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Title: Trick My Shack
Post by: squ1rr31_ on Nov 18, 2014, 10:48 AM
Let's see some modifications that you've all done to your shacks, matzilla posted his up in the General Discussion board I figured we'd see some Iowa Ingenuity!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: toofuss on Nov 19, 2014, 06:48 PM
I have pics of mine on the fish trap tips thread
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: squ1rr31_ on Nov 24, 2014, 03:48 PM
Post em up boys!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: toofuss on Nov 24, 2014, 04:54 PM
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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: toofuss on Nov 24, 2014, 04:56 PM
The first 3 are of the auger rack I bult for my commando, The last one shows from left to right, jkujawa, myself, ASATMillerBluegill, and catmandude during the get together at brush last year
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: prestonc on Nov 24, 2014, 07:40 PM
I made a simple upgrade to my jet sled that anyone can do.  I used a piece of 2x6, 2 eye bolts, a bungee cord, a 1 & 1/8 inch drill bit (I believe), a tape measure and permanent marker to make a ruler, and a piece of metal on the end to put the fishes nose against for a quick and accurate measurement.  Not in the picture I added 2 eye bolts to the front and made the pull rope much longer so I could put it over my shoulder and across my chest.
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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: grawler on Nov 25, 2014, 04:26 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Iceaholic on Nov 25, 2014, 07:09 PM
I like the rod holders on your commando toofuss.  Nice set up.  I need to get a 1 man shelter for after work nights.  I got a 7' long Clam honker.  love it but a lot to move, load, set up etc when its just me.   :-\ 
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: toofuss on Nov 26, 2014, 07:22 PM
Yep I run the commando when it's just me and an otter Lodge for bigger outtings or when I can drive out. The only thing I don't care for with the commando is the maxx system in it. The rod locker is not big enough
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: CrappieBuster on Dec 05, 2014, 03:59 PM
Thinking of rigging up a sportsmans caddy with stereo 12v charging ports and other doo dads that will come to me.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Cotacatchers on Dec 16, 2014, 12:47 PM

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had some time waiting for ice to rebuild , had some uhmw laying around and aluminum so i made a rod rack for hole hoping.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: squ1rr31_ on Dec 16, 2014, 02:26 PM
Looks like you figured all of the pic posting lingo out!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Cotacatchers on Dec 16, 2014, 02:32 PM
I did , photobucket and me had it OUT ! the bucket gave in.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: lionsfan on Jan 14, 2015, 10:25 PM
Great mods guys! I could look at shack mods all day.

Toofuss, where did you score that sweet auger rack?
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: toofuss on Jan 18, 2015, 09:44 PM
i built that using an ATV gun rack I found on clearance.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: squ1rr31_ on Sep 25, 2015, 02:14 PM
Let's see what you guys are working on for the upcoming season?!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Wavfire06 on Oct 23, 2016, 01:29 PM
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My latest build to help organize the sled hate everything rolling around
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 09, 2016, 11:53 PM
I have been working on a Eskimo 1 man flip i got at the end of last season. So I tore it apart and made a few changes for this season, mostly because the triangle seat was a little rough on my undercarriage.
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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: squ1rr31_ on Nov 10, 2016, 07:20 AM
I have been working on a Eskimo 1 man flip i got at the end of last season. So I tore it apart and made a few changes for this season, mostly because the triangle seat was a little rough on my undercarriage.
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Dude that's awesome, good idea.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 10, 2016, 11:46 AM
Yeah, I'm reasonably happy with the final product for now. I would still like to add reflectix to the top and I'm still working on lights as well. It's a bit of a Frankenstein project since I was trying to put stuff to use that I already had left over from when I tricked out my Voyager and other projects as well. So I ended up with a Clam seat, Frabill rod holders, Coleman beverage holders, and a door prize from a I cubs game that I re-purposed into a tackle/storage unit. I used Fusion paint on the sled tub and we will just have to see how it holds up. I'm ready to see some ice soon.... Hope everyone else is having a good pre-season as well  :tipup:  :tipup:  :tipup: Shoney
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: cwavs1982 on Nov 10, 2016, 12:28 PM
Looks good.  So it's a "Mutt" Hut!!! 
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 10, 2016, 12:56 PM
Looks good.  So it's a "Mutt" Hut!!! 

BOW WOW!!!!  ;D ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Agronomist_at_IA on Nov 13, 2016, 09:21 PM
I have that same ISU poster on my basement fridge. Lol.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 13, 2016, 10:04 PM
I have that same ISU poster on my basement fridge. Lol.

Looks like great minds think alike!!!
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 16, 2016, 02:15 PM
Got a plan for a fan in my Eskimo the other night. Total cost was around $3 and I'm hoping it will help with some condensation and keeping a more even heat in the shack.
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I already use the Milwaukee batteries for my auger and the fan just plugs into the power source on the adapter or my new power box I'm building. The little thing moves more air than I originally thought it would and the flexible head makes it so you can really point it in any direction needed.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: chilly-willy on Nov 16, 2016, 04:54 PM
Sorry not from Iowa but hope these photos help you get some ideas on what I got

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WI red for one of these but I think it shadows me to much and is over kill

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Add seat

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And put a section of light chain like 3/8 or 1/4 inch links in the skirt cause I don't got a door and kicking snow on the skirt is not posible..

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Some of the stuff working in this picture..

