Battery Lug Replacement on 1996 Ford Ranger – Replacing old wiring with New Lugs and Terminals

Our 1996 Ford Ranger needs a lot of work, and the first thing it needs is a new battery and terminals. We cut out the old wiring, found a rat’s nest of a repair in the process, and installed the new lugs and terminals. Now the truck starts with a flip of the key every time.

#1 Repair for Lost Power from Poulan Pro 50cc Chainsaw – Clutch Drum Replacement on Poulan PP5020AV

Both my Poulan Pro PP5020AV saws have had a long life of hard use. One repair that I have had to do on both saws that has made a huge difference is replacing the clutch drum.

This part is a Husqvarna part number and the same repair would work for similar Poulan and Husqvarna saws.

Links to parts and tools (no affiliation):
Poulan/Craftsman 545171901 Drum and Sprocket Assembly – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TD850X2
Husqvarna 530031116 Clutch Removal Tool – https://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-530031116-Clutch-Removal-Tool/dp/B00I9XNKP2/
MaxPower 336579B Steel Piston Stop Tool Replaces Stihl 1107-191-1200 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00570BWUU/

Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel and Shelf – 4th Gen 4Runner Mod – Off road Overland Storage

This is something I was looking forward to for a long time. Keeping the inside of my car clean has always been tough for me. These awesome Storage Panels and Racks from Rago Fabrication have completely changed my storage or EDC truck gear.

Check out the MSP Panels here: https://www.ragofabrication.com/collections/4runner/products/copy-of-4th-gen-toyota-4runner-modular-storage-panel-system

Check out the MSP Shelf here: https://www.ragofabrication.com/collections/4runner/products/2002-2009-4th-gen-toyota-4runner-modular-storage-panel-shelf

Replacing Front Hubs on 2014 Ford Explorer – Way Safer – No more Bump and Grind

We had been putting up with a noisy bearing for WAY too long. With a road trip coming up, it was time to replace the hubs, making the car much quieter and safer. This job was more difficult than some of the other videos, but with the right tools and a little elbow grease, we got it done in the driveway.

Remember, your mileage may vary. This video is meant to be informative, but may not include all steps required for your purpose. If you have any questions about this video, leave a comment and I will gladly help where I can.

Cleaning Up an Old Toolbox – Decades of Grease, Grim, and Dirt – Blasting it Away with Super Clean

I’ve always wanted a big toolbox to help organize tools I use for various projects around the farm. I recently picked up this used box from a nice local guy who had upgraded to a HUGE box. I was happy to help him offload this one.

The first order of business is to clean it up. There was a lot of built-up grease and dirt to remove, as well as old paint that had chipped away in some places. Luckily, I had a full bottle of Super Clean degreaser on standby to clean this up.

Fixing a Sagging Liftgate – Quick and Easy and Long Overdue – Easy Fix to Rear Hatch Struts

It was getting very difficult to open the back of our 2014 Ford Explorer. Instead of popping open when unlatched, we would have to actually LIFT the liftgate. This would make loading and unloading (especially with only one hand) very difficult.

It turns out swapping out the air struts for your liftgate is super easy. This fix applies to any vehicle with a rear hatch with struts as well as any other air struts on the vehicle, such as under the hood or in a trunk.

Car maintenance doesn’t have to be hard. Check out our other videos where we walk through simple auto maintenance with simple tools: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKe4W0fOpJt0APvrmjQT-_HDjjcEExtR_

Bringing home New Chicks! – First time Ducks on the Farm – Getting Started with Chickens

The Chicks and Ducks have finally arrived! Dean and the boys go to the post office to pick up the new chicks and introduce them to the brooder.

Before they go, they make sure everything is set up. Make sure to watch the previous video about setting up the brooder before your new chicks come: https://youtu.be/28BYe2H6GnY

It’s very important for the new chicks to be shown where their waterer is in the brooder. Make sure to dip their beaks in the waterer to get them started. Also, we add Apple Cider Vinegar to the water to help with digestion and immunity.

Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKe4W0fOpJt36k4GXgW7QplfTpFN12NKi

What you need to get ready for New Chicks – Getting Started with Chickens

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for new chicks on the farm. Our old laying flock is getting old and doesn’t produce as much as they used to, so it’s time to get another flock started.

Getting started with chickens is fun and easy. Chickens do not require much in terms of equipment or living conditions. In fact, you can be flexible with what you use and get pretty creative with your brooder and coop setups.

Here is a list of things I say you’ll need in the video:

1. Tub, Crate, Box, or whatever you will be using for a brooder. I use a Rubbermaid tub in the video, but you can use anything that will help contain the chicks and keep them safe.

2. Feeder and Waterer. These plastic ones are cheaper and can last a long time in your brooder. They are perfect for small birds and take up less room in your brooder than larger units. Here’s a tip: mixing Apple Cider Vinegar in the waterer will help promote good digestive health in the young birds. I keep a bottle in the brooder and mix in about a tablespoon each time I fill up the waterer.

3. Bedding. This helps with managing droppings from the young birds and makes it easier to clean up. I use pine shavings because they are good for managing the waste as well as providing a substrate that the small birds can easily manage.

4. Feed. We don’t use organic feed, but we do use locally source and milled grains from our local farmer’s Co-op with no added medication. Your local feed mills or co-ops may have similar options, and they may be able to work with you on specific mixes for what you want for your birds. If you are getting started, these can be good resources for what is available and works in your area.

5. Heat Lamp and Heat Bulb. This is one of the most important things for young birds. Young birds are very sensitive to the cold and if they are not kept warm enough they will die. For the first week of their lives, the brooder temperature should be 95 degrees. You can back it off about 5 degrees a week until they are out of the brooder.

Let me know what else you use in the comments. I’m excited to hear from any experienced chicken tenders on tips for people just starting out.

A call to Reconcile

This week I am torn. As a political independent, I find common ground with many political platforms without identifying as belonging to only one party. That said, my politics is not my identity. I’m first and foremost a Christian and seek to do God’s work in the world for as long as I can. I want to love people and serve them, and live a life like Christ. I have been blessed to meet many people from different backgrounds and enjoy talking and listening (oftentimes at great length) to learn from them and their stories. I truly count myself as fortunate to have made friends with many people different than myself and learn from them.

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