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    Help Me Design/ Build a Shop

    I'm usually pretty comfortable with heights. I have good ladders and being 24' up doesn't normally get a notice. But yesterday I rented a 50' tow-behind manlift to trim some dead limbs out of our larger Maple and Oak trees. At full extension up there in the treetops with a breeze blowing and the...
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    Z930R - Zero Turn Purchase - Comments and Rules of Thumb?

    We have a lot of big trees in our yard area. Anything smaller around than about the size of my thumb gets run over instead of picked up. The heavy blades on my Bad Boy Rogue 72" deck make short work of them. Sticks and roots don't leave any dings on my blades. Only rocks or the rare time I've...
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    Z930R - Zero Turn Purchase - Comments and Rules of Thumb?

    What can you be hitting and why aren't you removing it from the lawn? Anyway, different philosophies. You do you if it works for you. :-)
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    Z930R - Zero Turn Purchase - Comments and Rules of Thumb?

    That's an interesting method to follow. What keeps you from sharpening blades? The blades for my old JD 345 lawn tractor with 54" mower lasted 20 years with 1 or 2 sharpenings a year.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    And what the poster of that truck meme and a bunch of folks here are doing is judging others and applying your own views and biases to the other people's choices. People made the choices they made. It's their choice to make. You don't know what went into the choice or what their priorities are...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Yeah! And they both have four wheels! So they're identical, right?? I'm sure the cargo capacity, towing capacity, off-road capability, people-hauling capability, comforts/amenities, crash protection and all those other minor details don't change anything, right? People who make posts like that...
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    Starlink

    If you have other ISP options that meet your needs for lower costs than you're not a target customer for Starlink. I'd go so far as to say you should NOT be considering using SL if you have ISP options such as T-Mobile you mention. For folks who have no other ISP options with the speed and...
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    King Kutter quality plummeted

    There is nothing abnormal about your experience. For many years KK has been good quality and very reliable. Tons of happy customers. It's the primary implement brand I see (and have seen) at farm stores around MN for decades. You just don't hear complaints about them. Only now, with the crappy...
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    Starlink

    I've been with Starlink since it was in beta. Original price was $99/mo. Then in May of 2022 it went up to $110 across the board. Stayed there until March of 2023. At that time they broke people apart by 'near capacity' and 'excess capacity' areas. No idea if that was done by cell or by ground...
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    Starlink

    I got the price increase e-mail. I find it highly unlikely the capacity in my area changed. I'm pretty rural with residences spread out quite a bit. I've never seen another SL on anyone's roof out here. Curious if anyone gets that e-mail and their price goes down? As for the solar storm, to my...
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    King Kutter quality plummeted

    Me too. I have a tiller, box blade and subsoiler from KK. I've been very happy and I've been a chief advocate for KK for years. That ended when I saw the state of their current products. If they can fix their issues I'll be back supporting them. But this is such a drastic shift in quality I felt...
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    Z930R - Zero Turn Purchase - Comments and Rules of Thumb?

    You'll love it. I know I have after moving from my JD x758 to a Bad Boy Rogue zero-turn. As mentioned above, the turning requires a bit of finesse to avoid tearing up the grass. I try to mow in rectangles and at every corner what I do is: go past the end of the uncut section not quite a mower...
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    Starlink

    Don't use a repeater. They cut the bandwidth in half due to their design. Look into a wireless bridge. As long as you have line of sight between the buildings they can work for miles. They aren't that expensive either. That's how I get wifi to my metal pole barn which is 200' from the house. And...
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    IMHO THIS TRACTOR PUTS JD TO SHAME!

    If you want real-world experience on Fendts and how they stack up to other brands (JD, CaseIH) go check out the 'Mike Mitchell' YouTube channel. He runs a very large farming operation in southern Saskatchewan and uses tons of different equipment. Has plenty of Fendt and plenty of other tractors...
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    Everything looked to be in the proper place. It was just that as the black plastic master switch attempted to lift it wasn't sliding the metal tab up and over the bump, it was just pushing it straight back. My first thought was "did this metal tab get bent?" but there's really no way that...
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    I opened it up and checked things. The issue is that metal 'tab' indicated in the video. Though it isn't out of place in my case. It just is refusing to slide up and over the contour of the plastic master switch lever. Instead, it appears to have too much friction and is just pushing straight...
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    Starlink

    I have the Deco M9+ system. Has worked great for our wifi in our house. Three mesh nodes, one hard-wired to the network where SL lives, the other two wirelessly linked. Made a huge difference in signal strength throughout the house. If anyone has wifi signal issues I highly recommend a mesh...
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    That video looks like it may well be my problem. I'll check that out later today. Thanks!
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    Thanks. That will be my next step to open the cover and check things under there.
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    Tried the throttle idea. No combination of holding the throttle and/or the palm safety lever has any effect on the switch being able to move to 'off'. There must be some linkage jamming or disconnected.
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    "Push it down"... you mean the off switch? The 'off' position is upwards. Or am I misunderstanding?
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    Stihl MS-170 on/off/choke switch

    I recently acquired a Stihl MS-170 chainsaw. Switch was originally 'off' and I moved it to choke to start. Started fine. But now I can't get the switch to slide back to 'off'. Just seems to be blocked by something. Is there a trick to getting it to move to 'off'? I've been shutting it off by...
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    Starlink

    We use Hulu and I've not had location issues like I have seen in the past with YouTube. The YT location issue can be solved simply by logging into the YT TV account on your phone's browser and going to a particular place in your account to allow YT to let them access your actual location (versus...
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    King Kutter quality plummeted

    I have a King Kutter tiller and box blade purchased around 2017-2019. They are fantastic and well made. However, looks like they have gone far, far downhill lately. I was at the local farm store yesterday where they have a bunch of KK stuff in stock. The welding is just disastrous. So is the...
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    Starlink

    As Peter mentions, the Starlink system comes with a wifi router which will broadcast a wifi network in your home. Whether that is adequate for your connection needs from all devices in the home depends on a lot of things that are all specific to your home, size, layout, building materials and...
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    So there is nothing in the ground? Nothing to anchor it? Do you get any tornadoes in your part of the country? I'm sure it must be fine, but I'd think something like that would be at risk in high winds.
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    House Build 2023

    That's a bunch! I thought mine was a lot, with 10 acres of lot and 7 acres mowed. I also use a 72" zero-turn. A Bad Boy Rogue. I think it cuts pretty decently unless it is peak dandelion season. Sure faster than when I used to mow it with my x758 and 60" deck.
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    What kind of a foundation does that building have? It's not just that bottom rail sitting on the ground, is it? There aren't metal structured sheds here in MN... mostly post frame.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Great. :-( That's a pretty recent change to add appliances to the exclusion.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    These appliance failures are generally the result of tightened efficiency requirements and restrictions on materials that can be used (refrigerants). For instance, with the LG fridges of late the compressor has to work very hard due to the energy and refrigerant situation. So if the ventilation...
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    Starlink

    I think you're talking about two different things. What sd455dan is likely talking about is the future offering of cell direct-to-Starlink connectivity via new style modems in cell phones. Cell phones will be able to connect just like they are connecting to a cellular network but to Starlink...
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    Starlink

    You obviously don't have many network-connected devices. Though I totally agree that a physical wired connection is better from a networking perspective, in a home there are tons of clients that either 1) only connect via wifi so ethernet is out of the question; or 2) are in locations where...
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    Along those lines but maybe simpler... I assume the grille consists of a surrounding chrome piece that bolts to the frame and has the vertical slats in it? If so, consider removing all the slats and having a local machine shop/fab shop make some type of similar (or unique) inserts that can be...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Kinda hard for the safety chains to be of use when the trailer tongue breaks or disconnects mid-way. There definitely should have been breaks though.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    When your truck's toolbox is rusty you might want to check on your frame...
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    Starlink

    When I first got my gen1 dish system it was March so I put the dish in the yard and ran the cable through a window because my roof had snow on it. Was having sporadic connections until I realized that by closing the window (fairly lightly) on the cable it was pinching it. As soon as I opened the...
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    Looking at Bad Boy Tractors, thoughts?

    Always suspicious when someone's first post in the forum is a bash post.
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    And people wonder why everything is so expensive these days. The level of ridiculousness our society has reached is impressive.
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    400lbs of Lucas red n tacky?

    I'd say that if you have to ask what you'd do with a 55 gallon barrel of grease the answer is probably that you don't need it. But who knows... Maybe make a slip-n-slide for the kids on the backyard hill??
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    Leaf filter guards

    I got the EasyOn gutter guards at Costco. They work great to keep leaves out. And the mesh holes are fine enough that things like leaves, sticks, seeds don't get stuck in the holes. The only issue is that they can freeze up in some conditions so that additional melting rolls off instead of going...
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    Is my tractors battery a deep cycle battery

    Fair enough. I've not had any battery issues that would lead me to do so and I live in MN with very cold and very hot conditions. But obviously YMMV.
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    Is my tractors battery a deep cycle battery

    It's a battery to start your tractor and provide 12V during runtime. Pretty sure the battery size/type spec'd by the manufacturer is 100% adequate. Why one would want to find a physically larger battery and deviate from that is curious. Obviously getting one with higher CCA is good if you live...
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    Is my tractors battery a deep cycle battery

    A deep cycle battery is intended to have long, somewhat steady and low draws against it at times it isn't charging, bringing the charge very low. Then it can be charged back up fairly slowly to full again. That's the 'deep cycle' reference. A normal vehicle battery used primarily for starting...
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    Prices on driveway paving

