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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #30 on: April 10, 2014, 08:26:14 AM »

Doctor Colonel Craig's flu remedy:  Beer and porn.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2014, 01:08:58 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2014, 03:11:06 PM »

Going to try to work tomorrow. Getting tired of Lori following me around with Lysol while telling me you know it could be you had a heart attack not the flu. She has no sympathy for anyone that gets injured or sick what so ever.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2014, 02:06:40 AM »

Here is some shaky video of the chicken coop construction...



The siding is now on and I'll upload a shorter video of that soon.
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« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2014, 01:28:10 PM »

Don't know how many hens you keep. My Grand father had a walk in coop with a ramp and trap door for the birds to use and nest boxes for the girls to lay their eggs in. Usually had 2 to 3 dozen hens With 8 to 12 ducks , a turkey and 3 to 4 geese to protect the rest of the brood. I like the covered floor easier cleaning than the painted sheathing plywood floor we had.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2014, 01:31:57 PM »

So any of Y'all ever go to the Doc , etc. just to shut someone up? Lori was pissed today when I called her and said she now owes me for 2 co-pays. 1 for a scheduled follow up. So the Doctor lady could tell me I have a serious Flu type B very contagious. And to keep doing just what I have been doing! And in 2 more days it will have run it's course. :bk
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2014, 03:46:45 PM »

Don't know how many hens you keep. My Grand father had a walk in coop with a ramp and trap door for the birds to use and nest boxes for the girls to lay their eggs in. Usually had 2 to 3 dozen hens With 8 to 12 ducks , a turkey and 3 to 4 geese to protect the rest of the brood. I like the covered floor easier cleaning than the painted sheathing plywood floor we had.

Our threshold is about a dozen hens.  During the summer a dozen laying hens will fill the entire refrigerator with eggs in about a month :eek:  The good news is fresh eggs are good for five - six months when kept cool.  Yes, that is right, the eggs you buy in the market are at least four months old - yuck!

This coop will house 16 birds.  So we figure if we raise chicks then that activity will take out a few spaces for laying hens.  And with chicks will come rooster to eat and those will take up a few spots on the roost as well while they mature.  So with a regular rotation of birds we expect to maintain maybe 10 layers all year long.

BTW, my dad was born in a one-room cabin that was so small that when he was very young the family moved into a larger cabin and the old cabin became the chicken coop.  When I was very young I visited that 2nd "larger" cabin.  It too was a 'one room' cabin but a split level layout with a wall dividing the open loft into two bedrooms.  The cabin he was born in was next to it and I thought it was a one-car garage because of its small size.  Years later when he was telling me these things I had a hard time comprehending the size of living space his family was stuffed into during winter with 6' of snow on the ground!
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2014, 06:19:59 PM »

The plan was to paint the chicken coop today...

That was the plan anyway...

To paint the chicken coop properly requires a little more working space than there is at the location I built it.  To move the coop requires I clear out all the accumulation that is between it and the door.  This takes me the better part of a half hour of constant physical effort...

I had to clear out all the bits of scrap lumber from the building process.  Not too much to it but its all on the floor and I am 6'2" tall.  Next I move a 50 lb bench vice along with other various power tools that are in the way.  I have to break down my compound sliding miter saw & mobile bench to move it - at least it has wheels.  Speaking of wheels, the log splitter tires are nearly flat so I have to get air into them before I can move the splitter.  And there is also some plywood to get out of the way.  Finally I have that ton of lead boat keel to move.  The keel, saw, splitter, and plywood went outside and everything else got shifted around inside.  It is a lot like playing with a Rubik's Cube - to move one thing from hither to yawn I have to upset 90% of everything else!

Now with a path cleared I have to figure out how to move the coop.  I bring in the tractor and find the bucket has about 1/4" of clearance to slide beneath the coop.  Next I use a pair of large tie-down straps to secure the top of the coop to the tractor.  Now when I raise the bucket the straps prevent the coop from tipping over backwards. 

