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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:43:00 PM »
OK, so something has to be in the ground.  I kind of like the idea of steel wrapped in treated wood to form a column.  I get some steel from the supply place which is 3/16 wall and 2 1/2 diameter pipe.  Would work well for this.  Just need to auger some holes and drop some concrete.  Other choice is to fence black the bottom of some treated 4x6 and bury in soil then pour concrete slab.  Best estimate is that it would take 10 years to rot, then I could redo the posts. 

Attaching to the other structures is not an option I think.  this ODK will sit at an 45 degree angle between two structures and the roof line is already complex

Construction and Building / Re: "12 Square" a 12' X 12' shed project
« on: January 19, 2018, 11:26:19 PM »
Don, check out the book I sent you if you want to talk about ballistic resistance.  gravel between the walls.  Sand will not do it.

Here is a video of a guy testing Skousen's gravel filled wall.  He even sounds like he's from the tuck.


It takes more sand than you can get between studs to stop a round

CIEMR / Re: Food Stamp Balance...
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:08:55 PM »
I think it was drug testing for benefits.

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I?ll just say this. Don you know this post is DOT BAIT.

Just let the wife make the decision.  That?s the way it will go anyway.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:47:06 AM »
Thanks Dave,  not used to working until 5 on Fridays.  I'm usually squirting out to get to the weekend place about 2.   I'll be mentally checked out about then....

But hey, the bright side I get to do it all over again Monday and Tuesday.......

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:38:10 AM »
OK guys, serious moment, you knuckleheads... (I'm starting to sound like Don.....:-0 )

So I successfully negotiated my being robbed  by a pool contractor....which means that I will also be pouring a slab for an outdoor kitchen..(gotta up my game to keep up with Nate)

Its going to be 14x24 with a roof structure over it.  I'd like to use the same wax treated 4x6 posts to match the porch on the main house and the castia. 

My concern is how to attach the posts to the slab so that the roof is stable.  I'm convinced that surface mounting the posts will lead to a rickety structure.  there will be 6 posts. 

While I could use 45 degree braces on each side of each post at the top it would clash as none of the other structures have that on the posts.

Is there a way to attach posts to concrete in a more solid fashion?

Or should I sink the posts in the ground prior to the pour?

The structure will be typical shed type roof with hardie soffit, metal roof, etc, so there will be some mass to it.

Looking for some advice and experience.  ........

Where's Jared?

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:54:28 AM »
Wow Dave.  That?s just pure insubordination. Hard to fix stupid. I haven?t got a lot of Millennials but try this book. ?Not Everyone Gets a Trophy? it?s gives some insight into their thought process and motivation.

 I?m sure at your company it?s bureaucratic as well but when you want to manage someone out it usually takes way too much effort and time because of all the documentation. I?ve always been successful helping them understand that they aren?t going to make it and need to leave on their own.  It?s so difficult that it really makes you want to get better at hiring the right people in the first place. 

Thanks for allowing me the cathartic rant last night.  9 hours of coaching and I lose most of my emotional intelligence. I mostly have a great team. It?s the 20% that drive you nuts.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:32:42 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.

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:30:35 PM »
Bob, I am not saying that, but I'm saying his cooking is good enough to make me think about it......

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:28:16 PM »
Well today was an interesting day.

So this is the time of year we do our annual employee evaluations.  Some of you know that I lead a team of 44 people and recently let go of my senior right hand guy who was leading a large part of my team.  What that means is that instead of performing evaluations on my 11 direct reports I know have 23 direct reports until I hire a replacement for that leadership position.  (good news is that my candidate for the open position accepted my offer today and will resign tomorrow)

So today I had 9 one hour meetings with team members discussing performance reviews and no break for lunch.  I find it amazing how obtuse some people can be and how completely unopen to constructive feedback people can be.  Theres not a one of them that walked into my office that makes less than 6 figures and yet they completely dismiss feedback, not just from me, but anonymously from their peers as well.

I find consistently that the higher performers and highest income earners are those that can accept feedback and learn from it, change and grow.  Others, probably need to find a new home.....

Now I get to catch my breath and do it all over again tomorrow.....and monday....and tuesday.....

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:24:00 AM »
You mean the one he showed us that was portable and battery powered?

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Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Re: Dewalt 20Volt impact gun
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:14:53 PM »
but how does it prove the makita is better?  They both twisted the rod?

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:18:34 PM »
I aint touching that with a ten foot pole.  I am however excited that the temps will get into the 60s this weekend so I hope to get more hardi hung.  Although the chance of rain is high.

