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    Max tow weight confusion

    Are you concerned about this from the perspective of a ticket from the DOT, or from the capabilities of your truck? I assure you that what you're describing is well within what your pickup can handle. The safe payload rating of most 3/4 ton pickups is extremely conservative. The diesel Ford...
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    Seen what blow off?
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    Max tow weight confusion

    If the GVW of the truck is 10,000 and the GVW of the trailer is 14,000, that's 24,000....... under CDL. Or is that not what you meant by "overweight"?
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    Max tow weight confusion

    I do tow a lot and you are correct. Only thing that may be off is the weight of the truck itself. They're often heavier than what the manual would indicate. What you refer to as "pin" weight is normally referred to as "tongue" weight, as in the "tongue" of the trailer. In actual practice, you...
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    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    That's the way to do it. I've seen where folks just welded them to the blade in back and ended up twisting things.
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    Welding a Reese tube to a box blade

    Are you wondering how to mount it or asking if it's worth doing?
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    It won't cause rust if it's only in there for a few months. Won't be any wetter than if it had snow on it all winter.
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    Pump out Fuel Oil Tank

    The lift rating is the total vertical height of the pump above the top of the liquid it's pumping. Pumps can push a lot further than they can pull.
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    You'll want to keep a close eye on the situation. If the conditions are right, you have the potential to get more moisture from condensation than from the blown in snow.
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    That varies widely by the product, which is part of why I recommended the specific one that I did. I've installed that in below freezing temps. How much ridge do you need to fix? Is it just one straight run?
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    I'm curious what's going on with your roof that's preventing him from getting on the roof? I've never seen a 6/12 pitch metal roof where the snow would stay on. Even if you've got snow brakes on it the ridge should be clear after a couple days without snow. I was just on a clients roof a couple...
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    Pump out Fuel Oil Tank

    Doing what I suggested has nothing to do with removing the tank. It's also quite easy to simply hook the furnace back up when you're done. There is a possibility of a small amount of fuel spillage, though with a few precautions that can be easily mitigated. If that's just not of interest, be...
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    It's similar in some ways, but is not the same. I've used both types extensively, as well as half a dozen others.
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    Pump out Fuel Oil Tank

    Is there a reason you're trying to run the pump outside? There should be a valve at the base of the tank where the line goes to the furnace. Turn that valve off, remove the line and connect the hose from your pump. Should take just a couple pipe and/or barbed fittings. Turn valve back on and...
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    Roof Ridge/Cap Wind Driven Leak

    If the contractor used a closure product that didn't have an adhesive backing (or a poorly designed adhesive backing) it's easy for it to get installed improperly and get blown out later. I would recommend replacing it with something like this. Universal Ridge Vent Foam by Everlast Roofing You'd...
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    center of gravity

    That's going to vary depending on exactly what backhoe you have, what bucket it has on it, what attachment you have on the loader, etc. etc. Most tractors with a backhoe mounted have a balance point somewhere between the rear pivot pins for the loader and the back of the seat. Rarely is there...
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    New Impact Wrench

    How much have you used a $600 impact wrench?
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    UTV shopping - ROXOR?

    How many miles did your Toyota truck have on it? The Roxor is a body on frame truck. Solid axles, manual transmission, manual transfer case, diesel engine. It makes perfect sense that it would last longer than a UTV. Trucks like that generally do. While I would like to, I doubt I'll ever own...
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    UTV shopping - ROXOR?

    There are a number of states where ATV's and SxS's are street legal on county roads. In practice, in many of those cases, they get a pass on rural state roads as well. There are a lot of folks in my county, some right in town, who don't own a "street legal" vehicle. They just use a SxS. Some put...
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    UTV shopping - ROXOR?

    I have no personal experience with the Roxor's, but it makes sense that they'd last longer than a UTV. The Roxor is essentially a Jeep CJ with a diesel engine and Dana 44 axles. Most (perhaps all) UTV's are thin tube frame buggy's with over size, high revving ATV engines. The Roxor obviously...
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    Truck Size to transport

    Interesting. What state is that?
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    Fed Ex - A Lazy Bunch

    Hopefully get there at least. We have had all kinds of problems with Fedex. I once had a Fedex driver leave two of my packages two miles from my house in the brush next to a gate to a logging road. Literally not a house in sight of where he left it. Luckily a buddy of mine was riding his four...
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    Rototilling price per hour

    That may change things some. If you're spending a bunch of time picking rocks, beating up your machine, etc. I would question if your machine is really built for such conditions.
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    Rototilling price per hour

    This one. I can't think of anything a 14 HP machine can do that's worth $200/hr. Certainly not rototilling.
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    Carrying capacity

    With tongue weight, you'd probably technically not be overloading the axles. You'd certainly be on the edge though. As far as the ramps, we have no way of knowing without more information. What size and shape of steel? Tube? Channel? How long are they? How are they constructed. It makes a big...
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    Wood window questions

