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bigwalleyeguy

drilling holes in wheel houses

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bigwalleyeguy

Anybody have any ideas on how not to fill your wheel house with ice when popping your holes? Ive tried not lowering it all the way b4 drilling but then you cant get the house to sit level.

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icefishingdude

Their is a product designed to go on the floor of your fishhouse that allows you to drill through it and it will catcht he chips when they come up. I have not tried this item yet but I am definetly going to purchase one soon. I think I saw them at fleet for around $50.

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bigwalleyeguy

Really, you must have this problem to. Well im going to go find one right now. I will get back to you and let you know if it works. Thanks for the help.

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minndonn

Naturevision has a product forthis which I have and like. Below is a link. This one has holes for handling but I have seen some with straps. I wish I had the straps as some ice etc will come out of the handle holes. I also use it to store the hole sleeves in when traveling. Many places sell thse.

http://www.naturevisioninc.com/shop_nvi/product.php?productid=223&cat=40&page=1

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bigwalleyeguy

man you guys are great. that looks like it will work. I will go to gander in the morning and get one. Heading to LOW sunday morning. Now if u guys can put me on the fish and catch them for me we will be in business. smile.gif Thanks for the info

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shamrock7

I steal a garden rake from the wifes garden shed and keep it in the house. Works great for pulling the ice/slush out from under the house after drilling the holes. Once cleaned out, lower the house and you are good to go.

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wingnut38

my holes in my wheelhouse are right next to the wall and i don't think that tub you are talking about that they sell at fleet will work as the hole is in the center of the tub. i hate cleaning that slush out too. it's a pain.

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papabear

i use the thing that goes over the hole and it is great, little mess now. I dont take the ice out from under the house it makes a great wind break and prevent my holes from crusting over with ice.

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bigwalleyeguy

shamrock does your house sit level after you do this. because ive noticed its almost impossible to tune the satellite in if it isnt.

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SAILFISHFOREVA

drill your holes w/ the house up...lower it and jump on all 4 corners...bank it and fish

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MN Mike

We used one of these Slush Buckets last weekend in the perm. house and it worked great, saved lots of work cleaning up the floor. We have the one with the straps on the side.

Mike

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woodman

Drill your holes when the house is up, then lower it on the chip cone and you have instant wind break and a banked house. I do shovel a little around the frame to make sure it is sealed from wind. Been doing this for 2 years and works great.

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newfoldener

I just took a piece of extra carpet from the last time we had some installed. I placed it over the open hole upside down and cut out the circle. After you throw the ice outside I just lay it out on the floor. Cheapest solution

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fishinglady

A roof snow rake works great if you do not have a Sluch Bucket. We have one and love it. It is worth all what we paid for it. To use the rake you will have to keep the house up until you drag all the slush out. Great fishing to all.

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jerkbait

I just took a rubbermaid tub and put a hole thru the bottom, then took a 5 gallon pail and cut that off about 4" tall and screwed that to the bottom to make a lip to hold to ice shavings in somewhat. Works great had about $7.00 invested and work the same as the ice-mates.

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Poutmaster

The "Mini mate" from the inventor of the catch cover really works slick. The hole is off set so that it fits nicely into the corners of the house. It can be found on the nature vision website. Really Slick!!

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Whopper Stopper

The slickest way has been mentioned twice already. Drill with the house up.all the ice scatters under the house and the cones that are left will compact and seal around you holes when the house is lowered. You will have very little ice left to scoop and the house will be dry inside. The first year before I learned this trick I would do it with the house down. When the ice got thick I could get 3-4 five gallon buckets out of each hole, and the house would be wet for hours. No Thanks. If nothing else just try it. No cost, nothing to buy, and it works!

WS

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Heft

You could drill the hole and then kick any chips and ice back into the hole. Then use a slush inhaler to remove all the slush in one shot. These things are great, fast and clean.

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