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Old 08-08-2019, 09:58 AM   #101
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Have thought about it, but came to my senses. Being all in one place, easily accessible and visible means that they'll be more noticeable to my wife as well; not just me. She absolutely knows about the guns I own, but knowing it isn't the same as seeing it. I also have been thinking about paring down "stuff" in general lately, not just guns.
 
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:55 AM   #102
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I understand where your coming from. When I hit 55, I started to realize that the rest of my life was developing into a pattern of the type of disciplines that I was planning on shooting past retirement at 60. I had guns to shoot, Action Pistol, 3 gun matches, service rifle, service sniper, IPSC (semi auto & revolver classes), Long Range, far more than I needed to compete with.

When I hit 60 and retired I started to sell off that I had no desire to compete with any longer. My body helped make the decision, as we get older the check comes due to pay for the indiscretions of our youth. I've gotten rid of more than a dozen firearms in the last 4 years but kept enough for both my wife and I to compete in Cowboy Action and a few others that I really like. As for downsizing other stuff, that is my winter project. I'm on the 4th year of my 5 year plan to sort out my basement. I couldn't believe the amount of crap I collected over the years.
 
Old 09-04-2019, 11:28 AM   #103
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Been busy with outdoor work and misc family stuff lately, so haven't accomplished a lot, but did get the shelves & most of the handgun hangers in place in the gun closet. Not everything is there yet; been bringing them home a couple at a time from the safes at the shop:


Not planning on keeping a bunch of ammo in there, but do like having at least one load with each gun. Really like having this extra, admittedly small space for locking up things.
 
 
Old 09-04-2019, 01:22 PM   #104
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When I was posting that gun-closet picture above, I came across another picture in my photobucket album that I thought I'd share here. It was something that I made up for the house probably six months ago; something that's very simple yet solves a major storage hassle. Storing extra furnace filters usually either means keeping them in a cabinet so they're out of the way, but often forgotten about; or storing them out of a cabinet where they get easily damaged. I was looking for a solution for storing extra furnace filters used in the storm cellar air-intake filtration setup, but couldn't find anything I liked. Ended up making a simple holder, made out of some leftover ground wire that was laying around. I measured the filter dimensions, decided how many I wanted to keep on hand, did a hand-drawn sketch with dimensions notated, and simply (and carefully) bent the wire into shape. Attached it to the concrete wall with simple wire-retention clips and wall dog anchors.

Empty, it looks weird:


But with the filters in place, it works extremely well:


Originally I was using MERV14 filters with carbon in normal daily use, but dropped down to MERV13, with MERV14 & carbon in reserve. The price difference between the two is very stark, and MERV13 is still hospital-room rated filtration. This rack holds seven filters; five of the MERV13 in front for daily use, and two of the carbon-infused MERV14 wrapped in wide stretch plastic, to keep the carbon fresh.

Just thought I'd share it, in case anyone else has a similar storage conundrum. They're easy to find, up off the floor, yet out of the way, and all it cost was some left-over wire that was already on hand and a few screws & anchors.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:10 AM   #105
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When she found out that Kioti (the tractor brand) is pronounced 'coyote' just like the animal, my wife promptly named and adorned ours.

Meet "Wile E. Kioti" :


Modifying the SMV sign like that may be technically illegal if we ever take it out on the road, but if I get a ticket, I get a ticket. It makes her smile, and that's my litmus test for most things nowadays.
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:36 PM   #106
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Decided to be lazy a couple nights ago and instead of working when I got home, I sat out on the front porch and smoked a cigar while watching some netflix on my tablet. The deer there are getting so used to us that they pretty much ignore us as long as we're not being too boisterous. They'll make eye contact, you can wave to them & talk to them, and they only take off if you get overly loud or start moving around a bunch. The one on the right is a tiny little fawn; closer to the porch than he looks because of his size.

My wife can toss apples & junk to them, but they don't trust me that much yet. Not a bad place to live.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:32 PM   #107
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What are you using for a de-humidifier in your vault? I would think moisture would be a problem. Ain't living in the country great?
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:52 AM   #108
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What are you using for a de-humidifier in your vault? I would think moisture would be a problem. Ain't living in the country great?
The gun closet is just a small space sectioned off inside the actual storm cellar, and in the storm cellar we have a typical residential plug-in dehumidifier. When we did the floor, we put in a drain in one corner of each slab section that goes to the french drain around the slab, so the dehumidifier can run at will (draining into that); without needing to be emptied all the time.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:58 AM   #109
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Starting to clear trails through the woods. Too much unused/unusable acreage going to waste.




About 90 yards in two hours, including taking out some 3"-4"trees. Not truly finished, but at least passable & accessible. Never left the tractor seat, all done with the Ratchet Rake on the front end loader; it's turning out to be an impressive tool.
 
Old 11-25-2019, 07:20 AM   #110
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Front yard yesterday afternoon:


Had three deer in the backyard when leaving for church yesterday morning also. Country is cool.
 
Old 11-25-2019, 07:38 AM   #111
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The question is, are you looking at building your own range, or will that cause the wildlife to scatter?
 
