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  1. Gooserider

    Scrounge opportunity - Billerica, MA

    Thanks much for the help with this... I really ought to decide what to do with my own saws and splitter, etc. but it's a tough decision to deal with... ex-Gooserider
  2. Gooserider

    Scrounge opportunity - Billerica, MA

    Can't swing a chainsaw from a wheelchair, and am not actually burning any more, so this is one I need some help with. We had a medium large swamp maple come down across our circular drive a few days ago, it wasn't a fat tree, probably only 10-12" DBH, but it's pretty tall. We also had a lot...
  3. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    It isn't me Nate, it looks like my "magic buttons" went away with this new software (no big deal...) As to what happened, the quick version is that I was taking down a tree with a big snag in it, so I put a rope on it, made shallow cuts, with the plan that my friend would winch it over w/ a...
  4. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    Gads how time flies when you are (not) having fun.... Seems like it hasn't been that long since my last update, but now I see that it has been many months - far longer than I intended. I kept thinking I need to do an update, and then got busy doing something else, and it would slide... So at...
  5. Gooserider

    Who's Got Chickens? I'm Thinking Laying Hens

    Not an expert on dogs or chickens, but it seems to me that if you are boarding dogs that aren't used to the birds, you might have problems with them upsetting each other - there are dogs that would want to chase / eat / play with the chickens who would be frustrated if not allowed to do so. On...
  6. Gooserider

    Who's Got Chickens? I'm Thinking Laying Hens

    We have a neighbor that keeps a small flock of "mini-chickens" - they are of the strong opinion that having ONE rooster helps keep the girls happy, and makes them behave better, and stay quieter overall. They say that if the flock doesn't have a rooster, then the hens start getting into...
  7. Gooserider

    Anyone heard of a Waterford 103?

    Stove Black, or alternatively high temperature black spray paint (There is a brand specifically intended for woodstoves) is a proper treatment, but it should also be pointed out that stove surfaces turning grey or white can be a sign of over-firing! That you've had a window break is also a bad...
  8. Gooserider

    NEED ADVICE ON LAYING BRICK FOR HEARTH PAD

    The hearth proposed sounds pretty good to me, and I doubt that the screws will be a problem, especially given the sheet metal which will tend to dissipate any heat the screws pick up. For what it's worth, a few years ago I posted an article on hearth construction in the Wiki section, based on...
  9. Gooserider

    Fine Tuning BioMass

    As a means of preserving the coal bed, I've seen some of the other boilers that use storage where the user sets up the timer on the system to shut down the airflow after a time that should allow most of the wood to be burned, but still have a good coal bed left. (and after all the smoke...
  10. Gooserider

    Fine Tuning BioMass

    Got the request, and after looking the thread over, I agree that it makes sense to be a sticky. (We try not to make to many stickies in order to keep them from cluttering things up...) However either I don't have that power, or I've forgotten where the button is to make it stick. However I've...
  11. Gooserider

    Harman XXV or Quadrafire Mt. Vernon

    Hmmm.... Not a pellethead, so I don't follow most of these discussions, but I don't know of anyone making a low pellet alarm. Would seem like it should be doable though, I can think of several possible approaches... 1. Optics - have an LED shoot a beam at a reflector on the side / bottom of...
  12. Gooserider

    Harman XXV or Quadrafire Mt. Vernon

    Thanks for the update on this rather old thread... It is nice to see how people's decisions worked out. Gooserider
  13. Gooserider

    Wood stove as hot tub heater?

    It makes sense Rob, and is one way of doing what I suggested about putting a coil on the stove... As long as the plaster stays dry, I don't see any major corrosion issues as a problem, and it would always be possible to use something else as a filler. Long as you are careful not to pull to...
  14. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    Past time that I did another update on what is happening with me and so forth... Medically things are pretty much the same... I've gotten off a lot of the meds that I was on, the few that are left I will probably be on for life or close to it... No change in what I can / can't move, and so...
  15. Gooserider

    Wood stove as hot tub heater?

