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Special Interest => Gulching/Self-Sufficiency => Topic started by: FDD on March 10, 2016, 12:45:19 pm

Title: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 10, 2016, 12:45:19 pm
Well, I am now one step closer to having my gulch.

Got the land.  YEAAAAAAAA

it is just raw land now, but it is mine.

more than 30 miles from the nearest city, as the crow flies.
so most would not even see it, let alone find it.
hehehe yea baby, now the fun begins.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on March 10, 2016, 01:12:24 pm
Good luck, my friend. That's far, far too close to a city for me. But I do hope you are not going to be alone out there.  You got to sleep and a few other things without a rifle in your hand...

Illness and injury can happen to any of us. And, as someone who lives alone, I'm having to face that seriously as I get older. Your choice, of course. Just don't forget to think about it.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 10, 2016, 01:17:20 pm
Good luck, my friend. That's far, far too close to a city for me. But I do hope you are not going to be alone out there.  You got to sleep and a few other things without a rifle in your hand...

Illness and injury can happen to any of us. And, as someone who lives alone, I'm having to face that seriously as I get older. Your choice, of course. Just don't forget to think about it.

Thanks Mama, but I am more worry about shit being in the city than if and when I move out.
But you are right in that these are things I need to plan on.
but so far, I have not found a lady that would like to live like I want to.
so this will not stop me from going after my dreams, but it would be nice to have a female partner with me.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on March 10, 2016, 02:38:06 pm
so this will not stop me from going after my dreams, but it would be nice to have a female partner with me.

Female? Sure, if she can shoot and hold her own in the hard times. "Ladies" are a luxury item, my friend. Find some good people to join you, either sex. Then you can go to the bathroom knowing that someone is watching while you can't.

Nobody knows when this deal is going down.... :(
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Moonbeam on March 10, 2016, 05:02:31 pm
I am happy for you Julio! :)
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 10, 2016, 07:40:16 pm
Then you can go to the bathroom knowing that someone is watching you.



WHAT!!! people watching me pee? why you pervert.

 :ph34r: :laugh: :ph34r:
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on March 11, 2016, 04:51:42 am
Then you can go to the bathroom knowing that someone is watching you.



WHAT!!! people watching me pee? why you pervert.

 :ph34r: :laugh: :ph34r:

Dang... got in a hurry and forgot two little words.  ....someone is watching out for you. Watching your back, etc. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to watch you pee. LOL

Come to think of it, I had to watch when my sons were little... until they got over the idea that they had a fire hose. LOL
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on March 11, 2016, 05:48:34 am
Then you can go to the bathroom knowing that someone is watching you.



WHAT!!! people watching me pee? why you pervert.

 :ph34r: :laugh: :ph34r:

Dang... got in a hurry and forgot two little words.  ....someone is watching out for you. Watching your back, etc. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to watch you pee. LOL

Come to think of it, I had to watch when my sons were little... until they got over the idea that they had a fire hose. LOL
:laugh:  We had to put cheerios in the toilet so my son would have something to aim at.  Otherwise it was great fun for him to spray... everywhere.

Back to the thread: awesome news Julio!  First major hurdle.  Now the real work begins.  First step is to build your gun range.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 11, 2016, 06:52:51 am
Then you can go to the bathroom knowing that someone is watching you.



WHAT!!! people watching me pee? why you pervert.

 :ph34r: :laugh: :ph34r:

Dang... got in a hurry and forgot two little words.  ....someone is watching out for you. Watching your back, etc. I can't imagine anyone actually wanting to watch you pee. LOL

Come to think of it, I had to watch when my sons were little... until they got over the idea that they had a fire hose. LOL
:laugh:  We had to put cheerios in the toilet so my son would have something to aim at.  Otherwise it was great fun for him to spray... everywhere.

Back to the thread: awesome news Julio!  First major hurdle.  Now the real work begins.  First step is to build your gun range.

nope, first is a water well, then storage for my tools, then maybe a range, need to see how things work out.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: da gooch on March 11, 2016, 01:06:41 pm
Congrats Dawg  Well Done. :thumbsup:

I am so jealous. (This poverty stuff is not for the squeamish.)


