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Replaced the upstream O2 sensors in the 2004 BMW 325xi Touring. Was getting P0430 Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 2). Graphed the O2 sensor voltages and it was definitely past time to replace the upstream sensors. Have to wait until tomorrow to get new logs to check the outcome.
 

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woke the old gravely up after a two year sleep, the cultivator was still mounted so in the garden it went. that old girl does a nice job.
 

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Busy day, touched up some paint on an old vehicle that we will hopefully be selling, changed a cabin air filter in one of the vehicles, did some gardening, took my little guy and his buddy fishing for a bit, converted a bike to a balance bike and took the cab off the snowblower

Luckily next weekend is a long weekend.
 

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Finished up on the Christmas tree farm :smile_big: Just kidding. Now have about 80 Douglas Fir trees planted on the north east corner of the property. They are only 2 or 3 year old seedlings so there isn't much to see presently. Have them marked with flags and hoping not to run over them with the mower. On the opposite corner of the property I have three rows. The white pines are down but last night I added another 20-25 Black Oak and Black Cherry. I'm hoping to live long enough to see them mature some but in any case they should be beautiful in the future and at some point someone could harvest some for their wood ($$) and give the remaining ones more room to grow. I have all the trees on a 10x10 grid and that's fine for the windbreak evergreens but not really enough for a maturing Oak or Cherry.

Finally manned up and hoisted the 60" Swisher up on blocks. That thing is right at the limit of what I can lift. My back is still sore. Pulled the center spindle. It is sheared off. :sad2: Called Swisher and I'm trying to find out if I can upgrade to the new style of blade attachment. Mine actually has a "D" shaped shaft that the blade fits on and the newer ones just have a simple three bolt mount. My way of thinking is if the blade hits something there is a chance the shaft will try to spin and then the blade works to cut the shaft in two. You'd hope the belt would slip first but from the looks of it my shaft broke from the blade stopping and the shaft managing to spin and getting ground down to a point where it snapped.
My lawn is pretty uneven with all the gopher mounds so I'd like to reduce the possibility of chewing up another spindle in the near future.

Finally took the time to convert a plastic coffee can to my new pond pump filter. Took a hole saw and made a hole for the discharge hose to barely force through. Cut most of the center of the lid out leaving just enough to have a tight fitting ring at the mouth. I use food service hair nets for the swimming pool skimmer baskets and have tried to use them for the pond pump but they never seem to work trying different things to wrap them onto the pump. Put the hair net over the opening of the coffee can and then snapped the former lid, now just a ring onto the can to hold the hair net in place. Needed to cut a little notch at the mouth for the power cord. Works great. Now I just need to so some landscaping so the pond doesn't look like the cheap plastic preformed run of the mill style it is.
If you happen to have an inground pool and haven't tried this hack on your skimmer baskets you'll be amazed how wonderful it is to just pull the basket, take out the hair net with whatever crap it's trapped and just slip a new one back on, drop the basket back in the skimmer and drop the crud in the garbage.

Coffee is almost gone :images: so time to try and walk some of the fence line and cut the wild grape vines and stuff off the fence. Also need to pull the chainsaw out as I have one tree to cut down and two that are down that need to be cut up.
Work, work, work, work, work.

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Live From THE GREEN ACRES FARM.

Got some Petunia's plants at the Grocery store here today and potted them up. sooooooooooooooooooooo when the Time is right I will be posting Petunia Porn here once again. :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo: My jet mechanic next door neighbor brought back his john deere riding mower from up north. had him mow the stinking weed pile of a so called yard. so now I won't have to worry about that again till some time in June. :eek:k::eek:k::eek:k::eek:k::eek:k::eek:k::eek:k:
 

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Finished up on the Christmas tree farm :smile_big: Just kidding. Now have about 80 Douglas Fir trees planted on the north east corner of the property. They are only 2 or 3 year old seedlings so there isn't much to see presently. Have them marked with flags and hoping not to run over them with the mower. On the opposite corner of the property I have three rows. The white pines are down but last night I added another 20-25 Black Oak and Black Cherry. I'm hoping to live long enough to see them mature some but in any case they should be beautiful in the future and at some point someone could harvest some for their wood ($$) and give the remaining ones more room to grow. I have all the trees on a 10x10 grid and that's fine for the windbreak evergreens but not really enough for a maturing Oak or Cherry.




