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Posted September 18, 2017 - 06:24 PM

Running right along.

 

 

Steph had an interview and was gone when I woke up. SO I went back to sleep. I have not been sleeping well lately.

 

I wasn't asleep long, but it was nice. I got up and got going. 

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I had a load of scrap already hooked up to the JollyGreenGiant so I headed out. Before I could get to the truck, Tim called and asked if I needed the dump trailer tomorrow. I told him I could live without it. He asked if I could drop it off where he was working so he didn't have to make two trips. I said I could. 

 

I got to the yard and had to wait for a guy to unload. He had 4 huge I beams in his trailer. He worked and worked and worked to get one all the way off. It took him 15 minutes. Then he started on the second one. I got out of the truck and asked why he didn't partially drag them off then pull the trailer out from under them. He looked at me like I had just cured cancer. He was unloaded in 5 minutes. 

 

I got unstrapped and backed up next to his I beams and was unloaded in about a minute.

 

I left there and went to the gas station to get a drink, I was about to turn to dust, and the scrap yard machine was empty. 

 

Then I went to Harbor Freight. I needed a stepped drill bit. I got that and some safety wire. I used all mine up repairing the rabbit cage. 

 

Then I headed up to Kings Mountain to drop the trailer. The guy he is working for is an old friend. I talked to him a bit then headed home. 

 

I only came in long enough to tell Steph we needed to work on the string mower. 

 

She came out and we got it up on the stand. It had me stumped. It was getting no spark. And appeared to be getting no fuel. No matter what I tried it would not start. 

 

I thought the coil might be bad so I told Steph to get an engine we have been cannibalizing, and I went in the shop to look up the air gap.

 

 I looked up the model number on Google to see what engine it had because we couldn't find the numbers on the engine (more on that in a minute). The first thing I found was this. 

I walked outside and checked mine and sure enough the cable is broken. 

 

We started putting the tins back on, I found the model number, DUUUH. It was on the engine cover.

 

While we were finishing that up, MawMaw Wander came over. She talked for a minute, then left with Heath to go home. LOL. He loves MawMaw. 

 

We finished up the string mower, I ordered a new cable, then we got the next victim....ummm.... patient up on the stand. 

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After picking up tools, we grabbed the wagon with the batteries in it and headed over to MawMaw's.

 

He mom was in her 90's when they bought her the Jazzy wheelchair, she was scared of it and never used it. the only time it has been used was to take it from the closed in back porch to the closed in side porch. 

 

We got it reassembled and got it ready to sell. 

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Then we made a video of it so I can get it listed. 

 

Heath came home with us, but he wasn't happy about it.

 

I got in the shower, then filled the tub for Heath when I got out. 

 

Leftover spaghetti was dinner. 


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Posted September 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM

Yesterday was a really good day. 

 

 

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Steph got Heath on the bus, then came back to bed. We slept in a bit, then spent the morning together watching old movies.

 

I am not sure what time we got outside, but eventually we did. 

 

I had to get started on Buddy's mower. 

 

I had no idea what to expect. I was hoping the push rod had not pretzeled again. So with great anticipation, I turned the key. Thankfully it sounded ok, it just didn't start. I gave ti a shot of ether and it fired up for a couple of seconds.

 

A look in the fuel filter revealed some smootz so I decided to drain the gas.

 

Yep that could be the problem.

 

I took a look in the fuel tank and found this.

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Could also be the problem.

 

While the tank was draining, Steph got the cordless sawzall and hacked down some small trees that were growing up around things. There used to be a sugar maple in my work area. It came down a couple of years ago, and saplings are still poping up. 

 

With a clean tank and fresh gas, the little Craftsman fired right up. 

 

Heath got home while It was idling on the stand. 

 

The air filter was completely nasty. NO testing the mower in the tall grass without a new one. I am shocked it ran at all with the clogged filter. 

 

Then Gertie and Steph assisted with getting the little bugger off the stand. 

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Heath helped out too.

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With that back on terra ferma, I hopped on the Gt5000 and mowed the grass on the septic tank.

 

Grady's mower had been beached in the middle of the back yard since it had been here. It was completely in the way. We snatched it up with Gertie and put it beside the house.

