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20 Jun 2024 08:54 #18397 by Geno
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I still use the Horses for everything else and they are my fav except for mowing.  The grass looks better when mowed at 4", the WH can't do that.  Taller grass prevents a lot of weed growth and helps a lot when we get heatwaves like this.  If I mowed with a WH a lot of my yard would be almost dead by the end of this week.  I would use a tank of gas (2-1/2 gallons) and take 2 hours to mow what I mow, the clipper uses a little over 1 gallon and takes 1 hour.  

I love my Horses but over twice the gas, twice the time, and an unhealthy yard full of weeds seems like a bad choice for me.  I could use the WH and cut it high as possible (shorter) and spray it more often like I used to but that is even more money invested in equipment, gas, time, 2-4D, etc, and more grass would still be dead after these heatwaves.  The thing I really need more than anything is more time to do other things right now...  
 

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21 Jun 2024 17:42 #18399 by Geno
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I'm back (for now) to quitting work for everyone else around 6PM and doing a few little things around here that I need done for an hour or so.  Last night was put some hooks on the forklift that I've been meaning to do for many years.  Not a biggie but it's one more thing off the list and will make life a little easier... 

 

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28 Jun 2024 19:06 #18400 by Geno
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Been doing cleaning + rearranging on and off in what spare time I have, what else is new. 

The Kubota came out this morning and I got addicted to using it like I usually do.  First thing this morning while it was cool I moved one of the old heat pump pads and leveled that spot up, it was done by lunchtime.  I need to figure out what to do with that one and the other one before I move it.  I've been wondering if I could use them somewhere else but haven't thought of anything yet.  I poured them about 26 years ago so they are pretty cured and tough now.  

I knew it was too hot to be out there but I just couldn't stop, nothing like being on a tractor...  I took some breaks to cool off but spent most of the day digging, moving, clearing out the mess around the last 4 stumps behind the shop, and even started on the front sidewalk in front of the house that goes to the highway.  As dry as it is nothing came easy but a lot of progress was still made today. 

The mailbox used to be at the bottom of the steps at the highway but I moved it next to the driveway when I bought the place in 95.  I've been debating for a long time on the front porch, steps, and sidewalk but decided today it can all go.  The stone foundation can get steam cleaned and joints redone, then I can just build another porch rail section and close it off.  That entrance is never used anyway.  It will be less to maintain and just plant it back in grass.  Less work and a cleaner look is always good. 

 

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29 Jun 2024 17:24 #18401 by Geno
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More moving + cleaning.  Got the other heat pump pad out this morning and it needs more work back there but at least it will be easier to maintain for now.  I don't know who did this sidewalk and front steps years ago but they sure didn't mess around.  It's been a real job getting it up and broken up as much as it is now. 

It's been around 100 deg here the past few days but Monday is supposed to be a nice 80 degree day for a change so I'll see how much more I can get done on Monday.  Looks like the sledge hammer will have to come out and see if I can break up more of the big sidewalk pieces.  My friend Kevin is coming up next weekend to help me around here and bringing up his Kubota with his bucket + backhoe.  He's bringing a jackhammer along from work if they don't need it next sat also.  We'll need something like that to tackle the steps going down to the highway, hopefully they will come out, who knows...  We'll be having fun on the tractors and should get a lot of stuff finished up with 2 tractors and 2 of us next Sat. 

 

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01 Jul 2024 17:38 #18402 by Geno
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Awesome day today, 80deg with nice 10-15 mph winds.  Thank the Lord for the stamina and strength to get the rest of the sidewalk broken up and taken away.  The first pick is my old trusty smaller sledge I've had forever that was used and so far my back is feeling pretty good after all the swinging and bucket loading.  There's still a lot of clean up left, then dirt fill to do but I think the worst part is over.   

When Kevin gets here this Sat it will go a lot quicker.  Someone called today and bought my old downstairs HVAC system in the House, so the first job when Kevin gets here will be getting it out after they see it work, should take way less than an hour.  After that we can have Kubota time the rest of the day... 

 

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02 Jul 2024 18:32 #18403 by Geno
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Middle of the year is here as of today and days are officially getting shorter, time to get moving on warm weather projects.  

I made a little time today to finish up the main sidewalk cleanup minus the step foundation at the house and the steps going to the highway.  Those will be Sat projects if Kevin can bring the jackhammer.  Since the Kubota was hot it was also a good time to service it and let it drain overnight. 

 

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06 Jul 2024 19:48 #18404 by Geno
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My friend Kevin was here before 9 this morning and brought his Kubota and a jack hammer.  If it wasn't for the jackhammer and using both tractors to pry things out of the ground it may have never gotten done...  The front step foundation was about 2 feet deep and almost 1 foot wide, talk about overkill.     The piece I didn't get near the highway part of the steps was all 1 piece with the steps and over 6" thick.  It took the jack hammer and a lot of prying to get it all out but it's all out, filled with good topsoil, and ready for some grass planting.  The other handrail is out and you really don't notice the steps with them gone.  The steps were all done in a single pour and they would take an enormous amount of work to get out so they may stay for awhile, or forever.  

We also did a little digging and moved the old package unit pads from the back to the front corner of the building.  There's still a lot of work to do there but at least they are where they will end up being.  More on that later.  I think the best part is we got it all done by 7:15 and he's already headed back home, no late night tonight, and we had a good pizza buffet for lunch.  

 

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