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I spouted about the impact a couple times in the Dewalt thread. But I have a couple more additions to the family and they work great.

So far the 1/2 impact has not let me down. Last big use was for a some 3/8x12 lags for the addition. The regular impacts couldn't handle the big one but killed all the other SDS-Timberlocks. Tried it on a few lugs too. No problems on both the burbs 14mm and the 1101 trailer lugs.

I have also fallen for the Senco Fusion trim nailer. Beside being great on trim and cordless just using the 18v battery (charged twice now). I use it to tack things up before screwing and it does great.

I read this on the other sight and have done a couple trucks now. About a 15 minute job and you need a small grinder is it.

You pop off outside the rail cover for the seat you want to do.

You will see the screw that adjusts the seat angle and a small collar on the screw that limits travel. (arrow)

You just grind the collar off trying not to damage the threaded rod. You don't need to cut it all the way through, just enough to pry it off.

Once removed just vacuum and put the cover back on and you have fully reclining seats!!!

Construction and Building / Upstairs Add On started
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:57:00 AM »
Kids all need their own rooms, so this takes care of that. Daughter will get this and it will be bigger than all but the master bedroom.

Pretty much on my own with this and it goes behind a 2nd story I put on the garage a few years back. I have no plans but what are in my head. It goes over the the laundry, bathroom and closet in the master bedroom. Total area is 12x16, but 3ft of the 16 is a stairway I built for this last year. So the actual room is 12x13. The area was actual built with this in mind and is close to flat. The highest part of the build will only stick up about 5ft from the ridge of the current roof.   

Hurdles are moving bathroom vents, HVAC vents and wiring. Much of this will be handled in a cubby next to the stairway. Another hurdle is the actual floor for this as my home is a modular and built with stick, not 2x4s.
I have this on a schedule of 5-6 weeks to get it closed in. Another couple to finish the inside. This room will also have a stand alone HVAC unit, yet to be determined so comment are welcome (like they wouldn't come anyway) Another issue here is a whole house fan which will be relocated above the stairway. I will also be adding a 1/2 bathroom near the door that will serve the upstairs.

Week 1; Roof tear off with truss removal. 3 days into this now. There are 3 roofs here  :rolleyes:. The original roof with a california truss under it and the roof I built over it when I added the garage.  First day was opening up the stairway to the 2nd floor and tarping it off.

Week 2; Moving all the above items and getting the floor in. I believe I will get to use 2x8s here and keep it level with the garage 2nd story. This step will show where my load is for the peak and I will pour a footing just to be safe even though I am tying into the load walls on both ends. This is the only real step I can see getting longer than scheduled.

Week 3; Walls. The room should have a center ceiling at 8ft, with both sides coming down a little. These will basically be finished when they go up with 1 inch foam on the exterior. That will also vapor seal them with just flashing and siding needed. Using Smartside primed OSB, matching the house.

Week 4; Roof. No fancy trusses just good ol 2x8s on 16 centers, about 10x12 roof is all. Stairs will be separate angled roof. Overhangs are 24" on the garage but I think 16 will be fine here and no gutters as it drips onto the roof. Since it ties into the current garage roof (2x10) I will simply drop it 2" down and run a flashing to the garage edge so no lacing the shingles.

I am figuring a couple extra weeks just to be safe.

The area is covered (still hot out), stairs closed in (but needs plastic sheet to temp seal it). Little camo to keep profile low.

Ammo & Reloading / 50 bmg cases
« on: August 19, 2017, 05:07:35 PM »
Anyone have a few 50 BMG cases laying around?

Son saw a knife made with one so he wants to build one now.


Firearms / My builds, or not?
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:29:29 AM »
Just a little heads up guys as I live for now in the wonderful gun loving state of Kalifornia.

I will let stand what I have posted but will not post my builds until I leave the state or the laws are changed.

With all the upcoming laws, what will stand and what may be legal, I do not want to post what I may own or when I built it.

