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    Father left this world

    Wonder if your dad fell because something was already accelerating his decline and the first sign was it also caused his fall. So, the other way around. To me, that makes a difference in agonizing over his fall while alone vs mourning that it was his time to go.
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    Lost lead lens on signal light

    That works. They probably get slapped in the face more than they get poked in the face.
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    Pros and Cons of allowing Cell Tower on Property?

    Excellent point. Verizon may not go out of business but the independents might come and go.
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    Lost lead lens on signal light

    My lense too. Following. Also, its wiring apparently wasn't protected very well under the fender so that needs attention too.
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    T-Post Puller for Front End Loader

    Maybe a pic with a Tpost gripped in it?
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    Backup camera with its own access point

    Hope you report back. I need something for backing up a UTV. How does the GoPro connect to your phone?
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    New Tree Shear slow closing.

    Your math is either correct or we're both wrong.
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    How hot is too hot?

    Every time I blow out my radiator fins from the engine side, I resolve to make a nozzle with a 90 degree tip in order to get a better angle on the fins. 30 years now, and counting...
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    Tire puncturing form orange osage trees

    Without looking it up, I think my R4s have an 8 ply rating. No comparison to a lawn tractor tire. I did manage an ugly puncture once-- a deer antler. Tires are less likely to be punctured when the ground is dry.
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    How do you store you logging/tow chain?

    Start with the paper clip icon at the bottom of your post. TBN made it much more intuitive recently than it used to be. Back then, it was trial and error each time for me.
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    BIY tooth bar - CRS/Mild Steel ok? abbrasive resistant metal a must?

    You can have 1018 case hardened. It's just a thin, hard case but it might be an economical compromise. Or, since you're designing your own teeth, you could make their profile with a depression that supports a small, properly hardened insert, or a replaceable soft insert.
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    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    S & H Green Stamps factoid: The family behind S&H funded Yale's rare book library. The panels are translucent onyx to reduce damaging light. The family wanted to use green onyx but architects discovered there wasn't enough green onyx in the world for the job.
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    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Every time I asked my parents to let me buy that junk in the back of magazines, they said the reason it's mail order is because if you could actually see it first, then you wouldn't buy it. Finally my buddy and I scraped up $3 for a western style revolver "that fires real bullets". We were...
  14. J

    Cost of being a good citizen?

    Don't change out of your scrubs. Smear some ketchup on them. Tell'em you gotta get back....
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    I need a pocket screwdriver!

    Make sure it has a hefty hinge pin. (Or baby it)
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    Steel Cutting Chop Saw

    If you anticipating TRIMMING short pieces, pay attention to the vise. The kind with a swiveling moving jaw won't safely clamp on a piece not long enough to extend to the left of its pivot. One work-around is to add a block to the left side of the pivot, the same thickness as your workpiece...
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    What size and thickness plastic pipe for 4x4 post?

    Diagonal of a 3.5x3.5 square is slightly under 5 inches. Standard plastic pipe charts with ID, OD, wall thickness, and schedule are common online. Personally, I'd just grab a tape measure or a 4x4 stub and go to a plumbing supplier.
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    What are you OCD about?

    Plumb- Fence posts, antennae, clothesline poles, bird feeders, ... Worst offenders of all: grave markers.
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    I jumped the gun... now what?

    Not to mention the entertainment value of getting your property ready (and at your own pace) before being slammed with building a house.
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    Never plant Bradford Pear

    This story growing legs was a long time coming. Local Habitat for Humanity chapter was warning about BP 15 or 20 years ago.
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    thinking of a bucket add on for groceries

    If your existing bucket has enough space, why not just drape it in a blue tarp to cover the mud, sticks, etc and retain it with a couple of magnets until it's loaded? Faster than retrieving/mounting/dismounting/stashing something purpose built and it's not in the way if space is limited. Yeah...
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    Is it true Terramite went out of business?

    Odd- that site seems like a current issue but the article in it about Terramite is from 2009.
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    Is it true Terramite went out of business?

    Seems like another TBN thread was about their auction and that another company bought the parts inventory. Not sure though.
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    Ideas for cannon ball extraction?

    The problem with the many "drop it on the muzzle" suggestions is if whatever is interfering with the ball doesn't give way, the contour of the ball at its equator cause significant wedging forces.
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    Ideas for cannon ball extraction?

    Youtube of a guy casting his own concrete creations using a reciprocating sawzall (w/o blade) to vibrate air pockets out of the wet concrete. Not 3/4 HP but easy to try first.
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    Ideas for cannon ball extraction?

