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Posted March 12, 2015 - 05:24 AM

I wonder if it's better now that the CFL & LED screw in bulbs are becoming cheaper if going the single base like your doing in places like my basement workshop the way to go now ?  I screwed around with a  4' shop light the other night if I had the screw in ones it would have been done in seconds ,


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 07:02 AM

We put a bunch of those LED screw in bulbs in at the cabin.  They were pretty nice, and are pretty bright.  I've been impressed with them.  We were fooling with the water the other night, and we had a leaky hose that sprayed the light and the outside glass exploded but the inside LED is still burning just fine.  Pretty tough. 


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 07:17 AM

I wonder if it's better now that the CFL & LED screw in bulbs are becoming cheaper if going the single base like your doing in places like my basement workshop the way to go now ? I screwed around with a 4' shop light the other night if I had the screw in ones it would have been done in seconds ,

That's my thinking...to go LED later when prices lower.
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Posted March 12, 2015 - 08:53 AM

The shop is coming along nicely.  I like the white reflection in there.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 08:56 AM

It does brighten things up with that ceiling.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Yes, the ceiling brightens up that area quite a bit more.  But not going to put any more ceiling up today.  

  Have to repair fence & put up a new gate so I can block the calves from the barn & send them to the creek field for their water.  They have made a complete mess of their end of the barn, plus I'm replacing 2 support poles and I don't need the calves in the way.  Usually once weather breaks, I boot them out anyway, as they don't need to be inside anymore.  

  Got seat time on my small Massey with loader & Hogzilla.  Busted the crust on the weaned calf pen to get at good sawdust underneath.  Then with Hogzilla I tilled it all up.  Then I hauled fresh sawdust & spread on top, again tilling it in.  

  Teresa & I then weaned 4 bull calves, and after lunch I'll tag the 4 weaning age heifers & turn them into the weaned pen.  Then it's on to the fence repair.  Gotta get it done today, as rain is coming the next 2 days.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 01:33 PM

The bigger heifers had torn down about 30' of 5 strand fence line.  Looked as though something scared a group of them & they just plowed through it.  I knew the fence was down a while back because the large heifers were coming & going from either end of the field.  So I got the large separated from the small & closed the small ones in the 2 acre field & had the barn to go in also.  Now the fence is repaired and the fence will throw a flame.  The open gateway was worked up into a mire.  It came all the way to the top of my tall gum boots, and had to slowly pull my feet out of each step while at the same time carrying a 16' gate to block out the big heifers.  Now the littler heifers have full run of a 12 acre field & have the creek for water.  Grass is already turning green just from the last 2 days of warm weather, so they'll be pickin & grinnin soon.  67F here today & sunny....beautiful day and gotten a lot done already.  Josh is forking out small calf stalls, and while I was gone, Teresa washed my F250.  I had it parked in a barn during the last snow, and starlings pooped ALL over it.  Old truck looks sharp now!  


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 03:10 PM

 
Teresa washed my F250.  I had it parked in a barn during the last snow, and starlings pooped ALL over it.  Old truck looks sharp now!  

 

:wewantpics:  I've never seen a freshly washed farm truck!  :smilewink:


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 04:50 PM

 

 
Teresa washed my F250.  I had it parked in a barn during the last snow, and starlings pooped ALL over it.  Old truck looks sharp now!  

 

:wewantpics:  I've never seen a freshly washed farm truck!  :smilewink:

 

 

 

 

BEFORE: (She took pics)

 

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AFTER:

 

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Not bad for an 18 year old truck!  And for Uncle Willie, all I've ever done to this truck as far as repairs is normal maintenance, and replaced some vacuum hoses & little things like that.  She's never laid down on me.  Might be time for new spark plugs though.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 05:39 PM

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Wow them birds had fun didn't they! She did a nice job!
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Posted March 12, 2015 - 05:48 PM

I HATE BIRDS!  You should see some of our equipment in the sheds!  I'm gonna try to screen the trusses so they can't do this again.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 05:52 PM

That's a nice truck. What motor is in there?
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Posted March 12, 2015 - 06:13 PM

Sounds like every day chores are getting done. Truck looks good, thanks Teresa!


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 06:17 PM

That's a nice truck. What motor is in there?

 

351 and it can still pull quite a load.  Heavy duty automatic trans.  I forgot one issue I had with it back when I had a camper (still never let me down).  It would overheat the trans & puke ATF out the trans vent.  A quality add-on cooler was pricey, so I made my own from a Jeep Cherokee AC condenser.  Mounted it ahead of my radiator & the trans has never ran hot since!


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 09:47 PM

Thanks for the photos. Hard to visualize just how bad those starlings messed up that truck. I hate English Sparrows and Starlings. They both make life miserable for the Purple Martins so I go out of my way to make life short for them. We also have Barn Swallows around here that can make a mess out of things but they eat a lot of insects so I'm more patient with them. 

Wish I could think of a quick and easy way to rid you of your bird problem. 


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