power goes out-- ideally loud enough to wake me up-- and also an audible notice when the power is back on. Finding a number of options when searching but would appreciate some input from someone with experience with this type of device.
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    How would you build this bridge?

    I've got two sections of railroad track-- about 20 feet long each-- spanning a small stream, resting on two very large rocks at each end. Next step is to add some planking but not sure just how the best way might be to do that. Pretty hard driving nails or screws into that iron! :D I'm thinking...
  32. J

    Your favorite SEED catalog(s)??

    Kinda' hard to think about the vegetable garden given it's snowing pretty hard right now on top of the two feet of snow already down, but... We typically end up getting most of our plants from local green houses and veggie seeds from big box stores. Would like to go a different route this...
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    Torpedo/Salamander heater best practices?

    Need to do some assembly work in our unheated garage this winter. It's uninsulated and 28x30 feet with 10 foot ceilings. Open stairway in back going up to an enclosed, heated studio. Given it will be an off/on situation it seems a forced air kero heater is the most practical way to go. Would...
  34. J

    COLD starting JD X748

    With temps dropping below freezing I'm looking for the best option for starting our X748 diesel on those cold (and getting colder) days. The glow plugs aren't nearly enough for those really cold mornings but from what I hear from the dealer, installing a regular engine block heater type system...
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    Any way to patch this hole??

    Mechanic applied some kind of "goop" (not sure what it was) but it didn't last that long. Must be some product out there that I could use to patch this hole and avoid having to buy a new tank? Mice had quite nest there when it sat for some time last winter but for the life of me I can't...
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    "Drought" in upstate NY

    Drought runs in cycles here in the Catskills. Here's a couple of shots taken around the large reservoirs back around 2001 that supply NYC with their water. Pretty bad but not nearly as bad as many other places. Friends in GA bought a "lakeside" house years ago. Can't even see the lake from their...
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    Organizing a MESS of Ethernet, Video & Phone wires.

    When I build our house some 15+ years ago I ran home-runs of Ethernet, Video & Phone wires all over the house. More than likely overkill, but at the time the thought was better to have connections that aren't used than to wish they were there-- after the sheetrock was in. Initial configuration...
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    Can't find much info on this old tractor

    Here's another pic. When I get back up there I'll look more closely and take some other shots:
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    How is this a safety device??

    Like a lot of (most?) mower type tractors, our John Deere X748 diesel has a seat safety switch installed that requires someone to be sitting on the seat for the mower to operate. So ok, I can see how that could be considered a safety system. Falling off or just getting off with the blades...
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    There are no effective portable air conditioners??

    If you can believe the Consumer Reports review: Many other sites have a more favorable take on these things-- although possibly biased as dealers. For our intended use something like one of these would be a good option-- IF they're worth the $$$. Anyone have a portable air conditioner that...
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    Can't find much info on this old tractor

    As the pics show it's been pretty much taken over by birds having sat in a barn for over 10 years. I'm told it's a 1957 model and runs fine. Need to get a new battery to try and start it. Anyone familiar with this model tractor? | |
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    Generator warning system?

    Now that our generator is tied into the main breaker panel in the house (manual interlock) I'm looking for some kind of system that can be installed that would sound an alarm when the power goes out as well as when the power comes back on. Anything pre-built out there that would do this?
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    Who/What's eating my blueberries?

    Typically get gallons of berries from 4 main and 4 smaller plants but last year less than half that.
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    Can not find this kind of clevis hook

    The clevis hook we've used for years is lost out in the woods-- somewhere. Not optimistic that we'll ever find it. Trying to find a replacement but perhaps since this was a very old device that they don't even make such a thing any longer. It had a chain grab hook that attached to the drawbar...
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    Generator to power electronics?

    We expect to be doing some demos this summer and many of these sites will be outdoors with no AC power. I'd like to use our Honda generator to power a notebook computer, 23" monitor & Dye Sub printer. I believe the power output of this generator would be sufficient (?) to run the equiipment, but...
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    How much is your wireless phone bill??

    Verizon Wireless is charging me around $130 per month for two phones and one tablet with 6GB of data. Thinking there has to be better options out there?
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    You don't have a high speed Internet connection??

    I think too many people just assume that *everyone* has a high speed Internet connection (especially my urban friends~)-- not realizing that for many that's just not an option. Of course satellite has gone a long way to reach rural folks but satellites come with other issues such as high latency...
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    How long can you store gas & diesel?

    Wondering how long gasoline and diesel can be stored. I assume that there's general recommendations wherein stored gas & diesel would still be considered to be in good condition. What happens beyond that point? I assume that the longer they're stored the less effective (efficient?) they are but...
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    pond siphon

    We did this using pretty much the technique described here by others. Cap the lower end, fill the pipe with water at the highest point shown in the attached images, then remove the cap. With the two 4 inch pipes it was pretty impressive how fast the pond drained. [EDIT: WOW-- didn't notice how...
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    Air compressor question

    We were given an Sears Craftsman air compressor. No manual but I did manage to find one online. It came with this blue Campbell Hausfeld system installed which obviously is a custom install but I'm not exactly sure what it's supposed to do. Appears to be some kind of in-line filter?