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    Painting The INSIDE Of A Steel Building

    I built my shop back in 1999. I got a really great deal on all the steel, including the siding material. The reason for the great price was that the siding had sat a while, and some rust had formed on the inside surface of the steel siding. I put the siding (and roofing,, all similar material)...
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    Heat Pump Startup Makes The Lights Flicker,,, Is That OK??

    Well, we have a new heat pump, I watched the tech monitor the running amps,, only about 17 amps. The compressor is a "screw type" rather than a piston of the old days,, The screw type should have lower startup amp demand.. no pistons to get moving,, ? What surprises us, is that the lights will...
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    JIF Peanut Butter Recall,, Have You Tried To DECIFER The Lot Numbers??

    OK, we keep some JIF peanut butter sort of as food storage,, so, I know when the jars were purchased. The info published gives the barcode number, then a lot number. There are many images on line showing the lot number being the number directly below the "USED BY" date. The problems I have...
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    Home Furnace Air Handler Plenum Design help,, Anyone A GURU??

    I had a new air handler and outdoor unit installed, basically replacing my 35 year old heat pump. The new unit is a 2.5 ton TRANE heat pump,, the original was a 2.5 ton CARRIER. Since the day it was installed, the air handler has been much "noisier" than the old unit. The noise is most...
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    Does Anyone Successfully Use A Gardening APP ??

    I have loaded several apps on my phone for gardening,, none are even close to what I am hoping for, in an app :unsure: One app could not do a garden over 10 feet X 10 feet,, they said "the LARGER garden app is in beta test" well, I can not turn my tiller around in 10X10,,,,, The others were...
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    Water Heater Trips Breaker,,, HELP!!,,,??

    I installed a water softener in my home 40 years ago, so I have not had a reason to replace heater heater elements,, My daughter's home has a typical 2-element electric hot water heater, probably 4500 watt elements, 240 volt, ~50 gallon,,, Yes, she has high calcium water, no water softener...
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    220 Volt, Single Phase Wire Size Help Needed

    I was looking at a home and the heat pump. The air handler has a resistance backup heating element in it. The backup heat is fed by two large wires, like maybe #6,, it is stranded and at least three times the size of #10 wire. My question is about the ground, the two wires feeding 220 volts...
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    Are There Different Ways To Sharpen A Brush Axe??

    I have purchased two different brush axes off eBay, a Pexto, and a Collins. The Collins is much lighter, you can swing it faster. They both have 36" handles, to help keep me out of the thorns. I have sharpened both of them with a Ken Onion hand held belt sander,, that sander makes them kitchen...
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    Plasma Cutter Project,, WhAtSyOuRgUeSs ??

    OK, the gift wrapping, and unwrapping is over,, and I ate too much,, AND the weather is beautiful this week!! I figure it is time to start a project,, I haven't done much with the plasma cutter I bought this past summer,, so this project will be plasma cutter intensive,, The oil tank I was...
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    Is THIS The PERFECT Generator For The Next Two Or Three Years??

    No gasoline, needed, so no ethanol to ruin the carb,, HECK, NO CARB!! You may need to get an AXE for your grandson for Christmas,, so that he can keep the generator fueled,, All I Gotta To Do is wrap this one up, so my grandson can get started building a firewood inventory,, The only thing...
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    Tool Stuff, That I Was NEVER Taught, EVEN After 70 YEARS!!

    OK, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of simple tools. So much so, that the school teacher that married my niece in 1969, I have ALWAYS teased him that he did not know which end of a screwdriver fit in his hand!! WELL, Now, I come to find out, that I fit in that EXACT category...
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    SELL IT !! ,,, What Is The Value Of,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ??

    OK, the price of everything is going up,, you have some "stuff" that you never use,, and should sell,, Some items are pretty easy to find the value, search Gunbroker completed auctions, you can find the value of that extra gun. BUT,, What is the value of that item you have in the shed?? It has...
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    What Have You Done That Has >"TOTALLY CHANGED"< Your Home?

