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  1. KennyG

    New garage - looking for ideas, need to make some design decisions

    I understand the two levels and the height restriction, but, if I was doing it, I would still get more headroom in the first floor. (It's always fun to rework other peoples projects.) Anyway, with 24 feet allowed height on a 30 wide building, let's assume a 1 in 4 roof slope. That's less than 4...
  2. KennyG

    New garage - looking for ideas, need to make some design decisions

    8 foot ceiling? Are you going to do anything but park in there? My pole building has 12 foot ceilings and I wouldn't want anything less. I have 7 foot high doors on my garage and my F-150 antenna hits the door and I can't get the tractor in with the ROPs up. I park in the pole barn because of...
  3. KennyG

    Comparison Buying my first sub compact tractor need help deciding.

    I would really like to know what the OP is doing. Note to new posters: It is nice to provide an update.
  4. KennyG

    Comparison Buying my first sub compact tractor need help deciding.

    Don't be confused by this. Both tractors have identical standard 3 point hitches. Both have proprietary loaders which can be adapted to the skid steer standard, if necessary.
  5. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    If you get Part D when you turn 65, there is no issue. However, if you look at Section 6 of the Medicare handbook, you will see that if you delay adding Part D (for instance, you kept working and remained on an employer plan) you will pay a penalty if you don't have "creditable prescription drug...
  6. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    I worked past 65 with employer insurance. No problem switching to Medicare at 68... BUT it turned out my employer insurance drug coverage (which I thought was pretty good) didn't meet the requirements for Part D equivalent. Therefore, I will pay a hefty penalty for Part D for the rest of my...
  7. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    You will need to check for your area and the various options. I pay about $110 per month for Plan N. For Part D I pay more because of a late enrollment penalty and a high income penalty so it is about $60/month
  8. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    You don't have to get any extras. However, consider the long term needs. There are a lot of limitations to basic Medicare that a supplemental (Medigap) plan will take care of and if you don't pick up a supplemental plan when you are first enrolled, you may not be able to add it later. Also, Part...
  9. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    C, D, F, G, M and N cover 80% of "Foreign Travel Emergency". As I understand that is for care until you can safely return to the US.
  10. KennyG

    Attached GARAGE (homeowner) thoughts

    It would also be interesting to see how many fires are the result of crashes for ICEs and EVs. A lot of nuances in the data.
  11. KennyG

    Medicare Plan G

    I have a theory on why Plan F is no longer available for new enrollees but G is (and why D is available but C isn't). The only differences in these plans is that the old ones (C and F) covered 100% of Part B deductible and the new ones (D and G) do not. It's human behavior. If you don't have any...
  12. KennyG

    Trailer paint recommendation

    I think priming and painting with Rust-Oleum is the most cost appropriate way to go for a trailer. Remember that POR isn't UV stable and needs to be top coated.
  13. KennyG

    Berry trellis

    My experience is that raspberries will propagate quickly and take over any area you don't regularly mow. Blackberries propagate but much slower. I think it's because raspberries fruit on the new canes (so you can cut them all down at the end of the year) but blackberries bear on the 2nd year...
  14. KennyG

    Gad! House buying today

    You guys are right that the taxes and insurance are a big part of the problem. High mortgage rates are a problem but at least the payments end eventually. I'm not in a high tax area but my taxes and insurance are between 3 and 4% of the property value and that never ends. My guess is some areas...
  15. KennyG

    Clarkson’s Farm

    Hard to find anything Clarkson hasn't expressed disdain for... that's what's so funny about it. He certainly does like American horsepower though.
  16. KennyG

    Fix or replace front tires, how old is too old?

    With sidewalls that look like that, I would replace them. My 2010 JD has Carlisle R4s. I damaged a sidewall (my fault) on one when it was about 5 years old and replaced it. I just replaced the other one at 14 years old. It looked a lot better than yours but I discovered two significant bubbles...
  17. KennyG

    Ireland

    And who else's lips have been there? 😁
  18. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    I was responding to the earlier posts about the energy content of gas vs. battery. My 12" electric saw (with battery) is lighter than my 18" gas saw, so I use it for the things a 12" saw will do, which is more than half of my needs. I seldom take down large trees and I would guess I'm in the...
  19. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    I don't think comparing battery weight to gas weight means anything. An electric saw without the battery is lighter than a gas saw with an empty tank.
  20. KennyG

    Ireland

    I'm not sure Guinness travels well. I don't care for it here in the US but I really liked it in Ireland. Maybe it's just the atmosphere. I've had the same experience with Italian wine. Even the cheapest wine is great when you are in Italy.
  21. KennyG

    Reliable Hose?

    I've had a couple of those lightweight expandable hoses. They are very convenient. Unfortunately they both failed in about a year. We have relatively high water pressure and this was several years ago, so they are probably better now. I've considered trying again for the ease of moving them around.
  22. KennyG

    Ireland

    Great photos, but in the first pub picture, what's with the Heineken sign? It should be Guinness.
  23. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    There are a lot of different reasons to have a chainsaw. My DeWalt battery saw will cut down small trees or limb large trees and cut as much as I want to cut on a couple of batteries. My Stihl gas saw will cut all day long but I can't.
  24. KennyG

    Attached GARAGE (homeowner) thoughts

    Detached garages, etc. make a lot of sense. However, in our area the zoning is very restrictive on added structures. My 2000 square foot pole barn is actually non-conforming on my 4 acres but is grandfathered in. A friend of mine had to design a covered walkway to his pole barn to get it...
  25. KennyG

    Attached GARAGE (homeowner) thoughts

    My garage has standard 9 wide by 7 high doors. I can park my F150 4x4 in the garage but it's tight and the antenna hits the door going in and out. I park the truck in the pole barn with a 12 wide x 11 high door. If I was building a garage I wouldn't go with doors less than 10 wide.
  26. KennyG

    Comparison Buying my first sub compact tractor need help deciding.

