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Hide Site / My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:53:05 AM »
This will be a slow thread about transforming a 40+ acre heavily wooded property into my wife's and mine summer retreat.

The older we get the hotter it feels in southern Arizona.  My wife basically wanted a pool, or somewhere cool. I only liked one of those options.

Arizona, our state, does have some beautiful, northern,  high elevation areas,  but the nicest areas are still fairly warm in the summer,  and pretty expensive for acreage, and also dry.

My dream, like many others, was to head to Alaska,  but I knew that would probably never happen. The wife has been retreating to her sister's place in northern Idaho for the last couple years and kept telling me how nice it was,  and "there's water everywhere ". ..kinda like Alaska,  but half as far.

Fast forward to last fall and we ended up with some land close to the SIL, near the Canadian border.

D.O.T. / NOT a SpaceX Launch...
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:35:51 AM »
Guys, if you plan on cleaning your hydrogen tanks, please be careful.
ADULT content!!


Radio/Comms / Vehicle Mounted Cellphone Booster
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:33:06 PM »
I'm going to install this in my truck, mainly for my upcoming Idaho trip. The property we purchased doesn't seem to have service, and I need to see if a booster will work there. My wife needs internet for work, so if this works, I can plan on installing something similar in the future cabin. Also purchased the optional trucker antenna.

CIEMR / Need a Watch?
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:33:26 AM »

D.O.T. / Border Wall Funding
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:23:30 PM »
Interesting. Someone actually started a gofundme. Hopefully they get all the legalities worked out.


Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Grizzly Knife Grinder #G1015
« on: December 11, 2018, 05:16:04 PM »
So the grinder showed up yesterday,  and I came to realize that I didn't have a place to put it. 
I had this heavy rack that I cut in half to use as a bathroom sink "cabinet ", and the other half just taking up space. 
First,  the grinder itself:

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Hornady Bullet Cam
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:01:42 PM »
Not coming to a store near you....yet.


D.O.T. / Prius + Vulcan=fun?
« on: December 05, 2018, 10:28:53 AM »

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Propane Tank Forge
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:54:27 PM »
I built this a couple years ago,  found the pics,   and I'll try to remember the details.
First, started with a propane tank,  empty, with the valve out. I stuck a flame to the opening after it sat for a while,  and it still lit. Good thing it was a brown pants day...sorry no video of me screaming .
I tried to scrape the paint off after soaking it in paint remover, to no avail.
Welded on some brackets so it would sit flat.

Then carefully cut one end off, retaining the inside lip. This will become the door.

D.O.T. / The Booming Economy. Trump's or Obama's?
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:14:44 PM »
I don't know what I liked better, this guy's everlasting smile, or the silence emanating from the press pool.


Firearms / Walther P99
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:14:50 PM »
Not sure how I ended up with a plastic gun, especially a .40, but here it is.
.. and just my luck, the serial number prefix makes me think that I probably shouldn't put it in the safe with the other, straight guns.

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Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Important PSA
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:23:50 PM »

Parenting / Shawn Takes on School Board
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:22:49 AM »
I've never met Shawn in person, but I think I found a clip of him...he must have changed his name, and moved to San Diego tho:


Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / Hougen Magnetic Drill Press
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:18:43 AM »
Made my '18 tool purchase today, something that I've wanted for several years, and never had a use for.
I will give blame where it is due...his name is Farmer Jon. lol
...so, spent a couple weeks looking at different versions, and decided on one made in the U.S. It has a swivel base, coolant feed, and most importantly, a power feed setting. Hougen HMD927:

Annular cutters (9/16 to 1-1/16")

...and 1/2" drill chuck w/adaptor:

D.O.T. / Fleccas
« on: March 23, 2018, 02:28:47 PM »
If you're down, and need a smile, watch a couple of this guy's videos on antifa, or other riots...uhh, I mean protests.

Here's his latest "gun facts" video:


Firearms / Friendly Ultra Long Range Shooters
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:55:31 PM »
Stumbled onto this husband/wife team on the youtube from down under. He shoots, she spots, and lately they've been trying to break the 5000 yard barrier with a custom Cheytac 375.
In this video he adds a Charlie Tarac mirror system to the scope to gain as much as 400 moa of adjustment. I believe he also builds (and sales) his own muzzle breaks, along with a couple other goodies:


Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Fleetwood E3 Filon Roof Failure
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:24:29 PM »
I don't have enough heartache in my life, so here goes another project. A couple years ago I redid the top of this pop-up, when the outer layer (Filon) failed, by sealing the cracks with foamboard sealant/adhesive and a few hundred dollars worth of color matched bedliner.
It failed within a year. I covered it with a canvas tarp and pushed it out of view.

