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  1. This issue does not lie with the jet unit. Converting a prop outboard to jet involves removing the prop lower unit and replacing it with a volute, impeller and foot. A jet does not have a gear case oil reservoir like a prop lower unit. There is a grease nipple and the unit has to be greased after each use but in now way shape or form would this cause 2 cycle oil to discharge into the exhaust. The outboard issue should be relatively easy to diagnose and fix. Taking a step back, I'd like to know more about the hull itself. Slapping a jet unit on an outboard does not give you a true river jet boat. The hull should be jon-style or modfied V at most. The hull should be welded, not riveted and be at least .100 thick. Does the hull have a tunnel and raised transom? A center console rig is infinitely preferable to a side console as you can stand up and see what's ahead of you. With a side console, you're sitting down and can't see very well. Things can go very wrong, very fast in a river. The Susquehanna has these things called ledges which will tear a hull apart. I sold my Rockproof because work was getting in the way, however, that thing was built with a .192 hull, hull-length C channel and .5" UHMW on the hull and sides. Even driving that thing, rivers scared the **** out of me. I'm back to a lake boat. Snyder builds a great boat as well but there are issues with Tom that I won't go into. A terrifying incident was relayed to me by someone who knew the boat owner. They were driving a Snyder on a river and crossed under an abandoned railroad bridge. A piece of train track had fallen into the river and was sticking up up at an angle below the surface. They hit the piece of track which punctured the hull and stopped the boat cold. Both the operator and passenger were thrown out and both injured severely. I drover a Ranger 354 for years and the biggest issues on lakes were knucklehead jet skiers, trolling motor batteries croaking or an outboard not starting. River jetting is an entirely different proposition where real trouble can show up real fast. I'm not recommending against it as it's friggin awesome to be able to get to places where prop boats can't, however, safety is #1. I hired a noted river guide to take me out the first time and show me the ropes of river jetting. He pointed out what a boat-wrecking rock looks live (a V pointing upstream) and that a V pointing downstream is safe to go though. Never drive downstream of the launch ramp as if your outboard fails, you are forked. Driving upstream from the ramp, your tolling motor and the current will get you back. Learn your river one bit at a time. Take a trip where you leave the rods at home and just memorize the water. Take one stretch at a time, learning where shoals, boulders, ledges and holes are. Do that stretch again. Go upstream and learn another stretch. Lather rinse repeat. A dangerous thing is to launch for the first time and rocket up to places unknown. I hit countless times coming downstream buy only once going upstream. Ah, river jetting.....
  2. A priest is walking along a seaside cliff when he comes across a little boy who is crying his eyes out ."What is the matter my son?" "Mommy and Daddy fell off the cliff and they both died". The priest looks over the cliff, yup, two dead people down there. He pulls out his johnson, turns to the little boy and says, "Today just ain't your day kid".
  3. Boxes? Heck, Pic#1 looks like they pigtailed and didn't even use wire nuts. There is a hot and a neutral coming off with no ground wire. The descendants of who ever first said, "Nobody will ever see this" should sterilized so they can never reproduce.
  4. Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is for Herman Munster chick shoes to be banned.
  5. If you can get down to the joists in one spot, the 56-inch Honey Badger Wrecking Fork will get it done. As others have mentioned, asbestos is a major concern in an older building. Taking a step back, 8 layers of flooring is quite an accomplishment. I thought the record was set with 4 layers in my house.
  6. Simple solution here: cram a Gulp worm up inside the tube and you are not fishing with bait. While using this setup years ago, I outfished the late great JonS by a 5-1 ratio in a noted bass mecca. He was baffled that the bass were attacking the loaded tube but being selective with his tube that had live worm on it. Gulp inside the tube holds its scent far better than a real worm that is being dragged through the water.
  7. In the past five years, Eagles are 35-33 with Wentz starting, 11-3 with backup QBs. Wentz still has $98 million on his contract. I want that job.
  8. As Cheech mentioned, nasal polyps may be the culprit. I had them and the symptoms were exactly the same as you are describing. They first tried to treat them with a nasal steroid; that stuff helped but didn't resolve the issue. ENT shoved an endoscope up my nose and found polyps everywhere along with a deviated septum. The surgery and recovery were painless but utterly disgusting. Hourly saline sinus rinses where everything ranging from blood to snot to Amelia Earhart came out. It was a forking miracle three weeks after the surgery when the ENT went back in with the scope, removed several enormous bloody scabs and suddenly my sinuses were like a wind tunnel. Get it checked out as life is too short to go through that **** every day.