    If you want to do more than just mow, you should consider moving up to a compact with larger rear tires. The subcompacts small tires compromise the ground clearance and 3 point lift range. Also the tires will wear a lot faster. I don't think it costs much more to move up.
  27. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    In Michigan the homestead exemption makes the tax rate half of what it would otherwise be. Chicago residents often try to claim it on their vacation homes but the assessors are good at catching them.
  28. KennyG

    New shop started

    After seeding, rolling presses the seeds into the soil, minimizing the air contact and drying out. Rollers usually don't have enough weight to actually compact the soil. For best results seed, roll and cover with straw.
  29. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    If only 10% of the voters show up, they control the vote. A current example: the New York Attorney General Alvin Bragg got 80% of the vote in the 2021 election. He got 211,000 votes. There were probably over 5 million eligible voters in that New York district. From my time in Chicago I saw how...
  30. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    I always go to the US EIA website. It provides average rates for states including all classes and charges unlike many news articles.
  31. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    I just checked to make sure and I want to be accurate. California doesn't have the highest rates in the US. Hawaii and Rhode Island are higher, CA is only the third highest of the 50 states. Aren't you Californians lucky.
  32. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    And yet, California has the most expensive electricity in the US. :rolleyes:
  33. KennyG

    New shop started

    My Dad used to buy "junk boxes" at auctions. He sometimes got his money back and more immediately by sorting out the useless items and selling them to the antique hunters.
  34. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    In most states teachers and state workers pay into social security. In others they do not. I don't know if the California pension system is solvent, but in the Midwest, Illinois stands out as about the only state that has a state pension system instead of social security. For years the state has...
  35. KennyG

    2305 Hyd. coupler

    Not to derail this but why do you need to replace them? If they are leaking o-ring replacement usually fixes it and it's quick and cheap.
  36. KennyG

    MIG Welder for Beginner/Light Use

    I would guess the HF machines are a reasonable choice and dual voltage (rather than 110 only) would be a good idea. My Lincoln is 220 only and there have been a few times a 110 machine would have been handy. My only real contribution is to buy good wire. I know people who have become very...
  37. KennyG

    Tax Question

    My understanding is that if you make a profit in three out of five years, you are in the clear. More than 2 unprofitable years and you may be called on to justify the losses. Many businesses operate at a loss for years and aren't called hobbies because they can show they intend to eventually...
  38. KennyG

    new ranger review?

    First review I've seen on the new 2024 Ranger. Summary: Good points - Improved suspension, better interior, V-6 coming with serious HP. Bad points - Only configuration is Crew Cab, no regular or extended cab. Maybe point - Getting a little bigger. 2024 Ford Ranger First Drive: Finally Built...
  39. KennyG

    Farm Truck Gets a Home Paint Job

    This is true if you know what types of paint you are dealing with. Primer sealers are meant to prevent the old paint from reacting badly with the new paint, so it's safer to prime it first. The body shop guys know all about different paints so they don't necessarily need to prime.
  40. KennyG

    Farm Truck Gets a Home Paint Job

    Wash with dishwashing detergent (not carwash detergent) and then wipe down with a paint prep solvent. These are formulated to not affect the paint or primer but to remove wax, oil or other solvents. Whatever you do, make sure there is no water, silicon spray or oil on it.
  41. KennyG

    Tractor motor oil over winter cold months

    Depends on whether you use the tractor in winter or not. Boats and lawnmowers should have oil changed in the fall so they don't sit over winter with contaminated (water and acid) oil in them. I use my tractor all winter, so I change in the spring since my usage in summer seems to me to be more...
  42. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Yes they work. Just pull the pin and try to drive to see if it's working. If you can manually apply the brakes with the controller but they don't work when you pull the pin, either your battery is bad or you have a wiring problem.
  43. KennyG

    Question for those who live in California

    In our area, if you live in the "village" you rake the leaves to the curb and the village picks them up (I think with a vacuum truck). If you live in the "township" you are on your own. You can pay to have bags picked up by the garbage company, compost them or burn them. Not much burning going...
  44. KennyG

    2 questions

    If you have money to burn and want to help the dealer put his kids through college, yes, it's time to trade. Otherwise, no. Seriously, if it's a gas engine model, it's probably going to run another 10 years without major repairs. If it's a diesel model, it's just getting broken in.
  45. KennyG

    Shop ideas to consider

    You are probably right, but at this point I've got so little exposed wall I'm not sure how much difference it makes. And I know the place is a mess, but every time I start to clean up I get distracted by things I WANT to do or NEED to do instead of things I SHOULD do. :)
  46. KennyG

    Shop ideas to consider

    I know some people don't like the multiwire circuits but I used them in my building and it worked well. I have a 20 amp line down each side of the building with alternating circuit outlets so I have 2 separate 20 amp outlets close to any location. Again, the only mistake I made with it was to...
  47. KennyG

    Shop ideas to consider

    Lots of good ideas here. I have a wood stove in my building but I have outside air intake and I'm very careful about using it when I have solvents and paint. I keep all the fuels in the opposite corner of the building and have a metal container for rags and towels with solvent. I have OSB on...
  48. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Oh, you EEs. Us Mechanical Engineers know there is a reason you do your math with imaginary numbers.
  49. KennyG

    Snow

    We went from 65 and sunny yesterday to blowing snow this morning. But spring is just around the corner...maybe.
  50. KennyG

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    If anyone has a video of someone backing a double or triple wagon, I'd like to see it to understand how it is done. Back in the day, I knew people who would pull double hay wagons or grain wagons, but they would always unhook them and back them one at a time.
  51. KennyG

    TBN being hacked?

    2 days ago.
  52. KennyG

    TBN being hacked?

    I got it on Firefox. One time thing.
  53. KennyG

    TBN being hacked?

    No McAfee
  54. KennyG

    TBN being hacked?

