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Author Topic: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"  (Read 9986 times)

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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2016, 07:11:07 AM »
Oh no, the Harleys are not on the cut list. I have 8 antique tractors and a crawler. I plan on keeping 1 maybe 2. Oh the decisions.
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2016, 07:45:46 AM »
We were supposed to work on the leach field this weekend but it rained pretty hard early Friday morning so the septic guy waved off.
By 7 am it was clearing up and we decided to set the temporary power pole and see if we could get some lot clearing done. There were a lot of white oaks averaging 18 to 20" and a couple maple's on the lot, we already had my brothers backhoe on site so he gave one of the tree's a push and with a little effort it came out root ball and all! So we spent 2 days pushing over trees and cutting them up into saw logs.

 

 By the end of the weekend W had over 40 saw logs a huge pile of firewood and mounds of brush. My skid steer with a grapple was invaluable!

 

 One thing I notice about pictures, the slope looks less steep, trees look thinner and I look fatter. :D
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2016, 07:58:49 AM »
This old chimney stands on my neighbors property about 50 yards from my property line. I don't know how long ago the cabin burned down but it has been like this all my life.  When I come out the front door of my garage apartment this is what I will see. The property is in a land trust and can never be built on.

 
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2016, 08:44:10 AM »
I love the relic and your view.   smiley_thumbsup

I did not see you so you musta been holding your breath.... :D :D
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2016, 04:01:10 PM »
Someone built that chimney right! 
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2016, 08:39:07 PM »
Looks like you got some nice looking land there. Lucky you.
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2016, 08:05:48 AM »
Exciting times, nice looking spot!


Oh, and that backhoe looks real familiar.

 

 

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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2016, 07:29:56 AM »
The next five years should  go pretty fast. You have allot lined up gittin' ready for da big day.
 Good luck, da count down begins.  :)
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2016, 10:29:30 AM »
Congratulations on the 5 year plan!  I will watch this with great interest.   We want to do something similar but have not really started the ball rolling other than contacting someone about driveway work.

Place/land looks very nice.

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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2016, 08:11:39 PM »
That is going to be a fine place there, Jon.  A man needs a place like that to ease his travails. 
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2016, 10:11:43 PM »
That looks like a great plan and it sure looks like "Almost Heaven, West Virginia."
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2016, 07:49:07 AM »
It was a pretty nice weekend even though it snowed, I broke a sawmill and I had a serious bout of ADD.

Friday I played hookey from work and headed for the mountains. I spent the day trying to  clean my lot. First there is a lot of slash leftover from knocking trees down so I worked with the skid steer and grapple but I keep running over these rocks that my part of WV is made of so I hopped on the backhoe and started moving rocks around, but wait, these logs are not good saw logs, lets start a firewood log pile, out with the chainsaw and then back on the skid steer moving some logs around, wait, I need to push this hill back a little so trucks can get onto the lot easier, up on the back hoe. Repeat, repeat, repeat... I made progress on all fronts but I started getting on my own nerves after a while.

Saturday morning I took a load of logs over to my neighbor's to saw and get trained on his LT35 hydraulic with simple setworks. We got through one log but things weren't working very well. It kept surging, speeding up and slowing down and making wavy cuts till the blade would rise and the mill would stall out. We tried 2 other blades with similar results. I finally kept my hand on the speed control and found that If I tapped on or wiggled the speed congrol it would affect the speed even though I wasn't turning it. So I think the speed controller needs to be replaced, should be a simple fix. The good thing is we did make a few boards and I did have my first experience at the controls of a LT35 hydraulic sawmill. I hope to get the replacement part and go back up this weekend for a little more hands on.

 
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2016, 09:54:40 AM »
very pretty building site,, happy for you!  as mentioned having a plan is a good thing, really almost necessary, and we all pretty much know things change course a little from time to time, but with a goal set, then who cares how one gets there,,by the way,, is this where all your pet deer reside?
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2016, 10:09:51 AM »
,by the way,, is this where all your pet deer reside?

Yep, and they keep getting into the squirrel corn for which the punishment is pretty severe!
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2016, 12:21:30 PM »
Check the TPS :D
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2016, 12:47:13 PM »
Check the TPS :D

I hear they cost about $300 to replace...


I did talk to Woodmizer, they believe the feed rate potentiometer has gone bad. New one is on it's way.
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2016, 09:55:06 PM »
ADD,I know I don't have that problem. I start something and than I start somehing else. I have about 10 projects going and none of them are done.  ;D
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« Reply #37 on: April 18, 2016, 06:46:14 PM »
I ordered the potentiometer from WM and had it the next day. Saturday I installed it in about 10 minutes and was sawing wood. This was my first solo on the LT35 and I like it alot. This Thursday I'll move it to my lot and get serious about my wack o logs.  It took 2 hours just to get the stoopid grin off my face

 

Sunday I worked to exhaustion on this rubble pile. It's to the right of the backhoe and needs to be pushed back at least 30 feet. That pile is mostly rocks and boulders with some dirt sprinkled over top of it and I'm separating the dirt from rocks cause dirt is hard to come by around that area!

 

Boy did I sleep good last night!
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« Reply #38 on: April 18, 2016, 08:37:09 PM »
I'm an expect on a little dirt and alot of rocks.  ;D
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Re: Breaking Ground this Weekend! or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2016, 12:34:11 PM »
I'm an expect on a little dirt and alot of rocks.  ;D
I expect that you are an expert.   :D
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