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Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 11-22-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,611
Posted By Ruark
I've heard to avoid cheap box store safes,...

I've heard to avoid cheap box store safes, because the locking mechanisms are unreliable.
Forum: Around the Campfire 10-11-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,826
Posted By Ruark
One thing is pretty obvious here: your dad is a...

One thing is pretty obvious here: your dad is a fighter. Like sort of an ex-Marine type that isn't going to let anything get him down. My hat's off to him. What a man. Prayers sent.
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-30-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,520
Posted By Ruark
He's really off to a good start. IMHO: be sure...

He's really off to a good start. IMHO: be sure he is exposed to different ways of thinking about the guitar, i.e. like Jimmy Vaughan said, "it's not the notes you play that make the difference, it's...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-30-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,668
Posted By Ruark
I wish I'd spent more time there. I had a good...

I wish I'd spent more time there. I had a good friend that spent 3 years at TSTI. He finished 3 programs: the 18 month program in Welding (that's all day every day for 18 months - GOOD program). ...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-30-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,668
Posted By Ruark
Yeah he did! Check your PMs!

Yeah he did! Check your PMs!
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-12-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,216
Posted By Ruark
Tons of info on the internet about living there...

Tons of info on the internet about living there (as well as many other places). Do a Google search for "pros and cons living in las vegas" (without quotes) and you get all kinds of links on the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-21-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By Ruark
What if Bodexpess had won that race? He would...

What if Bodexpess had won that race? He would have been disqualified, I assume...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-09-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ruark
That's what I was thinking, too. But the gaps...

That's what I was thinking, too. But the gaps are tapered, e.g. from flush at the bottom to wide at the top.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-09-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ruark
The builder is Poteet Homes, owned by Sonny...

The builder is Poteet Homes, owned by Sonny Estrada.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, I don't think stuffing it with 50 lbs. of...

Yeah, I don't think stuffing it with 50 lbs. of caulk is an option. I don't think it's the wrong size jamb, because the gap doesn't go all the way around. It's just a couple feet long in some...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ruark
Another home construction question

I really appreciate all the advice and feedback we got for our situation with the bad tile work. While I've done my share of construction, some of the things in building this new house are new to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By Ruark
We're shopping for a new garden tractor as well....

We're shopping for a new garden tractor as well. Just a plain vanilla mower, 19-20HP, 42 inches, probably in the $1400 - $1600 price range. I've also heard the John Deere's aren't that good. I'm...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
I'll be at the house this afternoon and will tap...

I'll be at the house this afternoon and will tap the tiles. I have been through the house with the builder and we put blue tape all over the place. Everything is getting addressed, though. Man,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 3,853
Posted By Ruark
I worked at Texas Education Agency for 15 years....

I worked at Texas Education Agency for 15 years. There are very, very specific rules and laws regarding services to kids with disabilities. It's not uncommon for school personnel to sidestep them...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-08-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,635
Posted By Ruark
You got it, bud.

You got it, bud.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-07-2019, 11:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, get a bunch of bids and estimates on that...

Yeah, get a bunch of bids and estimates on that job. Prices are going to be all over the map. And yes, definitely go with a welded frame. And sometimes the building and concrete guys work together -...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-07-2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
Well, I sent a polite, but very negative email to...

Well, I sent a polite, but very negative email to the tile boss with a cc to my builder, with about 10 pics. This morning the tile guy was working and wouldn't speak to me. Probably got in a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-06-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
Thanks for all the responses - it was more than I...

Thanks for all the responses - it was more than I expected! The builder was very concerned, and on his instruction, I sent about a dozen pics and some notes to the tiling company boss, with a cc to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
It is all covered with Kerdi under the tile, and...

It is all covered with Kerdi under the tile, and they did make a very slight slope in the bottom of the niche so water will run out.

I'm not sure where it can go from here. We still may owe them...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
Just asking, no offense.... what credentials do...

Just asking, no offense.... what credentials do you guys have for having those opinions?

In any case, the builder has already paid the contractors, and even then, there's not time to tear it all...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
OK, well... our new house is about 95% built...

OK, well... our new house is about 95% built now. The tile/flooring guys have been working on and off for the past month (he'll come in for a couple of days, then disappear for a week). We have...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,564
Posted By Ruark
Experienced pro tile guys on here?

I'd like to pm somebody on here who has pro-level experience with tile backsplashes, etc. We're having some done in our new house and I'd like to show somebody some pics of it for an opinion.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-04-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,084
Posted By Ruark
Same here. TCL and HiSense make VERY good TVs,...

Same here. TCL and HiSense make VERY good TVs, with gorgeous pictures. Get a 5 or 6 - Series TCL and you're good to go. And what the heck, you can get the 5 year Geek Squad warranty at Best Buy for...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-04-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,428
Posted By Ruark
We had a 2500 sq. ft., $160,000, top of the line...

