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Off Topic / Anyone here who works with Kydex?
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:20:29 PM »
Aloha all!
I want to make a couple of custom holsters for some audio gear. It's an inline headphone amp and a wireless transmitter for a boom operator.

It's a little tricky in that both items have to have open bottoms for cable access. Oh, and the 9v battery which powers the amp is external, so it needs a pocket as well.

Who here wants to do a little arts and crafts in thick plastic?
Off Topic / Re: Car A/C service
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:03:02 AM »
Dan from Thumb Cooling was amazing! He spotted an obvious leak at the condenser. He offered to replace just the faulty component, or since we were talking about 20+ year old original components, go ahead and replace all the major parts. I do plan to keep this truck until the end of time, so I went with "buy once, cry once" and had him replace it all. Two hours later, conditioned air! Shy of $1500 (not a lot shy, but shy).
Off Topic / Re: Car A/C service
« on: July 27, 2020, 01:55:42 PM »
It's an R-134a system (according to the internet, R-134a became the dominant refrigerant in 1994.) I refuse to put stop-leak into it. That stuff is notorious for crippling systems... a $15 bandaid could change a $300 repair into a $800 repair.

Dan is coming over Wednesday. His Yelp reviews are all extremely positive, and I do love not having to leave the house!
Off Topic / Car A/C service
« on: July 27, 2020, 08:48:09 AM »
Aloha all!
My 99 Ford Ranger has had a tiny refrigerant leak for years. I'd put a can in each summer and be fine. This year, though, it's upped its game... a can of refrigerant only lasts about a month.

I'm looking for a reputable and affordable A/C repair service. Where have you had good experiences? Also, where should I avoid?
Off Topic / Re: Leaving Hawaii
« on: April 26, 2020, 08:25:30 PM »

Well, let's take a look at what you posted and what meaning it inferred.

Inferences are made by the listener/reader.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Local FENIX service?
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:17:38 AM »
Unfortunately, your E11 is a discontinued model that is outside of the free replacement warranty period. There are no longer parts available for this unit, so, I will not be able to assist you with a repair. I can, however, offer you a 30% discount code for the purchase of a new light from our site


This is why I don't buy nice things.
Firearms and Accessories / Local FENIX service?
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:50:11 AM »
Well, my trusty Fenix E11 is getting iffy. Sometimes I have to switch it multiple times before it comes on. Sunday, I couldn't get it to work at all when I needed it. Is there anyone local who can help me with this? I vaguely remember meeting someone at a get-together who said they were the Hawaii rep for Fenix.
Off Topic / Re: Buying cars from military personnel
« on: November 08, 2019, 11:51:41 AM »
Maybe it's too crazy to state properly, but the issue appears to be that buying a used car from a servicemember results in the new owner owing not only the prorated registration fee for the remainder of the year + transfer fee - as you stated-
but they are also on the hook for all the exempted taxes the servicemember didn't have to pay for however many years.

That was exactly my experience. Bought my current truck from a serviceman. Went to register it, and had to pay the registration fees for the several years it had already been on the island as a serviceman's vehicle.
Off Topic / Re: fried chicken - discuss
« on: November 02, 2019, 01:06:20 PM »
fattiestest part

Fat is where flavor lives!
Off Topic / Re: fried chicken - discuss
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:08:22 PM »
What's your best, anywhere?

Ezell's in Seattle was awesome.  I've had some really good fried chicken in MD and VA, but I can't even tell you the name of the joints.

Mexican is another that HI is sorely lacking.  My faves are Los Chapporros and there's a decent one in Aiea, but nothing like the joints in that I've had in SD.  Then I have a buddy who lived in Houston who says all of that is "fake"/junk.  But good for me.   ;D 

I'm a Louisiana boy. There, any place you order fried chicken, it's good.