    It's not primed because there's no reason for it to be. The part that's in the wall will never see weather if the window is installed properly. That said, it won't harm anything if you prime it.
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    Pallet fork / frame compatibility

    Most forks have the same mount. The hooks are 16 inches apart. There are some larger forklift forks that are different but it's very unlikely that that is what you're seeing on Ebay. Based on the dimensions that they do give in the add you posted, I would be very confident that those are the...
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    moisture/condensation issue

    You mention using both 3/4" plywood and 3/4" OSB for sheeting. Why such thick material and why two different kinds? Any chance that was material you already had on site? Maybe had some moisture in it?
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    No. The front "axle" (con gear) isn't part of the rear trailer any more than the truck is part of the first trailer. But I see where the confusion could arise.
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    Semi trailers can't be disconnected from the tow vehicle and hold up all of their weight on the wheels alone. They also don't have a tongue that steers a front axle. Those are the defining characteristics of a wagon.
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    That's helpful, of course, especially while learning. It's not entirely necessary though. I've backed up wagons with a pickup. Watching the front wheels tells you the same thing that the tongue does, it's just not as dramatic.
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    Help Bending Metal Back

    Still a bit tough to tell for sure, but it appears as if you've got some cracks in the welds holding at least the square tube in place. Bending it back is just going to crack the weld more. If I'm seeing what I think I'm seeing, it will need to be re-welded after being straightened.
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    Help Bending Metal Back

    Gonna be nearly impossible for us to either; one, tell exactly how to fix it based on pictures and two, relay that to you via the written word. But, just to put in my two cents, it does not appear to me that the square tube or round tube are actually bent. It looks like they're pulling out of...
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    Rear remote install DIY : anybody done it w/o removing the rear wheel ? NS6010

    Should be able to do that with a couple fit guys. I'd have a friend come over, do the install and put the tire back on.
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    Gas Zero Turn Ran on Diesel

    My question too. If this machine is being operated regularly by (presumably) volunteers who do things like put diesel in a gas engine, one might wonder what else these volunteers are doing (or not doing). Probably a safe bet that the oil isn't being checked as regularly as it should be, or that...
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    Truck Size to transport

    So, unless you have a CDL, the truck is limited to under 12K GVW. Many newer dually's are higher than that, but as long as you stay away from those, you should be fine.
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    Truck Size to transport

    What's the GVW of the trailer? Add that to the GVW of whatever trucks you're looking at. If the number is higher than 26,000, you need a CDL to tow it legally. Which means, if you don't have a CDL, you can legally tow a larger trailer with a 2500 than with a 3500.
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    tractor tipping question

    Yup. Plus, when that happens, the load is dynamic, not static, meaning things are under even more strain.
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    Replacement metal roof....best method

    As is the case with many things, not all screws are created equal. I have seen screws like what you've described. I've also seen ones that had failing washers after 3-4 years.
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    Work platform

    Oh I've got the forks. Built those too. I wanted the extra height and security. (y)
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    Now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever backed a hay or gravity wagon with a tractor younger than I am. I'm in my 40's ;)
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    It's not a trailer. It's a wagon. Two different things.
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    Attaching Winch to Front of Tractor?

    It can. Best way is to build a mount for it. Personally, I'd build one that had a receiver hitch underneath it. This, of course, requires that you have steel fabrication tools and skills. Given that you're asking this question, I'm going to assume that you don't, which leaves hiring it done...
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    Replacement metal roof....best method

    I'll just generally back up what @ponytug said. Only thing I would add is that, in most cases, metal roof fasteners of all types are supposed to have at least 5/8" of purchase in wood. If the roof was sheeted with 7/16" or 1/2" material, additional purlins or sheeting will be needed. Personally...
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    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    I don't own one currently, but have used plenty of them. That's a wagon, BTW, not a trailer. Anyway, yes, lengthening the tongue can help by making steering adjustments have a less dramatic effect. Similar to backing a long trailer, the longer the distance from hitch to axle, the easier it is to...
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    loader to counter weight calculator

    The center of gravity of a tractor is not centered on the middle of the rear axle. It's above it. So, adding weight centered on the axle, which is already below the center of gravity, would, by definition, lower the center of gravity.
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    loader to counter weight calculator

    It helps keep the back end on the ground so that the tractor can't pivot on the front axle.
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    Geico, and/orOnline insurance quotes

    Nothing to do with being old. That's how it should be done.
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    Adding 'recessed' tie down anchors

    I would be less concerned about which way the D rings are oriented than in getting them all bolted entirely to the trailer frame. Ideally, the "pivot/hinge" of the D rings should be perpendicular to the load being placed upon it.
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    Hammer drill

    Agreed. I just meant that if a person was only ever going to drill 1/4" and smaller holes, they could get by with a hammer drill if they had limited funds and wanted to go cheap. I haven't used a hammer drill in years. I use my DeWalt SDS Plus rotary hammer multiple times a week. Just drilled 40...
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    Adding 'recessed' tie down anchors

    I'm not 100% following your whole description, but I will say, you should do whatever is necessary to be tying down to the frame of the trailer. Don't bolt tie downs to the deck.
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    Hammer drill

    I'll join the group praising SDS drills. It may not sound like it from the names but there is a massive difference between a "hammer drill" and a rotary hammer. I wouldn't mess with a hammer drill for anything over 1/4", unless I was 100% sure that that was the last hole I'd ever drill in concrete.
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    Frost heave?