    Did a 3" asphalt overlay on top of a older asphalt driveway in 2020. Driveway is about 600' long and 10' wide for most of it, with flare out at the road side and a 'funnel' shaped parking area maybe 50' wide at the house side. I think it ended up around 6000 sq ft, though I could be remembering...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I wonder why a truck manufacturer hasn't come up with a multi-view tailgate camera system that has a lens in the normal handle location and another in the top edge of the tailgate. It could auto-sense the tailgate orientation and automatically stream the proper view angle. Maybe I should patent...
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    House Build 2023

    A big walk-in shower is a game changer for sure. You'll hate having to use a cramped shower stall or tub shower in the future now that you experienced a roomy one.
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    Bad Boy Tractors

    I have a Bad Boy zero turn. It is very well made and heavy duty. If I was in the market for a CUT I'd look into them as an option, but I have no experience to recommend their tractors directly.
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    My understanding is that they built it as a crew cab 2500 but when they realized the payload wouldn't be enough to be considered competitive in the 3/4 ton class they re-branded at as 1500HD. If I am recalling correctly, they only had a 2500 extended cab in that year (those years?). The crew cab...
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    Holy cow that dog grew fast!
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    How about some hauling and towing wrong posts?
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    Importing and modifying a new mini excavator from China

    You could verify for yourself by removing the tracks and placing a straightedge on each drive sprocket and then measure the distance between the fronts of the straightedges and the rears. If they are the same (parallel) then no bend. Yes, this is probably a lot of work to remove the tracks but...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Wrong is wrong and stupid choices are stupid choices. Doesn't matter whether they had the ability to do something differently because of money or not, it's a bad choice versus not doing it. Rolling out this 'privilege' argument just excuses bad behavior that shouldn't be exused. I can't buy a...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Horrifying but still captivating.
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    Automating multiple battery tenders - how often to turn them on/off?

    Two different topics. I was speculating as to why your batteries died so fast and comparing to my experience and expectation of much longer battery life here in MN. I suspect battery tenders lead to longer battery life wherever you are, though probably more help in climates with cold winters...
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    Automating multiple battery tenders - how often to turn them on/off?

    I'm thinking your Texas heat must take a big toll. If I had a battery that lived less than 5 years I would be shocked. Most automotive or tractor size batteries last me 7-8 years. I've had even better life with motorcycle batteries, which matches your situation.
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    Automating multiple battery tenders - how often to turn them on/off?

    That's 180 degrees from my experience. I have a lot of equipment and vehicles with batteries and battery issues are very rare for me. Over the last decade I've probably had, on average, a dozen vehicles or pieces of equipment with a 12V battery (not including power tools, obviously) stored or in...
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    Automating multiple battery tenders - how often to turn them on/off?

    That's what a battery tender is designed to do... automatically alternate between charge and no charge depending on the state of the battery. I run many of these in my shed in the winter, 6-8 at any given time, and I just leave them do their thing. I have great results with batteries. The...
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    Starlink

    The 0.1s outage page has always been full of entries. Those occur as the dish transitions between sats. My dish is 0% obstructed and the 0.1s outage page always contains a long list. I have no service issues. We stream a lot during the evenings and two of us work all day long over VPNs with lots...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Well, he has a lot of straps on that TLB, so that's probably what made it work. In seriousness though, sure it can be done. And sometimes it needs to be done. But if the road conditions veer to slippery/poor or someone pulls out in front of him or he does it a few times and the truck or trailer...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Well, the sheetrock comes to about the end of the tailgate. So that implies it is probably the 6.5' bed. Even a "REAL TRUCK"™ with an 8' bed would still be a failure trying to haul those long boards in that manner.
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    Starlink

    I'm confused. Are you agreeing with me? My point was that No option here is better performance at lower price than Starlink. And that is true for many places around the US. As for "sprawling", I was referring to out west - like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, etc. Though I live pretty much an hour away...
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    Starlink

    The fixed wireless option here would have required approx $1500 initial investment in an antenna tower to get the receiver above the height of other area groves and hills. Way more $$ than Starlink for much lower speeds in our case. Folks should be lucky if you have other good options to choose...
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    Starlink

    You're fantastically lucky then. Here in rural MN there are typically no other options than DSL (within a certain radius of towns, due to copper line limits) or fixed-point wireless. Neither is typically less than $100/mo. Obviously cellular hotspots are available but those normally are near...
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    Starlink

    That's an odd way to look at the situation. Since no ISPs' infrastructure was (or would be) built from the ground up for this effort the only net cost to extending Internet to rural areas is the infrastructure related to the actual extension. That is going to be cheaper by far for Starlink. The...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Any possible other action besides what he chose to do would have netted a better result.
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    Starlink

    "Starlink failed to show it could meet its obligations to provide high-speed internet service to enough rural areas" That could be the single most idiotic determination every made. Starlink has proved beyond doubt that it can provide speedy, reliable internet anywhere there is power and a view...
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    cupholder on the x700 series

    A promotional mug sourced by the car manufacturer and branded with their brand logo to sell or give to customers.
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    Rotting metal floor in horse muck trailer

