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RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Well, Field Day is a bust for us. We wimped out due to weather. Just didn't want to deal with the mud at the site we would have used, so we stayed home. Also wasn't real fond of the idea of putting up a 24 foot metal mast and wire antenna with thunder storms in the area. Oh, well, there is always next year. We haven't done much fishing in the last couple of years. I did get a license this year, and went up to Lake Elmo with son, daughter, and grandsons for Father's Day. I caught one, daughter caught one, and oldest grandson caught two. It was a fun day!
mowermech 06/22/19 07:14am Around the Campfire
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

Every vehicle listed in my Sig. has PERMANENT registration, except the PT Cruiser. This year when the registration is due for renewal, it will get the PERMANENT sticker. Some say "10 years old" qualifies for the Permanent registration, but it actually means in the eleventh year. At least, that is what I was told in 2016; "Wait until 2017, then you can get the Permanent registration. Since it seems we will keep it, this year it will get done. IIRC, the truck cost $253 for the Permanent registration.
mowermech 06/19/19 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I love it when a plan comes together.... It is good to hear that your plan worked well. I hope mine does, too. I have the radio and tuner set up in the MoHo for Ham Radio Field Day. Now to get on-site Friday, and get the antenna erected. Then I'll see how my idea worked. Maybe I should take the radio from the house with me, just in case... Oh, I almost forgot; I better drain and refill the water tank. A lack of water would not be a good thing!
mowermech 06/18/19 06:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Actually, a wet spring makes for a bad fire season. The heavy growth of grasses, weeds, and underbrush makes for very hot fast traveling fires when it does dry out. Which, of course, it will, eventually. Something like 75% of such wildfires are the result of lightning strikes, so, no, you can not prevent such fires. You can, of course, prevent fires caused by human stupidity, though. Once such a fire (natural or human caused) starts, it can not be "put out". The best that can be hoped for is to contain it and let it burn out. I spent a few years working on slurry bombers. I learned a little bit.
mowermech 06/16/19 09:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Not much going on around here. A little rain now and then, but the really bad thunderstorms missed us. Temps have been in the upper 70s/low 80s. Mowed the lawn yesterday, but the pasture grass and weeds have gotten out of hand. That is going to be difficult to mow now. ro_sie, glad to hear that Art is doing well.
mowermech 06/12/19 06:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Rain. Possibly for three days; Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Below average temps, as well, and possibly snow above 6000 feet. I have no plans to go up there, so no problem.
mowermech 06/08/19 07:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

94 degrees at 1500! 2 MPH breeze. I mixed up 2 gallons of vinegar/epsom salts/dish soap weed killer and sprayed it around. It works great on thistles and other broad-leaf weeds, but not so good on grasses. I had about 6 thistles sprouting in the pasture, and soaked them all. By tomorrow they should be done for. We got a real nice oak table and six chairs at an estate sale yesterday. One of the chairs has no seat, so I got the Shopsmith out and cut a seat pan out of a piece of 3/4 A/C plywood I had. Now to find an upholstery place that can make the pad and cover for it. If we can't find fabric to match the other five, we'll get them all done. I fired up the pressure washer and blasted the mud off of the Jeep, then did the same for the ATV, and then figured might as well get the PT out and clean it off, too. I'm done for the day... ro_sie, sad to hear that you will be gone from the RV owner's community. I hope you can find a buyer soon. the waiting for somebody to come get it can get annoying!
mowermech 06/02/19 03:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Summer may be here. 85 degrees at 1730? Yep. That may be a foretaste of what is to come...
mowermech 06/01/19 05:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Supervisors that CANT supervise?

It is nothing new. Many years ago (early 1980s) I worked in a plant owned by a multi-faceted company, in a salaried/exempt position, which required that I be a relief foreman. The plant owners brought in an expert business consultant firm from back East to streamline the plant operations. One of those "experts" told us that a foreman did not have to know anything about the work done by the crews under his supervision, he simply had to be a "good leader". So, I found myself being a foreman with pipefitters, millwrights, ironworkers, electricians, mechanics, and boiler operators working for me. I knew what the mechanics and millwrights were doing, but I know the rest of them snowed me quite frequently. Shortly after that, there was a RIF (Reduction In Force), and I took the severance package and left. The company sold the plant, and not long after that it closed. It has now been torn down. Ennyhoo, supervisors not knowing anything about the work they are supervising is not new. It has been an accepted practice by the "experts" for many years.
mowermech 06/01/19 10:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Thanks for the idea, but they would cost more than the portable garage did! I found something similar at Tractor Supply, but with only one screw plate; $11.99 each, but they only had one. No help when I need four. Bought the spiral dog stakes for $5.99 each. I already have one, so only needed three. Hopefully they will do the job. If I feel up to it tomorrow, I'll go out and see if I can get things straightened out, and install the anchors. The next storm will prove or disprove the idea.
mowermech 05/29/19 08:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

While strange thoughts were running through my mind last night at bedtime (a common occurrence), a way to firmly tie down the portable garage occurred to me; perhaps the spiral dog tie outs would work better than the re-bar stakes. I could put one at each corner, and tie the garage frame to them with 1 inch ratchet straps. That spiral screwed into the ground should hold much better than any stake! They aren't all that expensive, I could go to an RV dealer and get the awning tie downs (same thing as the dog stakes, I think). That way, all I have to do is make a new door out of a plastic tarp. Yeah, I'll give it a try. Feeling lousy today, might get the lawn mowed this afternoon, might not...
mowermech 05/29/19 10:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I guess it is time to disassemble the Harbor Freight "Portable Garage", save what tarps are usable and sell the frame for scrap. The wind last night really did a job on it; pulled the stakes, twisted the frame (again), and I mean REALLY twisted it this time. Obviously, 12 inches of 1/2 inch re-bar for stakes, 6 on each side, just doesn't do the job to hold it down in 30 MPH winds... Oh, well, I bought it (unused) from an estate sale, paid about 1/3 of the new price for it, and it worked well all winter to shelter the ATV/snowplow and the gas cans. I know what I would like to do for a replacement; a 10X10 shed with an overhead door in one end. Both ATVs would fit in there, plus some other "stuff". Not likely, them things are PRICEY!! The ATV will likely have to stay in the barn over the winter, and I'll have to plow a lane through the pasture so I can get it out to plow snow. All my get-up-and-go done got-up-and-went. I need to go occupy the recliner for a while. I hope everybody has a great day...
mowermech 05/28/19 09:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Got the lawn mowed at the highest deck setting, decided I liked it so didn't re-do it at a lower setting. No problem driving the mower around, so drove the Jeep to our favorite pizza/sandwich place and had pizza for dinner yesterday evening. Made it home no problem (OK, it is only a mile away on a rural highway, I didn't crash.). Today, fired up the tractor and mowed the pasture, then started the generator in the shop, drilled three holes in the hitch of the garden dump trailer to extend it. Used the generator, the drill press, the bench grinder, the gas powered air compressor, and an air drill. YAY!! I can safely use power tools in spite of what "they" say. Time to wash up, light the grill, and plank a couple of salmon fillets (cedar plank, that is. Need to get some more, only one left.) Those cedar planks add a great flavor to Atlantic salmon fillets!
mowermech 05/26/19 04:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: dual AC on 30 amps - I think I made it work

Well, golly... Our coach has 30 amp service, with 2 air conditioners. I frequently run both air conditioners on campground power and also on the 5500 watt generator. No problems. The electrical system in the coach is built to handle the power distribution. I don't understand how it works, but I don't have to. It does, that's all I need to know. But then, most of my electrical experience has been with aircraft systems; 28 VDC and 115 VAC 400 Hertz power.
mowermech 05/25/19 06:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and the lawn is a jungle. I think I will go set the zero-turn rider to the highest setting and slowest speed, and beat the grass down, then lower the cutting height and do it again! Yes, I will be very careful along the neighbor's new vinyl-string fence! Carole is gathering dandelion blossoms (we have a great c5rop this year!), so I have to wait a little while... It is 65 degrees already, on the way to a high (they say) of 72. I'm really glad the rain has quit for a day or two...
mowermech 05/25/19 09:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Ran away from the horse-pistol this AM. (well, OK, was discharged from the hospital) That bed was doing a number on my back, I was glad to get away from it. I'm still a little shaky when I get up, but I can recover from it no problem. Can't drive, can't mow the lawn, can't operate any power equipment (Chainsaw, Shopsmith, Skil-saw, etc.). Bummer... The Jeep needs to go to the shop next week for a clutch inspection and throwout bearing replacement, and vacuum emissions lines on the gas tank inspection and replacement, as needed. Maybe I can get youngest son to drive it in for me... Hopefully, I can fully recover from this instability issue pretty soon. The worst of it is gone, now, at least. I hope everybody has a great day. It looks like the weekend will be nice. Maybe Carole can get some planting done.
mowermech 05/24/19 06:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cummins longevity and maintence

My Cummins has 410K on it. It gets serviced every now and then, when I think of it. I have a 3 gallon box of Chevron Delo 400 out in the garage. Maybe it is time to go to NAPA and get the Gold oil filter and get the oil and filter changed. It has been many months, after all...
mowermech 05/20/19 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Glad to see you back, ro_sie. Don't be a stranger, now, y'heah? cummins, if you get in the Billings area, let me know, we can meet somewhere and I'll buy the coffee. However, the 21st-23rd of June I will be at the Roundup airport (45 miles North of here) for Amateur Radio Field Day, and in July I will be gone from the 17th through the 29th for the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest near Glacier National Park, then staying for the coming week until my 60th high school reunion in Columbia Falls.
mowermech 05/20/19 04:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

We may have to go to the greenhouse and buy new pepper plants. We forgot to cover them last night, and it got down to 33 degrees or less. Lots of ice on the deck, and now trying to snow. The coming week appears to have more rain, but not quite as cold. Daytime highs will be lower than the 30 year average, though. By the time the lawn dries up enough to mow, it will be so tall I'll have to mow it twice; once at the highest mower deck setting, and then again at a lower setting!
mowermech 05/18/19 07:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Good article on RV waste systems

I found it interesting that the diagram has no kitchen sink. But, that's OK, I guess. Basically, it is an informative article. Some things are left out, like the kitchen sink, and the fact that in some RVs the bathroom sink drains into the black tank, while the shower and kitchen sink drain into the grey tank. Good information, though.
mowermech 05/17/19 10:23am General RVing Issues
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