A water well IS at the top of anyone's list But may I offer a few ideas of my own?

IF, as you say, not many would see it ... what about a locking gate so that the wandering local youth with friends looking for a "safe place to drink and shoot tincans" (for just one example) won't accidentally stumble upon your gulch? ("Hey look an abandoned shack ...I wonder what's in it?")
How about buying a used travel trailer as a first domicile which would allow comfortable living while in the process of building the gulch proper? Not reccommended for permanent usage in the winter unless additional insulation (hay straw bales stacked around it?) is available.
A used shipping container as temporary "safe storage" and possible first barn/buried retreat?

I do not own land myself but do own my own mobile home, currently located in a rural trailer park outside of a small rural town. Not a perfect situation but comfortable for now. Largest town over 20 K is 65 miles away, still not far enough but doable so far.

I know that many here will boo and hiss at this one But what about a short "Howdy Do?" with the local Sheriff so that he is aware of who the owner actually is and that you are Not the lead element of some tear wrist group moving into the County he is responsible for. This will also give you a good chance to evaluate the man and his "political" leanings. If they are totally statist then you are at minimum warned ahead of time.
If he is not, most western states rural Sheriff's are not statist, IMHO, or not completely then that also is a good info byte. Some of them are very "Good Ol' Boy" oriented which is very similar to statist in my opinion. Still good to know ahead of time. No?

Here again my humble opinion, most country folks are happy to not have any Outside government in their lives if at all possible. The Sheriffs from these areas are of the same cloth.

Just random thoughts ... take or leave what you will.
:twocents:
Again Congrats on the land purchase.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: colonial shooter on March 11, 2016, 04:18:58 pm
Congrats Dog!

Along the lines of what DaGooch says. I would look to meeting the deputies in the area, as the Sheriff (IIRC)  is nothing more than a blow hard politician. Might have changed a bit since I left though. I will agree with the shipping container and the No Trespassing signs.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 11, 2016, 05:31:37 pm
Well, I have meet the Sheriff and some of his deputies, at the gun store, Powder River Armory, seam like good people for the most part, not like the Casper PD at all.

I am looking at ISO containers for storage, just not many here.

as for people walking in and wanting to do things here, not likely to happen. unless they are wanting to walk over 30 miles in open country to get here, and that is as the crow flies.

fences are on the list, but later. not many people out here by me, the nearest one I have meet already, nice people, they told me about some of the people here, who are the trouble makers and all, but it will be awhile before I am there for any length of time.

travel trailer will work, but I do not have one, and the use ones are not cheap here.

Hey Gooch, if you ever want to leave Texas, send me a PM. land out here is not that bad, price wise.
on the plus side, there are more of us here, than you think hehe.     
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: DiabloLoco on March 11, 2016, 05:42:37 pm

travel trailer will work, but I do not have one, and the use ones are not cheap here.

Check craigslist. Oftentimes, you can find a nice older camper that is still in really nice shape for pretty cheap. Well....around here you can. YMMV.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: NuclearDruid on March 12, 2016, 01:48:59 pm
Good for you!
ND
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: da gooch on March 15, 2016, 05:00:22 pm
Well, I have meet the Sheriff and some of his deputies, at the gun store, Powder River Armory, seam like good people for the most part, not like the Casper PD at all.

I am looking at ISO containers for storage, just not many here.

as for people walking in and wanting to do things here, not likely to happen. unless they are wanting to walk over 30 miles in open country to get here, and that is as the crow flies.

fences are on the list, but later. not many people out here by me, the nearest one I have meet already, nice people, they told me about some of the people here, who are the trouble makers and all, but it will be awhile before I am there for any length of time.

travel trailer will work, but I do not have one, and the use ones are not cheap here.

Hey Gooch, if you ever want to leave Texas, send me a PM. land out here is not that bad, price wise.
on the plus side, there are more of us here, than you think hehe.   
"travel trailer will work, but I do not have one, and the use ones are not cheap here."

