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Much of the issue can stem from the date that the place was built. Check your local and federal regs to see if the property might be grandfathered in to exclusion.

I purchased a property cheap and cleaned it up immediately. I already knew, from previous research, that the parcel was grandfathered into exclusion from the tank laws. Fluids had not been there for at least 30+ years to my knowledge and the tanks had holes the size of silver dollars throughout. There are still a number of these properties out there in rural areas. Cities are where you will likely experience any problems with nosey neighbors with an adjenda and an attitude.

If the property can not fall under grandfather rules, better check into all the legal responsibilities before you move any further.
Isn't that the truth! FF member Paul_H owns a rental yard and small engine shop in our town, the only one for 25 miles in either direction. He does well because he is dedicated to his customers, knows his product and has built a solid reputation but he will never get rich or famous. The tech is a wizard on saws which are his passion but that is only a small part of the business.
He quickly learned to be selective and say no when he had to. They get upset when told their Chinese built trimmer or grandpas IEL saw are not repairable but most understand when reality is explained to them.
I misspoke on the corner. It wasn't a sweep, it was just the normal tight 90į

With that said, woodn't it be better to have the floaters dropping some while going around the corner if layout allows? My last septic work was in WI and the guy dong that wood always drop on a corner with floaters. He said that the drop speeds the floaters up around the corner to prevent blocking
General Board / Re: Thee Homestead Life & build

« Last post by Sedgehammer on Today at 11:10:46 AM »
@Nebraska yup. will be done with the waste water today. fresh water and electrical will look ugly by days end, prolly finish it tomorrow unless wife decides i need a day off

@firefighter ontheside thanks
Anyway, my goal is to have people say, "Take it to Kevin, he can fix anything from bikes to old washing machines."

You'll be sorry............ :D
I was thinking the same thing but I didn't want to rain on his parade. :D :D He will see every manner of 'modern junk' come along that was never intended to be repaired. In time, he will develop that notch of folks and job that fit his profile and get overloaded.
 It still amazes me the number of people who call me and ask for a reference for a good (insured) arborist or some other specialty work and when I ask what their timeline is they say 'the next week or two, no rush'. :D ;D I tell them anybody that is good will not be able to do your job for 3-6 months. Anybody that can do it next week is probably not good. Same thing with all skilled trades these days.

Heck, at the moment, if you can make good coffee you have a choice of jobs. School has "hospitality" as a course option, and teaches the basics of being a Barista. Hey it's a steady job, with all the coffee you might want.  :D
Never heard "barista" before; had to look it up.  :o
Another new term that we don't really need. 
Similar to people don't drink water anymore, they "hydrate".  ::)
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Fruit Gardens 2021

« Last post by Mooseherder on Today at 10:54:53 AM »
Last year was bumper crop for blueberries and raspberries.   This year pretty weak.   Must be the cycle of things.
Forestry and Logging / Re: please help...hire orester or not?

« Last post by rank on Today at 10:47:43 AM »
Hello everyone I thought I would stop by and give you all an update.

Told Logger 1 (who I believe is reading along here) to give me a new bid based on the trees that the Foresters marked (280 trees and 54,000 bdft).  He came back with $410/1000 for the ash, $500/1000 for the oak and $700/1000 for the maple scaled on the landing.  If the Forester's estimates turn out to be accurate that would be $26,300 CDN.  He mentioned that he expected the Forester's tally was a little high and he thought it would scale to approx $22,000.

This is all fair and good and I understand he has a business to run but I nevertheless told him I was going to pass on his offer because it just doesn't seem like there is enough money in logging to warrant running through my woods with a skidder. If I pick away at it myself I theoretically gross $51,000 if I do it myself.

Now get this....he says he wants me to pay him $5,000 for the 37 acres he marked.  I told him this was a outrageous amount of money and he would have to sue me for it.  Especially when he never provided me with a tally sheet by species and his verbal BDFT number was 50% below the actual amount he marked which borders on fraud IMO.

I hope he does take me to court I'll be anxious to tell the story.
Anyway, my goal is to have people say, "Take it to Kevin, he can fix anything from bikes to old washing machines."

You'll be sorry............ :D
no harm in trying.  I would center the pith of that log for sure.  now we see where the stress in logs comes from.  :D
Small engine repair is a tough business model fer sure these days. My town is about 33,000 people give or take. We now just have two small engine repair shops. During the spring/summer season you can't even consider going there for repair....they're swamped. Things slow down a bit in the fall but then it's leaf blower season. Winters here are all over the map...some severe, many mild. You can't count on snow removal equipment sales/repair.

