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    More Best Buy

    I wanted to get two of the grandkids computers for Christmas....well, actually, SWMBO wanted me to, and I figure it's a bit early at least for one of them. Anyway, the family dynamics meant I "wanted" to buy two computers. I refuse to do the Black Friday thing in person, and I didn't see...
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    e-mail question

    DW just started a new job, at 60!, in the local school systems career center. Of course, she has her own e-mail account at the new job, and because of the nature of the job it gets used a lot. Problem is she can't access the account from home. The IT person at her new job says she should be...
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    garage door spring

    The spring on one of my garage doors broke. About 2" broke off from the adjustable end of the spring. I thought there might be enough of the spring left to do the job, so I cut off the broken end and tried tightening what was left. No go. If it has any spring left with the door up, it is way...
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    Retrevo?

    I get these e-mails nearly every day and some contain what look to be really good deals. This one caught my attention because so many TBNers have or seem to need security cameras and the like. I know nothing about the company....opinions? Retrevo Deals Chuck
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    Kohler Revival toilet

    We've had this over-priced object for about ten years, and I've only had to remove the lid once during that time. I need to get the lid off again, and it seems to be stuck. This is one of those toilets with a pull rod in the middle of the lid. I can't recall if I need to unscrew the trim ring...
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    Gravely HD60

    After looking and pricing, I ended up buying a Gravely HD60. This is homeowners machine, but it has a Kawasaki engine and the same hydraulics used in the other machines I looked at. The deck is pretty heavy, and in fact it is the same deck used on Gravely's bottom line commercial...
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    L210 starter switch

    I may figure this out myself....stranger things have happened. However, at first look I don't see how this switch comes out. Kubota L210. Voltage goes in, no voltage, or very little, gets out. Four wires connected. Got three of the four off and WILL get that last bugger. However, after...
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    Z-Beast?

    So, after last year, when I shopped around for a zero turn and then had to make do with my old riding mower for another season, I'm back in the market. This time SWMBO insists I get something reliable so she won't have to hear me complain. Last year I got interested in an Ariens at Home Depot...
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    wiring electric furnace

    SIL is in HVAC and is installing a 5 ton 16 SEER Goodman heat pump and electric furnace for me. This is replacing an older central air and electric furnace combo, so we should see some savings on our electric bill. The new furnace has two 60A breakers in the unit and we're not sure if 6AWG is...
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    Briggs V-Twin electrical problem

    I tried searching for threads about electrical wiring, electrical problems, etc, and didn't find anything useful, so if anyone knows of previous applicable threads please point me to them. My MTD rider, with a 21hp Briggs V-Twin started just fine Saturday and ran about 20 feet. It then died as...
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    Ariens Zero Turn at Home Depot

    This isn't just about Ariens, so I put it here instead of in the dedicated forum. My old crappy MTD rider has another broken pivot bar. This is the second one and my dear wife is so tired of hearing me complain that she sent me out looking for a zero turn. I want to stay somewhere in the...
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    Mowing in the rain

    To the tune of singing in the rain. I last mowed on Wednesday, May 7, if that date is correct. We went back to Tennessee for Mom's 90th birthday, and since we've been back I either had to be at work or it has rained or both. The grass is now knee high to a giraffe. It isn't raining right at...
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    Asparagus!

    We had three inches of snow on the ground less than two weeks ago, and my ground is still so soggy from finally thawing and then rain, rain, rain that I can't walk on the grass without sinking. Yesterday it was in the 70's and today it's 82. I was able to work some of my raised beds yesterday...
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    If it's not the defrost timer....

    Got an old Frigidaire, maybe 8-9 years old, that quit cooling a few weeks ago. I figured it was something simple, but we wanted/needed a new refrigerator anyway, so I stuck the old one in the basement to wait for me to play with it. When I was checking it out, the first thing I did was...
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    Ever country cured a ham?

    I just got an add for "fresh" hams suitable for curing at $1.04/lb. A fella down the road from me used to be a champion country ham producer and I think he still judges the hams at the county fair. I really wanted to help him set up his hams, to learn the process, but he quit doing it about...
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    DSL speed

    I'm paying for 1.5MBs on my CenturyTel dsl connection. I knew it was slow, but I really don't do all that much from home. DW complained bitterly about the slow speed when she was trying to buy stuff....somehow that didn't make me want to get the speed up....don't know why. Anyhoo, I finally...
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    Stihl 55r

    I bought one of these yesterday to replace the second Ryobi trimmer I wore out in three years. I almost went for the 90, but I don't really need a pro model trimmer and this one seemed strong enough for my use. This is my first straight shaft trimmer and I figured it would take me a while to...
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    Got a clunker?

