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Yes, you will get plenty of happiness with that tractor. Good luck with it.

Our 30 year old steel roof at the lake still looks good, but a few years ago I noticed a couple of water stains where some of the screws come through the plywood in the attic. I had a couple of roofers replace about 40 screws with larger ones and that has stopped the leaks. It has an 8/12 pitch, so I wasn't about to go up there.

Keep an eye on that header. Ants have a tendency to come back to a place where they have been.

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Yes, you will get plenty of happiness with that tractor. Good luck with it.

Our 30 year old steel roof at the lake still looks good, but a few years ago I noticed a couple of water stains where some of the screws come through the plywood in the attic. I had a couple of roofers replace about 40 screws with larger ones and that has stopped the leaks. It has an 8/12 pitch, so I wasn't about to go up there.

Keep an eye on that header. Ants have a tendency to come back to a place where they have been.
Great tip! Thanks!

I've become a HUGE fan of those ant granule things. Sure... Poison is fun; watch the ants drop dead for a couple hours. But the granules - the soldiers carry them back to the nest, then end up poisoning themselves AND the queen. The granules aren't done yet, though - they lay in wait for the eggs the queen laid before she died to hatch. The hungry hatchlings look for food and find the leftover granules, and thus poison the hatchlings before they can reproduce. Done. And done again, with minimal pesticide entering the ground water stream. The ant granules are SO under rated.

I decided to stop working tonight shorty after I broke a hydraulic fitting. Stupid me backed into a tree while pulling a chained stump out of its hole after digging at it with the backhoe. Oh well, I'll need fuel soon anyways. The guy I bought the machine from filled the fuel tank, and I haven't been running at full throttle, so it's just now at anout 1/4 tank. I guess something had to get me off that machine. Sure is a lot of fun!

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I have broken a couple of tail lights on trees.

I was wondering why all those Terro ant granules were disappearing.

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Re: The New Homestead!

Sounds like your enjoying your self. brings me back to when I got my land back in 2000... Sadly i didnt have the overpowerd tractor then!!! Had to make do with a old JD112, and then my Ingersoll444.. We also had to move the house placement due to trees.. Sadly one of those trees are dying, but the others are not, and we still like it where it is. Keep up the good work!!

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post #36 of 219 Unread 09-26-2018, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Still just picking away at it here and there. I'm kind of just felling whatever trees I care to, mostly pines and tonight an oak maybe 10-12", but very tall... and dead. There were dead leaves on it right at the top. They might have been from early this year or leftovers from last year. Either way, there weren't going to be any new leaves on it this spring, so down it came. I took down three white pines, the biggest of which was maybe 10" about 3' up from the ground where I cut it. I don't have much love for them... The property is full of them, and many of them are absolutely huge... Like 30-34" I bet. They grow everywhere, and kill all the decent oaks around them.

I've been limbing them and just piling the brush up for now, but my pile's getting pretty big. This wi ter maybe I'll torch it when there's lots of snow on the ground and I notify the fire department. I've also been using my new Kubota toy to remove the stumps as I go. Lastly, I've been cutting the trunks up into 8' sections. Maybe I should leave them for later, to see if there might be a buyer for any longer lengths. They're pretty small though, I dunno if they're big enough to amount to anything but firewood. It's easy to cut them up smaller later after I find out. I have been cutting up everything down to about 3" into firewood. I'm leaving a few of the healthy oaks that will have to come down later, but I'll leave them for shade on the warmer days for now. That way if for whatever reason this project stalls, there will be some healthy oaks some day.

I'll maybe have to get some action shots, but with exception of the stump removal, it's pretty mundane.


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This weekend marked the completion of the clearing. At least of the footprint of the garages and house, and maybe a little of the small yard I plan on having. I'll make sure to at least fall the rest of the trees that I may regret not taking down maybe yet this year or early next year. I won't worry too much about their stumps at this point. All the other stumps are out, and about 1/3 of them have been mostly or completely burned up, along with all the brush. I was also able to kind of level out the site to the point I can traverse it pretty quickly without getting all thrwon around. I don't know if it's this more beastly machine or my experienc with the loader growing, but I can level dirt with this Kubota lots faster than with my massey. I wonder if it's the front tires. It seemed like with the turf tires the Massey's front end just dipped right down if a decent bite of ground was taken, but this kubota's R4 tupires just don't yield, helping keep the bucket from digging in. The mechanical level indicator on the Kubota might help, too. All the Massey had was a visible top edge on the bucket that was parallel with the bottom of the bucket. My friend's skid steer was REALLY nice to level with because I coule see the cutting edge and half the contents of the bucket from the operator's position.