    That's what my neighbor with 5 horses does. His pile grows faster than that. That stuff makes some great compost eventually! But it comes with a lot of weed seeds.
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    If the aluminum isn't badly pitted then I recommend trying Speedy Metal Polish. This stuff works great to remove stains of all kinds from most metal surfaces. I've been using it for years to get the exhaust staining off of my motorcycle pipes and clean up cycle wheels...
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    cupholder on the x700 series

    LOL! OK then buddy... Tell us how you really feel.
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    Rotting metal floor in horse muck trailer

    I'd say you'd have to use either some good stainless steel or a type of plastic to avoid corrosion in that situation. Since that much stainless is probably extremely expensive perhaps look into converting the flooring to PVC sheeting. Something like this...
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    cupholder on the x700 series

    Absolutely nothing fits that cupholder properly. Zero. Nada. It's like the engineer at Deere said "give me all the possible cups and bottles around... I'll design something that matches none of them!" That said, I vaguely remember seeing something about a person that had 3D printed an adapter...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    If it becomes easy for you to throw rational thought out the window and disregard personal and public property/expenses and potential direct risk of action just to justify some actions because "something awful might happen" then your emotions have overtaken you. Basing our actions and decisions...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Q1: Then it is their fault. And they will be tried and convicted and punished appropriately. Q2: I expect them not to destroy equipment and damage other people's property and put everyone around them at risk if there is no impending major risk. If the guy in the tractor (or if it were a...
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    Wheel Spacers for JD 3038E

    Do you realize this thread was 12 years old?
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Was it really worth the risk to life and the huge cost of destruction (to the tractor and the public-funded police vehicle to intervene like that? What a waste.
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    Propane prices..

    Doesn't matter because my supplier won't support the setup. I was just expressing that I wish my situation was like deserteagle's.
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    Propane prices..

    Why? Filling tanks isn't rocket science. If your average 17 yo at the local gas station can be trained to do it I'm sure normal homeowners can too. Obviously some companies offer that setup (see deserteagle71's post above). Not everyone is paralyzed by liability worries.
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    Propane prices..

    My pre-buy for the season (contract paid in August) was $1.65 this year. Down from $2.10 last year but still higher than prior years. Wish I could get a connection on our tank to fill my own 20# cylinders. My company won't do that.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Don't tread on Marvin lest he tread on you.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Not quite as interesting as the first three times it appeared in this thread.
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    New rechargeable work light

    When posting an Amazon link you can omit /ref... and everything beyond. The 'ref' info is just details about your particular session and how you got to that page. The portion of the URI before /ref is the product page link. Just FYI.
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    New rechargeable work light

    Harbor Freight has a couple. I have the Braun. Simple to use. Very useful and effective. Push button once for on (if repeated pushes within first couple seconds it cycles through the power levels) then once for off. USB-C charging port/cable...
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    What to do with old anti freeze?

    I've seen references over time to the effect that small amounts are 100% fine to put into municipal sewer systems (i.e. down the drain in your house). Here's a reference from the MN DOT talking about how businesses disposing of less than 600 gallons a year may do so...
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    Cheap $20 a month Stand Alone Unlimited Rural Internet through AT&T Wireless

    Roadworthy must have meant 15 Mb/s, not Gb/s. There is no 3 Gb/s wireless option (he mentioned 15 was 5x more than prior wireless).
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    Starlink

    I guess there is always the possibility that the congestion or disruption is outside of the scope of the connection from your Starlink to the Starlink network (i.e. the satellite) but within the portion of Starlink from the sat to the ground station and its path to the Internet backbone. Perhaps...
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    Starlink

    I have those same sub-second 'outages' listed for my system. I'm on VPN all day, every workday. Probably half of my time on Teams/Zoom/WebEx meetings with audio & video. Two kids who do a fair amount of connected video games. I have no noticeable disruptions to any of these services. Things have...
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    House Build 2023

    It's not like I buy a lot of custom cabinets to have tons of experience, but I just can't imagine trying to finish them in an under-construction house. Keeping the dust off of them while wet would be a nightmare. Not to mention that you can't finish the sides when they've already been set in...
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    Starlink

    I have my Mobley plan as a backup to Starlink. No longer use the Mobely device... I upgraded to a Netgear Nighthawk M1. Much faster than the Mobley. That said, I hardly ever have to fall back to that source of Internet. Starlink has been very stable for me. Only during hard rains or electrical...
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    House Build 2023

    Nice! Looks like more was done than dropping them off. :) They are unfinished and you have to finish them in place? That's kind of surprising. I thought most cabinets, even custom cabinets are usually finished when/where they are built.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    You don't have to lose the axle nut to have the hub come off. If the outer bearing disintegrates (lack of grease... burns up and comes apart) then the hub no longer has retention.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Read a news article from the weekend where a semi lost a set of duals on the interstate near metro Minneapolis and the duals struck another vehicle (Nissan Rogue) and killed two people in it. Not really much more info than that being published so isn't really worth linking to the article. But...
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    fuel consumption rate for John Deere 1025R?

