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    Exmark Laser Z cutoff, and is dead to the world

    I had to replace the engine on my 2012 lazer Z last year. Kholer Command Pro 34hp. Threw a rod at only 640 hours. Replaced with a Kawasaki engine this time on the recommendation of a friend in the lawn care business. He owns several and has had issues with Kohler.
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    Keep current truck forever or try to afford a new one every 5-10 years?

    3 if you don't put any money down.
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    Keep current truck forever or try to afford a new one every 5-10 years?

    Just built one out of curiosity. $93,300 keeping it as close to mine as possible and skipping the new stuff I would like to add such as self leveling air bags, bed camera, safety group with adaptive cruise etc. Add all that in and it jumps to $98,000.
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    Keep current truck forever or try to afford a new one every 5-10 years?

    They do. Would be my first choice if buying again. If I were in construction and moving lumber I would probably want the long box but I'm usually towing and if it doesn't fit in the bed most likely I'm pulling a trailer. Rear seats actually recline and in the upright position there is room to...
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    Keep current truck forever or try to afford a new one every 5-10 years?

    2012 Ram 3500 Laramie purchased new after discounts for $56k . Originally thought I would trade it in before it hit 100k miles. I tested the waters at 75k miles and the dealers were not even close to what I would consider an acceptable trade difference. Currently at 279k miles. The first...
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    Putting a Cummins 24V with VE mechanical injection pump into my 2008 F250 with failed Navistar engine

    I had my first major issue other than wear and tear on my 2012 Ram 3500 last fall at 260,000. Issues with the EGR. I was surprised when I called a local diesel shop about a full delete on the truck and they had me in the shop the next morning and ready to pick up that afternoon. No secret...
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    Home Building Questions - Propane - All electric - Fireplace

    We have an all electric home (geo heat/air) other than the stove top. The oven is electric with propane range. After going from electric to gas burners we would never go back to electric. We stubbed a gas line out for the range top and just hook up a standard 60lb propane tank. Lasts us prob...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    Update.....hard to believe it's been over a year already. Here's our year end solar results One pic showing our 2021 electric bills for our all electric home including heat without solar compared to 2022 with solar. 4,400 sq/ft of conditioned space. Also another pic showing production by...
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    Diesel nearly DOUBLE the price of gas

    Look into the mudflap app for diesel if they have station participating in your area. Free to use and big savings. .64 cents off a gallon currently at the station I use. Last week I filled my transfer tank and truck for $1.10 off a gallon on 120 gallons of diesel.
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    Anyone added insulation for sound deadening?

    We did denim insulation in our new home build 9 years ago in all interior walls. Well worth the money spent. It's also easy to work with. https://bettersoundproofing.com/is-denim-insulation-good-for-soundproofing/
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    Cool Nature Photos

    I was taking the picture from another catameran. Pretty impressive storm. Tried to get a pic along with some lighting to no avail.
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    Skid Steer Mower Width

    3 blade piston motor.
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    Cool Nature Photos

    Picture from our not so sunset sail earlier this week in Cancun. Watched this storm start small over the ocean and build to this.
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    Skid Steer Mower Width

    I have owned the 84" CID extreme high flow cutter for a couple years now. Very happy with it. It is a beast of a mower. I have the optional mulching teeth.
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    Pics from the stand

    300 win mag.
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    Pics from the stand

    I did get a look at the big one this morning. He came out at 9:45. Far end of my field. Unfortunately he was at about 350 yards. I tried rattling to see if I could turn him but at that distance and with the wind I don't think he even heard me. Continued straight across from north to south...
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    Pics from the stand

    This is the most deer movement I've ever seen. I had deer moving all day everyday and usually had 8 to 12 in the fields in the evenings.
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    Pics from the stand

    Antlers only get shot if they are worth going on the wall. That's why I let that 8 in the pics walk. Does go in the freezer.
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    Pics from the stand

    This is a pretty special deer. Most look smaller in person than on camera. This guy looks even bigger in person. Been seeing him on the property since June. Been a ghost since the season opened so not sure if he's still alive or not.
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    Pics from the stand

    He needs one more year. He'll be a shooters next year. This is the one I'm chasing.
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    Pics from the stand

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    Pics from the stand

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    Pics from the stand

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    Pics from the stand

    I haven't been deer hunting the last two years. Quite honestly I got bored with it. This year a monster buck I've been seeing since June around the property got my interest back. So far I haven't seen him and tomorrow morning is my last shot before leaving Thursday for vacation. I did see...
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    They are being used to line about 1,100 ft of driveway. Maples are well adapted here. I have several I have planted over the years with no issues. Out of the 60 I planted this spring we only lost the ones this fall to the deer. All of the others made it and added as much as 2 ft of growth...
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    Haven't lost any additional trees since wrapping and adding t-posts. I have 15 that will need replaced this spring when I can get Menards to order some in. Tried to go to the local nursury but they wanted twice the price.
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    Finally got a look at two of the suspects. The bigger of the two was chasing the other buck from a doe yesterday morning out the back of the house. Was almost dark so these were the best pics I could get. The bigger one is probably the one my wife has been talking about all summer. I had yet...
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    Ended up doing t posts so they can't push them far enough to snap them and corregated pipe. A lot of work but in 2 days they took out 15 of the 60 I have down my drive. About $$1,000 worth of trees at the current size. Only question on the pipe is heat trapment being black. I'm wondering...
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    Thanks. May have to wire but was hoping to just stop the rubs and keep from doing cages. No issues eating the bark, just antler damage.
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    Will this work? Need to protect trees from buck rubs.

