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D.O.T. / Need a new flag.
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:34:36 PM »
We have a flag on top of one of our bins about 90 ft up. It keeps getting torn up. Where can I find a good heavy duty flag that will stand up to our winds? Most flags don't last more than a couple weeks.

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Tip of the Day! / Anti freeze colors
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:25:50 AM »
 This might get a little windy but all these colors are a bit confusing. I would like to clear the water so to speak. I am partly color blind so that just adds to the confusion.

We have a small fleet of trucks and a bunch of equipment old and new. It seems like they all take a different antifreeze. We had yellow, purple and red. Accidentally bought a case of pink once. I had a Mack at the time so I called Mack. Their oil and coolant supplier had just been there and informed the shop that that all colored is the same. As long as it says EXTENDED LIFE. You can put red in purple and pink it don't matter but it MUST say EXTENDED LIFE. Over the past couple years I asked a couple different mechanics the same question expecting conflicting answers. They all backed up the story I got from Mack.

OK fine. So we bought a 55 gallon drum of red for the new stuff and a drum of green for the old. This has been working out for us very well for the past few years. Until now. We are out of green so I had the boss order another drum. We purchase lubricants and coolant through Cenex CO-OP. They can't get green anymore. Its yellow. But not extended life yellow. This yellow is compatible with green and the orange Dex-cool only. Are you confused yet? Isn't Dex Cool extended life? I thought it was.  Anyway so, now in our shop, yellow is the new green. The fun does not stop there. Not when you throw John Deere in the mix. We have 2 pieces of equipment under warranty. We must use the exact fluids that Deere says to use or risk not being covered by warranty. Guess what color the coolant is. Yellow. But not the new new yellow, its the old new extended life yellow. These 2 yellows are not compatible.

The moral of the story here is make darn shure you know exactly what coolant your vehicle has in it. Take a paint pen and write it down under the hood. Read your labels before purchasing coolant.  I have a feeling this "new yellow" will be popping up around stores before long if not already. Although I seriously doubt you will find any John Deere extend life yellow coolant in any vehicles. Thank goodness you can avoid that confusion. Just remember, extended life goes with extended life.

So earlier this spring my buddy and I are sitting around in his garage drinking beer and got some pork bellies on the smoker. We get to talking about how the goat and sheep market is starting to boom around here with all the new immigrants moving in. Neither of us had ever eaten goat before so we decided (against my wife's better judgement) to go buy a goat and fatten him up. Problem was he had a name before we got home. So now Bob is our pet. He is castrated so he's no good to breed. Hes just there. All alone.

A couple months go by and this other friend of mine has this young sheep. I see on Facebook she looking to get rid of her. I shoot her a message. She says $50 and I will have the kid drop her off.  Within a couple hours her son is here with a trailer. I didn't tell my wife until he got there that I bought Bob a friend. She was not thrilled but OK because our beloved Bob has someone to play with.

Tulip the sheep is of breeding age now so I thought if I'm going to breed 1 I just as well have 2. I loaded up the family yesterday and wet to the exotic animal auction. I passed up a couple real nice young sheep but ended up with a nice older ewe already bread and ready to pop for $75. I threw some bedding down in the trailer and off we go. It was dark when we got home last night so I left her in the trailer. I didn't want her in a new place in the dark. She already had a stressful day. Got her some grain and water. As I am sitting here typing this I am waiting for the sun to come up so I can check on her and get her put away.

The only thing I know about sheep is they give wool and say Baa. Looking at the paperwork last night it turns out I bought a different breed of sheep. This one is a Katahdin sheep. I guess you don't have to sheer these. They are only raised for meat. Tulip is a Hampshire. The typical white body black face type sheep you think of when someone says sheep.

We will see how this plays out. New mamma is really big. She has at least 2 in her if not triplets. I have a decent barn but its not real big. If it don't work out sharing a barn with Bob and Tulip I will evict the ducks and she can have their house.

This is Bob and Tulip. Don't have any pics of the new girl yet. Nor does she have a name. I'm thinking Hetty. From NCIS Los Angles. Shes a spunky old girl.

D.O.T. / Sara Sanders lip reading
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:38:10 PM »
I hope this link works. It's hilarious.


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Share Your Recipe / Chicken stock
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
My plans for the day got cancelled so I'm going to make stock. When we cut up a chicken to fry I always keep the carcass. This is what I make stock out of. I don't have a written down recipe. I will post each step as I go.
Ideally the carcass should be thawed at room temperature. Being I'm doing this last minute they are still frozen. Not a big deal. Just takes longer to boil.

Step one get a big pot.
Put carcass in the pot and fill with water. I have 5 carcasses in this pot
Throw in a few bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

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Cooking equipment / Air fryer
« on: July 22, 2018, 02:47:16 PM »
       My wife has been wanting a air fryer for a while now. I caved and got one for her for Christmas. She used it for fries and stuff like that. Was not overly impressed.
       Today I decided to try frying chicken in it. No breading just salt and pepper and some Lowrey seasoned salt. I have to say it turned out pretty darn good. Now it's time to experiment with more foods. I would call it a good investment over all. We were just not using it to its full potential at first.
       I would have a picture of the chicken but it's already gone.

