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Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 8, This thing ever going to get finished?
« on: December 16, 2017, 12:16:43 AM »
Still not running...

I'll check back, Next Year!!!

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: December 18, 2016, 11:17:38 AM »

Thanks for the out-pouring of support and prayers.  I am both humbled and appreciative.

Fortunately, I am on the mend.  The doc said it would be two to three days until the epidural / steroids injected on Friday started showing effect and I think it is starting to kick in.  This is the first time I have been able to sit at a computer since the injury.  Up to now, even rolling over in bed has been a painful and slow task.       

This experience is certainly giving me an opportunity to appreciate family and friends. Even the millennial daughters are stepping up to help out while mom assumes hospital shuttle and travel hockey duty.

Thanks again.   

Hide Site / Re: Hide/Bug-out site construction thread, Part 2
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:37:09 AM »
^^^ Thanks.  The 11 yr old is keeping me pretty busy with X-C and AA travel hockey...

Sorry that I missed your visit to the farm, I may have been out west at that time.

Hide Site / Re: Hide/Bug-out site construction thread, Part 2
« on: September 11, 2016, 06:03:18 AM »
I would reccomend not tapping into any outlet circuit for any of the lights.  Run separate, dedicated circuits for lighting and separate circuits for outlets.  Otherwise, tripping a breaker while running one of the saws might leave you literally in the dark with hands close to a spinning blade spooling down; If it doesn't happen to you, it might happen to one of your boys, your BIL or grandchildren.  Don't underestimate the damage a table saw or a radial-arm saw can do...

If you keep all lighting 14 gauge wire (white romex) with 15A circuit breakers and outlets 12 gauge wire (yellow romex) with 20A circuit breakers, in a few years when you want to add a light or an outlet, you will be able to quickly identify what type of circuit you are looking at by the romex sheathing color.

CIEMR / Re: Sheep Dogs
« on: June 13, 2016, 02:18:07 PM »
Very good.

Build Threads / Re: How Much?
« on: June 10, 2016, 12:10:39 PM »
Anything with an "82nd  Airborne" sticker on it warrants an immediate $500-$1000 discount...

Hide Site / Re: Hide/Bug-out site construction thread, Part 2
« on: June 10, 2016, 12:02:44 PM »
Are you sure its a well and not just an old cistern from the original homestead?  The reason I ask is that the bottle-shape you describe is consistent with cistern construction techniques used prior to the plastic or poured-in-place ones built today.  I think the old cistern behind the house is of the same bottle-shaped, brick construction. 

A weight on a string will allow you to determine the depth...

D.O.T. / Re: D W D
« on: June 05, 2016, 09:05:49 PM »
Not to be a smart butt, but is there a tractor that won't heat up with a plugged radiator?
...or are you sayin' the mower kicks up trash differently on a deere?
^^^ ...sounding like a Green Kool-Aid drinker!!!   8)

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: Grill Build ('12 GMC)
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:43:16 AM »
That is nice, Ken.

D.O.T. / Re: D W D
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:25:07 AM »
Try to sell the JD yourself.  C-List or Ebay.  Trading it in will cost you thousands.

Remember that BX1500 that I had prior to the BX-24? The one that pulled down the tree?  I sold it on Ebay for $2000 more than Kubota of the Tri-State would reluctantly take it in trade for. 

D.O.T. / Re: D W D
« on: June 04, 2016, 05:38:58 PM »
Interesting.  You are seeing the light...

I have been of the opinion that JD has been living on a long-abandoned legacy for years.  I bought my Kubota years ago after the same JD Dealer's salesman could not adequately explain why the green tractor I was looking at was $2,000 more in price, lower in HP and would only be offered to me with a belly-mower, FEL and a box-scraper. 

The Kubota I was considering had a backhoe in addition to the belly-mower and FEL.  To get a JD equipped like the Kubota would be $7,000 to $8,000 more. 

His best line: "Well, its a 'John Deere' that should say enough..." 


I've known Don for...23, 24 years?  He breaks just about everything; you have no idea... Too much to list.

The fact that his Grizzly lockers are still operating flawlessly, speaks volumes.

Build Threads / Re: A quick update on the Circus Wagon
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:09:03 AM »
Looks great!

