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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: Today at 12:52:18 AM »
Jared mentioned a square steel post in ground, with a heavy bracket on top to bolt the wood posts to. What about using a thick walled box, say 16" tall, anchored on, or in, the slab, with extra footings under those areas? Basically just a h/duty taller version of store bought versions? Or if you were lucky enough to find some square tubing with the inside diameter close to the dimensions of the timber?

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Ken has a legit idea here, wait did I just say that? :huh:

You could dig or auger footers where the columes go, toss in some rebar on the heavy side. Then use square tube or even drops of I-beam. Note: if you can find a structural fab shop they will have all sorts of i-beam drops in the 4?-6? range, check out scrap yards too. Weld a flange to the base or end of tube / I-beam and anchor into concrete. Build posts on or around them. Essentially the base is anchored well and then the upper & exterior is a fabricated wood post. Easy to replace when they rot out ten years down the road versus trying to dig up a wood post that was set in concrete.

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:35:01 PM »
I'm over the large house.  I'm wanting to reduce my taxable footprint.  Tired of writing stupid checks for property taxes to the gubment.

My goal is to reduce the size/cost of my house and pay less in taxes.


I agree, next place is gunna be even less going to guberment. Part of reason I am finishing basement myself. The permit alone is $2k then the additional property taxes they heap on when they find out it?s finished & has more bathrooms.

Most Favored Companies / Re: sams club closings
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:32:32 PM »
shawn, you should try costcos business center meat dept.............now that place is heaven.

heres one somewhat close to you:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Costco+Wholesale/@39.7088367,-105.0143269,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xce8f1e2aa2e583d1!8m2!3d39.7088367!4d-105.0143269

Down near my wife?s facility and that biscuit joint you sent me a link to. Darn you Nate...... :tongue:

Construction and Building / Re: "12 Square" a 12' X 12' shed project
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:29:38 PM »
Those Amish are pretty highly paid folks! What a deal! Most of them are also tax exempt and they never spend a day of their lives serving their nation in its military...Pretty cool deal wouldn't you say?

They?re not tax exempt, that is a misconception. They don?t pay SS, or the Medicaid etc. but then again they don?t collect either. They used to come into my wife?s ER?s, they always paid cash and received a 50% discount just like anyone else paying in cash upfront. I think they bypass unemployment possibly but again don?t collect. They do pay sales tax, estate taxes, property taxes, state / fed taxes & in many cases into a local community fund as well. I know all of this because my wife has Amish in the family, her dad was Amish until he left the church at 15.......

As for military service, nope they don?t do that. However, neither did I so guess we?re the same. There is also a misconception they won?t fight etc, not true. Most generally they try not to fight but they will stand their ground push come to shove.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:06:22 AM »
My favorite quote to employees. ?If I spend more time getting you to do your job than you do actually performing it how do you think that is going to turn out?? 

Normally that results in nothing replied and me walking away without another word spoken.

HR the department that produces no income for the company but yet aspires to constantly gain authority and drain a company of profits. I?m sure I just pissed off some HR person.....

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:56:52 AM »
My experience with pole building types in northern WI.  Sink them about 4 ft in the ground.  Back fill with dirt only.  The 4 ft level here is an approximate.  That is about how deep the frost goes in most places.

It was 36-40 in NE IN, here in Colorado it?s 30? although after building my shed which sits on 4 posts if I had to do it again I would go deeper. Maybe it?s soil type as we had heavy clay in IN but this sandy clay mix doesn?t seem as stable & we have bentonite in the soil which is notoriously unstable. I might auger those posts in Tex & throw a round patio stepping stone in bottom of each to help spread the trash load.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:49:48 PM »
I just tell em there are a bunch of Christian knuckleheads here that are way better to be around than me. It worked getting Stewie here....... :popcorn:

I vote whatever the HH6 says and be happy with it!

I like Bourbon Shawn, he hasn?t lumped me in with the chronic offenders group.....and I HATE cankles!