    Looking for suggestions to protect about 60 maples from deer rubs. The easiest and cheepest thing I can think of would be 3 t-post in a triangle around the trunks to keep the bucks from being able to completely destroy them. Picture attached. The deer were eating them down to the ground every...
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    Bluetooth 5.0 experience - long range class 1 - anybody have experience/recommendations?

    Going on 9 months now with no issues. Regardless shows you the range is possible.
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    Bluetooth 5.0 experience - long range class 1 - anybody have experience/recommendations?

    I have this transmitter for an outdoor audio system at my wedding venue. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07D1JJBJR?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title Have only tried it line of site but no issues playing from my phone at 300ft away.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    He was doing 20 mph on a 55mph hwy, no straps, lumber 5ft left of the cab and 8ft off the tailgate. It was already shifting with every bumb as I passed him. I was busy with work so didn't hang around for the show.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Not a single strap. He pulled out onto a two lane hwy. Lost site of him before He got to the interstate but wouldn't surprise me if he took that route.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Followed this guy out of Menards today.
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    Starlink

    If I understand what your trying to do something like this should work without waiting on the ethernet adapter. It's what I did after giving up as the shipping date kept getting pushed back. Just capture the wireless signal from your SL router with the wireless receiver then output the cat6...
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    Starlink

    My ethernet adapter I've ordered has been pushed back twice now and needed it to connect to my existing router so I can get rid of Viasat. Finally ordered a wireless to ethernet module so I can run the starlink into my existing router. Works great and not seeing any noticeable difference in...
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    Starlink

    From Starlink Due to excessive levels of inflation, the price of the Starlink kit is increasing from $499 to $549 for deposit holders, and $599 for all new orders, effective today. In addition, the Starlink monthly service price will increase from $99 to $110. The new price will apply to your...
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    Trucks! Geez....

    Not sure where or when I ever advocated for the tax you mentioned or how I've voted on issues. Im sorry you se3m to think Im the reason for you having to pay more. For the most part I'm for fare and open trade without governments getting involved for special interests. Its usually best when...
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    Trucks! Geez....

    I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. I'm simply pointing out that it works both ways and in terms of China it has been extremely one-sided and not in our favor. They have been eating our lunch for years and we have been letting them.
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    Trucks! Geez....

    Did you know that China forces our companies to manufacturer products in China as opposed to exporting there in order to be competitive through unfair trade practices then steals or copies the tech we bring over?
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    Starlink

    Mine is currently sitting on the ground until mount arrives. If you turn it after about a minute or two it will realign automatically.
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    Trucks! Geez....

    My 2012 is in rams 4th gen series so I wouldn't consider it an older truck in comparison. I would agree with that if comparing the 3rd gen series to the new ones. One of my best friends who also works for me bought a new one last summer. I've towed with it and ride in it often. Dont get me...
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    Trucks! Geez....

    Just built a new one online. Used the standard 6.7 instead of high output to put it comparable to my 2012 6.7 HO. The 2022 would have power folding mirrors, rain sense wipers, auto high beams, power release tailgate, and an extra 50lbs of torque. Everything else is the same. 2022 is $82,815...
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    Trucks! Geez....

    Alpine premium sound, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated stearing wheel, DVD entertainment system and will tow everything I need it for with ease. Still putting out 800 lbs of torque without a tune.. For $24k I can skip the extra cameras and a few extra gadgets you...
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    Trucks! Geez....

    Still driving my 2012 Ram 3500 Laramie. 262,000 at the moment. Bought it new in Oct of 2012 when they were clearing them out for the 2013 models. Paid $54,000. $14,000 off sticker. It's hard to believe what this same truck is selling for now.
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    Starlink

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-shifts-resources-to-cybersecurity-to-address-starlink-jamming/
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    Starlink

    Lol. Well it made it from Wasington back to Lenexa KS and finally showed up here. Setup was about as easy as you could ask for. Still waiting on my ethernet adapter and permanent pile mount to ship but sitting in the yard works for now. Getting 70 to 80 down and about 10 to 12 up so far.
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    First fly of the year, already?

