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    Fireplace Inserts

    I have a log cabin where I spend most of my weekends. I built it myself from a kit with the help of friends. It is about 20 years old and when we built it we could not afford to put in a fireplace. It has had central heat and air for about 12 years. Now we have the money to put in a fireplace...
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    Increased traffic on country road.

    My cabin is on a small country road. It is about 5 miles from an interstate. The road is about 6 miles long and connects two state highways. However, there is another state highway that parallels our road and is a shorter route to both of those state highways. Our road is also in horrible...
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    When to plane rough cut lumber?

    I just got a bench top planer. This question pertains to when to use it. I have some rough cut white oak planks. Most are a little over 1 inch in thickness. They were cut about a month ago and have been stacked on stickers in my basement since that time. My plan is to make some built-in shelves...
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    Portable work benches?

    Now that I have a saw mill I'm starting to do more projects around my cabin. Put new rails on the porch last weekend. Planning a carport soon. I have two old Black and Decker Workmates. One was a gift. One was my Dad's. They have been okay for simple projects but really don't cut the mustard...
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    What size boards should I cut on saw mill?

    I know that the answer to that question is another question: What size boards do I need? The issue is that I have two large red oaks, one decent sized white oak and a decent sized ash on the ground. I'd like to go ahead and get them milled but I don't have a specific use in mind yet. I may be...
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    Post emissions used tractors.

    I'm looking for a 70-100 hp JD or Kubota. My search has been limited to pre-emissions machines and it has been frustrating to say the least. I think there is a LOT of good to be said for pre-emissions machines that don't have ECMs/computers but that doesn't seem to be in the cards for me right...
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    Scam? I think so.

    In another thread I was complaining about a listing on Craig's list that sounded too good to be true and that the person who listed it replied back to me once and then not again. Well, today I got a reply with a name and the pictures I requested. The tractor looks fantastic. The location of the...
  8. N80

    Used tractor. Title?

    I have the possibility of buying a used tractor this weekend from and individual (not a dealer). If it works out I will pay cash. I know this is a dumb question but do tractors have titles like a car? My current tractor was purchased new 17 years ago. If there was a title I don't remember one...
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    I know what it is. What can I do with it.

    A friend of mine bought out a shop full of vintage vehicles and tools and apparently this was among some of the stuff. I have no idea why but he left it by my door. It is an asbestos shingle cutter. Says so right on the front. I actually have a small pile of asbestos shingles that were left...
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    Ball park figure on long distance shipping?

    I'm looking at a couple of Kubota M7040 tractors and may possibly buy one of them sight unseen. They are both around 350 miles away. I've tried plugging in the numbers at FR8STAR but I can't get a confirmation email in order to get the estimate. I have a truck and trailer capable of handling...
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    JD 5425 planetary noise.

    Earlier this week my across-the-road neighbor brought his JD 5425 over to move some pallets of bricks and cinder blocks that my tractor could not hope to move. (He had nothing on the rear for ballast and those pallets made even the 5425 visibly light in the rear tires, double wheel weights and...
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    Need help. No water.

    Down at my cabin for a week vacation of hunting and projects and now have no water and can't figure out why. This is what happens: Turn faucet on and water runs, slows down, stops. A minute or so later it comes back on. Watching the pressure gauge on the tank under the cabin it will cycle...
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    Thoughts on Kubota M9000

    Not long ago I posted a thread about getting a bigger tractor to go with my Kubota L4400. I want a pre-emissions tractor with at least 60hp. 4wd. Loader. No cab. I found a Kubota M7040 locally. Beat up all over but mechanically sound. 1500 hours. $28,500. Dealer came down to $27,500 but I just...
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    Log Cabin Fireplace/chimney advice needed.

    I built a small log cabin kit on my property almost 20 years ago. Built it myself along with friends and family. We did not have the money to have a fireplace put it. We now have the money to do it and finally found a contractor to do the job. He has been utterly unreliable. He was contracted in...
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    Sawmill question about posts/beams.

    Got a new saw mill. New at this. I need a pile of pine 4x4s for deck railing. Looking at store bought 4x4s most of them include heartwood from the middle of the tree. I assume that this gives them some stability in terms of bending and twisting. Just wondering how critical this is because if it...
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    Mattock Handles. Why?

    Why are mattocks not fixed on their handles? In other words, why aren't they fitted like axe handles, pick handles and sledge hammer handles? The old mattock I have has two nails in the handle under the head to keep it from slipping down. Been that way since I was a child. I'm asking because I...
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    What are these old tools?

    My father-in-law used to have a bunch of old tools. Most of them have been picked over and I've benefited from him getting rid of stuff. But I do not know that the tools are in the picture below. I'm talking about the 4 two handled tools in the lower right of the frame. They almost look like...
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    Quality drill bits for metal.