    I really ought to post a long update in the main thread about my status... In short, about as well as can be expected - no major change in medical situation, but am doing OK in other regards... Gooserider
  16. Gooserider

    Wood stove as hot tub heater?

    I got the following as a PM a couple days ago... I felt it was a question that belonged in the forums, so I've copied the original message and my response over to here... If anyone else has advice for Frank S. I'm sure he'd welcome it. This is the kind of question that is more appropriate...
  17. Gooserider

    Happy birthday boss man

    Have a good one...:lol: Gooserider
  18. Gooserider

    Wood splitter advice

    Looks like a clone of a SuperSplit, with design changes to maximize the user interface annoyance.... Works fast when it works, but seems to be fussier on upkeep than a hydraulic, at least that was my experience with the SuperSplit that I used occasionally with a friend... Good for production...
  19. Gooserider

    Wood splitter advice

    As mentioned, some have had problems with the trunion cylinder mount machines, others haven't. It may be related to to the design of particular models, or the stresses that are put on it, I don't know... It is definitely the case that in any kind of failure, whether it is cylinder rupture, or...
  20. Gooserider

    Wood splitter advice

    Note that mixing different fluid types is a BAD idea, and can cause issues like those mentioned - it is best to keep the same fluid type once you have started a machine, or if you must change, be sure to bleed drain the entire system, including BOTH sides of the hydraulic system, and refill with...
  21. Gooserider

    Hearth.com meetup in Oct. at Woodstock Soapstone Open House!

    I would like to be able to make it, but not sure if the logistics would work... It is a LONG drive to do in one day, and I have to carry so much extra junk with me to stay anywhere away from home that it makes traveling a bit of an ordeal, even if one is able to find a proper "accessible"...
  22. Gooserider

    Wood splitter advice

    I have an H/V splitter, and I have NEVER used it in horizontal mode, and can't think of any reason that I ever would (assuming that I could still process any sort of wood... :long: ) I would always stack my to-be-split wood to one side and behind me, and SIT on a short stool or appropriately...
  23. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    OK, will look for the SPAX screws the next time we go to a suitable store. I do have about half of a big bucket of deck screws that we used when building the ramp - would those do for at least part of the job? They are Phillips head, and either 1.5 or 2" long as I recall... Gooserider
  24. Gooserider

    Troy Bilt 27 Ton Splitter - Bad Weld Alert

    Note that if the components are properly matched and set up, and the engine is running at full throttle or close to it, the pressure relief valve should open before the engine quite stalls, though it will certainly load down... Running at less than full throttle the engine may well stall before...
  25. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    Stopped at Lowes over the weekend, picked up a 14' 2x4, and about 30 Simpson Strong-tie roof anchor plates. I figure that I still have a lot of those leftover deck board offcuts like we used to make the ramp into the shed, those should be good for wind beam reinforcing as well... I've talked...
  26. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    Fishingpol - I have a quick question for you... I was talking with Brian today about what would be needed to finish up the tin shed. (And he was saying that you were doing a great job of leading on that project) He was under the impression that you had everything cut, except that there was one...
  27. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    The idea of soil cement is that it does set up solid, sort of like concrete, but is less expensive since all you are purchasing is the actual cement, and not all the other stuff that goes into it. The downside is that it isn't necessarily as durable as concrete, especially if the soil isn't...
  28. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    Well, the weather was pretty miserable, with off and on rain and drizzle most of the time, but despite that, we managed to get a lot of stuff done. Sorry no photos, as I didn't want to risk getting the camera wet in all the rain. However we started out by dismantling the old portable garage...
  29. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    We are asking folks to show up around 9:00 AM, by which time I should be ready to go... Mary-Anne has also ordered a "Box-o-Coffee" and a couple dozen donuts from Top Donut - a Lowell place that many feel is better than Dunkin's ... Tools are optional, though if you have a few favorite...
  30. Gooserider

    Where is Gooserider?

    We are getting stuff in order for the work party on Saturday the 11th, I've (I think) gotten everything needed to do the portable garage replacement and the new roof on the tin shed.... The pool is open, and borderline swimmable - the chemistry is OK but there is a lot of gunk still on the...