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  2. Rick480

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    You definitely used the right stuff! Ethylene glycol is highly toxic and should definitely not be dumped in the lake. It is the anti-freeze used in closed car cooling systems. Propylene glycol is also often called RV antifreeze and is non toxic. They do make a minus 50 version and a -75 version and I usually try to get the latter since it may mix with water still in the engine and be diluted a little. I have used both with no problems however in a climate where it gets below zero several days during the winter.
  3. soldier4402

    Personal Property Tax in Virginia

    the 50% thing really isn't true, that was a political twist. The 53% deal was a Romney throw out, but what that really means is 50% do not owe taxes at tax time, but they still had taxes taken out of their pay roll. While true some got back more than they paid(wrong), most research indicates roughly 20-25% do not pay any taxes at all. Part of the problem if you ask me is political figures throwing this crap out and then it catches fire. When you look at the totality things really aren't that bad, is it a mess somewhat, probably. Even the national debt is embellished, about a third of the national debt is all current federal employees to include the military's retirement. So you could have a federal employee month one on the job and his/her projected retirements earnings of say 500k is thrown on the debt pile even though that debt wont realize for another 35 years, post office did the same thing except they actually have to pay that bill now, hence the troubles they are in. Guess what I am getting at is a lot of it is accounting procedures and how data is politicized As for taxes they are needed and I am happy to pay them to an extent. We enjoy a nice income but not rich, but between income and property taxes we easily pay 30-40k a year add in sales tax, my guess is we pay roughly 50k a year. Just get tired of them asking for more. My solution to this is a flat 10% income tax, no deductions nothing, models actually show more money taken in and savings by trimming the staff at the IRS. Realistically better accounting, being more efficient and finding ways to combat waste and abuse would probably solve at least 50% of the issue without changing taxes or entitlements.
  4. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Not to beat a dead horse, but are you 100% sure about that, Denny? I locked mine tight and I can still turn it with the wrench. My mechanic buddy is also 100% convinced the wrench can be used to crank the windlass manually and pull the line. I'm doing it right now as we speak. I'm making a mockup setup with the whole thing mounted and anchor connected to get the whole weight and effect and see if it works 'with a load," so to speak. I'll post the vid. 9 hours, Curtzation? Really? How long would it take to knock off the welds, 45 minutes? ok, 1 hour (and that's actually crazy! It would take me 6 minutes with my grinder lol,) but we'll go with that. Bend the roller? 30 minutes. Ok, 1 hour, that's 2 hours now how long to reweld it? Can't be more than 1 hour even with all those little beads. It's not much length at all. You're looking at 8 spot welds on the back and maybe 18" of fine beaded welds on the front. Then polishing. I think 9 hours is completely insane, especially if it's someone who knows what they're doing. I've decided that I'm going to knock off the welding and bend the roller to shape myself. I'll save not only a ton of time and aggravation, but of course money but more importantly is that knowing the shape of the bow and how all these guys looking at it are getting all bent out of shape (no pun intended) will simplify things much better. I have all the tools to do it. The spot welds on the back are very easy with a grinder, the finish welds on the front will require a bit of skill and patience and a few different rotary tools and bits as well as the grinder. I'll take pics and post them as I go.
  5. Curt

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Not a big motor, but a real big piece of equipment. These rolls are “just” components of something much larger that’s used to make plastic films, or if equipped as such, paper. Very similar to the equipment used to manufacture and finish steel and aluminum coil.
  6. Roady68

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Looks like a rotor for large industrial electrical motor.
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  8. SST

    Personal Property Tax in Virginia

    I don't see why everybody is complaining about taxes. This is how we will pay for free education and free health care. Open the Mexican boarder and let everybody in and advise them not to worry, the working people of our country will pay for everything. Its Utopia at its finest. Like Miss Cortez [D-NY] says, "Just pay for it." Does anybody remember why we left Europe to North America? And why we forced the British out? Seems like we are being led back to European ways. Frankly, I don't think we have to worry about Russian spies. They've been here forever. How about Russian Advisors. Advising those who want to destabilize our country and let socialism in. This is really like history repeating itself. Can you say Uncle Joe from post WWII and East vs West Germany? As for the OP, glad I don't live in VA. I just keep driving right on through.
  9. Hatem

    Single note horn replacement

    Awesome you took a pic of it and posted it. I'm usually the only one on this board who does this kinda thing because I think it's very helpful to see things along with the discussion, others are just a bit lazy around here to make things much better and interesting and helpful with accompanying pics. So that's what that POS looks like from inside? Interesting. Yeah, it is definitely embarrassing and I've thought about that but it hasn't been a top priority on the mods schedule because of usage. I think I only used the horn twice this season. First time was after the fireworks on the 4th of July and the other was just to get the attention of another boater. Other than that, don't use it much. That would be really cool if you're able to do that. Mount it underneath the cap/gunwale and keep the original "speaker" on the top, if that's possible.
  10. Wingnut

