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Posted April 11, 2013 - 03:32 PM

It seems in this case you can tell the men from the boys by the weight of their toys.

 

 

I forget where I was that I saw a bijillion of those things just sitting at an abandoned barn. You could tell they had been there for a long time.



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Posted April 11, 2013 - 03:49 PM

It seems in this case you can tell the men from the boys by the weight of their toys.

 

 

I forget where I was that I saw a bijillion of those things just sitting at an abandoned barn. You could tell they had been there for a long time.

 

Well then, I take that as a compliment!  :D   These blocks can weigh from 3600 to over 4,000 each depending on the mix they were made of, but the plant said most of these will go right at 4 grand each, so that would make nearly 2 1/2 Million pounds of block we've set!  

  Those old blocks at the barn may be near impossible to use if setting many years.  They use rebar set in the block when poured for lifting them.  

  The rebar may be so deteriorated that they might snap.


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Posted April 11, 2013 - 04:12 PM

 Milked this morning, then headed to town for some bolts from TSC and a bit of groceries & such.  Got home just as James brought the first load of 15 blocks I mentioned in an earlier post.   Then around 3:30 he brought the last load of 15 blocks.  The previous load from earlier today is now part of the silage pit wall.  Raining buckets 1/2 the morning & all afternoon, and will continue most of the night.  My work clothes & coat were soaked all the way through, but were fresh clean before the rain, so just tossed them in the dryer.  My work day is done, but Teresa took Kaylin to her job tutoring a 10yr old boy, so I'm making a pan of cornbread to go with some veggie soup when they get back.  Soup is already made, so it's easy brownie points to just make the corn bread!  :D


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Posted April 11, 2013 - 04:17 PM

Fresh corn bread and honey, what a treat. :D


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Posted April 11, 2013 - 06:39 PM

Daniel, you are going to win the husband of the Month award!  :smilewink:



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Posted April 11, 2013 - 08:31 PM

That cornbread sounds good! Glad you got the blocks set and a bath while you did that!



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Posted April 12, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Milked the cows this morning (as always).  Last of the blocks are now stacked.  Now for the dirt to dry so we can finish back filling behind the wall. Then I got 3/4 finished with the last skylight in the shop and came in for lunch.



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Posted April 14, 2013 - 04:57 PM

Great day on the farm, but off farm duty.  Got up & shot to the flea market.  Got some pans we can use for plow day, some switches for GT's, and some other piddly things.  Came home & worked on the JD430 putting on a glow plug switch, then got the Kubota G4200 all cleaned up.  Did some other piddly things too.  Oh, and some mowing time too.  Nothing broke, and no issues all day long.  Getting ready to go to Fred's for some smoked brisket & fixins!   :dancingbanana:


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Posted April 14, 2013 - 05:00 PM

Forgot to say....tomorrow we start planting field corn, so it's on!  We don't have but 150 acres, but between milking, planting, spraying, then spreading fertilizer, it's gonna be quite busy for some time now.


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Posted April 14, 2013 - 07:25 PM

sounds like a fun time

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Posted April 14, 2013 - 08:22 PM

Just back from Fred's, and man are we stuffed!  That brisket was dang good!!!!!!  The southern rub he used had a good burn to it too!  Had "hobo potatoes", we took (Teresa) took some BBQ beans and some fruit salad.  I will either sleep like a baby, or won't be able to sleep at all due to my bloated belly!  Ummmmmm Good!!!!!!!


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:09 AM

Sounds like a great day on the farm, Daniel! Got some GT time and a good feed! Can't beat that!



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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:22 AM

No planting yet....forecast now has Friday's high as 50, with lows in upper 30's.  Can't risk it with price/shortage of seed for it not to come up.


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Posted April 15, 2013 - 09:26 AM

I can understand the reasoning there, Daniel! Hope the weather cooperates soon!



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Posted April 15, 2013 - 07:56 PM

Milked this morning, then used the Cat 910 to clean the concrete in the largest empty silage pit, then did the final cleanup of it with my Massey 1855's FEL.  The narrower bucket better follows the contours in the worn concrete.  We had thought to use this old concrete floor one more year to save money, as things are tight, but decided to bite the bullet & get it over with.  My cousin's husband is a concrete specialist, & we're going to hire he & his crew to manage the pour.  Just not enough time or manpower for us to do this large a pour.....80 yards, then apply sealer.

Then hauled out the old silage with a manure spreader to the field.

   Got my cow records updated & printouts made for tomorrow morning herd vet check.  Got the silage fed, then shot to Lowes for a pallet of paver stones for the wife's patio I'm building.  The F250 rode low with the 120 pavers, but did fine.  Need to weigh one to see what my load was.  I have 63 more there & need to order another 120.  Got most of this pallet unloaded by hand.  I am now officially beat!


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