    Can't tell you exact numbers but for ballpark, my x758, which has a pretty similar sized Yanmar diesel, gets 0.8 to 0.9 gal/hr consumption when mowing heavy grass at WOT. That is probably about the highest fuel consumption it would get short of very heavy snowblowing or tiller work. The 1025r is...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Just the way the camera moves with the truck down hill as it falls you can tell that it can't be at full scale. It would have to be a coordinated drone shot or boom shot to do that at full scale.
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    Starlink

    8% obstruction is quite high. Your service would be expected to have issues with non-buffered streaming things like Teams/WebEx/Zoom meetings and other time sensitive downloads/uploads. Buffered streaming like Netflix probably won't have too many issues. Same for things like web browsing.
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    Bought A Used King Kutter 60" Tiller And It Broke.

    Wow. I can't fathom how the thing has that much flaking paint and rust if it is less than a year old. Guess I don't store my equipment outside in the weather so I don't have a lot of experience with how fast it could deteriorate, but that looks like it would have taken much longer.
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    Bought A Used King Kutter 60" Tiller And It Broke.

    You must mean that you put 5-6 hours on it, not that the tiller only has a total of 5-6 hours on it? That thing looks like it is 10 years old.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Overestimating the intelligence of the public is not at all the same as saying that "in general Americans like to use excessive tongue weight on their trailers". A lot of people aren't great at trailering but I still know nobody who thinks "tons of tongue weight is best". Is it really hard to...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    And this is a tiny microcosm of America. Have you encountered a lot of people in real life that "love them a lot of tongue weight"?
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Totally true, but the lack of clue doesn't mean they migrate towards "all the tongue weight I can get". My statement is about the lack of experience I've seen justifying that generalization.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That's a very odd generalization. While I'm sure there are some folks who think that way, that vast majority of people I know who tow are well aware of 10-15% tongue weight rule and at least attempt to honor it. I don't think I've ever encountered anyone whose mindset was "as much tongue weight...
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    ^^ Scientific method in action!
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    Happy for you. That's got to be fun to get it in the shape you want.
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    Yep. And some for non-fraud reasons. Such as declining to process firearms-related purchases or not doing business with types of businesses they don't agree with. I think that's awful and that's only some tiny fraction of all transactions being affected. To think of it being applied to 100% of...
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    Yes, they can do that. But that's much more broadly impactful than what I described (in terms of pi$$ing off folks and causing a rebellion). Controlling individuals selectively means those unaffected are usually not vested in pushing back (until it happens to them). Irrelevant to the topic of...
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    Starlink

    I'd have to say that Starlink has been more reliable than pretty much any ISP I've ever had, and I've been around a long time. Other than a couple full system outages that everyone has experienced and maybe 3 times in 2.5 years where heavy rain or snow faded the signal it just works. I'm in IT...
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    Abolishing cash would have so many negative consequences and opportunities for tyrannical abuse that no matter how beneficial to enforcing immigration issues it is it would be a horrible idea to pursue. "Your credit card only works within your 15 minute city." or "We're locking down for a virus...
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    Starlink

    I don't know what the service prioritization differences are with 'roam' versus residential. Back when RV plan first came out it was deprioritized against all other residential service in the cell. If that is what 'roam' means that still may be the case. Up to you to research that, but just know...
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    Starlink

    Are you going to use it in multiple locations? That means you're going to install it in such a way as to make packing it up and taking it with you fairly simple? If that is true and important to you then you likely want the roam version.
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    Help Me Design/ Build a Shop

    They're quick! Nice looking shed.
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    Help Me Design/ Build a Shop

    Nice progress. Is that white stuff insulation or sound deadening material or ??
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    Here is where you demonstrate your mistake. Look at the formula in the second picture bnold posts in post 51. It is: (New value) - (Old value) ------------------------- = % change (Old Value) What you list above has the original/final numbers backwards in the formula. Your 75% would...
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    If you say "An original value changed by 75% to a new value" then 75% is the portion of the original value that was removed. 75% of 123 is the amount reduced. There's no other way to look at it.
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    Midwest Gasoline to Spike $0.50-$1.00 Per gallon

    That is not at all how you do it. If you're saying that a value decreased by 75% then what you have is: 123 (original value) 75% of 123 = 92.25 (123 * .75) (reduction amount) 123 - 92.25 = 30.75 (final value) So the equation looks like: V1 - (V1*.75) = V2 The way to find how much of a...
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    Starlink

    I don't typically pay attention to speeds because I never have speed problems. But I do know that speeds were somewhere around 100 Mb/s when I have occasionally checked. Checked twice since the outage and speeds have been 160-170. I'll take it.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    It's a public link. No FB login required!
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    Starlink

    The wired devices that show without IP on my network are my wireless bridges. Maybe something special about them because they are other network devices and not endpoint devices.
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    Starlink

