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Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by wabash, Jan 10, 2001.

  1. MinervaDoe

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    Dinner was less inspiring: pan cooked chicken chunks, white rice, and a bag of Steamfresh Mixed Vegetables. But, still quite filling.
    We've got the Wieder Crossbow set up under our Ash tree. I'm going to try and talk the Mrs. into an after dinner workout.
     
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    Ohhhhh,wise guy huh ?

    Somehow, setting up a crossbow in a tree seems like a perfectly arranged setup for :holysheep:poaching........and not eggs !
     

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    It's like a Bowflex. You'd think with all those gadgets, gizmos and cables, there'd be a setup that flings you back on your feet. But no....
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    You just missed one box on the order form !
     
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    The out of the seat flinger attachment is actually an aftermarket part.
     
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    Does it come with a turbo ?
     
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    Today's mowing attempt was interesting....FAR more standing water in the yard than I imagined !
    Got about 40% of the front yard done, might attempt back yard tomorrow, but it won't be over 60% max !
    Might talk to the south neighbor & see about putting a pump between the yards, as he's still flooded also:drowning:we could pump the (standing!) water out to the drainage ditch & let it flow out in it's normal pattern, and not have to wait for it to sink into the substrate. Might even make both yards a lot drier in the process
     
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    Standing water, pump, drainage ditch; what are these things of which you speak?

    Do you have a pump just lying around? Perhaps this could become an annual activity: the ceremonial draining of the North 40.
     
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    Not currently, but it could happen before the weekend is over. Trying to find one to borrow, to avoid a capital expense. Given the folks I know, there should be one somewhere I can borrow.

    This morning's mowing was even more wet than expected:drowning:Standing water in spots not even suspected, leaving a bow wake with the zero-turn is NOT what I had planned for the day :crying:

    At least it was dry where I mowed a bit of the sheep pasture:holysheep:
     
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    It takes less than ten minutes to mow my lawn. Most everything is paved, so an actual mud puddle is an oddity. Any luck borrowing that pump?
     
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    Nope, not yet.
    Might have to go & buy one & be done w/ it ! Might try to get the neighbor to spring for the hose needed to go with the pump......it's a thought:headscratch:
     
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    A new pump can't be cheap.

    I'm watching the news where people are freaking out about not being able to attend church. Sunday is my day to sleep in.
     
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    Probably close to $350-$400 by the time I'm done. Don't need to be a huge one, something about 1500/ GPH should be more than adequate. Just about what I circulate thru the Koi filter setup, except it needs to be gas-fired & portable, not fixed like a sump pump.
    I plan on a Honda engine if possible, just for reliability reasons......I'm tired of B&S small engines, they're NOT what they were 20 years ago, and the carbs are hopeless.
    We just replaced the carb (4th time) on my big DR trimmer, it uses a 5.5 hp B&S, and those carbs just can't handle alcohol in the fuel. So this time, we switched to non-alky fuel, as we can drive into WI & get it right over the state line. It's 93 octane, no-alcohol premium, and a bit more expensive, but cheaper than ANOTHER carb ! I even thought about AV-Gas, as there's a flying field about 6 miles away, and it's 100 octane low-lead, all great for an air cooled engine, but at $4.50/ gal it's even kinda:faint:harder on the wallet !

    Auntie's church decided not to open yet, since the median age of congregation members is
    about 85 years old, it might be a good idea right now. Pastor Lori has a great video setup, one member is an AV specialist, and did the whole setup for both churches. Out-of-pocket donated !
    He'll be taken care of when snow:cold:plowing season is upon us again. ;)

    Time to go & see if it's "dry" enough to mow today:drowning:I think I can get a lot more done, as we didn't get more than about .2" of rain yesterday.
     
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    Oh. I thought we were the only ones (CA) stuck with alky-fuel. Some fool's subsidized vision for the future.
    Replace the carb on your B&S motor, advance the timing and run it at a high RPM until it's time to go Honda.
    Me thinks if you are a Japanese M/E, this would be THE company to work for.
    If the price of something doubles, it becomes its own specialty niche (deep in the long tail of the standard distribution curve). If you don't need it, don't buy it.
    This technology is so ripe for disseminating into every aspect of society, that it should be possible to shelter in place indefinitely. Obviously, I'm okay with the online socializing. It could be an A/I that I'm talking to; it probably wouldn't matter much, as long as it had an Uncle Albert (A;bert) module.
    The free enterprise system at work. If you allow people enough disposable income, they help each other out.
     
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    No, we've got some really stupid restrictions on fuel in IL, at least if one is near Chi or St.Louis.
    Their "collar counties" have restrictive rules to help with the pollution, and alky is one of them....except under certain atmospheric conditions, it makes smog WORSE !
    A lot of places down-state have non-alky fuel, but some counties are stuck with it due to geography. So it's off to WI we go, and as a side, overall gas taxes are about 28 cents/gallon cheaper there anyway ;) Since we're so close to the border, it's no biggie to go buy gas.
    The only thing neat about the alky is "E-85", if you set a car up to run it, if I remember, it's about 112 octane or so....High compression & spark advance herewecome !!!!!!!!!
    A lot of the local street-rodders use it just for that reason, really, nobody really worries about fuel mileage from a "toy" car. One of the local guys that runs it in a small-block Chevy is running right at 14:1 compression :) :) :)

    Personal thought, corn should be used as food, not fuel. DRINKING the corn alky seems a good approach ! When I raced my go-kart on alky & synthetic oil, we used METHANOL(toxic) not ETHANOL(booze!)
    just me :)

    afterthought: mowing did not go well, there's more water:drowning:in parts of the:drowning:yard than there were:drowning:friday:drowning:
     
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    Back in the day, I was a bit of a caveman tuner myself. :fred:
    At least you guys have some place where you can drive fast. I watched the first episode of Amazon's version of Top Gear and they were drag racing a 1,000 HP Camaro against a new high horsepower Mustang on an abandoned street in Detroit. :alex:
    I agree, especially when they'll just brew it up with an algae broth eventually.
    I've never had a yard where I needed to understand the drainage patterns. Figure that out and then you can start pumping it from one sump to the next (in the optimum order of course). Did this used to be swampland by any chance?
     
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    There's about a 300 sq. mile basin left over from the last glacier that came thru the Fox River Valley. We're about the last couple hundred miles of the Kettle Moraine that started well up in WI, almost to Canada.And being in what still is a river basin, we're not "swamp", but we are low in relation to a lot of the surrounding areas. Straight-line, we're about 3 miles from the Fox River, if that.
    I just came in about 15 min. ago.....I was watching a pair of Mallard ducks swimming in part of my front yard :(
     
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    You can take that as a sign, of something. I'm not sure exactly what.
    Any earthen dams near you? Upstream, so to speak?
     
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    No, there's a couple of concrete ones, but they're all in decent shape, at least for right now. Not sure how much rain we have coming yet, but there is more in the forecast.
     
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    It just got hot here this weekend. It looks like it's going to be blazing hot through Thursday. I'm just flooding the plants this week. I'll let them dry out when it cools off. I even waited until evening to water the lawn (which has a large section that looks dormant all the sudden). It was super green until I mowed it, revealing a brown carpet underneath. :sadangel: