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Title: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on April 15, 2017, 04:10:55 AM
This is a popular thread on another forum I am on so I thought it might be here as well.
The idea is, sometimes you want to share something you did today but it doesn't quite need it's own thread, just post it here.

Today, I created this new thread.  :)

Easter weekend, first of 3 family get together's is starting at my sister's place at 10:00 AM - Easter brunch.  Everyone basically brings something breakfast related, and we meet up and eat like... bunnies I guess.  Afternoon it's on my wife's side, more food for supper.  Next day its more family/friends. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend, plenty of food - family and friends. 
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on April 15, 2017, 11:16:38 AM
Tightened the intake manifold on the chevy, got the rumble and the magic back ;D
Purchased some webspace and put up the first page of our latest adventure;
http://logjam.work/
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on April 15, 2017, 11:32:02 AM
What year is the Chevy?  V8 I am guessing?

I like the coffee table, is that one of your creations?
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MountainDon on April 15, 2017, 12:11:46 PM
Went to urgent care and found out what was making me feel like crap was a virus, like I thought it was.  :-[ But I wanted to be sure it wasn't strep or something.

Feeling bored and maybe well enough that I am thinking of hitting the workshop and finishing the flashlight mod that is begging for my attention ever since the driver board came in the mail.



Those are some serious slabs from some seriously sized trees. 
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: NathanS on April 15, 2017, 12:42:34 PM
Nothing but taping. Mud everywhere.  ;D We ordered a bunch of perennial fruit and vegetable bushes, going to focus energy on the long term stuff this year.

Hardy Kiwi
Blueberry
Grapes
Asparagus

The NYS DEC also sells trees at cost, so we have 25 American Plumb, 25 Sycamore, 25 Hazlenut on the way here.


Don love the look of that Butternut. You guys have a cool operation going down there.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on April 15, 2017, 01:30:27 PM
I need to work on the about page with smiling faces and bio's. There isn't a pic of Scott on there yet, he and Lukas, who also isn't in a pic are the shop wizards. The pics show me, the other Don and Rick doing what we do best, brute force and ignorance  ;D. The past couple of weeks Don2 have been running the mills and pulling out timber for an 1820's log barn repair/rebuild. The big oak in the forest is one from that farm, destined to be a large dining table and chairs.

Edit;
The Chevy is an '89 Silverado that a friend politely said "You bought it at the wore out price  :D". I dropped a crate longblock in it about a year ago and earlier this year the thermostat stuck on the way to work. I looked down when I passed a cop and realized I was in deep trouble but not with him, the temp gauge was pegged. It started bubbling in the radiator, usually a sure sign the head or head gasket is blown. I did a compression check and it read good compression 180-182 psi across all 8 cylinders of the 350. It was using water and I caught a whiff of antifreeze in the exhaust. With the help of friends we decided the intake was leaking. I've been mostly driving the Honda but had some time this morning to dig down to the bolts and sure enough they had loosened. I snugged everything down and it seemed to be cured. I took it for a test drive across the county and picked up a load of leftover oak from a job, about 300 bf, maybe 1,000 lbs and motored on home, she seems to be tight. I'll find out next weekend, we need to go down into Carolina and slab up a huge Kentucky coffeetree. I imagine we'll either rent a U haul box truck or borrow a dually and gooseneck to bring that home, that will be in the tons of wood. The engine is a goodwrench longblock I didn't realize it at the time but they are now made in Mexico. I was very impressed with the fit and finish, they did a nice job, better than oem.

The oak that I'm standing on is beside the courthouse. We milled that one up Thanksgiving, it had died and was becoming a danger. Most of the menfolk of the town dropped by at one point or another while getting out from underfoot. The story was that it was the old hanging tree. As we counted rings and looked at the branch sizes from that timeframe... well, it makes for a good story anyway.

