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About Dan850

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  1. I was 19 started a new job a week before with an electrician and brought my filled out and stuffed tool box home do do some work at home for my parents. Monday morning. Gone from the car. New boss was a class act and sent me to the supply house to get pocket tools on his account. Pay me back when you can. A life time later as a detective I locked up a security guard from the Brooklyn tow pound who got caught glomming a plumbers van. It felt real nice getting a search warrant and reuniting the tools from the jerks attic with the plumber. The Saudis do at least one thing right IMHO.
  2. Shoot the oil leak with some gunk ( brand name) engine cleaner and keep an eye on it to see if its something to address. Good luck with the new sand sled.
  3. Beware those plastic GPS pallets. Was talking to a soft drink distributor recently and he was telling me the company came by and told him how many he had laying around and they wanted them back. As an aside, The really scary part with those things is that when you buy a skid of brand x from a wholesaler and deliver to your customer the wholesaler has your customer list. Big brother in action
  4. Out there yesterday (Mon) and it was lonely before the bait showed. After, it got busy, I was watching the guy next to me, I was casting straight out, he kept walking out further and crossing my line, that not being the nice thing for him to do, we got tangled once. The guy knew how to fish but then after a bit he moved down in between to other guys when the fish moved (they were surfing in the rain ) . Where he moved was really tight, I wouldn't have moved in there, but that's just me. The guys on both sides were staring at him like he had on pink waders and hi heeled corkers or something. After a seal showed up, it slowed down and was time for me to head home and the guy stopped as I was walking to the lot and asked if I landed my last fish on and we chatted a few. As he drove off I saw he was from out of state. I was thinking about the hype about out there and how guaranteed 30# are all to be had by tying your car keys to a line (using a loop knot of course) and what pressure that must put on somebody that has to pack his expectations into such a short period of time. Course he could have been a millionaire and had a place just down the road too... But it's gotta be tough putting that effort into a trip that doesn't live up to your expectations. Me, I'll be back Wed. AND Sat.
  5. My wife shovels. I make hot chocolate for her when she comes in. I love that woman.
  6. IMHO, this is so not a good idea. In another life i worked for a contractor and we did roofing as part of the jobs. If you have a mess, it needs to come off. If you're worried about fall protection, it's probably steeper than what is comfortable and sticking to a steep roof takes way more energy. Add in a valley for fun and giggles, that's where most of the problems are going to happen, and it could be a real disaster. I do admire the DIY thing though. I'd recommend finding the leak, taking back one or two layers, covering it with weathershield and patching a layer of shingles over to sort of get you out of trouble for now. Just the mess of multiple roofs scraped onto the ground is enough to scare me into finding some hired help. Good luck with the project.
  7. I'm not sure just how strictly they enforce the 5500 lbs, but I'd have it in the contract for passenger plates or get your deposit back. I do know from prior experience with DMV here in the vampire state, that if it was ever registered commercial, even by a prior owner, it stays commercial. Then to add insult to injury if it goes into NYC without lettering with the owners name, address etc. it's a parking summons. Meter maids are not my favorite people. BTW good luck with the new truck.
  8. I had an 03 GMC and used Werner Ladder racks. They were aluminum and removable with a post that bolted to the bed and then slid through a U-bolt which was attached to the rail. Done with the boat, out they came. Nice setup but I don't have the truck anymore.
  9. It can be done. I think the key to fishing from any sit inside is stability. I have a Necky Narpa (17') and have used it for about 6-7 years now. I bought it and like it. Incredibly stable. Lots of speed to cover some ground but I will be honest and say that to be able to sit sideways and shift around a bit would be much appreciated. I don't keep too many fish, not for any good reason, but to store them can be a problem with no tankwell. Rigging isn't a problem, all the junk I have fits between my legs or behind the seat and the rods in Scotty rod holders. Not perfect but very doable. I just got a WS Tarpon 100 and a 120 for the kids and I know the first time I go out on my daughter's it's going to have a rod holder on it and she won't see it again. I've been out long distances in mine and like it but if I had it to do over again I'd hit the Tarpon 160. Hope this helps, Dan
  10. C.Salp I had a 2003 GMC pickup with the z71 off road package and that had a locking diff (at least I think the window sticker said it locked - someone here I think said that it was really a limited slip diff disguised as a locking diff). All I know is that it was sweet on the sand when you aired down. I traded that in for a GMC Yukon XL with the 3/4 ton package and that dosn't have a locking diff. It is a pig in the sand compared to the pickup. It labors a lot even airing down to 15-18 psi. I don't know just how much is due to not having the locking diff or it having load range E tires that call for 50 psi in the front and 80 psi in the rear or the increase in weight but there's no comparison in how easy the pickup went in the sand compared to the Yukon. Hope this helps. Dan
  11. I'm looking for some opinions on converting to gas heat and any input is appreciated as I is confused. I have an oil fired forced hot air system with a seperate oil hot water heater. I have gas in the house already. I am looking to do a storage tank and a boiler setup with a hot water coil and air handler and add central A/C with the existing ductwork at the same time. Do I switch to gas or stay with the oil? The cons: Keyspan and that's a biggie (a lot of issues there) and who do I have do the whole setup? Annual costs? Any recommendations for contractors and installers? The pros: Lose the oil tank in the basement and get more space. I can do radiant heat in the upcoming bathroom renovation and add a heat loop in the basement. I work for a contractor - so the plumber and A/C guy can do the work and I can get a decent job done. Keyspan has a credit on a conversion boiler. I'm sitting on the fance and need a shove. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the feedback, Dan
  12. I know it's unethical... but a guy I know (not me btw) stuck his empire pass to some saran wrap and a little vaseline sticks it to the window of whatever car he's taking to the beach. Just the thing if you're sellng the car. Dan
  13. I have the gorilla ladder from HD and it's really sturdy. It wandered from home to a few jobsites and worked fine as a ladder and supporting stages until one of the guys - who couldn't read and follow the label directions - didn't lock the extending sides, one collapsed and he took a fall. No injuries but it's back home. I still like it a lot. The flare on the legs is great for stability and the various configurations work great. Highly recommended.
  14. Oh I love this topic. I was working for an electrician a long time ago and goofed up something I can't remember, and the owner told me not to worry, he's seen worse and he ran down a few goofs by some guys - the best being his own. He drilled up into what he thought was a wall but actually was the living room floor, through the rug and out the leg of a baby grand piano... Hey, who knew?
  15. slamdance, I have a 2003 GMC w/ the z71 package. I remember reading - I think in the manual (yeah I got no life) that it self tests at 10 mph and it's normal. Dan