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Hide Site / Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: Today at 03:14:07 AM »
That mud in the last photo? There's 12" of large rock next to it...just didn't smooth the side out.
4 properties can potentially use that easement, but only one past my property and doesn't plan on building.

We hooked a few smallies,  this one the largest,  about 2 lbs.

Hide Site / Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: May 23, 2019, 09:27:52 PM »
Sam, buddy,  you Canadians do math different...like a metric 7 is actually 5 in the states? ;p
Told the guys we would fish and screw off on Friday and go home Saturday,  but 90% chance of rain tomorrow.
Doing some fishing now...lake Pend Orielle.

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 23, 2019, 01:41:48 AM »
Doesn't help him much, that you have those,  if he doesn't.

Hide Site / Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: May 23, 2019, 01:19:34 AM »
Finished the gate today,  at the southern property line.

Started hauling 3/4 minus today...5 more loads and still hauling after we left. Sidenote...not used to daylight from 4am to 9 PM. Difficult to sleep in after having a drink or 2.

Felled a dead fir leaning over the road.  First "real" tree I've ever cut. Still only about a 20" base.

Might get rid of the yellow sign. It was a last minute purchase but doesn't fit the situation.

Hide Site / Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: May 23, 2019, 01:07:47 AM »
Shawn,  when we walked it last July,  the mosquitoes were bad. Her sister said is was worse than normal.  The grass and other ground cover was like a foot tall everywhere,  that's why I took the brush hog. Waste of time because it's only a couple inches tall right now,  and very few bugs. Did find a tick yesterday tho. Yuck

Dave,  property is about 2500'. Well next door is 240' @25 gallons/min.
SIL hit an artesian a 1/3 mile away tho. They had to build a pond to relieve the excess pressure.
Easement to the uphill driveway is about 1/4 mile..maybe a little more .

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2019, 01:15:07 PM »
Yeah, just making it so a drill rig can make it up the semi steep driveway.  That's the next investment..a well.  Then it's going to be a while trying to fund the casa. Might have to sell my old house.

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. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2019, 09:33:16 AM »
Didn't wanna start a thread because after the rock work, I may not be back for a while....but will anyway for posterity.
JR, ended up too steep for the kind of fabric he had on hand.  We shaved 6" of mud off and left about 4". That big stuff settled in pretty good...its shale..

Turner, let's call it 40+ and no fence.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:33:30 AM »
Thanks Dave.  You gonna change out the hydro lines while it's there? I'll even throw in a grand cash. Lol

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:30:59 AM »
12 loads of rock so far,  at 12 tons per.
8 on the easement (2") and 4 on the uphill driveway (2-6"). Still need another layer on the easement,  and a few loads of 3/4" on the driveway.  Probably 22 loads total . Chaaching

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:24:13 AM »
Passed by a shed lot today and purchased this 6x8 so I can leave some tools behind.  Might leave the excavator also but haven't decided yet.
..and no, it's not an outhouse like my wife assumed, but it did take a few hours to set.

Build Threads / Re: 74 w200 cummins crew cab build
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:17:05 AM »
Yeah the company that owns Napa is Gmb, or something like that,  and they bought out Merles last year,  but they plan to keep them separate. Napa is franchise, but still big company backed.

Build Threads / Re: 74 w200 cummins crew cab build
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:52:03 PM »
I do have that a/c crimp tool. Its handy, but, the local parts houses where I by the hose and fittings also crimp them for free. Here, Merles and Napa ( Napa now owns Merles)

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:11:28 AM »
You wouldn't need to run fluid to the caddy caliper once it was pressurized.  I believe those pistons don't retract after closing the pad gap. ..they have a threaded ratchet type mechanism and iirc the ebrake lever is adjustable..a splines shaft. Been a while since I dealt with those...same as vette.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:04:07 AM »
JR, speaking of rocks, I put a boulder here to keep quads from going around the new gate. Amazing how much that mini x can lift.  That thing is 5' across.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:52:51 AM »
Get to cuttin' JR !!