    Can't add to the above good suggestions except that any time spent cleaning the bore is going to have to be done before you shoot it anyway so you may as well do it first. Then you just have to finesse the ball into the clean section rather than fighting it all the way out. Maybe measure the...
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    Best way to clear small trees from pasture

    I had the same situation with a neglected pasture about that size (previous owner) and I was new to tractoring. 30 HP Ford 1920 4x4, FEL. Thorny locusts too, not big but too big to bush hog. Wanted to uproot them so they wouldn't re-sprout and to keep from spreading thorns. Welded up a 3 PH...
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    Packing dirt.

    Go for it. You'll learn as you do. I've compacted two barn floors with red clay for fill, just using the tractor's front wheels with weight in the bucket. 4-6" lifts. No floor cracks after several decades. Are the pockmarks from former stumps?
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    Caught by the inflation demon

    Disappointing time for builders too, I'd bet. A lot of work involved in (competitive) bidding, only to find the project is out of reach for the customer.
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    Kubota Grand L 3pt lever stop knob replaced w/ Cam lever

    My L4330 console looks different than yours but my adjustable stop WAS a POS too. The fine thread required too much turning and it still slipped sometimes. Finally, the threads galled and I just eyeball lever position now. This cam style might work. Thanks for posting...
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    James Webb Space Telescope begins historic mission

    Seems pretty quick to get hit already, albeit a small one. Maybe just a lucky shot by Mother Entropy but if it happens again soon, it may foretell death by a thousand cuts.
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    Shoveling out a dump trailer - really!

    Cheap blue tarp layed down before loading. Minimize its length down the incline so it's easier to pull out of the dumped pile.
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    Advice on SSQA conversion L4850

    Do you have a bucket for your Bobcat you could use in a pinch? I've used my CTL bucket on my Kubota before. You feel it's extra weight and have to lift it higher for full dump but it works ok. And it's 6" narrower so it won't cover the Kubota width.
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    Kubota L3430 want to trade R1’s for turfs or R4’s

    You might specify the tire size too, in case other Kubota models use the same wheels/tires.
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    Wired driveway alarm

    OP, sorry but this is kinda related... I'd like to do that on my 3000' foot driveway. My power line from the road is buried along that driveway. IIRC, there was some talk about sending the internet thru power lines since (reportedly) the two signals didn't interfere with each other. Anybody...
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    What you all use for tomato cages?

    I made some from concrete reinforcing mesh and they lasted for years. What I didn't like was that the rusted wire surface was abrasive to the plant limbs, swaying against it in the breeze.
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    Don't like potlucks?

    Spent many Christmas holidays at a Florida retirement community- snowbirds from northern US and eastern Canada. Their holiday feast was a potluck at their church, and did that klan know how to cook potatoes. Mashed, scalloped, boiled, casseroled,... A complete meal for me, with a few bites...
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    case 480ck

    You might have more response on the TBN Construction Equipment forum:
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    Scout by... Volkswagen ?!?!?!? Electric, no less.

    5030 and Coobie, you guys should get a room. Nobody else cares about your feud.
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    Would You Loan It Out?

    Yep, me too. Looks like people who stiff someone helping them (like returning something broken) must mentally calculate that doing the right thing is more expense that the relationship is worth.
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    RTV Mirrors

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    Scout by... Volkswagen ?!?!?!? Electric, no less.

    I think that concern was about the cell phone's transmission energy, not the battery itself.
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    Would You Loan It Out?

    Avenger, you've been a good sport, here in the TBN dunk tank.
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    Scout by... Volkswagen ?!?!?!? Electric, no less.

    VW better hurry if they wanna ride that Scout nostalgia wave. All the fans from that era will be moving to The Villages and buying pimped-out golf carts instead.
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    Would You Loan It Out?

    Sorry if I missed it but shouldn't the borrower return the lender's tiller when requested? Otherwise, lender has to make a 20 minute round trip, disconnect it from borrower's tractor, reconnect it to his own, disconnect it at home if he is using another attachment... Borrower sounds like he's...
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    Flattening mole tunnels

    OP here. Thanks all, for commenting. I think my stunt might work if the very top soil is damp but below that is firm. We've had a week or so without rain and expecting a little tomorrow. I've got R4s, and my yard is not manicured. Might even try a little down pressure on the bucket and...
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    Would You Loan It Out?

    OP, how you respond to his next request might also set the tone for who he calls on first whenever he needs an air compressor, 12" crescent wrench, jack stands, reciprocating saw, spare lumber....
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    Would You Loan It Out?

    I think he was hinting that those borrowers are family members, which might be a little awkward.
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    Amazon Stuff That Doesn't Suck

    If that's what they mean by "Free Returns" I had no idea it was that streamlined. Buying clothes online is hit and miss. This would help.
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    2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

    That car must have been a head-turner.