Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
* * * * - 22 votes

Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes


  • Please log in to reply
8699 replies to this topic

#6541 massey driver ONLINE  

massey driver

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 75
  • 1,075 Thanks
  • 1,445 posts
  • Location: Mainitoba Canada

Posted September 28, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Sure hoping that you don't get any rain.That would make for alot harder job.



#6542 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 28, 2015 - 07:35 PM

Sure hoping that you don't get any rain.That would make for alot harder job.

80% chance of rain tomorrow, so may not get to do anything tomorrow.  Not expecting more than 1/2", so won't postpone the job long at all.


  • Craig. said thank you

#6543 MH81 ONLINE  

MH81

    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 27,303 Thanks
  • 28,628 posts
  • Location: N. W. PA

Posted September 28, 2015 - 08:47 PM

Daniel,
Re Moms water.... Sometimes people who use!to much detergent say this.
Ask her to cut the detergent in half and see if it helps. Tell her its more concentrated than it used to be. Not a lie as it is usually more concentrated than it used to be.
  • Alc, Craig., oldedeeres and 1 other said thanks

#6544 camdigger OFFLINE  

camdigger
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 70250
  • 678 Thanks
  • 234 posts
  • Location: Central Alberta

Posted September 29, 2015 - 01:06 AM

Load of rock ordered for morning.  Now I need to take my towable backhoe up there.


Any chance of a picture of the towable 'hoe?

I have an ancient McConnell power arm hoe desperately in need of a rebuild. I am torn between rebuilding and simply starting over from scratch.
  • Craig. said thank you

#6545 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 06:59 AM

Alan, I did see laundry soap residue on the top part of the washer tub. Enough to cause a problem. Likely what she could be sensing on the towels. As I know, her washer hose screens have never clogged, nor her faucet narrators.
Cam, I'll snap some fresh pics today.
  • Craig. and KennyP have said thanks

#6546 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,466 Thanks
  • 39,701 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:02 AM

Does she use a liquid soap or powder? You might want to check the water level the washer fills to, also. Could be it's not filling all the way for a full load and causing some of that residue.



#6547 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:08 AM

Powder, and suggesting anything other than what she likes will be met with resistance but I will do my best. The powder she uses had a ring of granules on the tub's upper part.
  • Craig. said thank you

#6548 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,466 Thanks
  • 39,701 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:11 AM

So it looks like the washer is filling all the way then. Sounds like the powder is not dissolving completely. Wonder if she adds it last?



#6549 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:19 AM

Teresa just told me they are using the cheap laundry detergent from Sam's Club. I used that for the parlor cow towels and sometimes it would leave residue in the cow micro fiber towels. Sounds like the problem has been solved but I have to convince her, which is another problem in itself. I'll do my best! Thanks guys!
  • Craig., KennyP and TAHOE have said thanks

#6550 Craig. OFFLINE  

Craig.

    Ronald Craig

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 1842
  • 883 Thanks
  • 765 posts
  • Location: Indiana

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:31 AM

Does grandma like Claude your septic man? cuz he told mom not to use powdered soap if you're on a septic system. He said it was very hard on just about everything. maybe you can head in that direction.
  • olcowhand, KennyP and oldedeeres have said thanks

#6551 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:36 AM

Does grandma like Claude your septic man? cuz he told mom not to use powdered soap if you're on a septic system. He said it was very hard on just about everything. maybe you can head in that direction.

More info is good!  Yes, I think Mom trusts Claude.  I know Dad does.

  Rain already falling today, so no septic work.  I'll go see Mom today loaded with all the info you guys have provided.  Hopefully she will see the light.  We have some laundry detergent "pods" she can try.  Teresa really likes them.


  • Alc, Craig. and KennyP have said thanks

#6552 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Going out to clean out Mom's water heater after lunch.  I think she will be ok after this.  I already had a new heater element, and new thermostats.  The last element put in had a built in thermostat (so Dad said), and it keeps the water too hot, so I'll change all that out while I'm at it.  It'll take a good while just to drain the heater, pull out sediment,  then a good flush.  It will take most, if not all of the afternoon.

