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  1. Tipup boxes

    Put the battery inside the box. Small version sealed lead acid about same size of charcoal soup can.
  2. Garmin aquires Navionics

    Looks like Garmin has expanded thier lake mapping capability aquiring Navionics on Oct. 27, 2017. Any thoughts on this move?
  3. I did an Excel that calculates LP to BTU usage, moisture generated and on second Tab on ducer are 5 yo 35 FOW. LP and ducer calc.xlsx
  4. Tipup boxes

    I have used a budddies bite me box look quite simple to build. Didn't like the charcoal heat idea. I do use a mini heat pad to keep my wifi tablet & cell warm and charged. They operate from 5v to 12v - at 5v pad temp is 118 deg f & 12v at 265 deg f. I run my heaters with 12v sealed lead acid batteries 7ah & 9ah. (Aka Vexilar battery). On my tablet box I use a cell phone charger running heater at 5v (118 deg.) Which also keeps my tablet charged. I would put 4 of these pads inside a bite me box, 1 on each side. Should keep everything above freezing. Link to site: Heat pad My tablet box
  5. What do you use for portable chairs?

    My Wheel House is a very open floor plan. You need a chair. I have 3 options, metal Timber Ridge from Costco (one set up, one folded in corner) fold up nylon (couple hanging on hooks) and the bucket. I have the Eskimo Hub I use on walking ice with my 4X4 Smitty Sled. I use the Timber Ridge folding chairs.
  6. Doing projects waiting for Ice

    Did a few off season projects waiting for Ice. - Underwater camera, Fish Finder, Wheel house mods and the latest converting a 2 cycle Jiffy Lite 90 to an ION battery auger. Got the auger off Craiglist for $10, Drill for $15. Second stage of gear box is a 5 to 1 reduction so got the auger blade to turn at about 250 RPM which I feel is an ideal speed. Gear reduction also doubled the torque of the motor drive. Planning to use the Dewalt 20V ION battery as I already have charger and now converting one of the 1.5 AH batteries to either 9 or 12 AH. If anyone needs a mid 80's Jiffy Lite 90 motor and clutch PM me. Has great compression, never tried to start it. Price somewhere between free and a gift. If you did a project this summer, would you care to share them? DJ ION Auger HB.mp4 << Click link for Video
  7. Wireless remote control of electric Jacks

    Great design / work.
  8. Wiring Wheel House

    DC to AC converters work well on low AC current but takes a bit of DC battery current. Example a drip coffee maker uses 900 AC watts (7.5 amp) which draws 83 amps DC battery current. 15 AC amps draws 165 DC battery amps. (Based on 110 VAC & 12 VDC). Batteries die quickly converting to AC.
  9. Wheelhouse flooring help

    Deck Over is a new deck paint material designed for both green or cedar tone pressure treated wood. Advised to clean devk/floor before applied. On my deck and wheelhouse for 2 years with no sign of ware with 2 coats applied. Textured is thicker and contains small particles for non-slip.
  10. Wheelhouse flooring help

    Greart idea, Textured Deck Over from Home Depot also works well - my choice. Durable, no rinkels, non-skid and very easy to repair after you've had a few beers and set your spinning arger blade on the floor drilling a fresh hole.
  11. Correct, its a dual vented heater with both intake air and exhaust from the outside. Photo of the parts and air/exhaust path. Air in through the larger diameter pipe #26 and Exhaust out through smaller pipe #27. Pic of the unit installed air/exhaust flow.
  12. @leech Its only a 6 hole fishing house, not a sleeper. I choose to get a cabin on overnight trips, take the house off the lake each night connect A/C for overnight heat and have a warm cleaning house. Take-down is only about 5 min after rods and chairs are secured. Have 2 windows I crack open if fresh air is needed. Have CO detector on ceiling. Added a lot of features since my 2013 build. Front view. Furnace is an old convection heater upgraded to 15k-BTU I added forced air modifications - 4 speed fan from a E350 Van. Small bump on the air duct contains 3 additional 12V computer fans as heat maintainer at low current. Back view. drop down cleaning table on right. Inside the box attached on front, reduced noise volume 900W generator enclosure. Everything inside runs on 12VDC. Added the generator to charge batteries as needed and make my coffee. Just added a Fish Cam video Monitor. (Old Computer Monitor configured for S-Video). It runs on 36 watts so I use a 100 watt Ac to Dc inverter of very little DC power. My added down and out flip attached to the door side of the house for added fishing space. My Son fishing in second photo. Also has a drop down table on the right of the pic.
  13. This furnace has 2 pipes. The larger pipe about 4" is the air intake is supported through ring #29. The smaller pipe inside the larger pipe about 2" is the furnace exhaust connected through the larger ring #30 and screwed to the raised portion of ring #29. My furnace a vintage Hydro Flame Convection with dual direct vent, needed no power, and used a pilot light. Had the identical 2 pipe direct vent as yours. I built 2 rings similar to your drawing. Had 2 major issues: 1. Anytime the wind exceeded 20 mph, my pilot light would blow out even when the furnace side of my house was parked to the leeward side due to wind eddies. 2. At the exhaust cap which was about 1 3/4" from the side of the house would scorch the side surface above the cap and the moisture from burning Propane (1/2 pt. per 10#) would freeze on and below the exhaust when temp went -10 or below. Second year I re-designed using the Pipe Cap photo 1 from Menards for under $10. I cut off the bottom half at the black line and cut a hole on the outside flat surface for the exhaust pipe. This was my fresh air intake. Also filled the inside of the cap with a disassembled expanded metal filter from a motor home stove top exhaust filter. Photo 1 Secured it to my house and ran the exhaust pipe through the hole in the end. Attached the exhaust pipe to a 2" x 3" aluminum gutter down spout used as a chimney. Photos 2 and 3. Totally solved my issues. You may also find a similar cap to photo 1 for the exhaust instead of the pipe. Most of the caps I was able to find had a 4" connection point so you would need to modify to 2" or whatever size you exhaust pipe is. How ever you do it, cover all openings with a screen to keep the Mud-daubers out as they love burned propane orifice area to build there nest. Photo 2 & 3
  14. Air Fryer?

    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.
  15. Attaching camera to sonar unit

    Here is a video with my Camera / Sonar flasher in action. Needs a few mods, but have all summer to complete.