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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: ice-pro on Dec 05, 2016, 10:15 PM
I'm looking to put some led lights in my eskimo quick flip 1 and need some ideas. I found some of the flat led strips but almost all of them I find are 16 ft long and I don't think I need that much. Does anyone have any suggestions for light strips or bars that I can wire into a Vex battery with a toggle switch?
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Dec 05, 2016, 10:27 PM
I'm looking to put some led lights in my eskimo quick flip 1 and need some ideas. I found some of the flat led strips but almost all of them I find are 16 ft long and I don't think I need that much. Does anyone have any suggestions for light strips or bars that I can wire into a Vex battery with a toggle switch?

Those strips can be cut down in groups of three.. so 3,6,9,12...

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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: ice-pro on Dec 05, 2016, 10:33 PM
Those strips can be cut down in groups of three.. so 3,6,9,12...

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Will I be able to run new wires to each strip if I cut them down? From what I've seen from the pictures online is one end of the 16 foot strip has the wires to run to a power source and the other end is sealed off with no wires.
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Dec 05, 2016, 10:44 PM
Will I be able to run new wires to each strip if I cut them down? From what I've seen from the pictures online is one end of the 16 foot strip has the wires to run to a power source and the other end is sealed off with no wires.

Yeah, I don't know about using the middle pieces.. Some you can solder..

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Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: ice-pro on Dec 05, 2016, 11:05 PM
Yeah, I don't know about using the middle pieces.. Some you can solder..

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Okay I will look into that. Thanks
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: cwavs1982 on Dec 06, 2016, 01:07 AM
Will I be able to run new wires to each strip if I cut them down? From what I've seen from the pictures online is one end of the 16 foot strip has the wires to run to a power source and the other end is sealed off with no wires.

As long as you cut the LED strip at a certain spot (usually the manufacturer shows a cut spot).  This is usually between every third LED.  It will be at an area that you can see a slight copper area on the strip that will have ++ and --.  There is where you can cut.  If you cut between the other LED's some will not light up.  Then all you need to do is either solder on leads or use another connector to light up the string you measured out. 
Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: sinneD on Dec 06, 2016, 11:06 AM
I'm looking to put some led lights in my eskimo quick flip 1 and need some ideas. I found some of the flat led strips but almost all of them I find are 16 ft long and I don't think I need that much. Does anyone have any suggestions for light strips or bars that I can wire into a Vex battery with a toggle switch?

If you get a 16' roll, you will use it on more than your shack. I put a bunch under my truck topper too.

You can get premade lengths in housings, they are kind of pricey, but less fussing. I am not sure of the mini-USB connector, could be confusing to someone later. It is 12V. I am sure there are others, this is just to give you an idea.
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41Sq%2BIaQuXL._SX425_.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Linkable-Profile-Aluminum-Display/dp/B006JKPIN4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481043749&sr=8-2&keywords=rigid+led+strip

Here is a descent LED overview. Keep in mind all the stuff can be gotten from places like Amazon and eBay too
https://www.flexfireleds.com/what-are-led-strip-lights/

You cut the strips between the group of 4 copper pads-
(https://www.flexfireleds.com/templates/__custom/images/strip.png)

If you can solder, you make the connection to the copper pads. Its fussy but doable.

There are solderless connectors-
(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/NFLS8-2CPTH-1.jpg)
(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/NFLS8-2CPTH-2.jpg)

Here is a decent page, I use it for reference every once and a while.
https://www.flexfireleds.com/LED-lighting-installs/how-to-install-flex-strip-light-LEDs

I would install a dimmer no matter what. These things can be really bright. I have one to these, the knob is workable with gloves on-
(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/timthumb.php?h=230&q=90&src=https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/LED-Dimmer-12v-CPS-store-LDP-2A-0005.jpg&w=300&zc=2)


I have alwasy wanted to try one of these, looks slim
(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/mld-5a-12-volt-dc-single-color-led-mini-dimmer-with-dynamic-modes-detail.jpg)

Title: Re: Trick My Shack
Post by: ice-pro on Dec 06, 2016, 09:15 PM
If you get a 16' roll, you will use it on more than your shack. I put a bunch under my truck topper too.

You can get premade lengths in housings, they are kind of pricey, but less fussing. I am not sure of the mini-USB connector, could be confusing to someone later. It is 12V. I am sure there are others, this is just to give you an idea.
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41Sq%2BIaQuXL._SX425_.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Linkable-Profile-Aluminum-Display/dp/B006JKPIN4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481043749&sr=8-2&keywords=rigid+led+strip

Here is a descent LED overview. Keep in mind all the stuff can be gotten from places like Amazon and eBay too
https://www.flexfireleds.com/what-are-led-strip-lights/

You cut the strips between the group of 4 copper pads-
(https://www.flexfireleds.com/templates/__custom/images/strip.png)

If you can solder, you make the connection to the copper pads. Its fussy but doable.

There are solderless connectors-
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Here is a decent page, I use it for reference every once and a while.
https://www.flexfireleds.com/LED-lighting-installs/how-to-install-flex-strip-light-LEDs

I would install a dimmer no matter what. These things can be really bright. I have one to these, the knob is workable with gloves on-
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I have alwasy wanted to try one of these, looks slim
(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/mld-5a-12-volt-dc-single-color-led-mini-dimmer-with-dynamic-modes-detail.jpg)

Awesome info. I'm glad you posted this because I really like the longer strands that you can cut down but I wasn't going to buy them because I didn't know you could/how to hook the cut pieces up. Thanks alot!