I received my new log splitter yesterday; but haven’t had a chance to unpack it and check it out. Since yesterday evening we have had about two inches of rain fall in western Maine. Not complaining, as we are ten inches short for the season – not great for wells.
Maine is a rocky state, hence stone walls everywhere you look. Every year farmers would plow their fields and plow up rocks, lacking a place to put them they bordered their fields because good fences make good neighbors (see Mending Walls by Robert Frost.)
The problem is that digging even a small hole in western Maine requires a pick ax or pry bar. I ran across this (again) when I wanted to mount my stationary bird feeder. The answer:
Place a chimney block where I wanted the feeder. Brace up the feeder in the flue hole and fill with quick dry cement. That feeder is not going anywhere and I didn’t have to dig a hole.
Another tip: If you are about to buy a new drill or have hinted to your other that want one for X-mas - beware. I always wanted a battery operated cordless drill – so convenient not having to run an extension cord to every work sight. I finally bought one, but not being a full time carpenter I only used it occasionally. I found that every time I took out the drill the battery was low and needed charging. I have gone back to a cord drill.
I come from a time that men were expected to be maintenance savvy. I have done carpentry, electrical, I hate plumbing, and at one time could work on my own cars and motorcycles. I think that time is past for young men. The young people I know are helpless when something breaks. They look for an app on their phone and call a repairman – or their father.
Just my observation.