  9. Perhaps, depends of the species. Ash starts with a lower moisture content so one year is plenty, same thing with cherry. Conversely, I took delivery of three cords of red oak that had been cut and split the day before. The stuff was dripping water and the provolone stench was overwhelming. That took two years. Last up, there was a Norway Maple that was dropping leaves all over a shed so I took off a one-foot ring of bark to kill it. It had sat there for three years and one day I cut it down, split it and threw it right into the stove. Dang stuff was thermonuclear. I have to ring a bunch of trees and pull that trick again because you're seasoning wood without taking up space.
  10. Tree guys have a saying, "If you want to wind up with a million dollars selling firewood, start with two million". Tree disposal can be a nuisance for some companies if they don't have a place to dump logs. Disposal of logs is prohibitively expensive and they often cut, split and sell logs/firewood to minimize their losses rather than actually make money. Ads for "seasoned firewood" are usually misleading as the definition of "seasoned" can be anything from wood that was cut last week to wood that was cut last year but has been sitting at the bottom of a 30 foot tall stack. They only way to reliably (emphasis added) get truly seasoned firewood is to stack it north/south and let it sit for two years. A $25.00 moisture meter from a big box store will tell you what the moisture content of the wood is. For clean burns that don't create creosote, the wood should be at 15% on the outside and the inside of a split at 20% max. Anything higher than that and you're burning water. It's a conundrum for a lot of folks that may not have the yard space to keep two years of wood stacked up. Not everybody has the space to do this so what are the options? Start off by getting a decent splitting maul such as a Fiskars. After delivery, look for oversized splits and re-split them into smaller pieces. Splits the size of a piece of bread are about right. Get some pallets and stack the wood in a north/south direction, keeping the stack low as maximum sun and wind exposure are key. Keep a few stove loads of wood inside the house prior to burning and it will drop moisture content at a surprising rate. If all else fails, places like Tractor Supply sell compressed sawdust bricks that throw off a crud ton of heat. They are not cheap but they stack easily and you know what you're getting. I frequent a few wood stove web sites and photos of "seasoned wood" deliveries are often stunning: Wood that is wetter than a sponge and has tons of mulch and dirt etc.. That is wood that was left sitting on the bare ground and they used a Bobcat or front end loader to scoop it up and dump it into the truck bed. I love firewood, I hate firewood. There is an awesome peace of mind that comes with having seasoned wood cranking during a raging snowstorm or power failure. And then there is the "Aw faaaack" moment when you just got three cords of wood delivered and have to stack it. Good luck.
  11. Jerky can be made in a regular oven and it may be helpful to at least try a test batch before spending any money on an appliance. Why? Well, making jerky is a pain in the @$$. I like the convenience of buying packs of jerky to have on the boat or in the surf vest....coupled with a bottle of water, they are compact, lightweight and you don't go hungry. The downside to store-bought jerky is obviously the price. I have made a few dozen batches of jerky over the years and am still on the fence as to whether the time, effort and cost is worth it vs buying prepackaged jerky.Some things that were helpful along the way: -london broil is a decent cut to use -All fat MUST be removed -Jerky strips should be cut as thin as possible to speed dehydration and make them "chewable". I cut a few strips too thick and it was like trying to eat a tire. To get really thin cuts, put the meat into the freezer until it is semi-frozen. You can get cuts that are way thinner and more consistent than with thawed beef. Slice across the grain. -a good marinade helps. It doesn't have to complicated....my go-to was soy sauce, orange juice and brown sugar. -It's helpful to have a rack to put the jerky on so that air can circulate around the cuts -After the beef has sat in the marinade (I used to go overnight), drain the beef thoroughly. -Set the oven to 200 degrees, put the meat in and let it go. If you're lookin, you ain't cookin. It is critical to get the beef completely dehydrated otherwise an uncooked section is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. One upside to making your own jerky is that you know what it's made of. That store bought stuff, who knows. Good luck.
  12. MOCO yesterday afternoon. Threw the bag, skunk.
  13. trump has told advisors he has no plans to concede even if he loses PA and GA. The Biden campaign responded with, "The US Government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House"
  14. Here's Trump speaking from the White House
  15. Come on donnie, you haven't filed enough lawsuits!