    That's probably the biggest issue. If you could take care of the drainage problem, a lot of the frost heave would go away.
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    Excessive ads?

    Nice to not have them there at all though, if you don't want to look at them.
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    How hard is it to learn to use a rental mini-excavator?

    Exactly. With a decent stump grinder, it's be more like 5-20 minutes per stump.
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    How hard is it to learn to use a rental mini-excavator?

    Depends on soil type and your aptitude for such things. Both are huge variables. That said, a rental mini small enough to tow with a 3/4 or one ton pickup is definitely not the right tool to be pulling 24 inch stumps, unless the roots are already rotted. Consider renting a big stump grinder or...
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    Water heater recs please

    It's possible that his plumber either lied to him or that there was some miscommunication. It happens.
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    As frustrating as that may have been, I'm betting that even the doofus inspector didn't ask who installed the trailer brakes. ;)
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    Water heater recs please

    FWIW, I just checked through the installation instructions for 8 different randomly selected gas water heaters at Home Depot. Only one required an electrical connection.
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    Water heater recs please

    Same. I've installed maybe half a dozen or so tanked gas water heaters. None had electrical connections. There may be some that do, but it's definitely not all of them.
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    Water heater recs please

    FWIW, our tankless propane water heater doesn't require any grid power. It uses C batteries to make the spark. It's not rated for indoor use, but for folks who aren't constrained by the need/desire to do things conventionally, it works great. All the hot water we could ever want for $160. L5...
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    There you go. So much better than guessing. (y)
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    What might happen? The law does not specify who can legally install brakes on a trailer. Do you really think a court is going to have a problem with someone installing brakes on a trailer that didn't have them?
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    I'm not advocating violating the law. In all of the states where I've had trailers registered(three of them, including VA), the only information that the state wants about small trailers is the empty weight and the color. That's it. They don't ask about or check for brakes and they certainly...
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    What gave you the idea that they going to pay any attention to that? When did they start inspecting brakes or even checking to see if brakes existed, on little single axle trailers? There is no validation by authorities for that sort of thing. They don't check.
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    Again, you don't need to have the manufacturer do that. You can, if you can find one that'll do it, but it's very easy to do yourself.
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    Water heater recs please

    I live off grid and don't have power to our tankless heater at all. It uses a two C batteries for the spark to light the propane. Works great. All the hot water we could ever use.
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    How Do You Find the NPT Size for a Tractor?

    NPT stands for national pipe thread. The quick coupler is threaded onto the hose, either directly or with some sort of adapter, elbow, etc. in between. The description of that tool has a diagram with the dimensions of each size. Pick the one that matches your fittings the closest and you'll know...
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    Marijuana Harvester???

    There have been some pretty significant developments in the topic in that time.
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    Frozen Ground Gravel Application

    If it was already fairly hard to begin with you should be fine. Just spread as you would normally. If you intend to run a compactor over it, wait till it's thawed to do that.
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    Anyone go back to a flip phone?

    We have a landline at home as well, but mainly because there is no cell service in our area. I have a smart phone with no sim card in it. It's primary purpose is for OnX (a topo map navigation app), camera and browsing while on WiFi, none of which require it to actually work as a telephone. I...
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    loader to counter weight calculator

    Not asking about the red tractor. It appears as if the green tractor is being supported entirely by it's front wheels in the bucket of the red tractor. Figured it had to be something like that. I just can't see what it is.
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    loader to counter weight calculator

    I'm very confused by this picture. How is that lawn tractor not tipping backwards out of the bucket?
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    loader to counter weight calculator

    Tough to calculate precisely, and if you did, the calculation would change as soon as the machine started moving or you lifted the loader or the ballast on the three point. On the surface, you're just calculating the forces on a lever. Problem is, the forces in this case are distributed unevenly...
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    His vehicle has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. Probably doesn't want to use up half of that before he puts a load on.
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    truss boom design

    You are correct that boom lifts aren't designed to be used as cranes. That said, the rating is based on life support use. In general, life support gear is rated at 5% of breaking strength. Rigging gear is rated at 10%. That's for ropes, harnesses and the hardware that goes with them, but the...
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    Not sure how it works in your state. I've licensed over a dozen different trailers in three states and in all cases I told them what the GVW is. They don't check. Besides that, unless you have an obviously unsafe load, trailers that size don't get stopped and weighed.
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    front end weights vs chains