The backstory: Fleetwood (Coleman) switched from aluminum as the roofing material, to a "spaceage" product called Filon around 2006-07. It's a super thin fiberglass like material that is super strong. It first becomes porous (pin holes) then shrinks and cracks. From the forums I've read, they warrantied a few just before selling their pop-up division to a different company. That company went bankrupt and closed their doors.

I recently found out that a different company (somerset rv) started building the same trailer and it actually carries the same name, Evolution 3. I called them to price a new roof and was told that the roofs wouldn't interchange, and that I wasn't the first person to call, regarding the same issue. He (Kevin) says that the roofs are different (even tho they are built on the same plans?) and even with fab skills, no way to modify to fit. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't convince him to sell me one. He then said even if they would interchange, he had no way to sell me one. (I will add this company to the list...yeah, that list).
I want to document the rebuild here, whether it's a failure or a success, because I haven't seen one like this done on the web.

UTV's / Polaris MRZR 4-D4
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:07:15 PM »
I think I just found something I want, but can't aquire, nor afford.

Nate, Don, Sean, any one of you mil ex/mil guys pull some strings for me? haha

...oh, I would also like the tactical trailer as well. :)


edit: my bad, this is the one...a D4. It's the turbo diesel one

CIEMR / Military Convoys
« on: November 09, 2017, 09:36:29 PM »
I've noticed a large amount of Army vehicles headed towards Cali in the last week and just wondered if anyone has any insider intel that may be of interest. Just seemed like a larger amount than I've seen being moved around here before. I saw a couple large convoys of 5 and 10 ton trucks last weekend, heard about a couple more this week, and yesterday a 1 mile train carrying everything from ambulances to tanks passed through.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but who knows.

General Vehicle Related Discussion / John Holland Tractor/Backhoe combo
« on: August 27, 2017, 03:38:12 PM »
This is a story about trying to install a John deere backhoe on a New Holland compact tractor.
I got the 50hp tractor in '08 and plan to keep it , but the one thing I've always really wanted was a hoe. I was looking at a factory setup, and it was going to run close to $12k installed....half of what the tractor cost. The NH version is a combo 3 point/subframe setup, and sticks out several feet from the back (looks REALLY dumb, and low to the ground). Putting an aftermarket "decent" one on would still be close to $8k, and it would also be hooked up to the 3 point (less than ideal).
Well, this JD setup showed up in the paper a couple weeks ago, and the guy was asking $1700. It was their highest rated compact hoe a few years back (they have since changed the model slightly to accommodate a tractor with a cab), and they run almost 9k, plus mounting hardware. It's a quick connect setup that mounts directly to the tractor which puts it as far forward as possible, and is much stronger than the 3 point setup.

The slightly used hoe (the bucket is is not original to this hoe):

CIEMR / Black Rifle Coffee ad
« on: July 24, 2017, 11:25:26 AM »

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / DeWalt Flexvolt
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:16:52 AM »
I started swapping over my home tools to DeWalt a few months ago after my old Rigids started failing. Started with a drill, and ended up with a Chainsaw. I don't have pics of everything, but wanted to highlight the saw first.

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CIEMR / Clinton News Network in freefall
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:45:29 AM »
Most of us know that the Trump/Russia narrative is BS, but they keep pushing it. Maybe this will slow them down a bit.


CIEMR / WL Cyber Warfare
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:52:07 AM »
If you guys want a good look at what the c    I   a   has been doing, with NO oversight, read this from WL. They just released this this morning.
Note the parts pertaining to Iphone/samsung/android:


Our Heros, The "Hooah" or "Ooh-Rah" Place / General "Mad Dog" Mattis
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:06:25 PM »
Looks like the General is "in" as congress approved the waiver, allowing him to take the job as Secretary of Defense after only 4 years of living as a civilian, after serving in the military for over 40 years (for those that don't know you have to be a civy for 7 or more years before being allowed to hold SoD position). From what I've read, and heard, he seems to be a great leader. I feel pretty good knowing that he will be in charge of protecting our country for at least 4 years.

What do you guys think? Especially our current/former military guys? any thoughts?

D.O.T. / Trump wins Again
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:55:23 PM »
As of now, our president will be D. Trump with 304 electoral votes counted.

Good for us.

....Hopefully they don't try anything else.


D.O.T. / Democrats Stage Violence at Trump Rallies
« on: October 19, 2016, 09:40:43 AM »
You guys hear about this crud? Just caught some on the radio yesterday, but never saw it on my local news. Go figure.


Firearms / LR-10 .308 Build
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:43:03 PM »
I started off by purchasing a few 80% lowers, before they become non-existent, a couple being 308, and a few AR 15s versions. They were supposed to sit in the safe collecting dust, but then I realized that I needed a 308 to go with the 556s.
So, here's a billet 308 (top) and a forged 5.56, both in 7075 aluminum.

