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    2 Hours Ago
    Galvanic reaction ,electrolysis .Very prevalent in blue clay soils .
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    8 Hours Ago
    A pole will normally snap off right at ground level because in that area the pole is more subjected to rot than any other place .The guy anchor could fail also with a good snap .
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    13 Hours Ago
    Just remember if something goes wrong the power company or telephone which ever will hold you responsible for the damage .
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    4 Days Ago
    Interesting set up Jomo. Market it and you will be rich!
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    6 Days Ago
    Trig,the study of a triangle was also my thing too .Believe it or not I never really knew it until I was in the navy .
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    6 Days Ago
    Isosceles right triangle ,both legs are equal at 45 degrees .Geometry is my all time favorite of mathematics .
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    6 Days Ago
    Old trick: Hold a mirror at arms length at a 45 degree angle and walk out from the tree .When you see the top that's the heighth or at least close .
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    6 Days Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread More Power Needed in Chainsaws!
    Lawdy this could go on forever .In a nut shell chainsaw milling is an inexpensive portable method of salvaging lumber from what would normally be firewood .It's slow back breaking work to say the least .It's not my favorite use of a chainsaw either . I've got 8 saws 100 cc and larger and a Grandberg mini mill that I seldom use .It's just not my cup of tea .For that matter it's seldom I even use the large saws for anything .Fire them up every so often to blow the cob webs out .
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Wow, we might have to come up and hang out with you!
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    1 Week Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread More Power Needed in Chainsaws!
    I don't own a super and I've only ever seen two of them .I have one 038Av and two magnums .They are good saws but they don't have what it takes to mill wood with . I did once try to mill with an 048 Stihl which is 10 cc's larger than a Stihl 038 S and has a lot more power,it was like trying to down an elk with a BB gun . You will have better luck with a standard filed chisel chain at like 30 degrees than a milling chain at 15 .Cut at about a 45 degree angle so it pulls noodles .Not so much that it clogs up but not saw dust like a straight cross grain cut which takes forever . If you are going to mill remember to back off the high speed jet so it runs a tad rich .Long cuts it will get hot and too lean you stand a chance of cooking the saw,not good .
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    1 Week Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread More Power Needed in Chainsaws!
    You need at least 100 cc's and even at that it's a slow process .With a McCulloch 125 which is 123 cc I can only get about 1 foot per minute on red oak about 12-15" wide .
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    1 Week Ago
    That talk about boiling the gas reminds me of 1974 .My cousin and I took two little saws to the mountains of Colorado to cut firewood for a deer hunt .At elevations above 9,000 feet both saws,a little Pioneer plus my s-25 Poulan that I still have would boil the fuel .
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    1 Week Ago
    As a matter of fact I have a Ford 600 sitting in my drive way up on oak blocks and has for two years .They replaced everything on the rear brakes but haven't got it going yet for some reason .More than likely as is par for the course I'll have to lend a hand if it's ever going to move again ,typical I might add --humbug . Tom bought the thing relatively cheap .It has contractors dump bed with drop down sides and is ideal for loading big rounds from take downs .He has the documentation on the brake system he found some place .Parts for Lucas brakes are expensive plus a pain in the butt to work on .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    We have some of those " door knocker' cards" but I can't remember the last time they were used. Right now, no need for them. Also, these days, I agree with Carl. My guess Carl is packing a nice firearm when someone strange arrives at his door.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It's a gimic. DeWalt for example had 14 volt batteries then they switched to 18 .The replacement batteries cost more than the whole kit of drill , charger and two batteries .Craftsman had the bright idea of 19.2 volt etc . I've got maybe a dozen at work retrieved out of the scrap tub that either need batteries or had the armatures burned out from misuse .I may or may not get them repaired when I find the time . What kills them is running them hard until they get so hot you can't hold on to them.Burns out the speed controller switch or smokes the armatures .I did manage to fix a 18 volt hammer drill by swapping parts ,works pretty good for what it is .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I've got a couple 18 volt DeWalts both at the house and work .They have held up so far .The stuff at work,sawzall and drill are over 10 years old and get used often .Batteries maybe 3 years before they go on the fritz . My wife.RIP bought me a 9 volt Sears drill driver and I thought what in the world am I going to do with this little toy .When I built my shop I drove over 4,000 screws with that thing and it never missed a lick .Little rascal did get hot every so often
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Remember the badger story going around the net a few years ago? Funny as heck Can someone post it? If i remember, it had foul language, but it was funny.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    03-13-2017
    Watch it doesn't get you .Depending on what it's made of those beams won't last long if in the weather on the ground even cribbed up off the ground . The siding if you stickered them like drying lumber and cribbed them up and covered them you might get some time out of them .The beams are too long to cover and crib . My dad and I tore down a barn that was already most toppled .12 by 12 white oak sill beam 45 feet long .Cut it into 20's but even white oak we cut most of it up for fire wood because the rot set in about 3 years .It wasn't covered .
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    03-06-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Chainsaw Rebuilder? in Chainsaws!
    A long reach T-27 driver to fit 1/4" drive is not very expensive .--flea bay ---
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    03-03-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Chainsaw Rebuilder? in Chainsaws!
    I usually just use the basic kits which only contain the soft components.Tillotson and Walbro are easy to reference but Zama you have to have every number correct to get the right kit . The newer kits often have a mylar or some other type plastic parts that are either black or clear which I assume to be more robust with ethanol type gasoline. I've yet to see any difference with the main pump diaphragms as they appear to be the standard buna-n impregnated cloth types that have been used for decades .I try to use OEM replacements which I have better luck with .The generics will work but usually fail within a year or two . I've also observed OEM Stihl seals change from a black buna-n types to a bluish color which I assume also to be more robust .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    03-02-2017
    I wonder if that is close enough for Al?
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    03-01-2017
    Oh my,I love seeing jobs like that. Love love love the zip line.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    02-28-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Chainsaw Rebuilder? in Chainsaws!
    I only speculate that problems can be traced right back to faulty seals more often than funky carbs .Before after market cylinders and pistons flea bay might have a dozen crankcases for 020 and 200T's for about 50 a pop .At the time using OEM parts it would be half the cost of a new saw .If you have some shop do the work it would nearly be the cost of a new one at the time .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    02-27-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Chainsaw Rebuilder? in Chainsaws!
    Some of the Zama c1Q carbs develop problems with the accelerator pumps .Although I've never done it they say you can block off the pump .I did have one that had some sealing issue around the welch plugs in the fuel chamber which I sealed with red Loctite and it seemed to work .
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