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Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Bridge reamer.
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:29:12 AM »
I found the most amazing little reamer. I didn't know these even existed! I was doing research on beds for my truck build and ran across them on accident. Large holes are hard to drill by hand and I can't get the mag drill in everywhere. All I had to do was drill an 1/4 hole then get the 3/4 inch reamer. Within about 30 seconds I had a 3/4 hole.

I bought an assortment. 9/16, 11/19, and 3/4. They are pricey. The biggest one was like 80 bucks. In my opinion they are worth it. Sometimes holes don't line up right so I always tried to ream it out with a drill bit. Always got caught. Snap your wrist. Bust a bit. No more of that.

The bad thing is they will heat up a drill in a hurry. I can't use it in a cordless Milwaukee drill. They must have a safety built in so they don't burn up. I had to put it in the old Dewalt. That baby was HOT after 1 hole.

This is similar to what I got  except with flat spots on the shank, so it won't spin in the drill.

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Share Your Recipe / Makin' bacon.
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:59:04 PM »
My brother added me to a new group on Facebook called makin' bacon. So off to costco I go to get a pork belly. A buddy of mine brought over a pork loin for Canadian bacon. The recipe we used is in the pictures. The pictures of the loin is after 24 hours. The first flip. We will use an electric smoker the first time just because its more dummy proof. That and its cold out right now. I dont want to have to babysit the fire constantly. Its going in the smoker in 8 more days.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Toter-home build.
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:37:00 AM »
I didn't know If I should put this in the build thread or with the campers. Being its going to be pulling a camper i put it here.

This is an 03 Freightliner with 435 hp 60 series Detroit, 10 speed, 3:55 gears with full locker. 260 inch wheel base. A little longer than what I wanted but the hard work is all done. Everything on the rear end is new. From the locker to the bakes, brake cans, shocks, track bar the works. New drive line, carrier bearing U joints etc. I tried to nit pick it but I couldn't find anything wrong. 1.3 million on it. Never been overhauled but they pulled the pan and did the rods and mains. Everything around the engine is new or newer. Alternator and turbo are newer. Needs a right side windshield. That about the only thing I could find wrong. 2 100 gallon fuel tanks. The former owner said he got 7 mpg with it pulling a semi trailer. I should get a little more than that. I should be able to go a 1000 miles easy with fuel to spare.

First things first I have to get it registered as a Motor home. Ive talked to other guys in Nebraska. One guy had to go full out and put in fridge, microwave, sink and some other stuff before they would change the title. The other guy said he just went to the DMV and told them he needed the title changed. They did it no questions asked. I am going to try that approach. If I have to I'm just going to mount a pickup box camper on the back temporally to get past the plating. Once its plated its a done deal. As long as I never ever use it for commercial. It will be recreational use only or they can pull my plate.

I have an 8 foot flat bed to install. Off of a Chevy dually pickup. That will come to just in front of the fenders. I think. Have more measuring to do. Right now everything is stuck in a snow bank. If its not in the snow its frozen to the ground.

Right now I am in full debate with myself over what hitch to install. Its like a multiple choice quiz. A. B. or C. I know C is wrong and A and B are both right. But which one is MORE right.

The trailer saver hitch rides on air. Low profile.

    32,000 lb. Gross Trailer Weight
    5,000 lb. Pin Weight with optional 3rd air-bag for a 7,500 lb. pin weight
    Fits Standard Bolt Hole patterns in medium duty trucks
    Available rail adapter kit
    Heavy Duty 4-way pivoting hitch head with safety lock
    Available Goose-Neck Adapter
    Shipped Direct (or to shipping facility near you) Fully Assembled
    3 Year Limited Warranty
    30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Then we have the  comfort ride. No air needed. It rides on these plastic cells.


   Tunable for any Weight Trailer up to 30K with Height Adjustments from 12" to 19"

   Only Weighs 290 lbs

   30,000 lbs Towing Capacity

   8,000 lbs Pin Capacity

   Operating Height: 11.5"-19" Adjustable

They are very similar in price and weight rating. They both bolt flat so they are easy to install. I'm not crazy about the air ride because air bags eventually blow. But they have a goose neck ball adapter.

Comfort does not have a ball adapter. How often am I going to pull the goose neck? I don't know. But I want the adapter. So before too long I'm just going to flip a coin and order a hitch.

Some day I would like to move the rear end ahead and install a western hauler type bed to haul a jeep on. I have to raise my kids first and I have to pay for all this....Baby steps.

Share Your Recipe / Home made chicken soup
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:34:54 PM »
I have a few roosters in the freezer and they are not really good for frying. I decided to make some soup out of one of them.
I don't measure anything so I took some pictures as I went to show how much I used.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Harbor freight generator
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:07:13 AM »
I was wondering if anyone had experience with theses. I know it's harbor freight and my personal rule is never  buy things from there with moving parts.
 It's something I'm going to use 3 or 4 times a year. I just can't justify paying over 2 grand for a Honda.
I spoke to the camper dealer and he added up everything in my camper. He said I needed atleast 4000 running watts to run everything.

