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I e got a tractor with a backhoe attachment on it, but where is the fun in that? How do yall blow up yer stumps? Blackpowder? Fertilizer?

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Fertilizer, diesel and a little black powder will do the trick. 

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You mean legally?

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How do you blow up a stump?

 

EASY....... just put your lips on the root and start puffing.

 

ACTUALLY:  drill a big hole in the stump, fill about 3 or 4 DQ banana split bowls full of BP and pack em

down inside the stump.   Run your fuse up to your truck.   Put a heavy anvil and a sack of quik-crete

on top of the stump.  Get in your truck..... THEN light the fuse.

P.S. - be sure to have your truck running and in drive before lighting the fuse.  You'll need to  get out

there to the next county when all hades breaks loose.

 

Be sure to have proper I.D. available when the DEA visits you that evening.

 

Don't ask me how I know.  Southern boys learnt many years ago how to create

havoc with M80's   (real M80's).

 

..........Widder

 

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See Widder's post above.

 

Tannerite can be fun in the right proportions. Just be sure to have plenty of distance and something solid to hide behind.  Oh, by solid I don't mean your pickup. That things got rust holes a watermelon can fit through. I'd recommend a hill, or a foxhole. Put that backhoe to work and dig yourself a foxhole. then park that back hoe over the hole before you climb in. That way you just made it easier on yourself and you've got your grave all ready to go!

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I have nothing I’d care to share here I’m afraid.

And it’s always good to check local ordinances first. 

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Got into licensed blasting in the 80's. Knew a few guys that did the big jobs in quarries, and said a guy could pick up a few bucks doing small blasting jobs, that they didn't want to bother with. You would clear some ditches, culverts that would hold water and stumps. Stumps were done only in remote areas. Think of a wooden hand grenade. Then you have a nice hole to fill in. At that time Tovex, a water gel made by DuPont, was the hot item. Very safe. But expensive. The only company at that time using nitroglycerin dynamite (according to the DuPont formula) was Independent Explosives out of Scranton, PA. That was cheaper, only around a buck a pound. But dynamite has a tendency to "sweat" and once I saw little pools of Nitroglycerine in the box, I switched to the ANFO. Much cheaper.

 

We used to drill under the stump, to try to lift it rather than obliterate it.

 

But that wood really flies far when you do a stump. Really far. And high.

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Nice fresh 40% Forcite, 100 or so feet of wire, a battery and some EB caps worked for me, on my Uncles farm.

Moved and busted up some good size boulders as well.

Number of sticks is contingent on the stump or rock size.

Of course, if you want to try to launch something into near earth orbit, in honour of the Appolo program or the moon landings; Ammonium Nitrate and diesel fuel in the right proportions, with a single stick of 40% serving as the initiator, will do nicely.

I helped to blast out a ski-hill with that formula. 

And no, I ain't providing the mix.

That stuff is DANGEROUS, even for someone with training and a Blasters Certificate (Yes, I have one)

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Whatever you do, make sure you get the whole stump in one try!

Best use as much powder as you can afford.

 

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1 hour ago, Widder, SASS #59054 said:

How do you blow up a stump?

 

EASY....... just put your lips on the root and start puffing.

 

ACTUALLY:  drill a big hole in the stump, fill about 3 or 4 DQ banana split bowls full of BP and pack em

down inside the stump.   Run your fuse up to your truck.   Put a heavy anvil and a sack of quik-crete

on top of the stump.  Get in your truck..... THEN light the fuse.

P.S. - be sure to have your truck running and in drive before lighting the fuse.  You'll need to  get out

there to the next county when all hades breaks loose.

 

Be sure to have proper I.D. available when the DEA visits you that evening.

 

Don't ask me how I know.  Southern boys learnt many years ago how to create

havoc with M80's   (real M80's).

 

..........Widder

 

ATF?

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Some will get this.:P

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UB, I have had that exact same knife since I was a kid!  What a tough, long lasting tool! :FlagAm:

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31 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

ATF?

 

Thanks Marshal.   I believe you are correct.

 

But, knowing TN Williams, DEA might also visit him..... :lol:

Matter of fact, IRS and Secret Service might visit him also..... :o

 

His neighbors tried to get ICE to visit him but a quick check of his B'certificate and they

left his 'compound'.

 

..........Widder

 

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59 minutes ago, Dutch Wheeler said:

UB, I have had that exact same knife since I was a kid!  What a tough, long lasting tool! :FlagAm:

Whut’s It called?:D

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https://youtu.be/wPV3u4VcVB8

 

I know a guy who blows open oversized logs with black powder.   But he knows what he's doing. 