Firearms / DPMS Oracle
« on: July 21, 2016, 12:29:44 PM »
Can you guys give me some input on these? Just looking to stock up this weekend...they're cheap(ish), and readily available.


UTV's / Polaris Ranger Aluminum Bed
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:26:03 PM »
I started a new project a couple weeks ago. For those that didn't see (and didn't get a chance to poke fun at me), the new-to-me toy hauler I purchased last year , I bought one that had a 12' garage and then proceeded to stuff a 12.5' Ranger Crew in it. To make it work, I had to raise the roof/bed to clear the top of the ranger, and take the bed off to gain clearance length wise....kind of a pain.

This is what it looks like loaded up:

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Grill Build ('12 GMC)
« on: May 08, 2016, 08:46:14 PM »
No, not a cooking grill.
This has to be one of the most useless things I have ever done, but it was fun, and helped to get rid of some more chrome.
The nicer ones, with leds, go for 1000-1700 bucks. This one cost me about 100, and 5000 hrs of cheap labor.
First up, taking the GMC emblem off to give me a flat surface....:

...so I could lay out some cardboard:

Then pie cutting some 1.5" flat stock to make the compound bends:


This thread is for showing and reviewing tool boxes or fuel tank w/tool boxes.

This one came from Tractor supply, and it's made by DeeZee. I got real tired of throwing stuff in the back, unprotected:

some carpet for the inside:

..had to cut the jack to fit:

...got the shorter version to allow room for Jerry cans on either side:

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / OBA (OnBoard Air)
« on: April 29, 2016, 10:51:55 AM »
Here's a short thread on installing a York style compressor on a vehicle. There's a million ways to do this, and a million guys have done it in the past.
This is my version, on a '12 GMC diesel. I already have an ARB electric compressor pumping to a small tank that feeds the wireless air bag system and air horns. I'm added a second tank (2.5 gallon ?) under the rear passenger floorboard because that's the only space I have left. It's tied into the rear tank, and I left the accessories the way they were, just unplugging the electric pump.

I went with a "mini" york, a 206 model, because of limited space on a newer Dmax. They are about 2/3rds the size of a full size york (209/211):

...the previous setup. the black thing is the air bag setup:

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Seat Cover Thread
« on: April 29, 2016, 10:33:54 AM »
I've been wanting to protect the leather in my new-to-me truck for some time now. This ('12 GMC) is, in theory, the last truck I will buy and want it to stay nice for as long as i can.
I decided to try out these Coverking Tactical Ballistic Canvas Seat Covers from Auto Anything. They had 3 choices for color; Black, Charcoal, and cashmere....I picked the charcoal. They're as stiff as cardboard, but seam to be pretty tough, and come with Molle on the backsides.

The seats are light grey (almost white) with charcoal dash accents. The covers don't match anything, but after waiting a month and a half, they were installed anyway.

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / New TIG for the shop
« on: March 21, 2016, 05:10:58 PM »
Been wanting one for a while. This is a base model, but still inverter style....even came with a spool gun.

...the one I had originally picked out was almost 10k, and water cooled, but decided to hold back for the first time in my life.

D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 11, 2016, 09:43:53 AM »
Figured I'd start a useless thread for those of us that want to post up some projects that don't really want to start a specific thread.
I've been cleaning the shop yard for the last 2 months, adding storage (shipping containers) and what not. Found a Jacuzzi buried in the back, restored it and put it in the garage at home....yeah, exciting huh?
Got tired of cleaning and decided to run a sewer dump station for the rv at home....65' of digging, cutting 30' of driveway (concrete) and so on.
Murphy was along for the ride...pics to follow.

D.O.T. / Time to Relax
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:06:46 PM »

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Firearms / Crossbreed Super Slide Holster
« on: January 27, 2016, 10:31:50 PM »
I'm blaming Kyle for this purchase. That's right, it's his fault for talking up this company, so I just had to get a new holster for the Colt. I don't have much , uhh, well, cushion, so I went with a conventional OWB style.
I can't wait to break it in....because it should be named SuperStiff instead of superslide ! Oh, and it's the plain black cowhide.

D.O.T. / Sicario
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:42:06 PM »
Just watched this flick and thought it was pretty good. It shows the CIA using dirty tactics to take out some cartel.
Nate, have you seen it? Was curious if the base was really Bliss. They had a mission into Juarez from Bliss.

Firearms / Cerakote Coated Guns
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:24:44 AM »
I've never "painted" a gun before, but fixin' to try it out. My favorite pistol happens to be a 1911 commander series 80 in stainless. This is the pistol I carry while hunting in mountain lion country, and areas near the southern border of the good ole U.S., but it's very reflective. Time to tone it down.

