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  1. RxRatedZ71

    My 30x40x12' Pole Barn Thread

    Here's about the only shot I've got of my "mezzanine" on my phone. I built some stairs and a 2-level loft that primarily serves as extra attic space. I've thought about flipping the stairs around, moving that work bench on the back wall to the right wall, and then building a 10x10 office or...
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    My 30x40x12' Pole Barn Thread

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    My 30x40x12' Pole Barn Thread

    My latest build has been a 32x12 goat barn with a sloping roof 7'-9'. I've basically built it up from buying leftovers and culls at the lumberyard. I had some sheet metal leftover from my barn build, but now I've got to pick up the rest that I ordered. Here's a few pics of my progress...you can...
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    what does the farmer say?

    Here's a funny parody of the fox song...tractors included. http://youtu.be/vyMv4kkSCvk
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    Scariest log splitter ive seen

    While surfing you tube videos I had to see the Redneck Log Splitter video. Wow, this is a huge accident waiting to happen. I know annually there are lots of farming accidents and its bc of cockamamey ideas like this one....check it out. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=40sCGb678sQ
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    tractor worthy smart phone

    Im not sure if this is the best place to post the question, but its the place on TBN that I visit the most and value everyones opinion. What are everyone's preferences on smart phones? I need a good tractor-worthy smart-phone that is rugged & dependable for everyday use. I work indoors but am...
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    concrete headwall for tinhorn

    Finally finished the project just in time for a bit of rain. Whew, close call.
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    concrete headwall for tinhorn

    Got head wall formed up and in place a few days ago. We bought a pallet of Quicrete (42 bags) and got to work on the mixing.I ended up forming the endwall and poured it a few hours later. Im gonna be sore tomorrow. We had a semi-load of material brought out to use for filling around the...
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    concrete headwall for tinhorn

    Has anyone ever constructed a concrete headwall for a tinhorn? I've got an 18" tinhorn that is at the end of a 800' dowhill drainage ditch that dumps into my creek. The water has caused the end of the bank to slough off and into the creek. We have put in a 24' tinhorn and are building the area...
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    Driveway Gate - 'how to' questions and a challenge

    We put in an Elite opener by Liftmaster with a solar setup. Keypad on the outside & inside. We have trees surrounding our driveway and had to run the wire to the solar panel about 50' away after we found the initial setup didnt get enough light to fully charge. This one has 2 batteries and the...
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    Automatic Gate; Recommendations needed

    I had an Elite model by Chamberlain/Liftmaster put in this past spring. Complete solar setup with keypad in & out of the gate and 3 clickers in the car. Rated for 1 million+ actuations and still going strong at the company headquarters. Here's a couple of pics...
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    Mowing Brushhog blade change??

    So I was brushhogging this AM and found my way onto a near flush-cut eastern red cedar stump (hard as he$#) and then my BH started making an odd noise. Looked underneath only to see one blade hung up on the pan. Couldnt free it in the field so had to flip it over and remove the pan. Turns out...
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    Drainage ditch using a MB/SS.

    Here is a pic of some progress. I tried the middle buster which performed great. I had to modify my SS point b/c it didnt extend far enough beyond the base of the frame. When lowered, it just sat on the surface rather penetrate the ground. I just drilled a hole close to the end amd spun the...
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    Drainage ditch using a MB/SS.

    Well the point didnt fit so I just bought some 3/8" flat bar and cut a point for myself.
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    Drainage ditch using a MB/SS.

    We had a strong thunderstorm drop 8+" of rain back in May and it caused our creek crossing under our driveway to flood. Our downstream side of ourtin horn's wingwall also started to erode away. I realized that we are getting all of our neighbors water off his land, onto ours and down our...
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    Windmill plans??

    Here is the finished project. I chose to position the tail fin straight back and it worked fine for 4-5 months in oklahoma winds. However I think the bearing on the actial head didnt get paclked with grease well enough and it started to squeal. (adds character right) That lasted for a day or two...
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    Brushhog Gear Box

    I went to inspect my JD RC2060 gearbox for oil this weekend (dont ask how long its been) and noticed i'm low on oil inside. Upon further inspection i found the oil to be white/tan in color. From what ive experienced this usually indicates the presence of water. Several questions arise: how did...
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    used utility poles ?

