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  1. ponytug

    dated Kohler generator year?

    Definitely old school cabin building. The only thing I see that is atypical, to me, is that the plank roof runs up/down (easy to build, but leaky toward rain) vs. horizontal which is more weather resistant. To me that argues for winter protection over summer, or a one person build over a team...
  2. ponytug

    Let's talk driveway material. Just under 1/2 mile long.

    In my experience, price is extremely local, so I can't comment. If you are doing 6", I would ask that it be done in two 3" lifts. On a new road, I think that geotextile is a must and a good investment. All the best, Peter
  3. ponytug

    dated Kohler generator year?

    Definitely Kohler. (Did you see the article that I linked to above?) There is a fair amount out there on the electric light plants, and you can still get manuals for them. Do you have a serial number, and a model number? Some of those units were DC. These days might be useful for LED lights...
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    dated Kohler generator year?

    Great find! Might be a fun restoration project...or not. It was built 1926-1948. The giveaway is the "electric light plant" language. It is a very very early term to describe generators. All the best, Peter
  5. ponytug

    Best inexpensive tool cabinet?

    @Larry Caldwell I don't know which is more amazing, your rack, or the collection of vice grips. Wow. @Muhammad @Steppenwolfe x2 on the used / estate / auction route. I have picked up a couple of tool chests at pennies on the dollar, and always with great additions to the tool collection for...
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    Any PT Tiller Users here?

    I have one on a 1445. I grew up with an old Sears front (yuck!) tiller. It was always flinging itself up out of the ground. We upgraded to a Troy built rear tiller. The Troy built was amazing. You could literally point it down the row, and run ahead to remove a rock. It produced a fine airy seed...
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    Today's RV time?

    Love to hear about solar / lithium. I have been looking at Nissan Leaf batteries / battery packs and thinking about a 48V replacement system for the RV, vs going whole hog and just putting in a whole 20kWh Nissan battery pack to backup the RV, and house, when needed. We have a Renegade...
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    Starlink

    I think it boils down to where the bottleneck is/was in your system. If the LTE link/modem was the slow piece, it wouldn't matter how it was connected. Your experience suggests to me that the Starlink router may be a little underpowered in terms of throughput and latency relative to the actual...
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    Cicadas

    The thought is that the 7/13/17 year cicada swarms evolved to overwhelm predators with a mass hatching, mating, and egg laying that allow large numbers of cicadas to successfully complete their lifecycle. Rather hard to definitively prove, but there are very few areas where all three types...
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    Insurance cancelled on century-old farmhouse. What are the alternatives now?

    Another vote for Lloyds. We had an issue come up that was essentially uninsurable in the US, but we were able to arrange very reasonable coverage through Lloyds via an independent broker. As in the premium was about 10% more than we had been quoted before things went sideways, and things were...
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    Insurance cancelled on century-old farmhouse. What are the alternatives now?

    You are in a tough spot, sorry. Check with the state for the pool insurance and see what you think. It might be possible to insure the orchard and ranch aspects separately as commercial insurance. Fire, earthquake, and replacement value are going to be very tough to get. With last years fires...
  12. ponytug

    Hot water heater leaking at relief valve

    Congratulations on getting them out! I think that you still had a fair amount of anode left, so you are probably fine. The dissolution (electrolysis) starts at a small irregularity and works out, so eats away certain areas quickly. Your wire was still intact, and you had lots of material left...
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    Starlink

    They sprouting like mushrooms around the country. Looking at the map, it looks like they are in remote-ish areas with fiber to get the data out. I think of Starlink like an umbrella, with the satellite at the tip of the umbrella; the signal gets bounced from you up to the satellite and down...
  14. ponytug

    Metal roofing over firewood.

