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Pat K

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  1. My wife is more the gardener than me. She says that's what her father called that brushy looking weed..
  2. My wife says creeping butter cup
  3. If your floor is insulated you may get by at 750 watts, but if it's not insulated it won't keep it very warm in the house.
  4. I tried several years ago to heat a fish house with a milkhouse heater with a 2000 watt yamaha generator. It would not work on the high heat setting because the output was 1500 watt and the heater not being 100% efficient required more input than the 1800 watt continuous output of the generator. I found out the 2000 watt is surge output rating to start an electric appliance but the generator isn't designed to produce that much power for an extended time.
  5. While the price of repairs are a PITA, I don't remember the good old days as fondly as some people do. Cars were easier to work on but oil was changed at 2000 miles, bias ply tires were good for 15000 to 20000 miles, points & plugs were every 3rd oil change, road shoulders were littered with exhaust parts, there were a lot more broken down vehicles to see on the highway shoulder on long trips and vehicles were used up at 100,000 miles.
  6. It looks like the early tomato blight we had trouble with for a few years. We tried both a baking soda mix and a borax mix that were recommended on organic gardening sites, applying it when my wife planted then again 2 weeks later, neither of them worked. This year we used Bonide 811 Copper Sulfide treatment and the plants look great, no signs of blight. Just mixed a quart in a spray bottle. That was enough to treat 14 plants 3 times. Our son was having problems with late blight (black lesions on the stems) he's sprayed with the Bonide after the lesions appeared but said his plants are looking better.
  7. That kit is $10. on Amazon
  8. I'm sure they put it out for bids with a list of specs and a projected price point every 2 or 3 years so it may be constantly changing.
  9. I pulled a skidloader trailer around for years. 99.9% of 12v problems seem to be a ground issue. About the only other cause is chafed insulation on the + side. Most auto parts stores have testers with small lights you can plug into the truck side receptacle so you can eliminate the truck if all the lights light up. With the skidloader trailers I got to the point I'd spend about an hour trying to trouble shoot it, then rewire the whole thing to save time and my sanity. Use the old wires to pull the new ones thruogh. If you check it out and it isn't the ground, check again because it probably is the ground.
  10. I agree, I think large cuts of higher quality meat are better cooked on a rotisserie rather than smoked. The slow smoking leaves better cuts of meat overly dry when I've had them, but it's all a matter of personal taste. Other guest have raved about meat I've been disappointed in.
  11. Seems like an oxymoron.
  12. Here's an old post I found about the WI explosion: mtbucket Posted February 6, 2012 Thoughts and prayers to this man and his family. It makes me wonder if he was one of the guys that said " I have done it for years with no problems". POLK COUNTY (WCCO) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a garage explosion and fire Saturday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred at 657 U.S. Highway 8 in Apple River Township. Stanley Johnson, 81, was inside the garage “actively filling a small 1 lb LP cylinder from a larger 20 lb tank” when the small tank ruptured and ignited the escaping gas. Johnson’s wife, 77-year-old Nancy Johnson, was in the garage area when the explosion occurred. She was pronounced deceased on scene. Stanley Johnson was able to escape the garage. He was transported to Amery Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries
  13. I remember the pictures you posted of your neighbors house. Those pictures along with the news paper article about the guy from WI that blew up his garage and killed his wife were enough to convince me not to refill 1lb tanks.
  14. They sell 10's of thousands of the 20lb tanks for grills. Ice fishermen are probably the biggest market for 5lb and 11lb tanks, so we pay a premium for them because we are a small regional market.
  15. Spoke to 2 people at the U of M extension service last week. They are not big fans of the traps. They claim that unless you are at the center of a 3 block radius of people all using the traps you are attracting far more of the beetles than you are killing. They recommend something called milky spore to kill the grubs in the soil.
  16. Thanks for the info. Bought one today, picking it up Thurs. I got the bagger for leaves this fall.
  17. Spent the afternoon mower shopping after the tranny locked up on my 20 year old L200 John Deere. Have down sized to a larger than average city lot so I don't need as big of a mower. The L100 series John Deere didn't impress me, the Husquevarna's every one seems to carry seemed very light duty too. Just sitting on them and playing with controls the Cub Cadet felt and looked like the best in the 42" size. Any one have any experience with the XTI LT42? I'm not interested in zero turn or stand on mowers.
  18. The cases she's seen were all non-commercial.
  19. The odds of being caught with an over weight trailer are very slim. But my wife works at a Deputy Registrars office and occasionally some one comes in that had their trailer licensed for under 3000lbs and were weighed and ticketed for being over the 3000lbs. Fines are based on how many lbs over you are, whether you have brakes on the trailer and the mood of the sheriff or DOT officer that tags you. From what these people have told her the fines start at over $500, plus you may have to pay the registration fees for previous years. A few years ago Scott county deputies went through boat landing parking lots and compared GVRWs of trailers to how they were registered and ticketed several people for having trailers registered for under 3000lbs that were rated for more.
  20. Sorry but the word ZERT has been driving me crazy! https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zerk
  21. When the crappie bite was still hot on Upper Red 10 to 12 years ago it was common to use cheap hot dogs under tip ups for northerns. I think it was a bait shop in Black Duck that sold a harness that held the dog in a horizontal position.
  22. Last I heard Pabst Brewing owns the Scmidt label.
  23. From C-TEK battery chargers: Bottom Line on the Effect of Temperature on Batteries Cold batteries hold their charge longer than room temperature batteries; hot batteries don't hold charge as well as room temperature or cold batteries. It's good practice to store unused batteries in a cool location.
  24. Batteries discharge slower in cold temps. Ask any farmer that has a lot of seasonal equipment, summer heat is harder on stored batteries than winter cold. The only trump card cold temps have is the ability to freeze a discharged battery.
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