We had a 2500 sq. ft., $160,000, top of the line Palm Harbor on our 25 acres, with another $60,000 worth of options and improvements. At first it was nice, but over time the little cheapies started...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-28-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,402
Posted By Ruark
Two notes about sardines: 1. They make great...

Two notes about sardines:

1. They make great catfish chum! Get a can of sardines (or 2 or 3) packed in water (not oil!). Poke a few holes in the top. Tape a rock or something to the bottom to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-24-2019, 11:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,606
Posted By Ruark
Remember.... you can't have an ag exemption on...

Remember.... you can't have an ag exemption on land secured with an equity loan. Just in case.
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,529
Posted By Ruark
Done.

Done.
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,373
Posted By Ruark
Used a lot of vets over the years. Some are...

Used a lot of vets over the years. Some are wonderful people, and some are just plain idiots. The best vet anywhere, IMHO, is Dr. Schuessler (sp?) out on 71W, in the Bee Caves area. Great guy,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,875
Posted By Ruark
That's what I call "real fishing."

That's what I call "real fishing."
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By Ruark
baseball sized hail reported in San Antonio this...

baseball sized hail reported in San Antonio this morning.
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,223
Posted By Ruark
When I was a little kid, I used to idolize Ted...

When I was a little kid, I used to idolize Ted Williams because he endorsed all that spiffy outdoor equipment in the Sears catalog.
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,607
Posted By Ruark
Pay back Social Security, just because you worked...

Pay back Social Security, just because you worked again? I never heard of such a thing. Maybe it has to do with him getting that COBRA....

Not going to say anything about that guy's decisions. ...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-10-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By Ruark
Truck AC question

Truck's AC is good and cold when it's moving, gets warm when idling. Kinda old 2004 RAM 1500. Think it's a fan clutch? This is an old work truck, don't want to put a lot of money into it.
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-02-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By Ruark
Great chart, thanks! I had a feeling his...

Great chart, thanks! I had a feeling his "minimum 20 gpm" was what was off.

I'll check on the exterior faucets.

What about the micron specs? The best are 5 microns, but do you really need...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-01-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By Ruark
Whole house water filters???

The plumbing contractor for our new house (still being built) strongly recommends a whole house water filter, to block silt and crap from the 600-ft. water well from getting into the house's water...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-01-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,411
Posted By Ruark
Will be buying one myself in 2 or 3 months, for...

Will be buying one myself in 2 or 3 months, for mowing about 3/4 an acre. Jeez, those higher-ed ZTMs are expensive. I'm thinking maybe a Husqvarna...

One thing, FWIW, I bought a top-line Cub...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-01-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,745
Posted By Ruark
14 years is a long life for a large dog. I...

14 years is a long life for a large dog. I remember having to put down our Chesapeake, Sally (see avatar), when she was about 13. At least you can know that you gave your dog love and a good, long,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-01-2019, 11:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,130
Posted By Ruark
That's not how it works with them. TPWD data...

That's not how it works with them. TPWD data shows that just to maintain a population of hogs in a given area, you have to kill 70% of them per year, which is virtually impossible. That doesn't...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-28-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,792
Posted By Ruark
Sent.

Sent.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By Ruark
The house is built on a sideways slope, so the...

The house is built on a sideways slope, so the slab goes from 2 feet to 6 feet high. They did send a guy out to spread plaster on it, and it looks pretty nice, down to about a foot off the ground,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 709
Posted By Ruark
He has a lot of neighbors in the area, so he...

He has a lot of neighbors in the area, so he doesn't want a blow-through round.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 938
Posted By Ruark
They also add a couple hundred or so for delivery...

They also add a couple hundred or so for delivery to and from the work site, if that's a factor.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 709
Posted By Ruark
That's what I thought, too. Man, at <50 yds...

That's what I thought, too. Man, at <50 yds that's going to be one heck of a wallop!
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 86
Posted By Ruark
55 gr. .243 on a hog?

Double post, sorry.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 709
Posted By Ruark
55 gr. .243 on a hog?

Do you think a 55 gr. 243 in the behind-the-ear area would put down a hog? Close range, under 50 yds. Probably looking at 3400+ fps.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,083
Posted By Ruark
Difficult to say without knowing either of you. ...

Difficult to say without knowing either of you. Symphony? Fine dining? Bowling? Shooting? Needlepoint?
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By Ruark
I don't think there will be any. This is rural,...

I don't think there will be any. This is rural, pretty rocky.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-22-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By Ruark
Concrete slab issue

Our house is nearing completion and looks great, but I have an issue with the slab. When they poured our slab, the mold boards didn't come all the way to the ground. So the concrete oozed out from...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-19-2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ruark
Interesting replies, thanks!

Interesting replies, thanks!
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-19-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,137
Posted By Ruark
Our 20x50 was great, but one problem: the grooves...

Our 20x50 was great, but one problem: the grooves in the metal paneling created openings around the bottom of the walls. As a result, the building became a luxury resort for black widows and other...
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