Hope you feel better soon Don
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: akwoodchuck on April 15, 2017, 07:34:22 PM
worked 8.5 hrs running vertical T&G pine siding on an addition to a clients house we framed last year....missus worked 12 @ the hospital...busy busy busy.... 8)
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MushCreek on April 16, 2017, 01:10:09 AM
I've been trying to get caught up on things I promised to others. Friday, I put the finishing touches on a handicap ramp for a lady from our church. I then moved on to finishing up a smoker I'm building for my son. We're driving down to FL to see him, And I'm bringing it with us. What he doesn't know is that I'm building a cart for it as well.

We took a few hours off yesterday to see the gardens at the Biltmore estate up the road in Asheville. It's peak azalea season, and there are miles of them there. It's getting HOT here, in the mid 80's already, about 15 degrees above average. It was warm all winter, too, so I'm worried about summer. Last year was a bear, hot and dry.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: GaryT on April 16, 2017, 06:15:47 AM
Changed out a toilet flush unit, replaced two fluorescent ballasts and stacked half a cord of wood and tied a few flies.  I like stacking wood and tying flies anyway.
Gary
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on April 16, 2017, 10:29:14 AM
I took apart the carburetor on my lawn mower again.  I can't quite figure out what's wrong with it.  I assume there is still a jet that is clogged but I can't find anything wrong or dirty for the life of me.  I changed the primer with a new one, but even with the new one the primer does nothing.  This makes me think that the fuel is simply not getting from the float bowl to the throttle body.  I assume the primer forces that same jet, and because it is not working that explains why she won't run?  A quick spray of throttle body cleaner in the air intake and she starts immediately then dies...  can't figure this thing out.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on April 16, 2017, 11:50:49 AM
Hah, it's working!

All the videos online show a screw in the main get, this one doesn't have that, in fact there are no screws at all.  I finally decided "fix or bust" and went HEAVY on the spray in all the jets... then something came out that hadn't come out before (black chunk with a bunch of powder).  Did some compressed air, more spray, more compressed air... over and over until I thought it was enough and then did it some more.

Primer still doesn't seem to work, but a quick spray inside the intake and a single crank and she started and stayed running.  Woo-hoo... that'll save me a few hundred bucks.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on April 16, 2017, 05:13:58 PM
A torch tip cleaner set might help.
They are leaning the jets out and making everything non adjustable. Sometimes a few thousandths more...
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: kenhill on April 17, 2017, 06:23:59 AM
Went to Gunsight Mountain for Hawkwatch near Eureka, AK.  Counted 100 hawks on Saturday; 53 of them came through in about an hour.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: flyingvan on April 18, 2017, 05:23:09 AM
Adam---sometimes there's a tiny filter in line right where the fuel enters the carb.  Tiny rust particles pile up there--enough fuel gets through to start, then when there's more demand the flow can't keep up.  I had your exact symptoms after taking the carb apart a few times.  After blowing out through that little port backwards, it looked like a cigarette made of iron filings came out and it ran great.
That little filter didn't even show up on the manufacturer's exploded view of the carb
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: John Raabe on April 18, 2017, 07:38:49 AM
DonP and others: Nice work on the logjam site. You are rolling out some nice slabs there. :D

John
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: ChugiakTinkerer on April 18, 2017, 07:39:11 AM
Went to Gunsight Mountain for Hawkwatch near Eureka, AK.  Counted 100 hawks on Saturday; 53 of them came through in about an hour.

Thanks for that info.  Were you on the parking overlook near a small red SUV?  I've been driving past that crew every weekend for the last few weeks and reached the conclusion it was birders.  Saw a couple raptors this weekend that looked like peregrine falcons, to my untrained eye.  And several bald eagles.

I spent the weekend at our property trying to get a guest cabin dried in.  Didn't get as far as I hoped, but given how exhausted I was on Monday its probably just as well.  It was definitely the last trip with the snowmachine.  Here's one of several stretches of trail where the snow got up and walked away...

