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jgradyc last won the day on December 12 2016

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About jgradyc

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    Nashville, TN
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    Running, cycling, general exercise, reading
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    Author, ghost writer, futurist and professional speaker


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    Taurus G2 Millennium
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    Kel Tec P3AT w/Armalaser

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  1. I just finished 48 Hours by William Forstchen, author of One Second After. It's a pre-apocalypse book about the last 48 hours before a massive solar flare might hit earth, resulting in an extinction event. It's an outstanding premise, but the plot doesn't live up to the promise. If you're interested in prepping or survivalist books, this isn't a good book. It about how the head of security at a civilian bunker reacts as martial law is established and government bureaucrats try to take over the facility. I enjoy prepping and survivalist books because I can sometimes learn something useful, but this book had none of those aspects. Plus, the hero's rationale for who gets to come into the bunker seems unrealistic. Readers familiar with One Second After and One Year After will see some character similarities.
  2. I'm still waiting to hear from Coleman Tractor. I dropped it off to be fixed two weeks ago! It broke because the spindle had obviously cracked a year or more in the past. I could tell because there was rust on part of the break and fresh metal on other parts of the crack. I was mowing on a hillside and the stress on the downhill side was apparently enough to make it crack the rest of the way. Why did it crack a year or more ago? I don't know. Maybe there was a hairline flaw in the metal.
  3. Thanks! I didn't know it was called a spindle. I'll take the part in today to get it repaired. I'm thinking of taking it to Coleman Tractor Company (the old McHenry tractor place) in Nashville this morning with the video of the axle. That part is $185 online. I doubt if I'll come out of this for less than $500. We'll see.
  4. I wish tractor repair was as easy for me as computer stuff. Here's a resized video of the axle play. Is this a problem? Regardless, I think another problem is in the hub shown in the video below this one.. You can hear it grinding. Play in axle QVGA15fpsQlow.mp4
  5. I got it! I put a 2x4 on the axle and tapped it all around until there was a tiny gap at the bottom. I sprayed the dowel with WD40 and wedged a narrow blade screwdriver in the gap and worked my way around until it was separated at the top too. Then, I rocked it back and forth until it just slid off. I can hear a noise when I spin the removed hub by hand so I think there's problem is in the hub, but I'm concerned about the axle, too. When I twist it by hand, it moves about 1/8 of a turn. When I push it, it moves in and out about 1/2 inch. Is it supposed to do that? I'm trying to get a video small enough to attach. I'll post it soon.
  6. Thanks, that's it. I don't know what the dowel does, but there is a raised area on the bottom of the case where the dowel probably fits on the inside. I imagine a good whack would remove it. It's probably just stuck because there appears to be nothing left to hold it on. I've removed the four mounting bolts. I just don't want to break it taking it off. If I can get it off, I can take it in to get repaired. It doesn't look like it would be hard to reattach, but then I've never done this. Thanks,
  7. I have 2009 Kubota B3030HSD. The axle/hub sheered off while mowing the yard this morning. I've removed the 4 bolts that hold the hub assembly to the axle (just below the yellow fill cap in the photo) , but I can't get it off. The seams appear to have been painted over. I've tried tapping it lightly with a hammer, but I don't want to break it. How do I get it off? The reason I'm taking it off here is that seal where the hub joins the axle is also leaking so I want take it in to get both things fixed at one time.
  8. I tried PBR Easy... their new "light" beer. I like PBR, but PBR Easy wasn't good.
  9. The highest crime I could come up with under Tennessee law is Section 39-14. ... ... Littering.
  10. In an article in the NYTimes, she said she went out for a short hike. That's why she didn't take her phone or water bottle. She went off the trail to rest and got turned around trying to get back to the trail. (I'm guessing she just had to potty and didn't want to say that.) Once she realized she was lost, she decided to "follow her intuition because her intuition was so good." (Not joking. That's pretty much what she said.) Then, on the third day, she fell off a cliff and fractured her leg and lost her shoes in a flash flood. (I'm not sure of the order of these events.) By then, she had wandered about 4 miles outside the initial 1.5 mile radius search area. In short, she did almost everything wrong.
  11. If an EMP hits, you won't need maps. Your world will shrink to a 10 mile or so radius. Old cars will quickly be worthless because gasoline won't be available. Everyone will be on foot, except for bicycles. Old yard-sale bicycles will be worth their weight in gold if the grid shutdown continues for more than a week.
  12. Hmm. I have three lights with the button on the side. They're Xanes cheapo18650 LED lights for about $7. They have one side button that is clicked once to turn on to bright, again to switch to low, again to change to strobe, and again to turn off. They're floodies with a sliding lens to zoom from spot to flood. They're adequate for indoors, but weak compared to the other lights I mentioned. I hate them. I can never find the side button when I want to turn them on or change the brightness. The BLF Q8 has a side button, too, but it glows green in the dark so it's not as bad. To each his own, I guess...
  13. I'm not sure what you mean by a tail cap switch with a separate switch mode. The Convoy, Astrolux, and BLF A6 have a tail cap switch. There is no separate switch for modes. You just keep clicking the tail cap to switch from one mode to the other. The BLF A6 is programmable to start in your preferred mode. The default is to start in firefly. From there, you can half click to low, half click to med, and half click to high, and so on. Or, you can skip straight from firefly to turbo with a click to turn it on and a quick full click to go to turbo. You can program it to bypass the blinking modes entirely. That's what I do.
  14. I have the older Convoy S2. I think it's been replaced by the S2+. The difference between the S2 and the S3 is the LED. I think everything else is the same. The Convoy S2, S3, Astrolux (something), and (Astrolux) BLF A6 share the same frames. I've had the Convoy S2 for six years... good, dependable light, but it has only three non-blinking modes: high, med, and low. The BLF A6 has 5 non-blinking modes: turbo, high, med, low, and firefly. The Convoy, Astroxlux, and BLF all have tail standing, clicky tail caps. As hughd pointed out, budgetlightforum.com is the place to go to get inexpensive flashlight reviews.

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