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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:07 pm

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Update: Didn't do much work this weekend. Only worked Sunday and got a lot of dirt moved. I wanted to try and clean up the piles I had created so I didn't have to make a bunch of trips down the hill to drop the dirt off the drop off. I moved about 30 bucket loads of dirt down and was able to extend the plateau out another 5' This is becoming more and more useful it's getting further out and I can start using this as a real dump for debris! Hurray! I did clear the final cut out and level it out. So now the road is a complete pull through design! I need to take a few more small trees out and this will actually be an actual proper looking drive way! I wanted to move the dirt because a storm was expected to come in, and sure enough Sunday night, we got about an 1 1/2 of rain, which is great the dirt was becoming so light and so dry it was almost like talc powder. I've already changed my air filter 2 times and I've only got 70 hours or so on the tractor.

The rest of the weekend was spent on a work function and canning. Made a few gallons of salsa and canned the juice to be used as soup base. Nothing better than salsa juice used as soup base!

I'm always looking for winter projects because I hate not doing anything. So I decided that this winter I'm going to be building myself a trommel soil screen. I've got access to steel drums for free, I've got lots scrap steels and some scare metal tubing. The design will be based off this(edit moved it to the bottom), with some modifications. Mine will have 3 barrels in order to separate the dirt better once it's gone through. I'm going to have 1/2", 1 1/2-2", and the larger stuff come out the end. This will be dirt, aggregate, and rocks for building material/crushed to gravel. I'll eventually build a rock jaw crusher as well because I've got so damn man rocks that it's absurd. I have almost no soil every bucket I dig into the ground comes out with 2-3 double fist size rocks. Grand parents had so many rocks when they build the house that they build 2 "dry creek beds" on the property the first is about 150' long the other 200' these are 4+' wide and have a couple layers of rocks. If I can start crushing my own with the near endless amount of rock on the property. In fact the gravel mill that went out of business said there was $15 million worth of gravel on the property.

I start my 2 weeks vacation on Saturday I'll be doing a big push to get the road widened and cleared out. I'll be buying a box scraper sometime next week to grade it properly. Once that's done it'll be time for gravel. Once this is done we'll start looking at trailers again and hopefully figure out what we like and what has best reviews.

Great work! I plan to do the same or similar outside of Granite Falls. Hopefully this year. Originally from Darrington. But spent many years downtown Seattle and LA. Time to move back.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:00 pm

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Great work! I plan to do the same or similar outside of Granite Falls. Hopefully this year. Originally from Darrington. But spent many years downtown Seattle and LA. Time to move back.
Awesome! Though I'm a little hesitant to promote WA as much as I used to with nearly certain passage of I-1639 (it's political, look it up if you're curious). But I do love the climate, generally the people are fantastic, we've got great resources, and overall it's a great place to live.

I hope to see you at some of the local ZS005 meetings (usually have 1 or 2 a year) we also have some camp outs with an off shoot of the not so crazy members of ZS005.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:40 pm

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Great work! I plan to do the same or similar outside of Granite Falls. Hopefully this year. Originally from Darrington. But spent many years downtown Seattle and LA. Time to move back.
Awesome! Though I'm a little hesitant to promote WA as much as I used to with nearly certain passage of I-1639 (it's political, look it up if you're curious). But I do love the climate, generally the people are fantastic, we've got great resources, and overall it's a great place to live.

I hope to see you at some of the local ZS005 meetings (usually have 1 or 2 a year) we also have some camp outs with an off shoot of the not so crazy members of ZS005.
That law would make things quite difficult. Not as bad as I thought. But still. A very slippery slope. I'm sure WA liberals would like to see guns banned. AT least it's not CA. Which is where my unfortunate soul is now. lol. I think this WA law is all about defining the assault weapon. Or more closely makes the AR15 an "assault rifle". For future legislation.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 pm

Changes ALL semi auto guns as "semi automatic assault weapon", also charges a $25 tax on all gun sales with no cap to how much they can charge, along with other stupid things. I'm pretty liberal, but none of this is "common sense" we currently have some of the strictest gun laws as far as backgrounds, we also have one of the lowest for gun crime. Washington (especially the western side) is one of the most highly educated in the country, yet they let emotions cloud facts and wont hear anything different. Many of my friends are included in that statement, but many more are starting to come around and realizing that firearms are not that dangerous, as long as you have half an ounce of mental fortitude.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by NT2C » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:21 pm

*cough* politics *cough*
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:00 pm

NT2C wrote:
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*cough* politics *cough*
Agreed.

Having said that. I will stick to the law. And not politics.

