A beer farm .... sounds like a place I need to go see!
We got pounded Friday night by yet another nor'easter. Snowed for almost 36 hours non stop, the bulk of it hitting overnight. Ended up with 20" after all was said & done. I got out there at 07:30 & fired up the snowblower - that thing proved itself this storm. Never missed a beat. If it can handle this wet, heavy crap, then there isn't much that will stop it. Best free item I've ever owned!
After looking at the forecast I decided not to shovel the barn roof this time. Had to do the metal shed though. It was starting to collapse when I got there!
The reason I was out there @ 7;30 instead of waiting until the snow stopped was the wifey said last night that something was "rubbing" on the Focus. Oh boy ... here we go .... So I used the snowblower around the Focus and cleared out an area behind it, set up ramps, & backed up on them. Then threw a section of carpet I keep for days like this down under the car to lay on while my legs got buried in snow. Thought she had run something over, as there were 3 sets of "tire" tracks in the snow ...
... but it ended up being this MAMMOTH heat shield Ford put all around the converter. All the bolts holding the 3' x 2' shield in place had rotted away to oblivion, so the shield was resting partially on the cat, and partially on the ground. Hacked at it for a while with my air grinder ... which has no balls whatsoever, so I grabbed the 12A die grinder. That took care of it. I just cut around the thing so it wouldn't rub, and let it rest on top of the cat. Stupid thing. Notice how you never have problems on a NICE day ...
So spent all day Friday plowing & shoveling out the neighborhood. One of my neighbors was in VT, so I did his house and his mom's, then did my next door neighbor's. Finished everything by 15:45. Never been so tired in my life. Then after that was done, threw all 4 soaking wet layers in the dryer, ate supper, then mounted and balanced a set of tires for another neighbor. Busy day! Slept real good that night.
Yesterday my cousin & I checked out a few gun shops. Yep - no ammo, and few firearms available. One guy said he can't get anything. Crazy ...
After that I went back over the neighbor's place to fix his snowblower. Thing would fire up & idle for about 3 minutes, then die. We screwed around with the float, which seemed to have a spot in it's travel that was hanging up. Never really figured out why that was happening, but I raised the fuel level up 4x over what it was, and it ran great after that. Looked as though someone tried that before, but went the wrong direction with the float height.
Yesterday WAS beautiful though! Did all that work on the snowblower in a tee shirt!! Hit 57° up here - I think if there was no snow on the ground it definitely would've hit 65° no problem. Sky up here was exactly as blue as 9/11 was. Usually it's a smoggy blueish white ... but yesterday it was PURE blue. Been since 9/11 I've seen that up this way.
Looks like today is going to be another beauty. Time to get out there.