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  1. sloeffle

    Question for the old folks

    Personally I don't have any designs close to my heart but I've replaced a few old toilets with the taller ones. I'll never go back to having a short toilet.
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    Well after 2.5 years of shopping I finally found a tractor.

    Yeah I've had to resort to some unusual tactics to get my tractor turned around in the woods with my chipper on the back. I measured the length of my tractor with the 6' Woods brush hog, and pallet forks and it was a little over 27'. !!! I like that setup you have with your ballast box. Did you...
  3. sloeffle

    Well after 2.5 years of shopping I finally found a tractor.

    I agree with the idea of a ballast box, but.......... ;) Personally I have a hard time paying $300 for a metal box when I have an implement that is bought and paid for that I can use for ballast as @SpaceBus pointed out. German frugality I guess. Plus it is one more thing I'll have to worry...
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    Well after 2.5 years of shopping I finally found a tractor.

    My rear tires are filled ( approx 900lbs ) on my tractor and they still come off of the ground a little when moving a 330 gallon IBC tote filled full of wood. Make sure you have an implement on the back of the tractor or have the tires filled before you start moving them. I usually have an...
  5. sloeffle

    Post Hole Digger

    I doubt your tractor or my tractor has the hydraulic flow to run a front mount PHD via 3rd function valve. You generally need a skid steer with high flow ( 10 - 20GPM ) hydraulics to run it.
  6. sloeffle

    I messed myself!

    Me personally, I'd pay the extra money to upgrade to the American Standard Heat pump. I've never heard anything bad about their products. I see RUUD as being more of builder grade product, and American Standard as a higher end product.
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    I need some boots, what do you suggest?

    I bought a pair of these Danner hunting boots last year during the Amish Black Friday sale at the local boot store. They weren't comfortable at first but seem to be getting better as time has gone on. I got the insulated version because my feet are always cold in the winter. Their web site says...
  8. sloeffle

    Wood ID Please

    Looks like poplar to me.
  9. sloeffle

    Stupid Subaru commercial

    My brother has a couple Sube's and thinks they are the greatest thing since slice bread. A buddy of mine has had a ton of them and said that they require a lot of maintenance. His latest Sube recently ate a turbo at around 80k. Luckily he was able to shut the car off before any major damage was...
  10. sloeffle

    I messed myself!

    I've never heard of sealing the ceiling with spray foam. Is the purpose to keep air leaking from the conditioned space ( first of second floor ) to the unconditioned space ( attic ) ?
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    After seven roof fires, Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel flaws

    Things keep getting worse for Tesla: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/24/bloomberg-tesla-solar-panel-amazon-fire/ I hope this doesn't give solar energy a black eye.
  12. sloeffle

    I messed myself!

    That is ridiculous. There is some serious mark up in that quote. We have a 4 ton Waterfurnace system and it cost us about half of that all in ( dirt work, ducting, taxes, etc ).
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    After seven roof fires, Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel flaws

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/08/after-seven-roof-fires-walmart-sues-tesla-over-solar-panel-flaws/
  14. sloeffle

    Alt Meat

    As I understand it from the ag folks at Ohio State. The burgers you eat at the various fast food chains are generally cull cows. The majority of which are old milk cows. An OSU professor told us during one of the classes I took "you can make any part of the cow tender by grinding it".
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    Alt Meat

    I'd be interested to know if these studies also include the inputs that the farmer has to put into the crop. The tractors and combines that plant the grain all run off of diesel fuel. I was talking to a guy a few days ago who farms for a big farmer in the area and he told me on a good day, one...
  16. sloeffle

    Alt Meat

    We live about an hour or so north of David. He is east of Columbus and we are north of Columbus. I've read some of David Brandt, Ray Archuleta, and Gabe Brown's various articles. They are all big proponents of no-till farming, and cover crops. David speaks at a lot of local events but...
  17. sloeffle

    Alt Meat

    Thanks for the info @begreen. Next time I go in, I'll have to ask my doctor about this. I usually drink drip coffee, so I don't think it should affect my results too much from what I read in the article you linked. Unfortunately I inherited the gene from my dad.
  18. sloeffle

    Alt Meat

    We have cattle, and do rotational grazing so my opinion is a little biased. ;) If are ever bored, please make a trip to Ohio and I can show you the acres upon acres of woods that farmers have cleared in my area over the past x amount of years to grow soybeans. The sad thing is, they just scoop...
  19. sloeffle

    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    I'm not as nearly organized as you guys are. My system in simple, the 6 ( 2 cords ) or so totes of wood that I want to burn for the year I keep near the house. All of the other totes stay in or near the woods. In early spring I'll bring the totes from the woods up near the house. I only keep 2...
  20. sloeffle

    New geothermal going in around the block!

    @maple1 I posted this awhile ago on another thread Where are you? North Central Ohio ( climate zone 2 ) -How much space are you heating and how is it distributed (radiant, forced air, etc)? Roughly 3,000sq ft via forced air -DHW too? Indirectly via HPHW -What’s your heat source Geothermal...
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    New geothermal going in around the block!

    We put in 600' of pipe per ton for our system. IMHO - I'd rather have too much than too little.
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    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    As we say at work....this conversation has gone deep down the rabbit hole.
  23. sloeffle

    Richmond® 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater with Hybrid Heat Pump any good?

    I know I'm a little late to reply. Converting my electric hot water heater to a HPHW paid for itself after 1.5 years. That savings doesn't count the costs of not having to run a dehumidifier too. We save around $50 a month just in making hot water. We got ours a few years ago so I'm money ahead...
  24. sloeffle

    Use HX in hot air plenum to produce DHW?

    That is cold. A couple years ago I had to feed the cattle in -10F with the windchill temps and I thought my face was going to freeze off. I even had a face mask on. I don't mind the heat nor the cold, I just don't like when the temps are extreme. That would be nice. Ohio is the 7th most...
  25. sloeffle

    Use HX in hot air plenum to produce DHW?

    How cold does it get where you are at in the winter ? It was 106F at our house yesterday with the heat index. :(
  26. sloeffle

    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    I only have one year of bringing my wood into my house with this system under my belt. Last year, I didn't have any issues with mice, wasps or stink bugs. I didn't really notice more bugs in the basement than normal last year. My bet is the mice jump off of the tote when I start moving it with...
  27. sloeffle

    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    Great idea. Unfortunately the totes I'm buying had mulch dye in them so they are usually pretty nasty when I get them. Next time I get a load of totes maybe I'll be a little more picky and try to get totes that don't have a lot of dye left in them. I'm probably going to get 6 more totes late...
  28. sloeffle

    How Many Cords On Your Property?

    Last year I started putting my wood into 330 gallon metal totes. We have a walk out basement so I can take the tote and drop it into my basement with the tractor. A lot less wood handling. Currently I have 12 totes full of wood. That comes out to roughly 4 cords of wood. We only burn about 2...
  29. sloeffle

    New roof!

    Our electric usage is about double of what yours is. I've done the numbers a couple times and the numbers just don't add up to justify the cost of solar. I'd love to do solar so I can become more self sufficient. If my wife and I bought an electric car then maybe it would make sense. I'd have to...
  30. sloeffle

    A little fun in 92F heat

    You couldn't of said it any better. Every weekend my neighbor rides by on his Harley and I'm outside working or doing something. One of these days that will be me. Keeps me young, I guess.