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  1. 1Mech

    The day the music died.

    That happened once to Gordon Lightfoot. He tells the story of driving around Toronto, I think it was, listening to the radio, when he hears the DJ say something about Gord had died. He pulls over and calls the guy, tells him, he is very much alive! Sadly now. he too has gone on.
  2. 1Mech

    The day the music died.

    It got John Prine too, heck of a writer and acoustic guitar player, never received a lot of air play for some reason.
  3. 1Mech

    Ram vs Dodge/Chrysler - how complete is the separation?

    They don't rust like they used to, I had a '68 Plymouth Fury, had been driven in Minnesota, year round, until I took it to Oklahoma in '77. The unibody was rusted almost clear through, I don't know what was holding the torsion bars in place. I had a wreck in it, a very clean '64 Nova ran a red...
  4. 1Mech

    Ram vs Dodge/Chrysler - how complete is the separation?

    With a name like that, GM might have found her in a convent. Reminds me of a girl I once knew in Honduras, her name was Mary Theresa, don't recall her surname. Good times there in La Ceiba!
  5. 1Mech

    Sickle mower/corn reaper binder ?

    We had an old International, I think, corn binder on the farm when I was much younger back in the '70s. it was originally horse drawn but had been modified to be pulled with a tractor. We had an old 8N. It was an amazing thing to watch it work, stacking the stalks, then bundling them and tying...
  6. 1Mech

    Fuel shutoff solenoid wont hold

    Do you have a wiring diagram? Troubleshoot the circuit starting at the source in an energized condition, got it, got it, don't got it, there is the problem. Guess you could always replace all that safety stuff with a toggle switch to power the solenoid, just be sure to put an inline fuse in the...
  7. 1Mech

    Tools & equipment that are fantastic.

    Got my first CAT hat when I worked for Caterpillar, waay back, early '80s as I recall, same with Halliburton.
  8. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    A little north of Dallas, don't know what he is hauling, but it looks a bit heavy for the truck. Bet he is wising that axle was a little more forward!
  9. 1Mech

    Owner's manual ????

    Happens a lot with cars and trucks too, I guess people need extra room in the glove box for important stuff like extra napkins from the drive in!
  10. 1Mech

    Anorher lithium battery fire

    Maybe the best thing would be to have a small "shed" for charging separate from the house, garage, barn or shop made of a non combustible material.
  11. 1Mech

    Tools & equipment that are fantastic.

    You mean like people that buy shirts, hats, etc. with company names on them? I always figured, if I am going to advertise a company, such as Old Navy or Disney, etc. the company should at least give me the shirt or whatever rather than make me pay a way over priced price for it. I guess that...
  12. 1Mech

    License Plate Scanners.

    One must be careful when playing with fire!! Guess who didn't have a hot meal waiting for him that night!!
  13. 1Mech

    License Plate Scanners.

    I don't know about Florida, but in Oklahoma, if you have an account, you get a little tag which affixes to the windshield and is read by the scanner overhead. I was in Florida just this past week, their toll system also accepts Oklahoma's Pikepass system, so that should show up on my account...
  14. 1Mech

    I'm not some HMO Karen,, but whats going on in Rural Lane County Oregon just seems crazy.

    I would call that rv a single story with a loft, not a two story. Probably over $100,000, he doesn't say.
  15. 1Mech

    Cleaning out parent's stuff

    When my 1st wife died, I had our kids get whatever they wanted, then invited her siblings, nieces & nephews to get whatever they wanted of her stuff, after they picked over the stuff, I had three or four yards sales, bringing in a pretty good haul and getting rid of a lot of stuff. Finally, I...
  16. 1Mech

    Stumped

    When it dies, does it spit and sputter, or does it just shut off like you turned it off? Is it a diesel or gasoline?
  17. 1Mech

    What do you all do to be prepared for long term power loss?

    Don't forget to rotate your supplies, keeping the oldest product in the front, moving the newly purchased or self preserved goods to the rear. Fermentation is an effective, healthy and tasty process for preservation too in addition to traditional canning.
  18. 1Mech

    Using cable or chain instead of blades on a riding mower

    I'll be giving it a try in a few weeks when I get back from some travels.
  19. 1Mech

    Using cable or chain instead of blades on a riding mower

    I finally got around to modifying a couple of old bent blades to see if this will work or be a flop. Now I need to wait for the grass/weeds to grow more. That shouldn't take too long!
  20. 1Mech

    MX5400....I hate the seat safety switch

    I would say the real reason the safety switches are there is because there is a bureaucrat, somewhere in the depths of the Washington swamp who feels it is his/her job to keep us safe. Sometimes their decisions actually make sense, sometimes not so much!
  21. 1Mech

