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Posted January 29, 2014 - 02:08 PM

Back from run to town.  May fire the shop heater up to build my block heater adapter plate.  My 3/4" NPT tap came in the mail today.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 02:19 PM

Good to hear your getting a little shop time.



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Posted January 29, 2014 - 03:54 PM

Put that block heater in and the temperature will warm up outside and you won't need it.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 04:25 PM

Maybe I need one of those! Wait! Only diesel I have is a summer only machine! Wonder how hard that would be to put into an Onan!



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Posted January 29, 2014 - 05:27 PM

Daniel? You still have eyebrows?

 

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Posted January 29, 2014 - 05:28 PM

Well, almost got the block heater finished.  VA called & Dad's severely anemic, so looks like a trip to the hospital or at least Acute Care. Silage is fed & heading out.   :(


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:52 PM

Dad wants to wait till morning, then see his family doctor.  I think going tonight would be harder on him than waiting till morning after a good night's sleep.  He's doing ok, just extra tired.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 07:27 PM

Went to the shop earlier to finish the block heater for the MF1655D.  Plugged it in for a half hour, then went & checked.  It is heating fine!  :dancingbanana:

BUT, the Jeep is acting up again.  :(   It has died a couple times just after starting, and this time I suspect fuel pump issues. A couple times it took longer cranking to start than normal....classic low fuel pressure.  I'll have to check the pressure when I get to it.  


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 07:31 PM

Daniel? You still have eyebrows?

 

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Cattle barns need more ventilation than they gave their cows.  Many older barns are way too tight.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:18 PM

Did you get in to auction with the 4 cows? Our auction house in Zanesville, Ohio was closed because of temps. Went I went out this morn was -18F w/o wind up to +15 tonight, feels good (comparatively).

 

Hope your Dad is an easy fix on the blood work.

 

Jeep pumps are usually not much fun. With my boys we have a total of five of them running and several for parts around the farm. Good luck !


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:27 PM

I'm getting pretty handy pulling the tanks by now.  If the tank isn't over 1/4 full, I can pull one, change the pump, & have it all back in & running in less than 1 1/2 hours.  Still not fun though!

 

Yes. got the cows there yesterday, they sold today.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 08:07 AM

Daniel? You still have eyebrows?

 

http://www.outsideon...Dairy-Farm.html

 

I was just getting ready to ask the same question! 

 

Being an underground coal miner I have learned more about methane than I care to know.

 

Methane is explosive at 5 to 15% it is MOST explosive at 10%.  Doesn't take much to set it off either in the right conditions.  A spark from striking a hammer on a piece of steel can cause it to ignite.

 

That barn exploding had to be a perfect storm..I really don't buy it..It would of had to be a tight barn with almost not fresh air coming in.  To achieve 19.5% O2 and 5-15%.  The cows I breathing in o2 and exhaling carbon dioxide.  Air is made of 5 elements nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor, argon, and carbon dioxide.  In order for methane to be introduced into the air, any of those has to decrease.  CH4 needs O2 to ignite. 

 

To get that perfect combination in a coal mine is difficult.  Granted we move large amounts of air to keep the gases diluted, but I personally have never seen over 2% in the last 11 years.  Some mines are gassy but if it was that easy to explode you wouldn't be able to mine coal.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 08:33 AM

Dang, Dang, DANG!  Water froze to the calf barn, even with leaving a stream running!  Now we have to haul water a couple times a day to the 15 calves down there.  Needed more to do!  Taking Dad to his family dr this morning, then my steel for the silage wagon floor is bent & ready to pick up this afternoon.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 09:42 AM

Figures, worse timing too.

Glenda's water trough froze solid last week.

After filling the trough here i drain the hose, use a garden hose, takes time but lessons learn, even with the tank heater a crust of ice developed on the edges, so far the hydrant has not froze.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 09:58 AM

Well, Dad is feeling much better today, so he's just gonna see his VA Dr tomorrow.  They told him when they called about the anemia to get to his local; Dr right away if he felt bad, which he did last night, but today he feels fine.  They said otherwise to just see them Friday at the VA appointment.  So today will be much better.  

  Gotta go haul water in a few minutes.  The nearest hydrant to the barn also froze, so to use a water hose, it would take a good 150'.  I'll just haul it in lidded 5 gallon buckets from the milk parlor with my MF1655D in the loader bucket.  Gotta have one bucket of hot water to mix calf milk.

   Cattle trailer put in barn at Dad's, and 16' trailer hooked to my truck to fetch the steel I had formed this afternoon.


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