    Yes. Chains make a huge difference.
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    truss boom design

    Also, I don't think you want the inside boom to be bearing on bolts. Should be bearing on a flat surface. What I'm going to do with mine to take up the slop is to make a bearing surface on the ends of the interior and exterior tubes to change the dimensions on the ends slightly. Basically just...
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    truss boom design

    The name comes from what they're designed to lift, not how it's built.
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    truss boom design

    I would definitely go QA mount. It's gonna be a lot less sloppy and more secure. I would also make the boom come up off the mount at a much steeper angle. Gives better lift angles, IMO. I've got the materials sitting outside to build mine, just haven't got around to it yet.
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    truss boom design

    Why make it mount to pallet forks rather than direct? What are you intending to lift?
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    Looking again for a 3,500 GVWR utility trailer

    Most 3500 lb axles have the flange for brakes on them, even if it didn't come with brakes from the factory. You don't need the manufacturer to add brakes. If you have basic mechanical skills and auto electrical (as in, you're capable of changing oil and are familiar with righty tighty, lefty...
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    Frt hydrolic post hole digger with 3rd function, vs 3pt post hole digger

    Assuming you have a machine that's actually capable of running either one. Hydraulic auger advantages: -Down pressure -Reverse -More precise speed control -Better maneuverability 3 point PTO auger advantages: -Less expensive
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    Electrical Issue

    If moving the harness around sporadically fixes the issue, you almost definitely have either an abraded wire or a loose connection. It's a hassle but just following the wires from start to finish will usually reveal the issue.
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    T post removal

    You can use a piece of wood or steel about 3-4 feet long. Push the t-post away from the nubs, wedge the board in there and pull back. Repeat until the post is loose. Still not nearly as easy as a puller though. Not sure what "high dollar" means to you, but T post puller's that work great are...
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    New Impact Wrench

    More than likely, what you have will do fine. Use it for a while and then you'll know. They're both fine. Most folks find that it makes the most sense to stick with one brand so that you can use the same batteries in all your tools. I have Dewalt 20V tools and Milwaukee 12V tools and have used...
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    How to fill a void on rear tire tread

    Can't help with your tire problem, but FYI, that's a tip from a deer's antler, not a tooth. It's not terribly unusual to get one in a tire, particularly this time of year, since this is when whitetails start dropping their antlers in much of the country.
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    What do you use for diesel transfer storage?

    Those are not intended to be used when the tank is full. Not strong enough. How often do you need to move it around? I have a 100 gallon tank and the only time it gets moved is when I take it in or out of the pickup when I fill it. If you have a need for it to be mobile and you don't want to...
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    Ads Blocking Screen

    Get rid of Chrome and switch to Brave browser. Until recently, when someone posted a similar thread, I didn't even know there were popup adds on this site.
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    Loader JD 2240 FEL quick attach help

    That's not a project for a novice, IMO. Not that its complicated, but weld or design failure could cause some serious damage. Sounds like you should be looking for a plug and play option. Unfortunately I doubt that's gonna be cheap. If it's not urgent, and you've got the time, start developing...
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    Loader JD 2240 FEL quick attach help

    OP, do you have fabrication capabilities or are you looking for a plug and play option? I can't help you with John Deere specific parts compatibility but I've converted half a dozen or so different tractors to SSQA (including one John Deere. Don't recall the model) and could help if you have...
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    Insulating my shop

    You said that you were going to use batt insulation "between the rafters". Anyway, are you planning to put the batts between the top chords or bottom chords of the trusses? Ideally, the insulation should be between the bottom chords and then a vapor barrier should be installed under that before...
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    Insulating my shop

    You mention rafters and then later in your post, trusses. Those are not the same thing. Do you know which one you have?
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    Insulating my shop

    Their purpose is to allow airflow when there isn't enough due to the insulation pushing up against the bottom of the roof. So it depends how your roof and walls were designed and how much room there is between the top of the wall and the bottom of the roof deck. Airflow, ideally from eaves to...
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    Broken welds

    Whoever told you that was incorrect. Capital letters are for the first letter in a sentence and for the first letter of proper nouns. You can change the font size if you can't see your posts. Somehow you seem to be able to make mine out. Welcome to the forum.
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    SSQA and Trailer Hitch on a Tractor

    True. That would certainly be something that would need to be assessed on a case by case basis.
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    SSQA and Trailer Hitch on a Tractor

    That depends on the machine. They're not all created equal. On mine, the cross bar is a 2"x3"x3/8 wall tube. I use it to change tires on my pickup. Wrap a chain around it and lift the entire front end of the truck off the ground. Lifting somewhere north of 4000 lbs.
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    Eye Brow for Metal Building???

    I see. No way to say exactly how to build this without seeing interior framing, but either way, it should not be fastened on top of the siding.
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    Eye Brow for Metal Building???