    MX5400....I hate the seat safety switch

    It may be that if the transmission is in neutral the engine will stay running, but if you get out of the seat, or are bounced out in a freak accident while in gear it will kill the engine. Don't know for sure, just a thought.
  22. 1Mech

    Using cable or chain instead of blades on a riding mower

    Not California, way too many fruits & nuts there! My property is in north central Arkansas, the Ozarks, lots of big rocks giving birth to many more smaller rocks. I have already cleared many rocks, but there are always the ones you miss on a walk through! Guess I will try some chain, I don't...
  23. 1Mech

    Using cable or chain instead of blades on a riding mower

    I have quite a few rocks and uneven terrain on my property, on which I keep the weeds down with a 42" riding mower. Needless to say, the occasional blade striking a rock is rough on the blades and spindles. Has anyone tried or considered taking an old blade, cutting it short and drilling holes...
  24. 1Mech

    How many acres do you own?

    We have a 1/2 acre city lot n Sand Springs, Oklahoma, were we currently reside and 9.25 acres in Yellville, Arkansas we will be building on and moving to hopefully later this year. Waiting on permits to be approved. The property has two creeks, one seasonal, the other spring fed, runs year...
  25. 1Mech

    How are actual sale prices vs MSRP currently for Kubotas (or other manufactures)?

    It is part of the equation, the cause of the tremendous price increases! I bought a well used International B414 at a fair price I think. It is old and needed some work, but I can do it myself, I can also do modifications if needed. Of course parts can be a bit harder to find and I only use it...
  26. 1Mech

    Mice are not nice

    My wife read about that and is giving it a try, not sure of the results yet.
  27. 1Mech

    Mice are not nice

    I have repaired a few rodent/squirrel damaged wiring harnesses over the years for customers and once on my wife's car. I don't replace them, just splice in good wire and heat shrink tubing to repair and seal the damaged part(s)
  28. 1Mech

    Solar Eclipse...

    Me too, actually, I am retiring March 31st, so I won't need to take off from work. My property in Yellville is in the path of totality, so, unless lots of clouds show up, we will be there to watch it. I was in Topeka for the 2017 eclipse, but storms moved in that morning. We high tailed it to...
  29. 1Mech

    Solar Eclipse...

    Where are they free? I have seen some for sale, but none for free! Are the free ones real or cheap counterfeits
  30. 1Mech

    New Home Build

    I have not started on the build just yet, still waiting on the permit. The land, 9.25 acres in the north central Arkansas hills with two clear water creeks, one spring feed, runs good flow year round $83,000. We have the well and the septic in, 1000 gal septic with four lateral lines was ~...
  31. 1Mech

    Dad is taking the final journey

    Agreed! From what I am told and my personal belief, it is beyond belief! And if I am wrong? Well, I enjoy a good sleep too!
  32. 1Mech

    Dad is taking the final journey

    Today would have been my dad's 105th birthday. He died back in the early '90s forget exactly which one. He had prostate cancer, was bed ridden for about 6 months as I recall. He was only 71, but he had a good life. Died at home with my mom and God watching over him. The way my mom described it...
  33. 1Mech

    air tool lubricants

    I have used ATF and Marvels Mystery Oil over the years, as I recall, the MMO has a rather pleasant scent.
  34. 1Mech

    2024 garden season

    Spinosad also works, sometimes I combine them for the corn silks and cabbage.
  35. 1Mech

    2024 garden season

    Don't think I would want to eat much after spraying a dose of Round-Up. I lay down a thick layer of leaves, preferably oak between my rows, works quite well at keeping the weeds down, moisture in, then after harvest, it gets turned under for natural organic matter. Great soil builder too.
  36. 1Mech

    Recommendations for wood chipper for small material

    I have an older Yardmaster 3 way chipper/shredder 6.5 hp that has done a wonderful job over the years. The hopper will lay down at ground level, if you want to rake in leaves or other small debris, or you can tilt it up and drop small branches in. It will handle up to 3" branches on the chipper...
  37. 1Mech

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Does anyone know if HF cordless tools can use a Dewalt battery? The connections look similar. I never remember to take a Dewalt battery in the see if they would work.
  38. 1Mech

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    I like their aluminum frame floor jacks. I use one quite often on car repairs, lifting it in and out of my work van is A LOT easier than a steel frame floor jack! They hold up pretty well under daily use, I can pick it up and move it with one hand if needed. My first one lasted quite a few...
  39. 1Mech

    Oil Change intervals?

    I just asked my son who drives over the road for Pepsi, he says the oils in his 18-wheeler truck get changed every 30 to 40 thousand miles, every 3 to 4 months. But of course, he has only one cold-hot-cold cycle per day with many miles in between. It really does depend on your driving style!
  40. 1Mech

    Oil Change intervals?

