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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1320 on: January 23, 2021, 12:27:39 PM »

Spent a little over 1200.00 yesterday emptying the cat litter box.  ::)


How did one do that you might you ask??
Put the spent cat litter in the bucket of my smaller tractor and hopped on to haul it to an old ground hog hole i've been filling.  So while moving the smaller tractor  out I backed  into the very corner of the bucket  on my other tractor.
 I had parked it up by the shop door, it was waiting there  to get the washer fluid reservoir filled.  I thought I had enough clearance to get by..... all I needed to do was stop and move the other tractor  back 2 ft.... but nope it will pass if I turn it as I go out.  So I was watching the loader bucket so it  cleared some obstacles  I hit the clutch too late as I turned my head to look and saw it coming.  It tapped the sidewall and it split the old tire.  I  pulled it back forward to stop the fountain of beet juice and let the tire go flat.  I used some special words and was generally disgusted with myself. Then I thought about it after a while, and   yes  it was really dumb for hurrying and not moving the tractor .... I was also fortunate because those rear tires came with the tractor 17 years ago, they were severely checked and tired. They were for sure going to get replaced in a couple months when the weather got better for the tire man. I was just limping them along til then. 
It could've been the tire sidewall  splitting while moving bales or a big log and been far worse. It didn't hit it that hard don't think a new tire would have gone... So now  just biting the bullet and replacing them sooner.

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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1321 on: January 23, 2021, 01:03:38 PM »
  We had to go back to the Dr. Wednesday for a follow up on my cataract surgery. The calipers were grabbing on my wife's truck so she dropped it at our mechanic. I drove mine down ahead of her and parked right next to the big stone planter so they had room to access the gas tanks in the very tight quarters at the mechanic/gas station. When my wife arrived she got in to drive me the rest of the way to the doctor. As soon as she got in she turned hard right without ever looking in her mirror where she says she could not see the 4' tall planter anyway. She did a very good job of crumpling the right side of my truck. I already had body cancer popping through over the left fender and figured when it got bad enough I'd get a good replacement bed in N. Fla when we go down to see Mom. We did that with her truck a couple years ago as they do not use salt there. I guess my time line just got moved up.

   I have body shops here saying they can cut out the affected rust area and put in a new panel for about $500 but they will not guarantee the work. I think a pristine used bed and tailgate before was about $900 and another $450 or so to paint it and swap them out.

   Anyway, while parking in a very out of the way spot to allow access for others seemed like a good idea at the time, according to my wife it was still my fault she hit the planter but I digress.
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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1322 on: January 23, 2021, 01:15:50 PM »
Howard, it will ALWAYS be your fault. :D
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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1323 on: January 23, 2021, 01:35:19 PM »
we, I say we! did something similar, and it is why we keep our cars for a min. of 7 years.  I had a stack of catalpa, on a pallet in front of our oversized garage.  it is a double with about 8 feet to the side for storage inside.  and that gives me a spot for some wood on the drive.  I try to keep it to a min.  i decided to put a 4 x 8 sheet of cdx ply on top, and drove screws down into the wood that was under my plastic strapping.  i had backed my wife's car into the garage to unload some stuff.  left it there, not thinking what would happen if she pulled out.  my son parks his short jeep in there normally and can make the tight turn as there is a vinyl fence panel there.  so she pulled out and turned right thinking she had to clear the fence, but did not see the edge of the ply.  she actually hit a pole at wal-mart in the past as they sit atop a 2 foot round concrete 3 foot tall base.  she missed the pole but caught the base.  her car is old enough, and though it creased the door, it is by a normal crease and not easy to see.  she does not want to get it fixed,  translated, may want a new car.  she informed me that lots of people hit those DanG poles.  i.e. Wal-marts fault!   :D :D :D  wait, she does not read this does she?... :D :D :D
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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1324 on: January 23, 2021, 01:45:40 PM »
 We had to go back to the Dr. Wednesday for a follow up on my cataract surgery. The calipers were grabbing on my wife's truck so she dropped it at our mechanic. I drove mine down ahead of her and parked right next to the big stone planter so they had room to access the gas tanks in the very tight quarters at the mechanic/gas station. When my wife arrived she got in to drive me the rest of the way to the doctor. As soon as she got in she turned hard right without ever looking in her mirror where she says she could not see the 4' tall planter anyway. She did a very good job of crumpling the right side of my truck. I already had body cancer popping through over the left fender and figured when it got bad enough I'd get a good replacement bed in N. Fla when we go down to see Mom. We did that with her truck a couple years ago as they do not use salt there. I guess my time line just got moved up.

