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D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: Today at 11:54:05 AM »
I ran premium in my 6.2L so better fuel I think helps hp (at least in my mind, lol), not sure what they recommend though.

JR may be on to something, I haven't looked at GM truck sales figures lately but a year ago they were dismal & declining. Part of that stumped me when I was trying to buy as they should have been willing to deal quicker than they were when I was looking. It's hard to get one dealer anymore to drop much below another. They are all pretty well on the same page as far as pricing, I blame the internet and technology for that as I think it is controlled pretty tight from the top anymore. The only thing I have really been able to do in recent years is to get them to throw in extras at the particular dealership such as extended oil changes & warranties. You know the other freebies when you start fine tuning a deal. My mom's lesbaru I was able to get her an extra $500 in oil changes and $1000 towards things like weather tec floor mats etc. Her's was a lesbaru corporate unit with 6K on it.

Lesburu... too funny. I think the biggest drawback for the Denali is it doesn't come in red.  :facepalm:

Uh oh, better get Maaco!  He could always paint it

Heck, our 3.6L V6 Acadia only gets about 16 on average... I can stretch that to about 20 on the highway.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: Today at 12:28:31 AM »
Dave, my wife had a 6.2l in a Denali. It wasn?t that we couldn?t afford the vehicle or the fuel. However, it annoyed me how much fuel it drank regardless.......

But, it did run well granted......
I don?t mean it in a negative manner but when ya really look at the cost difference in 14 mpg and 18 mpg for a average years driving.   $3.00 a gallon.  15000 miles a year that?s $2500 in fuel vs $3214 which really is only $700 bucks difference.  But it does hit you if you drive a lot more than that.   Or if your lookin for distance with out fill up. 

So if we talk about $700 bucks for that much HP knowing he likes Boost (we all like BOOST) I would say get the 6.2 and live it up


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Doesn?t the 6.2 like mid or premium fuel too?


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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 24, 2018, 11:36:26 AM »
You mean she didn't know what she was getting herself into when she married you?  :knucklehead:

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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:11:02 AM »
Soffit on a shed - awfully fancy for down on the farm! Looks nice though!


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:02:58 AM »
Why do you even need the dually anymore aside from the everything is bigger in Texas mentality?

New truck - what color will it be? ;)


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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: May 20, 2018, 01:01:04 AM »
Sounding like a power stroke is an improvement in the right direction if you ask me...... :tongue:

^ should fire him for blasphemous comments like this one, boss.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:27:44 PM »
The only paper stuff in my wallet is the by-product of using plastic... receipts.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:00:24 PM »
I have a Fass it?s been ok, whines all sorts of bad.  Weather it?s my mount and not enough rubber or  the pump I am not sure. 


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Do you have a sump? Probably the draw-straw issue.


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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:26:15 PM »
You not mail in your warranty card for the AD?


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:21:02 PM »
Hey I think it?s a clever solution to a common problem! I like it!!


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:07:53 PM »
Looks like they need to come back and regrade the street and curb. Probably was done on a Friday.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:26:59 AM »
Our Acadia did something funny like that last week... I hit the pedal to go and the engine revved but didn?t want to put the power to the ground. Then it finally did. Of course this was on a left hand turn with oncoming side traffic.

How many miles do you have on the Traverse?


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Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:52:33 PM »
No pics are showing

I approved them so they should be up now.

Ah cool, didn't realize there was a pic approval process. Must only be for pics hosted off the forum server, not linked from elsewhere (like tapatalk)?

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Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: May 07, 2018, 01:14:25 PM »
No pics are showing

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:06:06 AM »
Looks like a good saw and a good deal Dave. Only variable would be how much is left on the blade - those aren?t cheap.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 05, 2018, 10:35:20 PM »
You seem to be missing the question in your post...?


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Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:44:36 PM »
Those steps look great. When a company comes to carpet they add about $75 to carpet one step. Then an additional $75 per step. Lowes and Homedepot do this with the offer they have to carpet a house for $99. It does not include steps. So if you can do your own steps you can save big.
All the recent ads I?ve heard from HD say they include steps.


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Construction and Building / Re: The Oracle...Jared's Corner
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:19:20 PM »

On a side not though we pay 13% state income tax and is why so many are leaving the state. Add that to the recent gas/fuel tax increase and we getting hammered!



