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About yoppdk

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  • Birthday 12/26/1956

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    Grand Rapids, MN
  1. These all-cedar adirondack chairs make a great addition to any cabin or maybe just at home on the deck or around the fire pit. Each one is hand-crafted, stained, assembled and then stained again so they have a great, long-lasting finish. They are made mostly of 2 x 8, 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 cedar, with 1 x 2 seat slats and 1 x 4 backs. These are much sturdier and more confortable than most you can buy elsewhere. They are extra-large and double-contoured for maximum comfort. I build each to order, which takes about a week so the stain has time to set. A single chair sells for $250. A pair sells for $450. They are available for pick up in Grand Rapids. Let me know if you are interested ... satisfaction guaranteed!
  2. Just finished two more rod racks ... one (second photo) is a 10-rod wall mount rack for a guy's home and the other is an 8 rod rack for a fish house. Both are pine.
  3. Thanks, Walleyehooker! I appreciate the review and am glad you like it. I also appreciate you letting me make the rack for you ... I enjoyed building it. Kevin
  4. Here is another version of the rod racks for Ice Castle Fishouses ... this one is made of cedar and holds 6 rods. It was installed on a cedar interior which makes for a nice modification. Let me know if I can build one for your fish house! And here is a 25 rod version (free standing) that was built for a custom rod builder ... this one made of clear pine and no finish other than the felt inserts where the rods touch.
  5. Just finished a pair of smaller rod racks designed for a narrow wall in a guy's fish house. He only has 9.5 inches of wall to work with, so we only got two rods per rack ... but they should still work well. They should be a good match for his cedar-paneled fish house Let me know if your fish house needs some custom built rod racks ... I can make them to fit your space, wood type and number of rods needed.
  6. Building and selling custom-made fishing rod racks, both for ice fishing and open water (regular sized) rods. You specify the kind (Ice or Regular) or rack, wood (typically oak), number of rod slots and stain (or you can leave unfinished). Typical 10 rod ice rod rack sells for $65 ... 10-rod open water sells for $150. You pay actual shipping costs or pick up in Grand Rapids, MN. takes a few days to build each and a couple days to stain/poly finish. Let me know if you are interested ...
  7. Just looked on and see there are a few discussions there on this. Might check it out. Could be a faulty sensor.
  8. Yard Shed

