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    Deer Hunting and deer hunters

    Here in Michigan the 2022 deer season is about to close and in my township relatively close to a metropolitan area there is no shortage of requests to hunt deer on private property and certainly no shortage of trespassers. As a land owner it is my understanding the potential exists to be liable...
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    Land conservancy decisions

    Budweiser John looking for member opinions/experiences in putting land into a conservation easement. Background. My wife and I Own 80 acres in southern Clinton County Michigan. We purchased the raw land in the summer of 1971, built a house and over the years have added 5 out buildings and raised...
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    Stopping re growth of cut brush

    Last Christmas Santa brought me a Husky handlebar style brush cutter. Now having exercised said cutter, I’m wondering what is the most effective and perhaps the least expensive chemical I can spray on the stumps to prevent future re-growth? if any one has a magic potion commercial or home...
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    cataract Surgery on the docket next Tuesday motnin

    Any TBNers out there willing to share their experiences with Cateract Surgery? I am not terribly concerned about the procedure and the doctor has performed the procedure 17,000 times with only 8 complications in the last 12 years but the delimma is, I have only one good eye as the other has be...
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    Landscape water feature advice

    Looking for advice on landscape water features. We are in the beginning stages of creating a interesting water feature along the lines of a disappearing waterfall rather than a water impoundment (pond) as a pond would become a private playground for our yellow lab. Matters of pump capacity, pipe...
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    Asking the collective wisdom of this site about RV generators

    We recently downsized our RV from a 36 fifth wheel boxcar to a 27 Airstream bumper pull. Our reason for the change is simply the fifth wheel was too big and too high to do any back County boon docking and leaving the seclusion of our farm for a typical crowded RV park simply was not our idea of...
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    Older Stihl pole saw does not pick up the load when cutting

    I have a Stihl pole saw purchased new in 2006. This saw only gets occasional use so for all practicable purposes is in like new condition. Saw started right up today after being unused for over six months but will not pick up the load when cutting. Following the directions in the owners manual...
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    TC45D Range Safety Switch problem

    My New Holland TC45D tractor transmission range selector switch that only allows the tractor to be started while in neutral occasionally will not complete the required circuit to allow the tractor to start when the key is turned to the start position. There is a audible clicking sound at the...
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    Time to paint a 40 year old pole building

    I知 sure this topic has been covered in the past but coating technology continues to advance so here goes the question. Given today痴 technology, who or what is the best paint product to use on a 1970s vintage steel building? The steel is rust free, weathered to the prime coat and originally...
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    Ethonal free gasoline storage limitations

    Finally located a source for etholal free gasoline in my area, popped for a wheeled gasoline caddy from Northern Tool and am about to treat the eleven or so small engines around here to a new healthy diet. Now, the sixty four $$ question: What exactly is the storage life of ethonal free...
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    Welding and Macular Degeration

    Over the last three years the course of Macular Degeneration (declining eyesight) is slowly claiming my ability to maintain my welding and woodworking skills. In the woodworking arena I have retro fitted where possible, didgital readouts on my table saw fence, thickness planer and cut off stops...
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    4,200# of slate, one 75 year old guy

    Not exactly tractor related but thought I would show off a recently nearly completed project. Our lower level has gone unfinished since we added on to the house several years ago. A few more weeks work including some natural Alder custom trim will add about 700 square feet of game room/guest...
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    Any members into solar enegery

    Several weeks ago my wife and I attended a local Home and builders show and struck up a conversation with a guy representing a local solar enegery co. His pitch was quite interesting and included tax savings, enegery savings and increased property values. Bottom line, we agreed to an on-site...
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    Some inexpensive shop srotage solutions

    Recently a lawyer friend of mind retired his law practice and was going to send the pictured file cabinets to the scrap yard. Much to the chagrin of my wife, I hauled the files home and with a little right angle grinder therapy to remove the partitions ended up with some very nice enclosed...
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    Am I crazy? Thinking about raising sheep and lambs

    OK, my wife and I have had the farm for 46 years and all of those years there have been 3 or more horses in the barn. At age 75 (me) and 71 (spouse) the time has come to stop playing cowboy/girl and sell the remaining horses. However... A barn with out life is only a building and both of us...
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    Questions for TBN members who own plasma cutters

