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  1. I thought I'd start a spot for everyone to post random stuff you don't want to start a whole thread about. Like my breakfast this morning! I made DIY McMuffins. Mmmmmm...
  2. I hardly think anyone is "celebrating" a business going under. And you've both, with your inside experience, helped reinforce my point as a customer; turnover, poor training and a poor corporate mission all equal failure on the company's part and that, unfortunately, leads to job loss. I don't think anyone is lighting torches chanting "down with Gander"; what we (and apparently everyone else) are chanting is give outdoorsmen something they want, and that something is not a 27% interest credit card to use on a ridiculously overpriced firearm. That clearly shouldn't be the focus and I'd be willing to bet that neither of you sought out a job at an outdoors retailer to sell someone a credit card. The fact that you learned your products while there is awesome, and based on my experience with Gander, fairly unusual. I did get great service at Gander one time. The kid was extremely helpful and I was grateful for his effort; so much that I made a point to let Gander corporate know about it. I'd never expect anyone to know every single thing about every single product, but I do expect an employee to be able to accurately tell me whether or not they carry a product and not just say "no" because they don't want to bother. The one retail job I worked at 4000 years ago taught us to say "I don't know, but if you'll hang on a second, I'll find out". Effort. Simple effort oftentimes trumps experience. The long and short of it is, that we, as consumers, are not concerned with a corporate plight or their excuses as to why they don't give consumers what they want. We simply spend our money elsewhere and that might be why Gander is in the situation they're in.
  3. Lol! Just don't get it wet.
  4. Shovel and I recently got fat bikes and like everything I do outside in the winter, my hands freeze. I had a set of handlebar pogies I bought for my snowmobile years ago, so I put them on my bike. It made a HUGE difference for me, so I wanted to make Shovel a set, too. I used the set I have as a model and reverse engineered them to learn how to make a set. These work fantastic on a snowmobile, ATV or bike. Difficulty Level: What You'll Need: 1 Yard of Denier Nylon or Polyester, Cordura,or other stiff outdoor fabric of some type for the shell. 1 Yard insulated nylon. *Alternatively, a Yard of light nylon material and a yard or heavy fusible fleece or thinsulate* Polyester thread 1" Wide Velcro (24") 1" Slider buckles (2) Reflective material (optional) Sewing machine with denim or leather needle (#14-16) Pattern Pogie Cinch.pdf pogie pattern.pdf What You'll Do: Print 2 of each PDF & cut out Tape pogie pattern at the top where it says "fold" so it looks like this: Trace pattern on shell and lining materials. *I wasn't able to find insulated material, so I made some by attaching fusible fleece to the lining material. I then sewed it on in a criss-cross pattern in 2" squares. This step is kind of time-consuming, so try to find actual insulated material if you can.* Trace the small cinch piece on shell material only. This is what you should have now: Fold long edge of liner material over like this and sew. Do the exact same for the shell. Take cinch piece and sew grosgrain around the curved edge. Loop slider buckle on one end of the fuzzy piece of velcro. Starting at the slider, sew 7" of the 12" long fuzzy piece of velcro (see photos for clarity). Stitch 4" of the prickly velcro piece to the other end of the fuzzy piece. *Optional: Center the reflective piece on the long edge of the shell & sew it on. Center the finished cinch piece on the long edge of the shell and sew. Turn shell inside out, so the "good" sides of the material are touching. Sew the curved side of the shell from the fold, all the way to the bottom. Do the exact same for the liner. Clip curve like so: Now, turn liner right side out and keep the shell inside out. Put the liner inside the shell and line up the bottom edges like this. Sew bottom of liner to bottom of shell, but DON'T sew the whole works shut! Again, clip curves. It should look like this: Pull liner down so it and the shell are bottom to bottom. Turn the shell right side out and tuck the liner inside. Take care to work out all curved edges so everything is neat and even. Sew around the perimeter, about 1/4" from the edge. So, around the bottom, up and along where the cinch piece is, over and down the other side. Then line the front seams up and stitch from the bottom of the cinch piece down to the bottom & you're finished. It should look like this when you're finished: And, on the handlebars: Let me know if you have any questions & I'll try to help you through it. Good luck!
  5. Nunnu told me about that. He said it was quite an experience, but it made him feel all out of sorts. I think it'd be cool to check out, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes in the long run. We'll probably see people on airplanes with these things on having a virtual vacation. Now that I mention it. That sounds pretty great...