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FWFt5F7l.jpg&hash=c01ba712a48343e9ce6afca2e262b6a92bdb8326)
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on April 18, 2017, 01:21:04 PM
Thanks John, they're a fun bunch to work with.

We got to work today and milled a poplar log we had on the mill when the contractor came out and asked if we could get him some more 20' white oak logs ready. So off to the woods, we spent the rest of the day felling, bucking and cleaning up, we'll skid them out tomorrow. Slow going but we directionally fall to avoid damaging the good trees we're leaving then make firewood and pile the brush... basically treat it like I would want my land treated. The owner has commented on the difference between our work in the woods and where he had a young logger come in when we got started... wish we had more lead time, it looks like a herd of elephants rampaged over there. He did bring out a lot of wood in a hurry but it sure looks rough. Hopefully he'll have us go back in there and clean up when we get done milling. It is a beautiful site to work on. Kind of neat, we've noticed over and over in the rings of the white oaks that they are very tight ringed up until about 30 years ago then there is explosive growth, very wide growth rings. These are the survivors of hurricane Hugo, it must have knocked down much of the competition and these trees survived and responded to the increased light and nutrients.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: kenhill on April 18, 2017, 04:05:21 PM
Thanks for that info.  Were you on the parking overlook near a small red SUV?  I've been driving past that crew every weekend for the last few weeks and reached the conclusion it was birders.  Saw a couple raptors this weekend that looked like peregrine falcons, to my untrained eye.  And several bald eagles.

I spent the weekend at our property trying to get a guest cabin dried in.  Didn't get as far as I hoped, but given how exhausted I was on Monday its probably just as well.  It was definitely the last trip with the snowmachine.  Here's one of several stretches of trail where the snow got up and walked away...

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FWFt5F7l.jpg&hash=c01ba712a48343e9ce6afca2e262b6a92bdb8326)

We were at mile 118.8 with about 25-50 people.  Nice weather.  Are you also on the AK Outdoor forum?
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: ChugiakTinkerer on April 19, 2017, 03:04:44 PM
We were at mile 118.8 with about 25-50 people.  Nice weather.  Are you also on the AK Outdoor forum?

That's me, same handle.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on April 28, 2017, 04:32:56 PM
I brought my ladder up to the cottage in the back of a trailer last fall, and I needed it now to trim the hedges.  Jeep is too small to put it inside, so I needed to get a roof rack or some cross bars to strap down the ladder on the roof.  I checked at my local Canadian Tire, prices are insane, like $250 - $500 for 2 simple bars that go across the existing rails... and they are "universal".  I came close to just using a couple of 2x4's then I remembered I had some old square tubing from a gazebo I had torn down a couple years ago.

The gauge is quite thin...
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FGauge1_zps3gdmwovj.jpg&hash=791e422b77afef824b1489aeb0a8105ea95f4241) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/Gauge1_zps3gdmwovj.jpg.html)

So I decided to rip down some wood to fit as tightly as possible inside the tube.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FWoodToSize_zpsvmjjoh4o.jpg&hash=e7e5bb73f3bea3423125bc7a7636147dc13db48b) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/WoodToSize_zpsvmjjoh4o.jpg.html)

Then I went to the store and bought the only u-bolts I could find to fit snugly around the rails.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FUBolt_zpsdmmgm9om.jpg&hash=3a418025184c2e536a4b19a77b654d2d4116ed74) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/UBolt_zpsdmmgm9om.jpg.html)

Unfortunately they were too short to use the metal bars vertically (strongest option) so I had to lay them flat.  Still, the ladder weighs next to nothing and I could probably still stand on them without bending so I think I'm OK for my needs.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FFrontBar_zpsgqyvcohz.jpg&hash=7143e1bfed48b430491300ae03de1aee918cfc12) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/FrontBar_zpsgqyvcohz.jpg.html)

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FConnectionCloseup_zpsnv8gaa4u.jpg&hash=e232150de4e82f96a13a909f70ab4129dc78586c) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/ConnectionCloseup_zpsnv8gaa4u.jpg.html)

