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  1. Sad Day , Got to put German Short Hair Pointer Down

    Toughest decision to make, but we can end their suffering. I feel your pain, had to make that call just after Labor day. My 11 year old English Setter went into kidney failure and went downhill in just a week. Think about all the good times!
  2. Stay or evacuate

    It was a long tense weekend for us. My wife's son is in Del Ray beach, looked like it was going to hit on the East coast. They lost power around 4 am on Sunday morning, just got it back today. They have a new house built to the recent code, so no damage. They ended up at the in law's where they had a generator. My wife's daughter is in Saint Petersburg. Her husband got called up to assist the Florida national guard prepare last Wednesday. Got sent home on Saturday because his wife (who is 38 weeks pregnant) is a nurse and was called in for disaster duty and he took their 2 year old to his mother's place. The kids house which is in the flood zone, evacuation zone A, did not sustain any damage and they did not even close power. So we are very relieved that everyone is safe and secure. We stopped watching updates after we knew they were ok. Very draining when you are a 1000 miles away and not able to help out.
  3. Keep your eye out for this guy

    I know what you mean about good used ones costing almost as much as a new one. The cheap ones are cheap for a reason. I have been looking for one to carry the kayaks on. Being that I don't just want a single purpose trailer, I have been shopping for a small utility trailer. Since it will be my forth trailer, I am being picky and frugal. I want a lightweight one to tow behind my wrangler and the wife's crosstrek. Saw a nice aluminium 5x10 at TSC from carry on trailers, just not ready to lay out the $1900 for it. I'm tired of steel trailers and rust. Good luck in your search.
  4. Sinus medicine

    I dealt with seasonal allergies for years, used to take Sudafed like candy and when the pain got bad it was Tylenol sinus. Went to allergy doctor and had the tests, was told I didn't have allergies, just reactions to most except for grass pollen. Did have the bee sting allergy to yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets. Went thru the shot treatment for five years for that condition, and it seems to have worked. Back to sinuses, Dr. put me on claritn, but I feel that it made things worse, you had to take it regularly, if you stopped things got really bad. I hated taking pills all the time. I heard about a product called sinus blaster, it is natural, made from hot peppers and stinging nettle. A shot in each nostril and I am good to go. It clears out my head, causes my eyes to run, makes me sneeze, and my nose run. Two or three nose blows and I am good to go. Most time I need it, one shot is enough, very rarely do I need a second shot. I can usually feel my head getting stuffed up and I take a shot and then I am good to go. I can't remember the last time I took a pill. This year was a crazy pollen year in SE Pennsylvania, people who never react to it were all affected, it lasted for six weeks from grasses to trees.
  5. Lawn Tractor Brand Decision Time

    I replaced mowing with my older quiet line cubs with a cub cadet z force sz 48 commercial back in 2015. Cut my mowing in half, the steering wheel zero turn is great. I wish I would have gotten the 54" deck, it hangs out wider on the side for trimming. I debated spending over 5k for just a mowing machine for a couple years, but I I very satisfied. Only problem I have had is that sometimes it stalls like running out of gas, only seems to do it on the left tank. Mowed tonight with no trouble. I got a new fuel filter, but the easiest way to change it is to remove right rear tire and I haven't gotten around to take yet. It makes my very rough lawn in the woods looked great. I really want one of those out front mowers, but talk about pricey! I was close to making a deal on a husqvarna r322, but it just did not feel as stout as the cub I got. I'm keeping my eyes open for a Kubota gf1800, but they are scarce, since they don't offer them in the USA for the last ten years or so. The bigger Kubota f series are mostly commercial units and the used ones are pretty beat. When I bought this property, it came with a husqvarna 23 hp 46" cut lawn tractor, it was a nice unit, but it was so light, it could not stick to the hills, the rear tires would lock up and it would just slide right down the hill. Pretty scary the first time it happened. I sold that with my house in town. Good luck in your search.
  6. Komatsu D65P-7

    How do you like the Mitsubishi BD2G ? I've looked at them and thought they would be a handy little machine for a small property.
  7. Trip to Utica NY

    Saranac brewery is there, could do the tour and have lunch. Hudson's sled savage yard is just north of the city. Can't help with more than that.
  8. How much to charge to bush hog?

