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#7321 HDWildBill OFFLINE  

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 06:48 AM

Calmer day today.  fed silage, then put out some round hay bales.  Then spent the afternoon running for stuff.  Stopped by Southern States to make sure I still have a job coming up, and I do, just the rainy weather has pushed it back some.  Likely won't start work till mid-March.  Otherwise, all is good!

 

Looks like your getting ready to open a new chapter in your life.  :thumbs:


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Posted February 17, 2016 - 08:36 AM

It's most likely a temp job only, being done sometime in June, but you never know.  I want to do it for the money & experience.  I think I'll like it, I just worry the long hours at times will tax the old body.  

  Gonna start warming up tomorrow, so likely will get more repairs done to the barn.


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Posted February 17, 2016 - 08:40 AM

Seems like anything I do anymore taxes the body! Have fun! Gonna be nice down here for a few days! But, gotta work!


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Posted February 17, 2016 - 08:50 AM

Seems like anything I do anymore taxes the body! Have fun! Gonna be nice down here for a few days! But, gotta work!

Well, that is true!  But like you Kenny, I have to be feeling mighty bad to just lay around.  I have enjoyed sleeping in most every day though, so once public work starts, I'll miss that.  After I feed silage in a few minutes, I'll work on Hogzilla getting the last few things finished.  


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Posted February 18, 2016 - 05:26 PM

Finished repairing busted/rotten wood then covering one end of the freestall barn with metal.  It almost whipped me, but I took a break, then finished. In the pic some metal is puckering out, but those screws are in now.

 Starting on other end tomorrow.  Just repairing wood, then cutting the metal tomorrow, as I need to go pick up more roofing screws to put the metal on.

 

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Posted February 18, 2016 - 05:38 PM

I was working on the barn here today. It amazing how much damage one pig can do. Supposed to be picking up 6 calves from my Sister's friend who father just passed away. Don't have a enough land to graze them so I figure I could auction them off when they are older. 


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Posted February 19, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Looks good Unc.!


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 06:12 PM

Got all of the other end of the freestall barn patched over today.

 

Before:

 

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And after:

 

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Next will be the end of the original freestall barn.  It will need some structural wood repair first.

  Been a beautiful day that topped out at 71F !!  I worked up a sweat today & loved it!


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 06:20 PM

Looking good from here, Daniel! Gorgeous day here as well!


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 06:58 PM

Missed the good weather today grrr had to sleep, started midnights tonight.
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Posted February 21, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Got the shop waste oil furnace operating fine again.  Turned out I was at fault when I changed the filter.  Thinking I could use any old oil filter....well, ya can't!  I ordered proper filters, 2 so I'd have a spare.  These use "screen only" filters, and any with paper in the element will clog soon.  I got to thinking how the problem gradually became worse, then did some checking.  When I seen the proper filter was only screen mesh, I knew I caused the problem.  I could never see air in the suction line, so ruled out the check valve, so the air was coming from the pump shaft seal under such a vacuum from the clogged filter that it pulled air past the shaft seal.  Changed the filter out after feeding silage, and now it seems to be operating perfectly.

  Heading out to go SUV shopping.  There are a few in my price range, so want to go while the places are closed to look without a salesman pressuring me.  No, can't look inside them, but going to my grandson's Birthday party that will take me past all these car dealers, so knocking down a couple birds with the same stone.  Looking at Mercury Mountaineers mostly.  They don't get the best mileage, but they have the power.  The V8 version gets pretty much the same as the smaller V6, but have 82hp more (210 vs 292hp).  Being I pull trailers kind of often, I could use the power.  Avg mileage of 16 isn't good, but lots of owners report 22mpg highway, which is as good as my Cherokee can do.


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Posted February 21, 2016 - 01:12 PM

Got the shop waste oil furnace operating fine again.  Turned out I was at fault when I changed the filter.  Thinking I could use any old oil filter....well, ya can't!  I ordered proper filters, 2 so I'd have a spare.  These use "screen only" filters, and any with paper in the element will clog soon.  I got to thinking how the problem gradually became worse, then did some checking.  When I seen the proper filter was only screen mesh, I knew I caused the problem.  I could never see air in the suction line, so ruled out the check valve, so the air was coming from the pump shaft seal under such a vacuum from the clogged filter that it pulled air past the shaft seal.  Changed the filter out after feeding silage, and now it seems to be operating perfectly.

  Heading out to go SUV shopping.  There are a few in my price range, so want to go while the places are closed to look without a salesman pressuring me.  No, can't look inside them, but going to my grandson's Birthday party that will take me past all these car dealers, so knocking down a couple birds with the same stone.  Looking at Mercury Mountaineers mostly.  They don't get the best mileage, but they have the power.  The V8 version gets pretty much the same as the smaller V6, but have 82hp more (210 vs 292hp).  Being I pull trailers kind of often, I could use the power.  Avg mileage of 16 isn't good, but lots of owners report 22mpg highway, which is as good as my Cherokee can do.

My mom has a 2006 Ford explorer pretty much the same thing but it has the v6 it pulls a 2 horse trailer fine better than my Dad's little ranger. 


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Posted February 21, 2016 - 01:48 PM

Hi Daniel

My burner uses a 141 micron screen filter.  Wix 51614 is one of the numbers I use.

I have installed a vacuum gauge on the burner side of the filter to monitor it condition.

This is the one I use.

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On my Blackgold I could let it go to 15 inhg. Have not had to change it yet on the Omin.


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Posted February 21, 2016 - 02:49 PM

The v8 mecury mountaineers are nice. We bought a wrecked one for the motor. Nice 302 for a dirt track car.
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Posted February 21, 2016 - 05:02 PM

I had a V8 Explorer. Traded it in on a family type vehicle, a van. I still miss that vehicle. I remember around 19 miles a gallon for nice driving. When pulling a trailer and needing to get places, it would drop fast.
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