I recently discovered thanks to the CAM software from NZXT via Grizzlybearsims blog 👍 that my GPU runs at nearly max temperature almost constantly. So my solution was a liquid cooler kit with a mounting bracket to suit my Radeon 480, unfortunately the bracket just dose not suit the card despite it being listed as ok, so a little bit of shaping by me and it now fits BUT despite having spare slots in the case (Fractal Design R4) for mounting the radiator it just is too thick to clear various bit
Last Friday I past my Elesca assent to be able to self certificate my electrical work the assessment is a mixture of administrative and qualifications checking and practical knowledge and inspection of work carried out so it was never racking to say the least.
I should apologise for not being around much here in recent months but unfortunately my wife has been very poorly so she has had to put up with me and the boys looking after her and the home along with all the training etc ha
So Neil was not at the shop when I purchased the cultivator, I asked Liam three different times if he was sure this would go with the Massy 7700 I was getting, it looked a little big. Liam said aye three times, but I was a little unsure still, but I had work to do and so I did not want to wait till the next day when I could talk to Neil. Sure Neil was only the mechanic there but so far he has steered me right and I was willing to take his advice, now I have taken this cultivator up to the island
Progress has been made, bushes are cleared and the areas are looking so good in fact that they city council asked if I could help with the weeds that had come in under the brush. I started with the main farm as they call it, it has not been used in some years and the pig and cow pastures have been over grown with weeds and big dirt spots. I bought a plough with the money I made from selling wood chips, good money to be made there, I decided if I am going to do this I may as well do it correctly
(So just a forewarning, I have never traveled by air and the only time I have personally left the USA was on my honeymoon cruise down to Mexico. So I will not cover stuff I have never actually done and for the things that may be inaccurate I apologize in advance.)
I have arrived in Rathlin Island after 3 connecting flights and an hour drive from Belfast, tired and worn having never traveled much before. I ring the old turn style bell on the door at the address I was g
So my wife thinks I am certifiably crazy, who really can blame her, I come to her with “What would you say about moving to Ireland to farm!” She literally looked at me to see if I had grown a tumor or a second head, and then she burst into laughter like you have not seen before, holding her sides and slapping her knee. By the time she was done laughing she was on the floor out of air and wheezing, asking if I was pulling some long term April fools joke.
After I get her to s
So, funny story of how my farming career started, it all started with looking into my ancestry. I got on an ancestry site knowing that my mother's father's family came from Ireland, probably-ish based on the last name of McKee. After several months I have still only reached 1859 with the birth of my grandfather's grandfather's father, confusing I know, that if 5 generations before me and still only in Illinois, USA. For all I know I could be Scottish and would not even know the difference.
.. and exams, passed C&G 2382 BS7176 17th Edition Wiring Reg's and C&G 2393 Building Regs
Also did some 3 phase knowledge and testing.
3 Phase boards
my tester and test board
The torture room sorry classroom
Next week is the Testing & Inspecting coarse and exam, then back in a month to take the next level Periodic testing & inspecting.
I have been away on the first week of training to become a electrician last week, I have been pushed to the max on the theory side especially on the first day when it was a lot of math equations and formulas. There are 8 guys on my course from all sorts of backgrounds but we do have one thing in common our age, we are all over 45 and looking to either change career or to be able to work on our own electrics at home.
I have decided that I don't want to shell out £129 for this
Instead I am going to build my own button box with a joystick, it won't look as fancy or have 25 buttons, but it will give me great satisfaction in building it.
