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Building my dream shop #15: Hot enough for ya ?

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Blog entry by rep posted 08-17-2011 04:45 PM 7275 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Shop Update, Tool Gloat, Wood Gloat Part 15 of Building my dream shop series Part 16: Where did the time go? »

A quick update.

It has been hot – really hot for a while. Unable to do much in the shop. Gonna have to look into some cooling/heating option for the shop. One of the down sides to a big area is the cost of air conditioning.

We decided to re-do some of the tree planting, so we ended up getting some dozer work done, and now have 4-5 acres of cleared fields to prep for longleaf pine planting. Found a big canebrake rattle snake on the new field last weekend. Also have 2 yellow jacket nests to handle.

Got a lot of logs to mill into lumber, but they will have to wait until planting is done.

Shop projects will also be delayed.

So, may be a while before woodworking gets going, but I have lots to keep me busy for the next week, month, year, lifetime…?

That’s a good thing

-- rick



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Toolz

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 04:54 PM

Nice snake. Gonna make a belt out of him? I used to do that in SC and FL. The largest snake I ever used was a 7 1/2’ eastern diamondback I got when stationed at Paris Island. He turned into several belts and leather buckles. Hope the weather cools and you get some shop time.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 03:41 AM

What a beautiful snake. We dont have those in Ok. or I would be making a cool belt. Did you shoot that thing with that tiny pistol? Gasoline works really well on yellowjacket nests and we do have lots of those. A .410 pistol is my preferred snake gun. Good luck and be safe.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rep

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 04:29 AM

I will probably just make a wall hanging with the skin – at least at first. Maybe a belt or something in the future. This will be my first attempt at preserving the skin.The snake measured 49 inches without the head.

Yes, I shot him with the little pistol – a NAA Black Widow .22. I prefer to carry larger, but this little guy is light and easy to carry in my pocket when I am working out side with the chainsaw or other hot, dirty work. Like carrying a pocket knife. It got the job done.

This is only the 3rd snake I have seen in 2 years – and the only venomous. I know they are out here, but we don’t cross paths often. I hated to kill this one, but I can’t afford any surprises from the dangerous ones. The others I leave alone, or release if they are interesting enough to capture and inspect.

As far as the yellow jackets – I need to plant this area, so I don’t want to dump gasoline. I am still looking at options on sprays and such.

-- rick

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 05:02 AM

Toss a pint of gas on each nest. No more wasps, gas evaporates in minutes, just dont smoke while tossing gas!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 05:01 PM

I found the quickest way to get rid of the big nests, if nothing too flammable was too close was one of those
propane weed burning torches. Otherwise, just grab a can of wasp and hornet spray that will spray at least
5’, you do not want to be too close if they get upset about being sprayed, then as you get it started, you
can walk closer and really soak the entrance opening to finish off the nest. I try to catch them when they
are just starting the nest, makes life a lot easier.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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rep

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 04:38 AM

The first nest was easy. The second, a little tougher. After 5-6 cans of wasp spray, and 2 pints of gas – still have wasps. The nest is in a large (5 ft) root ball and stump that is on top of the ground. I have pushed the mass of roots and thatch 4-5 ft with the tractor. Time to push a foot or two before they swarm out. I think the problem is the roots and such are keeping the spray and gas from getting deep enough. May have to try gas and flame next…

The snake skin preserved nicely. Will past a photo when it is finished and mounted. Probably a wall hanging.

-- rick

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 05:07 AM

Rick – Please do NOT use gasoline if you’re going to light it. Life in a burn ward is no fun. Even if you are really careful the vapor can ignight and blow the liquid gas back on you. If you want to go the fire route, use diesel fuel [not mixed with gas]. Pour/spray a lot, let it soak in for a while, then light using rag torch soaked in diesel. Good luck and BE SAFE.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 05:49 AM

We use gasoline on wasps. won’t work on bumble bees though. A friend of mine was working on a customer’s house and it came time to turn off some electricty. He went outside to find the box. When he tried to open the lid the yellow jackets came swarming out. How do we kill yellow jackets? GASOLINE! He got a can of gasoline and threw it in the panel…..poof! The entire end of the house was on fire. How do we put out fires…...Get the water hose! He got the hose and just as he got to the panel the fire went out…..fortunately. He was at a back yard party telling this story on himself. A volunteer fireman was sitting there listening to all this and said “John, they ,make training films about people like you!” True story guys!

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rep

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 06:05 AM

No worries – no lighting gasoline. I agree, too dangerous, would use diesel if anything – but I am still looking for other solutions. They seem to be getting more aggressive when I get anywhere close now. May just move the pile out of the way in small steps and let winter handle the problem. I just need a long rope and lasso lessons.

-- rick

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#10 posted 01-29-2012 07:42 PM

Honestly, I’d think it tough to hit a snake with that tiny barrel, so, nice shot!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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