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  1. I really like the original fireline in 6lb. It’s a little stiffer than the other braids. I tried the crystal once and after 5 casts losing two plugs I pulled if off my reel never to use again. The original is like steel cable. I am also really careful about keeping an eye on a sloppy cast to make sure a lazy loop doesn’t end up over the top of the spool to prevent wind knots.
  2. As I haven’t used mono for anything other than a leader in the last 20 years, I am out of the loop in good modern monofilament to use as a mainline. Last time I used mono it felt like I was using a rubber band to fish with and didn’t really enjoy it. I am looking to switch my 9 year old from a push button spincaster over to a spinning setup for his birthday. I let him use mine a couple times this past summer and realized he cast better with it than his spin fisher. I am looking to get him a 6 ft ugly stick lite and shop around for a lower midrange reel that isn’t junk for lines 6-8 lb test. I don’t want top of the line as he would rather chase fish with a dip net and God knows how it will be stored at his mother’s house. But he likes throwing plugs so I want to get him a setup he won’t be frustrated with. So what’s a good mono that is easy to work with for a beginner yet won’t come off the reel like a cold slinky?
  3. If this is a new house to you I suspect that the previous owner flagged the two shutoffs to use with the red ribbon, one to kill the water and the other to get rid of it. I have all the important valves tagged at our Maine house to drain the water after the pump is shutoff for when it isn't me winterizing it.. As mentioned the upper valve with the ribbon looks like it is setup for a blow out. For a little piece of mind seeing as you probably aren't there for the winter I would drop a high-low thermometer right there to see how cold it actually gets where the shut off is. That will let you know in subsequent years how vigilant you will need to be about where the shut off will need to be.
  4. Describe light irrigation. This was a whicked year for growing anything. The south and mid Atlantic spent the summer under water and here in New England it was one of the worst droughts on record. Mature well established plants were burning up. Depending on where you’re at you could be over irrigating or not enough. Interior foliage going off color now is normal the tips turning brown on the other hand are not. If you are trying to use lawn sprinklers to water and spraying it everyday for a short period dead tips are a typical symptom as the plant really isn’t getting enough water where it needs it but just enough to promote foliage disease. It’s usually noticeable on the lower foliage where the sprinkler spray hits. Tip burn could be caused by pool chemicals if your neighbor is backwashing his filter towards the hedge. I have seen that damage quite often. When it comes to supplemental water and needs it’s best to stick your fingers into the soil and have a feel. A small hole along side with a trowel and see what the ground feels like and smells like will go a long way with determining needs. Bone dry soil may require a long deep soak with water. Soil that stinks or smells like vinegar means way too much water had been applied and roots and organic matter are rotting. You may also get a whiff of pool chemical if that’s an issue. I had more rain in October this year than June, July, August, and September combined and my soil is still powdery when I dig into it right now.
  5. If your getting a poor flower set you may be getting frosted out in the spring. If you are in a hollow you are more prone to this. The orchards around me on hillsides make out okay as the cold air doesn’t get a chance to settle but the ones in the hollows need to frost protect with ice or get frosted out. Another possibility is you are getting apple scab pretty bad and the fruits are aborting. If that’s the case you aren’t going to be able to fix that without spraying. Too much rain and humidity in the north east to grow good fruit without it. Apples don’t really need a lot in terms of fertility. High fertility rates stimulate more vegetation and less flower set. Timing can influence winter hardiness and lead to dead flower buds that weren’t able to harden off.
  6. Besides proper tension look for the rod with the widest pads at the end you can find to increase the surface area in contact with the wall. Also the longer the span the tougher it is to get good tension on the rod without it flexing. Went through this at my folk’s old house. Ended up just getting a sliding rod with clips screwed in the wall due to the whirlpool tub and its associated hardware.