Sept 17 - 25
Like clockwork we had rain yesterday evening and we spent the morning taking care of our cows and getting all our hay equipment ready. Today starts our big push to bring in the final hay for the year. We start down on field 21 where last time in the early summer we pulled just over 107K L of loose grass off the field for silage in our silos. This time around we will be baling the hay for storage in the building down here at the sheep area to feed our sheep for the coming yea
Today I went shopping for some new equipment, since I had none to work with. I was able to pick up a couple of nice John Deere tractors, and I leased out a plow and manure spreader. Since it will be about 8 days before I can plant anything, I suppose I should take the time to prepare the fields properly. I also recorded my first vlog of this journey into agriculture! Hopefully folks visit my youtube channel to view it, and I hope they like it! I was able to meet Frank, the shop manager. I
Well, I have always dreamed of farming and agriculture. After looking for many, many long months I finally found a great spread in the black mountain area of Montana! I have always liked the views in Montana, and now I can look at the mountain as I am drinking my coffee in the morning! I came by this property thanks to a gentleman named Farmer Klein. He did a great real estate video on the area and the farm, and so I decided to inquire. After taking out an Ag loan and conducted a successful
Sept 13 - 16
We finally got all of the barley out of the field and the straw up off the ground. We had more than plenty of straw for our cows from the wheat field and the pigs wont need nearly as much straw as the cows and clearly no where near as much straw as we got out of our barley field. Once we had more than enough straw put away for our pigs we took the rest of the straw over to the heating plant for sale. In total we made a cool $30K in straw, they where giving us about $450 per
Sept 10 -12
Our local JD dealer has come through again and lined up a MAN truck and a large trailer designed for potatoes and beets to be at the shop first thing this morning. We have a limited time to use the truck so were out of bed just before first light and off to the shop to see how many loads we can deliver before we have to turn the truck back in.
The trailer on this truck is awful long and the area around the pig farm is rather tight. I don't think we scratched up the traile
A new day a new field to harvest, last night we finished collecting the straw off the wheat field and in total we got way more bales of straw off the field than we will need for the coming year so no worries in having to buy in straw next spring or summer. We will actually be in a great position sell straw to neighboring farmers should they need it. We had a popup hale storm that interrupted our day but it ended about as quick as it showed up so things dried up fairly quick.
Day 3 of Late Autumn
I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning. It rained most of the night and was still dripping when I forced myself outside. My wife was just returning from a run, she was cheery, I was not… but I managed not to take it out on her. By the time I returned, I was feeling much better, a light breakfast made everything good again. We talked about the day, we wanted to bring in the corn. I hoped it would dry before we lost light. The phone rang.
I quickly repla
Day 2 of Late Autumn
I knew it was going to rain today, I could feel it in my bones. Something I’ve had to deal with for a long time… also, the boy told me. My first priority (not putting off my walk) was to get the new business back up and producing. Folks around here must like to stay warm during the winter months. I took off early and my plan was to fell only one tree and chip it… I’ll spend some time bringing it up to one hundred percent once I get my corn crop in. Oh yeah, my corn is r
Day 1 of Late Autumn
I woke up early and decided to go for an actual run… well, jog. I didn’t make that decision because I wanted to increase my cardiovascular workout, I did it because I forgot about my greenhouses. I was also thinking about how long it would take to drive over all the chaff so that I could cover the silo. So off I went, carrying a flashlight with me as I ran. Some folks around here call it a torch, but I think of Olympians running in skirts with torches, just not me… cert
Sept 1 - 3
A new day a new season... Reminds me of a poem my brother wrote back in second grade...
Anyway dawn on a new season and a whole ton of work has just come upon us. Our fields of wheat, barley and canola are ready to come in. Our large grass field across the street from the house has come to full potential and needs to be cut and baled into hay. Our cows seem to have decided they now need 5X more straw for their bedding than they did just yesterday and to top it all off we
Day 8 of Mid Autumn
As I was heading out for my morning walk I caught glimpse of a huge machine outside. Walking past the table I noticed the brochure open to a page describing the Valtra S, I took note. Once I got outside, my wife and the boy were standing by the machine, which turned out to be a forage harvester. The ground was still too wet to get started with this early, so I excused myself from what looked to be a class and made my rounds. I took care of the girls when I got down there
Well, with the potatoes out of the two fields and nothing better to do we borrow a new cultivator from the store. Seems to me it is more like a paid trial but anyway... The plan is to see how much poplar we can get into the ground before the busy fall harvest season. The locals tell me that poplar is kind of a magic resource here in the valley and it will regrow like grass!
I tell myself this I got to see and invest in a poplar planter and a few crates of saplings and head