You Might be able to get someone to buy and transport one for you from the "friends base" you had in your last address? Maybe? Just a thought ...  :dontknow:

"Hey Gooch, if you ever want to leave Texas, send me a PM. land out here is not that bad, price wise. on the plus side, there are more of us here, than you think hehe. "

Me? Leave Texas? shudder When you can show me the winters in Wyoming are as warm as where I live in Texas Then I'll consider the move. My rule of thumb is If the white stuff falls in the winter, it's too far north.

If you look at an old old map of Wyoming that shows the winter camps of the local tribes that is where I would want to live. (Hint = most of the large cities are in those places.)

Thanks for the offer though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on February 07, 2017, 08:06:05 am
maybe,...maybe... wait for it..... :ph34r:
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: heyoka on February 07, 2017, 10:50:35 am
Wyomin doesn't really have cities, per se. It's more of a town with really long streets.
It offers all the freedom you can buy.
Cash on the barrel head son.
The political climate can be best understood by perusing the Johnson County War. There's an interesting perspective of it in Charles Askin's Gunfighters.
Casper started out as a place where pilgrims could stop by the river, that Indians avoided because of bad spirits. My theory is that it stunk where the Texaco refinery would be erected (now a golf course). There's an interesting history of early white folks Casper depicted in Charlotte Babcock's Shot Down!.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on February 11, 2017, 07:40:39 am
YEA!!!!
now I can start.
I had to wait for a year before I could start.
but I do not have a loan from a bank on it.

sure feels good out there, closest neighbor is about a mile away.

now I just have to wait for the ground to thaw.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on February 13, 2017, 07:24:53 am
Awesome news!  What's first on the list?  Other than running around wildly laughing like a crazed person?
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on February 13, 2017, 10:04:35 am
Awesome news!  What's first on the list?  Other than running around wildly laughing like a crazed person?

pulling sage bush up, both for the fence line and for the building spot
 
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on February 14, 2017, 07:16:49 am
Had a nice talk with the county weed and pest dept.

they ask that I not pull the sage bush up just yet.

only pull what I need to build on. that the sage there helps with keeping the water in the soil.
due in part to the high winds we have here.

sounds right to me.
they actually were helpful with me, and were offering to help me with planting the Osage Orange trees.
showing me on a map where would be the best place to drill for water and why.
friendly people, surprising
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on February 14, 2017, 07:35:59 am
Had a nice talk with the county weed and pest dept.

they ask that I not pull the sage bush up just yet.

only pull what I need to build on. that the sage there helps with keeping the water in the soil.
due in part to the high winds we have here.

sounds right to me.
they actually were helpful with me, and were offering to help me with planting the Osage Orange trees.
showing me on a map where would be the best place to drill for water and why.
friendly people, surprising
I've talked with local DNR folks here in Iowa in the past.  If you are a hunter and/or land owner who really loves your piece of dirt they are very helpful and friendly.  They want as many allies as possible to keep things clean and beautiful.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on April 04, 2017, 06:52:57 pm
Had a nice talk with the county weed and pest dept.

they ask that I not pull the sage bush up just yet.

only pull what I need to build on. that the sage there helps with keeping the water in the soil.
due in part to the high winds we have here.

sounds right to me.
they actually were helpful with me, and were offering to help me with planting the Osage Orange trees.
showing me on a map where would be the best place to drill for water and why.
friendly people, surprising

Status update?  House done?  Currently lounging in your hammock you weaved yourself on your porch you just built sipping tea made by leaves you grew yourself and flavored with honey you harvested from your bees???
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on April 05, 2017, 06:43:46 am
I am not that fast Bro.

Have been marking out the boundaries, and where I want the driveway, the barn, the house and all.
Still to wet here to do much right now, other than plan, and dream.

Dawg
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on April 05, 2017, 11:34:05 am
I am not that fast Bro.

Have been marking out the boundaries, and where I want the driveway, the barn, the house and all.
Still to wet here to do much right now, other than plan, and dream.

Dawg
:laugh:  I know, I know, you haven't had the land that long, just wondering what you've been doing with it so far.

I hear ya loud and clear on the planning and dreaming part.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on May 09, 2017, 07:27:43 am
I am not that fast Bro.

