May 232024
 

I’ve been looking for a pull-behind grader to use with the Kawasaki Mule for leveling the gravel in the driveway and on our roads, as well as some uneven areas of the pasture. After looking around, I settled on an 84-inch wide Vevor Driveway Drag, which is made out of heavy duty steel and is adjustable to hold cinder blocks or bricks to add extra weight to it and help it dig in deeper.

I could have ordered it directly from Vevor, but I ordered it from Amazon instead for the free shipping. It came in a long, heavy box, and we assembled it on the back deck in the afternoon when the sun was on the other side of the house, giving us shade to work in.

The first step was laying out all of the parts, and there were a bunch of them.

The directions weren’t very clear. Actually there were no directions at all, just a parts list and a diagram, but it was easy enough to figure out.

Using a folding table and the railing of the deck to hold the heavy drag as we assembled it, it didn’t take long. Well, it wouldn’t have if all of the hardware had been included in the package, but it turned out we were short three sets of nuts, bolts, and washers. So we had to pick those up at Ace Hardware.

Then, when we got it together, we realized that they had drilled the holes in the towbar incorrectly. That took a while to figure out. Now I just have to get some cinder blocks to put on the back of it for extra weight.

Once it cooled down some yesterday afternoon, Terry used the Husqvarna riding lawnmower to mow the front, side, and back yards while I was on the Kubota tractor using the mid-mount mower in the pasture. It took us about three hours, but we got it all done.

Unfortunately, just as we were finishing, Terry hit the propane gas line that was supposed to be buried when they did the installation for the generator but wasn’t done properly. She said she thought she smelled gas and moved her mower away and shut it down just as I was driving up in the tractor to see if she was ready to call it a day. As soon as I shut the tractor off, I could hear the hiss of gas coming out and quickly turned off the valve on the tank. So today they need to send somebody out to remedy the situation. I’m glad Terry noticed it, since I have little sense of smell and I would not have realized anything until there was a big bang, and not the fun kind we watch on TV.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Honeymoon, the seventh book in my Big Lake Mystery series. The busy summer season is drawing to a close in the little mountain town of Big Lake, Arizona and the locals are looking forward to a relaxing interlude before the first snowfall brings carloads of skiers to the high country. That all changes when a nearly nude woman rushes into a convenience store in the middle of the night begging for help. She tells Sheriff Jim Weber that her new husband has been murdered and she was taken captive by the mysterious killer, who seems to have disappeared into the thick forests of the White Mountains, touching off a manhunt for a phantom that cannot be found.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

 Thought For The Day – Story of my life, I knew better but I did it anyway.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “Some Assembly Required”

  1. The next time when your Amazon rig wears out. look around,(most any farmers have this laying around) grab yourself some used chain link fence about 20 +feet grab an 8 foot 4 x 4, put it in the middle of the chain-link fold it about four times grab a tow chain attached to the 4 x 4, drag it around the road with your ATV it will also rip up any grass in the driveway or flatten the mud during rainy season

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