I'm in the same situation Halfapint. All of my liberal friends which are most of my friends. Think the same way.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:50 am

NT2C wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:21 pm
*cough* politics *cough*
Hey, I tried to skirt the politics I may have jump once or twice on that. But I left it alone. Mostly talking about a law that will get passed here in WA. :v:
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:28 pm

Well had the last 2 weeks off. I had planned to spend nearly every day up on the property getting the road done. Long story short the road is no longer a priority because things got extended out a bit longer so we don't have to rush to get everything finished. This is good because I haven't been able to get the trench dug for the septic, so this affords me more time.

Priorities switched to building a new woodshed. I had found some pieces of corrugated roofing under 30 years of over growth a few months back and they were in great shape except one which was messed up pretty good. So got the wood and tried to build it as best I could you would when you were framing a house. Got everything square and ready to put the roof on, welp, like the idiot I am, I measured a single piece of the roofing and said ok x5 = 10'..... So yep, built it and realized I didn't account for the over lap, I was 6 or so inches short. so had to take the legs and move them in and yea. what should have been a quick day or so project turned into 2 days of crap. I built this one extremely large its 10'-12' because this is going to be used for my splitting area as well. That way I can cut rounds, load into the loader bucket, dump them under the shelter, split them, and stack them all while being protected from the elements, this will be really nice for 80% of the year here.

On the plus side, got 12 gallons of apple cider pressed with my homemade press. Extracted 5 gallons of honey from my hives (only 1 produced), going into winter I'm hoping that they will all survive. Built an entire floor for my GF's best friend, took me 2 days to cut everything and install it. Hooked the LED lights up to the tractor, tied them into the actual headlight switch. Got lots of little projects finished, various things like weed whacking, maintenance stuff, and cleaning. Started in on the trommel project as well. Bought a cheap harbor freight welder for the project. So spent some time getting back into welding, just worked on some scrap metal. Once the wood is all finished I'll start really working on the trommel.

Mom had a retaining wall built, so brought the supplies because the place we bought them from is close to the property. Learned a lot about how to build a retaining wall. I was thinking of building one to hold back the dirt around the shelter that covers the truck and tractor. They gave me some good ideas and sand they'd come out and help put the first layer down because that's the critical one to make everything else line up.

Sorry long post, I tend to ramble.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:52 pm

Worked on the wood shed. I put a couple pieces of couregated roofing inbwteeen the two at a downward angle so the water flows away from the wood. Also been using scrap pieces of 4x4 I’m finding around the property, at my moms, or on the internet to make pillars so I don’t have to keep doing the log cabins at the end. I suck at it. I just can’t get them to stay. But also because it requires me to split them smaller. The furnace is large so bigger pieces are better, less stoking of the fire.

Couple of pics. The old wood shed roof is really starting to fail, and there’s been who knows how many years of biomass on top of it. It was so thick and so decomposed that small chestnut trees were growing.

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:37 am

GFs best friend had a trailer sitting in her yard when she bought the place. They didn’t want it, it had a couple bad tires and a couple missing side gates. Bought new tires and poof! New trailer for the tractor.

I loaded it up with 4 large seasoned maple rounds, and it didn’t even stress. Thinking of putting some 1x6’s down as a deck so I can load dirt and other stuff on it.

All in all for $60 came out with an amazing trailer that’ll work great for many things.

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Stercutus » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:43 am

If you go with wood make sure you use exterior grade stuff and then throw some sealer on it.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:54 am

Halfapint wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:37 am
GFs best friend had a trailer sitting in her yard when she bought the place. They didn’t want it, it had a couple bad tires and a couple missing side gates. Bought new tires and poof! New trailer for the tractor.

I loaded it up with 4 large seasoned maple rounds, and it didn’t even stress. Thinking of putting some 1x6’s down as a deck so I can load dirt and other stuff on it.

All in all for $60 came out with an amazing trailer that’ll work great for many things.

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How is smugmug treating you? Do they have larger file sizes?
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:03 pm

moab wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:54 am
Halfapint wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:37 am
GFs best friend had a trailer sitting in her yard when she bought the place. They didn’t want it, it had a couple bad tires and a couple missing side gates. Bought new tires and poof! New trailer for the tractor.

I loaded it up with 4 large seasoned maple rounds, and it didn’t even stress. Thinking of putting some 1x6’s down as a deck so I can load dirt and other stuff on it.

All in all for $60 came out with an amazing trailer that’ll work great for many things.

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How is smugmug treating you? Do they have larger file sizes?
It's pretty good actually. I don't like that it's paid but the ease of use, they do have different file sizes (apparently I clicked the wrong one, i'll fix it in a minute), they have like 5 different sizes you can choose from, click the size, it gives you the link and that's it. No editing the pixels etc.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:04 pm

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So the original is "thumb" the first on this page is small, medium, then large. It looks like large is as big as the forum will allow. I usually do this on my phone so I didn't realize how small the thumb was on a computer.

