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About Swamp_Yankee

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    Get yourself a pair with two piece soles: https://bigblackboots.com/bsoles.htm I've never ordered boots from those guys but they're a good source of information-they supply loggers, wildland firefighters, linemen, motorcycle cops, etc... My boot guy charges me $25.00 a pair to put new heel caps on-takes about 20 minutes and I'm good for another six months or so. It beats having to buy another pair of boots or soles.
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    Every day I started wearing them more out of practicality than anything-I just like having a good pair of boots that I don't have to tie.
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    I looked around for a LONG time for a good pair of western style boots that had a good quality sole in the $200 range. I found a lot of boots from Ariat, etc...that are billed as work boots but the soles are pretty much the equivalent of the junk you'd find on a pair of work boots from Wal-Mart. I was looking for the equivalent of what you'd find on a logger or lineman type boot from Danner, Wesco, etc...which is usually a Vibram 100 two piece sole with a stacked 2" heel. The two piece heel is important because I tend to walk on the outsides of them and about every six months I need new heel caps (as opposed to a whole new sole). Needless to say I never found a western style boot with what I was looking for, but I did find Dan Post Albuquerques which are a good quality waterproof, insulated work boot that had a sole that was essentially a copy of the Vibram 430 mini-lug sole with a stacked 2" heel. This is what they looked like new right after their first coat of Blackrock boot oil: This is them after having a local guy put the new Vibram 100s on and a lot of oil later: I wear these boots to the office every day plus out in the field with my public works crew/engineer when needed, doing chores around the farm (unless I'm really in the mud), church on Sundays, etc... My wife says I need a new pair but with the new soles I figure I can get at least another two years out of them-at which point I'll put another pair of new soles on
  4. Funny, the Brits would have said the same thing...
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    Propane tank fire pit

    I have a Sawzall-blade recommendation?
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    Yote pups by my house

    Hook up with a trapper? If you're in no discharge area shooting would probably not be advisable/safe. Most no-discharge towns I know of are fairly dense. Even if you can shoot safely its not worth getting caught.
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    Propane tank fire pit

    I've been wanting a good "bowl" type fire pit for our patio but really heavy ones (ie: won't rust out in one season) are extremely expensive. The other day I was driving down the road and saw a 420lb/120 gallon propane tank laying on its side next to an old garage. I got in touch with the property owner and made arrangements to pick it up. I plan on cutting the tank somewhere below the bottom 1/3 so that I have a nice bowl sitting on a pedestal: First things first before I do anything I'm going to remove the valve and simply let it vent, assuming there's anything in it at all. I've heard of people filling or flushing them with water before welding or cutting but propane vaporizes at -44°F so once the tank is depressurized (by removing the valve) and vented to atmospheric pressure it simply turns to a gas and escapes. What's the best way to get a nice clean cut all the way around the body of the tank? Once it's cut open I'm just going to coat it with BBQ paint, put some holes in the bottom for airflow, and maybe a grate to hold the logs/coals off of the bottom.
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    Snappers on the move

    Came down the lane this afternoon and thought that a rock was laying in the road. My neighbor had been doing some road work and I figured maybe he knocked one loose with the tractor bucket, but upon closer inspection: Nasty little bugger: Brought him down to the swamp:
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    Good Guy Alert-NotJust22s

    If you need roll-off service around Hunterdon or Warren County contact NotJust22s. He helped me out big time by transporting some firewood from my rental property to my new house and hauled away some junk as well. His guys showed up when they said they would and his prices are very fair
  10. The sky went from clear blue to almost black and the wind picked up. Didn't get much rain and only a nice cool breeze but then this:
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    I'd Rather see a bear than a snake

    Timber rattlesnakes are the very ethos of America. Shame on anyone who intentionally harm one. The timber rattlesnake served as an unofficial symbol of the defiance and independence of the 13 Colonies more than 30 years before the bald eagle was adopted as the official fauna of the United States.
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    New Flags for the Barn

    They say that good fences make good neighbors, but I would argue that good neighbors with tractors make good neighbors. Having purchased a truck this year and budgeting for some projects around the house coming up, a tractor isn't in the cards just yet. However, around here, being neighbors means being ready to lend a hand or a piece of equipment when needed. My neighbor's old Kubota sure came in handy for clearing this mess: I was able to clear in about five hours what could easily have taken two days dragging stuff out by hand or wheel barrow: There's more work yet to do-the tree has to be cleared from the barn, and a new corner post has to be put in to shore it up, but all in good time.
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    New truck

    She's home! My co-pilot approves:
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    New Flags for the Barn

    So the locust trees just north of the barn apparently didn't like the flags: I woke up with a bad head cold on Monday (when we got all that rain) and decided to take a sick day and work from home. I was in the bedroom on my laptop when I heard a huge crash...the tree had uprooted in the soft ground and taken out the back corner of the barn. Luckily there were no cars parked there at the time and it didn't hit the toolshed. I should be able to shore up the corner pretty easily, and my neighbor has some boards I can use from one of his old collapsed barns so that the siding matches up reasonably well. Also, locust is damn good firewood
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    New truck

    Every manufacturer has their niche, IMO. GM builds the best muscle and sports cars-I've been in love with Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelles, etc...ever since I can remember. It probably helped that my uncle was a GM assembly line worker and Corvette nut, and my dad raced an 11 second Chevelle at Englishtown. Toyota builds the best compact trucks (I own a 1991 Toyota 4x4 pickup) and SUVs for real off-road use, but I'd never in a million years buy a Tundra. For 3/4 and 1 ton trucks it's got to be a Ford. GM got it wrong in the late '80s when they went to IFS. IFS is fine for compact trucks, but not for 3/4 and 1 tons. Dodge/MOPAR I just never got into period. Cummins builds a good engine, but that's pretty much it-never really cared for the trucks themselves...