Have been marking out the boundaries, and where I want the driveway, the barn, the house and all.
Still to wet here to do much right now, other than plan, and dream.

Dawg

It's been over a month!  Status!  Status!!
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on May 09, 2017, 07:33:29 am
got three of the corners marked, but it looks like someone has moved the 4 corner.
need to find it soon.

been looking at fences and what I want to put up.
did some marking out where I want the septic, the house, the barn, the driveway.

damn, 40 acres is big.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: colonial shooter on May 09, 2017, 10:10:32 am
You should GPS all of them. Easy to find even under the snow. Hehehehe
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on May 09, 2017, 06:15:16 pm
damn, 40 acres is big.

Yes it is.  That's the size of the area my buddy and I hunt in.  We walked it quite a bit last fall looking for a buck he shot.  One could almost get lost in that much land...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: jamie on May 09, 2017, 10:59:51 pm
40 acres is a little smaller than two standard mining claims. 
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on June 22, 2017, 07:12:30 am
Well had a nice little talk with the county building dept.

Need to do some paperwork before I can turn some dirt over.

God I love the Government  ;p
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Lonewolf72 on June 22, 2017, 11:23:18 pm
Well had a nice little talk with the county building dept.

Need to do some paperwork before I can turn some dirt over.

God I love the Government  ;p

The making you buy extorting a permit bribe from you, as well?
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on September 06, 2017, 08:31:25 pm
Well been awhile, been doing some land surveying, marking out where I want things.
also got a new truck, it is a 3.4 ton 4x4, that should be able to move material that I need.
slowing going, but still moving.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on September 07, 2017, 07:45:33 am
Well been awhile, been doing some land surveying, marking out where I want things.
also got a new truck, it is a 3.4 ton 4x4, that should be able to move material that I need.
slowing going, but still moving.

As long as you are still moving forward!  Man, I really, really, want a truck.  Budget says otherwise at the moment...  Someday!
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on September 07, 2017, 11:32:11 am
Well been awhile, been doing some land surveying, marking out where I want things.
also got a new truck, it is a 3.4 ton 4x4, that should be able to move material that I need.
slowing going, but still moving.

As long as you are still moving forward!  Man, I really, really, want a truck.  Budget says otherwise at the moment...  Someday!

look at a use truck, that way, you do not have to worry about scrapes and dents.
picked mine up for $800.00, not pretty, but runs and it already has a goouseneck hitch   
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Tahn L. on September 07, 2017, 07:24:54 pm
knobster,  I agree with ADM. Find a used shortbed 4x4 and use various trailers. You can even rent a dump trailer in many places. I would love to have a dump trailer. Dumping wood, gravel, everything you can think of.

A gooseneck trailer is great because it puts the load directly on your rear axel but straight pull trailers work well also.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on September 08, 2017, 11:50:51 am
Well been awhile, been doing some land surveying, marking out where I want things.
also got a new truck, it is a 3.4 ton 4x4, that should be able to move material that I need.
slowing going, but still moving.

As long as you are still moving forward!  Man, I really, really, want a truck.  Budget says otherwise at the moment...  Someday!

look at a use truck, that way, you do not have to worry about scrapes and dents.
picked mine up for $800.00, not pretty, but runs and it already has a goouseneck hitch   

$800?!?!  Did it have an engine?  Cheapest trucks I can find in my area are well over $4000.  Even those built back in the 90s.  Sheesh.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on September 08, 2017, 12:35:54 pm
Well been awhile, been doing some land surveying, marking out where I want things.
also got a new truck, it is a 3.4 ton 4x4, that should be able to move material that I need.
slowing going, but still moving.

As long as you are still moving forward!  Man, I really, really, want a truck.  Budget says otherwise at the moment...  Someday!

look at a use truck, that way, you do not have to worry about scrapes and dents.
picked mine up for $800.00, not pretty, but runs and it already has a goouseneck hitch   

$800?!?!  Did it have an engine?  Cheapest trucks I can find in my area are well over $4000.  Even those built back in the 90s.  Sheesh.

