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A jack-all under a bumper (none-plastic) works for me for breaking the beads on tires. l wouldn't have used the bucket with those teeth in the sidewall to break it free, as the sidewall is easier to damage compared to the tread...
 

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When my dad was a mechanic, we used a 40 year old round washer (with a powered agitator), and a gearbox that would grind if you didn't shift it into gear with confidence, and you needed to use a hose to fill it up, and put the drain hose in the floor drain to empty it, and watch your fingers when squeezing the coveralls through the rollers...
 

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After hitting the Quote button one or more times, an "Insert Quotes" button appears below the quick reply text area at the bottom of the page (next to the Previous and Post Reply buttons), you click the Insert Quotes button, which brings up a sheet where you can reorder the quotes (by dragging the icon to the left of each quote or the quote itself up & down), or click the trash can icon to remove the quote, and click the "Quote Messages" button at the bottom of that sheet to then insert the quotes into the quick reply text area at the bottom of the page.
 

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I just hope this ends up being a one hit wonder like bird flu and not a seasonal illness like the regular flu. Could change things in our lives drastically...or not.
I don't think the problem is really the illness itself, but more of problem with everyone getting it at once. While the vast majority of people will have no problem getting it, a bunch of people will have minor to major problems when they get it, so hospitals are overwhelmed, so a whole bunch more people will die just due to lack of resources to help them.

In the future, it should (course, I ain't no doctor and/or specialist) be more like the flu, where we have a vaccine so fewer people get it, and not everyone gets it at once, so we have enough resources to help those that have more serious complications.
 

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She's not holding out for the model that notices when you drink straight from the bottle and sends a notification to her phone when you do, with a pic of you doing it?
 

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Yesterday, I replaced the passenger side of my front diff (GM's axle splits in the middle of the passenger side, where the actuator that locks/unlocks the axle is). I had replaced the seal and bearing a couple times on that side, and it was still doing a slow leak, so I decided to get another one from a junkyard, put in a new bearing/seal in it, then swapped it in. Now, to see if it keeps leaking or not...

Today, did a costco run (yay, 30 minute lineup outside, with the person behind me being unable to understand that getting her cart right up behind me doesn't result in her getting in any faster), and then washed the engine compartment of the truck (one side was just covered in power steering fluid) and dug out the power washer and washed the outside of the truck.

Now to make a nice noodle/chicken/asparagus/mushroom soup/cheese casserole...

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Forgot to get mushrooms for it :-(
 

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Cleared a spot and put up some shelving I had bought some time ago.
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And yes, the shelf that is second from the top isn't quite level, the clips on the front horizontal bar, that goes into the vertical slots weren't quite formed correctly, so one end is a smidge lower than the other.
 

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After doing snow removal (not too hard, only about 1/2" or so, and it had burned off already if it was on bare pavement with direct sunlight, decided to try making a batch of the DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe chocolate chip cookies from here: For the First Time, DoubleTree by Hilton Reveals Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so Bakers Can Create the Warm, Welcoming Treat at Home

I've got a Kitchenaid Artisan Mini mixer, and it wasn't particularly happy mixing the dough at the end, as it was pretty loaded with the full recipe.

I left out the walnuts, as I'm allergic to them, but they seemed to turn out alright without them.

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The first nine didn't brown like they should, as I used a double layer baking sheet, but the following two batches of nine browned nicely using a regular cookie sheet.

And of course, the hardest part was waiting for them to cool after coming out of the oven...

...and a close second is not eating all of them in one sitting.
 

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Finally made some more progress on making a brush attachment for my Husqvarna 52" hydro walkbehind mower.

It's been awhile, but I've made a bunch of progress, and got it completed enough to try out cleaning the sidewalks on the park in front of my house.

Here's what I've got so far:

Extended the handlebars. I'm 6'5", and I have to pretty much modify every piece of walkbehind equipment I have like this so I can use it comfortably.
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Here's the front attachment I've fabbed up for the BercoMac 48" brush. I'm using an 2k lb electric actuator (total overkill) to raise/lower the brush, and that wired up switch you see is a limiter switch so I don't raise it too high. I'm considering removing it to simplify the electric setup (which should also make it more reliable) as the belt isn't stretched out as far as I thought it would when the brush is raised up. This is a bit of a concern because while it will primarily be used when it's really cold out (for brushing snow), I expect it'll see a lot of moisture from snow melting on it from the sun or going into my garage, or being used when the temps are closer to freezing.
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And I just bought this 44" snowblower, which I expect to see not much use, but when we get a big dump of snow, it'll come in handy. I will have to modify the mounting prongs it has to work with the brush mount (the snowblower mount used a winch setup, my actuator will be able to handle this just fine), figure out the right length of belt to use, but it shouldn't be too hard to get working.
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Added finger controls for raising/lower the brush (on the left) and for turning the brush on/off (on the right). At the bottom, you can see where I mounted some extra weight, mainly to gain traction the brush is raised, as it's a lot of weight way out front.
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I also modified the control rod mounting points, so they aren't as sensitive. This also slows down the maximum speed, but that's fine because at top speed, I would literally have to run behind it (presumably, you'd use a sulky if you want to run it that fast).
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Now, I just have to make it usable and functional in the dead of winter, like:
-clean out or replace the carb so the engine runs smoother, and the throttle cable needs fixing
-those hydro control rods need to be lengthened a bit more (the bottom adjustment nuts are only about 1/2 on the end of the rods, due to moving the upper connecting point just now)
-make new boxes for holding the two rocker switches, so they are closer to my fingers (now it's a real stretch to get to them), make the boxes semi-weatherproof, and will need to re-jig the rod that locks the controls in neutral to make room for the new switch position
-glue some rubber strips on the controls, as they will just suck the heat out of my fingers in winter
-new, larger battery, battery box, and cables for deep-winter starting
-check that I can it on/off my trailer without hitting the electric actuator (it's fairly low to the ground). May have to rework where it mounts (really hope not, as it gets more complicated with a multi-link setup to get the actuator above the drive pulleys to the attachment.
-make some kind of rear caster wheels (either permanent or easy to install/remove), to make swapping attachments easier, as the power unit is quite tail heavy, even without the rear weights

I'm practically finished.
 