    I guess it depends how much effort you want to put in. I would think about putting 2x4 or 2x6s bolted to the tops of the existing posts, and screw the metal roofing to that. I would do it so the water drains away from your side... Keeping the rain off helps, but split wood is pretty good about...
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    Noise levels

    By the way, welcome to TBN! What part of the country are you in? All the best, Peter
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    PT Stump Grinder feedback

    Ok. In the free advice category; worth what you paid for it... I would go use it for awhile and then decide on your future plans, especially since your targets are pine stumps. If you like it, then I would think about fixing it. It would only be less than an hour of work to cut the old teeth off...
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    Starlink

    Thanks for sharing. Real world experience is very helpful, and informative. Can I ask what sort of ping times are you getting via up your Deco mesh network, vs just Starlink? The pixelation suggest wayward packets to me, but whether the cause is a few maple branches, or something else in the...
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    Tips/ Tricks to remove broken wood fence posts

    I have a post driver on my Power-Trac 1445, so perhaps a different viewpoint. Around here it is clay soil, rocky, but fractured rock below that. The only fence posts that last here are old growth, and I mean old growth, redwood. Everything else rots out, steel t-posts included, but especially...
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    Noise levels

    You need hearing protection, though I would say that of any open tractor. I agree with @m5040 that the noise comes from all over, not just the exhaust. A pair of Howard Leight L3 over the ear muffs (NRR 30) live on my hydraulic control. I am wearing them before starting the engine. I prefer the...
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    Anyone use the Victor ultrasonic pest control

    There was a recent piece on some terriers in NY city. They are right up there with dachshunds and ferrets. Apparently in the late 1800s, the preferred way to remove a rat infestation in a building was to dig a small trench around the building, position terriers along the trench and then turn...
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    Starlink

    I have been on the beta list within 48 hours of it opening, and on the preorder list within a couple of hours of it opening. I agree with you; I think rural density has a lot to do with it, once you move beyond the extreme north. They seem to be choosing beta sites within good range of uplink...
  22. ponytug

    Power Line to my house was broken

    Unreal. Just unreal. I hope that you stay safe. With the rain, I certainly expect your home grounds to be going to stay in good shape. All the best, Peter
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    PT Stump Grinder feedback

    I can't really tell from the photo how many teeth are in trouble. If it is just a few chipped teeth, I would go ahead and use it for awhile. Pine stumps aren't going to put up that much of a fight. You can buy replacement teeth and weld or braze them on, depending on whether you buy a full...
  24. ponytug

    Power Line to my house was broken

    Me, either, but I wonder if it has a lot to do with the soil depth that you can expect a reasonable ground at. Soil that is too dry / too sandy / too rocky isn't going to function well. Or do you think it has to do with grounding lightning strikes better? Either way, this has been a really...
  25. ponytug

    Toy Power Trac for Six year old grandson

    That sounds like a wonderful plan. (And a talented daughter and grandson!) I look forward to seeing the video. All the best, Peter
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    Toy Power Trac for Six year old grandson

    You have reset my age clock on what someone that young can do. Thanks! Get a JD backhoe and repaint it for him? Other than that, I think you are going to be bending sheet metal and welding one up for him. Might be a fun Make project. All the best, Peter
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    Anyone use the Victor ultrasonic pest control

    We bought our house and there were perhaps ten of them various places around the house, attic, and in the crawl space. I have two left; I can't say that I think that they do anything. Around here, I have only seen reductions in the numbers of mice and rats when I have upped my game in sealing...
  28. ponytug

    Cows are Great Therapy (usually)

    Our big guy..."outstanding" in his field, lurking in the mustard. He loves it. Or as my wife pointed out, "that mustard has a lot of bull**** in it..." Lowline belted Galloway.
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    Cows are Great Therapy (usually)

    Low line Angus?
  30. ponytug

    Cows are Great Therapy (usually)

    Definitely, "nobody, yet!"
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    The Sky is Falling

    They already did. The prior one that lost deorbiting control landed in (on?) the Ivory Coast. The long March 5B has had seven launches, one total failure, and two out of control boosters. (according to Wikipedia)
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    Cows are Great Therapy (usually)

    x2 on the admiration. I grew up surrounded by dairy farmer neighbors, and remember the day our neighbor to the east was off his farm for more than three hours for the first time in forty years. My takeaway was that dairy farmers wanted tomorrow to be just like today, but more perfect. Did I...
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    Starlink

