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About Flys4ever

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  • About Me:
    60, fly fisher & tier Fished, hunted, Pa.. Vietnam Vet, GMG1. Member of N.Y. & MD. chapters BOJC.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    I build a mean birdhouse.(<:) , take grandkids fishing & build a rod occasionally.
  • What I do for a living:
  1. Remove the bolt from the bottom of your Carb. bowl. You'll see it is hollow. partway down the threads there is a very, VERY small hole in the side of the bolt. Take & clean the paper off a twisty tie & poke it thru that hole. That hole has to be clear. While you're at it, clean your carb bowl also. You might be surprised with the crud ( and water) you find. If that bolt/nut is a needle valve, it will have that same tiny hole in it also, poke it clean.
  2. I would start with cleaning all your main electrical connections. Mice constantly leak urine (all rodents do). Urine at a connection point will cause corrosion. Start with your hot (red) leads from your battery clear to the starter, then trace your ground lead (black). I coat every point with some vaseline after I clean the connection points. This is good maintenance by the way and you wont be wasting your time. If it still wont turn over, jump across your solenoid with the key on. This will tell you whether or not your start circuit is completed. If it wont turn over, jumper out all your safety switches. Still wont turn over = bad ignition switch.------ Make sure you unbolt/ disconnect all those connections! Don't assume they're making contact because they look okay. Most times, if it worked when you put it away, you lost a ground or hot contact somewhere's over the winter due to corrosion. (Mouse piss)
  3. Bookbinder's, ummm.
  4. Never caught a skate big enough to bother filleting the wings out, but rays I have. Like all fish & game or any domestic meat sources, all of them need to be processed for consumption ASAP. Rays & sharks are delicious. A ray's wing cartilage reminds me of a 4 bladed broadhead arrowhead if viewed from the tip of the wing toward it's midsection.. It is very simple to use a fillet knife and fillet out 4 quarters from each wing & then slice the skin off like any other fish fillet. Commercial processors will use a bleach dilution to make the blood veins white for sale as Scallops. As previously mentioned, it is legal to do this because the term "Scallop" is a description of a cut of meat or fish the same as the term "Fillet" is applied to beef. Fillet it, skin it, wash & chill it ASAP, cube, circle punch, or thin slice with batter or breading & deep fry. Ummm, delicious! Good Eats!
  5. J, I held a class "C" Waste water Treatment Plant Operators license in Pa. for over 20 years. It permitted me to operate any plant that treated up to 4 million gals of **** per day. Formal education about waste water opened my eyes to the water scams perpetuated on the uninformed. Chlorination was introduced to public water systems not to kill bacteria but to disinfect water supplies from infecting people with water borne diseases such as Cholera & Typhus. Make no mistake, Chlorine is poisonous in both gas & liquid states. Fortunately, humans do tolerate low level consumption of it. Unfortunately, in your situation as you have described it, bacteria & diseases are not all you should be be concerned with. Ground water is notorious for being contaminated with everything from lawn treatment chemicals to industrial solvents & everything in between. Even a degreaser used in the prior owner's laundry that was discharged into your septic field could leach into your groundwater. Think about it. You could be drinking any chemical that your area has been exposed to for the last 100+ years! Now that I've scared ya, for all I know you could be 80 years old, no other family members or pets, live in a 100+ year old log cabin on 100 acres of pristine wilderness and use an outhouse! If that's the case, I'd drink a glass of it, see how it tastes and whether I got cramps or the ***** from it. If it caused me intestinal disruption, I'd rig up a simple diluted bleach drip system using a food grade 15 - 30 gal plastic drum or container. An Igloo cooler would work. I'd put a piece of surgical tubing on the drain spout with something akin to an I.V. drip valve on the end of it suspended over my well. I'd mix 1/8th cup of chlorox to every 5 gals of water in the container & set the valve to one drip very 10 mins. to start with. If it got to where I could taste it in the water in the house, I'd adjust the drip to where I couldn't taste it. Another license I had was for Small Public Water Treatment Systems. We had rural school buildings with wells in the district that employed me that I had to maintain & monitor their chlorination systems. I hope you noticed that I said what "I WOULD DO!"