    If you work your equipment 8 hours a day, that is only 50 days to reach the 400 hour interval, 2 hours a day is only 200 days, a little over 6 1/2 months between changes. 50 hours seems a bit too often to change oil unless you only run your equipment for short periods, never letting it warm up...
  41. 1Mech

    Oil Change intervals?

    It all depends on your driving. If you start your car and get on the highway, drive for a 1/2 hour or more is a lot easier on your oil, engine and transmission than the person who gets in their car, drives to the grocery store, shops, then drives to the hardware store, then maybe the donut shop...
  42. 1Mech

    Help Bending Metal Back

    Why not cut out a small triangular cut on the broom side of the square tube, near the plate it is attached to, leaving only the one flat side of the square tube connected. This would enable you to bend the square tube into the proper position, then weld the cut back together and add a tie plate...
  43. 1Mech

    Shipping a tractor

    I bought my tractor about 200 miles away, looked for a shipper, then decided to do it myself. I kept getting emails from shippers wanting to ship my "car". Guess they couldn't read "tractor". Now, almost a year later, I have finally stopped getting emails from shippers. Tomorrow, I will be...
  44. 1Mech

    What happened here to my tire?

    I have done that with gasoline too, but remove the valve core first. Otherwise, it cooled off quickly and pulled the bead apart again. Be careful!
  45. 1Mech

    first time in the USA where should I go ?

    If you make it to the central U.S., you can kayak, the Buffalo National River in North Central Arkansas and visit Eureka Springs, also known as "Little Switzerland". Eureka Springs has the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Great Passion Play, a bible museum and, if you swing to the other side of...
  46. 1Mech

    first time in the USA where should I go ?

    My wife bakes cookies in "dry heat"!!
  47. 1Mech

    first time in the USA where should I go ?

    If at all possible, I would reschedule your trip for spring or fall to avoid the extreme heat of many places in the states. My wife and I have been to all 50 states, most of them with the grandkids, Baja California and a few Canadian provinces. No matter where you end up deciding on in the U.S...
  48. 1Mech

    Prices on driveway paving

    Why is it you don't want blacktop? We had blacktop back in Minnesota and it seems to have held up quite well? Just curious.
  49. 1Mech

    Squirrels and Turnips

    I will be moving to Arkansas after retiring, guess I better stock up!
  50. 1Mech

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Well, my "truck" is a 2006 Dodge Caravan cargo van. I do mobile mechanic work in addition to my regular postal job. It works better than a pickup truck for hauling tools and parts around and it will tow up to 3600 pounds. I gave about $1400 for it at the postal vehicle auction, only 74K miles...
  51. 1Mech

    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    Working in the machine shop, we did a lot of machine repairs, both in house and field service, got to work on lots of different manufacturing equipment, replacing brass sleeve bearings on huge presses which stamped out lamination plates, others did appliance panels, sucker rod forging machines...
  52. 1Mech

    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    Speaking of large overhead cranes, my first job in a machine shop was to assemble the gearing/hoist assembly on a large (30 ton?) overhead crane. The mechanic who took it apart had cleaned it all up, piled it all onto a good-sized pallet and quit working there. Had no book or instructions of any...
  53. 1Mech

    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    We had one of those on the farm back in Minnesota when I was in my teens. Ours was a little newer than that, but not by much. As I recall, it had a Lauson engine on it, not the Briggs. Also had a larger shroud over the moving parts.
  54. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    Does anyone here have a wind turbine or two to supplement solar? I have been looking at smaller vertical axis wind turbines, in addition to solar. No decision yet.
  55. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    I have two streams at my property in Arkansas, the state says I can use up to one acre foot of water per year with no permits required.
  56. 1Mech

    Question for those who live in California

    Thats easy to fix, sell play dough in an area designated as "gender neutral". As I recall from my childhood days, both boys and girls liked to play with and sniff play dough!
  57. 1Mech

    Question for those who live in California

    WOW! I have almost a half acre lot in town with a 1230 sq. ft house plus a separate garage out back. I don't remember exactly but my tax bill was in the neighborhood of $14 to $15 hundred. My tax bill on 9.25 acres in city limits in Arkansas was less than $12.00, not twelve hundred, but just...
  58. 1Mech

    Good morning!!!!

    Here near Tulsa, the thermometer says 55 and clear, good breeze out of the south. Heading to Yellville, Arkansas later this morning, hoping to dig some fence post holes on the creekside property, then returning on Friday with the trailer in tow so I can haul the fencing back the next time we...
  59. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    How many panels?
  60. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    Especially in Washington DC!
  61. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    A fixed rate never encourages conservation, which is what is needed. If I pay a fixed amount for most anything metered, I will want to get my money's worth. Kind of like going to an all you can eat place. I always overindulge in those places, so I don't go very often!
  62. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    That is good, lots of jobs being paid for with those exports! Seems our "leaders" would rather see those coal mining jobs go away!
  63. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    In California, the state probably would require the employer to give the EV owner the day off with pay! Stick it to the job creators.
  64. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    Peak demand will vary with the seasons and area. During a heat wave in a Texas summer, the afternoon hours will likely be the peak, during a cold snap in New York, there might not be much difference in usage between day and night. But the capacity needs to be present to produce for peak demand...
  65. 1Mech

    another hiccup to going solar?

