Tom King

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  1. First rainy day in a long time here, so I couldn't find anything better to do than to go back to work on the rental house floor. It's a bad job by myself, but looks like that's the way it will be for a while. Every piece requires getting up and down off the floor more than once. I got the hall finished, and am going into the big living room. I have the two bedrooms at the end of the hall done, and their big walk-in closets. Still have the other two bedrooms to do, off either side of the hall. I had been dreading the angled meeting of the slate floor in the entryway, but it went right
  2. I know that kind of ground all too well. We have to wait for the right amount of moisture in it to even put in a fence post.
  3. My previous favorite was Stihl CF3 (or some name close to that). This stuff has the same basic shape, but it's a little softer. I don't know what effect the softness has on it, but it seems to take a beating better than the harder line, so it lasts longer. It's also solid black, so the little bits that break off aren't easily seen laying around. I haven't compared price, but judging by the sizes of the spools, and my poor memory on how much was on the Stihl spools, and what they cost, my guess if that this is at least a factor of four cheaper. It also has the best feature I've see
  4. Finally got an update on this. UPS denied the claim. They said it was packed incorrectly. It was shipped from a UPS shipping store. They repacked it, and sent it back to the seller. Their second package was damaged similarly going back the other way. I haven't talked to them yet. The seller had been handling it. I'll call them tomorrow. I don't mind filing a Complaint. It will only cost me $65, I know how to do it, because I've done it before. This will be an easy suit to win, and I'm sure will get court costs back too. Not sure how that will work from my end though. They'
  5. Thanks for asking. It's working out pretty good. She's a lot better off here than anywhere else anyway. The dogs are a great comfort to her too. My Wife has been absolutely amazing with what she's taken on, but it was her idea to start with. One of us has to be here all the time though, so we have to plan our days around that.
  6. I called my favorite building supplier, before I realized things had gone crazy with materials, to order a bundle of no.1 decking boards. I was intending to sticker them, so they could dry out some before I needed them, for the dock. He told me they couldn't even get them, and if they could, I wouldn't want to pay the price. I forget what the price was, if I could get the bundle, but he was right about the price.
  7. Maybe next season. That house can sleep 16, plus we'll have some RV hookups. I was planning on starting on a boat house, and dock this Fall, but lumber prices are so high, I'll wait a while. We were hoping to get some income from that house by renting it this past Summer, but the virus took that out. We just didn't want to deal with groups. It wouldn't have been ready anyway. Hopefully, it'll be ready next year.
  8. Thanks, but I have all sorts of pro tree work stuff. I was thinking about something really lightweight, with a sharp knife blade. The saws work really good, but the suckers are so small, and tender that a sharp blade would slice them right off, and be multiple times faster than handling those types of poles. I have the trees limbed up to 25 feet high on the larger trees. The suckers are just new growth. Here's a view of the whole point. It's about 2 acres with something over 1200 feet of shoreline. I haven't limbed up the trees on the hill yet, but plan to open up that view th
  9. I put lime down to start with. You can put a ton of lime per acre every year here. The main trouble is the ground is so hard, and not really flat anywhere. Water just runs off right now. In getting out all the Pine trees, Sweet Gums, and other trees to open it up, when leveling the ground back out, we lost a lot of the topsoil. I don't want to break it up again, because it's full of small rocks. I hand raked the whole thing about an inch deep, so surface rocks are not a problem now. I think the simplest thing is to top dress it. I have decades of piles of old, composted ho
  10. As the Sun gets lower in the sky heading towards Winter, it will soon be back in sight at Sunset. We see the difference every day. Right now, it's still setting behind the tree line up the lake. Our Sunsets across the lake get better pretty soon. The grass on the point is trying, but the ground is so poor that I'm going to have to topdress the whole thing will a little bit of good topsoil before we will have a lush lawn. All the hardwood trees that I left, and pruned to open up the view, are thriving. I just need to come up with an easy way to knock all the suckers off. I'm thin
  11. A couple of friends came over this afternoon, to help me put the tractor back together. It went right together, easier than I had ever joined one before. I just had to rotate the PTO the slightest bit, and it went all the way together with one friend behind each rear tire. Took longer to run the bolts in than anything else.
  12. Aftermarket tool not available. John Deere wanted $552 to specially make a no longer in stock tool. It's so simple, I just decided to make one out of wood on the lathe. This might be the only 200 year old Heart Pine clutch installation alignment tool for a John Deere 2640 w/reverser. I'm keeping it wrapped tightly in plastic untll the right clutch disk gets here, supposedly on Saturday. It fits so tightly, that I don't want the wood to move any. If it swells, I'll have to put it in the oven. It seemed to be the most stable piece of wood I had near the lathe. It just holds the c
  13. As quick as you turned that one out, you could probably make a living building them. I'd have to try that paddle though. I know it's traditional, but I like the new designs.