I added some shrink tubing on the metal parts that would be in direct contact with my rails.  Here they are before I ran the heat gun over them, forgot to take an after picture.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1034.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fa429%2Fadamrobillard%2FJeep%2FHeatShrinkBefore_zpsaa7tadmu.jpg&hash=b518b2c3e4fa4ffb0d24bf165e0470f9ddb3c66f) (http://s1034.photobucket.com/user/adamrobillard/media/Jeep/HeatShrinkBefore_zpsaa7tadmu.jpg.html)

I also bought some split washers (lock washers) but they were not large enough to fit over the u-bolt diameter.  I put a drop of blue lock-tite over each bolt.  I have about 1h15m drive each way, should be fine... I hope.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: ChugiakTinkerer on April 29, 2017, 09:59:20 PM
 [cool]

I'm a hopeless packrat that hangs on to things like that tubing because "just in case".   I think that the overwhelming satisfaction of pulling a rabbit out of the hat like you just did in making your rack is much like the rush a gambler gets when they hit the jackpot on a slot machine.  For me, it just reinforces those packrat tendencies!.   d*

Looks good, hope it rides fine.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on June 27, 2017, 04:51:00 PM
Built a garbage box for the cottage using the new brown PT lumber.  Weighed a ton, was still very wet.  Wasn't really impressed with the grade of wood, broken, twisted, knots missing, cracks...  and cutting 1" off the end exposed untreated wood.  I remember "in the old days" you could just about cut a piece in half and still see green almost through the piece, maybe missing some color in the dead center only. 

(https://i.imgur.com/3jOOHtn.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on June 27, 2017, 05:02:09 PM
LOL, great minds think alike, I was posting to this thread when Adam was. Yup treated isn't what it used to be  :-\.

I mentioned milling up some big tulip poplar beams on another thread, thought some pics might be of interest, or, at least we thought they were pretty cool, never made any this long.
Off to the store;
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2Fbeam3a.jpg&hash=2822f7868224c9b9963a37792d2a6a78cc05b03c)

The tree wasn't in a good spot to work on it, we needed to roll it uphill about 20', this is one way to parbuckle a log. First we wrapped a cable around it a number of turns and attached it to the log.
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2Fbeam3b.jpg&hash=b7c5f8dea3ea31ede75ba86d11157b629c56a388)

Then the cable ran uphill through a snatchblock slung to a large tree above the desired worksite. From there the cable then ran to the winch on the back of the loader which was slung to another large tree. It is just rolling up onto the forest road and some 6x6's we placed there to get it to a good working height.
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2Fbeam3c.jpg&hash=3900e352cd741692465b2704abd2a2d49c8e2025)

Finally in a good working position we could begin milling it with the Alaskan mill. In this shot we've made 2 passes then flipped the log up on its edge to open the 3rd face
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This is another log but shows the mill at work on the 3rd face, riding on top of a 24' section of scaffold that we move down the log as we go.
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2F60beam.jpg&hash=54129bbf91b3d12100b3537ffb9197e7287674f8)

And finally on the way to the jobsite with a 60' beam. A car was coming up to the next intersection but when he saw that jousting pole coming he decided to wait  ;D
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2F60onroad.jpg&hash=65e3622d41ec713584a59e93753a89044395aef3)


...And now for the rest of the story. The beam in the first 4 pics, we were two and a half days in on it, when we opened the third face there was a rotten spot inside that you could lay your arm in. An old rotten limb had let water in and had then grown over. Trees cannot heal the way we do, they can simply grow over, compartmentalize and cover damage. Big bummer! We'll make shorter floor boards out of that one.

Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MushCreek on June 28, 2017, 01:04:40 AM
I'll have a poplar story of my own coming up, once the weather cools off in the fall. In my barn, they framed a huge gable wall with 2X6's instead of the code-minimum 2X8's. It's been holding up fine, but is more flexible than I would like. I'm going to run two beams from the wall across the open space and anchor them to the loft structure. I have lots of dead-straight poplars around here, so I'm going to try my hand at hand hewing beams out of polar logs. I figured they are straight, clean, and soft, so they should be good to practice on, plus they'll look cool in the barn. Strength isn't much of an issue as they'll be in compression (when the wind blows), and I'll probably finish them about 8X8.

As for right now, I took the family 'truck' (Olds 88 with a small trailer) to pick up steel studs for framing rooms in the basement as I get ready to finish the space. I have a drywall guy lined up, as long as he doesn't disappear, as so many subs seem to do.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MountainDon on June 28, 2017, 05:54:22 AM
...And now for the rest of the story. The beam in the first 4 pics, we were two and a half days in on it, when we opened the third face there was a rotten spot inside that you could lay your arm in.

What a disappointment!  Good photos of how to move a large tree.

Curious... about how old would that tree be?
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on June 28, 2017, 03:08:04 PM
That tree looks massive, must have weighed a (few) tons.  I imagine you've cut down many in your lifetime and can predict how they will fall.  I have a few to fell myself this summer at the cottage.  I have watched tons of videos but have never really done any more than 6" in diameter myself.  Would you recommend I wait to go with someone more experienced,  or are the video's enough to keep me safe?

The mill must need sharpened on each pass?  I can't seem to keep my chainsaw's edge for more than a few cuts...  Starts smoking after a few passes... would never do the length of a tree like that.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: kenhill on June 28, 2017, 03:59:42 PM
Did you use the rip chain?  With spruce it was slow going and used lots of fuel for me!
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on June 28, 2017, 05:49:24 PM
We got the second one done and over to the jobsite today, we need to make four 20' 6x8 tie beams to fit between those 60' long plate beams tomorrow. We moved them 3 sided so they would be deeper and thus stronger for the trip. We figured they contained about 1000 BF of wood and weighed about 3700lbs, they should be down to about 2600 lbs for the final lift. Although the sky trak is rated for 6000 lbs the center of gravity was way out there. It had to back up a bit of a slope today and the rears began to come up but all is good and it's back on solid ground at the worksite.

It's hard to judge scale on that saw, that is the largest Husky made and it takes that kind of power for continuous ripping, we still nurse it to keep the revs up and let it do the cutting. We are running a rip chain and on clean wood can make 2 cuts of that length before changing. On logs that have been drug we get about 6' before it starts dulling and fight the chain for the rest of the cut. It would be interesting and probably depressing to get a head temp at the end of the cut. The top end will probably need rebuilding by the end of the job. I have burned up a saw ripping before, it is very hard on them. We refueled about every 20', each time we moved the scaffold, not empty but well down. Sharpness plays a big role in fuel consumption.

I call in the pros if a tree is near anything of value. I tell them to put it on the ground and I'll clean up, that helps with cost. I've been thrown 20' in the air by a relatively small white oak that barberchaired, broke a rib and I was trying to get rid of a running saw in flight. If you are facing a leaner and don't have a lot of experience and a very firm grasp of the forces at work, walk away, it isn't worth the risk.

These trees are out in the woods but we are still bore cutting, wedging and directionally felling them. I'll bore cut just about any tree that is big enough to do that. It is about the safest way to fell a tree and you aren't trying to race to get to a small enough hinge. It allows you all the time you need to set it up. Only then do you pop the back strap and release the tree.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: NathanS on June 29, 2017, 03:37:09 AM
"To Fell a tree" is an awesome book on safety and felling methods.

