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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: Today at 06:26:16 PM »
Time to finish FISH mowing around the pond!




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Fixed it for ya there BUDSy!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:59:56 PM »
Hang in there Cruz!  Praying for you-

Today, I finished the basement stairwell project. Painted the bead board in that process kicked my backside! On my knees up and down a bunch taught me that I?m starting to fall apart. My right knee goes numb almost like Novocain when putting pressure on it and then go to get up!   Two coats on everything and learned that painters tape isn?t worth diddly squat on textured floor paint. The other paint wet underneath the edge!  Laid down 24 inch squares of industrial carpet - peel and stick. Also learned I will never become a professional carpet installer - that was almost as bad as painting!  Measure, cut, swear, do it over again. Installed the last trim pieces on top of the carpet and called it done. Those tubs are full of dog food if you?re wondering.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:25:00 PM »
Glued the bead board to the concrete after trimming it to fit around angles of stairs. That?s why braces are along bottom etc.  The air powered Brad nailer is a great thing!  Tomorrow I?ll paint the new woodwork and trim, then put down peel and stick carpet squares for the landing.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:06:59 PM »
Crappy weather got to me yesterday so I tackled a project I?ve been thinking about for about 8 years. Switch back stairway to the basement had to ugly concrete walls one of which that wasn?t true with the drywall wall. Went to Lowe?s and got beab board, air nailer, caulk, grippy floor paint and went to town on it. Today I painted the steps repairing 18 years of dogs running up the stairs! Painting was done from bottom of the stairs up, standing on one painting the one below as there?s no way out of the basement other than the stairs!  What a pain-

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Build Threads / Re: Ramcharger Build
« on: June 13, 2018, 07:59:27 AM »
Well as fate would have it the guys daughter stepped up to the plate, at least enough to cover parts to redo what was lost.  Teaser in the rear view!

I?d hit the brakes- that guys following awfully close!

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D.O.T. / Re: Usa and North Korea
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:12:00 AM »
Deep State and Left Wing Loonies will NEVER acknowledge this as significant nor will they give Trump credit for anything.  Somehow, they will start giving credit to Obama and Bill Clinton as laying the groundwork for this event - they will give Denis Rodman credit for this before they give Trump ANY credit for this.  They'll be more likely to give HILLARY credit for this than Trump!

Ya can't fix STUPID!

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D.O.T. / Re: Fleccas
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:19:11 PM »
Hey HILLARY'S my joke, quit trying to ruin it !!! (SHE RUINED HERSELF)

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:38:22 PM »
Great news!  :likebutton:

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D.O.T. / Re: Fleccas
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:33:44 PM »
bahahahaha.

You ever heard of standing on a milk crate to work on rear ends, Mike? Maybe I should rephrase the question.   :shocked:

I'm starting to think that you grew up on a farm...... :grin:

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D.O.T. / Re: Fleccas
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:55:41 PM »
I call BS on that guy being Shawn......he couldn't reach the top of that rear-end Shawn had gigged up while welding the bracing etc........REALLY, you wear a YELLOW banana hammock when it's THAT size.....Shawn wouldn't make such a fashion faux pas!

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Ammo & Reloading / Re: Reloading for Bear
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:51:18 AM »
Impressive group there Bear!  100yrds?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:16:44 AM »
It?s not the chemicals that are bad, it?s living in California that is unhealthy!  LOL!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:26:07 AM »
TEX, has apparently read Nate?s new tag line......?Bourbon for those things I cannot!?  I?m venturing a guess that the poolside photo was of your second serving of said libation?

Just a suggestion Charles, but they do sell these things called string trimmers that might be better suited for the edge of the pond moving forward.

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CIEMR / Re: How to reduce gun violence/death
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:28:28 AM »
Zerohedge comment section, seems to a gathering place for people who've lived too long in the basement with their mothers or recently left the homeless shelters to visit the local library for some light reading and writing......morons!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 03:18:07 PM »
Nate?s in Nebraska there ?Jackpot?;  by the way how is your arm?

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:58:49 AM »
You didn?t say that the family camping trip was really cover for BACON FEST!

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:56:24 AM »
Wishing you and your family a great trip and hope all your work pays off for a trouble free adventure!

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D.O.T. / Re: 4 cents
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:23:01 PM »
Probably not for long as I?d bet she doesn?t have the money for it and a $.04 previous record doesn?t scream jackpot!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:20:48 PM »
Nice fish Mike!!
Smallies don't get that big in AZ., or should I say, I've never caught any that big in AZ.

