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    6 Days Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    So, the plane is a c-116, not the president lol. I think that was the number of the plane, one of the largest carrier planes. Headed into the office, no power there, but the men were allowed back yesterday and will be in to formulate our plan.
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    6 Days Ago
    We have the tools for working if you are a stand up, moral and decent man/woman. PM me if you are interested. You need to be able to provide for yourself, shelter, food, water ect. (look at Gary's list) I am not your mama, lol
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    6 Days Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Burn, so sorry I used the STFU phase after you posted, I know you meant well and things will be built stronger when they are rebuilt. Perhaps some day you and Mel can join us on our deck and have a glass of iced tea to discuss how the keys could be better. Brian, work safe my friend. Just taking a short break here, it will be a long road of recovery for theses island and I am grateful to be a part of it. So grateful to be a part of it. I, for the first time in my life, am seeing our tax dollars at work that amazes, I mean amazes me. This may be stupid, but can anyone tell me if the President landed in Marathon? If so, we watched the plane take off from our porch last night. I know Air force one landed at that airport when the senior Bush was President, so I know it can land there. Anyway, the plane that took off was HUGE for these parts! At first we thought it was another C130 but we think this was a much, much bigger plane. It left after dark which was odd as well, most C130'sthat we have observed quit coming at dusk. Pretty stupid, but would just like to know. I have not left my property to ask around town, just though someone here might have heard. Glad to be a part of this forum as well, thanks so much for the prayers and well wishes. Butch, your mama would be so proud. Thanks so much for putting this up for us to share.
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Greg Scott, our Arborist, is alive and well. Had some water roll through his house, but he is well. Holy smokes, we got home Thursday, spent Friday making sure the trucks started and got them back to the yard. We had them staged at different high spots around the island. Today took a tree off our mechanics mother's house, tarped the roof at the office, picked up 8 free cases of that budwiser water and believe it or not, got to our home to find out WE HAVE POWER at our home. The boat was on the lift, had not moved an inch. The fabric on the t top is gone but all well otherwise. You would not believe the number of police officers and Armed Forces that are in the Keys, c-130's landing at the air port behind my house, black hawks and another huge type of helicopter bringing in supplies. Red Cross has stations set uo around our little island and I am sure in the lower keys. One great thing, the source that said so many had died was WRONG. Thank God. This storm hit the ocean side of Marathon bad, the last Hurricane, Wilma, hit the bay side bad. The people are coming back in, the lower keys open at 7 am tomorrow. I have not left Marathon, so have not seen the real destruction in the lower keys, but on the way down until Marathon all I could say was wow. and wow, wow. Our grocery store is open in Marathon, they picked our trash up this morning, and I swear, I just heard the mosquito truck going by. Things will be even better tomorrow.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Actually I was just born with good genes .My dad was still cutting firewood at 80 .A stroke got him a 86 .My mother passed a few months ago at 91.
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Leaving in the morning 3am headed down.
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Bodean, you know you can put her on a list, 1-800-323-7733 Also, national guard are at the Winn Dixie on Big Pine Key 1-305-872-4142 also, rescue people at the Moose Lodge 1-305-827-4063 I saw Fema search and rescue on the tv today, they were on Cudjoe Key. Parts of Cudjoe were leveled and other structures okay.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I'll get on it a little at a time .I have to take time to take my lady friend on another honeymoon .You see at our age marriage is out of the question but honeymoons are very much an "in" thing .70---the new 40----:D
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    1 Week Ago
    The continuing saga of the damned pig nut /smooth bark /bitter nut hickory .I finally got the thing all brushed out and chunked up into fire wood .Keeping in mind I have a lot of irons in fire at one time or so it seems .Thus it takes me forever to get things done . That damned stuff is as stringy as elm,much different than shag bark .Thank heavens I have a good splitter . Local hardwood mill says it makes real good lumber. Firewood evidently you have to work for it .
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    1 Week Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    We are supposed to get rain this evening or in the morning driven by that storm .Think about that 1500 miles north from where it hit landfall .
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    A friend on the ground in Marathon with a SAT phone confirmed our hope. House is fine, office is fine, equipment is FINE!! If you see any reports, you may notice they have not mentioned how many deaths. I have heard, from a very reliable source, that 200 people died in Marathon alone, mostly boaters on Boot Key Harbor. The have set up a temporary morgue powered with a generator. I hope my source is wrong. Still no word on our Arborist. I spoke with his wife's son today and again this evening. No word. We need to get back and get to work! Just waiting for the all clear.
