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  1. I’m building a deck that’s 24x22 with two beams spaced 10 feet apart (2x10 construction, 12”OC). I hope to cantilever 2 feet past outer beam. There are two rows of five 6x6 posts about 6’ apart. Might be overkill but that’s okay. 22’ boards for joists are difficult to find at a reasonable cost. I’ like to sister the joists to get the full 22’ span. My questions is what is the best way to sister the joists? I’ve seen it done two ways: 1. Where the joists overlap for some length over a beam and are connected together, and 2. Where the joists butt to each other over a beam and then another length of 2x10 is bolted on to cover the point where they meet and extends a few feet either way. I plan to vycore the tops of the joists where they sister together, as well as the tops of the beams. I had discussed with the building inspector the idea of using a 12’ board and a 14’ board and overlapping 4’ over the first beam, and he was fine with that. Based on further reading, I’m wondering if this is better (stronger) than butting the boards over the beam (10’ and 12’ boards) and using a 3rd section 4-6 ft long for sistering. Any advice? Should I nail or bolt, and how many are required? I was thinking two bolts for each foot of sistering, and nailing or screwing in-between the bolts. For the rim joists, would #2 above be the best approach? Thanks for any help.
  2. Most of our fish were caught on points and sharp breaks. As you head out of the lodge towards the main lake, there are a few bays to your right once you get through the narrow about a mile out. We found a few areas with downed timber about 10-12 feet down. We went through a ton of jig heads, but in between caught a lot of fish. There are points with structure all along that arm of the lake as you head out to the main lake. The all produced fish. Lots of bays for northerns too in that area. I expect there will be more pike caught when you were there than we were able to get in to. Sounds like you're familiar with the lake. Bring an extra prop just in case!
  3. Just got back from a few days at Trappers Pointe Lodge on the north end of Sturgeon Lake. Fished Saturday the 17th through Tuesday. Fishing started off slow, but slow there is way faster than most of my fishing here. Between six of us over the course of three days, I think we boated close to 100 walleyes. No big trophies, but there were a few in the 25-27" range. The northerns weren't as aggressive as years past yet, so I hear. The main lake was still locked up while we were there, so we couldn't get into the lake trout either. Still plenty of fishable water. This was my first year, and those that have been before have indicated that there have been individual 35-40 fish days in the past. The lodge was decent, as was the cost. I believe we all ended up paying about $340, which included a few dozen minnows between us as well and Wi-Fi, which was kind of nice. Not fast enough to stream netflix, but good enough for email and weather reports. We brought our own boat, and there were no additional costs for that.
  4. I have a 2004 115 Optimax. The piezo alarm under the dash is shot (no beep when turning key to "on"), so I went to radio shack today and picked up another. When I hooked it up and turned the engine to "on", I get a loud, noticeable beep. Problem is after the first short, loud beep, I get what sounds like continuous feedback at a much lower volume. There's a distinct difference between the "beep" and the noise afterwards. I checked voltage at the piezo plugs, and it's 12v anytime the key is on. Do I have a short somewhere, or is the aftermarket piezo not the correct one? It indicates it works between 5v and 28v or so. Thanks for any thoughts on the issue.
  5. I was at Gull the beginning of June and saw a pontoon with a 250 Verado on the back of it at the boat shop on the north side of Nisswa and was blown away at how a pontoon could have an engine that big! Then, I turn the corner, and I see a pontoon with what looks to be a kicker on the rear of one of the 'toons. As I get closer, I see that the size would make it one heck of a kicker. Turns out the boat had two 275 Verados on the back, one on each 'Toon!
  6. I'm always surprised that nobody mentions Sylvan or Smokercraft when posts like these come along. I've had one for quite some time now, and I'd compare the layout and quality to most Lunds/Crestliners/Alumacrafts. The big knock on these boats seems to be holding their value, but you don't pay as much in the first place, so you don't usually lose as much when you do sell. So, if you’re buying a boat to keep for a while, it would be worth it to at least take a look at these boats. You won't be disappointed. They offer pretty much all the same features as the rest of the boats mentioned in this posting, as well as the same quality.
  7. Building a rod is pretty straight forward. There's nothing overly complicated about it, but it is very important to take your time. Don't expect to build one in a day, especially not your first one. I'm building number 7 or so, and that's the first thing I have to tell myself each time. Here's a link to a site that provides some good introductory information: http://flyfisherman.com/rod-building//index.html One thing to keep in mind is that you probably won't save a whole lot of money building your own rods. You can save a few dollars here and there, but using blanks from most major manufacturers (Loomis, Croix, etc.), you'll find that the cost savings are negligible, when you consider the time you put into it. What is nice is the customization possible. You can pick and choose each component on the rod (handle, cork quality, guide type/color, thread color, etc.) to the finest detail, things you can't do with an off-the-shelf rod. That's the best thing about it. I just built a spinning rod with Amtack Nanolite guides, and I haven't seen those for sale on any rods at the major stores in town. It is quite addicting, though, and very enjoyable. And start-up costs aren't really that high. I think, for about 50-60 bucks, you can get all the overhead supplies necessary to begin building your first rod. You could probably get buy a few bucks cheaper than that, too, but at some point you'll want to invest in some decent equipment to keep you going.
  8. I'm guessing somewhere around 500......GPH.
  9. The biggest thing I've noticed between decent quality Pfluegers and even the mid-range quality Shimanos are the drag systems. Shimano drags (at least in their bait casters) are a good bit smoother at all speeds than the Pflueger counterparts. It's not something that comes into play for most fishing, but get a good northern, muskie, or catfish on the end of your line and I think you start to notice right away that Shimano builds a better drag system. At least that has been my experience. Note the comparison here is between Pfluegger reels in the $60 to $90 range, and the old Citca and late model Curados. I haven't tried their upper-end baitcasters, so maybe comparing the President to the Curado will elicit different results. It's hard to argue with Radke22 above, though. You do get what you pay for in a reel.
  10. I've had good success with a couple of the spinning reels. The spinning reels are quality built, and that's a great price and an excellent buy. I didn't really get a good feel on the bait casting reels when I looked them over at the store. But for that price, if that's what you got, I don't think you can really go wrong.
  11. Try taking the pinch collar, putting it on your forearm, and giving it a good tug. You'll find that they don't really hurt at all (Depending on how hard you tug, of course). More of an uncomfortable feeling than anything else. I also have to agree on not using the gentle leads. We started our dog on one, and he didn't pull at all with it on. It didn't help at all in teaching him to heel or how to walk on a leash, however. The pinch collar, and later the "choke" collar, were by far the most effective methods to instill good leash manners.
  12. Just realize that the weight ratings probably don't include gas, batteries, and the trailer. There's probably another 700 to 800 lbs there.
  13. I'd like to see two on at least some stretches of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. I don't think that such a provision would affect harvest percentages all that much, since most probably don't keep a whole lot of fish from some of those stretches anyway.
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