    In NW Missouri and had one a week ago on a warm day. Been a really mild winter here this year. Very little snow and could use some rain already.
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    Starlink

    I was hoping to get mine today. At 1am last night Fedex was showing it in Wellsville, KS about 90 miles south of me with delivery scheduled for today. As of this evening it now shows in Washington, 1,800 miles away with no scheduled delivery date. Not sure how that happens.
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    Starlink

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/ukraine-shipment-starlink-terminals-elon-musk
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    Kubota Grand L Cab Relectix Roof Liner

    Are you sure your air conditioning is working properly. Mine is a 2019 or 2020 model and my cab stays ice cold even in upper 90 temps.
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    Love our two sided fireplace. No need to bring wood into the house. Load and clean from the outside. No mess inside.
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    Thank you. And that is hard to put a price on and a huge value in a good GC. Most don't understand how important this is and how expensive/fast mistakes can be compounded on an owner build if your not competent.
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    As I stated it's not common but to state that "no way" you can achieve the same quality is a bit bold. I would put our build up against the top builders in our area and not just the pretty stuff you see on the outside but the bones underneath the rock as well. It can be done and done well with...
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    That's a pretty bold statement. My build would run counter to all of the above. It can be done and done well by a non-GC. Maybe not common but possible. Links to pics of our build below. Finished pics of our owner build without a GC
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    Starlink

    For those who have been thinking about canceling and reordering later I just checked another address for my area. It shows we are already at capacity and new order may not be fulfilled until 2023 or later.
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    Starlink

    Got our notification this evening. Located in NW Missouri. Have a friend located in Topeka KS that recieved his notification today as well.
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    Anyone watching Super Bowl?

    For the most part I do but on the NFL I've decided the family time is more important to me. I could do without the NFL, wouldn't bother me any, but it's something several family members enjoy so if they want to watch the games I'll enjoy the time I'm able to spend with them.
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    Anyone watching Super Bowl?

    I understand the reasons, many listed in previous posts, not to like the NFL. I agree with most but still enjoy it mainly do to the time with family. My father in-law is a huge chiefs fan and we rarely miss a game. Everyone gathers at our house each week and we try to have lunch or dinner as...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    Panels were really producing today. The combination of full sun and cool temps to keep the panels and inverters cool had them just above max rating. My inverters were showing 25.2 kW at peak sun today. Total panel rating is 24.9. (60 panels x 410 watts). Putting about 135 kWh to the grid per...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    The disfunction in LGs service department continues. I've already confirmed all documents needed for them to process my refund were recieved and complete. Today I get a text message telling me they can't get service scheduled and would like me to be a available close to my fridge so they can...
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    Ordered a 2022 Ram 2500

    I had several people mention better mileage after break in but I never saw a difference on my ram diesel. Still the same at 260,000 as the day I bought it.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    I actually started this post last Monday. Your lucky you were even able to get someone to look at it. There are a lot of consumers that can't and get the endless runaround from LG. Jeremy
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Unfortunately this is an ongoing issue with LG. Here are screenshots of just a few customer comments on one of their recent Facebook posts.
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    What is the best way to narrow my 700' gravel drive?

    Leave the drive as is and continue to roundup if needed a few times of year to keep the grass and weeds out. When you re-gravel dump in the center where you want to drive. Over time some of that will get pushed to the extra width on the sides that you don't currently want. An angled landscape...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Local repair company I know wants it for the control board and icemaker so he is going to pick it up for parts free to me.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    This one is only 2 years old so prob wouldn't fit that program anyway working or not. I have a local appliance repair that is going to pick it up for parts. At least all of it may not end up on a landfill.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Yes as part of the settlement agreement.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Well the frustration with LG is finally over. Yesterday afternoon I received the official settlement agreement. It stated that if I accepted the settlement for $1700 they required me to remove the serial/model tag and cut it then mail it and a signed affidavit stating I would dispose of and...
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    Hit immovable object in float

    If your going to be on concrete plowing with your loader get yourself a front mounted plow with trip springs. The expense will save you in the long run and also greatly spead up productivity. With the bucket no way to prevent all of your momentum getting pushed into the frame when you catch an...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    The 2016 to 2019 LG refrigerators are junk. The compressors have a known problem with failures or leaks from the sealed system. Unfortunately mine was purchased April of 2019. This is the 2nd time the compressor has stopped. 1st time was a year ago. Per the 1st tech out the new compressors...
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    Starlink

