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    Frank DeLuca
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  1. Surface Tension

    Thick ice, go to auger gas or cordless

    Leech, I should have spent a few minutes proof reading and editing that back in 2013. You got the idea though.
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    Got My Sled Ready For The 18/19 Riding Season

    Mixed gas your 1st tank with 3 hours of varied throttle 3/4 or less. Just Do It. I think I winterized like 15 engines and 4 boats for winter. Sleds were put away ready.
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    Thick ice, go to auger gas or cordless

    Choosing between my 8" Nils w/ Tanaka 270 or 8"Nils and Milwaukee M18 Fuel for thick ice. Both are light, dependable, and great speed of cut so its a toss up there. If you asked me which one will break down first I'll pick the drill. I say that because I know how many holes the 270 has drilled. Most of the cost of going electric is in the battery(s). Replacing a bare tool has gotten relatively cheap. Besides drills and proprietary electric auger combos, electric powerheads are coming out where just like the drill you mount your auger to. Trophy Strike is one of them. If your drilling through thick ice(32" or more) and even through your auger can drill through, you should be cleaning the hole out of chips every foot of so. Especially when you run into wet holes. That will lessen the load but most importantly eliminate any chance of the auger getting bound up. If your using an electric auger then you've answered the question for yourself whether or not it'll replace a gas auger. Each of us have our own needs and beliefs. I remember when there weren't any gas augers. Then one day you'd hear a model 30 rap off piercing the silence while throwing a blue cloud of smoke only to stall half way through a hole then continue on its raucous till it punched through . It was faster then hand drilling and everyone looked and watched with envy. They are still used to this day. Now we grumble "how gauche" or something like that at the Bark of the 30, coughing like its ready to die a certain death. But no someone started it up again.
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    Vikings 2018

    They're good but when they're bad, they're bad. The team lost their mojo over Griffen and that is the only explanation for our butt kicking from the Bills. Like the guy and wish him well. Having Joseph and Rhodes out won't make us stronger. We've had two guys step up to take Cook's spot, I'm good with that. I hope we've learned something from the Rams game and avoid a mismatch with Barr and pass coverage. That leads into the secondary leaving receivers uncovered. That Kicker whose name is stricken in MN after letting GB off the hook multiple times. Letting him go made us stronger or at least feel better.
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    What Is Your Favorite Ice Fishing Fishfinder In 2018?

    I'd like to see how the Helix handles interference. Interference was the reason I went from my Interphase Video to a flasher. Currently using HBird Ice 45 and MarCum LX5.
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    Who Has Winterized And Stored The Boat Already?

    I put all the boats put away, subsequently the rain stopped. I'll take that and finish pulling the dock in.
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    Who Has Winterized And Stored The Boat Already?

    I was going to keep one boat ready to fish and winterize the others when it stops raining. Your from up here so you know how thats going. In the past 30 days we've seen the sun twice and and rain 26 days. Perfect if your a duck but a smart one would lock its wings and ride the hard blow from the North all the way to the Gulf. Looks like Sun Friday, I'll be in a scramble to get stuff done.
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    M18 Brushless For Auger Help

    If your using an 8" Lazer I'd get the Clam plate. Your going to have torque to hold back and some Lazers are know to grab at the bottom of the hole. I'd also take it out of drill setting which locks the chuck and opt for a medium high setting on the clutch till you know how your set is going to act. If you get the Gen 2 plate it'll bolt right on.
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    Nils Master Usa

    MuskyJo, I removed your other two threads so we can keep all replies together here. I know Nils had some drill adapters that were having problems like yours. In each of the cases that I've heard, Nils replaced those units just as they did for you and some guys didn't bother with replacement and did a button weld themselves. Obviously your replacement failed again. The warranty you posted states "repair or replace". It's likely you haven't gotten a replacement yet because they aren't available yet. We're a ways away from ice yet, give it time for the replacement to show up. The wing nuts are there so you can add or take off sections without any tools on the ice. Yes you have to check them and I'd probably add a lock washer.
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    Need New Blades For 8 Inch Electra

    A quick search and you can find them online. Yes they can be sharpened if not damaged too badly. Send them in for sharpening to: Red Rock Store Fish 307 Fran Connolly
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    Drum Brakes Or Disks?

    A trailer for winter use I'd go electric. I'll second drums as well. $300 seems about right. Hopefully you have the mounting flange already welded on the axle, if not you'll need to have that done.
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    Furnace Help

    So the lights are working but the fan didn't turn on? You might be missing a step like a switch for the furnace but I think that is on the T-Stat. Whatever you choose be sure to connect the gas line back up to the furnace. Your going to need a battery for the lights but yeah the blower on the furnace is going to drain the battery down. Either way you choose heat it a CO detector is a must have and you've probably already thought of it.
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    Furnace Help

    Yes you need a 12 volt battery. You might find the make and model by pulling the front cover off.
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    Orioles Gone?

    I get around dozen Orioles hitting the jelly feeder. At first I'd have a pair but over the years my place has become a Oriole magnet. They usually leave around the end of July. I did have a couple that stayed through August this year. Always thought it was odd they'd leave so early but thats what they do.
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    Furnace Help

    Like said clean it, get the make and model, hook up the propane, and 12 volts. Once you get the model you can lookup lighting instructions. Besides having a thermocouple there is also a sail switch so lighting procedure has a little more detail then opening the propane tank valve, turning the gas valve to on. That would be a setting on the T-stat. You'll find you have to press the red valve in to light the pilot light and push the striker button. Because the orifice for the pilot is small its going to take a long time to push the air out of the line, even when the furnace is in good running condition, purging the air out is time consuming. If you get the pilot lit, you'll continue to hold the red knob in till the thermocouple heats up. Once it does you can depress the button and then turn the knob to on. Hopefully you get that far. If the pilot goes out after your sure its had time to thoroughly heat the thermocouple, then you have a problem with the thermocouple or dirty pilot. You may find you can get that far and the sail switch is holding up the lighting process. Often thats on account of a dirty heat exchanger. Get the manual and it should have a trouble shooting section.