    Personal Property Tax in Virginia

    So true. Politics needs to go back to the days when informed patriots served driven by a true desire to make things better for the next generation and people looking for a lucrative career choice looked elsewhere. TERM LIMITS........ Even in local politics, our officials all talk about what they will and won't support, and never about this percentage of the people agree with me but the overwhelming majority do not so I can support my position. There are no perfect candidates who will always be aligned with the majority on every issue, but when did they stop listening/asking and spend each and every day trying to figure out how to get re-elected. The excuse is always "we have to offer ridiculous compensation and for life benefits to attract the right people". Hows that working out. W
  11. Iggy

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    Pogo, is your system like the one in my link? It should be around a 25 to 30 gal tank.
  12. Hatem

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    That's good, then. Have you used it in between these checks of opening the cap to the pump out port? Also, do you leave the switch to the vacuum on all the time, or do you turn it on only before someone is going to use it? Do you have access to the tank, or is it in a tight spot and hard to get at? Which one is it out of the link that was posted a few posts above, the white one with the detached vacuum pump or the black one with the built-in pump? I have the black one and it's in the forward end of the ski locker which is directly next to the head, so I have really easy access to it. I pull it out every fall as part of the winterizing process and dump it out, clean it with detergent and rinse it a couple of times, reconnect it and flush a half gallon of AF in it just incase there's any water left anywhere. Very easy: there's 2 electrical quick-connects to disconnect, the vacuum hose which is a small, 3/4" line with a hose clamp, the flush line which is a threaded coupling and the pump-out hose which is a rubber, snug plug and 5 screws that bolt it down to the floor. Once I disconnect it, I just pull it closer to the opening and this is really the toughest part, getting it out of the locker and on the deck because if it's full, it's heavy and there isn't much to grab on to it well. Plus you risk getting a bit of pee and poop on you lmao! But hey, I always say "what's a little bit of @#$%@# amongst family," right? Worst case is put a few rags into the two openings and you're all set but I've been doing this for 4 years now so I got it down pact. You can see how easy it is to disconnect. The threaded coupling at one end, the snug, rubber fitting to the left and the 3/4" vacuum hose connects to the pump just under that metal plate. And the 2 quick-connect electrical fittings are marked with the blue tape. Take it to a special spot in the backyard (this year we had some early snow) and dump it out. I had already flushed some antifreeze into it to "help out" with whatever odors I might encounter. It was all #1 this year, no one dropped a deuce which makes it juuuuuust a bit more tolerable. Couple of drops of dishwashing detergent and a couple of washes and rinses and back in she goes. The whole process takes about 45 minutes, maybe less. And in your case, if you're able to do this, you can examine to see if there is anything blocking the hoses or something not right and fix it. Also check the hoses and if you have a compressor, just a few PSI of air you can clear the lines especially the pump-out line.
  13. Chap243

    Personal Property Tax in Virginia

    We are in the financial mess that we are in because our politicians refuse to say no. People keep demanding more goods and services from government and our politicians refuse to say no, we cannot afford it. The politicians know that it would be political suicide if they don't keep giving away other peoples money and it becomes much easier to say yes, lets spend it. A lot, almost 50% of this country does not pay income taxes, in fact many get back more than they pay in, this is wrong. On the other end of the spectrum, others are paying upwards to 50% of their income towards taxes, this is wrong. Governmental reckless spending has to stop and people should all be expected to pay a fair amount, not 0 and not 50%. If/when the government can learn to reduce their spending consumption, then they can begin reducing the burden on the citizens.
  14. Toddler

    The Boatyard

    I know that guy........ .
  15. Toddler

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    You'll be fine, this stuff is for storage not for everyday use. It reads that way so you don't put it into a car radiator. .
  16. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    The exhaust line was not clogged. I was able the pump everthing out. The problem was that the indicator did not say the tank was full but when I opened the cover, there was strong pressure that pushed materials out.
  17. summerpenguin

    Did I get the wrong pink antifreeze?