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Dad had a tree farm, sort of a side hobby. No pun intended but it really grew. I was one of his Mules (along with my other 3 brothers) and we had the pleasure of planting close to 250,000 trees before I made my escape. Looking back it was not so bad. Thanks to my parents I developed a good work ethic and learned to earn my own way. I still enjoy outdoor work.
 
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Back from Florida, visiting my 94 yr. old mother and American Airlines cancelled the return flight from its hub in Charlotte to Baltimore! I had travel insurance through TravelGuard and they immediately booked me a flight on Southwest. My suitcase is arriving today to my house. All in all it was a long day just to fly up the coast. Started at 10 a.m. and arrived home at 11 p.m. I enjoyed the layover in Charlotte; walking around the airport people-watching, eating at the restaurants, window-shopping at stores and riding the flat escalators/people movers. Glad to be back home.
 

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Back from Florida, visiting my 94 yr. old mother and American Airlines cancelled the return flight from its hub in Charlotte to Baltimore! I had travel insurance through TravelGuard and they immediately booked me a flight on Southwest. My suitcase is arriving today to my house.
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I spent a month knocking around Europe a couple years back. Flew Delta.
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Spent the whole dang month living out of my backpack. When traveling anywhere where I have to switch planes I always pack my necessities and a couple changes of clothing in my backpack. Yep. I spent the whole month there w/o buying additional clothing.
Im sitting in the living room 6 weeks.later and a Fedex stops. I go to the door and he hollers he has a suitcase. Got everythig back. It had never been opened.
 
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I put the tomato seedlings out in the sun for a few hours today. Getting ready to put in the garden. Also got a freebie Bolens BL160 string trimmer running. I rebuilt the Walbro carb (first for me), replaced fuel lines and cleaned gas tank. Runs pretty good, going to see if I can find my carb adjustment tool for these "non-user-adjustable" carbs. I don't really need a trimmer, but it was good opportunity to learn a bit about the Walbro carbs.
 

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I spent a month knocking around Europe a couple years back. Flew Delta.
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Spent the whole dang month living out of my backpack. When traveling anywhere where I have to switch planes I always pack my necessities and a couple changes of clothing in my backpack. Yep. I spent the whole month there w/o buying additional clothing.
Im sitting in the living room 6 weeks.later and a Fedex stops. I go to the door and he hollers he has a suitcase. Got everythig back. It had never been opened.
That's good advice! This is the first time I lost luggage and it made me realize that I should always pack a second bag, just as you suggested. I'm glad that it happened on the way back from the vacation. I'm still hoping to get the suitcase back and they say that they have found it and will deliver it.
 

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The suitcase delayed by the airline was returned last night after dark with all its contents, 24 hours later. I will carry on a second bag now if I have to check a bag. I have never lost a bag before and it takes time and effort to get it back.
We have the house wash crew outside spraying the house right now. I'm staying inside because they bleach first. When I went outside 2 years ago to check on them, my pants and shirt were permanently speckled.
 

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12 inches snow expected in higher elevations. 5-6 inches at house. people will freak out but it will be melted off in a couple days. already put blowers in storage.

not concerned.
 

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My 89 year old mother said to me yesterday never plant potatoes until the may snow falls. So I guess I'm now safe to plant my Russian blue potatoes. They are so good!!!!
 

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Measured and ordered a new window insert (just the double pane glass insert, not the whole window) to replace one in the living room that has fogged up because the seal broke. I found out on another forum that it's about a 20-minute job if it's your first time to remove, measure, and replace the glass. When the new one arrives it'll take half that time to replace it.

Also reattached a downspout at the bottom that had worked it's way loose over the winter. A few weeks ago I'd bought a Milwaukee rivet tool for this purpose and other projects/repairs. When arthritis gets to your hands it gets to be worth the price, still a lot cheaper than having to hire somebody.
 

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Came back from Minot,Nd form a getaway............and now have to replace an $850 windshield for a tennis ball sized rock.I wish I could swear on here!:crying::wink2::plain:
 

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12 inches snow expected in higher elevations. 5-6 inches at house. people will freak out but it will be melted off in a couple days. already put blowers in storage.

not concerned.
Did you get the snow?
 

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snow is all melted now but we are expecting 1-3 inches tonight.i fertilized the yard since it is so wet. the yard is really starting to look good. my town has outlawed charcoal fires due to wildfire danger. we bbq a lot. i am NOT going to buy a gas BBQ.

I guess i will continue being an outlaw since i rarely follow stupid rules. it's the same ol story . they regulate for that one idiot out of a thousand that has no common sense and make 999 people suffer.
 
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