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  1. For all the reasons stated I'd go concrete. If you're looking for a little fancier look than just plain concrete you can look into all of the various finishing options (texture and color) for a concrete driveway. It doesn't have to be the plain gray traditional concrete.
  2. Thats always been my experience. The alternator failed in my other vehicle awhile back and left me stranded with a 3 year old and our new born baby in the car, not an ideal situation. That's what I was hoping to avoid by getting a heads up on if the alternator was on its last legs. I did take the car to an auto part store last night and they tested the battery, alternator, and starter and all passed so it looks like the culprit likely was just the old battery that I replaced.
  3. The battery was several years old, don't remember exactly how old but it certainly wasn't anywhere close to new.
  4. I think my neighbor may have a volt meter that I could borrow, I can try testing it that way before escalating further.
  5. Are there any easy ways of checking to see if an alternator is going bad? My Mazda 3 would not start yesterday morning but I was able to jump it when I got home from work. I removed the battery and brought it in for testing and it tested bad so made the replacement. The car has 107,000+ miles on it which seems to be around the time alternators have gone bad in other vehicles I've owned. I drove the car to work this morning (only 2-3 miles) and I started wondering about the alternator and if there is a way to test it before it goes bad and leaves me stranded somewhere. I saw elsewhere some saying you can start your car and remove the negative cable from the battery and if the car still runs the alternator should be good, although I saw else where that you should absolutely not do this because of potential electrical issues. I'm just wondering if there are any reliable ways to check the alternator at home with limited auto skills.
  6. I was told of someone that did that but when he tossed the trap and skunk off the end of the dock they found that the darn thing floated so he had to hold the entire contraption under the water which caused the skunk to spray. The oils then pooled on the surface of the water causing the guy to soak his arms in skunk water.
  7. I can tell you that live traps do work but that the skunk will have a tendency to spray when trapped so its very likely you'll get nailed when trying to deal with it. Saw that in action when trying to help my uncle deal with a skunk he trapped. luckily i was smart enough to let him to all the close up work. If you're worried about other animals being caught in a lethal trap then your best bet would be a live trap assuming you can trap it far enough away from the house and anywhere you need to be in case it sprays. Then once its trapped take it out with a .22 from a safe distance so you don't get sprayed. If you can't discharge a firearm where you live I can offer one suggestion I've seen done but it requires you to get up close to the trap. If you can get the entire trap and skunk into a garbage bag (ideally set the trap up already inside the bag) you can tape the opening of the garbage bag around the exhaust pipe of a car or truck and then let the vehicle run for a little while. Mr. Skunk will got night night and never wake up.
  8. The fumbling thing and also the blocking and catching the ball where all things that I thought he should have been able to improve on. To me the failure to improve in those areas seems to indicate he might lack the right stuff upstairs. With his physical gifts doing something like blocking shouldn't be that hard. Its not rocket science, you just need to know your assignment and mostly just be in the right position. Its almost like he couldn't focus on more than one thing at a time. If he got the ball he could focus on running but not securing the ball, if he didn't get the ball it seems like he couldn't handle the concept of picking up a rusher if need be and then getting out into his route, maybe it was just too much for him to process at game speed. Like I said he's probably the best runner most of us have ever seen but the rest of his game was so flawed. The fumbling thing and also the blocking and catching the ball where all things that I thought he should have been able to improve on. To me the failure to improve in those areas seems to indicate he might lack the right stuff upstairs. With his physical gifts doing something like blocking shouldn't be that hard. Its not rocket science, you just need to know your assignment and mostly just be in the right position. Its almost like he couldn't focus on more than one thing at a time. If he got the ball he could focus on running but not securing the ball, if he didn't get the ball it seems like he couldn't handle the concept of picking up a rusher if need be and then getting out into his route, maybe it was just too much for him to process at game speed. Like I said he's probably the best runner most of us have ever seen but the rest of his game was so flawed.
  9. AP is probably the best runner of the football of all time but no where near the best running back of all time. I see many people predict a bounce back year for AP but I'm skeptical. He has bounced back from worse injuries but that was a few years ago and he's put a lot of mileage on his body since then. You can only outrun age for so long. AP also needs a very specific offense for him to succeed. He's always best when the QB is under center and he has a lead blocker. Not many teams in the NFL run that type of offense any more. I think AP will still come back and be relevant for a team but the idea he'll go for 1500 and 10+ touchdowns for a few more seasons seems unlikely. I think a good season for him will be 1000 yards and maybe 8 tds.
  10. Rose would be a rental player. He's a free agent at the end of the year so they would essentially be trading Rubio for Rose's expiring contract. With 2 young PG's on the roster that they want to get more playing time I don't see them investing long term in Rose by resigning him, and for sure not at the price tag he's sure to demand. I'm not sure what the Wolves financial situation is going into next off season and how desperate they are to free up some money. If we trade Rubio it would be nice to get a useful part either in a player or a draft pick and not just an expiring contract.
  11. I've also wondered why someone would obsess over which team another man may chose to support. I've even known people to go as far as to start an entire thread about why people should ditch the Gophers. its crazy, right?
  12. That is true, they generally do run a very tight line. Although I was there a few years ago with a new rifle that I was breaking in and was running some patches through it and they let me do that on the bench while the line was down. Of course it was a bolt action rifle and its pretty easy to verify its safe when the bolt is laying on the table next to me. Personally I appreciate them running things like they do. I'd rather have them run a tight line and have the process take more time than them getting lose with the rules. You never know who else is on the line and what their bad habits might be. If anyone is concerned with down time I've had good luck getting there very early on a weekday during public hours or even early on a Sunday. I've had the entire 100 yard range to myself once or twice when shooting early and never had more than a handful of guys on the entire range most mornings. If you get lucky and have it to yourself no need to worry about down time.
  13. I know I've seen guys shooting muzzy's at Oakdale Gun Club but I'm not aware of any public hours during the winter. They do have some public hours in the summer and then expanded hours leading up to the deer season.
  14. Last night was the first time since I got rid of cable 9+ years ago that I wished I had it back so I could watch the game. Had sick kids at home so couldn't get out to catch the game somewhere else. When it comes to college football I don't really have a rooting interest in any particular team. I just want to see entertaining football and some drama and last nights game had plenty of that. Its what a title game should look like.
  15. There are only 2 drinks that I just can't do and SoCo is right at the top of the list. The other is vodka and Red Bull. To me SoCo tastes like the worst cough syrup ever conceived. I can't figure why anyone would drink it with the idea that its enjoyable. For me to drink it willingly I would have to be suffering from terminal cancer with SoCo being the only known cure, even then I'd probably ask for a second opinion.