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  1. If you're using LED lights, 16 gauge should be more than enough. I'm assuming it would be plenty for the ceiling fan as well, but you may want to use 14 gauge because I'm not 100% on that. If you're running a furnace in there, I think the manual on mine said to run 12 gauge wire to it, but I don't remember for sure. I used 14 gauge for all of my 12v outlets. The main thing to remember is to use the correct fuse for the wire size you are using.
  2. Hydraulic Frames

    Thanks for the reply Papa Bear. I was beginning to think this site was deserted for the Summer! That's something I hadn't thought of. Not using the bases would make it a lot easier to move out of the way when I need to use the ramp door. I could just make 4 telescoping legs that can change from table to bed height, or fold up to move it out of the way. If I go that route though, I'll need to figure a way to patch the holes in my floor where I have the flush mounts now.
  3. Hydraulic Frames

    Since it's been pretty slow on here and I haven't posted an update in a while so I thought I'd give you guys an update on my build. I've had a couple trips out on the ice with pretty much just the shell done. Now I'm working on getting it ready for camping trips this summer with my wife and daughters. I was on the fence about adding a livewell or a 4th drawer and ended up going with a livewell. I don't know how much I'll actually use it, but I'm hoping it'll keep the girls' attention long enough to let me fish a little. It's made of 1/4" plexiglass and aquarium glue. I tested it out on my patio before putting it in to test for leaks. After it passed the test I siliconed all the joints just to make sure. It's got a water pump to pump fresh water in from the lake on a timer and a drain to dump it back after the water level gets so high. Probably too small for walleyes, but I think it will work well on our South Dakota perch trips. The main things I have left are the dinette table and top bunks and cabinets. The dinette table is more of a struggle than I thought it would be because I used flush mount Springfield taper lock bases to mount the poles. I thought I could just buy a couple of the bottom bushings and use steel tubing from work for the legs. Turns out I can't find the taper lock bushings anywhere. West Marine has them on their page, but they cancelled my order saying they are unavailable. Unless someone has another idea, I'm going to have to pull out the springfield bases and use the ones that sells. Any recommendations would be appreciated on the table or anything else you see!
  4. Pine Planking SALE!

    Thanks for the heads up! I bought 50 packs when I started my project and I think I'll end up a few packs short by the time I finish my cabinets. Looks like I'll be heading up tonight to grab those along with the wood for my counter tops. I'll be using 3/4" MDO board for the counter tops because I think it's lighter and more water resistant than the normal stuff. Is that what most everyone else uses?
  5. Ion x or Strikemaster lithium lazer

    That's cool! I've never seen anything like that in a fish house!
  6. Ion x or Strikemaster lithium lazer

    Are those clear hole covers over your holes? Where did you find those?
  7. Ion x or Strikemaster lithium lazer

    Thanks Hawg. I've never used a 10" hole before, but I could definitely see the advantages to it. As long as people haven't had any problems with them, I think I'll have to go for it. Can never hurt to have 2 augers!
  8. Ion x or Strikemaster lithium lazer

    Does anyone have any experience with the 10" auger on the Ion X? I'm thinking about picking one up for inside the wheelhouse for next year just because I think I would like the bigger hole. I know I won't get as many holes out of each charge, but I usually don't use half the battery life on it as is, and if I'm out for a weekend I bring the charger with anyways and can charge it in the wheelhouse. Is it worth the extra $150? Any problems with it binding up in the hole, or any issues I'm not thinking of?
  9. CORE-ICE House

    What kind of job do you have that you get that much vacation time?! Every other weekend it seems like you're taking another 5 day trip!
  10. Diamond plate

    .063 is what I think most people use for diamond plate.
  11. Diamond plate

    Same as you would your aluminum siding, with a press break. Just bend a couple test pieces first because the diamond plate bends a little differently. Most people take it to a custom fabrication shop to have it done
  12. Fish house mattresses

    X2 on Clarkfield Outdoors. I think I heard about them from rl_sd on here. I placed my order one day and the first cushion showed up the next day! My custom sizes trickled in a few each day for the next couple days. 4" thick, but very comfortable.
  13. Waubay/ Bitter Ice Reports

    That's great! I really appreciate the info. Maybe we'll meet you out there!
  14. Waubay/ Bitter Ice Reports

    Thanks! I was reading his fishing report earlier. Is he ok with people taking their own wheelhouses out of his access? I sure wouldn't mind paying a fee to use roads he goes out of his way to maintain.
  15. Waubay/ Bitter Ice Reports

    Sounds good, thanks for the heads up! I look forward to the day when my girls are old enough to come fishing with me, but till then I'll enjoy the weekend with my buddies. I've never been to Mille Lacs before. Any recommendation on where to get on or any local bait shop that could point out the trouble areas to us?