I am trying to stay on the good side of the laws I disagree with, but for now I have to live with.

July 1st and Dec 31st are when most take affect.

Here's a good start.

Ok guys, lets get a little thread going on what you have for a welder. Mig, gas, tig or stick.

Lets see some pics, why you got that and tips for the novice guys (include me, just enough to be dangerous)

Classifieds / WANTED-GM 2500/3500 CV outer
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:13:32 AM »
Anyone have a GM 2500/3500 CV outer or the whole shaft? Looking to mod my engine stand and need that for my upgrade.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Traxion overhead creeper
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:31:04 PM »
Getting tired of my abbs as I work on the SUB so I finally got a Overhead creeper from Traxion. Got is for $242 shipped from Summit after price matching and a $25 coupon.


The packing seemed OK, but a wheel hub was cracked and the upright support has a little tweek in it. It also had 1 wrong bolt in it (had a carriage bolt??) and I added a few better washers.

Youngest wanted to build it, so I sat, took pictures and helped as needed which wasn't to bad.

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Hunting License
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:09:58 PM »
Now this is a great idea and I don't care if I piss some one off.

General Vehicle Related Discussion / Randy's Recovery Rope
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:50:53 PM »
Tate came through with a good deal on a recovery rope for us RMTWS guys, so thought I would post it up.

This stuff is great looking and comes with its own storage bag that has a zipper pocket to boot. A little tricky to get all 7/8"x30' in there, but it fits.

Rated I believe for around 30k it should do the job for most full size rigs. Might even pull SD from its cocoon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :popcorn:

I was looking at 1-1 1/8 at first but the ratings and prices were up there. (good and bad)

SO a couple pics to show it DID HAPPEN  :wink: and was received the next day!

Firearms / AR Triggers on Pirate 4x4
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:46:23 AM »
I got a 4.5 since I don't like the flat trigger.


I am tired of my 06 headlights. I have adjusted, tried new bulbs and cleaned them but all I get is 2 beams with no real side illumination.

My lights are plenty bright (80/100watt) and I don't want to go HID, maybe LED but the reflector is the issue. Many of the newer vehicles have the projector lights that have a nice wide beam and would like something like this.

Now this is a GMC Sierra, so what works for a Silverado won't help me.

Any ideas here as I start searching other forums??

Drones & Airborne Craft / Foldable do anything drone
« on: January 11, 2017, 12:00:09 AM »

These were at the show I just attended and it was cool. You can tell it or fly it to do about anything.

Not cheap, but not a killer either and the foldup format with 20 minute flights are great.

Can be programed to follow anything, flys around objects, returns to home and then you can pack it into a case.

This is nuts and just proposed with everything with a Mag is an assault weapon.


Alternative Energy / DIY Solar Water Heater
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:55:12 PM »
Well, since we have a new forum and I have played with this some, here is my take on a simple DIY water heater.

Sure you have seen pictures and some how too's but everyone has diff needs so "roll" your own!

I used this on my above ground pool and it worked great. I let it freeze one year (yep it does that here too) so I have moved on to real panels now that I get on GL for about nothing. (another thread on this)

I used just 1 roll (100') I believe and got 95F+ out of it in direct sunlight, showing about a 5-10F rise from the cooler pool.

I used the included pool pump (intex) and garden hose sucking from the filter onto the roof of a shed (8ft rise) and running into the above ground pool. Just used 1/2 drip line (cheap).

Here is a link also to a little more on it; http://rimstar.org/renewnrg/diy_pex_solar_hot_water_thermal_dn.htm

Firearms / Back in the market for a clip on NV.
« on: November 14, 2016, 03:10:00 PM »
I thought there was another thread on this but couldn't find anything. I also can't have a real NV scope here in good ol Ca (another reason the leave).

