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Old 08-14-2011, 01:54 PM   #211
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I need to get a few spare mags for the 1911, I only have the two that came with it.
You can get some cheapies from sportsman's guide for $8.97 and about that at the gun shows, great for backups.

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Nope, it seems that it will go on forever. At least it hasn't involved major structural changes to the house yet to free up more space.......YET
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Nope, it seems that it will go on forever. At least it hasn't involved major structural changes to the house yet to free up more space.......YET
I gotta get a dumpster put in the driveway and clean out 15 years worth of crap out of the attic. That would free up a hell of a lot of space. Finding the time to go through all that stuff is the trick.
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I get free 5 gallon pickle buckets with lids from the local deli. They stink to high heaven of pickles initially but that goes away if you clean them with soap and leave them in the sun for a few weeks. In any case they are food grade and the best part is they are free! The deli has to pay to dispose of them (put them in the dumpster) so its a win-win situation.
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Viking, that's mostly what I've got, pickle buckets. I'm friends with the owner of a Deli.

I washed them out with dish soap and hot water and set them out in the sun for a couple of weeks. Then I filled them with a weak bleach & water solution and let them soak for a week. Then back out in the sun for a few days or so.

It's kind of a PITA, but they were free. I've seen the same buckets selling new for $10.00 and up.
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I have literally hundreds of them. I also use them for my U-Pick chestnut operation (the customers each carry a bucket out into the orchard and gather their own. A 5 gallon bucket holds 30 lbs of chestnuts, and most customers come out with WWWAAAAAYYYY more than they planned on but then end up buying them anyhow.) as well as several hundred that I cut in half and stapled to survey stakes to use as sunshades for my seedlings. and I also have about 300 that I drilled a 1/8" ole in the bottom, set next to the seedlings and fill with water. Instant portable drip irrigation! Works better than I expected, plus I can remove them after watering so the pot growers don't steal my irrigation stuff.
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Viking, here's the water filter setup using them. It's about $25. per filter set, so it's quite an inexpensive deal. I have two sets.

A Practical, Life-Sustaining Water Filter | Monolithic

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Ordered a BMF Activator for my Wally World 10/22. It's mostly for fun but might be handy.
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Use baking soda in your wash water for your pickle buckets. It neutralizes the acid in the vinegar and helps remove the smell
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Excellent tip. Thanks OS.
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We're learning how to dry stuff to free up freezer and jar space: Pumpkins, green beans, soup beans, peaches, and I'm gonna try dehydrating elderberries next since they're getting ripe. Took off the screen door, filled and hoisted it up under the skylight. Dries fast. Got 3 gal of green beans in a half gal jar.

Anybody know how to preserve chestnuts w/o canning? They are about to start dropping.
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