I raise the coop a couple inches then check the straps.  I even out the tension between the straps, give it all a good shake to check for stability, and pronounce my rigging good enough.  Now with the tractor at idle in low range I begin to creep backwards.  I raise the coop a few inches to accommodate the dips and divots as it transitions off the concrete slab and over the dirt floor in the shop.  Then I notice an odd noise.  I stop to check thinking the coop may be dragging something.  I do not find anything and so proceed again.  But the noise is still there.  Now I suspect there is a problem with the tractor - maybe a brake is dragging.  I do not locate anything wrong with the tractor and so proceed again.  This time the sound gets louder so I stop and shut off the tractor engine to see if that is the cause of the mystery sound. 

Nope, the sound is pouring rain outside where I had planned to paint the coop.

So I continue to move the coop until the rear of the tractor was just inside of the shop doors.  Then I go inside to check the weather forecast.  "Scattered showers" until mid-afternoon is the best guess.  Meanwhile the rain has stopped so I move the coop outside the shop, then move everything I had dragged out to make room back into the shop.  Then I scoot the coop & tractor back inside in case the rain returns before we start to paint. 

I figure I will get all the painting implements ready to go and as soon as the rain blows through we will get in a quick paint job then stuff the coop back into the shop for the night.  However, I can not locate a paint brush to save my life!  I thought I had a package of cheap disposable brushes.  As I talk about this with The Boss we figure we must have 'disposed' of them all the last time we painted.

So off the town to get some brushes at my local hardware store.  Its only about four miles away and along the way I drove through a monsoon! 

The hardware store is closed today for some reason or another...

I came home, locked up the shop, and gave up for the day.  I'll go to Wally World this evening and get what I need to finish painting the coop...
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2014, 05:13:09 PM »

I have been interested in the tank-less water heaters ever since I seen my first one nearly 20 years ago.  When we had our present home re-plumbed I asked about going to a tank-less system.  My plumber told me the only tank-less water heaters he has installed or serviced will heat the water only 50F over the inlet temperature.  And so because my water comes out of the ground at the warmest 50F in the summer and cooler than that in the winter, I would need to run TWO tank-less water heaters in series to get "hot" water.  While this is a common practice in my area I was not ready to make the investment in two tank-less water heaters just to try out the technology.

I got my shop air lines installed today.  After doing my research and shopping around I went with PEX water pipe.  This stuff is new to me so I had to get educated about it in a hurry.  If ya'll do not know this yet, PVC water pipe must NOT be used for compressed air because it poses an explosive risk.  When PVC is pressurized with air and it lets loose it sends out shrapnel!  Copper water pipe/tubing is safe for use with air and this is what I had planned to use.  But when I got to the hardware store I seen PEX and began asking questions.  It turns out the PEX is safe to use with compressed air and about 1/3rd the price of copper pipe.  I bought red colored 3/4" PEX and plumbed it from the compressor all the way down one wall and around the corner about six feet ending at the main door - 60' total in 10' sections.  Every ten feet there is a "Universal" air quick coupler.  One of these was faulty so it is going back to the store - you get what you pay for at Harbor Freight...

I'll post photos or a video soon.
Col Y'all are right tankless no good up here. Replacing old 30 gal. with new 50Gal. next Sat. $1300 +tax labor and all. done deal good bye to more $. But, it will be done and right.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2014, 07:47:50 PM »


Col Y'all are right tankless no good up here. Replacing old 30 gal. with new 50Gal. next Sat. $1300 +tax labor and all. done deal good bye to more $. But, it will be done and right.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2014, 09:26:27 PM »

So today is 'Outside Chores Day' here at the Hardway Ranch.

1st Order of business is to sleep in until even the cats give up on waking me up.

Next is to lite the charcoal.

Then I feed myself breakfast while the coffee is brewing.

Now I dissect a thawed turkey.  Before the turkey goes into the smoker I dump in the now-hot coals from the lighter-chimney into the fire-box then get a pan of water over them.  The turkey completely filled the smoker - I had to do a little overlapping to fit it all inside.

I pour a mug of coffee and proceed with my day...

Now I get a fire going in the Coleman portable fire pit.  I need a whole lot of cardboard to use as kindling - a whole lot.  In fact I pretty much use up the entire pile of cardboard that has been accumulating on the back porch all winter long.  Now with a hot bed of cardboard-coals in the fire pit I can start tossing in tree bark that came off the firewood when it was split with the log splitter last fall.  The pile has been 'freeze-drying' all winter and is now ready to burn.  I load up the bed of the Ranger with bark and bring it up to the fire pit.  As the day goes on I keep the fire pit fed with tree bark.

