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    valkko reacted to Skanky Sylveon in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Do cars count?

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    valkko reacted to Tz000 in HM5 Pads on 3M Peltor hearing protection **IT WORKED   
    This for anyone that works in trades or frequently has to use hearing protection and is not satisfied with the comfort. I was so tired of wearing my hearing protection as the stock pads just dig into the side of your head and after a 12 hour shift I would get headaches.
    I had an extra set of stock hm5 pads from my XPT 100’S and saw they were a similar size and went for it.
    The hearing protection I have was the “3M Peltor Optime 101” but this should work with almost any 3M Peltor hearing protection. The only option 3m makes that is just as comfortable is almost 60$ for Camelback branded gel pads. Where a set of no name branded hm5 pads are 10-20$ or about 25-30$ for OEM ones.
    Pads can be found on Amazon there are various colors, angled ones and if you shell out the cash sheepskin and other more luxury materials for hearing protection seeing as the ear muffs only cost 30-50$ I would just stick with the flat ones and the cheapest. 
    First step is to pull off the pads from the hearing protection just pull straight out they pop out quite easily. Take a knife and cut off the stock pads and gel bladder this does make a bit of a mess so do it over a sink. Remove everything right down to the plastic support / mounting piece. And wash the plastic mounting piece. Stretch the hm5 pads over the plastic and ensure only the very beginning of the hm5 pad material is wrapping around so there is adequate room to snap the plastic back into the hearing protection. This step took me about 25-30min it’s a bit fussy but worth the time. Enjoy your super comfortable hearing protection Photo for proof it works:

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum please move it if needed I figured its audio / sound related.  Thank you.
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    valkko reacted to Lady Fitzgerald in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Just picked these up today from my mail service.


    I already have a recording of Dvorak's Ninth (my favorite of his, BTW) but I've been wanting the rest of his symphonies for some time so I pulled the trigger on a box set. This set also has some additional works of Dvorak's as fillers.
    Now the fun begins. I'll need to rip them all and scan the booklet, both sides of the sleeves, and the CDs themselves, then assemble the scans into PDFs to enclose in each album folder. Since this will fill up (and then some) the second CD storage case I'm using, I'll have to break out another one and renumber all the hanging sleeves. I'm so looking forward to it . 
    I also picked up a bunch of EMT, rigid, and liquid tight conduit, conduit fittings, Romex, weatherproof outlet covers, a 20A GFCI outlet, pulling elbows, two tandem 20A breakers, etc. today (I'm too pooped for pictures right now). I recently found out the idiot dingalings who built my mobile home put the refrigerator on the kitchen circuit (the 'fridge is supposed to be on its own circuit) so I need to run a line from the the breaker panel to the refrigerator outlet. I'm only going to work on that line in bits and pieces because the weather is heating up fast, I'm still having problems with my miserable misbegotten allergies. Unless my present, antique refrigerator dies, I can get away with using the present setup but I want to eventually get the wiring in before I have to replace my old 'fridge with a new one.
    I need to get a 20A outdoor outlet in place soon. Since I will need to use the same knockout in the bottom of the breaker box for both Romx runs, I'll have to pull both of the runs from the box at the same time. One run can go directly to the new outdoor outlet (that one will be a short run) but, for now, I'm just going to run the Romex for the 50' run for the 'fridge down the wall to underneath the house through a pulling elbow, then let the hand coil set on the ground until I can install the conduit. I just won't connect the hot lead to the breaker until I'm done hanging all the conduit and pulling the Romex.
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    valkko reacted to Boarder in Show off your latest purchase!   
    A week ago I went to Walmart to get some pants and thought I'd stop by the ammo counter. I noticed the 500 rnd box of Thunderbolt 22 LR for $14.99. I've read mixed reviews on it. For the price Walmart runs out of this ammo but there it is, all by its lonesome.
    I bought it, WTH it's less than 3 cents a round. Couple of days later I shot it along with the other ammo I showed here. It shot good and haven't had a dud yet. I tossed one because it was bent. Yesterday I went to Walmart for grocery and stopped by the ammo counter and there's two of em. They were $16.99 this time but I bought one anyway.

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    valkko reacted to Snadzies in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    Range report.
    Assembled my lightweight AR build and took it to the range.
    I only put about 40 rounds through it to test that it functioned and a rough accuracy test, no problems.
    It still needs a muzzle device (think I'll just go with a standard A2 cage as I like how they look), a charging handle (stole one off my S&W AR to use on this temporarily) and some sort of optic (not sure if I want to stick with a red dot or get a  longer range scope).
    Using the very scientific method of standing on my bathroom scale alone and then standing on the scale holding the rifle, I have determined that it weighs about 5.2 pounds in its current configuration.