    When we built our home fiber was already at the road but our house was a full mile off the hwy. When I inquired about getting it ran to the house our coop told us their cost to run the line back to us was around $35,000-$38,000. Luckily a few years later we had a radiologist build about 3/4...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    That's what I'm working on. Have an appointment for Sat. According to A&E they should be able to get the compressor for free so will see what the labor costs. What's crazy is A&E would not accept my request for repair even if I paid because the previous visit was in their system as a factory...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Update. As of this afternoon LG sincerely apologizes that they cannot find a repair center to fix our refrigerator. They have now offered to refund our refrigerator at a prorated rate and will pay us $1700 of the $2500 purchase price. Once accepted we can do what we want with the refrigerator...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    It's not so much the fridge it's the after sale customer service that is the issue and that's not just a Monday issue. It's a 7 days a week issue with LG. There are comments everywhere from customers with the same no support issues. They will not authorize enough money for the warranty...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Update. Recieved an email today from LG that A&E factory repair which is also sears home appliance repair I believe cannot schedule our service. LG has offered us up to $1,000 reimbursement to get it fixed ourselves or will offer a refund. Waiting on the details on the refund settlement...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    Jan update......Probably won't post another until end of the year as a recap but so far so good. My Jan estimate was 2510. Actual production was 2,528 kWh reducing my bill by $295 for the month at our 11.7 cent/kWh rate.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    If I put that shat box in a landfill I have to shell out about $3,000 for a new one. Doesn't quite put me on the winning side of this situation in my opinion. I only want LG to cover what they are legally required and have promised to cover under their warranty. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    I will just hope it's sooner rather than later. I'm not the type of customer that's going to go away easily.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Just a quick update. After a lot of digging and searching online I was able to find a direct email to LG's USA Chief Executive, president of Customer Operations, and Vice President of Customer Operations. After emailing all three with the details I included here I revieved a phone call from...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    This one is not a supply chain issue. We just can't get a service call scheduled through LG. From the first repair tech that came out the fridge will be great once the redesigned compressor is put in. Just hope you don't need service under warranty. We had an issue with the icemaker last...
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    Luckily we already had an old fridge we used in the basement for drinks. Whirlpool fridge that is 18 years old and never been serviced.
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    A warning about LG Appliances in regards to warranty service

    I'm sure they all have their issues with both reliability and service but my experience trying to get LG to cover a compressor failure that is still under warranty has been pretty unbelievable. I've been posting about it on my facebook page and has finally reached a point where I thought I would...
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    Comparison Whats the best non turbo 40Hp tractor for small farming?

    In 2018 I waited 6 months for a part for a 2015 case compact tractor. Not a single new or used in the US and had to wait for it to become available overseas. Apparently none there as well at the time.
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    Owner Dissatisfied With Deere Wants To Switch To Kubota

    My 2015 Case 55C (same as a boomer 55 only in red) would qualify as a bad tractor. It must have been a Monday after New Years Eve assembly. Had two very good CaseIH tractors before that one but my 55C was in the dealers shop 10 months out of my 24 months of ownership. Kubota L6060 has been...
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    Starlink

    You have to remember they are also scaling up service globally, not just in the US.
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    Starlink

    My household of 5 with 3 kids seems to disagree. Get 3 kids all streaming or gaming at the same time and try to watch a netflix movie with the wife and 100+ MBS is appreciated. No more issues now with fiber.
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    What teams will play in the next Superbowl?

    The main reason is player safety and studies that show a significant increased risk of injury after 4 quarters. This is the reason they allow a tie in regular season and also why changes have been voted down in the past.
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    Tahoe diesel claims 80k payoff in diesel fuel economy

    I think MPG is often exaggerated more than ***** size.
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    Tahoe diesel claims 80k payoff in diesel fuel economy

    No one that I know who's honest about their mpg gets 20 plus in that truck. I get about 16-17 mpg hwy in my Ram 3500 dually and about 14-15 overall. Buddy of mine always claimed 24 to 25 mile per gallon in his f250 diesel. Asked a coworker who travels with him about it and he just laughed and...
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    Insurance for tractors.

    I'll see if I can get that for you tomorrow.
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    Insurance for tractors.

    Tractor and skid steer are insured through American Family. Written separately from my homeowners similar to my auto policies with them. Covers use anywhere I go, liability, damage to other property etc.
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    Rolled the rtv 900

    When I do something stupid I also refer to myself as "my drunk buddy" :)
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    Consumer Electronics Show 2021 - John Deere gets a couple of "Worst in Show" awards

    I listened a bit to Dave Ramsey in the past and would want to turn him off every time someone mentioned a business opportunity or starting a new business. He always discourages them unless they could pay outright without a loan. If you listen to Dave no one would ever start a small business...
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    How many are ENERGY Farming

    Current payback on average for a turn key install in my area is about 12 years so hard to see how his payback jumped to 100. With that said I would never do a roof install on anything other than metal and that would only be if a ground mount wasn't feasible.
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    Groan thread closed..Why?

    Not offended at all. I'm not easily triggered which is why I find it odd that others find a need to shut down threads. I'm actually quite the opposite. I don't believe people have a right to not be offended. That's seems to be the problem. We now censor everything to try and appease a few.
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    Groan thread closed..Why?

    Then those specific posts should be removed instead of killing the thread. If you only want to read about tractors then stick to the posts and subgroups about tractors.
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    Groan thread closed..Why?

    You didn't have to read it. That is the point. If you don't like what's in there then ignore it and let others that do enjoy it. This world we have now of constant censorship trying not to offend someone gets tiring.
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    Commode keeps plugging. sometime it good 3 months A snake clears it in 4 -5 ft. commode on line always runs.

