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General Discussion / Re: What i will do for a dollar.
« Last post by lgm on Today at 03:45:13 PM »
So you work for Wolfy?  :P
DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: Clothes pin gun
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 03:37:21 PM »
I'd forgotten about those things, but the OLD clothespins (if you can find them) had a more closely wound and heavier coil spring in them and the wood was harder and higher grade, too.  The last ones I made for my nephews were made from newer CPs and they didn't shoot as far, but I epoxied an angled piece of wood to the rear of the bottom piece for more of a .45 1911-A1 look to them, so they were both happy. :banana: :banana:     

Back in the day, we used to chop the heads off 'strike anywhere' matches for instant 'tracer' ammo! >:D.......but I didn't tell them that. O:-)
Overnight and Camping / Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Today at 03:25:35 PM »
Glad you got in some woods time. Looks like you guys had a great time. My kin folks use to live in the cades cove area before it was a park. Nice blade
Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: Tree ID -- sort of
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Today at 02:59:37 PM »
OP, is it possible to cut a section out and dissect it in several different directions. Might give a clue as what happened.
DIY and Homemade Gear / Clothes pin gun
« Last post by asemery on Today at 12:57:45 PM »
Clothes pin gun
I am dating myself this toy was popular with my my Boy Scout troop
back in the early 50's.  If our parents ever knew about it they never stopped us.
Uses small paper wads, dried peas,wooden match bits, etc. as ammunition.  Caution - although this can be considered a toy the ammunition is fired with force and can really sting.  Can put your eye out.
Step 1.  Assemblying the zapper
Take clothes pin apart and file (or cut) a right angle in the spring groove of one side of the pin as shown.  Reassemble the pin using a rubber band as shown.

Step 2.  Cocking the zapper
Place the spring on the outside of the zapper as shown.  Push on the inside bar of the spring  (I used the half of another cclothes pin) until the bar rests in  the right angle notch you filed in step one.  Place ammunition where indicated

Step 3.  Firing the zapper
The barrel of the spring serves as the trigger.  Pull the barrel towards the rubber band so that the inside bar of the springs pops out of the right angle notch.The bar will send the ammunition flying.  Be careful where you aim the zapper.
General Outings / Re: our new summer home
« Last post by madmax on Today at 08:01:35 AM »
Looks like nice digs.  If y'all are moving in now,  I remember going up to our cabin there to wake to a heavy snowfall in the morning... in May.  Just saying.
Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: Tree ID -- sort of
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 09:22:16 PM »
Yeah, I had disagreed about the pine beetle too and I'm not entirely happy with my own guess.
I've reached out to a couple of buddies of mine. Two have forestry degrees and a lot of practical experience. The other is the Chief Arborist for my town.
They are mostly Eastern/Boreal specialists but might have a clue.
Will let you know what they come up with, if anything.
Thank you very much!  If they draw a blank, we have a true anomaly. It looks to me like the sapwood was actually ruptured from the inside out.  Why the X pattern instead of a bullseye shape?  Strange stuff.
Overnight and Camping / Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Last post by Mannlicher on Yesterday at 08:37:49 PM »
thanks so much for posting this thread.  I have not been to Cade's Cove in YEARS.  Way to long.
I second the choice of a Sven Saw.  I carry one on every camping trip. 
General Discussion / Re: What i will do for a dollar.
« Last post by Orbean on Yesterday at 07:58:18 PM »
The Son-in-law is a plumber. One day he gets a call to a commercial hog facility. It's a weekend and he invites my Dear Daughter along. Kids are all teenagers. They can take care of themselves for a couple hours. The complaint is a plugged drain, so they take some kind of high pressure water pump tool made just for cleaning/flushing drains along. It's kind of heavy so the daughter is along to help unload and load it into the van.

They get it all rigged up and let it do it's thing. That day, it's thing was to wait a few moments and then blow back out the drain. SIL and DD are  blasted with days fermented pig poo and dead , starting to rot, piglets.

Bad ride home for SIL and DD. They laugh about it now, but DD doesn't go on calls anymore. No Sir.

Nothing but respects for the plumbers of the world. They are key to putting civilized into modern civilization and seriously underappreciated by many for keeping us healthy.

Thank you sir. I enjoy my work, usually. The best is when you can help out someone with gas problems get their heat back on. I work for a family company that has a heart. We do mainly commercial work but if someone is in trouble and does not have much money (usually referrals from contractors), I have seen my boss step up to the plate. He is a cranky old bastard with a very kind generous heart. 
Overnight and Camping / Re: Overnighter in SE Washington
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 06:53:33 PM »
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