Yes

1977 Chevy 3/4 4x4 350 4speed very little rust, with a gooseneck hitch already on it

Craigslist is your friend
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on September 08, 2017, 12:59:54 pm
Craigslist is your friend

Unless you get mugged by the seller, of course.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on September 08, 2017, 01:07:02 pm
Craigslist is your friend

Unless you get mugged by the seller, of course.  :rolleyes:

then you just shoot them

if you live in an open carry state
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Bill St. Clair on September 08, 2017, 03:16:04 pm
Quote
Unless you get mugged by the seller, of course.  :rolleyes:

then you just shoot them

if you live in an open carry state

I suppose if you don't, you might be a little slower on the draw, but you'd still shoot them. Better to be judged by twelve...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on September 09, 2017, 08:39:33 am
I suppose if you don't, you might be a little slower on the draw, but you'd still shoot them. Better to be judged by twelve...

I've just read too many bad thing about Ebay and Craiglist encounters. I'll do my shopping elsewhere, that's all. I don't want to shoot anyone... can you imagine the paperwork alone? Egads.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on September 09, 2017, 10:07:44 am
the secret to craigslist, is not to go alone, bring a friend, but it also depends on where you are and the other person.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on September 09, 2017, 11:48:54 am
the secret to craigslist, is not to go alone, bring a friend, but it also depends on where you are and the other person.

Would help to be near a larger population center too. :) I looked at both Ebay and craigslist a few times. Absolutely nothing listed for this area. Makes the other sort of a moot point for me.  Not that I'd risk it anyway. Each to his/her own. :)
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on September 11, 2017, 07:17:44 am
1977 Chevy 3/4 4x4 350 4speed very little rust, with a gooseneck hitch already on it

Craigslist is your friend

Aaaah.  1977 eh?  Excellent.  Everything in my area is 1990s or newer.  I'll have to search harder for older trucks.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 23, 2017, 12:44:48 pm
well here is a little pic of my little patch of dirt.

southwest corner looking north, the northwest corner pole is there, just need to look real hard to see it
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 23, 2017, 12:46:20 pm
here is one looking west from the southeast corner
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on October 24, 2017, 06:49:53 am
Can't remember if you told us but how many acres?

Got the spot for the well picked out yet?  Where's the gun range?  I don't see a hammock with a small table holding a glass of lemonade anywhere in those pictures...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 24, 2017, 08:02:29 am
Can't remember if you told us but how many acres?

Got the spot for the well picked out yet?  Where's the gun range?  I don't see a hammock with a small table holding a glass of lemonade anywhere in those pictures...

see any trees? 
no trees, no hammock.

it is 40 acres

many challenges, but that just means more fun.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on October 25, 2017, 07:37:25 am
Can't remember if you told us but how many acres?

Got the spot for the well picked out yet?  Where's the gun range?  I don't see a hammock with a small table holding a glass of lemonade anywhere in those pictures...

see any trees? 
no trees, no hammock.

it is 40 acres

many challenges, but that just means more fun.
Free standing hammock!  :mellow:

No trees...  sigh.  Time to remedy that!  Do trees grow in Wyoming?
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 25, 2017, 08:52:15 am
Can't remember if you told us but how many acres?

Got the spot for the well picked out yet?  Where's the gun range?  I don't see a hammock with a small table holding a glass of lemonade anywhere in those pictures...

see any trees? 
no trees, no hammock.

it is 40 acres

many challenges, but that just means more fun.
Free standing hammock!  :mellow:

No trees...  sigh.  Time to remedy that!  Do trees grow in Wyoming?

Yes, but you need to tie them, to grow straight due to the wind
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 25, 2017, 09:27:46 am

Yes, but you need to tie them, to grow straight due to the wind

Far more important is to protect them from the deer. I have about two dozen "trees" that are hardly (or not at all) as tall as they were when planted 11 years ago (out of the 360 trees I planted then). The deer destroy the growing tops yearly, and I have no idea how any of these few survive at all. But they'll never be actual trees, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 26, 2017, 06:32:28 am
well got a few more tools.

gas power post pounder, and a gas power earth drill.

one more step forward.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2017, 08:07:59 am
well got a few more tools.

gas power post pounder, and a gas power earth drill.

one more step forward.