    We own a wedding venue that seats 300 and use American Standard pressure assist toilets. Can't remember the last time I had to plunge a toilet.
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    Ordering a L6060

    Eddie as you know I'm in the pyrotechnics industry. We import directly from the Chinese factories. Last year for 2021 we recieved only one of containers out of 3 prior to July 4th. Finally got the 3rd container last Sept 10 months after ordering. This year things have not improved much and...
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    Clear Cut Land

    $1,380. I charge $115/hr. I run a CID extreme cutter. 84" high flow version with mulching teach on the blade housing. https://cidattachments.com/product/cid-x-treme-duty-piston-motor-brush-cutter-attachment I only do a few side jobs and don't do it for a living. It's really hard on a...
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    Clear Cut Land

    A few pics of a job I just finished up for a friend with something similar. Mostly softwood and a lot of smaller overgrowth in the 1 to 3" range. Everything around 5" and under was cut. 6" to 8" laid over and piled to burn. About 2 acres and took 12 hours to finish. The small stuff goes pretty...
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    Timber Frame Hybrid Home - Owner Builder

    We have the 2 car garage on the south end of the walkout basement but a larger 3 car on the main level is still my goal. That or a metal barn some day.
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    Timber Frame Hybrid Home - Owner Builder

    A few things I learned a long time ago from a family friend who was in construction is that you can't have too much storage, too many outlets, and 3 ft doors everywhere you have room for them. Pond is half full. Will know this spring if my work to increase runoff will keep it full or if I...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I'm in the pyrotechnics industry and can concur. I was wrote up once during an inspection at the weight station. I was asked to pull the breakaway pin on my trailer so he could check proper operation. When I did I leaned over the side of my truck bed and pulled it instead of climbing in and...
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    Timber Frame Hybrid Home - Owner Builder

    Oh and no removable decorative window grids. The grids don't stay on well or gets bumped out of place easily from blinds on the Anderson 400 series windows we have. For our windows at our wedding venue we went with grids between the window panes for this reason.
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    Timber Frame Hybrid Home - Owner Builder

    Man time flies doesn't it? Honestly not much if anything. I would still like to add my garage on the main level. My plans are designed for it but with kids hitting college now that will still have to wait. That was one thing we had to ax and move to the walkout basement to cut costs. At...
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    If they were their own GC and didn't have a builder hired I can assure you they had their hands full and I would consider them the builder. I was my own GC Timber Frame Hybrid Home - Owner Builder I subbed out a lot of the work but oversaw and scheduled everything. If I didn't build the...
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    A newbies DIY solar install

    My December bill is in. For the month of December my panels produced 2,100 kWh. My estimates prior to install for December was 2,180. I ended up using a total of 2,761 kWh for the month before solar so I was billed for 581 kWh after solar. Here's a breakdown of my Jan electric bill 581 kwh...
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    What's your weather today?

    We are leaving vacation at St John, USVI this afternoon heading back home to St Joseph, MO. Pics from this morning and just now at home. Top pic was 80 degrees at sunrise at our vacation home, bottom is our ring camera at our wedding venue. Should be around 5 degrees when we land tonight.
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    Big Cars are killing Americans

    Ram 3500 mega cab. Better visibility over the hood, left, and right than my wife's durango and no worse than my little saturn I drive as a daily driver. I've driven many smaller cars with worse blind spots. Bigger issue is too many people not practicing active driving skills. On the phone...
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    Many of us have an equal amount of heating and cooling through the year. I wouldn't consider it a win in the cooling season nor much of a win in the heating season with that heat being in the highest part of the home where it is not needed and most likely to escape. I'll stick with more...
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    We have a timberframe home with the underside of all rooflines spray foamed so our duct is all in conditioned space as well. Hvac units are in a conditioned basement one on each end of the home.
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    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    Eddie I agree with you on most every post but advocating flex over hard pan duct because someone can't seal them correctly is something I can't get on board with. So much pressure drop and potential for kinks/restrictions with flex. Here's a few pics coming off one of our two hvac systems in...
  116. J

    L6060 Hard Starting In Cold Weather

    Different brand and machine but the injectors on the last case trackloader I owned were covered under the emissions warranty.
  117. J

    Building Lake Corona

    On 2nd look that is a beast of a machine. 21 more hp and about 1100lbs higher on operating load at 50%. Would really have to need those extra specs for that price difference. Would make a good forestry machine if running drum mulchers.
  118. J

    Building Lake Corona

    I would be trailering it to the dealer for that price. My TV450 was $67k new with hvac cab, high-flow, ride control, air seat. I'm wondering where that extra $60k is justified on the Takuchi? Specs are not that different for almost double the cost.
  119. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    2200 to 3700 kWh per month with an average of about 2,800 per month. 4500 sq/ft home. 100% electric. HRV, whole house humidifier, 3 kids and usually 3 loads of laundry a day. Heated dog house until this winter (lost our 2 Mastiffs the last 2 years). Fans going in all rooms all night, etc...
  120. J

    Wireless Driveway alert or alarm recommendations

    I no longer have it since we moved but had great luck with the Dakota alert system Murs system with in ground probe for detecting vehicles.
  121. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Im confused on how that's possible unless you have solar already. That's equivalent to about one hot washer and dryer cycle of laundry a day and no other usage.
  122. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Lol. Our range area stays mowed so no issues.
  123. J

    Building a custom home - HVAC options - could use a bit of help please!

