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Everything posted by swamptiger

  1. The positive side of this is it gives you more time to think about your cabin design. I was going to suggest putting a gambrel style roof on it and maybe a half loft rather than a full loft. This would make the sleeping area in the loft more usable and the open ceiling on the other end would be good for air circulation if you wanted to install a ceiling fan at some point. Plus you would never have to worry about snow load on the roof.
  2. Two years later...Wondering how the project is going?
  3. Sounds like crank seals sucking air.
  4. He won't survive out of the water for long. Coyotes or other critters will have him for lunch.
  5. If you want to take the time to skin and flesh the pelt properly, you could send it to a tannery to have it tanned. Some people will pay $100 or more for a nice coyote pelt just to hang on the wall.
  6. There is also a drill plate on the market with a 2 to 1 reduction that allows you to use a drill with less power. I've been using the 2 to 1 reduction plate with a 18 volt Metabo drill and a 7 inch Mora hand auger for two seasons now, and it works just fine. I think the drill plate I have is called an Ice Kicker.
  7. I can't really say if I was on this forum earlier or not - just going by what it says in my profile - waay too much water under the bridge for me to remember for sure...
  8. I've been posting on here since Feb. 4, 2002 - since the days of the Great Red Lake Crappie Boom. I met several of the members on here in person back then, but most of them are gone now. Big Dave has me beat by one day, and Del is a relative newby in that respect, but he's the only real "old-timer" on here....
  9. Talking to my UPS driver, he said even UPS is concerned, because the percentage of their Amazon deliveries is so high they can dictate terms to UPS. And they are also getting into the shipping/delivery business themselves.
  10. Amazon keeps taking a bigger slice of the market from retailers every year, so if that continues, it will definitely show up in brick & mortar stores in various ways. https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/02/10/amazons-us-online-sales-growth-last-year-was-mor-2.aspx
  11. Yep, it takes a Finlander to build one, but it takes a Norwegian to figure out how to sharpen one...
  12. Here's my setup: Auger is a 7" Mora Strikemaster, and the drill plate has a 2 to 1 reduction in it (built by a guy in Pennsylvania). The drill is a Metabo with 4ah batteries. Already had the auger, so the rest of the setup cost me about $200. Works fine.
  13. With today's metalworking technology, some of the lower end rifles are very accurate. I have a .243 in the Ruger American, and it is a very good shooter. I think you will like the Vortex scope, too.
  14. Strange, del looks more like the first guy than the second one...
  15. They are a nice machine to operate, and they have good power for the size.
  16. You can probably get it done for 3K, depending on who does the work, and how much rebuilding you do.
  17. Ouch... this can get spendy. If you have the capability to do it, the least expensive route would be to pull the engine yourself and haul it to a reputable machine shop. At the least, the crank will more than likely need to be turned on a lathe, and new bearings installed.
  18. Rav4 is a great vehicle with a good body, (unlike some of the other yotas)... Never towed anything with the one we had, so I would proceed carefully on that..
  19. You can pull it in gear if it has a torque converter rather than a clutch, because there is no direct connection to the engine - it is like an automatic transmission. Think "fluid drive". If it had a clutch you couldn't move it in gear - you could still move it in neutral, however.
  20. Not sure about the hovels and squalor, but pretty sure Gaga is a free ranger....
  21. Photos of the first chops cooked, please...
  22. There's a whole wagon load of info on corporate pork (CAFOs/concentrated animal feeding operations) on the internets if del wants to take the time to study up on it a little....
  23. They probably still eat pig poop though, even with that fine breeding and all.
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