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56 minutes ago, rjpont said:

I've seen a guy use exhaust tubing as a spacer to make a smaller axle take a larger hub clamp. :ph34r:

Oh, I am sure we can make them fit, I am looking at a few details, and trying to decide if/when I want to restore the ole horse

 

just thinking.  And maybe Bradium is making another trip to America? 

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1 hour ago, AKwelder said:

Hmmmm.   My wife and one of the boys are in the kitchen with habanero peppers, this could get interesting 

So the kid has a rash and they are using some Dr. Google cure for the burning.  In the shower and, 

 

Lol

 

ever notice its funny when someone else needs to touch the stove to learn, and it's not you

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37 minutes ago, AKwelder said:

So the kid has a rash and they are using some Dr. Google cure for the burning.  In the shower and, 

 

Lol

 

ever notice its funny when someone else needs to touch the stove to learn, and it's not you

Yep, you just know the outcome but.....they wont listen so let em learn!

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Went a picked up some steel, little bit of channel, some box tubing, and got floored when he told me the price, holy cow.  

As a rule I have been seeing prices in the 60 to 70 cents a pound up until now.  99 cents a pound, what the ?   So I talked with the guys at the counter, and work orders thru them a lot, he says they are getting more US steel now, they are not seeing Chinese import steel very much, so the US mills are raising the price so they can make a living.  And there has been a price rise every month since January.  15 cents a pound in March. 

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I priced a 24 foot length of 3x3 square .250 wall this week with a local steel company (15 miles away ), was $220 before tax (didn't ask about delivery as its a short trip to pickup) . Then I called a place 70 miles away there price was $184 before tax ,delivery included. Sometimes you have to shop around.

I guess the fact (if it is fact) that the US steel companies are picking up business would explain why shred scrap iron is at $195( Canadian $ ) a ton in the bigger centers here.

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I lost the tread discussing soil temperatures, but here is some information 

 

my lawn is 44*  down 6"

my wifes raised garden boxes are  48*

her covered garden boxes (covered in clear plastic) are 52*

And we are having over 20 hours of sunlight a day.  

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?, i really noticed the day lengths all the sudden.  8 or so is drive with out lights nearly already.  Been cloudy so long my guage is off!  Covering really help you see.  Now lets all pray for a NORMAL like late spring and summer.  Is anyone dry?  Is anyone got normal wet n heat?

Seen steel was up.  Brought in dump truck load and actually pocketed some cash after paying for some appliances.  It was junk even.  Tin etc.  I honestly am fine buying USA metal for more.  Even long time local welder says the import stuff is inconsistent at best.  

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We are not dry, seems a shower moves thru every day or so, but nothing soaking us, on the average side for temps.   Spent the weekend getting the flower patch going, and walked the new ground a bit.  It could be a nice year for growing.  The wife has been planting and fussing in her garden and that makes her happy

 

I don't mean to complain about the price of steel, I was just suprised the price was up 1/4.  If it's a good product I am willing to pay a fair price, so someone can have a fair wage.  Aren't we all?  

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6 hours ago, AKwelder said:

If it's a good product I am willing to pay a fair price, so someone can have a fair wage.  Aren't we all?  

I am willing to pay for quality every time, but that extra gets lost in the pockets of management and never reaches the peasants.  I am constantly being asked to work more hours for the same or less $$ while stock holders see 15% gains.  I'm not a mathematician by any stretch but.....

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6 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I am willing to pay for quality every time, but that extra gets lost in the pockets of management and never reaches the peasants.  I am constantly being asked to work more hours for the same or less $$ while stock holders see 15% gains.  I'm not a mathematician by any stretch but.....

Yeah.  They come down and say that prices are down we need to take a pay cut or give up a raise.

not very often you hear of them saying that it's been a good year so here's a few dollars 

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17 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I am willing to pay for quality every time, but that extra gets lost in the pockets of management and never reaches the peasants.  I am constantly being asked to work more hours for the same or less $$ while stock holders see 15% gains.  I'm not a mathematician by any stretch but.....

Maybe you better get stock? :)

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20 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I am willing to pay for quality every time, but that extra gets lost in the pockets of management and never reaches the peasants.  I am constantly being asked to work more hours for the same or less $$ while stock holders see 15% gains.  I'm not a mathematician by any stretch but.....

15% RETURN!? I hope you own shares of the company you work at.

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1 hour ago, BOBSIH856 said:

15% RETURN!? I hope you own shares of the company you work at.

They claimed 15% gains not returns. I don't own stock and don't want to.  Sadly I have little faith in their numbers and little respect for the way they allow people to be treated. There is more too it than the dollar sign for me be it foolish or otherwise. 

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On ‎5‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 5:35 PM, AKwelder said:

I can ask/talk to him if they work for you,  I would like the fronts, spindles and all

 

I'll text you later today after I confirm the size on that tractor. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

been awhile since i got caught up with posts.  So as for the tire off the dead case.  There were some great options and i went and measure them up.  IMG_4020.jpg.41a35deabf01c155e31fe99660030d0b.jpg

 

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they have a SMALLER center than my 460, and larger diameter axles.  I am still pondering,

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We spent some time and went thru the Peony patch,

 

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and my upload limit has been hit, hold on while i log out and return

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And then this week we had the peonies sticking out there heads,

 

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And then we got this Thursday night

 

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yep, snow.  this was 4 the next afternoon,  we had a thunder boomer come thru with a bit of Hail, then it rained on top of it and snowed a little bit.  So now we are hoping that the frost didn't burn any of the sprouting flowers.

The wife and the kids headed south last night, my boy is having another surgery, prayers would be appreciated for his procedure on Friday.  

 

while they are gone I was going to do a bit off my to do list, started today by working on a steel rack for my steel storage, then awakening one of the old trucks from the dead, i need a crane, so i am hoping to put on some gin poles and do some stupid stuff

 

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I email him and asked him to call me, if he still has it for sale i will haul it home. $300 is cheap if it needs work, sure looks clean.  And if it is as old as it looks it will weld as smooth as the prom queens thighs.  you can not beat those old round drum units

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How many different color peonies are you growing?

 

Wife brought home a bare root peony that i planted about a month ago and have yet to see any above ground activity. Were yours started as bare root and how long did it take for some above ground growth? I have always moved them by the shovel full in the fall and they have done fine.

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the test patch you see in the pictures has a light purple/white ones.  We have 400 bare roots we put in the ground 3 years ago this weekend.  the field at the bottom of the hill i am working on we want to put 1000 (or more) bare roots in next year, they will all be pure white, the whites are in more demand for bridal sales.

When we put in bare roots we normally shoot for 2 inches of dirt on top of them and we see them pop up in about a month.  but they are tuff, leave them alone and they will come up, we had a few that took most of the summer before they were up and green.  if your curious open the hole up and you should see little red tendrils, but be careful, they are a bit fragile

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18 hours ago, AKwelder said:

and then this shows up on Craigslist

 

https://fairbanks.craigslist.org/hvo/6148335264.html

We had one like that with the Continental engine where I worked 25 years ago. No one had used it in a while since they had upgraded to diesel power for the rest of the welders. I was low guy on the totem pole so I always had to wait for a welder to be out of use by someone else when I had a project that I needed one. I drained the tank and rebuilt the carb on the ole gas unit and found that it did weld a smoother bead than the newer units, and was a lot quieter too. Suited me fine to have it all to myself. I hated to see it go when they did decide to get rid of it.

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