Anyways, does anyone know what kind of trailer it is?
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:41 pm

(According to Halfapint this only works on computer. The phone app will not allow you to do this.)

So Photobucket is dead. You used to be able to host images on Photobucket for free. And post them with two simple clicks. Well Photobucket got greedy. Started charging and using pop up ads. And killed itself. It's no longer really usable. Unless you pay a premium for it. And even then I think most people have long abandoned it.

So I switched to Imgur. But have always been bothered by having to resize every image to post in this forum. This forum has an 850 limit. Any image has to be smaller than 850 along it's largest side.

I just learned from NT2C how to quickly post photos to the forum with Imgur. And it's free. I use Imgur and the Imgur Chrome Extension - "Imgur Community Extension" to do this. This "how to" shows you how to use Imgur to post photos to this forum with 2 clicks and 2 selections. Just about as fast as Photobucket used to be.

So open a free www.imgur.com account. It's free and has no storage size limit. Or if it does it's ridiculously huge. Upload some photos either from your computer or online. Then when you open imgur and select one of your photos. A pop up comes up with your photo and several options on the right. (See image below. Note the selections in green.) In the bottom right corner is a box full of options. Select from these options first. I usually choose "large thumbnail" for this forum. As it gives a nice size - within limits but large enough to see detail. And then select the BBB code. And post it here. And they turn out pretty great. It's as simple as that.

(I also think that once you've selected "large thumbnail" that comes up as the default selection. I have not tested this. But that would bring the number of clicks down to 3. Anyway. Each time I return to a imgur image it automatically has the "large thumbnail" selected. And I think all you have to do is select "BBB code".)

*Also Imgur coupled with the imgur chrome extension allows you to simply right click on any photo online and you can automatically upload it to your imgur acct. I'm sure there are similar apps for other browsers. Mine is called "imgur community extension". And is for Google Chrome. But again, I'm sure there are imgur extensions like this for every browser. This allows you to right click on any photo online. And select from the drop down menu to upload the image to your imgur account. One click and it's uploaded into your imgur account. (A new window will come up with just the photo in it. Ignore that and close it. Go to your imgur tab or window and click on refresh or "control-R". And your new image will appear first.) Then all you have to do is select the image in your acct. Click on "large thumbnail" and then "BBB code". And simply paste that into your post. And presto. Your image is posted into your post. Wherever you place the cursor.

Resizing photos for this forum used to drive me crazy after using photobucket for so many years. I was having to resize every image manually in imgur (Which is a much longer process.) to get it to work on the forum. Until NT2C showed me that link to "large thumbnail". It's slick as hell. Cheap. And runs pretty much as sweet and quick as photobucket used to.

Checkout the selections in green in the image below. That's what you select. Hope this may help you or others. Looking for a way to post and host photos online for free. If anyone has a faster method please let me know. And I'll edit this.

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:00 pm

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Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:41 pm
Also Imgur coupled with the imgur chrome extension allows you to simply right click on any photo and you can automatically upload it to your imgur acct. I'm sure there are similar apps for other browsers. Mine is called "imgur community extension".
I tried using imgur however there is no way for you to resize or select the size on a phone. I haven't touched my computer in over a year. I rarely sit down (except at work) or very late at night when I'm just trying to relax and watch a show or two before bed. I had to have something that is easily compatible with a phone browser. Imgur doesn't even allow you to do anything on the app, and if you try to go to it through your browser it routes you to the app. If they change it I'll switch, but for now no ads, clean layout, user friendly on phone, and relative low cost, smugmug wins for my usage.

thanks for the info though!
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by moab » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:17 pm

Halfapint wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:00 pm
moab wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:41 pm
Also Imgur coupled with the imgur chrome extension allows you to simply right click on any photo and you can automatically upload it to your imgur acct. I'm sure there are similar apps for other browsers. Mine is called "imgur community extension".
I tried using imgur however there is no way for you to resize or select the size on a phone. I haven't touched my computer in over a year. I rarely sit down (except at work) or very late at night when I'm just trying to relax and watch a show or two before bed. I had to have something that is easily compatible with a phone browser. Imgur doesn't even allow you to do anything on the app, and if you try to go to it through your browser it routes you to the app. If they change it I'll switch, but for now no ads, clean layout, user friendly on phone, and relative low cost, smugmug wins for my usage.

thanks for the info though!
That sucks. I don't use my phone for anything forum related. I'm always at my computer. But thank you for the clarification.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:29 pm

Been a while, had some stuff come up, my phone battery started swelling and before I could go and get it exchanged it became unusable, tried backing it up and apparently the back up was corrupted. So I lost all photos since January, kind of a bummer. I saved some to social media and smugmug but there were hundreds that didn’t get saved.