    We have a similar setup only with geo and zoned duct. 6 separate zones with whole house humidifier tied in.. Master is alone on one of those zones. Having the zone controls is really nice.
  124. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    200 Kwh per month total or $200?
  125. J

    Building a custom home - HVAC options - could use a bit of help please!

    Geo uses a lower air volume as well and makes for a very quiet system. Usually never even know if ours is on or off. If you get a chance do a blower door test prior to sheetrock to help with air sealing.
  126. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Yes. My estimates prior to install for December was 2180 kWh for the month. My highest month should be July at just over 3600 kWh for the month.
  127. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Will have our first full month on the books here in a few days. Will post production vs estimates. This month and Jan will be our lowest production months. I'm seeing a daily production low of 16 kWh on a heavy full cloud day and 100kWh on a full sun day.
  128. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Good for target practice. That's about it.
  129. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    One of the family businesses just lost all of their ash trees. I helped dad plant those 30 years ago
  130. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Case TV450. Might be worth a phone call to someone local who does land clearing for a quote. . This would be a fairly easy job for them
  131. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Just skim the surface with the loader bucket when finished. Final clean up with a landscape rake maybe if needed. I could take that entire row out with my track loader and stump bucket and one afternoon easily.
  132. J

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    "Whether you think you can, or think you can't - you are correct?"
  133. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    You can use the top side of your chain saw to skim the thorns off if using for firewood. Just don't accidentally catch them with the bottom side pulling toward you. They can shoot off like little missiles. Had one lodge just under a kneecap once. Swelling and joint pain for several days.
  134. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Unfortunately it is and we have plenty. These are about the only trees that have given my tractor flat tires here. If you get stuck be prepared for swelling and joint pain if anywhere near a knuckle or finger joint. Been stuck by many over the years. After laying dead for a year the thorns...
  135. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    I have a brush cutter for my CTL but don't typically worry about thorns from osage orange. Usually not very long. Honey locust on the other hand is a different story. Here's what the thorns from honey locust here look like. Up to 14" long.
  136. J

    Building Lake Corona

    I hope your right. All of the surrounding ground was like a sponge prior to clearing. Will create a little more maintance mowing with the cutter once or twice a year but that's ok. I don't mind that type of work.
  137. J

    Building Lake Corona

    I bet it is. That TL12 is a big machine at almost 13k lbs. About the only one bigger is the new Case TV620B which tops 16,000 lbs. Glad that helped him with his tracks. And Merry Christmas everyone. We are flying out day after Christmas for vacation if we don't get caught up in all the...
  138. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Have made some progress cleaning up the timber around the pond. For the first time since we purchased the property you can walk this area now. Here's a before pic of what the timber looks like. 2021-12-24_11-07-40 Couple of pics after a few days dropping and piling trees. This one looking...
  139. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Enjoying the 60 degree weather here today.
  140. J

    Skidsteer rentals

    Agreed. A full size bucket is slow and not a good tool for stump removal.
  141. J

    Skidsteer rentals

    How about this oak? Also taken out with a stump bucket. A large ctl and stump bucket can take out most trees in the 20 to 30" range in 5 to 10 min.
  142. J

    Skidsteer rentals

    Here's video of the 2nd hedge tree. This one was 30". Took just under 6 minutes to drop with the stump bucket. Video in real speed on this one.
  143. J

    Skidsteer rentals

    Just posted this on another thread.. Here's the biggest of two trees I dropped today. This one was 45" osage orange at the ground and took me about 18 minutes to lay over. Some of the roots were 9-10" wide. I've sped the video to 3x speed. Video Digging hedge tree with stump bucket Here...
  144. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Here's video of the 2nd hedge tree. This one was 30". Took just under 6 minutes to drop with the stump bucket. Video in real speed on this one.
  145. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    Here's the biggest of the two I dropped today. This one was 45" at the ground and took me about 18 minutes to lay over. Some of the roots were 9-10" wide. I've sped the video to 3x speed. The smaller one was about 30". I will post video of it next. The 30" tree took just under 6 minutes to...
  146. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    It has ruined more than one stove as it can get hot enough to warp the metal. Blue flame is common during a good burn and also creates a pretty good firework show as well when you open the doors and expose a hot fire to extra oxygen.
  147. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    I dropped both of my hedge today using the stump bucket. 1st was 45" at the ground and 2nd was 30". Took some pics and video. Will get them posted for you later tonight or tomorrow.
  148. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    If not concerned about stumps then a chainsaw and trackloader with grapple would work. If anyone rents a tree sheer a trackloader with a rotating tree sheer would be even better for cutting and removing the upper branches. Can cut the upper branches and move all from the seat.
  149. J

    skid steer lifting/pulling on muddy hills

    They ride good. Much better than the block pattern that most use. They have a ton of traction and bite. I can usually put every bit of power of my 90 hp machine to the ground in most dirt where the block would slip first. If on grass they will strip it easily if you make a pivot instead of a...
  150. J

    Small Pond Build

    Typically need to core the dam below the current ground level then compact back in with good clay to prevent leakage where the new earth meets existing.
  151. J

