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posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 09:09 AM
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Good morning ATS!
First I'd like to say thanks for having me! You have no idea how much that means! I didn't always but do now realize what a treasure this site truly is.

I wish I had a long list of degrees and accomplishments to share with you but I simply don't have!

I am very happy though at the moment driving a truck.
I'm happier with that than anything I've ever done.

I love CB radio and if I did something else for a living I'd love to work on CBs in an electronic shop.

I also weld and mechanic. Am I certified? No! but I can fix things that most people would simply discard.
Some times you can't afford to discard it and replace it. And sometimes it just can't be fixed.


I love antique old things and old ways. I love old Steam Trains with a whistle far more than modern diesel trains.

I'd love just once to feel what its like to plow behind a team of mules. Just once! Not twice. LOL!

I'm interested in how people survived before refrigeration.
I did not know that you can have cabbage all winter by simply digging a hole beside the cabbages and rolling them into the hole, covering them up and leaving them until you need them.
Potatoes can also go in the ground into a straw lined hole and be kept through the winter and got out as needed.
Sausuage got padded out, cooked and put in jars with the grease filled to the top so no air was possible. And I'm sure the list goes on and on but those are a few things.

I love Black Smithing but haven't done any in quite a while now. I've built 2 Forges for myself that work very well. I use electric fan for air instead of a large bellows. Both forges are easily portable and one is on a rolling table in which I made the wheels for it and literally fabricated every part of it.

I've played music in churches all of my adult life. I wore a hole through the bottom of shoes that I only wore to church on Sunday.
I have been to Church! I haven't been in some time now though and am enjoying the break from it.

And I think that gives at least an idea about me. I'm a friendly middle age fixer, very likely to stop and help if I see you broke down on the road somewhere!




posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 09:12 AM
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a reply to: Trucker1

My father oin law hauls oversized houses, my wife use to escort drive for him.

Trucking is a hard job that most people wouldnt have the energy or patience for.

I am amazed at all of the regulations that you all have to suffer through.

I hear horror stories about the new e logs all of the time.

Welcome to ATS great to have you here!



posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 10:00 AM
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I think you have a pretty kickbutt set of skills and qualifications, brother. Welcome to ATS.

I moved from city life to country living a few years back and I didn't start finding my "heroes" until I moved here. I can smear them in Jeopardy and they smear me in EVERYTHING else. Especially wisdom. 👍

One of them happens to be a worldclass blacksmith. He introduced me to the old feller who built the power hammer he uses from scratch 50+ years ago. It's a sight to behold with flywheels spinning and articulated arms pumping. Its an engineering wonder but scares the hell outta me to be close to it when it's running ha.

I really enjoyed reading your intro and look forward to seeing you around the boards.


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posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 10:14 AM
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hello to you.



posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 11:41 AM
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Welcome! Those are some interesting hobbies and interests. You've sparked my curiosity in how people lived before refrigeration. Going to do some research now



posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 04:31 PM
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a reply to: Trucker1

G'day Truckster,

Sounds like you're a "jack of all trades" as we like to call people here. A very handy person. Reckon you help out people out a lot too.

I never mastered welding. Would like to have been able to fabricate metal. The origami of the blacksmith impresses me.

Have a good one and if I need any tips from your areas of expertise I'll drop you a PM. (we've had lots of PM's here lately.



Kind regards,

bally

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posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 05:13 AM
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a reply to: Grambler

Yeah I don't actually drive OTR but was fixing to if necessary to survive.
I've hauled heavy equipment all my life far as Tractor Trailer goes and have driven dump trucks. Lately my only job is to drive a dump truck.
I love to run Asphalt best of all.



posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 05:16 AM
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a reply to: The GUT

A power hammer would be nice! When its hot outside using a hammer for a few blows until the metal needs reheating will get the sweat pouring.



posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 05:24 AM
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a reply to: bally001

Yes I can do a lot of things even fix air conditioning and heat. Once I fixed a failed refrigerator before the new one arrived. Now we have 2 and its been quite handy.
I don't want to sound more impressive than I am though, I could improve a good bit on all the things that I can do.

Thanks for dropping in Roscolaz5 and SphinxSage




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