    I got it today also
  55. KennyG

    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    I don't know that they are "garbage" fees. There is a lot involved in getting electricity to your house and a lot of it doesn't depend on how much electricity you use. After the cost of generation and transmission, there is the cost of maintaining the lines and transformers, metering and...
  56. KennyG

    Farm Truck Gets a Home Paint Job

    You can sand Rustoleum just like any other oil based paint. If the problem is just inconsistent gloss and not orange peel, I would suggest trying some rubbing compound and then polishing to see if it shines up. Just be aware that if you have much orange peel, the rubbing and polishing will just...
  57. KennyG

    Farm Truck Gets a Home Paint Job

    You should be able to sand with fine sandpaper as necessary and then use rubbing compound. However wait a while. Rust-Oleum without hardener cures slowly. I would treat it very gently for a month or so.
  58. KennyG

    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    Well, he was only off by a factor of 10. That's ball park for some of us.
  59. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    As I recall, the 4.5mm and 3/16 are essentially the same chain and file, just how the manufacturer wants to label it.
  60. KennyG

    Shop build and heating in 2024

    I think 12K is a little light for your application. It's hard to know exactly what you need since the amount of insulation, windows, doors etc all impact it. I think I would look to put in at least twice that heating capacity.
  61. KennyG

    Talk Me In/Out of the Stihl MS261

    Stihl does seem to have a restrictive dealer policy. My dealer is a very large outdoor equipment store that does a lot of business with local lawn care guys. My John Deere dealer is also a Stihl dealer. After that you have to travel some distance. According to the dealer map there is an Ace...
  62. KennyG

    Talk Me In/Out of the Stihl MS261

    Time marches on. I was in my Stihl dealer shop today for filters and they don't have a new MS261 like mine, only the MS261 C-M which has a microprocessor controlled fuel system. It has no carb adjustments. I looked at the Stihl website and the regular MS261 is now shown as "Not Available".
  63. KennyG

    Shop build and heating in 2024

    Not sure why ventilating an attic doesn't work. When the sun heats a roof (especially a dark colored one) the attic gets much hotter than the outside air. Ventilation will bring it back down to near outside air temperatures. In one house I had a garage (no ceiling, no roof vents) that would get...
  64. KennyG

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    The only way it seems to me the locking pin would work is if you could line it up perfectly so you are only backing in a straight line. Has anyone actually used one of these and can explain it?
  65. KennyG

    Shop build and heating in 2024

    A few questions. Heated all the time or just kept above freezing and heated when working? Natural gas available? Electric supply? Cheapest is probably gas furnace. Mini-splits may be a DIY option for you. For insulation, will you have a ceiling? That helps a lot on heating and makes a lot of...
  66. KennyG

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    I understand the concern about using the 3 point hitch for towing but it's really not a big deal with a wagon as opposed to a trailer since there is no force either up or down on the wagon tongue.
  67. KennyG

    Concrete Chairs

    To get back on topic, the chairs are not a problem. You want to maintain coverage on the rebar because if it corrodes it will expand and potential accelerate cracking. The wire is so small that even if it rusts, it won't expand enough to cause a problem. As an interesting trivia point, the...
  68. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    I always have trouble understanding the push for hydrogen. If you need electricity to produce hydrogen, why not just use electricity. If you think developing an electric car charging network is hard, imagine a liquid hydrogen system. Refueling stations would require massive high pressure tanks...
  69. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    If at all possible the reactors are run at 100 percent but boiling water reactors can typically be ramped between 50 and 100 percent by varying recirculation flow. When ComEd in Illinois started their nuclear program they intended to go almost all nuclear so they mixed PWRs and BWRs to be a able...
  70. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    The weapons reactors and processing equipment is, in many ways, much more complex than commercial reactors. Technically, the NRC and AEC, as government agencies (thankfully) have never built anything. The AEC and today the Dept of Defense only financed the weapons plants. The NRC only regulates...
  71. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    The limitations on load follow capability in the existing nuclear units is just a design choice. Some of the units are designed to quickly ramp up and down from 80% to 100%, some are designed to operate between 50% and 100% but newer units are designed to operate over a much wider range. It is...
  72. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    That's not really correct. The U-235 content has to be increased above the level in natural uranium in order to maintain a chain reaction. When the U-235 is used up to a certain level, the chain reaction can't be maintained and you can no longer get up to the design power level. Although it...
  73. KennyG

    Nuclear anyone?

    Powerplant discharges are good for fishing because the water is warmer. Every summer some clueless hikers wander into the clearly marked security area at Cook. They get an armed escort off site. The surveillance is pretty effective.
  74. KennyG

    Reliable Hose?

    I've actually had pretty good luck with most hoses. The vinyl ones tend to kink but I've got some of those that are 10 to 15 years old. My best hose is a black rubber one that is kind of octagonal on the outside. It's heavy but it won't kink and I've had it for at least 20 years. It sits outside...
  75. KennyG

    Cataract surgery and Light Adjustable Lens

    I understand some people like the mismatched correction. I would suggest anyone considering it first get a pair of contacts that way. I tried that and felt like I was on drugs - really bad drugs.
  76. KennyG

    How to back up a pivoting axle trailer

    Having grown up on a farm with those wagons, I can tell you no one finds it "easy". Until you have lots of practice, the only advice I can give is to go very slowly and think about how steering the tongue will move the wheels. If you have a front hitch, any trailer/wagon is easier if you can...
  77. KennyG

    Cataract surgery and Light Adjustable Lens

    With newer technology you just have to talk with your doctor and get the best qualified advice you can. Don't go with random internet chatter. It is definitely wise to pay the extra and get the best option. This will be the vision you have for the rest of your life. I went with the extended...
  78. KennyG

    Geothermal related to cooling in Michigan.

    It's funny how our expectations have changed. Almost every house in my area has central A/C. There are people who shut all the windows and turn on the A/C on the first warm day and never open a window until fall. Most people are like me and only run the A/C on the limited hot and humid weather...
  79. KennyG

    Geothermal related to cooling in Michigan.

