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#5588351 - 02/07/15 07:30 PM some progress
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I got up early even for me this morning. I thought I was going to get a lot done. I never got into my groove. Today was slow progress. I can say I am sick and dadburned tired of climbing up and down on the ducktoon boat every time I need something. It sucks working alone especially when you climb up there only to see the part you left behind thst is sitting where you forgot it. I did get the lower unit on so the motor is done. You can start seeing where I am headed with the framework.
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#5588360 - 02/07/15 07:35 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Taj Mahal, can't wait for the finished product
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#5588362 - 02/07/15 07:41 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Nice work sir. I'm sure she'll be awesome when finished. cheers

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#5588389 - 02/07/15 07:59 PM Re: some progress [Re: garrett]
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Originally Posted By: garrett
Taj Mahal, can't wait for the finished product


I am going to call you when the smoke clears. Congrats my man!
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#5588393 - 02/07/15 08:06 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Thank you sir, exciting times up
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#5589253 - 02/08/15 03:04 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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#5589920 - 02/08/15 09:14 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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You are about to hit that phase where progress starts to become more clearly visible.

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#5589948 - 02/08/15 09:28 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I can say I am sick and dadburned tired of climbing up and down on the ducktoon boat every time I need something.


We call that non-gym exercise laugh I went out this weekend and got some of that with John chasing snipe. There was more chasing than shooting (well in my case anyway) and as much as it kicked my butt it was good for me. Now I say I am going to swear off everything but salads and exercise for a couple months because I am WAY out of shape. When your heart is racing 15 minutes into a day that ends up 5x easier than the way they use to be you know you're in trouble!

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#5590116 - 02/08/15 11:52 PM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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You are getting there. up
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#5590194 - 02/09/15 06:19 AM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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I am definately getting there. I have 2 more upright posts and the frame for the roof to finish. When the tin goes on things will progress quickly.

Dave. I am not an 18 year old anymore but that is not where I wss headed with that. My point would be better made if I wrote it defferent. Being alone on major projects. First reason being it makes for a long day. Its a fun project with nobody with whom to share. The frustrating part is seeing a tool you need or a part you need, somewhere else. I seem to never find those items, until right after I climb the ladder and stand upright on the boat. When I find them they are never up on the deck of the boat. Those parts are inevitably on the workbench in the barn. It would be soooo much easier and faster if I had a partner on the ground.

I told my wife to help me yesterday. It took her 20 minutes to physically arrive and mentally she never did. She is 100 % against any man work. She stayed about 10 minutes.

Once I get the frame done the rest will go fast. It is just a real slow go because the welding. This is very thin carbon steel. It will blow out really easy. It has been windy and doing this with a little MIG makes it tough. Mig is not designed to weld in an outside windy environment. So I can get a good pool flow, have a big gust of wind and the the pool gets fouled. It usually blows out at that point. On critical joints I chose to used through bolts rather than rely on thin metal welds.
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#5590269 - 02/09/15 07:49 AM Re: some progress [Re: Dave Speer]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Speer
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I can say I am sick and dadburned tired of climbing up and down on the ducktoon boat every time I need something.


We call that non-gym exercise laugh I went out this weekend and got some of that with John chasing snipe. There was more chasing than shooting (well in my case anyway) and as much as it kicked my butt it was good for me. Now I say I am going to swear off everything but salads and exercise for a couple months because I am WAY out of shape. When your heart is racing 15 minutes into a day that ends up 5x easier than the way they use to be you know you're in trouble!


Chasing is right. The spots I hunt snipe, the ground is muddy and a tough haul. The cover is so sparse, the birds typically flush quite a ways away before we have a chance to get a shot. It's a hard hunt.
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#5590295 - 02/09/15 08:16 AM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Wayne if you lived closer to the metromess I would be over there helping you with that rig. The design I drew up to float my blind, I wanted a small catwalk all the way around the blind, to 1) work my dog if needed so I could face her from any direction, and 2) to brush up the blind.

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#5590317 - 02/09/15 08:32 AM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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I knew what ya meant Wayne, hope it didn't come off wrong. That would be a fun project with a partner and some good tunes flowin and some cold ice tea at the beginning of the project and something cold in a can or bottle near the end of the day. Well I guess a man could even throw something dead on the smoker while out in the yard doing that and turn it into a party!

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#5590365 - 02/09/15 09:08 AM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Wayne - what was the turn out with the lower unit? Did you have to do any extra work on it b/c of the shaft?

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#5590518 - 02/09/15 10:30 AM Re: some progress [Re: wal1809]
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Dfwguy I had to tear the new lower unit all the way down to just the housing. I was thrn a able to switch to the correct shaft and out it all back together. 2 strokes and 4 stroke lowers on a merc have one slight difference. The 2 stroke is 5/8s of an inch at the upper spline and the 4 stroke is 3\4. The ither end that goes into the lower unit is perfectly the same.
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