Looking at a NV clip on like a PVS. I got a bushnell 4.5x40 (digital) that has a mount but it is a little big/heavy and really doesn't focus. It works OK, but not up to what I want. Going to send it back. I guess a 1x24 or similar would have been better, but most have no way to be mounted.

Looking at the Nait nvps 20 or similar. Real thermal would be nice but way out of the price range.

Classifieds / 1986 Samurai project-1.6 motor w/adapters-new tires
« on: October 02, 2016, 12:46:40 AM »
This is posted on CL and on Pirate, but you all deserve a spot too!

1986 Suzuki Samurai soft top. Project I started but have moved on to larger vehicles. It is non-oped so no back fees. It needs a good cleaning but has been tarped so the top is in good shape. Body is in good shape, no rust cept the window frame, but I have another for it!

As it sits it is not running, but was when I parked it. Has a rod knock, but it ran/shifted good.

I have a 1.6ltr Tracker FI motor for it with all the major adapters and parts to put it in. The motor ran good when I pulled it. I have the stock ECM and harness too as well as a 1.6ltr toyota carb for it if you have no smog.

I have also started to put the same tracker seats into it and it has the 2nd row seat.

Has new tires (little bigger than stock) on stock wheels and a spare stock.

It is lifted 3 inches with springs in the front and shackles in rear (but I have 3 lift springs for it)

Steering box locked up, but I have another for it.


extra front and rear axles (rear has a locker)

Stock and lift leaf springs

extra drive shafts

2 extra transfer cases with a 6.5 gear rebuild kit uninstalled. (one is solid, one in pieces)

Pair of extra doors without window frames. (stock windows-doors work fine)

For asking price I will include a Warn 4500 winch with synthetic cable (want to keep it light!)

Sure I have missed something as there are boxes of parts for it, but you get the idea.

Obviously, it will need to leave on a trailer. More pictures on request.

Located in the Bay area, near Sac.

How it looked when running;

Little dirty in back;

Extra axles, shafts and Tcase;

EFI 1.6 motor (8v TBI);

Asking $2500 which is way less than all the parts plus the sami.

Pm for more info or pics


CIEMR / Mother in law just passed,,,,,,,,,,,,
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:56:22 PM »
My mother in law just passed today from complications with her kidneys. She had been on dialysis for several years now with other related issues.

We saw very little eye to eye, but she is in a better place now.

I will be around but probably getting little done for a few weeks (like I had anyway).

Never seem to have enough room in the shell as I carry alot like Don so real "available" packing space is limited. Now I will agree I do over do it some, but I would rather have than not.

I do have a bed slider which helps some, but you must keep it all from sliding around and packing "up" so it doesn't slide around.

So with a short bed (6.5ft) I figured about 1/2 of that could be a shelf. The 1st pic here is the inside with all the normal stuff.

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Dmax alternator time?
« on: June 29, 2016, 12:56:25 AM »
So running my little RV cooler I noticed the running voltage was around 13.5, sometimes goes to .8 and sometimes a little lower than .5. This is on the CTS monitor and the dash shows about the same. This was after I unplugged the cooler to see if it was dragging in some.

Batteries are just a year old, new interstates from costco. Before startup I see 12.4 on the CTS, so think I am good. Think I will through a meter on it first though to be sure, but it 10 years old.

So I am thinking the Alt is on the way out. Now true it has been hot here (107 again today) and all runs fine but I know it should be about 14.5 volts when running.

Called Napa and got a rebuilt (3 yr warranty) and found the Dmax has a clutch on the hub? Look at yours, closed front it has a clutch, nut showing it does not. Never heard of this but it is GM.

Canning & Food Storage / Cooler that doesn't break the bank
« on: June 25, 2016, 02:55:59 AM »
So you have the $20 48 quart coolers that are OK for a day, maybe more with lots of ice or a block.

Then you have the extreme cooler like Yeti, but cost several hundred bones!!

In the middle I guess are the marine coolers with some magic vapor instead of foam for insulation.