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    used utility poles ?

    Ive built several bridges on our property using utility poles. I drive my tractor across my 3 pole bridge. The poles are exactly under my tire track position then i put 2*8s as decking. The third is in the middle for rigidity and support.
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    Automatic Gate Opener

    Got the forms built and in place. Now ready to mix concrete tomorrow for the pad. Got a buddy that might stop by to help for a while. Heres a shot of my gate and my progress. You can see "little mans" shovel that i got him. We used his other one in our flower beds, that was until i backed over...
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    Automatic Gate Opener

    The pad will be at least 24"x28"x16"+ deep. Ive thought about mounting the keypad to that tree along side the drive, but im not sold on that yet. We are required to have a KnoxLock on the outside for emergency personnel entrance. Ive heard stories where a house burned b/c a resident didnt pay...
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    Automatic Gate Opener

    Today I ordered an automatic gate opener to be installed on our property. We've needed on for 5 years but havent wanted to compromise in quality so we opted to wait. Our gate is a 14'8 wrought iron gate custom built by a local welder in the area. We bricked around the posts shortly after install...
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    Spring clearing, a little early

    Heres a few shots of the damage..
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    Spring clearing, a little early

    Ive been clearing some brush out over the past few weeks. Its the last acre or so of my property yet to be cleared. Mainly scrub brush, small saplings, and the occasional eastern red cedar. Typically i use hand tools (ie hatchets, loppers, machete, axe) so as not to disturb too much topsoil...
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    draft link lift arm for JD 3203

    So im a bumbling idiot sometimes. While clearing an area of brush, i got my BB hung up on a stump on the back corner and bent a draft link lift arm. While trying to bend it back, i snapped it. Now ive gotta either buy a new JD one or find some aftermarket ones online. Any recommendations? The...
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    Power Programmer for CUT Diesels??

    Has anyone had any experience with these programmers?? Found the ad on a local CL posting. Think it would work on my 3203 ?? Ive heard they really crank out the torque on those BullyDog Truck kits.
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    Windmill plans??

    Got the pad poured for the base. My wife helped with the mixing and we found out she has quite the talent for smoothing out concrete also. She works a float well enough that I think I may sub her out...
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    Windmill plans??

    Moved the tower today. Rather difficult to maneuver a 16' wide unbalanced load thru a 10' gate. Here are a few action shots. My wife and son helped supervise and stabilize, respectively.
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    Windmill plans??

    Well, i didn't intend to let this thread die out. Ive purchased the lumber and most of the sac-crete to finish the project. Here are a few pics: one is a single side being completed and the other is the 5' fan. Hopefully the weekend will allow me to be quite productive. Im gonna wait until it...
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    Project Ranch Fence

    In 2009 we used 4x4 PT posts and PT 1x6, but i will be redoing it within 5 years b/c they have cupped and warped and split horribly. Im gonna use 2x6PT next time.
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    Windmill plans??

    Went today to pickup a windmill kit. The head is from http://windsco.com and it was already assembled by a local dealer. He was trying to get out of the business and had a 5' headkit marked at 40% original cost. I think he was wanting to make some space, seeing as he is moving within the next...
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    Concrete driveway do-able??

    Here is a side shot of our property showing the overall project area. The view is looking west. At the end of the drive, the pink area just off the garage parking pad would be area #1, about 1700sqft. The red area would be the next area of focus, about 350ft in distance, down to the creek...
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    Road Widening, Not Exactly My Project

    I know this isnt MY project, however it is related to me in that it involves the road I live on AND it will involve tractors. Does it qualify? You be the judge. Nonetheless, we live on a 2.5 mile stretch of road that is a divider between 2 cities. Therefore, each entity has to be involved in...
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    Concrete driveway do-able??