    I don't work with metal much but from time to time I do and seem to be doing more than usual lately. My Harbor Freight drill bits and the pile of drill bits I inherited from my Dad are not getting the job done. Lots of work. Holes not pretty. I know they can be sharpened but even when sharp they...
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    Looking for used 50-70hp, pre-emissions tractor. JD?

    I have been looking for a larger tractor to replace or go with my Kubota L4400 4wd. The L4400 is 45 hp and is a good machine but it is very light weight. I need something heavier and with substantially more loader capacity. I'm looking for a used pre-emissions tractor with no computer. I'm...
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    Truck rant. And don't know what to do.

    Background: I have been a Nissan guy since 1984. Brand loyal all the way. And I've had great cars and trucks along the way. Then, in 2003 it was clear that I needed a full sized 4 door 4wd pick up. Nissan did not make one at that time so I bought a new Ford F150 Super Crew. I was never real...
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    Front Porch Security Options

    I live on a quiet old street downtown in a small city in South Carolina. For the type of location crime has not been bad here even though sketchy areas are close by. But, yesterday I came home to find packages missing from my porch that were reported as delivered by FedEx. For a number of...
  22. N80

    Simple CAD software for barns and sheds?

    I do not know anything about CAD or design software. But, I am planning a shop in the future, a large carport and possibly an addition on our cabin and it sure would be nice to have a very simple (and affordable) 2D CAD app for that sort of thing. Does such a thing exist? I use a Mac by the way...
  23. N80

    Used Kubota M7040. What do I need to know?

    I have had a Kubota L4400 4wd for about 18 years now. Love it. Great tractor. Has fit my needs perfectly for years. Lately I have been considering a larger tractor but not seriously. I recently got a portable sawmill and hauling large logs is taxing the L4400. Plus, my daughter and her husband...
  24. N80

    Anyone use AnchorSeal

    I recently got a small band saw mill. Found a nice white oak that was blown down. Been down nearly a year but the entire trunk was off the ground so it is in good shape. Cut the trunk into 3 10 foot sections and applied Anchor Seal to the ends. I've never used it before. Put two coats on each...
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    Pre-fab trusses for shed style shop?

    I am in the process of planning a shop for down on my property. I have no idea if this will become a reality as it is still early in the planning stage. What I want/need is a 30x40 3 bay shop. I have had a site prep guy out and he says location is fine and won't need too much earth moving at...
  26. N80

    Which trees are useful?

    I've recently acquired a small portable saw mill. I have 240 acres of woodland in the middle of South Carolina. I know what to do with pine and white oak and some of the red oak varieties. We have some ash and hickory here and there. But what about trees like gum, poplar, sycamore? Are there...
  27. N80

    AnchorSeal for pine?

    I am putting this post in the chainsaw forum because I don't know where else to put it. I hope we can get a sawmill forum here on TBN at some point. Anyway, just got a portable band saw mill. Total novice. I have cut up one log....and it went well. I've got a pile of pine logs ready to mill and...
  28. N80

    Woodland Mills sawmill trailer stability.

    I just received a Woodland Mills HM126 Woodlander XL which is their HM126 sawmill on a 16.5 foot trailer plus about 4 feet of trailer tongue. We got it all assembled and running this weekend and everything went well and it works great. But, the saw head unit, which rides on rails, is locked in...
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    Fuel Stabilizer for new Z Turn

    I bought a new Cub Cadet ZT2 z-turn this summer. It has the Kawasaki 22 hp FR engine. I have never owned a grass cutting device that cost this much money. I either mowed with the rotary cutter on the tractor or a push mower. During the off season I never did anything to my push mowers for...
  30. N80

    I ran over this....what is it?

    I was driving through a small town yesterday when it sounded like something crashed into the side of my truck. I did not see anything in the road and thought maybe a man hole cover had come up. I pulled over and could not find any damage to my truck. Then I walked down the road and found the...
  31. N80

    Dumb question - Fluid vs Oil?

    Getting a PTO chipper next week. Infeed roller is hydraulic with its own hydraulic pump. Manual calls for iso 46 hydraulic oil. I see hydraulic oil and hydraulic fluid available. Always use hydraulic fluid in the tractor of course and I realize hydraulic oil is not appropriate for that...
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    Favorite Boots Coming Apart

    I have a pair of Meindl 10" hunting boots which are the best boots I have ever owned and possibly the most comfortable footwear I've ever owned. I don't know how old they are but no more than 5 years old and have not seen particularly hard use......although I may have done some shovel work in...
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    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    I'm 58 years old and I'm in decent but not excellent physical condition. Average strength I would say. I am not a chainsaw guy. In other words, I've been using decent consumer Stihl chainsaws all my life but I don't know anything about cc's, chain types, tuning, modding etc etc. Primary use has...
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    Untreated lumber for uncovered deck?