So beside dropping a huge amount of cash what works for you guys?

I would like something a little smaller than 48qt that I can throw a block of ice in and its good a week. Is that possible?? 

Construction and Building / Stairs to man cave and new room.
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:44:47 AM »
In building my garage back in 07-10 the plan was always to add a set of stairs and add a room above the one area next to that that didn't have a vaulted ceiling.

Right now I have a pull down stairs just off center in the garage. Upstairs is huge, being 22x32. I built a 16x22 room in the center of this with storage rooms on both sides.

Right now I have most of my RC hobby stuff up there and my kids have an HO train set. I even put a winch in that really helps with the big stuff.

So I started the stairs by cutting a small access hole where it would come out upstairs. landing are code but the stairs will be a little narrow at 32".

This is the room they are taking over, which will be a small office later.

CIEMR / Way to similar, not an accident!!
« on: June 11, 2016, 01:17:39 PM »
You judge, but I have noticed this and so have others,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Thinking of a tube bender
« on: June 09, 2016, 01:25:12 AM »
Been thinking of this for many a project. These things can get pricey, then you get the dies, OMG. I don't see needing over 1.75 (2 in od)

Sure I don't need to bend every size, but here are couple I found;

There is the DIY like from gottrikes, then you buy dies. I do like this one being vertical.

Basics from places like Protools, but look a little light duty.

Found a couple both at summit and jegs, but cheap or pricey with everything.

CL has em now and then, but people still pricey for anything worth while.

I found this on Ebay, looks to be a copy of the JD and it comes with dies. http://www.ebay.com/itm/291771839211?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
I think this could be used vertical too and maybe even mounted to a receiver.

I think Don has the JD model and have seen some of his work with it.

So comments?

I have thought about a portable generator for some time. Size, weight and $$ were an issue as I want to use it for camping and small projects. I already have a 5000watt for the house and 3000watt in the TH so backup here is set. Plus my solar has a 1500 watt circuit when the grid is down.

Sound level was another factor along with run times to be user friendly. It also had to have a 12v charge outlet for obvious reasons and some smaller ones do not which I looked at too.

I could go Honda or Yamaha but if you were lucky you got those for $1000. Both are around 45lbs and tend to be the standard.

Westinghouse kept coming up and they even have a 2400 watt unit, but the price reflects that and closes in around $700. Still not bad, but I thought I could do better.

After some searching I found the Wen 2000 watt Inverter-Generator. Watched a few videos (had time on my hand with my surgery) and it seemed to be right up there with the brands on power, weight and US support. It even has a 2 year warranty and was just $450 about everywhere. I ordered it via the local Sears, used my discounts and got it out the door for $435 with tax. Another reason I chose it was the engine is an exact copy of the Yamaha, so I ordered a magnetic dipstick for it.

I wanted to deal with a local store if issues came up, so about a week later I picked it up. Even got the brand cover for it for another $14 as it may spend time on the shelf waiting.

It came packed well with a nice tool kit and 12v charge cord. Manuals were sealed up but it included no oil. So cheap wally oil was obtained and the dipstick arrived.

CIEMR / Guard stops children from singing National Anthem in NY
« on: May 12, 2016, 04:06:32 PM »
So kids were on a field trip to the 9/11 museum in NY saying they were to loud (as in amplified) and did not have a permit!! Although they DID have permission from another guard.

That is a total disgrace and the guard should be fired, maybe deported US Citizen or not (rant).

However I will say that NY stepped up and passed a law saying you CAN SING THE NATION ANTHEM anywhere.


General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / LBZ dash lights
« on: May 06, 2016, 08:09:59 PM »
Well, having an issue at night with my dash lights. They turn on and work OK until I use the Cruise Control, then after a couple minutes they shut off. Everything works but the dash lights. When I apply the brake, they come back on, or when the truck accelerates or slows down in CC.

So basically in CC they shout off, any change and they come back on, then go off again when CC starts. The DIC works fine.