Build Threads / Re: 74 w200 cummins crew cab build
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:46:52 PM »
Wow, what a project. 

That VA a/c setup is about twice as good as factory.  Good choice.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:36:33 PM »
Ken, don’t worry the green won’t last..... once it goes away you get blinding white for a few months!  :popcorn:
My rock guy lives down in the valley below my property.  He showed me how much snow he had..it covered the window on an old shack..about 10'.
I asked him if my place got the same and he said double this winter. Would explain why we found a few elk and deer skeletons that weren't there last August.
First 2 pics are us working the driveway that goes up to a small clearing, from the easement.  We were going to make one angled up at a slight grade but turned out to be too many trees. 
Last pic my friend running an excavator for the first time,  building a spot for a well.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:46:21 AM »
Just simply amazed with all of that green.  Look great Ken

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I’d bet he is too. Especially compared to the large lack of it down here.
Kabota works great.  We lucked out with a new one..only 70 hrs...but dang thing still beats you up just like the old ones.
My eyes hurt from the green...seriously.  lol

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:59:35 AM »
Happy birthday Jon.

Pipes sounded pretty good from here!

I can get cell signal at the property with the truck cell booster now,  but no internet..so can't check the forum until we get back to the rented casa.

Started on the easement today.  Rented a skid steer to make life easier.  We stripped the mud from the top and found a decent base. The guy that delivered the rock said we could go with 2" shale and no fabric.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 19, 2019, 09:04:04 AM »
Finally made it to Idaho.  Just slept 12 hours after dropping the trailer off at the property.  It's a muddy mess.
Last pic is the place we're staying at.. it's pretty nice.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 18, 2019, 02:56:33 AM »
I know it's late but finally rotated drivers after 16 hours...barely hitting SLC now...about 1/2 way there.  Man I must have aged since the last road trip..back, feet, neck..everything is sore. Lol
JR, we went through parker (where we found the best small tire shop in the state), went around Vegas (another hiccup in the journey), and taking the 15 all the way up.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 17, 2019, 04:29:23 PM »
Luckily this place has 5, F rated tires

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 17, 2019, 04:14:47 PM »
Thanks  guys...200 miles in and already lost 2 tires ..only 2 years old and cant handle 65mph and 14k

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:45:45 AM »
Packed in tight and ready to leave.  Yeehaw

Construction and Building / Re: Engineering Help
« on: May 16, 2019, 03:16:34 PM »
^^ seen that done before.  Sucks to use any natural wood tho, for maintenance reasons.  Also Glue lam doesn't check and let moisture in

Site Help / Re: Restore
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:40:38 AM »
Good job Nate.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:39:44 AM »
How long did it take to cut all those holes?

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 11, 2019, 04:12:45 PM »
Size of the rock Dave, not thickness.

I have watched quite a few vids on building driveways in wet climate. ..much different than around here and what I've done before. ..much more work.

Bob, AB, or ABC is basically crushed fill, like up to 3/4"...compactible.
I plan to make water drainage because it is on a slope, between 5 and 800 feet long depending on terrain. The gravel guy bought fabric for someone else and they fell through so he will give it to me at cost..$340 for a 400 foot roll (he has 3)...forgot to ask how wide it was. The road will be about 12' in theory.

Sam, why oh why do you do that when I'm hungry!!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 11, 2019, 12:46:08 PM »
Bringing my "road base" conversation over here from Dave's thread.
Bob..so you agree with the guy that told me 4-6" rock? Would you put dirt on top of that or go straight to gravel...I was thinking maybe some AB, then 1" on top. Again,  I haven't dug into it to see what kind of soil it is, yet.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 11, 2019, 01:26:14 AM »
Forgot to mention my thumb won't hardly work with that new 12" bucket I posted before.  The tines hang past the  teeth about 6". Lol...didn't realize there was that much difference between compact buckets or I would've looked for something more compatible.

Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: May 11, 2019, 01:18:33 AM »
What's considered road base in your neck of the woods Dave? I have to decide what to use when I get to Idaho next week.  Local guy said I was going to need 4-6" base on top of fabric on my property.  I was thinking 2-3" but haven't started digging yet to see soil condition.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 11, 2019, 01:13:16 AM »
Sounds like a lot of fun Tex.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:27:22 PM »
I know the custom thumbs are specced out for your machine...like length of tines and spacing depending on the bucket teeth spacing.  The thumb tine length is pretty important ...that's why I didn't get a weld on, because if it doesn't hinge off the bucket pin, the geometry gets screwy through out the range of the bucket.
That being said,  I've seen a few utube guys using them ...also seen the non hydro stationary ones work..just depends on how good you want it to work imo.
Just trying to help you spend money.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 10, 2019, 04:54:15 PM »
Mine's had water in the tires since new (11 years). I wonder what they look like inside. :(

I think my box is 5', not 6, and it will stop the tractor in it's tracks at times (50hp) and other times I have to add weight to it so it will cut. The rippers just skip on mildly hard dirt....but mine doesn't have power down, which sucks when trying to auger holes.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:02:14 PM »
Clamp on forks are ok for light duty, like 600lbs...easy to bend the clamps,  and they tend to swivel side to side and come loose.
I ended up with a Bradco quick connect fork...got a good deal..600, normally 900.
I searched quite a bit for a good thumb.
I spent 1625, but it's a piece of art...3/4" ar500, pins, hoses, and a larger ram (2-1/2" iirc)...Showtime Fab if you're curious. Great guys to deal with.

this place has great deals: https://www.ebay.com/i/323799528139?rt=nc&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3Dcb9e86e0f30f451fa3f93cedd714625a%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D30%26sd%3D202660502979%26itm%3D323799528139

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:40:01 PM »
Trying to understand why the backing plate won't work.  Can't you just trim the center hole? Or was the offset different?

Good one hippy boy.
Right color also.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: 2012 DMax P20B9 code
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:49:14 PM »
Choices are getting limited, but I still use Kory on occasion. Not sure how you would pass testing tho. Don't they probe the tail pipe now, or do a throttle snap test?

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:45:12 PM »
Here’s another thought, maybe Don should drive within limits of suspension.  :rolleyes:

 :facepalm: That has to be the funniest thing you've ever said. You remember who Don is, right?

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:28:20 PM »
Charles, try not to compare your 1 ton with a 18k gvw rear end to a top heavy burb, that will take a few mountainous sweeping turns on his trip, but with the bar, probably wouldn't notice...almost as good as having 2 extra tires.

 Standing firm, maybe slightly hunched over,  on this one.

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 3
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:07:19 AM »
Guess I won't be a camp host in Idaho for you if you're leaving that late. I'm leaving next Friday.

I would rethink teeing those air springs together. Your anti-roll bar will be working overtime.

UTV's / Re: Quad vs UTV and why?
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:01:06 AM »
If you get an aftermarket clutch, they can brake the engine. pretty sweet. I hated running mine in rough terrain before adding the clutch. They freewheel at idle so you have to power brake on decents to keep the clutch engaged. Not the end of the world, but irritating none the less.

UTV's / Re: Quad vs UTV and why?
« on: May 07, 2019, 12:50:16 AM »
A bad belt will surely cause it in one of those,  plus the older ones vibrate bad when they are new. ..both pistons travel together instead of opposing. Weird.

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: May 07, 2019, 12:45:47 AM »
Prayers sent guys.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 06, 2019, 10:09:17 AM »
Dave, don't much care about how you're blinding the neighbors,  but sure am interested in the D11r sitting in the front yard.
What was wrong with your truck?

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:51:06 PM »
That's some nice looking wood Charles. (Be nice)

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:48:05 PM »
It's funny, I've watched some utube construction videos with people complaining about too much water, how springs on their properties are a nuisance,  and people like us around drier areas dream of having them. 

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:33:34 PM »
That wasn't directed at you JR. But yes,  that would be a gift for sure.

Hide Site / Re: New Land
« on: May 05, 2019, 11:48:50 AM »
Serious question doofus...
Thought that you might have a spring .

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