    Anyone looking to cash in on the latest government give away? I kept my old 1991 F150 when I bought a newer used truck back in May. They weren't going to give me anything for it, and I figured I'd be able to get a few bucks for it or donate it and take the deduction. Now I'm wondering if I...
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    Emergency Plumbing Fix

    Saturday, the Fourth of July, with family coming soon. So of course the fifty eight year old copper drain pipe under the kitchen sink decides this is the perfect time to spring a leak. This section of pipe is about 1.5 inches diameter and maybe a foot long. Goes to the second sink and is...
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    MTD belt sizes

    My five year old MTD 46" cut auto drive lawn tractor goes through a lot of belts, probably because I cut a lot of pretty tall grass. The belt I change most often is the belt which connects the manual PTO, or engine power, to the deck, as is probably normal. My manual gives the number for this...
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    Caught a SKUNK

    A coon has been getting into the cats food, and while I don't mind that much, coons last year did in my peach harvest. I trapped about 15 last year, mainly too late to save the peaches, so I figure to get an earlier start this year in controlling the population. What has always worked for me...
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    2006 F250 powerstroke

    It's finally coming to the time when my '91 F150 must be replaced. It's been a good truck, but the little problems have grown into big ones, and it probably didn't help that I was hauling 1800# loads of compost. Sure was fun going down the interstate with the front in the air and compost...
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    Dex Cool?

    Do any of you folks with GM products that came with Dex Cool still use it, or have you switched? I need to flush the radiator of my 2003 Impala with the small v6, and I'm reading some places I should stay with Dex Cool and other places I should switch. The place I take my car for oil changes...
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    Potatoes

    It's coming up on time to get the potatoes in the ground, and I have left-over potatoes from last year I'm planning to use for part of a row. These are kennebecs, and most of them have sprouts already. Should I just break off the sprouts before planting them? Some are pretty long. I figure...
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    Adobe Security Allert

    I just got this from our IT people. I wouldn't normally pass this on to this group, but I'm pretty sure I posted a link in the recent past to a site which was a PDF. It was almost certainly a secure site, but one never knows. The Powers That Be should feel free to delete this message if they...
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    Invest in onions!

    Well, why not? At least you can eat them. The 401k thread depressed me, so yesterday I started some onion seed. I've never had much luck direct seeding onions in my garden, but I was reading one of the many seed catalogs I got this year and came across a method for growing my own transplants...
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    ShopVacs and filters

    I decided I needed a new, bigger and quieter Shop Vac to help me clean up my basement. Over a year ago, I had foundation work done that involved drilling holes every 10 feet along my 60 foot basement wall for helical supports. Though they used water cooled drills to cut down on the dust, and...
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    Pears

    I started getting the new seed and plant catalogs back before Christmas....they ALL know me. Got the latest Miller Nursery catalog and it opened to the pear trees as soon as I picked it up. Trying to tell me something? I have a number of different apple trees, as well as peach, plum, and one...
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    Rutabagas

    Where do they come from, besides Hooterville? We just had our New Years blackeyed peas, and because there were just the two of us I didn't roast the darn big Boston Butt roast I had planned on. Kinda hard to eat seven pounds of pork these days....could've done it in my prime though! Anyway...
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    Corel Presentations

    Talk about unrelated to tractors! However, as has been said here many times, someone on this forum probably knows the answer to just about any question, so...... I use Corel Presentations to modify WordPerfect Graphics files and then save them in various formats. I started using the software...
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    smoking a ham

    I know this has probably been covered in some of the smoking threads, but a new smoking thread can't hurt! With four nurses in the mix, it turns out my family probably won't be able to come up with just one day we can all get together for Christmas this year. My wife is working 12 hour shifts...
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    Don't read National Geographic!