I am thinking the VSS or brake switch, possibly a ground as that can do strange things on its own.

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Window Vents-Vent Shades?
« on: April 22, 2016, 08:55:27 PM »
Wondering what you guys have used or like. I had the stick on Vent Shades on my 96 Burb and they where nice and I like to keep windows cracked in the hot weather.

I have seen under the lip, stick on and snap in.

D.O.T. / Well, lets rebuild an ankle!!
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:42:06 PM »
As many of you I am getting surgery on my right ankle. A total rebuild actually removing chips, floaters and using cadaver tendons to repair what I have left. This was all caused by rolling both ankle many times. You could hear the poping and snaps, but was never really considered bad until I pushed. This is how the ankles look at the end a normal day when I take it easy on em.

I went in on March 4th at 0600, on the table at 0800 and had no less than 3 Drs on me.

Went in through 2 points on the top orthoscopically removed the floaters and pieces between the ankle/tibia and drilled holes in the ends to allow the body to rebuild the cartilage naturally.

Incision and along the outside right to reattach 3 tendons ripped off the ankle that had pulled chunks with them. My ripped tendons were woven cadaver tendons then reattached by pulling them though a hole and attaching with a SS screw.

All this takes 6 weeks to "set" so there can be no body weight placed on the ankle, hense the "scooter" They will give you crutches, right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I got home at 1800 that evening after getting all the meds I could there. That night I really wondered if it was worth it, I think getting it ampt. would have hurt less.

Keeping it up helps a lot and after a week have really backed of the Narcs pretty good, well until last night when they wife actually ran into the ft when I was still on the scooter. Just took on today and keeping it up and sleeping works good.
Boy have I been hitting the movies all of late. Not much reading posting until now after the first week, couldn't relax or get clear headed enough.

Tuesday got the splint and dressing changed and they put me on antibiotics as the swelling is still up there some. Scooter is working great, came close to falling once so far. Well I did but the bed and dresser kept me tangled vs falling.

I am told I will get back around 90% use when fully rehabed.

A few pics in order, back in on Tuesday at 1600.

CIEMR / Got me a new ride!!!
« on: March 05, 2016, 03:32:33 PM »
Black, premium brakes and nice padded seat.

Will be on this for 6 weeks, last night was not fun.

Construction and Building / Paver patio
« on: February 29, 2016, 05:07:24 PM »
I moved this to Construction as this is non vehicle related.

Trying to get a couple projects done before I get cut in a few days.

First is a paver patio that I began a few months back by setting the perimeter pavers against drians. All this is going over a cement deck.

There were 4 pallets and now I almost have the last one moved. Got WAY to much sand and had to move 2 yards out (under trampoline now).

Pattern is called random using 3 diff size pavers (redish grey) with the pool lined with mostly red pavers.

Here are a few pics of where I am at today;

CIEMR / Long weekend and going under the knife.
« on: February 29, 2016, 12:00:20 AM »
Well, I go in on friday to have my right ankle rebuilt. Took months to get here and trying to finish a paver patio AND a solar system before then. This is what it looks like at the end of most everyday.

Pavers about 60% done. It is more leveling and moving them than actually setting them. But I sure like them! Biggest mistake was getting WAY to much sand and waiting to do it until now.

Just came back from an Scout overnight with my boys at the Ca Science Academy in SF. Went over the GG bridge on the way home and went to the old forts and gun sites above the GG that watched the bay in WWII.

Didn't walk a lot, but with chasing the boys in the museum and a few hills, my ankle feels wonderful! Friday starts the end I hope. They say as much as a year for full recovery. Then we do the other!

Another little-big issue is the homefront. Kinda hard to put into words now but things could be much better. For now I will call it lack of communication, but it is more and I know it.  Maybe throw a little help from above my way. Not a great time as I am going to be relying on others pretty heavy for the next few weeks.