Oh well, onward and upward.

Yesterday I picked up a log splitter from a friend the engine was ceased, so I got a new one ($100 from harbor freight). To my surprise 8 bolts took the cuplor housing off, and the engine from the base. Nothing ever goes that easy! The HF engine has the exact same bolt pattern so it took about 30 minutes to swap! The engine is 6.5hp vs the 4hp that was on it. The engine once filled with fluid took 3 cranks to start, and ran like a top.

After running for a while I checked the hydraulic fluid and saw the tell tale sign of water mixed with oil..... damn it. So now I gotta drain and run new fluid through it. Also going to add a filter (one wasn’t added when it was built). And found out the seal on th ram is cracked. I’m contemplating buying a newer bigger ram 20-25” instead of the 18 that’s on it. I cut my rounds at 18-20” so this is just a bit small for me.

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She’s ugly but she’s mine!

ETA: the original builder put the valve on backwards. So it locks forward but you have to manually hold it to go in reverse. When I swap fluids I’m going to take that off and switch it around, and I’m looking for a larger pump to speed up return time.
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by teotwaki » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:27 pm

I enjoy all of your updates. Sorry about the loss of the pix in the phone!
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:04 pm

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I enjoy all of your updates. Sorry about the loss of the pix in the phone!
Thanks, it’s fun to do it and I kinda wanted an online backup Incase anything happened. Plus it’s fun to see where I started and where I’m at now. It’s hard to see the progress when I get there because things like the ivy and the greenery are never ending. It’s hard to see the road I built the way it was when I first started.

It’s nice to hear people actually read the updates 😂
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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by MPMalloy » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:23 pm

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I enjoy all of your updates. Sorry about the loss of the pix in the phone!
Thanks, it’s fun to do it and I kinda wanted an online backup Incase anything happened. Plus it’s fun to see where I started and where I’m at now. It’s hard to see the progress when I get there because things like the ivy and the greenery are never ending. It’s hard to see the road I built the way it was when I first started.

It’s nice to hear people actually read the updates 😂
Of course we read your thread, your livin' the dream! :mrgreen:

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by boskone » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:53 pm

Halfapint wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:04 pm
teotwaki wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:27 pm
I enjoy all of your updates. Sorry about the loss of the pix in the phone!
Thanks, it’s fun to do it and I kinda wanted an online backup Incase anything happened. Plus it’s fun to see where I started and where I’m at now. It’s hard to see the progress when I get there because things like the ivy and the greenery are never ending. It’s hard to see the road I built the way it was when I first started.

It’s nice to hear people actually read the updates 😂
I've been pilfering experience from your thread for my own hoped-for land. Why make mistakes when I can watch someone else make 'em? ;)

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:51 pm

boskone wrote:
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I've been pilfering experience from your thread for my own hoped-for land. Why make mistakes when I can watch someone else make 'em? ;)
If you have questions feel free to drop me a message. I'm glad this can be of service to others.

Thanks everyone for the kind words! Not sure I'll post a lot during the winter. I do plan on building the trommel or at least starting on it. We've been having some really clear dry days, very rare usually late Sept early Oct ran season starts and we don't see the sun until around June. If this keeps up i'll be able to continue working on the land which will be great!
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
Spazzy wrote:Tell ya what... If Zombies attack and the world ends I'll hook tandem toddlers to a plow if it means I'll be able to eat...

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Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Post by Halfapint » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:15 pm

Happy Thanksgiving here in the USofA! Hope everyone is fat and happy.

This week spent all 3 of my days off up working. We have been having absolutely amazing rain free days! So very rare this time of year. Did lots of little projects lots of weedwhacking, taking care of ivy on trees, and various small projects I've been putting off. It's really great seeing everything trimmed back and not encroaching on all the paths and drive ways.

I did get the hydraulic fluid siphoned out of the tank, I took all the hoses off, and blew them out. I took the big cylinder off and was going to get it resealed when I called around I found out that it was going to cost probably $300 plus parts. So I went looking around and found a brand new one and bought it. Got it delivered in one day and....... I found out that hydraulics are like wood, a 2" bore is not really 2" anymore. No way I'm putting a 1.125" bore on that. I watch the true 2" move around. So it's getting returned. I will look into getting a new one vs repairing the old one, once I figure out if I can find a similar one.

Anywho, that's all for this week!

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I don’t think hydraulic fluid is suppose to look like that
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
Spazzy wrote:Tell ya what... If Zombies attack and the world ends I'll hook tandem toddlers to a plow if it means I'll be able to eat...

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