    How does one remove tree rows of hedge apple

    I'm taking a couple of big osage out today. Large track loader and stump bucket. Pics of a few big oaks I've removed. Hardest part about Osage can be clearing enough lower branches to dig around them. It makes for excellent fire wood also. Edit: will add that if you are talking about a lot...
  152. J

    Building Lake Corona

    No. It filled about half way then slowly lost water down to about 2 feet. Currently at about 4 feet deep with about 5 feet to go. The water loss seems to have stopped. Dam is good. No leakage on it. I think the problem area is the 2nd untouched ravine. Rocky or sand bottom and losing...
  153. J

    Building Lake Corona

    We have plenty of it here. More than I will ever process.
  154. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Yes on Osage orange. Will propably have 3 years worth of wood. Maybe 4 if I fill the rest of my empty totes.
  155. J

    skid steer lifting/pulling on muddy hills

    A CTL with sawtooth tracks will do fairly well depending on the grade. Huge difference in muddy traction when I switched to that pattern. Nothing will do well on a very steep muddy grade though. https://www.skidsteersolutions.com/sawtooth-pattern-rubber-track-camoplast-sd3208648bbe/
  156. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Saving the best stuff for last. It's rough on chains and not very straight but nothing else burns as hot or holds a coal bed like it. 2021-12-22_03-41-21 by
  157. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Making some good progress on firewood production. I've completely cleared one of my 3 log piles and turned it into firewood. Mostly oak and a small amount of black locust. I have 8 empty totes left at the moment. As soon as I can get these finished up will turn my focus back to clearing...
  158. J

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    I was lucky in that both our home and wedding venue build my wife and I got along great. I have read that it can be one of the most stressful times for a marriage but we found none of that. While exhausting for me, especially the wedding venue due to a hard finish deadline, it was a great...
  159. J

    Contemplating a box blade

    Most have adjustable blade depth. But if what you have works well then no need to change that.
  160. J

    Contemplating a box blade

    With your driveway being 2,400ft a landplane would be one of those tools you can't believe you went without. You will need a hydraulic top link to get the best use out of it. Our driveway is 1 mile long and can't imagine maintaining it without the landplane. Use the rear blade or rake 1 or 2...
  161. J

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    We're located in county and not a single inspection during or after my build other than for septic.
  162. J

    Anyone insured?

    Mine is through American Family insurance. $500 deductible. Coveres damage, theft, damage done by me off property, etc. 2019 Kubota L6060. Worth more than any car I own and I keep insurance on those so same reason. Accidents happen.
  163. J

    Smooth new trail with pine stumplets

    Skid steer with a drum mulcher as mentioned would make quick work. A trackloader with stump bucket would work well also. Here's my TV450 with stump bucket. A 4" stump can be cut in one quick push just under the surface or could pop the entire root ball in one lift. The 14" stump in this pic...
  164. J

    Building Lake Corona

    Current pic of the pond from the tree stand. 2021-12-20_05-39-03 As you can see still has a long way to go. I'm finally getting around to working around the pond again. Spent the last several days hauling logs from one of the piles around the pond and getting it split. I've also started...
  165. J

    Starlink

    In my case it is only to monitor my solar invertors. Just figured why spend extra $ if it works for what I needed it for and it works just fine for that application at 500+ feet.
  166. J

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    Pretty spot on Eddie. I would put the quality of my owner/build up against the best contractors in our area. On the flip side I have a cousin who did his own and a high school buddy as well. Both should have kept their day jobs. One is poor quality of workmanship everywhere you look. The...
  167. J

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    One thing I forgot to mention is contractors lien insurance. This could be a sticking point if you are getting a loan for the build as most banks are going to require it. This almost stalled my home build. I was finally able to get around it by using my other property and building as...
  168. J

    Do I need a general contractor to build a house?

    I was the GC on two projects I have threads on. Our home build and a wedding venue. You will need excellent communication skills, time management, and will need to be able to think several steps ahead, not just what's on the plate at the moment but can be done. You will need to plan to be...
  169. J

    Contemplating a box blade

    My box blade just sits after purchasing a landplane. Haven't used it in 4 years. Most of my leveling is road maintenance so the landplane is the go to piece of equipment.
  170. J

    Starlink

    I am 560 feet of cat 5e from my basement router to my solar array to connect it to the fronius online web monitoring. No issues.
  171. J

    So Proud of my Grand-daughter

    One of the greatest joys in life is watching those we had a part in raising succeed. Congrats to you and her.
  172. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    This was a nice site to see this morning. I know of 2 people that lost panels last night. Lot's of downed fences, trees, etc. Highest wind gusts recorded in our area were 85 mph. We never lost power but the outage map showed 27,000 without last night.
  173. J

    new holland tc 33

    This was a problem several times when I owned a dx33 (TC33 in red)
  174. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Panels are getting a test tonight. So far so good but we are getting wind gusts in the 80+ mph range. A few strong enough just now when I was outside checking panels that they were pushing me sideways and hard to stay on my feet. Looks like I may have a small amount of shingle damage on the...
  175. J