    Mesh networks are the shizz. Solid wifi all over...
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    Starlink

    Came here to say this... you beat me to it. Just because it isn't full-featured doesn't mean it isn't a router. But at least they make it so you can swap in what you prefer without too much fuss. I'd venture to guess 95% of SL users' (just like any ISP customers) needs are fully met by the SL...
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    Starlink

    I can see IPs for wired devices in the SL app. Network, Devices, select the device with the > arrow. Info displays about connection type, MAC, IP. For all I know this may work for every device connected whether wired or wifi, but I front my SL with a Deco mesh system and only have a couple...
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    Starlink

    I am not too familiar with the rectangle dish systems that require the add-on ethernet adapter, but I thought you could put those systems into 'bypass' mode and run it entirely on your own router? You've tried that and it still interferes with LAN DHCP IPs?
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    Starlink

    The rain/snow fade is rare with SL, for sure. But it has happened 2 or 3 times in the 2.5 years I've had SL. Weather isn't a conflict for cable here in MN... It is always buried.
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    Starlink

    For sure if you have a better/cheaper terrestrial ISP option that is a smarter choice. SL still has some drawbacks like fade out in very heavy rain/snow that a landline won't have.
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    Starlink

    For sure. Connection speeds are only as fast as the weakest link in the path. And with a Gb ISP, that's going to move the weakest link elsewhere. Just because a user has a giant pipe at their house doesn't mean the remote server has a giant pipe or doesn't have a saturated NIC due to being very...
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    Starlink

    Now you do know folks with it. :-) As long as you have a location for the dish without obstructions on the view of the sky it will be a great solution for you. I've used SL for 2 years for full time WFH (myself and my wife) and I'm on Teams/WebEx/Zoom calls 50% of the day. No issues.
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    He mentioned it back a few posts when the goat topic started.
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    Dealers Not Accepting Some Brands on Trade

    Most of those brands haven't "gone out of existence". They didn't close up shop. They evolved into other brands by being purchased and integrated or rebranded. Those aren't necessarily failures.
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    Dealers Not Accepting Some Brands on Trade

    If I was looking at doing business with a dealer and saw them post an ad like the original post making a sarcastic/snide name change like 'Bad Girl' they could f right off. Having an attitude like that in common business dealing shows me I'd want nothing to do with them. Lack of professionalism.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Bet that's a blast to back up...
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    Importing and modifying a new mini excavator from China

    None of the maintenance should be rocket science. If you can change the oil on your car you should be able to do most tractor/equipment routine maintenance and even repairs. YouTube is your friend.
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    Flightradar24 Interesting Finds

    Three Army Blackhawk helicopters flew past our property this afternoon. Only one showed up on Flightradar. Wonder if that was intentional or if all three should have been either visible or not visible?
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    Help Me Design/ Build a Shop

    You're probably beyond the planning phase by now, but I just saw the thread and wanted to add a few comments: Wood trusses can be made much larger than 45'. There's a local truss company I'm very familiar with that makes them out to at least 80', possibly even 100'. There are a lot of big pole...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Give it time. It won't take long...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Wonder how they get all that out of the container?
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    Something like that is just pure genius. A simple solution that makes an otherwise challenging task quick & easy.
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    Just as bad and just as shameful.
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    The parents are also poorly informed. Latex paint is essentially non-toxic unless someone drinks it in large quantities. But it is the lack of follow through that is really just ridiculous.
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    See, beyond the ridiculous worry about stuff that current society instills in folks without much real-world experience, the bigger problem with folks today is that lack of responsibility to uphold their end of commitments. At a minimum this person should have called you as soon as they made the...
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    Then the person responsible should be held strongly accountable. With enough penalty for doing stupid things that harm others eventually stupid things will be reduced. And that method doesn't make the other 99.99% of folks have to accommodate the dumb ones.
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    The government shouldn't take action. The person making the bad decision should be responsible for their actions. And society & parents should take responsibility to educate people well enough to not have that happen in the first place. 99.99% of people shouldn't have to suffer with hamstrung...
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    Gov't mandates gas can flame arrestors.

    Agree with aebsmithcreek. When the government gets into the role of trying to protect everyone and everything from possible harm it ends up far too restrictive and tramples rights. We live in a world full of potential risks and people have to be trusted to be responsible or expected to endure...
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    Starlink

    You will have issues. Especially with live streaming things that cannot be buffered, like Zoom/WebEx/Teams meetings. As noted above, make sure you're checking for obstructions with the phone in the exact spot you plan to locate the dish, in all 3 planes. You can always go higher to get the dish...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Pretty sure applying vehicle brakes in a sway situation is not the solution. You either need to apply trailer brakes separately or give it gas. And I'm not sure most folks have the cajones to punch the gas in those situations.
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    Was watching your video about cabinet handle installs. I just realized that you have no upper kitchen cabinets. Makes sense due to all the nice big windows you have, but I don't think I've ever seen a kitchen without upper cabinets. That really limits your storage space, doesn't it?
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    One wonders how, if they had the equipment to get that tree into the van like that, they didn't also have proper equipment to haul it.
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    Starlink

