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  1. beowulf

    I am so easy. . .

    Again this year, the wife says she wants nothing and needs nothing. Daughters say the same. Grandkids have a few things they would like to get. So trying to buy Christmas gifts is always a challenge as I feel somewhat compelled to get something for everyone. But me - I always have a list. This...
  2. beowulf

    Sharpening drill bits

    I will put my collection of dull drill bits up against anyones - both in terms of the number of bits and how dull they are. I guess I have a problem tossing them. Anyway, yesterday after trying a number of bits to get a job done and finding none of them sharp enough, I thought about either...
  3. beowulf

    Keeping culverts clear and clean

    I have four culverts on the property. Two of them I have installed - actually I replaced two older original culverts (one that clogged up and one that washed out). They are all fine right now but I see that there is some dirt and such building up in two of them - a 15 inch one and an 18 inch one...
  4. beowulf

    Looking for advice re grazing cattle

    We live on 90 acres of rolling foothills - partially wooded. Years ago we had cattle- primarily to keep the grass down to mitigate the fire risk, and also to just enjoy having them. It was mostly uneventful - I was able to handle the fences, to lasso and band-castrate the young bulls...
  5. beowulf

    Now much slower in reverse - suggestions?

    Kubota L3410 HST. If you have been in the seat long enough and pay attention you can sense when things are not running quite the same. I have noticed very recently that in reverse it is considerably slower than before at the same/usual RPMs and in midrange. I am not totally sure, but going...
  6. beowulf

    Painting Stripes on a cattle guard - how effective?

    We have two cattle guards. The one at the main road at the end of the driveway is about 7' wide and as far as we know cannot be jumped. There is a gate there that we keep closed so we really don't know that for sure, but when it has been inadvertently left open we never had issues there - but it...
  7. beowulf

    Building Pad on hilltop - perimeter clearance

    I have discussed other aspects of this before (daughter building a home on our property)- now, a different question: We have graded and compacted a pad on a hilltop. We are looking at mountain-style home and checking out plans she likes and I raised the question about the width and depth of the...
  8. beowulf

    Need a Primer on Tractor brake lock

    I have a Kubota L3410. We live on 90 acres in the foothills of Central California. The 'hills' part is what presents the issue. Very frequently, including today and yesterday, I am in the hills with the tractor and need at times to stop and get off. Today it was to use a chainsaw on some trees...
  9. beowulf

    Had some success at a fencing contractors yard sale

    I scored big Saturday - made three trips with the pickup to a fence contractor's yard sale and bought 12 rolls of 330' field fence (Bekaert high tensile fixed knot) for $1,000 (so we paid about $84 a roll). For another $150 I got one and a half rolls of high tensile barb wire, 100' of 6' chain...
  10. beowulf

    Goats and electric fence - finally giving up

    At considerable effort, I prepared/graded a weed free path for a route of electric fence around a ravine that needed cleaning out (primarily to mitigatge a fire risk). Probably about a 400 foot run. I put in the electric fence posts, ran three strands of wire - one strand was the recommended...
  11. beowulf

    I like to be helpful, so . . .

    Y'all need to check your T-pounder before you lift it up and over a T-post and start pounding. At least I do. Not the best way to start the day - we were stringing a fence and I began to use the pounder on a T-post. The first clue that something was not right was when, instead of the usual loud...
  12. beowulf

    Chainsaw touched power line - guy died

    Just saw this. I don't want to work anywhere near power lines - actually, don't like even being near them. And if I have to I will sit for a long time thinking about how to be safe. Man electrocuted in Fridley after striking powerline with chainsaw
  13. beowulf

    Caught by the inflation demon

    Sad day here today. After signing a contract to build a second house on our 90 acre property (about $265,000 for the building only - we have to do the well, pads, septic and more) we waited for six months for the permit to be issued. Well, it was approved this week but the builder now says due...
  14. beowulf

    Mixing concrete in the FEL Bucket

    I need to pour a pad (3.5' x 8' x 4" deep) and have bought enough 60lb bags of concrete. The forms are built, with wire and rebar. It is on a hilltop where I don't have electricity but will bring up a generator and a HF mortar mixer - which I have used effectively before to mix concrete in...
  15. beowulf

    T-posts in hard ground - a hack

    I am in the process of cross-fencing a part of our property (T-posts and barb wire). The ground is a bit hard now (and the area is steep) and after pounding in about 15 of the estimated 90-100+ posts I will need, I decided that my 78 year-old arms and shoulders needed to find a better way. I...
  16. beowulf

    Tractor Safety Lesson Number ??? With Details.