I'm not sure if it's in canada, by in new York there are also courses called "game of logging" which are highly regarded.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on June 29, 2017, 04:37:03 PM
The crew set the first plate beam today, we should set the ties and second plate tomorrow, woohoo! You can see the batterboards for the equipment shed on the left side of the first pic. There is a loft 10' off the cribs in the second shot, both of those will have long plates and there is another wall 10' closer to the camera in the second shot that will be timberframed and carry the last of that long slope of roof.Another shed runs off the far end down to a timberframed wall over the new block wall at the far right of the cribs in that second shot, it was quite a barn in its' day and hopefully will be good to go for another 170 years  The original rafters that were over the log cribs are in the foreground of the second pic. From one far corner diagonally to the opposite corner the overall was 5' out of level but the barn had been worked on at least three times to add wings. All the rafters were undersized and have a permanent deflection set some were broken, some had rotted from leaks. We'll go through them but I suspect we'll need to replace them all.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Flogjam.work%2Fmisc%2F1st60a.jpg&hash=816e98c87d44d24d23a7d369a99c17e68ba7bb0a)

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One thing I try to do in the woods is leave as light a footprint as possible, that is part of learning to fell well, and I do use cables and snatchblocks as well but go very carefully there loading up a tree when felling, that can cause one to split and barberchair. We do try to clean up, remove invasives and bad trees and generally set the forest up to improve the stand when we leave.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MountainDon on June 30, 2017, 08:09:34 AM
Very   [cool]

Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on June 30, 2017, 11:52:17 AM
Nice structure...  I can't wait to start a build of my own.

Found this interesting Spyder concrete buildings on Facebook, youtube video of it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLKMuc3fO8o

Maybe this link is a better one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVWS47MxnwI
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: azgreg on June 30, 2017, 01:36:13 PM
The fire was a nice touch.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on July 07, 2017, 05:20:57 PM
We got another big beam out to the job this morning and needed to go back to the "store" which took us up higher and deeper into the forest than I had been yet, we saw some pretty good sized trees this afternoon, apparently there is a really big poplar much higher up on the mountain. I'd say this one is close to 4' diameter which is bigger than we need.
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Ftimbertoolbox.com%2Ftf%2Fbigpoplar.jpg&hash=704e5cd8772ecfb54b61449bc9a8dd868ebe2b33)

That image is about 55kb
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on July 09, 2017, 05:27:12 PM
Put 50 chickens in the freezer yesterday... forgot to take pictures  :D
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on July 09, 2017, 05:41:08 PM
That's a big tree....

Chickens... I just picture you with a bag of grain trying to make these chickens walk the plank to your freezer.  :)
There has to be a story here... wanna share?
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on July 09, 2017, 06:33:32 PM
We've raised several flocks of layers and meat birds over the years. Last year either the minks or weasels found us and began preying on our Cornish meat birds. They are pretty much bred to eat and get big, they don't have a lick of sense. Some friends took them in and we slaughtered them together. This year they raised the combined flock, we bought a cross of Cornish with a heritage breed so they have hopefully good weight gain with better flavor and a bird smart enough to somewhat take care of itself. Seemed to work.

Slaughtering is a lot of work and for sanitation as well as good attitude, works better with many hands so this works out well. In the community we get together for chicken slaughtering and jobs where many hands make lighter work. The log job above got bigger than we could handle with just the two of us harvesting and sawing on site so I called some friends and asked them to run the "bycatch" of logs that were either too big or cutoff ends of trees on my sawmill at home whenever they have free time, they've sawed several trailerloads of boards that will become roof sheathing and hayloft flooring while we keep the barn crew in logs and timbers. Anyway for chicken slaughter one person dispatches them in the killing cone, then scalds them to loosen the feathers, then a couple of pluckers, then cleaning, then final clean and bagging and into ice and finally tons of cleanup and off to the freezers followed by a pizza and beer pigout, we were at it for about 12 hours yesterday, 4 of the birds will go to a charity fundraiser meal including food from many more local folks.

The big tree, I thought you'd like that one. We were looking for a 40' 12x12 yielding red oak which would be a 24-30" diameter tree at the base and headed up into those woods. When we got up there and started walking it was pure fun, as you can see around that poplar it is quite open and a number of beautiful large trees. We decided to just clock out and wander around the rest of the afternoon up there.

