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  1. Awesome! Please do a DIY thread!
  2. I sure wish I could have that done! Give Nordic Builders a shout. They might be able to help you. Nunnu's cousin Ted owns it & they've been in business forever. (218) 590-3925
  3. Hey TK_duluthbass, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  TK_duluthbass joined on the 04/14/2017. View Member
  4. Thanks! It is such a huge improvement! It really changed the whole look of our property. Even I was surprised at the impact it has! I'm kinda kicking some ideas around.
  5. So, our garage doors were in SAD shape. The bottom panel of both doors had like a 2-3' hole in the outer skin, exposing the insulation. It was caused by years of water dripping out of the gutters, onto the cement & splashing the doors (gutter is now fixed). I wish I had "before" pics; they were really awful! New doors, in our "custom size" are about $1,000 which would absolutely murder our summer home improvement budget, so I decided to put a fascia on the doors instead. We bought a few 4'x8'x1/8" sheets of melamine, which I think is the material the doors are made of anyway. I had Shovel rip them down to 2'x8' pieces, then I painted them. Once the paint was dry, I liquid nailed them over the garage door panels, then used my air nailer to secure them. It looked WAAAAYY better, but I thought they still needed something. I looked at a lot of photos online and love the carriage style doors, but they're a fortune, so I thought I'd just fake it! I drew, digitized and cut the hinges & handles out of vinyl, then hand painted the windows on. They look amazing! It changed the look of the whole building! I also replaced a bunch of the brick moulding around the garage doors and put new moulding around the man-door because there wasn't any & it looked like crap. Now, we can put some of that budget toward getting our driveway re-leveled & new gravel put in. Yay! Pieces cut & painted Pieces in place Trusty tools! A "hinge" "Hinges" in place and my makeshift plumb bob to mark the center line Masking off the "windows" Windows painted A close up of one of the doors And, the overall look I'm so happy with the result and it only cost about $50!
  6. Mint! Maybe I should get one for my homemade push scooter.
  7. Fantastic! Love the pics! What a great adventure!
  8. Oh! Same one. Spare parts are always a bonus.
  9. I wish I could help, but I've never even heard of it.
  10. Lol!! That's a great story! I had an Endura C2 on PuttPutt. It worked perfect for the few years I had it. Which model pooped out on you?
  11. So, the kit is just an assist? You have to keep pedaling?
  12. Thanks! I airbrushed a little detail work today. From the driveway, you'd swear everything was real.
  13. Which do you think will be faster?
  14. Thanks, GJ! And welcome TK!
  15. Those are mint, Comstocker!
  16. Way back in 2009, Nunnu and I were fishing & got into some nice crappies. We brought 3 home and he took them to be mounted. While they were at the taxidermist, we broke up. He got the display back from the taxidermist in early 2011, I believe. Somehow, it got knocked off his wall (shenanigans, no doubt ). So, last year he asked me if I wanted the mount because he thought I'd be able to do something with it (and they were my crappies). Absolutely! Now, I know next to nothing about taxidermy, but some epoxy, fin backing, some 2-part clay, a few touchups on some otherwise nice mounts, and a piece of driftwood on a chunk of flagstone I've been keeping for years for a special project & I've got a display I'm happy with! Thanks, Nunnu! This is how they were mounted. Pretty boring. Here's how I mounted them on my coveted driftwood/flagstone combo.
  17. 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.
  18. So, I couldn’t figure out why they made Jeep Wrangler JKUs with the window switch area completely dark. I could never find the switches on the dash at night. I looked really close the other day & saw that they had little marks on them that looked like lenses. Lo and behold, they are supposed to be lit up! You can’t buy replacement bulbs, you have to buy the entire switch assembly from Mopar @$90! Since my switches work, I wasn’t going to pay $90 for 4 teeny lights. Enter soldering skills, some LEDs and a few resistors! Yay! Working lights I won't have to replace for a long time! I should start by saying that this project pretty much sucked. Getting the switch assembly out of the Jeep was a breeze; simply pop it out. Taking it apart, however, was a real test of patience. Ther are 7 soldered tabs that hold the PCB in place. You have to desolder them & that really, really sucks, even with a solder pump; especially the center one. Good lord. Anyhow, once you get it apart, desolder each incandescent lamp holder which leaves to exposed solder pads on the PCB. Polarity on 12v incandescent bulbs doesn't matter, but it does matter with LEDs. Here is how the polarity is laid out on the PCB. Bookmark this or whatever because I couldn't find this info anywhere! So, here's what the switch bank looked like before: You can see the 7 tabs that need to be desoldered: Here's the circuit board showing the little incandescent lamps. I'm pointing at the solder pads that you solder the LED to: I used 5050 SMD chips and surface mount resistors. These things are TINY!! The LED is in the background: Here's one SMD/resistor combo soldered in and ready to go. 3 left to do! Here are all 4 SMD's installed: And viola! Working window switch lights! The best part is that since they're LEDs, I shouldn't have to get in there to replace them for a LONG time! Yay!! I used RGB SMDs (and resistors) I salvaged out of some strip lighting I had laying around, so I could have chosen red, green, blue or any combo of those colors to make a custom color. I chose green because it matches the rest of my dash. If you ever decide to torment yourself with this job, a VERY important thing to have is a magnifying visor, preferably with a light. Trust me, you'll need it! Good luck!
  19. That's cool!
  20. This one should be interesting. You should seriously consider getting a disk brake bike to work with.
  21. Nice haul. It's always surprising what you can make on a sale. Just give the screen stuff, etc to Nunnu, please.
  22. Wild win today! Granted, it was against the Avalanche, but, hey, a win is a win!
  23. Happy birthday, Nanner!