Gas powered?!?  Where's your sense of adventure?  Shovel, clamshell digger...  Heck, just go for a spoon! :laugh:

Seriously though, have fun dawg.  Keep us updated on your progress.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 26, 2017, 09:57:29 am
Hey Knobster
ever pounded t-posts into clay?
not fun

1320ft a side, 10 feet apart = a hell of a lot t-posts per side
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2017, 01:43:39 pm
Hey Knobster
ever pounded t-posts into clay?
not fun

1320ft a side, 10 feet apart = a hell of a lot t-posts per side

No fun indeed! 

Another reason I love Iowa.  When putting in my garden fence the top 24 inches was beautiful black dirt.  Took me less than 5 minutes to dig a 3-foot hole.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 26, 2017, 03:01:18 pm
that is part of the challenge, to change the soil from clay to good humus dirt.
can be done, but does take some time. 
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on December 08, 2017, 06:51:54 am
well, scored a nice generator, 2010 troy-built 6000w generator for $ 350. on craigslist.

looks almost brand new. also picked up a gas power post pounder, and a one man earth drill.

still walking forwards, one step at a time
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on December 08, 2017, 10:03:24 am
 :mellow:

Good news!  Keep at it dawg.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on January 29, 2018, 11:32:19 am
Picked up my weekend home, going to move it to my land today.

Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on January 29, 2018, 12:46:32 pm
That looks very nice, and it should be comfortable. Congratulations! :)
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on January 29, 2018, 01:38:32 pm
Awesome!  Being on the land will make progress much, much faster.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on January 30, 2018, 07:32:27 am
what was surprising was how heavy it was.
Truck had no problem pulling it, but it did let me know it was back there.

not bad for $1500, full kitchen, bath, hot water, furnace, could sleep 8, but right now it is just me and the dog.

so next will be a shed near it.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on January 30, 2018, 07:53:16 am
Not a bad price at all, very complete.  My late husband and I had a very large camper with everything but a shower. 8 could sleep in it... if nobody ever needed to get up in the night. LOL It was about perfect for the two of us and one small dog.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on March 09, 2018, 07:37:02 am
went out to the gulch yesterday, thought I would get some work done out there.

not happening, ground was still too soft to do much of anything besides making ruts in the ground.

try again later.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on March 09, 2018, 07:47:23 am
went out to the gulch yesterday, thought I would get some work done out there.

not happening, ground was still too soft to do much of anything besides making ruts in the ground.

try again later.

I feel ya bro.  Darn mud...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Lonewolf72 on March 09, 2018, 08:11:17 pm
I've almost forgotten what mud is like. The ground is a little stiff here, yet. So is the water.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Bill St. Clair on March 10, 2018, 02:38:34 am
I've almost forgotten what mud is like. The ground is a little stiff here, yet. So is the water.

There's been a hint of mud season around here, but I've only heard about it, since I rarely go on the dirt roads. Haven't yet seen a truck completely covered in mud parked on the street this year, but expect that to happen soon.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: MamaLiberty on March 10, 2018, 05:51:23 am
MUD!!! Oh yes, it's mud time. We have all kinds of mud, but the worst is the black stuff. Can't remember what it is called now, but it has to be the source of all superglue. They just take out the rocks.  Anyway, my driveway is now a mud swamp and will get worse as the drifts an piles left by the plow melt.

Ah! I remember! It's called bentonite clay.  I may not have it spelled right.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on June 26, 2018, 07:59:50 am
WOW doing the prep work is taking the most time, but hopefully will last longer than not.

not much to show, but it is coming along.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on June 26, 2018, 08:10:37 am
Any progress is better than zero.  Keep at it bud.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Tahn L. on June 26, 2018, 10:44:27 am
WOW doing the prep work is taking the most time, but hopefully will last longer than not.

not much to show, but it is coming along.

"Perseverance Furthers" or as my family always said "Keep On, Keeping On".

