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  • Name:
    Bob Thielen
  • Location:
    Osakis, MN
  • Interests:
    Hunting, Fishing, ATV Riding, Camping
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  1. Actually you did start with the batteries but testing showed them to be in good condition. Like quoting Bible scriptures, one cannot build a theology on one verse but must take the whole of Scripture into account, troubleshooting batteries can require multiple tests and some are difficult to perform. Glad you found the problem no go and fish away!
  2. Bulging suggests that battery was frozen at least once, which also indicates it was not fully charged at some point while in subzero temperatures.
  3. I never remove my boat batteries for the winter and always leave them in my boat for the same reasons your coworker shared. I don't just charge them and forget about them though. Stored batteries will lose charge over time and this can dramatically raise the freezing point. According to Trojan Battery, the freezing point for fully charged electrolyte is -92 F. However, that freezing point increases dramatically as the electrolyte loses charge. Electrolyte at 62% charge has a freezing point of about -16 F., which is not uncommon in MN. At 40% charge the freezing point raises to about +5 F. Here's a link to the data; https://www.trojanbattery.com/pdf/WP_DeepCycleBatteryStorage_0512.pdf I would also agree and suggest that the battery(s) could be the likely source of the problem. If the electrolyte has been low one or more times, exposing the lead plates, they could have become contaminated and the battery(s) may have lost some capacity. They will anyway as they age and now that they are over four years old,..... You can improve the life of new batteries by always maintaining the electrolyte level so the plates are never exposed using distilled water. Never leave the batteries sit at partial charge so always recharge them as soon as possible using a 15A or 20A charger after each use. Smart charge technology is the best way to go if you have a smart charger. Most new on-board chargers use this technology.
  4. As Pat K eluded to, it kind of sounds like a tripping circuit breaker. If that is what is happening there could be a couple issues. Assuming the breaker is functioning correctly, the motor could be drawing too much current causing it to trip. That could be a motor issue or motor wiring issue. If the circuit breaker is getting tired, it could be failing prematurely. This could be a circuit breaker issue.
  5. Just curious, is there a specific reason for placing the pizza on the aluminum tray and then on the stone? I would personally place the pizza directly on the stone. Makes a nice crispy crust.
  6. Well, I'm thinking our trip to the Lac Seul on June 3 is not going to happen this year.
  7. I regret that I will not be able to attend. I have an appointment with my tax accountant. I look forward to hearing about the results.
  8. Here's one we tried. Place walleye fillets on bottom of baking dish. Layer on sliced onions and then brush on Catalina salad dressing. Repeat for another layer. I don't recall but I'm betting we baked it at about 350 until flaky.
  9. BobT

    12VDC wire?

    Oh yes, I was thinking 120vac. Sorry.
  10. I've been using braided for years on spinning reels and have never had any issues with twisting. In fact, I prefer braids partly because I don't have line memory or twisting issues. I've used Fireline, Nanofil, and PowerPro in 8# and 10# and neither of them gave me any issues.
  11. Ditto on the double uni knot for tying flourocarbon or monofilament leaders on braided line. I find that the knot will work better if I make more twists on the thinner line. For example, when I tie my double uni I'll make about a half dozen twists on the leader, I use flouro, but about 10 twists on the braid. I find that when I get snags the line will break at the hook more often than the double uni this way so I don't have to replace the leader as often. I personally don't like to use snaps or swivels when jigging. I believe they take away some of the sensitivity.
  12. BobT

    12VDC wire?

    If all you're running are lights and the furnace, a 15A circuit would be more than adequate, which would be 14ga. The wire lengths involved are minimal so voltage drop should not be a concern.
  13. For jigging my favorite is a 6'-6" medium rod with fast or ultra fast tip. My primary go-to rod is a Fenwick Elite Tech with ultra fast tip with a Pflueger Supreme 25x reel. This setup works when the walleyes aren't too finicky or they are biting super soft. When I want to present the jig with a little more finesse, I got to my St. Croix Eyecon with fast tip and again the Pflueger Supreme 25x reel. The Pflueger Supreme 25x is a smaller reel but I find it balances the rods real nice.
  14. Something I still need to do is to run the ropes through 1/2" PVC so the sled doesn't slam into my ATV when I slow down. It slides so much easier now.
  15. Here you go. I used 1" PVC pipe and spaced it so the sled is about 7" up. I would guess the sled weighs no more than maybe 15 pounds and I might be exaggerating a little.
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