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So what did you do this week???? #1951 01/01/2021 09:16 PM
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cut some trees down on the back of my lot to make room for the portable car port. why did they quit making real chains on chain saws. little crap gets dull so fast it hurts.
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these new chains are only as thick as a paint stir stick..


tailgate on my little trailer got hard to open & close. it needs repair any way, so I cut it off. need to design a better set of hinges, these were seized up from rust.
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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #1965 01/04/2021 01:57 PM
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Sheared 87 sheep this weekend and have 17 more to shear on Sat.
I have turned shearing my sheep into a agritourism event.
People now pay me, to watch me do work, that I have to do anyway.
Then starting the last weekend in Jan, then for 7 more weekends, they will pay me, to get to play with/take care of my lambs.
Should have over 275 lambs for them to play with.

Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #1966 01/04/2021 07:01 PM
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got 6 gas springs I purchased that ended up being too stout for the application I got them for.
565N or roughly 127ftlb. any body need any of these?

Extended 22", Compressed 13-1/4"


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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #1977 01/05/2021 06:59 PM
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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: chma] #1979 01/05/2021 08:34 PM
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That's a awesome side gig getting people to pay to play with the sheep!


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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #1991 01/07/2021 10:16 AM
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Got the 310 home and started the transmission removal process.


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developed the front panel layout for the Isuzu generator control box with internal speed/throttle ECM, function/alarm ECM and engine gauges/shutdowns..wired control panel this AM,then basic function test after lunch..

Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2006 01/10/2021 06:20 PM
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Spent the last 3 days grinding the remainder of the old hinges off the utility trailer. took the tailgate frame in and added some more reinforcement where the wheels for the 3220 Sky Jack run. the expanded metal I put back on is a little stouter than what I had on it. can't complain, I got 20 years out of that one.
OUT WITH THE OLD.
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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2007 01/10/2021 06:33 PM
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REFERBISHED / UPGRADED GATE.
3/4" stock for the hinge... old ones were 1/2" Have a little more tolerance inside the pipe. I'll be able to pull the pins & grease theme occasionally.
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New expanded metal.
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ADDED C Chanel for more strength. When I first built the trailer I didn't have the scissor lift. It was for hauling my quad and motor cycle. This should support the lift NO problem.
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The old expanded metal was flat . this new stuff is made for slip resistant decking.
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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2008 01/10/2021 06:52 PM
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Comparison pics of the expanded metal.
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Hinge pins are retained with a bolt.
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Now I'm relaxing. I'm pooped....


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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2065 01/26/2021 11:41 AM
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Looks like that should work great. I like that traction type metal ---- makes for way better loading and unloading stuff without sliding around.
Thats what my stump grinder trailer has on it and it works great. grinder is hard to load in the dump trailer with its angle/channel ramps ---would put expanded on them but they already are so heavy I cant drag them around.


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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2253 02/11/2021 05:30 PM
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got the potatoes de-sprouted again for the third time so far this winter. Keep the sprouts rubbed off and potatoes last longer in storage. also dump them from one box to another every 2 weeks slows down sprouting.
Tried to measure the drive belt on the vermeer but cant get accurate length. looks like somewhere around 125 or so and a 4 belt banded type of "B" sections.
Still trying to find 310 parts, which is a real treat!


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It's amazing how much time these simple little jobs take..

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I like the "What did you do this week"

To that end: I think CHMA's hustle to make money off of a task he has to do anyway I offer a suggestion. Charge the gawkers a nominal fee for a chance to ACTUALLY shear a sheep, select one by drawing a name from a hat.

Voila, two money sources.

Having grown up on a farm I'm sure the sheep is less enthusiastic about the shearing process than the viewers are. Suggest First Aid and insurance.

I was a lousy farmer!

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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2265 02/13/2021 06:45 AM
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besides working on the Isuzu generator project, bought some cheap Chinese LED highbay lights for the shop,$27ea, 100W...temp hung one up over the saw.
Ive been installing these type fixtures at work,altho those are quite a bit nicer/deluxe and more expensive than these..
I used one as a portable worklight yesterday, man they are bright..blinding almost.Have to get some pics today.

Old as Dirt James: yes Insurance is a prime consideration these days with people and they way they sue..no fault right or wrong just getting dragged into a lawsuit is gonna cost you..
It's a different world we live in now.

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When the corkscrew bulbs came out I rewired my garage to use them. Worst lights I every used, complete fail. Crappy light, yellow. High failure rate, had to warm to get them to full output.

Thought about LEDs but my experience with LED outdoor floods was dismal too. After a couple of years the offshore floods got there s*** together and the last set have been up for approx 2 yrs running on photo cells. I take down whole fixture, fling it, install new. Cheaper than old Halogen units I had before.

Success with floods led me to trying a couple of HF LED tubes. So far they are great. Excellent light output, cool, easy to install. Fixtures have a pull chain. I changed some fixtures to outlets to plug LEDS into.

I left some corkscrews up to light garage when I flip switch. Pull chains on LEDs to light an area or whole garage have 8. Liked then so well I put in garage attic and my "horse barn" work space. No horses, not much space either. Hung several LEDs in there too.

The HF LEDs were a good deal at $20 on sale. Don't know if they're as good a deal since our HF buddy Eric F'd things on coupons. Looks like HF is changing to another Northern. My trips to HF have gone to almost zero.

Here in TX going to get down to 12* with rain. Going to be lots of wrecks.

Watch the news should be fun.

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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2304 02/25/2021 08:23 AM
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What I did last week was freeze my a** off when the electricity went off. As usual our erstwhile rummies in Austin managed to screw it up and the cold literally shut down most of TX. New power plant about 25 mi NW went offline due to "flooding". Plant is built near Lake Conroe with a lengthy canal for cooling feedwater. I can hear the conversation "Do you suppose the canal will freeze? Nah it never gets that cold in TX" Ice jam in canal.

Personally, my wife and I fared well being cold for a few hours and without water for several days. May here suffered really badly, many died needlessly due to stooges in Austin. Still hell to pay for many fixing broken pipes and no electric in houses. Lawyers are going to make out like bandits as everyone is going to sue every swinging d*** in the state.

It actually snowed here in NW Houston, there were real drifts in the yard. Usual "snow" here just covers grass. Harvested snow melt from roof to flush toilets. I forgot to fill a garbage can with water.

No broken pipes in my house. When electric went off I turned water off at the street. One soft soldered elbow blew off outside. Luckly, water off, elbow off no broken pipes. Sharkbite fittings are better than sliced bread.

Happy days are here again the sun has come out, snow left and all is well in redneck heaven!!!

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Re: So what did you do this week???? [Re: JIM] #2305 02/25/2021 08:47 AM
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GLAD your doing OK. Thoughts and prayers are with others and yes the state really screwed that up. Can't wait to see the outcome from Co-op electric bills.


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I'm afraid we aint seen nuttin yet with the way the country is heading! --- Sad times in America in near future!
As for the climate --- ya its changing ---- always has been and always will! thats been happening for millions of years. Crackpots not gonna change that fact!
Prayers to the people in the areas caught off guard!


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I worked for one of the Co-ops after got packaged out of GE.

I worked in their transformer repair facility and never delved into the electrical source, but I think they have their own generation. Didn't stay long manager was a hellfire preacher who took his secretary along on business trips. Got tired of the daily two faced sermons and driving 2 hrs to work.

Got notice the "boil water" was discontinued, but water pressure is still low. We're on community "read good old boy" water system. Whole operation in laz faire laid out with radial feed water lines. Pity the people on the ends.

Still I can see the green side of the grass, who can ask more.

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