  6. Coliform bacteria is present any time organic material decomposes in your well. There are a multitude of different coliform bacteria that we have natural immunity to from various ways & times that we have ingested them, some immunities even come from being breast fed. If a fly falls into your well you will have coliform bacteria in your water, ditto on grass clippings or wild yeast which is an animal of sorts. I'm stating this because if you have your water tested without treating the water with clorox, coliform bacteria will most likely be present & that scares the hell out of most people! E. Coli. is the specific coliform bacteria that people need to be concerned about. Most people are immune to E. Coli even from the time they fingered their anus as a child & sucked their fingers afterward. BUT, and this is a big but, small children that haven't acquired the immunity, people with immunity problems from chemo or aids or old age can die from ingesting E. Coli. E. Coli is Fecal coliform that comes from the fecal matter of all living organisms. There are different strains of it also, such as the Montezuma's Revenge strain common in Mexico's water. Common modern well drilling practice is to case out ground water to prevent it from contaminating the deep water sources of bacteria free water. By your description, I would assume that all of the water in your well is ground water which most likely has Coliform bacteria in it. Water testing company's love to panic people by telling them they have coliform in their water. Then they sell you a treatment system for it. If you have your water tested make sure you specify for E. Coli. It will cost you much more but save you being panicked into a costly treatment system. Just info for you, the final decision is yours. Only you know what your water needs are!
  7. It doesn't have a knock down ability. Sevin is a poison that works by the bug ingesting it or absorbing in through their spiracles. (air intakes)
  8. If you are a "new" septic system user, here are some very important things you don't do to your system; 1. Don't flush or put indigestible "food" down your toilet or thru your garbage disposal. Cigarette butts, medicated wipes, hemorrhoid pads, tampons & pads, plastics. Make sure that your household & visitors are aware that you are "feeding" a septic system. Use toilet paper that is septic approved. If you keep indigestible materials out of your tank you will vastly extend the periods of time between pumping. Usually people need their tanks cleaned/pumped because of 2 reasons, non food items have created a mat that plugs the out flow or they have "killed" their system. 2. Don't kill your "bugs" in your tank. Don't use chlorine based cleaners on your toilets, sinks, or showers. Remember that you're encouraging those bugs to be happy! Don't poison them. This includes all disinfectants. I wish yer bugs a long and fruitful life, full of enjoying the multitudes of their generations to come!
  9. As I stated, my experience with chopping rods was on fly rods. I have never found the need to alter a casting rod blank that I've purchased. It is apparent to me that there are engineers that work in the design & manufacturing of rods blanks on this site that surpass my knowledge and experience. I bow to their wisdom. Pardon me.
  10. Take a turkey baster or one of them squeeze bulb battery testers. Buy Sevin from a garden supply section in powdered form. Suck about 1/2' of Sevin up and "puff" it into the holes. They'll pick it up on their feet. Flys & bees are constantly "licking" their feet 'cause they use their feet to "taste" with. They ingest the Sevin which kills them, and feed it to other nurse bees, (as with hornets & yellow jackets) which then feed it to their grubs. This method will kill ALL bee nests/hives. On the instructions for the use of sevin they stress "Do not use this product where honeybees can come in contact" with it for this very reason. It takes a week or so and I've had to re-treat for very large hives, but only once. I learned this from an Ehrlich exterminator 'cause I was the bee man for a rather large school dist. for 20+ years.
  11. Watch your temps and make sure the kraut is always submerged in liquid. If your kraut becomes exposed it will mold & start aerobically rotting = bad bugs. If this happens and you re-submerge it, that funky musty flavor goes into it all.
  12. Ain't worth losing your job over. Heard today 3 more may be canned. That would bring the total to 6. Can't help but to imagine her as a porcupine, with all that's been stuck in, a stickin' out!
  13. Gladys Kravitch, close yer drapes.
  14. A learned fly fisherman, flytyer, will equal or better the catch ratio of any given lure or bait fisherman IF he can reach his quarry with his fly. There is a reason for this. He has spent many hours observing his quarry and perfecting his tying skills to "match the hatch" of whatever the fish is feeding on at that exact moment he presents his fly. Salt water or fresh, all fish only have 3 jobs in their life: 1. Eat 2. Reproduce 3. Keep alive to do both! The person that uses the correct presentation with an exact imitation of what that fish wants to eat at that moment will produce a "take". Some call it art, some call it skill, but it's no different than patterning a smart trophy buck with a bow, a long bearded gobbler, or finding Morel mushrooms! To me it's not a mystery why a fly fisherman continues to gain knowledge and perfect his skills thru his years. He wants to catch fish, a lot and as often as possible. But, it is kinda neat!
  15. I have cut blanks down, always from the butt. I feel this is more critical in fly rods than casting rods. The ONLY reason I have done this is because I got a great deal buying 30, (seconds), end of production run, 9' blanks from Loomis. I then custom cut them for kids & women as requested or by my own determination. Since both fly rod & casting rods blanks can be ordered & bought at the EXACT size you want today there isn't many reasons to alter them.--- If it helps , the sweetest part of any rod is it's tip section, if ya gotta chop it, cut the butt! Just remember, that blank's performance is based on being engineered with that specific material, length, eye placement, handle length & diameters pre-determined by people smarter than me.