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Thanks Ken!  This particular lake has a solid population of Smallies and Walleye, though the latter are difficult to catch. Hopefully some idiot doesn?t introduce Muskey to it!  Indians spear the crap out of the walleyes in this lake as it is gin clear. Been known to dump them in the woods at times just to be spiteful.

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CIEMR / Re: Obamaland
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:49:57 AM »
WHAT?  Charles, they don't actually think......they have fleeting impulses driven by a "something for nothing" mentality which is polished by the "instant gratification" nature of their existence.  "F... tomorrow, I'm living TODAY" and somebody else is gonna pick-up the bill!

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D.O.T. / Re: 4 cents
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:34:03 AM »
The article states that the woman intends to keep on fighting.......WHAT?  Can't really appeal a Lawsuit that's ruled in your favor can you?

Taxpayers can't fix stupid........but we STILL have to pay for it!  Maybe we can develop a FIX for helping STUPID flourish, multiply and grow?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:02:21 AM »
Last photos-

Son-in-Laws buddies about to throw for the first time-
(What do you call all those marks on the back wall? - Axe Holes!)

Daughter and Son-in-Law holding up shark hoodie from my son living in Oregon-

My "Girls"-

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:52:08 AM »
What I did over the past week:

Drove Duramax North to Eagle River area to help buddy open Cabin and decompress from our jobs as Art Teachers: Many good kids with more "Glass Lickers" added to classes every year!

Went fishing three late mornings with the following results; caught nothing but small perch, followed by LOTS/LOTS of Smallmouth the next two times!  Fished spawn beds and shorelines in between.  (Mine are bigger!)

Met up with a co-worker who has a cabin on the Three Lakes Chain that connects with the Eagle River Chain of Lakes and cruised on his pontoon boat looking at the Hoytee Toytee lake homes interspersed with the old school cottages.

With NO cell reception or internet up at the cabin, we drove into town to get "reception" to report a power outage from a storm that knocked out power for several hours and call for service on the "discovered" malfunctioning back-up generator.  Upon seeing Nates post further taunting me with the brisket/Maker's post, we "one up-ed" him with a lake side BBQ featuring LARGE glass of Maker's Cask Strength over ice.

Came home Friday, leaving our three dogs at the buddy's house for the weekend (last three days) and took off to Detroit to attend my oldest daughter's baby shower.  Took the Son-in-law and two of his buddies to a place called "Detroit Axe" a restaurant/bar in the middle of their "Gay Town" section where their "Pride" festivities were in full swing. Food was good AND they have competitive AXE throwing!  Picture of his buddies, hatchets and targets - it was a blast, but we made the Son-in-Law late for the shower, but I got to re-live racing days getting him there in less than 15 mins. for what usually is a 20 min. trip!  Would have been ON TIME if all the flamboyant drivers weren't all trying to have me rear end them for driving like a bunch of prissy old ladies!  Now heading out to pick-up the Bumpus Hounds from my buddies!


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:15:36 AM »
BOBBY - we will be running by Maplewood Meats when we head home Friday morning - probably around 8am - 10am, let me know if you are free and wanting to meet. (meat-up!)

I was working Friday morning, and just signed into here so I just saw this.

No worries Bobby, we went a different way home to avoid traffic and construction North of Milwaukee......to instead go through it West of Milwaukee! - LOL  We cried to discover Maplewood is closed on Sundays on the way up, but glad the view Sunday as sacred.

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Just returned from a long trip to Eagle River area of Wisconsin with NO cell service, so in the process of catching up with all the Realman shenanigans I?ve missed. Thermostats are functional with no issues so I?m calling this a success without Murphy showing his ugly face!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:00:16 PM »
Did the replacement of thermostats on the LML for the morning.  Cleaned up the garage putting things away, used my hillbilly broom (leaf blower) to clean it out.  Nate kept me laughing working on the truck with texts and then shows me BACON with Makers Mark in the background.  This was a bad influence, as I had a beer and a sandwich about 10:45am.  Then mowed the back yard, bagging it (rarely do i do so) to make it pretty and get rid of the hay that's accumulated since the rain, sun, rain cycle that had it growing like crazy.  Leaving out of town for the week, so I'll need to rely upon the Mrs. to do it at least once.  We had an air quality warning today due to 88 degrees etc. - I must be getting old, cause I could feel it while chasing the mower around at 1pm, wearing a black shirt and light jeans.....'naw that didn't have anything to do with how I felt!  I then cooled off in the shade with another beer.  Then commenced to pack for upcoming adventure!  BOBBY - we will be running by Maplewood Meats when we head home Friday morning - probably around 8am - 10am, let me know if you are free and wanting to meet. (meat-up!)