    I keep hoping, too.
  34. ponytug

    Whole house generator

    As @grsthegreat says, the devil is in the details. How close are you to the installer, where is the fuel source, what does your electrical service consist of, and oh yeah, how much power do you want? All the best, Peter
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    Starlink

    No, it is just that the recently launched satellites are in even lower orbit and clustered together that makes them much more visible. The actual orbits are inclined to the poles, and the satellites are constantly in motion relative to the surface of the earth. They aren't geostationary...
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    The Sky is Falling

    It is currently falling at about 25,000 ft / sec. More info at CZ-5B / 48275 / 2021-035B Estimated impact time is Saturday night to Sunday morning (60% probability, spanning close to ten hours). It is hard to predict the deorbit time, because it is a long thin object (30m close to 100')...
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    You know those property line marker stones that have been mentioned a few times?

    The photo in the BBC story made it look like it was about six inches square and a foot high. I agree with @SgtSluggo; reading actual boundary descriptions can be pretty funny. Rivers are obvious points where the midpoint of the river moves after a flood. All the best, Peter
  38. ponytug

    Shop Furniture

    Photo please? Sounds useful. I have to admit to using the FEL and a couple of metal stands in lieu of a lift table. All the best, Peter
  39. ponytug

    Sprayer

    FWIW: I strap mine into my 4n1 bucket, and wired up a Northern Tool pump via a 12v socket under the dash. If I were doing it again, I would use something other than the "normal" 12V lighter socket as vibrations does occasionally work the connection loose. I tend to do my spraying as spot...
  40. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    Will do! All the best, Peter
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    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    One other item: there is a grease point on the forward end of the articulating "dog bone" that is behind a metal plate on the tunnel. Almost impossible to know that it exists unless you go looking for it, and where I absolutely need my locknlube connector to ensure the grease goes in the zerk...
  42. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    Sorry to have not been clear with my description. You got it. The brakes work like air brakes in trucks or trains; pressure holds them off, spring pressure turns them on in the absence of counter pressure. My limited understanding of the charging valve is that it takes the hydraulic line for...
  43. ponytug

    What is a good folding chair for ~ $25?

    FWIW: I bought a bunch from Costco ten years ago. A couple of drops of oil on the moving parts and they seem good as new. With all of the disruptions in supply chains, now may not be the best time for bargains. All the best, Peter
  44. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    (y)(y)
  45. ponytug

    PT 422 finish mower rear wheels damage turf

    You have a different mower than I do, but FWIW, I personally associate clumps with dull blades. Then there is always the usual culprits of wet grass, long grass, and slow blade speeds, but I doubt that's an issue for you Bob. All the best, Peter
  46. ponytug

    Real estate values are going absolutely crazy!

    Article in this morning's paper said that the local market was averaging eight days (!) between listing and escrow. There is not much inventory and mortgages are relatively inexpensive, which is true nationally. All the best, Peter
  47. ponytug

    Honey Locust Tree

    X2 on the idea of @jaxs. I had one on my pickup like that and the final analysis was just old age leaking through the rubber. The tire shop that I took it to couldn't find it either. All the best, Peter
  48. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    All the grease points are every 8 hours, per my manual, and Terry. I doubt that yours is different. (I could be wrong, of course.) All the best, Peter
  49. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    The accumulator has a charging valve with an external spring that controls the flow of oil into the brake circuit, and diverts the excess oil once the internal pressure is above 600-1,000psi (I don't know exactly what pressure Power-Trac has it set at.) So the spring cycles the valve in and...
  50. ponytug

    Welp, baptized my PT-425 today.

    It might be 140-160F. It is certainly hotter than I would want for me to have large amounts on my skin. That said, high pressure oil spray is the item to worry about. All the best, Peter
 
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