Professional Services Assistance

  • Professional Services Assistance

    Posted by PinballPreparedness on January 24, 2023 at 12:08 am

    We all seem to have questions that require “professional assistance” from time to time. I wanted to put together a forum where people could list their specialties, (legal, medical, veterinary, plumbing, electrical…) where people would be willing to offer basic advice for others in the community. If interested, please leave a specialty and an email people could contact you.

    Farm-Ranch-Homestead replied 8 months, 1 week ago 61 Members · 99 Replies
  • 99 Replies
  • BiggKidd

    January 24, 2023 at 1:28 am

    Personally I have built and done a lot of stuff over the years. Mostly I built above ground swimming pools and pier foundations for backyard buildings. But I was also a school trained diesel mechanic in the 80’s and drag raced several tracks for the better part of 20 years, building all my own stuff. Also built a few buildings, garages and houses from time to time. Last but not least I went off grid and started homesteading full time 15 years ago. Best way for any one to contact me would be a message on here.

    • Squirrel

      March 14, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      I have 30 years tax preparation experience, 15 years professional cooking and restaurant service, 10 years management, 42 years canning, gardening and preserving. Fished ever since I was old enough to hold a pole and shot my 1st gun at 12. I crochet, sew, embroidery, forage wild herbs, raise animals, can write and sing music, Love God and my family.

      • HarryWalden

        March 17, 2023 at 1:36 am


      • cloudy

        April 21, 2023 at 9:51 pm

        Wow all of you are amazing.

  • saltyblankzero1295

    January 24, 2023 at 11:11 am

    I have 15 years as a electrician for mostly residential homes,and about 20 years as a maintenance technician. Please contact me on here.

  • Newenglandprepper23

    January 24, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Been a carpenter for 18+ years and have done all aspects of frame to finish work also generally home maintenance. Contact me here with any questions just keep in mind I work full-time and have a 4 year old son so it might take me a little bit to get back to you.

  • Rich-The-Plumber

    January 24, 2023 at 11:43 am

    I have been a plumber for over 30 years. Second generation plumber and a plumbing business owner. [email protected]

    • FedupAMERICAN

      January 24, 2023 at 12:20 pm

      Damn rich I was hoping to be the first plumber on here but you have me beat in time by 24 years

  • MimiJo

    January 24, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Have a very active homestead in TN, and consider my specialties in dairy goats, meat rabbits, and food preservation (canning, dehydrating, freeze drying). Love to teach those in the community how to process chickens, rabbits, and quail as well. [email protected]

    • Squirrel

      March 14, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      I’m interested in learning to tan and preserve rabbit hides. Just about time to butcher mine.

  • Jasper04

    January 24, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Would love to learn more about your breed of rabbits and butchering process.

  • SirNM-Preps-A-Lot

    January 24, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, plumbing and other general construction knowledge. All these trades for 20+ years

    • Orangeball

      June 19, 2023 at 4:09 pm

      Hi there. I’m in NC and have a question about refrigerators. I have a very old (pre 2000) GE side by side with ice maker in the door. Last week I had an exterminator come out for 6 month maintenance (spiders eeww). He pulled my fridge out about 4″ to be able to spray behind. It did not come unplugged but has gotten warmer and warmer since he did that. I had to throw away most of my food in the fridge and I’m afraid I will lose my freezer as well (ice cream is like soup). My question is do you know if there is a reset switch on the compressor? I can’t afford a new one right now!


        June 19, 2023 at 8:19 pm

        Did anything move around and block any vents on the inside of the fridge? Another thing to check on some refrigerators are the coils because they can block air circulation to keep them cool. Mine are located on the bottom. Might need a brush or vacuum cleaner.

      • Orangeball

        June 23, 2023 at 5:51 pm

        Yeah we cleaned everything… thank you for responding. I guess it’s just dead…has a chemical/plastic smell so I assumed it was a freon leak. Still haven’t been able to replace it but havey feelers out for getting a free one…sure can’t afford to buy one. My neighbor was kind enough to allow me a portion of her freezer space so I didn’t lose everything but enough to bring me to tears… thank you again for responding… thank goodness I was prepared with home canned items and a good stock pile to get us through this minor disaster… gave me a pretty good taste of what will happen when SHTF. Will say that I’ve learned my lesson and won’t rely on appliances… everything will be in canning jars…lol

  • Cathail

    January 24, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Well, I am not a professional at it, but I’m pretty good at working out windows computer problems.. real computers, not mobile devices. I am clueless in the android world.