    I am considering investing in a plasma cutter. I would seldom be cutting material over 1/2 thick and generally like to purchase American made quality equipment. My preference would be either Miller or Lincoln however, I could be swayed to other brands with enough TBN endorsements. Now a few...
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    A wood cutting/gathering question

    Asking the opinions of seasoned firewood cutters. Do any of you use a 'pickeroon', sometimes called a 'hookeroon' for gathering wood rounds in the process of stacking or moving firewood? I'm not exactly a spring chicken anymore, so bending over and picking firewood off the ground is getting a...
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    Improving the visibility of oil on an engine dipstick

    Does anyone have a suggestion on how to improve the visibility of the oil level on a engine dipstick? Specifically on my 20Kw standby generator. I change the oil annually and because the unit is propane fired the oil is never really dirty so when routine checking or changing the oil (and due to...
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    Triple by passs and heart valve replacement on the radar. Any advice?

    OK now, at 74, I've never considered my self old. However, the good GP doc recently suggested I see a cardiac specialist. Well fast forward several months and several diagnostics culminating in a heart Cath, the cardiac guy casually says, yup, minimum triple by pass and while we're in there...
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    Brush b gone....

    Looking for advice on favorite and effective brush killers. Brand names or home brew, what have fellow members used to effectively discourage the enrichment of hauthorn, wild rose and other nusence brush in fence rows? Any and all suggestions appreciated. B. John
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    Any Shepards on the membership roster?

    Now retired and getting caught up on various personal/farmstead projects, I've been thinking about the pros and cons of a small flock of sheep. We live in central Michigan, so four weather seasons, and I own 80 acres of land. At 74, I'm not interested in bailing my own hay but have a reliable...
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    Time to paint som older steel buildings

    I've got to paint two steel clad Pole buildings this spring. The steel is structurally sound but after 45 years is weathered and faded but no rust. My game plan is to pressure wash the structures and airless spray a new finish. These are side walls only as I have had the roofs coated with an...
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    Point of use/on demand hot water heaters

    After many years I finally have the luxury of a sink in my shop building. Anyone have any recommendations for an electric point of use hot water heater? Crusing the WWW there are a plethora of choices both 120V and 240V. I would prefer 120V. Thanks in advance for any insights. B. John
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    Barn Cat birth control

    Yup, you all read the header correctly. OK, so here's the delimina: For years we had a couple of old Tom cats that hung out in the barn and earned their keep keeping the mice and birds in check. Alas, those two grumpy ole guys passed over the Rainbow Bridge and for several months we were Cat...
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    What's your most favorite 'big box' home store and why?

    Over the last decade or more the 'big box' retailers have captured the Lions share of the building supply, home improvement business to the demise of many smaller independent company's. Will they all survive? Which one of the big three seems to be the weak link? Which one, Home Depot, Lowe's, or...
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    Anyone have any thoughts/predictions on the upcoming 2016-2017 winter season

    Seems as there are more predictions of a brutal winter season coming up. What do you all think? B. John
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    Under ground water lines, best practice for joints and fittings

    I recently hired a contractor to directional bore some water lines on the farm. Now that the lines are installed, several Tees, Ells, and Couplings need to be installed to compleat the network. The drilling contractor suggested I should pay him additional $$ to heat fuse the connections rather...
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    RV dump station convenience

    I'm considering installing a 540 gallon plastic tank as a receptacle for washing out our RV holding tank(s) and as a convenience for our occasional RV guests. My local supply house sells a plastic tank described as a "pump tank" for a fairly reasonable amount and my septic pumper could service...
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    What to do with used oil?