    That's not a 'typical' situation to Starlink. It may be an issue with your local setup. I've used SL for two years now and am on Teams/WebEx/Zoom meetings 3-5 hours a day. My wife also does Teams meetings without issue, thogh not as many hours per day. Never have drop-outs like you mention...
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Always a blast as threads veer off into unrelated topics and then start pissing matches. Stay classy, TBN.
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    Starlink

    I've used standard Starlink for full time WFH (two people) since right about the time SL left beta (right about 2 years now). It has been more than adequate from a speed, function and stability point of view. Unless you have significant bandwidth needs (i.e. frequent large data transfers, etc.)...
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    It will work perfectly fine for my rare and simple needs. I'm not starting a welding shop.
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    LOL!! OK buddy. Keep up the great suggestions. :rolleyes:
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    I'm sure that's true. But I have what I have and this thread is about finding reasonably priced argon for what I have.
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Hobart makes the SpoolRunner 100 specific for the 210 MVP (and other models). If it's good enough for them it's good enough for me for the 1 or 2 times a year I need to make a fix to some non-critical aluminum component. If the SpoolRunner 100 was useless I doubt it would fetch almost $300 normally.
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Probably a good idea, but realistically this will be very low use for me. Was barely worth the $150 I spent on the spool gun, before I realized standard MIG argon/CO2 wasn't the right gas. Sigh.
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    Thanks. Those prices are a bit better. I'll have to confirm that Toll Gas will refill one they didn't sell.
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    Argon gas supply for aluminum MIG

    I'm getting set up to be able to weld aluminum. I have a Hobart 210 MVP and recently scored a deal on an SpoolRunner 100 gun. I know that I need to use Argon 100% for aluminum instead of the 75/25 Argon/CO2 I use with steel MIG. Question is: Is there another way to get a small supply of argon...
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    What is this critter?

    I know what it is not... Not hungry.
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    What is this critter?

    The tail is way too long. Unless that's the tail and left leg in perfect alignment...
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    What is this critter?

    Mountain lion. Front leg is too muscular for a coyote and tail is too long for a bobcat. I'll admit that it's kinda tough between coyote and mountain lion though, but the lack of black in the fur and the leg does it for me.
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    Importing and modifying a new mini excavator from China

    Heavier than I expected for as small of footprint as they have. They look like half the size of my JD x758 garden tractor which is less than 1500#. Must be a lot of steel hidden in there.
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    Importing and modifying a new mini excavator from China

    What do these little units weigh? They just look far too small and light to actually dig a bucket that big into the ground without just pulling the unit itself all over the place.
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    Starlink

    I haven't used roaming, but in watching Starlink info in various venues I believe that the hardware is identical.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Oh, for sure there are jackwads out there that want to 'police' others. 100% seen a bunch of them over the decades. But more often than not the folks I encounter acting like this are just oblivious yahoos. And your solution in that case was spot on. People like that should have their license...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Sneaky... Well, your toolbox lid is dirty... do better. There, something 'wrong'...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Not seeing the issue here. Large sraps. Straps wrapped around to cinch it and keep it from sliding. Strapped right where it is supported underneath. Tailgate or whatever is under the pipe is also strapped down. Looks A1 to me.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That is another really odd quirk of a LOT of drivers. Again, it just doesn't make any sense to me. I don't think they do it because they're thinking "I don't want anyone to pass me". I think they just subconsciously must see the multi-lane road and feel more comfortable going faster. But it...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That speed-matching thing is some type of odd but fairly common psychological condition. Drivers on multi-lane roads are OK going faster until they come upon someone in the right lane. Then they either match their speed or slow down to just barely faster. I've been driving for decades and I have...
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    Starlink

    It will definitely be noticeable. Unobstructed view is vital for the dish to track the sats as they come into view and work their way across the sky. Note that it matters exactly where you are scanning with your phone. It must be in the exact location where the dish will be mounted in all three...
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    Tools & equipment that are fantastic.

    You can find your answer in 3 seconds of google search.
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    Starlink

    Not anymore they aren't. SL has begun cracking down on stationary dishes used in proximity to waterways and in motion.
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    Starlink

    I'm not disputing that it is happening to you. Just saying that the situation is not normal to let you know that you should most definitely keep contacting them to have them fix it and refund you for the unusable service charges.
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    Starlink

    Something about that isn't making sense. They normally don't begin the billing cycle until you activate the service (i.e. once you have the equipment and install/activate it. I totally get how frustrating it is to not be able to contact them directly, i.e. via phone. It is one of the single...
  172. B