Yeah, all your damn ex-neighbors are moving up here and cluttering up our roads! I see so many Cali plates.


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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: May 04, 2018, 12:04:50 AM »
x2 - Always run the seatbelt thru the steering wheel when disconnecting the steering shaft!


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:39:58 PM »
Doing it all yourself gets to you, I know!
It?s not so much the doing, which I really enjoy. It?s wanting it to be done so the girls can invite their friends and I have place to put he little hormonal womens so that I am not driven insane


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Nice try!

Everyman's challenge who has multiple females

Won't work

Prayers sent!

I'm in that same boat... but at least I have a few more years until it reaches critical mass (they're 8 and 4).

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:18:53 PM »
Kind of ironic there Nate... shenanigans starts with ?she?...


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Hide Site / Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:08:22 AM »
Got a little more rock wall work in and did the final grading on the newly created falt area.

Whose Lexus? You must have really improved the road for that to be able to get in there.


Edit: just read about the daughter in the c-max thread. Yikes!!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:00:36 AM »
The boss thought it might be funny to trap me in the outhouse.  Little to his surprise I. Walked out while he was on the phone.  It was really funny walking up behind him as he giggled at himself for his practical joke.   ? what ya lookin at there guy? oh I just trapped Dave in the out house?.  ? no you didn?t ?.  This guy

Then spent the day working in a 9000sqr shop they started months before I started at the company.  Lots of room for activities



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Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:42:13 PM »
Correction - poured 'concrete' today. Cement is an ingredient in concrete.  :wink: :beercheers:

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Build Threads / LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:14:51 PM »
Well, yes and no Nate... He already moved the A/C compressor out of the way, so we know the lines are flexible in spots, so the condenser should be able to be moved a bit too to aid in working room.  The condenser is considerably smaller than the radiator and intercooler, and is the front-most item in the stack, so that would gain him 4-5" fore/aft of working room for wiggling the pump in and give him some line of sight on the sides.

Here's a pic of the front end of mine torn apart 2 years ago. I was able to remove the core support without disconnecting any of the A/C lines, thats how much play it has.

Caveat here -- mine is an '06, Don's is an '11, so I don't know what all has changed...


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Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:38:48 PM »
My dad always wore them around the house when I was a kid, so that's how I know. Always thought they were god-awfully uncomfortable.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:08:53 PM »
So... figure I would add some advice to the thread -- late as per usual...

Why not pull the front cooling stacks to gain access to the water pump, fan, harmonic balancer, etc?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:00:45 PM »
I have a GMC, so the bowtie in that one wouldn't work... plus the wife would kill me ;)  Not to mention shipping.

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Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:11:56 PM »
I'd do rebar in your concrete, not the mesh. I had a stamped concrete patio done last Oct and opted for rebar on 18" square. It has no relief cuts in and I haven't seen a single crack yet. Though, its not subject to thousands of pounds of vehicle weight.

So, now that your lot is higher than the others, the water will flow into their yards... have you thought about doing some french drains around the perimeter?

Around these parts - good topsoil (3-way blend) is $34/yard. Just picked up half a yard last weekend to top up a flower bed.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:58:52 PM »
Don.  Apparently JR has missed your whole thread and what a pain in the But it is to install this stuff.  Will you go ahead and tell him so we have another documentation point to note for later that he shouldn?t start down this road.   Just sell the whole truck ok Jr


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JR also has an LBZ, so maybe a little easier than Don's LML? (hah, yeah right!)  :knucklehead:

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Hide Site / Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:12:28 AM »
When you get ready to do sprinklers, look at the Hunter PGP-ADJ heads. Yes Orbit carries a knock off at Home Depot or Lowes, but not the same quality. Place really looks nice Charles.


Yes. Hunter or rainbird - they?re pretty much interchangeable - at least the pop up ones.


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:39:19 AM »
Just thinking the UV rays would make the pipes degrade over time and then one little bump... crack!


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:26:22 PM »
You going to put some kind of cover over the PVC pipes to protect them from the sun?


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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:40:33 AM »
My technique to loosen the fan nut from the H2O pump is to jam the pulley, then smack the big wrench on the nut and hope for the best. I wish there was a better way, but I don't know it.
I believe there is a special spanner wrench or something for that...


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:42:57 PM »
Yeah I figured it was off road. Just was thinking if there?s any left in the lines when you hook back up to the tank... though the odds of being pulled over and the tank dipped are probably next to nothing. Was red just what you had available/easier than siphoning some out of the tank?


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:33:06 PM »
Started this again with fingers crossed. No 7 is out of spec and 1 and 5 are +3.



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Red diesel?


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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:38:10 AM »
Check rock auto, too.


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:41:38 PM »
House projects never end... and you have two houses! :cookoo


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Build Threads / Re: 89 K1500 Refresh
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:50:21 PM »
Beefed up intermediate steering shaft? ;)


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Chevrolet K1500 99-00.5 rear end problems galore. 01-06, 07.5 I think, prior to fuel management BS and it's associated issues is the way to go. 246 t-case w/ possible pump rub issues w/ all of them, but that's an easy fix, and the front end will need going through, but dad had an 01 with a 5.3L and we threw 4.11 gears at it and he tows 30ft bumper pull over the cascades without issue and gets 15-18 without towing. the 6.0L in my wifes Yukon 2004 gets around 13-15 all the time, and about 10mpg towing, but power is a lot more apparent. if it were me, doing everything all over again, I'd have a 4 door 2005-2006 reg bed w/a 5.3L and be done with it. the ride quality in the Silverado is just so much better, even when the whole front end was wasted it rode better than the competition.

I had an '02 Chevy 1500 with the 5.3 and that thing did everything I asked it to and then some. The only (memorable) issues I ever had were the power brake booster and knock sensors.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:23:30 PM »
That was a big repair for that little leak. So it got to the floor too?

I think you need a GFCI for an outlet within 6ft of water now. Wouldn't be a bad idea with the look of that old leak.

Yup, it got into the floor, but amazingly (since the laundry room is upstairs) it did not get into the ceiling or wall below.

I took the opportunity to add plumbing for a utility sink, so yes, now the washer outlet must be a GFCI since it is within 6' of the top edge of the sink, whereas before it was not required.

http://www.mcgarryandmadsen.com/inspection/Blog/Entries/2017/5/5_Does_a_washing_machine_receptacle_outlet_require_GFCI_protection.html


I hope to stop hemorrhaging money soon... dog cost $250 on Saturday, too.

Save yourself the trouble... replace the $20 washing machine hoses every 5 years like they recommend.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:23:09 PM »
What happened there Ryan that made you have to do those repairs?


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Didn’t you ask that over on DF? You’re not old enough for CRS to be kicking in!!  All joking aside, I guess I should explain for the folks here....

The washing machine hose leaked at the wall connection end... slow drip into the drywall, insulation, outer OSB. It wicked up the insulation about 5-6 feet! At that point, I just opened up a 8 foot x 8 foot section to fit in two full pieces of drywall (minus 3" at top so i didn't have to deal with mudding the corner).






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D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:51:46 AM »
Over the weekend I got the wall buttoned up, mud/taped, ceiling painted (was brown like the walls), PVA primer on the drywall and got the floor underlayment down.












Tonight I got the wall textured and the sheet vinyl down.






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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:07:13 PM »
Notice they?re in the hot tub... pool still too cold?


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If you?re tech savvy, they have Bluetooth modules that plug in and connect to your phone. I want to say I?ve seen them sub-$20.


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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: April 08, 2018, 01:34:39 AM »
A simple ?it?s mo-expensive? would?ve sufficed ;)

But all of that makes total sense!


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1x1 square tube cut at about a 30* angle and welded to that horizontal piece to reuse what you already have.


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Hide Site / Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:08:26 PM »
Don, I?m sure this has already been asked... could you get the dyed off-road diesel for the machinery and save a few bucks? Of course if there are no stations that carry it nearby/on your route that would eat up potential cost savings in fuel/time.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:49:36 PM »
I went to H.F. and got spent about $100 and put a tool kit together for my truck.  I kinda like the screw drivers because you can hammer on them, wrench them and the tips are magnetic.

for sockets, I spent a bit more and got a good set of craftsmans (not pictured)
Might want to think twice about Craftsman... I?ve heard reports of Sears not honoring the lifetime warranty, plus the condition Sears is in...  Husky or Kobalt are pretty good.


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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:40:05 PM »
Oh Shawn, don?t defile Tex?s sweet ride like that!

Good thing H isn?t a redhead.


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