 

Gertie got put to bed, then we hopped in the JollyGreenGiant and headed off to TSC to get an air filter and rabbit feed. 

 

Emily also needed a 2 inch binder for class. So we went next door to BigLots and got one, and a couple of other things. 

 

We were hungry, and there was a popular restaurant that we had never tried in the shopping center. We decided to give it a try. 

 

Heath had fun waiting for his food.

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Don't know where he learned this.

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The food was great, we will be going back.

 

We got home and I got in the shower, then laid in bed to watch TV.

 

Gunner was glad to see me.

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HE has no concept of personal space. 

And finally we all went to sleep.

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Posted September 20, 2017 - 06:37 PM

Today was a little frustrating. 

 

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I got Heath on the bus, Steph left for interviews ( which at this point is looking like a full time job for her, it just doesn't pay). I got online and started looking for a "fill in the gap" dryer, since ours decided to be a large room temperature machine. 

 

I found several, I sent out emails. I waited for calls. 

 

I was also supposed to go meet with a guy a 1 to discuss moving some things for him. 

 

The only guy to call me back worked third shift and needed to go to sleep. He would be up at 5. 

 

I also had to take Buddy's mower back, but the guy with the dryer was close to his house, so no sense in making two trips to Shelby.

 

I tried to get the delivery of the FF transaxle DougT has worked out, but things aren't going to work on that right now. I really can't afford shipping on something that big right now with Steph out of work.

 

The guy I was supposed to meet at 1 called and he couldn't make it, we had to reschedule for tomorrow. 

 

Heath got off the bus with a black eye, he fell off the monkey bars, I guess he didn't cry because they have called for every other little scratch and bump. Emily finally managed to get the answer out of him. Kid is tight lipped about things.

 

Emily went to TacoBell and got food for us. She was hungry and asked if I wanted anything. How can you say no to a burrito?

 

Steph got home at 5. We got Buddy's little rider loaded up on BettyBlue and then headed to his house. 

 

His mower got deposited in his yard, then we went across town and got the dryer. It was only $25. If it works long enough for us to get a heather coil for this one I will be happy. When the other one is fixed this one will go out in the shed as a spare. 

 

We stopped at the pharmacy on the way home. Then we moseyed on in and got the dryer installed. The old one is now sitting in the living room. Really ties the room together. 

 

The replacement dryer works.

 

Steph and Heath left for the store. When i was single I went to the store once every other week, maybe an extra trip for milk. Now it is an every day thing. I think our food evaporates. 

 

Maybe tomorrow I will actually accomplish something. Don't hold your breath.


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Posted September 21, 2017 - 08:10 PM

Another day without much getting done. 

 

 

My allergies are going bonkers. As such I can barely breathe. IT happens once a year or so. 

 

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I was supposed to go meet with the guy I was supposed to meet with yesterday. He got tied up again. So I took a shower for nothing. It did help me breathe a little bit. 

 

 

When Heath got home, Steph took him up to the Minute Clinic for a well check for school. His doc left the practice and he has to have it done by tomorrow. Basically we paid $80 for them to tell us what he already knew. He is fine. 

 

 

They got back and we tossed some tools in the JollyGreenGiant and left. 

 

The mower I gave to my friend, Katie, had decided not to run. It wasn't getting fuel. I took the line off and blew through it and it started to work. Heath and I took it for a ride around her yard. I engaged the blades and knew we had another problem. I immediately turned the off. 

 

 

I got it up on one side and Steph and Katie balanced it. The center blade was completely loose. Fortunately, we tossed the cordless impact in the truck. I tightened things back up. 

 

She said she was having trouble mowing the grass by the road. Truth be told it was tall and thick. I mowed it. You could only use half the deck and move as slowly as it would go, but I got it cut. 

 

We let there and went to grab a bite to eat. 

 

Steph has done something to her shoulder. IT has been bothering her all day. I gave her a muscle relaxer and she is already in bed. 


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Posted September 22, 2017 - 05:50 PM

Some things got done today. 

 

 

I think I am trying to get sick. No energy at all. 

 

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I got ready to leave this afternoon, and we could not find my keys anywhere. Steph went out and looked in the JollyGreenGiant and said they were not there. Since she has trouble finding things that are not attached to her nose I went out to look. I found them in the grass by the drivers door. I must have missed my pocket last night. 