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Firearms / Re: Walther P99
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:33:25 PM »
I'd return it......or send it to JR out on the Left Coast.....probably sell for a premium in SF!

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I reinstalled the upper radiator hose and clamps making sure everything was firmly in place. At that point I refilled with anti-freeze; burping the upper radiator hose to remove as much air as possible and getting as much new coolant in as well.   

I then took the garden hose - just natural pressure and wet everything down from the top of the engine to remove as much antifreeze from everywhere including the skid plate.   I paid particular attention to the belt and pulleys of the serpentine belt per Ken‘s instructions!

Started it up waiting to see it come up to temperature and make sure anti-freeze was at the proper level. Took it for a test drive with no issues.  I noticed that the temp was in the correct range again - it had been running around 165 degrees previously, indicating that one of the suckers were stuck open I guess.  I also ran it through the car wash to remove any other residual anti-freeze. Besides the truck was dirty! The blue tape was painters tape that I used to mark a couple bolts that weren't interchangeable.

 Last picture are all of the tools I used including a wooden step stool so I didn’t have to lay on top of the engine. I guess only Don has that problem because he’s tall enough to actually stand there and reach over. Being shorter I guess has its advantages?

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 Remove both old thermostats and scrape any residual rubber from the housing.  I also used a Scotch-Brite pad to clean that surface as well.  Install the two new thermostats - the shorter one with the brass backflow devices go into the back most hole. The taller of the two goes in the front.  I carefully set the upper thermostat housing in place while again pulling forward on the fan shroud mount to keep the protrusion out-of-the-way. Once that all was in place I gently wiggled everything around to line up the holes.  I then installed 4 - 13 mm bolts and loosely tightened them in place. I used my hand to do this and the 13 mm socket on a long extension. I left enough play so I could again wiggle everything to make sure that the thermostats were in their correct depressions. Once that was done I tightened everything up using a crossing pattern and torqued them to 18 foot pounds.

I then reinstalled that gizmo clip and installed the gizmo into said clip.  Then I put the oil fill tube back in place after cleaning it up. I removed the O ring and a lubed it using dielectric grease, slid it home and reinstalled the bolts.

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 At this point you should try to remove some additional anti-freeze from the now accessible thermostat housing. Go in from the point where you just remove the hose. Of course I say this having not done it myself!  If you don’t, antifreeze spills down over the top of everything. Luckily I blocked off the oil fill hole - otherwise anti-freeze would enter the engine!

 Give the housing a firm smack with your hand to loosen it at this point, while pushing back on the plastic fan shroud mount (toward the front of truck. There is a plastic protrusion that goes into a hole along side the upper 13 mm bolt removed earlier.  This will now spill some more anti-freeze because you can’t get it all out.

Once removed you will see the thermostats stuck to the upper part of the housing - notice the two brass backflow valves (red arrow) on the rear most thermostat.  These must be in the back most hole on top of the block with the two backflow valves oriented to the back of the engine. The left yellow arrow is where the spring clip for the expensive gizmo and the right on is where the bolt from the fan shroud and the plastic protrusion reside.

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 Take a large pair of channel locks and grip both parts of the clamp holding the upper radiator hose to the thermostat housing. Of course it?s going to spill some but not too much anti-freeze. I then took a piece of bailing wire and wired the upper hose back out of the way with the added benefit of keeping coolant from for spilling everywhere.

 The second photo shows all the 13mm bolts you must remove (5) to access the thermostats.  Some are hidden in the photo but the arrows point to where they?re located.

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 Now you want to pump anti-freeze out of the coolant reservoir. I used this pump to remove about 1 1/2 gallons.  I also milked the upper radiator hose - squeezing & releasing repeatedly to pump more into the reservoir for removal.

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 Here are two photos that illustrate what I?m talking about and a method to help avoid doing so.  Of course I dropped it on reassembly! Luckily it fell down into the skid plate holding all of the spilt anti-freeze!

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 Then you remove 2-13 mm bolts holding the oil fill tube to the block and thermostat housing. Be careful not to drop the lowest one down on the block.  The lower white arrow, is holding the Fan Shroud in place and to the right of it is the plastic protrusion that indexes with the thermostat housing.

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 First you need to remove 2-13 mm bolts holding the fuel excess gizmo.  You fold that back out of the way and then pull the expensive looking gizmo out of the spring bracket.

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Finished in about 1 1/2 hours -  started after 8 AM to be more neighborly, had a couple cups of coffee, did some prep work and then put some clothes on and went out to attack the beast.  Not too difficult but glad I did the prep work.  Videos online show all older versions of the Duramax and not the LML forward.

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To make Charles feel better about Nate breaking his "reward truck" budget......I bought 200+ dollars of tools I won't probably need for this operation since I based it upon some video of how to do this on previous evolutions of the Duramax!  Nate sent the links.

Large 1/2 drive long armed ratchet, off set ratcheting box end wrenches (metric & standard), universal joints for each drive size, extensions that will probably be just an inch short for each application, and a torque wrench!  What can I say, Sears was having "sales" on Crapsman stuff!

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Waiting for a neighborly hour to fire up the compressor and tools, so I?m putting some pictures up so you all can use this for instructional purposes - either what to do or NOT do!  That?s waiting to be determined!

So, first up, is the dreaded CODE thrown on my way to the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for this year, with the plan of trucking off to the North Woods with my buddy Ray, tomorrow morning......isn't that always the way!

Second image shows areas of concern/operation!  Green = hefty hose clamp to be loosed so I can spill coolant all over everything (see third photo for preparations to address that event).  Red = Fuel System Port? (Ken alluded to that previously).  Yellow = Oil fill tube; either gets loosened or removed - we'll see!  Blue = some electronic gizmo clamped and mounted RIGHT where the bolts are to remove the thermostat housing.......ENGINEERS!  This appears to be a spring clip of sort, but rather stout looking so I envision me trying to remove it and busting something....knuckles, wires or something important and expensive!  I should mention, that a search of the interweb shows no easily available service manuals etc. of the LML Engine and it's lay-out!

Third image is my preparations for a coolant storm, predicted to hit anytime during said operation!  Green oval = two totes for under shelf of my dog area in truck cap, taped together since if left separate, will certainly allow coolant to hit directly between them!  Red = mobile container to try and avoid the previous preparations being necessary.....year right!  I'm predicting entertainment for Nate, Ken, Charles and Shawn, while Don will understand and feel my pain while the rest giggle politely in the background!  Notice this is being done OUTSIDE of the garage, so I can hose down the mess easily...some trick of the trade that Ken mentioned!

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:23:53 PM »
Today was last day of work so I have not cut into it. Went and purchased everything I needed so I can get at it first thing in the morning. Busy looking at planning my attack!

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:46:47 PM »
LOL - mechanic tricks - charge manual specified time rate, perform "south of the boarder" technique and "detail" the engine for the customer!   :grin:  :likebutton:

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Share Your Recipe / Re: what's for dinner tonight 2
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:52:48 PM »
Whooo, and here I thought you made baked Alaska or a REALLY high rising meringue!

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:49:56 PM »
Thanks Ken - I've been looking at it too, scratching my head, buying tools I now probably don't need.....based off on-line video not realizing it was for an earlier model.  At least I'm prepared for replacing the serpentine belt sometime later!

Does anybody know how I'm going to bleed the coolant system of air upon reassembly?  I'm not spotting a bleed nut - only what I think is the fuel test port (tube with black cap that reminds me of an A/C service port.

I'm thinking I'll pump about 2-3 gallons of coolant out of the reserve tank hoping to avoid anti-freeze everywhere when i break the hose/housing loose.

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:34:09 PM »
 I got a question on the serpentine belt tensioner. Do you just simply put a breaker bar in there and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it? Or is there a nut and bolt that needs to be loosened set the tension and retighten that Notten bolt? It appears online video show you just put a breaker bar in there and turn it the correct way to take tention off the belt and then reverse that process and it locks in place on its own. Do I have that correct?

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:50:24 AM »
Take bolts out, remove t-stats, install new ones, put bolts back in, add coolant, rinse.

Jeez Mike, need someone to hold your hands?  :)

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You can type  awfully well for one armed mechanic! You know it?s more involved than that you rascal!  I?m trying to avoid the one-day project turning into three!

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Re: SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 09:33:35 AM »
Can you give me the Cliff Notes version of what I?m gonna have to tear down?   Or is it something that I would have seen in the thread on see Max while you were doing the fuel pump?

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General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / SOS Thermostats
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:35:51 AM »
Truck through a cold this morning and now have to replace thermostats.  Ken-Don et al; how big job is that on LML?  Is it something I can get done in a day without any difficulties?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:40:51 PM »
Charles- drive them both and compare SBS & you?ll know......

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D.O.T. / Re: Fleccas
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:15:29 PM »
Essentially, they?re celebrating her for doing what Heidi Flice did- though Flice sought money up front and this whore wants MORE money via others.  California is one messed up place on the level with Sodom & Gamora

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Cooking equipment / Re: cast iron electrolysis bath
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:47:36 PM »
Mmmm' good enough to eat off of!  Waffle - waffle.......old commercial (waffle wiffer)

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The comments section is filled with lunatics spewing hate and rhetoric......

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