Yeah I mow about 1.75 of a bit over 2.5 acres ... and I go through some fuel in the spring, let me tell ya. Factor in a few power outages, and you'll understand why I always keep a 55 gallon drum of gas here. It goes fast!
On the home improvement note, I bought a new 175W mercury vapor bulb for my barn lamp. Been here 9 years & I've never touched it! Thing has been on every single night for the past 6 years straight. To reach it, I had to set a ladder on the tailgate of the Blazer & lean the top of the ladder against the loft door ... which was only held shut by a tiny piece of wood with 2 screws that were on their last thread! That's all I need - a hospital bill ...
Couldn't even unscrew the bulb ... so I had to get on the roof through the loft window, climb up top, then hang over the edge & unbolt it, crawl back thru the window to unwire it, then climb back up to remove the light, then back thru window again to bring it downstairs. I poured the famous acetone/tranny fluid mix in there & it came right out. Going by the date range on the photocell, it was put there between '81 - '91! They can't build anything that good anymore, so I cleaned all the contacts up on the transformer, and took the photocell apart, cleaned it, and faced it south so it won't turn on as early as it had been. Works great now! Also cleaned the lense with some great cleaning chemical that's now more than likely banned in MA.
Nice and bright, and comes on 25 minutes later than it used to. That's that much longer I can wait before replacing this bulb now.
New one felt & sounded like a flimsy piece of *censored* compared to the old one I removed. Didn't realize how dim that thing got until I installed the new one. Doubt I'll see 10 years out of this china one. Still cost me $20 too!
Also bought some materials for the barn repair project that'll be going on here soon. WTF is with the price of plywood these days?!?!?!?!? Cost me $1,200 for 11 sheets of 3/4", 11 1/2" sheets and 11, 2" foam insulation!! Between that & the shingles costing about the same I'm in debt up to my eyeballs. No wonder houses are all $300k plus. At this rate that;s what it would cost to replace this here barn!