How about glocks? Are you ok with those too? Apparently they are only ok after having an appreciation for 1911?s a prerequisite or something communist I?m sure.

Careful though, merely talking to me could get you lumped in with Charles & I. If I could vote I would agree with you....... :wink:

Colorado, legally has more breweries than any other state (I didn?t check but this was the case prior & We have Coors & Budweiser here among others owned by both). Legalized weed to stay legal, I know a foreign concept...... :rolleyes:

Ky, largest state of illegal grow & distilling........ :tongue:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:19:42 AM »
I've been running 36x13.50r15 IROK radials on my CJ for about 8 years, and they're not bad. A little slick on ice, but they tackle everything else well. Sidewalls are really tough, and stiff enough that I've run 2lbs of pressure (without beadlocks) off road and never lost a bead. On the highway, there's a little whine, but not much. They're about as loud as the BFG Mud Terrains I had years ago. They ride smooth, too.

Great feedback / info, thank you!

Vote early, vote often (5 votes max, except for Shawn and Tex who are restricted to no votes!)

In plain speak not that ky slang stuff that is gumming up this thread.....

First I noticed Ken must still be sucking up to the boss & Charles is now thrown in with the likes of me. Realize this is fine and dandy with me because A) Charles & I both like whiskey (thinking Ken drinks cosmopolitans or something fu fu). Then B) Charles is also a Glock guy (you know new technology versus the stuff prior to dirt er 1911?s...).

So next order of business, you must realize if Don doesn?t want us voting that really isn?t the case. You see what he really wants, votes aside is for a couple of us DOT?s to muck up the thread even more than he already has & add a bit of finesse. Then tell him the rainbow version of his vision here for the farm is all wrong, more hippy stuff. I?m thinking commune, you know that stuff Ken buys into with H taking a village to raise kids n all that.

In fact it gets me wondering if Don isn?t already ?growing crops? down at the farm and possibly have sampled a bit too much this am? If any question my theory just go to the above paragraph where Don is now hanging with Ken & we all know who he is fond of. No not Don, well yeah him too but I?m talking about cankles here......

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:57:22 AM »
Nice looking truck

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:27:12 PM »
We had a hand pump blow gun we used back in the day.....

The high flow doesn?t operate the bush hog you purchased? :huh:

Post hole augers etc......

No...My units operate off of standard flow, high flow is not necessary

High flow creates a bunch more heat, but with some implements, high flow is a requirement.

Cost is a factor as well. The standard flow cutter I purchased was $6,900. A high flow unit would probably be thousands more. The motor costs more, then generally the assembly, parts, and similar need to be more robust. I think high flow moves much heavier weights at the same or greater speed. Generally speaking you need 90+ HP to even generate high flow hydraulics but K-bota has gotten it done for the 75 HP unit

Don, my late 90?s gehl 4625 had the optional high flow hydraulics and it wasn?t 50hp thinking like 48hp or something close.

Edit: so I did a bit of research as I was curious. In the past you needed the high flow to run heavy brush cutters etc. that is now not the case. They are using new larger motors and engineering design changes to the attachments so it is not necessary as in the past. My guess is if you pick up any used attachments you may need the high flow still.

The high flow doesn?t operate the bush hog you purchased? :huh:

Post hole augers etc......

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:36:38 PM »
Accidentally spill a little whiskey on it & you?ll be fine!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:33:30 PM »
For those of you willing to do this to help those kids, God Bless you...... :popcorn:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:47:00 PM »
Charles, I should have kept the video, but better yet it was a great teaching moment for my daughters. I have a few other stories probably best shared around a fire with some bourbon.

Anyhow another great example of multigenerational inbreeding at its best.  :popcorn:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:27:47 PM »
Basement guys here are getting $50-$60 a sf for basements & are all booked 6-8 months out. Doing it myself I?m pretty sure I can do it for $15 & a lot of plumbing and electrical stuff I already have left over in bins from prior builds so that helps.

