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Posted April 28, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Pouring rain right now.  May work on getting things ready for the milk parlor repair if the rain will let up a bit.  Right now it's buckets out there.


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Posted April 28, 2014 - 09:15 AM

At least it will be inside once you everything in there.



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Posted April 28, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Got the treated anchor 2x6 lag bolted to the ceiling.  Then it's just gathering time for all needed for when we're ready for the new rails.  It's not that big a deal, but there's only so much time between milkings, so I need all my ducks in a row so I might avoid surprises.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 07:29 AM

seems like there is never a dull moment on the farm or even time to collect your thoughts before tackling a new issue. 


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 07:36 AM

So far this storm system has dumped exactly 3" of rain, with more expected late this afternoon.  All is ready for the milk parlor improvements, but it'll have to wait till tomorrow, as lots need scraping today.  I'll need Josh for the entire parlor railing job, as the railings are 25' long and no way I can handle that by myself without building jigs to hold it all.  So today I will add some bracing out the back door of the parlor where old metal uprights have weakened.  Josh has been tearing out an old bolt bin in the shop, going through all the odds & ends in them, tossing the useless, organizing the good.  I'll go through some of this today as well.  This is the side of the shop opposite the side we redone with insulation & OSB.  This side will get the same treatment.

  Just as I finished milking, a young friend who turkey hunts on us walked in.  He got stuck in the old roadway up at Josh's.  Not mired down, but just slick as grease on top, and his 2WD couldn't move.  My 4WD F250 idled him out with his truck in neutral.  Now breakfast is eaten, and going back out after a few minutes with you guys.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 07:42 AM

Glad you got some good rain there. Hope the repairs go well!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:42 AM

 

  Just as I finished milking, a young friend who turkey hunts on us walked in.  He got stuck in the old roadway up at Josh's.  Not mired down, but just slick as grease on top, and his 2WD couldn't move.  My 4WD F250 idled him out with his truck in neutral.  Now breakfast is eaten, and going back out after a few minutes with you guys.

I think it is hilarious that people who have seen a couple of mud bog videos think that the skinny pedal is the way out of mud. It took me a while to teach Steph that if the truck is moving in the mud just let it go at its own pace, if it stops moving try a little pedal to see if it will help, otherwise get a tow before you are sunk up to your axles.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 12:42 PM

That's what Aaron did Willie, but he just slid sideways in the rear when he tried to move, so he just shut it off & walked down to the woods to hunt, then he was close to the parlor and stopped for a tow.  My neighbors however think that skinny pedal is the answer to ANY vehicle problem!  It's had already rained over 2" & they were down by the creek in their bottom land roaring half last night.  If he never got out, that would be just fine with me.  They used to come over a time or 2 a week when it rained a lot wanting a tow.  I finally stopped doing it......I help those who (at least try to) help themselves.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 12:49 PM

sometimes you just gotta smile


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 03:09 PM

The skinny pedal is fun though.  Nothing like throwing rooster tails of mud!



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Posted April 29, 2014 - 03:15 PM

The skinny pedal is fun though.  Nothing like throwing rooster tails of mud!

 

I must be getting old....muddy rooster tails just sound like work to me .....cleaning up the mess afterwards.  But give me permission to do burnouts in a classic muscle car that I don't have to pay any possible damages to, THEN it sounds like fun!  :thumbs:


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 03:20 PM

Dad's been working more on the MF285, so I spent the afternoon helping him.  We split the tractor, then I called our nearest Agco & they had all the seals & o-rings for the hydraulic oil leak.  Dad went & picked up the parts, as he's always up for dining out.  I had him also pick up seal kits for our MF362's steering cylinders, so I'll be doing them later.  All the 285 seals installed & tractor bolted back into one piece.  Engine has already been ran to full temp & retorqued.  Now to run her several hours & do it again.   Then she'll go up for sale.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 03:36 PM

Glad the two of you could spend an afternoon working together. Bet that did him a world of good!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 03:38 PM

How is the 1100/1300 working out on the feed wagon?

 

Glad to hear you and Dad had a good time in the shop, it always makes for a good day when Dad and I get shop time, just  not under the gun to get it done.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 04:24 PM

You cannot put a value on quality shop time with your Dad. Its priceless
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