 

I finally got to meet with Grady today. He is having to move. His landlord sold the house out from under him, and did an underhanded eviction that the court upheld. It stinks, but it is going to work out. He has a lot of stuff that he is going to give me, and I need to transport a truck that is under restoration to Jacksonville where he is moving. Fortunately, he found a house with a big garage out there. 

 

I left him and went to get a spare key made for the JGG. I looked around Lowe's a bit and then went to get gas and wash the JGG. I have not washed it since I owned it. Cleaned up pretty good.

 

Grady gave me a DeWalt portable air compressor that would not hold air. When I got home I carried it in the shop.

 

The shop computer died and I came up with another one, so I hooked it up. I had been running a laptop that had a built in wifi antenna. I had an external one for the last desk top I had out there. IT is now AWOL. It was on my desk before we cleaned up the shop. Oh well. No wifi in the shop for now. 

 

Steph got Heath off the bus and they went to Walmart for some TP. Stuff is like gold around here sometimes. 

 

I pulled hosed the compressor down with soapy water and found that one of the quick connects leaks. I stuck in  an adapter we made up for some oddball tool I had and it stopped leaking there. However, I found a leak on the head where the outlet line goes in. I attempted to fix it with a thin coat of silicone. It didn't work. For now I am going to put a shutoff on it so when the tank is full and the compressor is off it won't leak down. 

 

When they got back from the store, Heath laid on the couch and went straight to sleep. School wore him out. 

 

 

I finally came in. I looked up the parts for the compressor. A whopping $33 to fix the $350 compressor. I will do it soon, for now it will work. 

 

 

 

 


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Posted September 23, 2017 - 05:24 PM

Fix it, break it, repeat.

 

 

I woke up at 5am. Heath was already awake and watching tv.

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I let Steph sleep till 8 and then sent Heath in to get her up. 

 

We got dressed, tossed some tools in the JollyGreenGiant, and went over to Katie't house, again. She said the blades would not engage on the LX188.

 

We got there and I turned the key. The starter hit once, and then nothing. I messed with the wiring and battery, then it started. I backed it out into the sun where I could see things. 

 

It had an odd connector on the positive side of the battery. I took it off. The tractor started twice, then nothing. I found a corroded connection and that was that. 

 

I hit the pto and the tractor died. It was plugged up with grass. 

 

We came home.

 

By the time we got here Heath was done in. He just stood on the hall and cried. Poor guy is sick. I held him on the couch till he got up and went to his bed. He went right to sleep. 

 

Steph and I went outside.

 

Gertie pulled the dump trailer around back into the shade. Steph got the drill. In a short time I had this.

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When you push the button you get this.

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No more guessing if the battery is charged. I put it under that cleat for the wire on purpose. That way it has a bit of protection. 

 

 

Then we loaded it full of scrap. With Gertie it doesn't take that long.

 

I had a lot of tires that needed to go to the tire shop. Those got loaded up too. 

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I thought I was done for the day at that point. I was wrong. 

 

As I sat here there was a knock at the door. My neighbor, Tommy, had messed up his phone again. I fixed it. In order to get it on his Wifi I had to go across the street with him and get the password. He is in his 80s and has nothing to do but play with his phone. He keeps messing it up. I have gotten good at redoing it. 

 

While I was doing that, Katie sent me a text. The 188 had caught on fire! She put it out. I told her to park it till I got there. Before I went across the street I told Stpeh we needed to load the Craftsman up on the trailer so I could take it to Katie.

 

As I was leaving to come back across the street, Tommy's sister, Mawmaw Wander, came home. She asked if I could fix a bicycle tire for her grandson, Bentley. I told her I could when I got back.

 

Steph and I got the trailer hooked up. She already had the craftsman loaded. Then I left. 

 

I got to Katie's, and her mom was there. I have not seen her in 20 years almost. We had a good visit, then I looked at the 188. The passengers side valve cover is leaking on the muffler. 

 

I got the Craftsman off the trailer and showed her how to use it, then loaded the 188 back up, and brought it home. 

 

I left there and headed to the hardware store. I got the right couplers to make the little DeWalt compressor usable, then to Walmart to get the orange juice that Heath had requested.