    Check with your extension service, here in PA, Penn State publishes a rate chart for custom machinery rates every year.
  9. Springer's Retirement

    You will love that bike. I rented one like that last summer in Chicago, rode to Racine, then to Milwaukee and back to Chicago. Would have loved to have it for a full week and do all of Wisconsin.
  10. Working in central/upstate NY this week

    Usually only see that country when it is covered with snow. On a good year we can ride down to Camden from Tug Hill. I hope to get a weekend up there this summer. Would love to ride up on the Harley.
  11. Homer Had Left The Building

    '62 bubble window BelAir with a 409, sweet! Bet it had the bench seat with four on the floor. Would be a real race car with the factory delete radio and heater. There is one like that around here in maroon.
  12. Brady Boy Rides Again

    The Harley museum is great. Told my wife I spent 6 hours there and she just looked at me and said, what were you looking at all that time? A CaseIH museum would be great! I rode to and stayed in Racine the first night. I wanted to do the CaseIH factory tour, but they were on shutdown the week I was there. Toured the SC Johnson house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright instead. Rode to Milwaukee and toured the Harley plant, then the Miller and Lakefront breweries on Friday. Saturday at the museum area and a ride up the coast of lake Michigan. Sunday rode back to Chicago for my training there during the next week.
  13. Brady Boy Rides Again

    I rented a roadglide last summer in Chicago and rode to Milwaukee for the weekend. It only had 450 miles on it when I picked it up. I tried to double the mileage before I returned it, but I spent too much time at the harley museum! It was a very nice ride, the fixed fairing u s v very different. I'm not ready to get rid of my '13 ultra, but when I am, I will think about a road glide.
  14. Tee shirt to this in 2 weeks....

    They were predicting 18-24" for us in Berks County. We ended up with about 16" of a wet heavy snow/sleet mix. As soon as you touched it, it turned to crap, was very hard to moved, it packed up solid. Didn't help that all my places except my sister's place were gravel and the ground was not frozen. The stuff that didn't get touched yesterday plowed up nice today since it got cold overnight and the snow dried out. I wasn't quite ready for spring, but I was glad it was drying up, now we will be back to mud. I kept telling people that we could get a big dump in March, when they were talking about winter being over. Did get a chance to try out the new rig, 2015 Wrangler with a Boss plow, it worked great. It would be hard to get me back out on a open tractor. Have to resize pictures to post.
  15. Portable generator advice needed

    Since I had to redo the electric panel with the new addition, I had the contractor add a generator transfer switch and outside plug receptacle. Was planning on a new generator, but haven't gotten around to getting one yet. We had bad storms on Saturday and were without power for about 12 hours, so the generator purchase has moved to the top of the list. I'm looking for around an 8000kw unit with electric start. I love Honda's, but they are really proud of them. I have a Champion 3500kw unit for the camper and to haul around if needed that has been trouble free, but am thinking I need something better quality than that for the house. Have been looking at Generac, but they have 3 or 4 different grades of units. So I am looking for some advice on brands, grades of machines, buying from a dealer, big box store or online, etc. Should I worry about an inverter style for clean power, or is a better grade standard generator good enough? Generac makes a neat unit for Lowe's, but it is exclusive to them so what about service or parts? Thanks in advance for the advice.
  16. Portable generator advice needed

    Thanks for all the replies and advice. Anyone have any experience with the larger Champion brand units? I have a 3500 watt unit of theirs that works great. Only use it occasionally, but it starts up and runs great every time I need it. Did some shopping this week and have narrowed it down to either Generac or Champion. I like the general XG8000E, 8kw/10kw peak and the champion 100110, 9.2kw/11.5kw peak. Champion has to be ordered from Lowe's for $950 and I set it up. Generac is in stock at local dealer, all set up for $1369. This is only for backup and occasional use, so is it worth $445 more(after taxes) for the generac?
  17. Salesman rant

    Chris, I feel your pain in both equipment and building projects. Just got done with an addition on the house, and it was like pulling teeth to get contractors to bid on the job. Ended up with the contractor who built the house originally, and that even took effort to get them interested in the job. But we are very happy with the end result. On equipment, I was looking to add front auxiliary hydraulics to my Kubota. Company from down South has a kit you can buy specifically for my model, but they don't sell retail, only to dealers. So back in December, I go to the local dealer who I have dealt with before, salesman was too busy on the phone to deal with me so I get to talk to one of the owners. He takes down by information and knows exactly what I am looking for and talking about, says they will get back to me. I am still waiting, so last week I decided that I should just upgrade the tractor instead of spending the money on the smaller machine. I send an email to a local tractor jockey that specializes in Kubota last Monday, still haven't heard from him! What is the sense of having a email contact form, if you don't answer it. Ok, rant over, but I know what everyone is talking about. I have had this same discussion with my buddies.
  18. Trying to lose Weight

