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    What's it cost to have a Briggs 8 hp engine overhauled?

    While our power was out we were running on our 4 yr old generator and it started surging, then it got worse, then backfiring, then emitting flame out the exhaust, 6" diameter, then 8-10 long flame, then it quit running. Has been a good generator, would like to have it overhauled and put back to...
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    Torch problem

    Got gas set for 10 and oxy set for 20. What should they be set for? I can feel a little oxy leakage blowing against my wet lip. Trying to light the torch it blasts & pops and quits. Shutting off the oxy all the way, it still does the same thing. Haven't used the system for a year or more...
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    How to build a snake--a very big snake

    We will be moving when we can find the right property. With no timber to manage as our present property will be sold. I need a project. So, what to do, what to do? Most of the places we have seen have a little garden area beside the walkway to the front door. I want to build a fake snake to...
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    Sand blaster

    I have had 2 cheapie sand blasters. Both would flow for maybe 20-30 seconds then stall. Shake the thing then it will start blowing sand again. Sand is dry. Now I have another project that needs blasting rust off some steel and I want to get a blaster that actually works. So I am looking...
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    My saws

    I'm not a logger, but I do have 10 acres of Douglas-firs which I planted in 1993, now about 10-12 inches in diameter. Power Pruner (now Echo), great machine, bought it in about 1994, probably been in the shop once. I can reach limbs 13+ feet high. Very easy to start. Only complaint is it...
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    Bent tie rod JD 770

    Like others, I hit a hidden stump & bent the tie rod. Removed the castle nuts off the top of the ball joint but can't free it. Tried whacking a 1X2" with a hammer against the threaded part that held the castle nuts and no luck, didn't budge. So, what next?
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    Gas Backup power didn't back us up!

    We have gas water heater and gas furnace. Lost power for 5 hours a few days ago. Fired up the generator, hooked it up as usual and the furnace fan ran as usual, but the gas in the furnace didn't fire up. And the fan blew cold air. Water heater didn't fire up either. Checked the propane tank...
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    What am I doing wrong?

    New to stick welding, Lincoln 225 set for 90 amps. Rod is 6011. Practicing on steel about 1/32 inch thick. Can run an arc for about 10 inches ( some of the time) which uses up most of the rod but burns a hole in the part much of the time. On some passes it deposits metal and on other passes...
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    Deer into strawberries and blueberrys--Grrrr!

    A doe and probably last year's doe have found my wife's berrys and we are not happy! In our strawberry patch they have eaten most of every plant. Browsed some of the blues. Last week I snuck out the side door or the garage and went after them, scared them off for the time being, but they will...
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    Answer to 770 OPTO locked up

    Problem was under the seat. Multiple posts before because no one had the answer & no one new was posting their guesses. So here is the answer: There are a pair of yellow rubber cone shaped cushions inside a pair of springs. They had rotted down to fragments. Talked to a JD guy & he knew the...
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    770 PTO locked up

    Second post. Everything in neutral, nothing attached to the PTO, engage PTO you can only rotate it by hand about 1/8 inch and fire it up & it wants to kill the engine if you slowly let out the clutch. So, what now? Thanks for any suggestions
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    3-Point Hitch Engine stalls when engaging Bush Hog mower

    Haven't used my 770 PTO mower much, and it has sat for a year or two. Used the tractor a couple years ago to till with no problem. Stored inside. Hooked up the mower today, fired up the tractor & all it wants to do is stall the engine when I slowly engage the PTO. Run it up to over 2,000 rpm...
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    15 gal sprayer question

    I used a HF sprayer for maybe 15 or more years until it quit. Bought a new Shurflo pump and it quit (leaked) after a couple years. So I went for a Fimco and was pleased with the spray distance, about 30 ft horizontal until it started leaking in less than a year. Fixes didn't work so I'm...
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    New to arc welding--very new

    Bought a used Lincoln 225 welder with 50 ft. of cable. Set it up today first time, zzzzt, zzzt a couple times and then only the humming sound in the unit. No more arcing between the electrodes, nada. Checked the CB which was OK of course since the humming still came from the unit. Any...
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    3-Point Hitch How to remove pto shaft cover?

    Shaft is on a Bush Hog mower. Big plastic covers on ends of shaft surrounding the yokes. Need to remove the cover so I can take off the yoke for repair. It appears that the shaft and cover are Italian made, if that helps anyone. So if I learned how to attach the pic, you can see the small...
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    3-Point Hitch Limited movement in top link

    Had this 770 for about 20 years now and the top link will only extend or retract about 4 or 5 inches, then it jams like maybe the threads are damaged. Tempted to use my oxy torch on it, but afraid I would damage it or at least make it worse or that it would tighten up again when it cools. No...
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    JD770 hydraulic problem

    Good little tractor, but there mus be an internal leak somewhere. With a load in the bucket and on the 3pt the 3pt drops down, then it jumps back up to where it belongs. Hydraulic system makes noise when I'm moving bucket or 3pt. Even without a 3 pt. load, it doesn't seem like the bucket can...
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    Where to buy poisons?

    We own a lot 65 miles away in a nice community. Bought it when our son got transferred to a town near there, but before we could move he got transferred back close to our place. So I go every week or two and mow the grass. But now the lot is occupied by an army of ground squirrels and the...
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    Pump suggestions?

    I'm going to have the timber thinned and I plan to pile the slash, or at least have it bunched up somewhat so I can build some little piles with my tractor. The state forestry people have to deal with rules written for industrial scale operations, which I am not. When I logged 15 years ago...
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    Beginner at gas welding

    Old setup, oxy regulator is no longer made and is unrepairable. Going to replace both units. What's the difference between different brands of regulators? I see ads for Victor, Smith, Harris, etc types. Will any of them work on any tanks? I see ads for new regulators for cheap prices--made...
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    Core drilling--anybody do that?

    We have some post anchors to remove and someone suggested core drilling. I got a quote from a driller to drill out 4 post anchors (4x4 posts, the deepest hole might be 18", others a lot less) and he said about $1,000 including travel, 35 mi. each way. I thought that was a little high and found...
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    How to cut mule tape?

    A friend gave me 250 foot sections of mule tape they throw away at work. Mule tape for those who don't know is a combination of a wire and nylon (or polyester?) and it lies flat. Very strong. Pretty handy stuff, but it is very difficult to cut with the combination of a wire (steel?) and...
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    Moles! How to find the runs?

    Haven't had much luck trapping moles. Last time I caught 2 & thought I had it figured out, but no joy since then. Have tried probing with a long screwdriver near mounds, but I find resistance for about 6", then it eases up, but all I have really found is the depth of compacted soil, no a tunnel...
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    Adjusting mower deck height

    Picked up a reconditioned D155 mower from Home Depot & got a 33% discount (sale price and military combined). They are selling fast, so if you want a replacement mower and don't mind reconditioned, check them out asap. Now, if you buy new JD from HD you get their "white glove" service, which...
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    Riding mower--2 blade vs. 3 blade?

    I'm going to replace my 12 yr. old Cub Cadet, probably with another CC. Some models have 2 blades and others have 3 for the same deck size. What are the pros and cons of each blade count? BTW, the reason I may go with another CC is that the JD & Craftsman have levers on each rear fender that...
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    Help me get my rifle back!

    Long story. Back in the '60's while I was in the Air Force an M-1 Carbine I owned was stolen from my parent's house in Pasadena, CA., 160 mi. from where I was stationed I provided the model and serial number but I don't know for sure that my parents passed it on to the cops. Now, about 50...
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    Which is better riding mower, JD or Husqvarna?

    Anyone have experience with both JD & Husky riding mowers? I'm looking to replace my Cub Cadet which is NOT easy to work on and to make things more of a hassle they changed deck arrangements about every 6 months so it's hard to find out how to reassemble the deck after replacing the belt...
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    Question for our Canadian friends Re: faucet flow rates

    Several years ago, California put a legal limit on faucet flow rates to 1.8 gallons per minute. Because California rules the market place, faucet manufacturers placed that limit on faucets sold all over the US. So, do any of our Canadian friends know if faucets sold there are limited to 1.8 or...
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    Bargain $$ on mower deck replacement spindles

    A few days ago replies here solved my Cub mower problem after the thing quit, they suggested the drive belt had broken. Right on! Pulled the deck off and looked at the belt job & decided to have a shop fix it. Sinde I had the deck lying in the garage, I checked the deck spindles and it sounds...
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    Help! Cub LT1045 riding mower hydrostatic drive when wacko!

    Cruising along, first mowing of the year and suddenly forward movement stopped dead like it had hit a wall. Smoke billowed from under the deck area, but cleared when I shut off the engine. Then I could hear a whirring noise from the rear end which continued for maybe 2 minutes or so...
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    Handgun for arthritis

    My shootin hand, the right hand has arthritis pretty bad in some fingers. Trigger finger can't pull the trigger on several semi autos I have tried. The pull is too heavy and the travel is too long. Making it worse, I have long fingers and too many guns seem to be sized for smaller hands. I...
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    Subaru SP170 engine starter rope replacement question

    Rope broke & I pulled off the starter housing. Everything is plastic except there is what looks kinda like a screw in the center. But it doesn't unscrew. Replacement recoil starter is $101, so I want to be careful with it. Suppose I just need to apply more muscle or is there a magic trick to...
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    Anyone know of a good calender for android?