I dug around this stump for probably 20 minutes, with two failed attempts to bump it loose. When it finally did start wiggling, the tractor had all it could do to get it out of its hole. Maybe I should have used my 8,000 lb truck to pull it out, I dunno. I got to looking at the stump, and haven't seen one with a root system like this. It made for a heavy dirt ball, which was why it was so hard to get out of the hole even with the big roots all cut. I hate having to drop these perfectly healthy oaks
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Ok so I expanded the future lawn a bit today, and got one or two that would interfere with the driveway. Biggest one yet. This was a double trunk. One side was 16” about 4’ off the ground, the other side was about 10”. Dug all the way around with backhoe, but ended up stripping back the topsoil about 10’ all around it, and using the FEL to undermine it. I couldn’t remove it from the hole, so I tipped it sideways and put sand under it, just kept going back and forth until it was level with the ground. Found the limit of the tractor!
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Shoot... I didn’t get any pictures today, but it was a productive (destructive) day. Lots of burning today. Lots of brush and stumps. I discovered that be running my Billygoat leaf blower at a fast idle at all different angles, I could burn about 5 times more debris in the same timeframe. I dumped in a few stumps and let it eat. The brush and small logs burned almost as fast as I could throw them in!

Later I took that same blower and - as crazy as this sounds - blew the leaves off the lawn. Does good for that, too. Took about 45 minutes to scoot them into the woods.

Last, and I REALLY wish I would’ve got pictures of this operation, I had to right my backhoe. Apparently when I removed and stuck it in my lean to last week, I didn’t have it well supported enough and it done fell over. Well, at least nobody was stuck underneath it. I ended up chaining it to the FEL on my Kubota and lift it up to properly support it. I had it supported on some old yard cart trailer wheels. I guess they couldn’t take the weight on the sidewalls, so down it came. Oops...


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I don't. Know how I missed this thread. Just read the whole thing. Wow what s journey you are on. It's great you can live next door while doing all this. Look forward to following along

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I saw this tread some time ago.. never made a comment.. guess I'm sub'd in now..


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Time for an update...
Not much has happened with the building site this winter. The last big project was taking down a big white pine about 28" diameter. Our contrator brought his Pettibone (skytrack) over and pushed on it from about 20' up to influence the fall. Weather was crappy, it was starting to get dark, and I had to run the saw while he stopped traffic briefly with the machine, so no pictures . The stump is still there though, because it's a little big for my backhoe to easily dig out. There are many many taproots I can't reach. If I was smarter, I would have cut the stump flush with the ground, parked over the top of it, and undermined it. I would have had to fill the 3' deep 6' wide mote I dug around it to get the other roots first. I'll just wait for the contractor to bring his mini excavator over when construction commences. My friend has a 3 yard loader, and will let me use it to move the 1,000+ yards of sand we'll need. When those events happen, there will be pics and likely some video.

We're pretty much done picking stuff out for the house now. Plumbing fixtures, shower drain/tile/details chosen, flooring & carpeting, all Andersen casement windows, and cabinets. Basement layout is finalized (we had the main floor pretty much nailed down from day one). Our local Sears went belly up, so we went through and bought a bunch of shelving for our walk in closet from a stick room. That's all disassembled and sitting in our 5x8 trailer in the pole barn. I'll be doing some cutting and welding when it's time to install that. Financing is pretty much all set... Just need to sign on the dotted line. I'm very happy with the interest rate and terms, which seem to keep getting better as the bank is allowing us to keep the property and construction loans separate.