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    vharrison replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Hey Good Morning! After the storm passed Sebring, we crossed the state to Vero. In a hotel right off 95 that has power and ac, People that live in Key Largo are being allowed back on their island today. V2007, Victor lives on Key Largo, I hope he is okay, some parts of that island got hit hard others did not. The eye went through Cudjoe Key which is about 40 minutes down towards Key West from us. The information I am receiving is that the Atlantic side of our island, Marathon, took the brunt of the surge where as in Wilma, the bay side did. My home is on the bay side and although the island is only about 3 miles across, it really makes a difference, While I can not say for certain, but we have seen a picture that is a little fuzzy that we can tell is our house after the storm, it appears to be standing. I will confirm when we get back and have power. Our greatest fear at the moment and will be until we hear anything, is for our Arborist that is 65-66 years old that stayed on Big Pine Key. His name is Greg Scott, and only God himself could have spared his and his wife's life. We have he and his wife's name on the Coast Guard Wellness list as well as a direct text to the search and rescue on the ground. Big Pine Key was hit very very hard and is around 30 minutes down from our house. Please know that on the news, you are going to see the worst. The worst happened, don't get me wrong, but we still have hope. The islands have a lot of good people on them and we will pull together and take things one day at a time. All of Florida took some really hard hits, 85% state is with out power. If you are inclined to buy stock, buy Duke Energy, lol. We can see I-95 from our room and electric truck after electric truck are heading south. The marines are on our islands clearing the roads, search and rescue continues and I will be in touch as I am able. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. Gary, my heart goes out to your friends on St. Martin.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm still plugging away on the wind tossed hickory .Then again I don't get on it every day .About another hour I'll have it all chunked up and ready for the splitter .Then there's a problem,I blew out one of my rear tractor tires which is not surprising on 40 year old tires .Another pair is in transit as I type ,be here Wednesday .For those who haven't done it changing a rear tractor tire is a real joy----not .
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    4 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Oh yeah! I think I spy a triple tail:/::/::
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Happy Birthday! Hope you are in the woods somewhere enjoying the view!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Okay Burn, that's it. Next time I see your name in this thread, I want to see your new pup in the post! :):):):)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread 50 years. in Announcements!!!
    Awesome!
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    BTW the wire B was taking about is the yellow and green wire which goes to ground on the av mount case bolt .Obviously the only one left, the black wire is what is in question .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I've got a picture of this thing .The kill wire goes along side flywheel and up into the front part of the handle .With the wire removed I showed about 2 ohms from the attachment point of the coil to the laminations,ground .If that checks out I'd say the coil is probably good and the kill wire has an open or could be one of the lugs or the handle shorting gizmo is faulty .You could attach another wire ,run in between the recoil and case and try shorting it to the case and see if that works to kill it .If it does I think you could twist and solder like a number 16 wire to the old one and pull it through without removing the flywheel .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    08-20-2017
    If I recall it doesn't actually go through the crankcase but it does wind around in such a way it appears to .You could probably get a better view point if you remove the recoil starter and clutch cover .To remove the handle you have to remove the carb .The linkage alignment can throw you off ,it always does me .That done it's only two screws and the handle comes right off .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    08-19-2017
    Before you do all that check the front portion of the handle .That's usually where the kill wire goes bad .Well not bad bad ,some times the terminal lug becomes disconnected in the handle .Had the same thing on one of my 200's about a week ago .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    08-16-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Still dragging brush from that windblown big hickory .3 fires so far,one more should get it .Damn was that thing bushy.When I got it all cut loose it was 8 feet high in places .Never in my life had a seen a mess like that from one tree .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    08-08-2017
    Sean, Can't speak to the price but the Brush Bandit is a great machine. We have a 2004, yes 2004 280 that ran every day all day for 11 years. It is still our back up machine. Runs like a dog after a bone. Mind you we maintain our machines very well but it is a work horse. Find out a little about the fellows operation, I am sure who ever is selling it for him would love to talk about him. Look around at his other equipment, is it well maintained? Did he use it every day? I agree with Brian, the winch is a great feature.
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