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Construction and Building / Lumber organization ideas
« on: October 21, 2019, 08:24:20 PM »
Im in the process of organizing the garag, with the intention of dedicating a portion to my “shop”, probably about 16x30 area. As you can see in the pictures below, I’ve got a lot of lumber and flat goods that need to be organized. Just looking for some ideas. I’ve got some shelf brackets that I was thinking of using to just stack everything along the walls horizontally. However, figured I would lean on all of the experience here on the site to see what you all thought. Most of the vertical ones in the first picture are 8 ft long 2x6s. I’ve also got an assortment of 4,8. And 14 ft long 2x4s and other miscellaneous bits.



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Construction and Building / The Other Dave’s house
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:15:04 PM »
Thought I would start my own thread about the house we moved into two years ago. We’ve already done some work on it, but I’ve got some more projects I’m getting into and I figured it would be good to have somewhere to ask questions and get input(besides from my wife, even though that is the only real input that really matters).

So first off, a little background: in September of 2107 we moved into this house. It is about 5400 square feet , about 4900 is on the ground floor and 500 is in a single upstairs room.  From what I’ve gotten from the son of the previous/original owner, it was built in early 80s. The majority of the framing is 2x6 except for a few interior partition walls. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths.
It also has a 6000 sqft garage attached that has two half baths in it.

There is also a 1000 sqft guest house, one bedroom one bath with garag and basement space under it.

All on 63.6 acres of beautiful Kentucky land.
Attached are floor plans of the house and garage, as well as a layout of how it all sits together.   


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Tech/Electronics / Seek Thermal Compact
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:36:06 PM »
I decided to order one of these for an early Christmas present for myself. I’ve been wanting one for a while and was originally looking at the Flir One for the iPhone. I decided on the Seek compact as it was over $100 less, and it has a higher thermal sensor resolution(206x156 vs 80x60or 160x120).  I plan to use it for home improvements(insulation validation, air infiltration...) and for outdoors fun(watching the deer at night and chasing kids around).

It was well packaged and in perfect condition. 

It comes with a waterproof carry case for when it is not in use as can be seen in the picture. I played with it a little bit after unboxing. I can tell you one thing so far, it greatly speeds battery drain on your phone. That is one downside of the Seek vs the Flir. Flir Pro has an internal battery which would definitely be handy if you are planning long thermal imaging sessions. However, as this is my first foray into thermal optics, I chose to go the parasitic power route and just plan to keep my Phone’s battery charged up before use.

Here is a picture of my kids using the computers for schoolwork.  I’ll come back after some more use and update my review to give you more useful information.   Let me know if you have any particular questions and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.



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General Vehicle Related Discussion / 1986 K5 Blazer
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:45:24 PM »
So I had to drive the blazer for a week or so while the Honda Odyssey was down waiting for radiator and fan replacement. It highlighted some issues that need to be resolved. Just for some background, it’s got a 5 liter v8 with a 700R4 transmission and NP208 transfer case, and sits on 3/4 ton axles front and rear. Here are the issues I noticed over the couple days I drove into the office 60 miles each way.
1)  engine was boiling the coolant out and onto the overflow. Think I may have a stuck thermostat.
2). Transmission is leaking some and not shifting very cleanly/consistently. This tranny was rebuilt maybe five years ago, I’m doubting the quality of the rebuild.
3). Vibration/groaning on letting off the gas pedal at higher speeds. Seems like it might be coming from the driveshaft area, but not sure yet.
4). Steering is loose/has a lot of play in it.
5). Brakes tend to be a little touchy, I’m guessing it has to do with the large drums in the rear on the   14 bolt FF axle.

My goal is to get the truck into a condition where daily driving is possible and even comfortable. Optimally, it would be solid enough for my wife to be comfortable driving it. We’ll see how it goes.

I don’t have any set plans at this point and I’m open to ideas and suggestions.  I’ll try to keep this updated as work gets done.




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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Compact/utility tractor thoughts
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
I'm on the verge of needing a tractor. What with the imminent move to our new 63 acre plot o God's country here in Kentucky, I'm looking to purchase a decent size tractor to maintain/beautify the place. I'm thinking 4x4, front loader, 30-40 hp or so, going to need a bush hog and possibly a finish mower, as well as a box blade to maintain the gravel drive. From what I've seen and read, I've looked at the L series compact utilities from kubota, as well as several different John Deere models. What are your thoughts, experiences, dreams and inspirations in this matter that can guide me(or not) in this decision.

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Firearms / Flash survey - what did you CC today
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:22:47 PM »
Thought this might be an interesting topic to see what everyone carries on a given day. More curiosity than anything else and it's a good way to get a feel for what works for different people.

I'll start, today I'm carrying a Ruger LCP in .380 with Hornsby Critical Defense rounds in it. Not the biggest i can grab, but the most convenient for in the pocket.

The range is clear, fire when ready.

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Firearms / Optics for an AR
« on: March 09, 2017, 11:00:55 AM »
I'm thinking of spending a few dollars on new optics for my AR. I can shoot steel sights pretty well and have shot with a cheap red dot on it for a while, but I understand the benefits of a good optic. I am considering the Aimpoint PRO because they are fairly dumb proof and have a battery life of about three years if you believe the literature. I don't mind lesser known/smaller brands as long as they are proven.  I've looked at Trijicon but the price is quite a bit more.

Any thoughts on the subject would be appreciated or any experience good or bad with any particular optics.

Thanks inadvance and God bless

Dave

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CIEMR / BSA.allowing transgendered kids into their programs
« on: January 31, 2017, 09:08:51 AM »
I really don't know what to say,except that sadly I knew it would happen, just a matter of time. I've got five boys, two that are old enough to be in scouts and this makes me uncomfortable.  Especially when you start talking about campouts and extended scout camps, the risk of something either happening or just the accusation of something happening is too great. Not to mention confusing our young men when they are at a most vulnerable stage of their development. Don't get me wrong, I feel horrible for the already confused youths that have been misled and confused by their parents and society.  But this isn't going to help anything except protect their delicate sensibilities and give rise to additional opportunities for the money grubbers(lawyers) to take someone else's hard earned money.

Maybe I'm off base, I don't think so, but I trust that you all will set me straight(?) If I am.

Dave

PS.:  no coffee was ingested prior to this rant, so take it for what it is.

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Firearms / keltec KSG 12 guage
« on: January 24, 2017, 10:20:15 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with the keltec KSG?  Local gun store is running a specials on them for $550 this weekend, normally around $900.  Ive read some about them and they have piqued my interest.

Any info would be appreciated. 
Dave

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Site Rules & Introductions / Hello from Northern Kentucky
« on: January 01, 2017, 12:43:27 AM »
I was at Costco the other day and saw a nicely built black Chevy truck and trailer.  The truck had "Real Man Truckworks and Survival.com" stenciled on the side, the rest is history.  I'm a husband, father of nine, provider, protector, Christian constitutional conservative, and I like everything I've seen on the site so far.  I am an Air Force veteran, but don't hold that against me, I know which end the bullet comes out of the firearm.  I've got a 1986 K5 Blazer that is always in need of some TLC.  I'm sure you'll learn more about me as time goes on.  Hopefully I can add some interesting facts or at least a different point of view to some conversations.

Thanks,
Dave

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