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steeplechaser2

AUGER EXTENSION FUN

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steeplechaser2    1
steeplechaser2

Okay, I've never had the need to get and use an extension...so, this year they were on sale, and I thought, why not...

So, I left it in the truck until the last possible moment. Then, as we are ready to leave, I remember to put the extension on....first, I rap my fingers getting the auger off....bloody knuckle#1, then, I smack my pinkie getting the auger onto the extension. I let go of the auger to stick my pinkie in my mouth, grab the auger before it hits the ground, and scrape knuckle #2.

Then, after I get the beast together and head for the lake. I think it's all over. I'm ready to fish. We head out, chose the spot, and get ready to drill. Then, I discover the beast IS TALLER THAN I AM! After managing to start it on the first pull, I end up wrestling the beast until, yep, you guessed it, I skin my knuckle (#3) and burn the pi** out of my palm catching the beast as it falls to the ice.

By the time I climb up on a bucket and manage my first hole, the neighbors are laughing their a++es off, and my hands look like hamburger! As I put the first rod down and begin hole #2, the rod almost goes down the hole! I try to run to get the rod and burn a hole into my jacket!!!!!

Just makes me appreciate the job Kelly and Jon do every day! Next year, I may just try a blowtorch. I might burn my palm and jacket, but I won't end up with 3 mangled knuckles. cool.gifcool.gif

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gorrilla    0
gorrilla

So I have to ask, is your extension four feet long, or are you only four feet tall?

How couldn't you reach the auger???

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walleyedan    0
walleyedan

I love it. I can totally relate. When you aren't used to drilling with extensions it sure can take it's toll on a person. I was up there about a week ago and had some issues as well. The starting wasn't a big problem and I didn't burn any clothing, but I sure did wrench my neck trying to pull the darn thing out of the ice after I got it stuck a few times. Drilling in and around those heaves was the best work out I have had since turkey hunting last spring. Thankfully the fish were cooperative. I had about 32 inches of extensions on and still was just able to get through in certain spots. I agree, more power to the guys that do this on a daily basis. I was thinking that some high school kid that is about 6-8' would love a job like that (maybe I will start looking around).

Walleyedan

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kelly-p    283
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To solve the problem you could just borrow your auger to Labs. After he runs it over you wouldn't have to worry about those stupid old holes. grin.gif

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LABS4ME    0
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Yep now I have room for my extension... I just put it where my auger USED to be in the back of the truck!!!

Watch out though... when that ice softens up a bit more, I will be able to drill some awesome 24" diameter holes!!! grin.gif

I heard you told Dan to pick his up off the lake before I showed up!!! hehehehe But I think I figured out a solution to my problem, I don't need an extension or an auger... I just have him open up my house before I get up there...

I think many guys with houses are going to have to start worrying about pontoons and not auger extensions! shocked.gif Good thing it got cold last night up there to firm up the slush.

Good Luck!

Ken

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Desperado    0
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Quote:

Good thing it got cold last night up there to firm up the slush.


Ya, especially seein's as Waldo is coming up there today blush.gif

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kelly-p    283
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It's looking to me like every house with these big drifts around it is sinking. shocked.gif

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scott-z    0
scott-z

Great! The first time I have ever left my house on the lake and we get all this snow! I will be up on Friday to check things out and fish a couple of days before trying to get it off the lake. I am going to bring Shae with....he is good with a shovel! See you Friday!

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kelly-p    283
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We moved for you Scott. It is sitting along side the road. We brought yours and the "Labshack" out of there.

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scott-z    0
scott-z

Thanks Kelly! Looks like I owe you another one! See you on Friday...I'm buying.

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Random guy    1
Random guy

We found a pin for the hitch, I almost lost the key but found the pin. grin.gif

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scott-z    0
scott-z

Thanks Jon. One less thing for me to remember!

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juggs    0
juggs

That's one of the reasons I bought a Nils Master auger. They have a four foot shaft--never need an extension.

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The Yeti    0
The Yeti

My father had a good idea for drilling with an extension. Stand on the tailgate. Starting while standing on the ice takes it toll on you! I used an extension for the first time this year on Mille Lacs.. My forearms looked like Popeye when I was done!!

Thinking about heading up to Red for the first time ever. Hopefully have some time in the next couple of weeks. I am definitely a newbie and could use some guidance. grin.gif

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jesmithgr    0
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Try fishing with a buddy who also has an auger. Use One with and One with out the extension. Start the the hole with out the extention, finish with the extension. This is much easier on your body plus easier to move than doing it from the back of the truck.

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