We'll be using the C series Cerakote, which is the air dry version. It's slower...taking 5 days to fully cure, but supposed to be tough as nails.
The H series is an epoxy style coating that has to be baked. I chose the air dry version mainly because there's no mixing. Since hardener doesn't have to be added, you can return any unused coating back into the jug, so no waste. This stuff is expensive and I don't want to waste any. The C coating is also rated for higher temps....1200*f...not that my gun will ever see those temps.

..partial tear down:

...she's seen better days.

CIEMR / Cola Induced Late Morning Rant
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:14:48 PM »
You ever have one of those days?
I've been prepping the shop for some additional concrete, to extend our outdoor work space. This will be a 10' wide strip, about 60' long. It will end at a storage container, and a shed that I keep the pressure washer and steam cleaner in. I need to run power and water to the conex eventually, for lights and a swamp cooler, so I figured I'd take the newly repaired trencher and run some conduit under the future slab.
Right off the bat, I nailed the main water feed....3 feet away from where I thought it was:

...then a few feet away, and a couple hours later (after running to Lowes for pcv supplies and fixing the water) I found a live wire that feeds a yard light....on the opposite side of the shop 100' away!!!
The only way I new I had a problem was that I noticed about 100' of irrigation cable wrapped around the trencher (still not sure where it came from)

...that conduit comes out of the north wall, goes 10' north into the driveway, hooks a 90* west, then slowly curves in a large arc to the south, under my current slab...wth!!! (the marker paint was sprayed after the fact for pics)

Hand Tools, Power Tools, Welders, etc / New Lathe and Mill for the shop
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:09:02 PM »
I've been wanting these 2 tools, for myself, for quite awhile. My (work) tool budget allowed it to happen, but still had to keep it cheap to some degree. I'm not a fan of Anything China when it comes to precision, but don't have the time to restore a classic American lathe or mill either.
After some research, it appeared that Grizzly would be a decent choice for my price range.
They showed up Thursday, just as I was getting ready for my camping trip with the wife, so I didn't get to unbox them until today.

Here's the Model 9972z lathe. It's an 11x26 version (it has 11" work area and up to 26" long project)

...sitting on the pedestal :

Hopefully JR takes it easy on me!!

D.O.T. / Raptor Snow Drifting
« on: October 03, 2015, 07:43:52 PM »
Some guys have all the fun. This may be one of the only fords that I would consider owning:

Too bad I don't like snow.

CIEMR / Stupid Diesel
« on: August 14, 2015, 01:00:15 PM »
I felt like whining this morning so here it is.
I've been prepping the rv for its maiden voyage for about 3 months now,  and been scouting camp spots for a few weeks,  and yesterday was the day to hook up. As we topped one of the larger mountains on the route the truck temp hit 245 and started blowing Trans fluid out. Ugg
I pulled over and coolant was shooting out of the radiator, caused by the disintegrated fan shroud.

Thank goodness for the container of pepper in the rv.

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D.O.T. / Giddy.....not!
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:51:22 AM »
I've been turnin' wrenches for a while now, and over time, my love of cars has faded. There was a time when a 56 chevy would really turn my crank, or maybe an old studebaker truck cruising down the road would get my blood pumpin', but I confess, now I only think to myself "that poor sucker, I bet he spent 2 grand this year just keeping that thing on the road", or something to that affect. I have come to despise working on older stuff, soley because it's not very profitable, and most of the owners are tight wads.

...so, I thought my heart was dead for cars, until, this little gem rolled into my humble abode last week:

..then I opened the hood (trunk?) "what is that doing in there?" I asked the owner, while pointing at a small block vette engine. He responded "oh, I didn't tell you, it's a kit car".


Oh well, maybe next time.

Got some of these after readin' some good reviews on them. I will use them specifically for holding down the ranger in my trailer. They appear to be pretty heavy duty:

It'll be nice not having the extra webbing in the way. To use, you just press the little red button and pull on the strap until reaching the required length, then ratchet it tight like any other strap.

D.O.T. / The Race of the Century...or Who's Gonna Break a Hip
« on: June 29, 2015, 02:42:40 PM »
Just what the boss needed....more razzing! haha

I'm getting fired again, this time I'm sure of it.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / 05 Raptor toy hauler
« on: May 18, 2015, 11:40:30 PM »
Just thought I would show off my latest acquisition. I had plans for a toy hauler in the future, but ran across this one at a price I couldn't turn down. The 12' garage is 3" too short for my ranger crew, and the queen loft at the front of the garage needs to be raised 3" to clear the roof, but should be worth the mods.
It's 38' with 2 slides, w/15,800 gvw and 11,500 empty:

...arriving home:

extra pics:

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