    What do you guys do with your used motor and hydrolac oil? I have accumulated around 20 gallons that needs to go away. B John
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    Replacement rubber joy stick boots

    Any one know of a source for replacement rubber 'boots' that go around the control sticks on a New Holland back hoe? Sunlight and weather have deteriatered the originals and my local NH dealer is more than willing to nick me $120.00 for a new pair. There must be a better way? B. John
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    Work Shop dust collection advice

    Yes, this is a tractor site but the depth and breth of the combined member knowledge is incredible. For the last 25 years I nave limped along with a couple Grissly bag type dust collectors for my woodworking equipment. I recently scored a real 7 1/2 HP cyclone type collector at a local auction...
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    .???? Best rod for welding malleable hand rail brackets to schedule 40 black pipe

    I am making a hand rail for our local church. I ordered the brackets from King archetual metals and will use 1 1/4" schedule 40 pipe for the rail. The brackets are malleable iron and my question is: Should I use a 70 series stick rod, flux core mig wire, or something more exotic? Each weld...
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    Looking for a second tractor, low budget

    It's been 12years since being in the tractor market but the ensuring years have accumulated a bunch of three point (cat 1) attachments from post hole augers and wood chippers to sprayers and snow blowers. My primary tractor is a New Holland TC45D full hydro 4WD with a FEL, quick attach bucket...
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    Cracked the Woodchuck eradication code

    For years we have fought Woodchucks and the damage they cause to buildings and gardens. Gripeing about the problem with some guys at a local tavern an ol geeser chimed in with a suggestion to bait the trap with brocklee. Wala, 7 'chucks' this week and a flock of very happy buzzards. It really...
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    PTO shaft continues to turn while control is in off position

    I own a New Holland TC 45D hydrostatic drive tractor and lately the PTO shaft continues to turn after the control lever is in the disengaged position. As such, the attached implement in this case a TPH toto tiller, continues to turn unless lowered to the ground. I'm concerned about possible...
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    Landscape water feature (not a large pond). Ideas, experiences with, maintained issue

    Having recently built a new porch on the front of our home the wife and I would like to include a 'water feature' as part of the new landscaping. We're not talking a large body of water, probably not more than 4' in diameter with a fountain, bubler, or whatever to offer some visual interest...
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    How strong is steel

    I've been in the trim carpentry/building game (retired) and lumber span tables were the bible used to select lumber sizes for a particular load or span, such as floor joists. Now having the retirement time to fabricate some labor saving goodies out of steel for storage or perhaps a boom lift for...
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    Chipper Woodmaxx hydrolac feed problems

    Any members out there who own a. Woodmaxx hydrolac feed chipper ever had any problems with the feed rollers not turning? Woodmaxx thinks it may be the high pressure relief valve is malfunctioning and is sending a replacement. My machine is almost new with probably less than 20 hours total usage.
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    Cold hands

    Well, winter has arrived and as I have grown more senior, I can keep every part of my anatomy warm in sub freezing weather except my hands and fingers. I would surly welcome any tips on how to remedy the problem and still maintain some semblance of dexterity.
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    Caught up yet?

    Just wondering, how many members out there really consider them selves caught up on the affairs of rural living? After forty two years on the same place and after a years retirement one would think all the ducks would be in order to allow at least a little 'sit time'. Seems like ya just get one...
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    Wild Parsnip Nasty stuff

    Any one out there have any idea where wild parsnip came from or is coming from? It looks similar to Queen Ann's lace but once exposed to your skin makes poison Ivey exposure a walk in the park. The good spouse and I have owned our farm for over 42 years and up until the past two years never...
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    Setting beads on tubless tires

    Having lost an entire weekend recently because of not being able to set the bead on a front tubeless tractor tire begs me to me to check out the validity of a tip I once herd from an old excavator guy from upper Michigan. Ol Axelrod said, just put the tire on the rim and squirt a little...
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    Pole Barn posts rotting

    In the spring of 1983 we lost a barn to fire. As a replacement we built a WICK BUILDING. At that time we were assured the posts would last a lifetime and in addition, the posts were a full 6" square which according to Wick would add another level of longevity to the building. Fast forward...
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    Chipper New member looking for advice on purchasing a wood chipper

    Members. Budweiser John here from Central Michigan looking to purchase a three point wood chipper for my New Holland TC45D tractor. Since I burn wood in my workshop I'm not looking for a machine that will eat huge stuff so a machine capable of 4-5" would be plenty large enough. I own a...