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Posted December 10, 2015 - 04:38 PM

That looks real good, Daniel!


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Posted December 10, 2015 - 06:32 PM

Shop/shed is ready for gutter.  I didn't think I'd have the strength to finish trimming the roof edge today, but I stuck with it till I finished, then had to put out 7 rolls of hay.  I am so worn out, but happy another big item is marked off my to do list.

 

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Posted December 10, 2015 - 06:43 PM

That will look good with the guttering on. Should help you get in there this winter!


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Posted December 10, 2015 - 06:54 PM

Glad you got all the work done on the building. That lift is very nice and should come in real handy working on mowers and such at a good height. No more bending over working on stuff.
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Posted December 12, 2015 - 06:40 PM

Today has been a mixed bag.  This morning I first fed silage, then moved the hay rake & tedder into a free stall alley.  After that I used the old Hough loader that had rigged up forks already on the bucket to unload the 2 post lift & park it and the loader where the hay equipment was.  The alley wasn't wide enough for the lift to fit.

  Later I put the new knife shaft onto the power lawn seeder I got at the auction.  It did a super job of slicing the dirt & mulched like a mad dog.  Problem though, as the hydro unit is slipping.  The oil is full and looks like new, so not sure what's going on.  It may be the coasting valve isn't seating well.  I may have to tear into it to repair.  I pulled the hydro unit out of the seeder.

   The next to last trip to town, the Jeep Cherokee has been giving a "check gauges" light and the voltage meter will read low, then drop completely.  It quit doing that the last trip, so hoped it was just a glitch.  Teresa went shopping today and it did fine going, but she called when she left for home to warn me it did it again and stayed dropped to nothing.  I knew it would have enough battery to get her home, so I went to the old parts Jeep & removed it's alternator.  I figured it was brushes, so when she got home I used a long socket extension & hammer to tap the alternator case.  Soon as I did, the alternator pulled on the engine, pretty much confirming worn brushes.  That was around 5pm, so I changed out the alternators & it's charging fine.  This alternator is kinda hard to get at, but it wasn't too bad.

Gonna carry the jump box in the Jeep for a time just to be sure.  Just 2 weeks ago, one of our girl's also had their alternator go out.  


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Posted December 12, 2015 - 10:40 PM

 Just 2 weeks ago, one of our girl's also had their alternator go out.  

 

When it rains it pours. 


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Posted December 13, 2015 - 05:33 PM

I tore into the alternator I took out of the Cherokee and verified it was most definitely the alternator.  Brushes weren't that worn, but one commutator band was worn way down to where the brush only intermittently touched.  Good to know for sure.

  Then I worked most of the day on the power seeder.  As I was pondering I happened to see shiny down in the hydrostat pulley.  Found the problem!  The pulley on the hydro is for a 1/2' belt, while the drive pulley & belt are 3/8".  The belt was bottoming out in the pulley, so even though the belt was plenty snug enough, it couldn't help but slip under a heavier pull.  It's a special pulley, but stamped steel.  So I chucked it in a lathe & cut out the center hub, then I found a 3/8" sheave pulley of the right diameter and cut the center out of it.  I welded it to the original pulley center, put it all together and now I can't hold it back!  :dancingbanana:   So I put all the shields back on & all I need now is a fuel cap, add a couple cable stay loops, and make some decals.  :thumbs:

 

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Now close to supper time.  Home made BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, rolls, and fruit salad for dessert!  :smiley-score010:  


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Posted December 13, 2015 - 05:53 PM

Glad you got it fixed. I'll be over for supper, save me a plateful!


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Posted December 13, 2015 - 06:09 PM

What is that machine? Not sure I've ever seen one like it before
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Posted December 13, 2015 - 06:17 PM

What is that machine? Not sure I've ever seen one like it before

It's a power seeder.  It drops grass seed from the front hopper, then blades cut into the dirt behind that, blending the seed into the ground.  It does a super job dethatching at the same time.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 08:54 AM

I feel your pain, had to replace my tractor battery and both batteries in the Tahoe and the boy's Bronco in side a week, ouch!

 

Glad you got the seeder fixed those are cool little machines.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Been hanging more of the LED lights in the shop.  Have 2 more to go over the work bench, but need some small chain to suspend them from the ceiling a bit closer to the bench.  May run to town with Teresa and pick some up at our new Ace  Hardware.  Have to pick up some of Dad's meds anyway.  

  One LED light is bad.  It lights fine, but has a terrible humm like a CFL shop light going bad.  Good thing is I picked up an extra light just in case.


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 05:26 PM

Just finished the shop lights.  These LED's are great.  On the end wall I changed the 3  single piggly wiggly CFL's to doubles on each socket.  Even with every single light in the shop on (13 four foot LED and six 26 watt pigglies) I am burning less power than just 2 of the 300 watt incandescent I did have up.

  According to what I've looked up (my CPA will research further), I will get a full 30% tax credit from state taxes alone, and should get more from federal.  Win win situation.

 

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Been cleaning work bench & finding homes for stuff.  Much better now!

 

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This is my cordless work crew.  They make life a lot easier.

 

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Now to run Dad's meds dispenser out to him after Teresa filled it up.  


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 05:57 PM

Need sunglasses in there!


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 06:02 PM

Shop looks Great, should be able to see well with all the light. I'm going to have to check into those 4' LED's for my shop. Glad to hear you figured out the issues on the Cherokee, got to take care of Ms. "T's" car for sure.
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