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  1. Tysons chicken tender, Top sirloin steak, pork chop, burgers seasoned to taste - crispy crowns, tutor tots, fries - beer batter shore lunch Walleye, Crappie all better than deep fryer, oven or gas grill. Just do potato first & keep hot in oven at 250. Even Spam is better than pan fryed but if your under 40 you may not have a clue about Spam.
  2. Here is a video with my Camera / Sonar flasher in action. Needs a few mods, but have all summer to complete.
  3. Yes they work OK. They are 11" dia. smaller than most wheel house holes so they rest on the ice. Once the cable unwinds after dropping camera in water, I used a piece of blue paint tape to mark the direction of camera. There are a couple of remote units that allow you to rotate the camera with a small remote controller. Marcum: Aqua Vu
  4. You can buy or make a Door threshold ramp. I made mine out of a piece of 1.5" x 6" oak. Used a table saw to cut the angle and belt sander to match to the door lip.*
  5. Your correct Windows 8 was the dog.
  6. I agree with Del, Vista is far outdated. Also, Windows 7 was not well liked due to the change in architecture and how it operated. Most people despised it. If your going to up-grade I suggest new computer with Windows 10. Many good available desktop computers are under $400. Personally I, son, daughter grandkids all use laptops so I am not up to speed on Desktops. Most of family use HP at a little over $200. Son is top I.T. guy at Deluxe his is a Dell Latitude bit more pricey. All our laptops have Keyboards with keys. They are extremely versatile and easy to use. I use Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio, wireless printer, movie maker and many others. Mine has a DVD so we take it camping when no WiFi is available to watch movies other than that, seldom use DVD. SD, Scan Disk cards and thumb drives much easier to use. As far as connection speed, there are 3 basic types for home use. DSL which is a Copper wire connection, Cable which is cable company, Dish, Direct and Fiber Optic. If your fortunate enough to have fiber optic phone service, the speed is 10 times faster than either DSL or Cable. Cable is faster then DSL. Dish and Direct have shortfalls when it rains or snows. If you are required to use DSL go with and pay for the highest speed offered. $2 a month, $24 annual is not a bad price. I do use MidCo Cable. My Download speed is 45.05 MBPS and Upload 8.25 MBPS with ping at 10ms running I can stream 4 movies without interruption (Netflix, Hullu, etc.)
  7. Get a vintage Victory Rat Trap, not mouse, the big rat one. Glue some birdseed to the trigger. Attach it to the affected area. Very effective 24 hour watch dog. Just check it once in a while.
  8. Got an RV light, replaced insides with 5050 Brite White LED. 9 strips at 6 lights each. Produces 1136 Lumens, equivalent to 75 Watt Incandescent. Draws about 10 watts so it runs 6 to 7 hours on my 5ah Lead Acid (AKA Vex) battery. Built a multi-function holder to ride on the front of my Smitty Sled shining light when walking out. Shove the light between roof and support rod, toss battery in Screen shelve for inside Hub lighting. Holder also holds my ShowDown Troller or 10" tablet I use with Boating App and Vex FishPhone. Holder held down with 7# bean bag (or should I say sinker bag) and non skid base.
  9. Posted this back in November. It appears the ION auger has enough steel and space to add a point. Also from photos looks like there already a hole drilled into the center of the blade mounting bracket. I don't have an ION but I did add a point to my Vintage Mora where I converted my 6" and 8" for my Clam Plate and in the process of adding an adapter for my Eskimo Mako. I drilled and tapped the auger blade mounting bracket to 3/8-20 tap (anything smaller the tap will break due to steel hardness). I cut the point out of a Wood Spade drill bit, cut a slot in a 3/8-20 bolt and welded the cut blade to the bolt. While very hot from welding drop the welded point in oil to fast cool and recover some of the lost hardness from welding heat. Sharpen the point to the same angle as the bit point. You can probably buy a auger center bit from Eskimo as I have one on my 10" Mako. Screwed the bolt into the blade bracket where I drilled and tapped a hole with a lock washer at the base. You may need to add other washers to obtain the point position to the space between the blades. Extra washer on my 6" to get the point centered between the blades. This point was made with a 1" wood drill bit. The 5/8" bit top picture on my 8". Found both points work equally well. Because it is a Mora hand auger, I modified the blade with ice relief cuts and put a .015 shim on the leading edge of the blade to increase the cut angle. Hand augers have a more shallow bite compared to my Eskimo Mako due to the force it takes to turn the hand auger. Skip adding a shim to your ION. Ended with amazing results in no blade walking and increased drill speed through the ice on my Clam Drill Plate. Out Last Wed. with Buddy who has the ION without point on same Ice you described. Had a tough time drilling an 8" hole in my Hub floor 11" opening due to blade drift.