Build Threads / Re: Project Terminated
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:23:49 AM »
Hey Norm, when you get a chance, would you snap a picture of the affected area and post it up? 
Hey Bro, you don't think your PW has anything like that going on, do you?
I don't think so.  I have heard stories about rust starting in the drip rail above the windshield on this body style and would like to see an example so I can do a thorough inspection.  Probably would benefit you as well.

Build Threads / Re: Project Terminated
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:21:02 AM »
Yeah Duane I'd be happy to. Look for a pic tomorrow evening.

Build Threads / Re: Project Terminated
« on: May 31, 2016, 03:37:26 PM »
Hey Norm, when you get a chance, would you snap a picture of the affected area and post it up? 

Build Threads / Re: 16 Ram 2500 CTD
« on: May 16, 2016, 03:04:34 PM »
did you take I80 all the way to rock springs and then go north on 191?

I just drove past there a few weeks ago on the way to WA.

Yes I did.  100 miles north of Rock Springs on 191 is Pinedale, my (old) hometown.  Did you drive through Pinedale and Jackson Hole or just take I-80 all the way through Wyoming?   

Build Threads / Re: 16 Ram 2500 CTD
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:44:42 AM »
Thanks!  What kind of mileage are you getting from that Eco-Diesel? 

Lifetime average is 24.2mpg over 34,650 miles.  Best tank was just over 30 mpg, worst was 17.  The worst MPG occurred in March during a trip to Wyoming; kept the cruise at around 80 mph through the mountain passes, climbs and high winds between Cheyenne and Pinedale.     

Hide Site / Re: Hide/Bug-out site construction thread, Part 2
« on: May 01, 2016, 03:18:11 PM »

No real story

He wired the thing

threw the switch

and Bang

Probably the only thing I ever saw him do incorrectly.

Now his daughter, driving off in a creek in his sequoia, that's a different story!

I don't remember that...

I do remember two times sparks flew at your casa, though.  Once while trying to address the poorly installed 50A 220v  (welder/compressor) outlet in your garage; I still don't know how that passed inspection...

The other time was trying to configure the wiring on your present compressor; that was another PIA! 

Build Threads / Re: 16 Ram 2500 CTD
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:38:15 AM »
Anyway, back to the truck...

I like it.  I have a 2015 1500 Eco-Diesel in the same body configuration and color, except that I have the Ram-box bed.  I have almost used up the stock tires on mine and will lift it when I put on new tires.  What size are the tires and lift on yours?

Yeah, we definitely need Duanes version. Probably no chance he got pics?

No pics, sorry.  I don't know why Don went all "Drama Queen" about it. 

1.)  It was more of a long, step-off-of-the-track-backwards-and-roll-onto-your-back kind of fall.

2.)  I wasn't really close enough to do anything when it occurred.

3.)  If I had been close enough and managed to reach out, my effort probably would have only spun him sideways, resulting in a more awkward fall and an injury greater than damaged pride.

4.) Like I said at the time, he landed about as good as he could have. 

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:21:38 PM »
On ours, we were able to bring the caster in spec using only the LCA's.  When it was done, we gained 2-1/2 inches in the rear and almost 5 inches up front.  Completely eliminated the stock forward rake.

Going to be some work, I'll bet it weighs 300 pounds!

You could use the JD to lift that cylinder, unless its beat-down-broken or on strike!

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:02:36 PM »
You will definitely need either adjustable LCA's or adjustable UCA's lifting one of these.  My "Complete" Pro Comp kit came with neither.  I also needed an adjustable front trac-bar.  Did your OME kit level out the forward rake any? Can't really tell by the pictures...   

That's kind of what happens to the John Deere on a daily basis down at the farm...

Or for those acronym-oriented among us:  JDBD= John Deere Beat Down

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:39:11 AM »
The base model that we have has a D44 in the rear and a D30 up front.  Open differentials, front and rear.  We did not re-gear with the tire change to 33's and it still has decent power.  We have a different engine in ours than in the 2008 you have, the 3.6 Pentastar, 285hp/260tq.  We are at a significantly lower altitude than you are (and probably Husker as well).  If we were at a higher elevation, a re-gear would probably be in order.

