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Skagit Farmer

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  1. I have come to the conclusion that the word "Safety" is the most dangerous word in the english language.
  2. "Yesterday my wife and my mother who work for different school districts received a letter essentially forbidding them to leave their houses over thanksgiving, no travel, no celebrations with people outside your household, no dining out etc." Or what?
  3. Here on the left coast it seems the idiocy starts in California and then the governors of Washington and Oregon, not to be outdone, rush to prove they can be just as stupid as the governor of California. It's like a contest. By the way we are celebrating Thanksgiving with the family and Christmas too despite the dictates from the dim bulb in Olympia.
  4. My wife is from Wisconsin, all her family is there. I'm lifelong resident of Washington State, which is where we reside. Her niece had a baby 7 weeks ago. She is currently working from home due to the virus BS. She is telling my wife that by Wisconsin law she HAS to put her new child in day care if she is working from home. Is this true???? She has to put her newborn child in daycare because she is working from home? Her employer has no problem with her tending to her baby while working. I'm sorry, if this is true I am aghast, even here on the left coast I've never heard of such a thin
  5. A neighbor a couple miles down the road has had a big 4x8' Trump sign in front of their property. I drive by it all the time and it has been vandalized several times. Spraypainted, smashed, etc. They replaced the original one as it had been damaged beyond repair. Two days ago I drive by and the new sign has had a rope tied to it and pulled over and destroyed. As I went about my business I kept thinking about it and on my way back home I did something I have never done before. I stopped at their place, knocked on the door, told them I'm sorry they are having to put up with this BS. I kno
  6. For 35 years I worked in the oil industry. We used respirators (masks) often. Because of this I have taken every class that for respirator use that exists. Every year I had to wear a respirator and be hooked up to a machine that measured how effective certain masks were on me personally. Any paper or cloth respirators were actually forbidden in the facility I worked at because they had been proven to not be much better than no respirator at all. Now this was all to protect me from particle sizes much larger than a virus particle. Everything we are being told about the effectiveness of pa
  7. Agree, except the public health departments are under the direction of the politicians. Politicians have discovered that they can implement their agenda, which they otherwise would not be able to, by using "public health mandates". By using these mandates, their state constitution, the United States constitution, laws, rules and regulations are rendered null and void. Witness gun violence being declared a public health hazard, racism is a public health hazard, etc. They have found the "magic wand" to get what they want and I expect it to be used more in the future.
  8. Shortages, bare store shelves, get in line in the hope you can get what you need. Not the America of plenty I grew up in. The politicians overreaction to the virus has turned us into what we used to see in the old Soviet Union.
  9. A month ago I bought 3/4 T&G plywood subfloor - $28.00 a sheet. Needed 6 sheets of 3/4 CDX to finish project last week - $46.00 a sheet. A month ago Doug Fir 2 x 4 x 8' - $4.00. Needed a few more so called lumber yard to check price, now $6.00. Took an hour to get to yard, price went up to $7.00. Price gouging.
  10. I wear bibs nearly every day. I like the striped Key bibs but they seem to wear out fairly quickly. May have to go back to Carharts as they last a lot longer.
  11. Oven cleaner. Most brands of oven cleaner are basically Sodium Hydroxide. Sodium Hydroxide is very effective in tearing apart organic molecules, which is what most stains in the shower are. Have used it many times in our shower and tub for bad stains. I would advise testing a small area first. Also do not get it into your eyes! Major eye damage will result.
  12. Roger on the weather. I've got 2 fields that are headed out. Would still make some good hay, but if it goes another couple weeks won't be worth much.
  13. Chickens are easy to raise. They don't care about fancy, the fancy coops are for the owners to look at. We usually have between 10 and 15 hens depending on the season and mortality. Our coop is 6' x 8' and is big enough for that many birds. Outside fenced area is 15' x 20'. I think one nesting box per 2 hens is plenty. A 2x4 running along one side of the coop about a foot off the ground will give them a perch to sleep on. Now when they are of laying age you will get about one egg per hen per day, so take that into account. A dozen eggs per day is a lot of eggs, unless you are a big eg
  14. We usually have a half dozen or so. The population rises and falls depending on the season. I don't find holes chewed in my feed sacks or have any mouse nests in any of the equipment so they are doing their job. If they wander outside the barn the dog chases them back.
  15. All the '39's I've seen have the serial number hand stamped on the right hand frame rail. Kinda below the oil fill. If it has the original block the serial numbers should match.
  16. I've been working on my '36 F-12 on and off for a couple years now. Was getting some bits and pieces ready the other day, one of which is the crankcase vent pipe. Darned if I can remember how it was oriented and I can't find a picture in the manuals or in the pictures I took on disassembly. It must screw into the front of the block as shown in the picture, but what is the proper orientation of the pipe? It can't go straight down and doesn't look like it will fit behind the magneto. Only other option is the pipe goes down diagonally along the top of the timing cover. Anyone confirm if thi
  17. On my '39 (ser #647) - besides what has already mentioned, operators platform is different, with different seat support. PTO shaft is smaller diameter. Rear rubber is 36" on split rims. Mine somehow left the factory without a serial number tag (no evidence it was ever there), ser # is hand stamped on right hand frame rail, engine has matching ser#. Probably a couple more things I can't think of right now.
  18. Have said it for many years. If a couple want to adopt a child they have to go through interviews, have their background checked, have their finances gone over with a fine tooth comb, and pay for it all to the tune of thousands of dollars. But any two idiots can get together and spawn a child.
  19. Over 40 years ago I played football in a west coast "semi-pro" league. The inmates at the state reformatory had a team and our coach arranged for us to play a practice game with them. Even though I knew we were leaving, I will never forget the sound of those barred doors slamming shut as we entered the facility. The funny thing was the inmates watching the game were all cheering for us! Apparently the guys playing for the prison team had been getting special privileges and they were not happy about it. We were beating them pretty bad in the 3rd quarter when there was a ruckus on the s
  20. The politicians of today know the same thing that the high priests of ancient empires knew. That is using naturally occurring events to frighten the population to get them to pay more tribute to the King. The Egyptians, Incas, Aztecs of long ago had knowledge of celestial workings and could predict eclipses. These were used to terrify the population, "follow us, pay more tribute and we will make the sun come back". It's as old as the human race.
  21. Well......last time I checked grain and corn plants are technically grasses, so I guess mine are grass fed!
  22. I was purchasing an M once about 3 hours from home. The rear tires were set about 2 inches to wide to fit on my 20' car trailer. Guy I was buying it from and I worked for over 2 hours trying to bust loose the clamp bolts to move the rears in (in about 100 deg weather). Well they hadn't been turned in 50 years and we couldn't move them. Finally I took the fenders off the trailer and backed the tractor over the trailer tires to get the tractor rear tires in front of the fender/tire area on the trailer. Tractor rears were over the edge of the trailer about an inch on each side. Put the fen
  23. MTO - check his videos, there is one where he sits with his family and tells the story of how he lost his arms. Amazing what he has been through and his attitude on life.
  24. I've got a 1936 F-12 that I've been working on for awhile. Things are getting painted and put back together. The seat that was on the tractor when I got it is obviously not the factory seat. I've been curious about the origins of the seat. Only thing I have been told is that it is possibly an aftermarket replacement seat for the F series tractors, but I don't know if that is true or not. It's a pretty good seat and will be going back on the tractor, I would like to have an answer for those who will ask me "what's that seat off of?". I figure someone on here will be able to identify it.
  25. That's a good show. I'll be there Friday.
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