    Starlink

    I usually keep boxes for stuff like that for a while too. Typically through the warranty period just in case I have to ship it back somewhere. I've had SL for 2.25 years now so the box is useless at this point unless I got into a situation where SL shipped me a new dish as this one still worked...
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    New (used) IH 7500 Dump Truck purchase, modification & fix up

    Don't you have an Ram 5500 and a monster 5th wheel trailer that could haul it? Or is it like 3 days driving away from you?
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    Probably decently until/unless the dolly wheels leave marks on your stained concrete floor...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    LOL! You're a true Internet warrior. Carry on.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    You're the one with the assertion that it is true. In absence of supporting info like a law cite or references to someone actually being charged with it common sense and lack of evidence says "nope".
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That's ridiculous. The vehicle hitting another from behind is entirely at fault. Plus, the trailer hitch is a normal part of a vehicle so the whole concept you're implying is ridiculous.
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    Tools & equipment that are fantastic.

    So you reach under your left elbow with your right hand and pull the starter cord forward? Looks awkward, but if it works like that it would be a huge improvement over the prior generation. I hate having to take my BR600 off if I shut it off just to start it back up.
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    Tools & equipment that are fantastic.

    How does it start while wearing it? Electric start? Or did they move the pull cord location?
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    BIG CONGRATS!! That's a monstrous milestone for all you've put into this. Truly a big victory.
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    Shipping container weight on one end?

    Can you put the wheels inboard from the end? The further inboard the more the weight behind the wheels counteracts the force required to lift the non-wheel end.
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    Flightradar24 Interesting Finds

    What is it?
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Potentially, it is due to the fact that it isn't his video (ownership/authority) and his company may have policies controlling information/data owned by the company from being shared to 3rd parties, regardless of the reason/intent or what that data is. He's doing things properly. Folks shouldn't...
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    Starlink

    If you're not within 30 days of the start of your service with Starlink there is no 'return' option. As for selling, I think service is transferable but I have no background on that.
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    Anyone have a Bad Boy Rogue?

    I have a 2021 Bad Boy Rogue. I just performed the 50 hour initial hydrostatic system fluid & filter change. Followed the instructions in the service manual... Removed the filters and breather cover to allow to drain fully, then install new filters and added fluid. Also did the air purge process...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    It's often very surprising at what wind and vibration will do to affect loads that you otherwise think are well fastened/strapped down. Wind can push and pull stuff at highway speeds that you just wouldn't imagine. And vibrations will shift things around and loosen straps very quickly.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Sorry, that goal is never attainable. Because there will always be someone who dislikes your tastes and criticizes via these types of digs.
  188. B

    My Industrial Cabin Build

    It's always something with inspections, it seems. At least you left a few small things for them to find so they didn't have to make something up :-)
  189. B

    My Industrial Cabin Build

    Thanks for the backstory.
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    My Industrial Cabin Build

    That line bringing propane into the house is huge. My propane comes into the house-side regulator through like a 3/8" OD copper line. Curious if you oversized it for some reason or that's just the convenient piping available or what?
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    Starlink

    The 1TB deprioritization limit has been lifted for standard residential plans. That's what the e-mail yesterday was about.
  192. B

    Bobcat GPS locator killing battery

    I second the suggestion for a solar powered battery tender. Quick, easy and cheap, plus it doesn't alter the machine or its functionality. Some models can even be left it place and are totally hands-off.
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    Kubota L48 Rear Axle Broke...Looking for discontinued part...or solutions

    Look up Abom79 on YouTube. He's a machinist that likes taking on interesting fab work. I don't think putting splines on a shaft would give him much problem. He's got a ton of great equipment. https://www.youtube.com/@Abom79/about
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    Starlink

    I'd be surprised if your throughput speeds varied that dramatically on regular residential service plan without having some local issue at play. You claim your dish has zero obstructions, so we'll rule that out. What do you see when you open the Starlink app, go to 'Settings', then 'Advanced'...
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    Simplicity Legacy Tractor?

    Agree on the loader and mowing characterizations. Deere hasn't offered a loader for the x7-series for almost a decade, since about the era of the SCUT came about. It was never intended as a 'loader tractor', even when Deere did offer a loader. You're very accurate about the hill/slope mowing...
  196. B

    Starlink

    Are you on 'best effort' or regular residential service?
  197. B

    Simplicity Legacy Tractor?

    LOL!! You gotta get out more, man. Reality ain't like your window through the Internet. But it's good to see you're passionate about something.
  198. B

    Simplicity Legacy Tractor?

    The term "boutique" is a ridiculous one. There is nothing "small & fasionable" about the x7 series. It's one of the most popular garden tractors in rural areas. Certainly not rare to see one. Deere pushes it for what it is, a top-tier lawn mowing tractor that can also excel at snowblowing...
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    Simplicity Legacy Tractor?

    Well, that's not really the accurate story there. The x7-series dropped loader as an option because the frame requirements to support a loader would have pushed the model over the US ROPs weight limit, forcing the tractor to have a ROPs. That's a feature most folks who want a lawn/garden tractor...
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