Build Threads / Re: 2016 Rubicon GJ
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:27:38 PM »
The JK is a decent vehicle with a ton of aftermarket support.  Our 2012 base model Sport has over 80,000 miles on it and it gets around your farm just fine.  The Rubicon you bought has a lot of nice options already.  D44's front and rear, lockers, sway disconnects, low ratio x-fer case.  The D44's are good axles.  Remember, they were put under 3/4 ton pickups in the 1970's.  In a vehicle as light as that JK, they will hold up well unless you get crazy with tire size or you abuse it like your John Deere.  ;D   

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:10:27 PM »
Nice JK, really like the bumper!

If you haven't installed one already, look at the Dead Pedal made by M.O.R.E. Mountain Off Road Enterprises.  I installed one on my wife's JK after seeing it at SEMA a few years back.  It really improves driver comfort and control on and off road. 

Build Threads / Re: 2016 Rubicon GJ
« on: April 18, 2016, 07:48:47 PM »
I'm sure Kathy will not let him touch her Jeep...  That's probably why he is mocking it so severely...

She saw what my son and I did to my wife's JK at the farm...

Build Threads / Re: 2016 Rubicon GJ
« on: April 18, 2016, 07:30:24 PM »
^^^Needs a lift...   Desperately...^^^

Here is what 2-1/2" of lift and 33's looks like on my wife's jeep.

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: November 21, 2015, 11:28:25 AM »
Stopped down at the farm yesterday to dump some corn, place some cameras and prep a few stands / blinds.  The drive is much improved and the fields look great.   :) :) :)

I'll retrieve some pics Wednesday and post 'em up if there are any deer worthy of it.   

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Ol’ SARGE aka BIG RED thread
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:55:57 PM »
Okay, Sarge is looking good.  When will Sarge actually be pushing dirt at the farm?

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 7 Start it up!
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:56:48 PM »
Hey, Never thought about this, but I need a loader bucket

I need a 1.75-2 yard bucket with teeth for a 1976 Case 1150B. Mine is all worn out underneath and the cutting edge. A new custom one costs more than a Kia. I can't find a used one...Anyone hear or see such a thing, let me know!

Have Dan take a look at it, I'm sure he can re-plate the underside and tune up the cutting edge.  With his welding truck, he can take care of it either at Case or at the farm. 

Bug-Out Bag and Camping gear / Re: Nice bunk idea
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:04:22 AM »
Well today we burned some brush and I guess we got a bit too close to the shed.

Yep, it's a gonner...Made a pretty hot fire for awhile

And in doing so, reduced the Carpenter Bee population in the state by 50%...

D.O.T. / Re: Bobby finished the Cherokee!
« on: August 15, 2015, 04:51:28 PM »
START IT UP!!![/size]

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:49:02 AM »
Ok I am going to ask.... do you guys sharpen your bits?

No.  Its a skill I never learned.

I have considered buying one of those "Drill Dr." machines that is supposed to put the proper angle on the tip, it looks to be fool-proof.  Then, I could put the 10 year old on the job and he could spend a couple of days sharpening that drawer-full of dull bits I have...

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: August 14, 2015, 07:55:25 AM »
Not sure what you're saying, but I'm just commenting on the drill bits in case someone wanted information on them.
Yea, be nice to get paid for some of this, but this site is not about $$$, just building networks, men, and honoring God.
The rest will come if he wants it to. I'm good to go with that.

I WANT to hear how those drill bits perform.  I saw those at the NSRA show also and will make my decision to buy some based upon how well they perform for you.  If I can get away from buying 10-20 bits of the same size it would be nice... 

Build Threads / Re: 1974 W200 Possible Purchase and build
« on: August 14, 2015, 07:31:56 AM »
The U.S. Forest Service used to have a bunch of 70's & 80's Dodge crew cab trucks with step side beds when I was in high school, doing oil-changes at a local service station.  We had a service contract with the USFS so I did a lot of work on them.  I thought they were the ugliest things on 4 wheels at the time.  Now I own a power wagon crew of the same vintage and think its pretty cool.  Go figure...   

Construction and Building / Re: My Cabin Build/Reno
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:25:52 AM »
Lund Pro V ? How do you like it? 

Build Threads / Re: 1974 W200 Possible Purchase and build
« on: August 14, 2015, 05:45:30 AM »

Still love my home state of Wyoming!

I do as well.  I left Pinedale 30 years ago to fly helicopters for the Army.  Best place to live IMHO…

BTW, nice Powerwagon.  I have a '75 that does NOT have the divorced transfer case.