    You shouldn't be mounting things like that to the surface of the siding. The siding should come off, build the overhang and then siding put back on around it with the proper trim, J-channel etc. You use the term "metal building". Hard to tell from your picture. Does this structure have a metal...
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    Anybody built a Tiny House?

    I've built several what might be considered "tiny" houses. Not sure of the exact definition of that. Anyway, 4x10 is plenty of room for a bathroom. I'd probably even be including a closet in that space. Unless the plans are just for your own satisfaction, you really don't need anything beyond a...
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    Work platform

    That's what I did. I built one that's direct mount and about 3 feet higher than the mounting plate.
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    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    Do smaller discs like that have removable tongues? That thing looks like it's military surplus. Looks handy, but I'm sorta thinking that things like discs weren't what it was designed to move?
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    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    A 10-12 ft. disc is going to be longer than between the wheels on that though. Gotta be at least 9'-10' long with the tongue, probably more, I would think, no? I'm not sure I guess. I've never used a disc that small.
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    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    That appears to be designed to have the implement suspended between the wheels? If so, it doesn't seem like that'd work so great with something that's already 12 ft wide...... It say's "11' implement carrier". Pretty sure that's the length, not width.
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    SImpson Strong Tie Post Base DIY Alternative

    In SE TN you should be able to get Black Locust without too much trouble. That would outlast PT lumber by a wide margin and be far stronger while it's at it.
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    SImpson Strong Tie Post Base DIY Alternative

    You could build brackets similar to this. Also, FWIW, 2 inch thick concrete pads are almost guaranteed to crack. Better off building pads out of wood if they need to be mobile.
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    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    Most farm implements are a pin hitch, not pintle. Don't need anything special. Just unscrew the ball out of your regular hitch on your pickup and you're ready to go.
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    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    Would this be a towable disc? If so, hitch it up to your pickup and go. Make sure you have a slow moving vehicle sign on the disc. If it's 3 point, that might change things. What kind of trailer do you have? If it was me, I'd set up the trailer so that I can transport the disc on it. It'd hang...
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    Work platform

    Looks nice. Good to see the chains on it. Years ago, I was on a job where they were using a basket like that and the operator in the skid steer backed into a rafter and wiped the basket off the forks (they'd forgot to hook up the chains) with a guy in it. The whole thing came crashing down and...
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    Eye Brow for Metal Building???

    I'm not familiar with the term "eyebrow" as it relates to a building, but I'm assuming you're talking about an overhang over the door? If that's correct, there's no reason that that would make the siding rust if it's installed correctly. Depending on the roof pitch and how far out you want to go...
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    BESSEY Sliding Arm Locking Clamp?

    For up to 4" material I like the Malco Eagle Grip clamps. Very smooth, grab and release easy and made in the US. At the moment they're backordered at my usual sources though...... The 8" version of that Bessey clamp looks handy.
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    Broken welds

    That surprises me. I've never heard of a Mahindra that was made in Japan. The vast majority (up to now I thought all of them) in the US market are manufactured in India and assembled in the US. Where did you hear about Korean made Mahindras?
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    Broken welds

    Check the caps lock button on your keyboard. Appears to be on.
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    tractor tipping question

    The physics are the same regardless. Having two seats doesn't change the basic principle. Still don't know what your "side" is. My "side" is that, if a machine can pivot on the axle, it will tilt downhill or to it's heavy side. Do you disagree with the bolded sentence?
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    tractor tipping question

    :unsure: I am so confused. What "side" are you talking about?
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    tractor tipping question

    Correct. Shifting the center of gravity back towards center, by doing something like swinging the backhoe boom uphill or opposite the weight of an uneven load, helps to keep the machine upright.
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    tractor tipping question

    Of course. On perfectly flat ground, with everything exactly centered, it doesn't matter. A shift in the center of gravity towards one side is what causes objects to tilt or tip.
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    tractor tipping question

    No sir, your tractor is not an exception. No tractor will tilt towards the light or uphill side, ever. To do so would be to defy the law of gravity. If it appears to do so, it's because something in the weight distribution changed. The load on/in the bucket/forks is, of course, part of the...
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    tractor tipping question

    My statement applies across the board. The tractor will tilt towards it's heavy or downhill side, whichever is a greater force, every time, without exception.
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    tractor tipping question

    I'm not sure if you're disagreeing with me or what? If all the tractor's weight is on the front axle and the weight is not perfectly centered, it will tilt towards the heavier or downhill side. That isn't my opinion, that's a fact.
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    tractor tipping question

    I didn't say that using the backhoe as a counterweight caused overloading, I said it made it easier to overload. Anything that makes a machine harder to tip makes it easier to overload it, obviously. I have no idea what you do or don't know.
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    tractor tipping question