As said, it's an often thankless job, small engine repair and it does take a certain type of young person to take over. It's more of the satisfaction/challenge of fixing things than the money. Most of them with any sense that stay with it, hope to run/have the business some day. In a generation of titles and fancy job descriptions to make you feel more important about yourself, small engine repair is not high on the list. 

My goal with my old bones is to open a repair clinic. But not just small engines....most anything I've just taken apart and fixed. Sawguy mentioned carbs....lots of vintage cars/RV's around here with carbs. I smell them when I'm in traffic behind them. They have no idea how to tune/rebuild them....just sad.

Anyway, my goal is to have people say, "Take it to Kevin, he can fix anything from bikes to old washing machines."

Sawmills and Milling / Re: The time has say HELLO!

« Last post by btulloh on Today at 10:27:28 AM »
Well??  All things considered, we should be seeing some sawdust off your mill by this evening.  :)  Howís it going?
Great info,Don,thank you.
Sounds like a very sound plan,to fasten the header course,i think i'll do that(and maybe the next one-which will be the last-to that).

I pre-drill the upper log for 1/4" timberlocks with a 3/8" bit,and countersick with a 1 3/8 forstener bit a couple inches down,for the large washers i use with it all.

Kantuckid,thank you;i looked at that link,and i'm sure those are sound,solid cabins,but those "butt-and-run" corners,and the random vertical joints in walls is just how folks build around here,and it's exactly what i'm going through all this trouble to avoid!:)
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Breakfast for Supper

« Last post by Raider Bill on Today at 10:21:22 AM »
Got to thinking about my breakfast, and I'd like to add sausage gravey on top of my homefries please and bacon, thick sliced bacon. 
Chainsaws / Re: Chain sharpener?

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Today at 10:16:53 AM »
........ I havenít heard anyone bring up square filing and how itís not an easy thing to do and keep consistent with every tooth, having first hand experience with square being off side to side it will pull in a lovely banana shape. ........
I believe somebody mentioned square filing in the post before yours :D. Whereas it is true that is is tricky to learn and can be very frustrating when you first start, I have found that field filing square goes pretty quickly compared to round. There is no jig or guide available for square, so your hands have to be very consistent, especially side to side, but once you've 'got it', you are golden. I love the way it cuts, but I wanted to get better at round filing and have spent 2 years doing a lot of chain footage until I could get it 'right'. Maybe I will go back to square now. Still searching sales for a cheap used Silvey though. :D ;D
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! / Re: Breakfast for Supper

« Last post by doc henderson on Today at 10:02:00 AM »
beer and anything with green chili verda.
Chainsaws / Re: 064 Mag

« Last post by Real1shepherd on Today at 09:53:51 AM »
Welcome aboard! Pour a coffee and sit a spell. I wrenched on and cut with 075's and learned to hate them. Slow, heavy and vibrated to pieces. If I need anything bigger than grampas 064 somebody else can do the cutting, I am too old for that nonsense! ;D
I started fallin' with a 075. I didn't know any better until my mentor put a Husky 2100 in my hands.

Whatever you took apart on the 075, you'd better put it back with Loctite, or it would be on the forest floor somewhere. Heavy, slow and unruly boat anchor.

General Board / Re: 2021 Pigroast update!

« Last post by Sixacresand on Today at 09:53:16 AM »
Nancy and I will not be attending due to a schedule conflict.  I have Church Association quarterly events Tuesday and Thursday of that week.  We would be rushed and stressed to get up there, even if we flew.  I have certainly enjoyed all the ones that we have attended and I'm sure this one will be one of the finest.  John Hogue
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Can I store a cant?

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 09:52:37 AM »
   I concur. I sawed this cherry log last week that had been down for 7 years but stored up off the ground and we got 150 bf of beautiful heart wood out of it.

 Original log


Finished boards. The bark are edged pieces the customer saved and one LE slab he kept intact to make into benches.
Chainsaws / Re: Chain sharpener?

« Last post by Skeans1 on Today at 09:50:01 AM »
Iíll throw in another round filing is a cake walk, but do I do it no most of the time itís going on the grinder itís more efficient for the time I have after work. I havenít heard anyone bring up square filing and how itís not an easy thing to do and keep consistent with every tooth, having first hand experience with square being off side to side it will pull in a lovely banana shape.

This is a Silvey pro sharp for doing square chains even if youíre doing just one Iím willing to bet itís faster to do on the grinder vs by hand.

The 300 dollar Tecomec Super Jolly with hydraulic vise is great for round of all sizes you can think of, this machine is mainly used on harvester 404 and 3/8ís gullets of square.

Oregon 511a setup to do depth gauges 

This is a Depth Gauge Grinder or a HDG Silvey clone all it can do is depth gauges or gullets but when you sit down to do 10 to 15 chains per shot you want something that is accurate and fast.
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