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D.O.T. / Merry Christmas everyone! What are you doing this year?
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:10:47 AM »
I have all my kids coming home for the first time in several years.  Tomorrow we go to my Moms house. It will pretty much just be adults and my 2 youngest kids and my 2 young nieces. Day after Christmas we head for Kentucky for a week with a stop off in Cincinnati. I enjoy my time there but I could do without going through that city.

Cooking equipment / Box fan jerkey
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:22:49 PM »
I've never tried it bit Alton Brown did it on the show Chopped. I thought it was interesting so I googled it.


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CIEMR / Girls in boy scouts
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:17:35 AM »
Girl scouts is a cookie selling scam anyway. They don't do anything . I can't say I know one girl that stayed in past grade school but I do know girls that would have loved to do the things the boy scouts did.
They just said on the news that there would be separate troops for boys and girls. I'm unsure if I support this or not. One thing for sure if the girl scouts can't do what the girls want the isn't up to us the men to pick up the slack? Teach the girls what they want to know? Idk. Just my morning pre coffee ramblings.

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Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Help identify this wood chipper
« on: October 01, 2017, 05:33:35 PM »
A buddy bought this wood chopper second hand. He said it was dull and blades needed sharpening. He brought it by and we noticed it was missing a blade. There is no name on the unit. No plate. No serial number. No nothing. No idea what brand or where it came from. He bought it off Facebook from an old widow who had no information about it.
We just need a blade. Nobody around here has any. Machine shop said they can make one but it will be a few weeks.

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CIEMR / Wells Fargo getting desperate?
« on: August 26, 2017, 09:49:43 AM »
Back in 99 or so Wells Fargo bought out one our local small town banks. We liked that bank but once Wells Fargo took over it just went down hill. If I was short I could call the bank and say hey I got a bill is due and I'm short until Friday. Hold my check. No problem. They actually helped people. Wells Fargo was just in for the money. We got fees up the wazoo. So we moved to the bank down the street. Everything went back to busness as normal.

Fast forward to just recently when Wells Fargo got busted for all the fake accounts and other crap they were doing. That just confirmed what I already knew. They were crooks.

So the other day I seen a strange vehicle with Texas plates on the place. I went to the office to see whats going on. It was the head guy at our local Wells Fargo branch and what I suppose was one of his bosses. They were going around to all the farmers seeing if we wanted to borrow money. I literally laughed out loud and said yep they got all them fines to pay! Getting desperate!

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Real Man Knowledge base / Canned soup on kids school supply list
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:13:56 PM »
Got the new updated school supply list. They added that every child should have 2 cans of soup. We thought maybe the school website was hacked or it was a joke. My wife emaled the school and this was the reply.

Why soup?  GREAT question!!   Recent school safety training incorporates a Run, Fight, Hide protocol for responding to violent intruders in the building.  If a student is unable to run or hide a  recommended method for distracting a violent intruder is throwing something at them... thus the two cans of soup (which will be stored in each students desk).   Please let us know if you have any other questions!

There is nothing funny about a school intruder but Can you imagine someone bursting in a room only to be pummled with 30 cans of soup?  I've never been hit with a can of soup but I've dropped a few on my foot. It hurts bad. I'd say that would be a pretty good deterrent. I would have never thought of that.

Any other parents heard of this?

I also thought some of you without children may find this interesting.

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Did something really stupid.
« on: July 23, 2017, 04:50:38 PM »
Just got my pickup out of the shop. 07 2500hd duramax. Turbo was bad. So I got a new one plus 4 in exaust egr blocker and 65 hp single tune.
We took off Friday for a camping trip 250 miles away. It thought it would be good test for it. I weigh 17,000 and change fully loaded. On the way out it drove great. No problems. Tranny temp on 200 coolant temp sitting on 210. Completly normal temps for my truck when towing.
I got up there to the campground and its all uneven and gravel pad. So I get my blocks out to back one side of the camper up on. I spun out in the gravel so I put it in 4x4. Unhooked, parked the truck, got a beer and went fishing. Mind you it's HOT. High 90s heat index in the 100s.

This morning we pack up and hook up. Its high 80s. 15 mph winds. Truck was doing really good u till about 50 miles from home. Trans temp got up to 250 engine temp about 225 and it just didn't seem right. I got to a truck stop 10 miles from home and let her cool down. Got home and unhooked. Took it for a drive just to cool it down. Everything seemed fine.

Then I seen that I never took it out of 4X4 on Friday when I was in such a hurry to get set up. I never noticed it all the way home. I got it cooled down. Checked the tranny fluid. It don't smell burned so I think I'm ok. I'm going to check everything in the morning when its cold. No warning lights came on. I just changed the tranny fluid not even 5,000 miles ago.

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Food Preparation and Cooking Techniques / Anyone cook Wagyu?
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:20:11 AM »
I got a whole ribeye uncut of wagyu. My neighbor raises it. Black Angus cows with a wagyu bull. He said don't over cook it or its just like a regular steak. I was thinking sear both sides and call it done. I have no experience with this and don't want to screw it up.

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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Gurneys seed catalog
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:35:09 AM »
We got ours and my boss got his on the same day. He dont order so he gave me his. He lives right acrossthe road from us. Our mail boxes are side by side. I didnt know at the time we got one too so I threw the 2 on the counter to look at later. That's when I noticed something differant.

This is just the first page. The 50% off catalog is on top.

