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i'm confused now....................... why not go through the threads, such as a million ways to load tires, and stick em here? this forum has covered copious (sp?) topics of repair and some in great depth. i guess i really dont understand whats supposed to happen here. i posted my gen. head mounting thread, which didnt seem too popular, lol. would you want that here? im a bit slow i guess. could you dumb it down about six leves for me?
 

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Hey now.... let's be nice! I think this might be a great section if kept clean and organized. I would suggest sub-categories so that things can be placed in an easier to review selection.

I will be doing another full tractor rewire and automotive ignition conversion using one of Ed Stoller's modified SSI coil's. I will take plenty of photos and detailed instructions on how to re-wire the tractor with tips and tricks along the way. I still have to gather all my parts up, so it will be a month or so... but I will put together a good write up for the site.
 

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i realy dont understand, not being mean.
 

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I think it's just what firefyter-emt is talking about. If you do or are going to do a major project (or even a minor one), you take pictures along the way and make a write-up about the project and post it. Kind of like what some of the guys have done with their diesel conversions or maybe giving your machine a paint job, as shown by Mark777 in his articles. Just something that you would want to share with others.
 

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i realy dont understand, not being mean.

I think I get what you mean, SS12

At first glance we tend to over complicate something we might think that's been discussed, at length and be repetitive. I'm thinking a simple procedure with a device and it's application that is a time and labor saver is a direct candidate for a 'Tech Forum' article.

Something along the lines of this:

"Poor Man's Valve-spring Compressor"

After a dozen or so attempts to compress valve springs, and not wanting to go to an auto parts store for a (over the counter) valve spring compressor, I simply made one from an inexpensive (Harbor Freight) Vice grips. It works great, is adjustable and made from the simplest hardware you probably have laying around in you shop.


This is just a sample...and probably not a very good one, but you get the idea :fing32:
 

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I'm not quite sure I understand the purpose of this either as most of us already post how-too's with our rebuild. Case in point, http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?p=1390044
I now have a second identical project going here, http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?p=1452860

The only thing missing is the answers to these questions.
Who - Who is doing this/who makes this?
I am doing this, and Briggs and Straton makes it.

What - What is it? What is the job / fix / modification?
B/S 18hp opposed Horozontal shaft engine/ restore back to factory spec / none.

When - How recent is this? When do I need it?
Less than 1 yr on first project, Second project in progress / before the grass starts growing again.

Where - Where can I get it? Where do I use it?
Many members already have these, and they can be found in many applications, most commonly Older Craftaman II mowers.

Why - Why do I care? What problem does this solve?
Many members have helped me with some technical issues, which have been documentated in the above threads, so other members that have these may not feel as intimidated as I did working on the first one. So that they may be able to extend the usefulness of their equipment.
But most importantly, getting the satification of "Doing It".

Larrybl
 

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Many members have helped me with some technical issues, which have been documentated in the above threads, so other members that have these may not feel as intimidated as I did working on the first one. So that they may be able to extend the usefulness of their equipment.
But most importantly, getting the satification of "Doing It".

Larrybl
:fing32: :ditto:

I agree, and that's about the most accurate description of what's going on with technical contributions that matters to me! Trading information and helping each other is what matters most - just because we all learned something from somebody and passed it along. The money?? Doesn't really entice most of us to go for the bucks, but it could happen to some deserving person who writes that one, special article...and hey, that's cool too.
 

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I have an article, maybe a feature if it's long enough already written with pictures, but I'm not sure about submitting it.

Is the AF Don Tech Exchange guy an alias for an established member here, or a new corporate person with only 10 posts? Honest question...
 

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Well put.

I have an article, maybe a feature if it's long enough already written with pictures, but I'm not sure about submitting it.

Is the AF Don Tech Exchange guy an alias for an established member here, or a new corporate person with only 10 posts? Honest question...
Not a alias, real Admin Person. Submit your article and see what Don says.:fing32:
 

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Well, in my opinion, if it was an attempt to "get something for nothing", there is plenty of opportunity to skim the currently posted articles to get subject matter for the database. They could easily be re-written so as to bear no resemblance to their original form.

Why do we post here on MTF anyway? We do it to help others with projects similar to those we have encountered and completed. We give hints and tips so others can follow our lead and not have to trudge through by trial and error. In my opinion, this Tech Exchange is nothing more than a database of topics and instructions for performing those tasks that we decide to tackle. That's what most of us use the Web for. Finding info on any topic we care to imagine, and usually at no cost to us.

And, as long as we are on the topic, is this part of a corporate endeavor to bring in financial gain from the info posted in the Tech Exchange? I can truly say that I don't know, but my guess is that it probably is. Do I care? Not in the least. I hope it is a very profitable venture. I want Mytractorforum.com to make a very nice return on the investment. That way, you and I can continue to visit this site and reap as much information as we like, with membership fees being totally optional. If someone wasn't making a financial gain/covering expenses on about 75% of the forums that are in out there today, they would probably cease to exist. I feel that would be a great loss. So, to sum up my thoughts on this matter, if the Tech Exchange editor happens to feel that some of the articles that I have posted and offered up as topics to be used in their database, I will be glad to have them included. I have gained a lot from my visits here at MTF, and would be glad to assist in this new endeavor in any way I could.
 

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if the Tech Exchange editor happens to feel that some of the articles that I have posted and offered up as topics to be used in their database, I will be glad to have them included.
Brad

If you go by the Content Guidelines you would have to submit, your post. They would have to be the right amount of words and pictures.
I guess we would have to redo our post to meet this ?


Here are the requirements for the types of submissions:

Quick Tip = 250 words minimum + 2 photos minimum
Article = 500 words minimum + 5 photos minimum
Feature = 1000 words minimum + 10 photos minimum

Once your submission is received, it will be reviewed for suitability. Please see the Writing and Photo Guidelines later in this FAQ. Once your submission is approved, you will be awarded points for your contribution. A Quick Tip is worth one point, an Article is worth three points and a Feature is worth five points.
 

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Small Fry--You are correct on what you said. I left out that I had submitted them to the Tech Editor for consideration. Have not heard anything back just yet, but they went in on Friday, late afternoon.
 

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I don't have any current visions of being a contributor here, but I do follow the John Deere Lawn Tractor forum. So, here is an honest question because I am another who doesn't yet understand:
Will I still find Tech discussion in the JD Lawn Tractor Forum, or will I now need to track two different forums to keep up with the great contributions of the membership?
 

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No worry about having to follow 2 sections. It's my understanding that this will be a section for "Best Practices" so to speak. This area will get a report on doing a project, with the instructions, photos, etc. The different projects will be cataloged by topic. Then if you need to know how to do something, you will check all the topics related to your project. I think there will also be topics from other forums, such as motorcycles, autos, outdoor power equipment, etc. So you will have many areas of expertise to choose from. You daily John Deere discussions and troubleshooting will be in the regular forum.
 

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i'm confused now....................... why not go through the threads, such as a million ways to load tires, and stick em here? this forum has covered copious (sp?) topics of repair and some in great depth. i guess i really dont understand whats supposed to happen here. i posted my gen. head mounting thread, which didnt seem too popular, lol. would you want that here? im a bit slow i guess. could you dumb it down about six leves for me?
Don't feel like you're alone SS/12.

I don't think I'm Einstein but I'm also not a complete moron and this one threw me.

The thing that got me was the Cloak and Dagger Administrator, out of the blue here is a person no one knows (Sonny said He's on the up and up so that gave me a little faith) asking to send content and if He thinks it's worthy then it will be added and you get an atta boy.

What/Who determines whether or not if it has value ?

Is the mysterious Don a repair tech who is trying to help or just get his site off the ground on the backs of people doing the work for him ?

Once your work is reviewed and accepted, it will be moved to a topic forum and become visible for all to admire. If you enjoyed doing this, you can start on another one.

