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  1. A work of art Mike! What kind of low temps do you see? -20c or more around 0c ?
  2. Neighbor just lost a tractor due fire. I went right out and bought 3 fire extinguishers. I feel really badly for him as it was his big horse.
  3. That may be the one I have. I'm pretty sure that I bought it years ago from SC. I used it to run a backhoe and it worked fine. I saved it because I was going to build a splitter but found one that just needed an engine repair.
  4. Yeah, I figured I was over doing it but it was the only wrench out of several that actually was, in a terribly limited space, in a position to actually move the nut. It moved it, but was forever after jumping when it got to that spot. In retrospect I should have heated and bent a cheap box end. Oh well, got it done and Lowes didn't ask any questions.
  5. My FIL tells the story: When he was in boot camp they were asked "who can drive a tractor?" So all the country boys dutifully stepped forward. They were all given those weed cutting scythe things and got to all cut the ditches. The light went on! Never volunteer!
  6. I've got Cobalt in fractional inch and metric. They're ok but I learned they're not for putting a pipe on for extra leverage as they won't take that kind of abuse. Warranty covered it. I'll use a regular box end to break something loose then switch to the ratcheting wrench to run it. They're certainly handy.
  7. The passenger on that Twilight Zone flight was a young William Shatner, later to become James T. Kirk on Star Trek.
  8. I've got an airless. I used it successfully to paint my shop then tried it in the house. The heat was off and it was too cold so I got some runs and sags. The pros make it look easy when they do a whole house and I may use it yet to paint the inside of my small garage but I won't ever use it again for an inside room. My general comment on painting is buy the best paint you can. My go-to is Sherwin Williams Duration. It's very expensive but you get what you pay for. I have it on the exterior of my house and the south wall looks like new after more than 10 years. As I re-side I use wes
  9. When I wake up in the middle of the night I'll sit rather than peeing on my feet. Once I fell back asleep on the throne! Male plumbing is definitely more convenient than female for outdoor use. My wife says "you don't have to hang your a$$ out in the cold!" Of course when it's really cold I have a hard time encouraging the plumbing to venture out!
  10. Rim Guard is beet juice. It came in my backhoe tires, they were new take-offs. There was a sticker on the rims. I saved it and gave it to a friend as the backhoe is plenty of weight. I wouldn't want to use ethylene glycol as it's poisonous. Nothing like running over a hidden fence post and having it spray all over the place. Any spilled Rim Guard/beet juice , the molasses left over from making sugar, will rinse right off with water. Salvaging the liquid out of my backhoe tires I spilled some and got on my hands as well and it simply rinsed off.
  11. It's all about sentence structure. Sister Mary Elephant would have given you an F. Funny nun story: One of my teachers was commenting on the use of gender, common now in the PC world, instead of sex when referring to an individual. A little upset at the student, she said "words have gender, people have sex", committing a syntax error and getting a huge laugh at the same time. Her red face was reflected in the white of her Wimple (the white bib).
  12. Ha! You have to consider the wording. Are there any collectors out there that happen to be girls/women?
  13. I never liked Explorer so have used Firefox for years. The only thing I've ever run into that didn't like Firefox was one of our online training sites which would only run on Explorer. Edge is MS's new browser and I expect that's backwards compatible to anything that would only run on Explorer.
  14. Any guess what the body is for?
  15. I have an older one by Stihl. The muffs aren't totally effective but not bad. It's saved my noggin a couple of times though. I used to buy log length for heat but the last couple of years I've bought it cut/split. I still have the occasional tree work to do but I hope to install a heat pump with either oil or propane aux. Propane is attractive for an auto start generator, which I may ask your opinion of๐Ÿ˜
  16. Beats heck out of the dirt nap alternative!๐Ÿ˜ First set of hearing aids was completely out of pocket, then it turns out that NH law states that any insurer that writes in the state must cover hearing aids. Second set was just a co-pay! I had the first set overhauled and keep for spare. I have to carry spare glasses so I carry spare hearing aids as well.
  17. One thought is that the brain, expecting to "hear" something on those frequencies that are deficient, makes up the noise of tinnitus. I've had tinnitus so long that I've been able to mostly ignore it or perhaps mine isn't as bad as others. Anyway, it somewhat goes away with the hearing aids installed. I'm in awe of my wife's hearing. She'll say "someone's coming up the driveway" when they've just pulled onto the gravel about 1000' away. Or maybe she's sort of a Radar O'Riley.................
  18. With expensive frequency compensated aids I hear ok one on one. Sadly at large gatherings with lots of background noise I start to feel left out. My FIL has some severe loss from B47s, B52s and lots of time in the body repair business. Sometimes I see him backing away from a conversation with a blank look because he's just not getting it all and figure I'm doing the same thing. I do a lot of say agains!
  19. Absolutely! Lots over pressure small bits and under pressure large ones with the resulting breakage or poor performance.
  20. Once you're wearing hearing aids you can't wear plugs anymore, unless you take the aids out, so you're stuck with muffs. In my job we have light weight noise cancelling headsets because the jets are quite quiet, more so in the cabin where it wayy quieter than a commercial airliner. You can have a normal quiet conversation. The problem I have is that the headset and hearing aids are not compatible. I take the outside aid off depending on which seat I'm occupying and leave the inside in so that I can hear whoever comes into the cockpit. In my Cessna I use full muff noise cancelling set
  21. Someone's fun project but I'm already hearing impaired. I've become a big fan of mufflers and noise cancelling headsets!
  22. I don't want to hijack this important thread but I feel the same way about the seasonal flu - I've had it and would have paid $1000 to not have it. I've been getting the flu shot ever since it's been available and haven't gotten the flu since. My fear is that having the seasonal flu along with COVID-19 would be a death sentence. The anti vaccine sentiment that I've seen even on this board worries me. Even our potential next VP has expressed an anti position albeit mostly political. The seasonal flu shot is free! Any COVID shot that makes it all the way through trials will likely be f
  23. Dairy farmer will mix hay and corn ensilage, spent brewery grains, and dry hay in a mixer wagon along with any supplements the cows need for a yummy meal.
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