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Posted October 04, 2015 - 02:38 PM

Real nice. Those setups are expensive but well worth the cash.

 

Yes, we've had this one a good 10 years, and it cost $4,500 back then.  We however got 1/2 that back through tax credits.  We've only had to replace the pre-heater in all this time.  It'll heat this shop easily being I insulated the shop.  I still have some insulating to do, but will have to wait till I can get my roofing guy to replace the roof, and lay the double bubble insulation under it.  It will get batting insulation under that as well.  This furnace is 120,000 BTU output.


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 06:53 AM

With Dad at cardiologist awaiting his nuclear stress test. Always fun going to Dr appointments. Mine at my pulmonologist was yesterday. Dad has another appointment tomorrow.
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Posted October 06, 2015 - 07:25 AM

Hope the test results are good!


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 02:03 PM

Just now got home.  Kenny, I couldn't answer your call as I was in Dr's office.  Got a splitting headache now, so gonna rest a bit.  Having both parents in neighboring Dr offices at literally the same time is stressful.  Had to keep going back and forth at one point.


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 05:03 PM

We had a good chat, Daniel! Relax this evening, you've got one more trip tomorrow!


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Posted October 07, 2015 - 03:28 PM

Been working on Josh's septic bed, well, I mean leach bed for the french drain around his foundation.  :smilewink:   I will finish tomorrow if nothing breaks on me.  Piling the dirt high over the bed so maybe once it settles it will be near level.  I'm not getting on top of the dirt with the loader or crawler, as I don't want to risk crushing or anything like that of the tile.  Just pile it high, then work it in spring if need be.  I'm doing the topside grading with my Massey 1655D w/FEL.  No worries of packing too tightly with it.  Be glad to mark another major thing off my "to do list".  But don't worry, the list might never end.  But this one was weather influenced for sure, so I'll be happy to get it done.

  Still gotta use the backhoe to dig the main line ditch 12 or 15', connect the lines, then finish back-filling the last few feet of the bed.


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Posted October 08, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Got the drain work all finished!  Well, when I go get the loader, there is a small pile of dirt to level out, but otherwise all is done.  Man am I happy about wrapping this up, as it's whipped me.  Had to do lots of shoveling and raking, so my shoulders and neck really took it bad.  I'll sure be glad as time heals this surgery, but the surgeon said it'll take a long time....and I believe it!

 

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This coming spring or summer, once all is settled well, I'll till this area, then level it good before seeding with lawn grass.  For now I'll scatter some winter rye or similar.


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Posted October 08, 2015 - 06:04 PM

Glad that part is done. That's some hard work there! Nothing I would try to do anymore!


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 09:40 AM

Started & finished a small job this morning.  This shed butts against the former cows feedlot on it's back end.  We built the back end with gates, but the metal came down too low for the cab tractors to clear, but wasn't an issue back then, as we would rarely be able to drive out the other end for the cows.  So today I cut 2x4's to go behind the angle braces, screwed the metal to that, then cut the inner portion out so that any of our tractors or loaders can pass easily under.

 

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Already feel whipped (over the shoulder work kills me), but going to do some fence tightening in a bit.  Need some new t-posts drove in and one broken string of barb wire repaired too.  Have to grind a load of calf feed today or tomorrow.


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Nice work! That will be convenient! My 2 yr old grandson goes nuts when u post pic's of ur tractors. When he was 1 my son Craig put him on one of ur open cabs and took a pic and he hasn't forgotten it. So now every time you post a pic he wines to be taken to the farm. lol
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Posted October 12, 2015 - 01:50 PM

Spent the last 3 hours fencing....a job you can do forever!   Much more needing done, but that's all the fencing for today.  Now I need to separate larger of the smallest grouped heifers to go to their next field.


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 04:43 PM

Got 6 larger heifers put into the big field, then had to repair the feed grinder.  I forgot the last time I used it that it ate the #40 roller chain that runs the grain input auger.  Thought I had a 10' roll of new 40 chain, but no.  I did find some good used 40 in 2 pieces, and luckily had a couple master links, so put a good chain together, then ground a load of feed.  Just as I pulled from the grain bin, Teresa pulled up from being at the orchard grading apples all day.  She opened the gate for me, and I unloaded the feed and called it a day once I parked the grinder back in the shed.  I hadn't been feeling like much the last couple of weeks, but was determined to make a mark today and I did.....shed mods, a few hours of fencing, heifer moving, grinder repair & feed ground/unloaded, and I also changed the oil & filter in the Kubota RTV.   Now for some rest.    :thumbs:


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 05:12 PM

That was a full day, Daniel! Hope you rest well tonight!



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Posted October 12, 2015 - 05:15 PM

That was a full day, Daniel! Hope you rest well tonight!


Actually, my neck feels better after a full day of work. Still some sore, but better! :thumbs:
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Posted October 12, 2015 - 05:41 PM

That looking up really gets my neck to hurting. That and working above my shoulders! That's why I chose GT's as a hobby! They are short enough for this old body to work on!

Maybe the different types of work during the day is helping you heal!


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