Why would they send 2 differant people 2 differant books? If my boss ordered the same things I did he would be paying more.
I will not be ordering anything from them anymore.

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D.O.T. / Bullies
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:45:39 PM »
Here is a link to a story that hapened in Council Bluffs Ia. http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Girl-held-down-on-bus-while-bullies-wrote-loser-on-her-forehead-family-says-412615673.html?abc=0jLoOWIv

My 6 year old is being bullied in kindergarten. My wife has brought it to the attention of the teacher. I'm letting my wife handle it because shes more level headed. I'd likely go off on someone. But it continues. He said now some older kids say  are going to take his eye out and come at him with raised fist. No one has hit him yet but i see a visit to the school in my future. It's gone on long enough.

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Bug-Out Bag and Camping gear / Life straw
« on: January 19, 2017, 07:49:07 AM »
I've wanted one just to have around but they are pricey. My wife got me one for Christmas. Anyone have any experience with them. Are they with the money? Do they work like they say? I've seen a videos but they were all advertisements. It would be a good thing to have on our canoe and camping trips.

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D.O.T. / Selling the barn
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:50:00 AM »
I was wondering if anyone here ever bought or sold a barn for the wood. There is a barn on My wifes property in Kentucky that's not good for much. I often thought of selling it for the wood. Ive see a lot of barns in the part of the country disappear. The ground was always leveled out who eve did it did a good job. Except for a couple skeletons. I did looking around on Craigslist last time I was down there someone had a post about don't sell your barn to this company. They take what they want and leave. I didn't pay any attention to it because I hadn't convinced my wife that it should go. Her grandpa built it. its sentimental so I dropped it.

Mother in Law called yesterday someone wants to buy the barn. Now she all  hey if we sell the barn we can put a roof on the house. Pay some bills. Im fine with it. I just don't know what its worth. Its a 40x40 about. Kinda falling down. If i lived there I could save it. I would save it because I would need it. Before her dad died he put a bunch of new lumber in it. Built a loft. Hand built new doors. There is a bunch of rough cut 2x6 or 2x8 in there and new floor in the loft.

I just have to wait and see if they call.

D.O.T. / VFW American Legion
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:36:23 AM »
I know a lot of guys on here were in or are still members of the military. I never see anything about you being members of VFW or American Legion. (Unless I missed it. That is very possible.)Many posts are consolidating because so many member are elderly and dieing off. I think that's sad. Can't stop them from dieing but there are no new members.
I grew up attending many VFW/American Legion events with my grandparents. I do remember as a kid in the 70s some VFW post didnt allow Vietnam vets in. Police action. Not a war. Eventually they came around and let them in.
I do know a few Desert Storm and one guy that served in Somalia that joined up. It just seems like the next generation is not interested.
 I have a great deal of respect for our military men and women. I regret not joining the service. There's nothing I can do about that now except encurage thoes of you who did join the VFW or the Legion. After all when the old guys are gone who is going to carry the flag in parades? Who is going to begin the color guard at your funeral?

This is my grandpa

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CIEMR / Scary thought
« on: August 13, 2016, 09:27:37 PM »
Copy and pasted off an email I got the other day.

A Scary Thought
        I had to take my vehicle to the mechanic the other day for service. The Service Manager, Pete, gave me a ride home and on the way he told me his theory about the upcoming election and the next four years of U.S. government.
        At first I thought it a bit far fetched. But as I listened to him it began to make sense, scary sense...
        “I believe that Hillary Clinton will win the election in November,” Pete began. “Then, sometime between November and January, Hillary will be indicted. The IRS is now investigating the Clinton Foundation and the whole e-mail thing isn’t over yet.”
        “Once under indictment she won’t be able to assume the Office of the President in January. Tim Kaine, who will not actually be the Vice President because neither he nor Hillary have been inaugurated, cannot assume the Presidency.”
        “The Speaker of the House can’t move up to it because there is already a sitting President and Vice President. So President Obama, in an Executive Order citing “emergency situation,” gives himself another four years in office is the only way possible.”
        Pete believes Obama has been planning this for a while now, knowing he has enough on Hillary to indict her. Had the Attorney General indicted her based on evidence from the FBI this plan wouldn’t have worked because the DNC would have quickly come up with another candidate
        If you think about it, it’s not that outrageous. Many people on the left, including the President, want Obama to stay another four years. The law prohibits him from being re-elected so the only ways he can do it is by declaring martial law and suspending the election (which would be a very negative thing for the country) or to declare himself still President because the elected candidate cannot assume her duties.
        The latter makes more sense and is actually more feasible. And since it’s never been done before, it would set a precedent that would be difficult to challenge.
        Of course, if Trump wins the election none of this is going to happen. But what if Pete is correct? Four more years of Obama and a mostly useless Republican House and Senate would give Obama the time he needs to continue destroying changing the country to fit his stated goals.
        I thanked Pete for the ride home – and for messing up my day. Now I’ve got more things to worry about!

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Parenting / Adult child moved back home
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:47:31 AM »
I got a call from my mother the other day. She said I think your kid is bored. I said I suppose so. Hes lived in your basement with no job no money and no car for over a year. She asked if we needed help on the farm. I said yea we do. She said well come get him and put him to work.