    This is what I am looking at doing. Old boss told me when I got his job, that the office and desk would add 20 lbs. I didn't believe him, but he was right. Not out in the field and upper management stress does add up. All my clothes are too tight and I am tired of walking around uncomfortable all the time. I was eating fairly healthy, but too big of portions and way too many carbs, bread, cake, pizza, subs, and don't forget donuts! I love my craft beer also, that is going to be the hardest thing, but I can still do bourbon on the rocks. I would like to drop 20-30 lbs and then add back some healthy carbs like fruits and "bad" vegetables like potatoes and an occasional beer or two. I just turned 55 last week, so it doesn't happen as easily as when I was younger. It is good to hear all the success stories on here, keep up the good work guys! I'm looking forward to more energy and a clearer head. I get the winter itch, a dry burning itch on my back and torso, so bad at times, it wakes me up at night, hoping that adding more healthy fats will help my skin. I maybe if I lose enough it will clear up my sleep apnea and I can sleep without the cpap machine. It really is a lifestyle change and choice, I am hoping to keep up with it. My wife doesn't want to talk about diets, but she said that she will support me and hopes to get some benefits from it also. She has blood sugar issues, so the right eating plan could help that out. Good thread at the right time!
  19. Duluth Trading Co

    I have one of their firehouse presentation jackets, I really like it. Works great as a casual sport coat. I haven't been to the new store in Philadelphia yet, need to make that trip sometime. Most likely a army mule that they have on display. Neat little early utility vehicles, always wanted one.
  20. help finding tool boxes

    I have one of those boxes that I have used for years for all my small deer hunting tools/items. Keeps everything organized in the truck and at camp, at end of season everything is cleaned and stored back in box. I was looking at Sears on line and in the store for some more to use for other hobbies. Thanks for post, now I have a source for them.
  21. We were just in Saint Pete the weekend before Christmas to visit our 18 month old grandson. It was nice to be in tee shirts in December. Actually sat out on the deck one evening enjoying a cigar and bourbon with my son in law until 11pm with no jackets. Didn't get outside of town this visit, but I did find out that the Harley dealer is only two miles from their house, so next visit I will be renting a bike and exploring. Sounds like you had a great trip!
  22. How warm do you keep your house?

    The audit cost around $500, but there was a 50% rebate from the electric company. They went over the entire house with an infrared thermometer, did the blower door test and checked out air leaks with a smoke generator. Electric company also provided a bunch of led bulbs and weatherstriping. You can also get a discount for adding insulation within 6 months. My main problem was air leaks, sloppy ductwork, and an older heat pump.
  23. How warm do you keep your house?

    Dale, I'm in SE Pennsylvania. House is around 2200 square ft, 2x6 walls built in early 80's. One whole wall is Windows, luckily the South facing wall, but you need sunshine for solar gain, and this part of PA is not known for sunny days in winter. That was the reason for the insulated blinds, close them up at night and on cloudy days we only open the lower ones to be able to see out. I had a energy audit done last Spring, and thought that my windows would really fail, but the biggest issue was sealing up some air leaks in a back attic and problems with the duct work, it really needs to be sealed up and a lot of it replaced. My heat pump is about 13 years old and not the best when installed, I will upgrade to a high efficiency unit when this one fails. The audit did not show a need for more insulation in the attic, but I plan on that one of these days. I did that to my old place and it made a big difference. Good topic
  24. How warm do you keep your house?

    Keep the heat pump set at 65 if using woodstove 68 if just heat pump. With the woodstove and solar gain on a good day the house can get to 75 or more. First year in this house with just heat pump I had electric bills of 500, 600 and one almost 700 in the winter months. Installed a Pacific energy fireplace insert last fall and my electric bills were under $200 each month last winter. I was expecting the electric company to come checking to see what I did. I also installed insulated blinds on all the Windows. Woodstove will keep house at 70-73 with no trouble. Temp will drop off when closed down overnight, that is why the heat pump is set at 65, so there is some heat in the rest of the house when I wake up. Nothing like the heat from a woodstove.
  25. Drove by our old IH dealer.

    Bitty, I think it is Wellsboro plumbing, it is on the east end of town going out 287 towards the lakes, near the bowling alley and the Horseshoe Inn. I was up that way last summer and still looked the same as it did when I lived up there in the 80's. EQ, I am just on the other side of the hospital grounds from the end of Texter Mountain road. You could do Texter Mt road to hospital to furnace up to galen hall to get you back to 897. One of my favorite roads is Cocalico road over the mountain down to Schoeneck. Swope and Bashore is in Frystown, it is now Daub's welding shop. I used to know the grandson of Swope, but he passed away a couple years ago. After reading your posts for years, I figured we were located pretty close.