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    Contemplating Career Change

    Well, I'm on my 3rd career, and contemplating starting over (again).. I left my first career as a fabricator partly because I couldn't make enough to support my family. And partly because my back gave out, and the Dr. suggested I find something easier on the body. I did security work for a...
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    Anybody pour a retaining wall in vertical sections?

    In back of my garage I have a bunch of gravel and fill to level the slope the slab sits on. We would like to use that area as a patio, and wrap it around to the breezeway entrance. The wall would be at least 3' tall, and what ever needs to be below grade. This will support a sectional slab on...
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    Fixed my stability problem....

    After 2 years of being cautious with my tippy 1533, I finally had a wake up call... I was moving a bucket load of dirt about 3 feet off the ground, I backed around a gentle slope, and one of the rear tires came off the ground... PUCKER!!!!! Enough messin around!
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    Recently a gentleman was asking about putting in a salvaged 3ph. motor starter for his single phase shop. It quickly became apparent he needed some help, but was not willing to get professional help. He wanted to learn it on his own. 51-year-old Fairmount man electrocuted working on power to...
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    As we speak...

    Momma is moving landscape stone all by her lonesome.. Pretty proud!
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    Meteor blower breaking plenty of shear pins... WHY?

    I had a 60" Puma I bought used from a fella here, and used it for about 8 years without issues. The only time I would break a grade 2 pin is if I got a little greedy and pushed too hard. I sold that with the tractor and bought a 1533, and a hardly used year old Meteor 60", had just a scratch or...
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    Frozen throttle cable

    Mornin everyone, -3F here... My throttle cable must have some water in it, and sticks until the engine warms it up. Any suggestions on getting it out? WD-40? Thanks! Mike
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    Is there any interest in a Electrical education thread?

    Spyderlk, you are correct... I had to look it up and I learn't something... thank-you! The new breakers are indeed labeled for parallel conductors! BUT you shouldn't on the old style! If you look closely, it is marked 2 conductor copper, 1 for aluminum. I would check out the code before...
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    Is there any interest in a Electrical education thread?

    I was thinking about an informal information thread to help the average homeowner better understand the day to day things that they might encounter and stay safe...
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    Strange noise in rear end after fluid change 1533.

    Took the Hoe off and did the first fluid change. Followed the instructions, removed and drained 5 points, changed both filters, and refilled with Mahindra fluid. Ran for a couple of minutes to ensure filters full, checked level again... all good. Went behind tractor while idling, and nothing...
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    initial 50 hour oil change question...

    I have a 1533, does this model have a hydraulic suction filter screen? if so where is it, and how hard to get it out? I have a backhoe on it...going to wait a bit to change the hydraulic filter so I don't have to keep taking the hoe off and on.. Thanks, Mike
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    What is your greatest DIY accomplishment?

    My wife and I decided to build a log home some years ago. We originally planned to hire it all out, but after the shell was up, many of the contractors that quoted prices for us to get financing doubled the estimate.. Since we didn't have the funds to pay that, we hopped on the internet and...
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    Mahindra backhoe 1538B

    Does anyone know who makes them for Mahindra?, I'm looking at purchasing a thumb... Thanks, Mike
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    1538B backhoe

    Does anyone know who makes these? I am looking into a thumb, and pricing .... Thanks! Mike
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    Movin South... Silly yankee questions...

    We are likely going to be moving to the Miss, Louisiana, Ark. area. Some questions... Our Sheppard has never encountered a poisonous snake. Is there any danger to him, or will he have the instinct to be more cautious.... I put my hunting boots in the garage for long periods. Is there a...
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    Grapple bucket for SCUT?

    Here is mine, I LOVE it! I didn't buy the valve or solenoid kit, just disconnected the bucket roll hoses and plugged in the grapple. Add-A-Grapple Bucket Mounted Grapple Attachment
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    Moving the "burn" pile

    You might need a grapple!!!!
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    The Woodshed....