Today was spent deep inside the Ranger engine blowing out lifters and cleaning it clear down to the camshaft trying to figure out why it threw a pushrod, hopefully I'll remember where all those funny parts go. Yeah life on the farm is kinda laid back  :D
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on July 30, 2017, 10:42:04 AM
I am currently shopping for a 4-wheelers (quad).  Reasons are several fold... first being I want to have some fun.  With that out of the way, I also would like a work horse.  I have several acres of land in NY state that is hard to access, even with my Jeep.  Up north I have the cottage with miles of Hydro trails right out the back.  My old motorcycle buddy (we rode together for 20+ years before my back surgery forced me to sell the bike) has now purchased one, so the idea of having a riding buddy again sounds intriguing. 

Came across a 2005 John Deere Buck 500.  First time I ever heard of a JD ATV.  They sell a lot of utility vehicles (aside from the commercial and farming equipment), but not sure how long they sold 4 wheelers.  It looks like a Bombardier Traxter rebadged with the JD tag... not sure.  Anyone ever have one, know stories, good or bad? 
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on August 10, 2017, 01:14:59 PM
Hope people have access to this, I found it on Facebook.  Its basically a tree carrier for ATV's.

https://www.facebook.com/WorldEngineeringNetwork/videos/462362344119396
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: John Raabe on August 11, 2017, 10:19:13 AM
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Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: ChugiakTinkerer on August 11, 2017, 03:47:55 PM
Adam, that's a log arch.  They run in size from hand-held to tractor-towed ones capable of hauling multi-ton logs.  There's plenty of guys who have made their own over at the Forestry Forum.

Me, I just got a woods trailer from Woodland Mills.  A little more general utility than a log arch.  I need to post some pictures of it.  I thought about making my own but I'd probably still be welding the frame come this winter.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on August 11, 2017, 04:01:38 PM
Actually we've cooked them three different ways and I'm not overly impressed with that breed of chicken  :D

Adam, google logging arches and fetching arches and you'll probably find tons of different types. They are a good low impact way to move timbers around... and they keep the logs cleaner which is big if you start sawing through dirt and rocks. The young logger we had round up the first 75 trees on this job was fast but he drug them on the ground and we have sure paid the price.

we've been working on this beam the past few days. It's a red oak, I didn't measure the base but around 32-36". Primarily we were after a 40' 10x12" beam, you can see we're taking a 4x12 joist on the way and we'll get a number of 3x4 girts and 4x6's for braces out of the slabs.
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We're using "Artie" the articulated loader to move logs around with. I did have to belly drag the beam out so one side is dirty. The joists will need to be drug out but I can lift one end up on those, I took the slabs out at 13' so could carry a couple of them out at a time on the forks wiggling through the trees, we weren't too far in at all, you can see the pasture just beyond us. We've taken out a truck and trailerload of firewood from this one so far and there is at least that much more. We've stocked up and have supplied another couple with enough for a couple of years and still have tons of firewood in the woods to get up. I've called in a church group in the past, that is one possibility.

Whoop I see CT beat me to it... what he said  :D

Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Adam Roby on August 11, 2017, 06:21:58 PM
Heheh... thanks for the feedback.  Never had any experience with this stuff, thought it could be handy since I just bought my 4-wheeler.  I was planning on dragging them out, and maybe using the winch with a pulley on a tree to lift them to a cutting area, to avoid hitting rocks in the ground with the chainsaw.  I will search Google a bit more to see what other (easier) options exist as well.

That's one massive tree and beam.  Can it be used from a fresh cut or does it need to sit for a year to dry out?
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: MountainDon on August 11, 2017, 07:41:36 PM
We watched the rain fall, on and off through the day. Took a walk through the woods (3.5 miles) during an afternoon lull. Marvelled at all the mushrooms sprouting; it is that time of year in the Jemez. I felled a 75 ft ponderosa that had the top going brown. Maybe tomorrow, pending weather we'll delinb and cut to firewood size.

Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on August 12, 2017, 07:23:26 AM
I prefer to use dry wood but this is going up in the log barn project as we mill, that beam will be holding up rafters next week.

For firewood I usually just cut it in the woods, easier than trying to skid logs. I'll buck the limbs in air where I can and drop the wood to the ground where I have to then cut most of the way through all the pieces of firewood on the stick and roll it over to complete the cuts... not saying I haven't cut some nice grooves in rocks every now and then.

I pile the small sticks cross slope or across gullies to help with erosion control, natural silt fencing with built in wildlife habitat.

We skidded that beam out as the rain started yesterday, got 4" overnight. I wanted to play on the bobcat over the weekend and get some stuff ready before shoulder surgery but am sanding and staining in the shop instead, I'd make a mess in the mud. Need to get all my timbers here under roof and in the dry. Hopefully it'll dry out over the weekend. Anthem emailed yesterday that they are going to drop out of ACA in VA next year, I suspect they'll find a way to weasel out of paying. Big thanks to the idiots in DC who do have lifetime coverage that I pay for  ::).
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: bayview on August 13, 2017, 03:46:41 AM
Interesting concrete design.   I'm surprised there isn't concrete "blow-out" - The weight of the concrete blowing out the walls during pour.


Nice structure...  I can't wait to start a build of my own.

Found this interesting Spyder concrete buildings on Facebook, youtube video of it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLKMuc3fO8o

Maybe this link is a better one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVWS47MxnwI
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on August 13, 2017, 05:31:25 AM
An ICF without the insulation and using a lot of form wood  ???. With ICF you run around the pour in lifts to avoid blowouts, I've had a couple of blowouts, all pilot error  d*
around '95 we had one contractor in the Black Hills that was using an ICF system where they supplied boxes of plastic ties. 2" foamboard was ripped to 8" tall and the tise were inserted between the inside and outside rows of foam. Worked well and avoided some of the bulky shipping of ICF forms but took much more prep of the foam, haven't seen that since. I assume and early alternate that didn't pan out.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on March 05, 2018, 03:27:13 PM
We moved the mill up to one of the higher ridges in the county yesterday, nice view from up there. These are mostly red oak, ash and cherry logs from dead trees on that property.
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Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: NathanS on March 07, 2018, 07:13:46 AM
That would be a nice way to spend the day.

It looked like that around here last week, now we have a foot of snow on the ground and it's pretty well snowing for a week straight with temps about 10 below the average.

I am ready for spring.

Nice tractor by the way.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on March 07, 2018, 09:04:45 AM
We made it through about half of the pile by yesterday afternoon, woke to snow and high wind today so no go. Definitely ready for spring. We'll put the slabbing bar on the mill and make table and bench slabs out of the big logs on the bottom of the pile when we can get back up there. That is a nice tractor, it moved and stacked everything you see there, it belongs to the landowner. His hired hand has been helping and has been great help.

Well a friend just called inbound with a few cedar logs, so much for playing hookey from the cold  d*
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on March 07, 2018, 02:24:33 PM
 I do like eastern redcedar. The logs came from down the mountain, Rick went down this morning and grabbed 5 small logs and called when he was coming back up. They are fairly uncommon here, they carry cedar-apple rust so have been removed as much as possible through time. These will go into their house that I helped restore. He's checked out on my mill so I got to work the tail end and admire the boards coming off. I think we got enough for their closet lining and a blanket chest or two.
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Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Don_P on March 10, 2018, 04:41:53 AM
Darn, off to wrench today. We were loading out on the mountaintop yesterday and my truck wouldn't start. Hopefully it's just a coil.
Title: Re: What did you do today?
Post by: Rys on March 10, 2018, 06:34:11 AM
We have a great deal of cedar on our property. Am hoping to find someone locally to mill some for us.
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