One item on the agenda is to fix a broken yard hydrant out back.  The yard hydrant is the 'freeze proof' style and is supposed to be serviceable from above the ground.  However, this is the third time it has stopped working in nine years so I need to dig it up and figure out if there is more to the problem than meets the eye from above ground.  This is where the Boy comes in - I assign him the task of digging up the yard hydrant.

While the Boy digs up the yard hydrant I carefully tend to the fire, charcoals, and inspect the progress of the smoked turkey.  Hard work, all of it.

When it becomes apparent the Boy just might actually get the yard hydrant dug up today I figure I had better start working on the replacement hydrant.  I purchased the replacement as 'used' of unknown quality for just $10 - less than the cost of a repair kit.  BTW - there are only two parts that are common to fail with a yard hydrant and the repair kit only comes with one of them!  Go figure? 

While digging up the yard hydrant we reach a 'Eureka!' moment when we find a valve deep in the ground.  The valve has a square socket instead of a handle and this rings a bell in my memory.  I quickly locate a 'mystery wrench' I found beneath the porch years ago.  I figured until I figured out what it goes to I had better keep it.  The wrench is a pipe long enough to reach the buried valve with a cross pipe on one end - a 'T' handle' and on the other end there are two notches.  But these notches do not mate up with this valve.  As I look into the pipe I can see something a couple of inches inside.  After some beating, banging, and cursing I retrieve a little teeny tiny 'key' to that valve.  The key does not allow enough torque to turn the valve but the 'T' handle pipe certainly should.

I take the key and T-handle to the shop and weld the key onto the end of the T-handle.  I return to the hole with the valve at the bottom and try out the tool.  I carefully wiggle the T-handle back and forth to work lose the valve which has been sitting for who-know-how-many-years.  Then I twist the engagement lug clean off the end of the key!  The key was made of cheap pot metal with a hard chrome finish...

Fortunately while I wiggled the valve I could see another way to rotate it - with a wrench.  So we dug out more dirt until there was enough room to get into the hole with a wrench and swing it through a 90 degree arch.  I was able to close the valve.  BTW - the hole is just over three feet deep and the only way to work at the bottom is to lay flat on the ground with your arms in the hole.

So, to make a long story short - I have two yard hydrants and one repair kit but still do not have enough parts to come up with one working assembly!

Then the rain began so we packed it in for the day.  The Boy just finished his shower and now it is my turn.  We'll have smoked turkey for dinner in an hour or so.
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Re: Ranting About Nothing Important
« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2014, 01:19:21 AM »

G'day everyone,....


Yard Hydrant?

Do you mean a Tap?

Or are you talking about a fire-fighting hydrant?

Got any pictures?

Reminded me of when I found a leak in the pipe on my garden tap, it had to be the vertical joint section after the meter that is below ground.
Now my water rates are way lower like when I first moved in here.



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« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2014, 06:01:57 PM »

Hose Bib away from the main water supply for the Hacienda.
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« Reply #44 on: April 21, 2014, 08:01:03 PM »

There are two parts that commonly fail, look at that top image and find item "C" and "J". 

What will happen is item J is a rubber plug - this is the actual "valve" that controls water flow - this will get stuck.  When the valve handle is forced upward the brass knob within that rubber part is pulled out.  When this happens you are usually hosed and need to use a special tool on the end of a rod to screw into the plug and either pull it out or chew it into little bits that will flush out.  This failure has never happened to my yard hydrant.

Item C is a brass coupler to connect the steel rod to the lever.  This is what keeps breaking on me.  It use to be included with the common repair kit but not anymore - now it is sold as a separate item because people got tired of buying an entire kit just for this one part.  In fact this part is so popular I can not locate one within a two-hour radius of my ranch.  So today for $50 I purchase an entire new yard hydrant assembly.

On a related rant...  I awoke to the familiar sound of my money burning aaaa-gain.  This time it is the water booster pump in its death-throws.  I expect it will be replaced by noon tomorrow after $1,000.00 has left my hands...   :mad:
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