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About mn_bowhunter

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  1. 12v trolling motor on 24v setup

    I want to add a transom mount trolling motor and have a 24v bow mount. My 3rd battery runs the other electronics including starting so I don't want to run that down. I'm worried that if I run my 12v troller to one of the batteries on my 24v setup I'll kill the batteries. I also don't want to add a 4th battery to my small boat. Can I run a parallel wiring setup to the 2 batteries I have while they are in series to the front? My other thought was a way to reduce the voltage, but the load might be an issue. I really don't need the thrust of a 24v transom mount, but if I have to go that route I will. Anyone run a similar setup?
  2. re carpeting lund pro v

    Mine was glued down but it wasn't holding anymore. I had to replace the plywood so I didn't have to deal with the old adhesive.
  3. re carpeting lund pro v

    I did my alumacraft a couple years ago and the carpet was the easiest part of the remodel. I don't know how your boat was assembled, but mine had the carpeted floor installed first then the compartments. If I would have just replaced the carpet I would have had to cut along the livewell and rod locker and cut new carpet to fit. If you go that route make sure the edges are glued well. I stole my wife's rolling pin to get good glue contact.
  4. disputing an invoice/labor charge for service call

    I think you are assuming you are being billed for the wasted time and that is the real issue here. You say he left, then went and searched for parts, then returned around 2 hours after he left. $180 for 2 hours of a plumbers time sounds about right to me. It doesn't hurt to call and ask for an explanation of the bill. Service calls are always going to sting since they have to cover the time spent getting parts and driving in the billed time.
  5. Read statute 86B.13. This program is different than the other AIS laws. Copied directly from the trailer decal statute: (e) Violation of this section shall not result in a penalty, but is punishable only by a warning The AIS laws referenced in the DNR link are not pertaining to the training and decal laws.
  6. Research I've seen has shown over 90% of boaters are aware of AIS laws. This program is pointless. I also want point out that in the statute it also says that violation is punishable by warning only - no tickets. MN COLA pushed hard to get this passed.
  7. New Pond

    It's simply a matter of digging down to expose the surface water table. How deep depends on how far down to water so that question can't be answered. You saying semi wet makes me think you should contact the local administrator of the wetland conservation act. It's normally the county or local soil and water conservation district. If you do go forward and it happens to be a wetland it can be a huge headache that is easily avoided.
  8. Septic System update

    It really depends on the area and if the soils are suitable. Around here it's mostly sand with enough separation to groundwater. I was quoted around $6,000 a couple years ago for a 3 bedroom sized system. Mounds are pretty rare here.
  9. Tree Roots - Copper Sulfate

    Other thing to keep in mind is what you should or shouldn't be putting down the drain. Copper sulfate is nasty stuff. If you've got a septic system you could do more harm than good.
  10. Bad Flooring

    Post some pictures. It's hard to say without seeing the floor. Get a hygrometer and monitor your humidity levels in the home. I'm a hardwood guy, but it sounds like moisture may be the culprit. Far too many subs will install before the house is dry enough and problems like this arise. Did they test moisture content of the subfloor before installing?
  11. Attic Insulation - Hire Out or DIY?

    I saved a buck a bag hiring it out. I had fiberglass blown in and was quoted $1 less per bag installed than I could buy it for. It's worth looking into. I did do the baffle vents myself since that did save money. I'm glad I asked an insulation guy in passing what he'd charge.
  12. refinishing laminate wood floors

    Definately test in an inconspicuous area. As someone who has recoated, refinished and installed thousands of square feet of flooring I can tell you I've seen my share of homeowner screw ups. Newer factory finished floors rarely get adhesion on a recoat. Older floors such as yours may work. Purplefloyds method is what I do as well when recoating. Make sure you allow the test to dry and cure, then give it the scratch test with a fingernail. If it flakes don't waste your time.
  13. reclaimed wood flooring

    Should also be mentioned that you need to make sure your subfloor is adequate. 3/4" plywood or if OSB I like 1". I like staples because I have torn out lots of flooring as well and stapled floors are a pain to remove. Twist nailed and cleated floors are better than smooth nails, but do not hold as well as staples IMO. Also, although the staples won't penetrate the floor joists much I'd still try to hit them all.
  14. reclaimed wood flooring

    I've installed lots of wide flooring and in any case we went over 6" width it got glued with subfloor adhesive and stapled. I prefer staples over cleats in almost all cases. The exceptions being extremely dense brazilian woods and bamboo I like cleat nailers better. If you don't glue it be ready for it to cup and crown, squeak, and gap out. You should expect to get gaps either way, but I think they will be less severe if glued.
  15. Divers?

    I put out about 18-24 mallard dekes and add a half dozen bills. Sometimes I'll use a dozen. I'm not rigged for longlines and have individual lines/weights on each decoy. If using 6 bills I'll put them off to the side angling toward the blind and farther from shore than the mallards. I have many divers come in on the string and sit in the open space between mallards and bills. If they won't light the pass shoots can be a blast. I'd like to get more divers, but $ is an issue. I plan to paint some old mallards to look like redheads. I'd get a few bufflehead and goldeneyes to put in the mix.