Bug-Out Bag and Camping gear / Re: Lights
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:07:12 PM »
So the real test of any company comes when you need service.  Fenix is a chinese manufactured lighting and as such I didnt have a great deal of expetations about getting a response from a web site contact form.  I have the HL50, a 365 lumen headlamp that I use extensively around the ranch/hide.  It is a small light attached to a headband with a bracket into which the light snaps into.  it is metal and the elastic headband threads through it.  My daugher broke the bracket into which it snaps and rendered it useless.  Well unless I rednecked it with duct tape.

So I reached out to the Fenix contact form and WOW! got a response in 24 hours with a quote for a replacement part.  I send them an email with my shipping information and I hope to have the $10 replacement part in the next week.

Just amazing for a low cost lighting company

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:49:05 PM »
I had a full license at 14.  My oldest is 14 now and I couldnt fathom her driving around Houston in this traffic.

Its a wonder I'm still alive

Bob, that's idyllic.  wow.

Wood, I have that book.  Just need to find it now.....

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:17:57 AM »
Good to know JR. I rented a Bosch chipping hammer (little bigger than that BDS) and it cost almost as much as buying that one.  Worked well for talking up tile.

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Already planning to go swimming in it??

Interesting point Bob and thanks for the perspective. I look back on tending the garden with my parents and grandparent with fondness.  At the time, not so much.

My kids are on board. I?m not forcing them but they get the importance of pitching in for something that benefits the family.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:55:57 PM »
Hmm. I like the way you think. Perhaps I can hold my whiskey with my left hand and just let the thumb soak In the glass

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:53:48 PM »
Tell me about the sprouts, Nate?  Good thing I?m not gay. I?d probably marry you.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:15:41 PM »
Thumb is fine unless I touch it.  Having trouble buttoning shirts and pants.  Almost made me pee myself yesterday as I held it too long and was having trouble getting my jeans unbuttoned.....

I probably ought to disinfect it, put some triple A on it and cover it, but I'm lazy

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:11:27 PM »
TRN, That looks like MN is September.  :cool:

Oh yeah!  Been there done that.  Had a presentation in the home office one day in September about 10 years ago.  Forgot my coat in the car at the airport and had summer weight slacks and a short sleeve shirt.  It was 9 degrees and snowing like mad.  I wasn't going to let the locals think I was panicked.  I slowly strolled from the car to the building across the parking lot as everyone else in parkas ran....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:47:33 PM »
Sam that's actually sleet.  Roads starting to get slippery and I think we have 1 sand truck for 600 square miles.......

Thanks Don.  I will say that I've learned a few lessons along the way.

1.  too much compost is not a good thing.  I now have an over abundance of phosphorous.
2. A soil test from a local ag extension is a must to prevent item #1
3. You really need support from your family to weed and harvest or it gets overwhelming
4. If I had to do over I would like the sides of the enclosure lift up or swing open to make harvesting and maintaining easier.  It gets crowded in there
5. If you are going to go organic, as I have, make sure you have a good resource on pest prevention.  By the time I figured out what was eating my stuff, I lost a bunch of it.
6. In my climate, I need to start seeds indoors well in advance to keep the costs down.  Project number 827 will be a greenhouse to start seeds in during the winter.  LED grow lights are really cheap and affordable nowadays compared to the big power hungry metal halide and high pressure sodium of the past.
7.  One side benefit of having the top covered in wire is that you have built in trellising.  I tie twine to the wire and then to the cages and train the plants up on it.

I still have lots to learn, mainly how to not get over crowded, what works in my location, etc.

On a side note, I ordered some of these


to keep on hand.  I'm a big fan of non GMO heirloom

As for the larger garden, that will be another learning process but I have commitment from the family to help and still plan on automatic watering.  As I contemplate retirement, I hope to have enough experience by then to have a high performing garden and orchard by the time I retire.  I figure I have about 10 years to figure it out.

And you don?t have a dedicated crew standing by each time you use it to repair the carnage inflicted.

I think I just got fired ....

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D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:32:18 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:

I look forward to having a glass with you one day.  I think I'll start planning road trips once a year to visit all you knuckleheads one at a time....

Oh and the end of the world is upon us.  Famine, pestilence, panic......

What is this stuff??

Hide Site / Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:27:07 PM »
So, Monday, we were off for MLK day.  I got started by ripping some wood for jamb extensions and then attaching them to the frame with biscuits glue and screws.  Now I have to figure out the sill extension but I can get to that later.

Then I started trimming the windows and door with hardie.  Based on my experience with the windows on the other side and some good advice from Jared, I started trying to figure out how to get better fittment of the hardie next to the windows, especially since the porch is the workmanship I'll have to look at most I wanted it to be right.

