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  1. gsganzer

    What are you cooking for superbowl?

    I'm grilling chicken and beef fajita's with poblano peppers and onions with all the other fixin's of guacamole, pico, sour cream, cheese, salsa and cilantro. Wife is making queso and cilantro rice. I'll pick the meat up today at the mexican market, they always have the best marinated meat...
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    Transmission warranty advise wanted

    I wanted to get a consensus from the TBN brain trust on this one. I recently had the transmission rebuilt on a 2017 Ram 3500 SRW Diesel with 156K miles. The rebuild was done by a reputable Texas transmission shop with 26 locations. The rebuild wasn't cheap, about $8K with a 50K mile warranty...
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    Who's had cataract surgery? Feedback wanted.

    I'm 56, and my right eye has developed a pretty bad cataract, requiring surgery. I had an eye exam at two different places and they both agree on the need for cataract surgery, as do I, because my vision in my right eye has gotten real crappy. Key-Whitman Eye Center (big eye center in/near...
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    Making some smoked salmon chowder

    It's a nice lazy relaxing day before Christmas, so I decided to smoke some salmon and make some chowder. I found salmon fillets on sale yesterday, so I'm making a double batch and will freeze some. The fillets are on the smoker now, while I sip a cold beer. I love a good smoked salmon...
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    Adding a storm shelter

    Every spring, when the tornado season kicks up, we always wish we had a shelter. This year, I'm going to get out in front and put one in this winter. The most common one we see around here is the concrete in-ground with the sloped front like the attached link. I got some pricing and it will...
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    Home weather station suggestions

    My home weather station has quit working and I'm looking to replace it. My original was just a cheap-ish Accurite. Without going all out with a professional model, does anyone have a recommendation for a decent one? I don't mind spending some money (up to maybe $300) if it will last a while.
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    Anyone have vacation rental experience/advice?

    As my wife and I start to think about our transition to retirement in a few years, we're starting to contemplate some different options. One of them is the idea of buying a vacation rental property, that we'd live in during the off-rental season. An idea is a place in/near Angel Fire NM that...
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    Common sayings that are wrong or butchered

    I was listening to some folks talking and realized how many people confuse or butcher certain sayings. In some cases, I guess it might be regional differences in common sayings. Here's an example, "Take it for granted" or do you say, "Take it for granite"? There are a ton of other examples.
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    Anyone else do random acts of kindness?

    Does anyone else regularly do a random act of kindness for a stranger? Not tooting my own horn, but I was talking to another guy I occasionally work with and learned he does a similar thing to me. It made me wonder how many folks might also do it. I've traveled for my job for almost 35...
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    Bought a Load Trail trailer

    I've been considering replacing my PJ 20'- 10,000 GVWR, deckover with more of a 14,000 GVWR car hauler style trailer. The deckover is nice for lots of things, but hauling a vehicle isn't one of them. So last week I stopped by a couple of the trailer dealers in Ft. Worth to see what was...
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    New 2017 Ram 3500 SRW

    My oldest started college, majoring in equine science. Now that she's starting to spread her wings and becoming independent, we really needed to find her a truck to haul herself and her horses around. This is the worst time possible to be finding a used truck, but there's a few out there. I...
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    Anyone use identity theft protection services?

    A topic that came up on one of the threads got me thinking about identity theft protection services. It seems like the crooks are getting better and better with their scams and in the digital age, your info is just about everywhere anyway. I do a fair amount of traveling and I have to cancel...
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    Putting parent in an assisted care facility

    I'm faced with moving my 85YO mother to an assisted care facility. We've avoided it as long as we can, with having a part-time care giver for the past 6 years. It's to the point that she needs full-time, round the clock care for her safety. Trip to the ER this past weekend for a fall and head...
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    Husky 550 XP issues

    I have a 550XP that's developed an issue that makes it completely unusable/unreliable. It will start without a hiccup, but the next time, I can pull the cord 100x and it never starts. I've always followed the pictogram and it's not an issue of a hot start or cold start, it's not reliable...
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    Swollen Ford Lug nuts

    Anyone else deal with this! Holy swollen nut batman!!! I have a 2014 F-150 and my buddy and I went to do a rear brake job today. Out of the 12 rear nuts, we could only remove 6. That's with trying PB blaster, using a 1200 ft/lb pneumatic impact wrench, 20V Dewalt impact wrench and (3) 1/2"...
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    The end of Rox's olive oil

    Today I poured out the last of Rox's "Mas de Bories" AOC olive oil. Ok, to be honest, I still have the can propped upside down over a bowl, hoping another drop or two can be coaxed out. I've been savoring it, only using it for special dishes, special guests, drawing out the time when this day...
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    Creating a property map

    I want to create a picture of my 2700 acre deer lease and map and annotate fence lines, pasture names, boundries etc. Essentially take a photo off google maps or something and then draw in these features. I'll eventually want to print it fairly large and probably have it laminated. I'd then...
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    Ugh!! Water Well contractors...