    I was really good with windows XP and 7.. and pretty good up to windows 10… I threw in the towel with windows at 10 and jumped to Linux where I am not well versed… yet.

    • Tin-Foil-Tiara

      January 25, 2023 at 1:04 pm

      Linux, huh? Our current desktop is on its way out and runs on Windows 7? 8? I’d have to look. I’m debating moving over to Linux when we get a new computer but I know next to nothing about it, other than the few and far between whispers I hear. I’m rather technologically illiterate and have no idea where to start even simply learning about it. Any help, even just a nudge in the right direction, would be appreciated.

      • Farm-Ranch-Homestead

        September 10, 2023 at 1:45 am

        I know your post about Linux was from the beginning of the year, but if your “old” windows computer is on its way out, why not install Linux on it? Linux works well on old hardware as long as you’re not using it for hardware intensive applications. General usage such as web browsing, checking & composing email, word processing, and spreadsheet work generally aren’t too demanding, and will work well on older hardware running Linux.

        The first thing you’ll want to do is to download an ISO image of the Linux distribution of your choice, and write it to the bootable media that your computer uses. For older computers, that means writing the ISO image to a DVD ROM disc. For more recent computers, that usually means writing the image to a bootable USB thumb drive. I recommend Linux Mint for new users as the desktop works much the same way as windows.

        The second thing you’ll want to do is to back up all essential files on the windows computer so you can wipe the old hard drive, or simply swap out the old hard drive for a new one. I prefer to do the hard drive swap so I can later retrieve any data from the old one if necessary, plus I can generally get a new (and usually larger) hard drive inexpensively. I keep the old hard drive as an offline backup for the old computer. Just be sure to label the old hard drive so you know where it came from in case you need to use it again in the future.

        Once you have a hard drive you are willing to write to (any data on it will be overwritten) installed in the computer, you’ll want to point the computer’s BIOS to boot to the media created in the first step. Boot into the new image you created in the first step, and when it starts, you should end up with a “live” desktop running off the boot drive. You can play around on the new live desktop to get a feel for it. Once you are ready to commit to the installation, you can install Linux to your hard drive by double clicking the “Install” icon that should be on the desktop.

        When you open the installation script from the desktop, it should walk you through the installation process. If you’re familiar with the installation of windows, Linux should not be too hard to figure out. If you’re not familiar with the installation of windows, you may find the Linux installer is intuitive enough that you can figure it out. If not, perhaps there is someone you know nearby that is familiar with the installation process and can walk you through it.

        Over the past nearly two decades that I’ve used Linux, the installation process has become increasingly easy, and is now to the point that it can be done with a minimum of input from the user. What I suspect would be the biggest hurdle to installation is not being familiar with the terminology used in the installation process. This is where it helps to have someone around that is familiar with the process.

        Hopefully this helps a little bit at least. I apologize if I used terminology that you’re not familiar with. Hopefully you understood what I’ve shared and it helps you get started with Linux.

  • Susanart1592

    January 24, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    I have over 25 years experience in medical records and almost 20 years experience caring for tropical birds. Email: [email protected]

  • papaw

    January 24, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I’m a welder with over 40 years experience. I’ll answer questions to the best of my ability and help out local free of charge time permitting. You can contact me here or in the Indiana state group.

  • Sholty-family-homestead

    January 24, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    I am a carpenter, I have done everything from top to bottom of a residential property. Currently work in insurance restoration. I am located in the Springfield, Mo area and would be more than happy to help the community in any way possible. You can contact me here or via email @ [email protected]

  • Sunflower

    January 24, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    I am a Registered nurse (retired) after 42 years. I worked in OB/GYN The last 15 years. Helping mostly with mothers/Babies at the newborn stage. I have a close contact with a LaLeache member(teacher and nurse) that I can get in touch with if I don’t know the answer. My email is [email protected]. ( I don’t che k my email every day…. But I’ll try) Sharon mckee

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  • Dww

    January 24, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    I have a body shop and alot of restoration, mechanic work on older cars. Been messing with cars for about 35 years.

  • BrendaH

    January 24, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I’m a Chef. Loveland, Colorado ❤️

  • KnuckleBuster

    January 24, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Full time self employed mechanic, 40 years experience. I prefer small engines but repair everything up to backhoes. If it’s powered by gasoline, diesel or propane I can try and help you out. Jeff [email protected]

    • Yankeeredneck

      January 27, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      Morning bud, thanks for posting your skills. I’ve got an old kubota mini tractor I’m going to be working on when it warms up a little. I’ll definitely be hitting you up.

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