    Well, as this happened to my brother two days ago, I have the details. I didn't say I understand it - just that I have a first-hand report on how it happened - we think. This may have to be a bit long. My brother - in another state - bought a used Ford 4N 1954 vintage tractor for $2,500. He...
  17. beowulf

    Converting TruInfrared gas grill to conventional

    We have a conventional gas grill (flame and grates) down by the pool, and a smaller Truinfrared grill near the house. Infrared grills are supposed to provide greater heat and grill food faster (heating metal which heats the food, rather than heating air which cooks the food). I have found from...
  18. beowulf

    Recommendations: Pellet or BB pistol for target practice

    I built a nice target range for handgun practice - cut into a hillside, with cables for attaching targets and distances marked. I have a 9mm and a .357 revolver. I have not used the range much but plan to use it a bit more and want my daughter to also become comfortable with handguns - she hikes...
  19. beowulf

    Back up Generators - finally looking.

    Our local utility (PG&E) is offering rebates of up to $1,200 for back up generators, so I am looking into that. It looks like most brands qualify- the list is very long. I am considering a dual fuel whole house back up system - likely Generac. I will be making calls today to see what...
  20. beowulf

    Interesting wood splitter, but . . .

    Saw this video. Interesting and apparently efficient with four people, but I have to wonder how many accidents there were. Note: I see the video is not playing - I will try to figure that out and repost.
  21. beowulf

    Carry All and Ranch Uber

    I have had a TSC carry all frame for a couple of years and finally got around to adding a 'box'. I made it so that the sides come off but latch securely everywhere, and the front can be closed up with 2 x 6 boards in "C" channels (made from two alluminum angle pieces). The tops of the removable...
  22. beowulf

    Allow hunting. . . very inclined to say no.

    We received a very nice letter requesting permission to hunt turkey's on our property with a bow and arrow - he provided references and all. I agreed to meet with him. We met yesterday. Very nice guy - apparently an experienced out-doors guy. I kind of wanted to help him out. I initially...
  23. beowulf

    Pat's Easy Hitch

    Purchased a few years ago and never used. Current cost is, I think, about $200 (with stabilizer bar.) plus shipping. I am asking $100 plus shipping. I did not buy the stabilizer bar ($20 on Pat's site). They are heavy so shipping could cost a bit. I do not know if there is more than one...
  24. beowulf

    Tractor greasing day - issue with zerks

    Today was set aside to clean up the tractor, change the air filters, blow out the radiator, etc., and check it over generally, and grease it. All went well with the greasing until I found one zerk missing - in the most difficult zerk location. Nothing I had would fit - I removed a zerk from...
  25. beowulf

    Quick hitch for 3 point – options

    I have had Pat’s Easy Hitch units for years – in a box in the barn. I never hooked them up after I figured out that I had to get a longer hydraulic top link, and would also have to lengthen the PTO shafts on a couple of implements. However, I have now decided that I want to try to install them...
  26. beowulf

    If you live in California, stock up on parts. . .

    Just an FYI. It may also be difficult to find parts for your gas powered equipment as well. https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-law-bans-small-off-174600432.html
  27. beowulf

    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    A while back a friend from the city came to visit. As we sat enjoying the bucolic setting with an adult beverage, he said “Man, I could really go for this”. I pointed out that, well, this is half of it, but if you want this lifestyle there is also the work half – you need to enjoy that part as...
  28. beowulf

    Just discovered my Kubota has skid steer front tires.

    I took a front tire off of my L3410 that had a very slow leak in to the shop - I was tired of adding air every week. They fixed it, and asked if it was off a 'skid steer' which at the time I thought was an odd question. He also mentioned the tires were old and had some cracking and would need to...
  29. beowulf

    Turkeys in the yard . . . a better way?

    While it is immensely entertaining to watch my wife chase turkeys out of the yard while throwing pine cones and yelling, I am wondering if there is not a more efficient way to keep them out. This morning we counted 31. They seem quite comfortable coming through a few times every day. And they...
  30. beowulf

    Chimney liners as protecting from creosote fires

    We have a wood burning fireplace and burn our fair share of wood in the colder months. We have a traditional brick fireplace and chimney but use an insert (tight closing glass faced door and blower) which sits inside of and is sealed in the fireplace 'box'. It vents up the chimney. I understand...
  31. beowulf

    If this can happen to a really smart guy like me. . . well...

    I was not sure which forum to post this on - so it is here. Anyway, my ten year old desk top hard drive crashed on Sunday. Took it in to Best Buy to salvage what could be salvaged and bought a new computer - asking to have whatever could be transferred put on the new one. The bad news is that...
  32. beowulf

    Appraisals - the dilemma.

    I have mentioned that my daughter and son-in-law are building a 'second' home on our property. We have 90 acres and they love it here, and we are getting older and slower, so it all makes sense. We discussed borrowing $200k to supplement their savings and a bit of help from us. That would be a...
  33. beowulf

    Our Better Halves

    The idea for this thread is prompted by posts in the Stupid Things I Have Done thread where Alan46 and MoKelly posted pics of their spouses (disclaimer: their posting of pics in that thread, I am sure, have no connection with the threads title). Anyway, I thought a thread dedicated to 'our...
  34. beowulf

    Scoring ammunition from out of state

    I use a .410 to prevent oversharing of our orchard and garden with squirrels. I have a .22 rifle, but find that I need a .410 as apparently I am not a very good shot. Anyway, it is almost impossible (and recently seems impossible) to score .410 shells here - and believe me I have tried...
  35. beowulf

    Well, when you decide to plan(t) trees. . .