 

Don't tell the place you're going to get black powder that you're going to use it for any other use than in firearms.  At the minimum they won't sale it to you. 

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55 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Whut’s It called?:D

Are you referring to “Demo Knife”?

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3 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

I have nothing I’d care to share here I’m afraid.

And it’s always good to check local ordinances first. 

Black powder is great to get rid of common pocket gophers.   :D  Use a powder trail longer than 4 feet and check to see where your water main crosses the yard.  :o

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21 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

Black powder is great to get rid of common pocket gophers.   :D  Use a powder trail longer than 4 feet and check to see where your water main crosses the yard.  :o

Water main?? Did you find yours that way?

 

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Instead of the back hoe get a shank ripper attachment for your tractor.  It pulls the roots out and some smaller stumps and makes it easier to work with the bigger stumps.  

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Back when I was a lad, back when dirt was young and so was I, back when you could purchase dynamite at the feed store ...
A rock shelf intruded into our driveway; the net effect was that the intruding rock was growing, actually the dirt road eroded steadily, come winter it would ice over and proved a slick and serious impediment to navigation, as it was on a grade in the middle of a slight left turn.

An air compressor and rotary jack hammer were rented; there was a popular Alka-Seltzer commercial of the day with a hardhat in a wife beater T-shirt and his "dunlap" over the handles of a jackhammer -- funny how we always remember the commercials -- anyway I was kidded about being a twelve year old Alka Seltzer model, for the pose I took when drilling bore holes in the offending rock structure.

We found out in short order a full stick of dynamite was waaaaay too much kaboom for native sandstone (it flung head sized chunks over the house, and the hacienda was half a football field away) -- a half stick was just right, sliced in two with the Barlow knife, electric caps set off with the truck's battery, and we had to lift the windshield wipers and carefully whisk away the sand afterwards from the gritty rain that evolved therefrom.

Now stumps ... stumps are outside my realm of experience. 

I'll have to defer to the younger, smarter and better looking folk who have already given their carefully considered and experienced advice.

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13 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Some will get this.:P

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Issued to me in 1971 still have it 

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18 minutes ago, Henry T Harrison said:

Issued to me in 1971 still have it 

And it's called a .....? ;)

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35 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

And it's called a .....? ;)

 

How the hell do I know I was a 63b20 otherwise known as a wrench turner 

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50 minutes ago, Henry T Harrison said:

 

How the hell do I know I was a 63b20 otherwise known as a wrench turner 

Somebody will get it eventually. :lol:

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Around age 10 my dad got me one of those little badass compound bow
beginner kits. Of course, the first month I went around our land sticking
arrows in anything that could get stuck by an arrow. Did you know that a
1955 40 horse Farmall tractor tire will take 6 rounds before it goes
down? Tough sun of a gun.
 
That got boring, so being the 10 yr. old Dukes of Hazard fan that I was,
I quickly advanced to taking strips of cut up T-shirt doused in chainsaw
gas tied around the end and was sending flaming arrows all over the
place.
 
One summer afternoon, I was shooting flaming arrows into a large rotten
oak stump in our backyard. I looked over under the carport and see a
shiny brand new can of starting fluid (Ether).
 
A light bulb went off in my head.
 
I grabbed the can and set it on the stump.  I thought that it would
probably just spray out in a disappointing manner. Lets face it, to a 10
yr old mouth-breather like myself, Ether really doesn't "sound" flammable.
 
So, I went back into the house and got a 1 pound can of black powder for
muzzle loader rifles.
 
At this point, I set the can of ether on the stump and opened up the can
of black powder.
 
My intentions were to sprinkle a little bit around the Ether can but it
all sorta dumped out on me. No biggie, a 1 lb. black powder and 16 oz
Ether should make a loud pop, kinda like a firecracker you know?
 
You know what? Screw that I'm going back in the house for the other can,
so I got a second can of black powder and dumped it too.  Now we're cookin'.
 
I stepped back about 15 ft and lit the 2 stroke arrow. I drew the nock to
my cheek and took aim.  As I released I heard a clunk as the arrow
launched from my bow.  In a slow motion time frame, I turned to see my
dad getting out of the truck... OH SHOOT! He just got home from work.
 
So help me God it took 10 minutes for that arrow to go from my bow to the
can.  My dad was walking towards me in slow motion with a XXX look in his
eyes.
 