  6. I saw that in the paper. It's never a good thing when competition closes, at least not for the consumer. I feel bad for the employees, but again, they certainly aren't "experts" in that field. They'd do just as well at Kwik Trip or shoveling tar. I always look at Gander Mountain as a beginner's outdoorsman's store. They cash in on people who are just getting into fishing or whatever and buy anything that looks nifty. They've got a nice selection of nifty/useless goods the more experienced folks walk right past. I think that's a huge reason most of their employees have zero knowledge. When you do need to know the ins and outs of a certain product, say a sonar, the employee will read the box to you. That's not helpful; I can read a box. It reminds me of the Harley store; they cash in on the new riders who want HD everything, right down to their morning coffee. Us experienced riders scoff at $25 a pound HD branded Folgers and buy it elsewhere for $7 a pound. We all want big box prices and mom & pop knowledge and service. I've yet to find a retailer who has both.
  7. After I finished restoring my Alumacraft Dominator, Nunnu asked me if I'd be willing to re-do the interior of his boat. I made him wait until the off season so he wouldn't bug me about it being done the next day. lol! His interior is really trashed, but he earned it. He uses his boat more than anyone I know. So far, I've come across one somewhat rotted deck which I'll replace, but I guess we'll see if there are any more as I get more of the interior taken apart. So far, the huge difference between an Alumacraft of my era vs his era (1996 vs 2004), is that they made drastic improvements in construction, flotation and layout. His livewell is serviceable, mine was not (but is now), his flotation is contained within plastic bags to reduce the chances of it getting waterlogged, mine was completely waterlogged and had to be removed. His decks are much easier to remove than mine because you can access the fasteners and very little of it is riveted. His dash is a sturdy fiberglass, mine is plastic and his electrical is wired way more sensibly, where mine was all willy-nilly. Even though his carpet is completely trashed and shredded in many places, it's coming off the panels pretty well intact which will make for beautiful patterns when cutting the new carpet! What a relief! Nunnu put all that aluminum angle stock all over to cover the shredded carpet and to try to preserve the edges of the wood. Here are some pics: Notice the greenery growing all over the place! Of course, no boat build is complete without a wasp nest! I swear they are in EVERY boat! Starting the tear-down: About 15# of sand was lurking behind this panel Next, comes the dash/console which is always a treat. Stay tuned!
  8. Looks good! Good tip on the tire cleaner. That stuff has a near cult following.
  9. For those of you die hard MinnowFacers who like to see the site as it used to be, you can now choose a skin. Everything on the board is current, it's just the classic header. Simply go to the bottom of the page, click Themes, and choose The Lodge-MF.
  10. Thanks, Lef! I don't really know anything about the Tuff Coat, to be honest. I know there are different options; carpet, that bumpy vinyl stuff, fiberglass, and other coatings. Personally, I like the plush luxury of thick carpet because I like everything "just so", but if I were a blood & guts all over the place fisherman, one of the other options would probably be a better alternative (especially to my light colored carpet).
  11. Awesome step in the right direction! At least now you know where the wire goes and that the electronics work.
  12. Oh, goody! You got them! I hope they work well for you.
  13. I like it. I think as long as you market them with the "whys" of choosing these heavy spoons, it's good. Lots of casual fishermen may not get why you'd use something so heavy when it kills the action of a spoon.
  14. You know what, Cheeser? That was a great post!
  15. So, the Wild have looked kinda "meh" all season, so far, but tonight was terrible. Kuemper sucked SO bad I thought I'd whip up a visual to get the point across.
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  17. I guess anything is possible, but I can't say for sure. I've never heard of a system like that, but I've never worked on anything older than like a 1965 .
  18. Isn't there a spot for the spark plug wire coming off the underside of the coil/magneto?
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  20. Perfect for a garage. Nice yob.
  21. Thanks, Turbo!
  22. Anyone who has a Big Buddy knows the pain in the butt that is the D cell batteries that operate the fan. Here's my solution; a rechargeable 6 volt battery. Also, I've left my fan switch on so may times because when you're outside, you can't hear it. I solved that problem by adding an LED power indicator so I can see at a glance if the fan is on. Here's how:
  23. Thanks! I love to use that fan because it, along with the little Clam fan I have on my top hoop really helps circulate the heat. With the D cells, I only got about 3 days of light use out of it. The main problem is that I can never remember to buy those batteries when I go to town & I live too far from anything to just go & specifically buy them. I haven't gotten a chance to use the 6v yet because I did this mod the day before I left for CA. I'm almost sure the runtime will be longer, but even if it is the same, the rechargeability is a huge advantage. If anyone does the battery mod, you don't really even need to solder. You can just take a length of wire and put a male blade terminal on one end, and a female blade terminal at the other, effectively making an extension cord to reach the battery cubby. One for the + wire and one for the - wire, of course.