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Re: Just couldn't help m'self.
« Reply #40 on: October 02, 2009, 11:40:30 AM »
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Re: Just couldn't help m'self.
« Reply #41 on: October 02, 2009, 02:52:59 PM »
Funny you should bring this topic up again, Bill.

Y'all remember that little boat that we started out talking about?  Well, I'm beginning to think the DanG thing is jinxed! >:(  I ain't had nothing but trouble ever since I got it.  First time I took it out, everything was fine.  Next time, the engine wouldn't run.  Then I fooled around and had that pesky little heart attack, which slowed me down a bit.  There were those who said that a human couldn't possibly move any slower than I already was, but I guess I showed them! ;D :D  Anyway, the trouble turned out to be the powerpack, which cost me $90 with me doing the work.  Ok, now I got it running and was back on my feet, so I went fishing.  It ran great, but it wasn't pumping any cooling water! :'(  So I fished close to the ramp and came in on the trolling motor.   Got a new impeller and put it in, and guess what?  You got it, the DanG thing won't start now, and I'm pretty sure that new $90 powerpack is toasted!

I had some other things to do between naps, so I didn't mess with it for a few days, but yesterday I decided to do a couple of little tests to verify what the problem is.  As I took the cover off, I noticed some bugs flying around, then I noticed that those bugs were Yellowjackets!  I stepped back a little, since they seemed to be interested in what I was doing.  After they settled down, I crept back up to the boat and took a look.  See that little well there with the bilge pump in it?

 



Well, that well is only about 6 or 8 inches square by about 2 inches deep, but it has a little opening into a small bilge under the flat deck.  Now I would think that this bilge area would be foam-filled, but I don't really know that it is.  Anyway, this is the little hole that opens into that bilge, and that is where the 'jackets have chosen to nest! :-\

 



Now I'm in a quandary as to just what to do about it. ???  The boat is settin' right in front of the shop and I got all sorts of noxious chemicals in there that would probably take care of the problem, but I'd prefer not to have the boat blow up next time it chooses to run.  I've tried wasp spray on nests before and they don't work well when used like that.  Right now, they should be thoroughly aggravated with me, cause I plugged up the hole after they all went to bed last night. ;D :D :D
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Re: Just couldn't help m'self.
« Reply #42 on: October 02, 2009, 03:28:07 PM »
Suck it up man! Take the boat out on the lake,  sail_smiley

Open that cover, beat all around the opening with pole, shoot them with spray as they fly out.  smiley_monkeyfight

Tape everything so we can watch the festivites :D
Don't forget the life jacket. Safety first I always say.
Use some kind of streaming video like Jeff does so we can see it live.
Might be worth $10k on one of them americas funniest video shows.
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« Reply #43 on: October 02, 2009, 04:16:40 PM »
 :D :D :D

Seriously, can you fill that well with water?

I've also heard people use Sevin powder on the nest. Not sure they knew what they were saying.

Good luck.  I've had to kill off two large nests of them in the ground here. One would have filled a two gallon bucket.
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Re: Just couldn't help m'self.
« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2009, 05:10:25 PM »
I filled a 3 gallon pale with honey bees from the flue. I gassed the buzzards with smoke, then with Raid foam as they hit the base of the flue from 40 feet up. Gave'm a good thrashing. :D :D
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« Reply #45 on: October 02, 2009, 09:43:24 PM »
There's been a development.  I got a better look at the stowaways today in some brighter light.  They ain't yellowjackets after all, they're honey bees.  I called JAMES G on the phone.  He's the Son-in-law/Forumite/Beekeeper that I consult with in situations like this, and we had a little chinwag about what should be done with these critters.  After a number of brilliant suggestions from both of the involved parties, including waiting and trying to sling the honey out of the boat with some sort of a gargantuan boat-slinging device, to sinking the boat to see if honey will float, we concluded that we'd rather go fishing, so I will see to the execution of the bees on the morrow.  I've decided on a piece of tubing, a small funnel, and a La-Cockaroacha bomb. ;D
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Re: Just couldn't help m'self.
« Reply #46 on: October 02, 2009, 10:38:35 PM »
Gee, if I can live with yellow jackets at my mill, surely you can live with honey bees. Course I can't figure how to get rid of them without getting stung. ;D
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« Reply #47 on: October 03, 2009, 05:14:00 PM »
Well DanG is a little better off then I was. I had to climb up to that flue with 3 ladders, make a long stick with a nail to lasso a rope around the flue so I wouldn't take a 30+ odd drop with a ladder off the roof. Climb up there with flue brushes in hand and remove that honeycomb at the mouth of the flue. Then scrape the entire innards of the flue from top to bottom making sure more were not honeycombed down there someplace. And I don't like being too far off the ground.  :o ::)
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