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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:30 am 
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Nice picture, I'm curious about that building next to the Merc.


Me too. I think I've been there, but can't place it.

Is there some sort of little building/antenna-something off to the side?


The cabin is on top of Wise Mountain (12k feet) off of the North Fork Swan river trail, also known as Garibaldi Gulch Road which start off of Tiger Road. That was one of several leftover mining cabins in the area that the FS 'somewhat' maintains. As in, they keep a roof on it, but that's about it. First come first serve, and they're free to stay in.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:39 am 
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Some of you might recognize this spot. Hard to believe a few years back this was covered with several feet of dirt. Water was real low yesterday. Another good rain or two might wash out a culvert and you won't be able to drive this far.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:54 pm 
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I remember that it was quite a mess. Cool picture BTW. Thanks for sharing
I would like to get down there before hunting season closes down some of it. I really miss checking in on those spots.
I have the TJ back on the road so it could happen 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:27 pm 
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Well the house went up for sale last week (open house over the weekend) and we've accepted an offer. First round of inspections were today with another round tomorrow, assuming those go well we will be out of here on 11/9.

Got the building permit on the new place, and they start digging tomorrow/Friday.

Let's just say the stress level around this place is palatable right now....

Anyone know of any short term leases in O'fallon that allow a Cat? Need to stay in O'Fallon Schools, so we're kind of limited on our radius that we can work with.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:35 pm 
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Congrats! That is a blessing to have sold your house and to begin breaking ground on the new! We've felt your pain/stress...about every three to four years.

We've sold early and had to find other accommodations, and had to rent for a year + and then try to sell again. But this too shall pass and plus you get to hang out with a lot of cool folks this weekend to forget about all this stuff for a short while!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:04 pm 
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I've got 2 sheds! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Yup! Really looking forward to the weekend at this point!

Going back and forth with the buyers on what we're going to fix (and not fix). Hope to have an agreement here soon about that

The city inspection went well, only a few minor things that were found, and I've managed to knock out most of them tonight. I should have the rest done this weekend yet so that we can get that re-inspection knocked out and on the books.

We have a lead on an apartment nearby, but if that doesn't work out, I'll fight the racoons off in Rob's shed :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:11 am 
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Packing and moving has been the theme over the past weekend. It is amazing how much crap one accumulates over time! So loaded up my little helper:
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And put the little fit truck to work moving load:
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after load:
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After load (man I have alot of T-cases!)
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The new house is progressing nicely as well. From a hole in the ground with rock in it:
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To a hole in the ground with walls:
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Progress on that comes to a stand still for a bit now as we have to wait on the Plumber/Framer's schedule and the material to show up. But the first part went much quicker than anticipated!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:42 pm 
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I think you may need a bigger truck than the Fit 8O .
Don't know how your do it!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:00 am 
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Is that last photo the garage?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:10 pm 
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kirkjeeps wrote:
I think you may need a bigger truck than the Fit 8O .
Don't know how your do it!


Nah! Really it's a pretty effective moving vehicle. I can stuff 8-10 full sized rubbermaid totes inside of it, and drag the trailer around just fine too. If had some sides on the trailer, I could be much more efficient at loading it up. About the only time I really miss having a truck (or a larger trailer) is moving some of the bigger things. Like a couch, which fills up the whole trailer.

Towing is just killing my mileage in the thing though :lol:
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Is that last photo the garage?

No, the second to last photos was the garage (on the left). The last photos is looking into the walkout basement.

View from the corner of the garage (Grassy area):
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:23 pm 
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Got the driveline in my bronco fixed. It was a bit of a fight. I had bloodied a knuckle while trying to whack the pinion out of the retainer for an hour. And then once it came apart, I discovered that the reason why I took it apart to begin with wasn't necessary. I ordered a crush sleeve elimination kit for it as that is stronger than a crush sleeve. Well, it already had one. So back together it went and I stabbed it into the bronco and filled the pumpkin with oil. I didn't even spill oil anywhere!!!

Tomorrow, I hope to work on the fuel system. I think I am going to try the single HP pump near the tank and see where that gets me. I need to find an electric fuel pressure gauge to install in the cab to monitor things.

Then I wonder if I'll get thru the cooler months trouble free...but once it warms up again...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:26 pm 
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Been awhile, but we’ve been a tad bit busy!!!!! After a stressful deal, we managed to pull something together in the 12th hour of selling our house, so with that still moving forward we had a frantic moving day. Even with the old garage cleaned out, it still seemed small. I have no idea how I did as much work in here as I did!
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The last time the Merc got to hang out in the driveway as I did the finial packing:
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Other than being pretty frantic, the move went rather well. The only two casualties being a glass vase the wife dropped, and I managed to knock off a tail light on the trailer during the very last load being hauled out of the garage :lol:

We had a good Halloween with the kids in there somewhere too.
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New house is coming along quickly, I now have floors and a retaining wall. Hopefully we’ll be starting framing this week if the rain holds off long enough:
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There was a hiking trip or two snuck in there as well:
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And 3 ER visits for the boy in the span of 6 days. Fell and put a large gash in the back of his head (Visit #1 which got him 3 staples):
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Visit #2 was when he tripped at school and put his tooth through his lip:
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…and Visit #3 was when the staple removal went wrong on the back of his head. He took it all very well though:
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So yeah.. not looking forward to getting those bills 


So what’s new in everyone else’s world (if there is anyone that still comes through here anymore).

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:17 pm 
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Life's been a bit less hectic for us than you, but I rec'd what I was hoping was my final order from speedway motors to get my brakes done...not so! Another fitting that is a different size! So back to the drawing board!!! Third order to get this done and while I am getting closer with each step, it's fighting me tooth and nail!

I just lack one -AN adapter fitting now! But that is what I lacked with my first order too...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:43 pm 
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Dang Benno, you're having a go of it aren't ya? Holy crap!

I'm still around, just looking for the meaning of life and what not, you know, some ole stuff :lol:


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