   I have body shops here saying they can cut out the affected rust area and put in a new panel for about $500 but they will not guarantee the work. I think a pristine used bed and tailgate before was about $900 and another $450 or so to paint it and swap them out.

   Anyway, while parking in a very out of the way spot to allow access for others seemed like a good idea at the time, according to my wife it was still my fault she hit the planter but I digress.
 a few years ago I did exactly the same thing a few years ago. Parked beside this big cement barrier at a gas station and went in to talk to the owner. Came out oblivious to the barrier as I cranked it to the right and took off. Rolled the box under real good infron of the rear wheel.
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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1325 on: January 23, 2021, 02:41:26 PM »
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   Anyway, while parking in a very out of the way spot to allow access for others seemed like a good idea at the time, according to my wife it was still my fault she hit the planter but I digress.
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« Reply #1326 on: January 23, 2021, 02:49:22 PM »
My wife was not good at judging distance, she tried to move the concrete pillars in the underground parkade. TWICE! The Ranger looked like a refugee from a demo derby, repairs would have been worth more than the truck.
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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1327 on: January 23, 2021, 02:50:25 PM »
My ex-wife was pretty good at driving too... She managed to hit one of the poles next to the gas pumps and crunch down the side of the minivan and she crashed almost through the back of the garage once... 
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« Reply #1328 on: January 23, 2021, 03:55:42 PM »
My wife is a pretty good driver.  She has never wrecked my truck.  I NEVER, ever let her drive my truck.  The last time she drove my truck was in 2009.  That was 2 trucks ago.

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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1329 on: January 23, 2021, 05:46:18 PM »
Yep:
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=111050.0

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Re: Did something dumb today.
« Reply #1330 on: January 23, 2021, 08:49:18 PM »
My concrete pole was one of those yellow painted concrete poles at the McDonalds Drive Thru :)
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« Reply #1331 on: January 23, 2021, 10:35:54 PM »
@Nebraska just how many cats you got anyway?  I mean, cleaning out a heifer barn with a loader - I get that.  Cleaning out the cat box with a loader ---- nope, never heard of that before.   :D
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« Reply #1332 on: January 23, 2021, 10:51:41 PM »
@Nebraska just how many cats you got anyway?  I mean, cleaning out a heifer barn with a loader - I get that.  Cleaning out the cat box with a loader ---- nope, never heard of that before.   :D
Yeah, you know I missed that little detail. I can see using a skidsteer, but geez a loader?! ;D :D ;D :D :)
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« Reply #1333 on: January 24, 2021, 12:13:52 AM »
Well, here's a couple.  We had a 1992 Chevy Z71 that the paint went south on.  The salesman (co-workers husband) saw the starting peels and got us a new paint job for free.  About 2 days after getting it back, my wife was pulling in the front gates at the ranch like she'd done hundreds of times.  Turned a little too sharp and caught the right rear wheel well trim on the metal gate.  Heard a funny noise and stopped and looked around.  Didn't see anything wrong so continued forward to rip the trim all the way off. ::)

