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General Snowmobile Discussion / Trip #1 - Better Late than Never
« on: February 03, 2014, 11:44:30 AM »
Our snow situation up here has really sucked this year.  After last year I knew we were going to have less, but I didn't think it would be completely non existent.  The entire West is pretty dry this year.  Everyone seems to be looking for snow.  Decided to bite the bullet and drag the trailer anyways last week to get the itch out.

I was out in Cooke City this past week Ė Sun to Sat.   Longest trip Iíve ever gone on out West.  We left Saskatchewan Sunday at around noon.  We were supposed to leave earlier at itís about a 12 hour drive, but 50-60mph winds made visibility pretty poor.  Planned to do the drive in one shot, but made it to Billings and decided to call it a night and drive out the next morning.  Made it to to Cooke by midday Monday.  Glad we didnít rush, conditions were poor.  I could have rode my sled down the highway here in Sask and found similar conditions.  It was that setup and that tracked out.  It wasnít the end of the world, Cooke City is at an altitude of 8-10Kí and I had a few things going on that I wanted to shake out before we went too hard.  Ended up pulling 3g per arm to get close to the right RPM. 

General Snowmobile Discussion / A little tweeking...
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:45:14 PM »
Yeah, I tweeked it a little...this is still stock in my mind.  Haven't touched the motor and won't with this still stock.

General Snowmobile Discussion / Starting Early
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:24:34 AM »
First ride of hopefully many more at a bit over 17 months.  Wasn't sure at first, but sure liked it and didn't want to get off of it even after a half hour of going up and down the driveway and through possibly a pair of slides.  :) 

General Snowmobile Discussion / Got bored last night...
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:14:15 AM »
Actually planned it for a few weeks.  Screw the cheap small wheeled dollies...Have a gravel driveway up to my shop that isn't kind to any kind of sled dollies.  Decided to engineer my own.  Found some very cheap wheels at Princess Auto (Our version of Harbour Freight)  and bent a few pieces of metal around.  Still need to stitch them together with the MIG.   10" wheels on sealed bearings should work good I think and have little problem rolling over rock.  Still need to paint, cut some rubber for the inset, cut another set of slides apart, and dig up some straps.    I think they will be called Monster Trucks.  :)

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Worst effin job ever...
« on: July 23, 2013, 04:36:48 PM »
A few years ago I poured a fairly hefty slab and put up a shop for my toys and a place for my business.  As I mentioned at the time, I wans't happy with the concrete.  It spalled early on and has never stopped.  I wish I would have taken cylinders but I figured I ordered 4000 psi crete and used 3/4" bar and I shouldn't have much of a problem.  Pad was sealed same day as it was poured. 

Here I am today, spalled floor, and I want to epoxy.  Sealer has to come off first.  My shop has been empty for 3 weeks sitting in 2 enclosed trailers and my main garage and I'm still fighting with the sealer.  I first rented a orbital sander with a planning head.  No dice.  I then rented a drum sander with 10 grit paper..I made some nice scratches in the floor, but 10 hours later no dice.  I then thought I had it beat with another orbital sander and a carbide cutting head.  That thing sure polishes nice after 3 hours. 

Now I may have found what I needed.  950 sq ft of floor, 9 gallons of xylene, 10 discounted sheet sets from Walmart and my floor is starting to look bare again.  I must have 30+ hours into this already.  I hope to reuse that carbide cutting head after the sealer comes off to roughen up the floor.  Looking like I might be able to do that this weekend.

My advice...if you ever had to do this..hire someone...I've done plety of crappy jobs, but this is bar none the worst job I've ever done.

General Snowmobile Discussion / summer is too long already!
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:04:05 PM »
Something to get you back in the mood

We're in the midst of a big meltdown where our snow has gone somewhere real fast.  Too wet to do any work in the yard for a while yet.

Last fall I ended up scoring a bunch of Wide flange that was going to be sent to scrap from an old shaft sinking head frame we had in the yard.  I built the shop a few years back with the intention of putting a monorail in place as my floor was built and piled to take it.  When I got the beam, I designed and cut some connections and had a local welder weld it up for me.  Sat all winter, finally brought it out on Sunday to put it up with the help of my neighbour.

General Snowmobile Discussion / What the Eff is with this weather?
« on: April 10, 2013, 08:22:04 AM »
Yesterday morning...-24 C
This morning -22 C
2-4" of snow Saturday
4" last weekend

My backyard which has significantly less than further North still measures a consistent 24" of snow on the ground. 

Is my calendar it April 10th? 

General Snowmobile Discussion / Anyone Ordering New?
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:25:08 AM »

General Snowmobile Discussion / Back at work...
« on: March 12, 2013, 02:22:17 PM »
Back from possibly my last trip of the year..more to come later...

General Snowmobile Discussion / Chilly Day here today...
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:46:37 AM »

No riding here..

-38 F without the wind..-60 F with it...brrrrrrr

General Snowmobile Discussion / Snow...
« on: November 23, 2012, 07:52:15 PM »
208 miles on the clicker already..setting records for snowfall here already...60cm or 24" already..more than we had all last year. 

Have had a decent year so far, few breakdowns with other guys I ride but 1200 is running good.  Melted a Nytro motor because of a plugged injector, and a new RMK crapped it's driveshaft.  I have no idea how that thing will hold together.  It's glued and the one that fell apart on us has next to no glue in it.  Surprised they wouldn't weld, but with it being aluminum, that would likely mean it's lifespan would be short to start with. 

Starting to plannext years build already, possibility of carbon being in my future...

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Countertop Q
« on: June 25, 2012, 07:29:48 AM »
Bought one of those prefab countertop deals from local lumber yard last week.  MDF construction, laminate top.  Never noticed it when I bought it, but laying it on top of a vanity, I find it has a good 3/8" warp over 6'.  My impression is once MDF is warped, it's awful tough to pull back. Will screws suck it back?  I doubt it, Vanity is also MDF and likely doesn't have much holding strength of screws either. 

Looks like they stored this vertically at an angle and it warped/took a sag.

Am I too concerned and this isn't such a big deal?

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Is winter back?
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:29:24 AM »
Half a degree below freezing this am and snow in the forecast tonight.  Not unheard of here but not uncommon.

Have hald of my basement finished.  Screw holes mudded over.  Have the joints left to tape and then ready for paint.  I don't know if I smell or have bad breath or what, but I have a real problem trying to get contractors here to give me the time of day.  When I wanted to put gas in my shop, I went through 14 plumbers before finding one who would come out to sign off on my install.  Only 2 would bother to give a quote.  Now, I've contacted three drywallers, not one will even return a call after countless calls to them.  Economy must be too good up here that no one needs work...

Any tips on proper taping and mudding?  Have some bullnose to go in as well.

Thanks in advance

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