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  1. I see your first point exactly. As to your second point, I don’t disagree with you necessarily, however, as you said kids are smart, all he would have to do is say the correct 3 words at school or to the wrong person and you will have social services knocking at your door and digging into your life. Not worth the risk.
  2. I have tried not to be too quick to respond to suggestions as I want to take it all in. More listen, less talk. A couple of things, I don’t think this is COVID related, he was in daycare or school for the majority of COVID, so he has been in that classroom setting since he was 6 months old. When he was younger, certain ‘teachers’ could control him better than others. One in particular got great results, others have struggled. As he gets older, it hasn’t gotten worse, but he has learned how to get an emotional response out of just about everyone, myself included. this means that something small quickly escalates if there is any bit of emotion attached to the response. I will sit back for awhile longer before commenting further if there are any more suggestions.
  3. I normally wouldn't post this, but I'm at my wits end with my oldest son, middle of 3 kids, who is 6 years old. He is defiant, ornery, won't listen and constantly in trouble at school. He thinks everything is a joke and just laughs it off which is about as frustrating as anything. Just got a call that for the second day in a row, he was screaming and yelling at breakfast, so he is no longer welcome to get breakfast at school and might not be able to get lunch there anymore either. This means that I will have to make breakfast every morning, I can't drop him off early, and start work 30 minutes later. Which means I won't be able to be done with work by the time they get home from school.... still need to figure out how that will work. We have tried talking to him, we have tried punishing him (can't go play with friends, no bike, no tablet, no tv, no dessert, etc), we have tried rewarding for good behavior (earning rewards after so many good days in a row), we have even tried to pay him $1/day for good days. Nothing seems to work. The other 2 kids aren't perfect either but at least they are some what well behaved. If he chooses to have good days, he can be the best kid, he just makes poor decisions. Looking for some other ideas if anyone has any? I know how my dad would have handled the situation, but unfortunately that would be frowned upon in today's society. However, when I was young I knew that whatever happened at school was nothing compared to what would happen when I got home.... and I really didn't want to find out what actually might happen. Some times the old ways were better.
  4. Doesn’t help the OP at all, but I had a 2021 Ram 1500 gas V6 for a rental truck for a month. As long as you drove it like a car it averaged 22 mpg, but it was geared so high that at 80 mph in top gear it was only turning 1900 ish rpm. Put a small trailer (6x12 enclosed) behind it and it wouldn’t shift past 5th gear (8 speed). If I was looking for a light duty truck that was mostly highway driving I would take a good look at one.
  5. Von Braun was part of the Redstone project. And if you get technical, he was the lead designer of the V2 rockets in Germany (the first real rockets) and they had alot of those blow up before getting anything off the ground, but I assume the comment was only about American rockets. Not saying that Wikipedia is the 'authoritative' source, but its convenient. It may not have been his fault or a design issue, but they had rockets blow up on the launch pad. "Von Braun's early years at NASA included a failed "four-inch flight" during which the first uncrewed Mercury-Redstone rocket only rose a few inches before settling back onto the launch pad. The launch failure was later determined to be the result of a "power plug with one prong shorter than the other because a worker filed it to make it fit"." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun Same thing here, an engineer designs something, which may or may not be easily constructible, then there is a material issue, or a technical problem, or mis-interpretation during construction, and then the rocket doesn't launch because the tank has a massive hydrogen leak.
  6. I don’t know why biofuels, specifically bio-diesel wouldn’t work for these applications. That would still keep the Diesel engine and be carbon-neutral.
  7. I don’t know that for a fact, but it was written into the congressional bill that authorized Artemus that the existing engine design had to be used for the program. The shuttle engines would make the most sense.
  8. Not true. There were a few that blew up on the launch pad. while I do agree that he and the scientists of the time were first rate, cutting edge, and extremely brilliant. They weren’t perfect. Part of the mystique of that era was the willingness to take risk when appropriate. It worked out (mostly - see Apollo 1) for the Apollo program. They were also able to improvise (see Apollo 13). Not sure we have that ability or appetite to do so anymore.
  9. Part of the problem is they are reusing old tech. I believe they are using rocket engines left over from a previous program. Musk has specifically said that the use of hydrogen is the problem and why SpaceX has switched to Methane as the primary fuel. Anyone that welds knows what hydrogen embrittlement is, and that happens when there is very small amount of hydrogen. Now fill a whole container with liquid H2 at approximately -230C and there is no wonder why they have always had trouble with tanks cracking that was built by the cheapest bidder.
  10. No idea how you would bend one unless you hit something HARD, or were spinning it fast with flails missing. I would think that bearings would go our first, but rotating mass can do weird things. I don't believe that flair mowers (not flail choppers) are as robust as a heavy duty rotary brush mower, but they do a nice job of cutting.
  11. While new is probably out of the question, I'm actually shocked to see that someone still makes one. Thanks for the suggestions, I think the path will be just to keep an eye out for something in better shape and its good to know what the model numbers are to watch for.
  12. Here is a quick clip of my BIL flail chopping with his 884 and some ancient New Holland chopper. it’s getting pretty worn out, what are some newer models that he might be able to look for if he wants to replace this one? After Sept 1, there is no reliable way to make dry hay up here anymore, and he can usually chop a load like this every 2-3 days to keep his cows happy and not start feeding hay for awhile. https://youtube.com/shorts/Bt2u7JXKLf0?feature=share
  13. Some neighbors used to have 'live floor' racks. Seems to me that they were electric and plugged in to the barn when unloading. All you had to do was stand on the flip down front of the rack and all the bales came to you. the floor chains resembled those on a manure spreader or silage wagon. They had throwers on their wagons so no one riding in the field. We never had such luxuries, but still made due.
  14. Hopefully the issues are easily fixed. Have you run the OEM version of this saw? Just wondering how they compare...when running well.
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