    The mini-split heating capability in low temperatures is much better than some would have you believe. We installed them at my church for the offices. We have two rooftop units supplying wall units in six offices (no ductwork) and performance has been very good. I don't think we've seen any -20...
  80. KennyG

    how to best prepare garden from grass covered sod and weed seeds

    Some people plant through plastic, but I have only used it to kill the plants on new plots. Then I pull the plastic off, plant and mulch with newspaper or straw. Once it gets wet, it isn't going anywhere. Over the years, I have invested in soaker hoses which I run through the planting so I just...
  81. KennyG

    House framer/builders, Roof question(s)

    Personally I would never go over 6/12 if I intended to be on the roof myself. I'm not sure why you would have problems with 4/12. Roofed properly that should give a long roofing life.
  82. KennyG

    how to best prepare garden from grass covered sod and weed seeds

    I would start by covering the planting area with black plastic to kill everything. Then till enough to plant. After the plants emerge I would mulch with newspaper and keep my fingers crossed.
  83. KennyG

    Adding 'recessed' tie down anchors

    I went a little crazy on my 16 foot utility trailer. I have 4 D rings on both sides (3 on the frame, one on the rail above the fenders) and 4 in the deck (recessed into the wood, bolted through to the frame). I use the deck attachments when I'm hauling the tractor and the side rings when I haul...
  84. KennyG

    Geothermal related to cooling in Michigan.

    If you only need the heat or A/C in limited areas and want to minimize the noise, look into mini-splits. They are not that expensive, you can do your own install and they are efficient. The A/C will be very efficient in Michigan if you can install the outside unit in a shaded area.
  85. KennyG

    Clear cutting half arsed, why?

    From the picture, it looks like there's a lot of firewood in there. If I had a pile like that I would work the firewood out of it and burn the rest. A year later it would look like it hadn't been logged.
  86. KennyG

    Geothermal related to cooling in Michigan.

    I need to replace my furnace at some point, so I looked into geothermal or heat pumps. It just doesn't make sense. I burn some wood in a wood stove but mostly heat with natural gas. My house is pretty large but when I look at a gas bills for a year and subtract the cost of gas for hot water and...
  87. KennyG

    Geothermal related to cooling in Michigan.

    Not sure where you are living now and exactly where you are moving, but the cost to install geothermal is high and Michigan doesn't exactly have a high A/C need. I'm fortunate to live near the lake so we don't have a lot of extreme heat. I only run my A/C a few weeks a year when the humidity...
  88. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    Cleared today with a push broom from inside. Worked pretty well. Ready for the freezing rain now.
  89. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    How do people clear the snow from these sheds? The Shelter Logic I just put up has a 12 foot center height, so the walls are almost 10 feet and I can't reach the roof easily.
  90. KennyG

    Snow

    We've had close to 2 feet over the last week here in the snow belt. Looks like we're done with single digit temperatures for a while now, so no real issues. The wimpy schools took advantage of the snow to close and the idiot drivers on the Interstate managed to close it for a while but things...
  91. KennyG

    How to fix a hazed-up wood burning stove pyro-ceramic glass

    I was also told by a fireplace installer not to use anything with ammonia in it.
  92. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    I store stuff on my trailer but only lightweight things so I can clear it in a few minutes.
  93. KennyG

    Water heater recs please

    My water heater is in one end of the basement and I have bathrooms on the 2nd floor at the opposite end of the house. I have a natural circulation hot water loop for those bathrooms and get hot water in 5 seconds without a pump.
  94. KennyG

    Water heater recs please

    I think the tankless heaters are pretty good now, but my Rheem conventional natural gas heater is going on 14 years old with zero maintenance (I know I should flush it, etc, but I never do). Life may have something to do with water quality. We have very good municipal water. Also, I'm kind of...
  95. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    Should be easy to extend your doors. I assume you have a pocket at the bottom of the door. Just slide some kind of rod through the pocket and tie a flap of tarp material to it.
  96. KennyG

    Mailbox location on a rural road

    We have those also, but we mount them on the mailbox posts. o_O
  97. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    The cost will look a lot more reasonable when you look at it as a permanent solution vs. the cost and time required to replace the tarp every two or three years. Pay now or pay later. :)
  98. KennyG

    Racing the weather for a <$600 "garage"

    My friends with those type of shelters generally get one or two years before the covers start to fail. I spent more and went with a ShelterLogic with the heavy duty (10 year warranty) cover. Not sure if it's worth it (I spent a LOT more than you) but I didn't want to replace it. The metal is a...
  99. KennyG

    Never knew what a Texas U Turn was

    We have them and call them "Michigan U-turns".
  100. KennyG

    Loader JD2305 loader control stick inputs reversed

    If you are like me and use the tractor to mow or plow snow, or use it with rear implements in a tight area, you will be taking the loader off quite a lot. I probably have mine off and on 40 or 50 times a year. If you do take it on and off, learn how to replace the O-rings in the hydraulic ports...
  101. KennyG

    Loader JD2305 loader control stick inputs reversed

    I have color coded caps/plugs for my loader but I just used colored electrical tape to mark my snow plow hoses because I had that and all my zip ties are black. No matter how you mark them it saves time. :)
  102. KennyG

    Loader JD2305 loader control stick inputs reversed

    Your hoses are not connected correctly. Just swap them upper and lower if I recall the arrangement correctly.
  103. KennyG

    Vegetation hard freeze protection

    Leaves are a good idea. I have hardy figs and am at the northern limit. I put a little fence around them and fill it with leaves and they come through the winter fine.
  104. KennyG

    Chimney cleaning Kit.. You must have if you are old than 50...👍👍

    Just how flexible are these things? I have a stove in the basement that goes into a massive brick chimney. It has about 3 feet of horizontal 8" pipe going into the outside portion of the chimney and then it turns 90 degrees to go vertical for at least 25 feet. I vacuum ashes from the horizontal...
  105. KennyG

    Well… that was stupid…

    I keep on ( carefully) using my ancient Craftsman table saw but my son, just out of college invested in a SawStop. As he noted, you never have to replace the brake if you don't have an accident. I think it's a smart way to go. Plus it's a really nice saw.
  106. KennyG

    Insulating my shop

    Not sure what size building we are looking at but have you considered installing a ceiling? A metal ceiling attached to the bottom of the trusses with a vapor barrier will let you blow in as much insulation as you want and leave the attic space open and ventilated. Not sure how the costs will...
  107. KennyG

    Replacing Cell Phone… what has good range or all about the same?