    Next I took my Bersa Thunder 380 Plus to the range as well.
    The Bersa didn't do so well but I am pretty confident it is my fault and not the gun's fault.
    I have 6 malfunctions and the first 3 were 100% my fault as my left thumb was firmly resting on the slide causing the pistol to not go fully into battery.
    After I adjusted my grip I had 3 occasions where the slide locked back while there were still rounds in the mag.
    Examining my grip again I noticed that my right thumb would get very close to the slide stop, close enough that it would touch the bottom of the slide stop if I squeezed my left hand a little.
    I'll take it to the range again in a week or two and be more mindful of my grip, I also got another mag in the mail the other day to try and rule out any mag related issues.
    I'm too use to shooting full sized pistols where there is plenty of room to put my thumbs wherever I want without interfering with any components of the pistol.
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    valkko reacted to Lady Fitzgerald in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Cute little guy. Just don't get him wet or feed him after midnight.
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    valkko reacted to Drak3 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Little bit of catching up, part 1:
    Base i5 2018 Mac Mini, Magic Trackpad 2, Magic keyboard:

    The shotgun that would become this beauty:

    Latest addition to my AR family:

    Some tools:

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    valkko reacted to murderspirit in Soundblaster ae5   
    thankyou that works! i knew it was something silly.
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    valkko got a reaction from Derkoli in Multiple consoles, seeking audio solution   
    https://www.amazon.com/Splitter-Amplifier-Composite-QiCheng-LYS/dp/B07BK55NVX/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549832527&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multi+splitter+rca&dpPl=1&dpID=41mMO7NIF9L&ref=plSrch. Not balanced
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    valkko reacted to iLostMyXbox21 in I need some earbuds for music   
    Oh yeah, and please not wireless, as I don’t want to have to charge them and I pretty much always use them
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    valkko reacted to anonvx in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    Forgot to post this. M82A1 .50 bmg. Shooting 1000 yards. 
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    valkko reacted to TahoeDust in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    My Ruger American can punch some paper...
    10rd at 50yds...


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    valkko reacted to GamerDude in Show off your latest purchase!   
    I'll be away for a month or so, my niece would be looking after my place while I'm gone, decided to buy this in case she gets bored....comes with 4 free games to boot!

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    valkko reacted to kaiju_wars in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Got a carrying case for my switch, you can see the switch inside the case, obviously.  I like it, and I got it for a good price!

    Extra Nintendo Switch charger.  Now before anyone says anything, this charger is safe to use.  I know about the 5.0 update how it basically bricked the switch and a lot of third party accessories, mainly docks and chargers, from being used with the switch.  I actually found a website I’ll link at the end of my post, they basically run through a lot of third party charges to see what’s safe with the Switch!

    It’s cheap, but it had a lot of good reviews, so I took a chance and bought it.  I’ll see how it performs once it gets here.

    Minus the Nintendo Switch carrying case, this was my only Cyber Monday/Black Friday haul.
    Six 30-round AR-15 magazines for less than $50 and free shipping!  They were $7.99 on Academy!
    I mainly got them as stocking stuffer Christmas gifts, gonna keep a couple for myself also.
    Also, here’s that website on Switch chargers:
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    valkko reacted to spwath in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Only pulled one dead mouse out of these.

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    valkko reacted to PlayStation 2 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    This tape... has some interesting history behind it because it signaled what the company behind the release was trying to do.
    In 1992, Warner Music Group purchased a 50% stake into Rhino Records. Sometime after that, the company changed its name from Rhino Records to Rhino Entertainment Company. In 1998, WMG purchased the rest of Rhino. Not long after that, they would acquire the distribution rights to some of Sunbow Entertainment's 80s shows, namely Transformers G1, G.I. Joe and Jem and the Holograms. This was the first Transformers tape they released onto the market in late 1999.
    Oh yeah and I just received it in the mail yesterday. It's in damn near pristine condition.
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    valkko reacted to kaiju_wars in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    So yesterday, I came home from work and I got my Christmas present early.  
    30-gun safe!  I love it!
    Today there was a gun show, I picked up a couple firearms, can’t wait to take them out and shoot them.
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    valkko reacted to Kirrr in Show off your latest purchase!   
    Was on the flea market again. (As usual) Got a Logitech Trackman Marble FX in mint condition, with manual and driver disc for $5 and a motion.plus chair from gesund-arbeiten.com for $11. Thats a $700+ office chair...
    Update.: Pictures

    Please ignore, the splashmarks on the chair, currently rubbing it with carpet cleaner as it has some tobacco smell. I could say it's a fantastic chair after my cheap Jysk faux leather one.
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    valkko reacted to mb67 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    I have something odd to show you people: my latest gift - A shot 'glass' set and flask made from spent shell casings from an A-10 Warthog...