    It makes it easier to overload without pivoting as much. If you're on perfectly flat ground, with tires that are at exactly the same pressure, lifting a load that is perfectly centered and the rear of the tractor has the center of gravity exactly balanced between the wheels and the operator...
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    tractor tipping question

    Using the backhoe outriggers can help to keep you from going all the way over. Obviously you won't be able to move with them all the way down and if you "hover" them a few inches off the ground, you run the risk of bending them if you hit a bump or hole. As has been pointed out, if you get to...
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    tractor tipping question

    The blocks decrease the distance that the front axle can pivot, which allows him to more easily overload the front axle, loader, tires, wheels etc. with less risk of tipping. It significantly increases the chances of breaking something, since the "clue" of the rear getting light and the tractor...
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    Taller tire replacement

    You say you replaced "a" tire. Do you now have rear tires that are 3-4 inches different in diameter from each other?
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    Auger trade advice needed

    Looks like it's homemade out of an old truck differential. It might work fine. If it does and the brush hog doesn't, it might not be a bad trade. Should be a drain and oil level plug on it. Pull the oil level plug and see if there's decent looking gear oil in there. if it is indeed a truck...
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    Want to buy a sawmill - Talk me out of it!

    My experience has been the opposite. I'm a building contractor and work with kiln dried framing lumber daily. For my own projects, I only use lumber I cut myself. It's much better quality than what I can get locally. If I screw up a bit when milling the dimensions can vary some, but in many of...
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    Drawbar towing.

    That's correct. They are. Slide the fork to the middle where that slot is in the lower rail and lift it off. I've never seen forks that weren't removable. That would be a major design flaw if such a thing existed. Simplest way to put a receiver tube on that would be to off set it to one side of...
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    Drawbar towing.

    Yes, in most cases you would need to remove the forks. Some judicious grinding and/or grease on the rails that your forks slide on will make them less difficult to remove. Doing it the way I do would not work for someone with mobility and/or fitness issues. I use the receiver on mine regularly...
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    Drawbar towing.

    Weld it on so the front of the receiver is flush with the frame. The forks can just slide past it. Where exactly it goes is going to depend on the design of the frame and how much modification you want to do. A lot of them have a support in the center. Often, that support can be cut and the...
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    Drawbar towing.

    I'm sure that you can get an actual drawbar for that tractor, rather than the 3 point version. I'd be surprised if it doesn't already have one. Have you looked underneath to check? Sometimes they'll be slid in and pinned out of the way. That'd be the safest option and would be fine for the loads...
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    Broken welds

    A proper weld in the right application won't break. The steel around it should bend or break before the weld does. Be nice to see some pictures, but based on what I've seen on a lot of newer equipment, I'll bet the welds that broke on the OP's machine had almost no penetration.
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    new ecavator trailer

    100 miles is right down the road. ;) If that's the trailer you want, I say go get it. Trailers aren't something that's gonna require "dealer support" like some other piece of equipment might. Chances are high that you'll get it and never need to talk to the dealer again.
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    Something's eating my birds

    Feral cats are our biggest problem as well, and this is an area where we have a lot of predator options. Hawks, eagles, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, mink, black bears, lions, wolves, raccoons etc. We had a hawk get one of our chickens. When he came back for another our rooster, a big Rhode Island...
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    Something's eating my birds

    Coyotes would help clear them out. Somebody must be shooting them. 😆
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    Bolt the track down to concrete piers or to a concrete slab. That's gonna be a lot less expensive, easier and sturdier than a mobile home or truck frame. Either of those is still going to need some sort of base anyway and given their larger size, the base will need to be bigger than it would for...
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    Craigslist and (unfortunately) Facebook marketplace.
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    sawmill platform? What to use?

    What is preventing you from leaving the mill where it is? Why do you need to carry it in and out of the barn? I would drill and pour concrete piers to set it on and leave it in place. Build a shed for the sawhead to reside in and protect the rest of the track from the weather with a couple...
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    orange tractor talks

    Where does one find that info? Just did a little searching and the two sources I found, which don't necessarily look trustworthy to me, say that it's headquarters are in the US. Couldn't find who the owner was.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    There are lots of buildings up here (I'm a contractor in North Idaho) that are built poorly or incorrectly for the region. Wind and snow load, roof pitch, roof size, building insulation level, building orientation, heat leakage etc. all factor in when picking the right product. Plenty of folks...
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    That'd be caused by incorrect installation or an incorrect product for the application. Doesn't mean all ice guards are at fault.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    The ice doesn't just go off the edge of the roof and immediately drop straight down. It sort of curves as it slides off the edge of the roof. The idea is to get the gutter on the inside of that curve, like a surfer inside a big wave.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    I'm talking about the metal roofing itself. It should extend past your eaves, over the gutters 1-3 inches. If it's closer to 3 inches, you may be able to lower the gutters enough for the snow and ice to go over top of them. If you lay a straight edge on the roof, over the gutters, you want to...
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    Certainly worthwhile. Just wanted to throw out the idea for the OP to consider. If a person plans to rely on a generator for such things, they should definitely do a few practice runs ahead of time to make sure it all works. I live off grid and do construction for many people who are also off...
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    Regarding the use of heat tape. In most parts of the country, the most likely reason for loss of grid power and therefore shutdown of heat tape, is snow or ice storms.... Just something to consider.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    Something to consider regarding the use of heat tape. I misunderstood. I thought the concern was about roof collapse.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    That's a whole different subject, of course. Anyway..... OP, how far does the metal on your roof extend past the eave and what is your roof pitch? If the metal extends a couple inches at least and if the pitch isn't too steep and/or the gutters too wide, you can get the snow to go out over the...
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    How to keep tractors battery from being stolen?