    We have lived in our home for over 39.5 years,, and LOTS of changes have occurred,, Some good, some not so good,, BUT, a few have TOTALLY CHANGED the home!! Spring will be here soon, I might need time to get materials for another project, so, I am hoping that you will share some of your home...
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    How Strict Is Your Household?? This Is Something NEW To Me!!

    Well, I know we run a pretty strict house,, the daughters were raised playing rough sports,, but,, I had no idea how far our influence extended. My wife called me into the kitchen,, to look at the ceiling next to the light fixture,, It turned out that rather than using a "web" to catch bugs...
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    Are John Deere Tractors the same as McDonalds Ice Cream Machines??

    I, like everyone else, has noticed the McD ice cream machines spend too much time inoperable,, The Federal government is investigating McD's ice cream machines,, it appears that the machines are "overly sophisticated", and when they stop working,, an outside service guy needs to be called in...
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    Pickup 3RD Brake Light, The PERFECT Gasket To Stop The Water Leak,, For Only $5!

    I have dealt with the 3rd brake light leak on 3 Chevrolet trucks, and I have seen posts where this problem exists on Ford and RAM trucks also,, (Probably Toyota, Nissan, and whomever else has a 3rd light?) Well I decided to try to fix the issue on a 1st gen Colorado, it was my daughters daily...
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    Canister Fuel Filter, How Do You Know When To Replace?

    My JD 4105 (Yanmar engine) has a clear water separator,, and a metal cannister fuel filter. From the outside, the cannister fuel filter looks EXACTLY like a spin on oil filter. The filter in question is the one shown here with the Japanese writing,, How do I tell when it needs replaced? a)...
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    Anyone Ever DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract?

    We have been kicking DIY Vanilla Extract around for a little over 6 months now,, We have made two batches,, both with rum rather than vodka,, Actually, about 5 years ago, we made a batch of vanilla extract with vodka,, it was boring, that is why we switched to rum. Our recent results have been...
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    Can YOU Help With A Recommended Project?

    I think I have seen members offer help with ideas here before,,, ( :eek: , :laughing: ) I got the RIGHT raw material today,, now, I gotta figure out what the project is,, :confused2: on this stack, each plate is 24.75" X 15" X 2" thick,, the bottom plate is shaped a little differently...
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    HOW to Select The BEST Tool For "HER", As A Spring 2021 Purchase?

    Spring will be here soon, we have all been sitting home for a year,, not spending money. Most of us guys have a complement of needed tools, but, our ladies seldom have all the tools they would like,, Yea, they are also getting "cabin fever", some tools, just for them, might be the thing to get...
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    On Line - STIHL - Pricing,, Am I Doing Something Wrong !! ?? NO PRICES??

    I tried to select a new pole saw, mine was recalled, and refunded (FISKARS) OK, I used to be able to look up the price of the STIHL item I wanted,, but, that seems to be NO MORE!! Now, from what I can figure,, I have to SUBMIT AN EMAIL REQUEST to get a price,, We all know how long an email...
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    Wire Size For A 60 Amp Breaker ,.According To The NEC ??

    Is there EVER a situation where it is legal to run a 10 gauge wire into a 60 amp breaker? I am not a NEC guru, but intuition would tell me that the answer is ,,,NO! But, I am guessing, please help! My heat pump air handler has two breakers on the front panel, they are rated 60 amps (both 220...
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    Any 3D Printer GURU's Around? I Have A Question,,

    Can a 3D printer print on other plastics? Could I print my name on a 10/22 magazine? Could you print a handle on a 10/22 magazine to make it easier to remove? There are a LOT of plastic parts, it might be fun to "custom upgrade" existing items,, Such as,, ; could you add stippling to Ruger...
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    Green Acres, Oliver Buys A Tractor,, Monday @ 9:30

    The episode where Oliver buys a tractor is on METV, DISH channel 247, tomorrow, Monday at 9:30 PM On Tuesday, Oliver gets town water, but, it is green,,, :eek: On Thursday,, "You Can't Plug In A 2 With A 6" ,,, Do we have an electrician in the house?? :rolleyes: IMHO,, these shows are better...
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    Bathroom Ventilation Fan,, Is There A QUIET one?