It is good to hear your progress reports FDD. How is that trailer working out? I wish I had done something like that when I first moved to my 10 acres.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on June 26, 2018, 11:03:58 am
WOW doing the prep work is taking the most time, but hopefully will last longer than not.

not much to show, but it is coming along.

"Perseverance Furthers" or as my family always said "Keep On, Keeping On".

It is good to hear your progress reports FDD. How is that trailer working out? I wish I had done something like that when I first moved to my 10 acres.

the trailer is working out great, for a weekend, keep dry, place to lay my head.

what is taking so long is laying out the foundation for the shed, and treating the fence posts for the corners of the land.
clearing out the sage brush, leveling every thing, squaring everything. just the details of it all. 
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on August 24, 2018, 07:06:00 am
While I wait for the funds to increase, I was reading on Joel's blog about him using wood pallets.
got me thinking, yes I know, very dangerous thing for me, so I started checking out craigslist, and faceb**K, and have now started my collection of wood pallets.

why not, I mean they were free.

and the clearing of land still goes on, building slow, but I am still moving forward.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Tahn L. on August 24, 2018, 11:22:31 am
Pallets are fine for a lot of reasons. Good score.


and the clearing of land still goes on, building slow, but I am still moving forward.

As my family motto says, "Keep on, keeping on". Or as the I Ching says "Perseverance furthers".  Good work FDD
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on August 27, 2018, 10:37:18 am
A journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.

Although you are on step 15,328...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on August 27, 2018, 12:15:55 pm
A journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.

Although you are on step 15,328...

 ^_^ :laugh:
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 04, 2018, 11:03:30 am
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: knobster on October 05, 2018, 07:34:10 am
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Farmer Big Dawg!

Congrats dude.  I'm still searching.  Was going to look at a Bobcat skid today but I was the 2nd person to contact him.  1st guy bought it.  Bummer for me...
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 05, 2018, 07:46:06 am
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Farmer Big Dawg!

Congrats dude.  I'm still searching.  Was going to look at a Bobcat skid today but I was the 2nd person to contact him.  1st guy bought it.  Bummer for me...

Keep looking bro, and stay within your price range.
there is more out there, you may want to also open up were you are look for also.

I have also found that having a good size truck with a good size trailer, makes getting things much nicer and easier.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Tahn L. on October 05, 2018, 10:55:02 am
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Congratulations FDD. A tractor can be mighty handy.

 I know I am always warning everybody about saws and tractors and stuff but I am over 70 and grew up on a farm and I heard all this stuff ALL THE TIME growing up, so I am just passing it along. WATCH the PTO shaft like it was a rattlesnake.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBSwOS90wgQ

Also, I "believe" on a 9N that the centrifugal force of a mower can keep you moving forward, even when you want to stop.

Still, tractors can be a wonderful asset to rural living. Congrats again. I sure agree about the truck and trailer.

Added:  This looks informative.  http://www.myfordtractors.com/usingit.shtml
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: jamie on October 07, 2018, 04:21:29 pm
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Congratulations FDD. A tractor can be mighty handy.

 I know I am always warning everybody about saws and tractors and stuff but I am over 70 and grew up on a farm and I heard all this stuff ALL THE TIME growing up, so I am just passing it along. WATCH the PTO shaft like it was a rattlesnake.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBSwOS90wgQ

Also, I "believe" on a 9N that the centrifugal force of a mower can keep you moving forward, even when you want to stop.

Still, tractors can be a wonderful asset to rural living. Congrats again. I sure agree about the truck and trailer.

Added:  This looks informative.  http://www.myfordtractors.com/usingit.shtml

 I know I am always warning everybody about saws and tractors and stuff but I am over 70 and grew up on a farm and I heard all this stuff ALL THE TIME growing up, so I am just passing it along.


Nothing wrong and everything good about that.

Farming, mining and a bunch of other occupations are dangerous work. 
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 08, 2018, 12:48:58 pm
Well, I am a farmer now, got my tractor last night.

nice looking ford 9n, runs good, got new tires on it.
looks like it was well taken care of.

Congratulations FDD. A tractor can be mighty handy.