CIEMR / Conservative Justice passes
« on: February 13, 2016, 06:25:55 PM »
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed Friday while on vacation in Co.

May his sole rest in peace as we continue the fight here.

Guys, we had split court. Now the Prez will get to appoint another crony and you know it will not be someone friendly to our Constitution.

Most Favored Companies / Firearms Friendly Video site, Full30
« on: February 09, 2016, 03:04:40 PM »
found this website after learning youtube is shutting down many gun videos.


Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Topside Creeper
« on: December 31, 2015, 01:03:58 PM »
Anyone have one of these Topside Creeper? I have seen similar before all homemade.

With our little trucks this would be a godsend time after time.

Traxion seems to be the main brand, but $300 is about the going price.

Build Threads / S10 Blazer Mini Build
« on: December 29, 2015, 11:39:04 PM »
I have some surgery coming up and will be off each leg for 6+ weeks. With this in mind I need something I could drive that I didn't have to climb up into, fall down into and could haul 5 of us since I chauffeur kids around for school, not just my own.

I was looking for either an XJ or a blazer and found a 1998 S10 blazer for $1350. They wanted 2350 so I offered 1500 sight unseen until I could see it.

Has no power anything and KKBd at 1400 in good shape. It needed front end work, 2 new tires and died sometimes for no known reason. So I offered 1250 and we ended at 1350. Tags good till May and just ran $72 to transfer.

Drove it home, no issues but it had 6-8 inches of play in the steering. went to smog and "FAIL" (slightly high NoX) which probably just meant a tuneup. Get it home and it won't run. Start getting parts and being familiar with GM I went right to the Ign module (no run) then the coil (we have winner) and I am just out $20.

Got her cleaned up and my 13 year old daughter is eyeing it already as it has pink stripes.

So parts are coming in as we speak but here are a few pics for a primer;

Firearms / Weapons Safe-Storage "er whats in your closet"
« on: December 29, 2015, 11:11:51 PM »
Thought I would start a thread on Storage. Not on what guns you own (why give it away!)

Any hoo, show your storage, safe or ideas. Don't need your secrets but ideas are cool.

Here is my BIG safe in the garage. Liberty "Franklin 50" made by Liberty http://www.libertysafenorcal.com/safe-franklin-safes-ps-6.html

This on has the dehumidifier, door pockets and motion light I put in.

I keep the American Flag over it for a few reasons, but I like it!

It is full with very little ammo. Lots of parts but boxes of those around the garage too.

I have another off brand about half the size in the house, behind a dead bolt in a small closet.

So, "whats in your closet" or den, man room or where ever?

Build Threads / Thinking of a smaller SUV, comments
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:25:45 PM »
OK, I have surgery coming up and kids growing so this may be a hand me down to. Looking at older vehicles around 90's or something.

Big thing is I need to be able to get in and out without climbing up or falling down with normal size doors. I need to stay off one leg or the other for 6 weeks, then some rehab.

What comes to mind are the 4 door blazer or the Jeep XJ. I know the chevy is a full frame but not sure about the XJ. Both seem to be priced in the 1-2K area. Chevy comes with a V6 mostly and the XJ with I-6 or V8.

I am familiar with the GM stuff but not the Jeeps. Want to get something near stock for the access.

So how about some feedback guys. Likes and dislikes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Firearms / Lifetime Member down to $500!!!
« on: December 10, 2015, 06:33:29 PM »
I and I believe several others here are Lifetime members.

NRA is having a sale via Midway, $500

Now they will still ask for a $$$ and upgrades, but this is a great deal. Mine was $750, normally over $1000 I think.


Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Obama Climate change policy
« on: December 05, 2015, 11:04:28 AM »
Under my plan, rates will go up!!

Firearms / Drop in AR Trigger
« on: December 02, 2015, 03:12:58 PM »
Just picked this up from Rise Armament for just $99 with free shipping..

Prices look fair now just need a FF rail and Compensator for my AR build.

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