    Generally that's just going to blow the fusible link/main fuse. Better than nothing though. I haven't read through the whole thread, but have trail cameras been suggested?
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    Excessive ads?

    It's the way you access the forum. I use Linux Mint OS with Firefox browser with Ublock on my computer and Android OS with Brave browser on my phone. There are zero ads.
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    The recommendation of Morton Buildings and that of one of their sales reps isn't necessarily the same thing. No company like that worth it's salt is going to rely on snow sliding off of a roof to keep their buildings from collapsing. Too much risk of an unforeseen variable causing the snow to...
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    How do I protect rain gutters from ice damage?

    If a building is built correctly for the snow load in the region where it stands, the snow does not need to slide off. That said, many incorrectly or poorly built buildings are still standing because metal roofing and/or poor insulation prevents the snow from building up too much.
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    Windows Defender reporting TBN as unsafe

    I have a phone with an Android OS using Brave browser. I get zero ads. Might give that a try.
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    Tractor battery issue

    You spent all day searching the forum, or searching for the problem? What diagnostic actions have you tried already?
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    Windows Defender reporting TBN as unsafe

    Yup. I use Linux Mint OS and Firefox browser and didn't even know that there were ads on TBN. ;)
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    Tractor battery issue

    Test the battery and check the connections from battery to starter, alternator, fuse box, chassis and body.
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    Pictures of BIG Trees

    Took this while out hunting a couple years ago. We've got a fair number of cedars like this in the region. Not near what there used to be, of course, but they're there.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    So..... Not even remotely similar to the situation being discussed in this thread...... ;)
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    New Generator Welder on the way

    Depends, of course, on how low the batteries are. Most of the year we don't need to use the generator for charging as the solar panels keep up fine. This time of year though, until some time in April, generally, we'll have to run the generator for an hour to maybe 4 hours every couple days or...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Yes. And no one suggested removing the lower cord with the repair as it is now.
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    Auto dealer maintenance upselling

    I drive a 25 year old pickup, have no intention of ever buying a new vehicle and have never paid anyone to do anything on a vehicle for me, so this is just idle curiosity. If you don't like the service at dealerships, why are you going there? Is it required to maintain a warranty or something?
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    I didn't see anyone suggest a two piece center column.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    The truss in question here didn't have a "designer" per se, other than whoever built that building. That's clearly not a commercially made, engineered truss. The member failed because of the "design", not because the design was modified.
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    Covered Deck Gable Overhang

    Jut overhang the purlins a foot and add a facia board to them if you want. They don't need any additional support for that size overhang.
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    sources for quality front chains?

    I get mine at Bluejay Industrial in Hayden, Idaho. They can make any size you want. Not too far from you. https://bluejayindustrial.com/traction-tire-chains
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    New Generator Welder on the way

    I'm off grid as well. We use a Honda 2200 inverter generator that's converted to propane for battery charging. I'd be interested to read what kind of fuel economy you get with that machine when battery charging once you've used it for a bit.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    In case it wasn't clear, I wasn't suggesting that the bottom cord could be removed with things as they are now. I was suggesting it could be done if there was a single, floor to ridge post, as you mention. But, as I said before, I think he's fine with things as they are now (at that truss).
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Same here. I deal with other people's poor workmanship quite regularly. In that, it sound like we're similar. One, (perhaps significant, perhaps not) difference though, is that I'm a contractor in the region where the OP is located, who specializes in the type, style of construction and general...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Not with a post holding up the center it isn't.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    But we do know what's going on with it, or at least those of us who are intimately familiar with that style and dimensions of construction do. 30-40 ft. wide post frame buildings are ubiquitous in the OP's area. I live in one, in fact, as do many of my neighbors. I also build them, regularly...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Why?
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    (y)What you've got there should work fine (on that truss. He may have problems with the others in the future). Should he later on decide that he wants easier access to that loft, he can always put a post in the center, up to the top of the truss and remove the bottom cord.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    If designed and built properly, there is zero weight, other than itself, bearing on the bottom cord of the truss. It's being pulled straight to the sides, not down. The OP's fix should work, because the post that they used took all of the stress off of the improperly designed and braced bottom...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    The tension on the bottom cord is from the two top cords of the truss essentially pushing towards each other and trying to sag. A properly connected center post eliminates that tendency to sag, thereby eliminating any tension on the bottom cord. If the OP's neighbor was to run that post to the...
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    Covered Deck Gable Overhang