Ok if my grammar or sentence structure needs to be fixed thats Ok but who determines if the technical aspect is correct ? I wouldn't ask my butcher or the stock boy at the market to give me technical specs on an Omega SpeedMaster Calibre 1160 movement for timing or C.O.S.C (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres) certification it's not their chosen line of work, so how do we know this Don knows anything about any mechanical repair ?

Like I said it's strange ? 389 veiws and only 16 posts, I cant believe I'm the only one thinking this.

Sorry if this has ruffled any feathers but if it leads to me being banned or labeled a trouble maker so be it, it wasn't my intention to do that just asking for some transparency. :hide::banned:

Jmho Ron
 

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No problem at all for asking questions, guys. I understand your being wary about the program. Don hasn't been on here for too long and isn't well known yet, even by the moderators, tho we have been carrying on a dialog with him regarding this project for a few weeks now. He has explained it to us in the Moderators Forum and it does sound like it will be a good product once finished. He does seem like an upstanding fellow, as all the folks associated with VS have turned out to be. Like I said in my other post, the way I understand it, all the members here will have access to the published works. Not only from MTF, but from MyLawnMowerForum, Outdoor Power Equipment site, Car forums, Truck forums, Motorcycle Forums, etc.... What will be nice is that a lot of the projects just might interchange with our forum, such as painting, powdercoating, some steps taken in engine rebuilding, sand blasting, etc. Heck, I think they even have a site devoted to horses and dogs, if I am not mistaken. So, with all that information available under one umbrella, I think it will be a very handy tool. As Ranchkingron mentioned, tho, Don will have to be careful on using the submitted works. A hint or tip could be published that goes totally against correct procedures, and lead to possible damage to a readers project. I am sure there are safeguards in place to proof read the submitted works, but if not it would be a good idea.

To sum it up, basically as best I can, it is taking info that we all freely post here on MTF in the forums and occasionally get made into stickies, and sharing them with members who are as enthusiastic about other forums as we are with ours. Don't think that can be all bad, personally. Might even drag in some new membership here when they see how smart, intelligent, and friendly we are on MTF!
 

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I think it's a great idea!

That being said, a "quick tip" that takes 250 words and 2 photos as a minimum doesn't meet my expectations of "quick". If it said "up to 250 words and 2 photos", that I could buy.

The photo requirement is what will keep me from contributing. I have other priorities for my pension than purchasing a digital camera, and I don't really feel comfortable borrowing something like that when I'm in the middle of a project.
 

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Ok if you folks have faith in it I'll give it a go, what do I have to lose I'm always opening my mouth and getting into trouble around here anyway lol. :trink39:
 
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Well, well, I do seem to have kicked the coop a little here. Let me try and answer some questions. First, I'll say sorry for the delay, but I was out of circulation Monday and Tuesday with the flu.

Now, I don't want to make any assumptions about how things happen here on MTF, but I'll tell you what I often see in other forums. People do post lots of great threads with their experiences and a lot of people rad them and find what they need.

Sometimes, there is a lot of discussion after and other points emerge that are important to the topic, but are only found two, three or ten pages after.

Sometimes there are links to other information and they get broken after a year or two.

Sometimes the person writing the original post links to photos somewhere else and later that somewhere else disappears and there's just red X's left. Sometimes, there's just no photos to start with.

And sometimes the person posting doesn't really take the time to explain things so that a novice can understand what is being talked about.

We're not necessarily trying to turn people into mechanics, but to give them the information they need to make a decision whether some particular job is within their capability, or they should have a shop look after it for them.

So, the question has come up a number of times about posts that have already been made. First, those posts will remain right where they are. If you're interested in converting one or more of them to a Quick Tip, an article or a feature for the TECH Exchange, I'd love to talk to you about it.

If there aren't any photos in the original post, well we're going to have to find some. If the thread rambles on for 300 posts, we're going to have to cut some stuff out and make sure its not the important content. If there's broken links we'll have to fix them.

Since old posts can't be edited, there's a Working Area forum for TECH Exchange writers to create and update new articles.

Anybody that still wants to post a DIY and have it stickied in the normal way is free to do so, just as before. Nothing has changed in that way at all.

Hope this helps... Don
 
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