Ive asked the kid to work twice before its always no in don't need the money. Or im busy I have plans. This time he said yea. I almost pooped myself when he said that.  Hes 19 been mooching off grandma for so long I couldn't believe it. Turns out most of the people he runs with are in jail. He just got lucky he didn't get caught. Dealing drugs. Pot mostly from what I gather.

First day was yesterday. Everything went well. He even got up on time. I hope he keeps it up. Hes already looking at cheap cars to buy and has a good attitude.

I am making him pitch in for groceries. 75 a week. Then I thought that was too much we talked about it and he offered 45. Mom  is all bent out of shape about it. My brothers said they would charge him. I see it this way. He is an adult. He can help out. I got my nuts cut because I cant afford another kid. Much less another kid that eats as much as I do.

Am I wrong about that?

CIEMR / Started a new venture
« on: March 12, 2016, 08:25:14 AM »
We don't have any livestock anymore.  The cattle prices are crazy so we got out of that for now. The hog sheds were all in disrepair. Needed all new gates and fence. SO when the place where we got our little pigs closed we quit. Tore down the buildings.  With grain prices the way they are in the dumper and tons of spare time  My brother and I persuaded the boss to buy some trucks and side dump trailers. Got to work and bring some income. At least earn our wages.

We went out and got 2 brand new side dump trailers. Then we went truck shopping. My brother got a 93 Kenworth. Heavy haul set up. Day cab. 2 speed rears. 425 horse 3406 mechanical Cat 18 speed. Straight from California. Good clean truck.
I found a 06 mack vision. 460 mack engine and 13 speed. Little rough but it has 870,000 miles. rebuilt engine and trans.

Both trucks went through the shop and Sioux City Kenworth and are good to go!

We been hauling for a few days and I noticed that the Mack likes to sway a little bit. Talked to the mechanic. He said its got brand new tires they can do that sometimes. Then I noticed the brakes were getting bad. I should have seen that before we bought it. Thats on me.
In the process of doing the brakes my brother seen the crack. In the frame. Then we found 3 more. Over a foot long over each spring shackle. Then 2 broken cross-members. The dealer had painted the frame with a nice shiny thick black paint that hid the cracks. I was pissed. I called the sales man right away. He was a little pissed himself but no help. Now I get to spend my Saturday in the shop tearing apart a truck.

Pics to follow IF I can get my phone to work.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / extra storage under camper
« on: February 23, 2016, 12:14:20 PM »
Every time I get my fishing poles out of the cubby hole they are all tangled up with the chairs.  Sometimes a hook comes loose I grab a chair and a bundle of poles come with it. Irritating. This can also be used for outdoor carpet, sewer hose, and whatever fits.

    I came up with this. Ive seen it done on rear bumpers but never underneath. I couldn't do it on the bumper because the spare tire was in the way.
Its 8 ft long 6 inch PVC sewer pipe. I slide a pole in from either end. I wanted the screw on caps but they cost twice as much and I'm on a tight budget. I'm not sure how long them little bungee cords will last. They were all I had at this time. By the end of summer I bet I will be replacing them with rubber tarp straps.
    I used ready strap and self drilling 1/4 inch screws to secure it in 4 places to the frame. I called a plumber friend of mine and asked him about it. He said that stuff is way stronger than it looks.  I guess we will find out.

I got tired of the tube TV and the converter boxes. Yea I got the tube TVs free and I am kinda tight but Ive had enough. Trying to hook the dvd player up for the kids. Then trying to hook up the antenna later. then you gotta find the right source and channel. I get frustrated and have to have the wife do it. She came home the other day to find the TV in the driveway and I'm sitting inside in silence. She said WTF happened here. I said we are getting new TVs.

Canning & Food Storage / canned meat n taters
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:31:57 PM »
Tried a new recipe Saturday.  Seen in on Facebook. Its just canned meat with some onion, some garlic, taters, mushrooms and carrots. It turned out delicious.

Build Threads / 91 suburban
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:51:39 AM »
Picked this up yesterday for 650 bucks. Odometer sais 130,000 miles but it dont work so who knows what it has. I found a list of repairs done at 109K in the glove box but the date is 2001 (ball joints, wheel bearing, brakes, fuel pump,etc) so I hope its not too much past that. Im thinking add a 4 inch lift and some bigger tires. Sand it down a little bit and shoot it flat black. No rust repair just leave it. The rust is not horrible and wont show that bad through flat black. The interior is really what sold me. Its near perfect. If someone takes the time to keep it that clean than I think they would take care of it mechanically also.

D.O.T. / What fuel has the longest shelf life?
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:11:18 AM »
I got sucked into a tv show. Last man on earth.  Kind of dumb but I like it. One episode the gas turned bad. Turned into jell. I know that don't happen but one guy on there sad Hey I told you this would happen.  Diesel last longer.

Got me to thinking. A gallon can of gas will go bad in 8 months or a year.  Will a 500 gallon barrel go bad that fast or will that quantity stay good longer?
How long would the same gallon can of diesel last?
What about propane?
The military uses JP8 I don't know much about that except its jet fuel but like kerosene. Can it be used in diesel trucks? Most likely hard for a civilian to obtain.

