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  1. Easy Livin’ 3000

    Insert or stove in double-sided fireplace?

    congrats on your new stove. I like the big brick structure in the middle of the room. Lots of thermal mass to soak up heat from the stove.
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    Electric log splitter best one for the money

    I have the Harbor Freight, and it's fine, I really like it. I get the sense that all the brands are built at the same factory, with the finish items being specified by the retailer. I could be wrong, but when I called the number in the manual for a replacement item for the HF splitter, I was...
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    Wedge issue

    Good video to show how to rig the new engine. But, dude doesn't respect the danger that he is in, hugging the rounds as he splits them, and keeping his hand fully engaged to the wood. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had a piece of tough wood pop out, fly backwards, and catch me in the...
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    Ford Mach-E

    I hear ya, but I think it goes to show their commitment to space, slapping their mighty Mustang brand on their new e-thing. The younger generations view that old v-8 dinosaur burner in a way that isn't quite as positive as your warm nostalgia. And Ford is looking to the future of where the...
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    Can I save this tree?

    I was more referring to something solid, that wouldn't go away. Which we actually do, with earrings and breast implants... . I thought someone might make a comment like this, because I probably would have!
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    Can I save this tree?

    I think that filling things like this with tar, cement, etc., was the old way of thinking. Current arborist science suggests that you should leave it alone, or perhaps shave some more bark off around the wound, (think, taking a drawknife perpendicular to the trunk, and shave straight down...
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    Spark plugs?

    Update: Spent $3 on a new NGK plug, and the old girl started right up. It was high time, the plug that was in it when I bought it, wasn't even the correct one. Good thing, cause I just spent $26 on two new PTO belts. Can't be sure the coil isn't going bad, because it was hot when it...
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    Gas leaking from Husqvarna 455 Rancher.

    Update #3: This was a complete success. The NAPA hose for $.99/foot fixed the issue, and starting out with a 12" made the installation a snap. And way cheaper and more convenient than OEM. Ran through two tanks of gas this morning, and each tank lasted much longer than they have lasted...
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    Gutter vac

    Yep, depends on the location. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we have a ton of opportunity for this to happen, and I suspect the "helmet" style fill right up, too. I suspect open gutters fill up with ice as well. I am very happy with my solution- shop vac in blower mode, with the long hose and...
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    Gas leaking from Husqvarna 455 Rancher.

    Update#2: Stopped by the local auto part stores. At stop#3, NAPA, they had rolls of bulk fuel line. Went with one foot of 3/16 od x 1/8 id Stens Tygon tube, $.99 plus tax. The install only required a bit under 7", but the extra length made it much easier to install, and I just cut off...
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    Spark plugs?

    I've never had an engine issue resolved with a fresh spark plug. Do these things actually wear out?
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    Gas leaking from Husqvarna 455 Rancher.

    Update- Spent some time with Google and YouTube, and got a couple of ideas. Took the cover off, and found that the line from the tank to the purge bulb was rotted out where it entered the tank, and the end of the line was just I assume this is the issue, and just requires a new line.
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    Gas leaking from Husqvarna 455 Rancher.

    Help! The saw has been pretty reliable for several years (other than the leaky oil tank in storage). It's gotten much harder to start recently, and then this morning, I fueled it up, and by the time I got the screw cap back on and turned it upright, half the gas was soaked into the stump I was...
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    Gutter vac

    This is true. Fortunately my pole is long enough that I can stand to the side and blow away from myself. I do wear a hat and safety glasses to shield myself somewhat. Better to get a little nasty on the ground, than take the risk of the ladder, at least for me.
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    Gutter vac

    The Achilles' heel of the stainless gutter guards is ice, according to the reviews on the Costco website. Once they ice over in the winter, no more gutter until they thaw.
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    Rigid Rockwool for baffle?

    I have a theory that the top of the baffles that failed were wet from horizontal rain coming down the liner, and my technique for starting the fire was pedal to the metal before I figured out that a slower acceleration was a better way to go. SBI stood behind the warranty, so I'm totally...
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    Rigid Rockwool for baffle?

    Would rigid Rockwool make a good baffle above the tubes? Perhaps sandwiched between a couple of sheets of expanded steel for protection and stiffness? Would be way cheaper than most OEM baffles from the stove manufacturers. I've had three OEM vermiculite baffles fail from thermal shock...
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    Gutter vac

    Just to follow up with this and share my solution- I ended up getting a long hose for my big orange shop vac, and a long extendable aluminum pole (a swimming pool brush/net handle. I zip tie and/or duct tape the hose to the pole, and made a bend at the end in the hose to point it down, using a...
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    Resources for building a lean-to porch roof?

    I'm building a a simple lean-to porch, and need to figure out the specs for sizing and spacing the roof rafters, and the beams that the rafters will sit on, given a specific span. Also, I would like it to have the minimum pitch while using asphalt shingles. Any tips on a good online resource to...
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    Picking a wood stove for a 30x36' hoop house.

    I think you are missing the point, here. We are trying to heat a big, plastic wrapped hoop house with a stove that is 1/4 mile away from home, to keep plants alive through winter, and you are arguing the merits of different Englander stoves? At least the barrel stove is a cheap lesson.
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    Picking a wood stove for a 30x36' hoop house.

    I appreciate your can-do attitude, and frugality. That said, 1/2 mile round trips to load the stove and keep up with it all through the dead of winter has me exhausted just thinking about it. I look forward to seeing your reports on how it works for you. Maybe 20 years ago, I'd have had the...
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    Picking a wood stove for a 30x36' hoop house.

    Math isn't my strong suit, but 2 barrel at $20 each and $40 for a kit, I guess you figure about $120 for the chimney/stove pipe? Do the folks who do this load the stoves all through the night for 3-4 months? And you are right, the barrel stove will put out much more heat than the stoves...
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    Picking a wood stove for a 30x36' hoop house.

    Whichever stove you pick from the ones you are looking at, you'll have way less heat at the end of the burn than from the first few hours. I am sorry to say, for your application, these types of stoves are not the solution you are looking for, particularly if it's your living/business. If you...
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    Stucco refresh?

    Thank you! Just what I was hoping for.
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    Stucco refresh?

    Any recommendations on a brand, technique, specs? I guess I am most concerned about adhesion to the old. It's pretty rough, doesn't look like modern stucco.
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    Stucco refresh?

    Ha, I posted it, and immediately thought, I should have asked a direct question or two, and decided incorrectly, that the question was self-evident. So, washing will help a little, but the color is actually washed out from the sun and rain. It needs a coat of something, but I'm steering hard...
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    Stucco refresh?

    Our old stucco house is in need of a cosmetic refresh. I don't want to paint it, and start that cycle, and it's fine structurally, so a complete new coat would be overkill. It's just really washed out and looks bad.
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    Drolet HT3000 vs HT2000

    The 2000 is a nice heater. I'm a little partial to the 3000, myself. ;-)
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    Retaining Wall Block

    The picture process is much easier than moving 150 blocks in one day. Persevere!
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    Radon mitigation effects on stove

    Run another duct from the sump to the oak on the stove, and use the airflow to send the radon up the chimney when burning. Turn the fan off when using the stove, on when the stove is not in use.