Keep an eye on the arms for stress cracks etc, usually first sign you?re pushing it a bit far.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:58:20 AM »
basement???  whats that?  In texas that would be an indoor pool....

It?s where we send kids when we want quiet time! :tongue:

So here?s a little background info. We moved here in June of 15 into an apartment in a not so nice school system (read the majority most likely came from *hithole country). So by end of July we were over apartment living (granted the Muslim chic in full garb in the pool doing the one handed dog paddle while trying not to waterbowrd herself was amusing, no joke) & wanted kids in better school. We had missed open enrollment which is done around Feb here. Housing market was nuts & buying a house was a bit of a gamble because we didn?t know a whole lot about the area. Wife?s career which is why we moved here is on a sharp upward trend. So we bought a house that worked but is not what we really wanted. We?re making due & tried to buy in a price range we could flip more easily if we needed to. So fast forward to today, wife?s job is relatively stable although still moving up quick but stable within her co she is at now Fortune 500 etc. my mom was widowed 14 months ago & she visits often. Our house is a 4 bed 2.5 bath 2200 sq ft finished. If I finish basement I gain a bath & bed plus small rec room. Adds another 1000 sq ft to the home & now I have 5 bed 3.5 bath 3200 sq ft home. We need the room.

Just making sure I don?t start a duplicate thread etc.

There isn?t already a pool going for the date when he first puts this on its lid? If not I?ll be happy to start that thread and oversee the pool...... :popcorn:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:51:41 PM »
Hit the gym this am (normal every other day event) slid all the way there and back. Took oldest to practice at 8 & slid there & back too. Then picked her up at ten, it was snowing by then & four wheel drive seemed to keep truck somewhat on track. My 15 year old after her practice received her first driving lesson on snow. Made her drive to HD for some lumber, it went well she only took one turn way too fast, good lesson no one around.

Returned from HD & proceeded to work on framing up walls in our basement. Too cold to work in my garage today, basement was a nice change of pace.

Then hit gym this evening, mamas has me doing two a days (on mornings I do my normal) since she is on a pt mission herself.

Imgur, nice to see you?re still plugging away. Couple different guys have asked about you from here over the last few months btw so you have not been forgotten.

I can almost read his epitaph from here:

"Hold my beer, I got this".~~Don H.

ROFL :likebutton:

I see this post and immediately think of the paperwork I'd have to do when I train someone on skid steer useage.

Can you cover the portion on how to keep it off it?s lid for us? :tongue:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:31:56 PM »
Can someone help me with ground water table for my area.  Google is failing me miserably !
Ogden Utah?

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Normally county or state offices have it online, Indiana did at least...

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:20:34 PM »
I vote some super swamper bloggers!

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I had 37? cut boggers on my eb before I parted it out & moved to hippy land. I cut every small lug off of them...

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:17:19 PM »
Sounds like a sale

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Potentially, Mark will definitely get a quote/last look on it when I pull the trigger in next month or so.

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:53:16 AM »
Looking good Charles! :likebutton:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:37:10 AM »
So after Marks last message I inquired about the irok radials & his latest statement was that they are a much better tire in every aspect & American made to boot. As such they stock tons of them.

I make one heck of a PB & Jelly sandwich & my nickname is lunchlady! :tongue:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:56:44 PM »
Maybe Mark will chime in, I don?t think it?s any coincidence that you, Ken & I have all had issues with those tires. Pretty certain we all had different sizes even, mine were a 16? wheel and around a 34? diameter whatever that works out to?

On a serious note:

When you DO decide to try and use it like a chainsaw, DON'T - They make a hydraulic cutting claw - equipment company might have one you can rent and attach to "Spud" and use it to shear cedars and SMALL trees off at the base instead of trying to run/ruin your new brush cutter thinking it's a buzz-saw!

The extreme cutter is rated to cut 10" material!!!!!!!!!

That's all day long mowing trees with a 10" caliper!

It weight over 2,000 lbs, has a flywheel made of 1" thick high strength steel and can even cut up fence wire. Takes trees all the way down to the ground and turns the whole tree into mulch in seconds. One amazing cutter!

You say mulch huh? Darn nemesis stuff will be everywhere now and you may be lost to never be heard from again.

Wait isn?t that what happened to sq d? :shocked:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:44:28 PM »
Wrong. I?m not trying to talk you out of them. Just an observation.  Remember the only person that has to be happy is the one that writes the check.

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So you?re not related? Copy! :wink:

Ok, so I reached out to our own Mark from National Tire and Wheel earlier. That guy is on it and replied to a PM here the same day I sent it which was today a Saturday even.

So he burst my bubble, they (NTW) no longer carry the sxII?s due to balancing & quality issues as these are built in China. I knew Interco back during the recession they had outsourced a lot overseas so not much of a surprise really. So I?m leaning on his first hand knowledge to help me find a good tire. We?ll see what his thoughts are on the subject. Keep you all posted.

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:47:40 PM »

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:31:29 PM »
You & Charles related? Trying to talk me out of them already?  :tongue:

I?ll admit, I?m on the fence a bit. I want them but not sure a stock jk coil spring type suspension ie: bushings etc will hold up to these rough riding beasts. I definitely would not put them on the F150 but I?m wondering if a radial irok wouldn?t run a tad smoother & get the same performance result?

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:05:47 PM »
These two above have some really good points Dave.

I worked for a small family owned company while I built my businesses. There were many days I was stuck in the office, however being a small company I wore many hats. When I started it was a start up & I started at the bottom. There wasn?t anything but a bottom, lol. However, now being gone three years almost I guarantee I could go back there today and still be the most productive guy in that shop. Being that guy allowed me diversity and we weren?t union so it broke up the monotony. Maybe a career change isn?t what you need but a detour angling off would be better? If I had stayed in the immediate area there were many options for me with employment because of my reputation. As they say everyday you are interviewing for your next position.

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:56:30 AM »
I'm with Shawn (did I say that??)  take a longer term view.

Make sure you keep your family's needs in mind too.  I'd love to do something different and work with my hands too, but I can't in good conscience walk away from the money I make until my job of getting the kids grown and on their feet is done.  Thus why I work with my hands every chance I get on the weekends.

Degrees and advanced degrees are not a bad thing, but a 40 year harvard study showed that all things being equal, emotional intelligence is the biggest key to success.  Invest in yourself and consider a personal coach.  In any field, being the best, and surviving any downturn means being better than those around you.  You don't have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the rest of your group.

Learn how whatever you do helps the company make profit and then innovate to drive more profit.  You'll rise quickly and be considered irreplaceable.

So think about where you can be 5-10 years from now and what the income potential is for the job/role/path you decide to take.  Money is not everything but when you have a family to support, its an important part of your role.

Interesting enough we have a book on emotional intelligence on our mantle at home currently.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:51:58 AM »
Yeah, those won't make any noise on road.....

Better upgrade the stereo

Remember HE'S CHEAP!  Besides, it won't be enough to silence the WHINE of the Colorado Tree Huggers he'll be offending by sporting such wanton waste of resources driving his jacked-up, souped-up Jeep!  He might just want to actually hear their sniffles and the squeaks of their cork soled Berkenstocks as the Snowflakes rock back and forth sobbing in horror as he drives by!   :likebutton:

Yeah, wait until I take this over to downtown boulder..... :tongue:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:50:45 AM »
Yeah, those won't make any noise on road.....

Better upgrade the stereo

It?s a Jeep.......

Road noise is part of the experience, I love how these yuppies out here add sound deadening / insulation to the hard top roof panels to make it more ?landroverish?. I have a friend who I will call a ?yuppie wheeler? who is too good for swampers and said you don?t need that ?type? of tire for Colorado. I?m old school a bit, this Jeep build is a like a wedding. A mix of old tech and new, the swampers are just old school cool imo. Add that & I don?t care what most think & well there ya go! :popcorn:

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:18:18 AM »
My experience & our paths are somewhat similar & framing is a young mans game. Not to mention from an economic standpoint we're do for downturn in housing at some point I think. Manufacturing has ups & downs but development is always pretty steady. Once you gain that MBA the higher management not middle to low are attainable. I'd say look long term.....

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:54:31 AM »
Heck yeah, swampers FTW !!!

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A true 37? tire too (at least that is what four wheel parts website claims)!

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:07:37 AM »
What is your current job, degree your working towards & potential new job? I know you had stated prior you wanted to end up with mba minus partial lobotomy..... :tongue:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:36:53 AM »
Ok, so lets switch gears or into tires specifically.

When I started acquiring pieces and parts I was thinking 39-40" tire. Then the more I thought about it the 38" tire seemed to be a better fit since once you go over that the more drastic you need to get into suspension and trimming etc on the body and fenders.

I started researching these 38" tires and part of my criteria is to keep non beadlock wheels per unit cost reasonable in case I destroy one. At the end of the day this JK is a tool in my mind, a point A to B tool and well tools break occasionally. Wheels are not worth $300 each to destroy when a $100 unit will destroy just the same and carry the tire from A to B if you follow my logic? I'm cheap so reasonable to me is $150 or less and $100 is even better.

Then once you look at the small amount of 38" tires available and varying costs of those & you still need to decide wheel size. Now here is another criteria that limits us, the mount pattern of 5 on 5.5 is limiting on reasonable priced wheels. I really like 16" wheels, I'm a bit old school and I like a lot of rubber on my tires in relation to the rim and airing down for real world off road use that sidewall if tough enough will give you traction. However, 16" wheels are not reasonable really for that mount pattern.

Long story short after all of this deciphering 17" wheels and 37" tires are in abundance and in the world of supply and demand they have reasonable options and many. So here I find myself with a JK that will be sporting 17" wheels and 37" tires. So wheels, well those will come after we decide what tire.

Researching tires, many options all basically the same. From dick cepek to pro comp to cooper etc. & they are all fine and dandy except for those darn BFG KM2's they still suck. Then I come across my old friend in a new updated version at a price I (recall I am cheap) can hardly resist.


in 37 x 12 x 17R

So me and this tire have history, it's like that one friend you have not hunted with since you were teenagers and you bump into him at the gas station getting coffee on opening morning deer season 20 years later. It's gunna be real hard to drink that coffee and leave without him.

My EB originally had 36" SX's on it that I traded something for, they were cheap (perfect right?) and were a great off road tire. They have a bit of an attitude on the pavement but nothing a seasoned guy can't deal with.

So after writing all of this I think my mind is made up & DOT approved for those commies who make me do emissions tests occasionally. :beercheers:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:22:59 PM »
Oh, they eliminate the needle...makes sense

.. but they're actually boring the hub that's pressed into the main bearing...easy.. much softer steel

Ken, you ever take apart one of those unit bearings? Looks like a spanner wrench and you can undo them and repack them.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:47:14 PM »
When you bore that unit bearing out to accommodate the 35 spline shafts the needle bearings go away.

Edit: this is what I have read & it is what certain machine shops have been doing to these unit bearings for a few years now. I will take some measurements tomorrow on my used ones.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:28:20 PM »
So further reading guys are just boring the unit bearing id from 1.3 to 1.5 and ditching that inner seal to run 35 spline shafts & drive slugs.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:53:38 PM »
Hmm good question. The support bearing inside is not very heavy.. that seal is pretty beafy...it might unintentionally provide some support, but more importantly keep moisture out. Ford also redid the seal on the axle tube side so you might want to go OEM on that one.

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I know guys are running 35 spline shafts through the unit bearings (after having them machined, I have a shop that will be doing it for me). So earlier I sent a message off to Tate asking if those guys are using say a f450 seal or just leaving it out. I?ll have to look at the unit bearings closer but I thought they were sealed pretty tight.....

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