Every farm has fuel storage. If something happened I just wonder how Long before we are out of usable fuel?  Don't want to waste fuel in a SHTF situation  but if it will go bad in a certain amount of time just as well use it. I know we have a few propane tanks that have been full for a couple years. Filled them to run the grain dryers and never needed them. How long before they go bad?

D.O.T. / Who is traveling for christmas? Where you goin?
« on: December 23, 2015, 08:23:52 AM »
Were headed to the great state of Kentucky day after christmas. Been planning for a while. Was just going to be me and momma and the 2 little ones. Leave the truck at home and drive the Traverse. Save some money on fuel. Plenty of room so I asked a buddy of mine to ride along. Has been wanting to go with but we always have all the kids.
So get a phone call. Seems the mother in law got the boys a pair of them little Chinese 4 wheelers, cheap. Well crap. I guess we will drive the truck. Then my daughter decides she wants to go. I'm not going to say no but now we're gonna be crowded in the truck and that sucks.
So I'm thinking I wish that Traverse had a hitch I'd borrow a little trailer. So I get on eBay and get one. My brother and I intall it. Get the trailer from my neighbor yesterday. Check the bearings. All rusty. Replace the bearings. Take the big ramp off it just catches wind anyway. Make a little tail gate out of a 2x6 and I think we are about ready to go. This trip has been a lot of work and we haven't even left yet.

Maybe we can sneak away and do a little fishing.

CIEMR / Interesting take on Trump Worth reading.
« on: December 12, 2015, 08:03:57 AM »
I received this in an email yesterday Thought I would pass it on.

What I See Happening In a Trump Presidency

By Bill Bennett


They will kill him before they let him be president. It could be a Republican or a Democrat that instigates the shutting up of Trump.

Don’t be surprised if Trump has an accident. Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few.

It's about the unholy dynamics between big government, big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it's in all of their interests to protect one another. It's one for all and all for one.

It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich, everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies. But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media, and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened.

Donald Trump can self-fund. No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business, and political elite understand that Trump is no joke.  He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart. 

It's no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy The Donald.  It's because most of the other politicians are part of the a good old boys club. They talk big, but they won’t change a thing. They are all beholden to big-money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, and multinational corporations – like Big Pharmacy or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by foreigners like George Soros owns Obama or foreign governments own Hillary and their Clinton Foundation donations.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money.  But there's one man who isn't beholden to anyone.  There's one man who doesn't need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teacher's union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat to those people. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.

Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talk a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet has never tried to de-fund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

First, I'd guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs, or secretly gay, or stealing taxpayer money, the National Security Agency knows everything.

Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money from his own bank account. The NSA, the SEC, the IRS, and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They surveil everything. Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called racists, so they are scared to ever criticize Obama or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment. Fourth , why rock the boat?  After defeat or retirement, if you’re a good old boy, you’ve got a $5 million-per-year lobbying job waiting. The big-money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose, they win.

But Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media, and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the Presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides but not Trump. Remember: Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama's birth certificate.  He questioned Obama's college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university.  Now, he's doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do.  He's questioning our relationship with Mexico; he's questioning why the border is wide open; he's questioning why no wall has been built across the border; he's questioning if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; he's questioning why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes, yet are not deported; and he's questioning why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.

Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick. Good question! I'm certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michelle Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare website.  By the way, that tab is now up to $5 billion. Trump will ask if Obamacare's architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying.  Trump will investigate Obama's widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama's college records. Trump will prosecute Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover up Benghazi before the election.  How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election?

Obama, the multinational corporations and the media need to stop Trump. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked, telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Trump could wake a sleeping giant.  Trump's election would be a nightmare.  Obama has committed many crimes.  No one else but Trump would dare to prosecute.  He will not hesitate.  Once Trump gets in and gets a look at the cooked books and Obama's records, the game is over.  The jig is up.  The goose is cooked.  Holder could wind up in prison. Jarrett could wind up in prison.  Obama bundler Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money.  Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails or for accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State, or for misplacing $6 billion as the head of the State Department, or for lying about Benghazi .  The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison.

Obamacare will be de-funded and dismantled. Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters. Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved. That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. 

Yes, it's become open season on Donald Trump.  The left and the right are determined to attack his policies, harm his businesses, and, if possible, even keep him out of the coming debates  But they can't silence him.   And they sure can't intimidate him.  The more they try, the more the public will realize that he's the one telling the truth.

Parenting / Im a grandpa now
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:50:59 AM »
This is a soap opera but here we go. So my oldest is 18. HE has been dating this girl for over a year. She gets pregnant and they break up because he cheats. Ok fine BUT he has no ambition to do anything. HE had been living with my mom an hour away and she just let him lay around. Got on drugs. Finally he must have gotten tired of everyone on his butt to get off his butt. So he and his current Girlfriend (A psycho is I ever seen one) decide they are going to move away. Awesome. Get to a new town away from old friends and get off the crap.  So they move way to the other side of the state. Out on the Wyoming border. As far away as he could and stay in the same state. 460 miles away. Old Girlfriend is still prego not due until the middle of December. Fine come back for the birth and stay for Christmas and go back. Nope baby came early. HE and current GF are broke up. He has no wheels. Instead of asking family he is calling old buddys. His old gang. No body helps him. His ex wont take him. Then hes askes the only other person he hangs out with out there but she wont take him because she will miss thanksgiving with her kids. Well DUH. My brothers wife has family out in the middle of the state. So I get ahold of the kid and say hay call Uncle Kyle and kiss his butt maybe he will come get you. Got that figured out. He will be here Saturday I will be taking him back next week sometime.