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Before going to HD last night, I plugged the old Craftsman battery back into the charger, and was able to get a little work done when I got back.

Unfortunately, I needed more hands, but no one at the house was up to the task. After a couple of attempts, it's up, but still crooked (it's off the wall on the left by about 1/8 inch).

Will take it down and try again later. Hate to think about how many holes will be in the wall when I'm done, LOL...

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That looks like a cabinet that you put stuff in and then never use...

This is what my dad came up with for that spot over the fridge (it goes all the way to the back wall). We happen to be able to use the full depth, as we are a family of giants...
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Made a mount for a dolly to put my plow on, so it's easier to store/move around.
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Last year, one of the braces I had made for a bagger setup failed (tension + vibration + thin metal = failure).
Fabbed the new one out of 3/16 (old one was 1/8") flat steel.
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Took apart the blower housing for that same bagger setup. The bearing on one side of the fan is totally gone (all the balls are gone, so it's just inner and outer races rubbing against each other), but the bearing on the other side is still great (smooth and silent and has all it's balls). Have to figure out how to get the set screw loosened on the spacer, I should have smothered it in anti-seize when I last had it apart.
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Also replaced the kitchen faucet. The old one (Glacier Bay branded thing from Home Depot) wasn't cheap (about $200) and only 5 years old, but it has a worthless warranty (need to find the receipt, then remove and disassemble the faucet to figure out what needs replacing, then you send them the info, and then if they think you have a valid claim, they send you the replacement parts, so you are stuck with a sink you can't use for maybe a month or so). Bought a Pfister Aadaya faucet, and it installed easier than the Glacier bay one. Notable differences were:
-Pfister included a large plastic "socket" that made loosening the old faucets main nut holding it in place, and tightening the new faucets nut WAY easier than having to get a wrench up in there.
-Pfister connections for hot and cold water were in 2 stages, you install a small fitting in your flex hoses with two wrenches, but because it's just a fitting, I could do it without having to be in the cabinet upside down like you have to be if you connect the flex hoses directly to the faucet connectors. The second stage was just put the fitting installed on each flex hose onto the faucet's connector, then install and hand tighten a knurled nut to hold it together (it has some o-rings to do the sealing).
-Pfister has a rubber seal around the base of the faucet, so you don't need to make a ridge of plumber's putty under the edge of the base
-Pfister includes a heavier weight, and actually marked where the weight goes on the hose, and made it use a hand-friction fit (vs 2 opposing screws holding the weight to the hose on the Glacier Bay one). The spray hose retracts much more positively than the old one (had to always push it up into place).
 

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As part of checking over my trailer, I noticed the brake shoes were getting thin, and the adjusters were pretty rusty, so I went for replacing the shoes & brake hardware (springs and clips), and the shoes are about $50, but the brake hardware is also close to that amount as well, while the full backing plate (from Dexter), was $93 each, so I just got 4 new backing plates.

I've replaced 3 of them so far, and it's been pretty straightforward, just somewhat time consuming. The main part that sucks is the 5 bolts holding the backing plate to the axle suck to remove, as I can't get the socket end of a wrench on some of the bolt heads, and the open end comes out easily when using an impact to remove the nuts (and an impact needs to be used). I finally found using visegrips to hold the bolt head, then use the impact to get the nut off.

Course, doing the first one, I rounded off one of the bolt heads with the wrench, then needed to cut off the bolt to get it off. And the disappointing thing with the Dexter kits is that, while they include new nuts, they don't include new bolts, so for the first two, I had to spend a bunch of time cleaning up the threads of the bolts I didn't chew up too badly, and found a couple of matching bolts in my garage that I could use for the hacked up ones so I could use the trailer right away, and then hit the hardware store and bought new 3/8" x 1" fine thread grade 8 bolts to use everywhere.
 

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When I redid the deck on my trailer, it was screwed from the top using self-tapping screws, which of course you can't get out after more than 10 years. I cut the boards on each side of the crossbeams they were screwed into (fortunately, not every one), hammered out the remaining small pieces of wood, and then used a cutoff wheel in an angle grinder to cut off the screws so the cross beams were flat again.
 

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Had those self tapping on the truck flat bed. Most came out used an impact driver. Infact put them back in to hold the new boards in place.
Tried for awhile to get the screws out of my truck (this was about 5 years ago, before I got my trailer), and they wouldn't come out, most would strip the screw head, couple would just bust off the head. Sawzall's the ones I wanted to remove out (all the ones between the frame rails), then fashioned some hooks to clamp new boards down to the crossmembers of the truck bed, so I can just unbolt them when I need to work on the truck. It really helped when I needed to change the fuel pumps and change the brake lines.
 
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