Category: Misc.

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Ice Melt vs Rock Salt

So, I decided to try out some “Ice Melt” that we were told was the best stuff out there. I have to say straight out, I was not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I had high hopes when I heard the cracking of the ice below the additive, but it...

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BlazeVideo Game / Trail Cam Unboxing and Review

BlazeVideo cameras I had never heard of before. I came across these on Amazon in a multipack and low cost. Check out these cameras. So far, they’ve been getting the job done! To date, the temps have bene in the single digits and the cameras are still functional. No water...

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We got WOOD! 24 cords

We just got our wood delivered a short time back. Here is the delivery. I never knew how they delivered wood and unloaded it. I’ve seen the logging trucks before, but this one had a built in lift that was pretty cool. The two year old loved it! 24 full...

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Wood Splitting: A tip for small logs!

Small logs need to be split too. Have you ever trimmed up some logs that left you with a ‘cookie’ or smaller than average logs that still need to be split? Of course you have. I get stuck with these all the time. It really because a pain when you...

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Kenmore Dishwasher Top Rack FAIL!

As with life, things fail when you buy a ‘new’ home. And while I wish it was always fun and games on the homestead, some required repairs are always necessary. We have a Kenmore dishwasher that worked just fine and then we had a top rack failure. The dishes came...

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Google Earth: Finding Area – Acres, Square Feet

Google Earth is an extremely important tool when it comes to land ownership. I have discovered so many different ways that GE has been extremely valuable. The latest tool I have used is the Ruler tool, under which I used the Polygon setting. This setting allows you to measure multiple...

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Why Not Use GIS? Because… Google

This video briefly goes into why not to use the county GIS mapping system over other applications like Google Earth. Read on for more details! As you saw in the video, there are a number of reasons not to use the GIS system. First and foremost should be the GIS...

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Making Lists: Part 2 – Revising that ‘Final’ List

WANT LIST REVISITED: As you see, we originally wanted 20 or more acres of land. Realistically, after walking 20 acres of land several times when in Virginia looking at properties, we realized there was no way that we would be able to maintain this much land when we were of...

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Making Lists: Part 1 – This is a CRITICAL step!

So, as my first project looking for the best property for me, I spent not months, but years with my wife discussing what we wanted and needed on a property. Those elements are very subjective and personal to each purchaser. So I wanted to give a quick rundown of what...

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How big is an acre, really?

A lot of friends and family have asked what an acre is. In the city, we don’t go by acres, we tend to measure a “lot” by sq. ft, because most lots are in subdivisions and they’re well under 7500 sq. ft for a typical lot. depending on the subdivision...