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    valkko reacted to babuganoosh in Hook Up Multiple Inputs to One Amp   
    Just wanted to come back here and let you know what I ended up doing...
    My JBL Arena 130’s are hooked up via banana cables to my Dayton APA150. My PC (primary audio source) is connected to my amp via a 3.5mm to RCA cable (monoprice cable). My headphones (Sennheiser HD 439) are plugged into the aux port on my monitor, and the monitor to PC via displayport.
    My secondary audio source is an old Haier HD TV. My PS2 is connected via a mini a/v converter cable that came with my TV. My Roku is connected to that TV via HDMI, and finally the TV is connected to my Line-In port at the back of my PC via 3.5mm (also HDMI to GPU). There is a ground loop noise isolator (MPOW adapter) between the TV and PC at the PC end.
    What a journey it's been. The initial installation of my wall mounts was a nightmare mainly due to the irregularity of my wall studs (and took several trips to the hardware store). Then I ended up taking even more trips to my local Fry's trying to get my TV’s audio to come through my JBL’s. First I tried using an RCA switch with a couple 3.5mm to RCA adapters to connect my PC, TV, and headphones to the amp, which “worked” but I got significant audio feedback at higher amp volumes (the noise got exceedingly worse when I ran a couple video games).
    So I ended up returning all of that, and now I've got the set-up that I described earlier. The noise grounder is fantastic, I've got no more feedback (except at very high amp volumes, and even then it's not nearly as bad) and all my audio sounds great no matter the source or what application I'm running. Switching audio sources is easy and works like it should. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
    Yes I could've avoided a lot of hassle by buying a proper receiver (and then it'd be a proper solution). However, as you can see from the picture of my set up, I'm very limited on space. There were plenty of good quality and affordable used receivers online, but none in the dimensions I needed. There are a couple of receivers that could've fit my space requirements, but I could only find them expensive and new. I also felt weird spending more on an amp/receiver than my speakers (I got them new at a great price on sale).
    Feel free to share your thoughts. At some point I'll add a sub, but I don't have the space for it right now.
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    valkko reacted to kaiju_wars in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    My stepdad and I drove all the way out to Williston yesterday to use the free, state-ran, gun range. It’s actuallu the closest gun range since the Minot Gun Club wants to charge $300 for a membership since they’re the only gun range for 100 miles or so.
    Anyways, had fun.  Those Denver Broncos grips I got from my uncle broke unfortunately.
    I did get my rifle mostly sighted in.  We forgot our shooting bench, so I was using these gun chucks things.  They moved too much to get a complete zero.  But I am on the target now and pretty damn close.
    I’m also including some pics of my rifle.

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    valkko reacted to Snadzies in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    First time assembling an AR 15.
    Just the lower and barrel currently, will be piecing it together bit by bit.
    Looking for it to be a pretty light weight build, got a pencil barrel and have been looking at carbon fiber handguards.
    Yes, that is a Star Wars blanket.

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    valkko reacted to Drak3 in Show off your latest purchase!   
    The most recent:

    The rest.

    Just the RDS on this one.

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    valkko reacted to Cb2394 in Bone-Conductive Headphones   
    Mostly for the reason he mentioned, including running/biking on the road and other tasks where audible awareness is important. Personally OP, I've had 3 different sets of aftershokz over the past 5 years, and I love them.
        Sound quality continues to go up and so does the battery life, which is severely under estimated by Aftershokz,  which on the side is a nice difference from most companies. I've used these in my companies DCs, and they are one of the few headphones that they allow on the floor due to safety around forklifts.
       Quality of the new line they released is extremely rugged, I brutally punish my pair, both slamming my head against stuff accidentally or just drenching them in sweat, and they haven't been phazed.
      Honestly, music could be better, although bass is surprisingly good, but podcast style listening is where they excel, which is fine by me because that means I get 40+ hours a week to stay current and to listen to audio books.
       Last note, if you ride a motorcycle and have room in your closed helmet, these work amazingly in there as well. Again, you can hear most of what you're listening to, my bike is crazy loud so it impresses me, but also be able to hear traffic around you, which is a life saver.
    TLDR, 10 outta 10 for the latest line, must have for work environments or where you need audible awareness.
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    valkko reacted to WaffleTiger13 in Smoking Barrels - LTT's Unnofficial Gun Club!   
    Hey everyone, just found this group. So happy I am not the only pro-gun person on this site. and I can talk about my two favorite things.
    Heres a picture of most of what have now.