    Unfortunately, I have had to learn this lesson the hard way - be careful where you decide to plant trees. We used to buy live xmas trees and then plant them after the holidays. We did not think much about where we planted them. Now decades later I am finding a need to remove them - four so far...
  36. beowulf

    Home Insurance inspection ploy?

    We received a notice from our insurance company that we have been automatically enrolled in Wildfire Defense Services, which is now included in our home insurance policy. They provide "wildlife mitigation and loss prevention services to help protect your home." Sounds like a good idea and...
  37. beowulf

    Hauling Two 3,000 gallons water storage tanks

    I have ordered two 3,000 gallon water storage tanks for use at a well we are drilling for a second home on our property. One for domestic use and one for fire dept use as required. They will be ready at the pick up site in late June and that site is 61 miles from me. Each tank is approximately...
  38. beowulf

    Water storage solutions in a drought

    For 35 years we have lived here on a well with a 1.5 hp pump at 420' and a pressure tank set to 40-60. The last time the yield was tested it was about 21 gpm. We never had any issue with water and we use a good bit with gardening, orchard, landscaping, animals, household, and my wife's...
  39. beowulf

    Cattle guards - make or buy

    I need a cattle guard for a new access road to the property. They can be bought, but those online are expensive and present an issue re unloading. E.G., One that I found online weighs 1791 lbs and the seller states the buyer is responsible for unloading it when it is delivered. I have a Kubota...
  40. beowulf

    Feeding pond catfish and where did they come from?

    We have a seasonal pond- usually dries up in September and begins to fill in late November or in December. Last year when it was almost dry (2-4") I went to collect some pollywogs to take to our grand daughters as we usually find them there. There were wiggling masses of what I thought were...
  41. beowulf

    Lawn tractor - loss of power

    My Husqvarna lawn tractor/mower (YTH2042T-960450002) has significantly reduced power. It does not have its usual speed in the same circumstances and will not go up the same slight inclines that it used to handle with ease - actually it used to easily go up greater inclines - now slight inclines...
  42. beowulf

    Advice sought re using water truck in grading project

    I have previously posted about building a second home on our property for daughter and son-in-law on a hill top area. Right now we are stuck because we need the pad and a road to the pad graded but we have had no rain to speak of. The Grading contractor says he needs to wait for rain before...
  43. beowulf

    Simple chain carrier

    I frequently deal with the issue of how to carry my chains conveniently, and I have dumped and lost chains I had forgotten were in the FEL. I previously built (based on a design from someone else on this forum) a vertical 6" ABS pipe which works, but I find I use that holder for shovels, pruners...
  44. beowulf

    HST popping out of mid-range into neutral on downhill

    Well, I had to recalibrate the pucker factor a couple of times last week. So I am back at the trough looking for answers. Twice, while going down hill very slowly with a load (boulders on pallet forks for wife's landscaping project) the tractor popped out of midrange and into neutral. AND...
  45. beowulf

    Two speed Electric motor question

    This seems to be the most logical forum in which to post this - though not actually a rural living issues. Anyway, we have a 2 speed pool pump controlled by a panel with a fast and a slow speed button. 230V. A bearing went out so I unhooked the pump and took it in for repairs at a local shop...
  46. beowulf

    FEL Valve assembly issue - DIY or shop?

    I have a Woods 1016 loader on a Kubota L3410 HST. Under load there was a leak from the valve assembly, which was worsening (leak is not from any hose). I took off the boot and think I figured out where the leak is coming from. See the pictures - seems to be from the cylinder - plunger(?) wall...
  47. beowulf

    Round O rings vs Squared off O rings

    I had slow leaks - dripping - from hydraulic hose connections - two for the FEL and one for the Top and tilt. I have ignored this for a while, but when I got around to a maintenance day (greasing, air filter, fluid levels etc. ) I decided to check the O rings in the quick disconnect connections...
  48. beowulf

    Best and worse disposal idea for fireplace ash

    We use our fireplace a lot in the colder months and so have ash to dispose of. Should we just dispose of it somewhere on the property or is there a more useful way to dispose of the ash. Note - we also burn old lumber we seem to always collect somehow and some of that has nails and screws, so...
  49. beowulf

    Recommendations to shoot / determine a grade on proposed road

    We will be building a second house on our property (90 acres -foothills). The selected site is on a hill much higher than where any access road would begin. County Fire requires that new driveways have no more than a 12% grade (with turnout, etc.) but will permit up to 20% in some situations -...
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    New septic and leach line: Infiltrators vs pipe /poly tank vs concrete?

    We are in preliminary planning stages for building a second home on our 90 acres for daughter and SIL. Now getting estimates for construction, grading, well, new electrical, water storage (fire dist requirements) and septic-leach field. Re the septic and leach field there are a couple of...
 
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