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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wolfy on February 15, 2019, 03:34:57 PM »
It's been boringly cold & windy here in northeastern NEBRASKA for nearly the whole month of February.  Not much snow, so far.....the weather dude says we're about 18" below normal right now.  We do have about 4" predicted for tomorrow afternoon and evening, but the brunt of the system will be south of us.  About par for the course because we figure on heading south toward TX & FL tomorrow morning.....we hope to beat the front and get at least as far as Oklahoma City tomorrow night.  It all depends on road conditions and how fast we can drive semi-safely.  We're both getting pretty tired of winter and it'll be a while before we climb aboard the Tri-Glide again, so we are both more than ready for a real road trip! :banana: :banana:

We had an airbag recall on our 2010 Ford Fusion and since the job took 6 hours to complete, the dealership offered Heather a 2017 Lincoln MKZ as a loaner.  The car only had 10,000 miles on it and it came with a 7 year, 100,000 mile, full bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Crafty lot that they are, they suggested that she drive it back home so her husband could drive it, too.  Long story short...we traded. :shrug:    Should be an excellent 'land yacht' for this trip, but it has a LOT of bells & whistles to learn how to use.  The part that I really like is the heated seats that massage your back and butt.....kinda turns me on. :lol:
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Stump Removal
« Last post by madmax on February 15, 2019, 02:01:30 PM »
Now I want a farm just to have a pair of oxen. 
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by Pete Bog on February 15, 2019, 02:00:32 PM »
We were at -25*F this AM and now at 2:50 PM local time we've warmed up to -4. We'll be headed back down toward -17 tonight and tomorrow we might actually break  0* and get all the way up to a +7F. It looks like it's going to be cold for at least another week.
The wind chill index is just horrid. When we go outside we look like we're wearing a Bbop ball for all the clothes we put on.
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Stump Removal
« Last post by Old Philosopher on February 15, 2019, 01:54:57 PM »
A record I just looked up.  And remember THIS is only TWO oxen yoked together, not four.

There is a story about a contest in Canada for the strongest ox. The  winning ox could pull 8,000 pounds  and the runner-up pulled just a little less than that. The owners of the oxen wanted to know how much the two oxen could pull together. Most observers placed a bet around 16,000 pounds. Some bet a little more, some a little less. When they actually put the two oxen in front of the weights, they pulled over 26,000  pounds! That is true synergy: the sum is more than the components together. That is why team playing is so much more effective.
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Stump Removal
« Last post by Pete Bog on February 15, 2019, 01:45:23 PM »
Six men, practiced and experienced in cutting and digging roots, a Puller twice the size of the scale model demonstrated and 4 oxen is a lot of power. Hard to say where the weak link would be in 1817, but a stump the size of the one Nuke posted would probably slow them down to a 35 stump day. What do you think?

Today there would be three guys cutting in shifts, two handling the oxen and one supervising with a clip board. Might take a little longer. :D
DIY and Homemade Gear / Finishing off knotting projects
« Last post by asemery on February 15, 2019, 01:00:25 PM »

finishing off knots
My go-to methods of finishing a 4 strand project.  Cut the ends close and hide them in the knot  - or leave the ends alone or comb them out in a fringe.  All knots shown started with 2 strands of 3' long cord.

Top 2 knots
diamond/herringbone tutorial
Bottom knots
crown and wall tutorial

Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Stump Removal
« Last post by wsdstan on February 15, 2019, 12:28:43 PM »
As neat as that thing is I don't think it would be pulling that stump Nuke posted out very quickly.   :-\
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on February 15, 2019, 12:17:35 PM »
We were 1F this morning with moderate snowfall and wind.  Snow has slacked off a bit for now but is coming back tonight.  We are up to about 12F at present and the wood stove is warming the place up. 

Forecast is for snow two more days then cold for another week.  This crap is well on it's way to being the longest cold snap I can remember in the last twenty years that we have lived here.  It has been colder but never as many days in row. 
General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by 1066vik on February 15, 2019, 11:30:07 AM »
it was sunny and 54 yesterday at noon, 35 at 3, 30 and cloudy at 5, 22 at 7 and 19 when I got home from taking SWMBO out for dinner around 9.
today it's blizzarding and 12 - with a WC around -3.
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Stump Removal
« Last post by madmax on February 15, 2019, 11:27:51 AM »
Incredible.  The more I know about those times the more impressed I am with those people.
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