Actually I dont dare set foot in the garage since it flooded and turned into a skating rink.
Otherwise when it was muddy out. I backdragged with the snow plow. Driving in reverse I would set the plow down in a muddy puddle and pull the mud down the frozen driveway. So instead of having a skating rink from rain and refreeze, we now have mud smeared across the ice patch and we have traction.
My bride's new living room decor is rustic and galvanized metal.
She showed me a photo of a shelf and asked, "Can you make this for a fireplace mantle?"
I replied "If it's what you really want." I had everything except the short nipples.
Actually the new shed has been the main chore for many days, weather permitting. We have a few minor things left to complete it, and we are thankful and relieved to be nearly finished. The best thing, nobody got hurt!
Today we began our gardening for 2019. We planted Texas Sweet onion sets.
Changed the oil on my Cockshutt 40. Also worked on tidying up wiring since build in winter and my frozen hands in a few places said good enough. Got a new oil pressure gauge so now all my gauges are new and have backlighting built in.
Drained a tire and broke loose the eight nuts holding the wheel locks, and snugged them back until I'm ready to change it.
Thank goodness for penetrating oil, flame, and three foot long black iron pipe for a cheater bar.
I don't think the nuts have been off in 55 years.
It lasted a whole lot longer than I thought it would when I bought the tractor 20 years ago.
This is how 55 years of calcium chloride eats a wheel from the inside out. Even if one doesn't know of any leaks.
A good used wheel has been procured and new tires are on the way.
I finished spreading fertilizer on pasture and hay land today. I have had to work around some gusty winds to get it done. We also transplanted about 500 tomato plants into larger plant trays. They should be ready for the garden in 3-4 weeks.
Got the wheel off the center of my D15. Clamps are frozen solid.....had to take the bolts out and use a big hammer to get them apart.
Found some "not good" rust spots under a couple of clamps. So the center got a good rust cleaning and painting. Still good and solid.
New wheel and tire should be here in the next few days. Luckily, I've got a good used set of clamps and stops ready to be put on.
While the paint coats were drying I was spraying a pasture and along the woods and hayfields for weeds. Coming to fill and clean the sprayer..... A front tire went flat. A piece of old fence wire through the tread. Had to move it from the lane before I could stop. Where the tire came off the wheel, I saw where it needed attention before I could remount the tire. Rust cleaned and painted the inside of the right front wheel for my 175 and put the tire half on. The old tube is too scale coated to patch and reuse. Don't have one one hand..... So I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, besides till a spot and plant onions and taters, then mow the yard.
One of Grandma's gardening goals was to have a ripe tomato by the first of July.
I was always told one should plant taters, and onions on Good Friday, and it will produce a better crop.
The few times when it has been warm and dry enough to break ground and plant, it did make a good crop
Wednesday was warm and dry enough. Being as rain was forecast to move in Thursday, and it did.
Lots have happened since I was here as a regular member , but I thought I would stop by and say howdy. was looking at some of my old posts and it don't seem that long ago but time marches on, anyone remember the tractor shows in Ky?
Walking outside early this morning and spotting a couple of 70 plus year old Farmalls under a shed made me wonder how long our old tractors and equipment would be productive if parts and people would be around to keep them going and use them. As I age and slow a bit they still serve a purpose...
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