Saturday, May 04, 2013

Victor Out O'Sight Mole Trap Works Every Time! Here's how easy it is to use.

I tried repellant and smoke sticks for two months.  I didn't know how many moles I had, but whatever was under the ground was really making a mess above ground!  My wife finally brought home a couple different traps and the one that looked the most promising was the Victor Out O'Sight Mole Trap.  I set it on a Friday afternoon, and late Saturday morning I caught this.  Here are two of the best links I can give you about this trap.  The video is perfect.  Thank you Mr151josh!  The main thing to take away from the video is that the trap goes over the path of the mole.  You make a little dirt wall underneath the plate that trips the trap and the mole pushes on it when it tries to go over the dirt wall you put in the middle of his sweet tunnel.  Wham!  One mole down!  Who's next!

- Click here to see the video of how to set the trap
- Click here to read reviews just like mine

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Tom Wood's Drive Shafts on a 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK

A new front drive shaft fixed the vibration I was feeling through the steering wheel. Here's how. I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. I added some Warn bumpers, 35" BFGoodrich KM2 tires, American Expedition Vehicle wheels and a 4" SuperLift. The lift was done around the same time as the tires and and around that time I noticed that the front tires felt out of balance from 45-50 mph. My steering wheel was shaking. I went back to Discount Tire and they rechecked the balance and assured me the tires were balanced correctly. That was almost a year ago. I lived with the 45-50 mph vibration since then. I recently went to Moab and saw grease had slung out from the Rzeppa style CV (Constant Velocity) joint and the spline boot was breaking apart. This was on the front drive shaft only. Rzeppa joints are very strong and smooth, but don't hold up as well as U-joints when the drive shaft sees a steeper angle from a 4" lift or more. I just had Tom Wood's drive shafts installed at Bayview 4x4 in Silverdale, WA and something unexpected happened. Rich, the lead mechanic at Bayview 4x4, knew what the problem was and my 45-50 mph vibration in the steering wheel went away. Turns out the stock JK Wrangler Rzeppa style CV joint was at a steep enough angle to cause drive line vibration and a couple shops couldn't correctly diagnose the problem for me. Word of advice... watch out for so called "Professionals" with advice and question everything! While I was looking at the Tom Wood's drive shaft site I found Driveline 101 and it referenced the 45-50 mph vibration problem. Click here to check out the Driveline 101 page. The other problem with the front JK drive shaft with a 4" lift was that the stock drive shaft was resting on the transfer case skid plate with the axle dropped to it's lowest position. The new Tom Woods drive shafts came with low profile replacement flanges and a smaller diameter drive shaft and now there is no interference between the drive shaft and skid plate. Be warned that the new Tom Wood's drive shaft requires you to grease it on a regular basis. Mechanics will tell you that almost all U-joint failures are a result of the owner not greasing on a regular basis or not greasing after going through a lot of water and deep sand. Greasing is easy. Grease your drive shaft regularly to keep it working like new. Don't ignore DD (Driveline Dysfunction): It's Preventable.

Photo taken in Death Valley, CA at an elevation of... minus 190ft: Click on photo for full view

Two videos of my Jeep at Moab in mid May, 2011

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SEAL Creed

The SEAL Code

• Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate
• Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield
• Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit
• Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates
• Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation
• Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies
• Earn your Trident everyday

United States Navy SEAL

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.

Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.

I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.

Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

go to this link. for more photos. The Green Giant we're wondering about is in the center of this photo. This is one of seven and is the only one that has the rust colored foliage in the middle. This is the day before we poured concrete a couple of days ago.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Hill Climb Havoc

These guys are nuts!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jeep JK Wrangler Front End Alignment Article from

Good writeup at . The image below is from that site.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Put Your BF Goodrich KM Spare Tire To Good Use

There's a good chance your BF Goodrich KM tires won't go flat. They are too tough. Put the spare to good use and use it to transport stuff. I couldn't fit this 48" diameter Sonotube in my Jeep,... so I hung it off the spare. Worked great!

2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Travel To Mexico - Vacation In Mexico

Before you travel to Mexico you will want to read two important websites to protect yourself. Read this from the U.S. Department of State about Mexico criminal penalties/torture and this site titled How Mexico treats illegal aliens .