Then it was my turn.  Drove 2 hours to pick up a new 5-wheel 3 horse aluminum trailer $$$.  Pulled into an abandoned gas station to figure out how to get home (before GPS's)  Didn't realize how sharp a 5th wheel turns.  Caught the fender on a concrete filled steel post in front of the gas island.  Luckily, I was able to pound out the dent and sand the scratches out.  Brushed aluminum is easy to fix!
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« Reply #1334 on: January 24, 2021, 03:05:31 AM »
My tale of sheetmetal woes:
Back in the days of payphones I was using a drive-up version. It was raining and I moved my truck as close as possible so I could call and close the window most of the way. When I was done I hung up the phone and rolled up the window. The steering on my first truck, an '86 GMC Sierra was still cranked when I moved and the post in front of the phone put a distinctive crease into the door, B pillar and box side. The worst part was the cap of the post and therefore the crease, lined up perfectly with the keyhole in the door knocking the whole assembly into the door and rendering the hole out of shape for putting it back together. I was still getting my career started with student loans etc. so I was going to get every mile I could out of that truck without putting a lot back in for niceties like a working lock. I found a rubber "foot" like would go on a wooden kitchen chair that fit perfectly to plug the hole where the lock had been (to keep out all the dirt, ice, salt and such), touched up the scratch and painted it all to match (I had painted the truck when I bought it 4 years before). The only wrinkle besides the one on the side of the truck was that access was now exclusively through the passenger side door whenever the truck was locked. With an empty truck I could just slide across the bench seat. For the rest of the time when I had anything blocking the way I had a canoe paddle permanently stationed on the passenger side, I would open the door reach across with the paddle and use the blade to pop the opposite lock open in one motion. I got pretty good at that for the next couple years before the old GMC was no longer my daily driver.
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« Reply #1335 on: January 24, 2021, 07:08:33 AM »
Think I am pretty fortunate in wife, mine got too close to one of those concrete posts when we had a 74 Nova we bought new after graduating from college.  It was a budget model with rally wheels and no AC. Cost 2750 new.  Anyway, she got too close and knew she hit it, but couldn't figure out how to get away from it without backing up, so just drove on till it was clear.  Put a nice groove all the way to the back.  But since then, she has never hurt a car other than having a deer running into the side of a Corsica she had later.  Can't complain, she has been a much less expensive wife than most. And she is doing my chores and nursing me through my convelescence right now.
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« Reply #1336 on: January 24, 2021, 12:26:23 PM »
@Old Greenhorn  @Southside  .....1 Cat!  Roughly 2 /2.5 gallons of spent litter.  My son and significant others cat spent a couple weeks with us over the holidays while they traveled back to Connecticut to see her family.  So we had extra litter boxes set up.  Wife said hey if you have time can you empty out  the cat boxes. This translates into, "its your day off and I'm working  so".....
We have a Chinese copy of a yahmaha Rhino but the battery just went  bad, and I hadn't been to town to get a different one yet. Normally the bucket with the litter dumped in it would go  in it  or the back of the truck .   This is  to haul far enough away from the place the dog doesn't   find it and role in it or worse....The plan was to grab a loader bucket or two of asphalt grindings while I was at it since it was pretty nice out and I could patch a couple holes and soft spots in the lane. It's a mile round trip just as well kill two birds with one stone right?? ...Nope just killed one tire, the other tractor had the grapple bucket on it and  it won't haul much asphalt.   I will enjoy the new tires.

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« Reply #1337 on: January 24, 2021, 12:42:22 PM »
Wait a second. Now you are telling me that you repair your driveway with used cat litter?  :D Dang, you opening a car wash station for those unfortunate folks who happen to visit you?  :D
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« Reply #1338 on: January 24, 2021, 02:10:10 PM »
 @Southside  Driveway??... no... I'm  filling an old ground hog hole or fox den in a hay patch with the cat litter in the 5 gallon bucket. Grab asphalt grindings  for the driveway in the loader bucket on the return trip. We aren't crazy cat people as of yet. I deal with enough of those folks at work....   

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« Reply #1339 on: January 24, 2021, 05:52:50 PM »
Southside knows that you would not put cat litter in the driveway, he is just crazy. 
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