This kid and a lot of kids I know have to realize nobody is going to help them just because they want it. HE is going to have to realize he has to do for himself. Cant rely on other people. At least he has a job. Finally. Its not much working at Taco Johns but hey I worked at Mc Donalds once myself.
Looking back I know what happened to him. I had him here on the farm working. Trying to keep him on the right track. He had a pretty good work ethic for a young teenager.  Then he got in trouble and put in a group home. It was that or Juvie. Spent a couple years in there with a bunch of lazy gang banger wannabes and he is a totally different person. Everything I tried to do, morals, work ethic everything erased. He did graduate high school and then he just quit doing anything.

Now for the happy stuff. I fully intend to be in this child's life no matter what the boy does. She is beautiful. I dont care how big of a man you are when you hold your child or grand child for the first time you melt. Nothing more precious than a new born baby. Her name is AVA 7lbs 9 oz

Canning & Food Storage / canning beef roast and beef stock.
« on: November 21, 2015, 11:45:08 AM »
Decided to can some beef today. I'm almost out from last time. I do this 2 or three times a year. All meats Pork, beef, and deer are done the same way. Chicken is a little bit different.
First think to do is let the roast thaw a little bit. Half frozen is easiest to cut.
I pull out several roast when i go to bed and put them in the sink to thaw. They are abut perfect in the morning.
Cut into cubes 1/2 inch or so.
Then pack into jars with an inch of head space and put in a pressure canner.
A pressure canner is different from a pressure cooker. You can cook in a canner but you cant can in a cooker.
At my elevation I process quarts for 90 minutes at 10lbs pressure pints at75 minutes at the same pressure.
Pictures will come as the day goes on.
I am trying something new today I am saving the bones and will be making beef stock.

Canning & Food Storage / canning applesause
« on: November 09, 2015, 07:58:45 AM »
Did some applesauce in the pressure canner last night. 10 lbs for 8 minutes. I had an inch of head space. I didn't pack it down but I tapped the jar to get it down so there were no air pockets. Is it suppose to swell up like this?

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Got my John Deere finally
« on: October 27, 2015, 08:02:28 AM »
Brought this home Sunday. It was my Grand pa's. 53 John Deere 60 all fuel. My uncle had it. He abused and neglected it. If I wasn't so happy to have it home I would have been pissed. Still it was disappointing in how he kept it up. To him this is all old junk. Carb was gummed up from sitting. Thats no biggie. Its when I found out it was over a gallon low on oil that got me. I haven't had time to go over everything yet. If grandpa seen the shape it was in he would be mad as hell. I know how particular he was with his equipment.
The loader is a New Idea brand. I have all of it its not on in the pic.

Equipment: Where to buy / goverment surplus auctions
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:49:55 AM »
I ran across this site accidentally one morning having coffee. I'm sure some of you have seen it before.


All kinds of stuff. Ive never been in the military but I have always liked the military vehicles. A lot of this stuff on here could easily be adapted to use onfarm and ranch.

They have Hummers starting bid at $7,500. I read somewhere you can now get them with an off road title. SO I have a question for the military guys. What would have to be done to make a military hummer road legal? Why cant I just go buy one and drive it around? If they are not road legal why are them selling them to the public?

Parenting / food allergies
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:42:39 AM »
Anyone else have a child with food allergies? Our youngest has them pretty bad. Eggs, chicken, soy, milk, goats milk, wheat and everything in the wheat family including oats.  At first we had no idea what was going on. He would scratch himself bloody. He did it so bad one night in the car it looked like someone was murdered in his car seat. body was covered in scales. Dr was pulling his hair out trying to figure out whats wrong. Changing formulas, try this cream try that cream. Finally we went to an allergist. Found a good one in Omaha that also a professor at UCLA.
Doc took one look at him and said the scales were a skin infection from all the scratching. Give him a bleach bath every day. One or 2 cap fulls in a his normal size bath. They tested him found out with in 15 minutes what was wrong. Once we got a hold of his diet and beat the infection he is so much happier. He is 2 now. The next 2 paragraphs I copied and pasted off my wife's Facebook status.

Yesterday he was retested for all of the things he was tested for at 8 months old. Only one new allergy, Cats. Thankfully we only have outdoor cats. He loves them so much and I hate that he's developed an allergy to them. As for food allergies, milk & eggs were the same as before. Wheat actually decreased to one number away from intolerance but still an allergy. Soybean went from an intolerance to high number just like milk & eggs.

Banana, walnut and chicken were all slight intolerance. He loves bananas so that bothered me. He's never had an issue eating them. He goes back in Dec for a checkup. He was put on Allegra allergy meds, an antihistamine for his itching and an inhaler for his cough & wheezing from the gravel road dust as well as soybean dust from the fields. Otherwise he's healthy, lungs & heart sound great.