So I found that the hardie siding was really really close to being able to shim the trim out to the right depth so I ripped from siding 3 inch wide which allowed space for the protrusion of the window and flashing and allowed me to get the hardie right up to the frame and even recess the window in the trim about an 1/8 of an inch.  I still had to use the slightest of composite shim but it turned out really well.  I have 4 more windows to go  and 3 of them are high off the ground so there's that....

Once I got the trim put on the door and two front windows I had to stop and make a 3 hour trip to the pool guy again.....we were having some communication problems with the square footage of the decking and needed to work it out in person.

So with that said, it looks like I'm about to bury a brand new L5P Duramax in the yard...... 

Only thing left is to see if I can work him down on the cost to add a 14x24 slab for the outdoor kitchen while they are at it.

Oh well, I'll just smile and write the check and watch the family be happy.....

So its probably not productive to think about all the things I could do with with that money.....

turn-key 50x80 shop building....
Couple of nice pieces of hydraulic machinery....
3 pre 86 full auto NFA items....
but I digress.....

So I got back from the pool detour and had about 1 hour of daylight left and I was able to get most of the hardie up on the left side of the door and had to stop and pick up all my tools.  My AO there looked like the Red Dog had gotten into my shop and strewn my tools from one end of the yard to the other....  My shop is a disorganized mess and it drives my OCD crazy.....

I may run a crew next weekend to get the other two sides of the building finished quickly.  I need to get this thing done so I can start on the shipping container project which needs to be foamed with insulation at the same time.  Depends on whether the crew leader is hung over or not I suppose......  Weekend work for those guys is beer and girlfriend money....

or you are deploying a future democrat voter heaven

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:35:18 PM »
I?m scared to add up all the recipts for my casita build.  I?ll do it when I?m done but I bet I?m gonna be $60 a ft.

Shawn I was waiting for the right time to post this from my trip to Disney and thanks for the opening with the visual of the one handed burka dog paddle.

Here?s a little selfie action

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:21:56 AM »
basement???  whats that?  In texas that would be an indoor pool....

Stewie, great to see you back.  I got a 1/2 acre piece of land out front of our property that I plan to plant a big garden, fruit trees and berry bushes at some point....but I'm buried over in a building project that is going on 5 months now.....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:31:00 PM »
So today, I got the jamb extensions on the door and the hardie trim on the windows and door on the front of the casita and then had to go meet with the pool guy.  Looks like we are pretty close to getting a deal done.  My hope is that I can swing the slab for the outdoor kitchen in the deal.  they want 7600 for a 14x24 slab with flagstone laid on top. Hope I can get them down to 6000. That will shortcut a lot of work later.

Then I got about 1/3 of the hardie on the front of the casita before it got dark.  starting to look like a house..

Now its time to batten the hatches as we expect some sleet and snow....full panic is about to set in....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:54:30 PM »
Thinking about a well??

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:23:59 PM »
Today I learned that things slow way down when you get further off the ground.  Didn?t get started until after bible study and breakfast so got in about 5 hours worth.

Got too dark to take a final photo but finished the side up to the last course before it will transition to the hardie shake shingle in the dormer. Tomorrow I?ll start on the front under the porch.

Will have to rip some jamb extensions for the door, trim the windows and door and then get rocking. 

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:17:28 PM »
Sounds like a good time all around.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:27:05 AM »
Thanks guys. That?s a good idea Jared. I have fiberglass extruded windows in this project. So far I?m pleased with them.

Yeah so say a 3 inch piece of trex milled to about 1/2 inch would recess the window about 1/4 inch. Then I could cheat the hardie over to butt right up against the window. Next
Build ....if there ever is one.  Lol.

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Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:23:16 AM »
Sounds like a sale

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Hide Site / Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:46:28 AM »
So yesterday I started tackling the hardie plank.

Last week I put 4 new tires on the trailer.  Got rid of the chinese paper thin junk and picked up 4 goodyear endurance "merica" made tires with road hazard certs at discount.  I feel much better about towing that thing around with decent tires on it. 

I wanted to buy from my local lumber yard where I had been buying all my big lumber purchases, but they just couldnt get within $300 of the box stores.  Interesting that the box stores where identical in price (to the penny) on hardi plank and the prices varied from the stores in Houston to the stores in the Piney Woods of East Texas with Houston prices being cheaper.  So before work on Friday I went to Lowe's and placed the order with the contractor desk and picked it up about 1:30.  They don't carry the Hardie Shingle, interestingly enough, so I will have to get that elsewhere.  The plan is to have a little architectural interest and transition to the shingle panels on the dormer above the main roof line. (bonus: those shingle panels are 48 inches and easier to handle, me thinks)

So I really need to get some trailer brakes put on the trailer.  With 4500 lbs of weight on the trailer I was not confident towing that in rush hour traffic with the OBS truck and their mediocre brakes, not to mention my hydroboost is leaking and probably not working as well as it should.  Add that to the list of innumerable things I need to get to.