  14. Lot's of information on this sort of thing on the With three acres, you're probably not going to justify buying a big enough tractor with loader. You will probably need a log arch, to get the logs to the mill, whether your mill, or someone else's. Lot's of people make them, but there are plenty of commercially available ones. I like this company for other wood handling tools too: A lot of people will build a log arch on a trailer they already have.
  15. How big are the trees, and how high are the lowest limbs? How much land? How many logs? Do you have equipment for handling the logs, and keeping them out of the dirt? If they are good logs, and you have something to handle them with, so you can stage them for a portable sawmill to come saw them, I'd saw them as soon as possible.
  16. We were real tempted to buy one of the new Oregon cordless models, but they were several times more expensive than even this one was. They have a whole line of cordless equipment for pro's. It's pretty impressive, but very expensive. I think they are already used a lot in California. We don't need just a lawnmower. My Wife is a dog breeder. We have 11 long haired dogs in the house, so most important to us was how clean it leaves the two grass dog yards, so they don't track stuff in the house. This one does a Fine job of that. That's the only space we use a push mower on.
  17. Today, I split the John Deere again. I've said before, that anytime I try to save money, it comes back to bite me. It's a hard lesson to learn, but I must be getting closer. When I rebuilt the reverser system, I decided to replace the main clutch disk too. John Deere wanted $400 for the clutch disk, so I cheaped out, and went with a hundred buck aftermarket disk. It didn't last. The good thing is that I designed the splitting stand to work without having to take off the front end loader. Today, I added another shortcut to the splitting stand. Normally, you have to cobble up a woode
  18. Yes, I went to their website after it came. Just seems stupid to sell a coping/jewelers saw that doesn't allow multiple positions of the blade. Such a saw is useless to me. I don't even know what it would be for, or why anyone would want one.
  19. Part of it is my fault, but not all. I've never had any trouble using a normal coping saw, or jeweler's saw, but decided I'd get one of these. I ordered a 5" Mk IV off of Amazon. The my fault part is that I didn't look close enough to see that they made ones that the blades didn't turn. Not having ever used either a coping saw, or jewelers saw that didn't allow multiple positions of the blade, I didn't give any thought to it. The one I got only allows the blade to face in line with the frame. Now, I've been using regular ones for at least 46 years, but I can't remember a single time using o
  20. They aren't that bad, if you don't fight it. What I do for a living is work. I had a guy working for me in 1983, when we were removing some granite from a corner of a basement excavation, for one of my houses. He was a first Cousin to Big Mike. We were using a rented 90 lb. jack hammer. That was the house I built with 12x12x16 treated posts for the lake side timber framed porch we built. That house had White Oak siding put up with screws from the inside of the sheathing, so it had no exposed fasteners on the outside. The second owners of that house are good friends of ours that we s
  21. Not in the mail, but dropped off by a friend. He said he found it in the road in front of his house some years ago. He said he left it sitting by the side of the road with a sign, but no one ever got it. It's a 30 pound rock drill/ jack hammer. He just gave it to me. I think it's about a $900 tool. I have a 15 pound one, that takes 35 cfm, and my 7-1/2 hp compressor will keep up with it. This one asks for 53 cfm, so we'll see how much waiting it requires. Even the 15 pound one is noticeably faster than an SDS-Max hammer drill.
  22. For the dog yards. We've gotten by with cheap bagging mowers for the dog yards for over a decade. They had to be followed by a Billygoat blower to keep the dogs from tracking cut grass into the house. The last one of those played out this morning. Pam said to get one that would be easy for her to use, and to get a good one. After a little shopping online, I decided on a Snapper, after reading some comments on a couple of landscaping forums. I wasn't going to get the electric start model, but it was the only one the closest dealer (an hour away had), and Pam said she'd lik
  23. I sprayed white Moisture Cure Urethane on an airplane hanger floor. That guy sold that house a couple of decades ago, and the new owner told me, a few years ago, that the floor still looked great. In our dogroom, we have 12" square industrial vinyl tile, that I put clear MCU on in 2006. There are not scratches in it now, but the tile has let go underneath in a few places, so I will need to redo the whole floor at some point. MCU is some Durable stuff. The trouble is that it outgasses every toxic solvent on the dangerous chart, except for gasoline, and I'm sure they don't even sell it
  24. We got lucky. No rain, and there were only three tiny sets of insect tracks. I had them sprayed a little before 8:30, and hung before 10. Not my normal fastidious system, but the rotisseries, and airless rig got the job done before it could have been done any other way. We installed the four handrails in the bathroom, and shower while the paint was drying. Pam went to pick up my Mother, while I stayed home, cleaned up, and picked up all the tools. All settled in now, but I still have a truck load of tools to put away, and the airless rig to clean. I'm going to wait on the spraye
  25. No need for anything added with airless. Straight out of the can. The doors made it just fine. They really look like that coat could not have been better, and hardy need any sanding. Will spray the top coat at about 8 this morning, and hope I can hang them before we leave.