I'm now working on upgrading the electrical in the pole barn. When we got it, there were two light fixtures in the ceiling, each with a single incandescent bulb, and a 4' fluorescent light over the work bench. There was a single outlet by the entrance door on the same circuit as one of the lights, about 3 outlets at the workbench, and one outlet about 40' down the side of one wall by the switch for the other light. Yeah... That's insufficient for my needs and wants. I've been running 40' of extension cord for months. I checked the outlets before starting any new work, and 4 out of the 5 were wired incorrectly (hot/neutral reversed) I **** you not. I'm putting a 120v outlet on about every post fed by 12 guage wire. There will be at least 2 220v outlets (one is now done) for my air compressor and welder. I separated the lights and a (now) bank of outlets so if I pop a breaker I won't be left in the dark. I'll be adding a couple more circuits for more outlets. I'm working on 3 zones of lights so I can just illuminate the section I'm working in. It's turning out pretty good.

I've been squirreling away 3 4' fluorescent lights for years for just this type of occasion. So - today I FINALLY get the chance to get them out of my way and in to use. One worked as it should, one does not work at all (double dead ballast) and one has 2 of the 3 bulbs working. The fixtures are mismatched and don't work for crap. I just happened to grab the good one first, wired it up with a plug to test it, and hoisted it to the ceiling. It puts out very little light (ugh!). I was pretty darn mad after finding out the other two were bad. I looked at all the nice new work I've done, and the 3 mismatched semi-working fluorescent fixtures that won't even work in the cold, and took a trip to Lowes, hellbent on getting all new LED lighting. Lots of it. I heard it was reasonable. Long story short, I would have had over $900 into the 10 8' fixtures I was going to buy (eep!). Nope. So I thought about just buying a couple here and there, shopping online, or something. Clerk walk up to me and asks if she can help. I ask if the lights I'm looking at go on sale. She says no. She asks what I'm doing, and I told her anout my 30x60 barn. She points to a stack of 4' fluorescent fixtures for $16 each. I reiterated I don't want stupid fluorescent - LED only! She sighs, and points out that the fixtures come with everything but bulbs, then points out the $5 each 4' LED bulb, so $26 per fixture. Ecstatic, I bought 11 of them (10 for the ceiling and one for over the workbench.). They came with mounting hardware and everything. I've been putting switch operated outlets in the ceiling rather than hard wiring lights because I figured something like this might happen. I struggled for a good hour and a half prepping and hanging that first I swear 50# crappily working fluorescent fixture on the 12' ceiling this afternoon all alone, and was disappointed at the light it threw. I think it took a total of 15 minutes to unbox, install bulbs, cut longer pieces of chain (the included chains were way too short), hang, and plug in each new fluorescent/LED fixture. I'm going back for 5 more of those buggers that I'll hang later this year when the 2 boats aren't in there. It's nice I'll be able to replace bulbs and/or ballasts if they ever quit on me. The LED fixtures I started off loonpking at are non-serviceable. I'll get some pictures of my progress tomorrow.

In the first couple pics at the start of the thread, you might be able to see the lack of outlets and lights. There's a nice foundation to work with not pictured - a modern (maybe 15-20 yr old?) breaker panel including lots of available capacity fed by 100 amp service on its own meter. Costs about $10/month to have electric. I think once we build I'll run power from the house out there, about 100 feet away, and get rid of that meter.

I still have to put in 2 more circuits for about 8 more outlets on the walls, correct the existing wiring, install another light circuit for the 3rd zone, and hang the rest of the lights (I got 7 hung already this afternoon, and the lighting is already a hundred times better than it was). The best part is that the 7 fixtures I put up so far just barely draw more than the two single incandescent lights that were there (each LED fixture is 32 watts).


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You've been busy in the barn. Sounds like the weather must be cooperating.

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You've been busy in the barn. Sounds like the weather must be cooperating.
Not really cooperating too awful much, but being as how I'm inside, I guess it doesn't really have to. Mid 20's today when I started. I've got a little 20# propane tank with a heater buddy thing on it that I set next to me when I'm standing in one spot for any length of time. I sat on a ladder above it for about a 15 minute break early this afternoon with my feet dangling over it so they could warm up. Last week it was in the mid 20s all day, but I had the heater cranked up quite a bit more than today. I think the barn last week got up to around 35 inside. Today it didn't really get much above ambient (mid to upper 30s) in there.


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