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    Posthole Digger TSC CountyLine Post Hole Digger Success

    Purchased our TSC digger in 2020. Dug a few holes then without issue. 2 days ago started drilling holes for fence posts. Promptly broke the 5/16" shear bolt trying to get through our rocky clay soil. Discovered that a 3/8" bolt fits, so replaced with a 3/8" grade 2 bolt. Broke a few of...
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    Getting that old pine reddish-honey color RIGHT NOW

    We will be starting the interior of our Tennessee retirement home in a couple of months. We are hoping to purchase prefinished tongue & groove pine for some of it. The home where my wife grew up had some old knotty pine which had the rich reddish honey color which pine develops over time (pine...
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    TF500 vs TF500A

    Stopped at a local Yanmar dealer to pick up some hydraulic fluid. Asked for TF500, they had only TF500A, and said it was just a newer version of the same fluid. Can I use the TF500A? Can I just add it to the TF500 currently in use?
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    From sinkhole to pond

    He finished late yesterday. Planned water level is against virgin soil, freeboard added to about 3 feet where needed. Overflows will be added sometime next year, it is expected to take over a year to fill (we missed most of this year's good rain). Getting the topsoil out was tough. It was...
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    From sinkhole to pond

    We had a sinkhole in the field just up from the house. It always seemed almost like a ready-made pond, and we talked often about finishing it 'some day'. We are right now frantically trying to get the house livable by the end of the year, so I was very surprised when my wife suggested we get...
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    TODAYS SEAT TIME

    Got this rock out of the driveway! Had part of driveway redone via hired bulldozer a couple of months ago. This rock was about 6" proud of the surface and wouldn't budge. I started in on it last week with mattock and shovel, soon I could not budge. Tuesday I picked up a set of pallet forks...
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    Fruit Trees - Morning or evening sun ?

    We are going to NE Tennessee in mid-April, and hope to get some plants in the ground. High on my wife's list is planting a variety of fruit trees. Apples, peaches, and cherries are on her list. Our clearing runs north and south, and is basically a notch in the forest. Most of the areas we...
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    another "Intresting" gravel driveway

    Found some older pictures. Not as good as i would like, but all I have at this time. This is the bottom of the bad stretch, all covered in the dirt from road reclamation after logging. The ledge starts in earnest just above the puddle, and continues uphill for a couple of hundred yards. The...
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    another "Intresting" gravel driveway

    We have almost a mile and a half of gravel drive to maintain on our east Tennessee hills. The first 3/4 mile drops about 500'. The soil contains a lot of gravel and has held up pretty well after the initial rough grading. I expect that stretch to be straightforward to maintain with our new...
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    Show off your Yanmars! (Picture Thread)

    So I stumbled into (what I think is) a great tractor deal. We are building our retirement home in Tennessee, and were there over Christmas with our kids. We stayed an extra day to get some work done and, while there, heard from our neighbor that a friend of his was moving and selling his...
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    and then, I had a tractor

    Yes. Right place at the right time. Seller included 2 5-gal fuel cans, a gallon of Yanmar engine oil and one of Yanmar hydraulic fluid, and a Yanmar service kit missing just a couple of filters. Said that he always used Yanmar products when servicing. Grease fittings I could find had been...
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    and then, I had a tractor

    We spent Christmas week in Tennessee. Our kids came in from across the country and, except for a dog issue, we had a wonderful time. We planned to leave on 12/29, but stayed another day to wrap up some construction issues. At lunchtime in that extra day our neighbor asked if we would be...
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    The trench vs the rain

    4 weeks ago in Tennessee we used a ditch-witch to dig a 2-foot deep by 4 inches wide trench about 450 feet long, from the house down to the spring. 150 feet is on our rolling hilltop, the remaining 300 feet are down a steep hillside though the forest. We placed the pipes and wires in the...
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    Off-Grid water, pump fail safe help

    We got our water running a couple of weeks ago. A 300 gallon tank down by the spring, with a 1HP submersible pump inside the tank to pump the water up 160 feet with a 500 foot run to the house. We have a bladder tank up at the house, which is where it switches the pump on/off as water is used...
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    New/old Farmall Cub

    We just received my late Father-in-Law's 1948 Farmall Cub from our nephew. FIL mechanically overhauled it long (50-ish years) ago, and used it often but lightly until he passed away 10 years ago. It has been used and ignored by various family members since then, sat outside most of that time...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    We left for home in January a little disappointed that the cold had limited our progress on that trip. The metal guys had just started on the metal when we headed north. The entry porch roof was finished in February by my neighbor, including pouring the concrete in the now-thawed holes around...
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    Barn doors??

    Could try something like this. Fastened at outside edge like a bi-fold closet door. Inside edge rides in a barn door track. Well supported, shouldn't sag. Can open in or out.
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    The only 2nd floor walls are on the gable ends, and the osb will span the floor framing and tie the 1st and 2nd floor studs together. Thanks for taking the time to check and to offer the tips. This week they got the beam built and installed for the west crows beak. It is 3 2x12s with a...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    We decided to have Thanksgiving in Tennessee, and invited our 3 children and their families to join us for Thanksgiving and as much of the week as they could manage. Talked with my builder neighbor and came up with a list of about a dozen things I hoped he could get done before we arrived. He...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    Arrived again in Tennessee expecting to start building and raising roof trusses, using Gambrel roof truss plans from Barnplans.com. Got there and found only 3 sheets of 2nd floor Advantech installed. Crew discovered that the open web trusses were so inconsistent that they could not put down...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    Contractor dug out bigger crawl spaces to accommodate later installation of in-floor heat. Mason got the blocks done. Lumber yard delivered the first load. We made another Tennessee trip and got started on the build. Insulated crawl space 10' 2x6 studs here in garage. 2 - 22' x 18" lvl...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    Went to Tennessee in April. Met with a concrete contractor to arrange for a monolithic slab, and with a mason to do the block work. Concrete guy guaranteed he would have work done by mid-June, so mason could get block work done in time for us to start building on the first of July. My crew...
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    Our Tennessee Barn (now house) Build

    We purchased 73 acres on the Powell river arm of Norris lake in NE Tennessee about 20 years ago. We had hoped to move there right away, but life got in the way. With a lot (not enough) of planning, and helpful input from here, we finally started building our barn in early July. I posted a...
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    PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    Been working on our barn since the beginning of July. Main barn is 52' x 32', wings are 16'. Full 2nd floor. Dormers are getting gambrel roofs. Wing on right is enclosed for living space - temp for us while we build the house, and guests in future. Gambrel ends are framed now, and getting...
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    Planting grass seed

    Well, we planted the Tall Fescue and White Clover in early April. The Ag extension suggested the seed ratio which we followed. Most of the soil was still relatively loose from being worked in October, so we crossed our fingers and did no prep before seeding. The co-op had no equipment to loan...
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    Planting grass seed

    We have 73 acres in NE Tennessee, mostly woods with about 7 acres cleared at the top of the hill. Last October we had our previously clear-cut field cleaned of stumps and assorted vegetation. It is looking good, and we want to avoid it growing back wild as it had done after originally being...
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    Rural living is great for privacy, or is it?

    Of course, this assumes they can/will read...
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    Requesting help selecting first tractor. 73 wooded acres and a mile of steep roads.

    A look at the property... White line is road coming in from the pavement. Not including the branch which goes down by the water it is about a mile. Red outline is property line. The little triangle between us and the lake is owned by the TVA. They keep a band of property all around the lake...
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    Requesting help selecting first tractor. 73 wooded acres and a mile of steep roads.

    We have 73 acres in NE Tennessee. I was just checking google maps, and it looks like it is about 3000 feet (I had guessed 2000) of road from the pavement to our property. Most of this road is cut into the side of a hill as it drops about 500 feet. It then climbs back up about 400 feet using...
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    Hello

    We have 73 acres in Claiborne County, TN., and are planning to retire there in 2017 from Michigan. We had timber harvested 3 years ago, including clearing about 6 acres at the top of the hill. That 6 acres now is solid raspberries, both red and black. 4 foot high thorn bushes all knotted...
 
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