    Are you sheeting this roof or doing purlins?
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    Covered Deck Gable Overhang

    You shouldn't need to build "ladders". The eave facia board that's being supported by all the other rafters will hold up the overhang rafter. That is if you were planning to do facia. If not, it would be worth considering, just to support the overhang.
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    Covered Deck Gable Overhang

    Definitely do the gable over hang. Since, as you point out, you've got to get another sheet of roof anyway, I'd go to a 12" overhang to match the eave.
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    Do front skid steer attachments work for tractor front end?

    I have an Eterra and love it. Just about impossible to break it I think.
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    Do front skid steer attachments work for tractor front end?

    Yes, is the short answer. An auger isn't going to put any particularly higher than normal stress on a loader, unless you got into some odd situation where the auger was in a hole and the tractor slid sideways or something like that. I would be concerned about the quality of that particular...
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    Hitch ball / coupler near disaster

    No magic, but like anything mechanical, they are not all created equal and even the best can wear out with use. What you're describing definitely is not the way that it should operate. It may need to be rebuilt or replaced or at the very least adjusted. You shouldn't need a pin to hold the latch...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    That's a common sentiment here (I'm in North Idaho as well). Steeper metal roofs and insufficient insulation and ventilation allow poorly designed buildings to stay standing longer than they otherwise would. The truss that we're discussing is designed such that the diagonal braces are directing...
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    How to make Railroad ties last longer?

    RR ties are made out of a wide variety of different species of trees, which is why there is such a huge variation in how long they last. A tie that is made out of white oak or western larch is going to last decades longer than one made out of tulip or ponderosa pine. The challenge is, it's...
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    TIRE CHAINS

    Blue Jay Industrial is where I buy mine. https://www.bluejayindustrial.com/
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    The truss was built to begin with without engineering review.
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    That style is standard practice here. I'm a building contractor in North Idaho, where the OP is located. Depending on roof pitch, sometimes 2x8's are spec'd, but 2x6 are the standard. As we see in this case, if something fails, it's rarely the purlins, it usually a poorly designed truss or the...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    "In tension" means it's being pulled on. "In compression" means it's being pushed on. The bottom cord is supposed to be under tension. Because of the incorrect design of that truss, the bottom cord is receiving significant downward force where those diagonal braces attach to it, which is why it...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Correct. Those trusses need to be completely redesigned or replaced.
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    Homemade wooden snowplow - thoughts?

    For me, during a snowstorm or directly after is when I really want my snow removal equipment to be in top form and fully operational. A plywood plow on a tractor that size is only going to last until you hit an unseen rock, curb, crack or other obstruction, at which point you'll be making a new...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    And get rid of the offending braces on the old trusses. :)(y)
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    More than likely they're 10 ft. apart. That's the standard in the area where the OP and myself live. Waiting to hear from the OP on the width of the building, but if it's what I think it is (30'), he's going to have some potentially significant structural changes to make. There's not much use...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    That truss is built incorrectly. The design puts excessive down pressure on that bottom member that's supposed to be under tension. Google pictures of trusses and notice that the angled braces on either side of the vertical center support always go from center of the bottom member to a point...
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    Grease around fittings. . .

    Just leave it. Won't hurt anything. Consider it additional rust preventative. ;) If it gets real excessive, it still won't hurt anything, but if you feel like it, a hot water pressure washer will srpay it off where a regular one won't.
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    BACKHOE

    Do I understand correctly that you have both the tractor and the backhoe in your possession? If so, go try it and see if it'll fit. Maybe I misunderstood your post.
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    Right. Again, I don't think that they're available commercially with a chain. I could be wrong, but I've never seen or heard of one.
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    Is that commercially made? Perhaps I should clarify that I mean SSQA or direct mounted, not bucket mounted. Can't say I've seen an angle capable plow that attached to the bucket. Seems like that'd be awfully ungainly.
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    A frame mounted plow is lots nicer to use than a loader mounted plow on a light machine like yours. The problem with loader mounted is that it puts the plow far out in front of the machine and you end up getting shoved sideways when you're trying to push heavy snow off to the side. Only downside...
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    I've never seen a commercially made, loader mounted plow that hung from a chain. Seen pictures of homemade ones. That design isn't strong enough to hold up to bigger loaders, so you're not likely to see one either. Too much risk of warranty issues and bad press for the manufacturer.
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    Snow plow ? Beginner

    Two big questions here. What's your budget and what size is your pickup?
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    Taking off pallet fork receivers from shipping on a bush hog

    Just out of curiosity, were you attempting to use the screwdriver or rebar to turn the pin?
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