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    Door Painting

    Hope it helps someone �� Nothing worse then watching paint dry so you can paint the other sides. Of course, for new construction, my favorite method is to just paint the door in place on the hinges. I have a bunch of old hinges that I swap onto the doors for painting. Spray it...
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    Stick welding aluminum

    It's interesting you have it labeled 0.0 arc force. This was the first time I was wondering if I could have benefited from adjustable arc force. A couple more pics 117 amps Before and after wire brushing the flux.
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    Stick welding aluminum

    Up to 110 with better results
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    Stick welding aluminum

    105 amps Before I wire brushed the flux off. The mess to the left is the original weld
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    Stick welding aluminum

    Figured it was a good thing for a newbie to try. Here's the broken wheelchair ramp. Probably about 20 broken or cracked welds. And the hobart 4043 stick rods that I got on amazon for $15 delivered. It took 2 and half rods to fix the ramp. So about four bucks. Saved over $150 vs having to...
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    Input for a multi process welder.

    Well I'm a newbie welder that just ordered some aluminum stick rods to fix this wheelchair ramp. Almost every weld underneath is cracked and it's getting kind of spongey to walk on. For $15 it's worth a try to fix. If it works I think I'll run a 110v extension cord out to the barn and build...
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    3pt Log winch/grapple

    For those prices I think I'd reverse engineer the power-trac hydraulic winch setup. I don't know that there be way to make it free spool though.
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    New House Build in the Country!!!

    I love build threads on TBN! Really brings out the experts ;) Five pages on a ledger, LOL. fwiw almost every basement framed with dimensional lumber around here uses the same method for the center beam. As far as the lack of a header above one opening.. It looks like there is going to a...
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    Here it is using the other pin holes. Obviously it has more rollback and a better dump angle at full lift. Unfortunately it looks like its at about +5 degrees from vertical. I'll have to get it in an even surface to be sure. I think I could live with the latch boxes at 90 degrees if I...
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    The pic I posted already had the curl cylinders retracted all the way. It doesn't have much roll back as is. Here are a couple more The cylinder rods could be shortened 3-4" but that seems more trouble then it's worth. If i cut on the blue to save the ears then I would have to add a wedge...
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    Folding Cutting Table Question????

    How about a swing out arm with an adjustment rod/bolt -- mounted on the inside of the orange legs. (Opposite face of where the hinges are.) Instead of the threaded rod use a bolt that you can use a cordless impact to raise to the right height. If you mount them offset at different heights (or...
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    I know I need about a 65 degree back angle on the face of the ssqa. I see now that i cut the ears off straight (blue line that wont work). Ill have to see what would happen if I switch the pins to the other hole in the ears and cut on the red line. I may end up making new brackets. But that...
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    Not all the repair kits come with one of these pivot pins. But the toolcat one showed it in the pics so that's what I went with since they were all the same price.
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    Alright I'll try again...was trying to do too many at once.
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    The wedge pins are 1.21". I was going to use 1.25" dom tubing but I couldn't find any locally. I had some sch 80 pipe and 1-1/4" type l copper. The pins slide nicely in the copper and the BFH persuaded the copper into the sch 80 1.5" pipe ;)
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    SSQA build using Bob Tach rebuild kit

    I've wanted to add a ssqa to my tractor for a while. But my metal working tools consist mainly of a grinder, stick welder and a BFH. My tractor isn't common (honda 6522) so no off the shelf solution is available. So I ordered a couple rebuild kits off ebay for a bobtach. Total cost was $145...
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    Pallets in fields

    Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing???
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    Alien Invasion - I want my pond back !

    The ms361?
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    Alien Invasion - I want my pond back !

    The ms361?
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    Cat 1 lift pins

    This is what I ordered. Looks like I got the wrong ones. Amazon.com : Special Products (Speeco) S07020800 Cat 1 Draw Pin Hitch Accessories for Tractors, 5-1/2-Inch : Hardware Hairpin Clips : Patio, Lawn & Garden ;)
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    Cat 1 lift pins

    Cat 1 lift pins... Should be 7/8" Diameter? I just got these "cat 1" pins that are 1 1/8" with 7/8 thread delivered from amazon.
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    Alien Invasion - I want my pond back !

    I'm going to go ahead and surmise that this 10 year odyssey has ended with or will end in an afternoon with one of these
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    non pro building sight level????

    Water Level WL25 Electronic Water Level by Zircon Accurate to within 1/16" at 100' for ~$30-50. One man operation and works around corners, in bright sun and out of line of site. Every carpenter should have one.
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    My 3rd and hopefully last log splitter

    I got it back together. I ended up using two 3/8 grade 8 bolts on the front of each side as those are the ones that take the punishment when a log slides up the push plate. And 5/16 grade 2 for the rest. I split about a cord and a few tough pieces without any failures :)
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    non pro building sight level????