    This forum has been invaluable and about 6 weeks ago, there was a lot of advice on going to Walmart to get the RV pink stuff. So I got 6 gallons of the -50. I live in Maryland where it does get below freezing for a few days at a time, but I figured the -50 was okay. Then I read a week or two ago that it should be the propylene glycol not ethylene, so I went back to Walmart last week and bought the last 4 jugs they had, of the same pink stuff. Yesterday, I winterized my boat for the first time (since owning it in June) all based on advice I read here. I created a checklist. Changed the oil filter, oil, fuel filter, etc. Last, was to run the pink stuff through. I had to be Spiderman to climb over my teak swim platform (my boat is on a lift at my dock), step onto my drive, grab the platform support bar and lean down past the drive to slip on the earmuffs only to have the drive suddenly swing to the side... Fortunately, I was still hanging on, or I would have ended up in the water. I felt like a contestant on American Gladiator. Anyway, I managed to get it hooked up, ran water from the hose, fired up the engine, and then took the hose apart quickly and stuck it in the bucket of pink stuff that I had on the platform until it was almost gone and pink was coming out of the exhaust. After all that, I read on every empty gallon that this was not for engines, but okay for water systems. Do I need to do this again with the propylene stuff or am I good for this time? Honestly, this pink stuff was everywhere in Walmart, so I didn't notice any different kind. Thanks in advance.
  18. boardrider

    Single note horn replacement

    I have often thought about modifying one of these products to fit... http://www.stebel.it/stebel/products.asp?IDserie=18&uso=1&tipologia=nautica I would not have it exposed, but you can if you want...
  19. Shoddi

    Personal Property Tax in Virginia

    That's true!
  20. cyclops2

    Single note horn replacement

    You realize a dual note is still going to be 1/2 as embarrassing ? I would be looking at a musical auto horn for real class. Same space..
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  22. Just 1 more

    Single note horn replacement

    Hi folks, I have a 2007 275 SSi, and as most all of you know, the horns on these boats are just down right embarassing. A silly sounding single note horn. I would like to replace it with a duel note horn, using, if possible the same mounting area. Has anyone else done these, and if so, can you share the brand and the source for a better sounding horn ? Many thanks, Scott
  23. Pogo Junior

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    Thanks for all the replies. I will re-evaluate all the possible conditions that led to this "disaster" based on your comments. By the way, I examined the level indicator and it only has 3 indications: "POWER" means the system is active and is always on whatever is the level of stuff in the tank is, "3/4" is supposed to warn you that it is nearing full. And the last one is "DO NOT USE" which is obviously the indication that the tank is already full. I have never gone to the point where the indicator is lit at the DO NOT USE level. I always pump out when at the 3/4 indication. That's why it was a complete surprise to me when the system acted that like it was about to explode. Now, every morning, I try to open the pump out port very slowly to check if it is pressurized. So far, it is not. Will give update when something new happens. Thanks again.
  24. jeffk

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    If the exhaust line is clogged, you probably are not getting a full pumpout and that is why your tank is overflowing. Start with the simple fix first.
  25. jeffk

    Mercs Winterized - Need Advice on A/C and Genset

    If you closed the seacock to the genny and poured a/f into the strainer ad shut down when you saw it coming out the boat wouldn't that work? Same for the a/c.
  26. Hatem

    For all you Photo Lovers (part 2)

    I have a black bear story for you. about 25 years ago, driving up north from MA to Vermont for an art show I was participating in and I was in my firebird formula at the time with a very delicate sculpture in the passenger seat just tied off carefully but had to hold it with one hand when I went over bumps or had to stop short. But I was nearing the town somewhere on 84 (I think it was) and it was early October and a spectacular view of the foliage on both sides of the completely lonely and mountainous highway. Not a single car in sight for miles and miles and miles. I'm doing about 80/85mph in the fast lane and happy as a clam, then I see this squirrel try to cross the median about 50 yards ahead of me and I'm thinking "no way, that little mother #%&*%^ is going to do the usual and hesitate that little bit or turn around and go back the other direction just exactly as I flatten his $^& out!" Sure enough, he stops, hops a few steps, turns back and hops a few steps backwards then turns around and speeds back again across the highway lol I think he did that all as I passed right over him and I couldn't slow down at all. Holding on to my sculpture and grasping the wheel expecting a thump and splattered squirrel in my rear view mirror but the son of a #$%#$ made it! I have no idea how he missed my wheels looool, but he did. Thank goodness, right. So as I'm phewing and wiping sweat off my brow, I see another spec in the distance and this one is much larger and darker. Now I'm thinking WTF is this now so I start slowing down big time and drop all the way down to 40 and get into the slow lane and as I get up to this thing, I see a black bear that must've gotten hit just minutes before I cruised by because it was fresh as can be! Fresh blood and black bear splatter all over the 3 lanes and still, no one in sight! Can't imagine what the vehicle that hit it looked like, probably a semi or something big enough that even if he stopped to check things out, he was ok to keep going and did. I saw some rubber tracks and stuff but man, that was a scarry sight. I immediately thought to myself what a great warning the squirrel was and thank God he wasn't this black bear!
  27. Iggy

    Signature 330 Holding Tank

    Again, there are different models out there that you not taking into account. Your making a flat statement that does not hold true for all models. I am not even sure myself. Such as the tank that I had the link on. That would not be true!! If that filter was clogged, poo could not get and then you might have some pressure in the tank.
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