    Here are a few pics to help with the "visual" members. I always appreciate pics when people upload them too! Pic1 is looking uphill towards our gate and Pic2 looks downhill towards the creek then up to the house.
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    Concrete driveway do-able??

    We have a long (1100') gravel driveway put in when we built our house in 2008. It has a 6-8 inch deep base of 3-4" crusher run. Then was top-dressed with 3-4 inches of 1.5" crusher run. About 5-600' is on a good downhill slope and it drains from east to west naturally. With a good rain i have to...
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    Tailwheel vs impact gun

    Well so far its brushhog tail wheel 1 and craftsman impact wrench zero. I had to replace my bolts that hold the tailwheel onto the hub of my brushhog, however i think ive burned out my 1+ y.o.craftsman impact wrench trying to drive in 3 bolts. I think the thread angles were different so they...
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    Pole Barn Advice

    Here is my finished project. They are not that complex of a build, but need to do research for a reliable company.
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    Pole Barn Loft...framing size questions

    Here are a few more pics
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    patio pergola

    Well its 95% completed. I lack a few trim pieces at the base of each post and then the knee brace at the top. This project has been a pleasure to construct and relatively easy. I think staining was the most tedious portion. Its amazing how much shade it provides and how much it helps keep our...
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    patio pergola

    Got the 2x8's drilled and hung. It was much easier to drill all 6 at once and then use the same jig to drill the posts. This seemed to work in keeping everything in line and pretty much a straight-forward bolt up assembly in the air. I kept having problems with my saw-blade bending on the...
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    patio pergola

    Some more progress pictures.
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    patio pergola

    This was a productive weekend for the pergola project, despite the 95+F weather. It seems we always pick the hottest part of the year to complete our largest projects around here. We got all of the structural lumber stained last week and just yet to finish the upper-most 2x2 slats. We used the...
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    patio pergola

    Well, our next project is beginning. We have decided to build a 12'x28' cedar pergola on our back porch. We are not affixing it to the house but rather anchoring it to the concrete slab. We are in the process of staining all the boards with a stain and protectant called TWP ( Total Wood...
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    Trash Can Cart

    This has been on my mind ever since we moved to the country 5 years ago...how to efficiently move your trashcan to the curb/street for pickup when you live far off the road. I have been loading the trashbins into the bed of my truck and taking them up to the road. Since I have been trying to...
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    Cedar Lumber prices

    I'm looking to build a cedar pergola on our back patio. Does anyone know of a good, cheap cedar supplier in the Oklahoma City area? I've even contemplated on using a local saw-mill to cut some cedars down on my property and maybe give me a break on my lumber prices. Much help is appreciated!
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    Sidewalk Project

    I am looking to put in a sidewalk along the side of our house and around back to connect to the back patio. The total length is about 65'. I believe the sidewalk it will connect with is 39 inches wide. According to online calculators, it appears to be about a 3 yard pour, if we do it 4 inches...
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    Windmill plans??

    I've always wanted to have a windmill on our property. We have a perfect elevated, rocky outcrop in our backyard. I know you can buy the 8' ones inexpensively at TSC, but i want to build a wooden one that is more to scale. Does anyone know of any free plans online for a reproduction. I know...
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    Natural Bridge Project

    Well, another project is nearly complete. I am in the final stages of building my second bridge on the property. The first one was a learning project and served us well to get us to our barn. See my attached link to a previous post of mine...
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    My 30x40x12' Pole Barn Thread

    Well, after much thinking I finally bit the bullet and purchased a pole barn kit today. I've had the blue-prints for about 3 months, already drilled the holes earlier this week, and should be getting the lumber and some materials on Aug 2. What may seem like a simple build for many has had me...
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    What color of pole barn???

    So I am ordering a pole barn kit from Lumber 2 tomorrow and I still am wavering on my colors. I am building a 30x40 with a 10' porch along one side and will have wainscoting along the bottom. We built our house in 2008 and it is tastefully settled in the country surrounded by trees. I have the...
 
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