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Brisket was pretty good, I have some more learning to do but it was pretty good.

rented a tracked skid steer.  Boy they are handy

moved the tractor hooch

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then moved an old section of deck I have plans for 

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got the oldest boy in the seat and got the tires broke down

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rims are going for blasting and paint tomorrow 

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and dug a hole for the foundation of the garage

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just need a couple hundred yards of gravel now.  It’s all glacial silt and you can not build directly on it

 

today it’s raining.  So we are winding down a long weekend.  

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Small world.  It’s been a good loader, I need to spend a couple hours on it soon

 

the garage is set to be 24’ wide and 28’ deep and then a 12’ add on off the back. This will house a small mech room and the majority will be the wife’s new Coop.  
 

 

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Been busy, garage pad.  Had some gravel hauled in and getting it compacted

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thats the neighbor and a buddy helping

and got the new tires for the 460, and that was not cheap

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ended up with Sampson 8 ply 13.6 x38.  Not a common tire here in the land of the midnight sun.  Let’s see how it goes

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Came home from helping a friend move a fridge, wife comes down the driveway looking a bit haggard, asks for help,  “Sure, with what?”   
 

the mower is upside down, and she had been caught under it,  she is ok except for a some bumps and bruises.  And she didn’t have her phone on her.  
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It’s upright now, but I was so mad she dang near killed herself.  Very frustrating but I kept my cool with her.  She went diagonal down the hill, and knew better

 

Otherwise we have been getting the garage dirt work done, and we hope to set some forms this weekend if the rain ever stops

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We are about as close to the start of summer as you can get, and the solstice is in the next couple days, so by next week we will be losing daylight for the first time in 6 months  

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I think we have at least a month or more before we get actual darkness and not twilight

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28 minutes ago, MarkG said:

Wow! That is scary! Glad your wife is ok.

Thanks.   Me to,  she almost got a new mower with a roll bar this morning 

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19 hours ago, AKwelder said:

Came home from helping a friend move a fridge, wife comes down the driveway looking a bit haggard, asks for help,  “Sure, with what?”   

the mower is upside down, and she had been caught under it,  she is ok except for a some bumps and bruises.  And she didn’t have her phone on her.  
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It’s upright now, but I was so mad she dang near killed herself.  Very frustrating but I kept my cool with her.  She went diagonal down the hill, and knew better

My apologies for not replying before and expressing I am very happy all is well with your wife.  Sometimes the lesson learned from mowing up the slope and not sideways is painful.  On my pond banks, I have a 72 inch deck on the front mount mower which prevents any rollovers.  Instead the Hustler just slides sideways down the embankment 

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2 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Yikes scary stuff. Glad she wasn’t hurt. 

I see they flew the bus out of the wilderness the other day. Kind of a expensive procedure by the looks of it lol. 

Yeah.  Long Long story there, the National guard flew it out on a “training mission” and DOT hauled it to an undisclosed location until they can figure out what to do with it. They have had 3 people die hiking to it (there is a river to cross that can be treacherous) and countless search and rescue efforts.  Story here is they wanted to put a park style bridge and a emergency shelter or two out there.  Cost was an issue so away it went .  
 

thanks for the well wishes regarding the wife

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8 hours ago, RichardDSalyer said:

My apologies for not replying before and expressing I am very happy all is well with your wife.  Sometimes the lesson learned from mowing up the slope and not sideways is painful.  On my pond banks, I have a 72 inch deck on the front mount mower which prevents any rollovers.  Instead the Hustler just slides sideways down the embankment 

No apologies needed.  Thank you for your concern

 

6 minutes ago, Wes806 said:

Dang AK just seen this . Glad to hear she's ok.

No worries.  I am glad she weathered it as well as she did

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Update on the demo derby gal.  She was really beat up today and sore, nothing to bad but by last night the sore muscles and bruises were setting in and she slowed down.  On top of that she had been fighting a cold it moved in now so she really got knocked down a notch. 

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50 minutes ago, AKwelder said:

Update on the demo derby gal.  She was really beat up today and sore, nothing to bad but by last night the sore muscles and bruises were setting in and she slowed down.  On top of that she had been fighting a cold it moved in now so she really got knocked down a notch. 

Hopefully she gets to feeling better pretty quick. 

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45 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Hopefully she gets to feeling better pretty quick. 

Thank you.  I just came in and she had been napping.  Got her up and she is feeling better and had some diner.  She looks better than earlier, and sounds better. 

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Rescue missions don’t run cheap that’s for sure. Get some city people who think their indestructible in the middle of a bush they likely know nothing about doesn’t always end well.  I would imagine there will still be people who will try to make the trek in but hopefully they’ll be experienced enough to know how to get there and back safely.

 I saw in the one picture they had a pretty new wheel loader there but that must’ve been at the drop off site. Don’t imagine there’s a whole lot of activity in the area for there to be heavy equipment nearby. 

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9 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Rescue missions don’t run cheap that’s for sure. Get some city people who think their indestructible in the middle of a bush they likely know nothing about doesn’t always end well.  I would imagine there will still be people who will try to make the trek in but hopefully they’ll be experienced enough to know how to get there and back safely.

 I saw in the one picture they had a pretty new wheel loader there but that must’ve been at the drop off site. Don’t imagine there’s a whole lot of activity in the area for there to be heavy equipment nearby. 

I think your right.  They landed it in a gravel pit along the highway. From what I remember it is a really rough trail and they used to go in on winter trails

 

 

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Going to pour later this morning

 

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monolithic pour, with radiant heat.  I will repurpose a used boiler and do a multi temp heat system.  Lots of rebar on or meh soils

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Second pour today, 20 yards coming in a few hours

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last night when we were finishing up

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that’s about 10:30

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13 hours ago, Raildudes dad said:

Is this an engineered design? Curious question from a civil engineer. Looks impressive.

In a round about way.

 I had the ground bored, tested, and thermistor sets done to check for permafrost. Then the data went to a engineer who recommended several items.  
 

One of my friends is a registered engineer and he offered some suggestions one friend to another.
 

we have some typical drawings that cover monolithic slabs that cover rebar and Such

I then melded all the above with a few things and produced what you see, I wanted strong footers due to soil conditions 

 

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Wife went to see our new grand baby and visit the daughter. Long story short. She is coming home now.  Okay. So wife packs here up and heads for the farm. Calls me, and my adventure begins

 

Yesterday I flew in to Minnesota, today I put the wife, daughter, baby, and youngest boy on the plane back to Alaska. Later this week I am loading the car the wife picked up and driving to Alaska.  Yeah, wonderful timing, thank goodness Alaskan going home are considered essential.  So there will be pictures and me driveling 

 

current route, St. Cloud to Minot and visit my sister 

 

then Minot to Edmonton

 

Edmonton on to about Fort Nelson, 

 

on into Fairbanks.  The internet says I need to drive for 52 hours 

 

who’s up for coffee along the way?

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Oh, and I just bought 3 sets of rear wheel weights for the 460, and have a set here, so I will be shipping 1200 pounds of rear weights home, screw the calcium 

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I've got family in Calgary and Cold Lake but that's about it. Should be a beautiful drive, albeit a lengthy one

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