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About lookin4fish

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  • Birthday 05/03/1979

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  1. The "no interest until 2011" deal

    what it comes down to is what americans never do nowdays...dont buy till you have the money for it. we all live outside our means, and at some point we all have to change this. i slept on my parents 15 year old bed for 3 years. it was awful. never got a good nights sleep during that hole time. sometimes i would blow up the inflatble mattress because it was more comfortable. would switch to the couch too. i tossed around buying with a pay later program, but in the past ihave gotten burned becasue of unexpected problems like truck breaking down, furnace needs replacing, broken bones and medical bills...the list goes one. so i set up aother bank acount and had direct deposit to it $40 each month. 3 years later i payed cash. sounds rediculous but i am trying to force myself to live ifferently. if i truely dont need it, and just want it. i have to have the money in cash to pay for it. so it may mean waiting 3 years, but self disapline will pay off in the long run.
  2. Which Tundra to pull boat?

    i pull a 1750 fishhawk with a 115 opti without a problem. i have an 05 4.7. it also pulls my fishhouse really well. if money does not matter, go bigger, but if it cost is the issue, the 4.7 will do just fine.
  3. Cement pad for dog

    I just did it with the ready mix this summer. I thought it wasnt a problem. it will take 2 trips to the store. they will put the pallets of mix in your truck (i did 2 trips becasue i did not want to push the weight limit). renting a mixer is a must! it will take you too long to work the mix together for all the cement and some will be drying before you finish. prep work takes the longest, so do this before you rent the mixer. when you finish, keep it covered with plastic for 7-10 days before you use it. i think i did it for about $200
  4. Can I tell the hours on a 07 Optimax?

    I would like to do that but I think i am converting to HB next year due to my 5 difficulties with lowrances customer service. I just want to know if I am going to spend $1500-3000 on a product, that the company I spend my money with will off take care of the customer. but thats another story. besides $40 for an hour meter is alot cheaper than all the network cables. It is kinda odd to me that since all the suggested maitaince is at hour intervals in the manual, why they dont put a visable hour meter on the motor. The $40 part would be worth adding.
  5. I was wondering if there is a way I can tell how many hours there are on my 07 optimax. I want to put an hour meter on it but I think there may be about 100 hours on it so far. I want to run the hour meter seperate from the motor so I can get an accurate total when I install it. I assume there is a computer onboard that will tell the current usage. is that so and can I access that? if not, any idea how much it would be for a dealer to hook it up and tell me how many hours the motor has on it? thanks
  6. Boat paint repair

    for my crestliner, i bought a small touch up bottle of black pain that was for toyota. i think i got it at fleet farm or wally world. the black matches perfectly. it has a brush connected to the handle. i use it for rock dings from going down thw road and a couple of big scraches from docks. it is a great cheap fix. you cant notice it unless you are really looking at the paint close. i did not put any coat over the top and i have been using multiple times for a year now. $3.00 for the paint. the scratches are not bad enought to pay for a new paint job, so this is great for now. now, if they only made decal touch-up paint! while on the subject, just to put a warning out there from my past expierence. my new boat took it's worst beating when i was up at voyager national park spending a week on a houseboat. you pull your fishing boats behind the house boat, and we were pulling 2 boats. we had bumpers between the 2 boats but they still managed to ding each other up. if i was to do it again, i would take a piece of 3 foot pvc tubing and run a rope through it and put clips on both ends. then connect the 2 boats at the rear cleats or tiedown hooks. this would provide a ridged seperation between the 2 boats so they could not touch. i would also wrap the tubing with a pad or one of those swimming nodles to pad the hard tube. just thought i would throw that out there.
  7. Outboard starter not engaging

    Just an update...I tried the wd40 without success. ended up taking it to a motor parts store that rebuilds starters. it was exactly what most of you were saying. the gear was stuck on the shaft. i just had them replace the gear itself and lube it up. now it works fine. the cost for them to fix the starter after i brought it in was $44. I think i could of taken care of it the mself, but i was worried once i took apart the starter to get to the shaft, i would have not been able to get it back together correctly. thanks for your input!
  8. Outboard starter not engaging

    Ring gear area?? is that just the area below the gear? I assume since ther is not any other areas of moving parts exposed. thanks
  9. Outboard starter not engaging

    I have an 94 evinrude 25 hp and i am having problems with the starter. the starte runs (spins at full speed), but does not pop up and engage to turn over the engine. it did this earlier this year but then just started working again on its own. tonight it acted up again. do you guys have any ideas what is causing this? do I need to have the starter looked at or is it something with the solinoid??? thanks
  10. Retractable transom tie downs

    I read the reviews on one of the big box stores and not the one you find in minnesota, and much of the reviews say they did not last and the springs broke. they say they would not retract, and many say they got 6 months to 1 year of use. has anyone else had good or bad expierences who has had them for an extended period of time?
  11. Electric Pressure Washers

    i bought a 2200psi B&S gas pressure washer for $200 a couple of weeks ago. i used it once and took it back because it did not have the pressure i thought it would have. i ended up just buying one that had 1400 psi that was electric becuase i still needed one. in my opinion the 1400 psi electric had more power. i can explain it, but it worked much better. it was worth saving the $100. i dont know how long it will last, but i do know i wont have any carb problems and i wont run out of electricity someday when i want it. I am using it for boats and trucks and it works fine. one thing i dont know yet is if it will peel bugs off the front bumper this summer. i will see
  12. Bowmount Location

    also, if on starbird side, it may get in the way of seeing in front of you if you have a stearing wheel on that side. typically you are a little to that side also if you have a tiller so i would say it makes your vision less obstructed
  13. License question

    I have another question along those lines. I knew my license was good till end of april, but i went ahead and bought my 09 license today anyways. i notice it says it expires on feb 28th of 2010. so do those that buy a license may 1st only get a 10 month license? i hope i didnt by mine too early so i lost a couple of months.
  14. Updating Lowrance 522c

    Finally had a chance to update the lowrance and thanks for your help and suggestions. It did work putting it first on the card. that was all i needed to do. i did delete everything else too just to make sure. thanks again
  15. Updating Lowrance 522c

    thank you very much. i will give it a try on monday after work this weekend. I am glad i have something to start with. how do i reformat the sd card? What does it say when the custermer service is better on FM than from the company that makes the product? thanks again