    And some tree hugger may discover a rare, endangered tiny animal that only lives at the construction site that no one ever heard of before. So now they need to do even more environmental impact studies, more delays and more expenses!
  66. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    You are the rare exception who can and will come up with creative ways to continue on your journey! I once had a fuel pump free itself from the engine (1968 Mopar 318), while driving home from work. The engine died. I got out looked under the hood, saw the fuel pump loose from its mounting. The...
  67. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I totally agree, the old cars were typically much harder to work on. I have been turning wrenches since the early 70s. The older vehicles generally had more room to work in, but for some reason, the designs were just more difficult to work with. The cars in the late 70s and early 80s I think...
  68. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I worked on a Ford Friday. Guy drives in, says it isn't running so hot. I hear the loud puff, puff, puff, I say, it sounds like your spark plug is missing. Look under the hood, #7 coil boot is laying on the manifold, coil still fastened to the intake. The screw holding the coil is directly under...
  69. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Those brilliant engineers must design the things to work according to how the even more brilliant designer designed it! It is amazing to me, some of the engineering we see. Some good, some not so much!
  70. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Not sure what year your truck is, but for a 2014 F150 5.0 the flat rate for spark plug change is 1.5 hours. Do the math 1.5 x 150 = $225 + parts
  71. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Reckon they had to get some clean pants after that!!!
  72. 1Mech

    International Harvester Comparisons

    Parts should be available for either one with a little digging. Check out this website for a more detailed comparison of the two. The 2424 is listed as an industrial tractor. https://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/tractor-brands/ih/ih-tractors.html
  73. 1Mech

    How many still have a Landline in their home?

    A few years back, my AT&T landline was around $60/mo. I dropped it and went with VOIP for about $12/mo plus free long distance, caller id, call forwarding and a bunch of other stuff I don't know how to use! It is now around $16/mo and I think I will drop it when I retire to Arkansas. Get very...
  74. 1Mech

    Rant on shipping

    You can't really blame the Post office for all the junk mail we get. The Post Office does not create the mail, we only deliver it. Others create the mail, spend good money doing it. It is estimated that direct mailers will spend upwards of $40 Billion on direct mail in 2023. (New Research...
  75. 1Mech

    Rant on shipping

    Glad you received your package, the fact that you had an email from the supervisor indicates your call did some good, otherwise, it would have just showed up as another piece of mail. I do machine maintenance at the Tulsa Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC), I have had front office people...
  76. 1Mech

    Rant on shipping

    It is not too unusual for a package to get missorted due to mechanical problems or jams on the machine. If the person "sweeping" the machine doesn't keep the chutes clear, packages can and do end up in the wrong bin. If no one catches it, your package destined for Tulsa, may end up in Syracuse...
  77. 1Mech

    Excessive ads?

    Get rid of Google, switch to a better phone browser such as DuckDuckGo, they don't track your every move!
  78. 1Mech

    Rant on shipping

    My wife and I both sell quite a few things on Ebay and we both have worked in a USPS mail processing facility, she retired, I am still there, but my retirement is about two months away. Anyway, I get to see many packages get damaged during processing. Sometimes the contents remain with the...
  79. 1Mech

    Rant on shipping

    So you cancelled the order and got a refund, no?
  80. 1Mech

    Clear cutting half arsed, why?

    You should have plenty of termites to help out in Tennessee.
  81. 1Mech

    You Know You Are Old When

    I know I am getting old when I am stiff everywhere, except where I want to be!!
  82. 1Mech

    You Know You Are Old When

    Back during the covid fiasco, my wife and I were traveling the country, between Oklahoma and California. We spent a night in Grand Junction, CO and ate at an Italian restaurant attached to a nearby motel. Us and two, maybe three other couples I think is all that were in there, easy "social"...
  83. 1Mech

    Want to buy a sawmill - Talk me out of it!

    Down here 2x4-8s are about $3.25 and 4 x 4-8 treated run about $9 at the Home Depot. Almost affordable again.
  84. 1Mech

    Want to buy a sawmill - Talk me out of it!

    Kinda like the old timers sayin, ": what I used to do all night, now takes me all night to do!" Too bad, but I can relate.
  85. 1Mech

    Want to buy a sawmill - Talk me out of it!

