What did you do to prepare today?

What did you do to prepare today?
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#251 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:33 am

I finally got a chainsaw today. Life is about to get much easier! Kink knows all about that doesn't he?
We're finally going to get a break from the rain for a few days. Western NC has 4 or 5 landslides blocking roads. NCDOT is currently overwhelmed. They've never seen anything like it. Anyhow, it's supposed to get cold as all get out. Nanking cherries, peach, and hawthorn are all blooming so I'm going to light a fire in the backyard orchard over the next few nights to try to protect them. Wish me luck!

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#252 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:37 pm

Yeah Andy, I'm about to get cool like Kink with a chainsaw but one of these days I'm gonna get cool like you when it comes to electrical systems. At least I hope so! I've been cultivating a friendship with an electrician hoping to pick up a thing or two.
I don't know. I'm kind of feeling like I'm at the point where the preps I have in place and the ones I have actively working are about as prepped as I'm going to get. It isn't a comfortable feeling. I don't normally admit this kind of thing, but I've been feeling a lot of anxiety lately. I don't know. The fire is crackling, I hear the chickens outside, I'm sitting next to seed trays bursting with life but it's feeling a little heavy.
I spent the weekend with my sister-in-law, her husband, and their toddler. I was so full of love but they're just clueless. I told them I would give them plant starts, told them about the crop losses. They don't get it. I worry that we're all running short on time.
Thank god I have this community. Thank god I get to go to the Organic Grower's School this Friday-Sunday. Thank god the Mother Earth News Fair is next month.
Let's all remember to be thankful and to keep pushing forward, keep upping our games. Our immediate families, extended families, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers need us. We are the ones setting the example for others to follow and that, my friends, is a sacred task. Thank y'all for helping me feel less alone in this.

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#253 Post by Kink » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:39 pm

I can definitely help with small engine problems for anyone that ever runs into these shoot me a message :). As far as using a dremel to sharpen a chainsaw, I told Murphy I'm clueless there and I think I would prefer sharpening it by hand anyways with files that match your specific chain's pitch, I use cheap Husq ones off ebay, only takes me a half hour-45 mins to have a couple in new condition. All I then do is soak them in a baggie in some motor oil (preferably stabilized oil).
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You can fix 90% of small engine issues by repairing the carburetor(carb rebuild kit if a new carb is pricier)/fuel lines/fuel filter, etc. The biggest thing to mention is you shouldn't use non treated motor oil in any engine these days due to the ethanol, it eats away your fuel lines, fuel filter and gaskets in your carburetor, even the adapter will get eaten away, it's nasty stuff! My favorite oil is Poulan pro 2 stroke pre-treated oil as you can easily measure it by squeezing it into the top for other tools that would require different ratios. Chain Bar oil is a waste of money as you can just use vegetable oil on warm-hot days and canola oil on cold-freezing days. New chains are inexpensive and i recommend grabbing some to have on hand, this way you will be able to swap to a freshly oiled/sharpened chain at anytime. One last thing worth mentioning is the bar is intentionally able to be used upside down, so you can flip it once one side is getting some wear on it. Never take your tools to a shop again, be your own shop :mrgreen:

Finally feeling normal after a few weeks of chronic fatigue, need to finish the other firewood crib so I can get the wood off the floor and recover the tarp on the main crib since the last storm.

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#254 Post by dirtmurphy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:51 pm

@Kink, I love small engines too! And thanks for getting back to me about the chain. I've been wrestling with a migraine so I understand how frustrated you must get when you're unable to push forward with your projects. In the middle of the migraine, one of my chickens (Lowena) got a nasty cut and then that evening my cat came in tracking blood so it's been hectic. I feel like throwing up every time I have to move and it's hard to think and now I have to clean wounds. Oh well.

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#255 Post by dirtmurphy » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:11 pm

@Andy F, I drink lots of water except for when I have the migraines. I'm too nauseated to drink when they hit. My family gets hit hard by migraines: men, women, and children alike. I changed my diet several years ago and that helped a lot but they've gotten pretty bad again. I'm losing 5-7 days of productivity/month. I also do daily magnesium.
Your bean question is interesting. My best guess is that they had too much rain before harvest. Once you soak them, the cell walls are bursting. That's only a guess though. Last year was our wettest year on record and there was almost no point in trying to dehydrate most produce because the end result wasn't that great so we ended up canning and fermenting most of our harvests. Cell walls can only hold back so much water you know.
Once I get all of the pressing carpentry projects done around here, I will absolutely hit you up for advice on electrical projects. I appreciate your offer.
So much to learn and do, so little time! Who's up for a challenge? :mrgreen:

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#256 Post by Kink » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:30 pm

Damn Murphy that's rough yourself buddy. Definitely can understand each other, my autoimmune is a fickle bitch and I can have 2-3 solid good months or 2 weeks of productivity a month for 3-6 months. I hope you can get something figured out for those though, I used to have prescription migraine meds, have you tried those? And I am definitely down for this challenge, until the day i croak :mrgreen:

F'd up my back yesterday from too many pullups/situps/pushups :roll: but still managed to pickup a lot of the thrash in the yard and get the house cleaned/vacuumed. Bought a scabbard for the chainsaw and used the hacksaw to cut it to fit my 14" and used the dremel to clean the cut. Need to scrounge for some leather straps and maybe I'll just use a carabiner to attach it securely.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#257 Post by dirtmurphy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:54 pm

@Andy F, @Kink, be well y'all. We all need to take good care of ourselves. The CDC won't do it for us!
Today is the first day of the Organic Grower's School Spring Conference. I'm attending a full day workshop on year round growing taught by Pam Dawling and Ira Wallace. I've been looking forward to this for months!

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#258 Post by Kink » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:57 pm

Secured the tarp on the first crib, found it's easier to just tie something to the side of he tarp to give it weight against wind, also finished the second crib by making 4 3ft deep holes as andy suggested for the branch side supports. Picked and stacked all the wood in the shed and on the tarps outside onto the 2nd crib and secured a tarp over it.

Once again attempted to take a slightly larger cherry with my 14" :lol: ... got the bar stuck under the full wait of the tre. Oh well, lost the bar/possibly chain, found this replacement bar + comes with another chain. I clearly gotta research better techniques :mrgreen:

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#259 Post by dirtmurphy » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:54 am

Wow Andy, I hate to hear that about your leg. You really hurt it. Kink, can you put a larger bar and chain on your saw? I've heard you can swap out and put on smaller ones though I have no experience with that.
Yesterday I took a half-day mushroom cultivation workshop and two classes on water management and Black Soldier Fly production. Today I'm taking a farm equipment maintenance and operation workshop, a pollinator class, and a class on making cordage. I'm still unsure about the cordage class though. I may end up taking a soils class instead. We'll see.

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#260 Post by Kink » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:59 pm

Good point murphy, you can and I may look at grabbing a 16" for those jobs and another 14" doe casual stuff.
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Sounds amazing about the classes, hope you learn a lot! Hope your leg is feeling better today Andy. Just going to do more cleaning today and try to get some more money.

Update: just checked on my tree and I knew it was so close that the wind got her for me! So got my bar now juat have to bend her back into shape, but should hopefully be splitting more cherry by this evening :mrgreen:

Update 2: Got a few logs cut up, definitely looks like black cherry and it is incredibly difficult if not near impossible to split this with my axe and no wedges so will need to invest in some + could really use a nice maul.
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