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / "real" man?
« on: September 10, 2015, 01:59:41 PM »
Last night our youngest would not go to sleep. He would only let mommy rock him so I went on to bed. Turned on the tv and fell asleep. I wake up to her freaking out. There is something flying around in the bedroom. I thought it was a bird.  Barn swallow or sparrow. I know they poop a lot so I pull the covers over my head. Wife starts laughing. I say tell me when its gone.  Mind you I am still half asleep at this time and not fully aware of the situation. Finally she said its gone. Ok so Im awake now and thinking its just a dang bird and how did it get in?
Not a bird its a bat. Hanging from the ceiling in the living room over the open stair case to the basement. Open the front door hoping it flies out and no more fly in. So I'm throwing things at it and it wont move. WTF. I came inches from hitting it with one of the kids blocks.
I have the wife holding a blanket over the door way to the rest of the house. I sneak over to the gun cabinet. I'm thinking do I use the .22? No too messy. Open the door and there is my daughters pink bb gun. That was my weapon of choice. Good ole daisy pump bb gun. Its even loaded. Pump that thing up a few times and direct hit. Bat falls straight down into the basement. Look down the stairs hoping to see a dead body. Nothing. crap. I go down the stairs and the sucker is hanging under the edge of a stair tread. Scared the daylights out of me. Right by my bare foot. This whole time Ive been running around in my shorts. Now I go get dressed quickly. boots and all. fly down the stairs and hit it again. This time its done. Hes dead. Now I cant sleep. We were up half the night waiting for another one to come flying circles over our heads.
The only thing I could think of was what I sight I must have been. Should have been in the movie the great outdoors with John Candy. 
Of course the Wife puts it on Facebook. I get drilled at work. The guys saying Wow what a tough guy hiding under the covers LOL. I don't care I admit it, im a bit of a chicken sometimes. Especially when Im woke up out of a dead sleep with things flying around my head.
We will be laughing about this for a long time.

I got a different 5er this spring and I quickly found out that the water tank is smaller than what we were use to. Someone had changed it out.  I knew we were going to be boondocking at cave run lake in Kentucky so I needed a extra tank. Even at our local campground we normally go there is no water close by. Its a pain to hook it up and go get water. Getting a barrel was easy but a pump was 80 bucks and Im kinda tight so I came up with this.
Used a 12 volt air compressor Ive had for years. Cost me about 10 bucks for the spigot and the valve stem and reducer. Takes a couple minutes but then have more than enough pressure to push the water into the fresh water tank. I have a long box pickup so there is plenty of room to mount the barrel right behind the cab.

Site Rules & Introductions / Hello from North eastern Nebraska.
« on: August 23, 2015, 04:54:29 PM »
I am a farm hand from Pender Ne. 42 years old. 6 kids. 4 from first marriage 2 from second. My wife of 4 years is from south eastern Kentucky. Met on the the internet. We enjoy gardening. We got into it more when we found out our youngest 2 has severe food allergies.  soy, chicken, milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts. oats and goat milk. Its been rough but we got it figured out.

We also enjoy traveling and camping. We go to Kentucky at least once a year sometimes twice to visit the wife's family. This year we took the camper and made a big trip out of it. We try to go on several camping trips a year even if its just to the local camp ground 12 miles away.

My wife and I  have been canning for the past several years. I don't consider myself "prepper" I just missed my grandmothers canned peaches. Shes dead so I had to figure it out myself. I wish so much I had paid more attention when I was younger but I had to be on the tractor with grandpa. Now I can everything. Beef, pork, chicken, I make my own chicken stock. Made pickles this year for the first time. 8 gallons.

I like to hunt and fish. Not so much hunting anymore but I try to fish quite a bit. I like to dump the canoe in the river and spent the day. Nothing better then fresh catfish.

Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / concrete raised beds
« on: August 23, 2015, 02:34:47 PM »
Pictures taken this spring before planting. The steel water tanks worked out great. This is the second year for them. The bottoms are rusted out so they are no good for anything but this.
The concrete feed bunks are left over from when we had cattle here and from when we updated our cattle handling facility on the other place. They worked out fairly well. I was worried that dirt would plug the cracks and not allow water to drain. I have the opposite problem. I have to go back and dig the dirt out of every seam and seal it somehow. Water runs right through. I think it has harmed my yeald on the tomatoes. As a matter fact i know it has. I tried to fill the cracks with expansion foam but didn't work very well. On the side it worked but the bottom it just fell out.

Cooking equipment / BBQ grill/smoker/cooker build
« on: August 23, 2015, 10:54:32 AM »
This all started one day I had some time to waste and seen a bass pro shop so I went in to browse around. I seen this.http://www.basspro.com/Horizon-Smoker-16-Ranger-Backyard-Smoker/product/10202040/. I loved it but who has nearly 2 grand to drop on a smoker? I was talking to a fried of mine showed him a picture and he set me up with some water heater tanks. Shortly after we got 3 inches of rain and couldent do anything at work and the rest is history. Its not done yet but getting there. I still need a fire box.   http://s1008.photobucket.com/user/jonandjen/media/1a1a1a1a.jpg.html One side is the smoker and cooker the other side is the charcoal bbq grill. The axel and trailer frame came from an old auger we had cut up for scrap iron.

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