    Bobcat T550

    That extra log length may be handy should you find a defect near one end or other when milling. Gives you some extra wiggle room.
  176. J

    Bobcat T550

    Pretty sure it will. My case tv450 has a tipping weight of 9,000 lbs and a max cylinder lift of 7,700 lbs. Have verified that on one occasion lifting a 7500 lb slab of limestone.
  177. J

    This put a smile on my face

    Sad but probably true. My company was 6 months into a wrongful death suit due to a firework accident before we actually got discovery to look at the fireworks in question. Product was not even our product line. Our insurance company still settled out of court to drop the suit because it was...
  178. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    I know everyone's circumstances are different but with us we just don't have outages and going off grid to plan for a once in a lifetime event just doesn't make sense to me. I know we only get about 3.5 cents on overproduction but with our rate at 11.7 cents that's 30% of retail. Our...
  179. J

    Heat a basement?

    I understand. We have wood floors and a heated basement. Our floors are not cold to the touch as we keep our finished basement at 72 same as the 1st floor however there is no radiant effect at that temp. No comparison to true radiant floors.
  180. J

    Heat a basement?

    But we are not talking radiant floors here, we are talking about heating a basement with forced air. Would take a pretty extreme temp in the basement to give the floors enough heat for that perceived comfort.
  181. J

    Heat a basement?

    There is no maybe, maybe not. The amount of heat used for those warm floors will always be more that the little heat saved upstairs from them.
  182. J

    Heat a basement?

    Sounds like you don't have a need to heat the basement but you are asking if heating the basement will be more efficient and lower your bill by heating the lowest part of the home instead of leaving it unheated. The answer is no. Sorry if that's not what you were asking.
  183. J

    What Have You Done That Has >"TOTALLY CHANGED"< Your Home?

    Hired a professional to take care of the fertilizing/chemicals for the lawn. Looked better in 12 months without seed over what I was trying to do myself for several years.
  184. J

    Ordered a 2022 Ram 2500

    Those that downplay a dodge heavy duty diesel with the 6.7 simply haven't used one to haul heavy loads. Those comments would not be made if they had.
  185. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    You would have to also factor in any maintenance or repairs over 20 years and how much system life is left at that point. Would be wiser just to invest your money for 20 years at a 15 year payback.
  186. J

    Ordered a 2022 Ram 2500

    2012 Ram 3500 diesel. 263,000. Only normal wear and tear items. Still going strong. Ford lost me probably for life after owning a 6.0 powerstroke.
  187. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Don't blame you. My criteria going in was that payback had to be in 8 years or less.
  188. J

    L6060 loader options?

    I have the l6060 with LA1055 and will only add that the combo is very well matched for the size and weight of the tractor with counter weight.
  189. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    As far as output my estimate was 36,800 kwh annually. So far my panels have just slightly outperformed estimates. December estimate is 2,180.
  190. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Just fyi I have two separate 25 kw systems on my wedding venue as well. My panels on the building are west facing where these on the house face south. This time of year one 25kw system on the building produces only 65 to 70% of what my home is producing.
  191. J

    Best bang/buck landscape rake?

    Have had a king cutter 7ft through 3 tractors now. Replaced 1 time over the last 8 years. Still going strong.
  192. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Looking at the cost of all of my components if you did everything yourself you could probably do a 12.5kw system between $17k and $18k before federal tax rebates. About $12.5k to $13.3k after rebate of 23% for 2022.
  193. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Your $684/year should actually be $120 I would think as solar only ads $10/month. Sounds like your paying $47/month already solar or no solar.
  194. J

    WiFi Thermometer

    I use the Emerson wifi tstats. Good luck with them. Nice app that shows all thermostats on one screen. Have a total of 8 connected between the house and the business. Emerson sensi wifi tstat
  195. J

    More high pushing power on Boomer 55, 260TLA loader or 935GBH BH

    A lot to go wrong here. For starters if your bucket is not high enough it's possible the tree will just go over the bucket and tractor when cut. If you decide to help despite the suggestions here not to I would see if it's possible to use the tractor to pull the tree away instead of pushing...
  196. J

    Please answer without comment

    2. One with health issues one only 38 years old and healthy. My wife is young and healthy and was a very close call as well before she finally recovered. Full pneumonia in both lungs.
  197. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    His fault. He did a self install same as I did. I even loaned him my ft/lb and inch/lb torque wrenches and gave him the iron ridge specs for all of the torque values. Not sure how he missed that.
  198. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Install was done myself. I greatly underestimated the price of all of the additional components (3" galv pipe, disconnects, wire, conduit, etc). Conduit really surprised me on how much 2.5" pvc ran. All in and after the federal tax rebate I ended up at .93/cents a watt. Still pretty good and...
  199. J

    A newbies DIY solar install

    Agreed it doesn't make since if that is the case. While we can see our usage and generation daily via smart meter the calculation for billing purposes is only done at the end of the month, not daily. So if we produce 2000 K wh and consume 2100 K wh for the month we would only be billed for 100...
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