    Here is the first building to go up on the new property... Got the idea from a pic on the internet. Built so the tractor can reach in and grab a rack of wood with the FEL.
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    2615 Power after port.

    Anyone try to connect another spool valve to the (Prince) spool for a bucket mounted grapple? I can build the grapple for less than the on-line price, including the cylinder, but if I have to buy and plumb a selector, or selector/switch combo, I'm not sure of the cost or ease of building. I...
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    Free and easy CAD program?

    Anyone got one? I've got a decent grapple idea, but need some kinematics to see how it will move.
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    Any word on the proposed EPA "wood burning appliance" restrictions?

    There was a public comment period that expired in late spring (I think). Anyone heard anything yet? I just bought a new fireplace to install in our future home just in case...
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    EPA regs

    Anyone know when the new regs come out? we are looking to build next year and will be buying a new wood fireplace before they are banned.....
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    Bear Walks Into Bar

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    FEL Spool valves

    Anybody take apart their Prince spool valves on their FEL? Got a sticking problem and would like to know what I'm getting into. The owners manual in nearly useless...:rolleyes:
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    Please get rid of the pop-up log-in.

    Think I'll boycott for a while... That annoying popup requiring a log in to view the forums has got to go. I like to lurk until I find a post that interests me before I comment.
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    Advice for buying southern land.

    Hey all (or...Y'all) We are thinking of buying up a parcel of vacant land (10-100 acres) in Eastern Tennessee, southern Va., or western N. Carolina. to hold until we retire in about 15 yrs. and then build there. Here are my concerns... (Very few/no tornadoes) also, Here in NY, the taxes...
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    What 50's era car would you want to have?

    My dad had a junker I played in before he scrapped it :(
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    Metal roofs; Sheet vs. Shingle snow shedding

    Anyone here in snow country have a metal shingle roof? We are contemplating replacing the asphalt shingles with metal ones and I'm wondering if it will shed snow a little slower than a conventional steel roof? I'm getting a little too old, and too tired of climbing up there several times each...
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    I've got a 4 yr old rider that, since last year, smokes when it first starts. I changed the oil,and filter. Greased er up, put stabilizer in the gas, ran it into the shed, and pulled the battery for the winter. I started it up yesterday, and it smoked heavily for the first 3 or 4 minutes. This...
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    Hey Moderators...

    Here's a thought... What about a spot dedicated to welding?? I'm sure people don't mind answering questions about welding, but it seems the same ones keep popping up. If we had a spot where there was a tutorial on most of the aspects of welding, then people would have a place to go with the...
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    Battery question..

    Today, the outside temp is in the single digits, garage is in the mid 20's. Tractor is two yrs old. always kept indoors. When I went to start it after several weeks of sitting in the 30's, it turned over hard. Here's the question... Would a battery tender help? or is the ambient temperature...
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    Question for the dealers...

    I read the warranty for my 08' 2615, and it says some mods will void the warranty. I was about to install a new KATS lower hose heater, but figured I'd ask first... What's the deal?? :confused: Thanks, Mike
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    How bad is it???

    The Mrs was helping me blow out the drive since I'm stuck at work. She says she forgot to push in the clutch before engaging the pto(540) now she says "it won't work" Brand new 2615HST....(was) (at least I didn't do it...:rolleyes:)
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    clearing snow off roofs.

    Have to share this... found this website, and built one like it except you pull it up from the peak. This works AWSOME!!!:):):) Avalanche Snow - Snow Removal Equipment, Snow Roof Rake for better Roof Maintenance
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    Restoring topsoil

    What would be the easiest method to restore topsoil to several acres that were stripped? I was thinking of picking up old hay and spreading it around... Any better ideas?
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    Rear fork hydraulics

    I just saw the grapple attachment photo's, and wondered if I replaced the toplink on my 3pt carryall with a double acting cyl, how would I control it? Would be nice to be able to stack pallets... I have a 2615 with no draft control.