Sure hope she calms down after this.  

  Dad already has 2 cardiologist appointments within a week, and now has to see an eye specialist, as some of his meds can affect his vision.  I'll likely need to take him to most of these, as he's been kinda worn down.  Part of his tiredness (possibly a big part) is Mom worrying him about things like the water.  He seemed pretty aggravated with her this morning whenever she was talking about this "water issue".  

  Gonna be hard to get things done on the farm till we get these Dr appointments tended to. Lots of stress for me as well, along with the farm stuff, but I gotta take care of them the best I can.


  • MH81, Alc, Craig. and 1 other said thanks

#6553 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 02:58 PM

Finished with the water heater cleanout.  Also changed out the lower element and it's thermostat.  Once the new element was in, I flushed lots of water through the drain cock till water flowed good & clear.  They are going to leave on the city water to help cut down on mineral buildup too.  Minimum payment to the city water is $15 a month if you don't use a drop, so the most they might raise the bill is another $15.  Mom seems happy as can be now, so worth the effort, even though I only got less than a gallon of mineral, which wasn't enough to cause any problems at all.  She brought me a damp washcloth from her kitchen sink that she said gave her the willies to rub it for all the mineral in it.  Now my pinky & nest 2 fingers may be numbish, but pointer & thumb are fine and I felt nothing at all except a wet rag.  I rubbed it on my forearm & still felt nothing.  Dad can't feel anything on the rag either, because there is nothing there, but she's happy, so all is good .....for now.  :smilewink:

Now I won't have to worry about keeping the well from freezing.  I'll drain the pump, then draw enough water out of the deep well lines with a hand pump & flexible line to prevent freezing in it.  The well house needs to be overhauled before putting back into use.  Needs new insulated wall panels and an entire new roof & door built.  The well has endless water, so one day I may redo it.  Right now it's in such shape it would take a lot of electricity to heat it to prevent freezing it up.

  Oh, and by the way, this water heater was installed when the house was built in 1965.....they don't build them like this one anymore, that's for sure.  It's a glass lined, and must have been lined very well!   I never found a cabinet style for sale on the internet like this one.  It has a porcelain cabinet just like a clothes washer.

  One job marked off my list.

 Still raining too, and got almost 1" where they said 1/4 to 1/2".  Gonna be a few days finishing the septic system as I'd make deep tracks in Josh's yard getting gravel to it.

  And I knew it would hurt bending down dealing with the water heater, so I took a pain pill before going out there, and made it much easier on me.  Don't worry, I'm not addicted to those pills.  2nd pill I've taken in the last 3 to 4 weeks.  I still have 7 or 8 left of the last 30 pill prescription from June.  But when I really need one, they surely do help! 


  • Alc, Craig. and oldedeeres have said thanks

#6554 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted September 29, 2015 - 03:01 PM

Oh, and Josh changed out the element in this heater last Fall/winter, so I didn't see the so called "built in element thermostat", which I never heard of before.  Just a slip of Dad's mind, as it had a normal heating element & std thermostat.  But the water sure was hot, as they had the lower thermostat cranked to 170 degrees!  :firejumper:   It's a wonder one of them hadn't gotten scalded.


  • MH81, Craig. and TAHOE have said thanks

#6555 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,650 Thanks
  • 29,840 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted October 02, 2015 - 09:56 AM

Couldn't get to sleep last night, so laid on the couch so Teresa could get to sleep without my tossing & turning.  While laying there, the furnace tried lighting, but had a vibration in the inducer fan and never lit, so I shut the thermostat off.  House was a little cool when I woke, but fine.

  I took the inducer off expecting to find missing vanes on it's squirrel cage fan like I found the last time it acted like this, but it was intact, but rusty/crusty to where it was thrown out of balance, and the rough vanes didn't provide adequate air flow to work the pressure switch that opens the gas valve.

Got the fan blades all cleaned with a wire brush and now the furnace is operating fine.  Fan has no vibes & all is much quieter.  Just saved me some $'s.   :thumbs:


  • Alc, Craig., KennyP and 2 others have said thanks




Top