Now, I just don't even try any more. I really like Dirty Lickin's chicken bits, enjoy wings from a few places, and am ashamed to admit I have a taste for chicken McNuggets, but as far as getting actual pieces of fried chicken, I've been disappointed so many times that it's off the list. My trips back to my ancestral lands are as much about food as they are about the people I go to visit. Somehow even Popeyes chicken here is crap compared to their product on the mainland, and that's saying something!
Off Topic / Re: fried chicken - discuss
« on: October 20, 2019, 08:17:47 AM »
There is no good fried chicken here. It's on the unicorn list, next to anything creole, TexMex, and proper barbecue.
Hunting / Re: Tripods - spiked feet
« on: October 17, 2019, 09:30:25 PM »
Looks nice! I'm not familiar with that brand. What's going on top of it?
Hunting / Re: Tripods - spiked feet
« on: October 14, 2019, 11:49:17 AM »
I’ve been looking at tripods and the carbon ones with ballhead from geekoto and K&F run about $150...but don’t have retractable spikes.  These are rated for about 25 pounds of load

For those running tripods, are spikes needed?

Some Sirui tripods have retracting spikes but they start at 225 without a ballhead.

(My friend said get the cheap one, duct tape and some nails)

Thank you, Tim

Retractible spikes are essential on a tripod. The vast majority of places I shoot react poorly to spikes scratching up their floors, but having the spikes option does increase the stability of the tripod for outdoor venues. The last thing you want is your tripod skating when you try to do a smooth pan!
Off Topic / Re: showing receipt at Walmart and Costco
« on: August 23, 2019, 04:53:28 PM »
Sucked cause the table was heating up.
Legal and Activism / Re: Cannabis decriminalization
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:26:29 AM »
Where Federal law is silent, states can do what they want.
Where Federal law is in place, states can make additional laws.
But, where Federal law is in place, states must conform.

All these states where marijuana is legal are flaunting Federal law. We've had that situation before, and it ended poorly for the South. I am really curious to see what the future brings on this front. What I hope is that it leads to Federal laws being revised to get marijuana de-illegalized. It was really only ever criminalized because hemp production was threatening the deep pockets of DuPont Chemical and William Randolph Hearst. It has no business being a Schedule 1 narcotic; heck, even the DEA definition of the word "narcotic," and its replacement term, "opiod," are inapplicable to marijuana.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Must Have Tools for Range Bag
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:32:55 PM »
Ahh, interesting.  Learn something new every day. 

So what is the proper or preferred method of addressing this condition?  If one has a revolver with pretty small gap, I am not sure if a file would fit. 

Brute force. The non-marring hammer helped. And, to prevent recurrences, crimped loads.
General Discussion / Re: Handgun Safety Class Recommendations?
« on: July 09, 2019, 08:45:21 PM »
L.I.F.E. is an outstanding choice. They have classes monthly, and will expose you to a far greater range of instructors and handguns than anyone else. They teach to the NRA course outline, so there won't be anything defense-related beyond the state-mandated coverage of applicable laws.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Must Have Tools for Range Bag
« on: July 08, 2019, 02:42:33 PM »
One time, when I was RSO at SRGC, a guy managed to load a .357 Mag in his .38 SPL revolver.  He didn't fire it, but he managed to get the round into the firing position.  But when it got there, he couldn't get the cylinder out or advance the cylinder.  It seemed like the tip of the bullet head needed to be filed down.  No idea how he got the round into that position in the first place.  When my shift ended, he was still working on the revolver.  No idea what ended up happening, but I always remembered that.  I think a thin nail file would have done the trick, but it would have marred his cylinder and barrel throat.   :'(

I've seen, more than once, a situation where a small frame .357 generated enough recoil that it actually nudged the bullets out of their cases a bit. Just a bit. But after pulling the trigger 2 or 3 times, the remaining rounds would have "stretched" enough that they became wedged and locked the cylinder in place.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Must Have Tools for Range Bag
« on: July 07, 2019, 09:02:45 PM »
Stapler and staples....lots of staples just in case you run out of bullits.  Bird seed to feed the chickens  :shaka:

FUnny... my OTHER range bag has targets, staples, stapler, 'nocs, and spotting scope. Plus a couple of clean, dry rags. But if I'm not punching paper, I don't want to carry that extra weight, so... second bag.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Must Have Tools for Range Bag
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:33:25 PM »

Maybe a spam musubi, but no extra. . .

Dude, with no extra musubi, how you gonna give one to your bud?
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