    Sunday morning, I was at one of my favorite reading places browsing through an old edition of National Geographic. There was a short article about deer collisions and how common they are in various states. I'd had one myself and know many, many people who have "harvested" deer that way, so I...
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    New England Road Trip

    With gas prices as they are, what better time to run up several thousand miles on a road trip? At least that seems to be the DW's attitude, so we're heading from mid-Missery to Vermont and New Hampshire next week. We have four days to get to our first B&B in northern Vermont, and have no...
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    Raccoon density

    No, this isn't a follow up on the Southern obesity thread..... A couple of years ago, I planted a 60x60 plot half with sweet corn and half in various melons. I put up an electric fence, using a battery powered charger since there was no electric service near. The fence kept out deer with no...
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    401k cautionary tale

    The thread about paying SS taxes gave me the nudge to post this.... everything about money is tractor related! I work for a state university which has a fairly decent pension plan and also makes 403b, 401k and something called 457 plans available to employees, though without contributing...
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    Nursery for pecans

    I've had questions before about raising pecans, and got some good info, so here we go again. I'm in the middle of Missouri, and the southern pecan species typically do not do well here, so I have planted some of the hardier northern varieties, trying to pick those which make decent sized nuts...
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    Sandstone chimney

    In 1956, the fella who built the house I now own thought sandstone would make a nice chimney material. He was right about the interior part of the chimney.....it looks great. However, here in the middle of Missouri it rains. Sandstone is porous. Very porous. Whenever it rains long enough or hard...
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    Bioelectric generation

    I think it was reading an article in National Geographic about production of ethanol and biodiesel that set off my latest 3AM musings. Usually when I wake up at 3AM I lie there thinking about stuff like the "check engine" light on my '91 F150 and whether I should try to find out why it is...
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    Brake line

    I gotta replace the master cylinder and brake line on my 91 F150. The price for a new master cylinder and the brake line was going to be over $300 mainly due to the labor, so I figure I'll do it myself, since I work cheap. Seems the line is cheap, but you have to bend it yourself, and I bet...
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    Irrigation tricks

    Seems like gardening threads are getting attention at the moment, and there's lots of good ideas flying around. I'm going to all raised beds over the next couple of years. I have four 4x25 foot beds now and may build as many as a dozen more. I'm using concrete blocks to build the beds and...
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    Potato questions

    There's more to life than tomatoes, though it often doesn't seem that way! So....for the first time, I'm growing potatoes (Kennebec) using a modified version of the straw method. I put the seed potatoes in a trench and covered them with dirt, but when they started coming up, instead of...
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    B&S 21hp starter

    I've got an MTD Yard Machine 46" rider with a 21 hp B&S twin. Worked fine last week, but today the starter spins but doesn't engage. I assume I have a solenoid problem, but the parts lists and manuals I have don't show how to get to the starter. Battery seems OK, showing 12.8V, though not...
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    Trees recovering?

    The cold snap last month that did in the south's peach crop hit Missouri, too. I was out yesterday seeing if any of my trees looked like they might not recover, but all my pecan, Carpathian walnut, almond, apple, peach, plum and cherry trees seem to be setting new leaves at last. I thought a...
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    Buck Fight

    So, now I know what a buck fight sounds like. I was home alone all day yesterday, Saturday, and took advantage of that to learn the fine art of jackhammering. I spent from 9AM until almost 3PM breaking up about 30 feet of sidewalk. I bet I could do it again in about 3 hours or less, but as...
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    HD rabbit ears?

    We finally bit the bullet and bought a big ol HD LCD. We were going to immediately get Direct TV, but I want both the HD and the recorder, and Direct TV says there's a waiting list for the new HD reveiver/recorders. Since I'll probably get some kind of new customer discount, I don't want to...
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    Longwood furnace parts

    My SIL is trying to fix a Longwood wood furnace and is having problems finding parts. Specifically, he needs a combustion air damper or at least the gear train. Anyone know of a source for parts? A Google on Longwood shows the usual free association crap. Chuck
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    Engine gunk

    As described down there somewhere, I am in the process of changing out the distributor on my 91' F-150 300 ci inline. In the process......I only seem to have real time to play with these things on weekends, and some of those go to other tasks assigned by my immediate Supervisor for Life, She...
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    Distributer removal

    I need to revive my old '91 F-150 so I can do the fall clean up chores. I've been told I might have a bad TFI module on the distributor and I need to check it. My Chiltons manual says to remove the distributor and check some resistances....no big deal. However, in reading about reinstalling...
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    Dried tomatoes

    I used to wonder why dried tomtoes were so expensive......now I know! It takes a bu$$ load of tomatoes to make a handfull of dried. It also takes considerable time, even in a dehydrator. I loaded up my American Harvest dehydrator with Romas that I had halved or quartered, depending on size...
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    Outdoor plumbing advice request

    I have a very old and rusty buried hydrant in an odd place in my yard. It leaks around the cap, but is so rusty I can't fix it easily, and it can only be shut off at the water meter. So, because there are a couple of other, much better, locations where I'd like to have hydrants, I fugured I'd...
 
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