    If your concern is mainly poor connections while at home, be sure to get a phone and cell supplier that supports wi-fi calling. I sometimes can't get a connection at home if I'm in the basement but the wi-fi calling works. I have Verizon and they used to only support wi-fi calls with their...
  108. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    When he gets to the scrap yard he should leave the truck and trailer also.
  109. KennyG

    Investing for beginners

    When a new users first post on a tractor site promotes a stock trading firm, I would assume it's a scam. But, hey, maybe I'm just a skeptic.
  110. KennyG

    Trashy Ads

    And the internet was never designed to have 99% of the content that is now on it. The only reason we can have most of the useful content is either subscriptions or (like this site) advertising. There still is no such thing as a free lunch.
  111. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    It's on Amazon Prime. It was the No. 1 show on UK Amazon.
  112. KennyG

    Trashy Ads

    The TEMU ads are really really weird. Also, I can almost guarantee that if you click on the naughty wedding photos link you won't get the naughty photos you were expecting.
  113. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    There are some good "reality" shows. Ice Road Truckers got a little hokey after a while but I enjoyed it because I know one of the original drivers. I like The Amazing Race because they go to a lot of places I've been. Anything with Jeremy Clarkson is fun no matter how scripted it is.
  114. KennyG

    Lifting truss with FEL

    Tall ladder. Might not work for everyone.
  115. KennyG

    Lifting truss with FEL

    Should be a piece of cake. I set my ShelterLogic trusses this way with the vertical posts attached so they were heavier than yours and I have about a 1000 lb lift capacity. I have a 3 point attachment on my loader so I can use my boom pole.
  116. KennyG

    CraigsList vs. Facebook Marketplace

    I think people have moved past the "is it still available" option because of all the scammers. Like I said, I got about 6 of those replies and answered each with a "yes". Not a single one got back to me but the 5 that didn't use the standard response all responded.
  117. KennyG

    CraigsList vs. Facebook Marketplace

    In the past, I've bought and sold things through CraigsList with only minor scammer annoyance. I've noticed a lot of people seem to be using FB now. I decided to sell a drywall lift I didn't need and posted it on both CL and FB Marketplace. On FB I got about 6 of the usual "Is it available?"...
  118. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    12 year old steals telehandler, goes on joyride, hitting 10 cars.
  119. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    The article said it was associated with SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) protests.
  120. KennyG

    Grass Seed for Outside Perimeter

    You might want to see if hard fescue would work well in your area. I have used it around my pond and found it to be a really good choice. It really doesn't need to be mowed and is very tolerant to drought and poor soil. It is sometimes termed a clumping grass but i have found that if it is sown...
  121. KennyG

    Backfilling pole barn, need advice

    Termites are pretty rare in the upper Midwest. New houses do add termite protection but most people don't bother for other structures. We have to be more concerned with carpenter ants. However, treated wood discourages both of them and no one worries about protecting it.
  122. KennyG

    Backfilling pole barn, need advice

    Oh, you poor southerners. Up here in the north, termites are rare and they will not attach treated wood. :)
  123. KennyG

    Truck tire leaking at bead / balancing weight

    I used Xtra Seal. It doesn't seem to be sold in small quantities, but for $17 at Amazon you get a quart which is enough to seal every tire you will own in your life. Some of the reviewers complain it's messy, but I put on a pair of disposable gloves and it was quick and easy with the brush in...
  124. KennyG

    Truck tire leaking at bead / balancing weight

    Just had this problem on a car tire. Broke down the bead, pulled the weight, put on bead sealer and it's fixed. I marked the weight spot and will get a stick on weight to replace the original.
  125. KennyG

    Super dry fill, Impending rain and extra compaction

    This is one area that renting kind of makes sense, since most people only need a compactor once in a blue moon. I just used one for a shed base. About $60 for a 4 hour rental. I think this was the second time in my life I rented one and I'm really old.
  126. KennyG

    Super dry fill, Impending rain and extra compaction

    I will second the recommendation for a plate compactor. It works a lot better than driving back and forth over it. It's probably too late for you but when you are going to be pouring concrete, a base of rock (road base or crushed concrete) will be a lot better than dirt.
  127. KennyG

    Secure mantle to fireplace?

    If you have the tools to mill a relief on the back of the mantle, I would suggest using a mounting strip on the wall with an angle and a corresponding angle in the opening on the back of the mantle so you can just hang it with no visible fasteners.
  128. KennyG

    new ranger review?

    True, but it seems to be looming very slowly. It's been going on for about three years now.
  129. KennyG

    new ranger review?

    I see this on my hybrid car sometimes when I park it at a point the battery is low on charge. I would suggest just giving the battery a good slow charge. Cars have so much electrical load now that if you don't drive long distances at speed, the battery doesn't get fully charged. I charge my F150...
  130. KennyG

    Homemade wooden snowplow - thoughts?

    I think it will destroy itself in short order by scraping against the ground. For the same amount of work, try this. Adapt a 3 point quick hitch (think Harbor Freight) to your loader, reverse your rear blade and mount it on the front. (I assume your blade rotates 360 degrees.) I think I have...
  131. KennyG

    How to improve leaf vacuums???

    DJ54, thanks for the idea. I tried letting the tractor idle to slow the mower deck, while I ran the Cyclone Rake blower at full throttle. It did a much better job of picking up the leaves from the concrete drive. Looks like it's going to save me a lot of time.
  132. KennyG

    Lifting a 85" TV over Fireplace

    You see a lot of variance in the recommended viewing distance with the big screens. They seem to vary between 1.2 and 1.5 times the diagonal screen size. I have a media room with a projector and a 120 inch screen. The front row viewing position is about 13 feet from the screen and works great...
  133. KennyG

    Small Tractor reco - Primarily for snowblowing long drive

    He must be doing something wrong. I have a 2320 with MMM. It takes maybe 2 or 3 minutes to take it off or on if I'm not in a hurry. I don't have a blower, but my plow only takes a couple of minutes to put on or take off.
  134. KennyG

    Link to one of the most impressive barns that I've ever seen online. And it's for sale!!

    Wow! The house is nice but doesn't match the barn. I'd hate to guess what those trusses cost. I'd pull out my checkbook but don't want to live in NY. ;)
  135. KennyG

    Can I use 2x6s for a lean-to type of roof with my 4x6x18' poles and how far apart do I need to put my 4x6 poles.

    Once you know the snow load and the dead load (from roofing) and the span, you can find the required spacing and/or size of rafters from tables such as these: https://awc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/AWC_STJR2021_20201005_AWCWebsite.pdf Typically you would use 8 foot spacing for 4x6 posts...
  136. KennyG

    How to improve leaf vacuums???

    I think I understand your issue, but I'm not sure how to solve it. I have a Cyclone Rake and it will pick up every single leaf when I run it over grass. However, on concrete (any hard surface) it will pick up a lot of the leaves but blow some out the front and sides. I used to just go over and...
  137. KennyG

    Medicare with VA medical benifits anyone?

    Technically, you can switch from an Advantage plan to a Supplemental (Medigap) plan but if you are over 65 you are subject to Medical Underwriting. What this means is that if you have a pre-existing condition they can reject you or charge you higher rates. Most people who don't like their...
  138. KennyG

    Would you use this pic in an advertisement?

    Doesn't look very professional, but, on the other hand, it looks better than some of mine and I've never had one break.:)
  139. KennyG

    Medicare with VA medical benifits anyone?

    I'm not sure if VA impacts it, but if you choose an Advantage plan, you are stuck with it. Beyond basic Medicare, you can choose either a Supplemental plan or an Advantage plan to give you additional benefits (which bring Medicare up to the typical employer provided plan). If you choose an...
  140. KennyG

    Cleaning woodstove glass

    The ash on a wet paper towel works for me. As long as I clean it every week or two, it's really easy. I've been told by a couple of fireplace installers to not use Windex. They say Sparkle is OK but really recommend the ash or a dedicated stove glass cleaner.
  141. KennyG

    Medicare with VA medical benifits anyone?

    Advantage plans are cheaper because they require you to get your services within their "plan" which is a HMO type plan with limits on which doctors and hospitals you can use.
  142. KennyG

    LED's for flashers

    I think use of LEDs is dependent on the vehicle design. The old flashers turned on and off based on current flow and LED may not draw enough to make them flash. That's why you could tell on old cars if a bulb burned out because the turn signal wouldn't flash. Newer vehicles have a different type...
  143. KennyG

    Small Tractor reco - Primarily for snowblowing long drive

    A couple of things that haven't been discussed. If the budget allows, I would suggest looking at the JD 2 series and whatever corresponds to that in the other brands. They have larger rear tires, more ground clearance and are more capable. Don't shy away from mid mount mowers. With the current...
  144. KennyG

    Thoughts on a pellet stove for a large shop

    If you have decent weather sealing and a concrete floor, you shouldn't have much trouble keeping well above freezing. It would really help if it was insulated, especially with an insulated ceiling, of course. I have a stack that goes up to a 12 foot ceiling, then another 8 feet or so through the...
  145. KennyG

    2320 Valve Adjustment

    I just did the 1200 hour valve adjustment on my JD 2320 (Yanmar engine) and thought someone might be interested. The cost at the dealership would be about $400 so I bought the shop manual and figured it would be worth my time to do it myself. It took about 2-1/2 hours. It would have been less...
  146. KennyG

    Paint - Majic or Rust-oleum ?

    It's clear that urethane paints are the state of the art, I've got implements I've painted with Rustoleum years ago that still look very good. Urethane is pretty expensive and hardly worth it for equipment that's going to be beat around and scratched up.
  147. KennyG

    Fasteners per pole barn header, am I thinking about this right?

    Eddie has it right, as usual. The headers should be on notches or plates. Your math may work but you are thinking of it wrong. Bolts, screws, nails don't provide the shear resistance. They hold pieces together tightly so the friction between the pieces provide the shear force.
  148. KennyG

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    You should be around here during tourist season when a "bundle" (arm load) goes for $5.
  149. KennyG

    Thoughts on a pellet stove for a large shop

    I heat my shop with a classic wood stove but if I was in your location, I would seriously consider a mini-split. There are lots of DIY systems. If you have 220 volt supply to the building, the cost won't be much more than a pellet stove and you will get A/C as a bonus, which would be great for a...
  150. KennyG

    Medicare Question

    I mention this because my company offered multiple plans, all standard Blue Cross/Blue Shield options (we were self insured but used BC/BS to administer the program). I had chosen the low cost/high deductible option because I was in good health. I guess that plan had too little included coverage...
  151. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    Doesn't it require two triggers for use? My DeWalt has the trigger and a button the side of the grip that both have to be pushed. It's designed so that you don't touch both while carrying. It's not hard to get to the button but I have to move my thumb to a spot it doesn't naturally go to to...
  152. KennyG

    Medicare Question

    Just to be sure, check and see if your employer plan meets Medicare Part D standards. If it doesn't, you will be charged a premium when you do sign up for Part D. I found out my plan didn't meet the requirements after I finally retired and now I will have higher Part D costs for life. I would...
  153. KennyG

    new ranger review?

    I'm a little surprised about the dislike of space in extended cab trucks. I've never been in a Ranger or Colorado, but my Dakota was OK, not great in the back seat. The back seat of my F-150 is fine, essentially as good or better than a mid sized sedan. I'm 6 foot tall and haven't found either...
  154. KennyG

    Pole Barns Basics - what to do, what to avoid

    Making sliding doors actually seal is really hard. You can get tracked or roll up doors in almost any size by special order or on line. I would take out all the existing framing and rebuild it to the size I wanted. Not a lot of work.
  155. KennyG

    Pole Barns Basics - what to do, what to avoid

    Drain tiles and lots of backfill and I think you will be OK on the erosion. The bracing your loft has to the rafters gives you some capability. It may be ok for light storage, especially if you keep the load away from the center. The plates on the joists look pretty worthless for floor loading...
  156. KennyG

    Pole Barns Basics - what to do, what to avoid

    If the "loft" is actually formed in the trusses, there should be some standard loading capability. Again what is the spacing? For a loft, they should be residential trusses, not agriculture and have two foot spacing.
  157. KennyG

    Chain Float Snow Plow for FEL

    Chain works well and +1 on frame mounting. It minimizes the side push and keeps the overall machine shorter and easier to maneuver. My JD has a front subframe that is used for the mower mount and front blade mount that was easy to use for a snowplow mount.
  158. KennyG

    Looking to purchase a 2305 JD with bucket and backhoe

    Here is the original thread on gear failures: John Deere 2305 Compact Tractor Transmission and rear PTO failure According to this thread, the gear box was upgraded in 2007 or 2008. Keep in mind this was an extremely popular model of tractor and the extent to which the failures occur in...
  159. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Since there has been some discussion of tongue weight, I wonder if anyone has used the cell phone app with the OBD plug in that provides tongue weight as well as a number of other things. I would like to have a method to check the weight but I don't tow much and the cost of the hitch gauges is a...
  160. KennyG

    Pole Barns Basics - what to do, what to avoid

    I'm sure we'd all like to see some pictures but it sounds like you've got a general idea of the issues. I don't like shingle roofs on pole barns but that's what you have. Is the truss spacing 4 foot or 8 foot? With 4 foot you probably have some margin left in roof load, 8 foot not so much. My...
  161. KennyG

    Looking to purchase a Belarus 98 hp tractor

    Russian engineering. Maybe OK if you are an experienced heavy equipment mechanic.
  162. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    I just use the receiver on the forks to park the empty trailers, so there really isn't any significant load. The tube it welded to the drawbar on the top and bottom so there is about 10 inches of weld attaching it. The only time I've pulled a loaded trailer with it, I've put it on the rear. It's...
  163. KennyG

    new ranger review?

    The increase in capability of "1/2 ton" trucks has made them more like the old 3/4 tons. When I went from a Dakota to a F150, it was a bit of an adjustment to the size, but, like anything, you get used to it and the towing capability is the key benefit if you need it.
  164. KennyG

    Looking to purchase a 2305 JD with bucket and backhoe

    2305 is a subcompact, compares to the current 1 series JD like the 1023. The biggest limitation is the smaller tires which limit the ground clearance and lift range. It's been popular for light work, but don't expect the backhoe to do much heavy work. The weight and hydraulic capacity is limited...
  165. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    I guess we are looking at it differently. The "flat bar" is a 3 point drawbar and will support thousands of pounds of weight. The pin that engages the top hook has a small clearance to the bottom of the hook and supports no vertical weight. The receiver tube is fully welded to the drawbar, which...
  166. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    I can't quite get my head around your concern. The hook doesn't do any lifting, the lower pins do, just like any other three point attachment. The lower pins also keep it from rotating, not the top hook. I think this thing is impossible to break on my tractor. I've used it on the front and rear...
  167. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    Yes, take a close look. The vertical force is transferred to the drawbar and then to the lower hooks on the quick hitch. The top hook only prevents the trailer mover from rotating so it takes only horizontal force. The lateral movement is constrained by the large ends on the drawbar quick hitch...
  168. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    I guess it's not clear in the picture and not everyone is familiar with the JD loader quick attach, but it attaches solidly at 4 points with the hooks on top and the pins on the bottom. I just added to the 3 point quick hitch to match the JD loader. Basically the same thing I did to fabricate...
  169. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    ??? It moves from side to side just as much as my loader arms, bucket or forks do. In other words, zero.
  170. KennyG

    Pallet Fork / Trailer Mover

    The used forks I bought for my tractor already had a hole in one but I didn't want to go that route. It may not work for everyone but I adapted a HF quick hitch to my JD loader attachment system and it works well not only for trailer moving but also moving attachments and using the boom pole...
  171. KennyG

    Looking for a log splitter

    The Longwood wood furnace that accepted 4 foot long logs had a roller at the bottom of the door. You put the end of the log on the roller and pushed it into the stove.
  172. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    Lithium ion batteries should be good for at least 1000 charge cycles. If you have a business and charge the battery daily, you should be good for at least 4 years. If you are a homeowner and charge less frequently, they may be time limited but should be good for at least 10 years.
  173. KennyG

    Are You A Gambler?

    Unfortunately, because tractors are not titled, someone will buy these up, put a few hours on them, and resell them as low hour like new tractors.
  174. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I'm kind of scratching my head to figure out how a bicycle can block taillights. I mean, car taillights aren't exactly tiny and bikes have spoked wheels you can see through. I guess they can block the license, just like about any other trailer hitch mounted device. I usually put the bike in the...
  175. KennyG

    Looks like a trip to the tire store today

    When I buy new auto tires, I have them mounted and balanced. When I fix one, I mark the orientation and keep it the same. I got a tire changer mainly for the trailer and hobby cars. I needed to fix rim leaks for 6 to 8 year old tires that look brand new. My trailer usage is so local and slow...
  176. KennyG

    Aerators and farm pond...how much maintenance?

    Yes, the diffuser should be low in the pond. As I understand, optimum is to be a foot or so off the bottom. This encourages circulation along the bottom and minimizes muck covering the diffuser. For the ones I installed, I fabricated a metal frame to hold the diffuser above the bottom. Unless...
  177. KennyG

    Looks like a trip to the tire store today

    I think this is standard practice today, due to liability. Someone has decided that tires can self destruct after 6 years so shops won't work on them. Same with a puncture that is a fraction of an inch into the sidewall. This is what drove me to pick up a cheap tire changer I can use at home.
  178. KennyG

    Sheathing and Birds Mouth on Rafter

    Depends on your construction method. I like to square the walls and put on some or all of the sheathing while the wall is flat, then stand it up and put on the roof. A lot quicker but you need to be very careful in squaring everything because you can't adjust it later.
  179. KennyG

    Soft cab enclosure for winter.

    You might give Original Tractor Cabs a call. They don't seem to list your particular model but I think they sometimes have things available that aren't listed on the web site. Hard Top Cabs
  180. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I saw a more complete story on the bull hauler. The owner claimed the car was a crown vic police interceptor that he had reinforced the frame and upgraded the suspension. Given the fact that it appears to sit almost level, I think he probably did it right. The part he didn't plan for was...
  181. KennyG

    Gopher mount leveling.

    Here's my approach. If you can weld it's pretty easy to make some type of drag. Land Plane and Drag Mat
  182. KennyG

    Saw one today.. pretty nice

    I just saw an ad in our area that Family Farm & Home (kind of like TSC or RK) is now selling Summit. We've seen a number of attempts in the past to sell tractors through a general retail outlet without a service department. It will be interesting to see if this authorized repair approach will...
  183. KennyG

    Has anyone bought a building from "Building in a Box"?

    I've always been skeptical of gambrel trusses with no ties. Doesn't look stable enough to me. The rest of the buildings look OK except for the minimal wall girts. I've never seen a metal sided building with only one center girt on a 8 foot wall. Not much cross brace capability in those walls. I...
  184. KennyG

    Aerators and farm pond...how much maintenance?

    Just another thought. When people talk about aerators they sometimes mean the spray fountains which pump water into the air. True air aerators that pump air into a submerged distributor are much more efficient and trouble free.
  185. KennyG

    Aerators and farm pond...how much maintenance?

    I have a couple of ponds with air pumps and aerators. I just unplug the air pump in the winter and leave the aerator and tubing in the pond. In the spring I plug it back in and it works. Both have been in service for about 3 years this way. Both ponds would get completely covered with algae in...
  186. KennyG

    Thoughts on Chevy Colorado or Ford Ranger

    I have no idea what Ford is doing on product availability. Besides doing away with all sedans, they seem to have decided all truck buyers want 4 door supercabs. It appears the Ranger is only available as a 4 door now. I'm only interested in extended cab trucks, not supercabs but I find my F-150...
  187. KennyG

    Finally got the bridge started.

    Those are impressive beams. You should check my work, but I find the elastic modulus for a 12x26 to be 33.4 IN*3. Using W=8fS/L for allowable load and 20,000 psi for stress limit, I get about 20,000 lbs per beam. I would have formed up and poured reinforced foundations to match the beams. Your...
  188. KennyG

    Is anyone else missing the magic of a land plane over a box blade?

    I have a box blade and a home made land plane. the box blade is great for moving dirt and getting a rough level, but the land plane quickly gets things really flat with no skill required. I just drag it around. Maybe I'm just not good enough with the box blade? Although my land plane is...
  189. KennyG

    Interesting observations...

    Everyone has their priorities. My tractor gets washed 2 or 3 times a year.
  190. KennyG

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Why all the locks when you could have used zip ties? Where is the duct tape?
  191. KennyG

    8N shifting gears.

    1st to 3rd probably isn't a good idea. On the old tractors, we used to shift from 2nd to 3rd, or 3rd to 4th on the go with no problem. With a little care, it synchronizes. As long as the gears don't grind it never seemed to be a problem, but you needed to be able to have a feel for the speed...
  192. KennyG

    I need to borrow some common sense, mounting tire

    If you are adding an upright from the deck to rail, make it a "T". Or just add bolts through the horizontal rail. If I understand?
  193. KennyG

    I need to borrow some common sense, mounting tire

    I mount mine with two horizontal bolts. Easy and both bolts have about equal load.
  194. KennyG

    JD x758 Battery Replacement OEM

    The correct battery size is U1. You may want to measure the available space and see if other sizes will fit. OEM John Deere batteries seem to have larger capacities than most aftermarket items. The specified JD battery is 500 CCA and you will have trouble finding another U1 battery with that...
  195. KennyG

    Future of HVAC and industry supply issues.

    I'm currently managing the replacement of a 10 ton rooftop unit at my church. We got a bid for a Trane unit but the cost was over $30K and the lead time was over 6 months meaning we wouldn't have it until after heating season started. We're getting a Daikin for $25K. Same specs but 2 month lead...
  196. KennyG

    Values for old tractors

    Looks like a real treasure trove there. Unfortunately the market for old "fixer upper" tractors is a real buyers market, not a sellers market. Your best bet would be to find someone who is into old IH machines and willing to take the whole lot for a few hundred each. Otherwise you are going to...
  197. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    The overheating issue is interesting. I have 20 volt DeWalt chainsaw and pole saw and I've never had them shut off due to heat. Maybe I don't run them hard enough, but I"ve cut enough with the chainsaw more or less continuously to run the battery down and never had a heat issue. Maybe this...
  198. KennyG

    Battery powered chainsaw

    Bob, if your DR is anything like my DeWalt, the battery is the problem. Mine won't do much with a 2 amp battery but will cut like crazy with a 5 or 6 amp battery.
  199. KennyG

    Dehumidifier Suggestions...

    Yes, you are correct, it's about having the right equipment for the job. In my house, in the summer, I minimize the HVAC flow to the basement, since it doesn't need cooling and run a dehumidifier in the basement. For the rest of the house, once I have the humidity low, the AC runs very...
  200. KennyG

    Dehumidifier Suggestions...

    You are right but for a bit more complex reason. To remove any significant heat from the house with the flow through the HVAC system, you have to cool it below the dew point. It takes a lot more heat removal to condense the water vapor than it does to cool the air, so your AC gets a lot more...
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