    What is the deal with water well contractors? I'm getting to the point I'd rather have all my teeth pulled without Novocain, then have to deal with another well person. No shows, poor service, deceitful, the list goes on. The first time I ever needed my well serviced, I had a guy show up...
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    Think I got Covid

    It hit me last night in the span of 1 hour. Chills, skull crushing headache, body aches, sweats and a 102 fever. I feel a little better this morning and fever is down to 101 and the headache has subsided. That might be due to taking Ibuprofen. Deciding whether I get tested or not, not sure...
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    Ceramic coating treatment

    Has anyone had this done to their vehicle? Supposedly lasts the life of the vehicle and also gets recorded on the Carfax. My work truck lives a life with lots of grime and scratches (Texas pin striping). I'm wondering if this might be worthwhile to have done. I've seen some kits where you...
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    County covid vax data breached

    Hopefully this thread doesn't go off the rails, but I'm not holding out hope. BTW, I've been vaxxed. However, I just got a letter in the mail from the County Commissioners Court that their database was breached and names, DOB, phone number, Covid 19 vax data and email addresses may have been...
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    Neighbor had a close one brush hogging

    He got too close brush hogging and rolled his tractor into the pond, pinning his foot under the machine with only his mouth above water. He had to dive down three times until he finally worked his foot out of his boot. He's OK and the tractor is being checked.
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    Bought a Milwaukee weed whacker

    I'm not sure why I waited so long! Last weekend I was using my Stihl Kombi 130R and it was running a little rich before I put it away. Yesterday, I went to start it so I could tune it, and despite 30+ pulls, no start. I'm getting too old to deal with that frustration. Despite using...
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    Why are 7-pin connectors so sloppy?

    Both my rear bumper connection and my in-bed gooseneck connection seem to be sloppy (Bumper is Ford OEM, gooseneck is Hopkins). With two different trailers and in both configurations I get the same issue. Today, while heading up to Madill OK to get some pipe, my truck was constantly sensing...
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    Camlocker truck toolbox

    I ran across these truck tool boxes made by CamLocker on another forum and thought I'd pass it along. I've had Weatherguard and currently have a RKI cross bed and it looks like these Camlockers might be a better design if security is an issue. My RKI could easily be pried open and I believe...
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    Who makes a good wrench roll?

    All the wrench rolls I find are too short to fully cover the 1 1/4 and 22mm wrenches and the wrenches slide out. Does anyone make a decent one, preferably canvas , oiled/waxed canvas? Or maybe I have a tarp maker make me one. Anyone have experience with doing that?
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    Which trailer TPMS system?

    I'm looking for a TPMS for my double axle gooseneck horse trailer. Anyone have some recommendations? I'm probably interested in one that is monitored by a phone app, not wanting additional clutter of another screen. I had a blow out the other week and would have never known if someone hadn't...
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    Who makes a good butane lighter?

    I'm so tired of grabbing a Bick or Scripto butane lighter to light the fireplace, only to find the dang thing has plenty of fuel, but won't light worth a flip. Who makes a good one? Preferably one that's refillable. I'd rather buy once cry once and have a quality lighter I don't have to...
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    My 4 year old black mouth cur found another one and got the full blast... again. This is either the 4th or 5th time. You'd think he'd learn at some point. I guess the tenacity of the BMC is what makes them so good for hunting hogs, coons and squirrels. I wish their breeding gave them a...
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    Floor jack and stands, what's a good one?

    I need a decent floor jack and stands, mainly for changing/rotating tires and such, largest vehicle is diesel F250. What's a decent one?
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    Anyone have a Pronghorn truck bed?

    Looking at utility/flatbed "hybrid" style truck beds and really like the Pronghorn UTD bed. Does anyone have a Pronghorn bed? Opinions on the quality? Do the boxes stay relatively watertight? This will be put on a 2020 Ford F250 Long bed, like the photo below.
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    Commercial Motor Vehicle requirements?

    Can anyone shed some light on a vehicle requiring to be a CMV or not? Here's my scenario. I have a LLC and the company bought (titled and insured by company) a 2016 Chevy 3500 with a GVWR of 13,200lbs. It only hauls me and my tools for jobs that are typically within my state. I do not haul...
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    Brined Chicken

    I brined 4 Cornish game hens and cooked them last night. The family thinks it was the best chicken they've ever had. What a difference it makes to the tenderness, juiciness and flavor. The brine recipe came from Steven Raichlens brined turkey recipe. I halved the below recipe to make one...
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    Terminating wire woven fence options

    I'm replacing some woven equine wire on a pipe fence and I'm reminded how tedious it is to terminate the ends by wrapping each horizontal strand around the terminating pole and twisting it back on itself. I twist the wire using fencing pliers and another small mutihole twisting tool at the...
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    New welding process HDMTGTAW?