    Why not just run the engine once a month or so, keep it all in good running order.
  86. 1Mech

    Keweenaw snow photos

    Reminds me of my youth in Minnesota. Been living in Oklahoma since 1976 with no intention of moving back to those long cold winters! I did enjoy snowmobiling, about the only thing I might miss about those winters! Glad you all enjoy them!
  87. 1Mech

    Snow

    We had a light, dry snow here, since the air was dry and quite cold for Oklahoma. (near zero) About 1 1/2 inches in the Tulsa area last Sunday. Roads have been quite passible, even for Okies! Did not spot any cars in the ditches on my 16 mile drive to work. Today most of it is melting, tomorrow...
  88. 1Mech

    Water heater recs please

    Here is an article I read some time ago, about the right sizing of pipes and better routing can help get you hot water faster, without a recirc pump. https://www.jlconline.com/how-to/plumbing/efficient-hot-water-piping_o
  89. 1Mech

    Banking in Canada

    Maybe things are different in Canada, but here in Oklahoma, I have my kids listed as beneficiaries on various accounts. They have no access to the accounts until I die. I had a savings account at the credit union, but I didn't want my late wife to have access to the money while I am alive, so I...
  90. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Gee, I am glad we had some global warming between then and now!!!
  91. 1Mech

    lost nuts!

    And you wondered why the cat was grinning like a Cheshire cat. That cat knew, it was no accident!
  92. 1Mech

    lost nuts!

    Happens with tools too! I just laid down the wrench, now I can't find it!!
  93. 1Mech

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Have you considered combining solar with a few vertical axis wind turbines? Birds can see the vertical axis, so they don't fly into them. Some places the wind blows at night too.
  94. 1Mech

    Brand New Manure Spreader thoughts

    I remember using one on the farm when I was much younger, still in high school. It was an old wooden box pull behind, wheel driven, no name spreader. It worked quite well, spread manure all over, including on me, always ending up smelling like, well, manure!
  95. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Should probably leave the truck at the junkyard too!!
  96. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    A lot of dead people in Penn!!
  97. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Just half the time????
  98. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I have seen those reflective borders here in Oklahoma too, along with bike lanes where no one ever rides a bike! Then, in downtown Tulsa they put "parking" lanes in what was once a driving lane, with a bike lane along the curb. You feel like you are parking in the middle of the street! Well...
  99. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    probably an overhead crane, would have been a little better to turn it around so the counterweight would be more centered in the truck. Still not a good way to haul it!
  100. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Looks like the tractor righted itself back onto the trailer, could have been a lot worse! Wonder what stopped the truck? A tree?
  101. 1Mech

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

    I am using a Samsung Galaxiy S-10, get good reception in most areas using AT&T towers and Red Pocket service. $220 per year for 10 GB data per month, unlimited minutes of phone time and unlimited texts. Prepay by the year, buy it on Ebay or direct from the company. They sell newer phones also at...
  102. 1Mech

    A better way to kill moles and gophers?

    Those were the days, pre-nanny state! Amazing thing is, we all survived to tell the stories, riding bikes with no helmets, playgrounds without padding, riding in the back of the pickup, sometimes falling out!
  103. 1Mech

    You "Road" Your Tractor?

    I always take mine out when not using it, just to keep from hearing the rattle. It is on my van, not a pickup, so the rattle can get pretty loud and annoying!
  104. 1Mech

    A better way to kill moles and gophers?

    Must have been M-80s, Black Cats wouldn't do much other than make noise. Can you even buy M-80s anymore? This is the type of trap I use, works pretty good, quick painless kill.
  105. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Madison County, Iowa has six covered bridges. this is also the setting for the film, "Bridges of Madison County" and the birthplace of John Wayne. I have never lived there,, just passed through many times.
  106. 1Mech

    Ethanol Free Gas

    2006 Dodge Caravan flex fuel, runs good on anything I put in it. Not too fussy, just like a good wife!
  107. 1Mech

    Floor jack

    Many years ago, I bought a new Hein-Werner floor jack to use in my business, thinking, I would pay more to get a better, American made jack. It was a good jack, but it was not American made. It was made in either Taiwan or China, not sure which now, but it was a disappointment! This was back in...
  108. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Looks like he didn't cut it proper either, heck of a barber chair I would guess! Wonder what they used to get it in there?
  109. 1Mech

    Ethanol Free Gas

    Glad I don't live there, gas here in N.E. Oklahoma is currently around $2.32 for E-10, $2.90 for E-0, $2.19 for E-85 I have a flex fuel van, but I only use E-85 if it is 30 cents or more a gallon cheaper, other wise I use E-10. I find about 2.5 MPG difference in E-10 and E-85
  110. 1Mech

    Ever break a tap?

    I have used those when I worked in a machine shop years ago. Get it centered over the broken tap or drill bit and let it do it's thing. Similar to an arc welder, but instead of adding metal it eats it away!
  111. 1Mech

    Angle Grinder(s) - Lost Their Smoke

    Back when I was young and dumb, I was grinding a high spot of concrete with no ppe. I learned the hard way it is important to wear goggles, mask too. Had to go to the doctor to get a chunk of concrete removed from my eye. I thought it would wash out on it's own, so I waited a day or two before...
  112. 1Mech

    What to do with old anti freeze?

    I saw the same information at the Minnesota State Fair many years ago, the key is a Municipal sewer system, not a septic system. Not sure if it still applies to all types of anti freeze, as the article specifies glycol (the old green) anti freeze.
  113. 1Mech

    What to do with old gas/diesel?

    Don't tell EPA, but you could pour it along the fence row or the back side of the garage to keep the weeds or termites down. You can also save it as starter fuel for the burn pile. I would probably mix a little in with my good fuel in the older, less sensitive equipment until it was gone.
  114. 1Mech

    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    It may be a minor thing from back in my school days when I bussed tables, but I hate it when people get up from the table and leave their chairs out away from the table! Makes it harder for wait staff to get around.
  115. 1Mech

    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    Must be some really good socks!
  116. 1Mech

    Insurance requires home water leak detector and drone inspections?

    Ny Simply Safe alarm system has a leak detector available as an option, it is for if your washing machine springs a leak or water heater leaks, etc. but it won't stop the leak, only notify you of a leak. So, if you are 2000 miles away on vacation, it will still be a mess when you get home! When...
  117. 1Mech

    ??? BAD COMPRESSION ??? now what I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP

    Try looking this over. /www.ntractorclub.com › howtos › pdfs › Compression-Testing-Tutorial.pdf I figured your good compression should be around 425 PSI using their formula and the mid range multiplier and the listed 23:1 compression ratio (18.5 x 23 ) don't know if that is right. You might...
  118. 1Mech

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I saw a similarly loaded truck today going eastbound on I-44 through Tulsa, except the truck and Polaris were both being towed behind a class A motorhome!
  119. 1Mech

    What did you buy this week?

    I make some tasty and healthy sauerkraut with my cabbage, real easy to do and it is alive with real, natural probiotics! The canned stuff is dead and not really all that healthy. The only good in it is fiber, all the probiotics have been killed in the pasteurization. I shred the cabbage in my...
  120. 1Mech

    What did you buy this week?

    This week I am having a new sewer line put in, also bought a new portable generator to power the new well until I get a permanent power solution setup.
  121. 1Mech

    What did you buy this week?

    Hope all that college didn't undo all the good you taught her during her formative years!
  122. 1Mech

    Towing Mishap

    Some here have been mentioning using the "emergency brake", well, vehicles don't have "emergency brakes" they have "parking brakes" To be used when you park your vehicle, not as a backup brake for when you let your service brakes fail. I guess you could use them in event of a brake system...
  123. 1Mech

    Is a fully discharged battery now junk?

    One of the many dumbest things I have ever done, I had a fully dead battery, don't recall why it was dead, but I hooked it up to an old style charger, must have been in dim light. Anyway, I hooked it up backwards, pos. to neg. neg. to pos. Well, over night it took a charge, but it now had...
  124. 1Mech

    Is a fully discharged battery now junk?

    If I have a dead battery which a "smart" charger won't charge, I connect a 9 volt transistor radio battery, using small wire jumpers, to the charger terminals, while connected to the battery and turned on. The charger will sense the 9 volts and start charging, then remove the little battery and...
  125. 1Mech

    Is a fully discharged battery now junk?

    Very true, I bought one of their chargers and never have been satisfied with it. Should have returned it. It still works, but only on the slower rate.
  126. 1Mech

    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yep, that road salt causes cancer! Even the unibody "frame" was falling apart on that old Fury! Glad I moved away from that stuff!
  127. 1Mech

    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I totaled out a '64 very clean Nova when the old lady driving it ran a red light. Pretty well destroyed my old rust bucket '68 Fury from Minnesota too!
  128. 1Mech

    Subaru Automobiles

    Pull the fuse, maybe you could wire in an inline switch. You would think the dealer could program it out too!
  129. 1Mech

    Subaru Automobiles

    You would defiantly want to change the timing belt and water pump !! If the belt breaks it gets expensive to fix, real fast. If you are just a bit handy, it is not too hard of a DIY job. I have done a few from that era. I much prefer that era Outback body style, the newer ones are getting...
  130. 1Mech

    Engine heater

    I recall my dad buying a '68 Plymouth Fury II must have been the early '70s , anyway, it came with a small propane powered engine heater. As I recall, it was actually a small water heater plumbed into the hoses. I don't recall if it was the lower radiator hose or a heater hose, but it worked...
  131. 1Mech