    At a meeting last night I was the only cave man using a pocket calendar. This morning I figured I should get into the digital age and searched apps on my phone and all the apps I found were not intuitive for the user (me). Seems to me you should be able to easily scroll thru the months, tap on...
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    Problem posting craigslist ad

    I'm trying to sell a generator on craigslist. Composing the ad, you have to identify the category of the item you are selling, "cars and trucks", "farm equipment", etc. There are lots of generators for sale on craigslist, listed under the category of "all". But where you compose your ad, they...
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    Well pump cycles too much

    After just a little water flow pressure drops from 65 to about 40 then the pump comes on and in a few seconds pressure is back at 65. If flow continues, the cycle continues. What's up? How to check the problem?
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    Guttter guards that actually work?

    Just cleaned out the gutters, so it's time to look at gutter guards. I know a lot of them don't work well, so I'm looking for your input on what works for you. I have Douglas-fir trees, so I'm looking for gutter guards that work for short tree needles and cones. So if you have guards that...
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    Ta da! 2 dead moles!

    I've never had any luck killing moles. 3 Victor Out O'Sight traps, in 24 years, 1 kill, but I admit I wasn't trying all the time. Tried a mound of dirt under the trigger, they just dug around it, under or over it, never thru it. Used a rock under the trigger, no luck. A friend came over with...
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    Rehabing lawn

    Our lawn was subject to an unusually heavy attack by moles this winter. Not just us but lots of folks in the area. The result is a very rough, uneven surface, especially in the area of new lawn. I have had poor success with trapping the critters, but that's another issue. The question now is...
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    What's a person need for horse property?

    We live on 10 acres of timberland. We are looking to move and the best market around here seems to be for horse property, not small timberland. Clackamas County has just about more horses per capita than any other county in the US, so horses are a big thing around here. We are gong to thin...
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    Generator problems

    Had a Porter Cable generator for maybe 15 years, worked fine until Oct. 2014 when I noticed the lights were a little dim while on the generator during a power outage. Took it to a recommended shop who sat on it for quite awhile (told about it here at the time) & the guy finally confessed that...
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    Generator problems

    Had a Porter Cable generator for maybe 15 years, worked fine until Oct. 2014 when I noticed the lights were a little dim while on the generator during a power outage. Took it to a recommended shop who sat on it for quite awhile (told about it here at the time) & the guy finally confessed that...
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    Ariens log splitter--should'a kept my old log splitter!

    My splitter was probably 30+ years old; was a rental unit before I bought it. Brand unknown. 5 hp Briggs engine unknown tonnage rating for hydraulics. The valve was getting tired and the cylinder was leaking. Sold it, got a new Ariens, 6 hp, 27 ton. Looks prettier, but otherwise I'm not...
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    Cat barfs way too much--any cures besides a .22?

    2 or 4 times a week he barfs. Been going on for years, but more as he gets older. He's been an indoor cat since he spent a couple days & nights in a tree thanks to a coyote. Wife said he was one of the best cats we've had & she didn't want to lose another to the coyotes, so she has been...
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    Bandsaw won't cut straight

    No matter what I am cutting the cut line always wanders off to one side--the same direction each time. Doesn't matter if I am using a guide or not, still does the same thing. Almost like the blade is dull on one side, but I have changed the blade and no change. It's an old Jet brand & I have...
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    Sod sob story

    Part of lawn was rutted from repeated mowing in same pattern and moles mounds & I decided to redo the area. Couple guys who should know (farm supply owner & farmer) suggested using Roundup, wait 2 weeks & till. I sprayed, waited about 4 weeks. Ground is very dry and to insure the tiller would...
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    pothole repair

    Our driveway is 1,200 ft. long, base of pit run, surface of crushed 3/4" minus. The pit run is blocky, not rounded. We have about 8-10 pot holes of which 3 or 4 are deep and large enough to be annoying. Not bad for being 23 years old, but still not right. I've filled them in with 3/4" minus...
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    Tomato cages--what do you use?

    Never liked those wire cages. Came up with a new solution, but maybe you have something better. My design is simple, using PVC pipe and twine. Cut the PVC to 5 ft., drill 1/4" holes about every 10 inches, pound 3 of them into the ground around the plant, thread the twine thru the holes to...
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    Another Ariens Log Splitter Writeup

    My splitter was about 30-40 years old, the valve was tired and the cylinder seemed to be leaking so I decided to treat myself to a new splitter. After all the good comments from RedNeckGeek's writeups and seeing what was available in the local area, I decided on the Ariens 22 ton unit. My old...
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    Log splitter question--replacing valve

    It's time to replace the valve on my 30+ year old splitter. Is it just a matter of unscrewing hoses & other connections and attaching the new valve? Or will hydraulic fluid come squirting out under residual pressure? I presume it drains down after shutoff, but is that right?
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    Briggs engine starting problem

    5 hp engine, recoil start. Pull the rope, it rips the rope out of my hand (ouch!) and recoils the rope. It has happened twice lately and things happen so fast I don't have time to think about what's happening or analyze what's going on. All I know is my hands hurt and the thing has wound up...
 
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