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  1. I keep an old iron under my workbench just for the purpose. :)
  2. If you accidentally (or on accidentally on purpose) dent a piece of wood (raw wood), lay a wet rag or towel over the spot. Let it set there a few minutes then iron the spot with an ordinary clothes iron. Doesn't have to be a steam Iron but I'm sure that would help too. Keep ironing over it untill the grain of the wood miraculously raises back to its original or near original position. Most of the dent will be gone. let it dry and sand as usual.
  3. I was going to post a progress on my Spring garden but, unfortunately it will first be a progress report on the tiller. The tires were flat so I replaced one of the tubes. Almost immediately one rotten tire disintegrated. So I searched for tires online and found that the ones made for this Italian-made tiller were an unheard-of size and are super expensive. BUT, they so fit an 8" rim. So I found some cheaper "Carlisle" brand which were 8' but a good deal larger and taller; however they're also a fraction of the price. Now the tiller is jacked up a little high on the front and looks like it's ready to go mudding. Anyway, I tilled my Monster truck/tiller over the garden one time and it did great. After letting the ground set for a few days I went back to till it one more time before laying off my rows and planting. After the 7th or 8th round the linkage on the carburetor broke in two and fell off. So I'm going to try one of those 6.5 hp Harbor Freight "Predator" engines on it. PawPaw is going to pick one up for me Thursday and hopefully I can chuck that one on and if all goes well, we'll get a garden planted by Saturday. Fixing stuff yourself is, after all. just part of "homesteading" The tiller brand https://bcsamerica.com/ Tires https://www.samsclub.com/sams/4-8-8-power-trac/prod20860175.ip?pid=_CSE_Connex_Lawn_and_Garden_Tires&source=ifpla&CA_6C15C=730010300000984563 Harbor Freight engine http://www.harborfreight.com/65-hp-212cc-ohv-horizontal-shaft-gas-engine-epa-60363.html
  4. The largest snakes I've ever seen here, except in zoos, are diamondback rattlers and those do hurt people pretty bad. It may not be 'tropical' enough this far north for those invasive species of boas and pythons, but then again, we don't live in a jungle/river bottom area either . I thought those were in the Everglades region.
  5. Aw....my wife just inherited her grandma's GINORMOUS rolling pin......
  6. Our windows are double-pane and they slide up and down. But they also have a feature which allows you to tilt them out for cleaning without having to go outside. The only ones which would be a problem escaping are the ones upstairs; the two dormer windows don't slide up enough and the gable-end ones are really hard to slide up. I think I installed those too tight in the wood frame. I do have an escape ladder upstairs to let down in an emergency but I don't think it reaches down far enough. The bottom of the window is about 15' off the ground. Ouch!
  7. My house does; we also have smoke detectors installed and homeowner's insurance.........
  8. A scenario which is entirely possible. A huge number of thugs think it's cool to go around with pit bulls. Sometimes these dogs kill people on their own and sometimes the thugs "sic" them on people, including the police. I understand that "American Pitbulls" are illegal to own in your country. But that doesn't stop people from having them anyway.
  9. Sorry bro. I missed it. Yes, just here in the NW Florida pinewoods we have bears, panthers coyotes, and possibly some of those with "coywolf" DNA and these have all been known to attack human beings., Then in more populated areas we have pit bulls and other "domesticated" slobbering maulers which, unlike your dingoes, have no fear of man which makes them far more dangerous. And we have lots of two legged snakes. I'm good with the knowledge that you feel at ease. The only issue I take is with people who want to scoff at my choice to carry a defensive weapon or try to take my right away. Meantime, I just put it on every morning like a belt, and go about my day. It just hangs there and harms no one, just like a fire extinguisher.
  10. Absolutely
  11. Are y'all allowed to carry weapons up there?
  12. Didn't you guys have a lot of "bush rangers"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushranger
  13. I consider my sidearm like a fire extinguisher. I hope I never need it but it's there if I ever do. So far my house hasn't caught on fire but the fire extinguisher is there. Likewise some of my sheep still carry the genes for horns. They go about their sheepy business every day like the horns aren't even there. But I've seen mother sheep go into action when my dog gets too close. If the Good Lord saw fit for a sheep to have defensive weapons, methinks He doesn't expect us to be helpless either. Since we don't have claws, sharp teeth or horns, we use the brains God gave us to make and use tools for our needs.
  14. Yes, God can choose whoever He wants to show mercy and compassion, because He is the supreme all-powerful Being. But I'm just thankful that Almighty God chooses to show compassion to ALL. The Bible says that He makes His rain to fall and the sun to shine on the just and the unjust and thereby showing that God loves His "enemies" and exhorts us to do the same so we can "be like our Father in Heaven". (Matthew 5:44-45). And, because He chooses to love and show mercy to all, He also says it is His will that all be saved (2 Peter 3:9). However, about "sovereignty"? This is something God says about His sovereignty........ Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. That means that you and I choose the path we take, whether it be to trust and follow God, or revel in sin. But God holds the ultimate consequences of whatever we choose. He will judge ALL, and He will judge Calvinists who insist on misrepresenting Him in false doctrine. That's God's "sovereignty" in this matter.
  15. ...and He said "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thee....?" The word "would" is another form of the word "will": Effectively stating that it was His(God's) will that all of Jerusalem be saved.But then He says "But YE "would not"