    Garden hose and some fittings to attach some clear tubing to the ends.
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    Logsplitter 2.0

    Here's the split fire design that I borrowed. I don't think they have fittings... The hinge looks to have a lot of play.
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    Harbor Freight now excludes predator engines from coupons

    It looks like you're correct. The online site still accepts 20% off the engines.
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    Harbor Freight now excludes predator engines from coupons

    I'm not sure how long they have been adding the exclusion for predator gas products? Not such a great deal now that they effectively raised prices by 25%.
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    My 3rd and hopefully last log splitter

    I started out with then typical H/V splitter which worked fine but I saw some room for improvement. So I cut it up and turned it in to a horizontal only with log lift. Much better!!! But I needed/wanted to build a faster and stronger splitter. So last fall I sold my splitter so I could fund my...
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    Steel for DIY Fire Pit - Advice Needed

    I don't know long it will last but I just picked up a front loader washing machine tub to make a fire pit
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    Any body built a knuckleboom loader

    That's what I want to build for my new splitter, but with a hydraulic grapple. Like this
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    Any body built a knuckleboom loader

    Another idea... Instead of a grapple to load the deck, could you use a winch to pull the logs to an oversized log lift? Like what wood mizer has on some of their mills.
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    Any body built a knuckleboom loader

    This looks like what mike h was describing. It's the wallenstein timber talon 95. They use a "fiber glide thrust bearing" between the inner rod and outer pipe. http://www.embmfg.com/File.aspx?id=2fcf52b7-77fe-416b-bcdc-7d9ec50ca357&display=full
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    Any body built a knuckleboom loader

    The slew gear from a small mechanics crane off a service truck would be a nice starting point.
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    120v MIG 3/8" coupon test results

    Or buy one of these fancy new fangled dual voltage STICK welders.
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    'Real world' hp required for 28gpm log splitter pump

    I want to build a log splitter with a 2 stage 28gpm pump. I have a question about how much engine I really need (haven't bought anything yet) I'm looking at using a cylinder with a max psi of 2500 Using the formula Gpm X pressure/1714(efficency) Or Gpm x pressure x .0007 High flow...
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    Everlast plasma?

    So I know there is a loyal everlast welder following here. I'm interested in getting a plasma and have been doing some research for a while. It seems hypertherm is the gold standard. And have, until recently, had the price tag to match. But the powermax30 can now be had for under $1000. The...
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    Modify 2 stage pump?

    Any way to modify/adjust an 11gpm 2 stage pump to stay in low pressure/high flow mode until 1750psi? The pump I have is preset at 650 and is adjustable from 400-900. I'd like to use it with a Chonda 420cc to speed up my log splitter cycle times. 1750*11/(1714)85 = 13 hp Right now I have a...
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    Log splitter -- is this going to work?

    I have a northstar 30t splitter (slow). I'm modifying to have a log lift and an auto cycle valve... As a hydraulic novice I think I understand the plumbing but figured I should make sure. My plan is to use the existing splitter valve for the log lift and add a prince auto cycle valve. The...
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    Newbie looking for 1st welder

    I am looking to get a stick welder to learn with... Been thinking about the the everlast powerarc 160 or 200. But then started looking at the 3in1's and multi process welders. And have confused myself as to what I want/need. To make matters worse I now realize the everlast imig 200 also...
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    Lincoln Ac/Dc 225 breaker size

    And from the thunderbolt owners manual
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    Ford 1715 -- part of real estate deal?

    Hi -- I am looking at a house that has a Ford 1715, 4wd, FEL, 1200 hours parked out back. It has not been run in a few years, tires are good. It has been under cover. I'm thinking I can get it thrown in with the house purchase :thumbsup: Anything I should know or look for?
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    Online AD for Kioti UTV

    So I just saw an ad for the Kioti UTV here on TBN. So I clicked on it figuring that they finally were available. The link took me to Kioti Tractor website where I can't find any mention of a UTV :confused: Anyone have any new info?
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    Alternative for hydraulic toplink on pto cement mixer?

    I have a small (cheap) stand alone cement mixer for the occasional sono-tube or other odd job. Problem is has plastic gears that strip to easily. I want to replace it with three point mixer like this: King Kutter 3-Pt. Cement Mixer, Model# CM-U | Cement Mixers | Northern Tool + Equipment It...
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    How do I get neighbors to stop feeding wild animals?

    I've never had a deer problem. But now my neighbor is leaving out corn and grain. Because they like to "see wildlife" -- They are from Mass. Another neighbor had the nerve to complain that my barn cat was eating the cat food she was leaving out for the raccoons :mad: I've tried explaining that...
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    Tires  DIY foam filled tires

    Anyone try this? Country Lore: Avoid Flat Mower Tires For small lawn tractors it might be ok. I'm going to try it in my wheelbarrow.
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