Old 11-25-2019, 07:55 AM   #112
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What little shooting I do anymore is near the house; mostly rimfire and handgun calibers of 45LC, 9mm and lower. Am planning a carbine range as well, but that will be further down in the woods, more away from the house. The pistol & rimfire stuff I do now is literally 30-40 yards from the back door and there's no point shooting a bunch of rifle stuff that close to the house when we have the space to do otherwise.

I'm sure it will impact wildlife behavior to some degree, but so be it. With any luck it will impact the coyotes & buzzards as much as it does the good animals. The coyotes stay out of sight anymore, but we hear them loud & close at night. Wife's cat does NOT like them.

One of these days I need to get a thermal scope; maybe someday.
 
Old 11-25-2019, 11:44 AM   #113
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I have been shooting on the same home range for 40 years. I have shot numerous Deer within 100 yards of the range. Last year was longer, about two hundred yards from the firing point. Coyote's walk on the ridge which is my back stop. Racoons and possums are nightly visitors, stealing Cat food. I really haven't noticed any impact on Wildlife being bothered by the shooting at all.
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Old 12-31-2019, 09:20 AM   #114
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The storm cellar and security systems have come a long ways. Have multi-megapixel cameras watching pretty much every area around the house and even one in the upstairs shop area; stored on dual hard drives. And a very good burglar & fire alarm system with dual-path communication and back-up power.

In the storm cellar, done with finishing and painting of ceiling, the one non-concrete (sleeping-area divider) wall & horizontal strip between upper & lower siding runs (where conduit & elecrical boxes are surface-mounted on concrete), wall insulation & paneling, furniture, and even a nice TV projector. Turning into more of a man-cave than pure storm cellar.

The pic showing the furniture & floor is a month old or more; the overall space is much cleaner now and all the walls in that area are finished with the insulation and horizontal siding. Those old cabinets were retrieved from a jobsite; just in there temporarily for workspace use, and are moved to another utility storage space now. Still have more to do, but it's now at least fairly comfortable & usable. Definitely slow going doing everything by myself this way, but we're okay with that for now. Only the two of us, so we're okay for space, and if/when we sell the business we'll hire a full-time crew to finish whatever I don't have done.

(Fwiw, Kurt Russell's "The Art of the Steal" - a great movie.)
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Old 01-01-2020, 06:45 AM   #115
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Looking good!
 
Old 01-22-2020, 02:07 PM   #116
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Got the last of the electrical circuits run downstairs; all electrical on that level is done except for when I eventually tie in the upstairs subpanel and heavy-appliance circuits (oven, dryer, cooktop,etc) which are home run to the main panel downstairs. Also got the sheetrock divider wall and utility space room walls insulated & sided.

Pretty much done in/with the gun closet. Put an extremely heavy shelving unit behind the door (which is why it doesn't open quite all the way back now), giving a lot of bin storage for ammo, mags, holsters, etc. Has seven 12x36 shelves, each with an alleged 800-lb rating, which is a good thing for this kind of storage. Most of the ammo & mags in there are on the shelf unit, but I like having at least one load near most guns. I may put another, shorter shelf unit on the other side of the door. Don't want to crowd & clutter things too much in there, but it would be nice to have a place to set things other than the gun racks and tall shelves.

Having some photobucket issues, so can only post thumbnails at the moment. Clicking on it shows it full size. (Some of those guns aren't mine; they're other people's and I'm just storing them for them.)
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Old 03-19-2020, 07:55 AM   #117
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Had an RGF Reme Halo air purifier installed in the ductwork, to help my wife's increased sensitivity to allergens & irritants. Works surprisingly well; some form of hydroperoxide generator, zinc ionizer, and iirc UV light as well.
https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo/

As far as visible changes & finishing, this pic isn't quite current, but fairly recent. Have since added just peripheral junk like a microwave above the mini-fridge, sound bar below the screen, etc. But pretty much current state of the storm cellar 'man cave'. The cabinets were damaged ones that I got at a surplus outlet and repaired & painted, the countertop is just two layers of plywood that I edge-banded and polyurethaned, and the projector screen is just a white 'blackout' fabric on a 2x4 frame I built & hung with concrete anchors. (Fwiw, the show on the screen is "Kim's Convenience", a very good Canadian comedy; possibly even better than "Corner Gas".)



{Yes, the counches are raised. We're a clan of yeti-like oafs and normal furniture just doesn't fit... }
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:42 PM   #118
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Had an RGF Reme Halo air purifier installed in the ductwork, to help my wife's increased sensitivity to allergens & irritants. Works surprisingly well; some form of hydroperoxide generator, zinc ionizer, and iirc UV light as well.
https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo/

As far as visible changes & finishing, this pic isn't quite current, but fairly recent. Have since added just peripheral junk like a microwave above the mini-fridge, sound bar below the screen, etc. But pretty much current state of the storm cellar 'man cave'. The cabinets were damaged ones that I got at a surplus outlet and repaired & painted, the countertop is just two layers of plywood that I edge-banded and polyurethaned, and the projector screen is just a white 'blackout' fabric on a 2x4 frame I built & hung with concrete anchors. (Fwiw, the show on the screen is "Kim's Convenience", a very good Canadian comedy; possibly even better than "Corner Gas".)



{Yes, the counches are raised. We're a clan of yeti-like oafs and normal furniture just doesn't fit... }
Nice job John

And I agree with vregards to furniture. Most give you the feeling of sitting on the floor. Couches in particular.
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