    Every home I have been in, that has a bathroom ventilation fan, the fan sounds like a jet engine,, Heck I think the ideal thing would be for the motor element of the fan to be mounted 10 feet from the bathroom, preferably near the exhaust,, to minimize noise. So, does someone sell a quiet...
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    Carpentry,, Questions,,, and Answers,,!

    I will admit, I am easily lost when it comes to carpentry,, Give me a torch, and a welder,, and I feel at home,, Well, I still need to drive a nail, occasionally, (AND , I usually select the WRONG nail :laughing: ) I am lost around a circular saw, but, recently, I finally watched some YouTube...
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    The Funniest Thing On TV!??

    I am tired of hearing health news,, have you seen anything funny on TV? After watching the the "ZZ TOP" special on Netflix,, We switched to "Operation Odessa", also on Netflix,, OMG! Operation Odessa is a documentary, but, it is unbelievable,, It starts out discussing the purchase of a...
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    Make EVERYONE Jealous,, COVID Shortages, Pics Please,,

    There seems to be endless shortages,, I send my daughter to the store, so, I have not seen the situation myself. But,, I bet many of us has a nice little stock of what others want,, Right now, everyone is staying at home,, so, to pass the time, they are trying to bake bread, I was looking on...
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    $39 For a 12 Volt 675 amp Battery ,,, Woot!!

    Only about another week, Sams Club has Group 24 marine start batteries at $20 off,, only $39.80,, I got two today, These are sized to fit many tractors,, I can not remember the last time I even seen ANY type of battery for less than $50, other than LM U1 Size batteries,, The battery even...
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    COVID-19 DIY Build Time

    Well,, if I can not go anywhere, NOW is a great time to do the projects I have materials for,, and have been procrastinating,, I have LOTS of steel,, lots of welding rods,, so, rather than sit in the house bored, I am gonna go to the shed and build,, Up first is a tool I needed all last...
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    Carpenter Bee Season Is ALMOST Here,, My Traps,,

    Well, it is almost carpenter bee season,, and I had a couple 4X4 posts rot off at ground level,, the rest of the post was perfect. So, I made these traps out of the old posts,, using ideas I found on YouTube videos. It turned out that a hole made with a flat blade 1" bit is perfect for a...
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    Please Offer Your Ideas For a "Hand Anvil",,,

    The biggest "hammer" I have weighs 4 pounds,, the biggest sledge I have weighs 16 pounds. There are times when neither of these are heavy enough,, like someone just mentioned in another thread, use two hammers to disassemble a tie rod end. As a backup hammer during striking, it is pretty...
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    Exercise Ideas ,,, WITHOUT Spending $$$ !

    I have been on an exercise "kick" almost all of 2019,, what I am finding is that almost all exercise is boring,, so I try to keep changing what I am doing,, My question is,, what do you do for exercise that is low cost? ,,, and most importantly, not the same old thing,,, What I have done so...
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    Liquid Nails,, Construction Adhesive,, Which One!??

    I have been adding insulation to my basement concrete walls, by attaching foam panels to the concrete with Liquid Nails. All went well, and the insulation is REALLY attached to the concrete,, Well, yesterday, I decided one wall needed more insulation thickness,, so I "Liquid Nailed" a second...
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    Carpentry Of Homes,,, Nail Diameter,, and Codes?

    I am not a carpenter, but, I nail stuff occasionally,, I have a 21 degree pneumatic nail gun,, and I was shopping for nails this morning,, it turns out that collated nails for a nail gun are way cheaper than loose nails, That makes no sense to me,, 1,000 galvanized, ring shank nails for a...
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    How To Wallboard A Poured Concrete Basement Wall,, Cement Board?

    I have a basement room, with two exterior walls, I would like to insulate, and put up some type of "wallboard" The room is kinda a mini shop for tinkering, and home tool storage, but, it is big enough to add an exercise machine. Here in Virginia, I think 2" polystyrene foam insulation should...
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    DIY Potato Plow and Corn Cultivator, I Have Questions, HELP!