I turned back towards my target just in time to see the arrow pierce the
starting fluid can right at the bottom.  Right through the main pile of
black powder and into the can.  Oh shoot.
 
When the shock wave hit it knocked me off my feet.  I don't know if it
was the actual compression wave that threw me back or just reflex jerk
back from 235 fricking decibels of sound.  I caught a half a millisecond
glimpse of the violence during the initial explosion and I will tell you
there was dust, grass, and bugs all hovering 1 ft above the ground as far
as I could see.  It was like a little low to the ground layer of dust fog
full of grasshoppers, spiders, and a worm or two.
 
The daylight turned purple. Let me repeat this... THE COTTON PICKING
DAYLIGHT TURNED PURPLE.
 
There was a big sweet gum tree out by the gate going into the pasture.
Notice I said "was".  That sucker got up and ran off.
 
So here I am, on the ground blown completely out of my shoes with my
thundercats T-Shirt shredded, my dad is on the other side of the carport,
having what I can only assume is, a Vietnam flashback: ECHO BRAVO CHARLIE
YOU'RE BRINGIN' EM IN TOO CLOSE!! CEASE FIRE. DAMN IT CEASE FIRE!!!!!
 
His hat has blown off and is 30 ft behind him in the driveway.  All
windows on the north side of the house are blown out and there is a slow
rolling mushroom cloud about 2000 ft. over our backyard.
 
There is a Honda 185 3 wheeler parked on the other side of the yard
and the fenders are drooped down and are now touching the tires.
 
I wish I knew what I said to my dad at this moment.  I don't know - I
know I said something.  I couldn't hear.  I couldn't hear inside my own
head.
 
I don't think he heard me either... not that it would really matter.
I don't remember much from this point on.
 
I said something, felt a sharp pain, and then woke up later.  I felt a
sharp pain, blacked out, woke later....repeat this process for an hour or
so and you get the idea.
 
I remember at one point my mom had to give me CPR. and Dad screaming
"Bring him back to life so I can kill him again". Thanks Mom.
 
One thing is for sure... I never had to mow around that stump again.
 
Mom had been complaining about that thing for years and dad never did
anything about it.  I stepped up to the plate and handled business.
 
Dad sold his muzzle loader a week or so later. I still have some sort
of bone growth abnormality, either from the blast or the beating, or
both.
 
I guess what I'm trying to say is, get your kids into archery.  It's
good discipline and will teach them skills they can use later on in life.
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LawMan Mark-

 

That is one of the best stories I have read anywhere!

 

Thank for sharing.

 

Still laughing.

 

LDD

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LawMan Mark,

 

Most excellent!

 

Made my day.

 

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Thank you Lawman Mark! That was the funniest thing I've read in a LONG time and perfect timing; I really needed it(11 year old girl drama going on presently).

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7 minutes ago, Tyrel Cody said:

Thank you Lawman Mark! That was the funniest thing I've read in a LONG time and perfect timing; I really needed it(11 year old girl drama going on presently).

 

13 year old girl drama is worse.

 

Get ready.

 

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I am laughing so hard I'm actually crying...

 

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1 minute ago, Dantankerous said:

 

13 year old girl drama is worse.

 

Get ready.

 

;)

 

OOF!

 

 

A few weeks back she decided to try out for volleyball(grade 6-8). She made the team and the first practice, last Monday, was fine. All of a sudden last Tuesday she wanted to quit, out of the blue. Today she is throwing a fit and demanding not to go to practice. I suspect this is because a buddy didn't make the team, but did make basketball. I'm supposed to be working, but wife and daughter have both been crying and driving me nuts...

 

I think I'll read his post again now...

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15 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Whut’s It called?:D

 

My dad gave it to me when I was about 10.  It is all stainless steel and has U.S. stamped on one side of the case.  I had always assumed is was a military issue pocket knife.  Beyond that, I am at a loss of additional knowledge.

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Great story, Mark. :D

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Posted (edited)

Stopped at a dairy farm up in New Hampshire on a training mission back in 68. Nice farmer let us camp on his property for a few days. He had an amazing led stump that had resisted his removal efforts for a long time. We took care of it with a minimum amount of noise and confusion. But the two demo guys on my team were real experts.

His cows probably gave some milk .....eventually.

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Demo knife. Taking out stumps is easy, the problem is getting the refined fissionable material, the detonator can also be an issue though that is merely a technical issue. 

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