 I know I am always warning everybody about saws and tractors and stuff but I am over 70 and grew up on a farm and I heard all this stuff ALL THE TIME growing up, so I am just passing it along. WATCH the PTO shaft like it was a rattlesnake.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBSwOS90wgQ

Also, I "believe" on a 9N that the centrifugal force of a mower can keep you moving forward, even when you want to stop.

Still, tractors can be a wonderful asset to rural living. Congrats again. I sure agree about the truck and trailer.

Added:  This looks informative.  http://www.myfordtractors.com/usingit.shtml

 I know I am always warning everybody about saws and tractors and stuff but I am over 70 and grew up on a farm and I heard all this stuff ALL THE TIME growing up, so I am just passing it along.


Nothing wrong and everything good about that.

Farming, mining and a bunch of other occupations are dangerous work.

so is working for the government
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on October 11, 2018, 07:42:53 am
Well, wouldn't you know it, I get my tractor home, and it snows.

guess it is time to start planning for next year
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: colonial shooter on October 11, 2018, 08:33:13 am
Don't fret, Hell it will be spring again next week!
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on November 09, 2018, 08:26:25 pm
Well I just hit the honey pot today.

went looking at some black plastic barrels, and it turns out not only do they have a lot of them (100's) but also blue barrels, 55 gal steel barrels, IBC totes, and wooden pallets, and all for free, just stop in the office and let them know you are there and you can have as many as you want.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: casca-503 on November 10, 2018, 12:08:37 pm
wow..../....good   catch..../    stack   up   barrels...add   pallets...some   T-111    &  /   or  /   plywood.....some   cheap   storage   buildings    /    shelters....etc.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Wyomiles on November 10, 2018, 11:15:18 pm
FDD care to share the location of those free barrels etc. ? Are the ICB's food grade by any chance?
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on November 11, 2018, 07:18:13 pm
don't remember the name of the company, but they are on Poison Spider rd, in Mills.

not sure about the food grade IBC's, others have asked about that, will find out Tuesday.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Wyomiles on November 12, 2018, 12:12:31 am
Thanks, might have to drive up there and check things out.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on November 12, 2018, 12:13:22 pm
let me know when, and I will go with you.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Wyomiles on November 13, 2018, 02:21:24 pm
OK
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: kirgi07 on November 14, 2018, 10:47:00 am
I no longer like youse FDD  :BangHead:,congrats, great score. Ought 7.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on November 14, 2018, 11:29:15 am
I no longer like youse FDD  :BangHead:,congrats, great score. Ought 7.

well, if your travels let you near Casper, WY, I will be more than happy to show you the place.
just make sure you have a big enough trail for what you want.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on April 19, 2019, 08:43:25 am
OK, winter has passed, still get a little snow from time to time, but it is warming up so it doesn't last long.
ground is still to wet to drive on, even with 4x4, got some plans made, so I will try to up date as I can.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Tahn L. on April 19, 2019, 01:28:56 pm
OK, winter has passed, still get a little snow from time to time, but it is warming up so it doesn't last long.
ground is still to wet to drive on, even with 4x4, got some plans made, so I will try to up date as I can.

Glad to see you moving forward FDD. It's a long road but a good one. Look forward to your updates. You are an encouragement to all!!
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: casca-503 on April 22, 2019, 09:13:45 pm
best   wishes   on   your   projects....mine   going   slowly.....
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on May 31, 2019, 09:58:44 am
Well , ground is still soft, but I can get around on it.
Right now moving things around. doing a little clean up work around the place.
Got a trip coming up, so not much will be done for a while.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on June 14, 2019, 06:18:14 am
Well, time to go snipe hunting, wish me luck
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: Who...me? on June 14, 2019, 05:42:43 pm
Ahhhh yes. Snipe hunting.  A time honored right of passage here as well.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: FDD on July 10, 2019, 11:27:07 am
well, I am back

not many snipes, but it was still a good adventure.
Title: Re: one step closer
Post by: casca-503 on July 10, 2019, 09:22:58 pm
I   like   WINDEGO   hunts   in   the   evening.....hard   to   find,   but   interesting....