 

I got home, Steph went to get the bicycle, I put the compressor back together. I

 

It took just a couple of minutes to get the new tube and tire on the little bike. Bentley was ecstatic to have it working again. 

 

I took Bentley back across the street while MawMaw Wander paid Heath a visit. He actually felt good enough to walk outside with her for a minute. 

 

We got back in and he laid on the couch, Steph and I got a much needed shower.

 

Heath is feeling somewhat better, but his voice is still cracking and he is clingy. He is chasing the cat around though.


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Posted September 25, 2017 - 06:55 PM

Today we rocked it.

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We kept Heath out of school today because he still sounded like he swallowed a squeaky ball. 

 

At 9 we were out and got the JollyGreenGiant hooked to the dump trailer. We shot down to the scrap yard and got unloaded. Unfortunately, the regular gal at the pay window was not there, and her replacement seemed more interested in everything but paying me. We finally got paid and headed off. 

 

Back home we swapped over to the tow dolly and left again. At 1115 we were in Gastonia loading up a Jeep Cherokee. 

 

Back home again we took a short break. 

 

We spent a good deal of time trying to find a key for the padlock on the Reaper. I knew it was the key on the ring for BettyBlue, but it did not unlock it. After trying a ton of other keys I stuck that one back in and it worked. I guess something was stuck in the lock. 

 

I took the Reaper down in the field and started mowing. She did not want to keep running. I think it has gotten water in the fuel.

 

Finally, Steph took the 242 down and mowed where I needed cut. 

 

While she was doing that a neighbor, Dan, came over. He needed to borrow a 1 1/16 socket to get the pitman arm off his van. I got him one.

 

I had left the Reaper idling while I was looking. Before I could get back to her, she died. I will look into the carb later. 

 

Steph got finished and came up the hill. I awoke Gertrude from slumber and moved the dump trailer out of the middle of the yard so we could get more stuff done. 

 

TheKracken has been sitting in the driveway since her demise. Gertie escorted her down the hill where we had just mowed. Then she repeated her escort duties for the parts suburban and a 90 GMC K1500 pickup that is full of small pieces of metal. 

 

The only problem we had was the brakes on Gertie failed when I was backing up to the parts truck. The three point smashed the grill, passengers side fender, and headlight. I wasn't happy about it. I need to adjust the brakes. They have been weak, but have not failed all together. 

 

I finally used Gertie to put the dump trailer in its spot, and then put Gertie to bed. 

 

I shot a video of the Jeep.

 

Then the JGG got hooked to the trailer full of tires. When I pulled out of the driveway one tire escaped the cargo net and bounced along beside me. Once I restrained it, I headed on to the tire shop.

 

Tony swears he will have the tires done in a day. I don't believe it. We will see. I left the trailer there. If someone steals it they haven't got much. 

 

I got back home and put the Jeep under the ForSale tree. Then I came in to sit.

 

I didn't sit long, when Emily came in and asked what I wanted for the Jeep. I asked her why. She replied that some guy was outside. I went out. It was my buddy Ernie. 

 

We did some haggling and I think we have a trade worked out. I am going down tomorrow to look at what he actually has. 

 

Heath is doing better. He is still squeaky. I think he is good for school tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 


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Posted September 25, 2017 - 07:36 PM

Hope Heath gets better SOON!  It's hard seeing your kid sick.


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 02:43 AM

A not-so-funny thing about Heath being sick.  On the 21st. you took a perfectly healthy kid to the Dr. for a check up.  On the 22nd. he was "tired", the 23rd. was worse, and then sick.  I think the further one can stay from a germ filled Dr,'s office/clinic, the better!  Good to hear he is on the mend now. 


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 01:45 PM

A not-so-funny thing about Heath being sick.  On the 21st. you took a perfectly healthy kid to the Dr. for a check up.  On the 22nd. he was "tired", the 23rd. was worse, and then sick.  I think the further one can stay from a germ filled Dr,'s office/clinic, the better!  Good to hear he is on the mend now. 

Yeah we discussed that. He was fine till he went to the doc. He did go to school today. His allergies are still making him sound like a mouse caught in a trap though. 


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 07:13 PM

Not a lot got done today. 