Construction and Building / Re: My Cabin Build/Reno
« on: August 14, 2015, 05:19:38 AM »
Very nice.  Brings back memories of my grandparents' cabin and 10 acres on Caliper Lake near Nestor Falls in Ontario.  They owned it from the late 1930's until the early 1980's.  My best summers as a kid were spend there fishing from wooden boats my grandfather made;  Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Crappie and the elusive Muskie!  No electricity save for a small generator my grandfather would fire up for an hour each night so they could watch the news out of Fort Frances.  The property is now part of Caliper Lake Provincial Park.     

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Pulled the trigger
« on: August 12, 2015, 07:01:02 AM »
Nice Kubota, BTW.  I have a BX24 (23hp) and it has no problems pulling a 4ft box blade. I'm sure yours could handle a 5 footer easily.  I keep my box blade on when I am running the loader as a counter-weight.  Its heavy and has a low center of gravity.  Its no fun going downhill with a heavy load in the bucket and having the rear tires lose traction in 2WD.

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Pulled the trigger
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:52:34 AM »
Tillers work well with that compost pile I think you're doing or will be doing. Throw meat away but compost everything else. I plan on composting the little house produce as well. Apparently with the adding of wood ash after each "Addition" you end up with some pretty good growin fertilizer in a couple years of collecting.

Anyway a tiller run through that pile will keep the bacterias square dancing their way to bacteria heaven

We have a compost bin that has been producing for us for years.  The flowerbed and vegetables really thrive with regular additions.  If you keep sticks and branches out of the pile or bin, you can expect good compost in as little as 6 weeks.  Grass clippings, leaves, paper (shredded), and any non-meat food waste goes into the bin. 

Other Weapons / Re: Bows and arrows.
« on: August 09, 2015, 05:29:07 AM »
I have friends that are avid bow hunters and they all say Matthews. 

I own a Mathews Z7 Extreme Tactical that I have been shooting for 4 years.  Absolutely love it.  Quiet, smooth, compact and accurate.  Its the last bow I will ever need.  Prior to that I shot a Parker Blackhawk and before that, a PSE.  Two of my kids shoot Mathews Mission Craze compounds which have adjustable draw lengths from 19-30 inches and adjustable draw weight from 13-70 pounds.  Mathews bows are made in Sparta, WI and if any of your kids participate in the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program, 13,000 schools across America) they shoot a Mathews Genesis Bow. 

We also have a CamX Chaos 325 Crossbow that sees heavy action, particularly since my son is not yet able to draw enough weight to hunt deer.  The CamX is made in Kent, Ohio.  Again, quiet, smooth, compact and accurate.  The CamX put three deer in the freezer last season.

Both Mathews and CamX have lifetime warranties on their products.  They are not the lowest price but then good quality and performance rarely are.

Our archery deer season is just a little over 5 months, rifle/gun is 2 weeks.  Archery hunting for deer allows you to get into the woods before the deer population gets spooked by the rifle hunters.  I find that I generally don't like to be out in the woods with those who only pick up a rifle once a year, during deer season.       

Run them a little bit tonight and give a quick review, maybe I'll buy a set when I go back tomorrow.

Shops Garages and Barns / Re: Kentucky Shop Build
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:21:47 PM »
Foundation wall pour, needed a pump truck.

Shops Garages and Barns / Re: Kentucky Shop Build
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:19:25 PM »
Two days after the footer was poured, it rained. Hard. I had to drain water and mud out of the excavation and believe me, it was a mess. No pics of that, I don't want to remember...

Forms about a week later.

Shops Garages and Barns / Re: Kentucky Shop Build
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:08:43 PM »
Ahhh..Duane's garage build has made it from GarageJournal, to DMAXForum (at least I think it was over there...), now to Real Man :)  I need to post mine too!

Post it up! I have about another 2-1/2 years worth of stuff that was never posted up on GJ.

Shops Garages and Barns / Re: Kentucky Shop Build
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:07:04 PM »
Looks like a canadian cement truck?

That's what most of the redi-mix plants use around here, very common.

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayers for Duane
« on: August 04, 2015, 07:10:13 PM »
I'm doing much better guys, thanks.  Still not 100% but then again I haven't been that in years.  We'll have to see what the doc and MRI say.

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