    My wife said we needed to grow more potatoes and corn next growing season, so, I started looking at videos, and Google,, I saw a combo potato plow, corn cultivator on YouTube in some foreign country (I did not understand the language) I found what I think are the correct sweeps for the...
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    Doea Anyone Have A HEAVY Anvil Cart?

    I have little need for an anvil,, but, I might be able to acquire a 200+ pound anvil. I surely do not want that monster taking up shop space, to end up collecting dust,, so, a SUPER HEAVY DUTY cart would make the anvil useful, but, still be able to be moved out of the way,, Is an anvil cart...
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    20 Amp Outlet,, But, With 10 Gauge Wire? Can I Do It??

    I want to run wire to a new 120 volt, 20 amp outlet, and I have a whole roll of 10-2 (with ground) Romex wire sitting there,, Can I wire the outlet with the 10 gauge, or,,, will I kill myself trying to get that wire into the box? I ain't wiring a whole house, just one outlet. It is about a 23...
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    Electrical Wiring Question, - Ring Circuit?

    We are going to wire my SIL's office, and I was reading on the internet (yes, I know how dangerous that is , LOL! ) Anyways, I read about the "ring circuit" basically a circuit fed from both ends, typical in the UK,, Is that against code in the USA? I could see the advantage of that for a...
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    Propagating Grape Vines? Like Blackberries?

    Propagating Grape Vines? My wife purchased a Seedless Concord Grape plant last year,, As expected, the vine is covered in tasty grapes right now,, I was wondering, if the end of the vine is buried, will it grow a new vine like a blackberry does? I would love to propagate a few vines and give...
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    Immovable Object, OR, Unstoppable Force,, Which One Did You Run Into, Today?

    Tell us about your encounter with an immovable object, or was it an unstoppable force?? I did not know which I had today,, I was removing a few stones that were set at JUST the right height that, if the grass was tall, I would skim them with the flail mower,, All was going well, I took out...
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    Adjust The "Air" Pressure??

    The rear tires look like the air pressure is too low,,, Would you increase the air pressure?? Maybe the tires need to be filled with fluid? Too many tire plugs? What do you think??
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    Tractor OVERHEATING Mystery...

    I have had the tractor 20 years (it is a total of 40 years old), and yesterday, for the second time ever,, the tractor overheated,,,:eek: I have checked/maintained all the usual things,, I think,,, Clean engine oil and filter Clean hydraulic oil and filter earlier this summer, No phantom...
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    Why Do They Call This Guy "MR EIGHT TOES!" ??

    This attachment costs $70,, I think I want one,,, :rolleyes: How do I save my toes?? Universal cutting tool for chainsaw | Etsy Is there a better way? I think I could use that attachment with an abrasive cut-off wheel,,,:thumbsup:
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    Grapes? Do I Cane, Or Spur Prune? Or Something Else?

    I planted a green concord grape plant in the corner of the garden 24 months ago,, it is only one plant, and off that plant is currently growing at least 8 main "canes",, (maybe more than that!?) Some to the left, some to the right, some along a wire to the rear,,, The main plant is kinda in...
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    Is Tractor Supply "Full of It"??

    The local news about Tractor Supply,,, Tractor Supply Company on River Road Cleans Up Following Sewage Leak - WVIR NBC29 Charlottesville News, Sports, and Weather
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    Did YOU Get Your Last Nickel's Worth Out Of It??

    Well , it rained this afternoon,, I figured I would take advantage of the cool time to change the tines on my tiller,, I hate to waste,, so, the tines had been rotated as the instructions said to do,, beyond that, I had even added hard surface weld to the tines, as I had worn off the original...
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    Your Favorite "Easter Egg" In The "BBT" Finale??

    The BBT final night ended up being over two hours of show,, so,, Did you find a favorite "Easter Egg" ? Mine occurred at the end of the Young Sheldon show,, when we got to see the entire cast as 10-12 year old children,, So, what was your favorite??
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    Modified Sine Wave Inverter,, Is There A List Somewhere??

    We have had several power outages in the last 6 months,, rather than running the generator, I purchased a 750 watt modified sine wave inverter,, That thing has been great,, our power needs are not great during outages,, a few lights, the laptops, phone chargers, etc,,, BUT,, I have never tried...
 
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