  10. I built a 6.5 X 12 wheel house couple years ago. Installed a 9k BTU direct vent convention furnace converted to forced air. It took about 40 min. to get the temp to 60 deg. and close to an hour to 72 deg. with outside temp at -17. When fishing I used a Mr. Heater to get the temp up quicker than shut the Mr. Heater off when warmed. This fall I increased the BTU to 12k and replaced the fan with a 4 speed auto fan. Sunday I tested outside temp at -6, inside temp at +4. Took 6 min. to get temp to 45 deg. and 13 min to 70 deg. running the fan at speed 3. When at 70 deg. set fan to speed 1 and furnace cycled on/off about every 6 to 8 min. maintaining 70 deg. At 9k my heat exchanger skin ran at 236 deg. at 12k it runs at 367 deg. using a laser Infrared Thermometer. My WH is insulated to R13 in floor, walls and ceiling. Good fan and more BTU made a big difference.
  11. You might gain an inch between rods saving 5 inches total. My rods stay in the holder at all times. Made sure there was no way the rods would ever make contact with each other while bounding down the road or on rough ice. Switching end every other rod end and squeezing space will put the reel next to or on the adjacent rod tip. With minor wiggle room on handle end, there is a chance larger reels will bump the adjacent rod tip causing a weak spot in the rod with closer spacing. I set the spacing based on the longest distance from handle top to bottom of reel. I also have all 12 rods rigged (6 in front, 6 in back) with jigs, hook, slip bobber or any other variety of rigging for the trip. Packing rods closer together provides and opportunity to tangle hooks, jigs, etc. If the line is not in the water, you won't catch fish. This holder setup makes for very quick rig exchange. The $1 bill on the holder reminds one to keep line in the water. "If you want goats milk, you need to put the hay down where the goats can get at it - so to speak"
  12. Did similar build. 1” PVC pipe X 1” long secured to a 1.5” wood strip every 5” for handle end. Tip end small U shape holder from 1.25” X 1” wood block and 1/8 piece nailed to 1.5” wall mount strip. Filled gap with 1.25” X 1.25” Foam Air Conditioner Weather strip. Cut a small V in top of Weather Strip and single cut about ¾ down. Built two, one in front one in back holding 12 rods. Rods never bounce out during transport on road or rough ice. Extra PVC made some on-ice rod holders work well in house or on ice in Hub. Cross bar folds for compact storage.
  13. Stopped by Coon lake access on way home 20 min ago. Unbelievable portable 150 yards from access 20 FOW. Watched person drill 2 holes with hand auger each side of shack 11 and 12 turns on the auger to open hole. White ice just past shack was open water late Thursday. At least his white pickup is at the landing to identify him or them if "sad senseless" happens again.
  14. Agree with vented. Also blower or fans desireable to move heated air around for consistent temp throughout the shack. With non-vented you could find your door frozen shut next time you want to use it.
  15. You can check the heat exchanger temp with a Ryobi phone thermometer. Uses lazer works very well. Temp to 665 deg F.|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-HandTools|&gclid=CjwKEAiAvZTCBRDvnoOaoa2j3xISJABxPjN9KAuY0y-GXFtzmpkimHY_wI7ly0NVxNXnQnVf2_0raRoCjvzw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds