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    Got a barrel full of good top soil and compost for the horseradish, can't control the stuff in the garden but certainly can in a barrel plus did the annual spring dump run, built a jig for cutting wine barrels in half, replaced rotors and pads on my truck. It was a busy but quite productive day. Yesterday, trimmed the rose bush and the lilac out front plus took dead wood out of our two firs and more general yard cleanup.

    If anyone wants some Egyptian walking onions, I've got plenty to give away. Also am going to bug a neighbor about a block away for a few canes from his golden raspberry thicket, they don't even eat them but it would be easier just to have them along side of my regular raspberries. Still waiting to see any signs of growth on our grape vines, maybe this year we'll get some fruit. Also have rhubarb available for transplant if anyone wants any.
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    Did a front brake job on the XFR. Once it was all jacked and wheels off, I realized the calipers needed 9mm male hex sockets. Anybody know how rare a 9mm Allen socket is? Almost all sets skip from 8 to 10. I called NAPA and a half dozen other stores with no success so I ended up grinding down a metric socket to fit. Worked like a charm.

    I hope this brake set lasts longer. Previous owner had a full brake job less than 10k ago and the front showed almost no pad wear. In light of that I was worried I may have misdiagnosed it but it sure felt like warped rotors, and sure enough....

    So nice not to have the dreaded vibration anymore.
    This Sunday was a success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloubek View Post
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    Did a front brake job on the XFR. Once it was all jacked and wheels off, I realized the calipers needed 9mm male hex sockets. Anybody know how rare a 9mm Allen socket is? Almost all sets skip from 8 to 10. I called NAPA and a half dozen other stores with no success so I ended up grinding down a metric socket to fit. Worked like a charm.

    I hope this brake set lasts longer. Previous owner had a full brake job less than 10k ago and the front showed almost no pad wear. In light of that I was worried I may have misdiagnosed it but it sure felt like warped rotors, and sure enough....

    So nice not to have the dreaded vibration anymore.
    This Sunday was a success.
    I needed a 9mm allen socket once. Eventually found a set that had a 9mm in it (I think at Canadian Tire believe it or not), and bought two sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloubek View Post
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    Did a front brake job on the XFR. Once it was all jacked and wheels off, I realized the calipers needed 9mm male hex sockets. Anybody know how rare a 9mm Allen socket is? Almost all sets skip from 8 to 10. I called NAPA and a half dozen other stores with no success so I ended up grinding down a metric socket to fit. Worked like a charm.

    I hope this brake set lasts longer. Previous owner had a full brake job less than 10k ago and the front showed almost no pad wear. In light of that I was worried I may have misdiagnosed it but it sure felt like warped rotors, and sure enough....

    So nice not to have the dreaded vibration anymore.
    This Sunday was a success.
    amazon is usually good for this type of thing

    https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=9mm+hex+so...f=nb_sb_noss_2

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    I like neat cars.

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    Demolished a raised planter that I built 5 years ago to make a larger ground level planting bed. Will have a fountain the back corner, and bought that too, but need power. Anyone have tips on cutting a hole in stucco so I can install an outside plug-in? The electrical stuff is no problem, I've done lots of that, but I'm worried that the stucco on my garage will crack and fall away once I start to cut it. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90_Shelby View Post
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    Well fuck me. They do exist locally.

    Oh well. My workaround held up great for future use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nismodrifter View Post
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    I found, that in the front yard I need a smaller, compact garden hose, that can be hidden away.

    Does anyone have experience with those "expandable garden hoses"?? If so, any suggestions re a reliable one to purchase (if any?)
    I grabbed one from Canadian Tire last year and it's been flawless for us.

    I believe it's this model:

    https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/x...1624p.html#srp

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    Garden hose roulet! Those things explode eventually. Every. Single. Time.

    You’d make a fortune if you designed one of those that didn’t water bomb itself randomly.

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    Buy the pro models, keep your receipt, warranty when they explode.

    They really are great and handy to use, just very delicate it seems.

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    Fixed my mom's storm door latch. Hardest part was figuring out what replacement part I needed and then, finding out it was discontinued. Amazon had it thank goodness.
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    Apparently many doors take universal replacement hardware. But not this one! Fucking typical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloubek View Post
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    Well fuck me. They do exist locally.

    Oh well. My workaround held up great for future use.
    Funny enough, I went to do the brakes on my Volvo and I needed a 9mm Allen socket to pull the calipers off. Had to pick up that set from Princess Auto.
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    Rented a sewer snake and ran it down the roof vent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloubek View Post
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    Did a front brake job on the XFR. Once it was all jacked and wheels off, I realized the calipers needed 9mm male hex sockets...
    I read a critical part of that sentence too quickly.

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    I'll be dealing with this shit tomorrow, any suggestions other than manually picking each one out? Any spray I can use at this point in time or am I screwed?

    I'm reading about preventing this shit for next year, I should be using a pre-emergent it seems?

    Any suggestions appreciated.


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    The great vole extermination.. setting up 12 traps, killed one before we even had the full dozen up. 2 already in 2 hours.. i suspect it’s quite the party underground

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    Did you use peanut butter as bait?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadboss101 View Post
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    Did you use peanut butter as bait?
    Chunky natural!

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    Been working on a lawn renovation. The grass has been terrible for the last year and a half.

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    I brought in around six pick up truck loads of dirt. Spread it around and watered it for a week to encourage weed growth.

    All sorts of interesting things popped up.

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    I nuked everything with round up, watered it some more and nuked everything with a second application. I screed, leveled and sloped the lawn, spread a 75%Kentucky Bluegrass 25% Perennial Ryegrass mix. Rolled it into the dirt, then spread peat moss soil on top.

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    I watered 3 times a day. After two weeks I spread Scottís Starter fertilizer.

    This is where itís at today, about one month after seeding. Did my first mow a couple of days ago on some longer patches. Thereís still some weeds and some bare spots, but itís definitely improving.

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    Planning to redo the entire back yard this fall.

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