    I am getting ready to order a portable saw mill. It will take several months before it gets here. One of the first projects will be to build a deck extension off of the front porch of my cabin. This will be uncovered and fully exposed to sun and rain. It will be made of pine from off of my...
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    Switch for 1/3 hp electric motor.

    I have a 1/3 hp electric motor that I want to make into disk sander (French Wheel). I've got an arbor and a chuck and a wheel but the motor needs a switch and I'm an idiot when it comes to electricity. I can wire it, I just don't know what to get. Motor label say 115 volts; amps = 40 max. Do I...
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    High Quality Lawn Sprinkler

    I've been through a lot of cheap sprinklers. I'm talking above ground, not sprinkler system stuff. I don't water much but when I do I don't want a big old hassle. I prefer the chink-chink-chink type but everything I've bought in the last ten years has been junk and does not last. All from China...
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    Z Turn = More Work

    Recently got a 54" Z turn to mow the grass around my cabin. Several acres which I used to mow with a 6' rotary cutter on my 45hp Kubota with Ag tires and then push mowed around the cabin. Not only does the Z turn do it faster but it now looks like a country club! The problem is, in order to keep...
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    Well Pump Electrical Problem

    I am asking this question on behalf of my daughter. She has heard me say so many times "I had a problem and went to the "tractor web site" and those guys told me how to fix it." So now she asks me to ask you guys to solve one for her. The problem is, I don't really have all the facts. But here...
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    ZT Question and Comments

    First a comment: I recently bought a Cub Cadet ZT2 54". I don't know if buying a Cub Cadet was the right move but buying a z-turn sure was. Getting the 3-4 acres done so fast and they look so good (compared to the 6' rotary cutter behind 45 hp tractor). If this particular model keeps doing what...
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    Chipper Advice on PTO Chipper

    We use a lot of mulch. Until recently mulch was free from the county. Unfortunately they stopped their mulch program (backwards rural county can't get anything right and when they do they eventually mess that up). Purchasing mulch at the volume I want is very expensive. Anyway, looking into pto...
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    ZT deck belt frayed.

    I have a new Cub Cadet ZT2 54" zero turn. It has about 8 hours on it. The deck belt came off of the center spindle pulley twice. I'm pretty sure that I did something wrong the first time; either shut the engine off with the PTO engaged or starting with it engaged. Not sure. Put it back on and...
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    Kawasaki mower engine maintenance.

    I just bought a Cub Cadet ZT2 54" zero turn mower. Really liking it so far. But, I was looking at the manual for the 23hp Kawasaki FR691V and was a little surprised to see that at 300 hours it recommends that the combustion chambers be cleaned, adjust valve clearance and clean and lap valve...
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    Oil for new ZT.

    Time for the 5 hour new engine oil change. Kawasaki FR series 24 hp. Manual gives the typical ranges of oil which always make it hard for me to decide. I read somewhere but cannot find confirmation that Kawasaki put out a service bulletin recommending 10w-40 in their mower engines. I do not...
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    2003 F150 Fuel Pump Replacement

    I need help with a problem. I have a 2003 Ford F150 that probably has a dead fuel pump. This is basically a farm truck and stays down at my cabin so there is no urgency to fix it. I have watched all the videos about how to replace the fuel pump. Even though it requires removing the bed on most...
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    Propane water heater?

    I've got several problems with the electric water heater down at my cabin. The first is that it makes the water stink like rotten eggs when water stands in the tank. We go down there about three times a month. I've tried all the remedies. Some work, like the special rod you put it, but not for...
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    Lawn tractor vs ZT

    I have 3 or 4 acres I normally mow with a 45hp utility tractor and 6' rotary cutter which is not exactly 'lawn' but more like lawn than field. (I have mowed this with someone else's JD yard tractor and it did okay). I also have the yard around my cabin which I push mow. Getting tired of push...
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    When do you replace tires?

    I have a 16 year old Kubota L4400 4wd with about 600 hours on it. Came with Ag tires. Fronts are worn, torn, chipped and cracked. Considerable tread loss (fronts are overdriven compared to rears). Could easily keep running them for a while but it wouldn't be nuts to replace them. Anyway I think...
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    Toilet Mystery

    Whenever I have any sort of technical or mechanical issue I know I can come here and you guys will solve it. I have a toilet mystery. Background: I have repaired toilets many times. I have replaced toilets. I have installed new toilets and even the entire drain-waste-vent system in my cabin...
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    Old Stihl 025. Cranks but won't run.

    I have an old home-owner grade Stihl 025 that I inherited from my Dad. It has worked well for years. Last year when I tried to use it it would crank, run for a second and then stop. After that it would not crank unless it sat for day. Repeated same thing many times. Drained all old gas/oil out...
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    Basement Dehumidifier

    I live in a 90 year old house. It has a walk in basement that is basically just concrete floors but otherwise unfinished. It is damp and occasionally with heavy rains there is water on the floor. There is very little way to solve this problem completely. I could have it dug out all around the...
 
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