    I built a Menards kit, something like 10 x 20, back in the 80's and it still stands today though we no longer own the property. I did add some extra support here and there, but with a good roof and proper construction these will do. More recently I built a Cambridge 10x12 kit which pretty much all pre-cut ... you just have to nail/screw it together. It came out quite well. I ordered and added extra roof trusses for higher snow load ... and it should last longer than I will. It doesn't take any special skills or knowledge to build one of these kits ... just a few basic tools and don't rush ...
  9. You don't need to go the old film processing/printing route ... you could have the neg scanned and then output to a contemporary printer. Then you'd have a high-res image file, also. Just have to find somebody who has a film scanner, which should not be too difficult. Just search for negative scanning or media transfer and you'll find lots of places in Mpls.
  10. Our favorite so far is to coat the fish like mentioned above, but instead of saltines we use plain panko crumbs - they fry crisp and don't hold oil/grease. We've also used potato buds and also crushed unsweetened corn flakes. Both of those are really good, too. Top handle the issue of keeping crisp, we usually put the fried fillets onto a baker rack that sits on top of a cookie sheet and keep them in a 300 degree oven till the rest are done. Any remaining grease/oil drips off into the cookie sheet and the bottom stays crisp. Here's another one that is REALLY good, but a bit more involved. If you have the time and want something different, try this. It's from the Gunflint Lodge: Crispy Beer-Battered Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce This is one of (Ron) Berg's (executive chef at Gunflint Lodge) favorite ways of serving Walleye, and is very popular at the Lodge. There will be extra batter with this recipe. Ingredients Flour for dredging walleye before battering Six 8- to 10-ounce boneless, skinless walleye salmon fillets, whole or cut into finger-sized strips Oil for deep frying Sweet and sour sauce: 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1-1/2 cup rice-wine vinegar 2 teaspoons chili paste with garlic 2 Tablespoons Asian fish sauce 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and 4 Tablespoons water mixed together Garnish: 1/2 red pepper, finely diced (or a combination of colored sweet peppers) 4 green onions, green part only, finely sliced on the diagonal 1/2 mango, cut into 1/4-inch dice (other fruits such as fresh peaches, raspberries, wild blueberries, strawberries, or a combination of fruits may be substituted) Beer batter: 2-1/2 cups flour 3 Tablespoons paprika 2 Tablespoons kosher salt 1 Tablespoon black pepper Two to three 12-ounce cans of beer Sweet and sour sauce: Combine sugar, garlic, rice-wine vinegar, chili paste, and fish sauce in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until reduced and flavor is developed. Add cornstarch mixture and continue to cook until thickened. Put through sieve, prepare garnishes, and refrigerate until needed. Beer batter: Whisk flour, paprika, salt, and pepper together until well combined. Whisk in beer to make a thin batter, not much thicker than buttermilk or heavy cream. Dredge walleye in flour and shake off excess. Dip into beer batter and deep fry in oil at 360 degrees until golden brown and crisp. Remove and drain. (Note: it is very important to hold the heat level during cooking. Using a heavy-weight frying pan will help keep the oil temperature from dropping after the fish is first put in the oil.) Cover the bottom of 6 heated plates with 1/8 cup or more of the sauce mixed with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the chopped mango. Sprinkle the red peppers and green onions over the sauce. Place the walleye on top and serve. Serves: 6
  11. Nissan service question.

    I had a similar incident once, after replacing a cracked windshield at the local glass shop, we found our car's wiper would not work. It was a nice car that I keep in top shape and would never leave the wiper broken, but the glass shop denied having caused the issue. I got pretty irate with the person who fielded my phone call and I quickly asked to talk to the owner and would not back off. They finally agreed to look at it again and finally agreed to replace the wiper motor. Had I backed off early, I would have been stuck with the cost to replace the wiper. If your Nissan is in good condition and you believe the shop caused the problem, I'd recommend telling them that things were in good shape before you gave it to them, so you expect them to fix any issues. And don't back off when they push back ... just tell them you need to talk to the owner. That will likely get their attention.
  12. new to dieting etc... some ??s

    After spending most of my youth overweight, I picked up bicycling as an active sport after I graduated from college. Some 30+ years later, I still cycle and enjoy the benefits. It offers great aerobic exercise and keeps you interested in doing it again the next day. I tried jogging but I suffered too many aches/pains to keep it up. One of the keys to success (for me and many like us) is to pick up a low-impact aerobic activity that will keep you motivated and interested. Boredom can kill any exercise program, so getting outdoors whenever you can and enjoying a ride with friends is a great way to keep motivated. Winters can be a challenge, but you can put your bike on a trainer or try winter riding on fat tires. For me, the key to losing weight and keeping it off was to find an aerobic activity that was fun and motivated me to do more. Finding friends who also cycle is a great way to stay motivated ...
  13. Roofing prices

    Just had my home roof redone this summer. Got three quotes from local contractors, all three "recommended" by someone. First came in @ 20K, second was 16K and last was 9K. Ended up going with the 9K as he is in our neighborhood and also pretty well known in town. Used highest quality shingles and did an excellent job. Sure glad I got several estimates before settling on the first!
  14. Coolest proboscis ever.

    Great photo ... those are difficult to find, much less get a good, clear photo of!
  15. A friend from down south (North Carolina) is coming up for a few days in August. We plan to split our time between shooting photos and fishing. I'd like to take him for a day's " photo safari" up the north shore since he's never been there before. I've been up and down quite a few times, but never went beyond the usual stops like the Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, etc. Does anybody out there have suggestions for good photo opportunities that are beyond those obvious stops? Thanks ...