Yesterday, I stared at the building and the pile of Hardie for what seemed like an eternity....or about a cup of coffee worth anyway.....

then I stared at it some more and realized to eat the elephant, you must take the first bite.  The big side with windows and the dormer is the most critical since the roof transition needs to be flashed with the hardie and I want to make sure its 100% right.  Since its the hardest, as we like to say, eat the frog.  Do the hard part first and the rest will be easy..

The foundation is 3 1/2x11 7/8 glue lam and to minimize the visual height, since the walls are already 12 ft, I clad the base in smooth 12 inch hardie soffit and will paint it dark brown to give the illusion of a foundation and break up the expanse of hardie.  Since the tyvek runs all the way down I caulked the bottom of the tyvek to seal it then attached the hardie.

The sheathing is 15/32 plywood so it hangs out over the foundation by that much and because I want the hardie to completely cover the gap between the subfloor and the hardie soffit on the foundation, I needed to double the kickout course at the bottom.  Since the planks are designed to overlap at an angle,the bottom course has to have a small ledger piece ripped to keep the angle on the bottom piece.  because of the sheathing and because I was over lapping the siding to the foundation, I was attaching the kickout ledger strip on the soffit piece on the foundation which was already recessed 1/2 from the sheathing surface, so I had to double it up to get the correct angle.

Then I pre built the corners of 3.5 inch trim by fastening them together with 2 inch 16ga finish nails then attached them to the building with 2 1/2 inch 16 ga finish nails.  this assures perfect alignment of the corner pieces.

Then starting at the bottom I broke the first course halfway (24 ft building and pieces are 12 ft) and then staggered the joints in a pattern of stud wall spacing.  0,4,7,2 so that the joints were somewhat random and not just a stair step.

Then came framing the windows.  It took some figuring but because of the way the frame of the window sits I can't put the hardie completely flush with the frame so I'll have about 3/16 to caulk.  Even then, because of the flange and flashing, I learned (by having to go back and shim after the fact) that I needed to shim the vertical pieces so they sit flat.  Fortunately I had a bunch of composite shims left and simply shimmed out until the pieces were parallel with the wall and hit them with the nailer. 

So between all the figuring and remembering how to get started, and rebuilding the porter cable finish nailer, and re-stringing my chalk box, it was probably 10am before I started hanging planks.

Bought these gecko gauges which really make working alone a lot easier and keeps the courses much more accurate.  Well worth every penny I paid for them.  They are adjustable to set the reveal anywhere between 4 and 8 inches and hold the plank in place so you can use both hands to adjust and nail as needed.

Interesting, as much as I liked the shears, I'm still trying to figure out the accuracy of them, so I find myself going back to the saw, but having to put on the face mask filter is a pain.

So fairly drama free day despite being at or below freezing most of the morning I did this to my thumb trying to catch my falling 28ft ladder (did I mention that those class IA fiberglass ladders are heavy?).  Must of hit it on one of the square edged brackets, but it tore off skin and part of the nail.

In the winter, this side of the casita doesn't see any sun, so it was like working on the dark side of the moon.  With a 5mph breeze and no sun it was a bit chilly all day. 

So here is where I left it and I look forward to getting back at it today.  Will probably get to the eave and then start  working on the porch/front until I can get the hardie shingle for the dormer.....

Dave, I work for a very large company in the employer benefits business.  I lead a team of 45 people who sell and service our customers and I also work to develop new products and strategies.  I manage a P&L of about 2B in revenue and 100M in profit.  I've been with this company about 15 years.  My days are all over the map.  150 emails a day, several conference calls, a few in person meetings, lots of coaching with my team. Some travel for meetings and such.  Lots of in person external meetings with customers and brokers who distribute our products.  My college degree plan was electrical engineering but I stopped just short of finishing.  After 28 years in my field I like to say I have a masters degree from the university of get your a$$ a job

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:20:45 PM »

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:58:25 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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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:25:55 PM »
Got a little done. Re learning stuff I forgot made it slower. One I figured out my layout it started pickup up speed.

Then this kinda stuff happens and slows you down again

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Don,you've got me looking and I've looked at a few of those models and they have different lifting capacities.  Are their options for lift hydraulics capacities or is it just the different year models I've looked at?

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:50:23 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.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:28:23 AM »
Yeah, those won't make any noise on road.....

Better upgrade the stereo

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:54:26 PM »

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:37:40 PM »
ken, you're sharp as a log.....

Nice Don.  I have considered one and will look forward to your write up and opinons

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:19:12 PM »
Nate I watched Alton Brown show where he dry aged. What do you have in mind??

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