 

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I woke up and Steph was gone shopping. A new store opened in Shelby so her presence was required. 

 

I was waiting on a phone call from a guy to go pick up some push mowers and misc scrap. His wife was to have a minor procedure. He called it a filter removal so I am guessing a blood clot filter.

 

Eventually, Steph came home. Heath got home. Still no phone call. I figured if I got busy he would call in the middle of whatever I was doing. 

 

 

He finally called at 430. His wife nearly died. I told him that was more important than scrap metal, and to take care of her. 

 

Steph made dinner. 

 

A short time after we ate, the neighbor who looked at the Jeep yesterday called. He said to come look at what he had. 

 

We hooked the dump trailer up to the JollyGreenGiant. Steph drove it. I drove the jeep. 

 

He had a large amount of plumbing valves and fixtures. They got loaded up in the trailer. The jeep got parked under his carport. 

 

We came home. Now I just have to clean a half a trailer load of valves.

 

Oh, I forgot to add. Katie called. The Craftsman broke. I am thinking I may just start mowing her yard for her. Or maybe that is her plan. 


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 07:56 PM

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Posted September 26, 2017 - 08:42 PM

Beavers have built a dam on the creek on my property.attachicon.gif20170926_143313.jpg

Well, you'll be damed.


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Posted September 27, 2017 - 10:27 PM

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Posted September 28, 2017 - 02:00 PM

Yesterday was long. 

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Yesterday morning  I went to work on BigRed the GT5000 .  After I realized that the carb was too plugged up for me to fix in the field, I called Steph to bring the 242.

 

Katie got home just as I was packing things up with BigRed. I harassed her a bit till Steph arrived. We used the 242 to load BR on the trailer. Then Steph pulled the JollyGreenGiant out of the way and I started mowing. Within 20 seconds the 242 died. I was starting to believe Katie's yard was cursed. Everything that has mowed there has broken. Fortunately, it was just out of gas. Whew.

 

The girls went inside to yak while finished mowing the yard. Heath was laying in the hammock on her front porch.

 

When I finished and had the 242 loaded I went in and got Steph. We had to get moving. 

 

 

We headed home, unloaded the mowers, took the trailer off BettyBlue, put the trailer on the JollyGreenGiant, and headed off to Fletcher. 

 

It was 74 miles one way. 

 

Sam had bought a motorcycle.

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He is a new rider and didn't want to drive it home on the interstate, and asked if I would come get it for him. It was at a friend of his house.

 

We got there and loaded it on the trailer. It is a 2013 Ninja 300. I looked at it for a bit to figure out how to tie it down without damaging the fairing. His friend kept telling me how he would do it. I asked if he would be responsible if it was damaged or fell off the trailer. HE laughed. Strike one. 

 

Once I had decided how I was going to do it, we got the front strapped down. I put a strap over the back end of it so it wouldn't walk around. Captain Brilliant started telling me it wasn't necessary and I was wasting my time. Strike two. 

 

While we were finishing up he had to start adjusting the straps. Strike three. I told him, in no polite terms, to keep his hands off the trailer. He started to tell me that his boss told him to strap things down a certain way. I told him I didn't work for his boss and I had been tying things down since he was in diapers and there were no ratchet straps. HE could not shut his mouth. I was about a half a minute from reaching down his throat and showing him his spleen. 

 

I told everyone to get in the truck and we left. I told same not to ever bring that guy to my house. 

 

I had not eaten all day, and it was 730, so we stopped at Waffle House. 

 

Sam got a hash brown bowl. Somehow, before he could take the first bite, he dumped it in the seat between he and I. Nether he nor I really know how he did it. One second it was on the table, the next it was on the seat. 

 

After some serious ribbing,  I told the cook to make us another one. He brought it over in a to go box. He said it would be harder to spill and laughed. I thought Sam was going to crawl under the napkin box. It was hilarious. When Sam started to open the box, I told Heath to watch out. Heath ducked behind Steph's arm and was laughing like a fiend. 

 

On the way in we stopped and got his van, then went to his house. 

 

It was 1030 when we got home. 

 

I got a shower and was in bed at 11. I could not go to sleep. My back was unhappy with how I had treated it all day. 

 

I did not get up early today, and I have not done anything besides drink coffee. 


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