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  1. You want the best bang for the buck? just string these led's around the top of your shack even 1/2 of one of these will light up the huge Clam 6pack Buy this and this The dimmer is nice because it will save your battery+ you really don't need them running at full brightness.
  2. With wood studs your going to have to seal them before using the VHB tape. FYI you can also use PL premium to glue your sheets to your studs but it is somewhat of a pain in the you know what. I overlapped mine an inch as well but made sure I had at least 2" of the sheet overlapping a stud or backing.
  3. Been using my lowrance on the ice for 3 seasons. I do not leave it out exposed in the cold if I'm not using it and have not had an issue. If you have touch screen it can be a pain in the winter with screen grounding issues and having to pull off your gloves... that said I love my lowrance I think I also prefer it over my Marcum LX9. Yes mapping will work fine at least from my experience especially when moving slow its when your zipping across the lake at 40+ that some units will have issues keeping up with mapping. Also something to keep in mind is if you ever decide you want a bow mount trolling motor that can follow contours or control via your graph you have two choices. Minnkota uses Humminbird and Lowrance uses Motor Guide. Just another thing to think about in your decision. Honestly I don't think you could really make a bad decision in sonar right now. All have features that are very close to one another and in 2 years your unit will be outdated and selling for a 10th of what you paid for it.
  4. Not sure what one your looking for but this unit may fit in between the ribs on your siding. I put this unit in my shack and it seems pretty nice.
  5. I got my sheeting from this place they had what I bought in roll form so I could have purchased any length I wanted but it was only 4' wide so I really didn't see the point of running it horizontal. You must listen to the Half a$$ morning show
  6. I use a lowrance and Youtube has been helpful in getting it set up for the ice. I can't really help much with your cute little bird.
  7. Does the 625 have the direction arrow? If not go for the 825. My friend has the 825 and I have the LX9 pretty much the same thing both are usable in the day as long as you turn so the sun isn't shining directly at the screen. That said I think you would have that problem with most any screen. I've been happy with marcum and had bad experiences with aqua vu's so my vote would be a marcum.
  8. I was able to get away for a night and to a shake down test of the shack. So far I'm very pleased other than I have to figure out my electric jacks to work with a wireless remote control. Running each jack individually is a pain in the rear + not lowering down all at the same time could cause issues I would think if I left the tongue hooked up to the truck. None the less we had a good night with a couple fish nothing to write home about until the next morning. My friends had left to the other side of the lake for some morning tip-up action, so I decided to poke around and do some wiring before packing up and heading home. Then I just happened to do a bobber check and one was down, Didn't even hear the rattle wheel go! None the less I set the hook and at first thought I had missed it because there wasn't much resistance. Started pulling and then got a little tug (was thinking it was a small walleye) then a nice little run and it gave up shortly. Pulled up some more and saw this huge meat head looking at me! At that point i was worried I was going to loose it, but was able to land it! I've caught bigger walleyes in open water and in canada but this is my biggest eye I've caught in MN & on the ice Needless to say a great first outing in the shack! I think I need to invest in a selfie stick! Tale of the tape said 27 3/4 I wish I would have had my scale because I think she was pushing 9 lbs on the calibrated elbow I sent her back down the hole for someone else to enjoy someday!
  9. If you want to save some energy I have used these dimmers in the past and can extend your run time if your willing to have dimmer lights. I don't see any reason why you couldn't also use one of these on the fan you want running or use a cycle timer like what is in a boat for the live wells something like this should work.
  10. Yea that Por 15 is good stuff!
  11. Oh well too late to turn back now. I'll just paint it if it gets too bad. Do you know what series the aluminum was you had? I had a friend of a friend spray it and I cleaned all the studs and such. It was a ton of work but we got it done in about 4 hours. Now I know why spray foam guys charge so much
  12. Working on the pine right now. Man MVP (major visual progress) I would have had my main lighting finished but Amazon sent me the wrong color lights so delay in the progress.
  13. Been plugging away, but it seems at times a never ending project! Starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Hope to have it on the ice in 2 weeks. Better late than never!
  14. If you want to tie your positives together run a battery isolator it will keep your truck battery from discharging when the truck is turned off.
  15. Right before you bust thru the bottom of the ice take your foot and swipe away the shavings next to the flutes (one swipe will work fine). Then continue drilling the hole and let the hole flush water for a second or two longer than your use to. This will leave your hole pretty darn slush free.