    Tree cutting accident

    I would not even know where to find such a class in my area! Who offers them, the saw manufactuer?
  132. 1Mech

    SIP Shop, 50x60x16

    I am also planning a SIPS home, in Arkansas. check out this company, the parent of the one I plan to use www.eco-panels.com They are located in North Carolina and use urathane foam rather than styrofoam and pvc conduit instead of holes bored through styrofoam.
  133. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Guess we would be cousins too! My 8th great grandfather is John Strong, from Taunton, Somerset, England, emigrated to Northhampton, Mass, a little north of Springfield. John Strong 1610–1699 BIRTH 1610 • Taunton, Somerset, England DEATH 14 APR 1699 • Northhampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA...
  134. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I listened to Col. Coffee, a Navy flier, some time ago talking about his capture and time spent in the "Hanoi Hilton" He compared using an ejection seat to driving a convertible 600MPH, top down of course, then standing up! Ouch!
  135. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I find tons of loose keys and quite a few thumb drives and a goodly amount of loose change after a run. One night I found 13 hundred dollar bills scattered throughout the machine! A short while later I found and open envelope with receipts in it indicating the $1300 was from the Fraternal Order...
  136. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I had a '79 Corolla wagon, my parents bought new. I had about 340,000 on it when an illegal turned in front of me one night coming home from work. Another casualty of illegal immigration!
  137. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The Delivery Barcode Sorter (DBCS) machine, which is one of many machines the U.S. Postal Service uses to sort letter mail, can process as much as 40,000 pieces of mail per hour. One letter with loose change, thumb drives, candy hearts and other chunky pieces can cause jams and damage the mail...
  138. 1Mech

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I have been to Apache Junction, never saw that, quite amazing! When are the times the "Cougar" comes out to play?
  139. 1Mech

    Question on deck build sitting on ground

    Ahh, the joys of country living!!
  140. 1Mech

    Question on deck build sitting on ground

    Looking at that shady area, I think whether you put down concrete or wood, you will always have a problem with the green stuff growing on the surface. Moss, mold, algae, whatever it is, it will make it look less than nice. Have you considered a bunch of shade tolerant / loving plants such as...
  141. 1Mech

    FMC 5x5 Sidewinder auction score!!

    A previous owner brazed the hub to the shaft, so until I can remove the brazing, maybe replace the whole shaft with the hub, it is out of commission. Only one thin shim under the rear pillow block, guess I could machine some off the face of the pillow block base. The tire looks to be in good...
  142. 1Mech

    FMC 5x5 Sidewinder auction score!!

    I have one of those, it was included when I bought the B414 in my picture, The u-joints seem pretty loose, so I will replace those and I need to figure out why the blades don't turn when the wheel is spinning, just found out tonight it is called a Sidewinder.
  143. 1Mech

    Always carry a valid spare tire and tools to change it.

    A few years back I bought a retired Postal van, it didn't even have a spare tire holder, or a jack or spare. If they get a flat, they call out a service truck. One of the first things I did, after making a spare key, was to install a spare tire holder and tire. Always have tools and jacks in...
  144. 1Mech

    Brush hog accident(s)

    I was thinking the same thing! It is an unfortunate accident and accidents happen. But if they are so distraught, one would think they would have been in closer contact with her, like maybe letting her stay with family members. Of course many of the homeless have some mental health problems and...
  145. 1Mech

    93 octane fuel in a low compression engine

    Thanks for all the replies, I am bringing it home from Missouri on Monday. The previous owner said it had a VW carburetor on it, he was using a "choke cable" on it, direct throttle control, so I need to get the proper carb and the governor linkage, which is currently not connected. Also need to...
  146. 1Mech

    93 octane fuel in a low compression engine

    I recently bought an old International B-414 gasoline tractor, reading through the owners manual, I noticed it called for 93 octane fuel. Now this is only a 6.3:1 compression ratio engine, why in the world would they recommend such a high octane fuel? Was octane rated differently in 1963?
  147. 1Mech

    Decent battery charger

    I bought one of those a few years ago, when my main heavy duty charger disappeared, (ended up in my neighbors garage, I guess we both forgot he borrowed it) Anyway, the Harbor Freight one I bought is of rather low quality. It works, but if I put it on high charge, the needle jumps all over. I...
  148. 1Mech

    B414 work shop manual

    A bit old of a reply, but I just bought a CD copy of a service manual for my recently acquired B-414. I can find what I am looking for and print out the pages I might need. It came from a seller on Ebay called shippedtoday, also listed as Southwest Tractor Parts...
  149. 1Mech

    Marvel Mystery Oil

    So, how much would "some" be, added to your fuel? I remember it smelling rather sweet and pleasant, using it in air tools.
  150. 1Mech

    Guy is renting out his tractor for 6 month period

    Sounds to me like the "owner" is a scam artist. Wanting the full amount in advance. Reminds me of the "great" car deals I have heard of on the different online markets. A picture of a beautiful car in great condition for a clunker price. Yeah right, it belonged to your mother who just died.
  151. 1Mech

    Questions about lawnmower options

    Unless you are going with a wide cutting swath like 60", what is the advantage of a zero turn over a garden tractor type mower. I know the zero turn has a substantial price premium. What can you do with a ZT that I can't do with the garden tractor of equal size cutting width? My little brother...
  152. 1Mech

    Kubota 3910 ran out of water and will not run

    Many years ago, I had a 1970 Pinto (car) with the 2.0 liter engine, best engine they ever put in those little cars. My wife was in the hospital, giving birth to our daughter. My son and I went to visit one Sunday afternoon, the heater would not work (in March), I figured it was a bit low on...
  153. 1Mech

    Best Nut or thread locking devices

    If you don't mind hanging out in the nail polish area, you can get 100% acetone nail polish remover at Walmart for about $3 for 16 ounces. A bit cheaper than at Lowes from what I saw. It is the Onyx brand. Or you can order online.
  154. 1Mech

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    You ever notice when you have a bunch of hammers, or whatever and leave them scattered around so you don't need to bring one along, eventually, they are all in the same room or area! I bought a multi amp battery charger there, but would not buy it again if it fails completely. Also bought quite...
  155. 1Mech

    Anyone using insulin for diabetes?

    My late wife was diabetic from age 12, started out with twice a day shots, then, back in the late '90s or early '00s, don't recall for sure, she switched to an insulin pump. Best move she ever made. But as you point out, the drug companies don't care if insulin is affordable. Before an insulin...
  156. 1Mech

    Learning how to drive with a trailer..

    Try doing it the way I taught the kids to drive. Find a large empty parking lot, maybe a mega church during the week or a high school or office building on the weekend and go there to practice, while singing that old truck driving tune, "Give Me Forty Acres", hope no one runs you off.
  157. 1Mech

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Texas does not have an income tax, many states don't tax social security, but the feds do tax it.
  158. 1Mech

    Metal buildings and Cell signals

    From what they tell me, it is not lightning fast, but not dial up either. I have Cox Cable in town, in Oklahoma and many times it seems quite slow, usually between 6 and 12 Mbps. I have a newer, approved modem/router, but many times, when I do a speed test, it falls way below what they are...
  159. 1Mech

    Just bought 6 acre of land. Now what???

    Yellville, in Marion County, Arkansas states unless the land is zoned for mobile homes, you cannot have one on the land. However, you may live temporarily in an RV while building. But then, I am told, they seldom enforce these things in the outer reaches of town. In the county, out of city...
  160. 1Mech

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My planned retirement date is a little over a year away. My wife and I bought a small acreage (9.25) in north central Arkansas with two clear running creeks in the valleys between the hills. About 4 to 5 acres are fairly flat and partially cleared, sandy loam in the valley. We are drawing up...
  161. 1Mech

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Walter Mondale tried that running against Reagan, do you remember Mondale?
  162. 1Mech

    Metal buildings and Cell signals

    I don't know if it is available in your area, but line of sight WiFi works pretty good and is cheaper than satellite. My little brother has it as does a co-worker, they are both happy with it. Fixed wireless internet is the proper name for it.
  163. 1Mech

    Branson Warranty Woes

    With all the talk about dealer woes, what is a good way to vet a dealer, to be able to trust them to support the sale, providing good support after the sale?
  164. 1Mech

    Summit TX25 Pricing

    Saw this today at the Atwood's store in Sand Springs, OK. They had four of them in the front of the store.
  165. 1Mech

    Who's had cataract surgery? Feedback wanted.

    I had lasik way back about 1998, I was very nearsighted. I used monovision then and was pleased with it, never needed reading glasses, I thought that would work with the cataract, not thinking, it is a non living lens replacing a live lens. The live lens can still make adjustments as needed, but...
  166. 1Mech

    Who's had cataract surgery? Feedback wanted.

    Back in Feb, I had my left eye done with a mono focal lens, didn't have good results. I had Lasik many years ago opting for monovision, worked great, so I figured I would do that with the lens implant too. Bad idea. Last month (Dec.) I had the old single vision lens replaced with a multi-focal...
  167. 1Mech

    Boosting question.

    I have used a simple 9 volt transistor radio battery to trick the new "smart" charger into working on a dead battery. Using short, small gauge jumper wires, touch the 9 volt battery to the 12 volt battery, with the charger connected and turned on, observing proper polarity of course. once the...
  168. 1Mech

    Waste Oil

    Here in Oklahoma, Autozone stores accept used oil.
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