  7. A directed application of Roundup will work. Not sure how much of a glyphosate fan you are but a high dose of 4-5 oz per gallon of H2O with a sponge type applicator to wipe just the oak leaves sticking up over the turf will get the pesticide down into the roots without impacting the turf underneath, as long as you don’t drip. They sell a sponge applicator that looks like a hockey stick, where you fill the pvc tube handle with chemical or you can go the homemade route and use a sponge mop and bucket, just be careful not to put too much liquid on and ring well so you don’t drip. Any drips will result in dead spots. Oaks are tough, you may need a couple rounds to kill the stumps outright. Any broadleaf herbicide should work eventually as well. Just weekly mowing will eventually take out the oaks in time, if you want to go sans chemical.
  8. Another vote for a bunch of snap traps to make an immediate reduction then a bucket trap for long term maintenance. The bucket will also get squirrels and chipmunks and other undesirables if they are getting in. The beauty of the bucket is you just dump to empty. In the winter a little antifreeze in the water keeps it effective.
  9. I would try a local glass company no matter the manufacturer if you can find one, unless you are trying to get a warranty claim which I doubt will qualify with a stone. I tried the hunt for the manufacturer route and got nowhere with a coupe broken windows. It turned out to be a pretty easy process for the local small company. I have had to replace a couple double pane windows where just one panel broke. They measure and need to get a new sealed unit fitted. They cleaned out all the broken glass and sent me home with the single pane window until the new sealed piece arrived and then brought it back for them to fit it in. Both panes need to get replaced in the existing frame as it’s a sealed panel to keep the moisture out. The price was a lot cheaper than getting a whole new window that would need to get custom made anyway. If you have the ability to pop out the door and bring it to them to measure that would be the cheapest option or have them come out to measure and reinstall. Which is probably the best option for the slider. it was one of a very few times I didn’t regret that I paid someone else for it and didn’t do it myself.
  10. Pretty sure it’s a locust and not a hawthorn. If you look closely some of the thorns have two or three points on them and the terminal bud on the stem is absent. Hawthorn doesn’t do that locust does. I would need a sample in front of me to determine if it’s a water locust or a honey locust, both are native to areas in the southeast.
  11. My Dad’s been squeezed by his town in the past recent years. He has a landscaping business in his spot for well over 40 years and suburbia grew up around his once rural spot. Even a middle school popped up next door after he was already there. The yard where here he kept his equipment is very visible to all. Every few years a new issue pops up, usually always a result of a new neighbor’s complaint and a new town zoning person. The new zoning person likes to threaten fines. With the last one he sought the advise of an attorney and was ready to fight the town, he only really needs to be in business another year. First recommendation was to clean up the place and try to be more mindful about quiet times. In other words don’t give people a reason to complain. Also go through all your records and photographs, even family ones to prove your record of an ongoing family business at that site for as far back as possible. My dad finally cleaned the place up, still operational, and the pressure from the town has subsided for now. Not sure about your state but other things to look into as a last option are looking into selling or transferring development rights to a local land Conservancy then it can only be used for agriculture and will keep the developers away. Just the threat sometimes is enough to get them to leave you alone. But that limits you if you ever do need to cash out of your land eventually. I have an agricultural business in an agricultural area. A newer business on an old farm, the original family still owns the farm. There are a lot of things we do or leave alone because there has been a historical use of record if the state ever comes sniffing around.
  12. My apologies kmltoe i think I may have dropped my phone when I was scrolling. I will withdraw if able to. I never use that feature. I would use an ohm as well
  13. Pretty much sums it up. A sport that you can get into with very little money. Or you could spend millions on.
  14. Is it a water issue or an electrical issue? Have you tried to manually operate the valve at the valve, not using the clock? There should be a bleed screw, cam lever, or just twisting the solenoid until water starts to bleed. That should let you know if it’s a water issue or electrical. If if there is plenty of water it could be electrical or a piece of crap clogged a port in the valve.
  15. Gotta get the air out somehow. They do make inexpensive arestors to get the air out of irrigation systems. I find it hard to believe you can’t get water to the irrigation heads at some point after you run it awhile, you may have blown a fitting off underground from the hammer and can’t get enough pressure to lift the heads. Open that zone by hand and let it run for a bit and look for soggy spots where there may be a change of direction with a fitting. Any chance you are on a well with a pressure tank? A symptom of a bad tank without that cushion can be hammer.