    I was on a jobsite this past week where the welders were able to do some open root tig welds on stainless without a purge gas. I was doing some googling and I believe it's called High Deposition Metal Transfer Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (HDMTGTAW), that's a mouthful! I guess it's a fairly new...
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    Gas cylinders on an angle?

    Why do so many welding trailers and welding rigs have the cylinders on an angle? I understand that typically O2 and some of the inert shielding gas can be tipped. But the acetylene is a whole different deal. I just modified a skid that my welder is on and put the oxygen at 45 degrees and I...
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    First aid kit requirements

    The topic came up on another forum and I thought I'd post it here too. I cut myself pretty bad a few months ago and fortunately had a Molle pack first aid kit I had put together in my truck. But that experience made me completely revamp what I had in that kit. It seems most kits focus on a...
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    Built a shooting bench

    I've been wanting a good shooting bench at my deer lease, so I built this with a 2" x 6" x 14ga purlin, 2" x 14ga square tube, 1 1/2" square tube (used on the pull bars) and 2" x 1/8" flat bar I had lying around. I built it with skids so I can drag it to different shooting distances. I can...
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    GM trucks have slipped

    I'll preface this by first saying that I'm not trying to start a brand war. I currently have a 2016 Chevy 3500 Crew cab DRW cab chassis, WT trim, with flatbed for a work truck, which has a great ride and has been problem free. It's a basic tool with vinyl seats, rubber mats, and simple but...
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    Flies are out of control!

    Every fall we battle the flies. They always seem to start congregating at the back of the house (because it's south facing and stays warmer) and also faces the pasture. We also put in some new horse stalls, that are probably adding to the problem this year. Next year I might look at putting...
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    Homeowners Insurance

    Good grief, I looked at my renewal bill today and it's nearly $4K/year with Farmers. Prior to this year, our homeowners was always paid through escrow on our mortgage payment, so we probably didn't pay as much attention to it as we should have. Last year we paid off the mortgage, so we now...
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    Need ideas to get water from pond to trough

    I'm tinkering with ideas on how to get water to a trough on my back pasture. I can run a 600' water line from my shop, but there's a lot of table rock between the two which might make the digging/trenching difficult. Another option is I have a pond on the front pasture that's 150' from the...
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    Grilling oysters tonight

    Well, I'm chilling out on vacation on North Padre Island with the wife and kiddo's. Because it's fathers day, I get to choose what I cook for dinner, so I'm going to try grilling oysters. I love anything seafood (or BBQ). I was on a job in MS earlier in the week and stopped at a restaurant...
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    Asphalt thickness and cost check

    I just got a quote to have part of my driveway paved. The driveway is currently compacted 1/2" flex base. Tired of the dust and tracking it into the house and cars. Quote is to grade and repack existing base and then surface with 2.5" uncompacted, compacting to about 2". Just shy of 3000...
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    Bought a PJ Deckover

    I bought a 10K 20' PJ bumper pull deckover trailer. I needed an all around trailer for occasionally hauling the Kubota L3800, picking up hay and getting other materials. I didn't need a huge weight rating and I wanted something I could either tow with my F150 or 3500. My ideal trailer would...
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    L3800 PTO cable fix

    Any tried and true, long lasting fix for the sticking cable issue? I've lubed mine with the best lube I can find and I'll still have an issue if I don't use it frequently enough. Stronger spring, different cabling routing? The problem is certainly compounded by the lack of accessibility to...
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    Do they make a good mop anymore?

    I started today by knocking my full 30oz coffee mug off the counter. It became a coffee bomb all over the kitchen floor. In the ensuing clean up, I discovered that every mop we own is a piece of crap. Either the sponge isn't truly secure, or the wringer thing doesn't truly wring the sponge...
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    South African Bobotie Recipe

    I thought I'd post this one for the hunters. We frequently make this dish throughout the year using ground venison and it's very simple to make. It's delicious paired with a red wine, especially a South African Pinotage. We had this traditional African meal (national dish) during our stay in...
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    L3800 hydraulic GPM and 3pt splitter

    I'm considering buying a 3pt log splitter, but I'm unsure of what the available hydraulic flow would be. Tractordata lists my hydraulic flow as: pump flow 6.3 gpm, steering flow 3.8 gpm, total flow 10.1 gpm Does this mean I have 10.1 gpm available or only the 6.3 GPM? My tractor is set up for...
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    Roasted Cauliflower recipe

    I stumbled upon this recipe the other week. So far I've made it twice and it's excellent. Some of the reviewers make it sound like it 's a hassle to make, but it isn't. I used shallots in place of the scallions and thought they added great flavor. Whole roasted cauliflower