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Old 07-27-2014, 09:34 PM   #51
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Cool project
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:06 PM   #52
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Nice.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:40 AM   #53
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I'd say it working !!!!!
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:38 AM   #54
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Top notch sir!!! Very impressed, great build. Thanks for letting us follow along...


How often do you have to clean the mud out of the bottom?
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:53 AM   #55
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That's awesome. Nice work.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:05 PM   #56
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Nice!! That what they do in South Africa. They call them "Pans" They will have a well with water lines running in all directions for miles. They had one well that was so far away from everything there was now electricity so once a week they would go fill up a diesel fuel tank and run the pump until the tank ran out.
I do wonder if you should have set it a bit higher to keep the critters from kicking it full of dirt and to allow settling?
That owl makes me laugh!
Nice job!
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:09 PM   #57
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Thumbs up Pit Blind Sneak Peek

Thank yall for the comments, I typically clean it out every 3-4 weeks; the rounded bottom allows you to clean it out with a round shovel or 5 gallon bucket with a couple of swipes. I actually built it to sit close to the ground to benefit even the smallest critters and I'm hoping there won't be any settling as it sits on the concrete pavers and the concrete apron around the edge of the waterer.
BTW: Here is a sneak peek at my newly finished pit blind that will be installed out there in a few weeks on our return trip. The complete buildup and install soon to follow!
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:29 PM   #58
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I'm late to the party but man you did a great job! Can't wait to see the pit blind!
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #59
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VERy VERY NICE
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:50 PM   #60
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:58 PM   #61
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Float valve question....

How hard will it be to replace the float valve? Will you have to dig up the end where your pex makes the connection or what? I ask because most toilet floats pass through the tank that they are mounted to.

Great install. Figuring on duplicating your set up in dry east texas.... Raining all around me but not on my lease.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:08 AM   #62
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If you do have to change the entire float then yes you will have to dig under that corner, but most that I've ever had to do is remove the top "cap" 1/4 turn to access the gaskets, floats, etc. they also sell kits that change most of these components from the top. Been a while since we've been out there, my FIL has filled it up once since July so something has been drinking many gallons of water! Hope to get out and setup blind in October.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:32 AM   #63
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Really cool idea.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #64
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Default Pit Blind Install & Game Cam Updates (kinda)

Its funny how time gets away, 4 months after heading out West we had a chance to get our gear together to finally put in the pit blind built over the summer.
The actual pit 5.5 X 4 and 18" will give plenty of room for the wife and little one in the blind. I chose hardy backer concrete board to resist rotting out.
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A little digging in the west texas sand quickly gave me a nice place to start.
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Once the pit was leveled up it was now time to shave the dirt on the outside to merge it with the blind, some rebar tied between both parts will hold everything together.
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A little concrete on the ledges will provide a area to hold gear and keep the critters out. Tomorrow the last step is to pour the floor and smooth out the exterior and brush it all in. As far as the waterer goes its going strong, I found my TC had been thrashed and it appears to have worked only 2-3 weeks after our last visit in late July. Here are few picts from that period I think they like. My FIL has had to fill it once since June.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:15 PM   #65
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #66
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Awesome!
What's the round portion of the blind made of?
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:13 PM   #67
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That's sweet! I'm also curious about what the blind's exterior is made of.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:32 AM   #68
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Sorry might help to give a little about the construction part. The frame is 1" angle iron rolled into a 6' ring with angle iron supports along to window ports and the door frame.
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Next is solar guard insulation.
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The skin is 26 gauge flat sheet metal that is typically used to make sheet metal, I purchased 45' of it for $70.00, so I could paint it myself to save the $!
I'll let the pictures tell the rest.
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It will make its first hunt Thanksgiving weekend, stay tuned for updates
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:42 PM   #69
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I like it! Sweet job. My guess is that you have built yourself a real killing spot.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:46 AM   #70
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I put the finishing touches on the blind yesterday, I brushed in a few cut trunks. My wife and little girl came out to see the progress, I think the "inspector" approves!
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View from the blind to the waterer with camera port window..
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Thanks for coming along!
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:49 AM   #71
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A 1000 points for you cause this thread is awesome! I want to replicate that setup
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:09 PM   #72
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Looks great, Staley!
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:19 PM   #73
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Awesome set up
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:00 AM   #74
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great work
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:10 PM   #75
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Thanks for all the kind words, Macoop I hope your right! Good luck to your killing spots as well!
Video Link to install..
http://youtu.be/6sMB8FGhT2Y
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:24 PM   #76
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HOLY COW... very very impressed
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:47 PM   #77
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Nice set up
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:22 PM   #78
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Man you are gonna love that thing! I have a buddy that wants to build something like that and I sent him a link to your video.
Great video skills too.
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:03 PM   #79
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Wow that is an awesome set up. The video is awesome as well. Thanks for sharing. Good luck Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:03 PM   #80
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Very nice setup. Great job
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:56 PM   #81
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Great set up. We added a "water hole" out in Dryden, very similar, and it is a deer killing machine. During the rut all the does come by and Mr Buck is on their tail! Good luck.

PS Love the video
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:36 PM   #82
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Looking forward to your hunts from here, Staley.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #83
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that is REALLY cool!
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:07 AM   #84
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Best part about showing up late, you dont have to wait to see the finale! The watering hole is genius and your pit blind came out Amazing! You and Macoop should start a new show, "Flip my Hunting Hole"
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:32 AM   #85
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Great job.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #86
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Hunted over the Christmas break a few days, had a doe and a little buck come by just before daybreak, although no harvests from it yet, its still nice to pass the time watch the all the critters enjoy the fruits of our labor. Here are some highlights from the December card read.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Old 12-27-2014, 04:44 PM   #87
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Awesome work. Really like the pit blind
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:36 PM   #88
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Very impressive!
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:50 PM   #89
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Well done
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:58 PM   #90
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Love the shovel on the forks
Whole setup is awesome

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Old 12-29-2014, 12:13 AM   #91
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Really nice
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:52 AM   #92
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Excellent lookin blind, I really like the circular style
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:53 AM   #93
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Cool. Seems to be working well.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:01 PM   #94
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Great job, Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:28 PM   #95
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Very impressive. The picture of the birds and animals using it is crazy good. Way to go.
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:07 AM   #96
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Top.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:29 PM   #97
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Had a chance to put the camera out in July and check the waterer activity. To my surprise the game had used almost 250 gallons in a months time, a lot more water usage than last year but definitely more critters now using it. I never made a harvest from the setup last season, but was very cozy on those cold hunts, maybe I'll draw some blood this year looks like its going to be a target rich zone.
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:36 AM   #98
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time to start processing the pork
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:39 AM   #99
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It is amazing how animals can find such a small amount of water
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Old 08-08-2015, 08:05 AM   #100
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That is a very cool project
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