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MineralMan
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:37 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
Saw a story this morning on the news about a bunch of ice houses that have frozen to the ice, due to the thaw and refreeze a couple of weeks ago. Anyone here in that situation, and what the heck do you do if that happens?





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:47 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:48 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
Take a 12ga with 7 shot and shot the ice arround the house it will shatter the top few layers of ice and your free..
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:49 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
Well, I didn't have to register the first time I looked at it.

What a crock! Having to register to look a t a news story...



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:52 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
No kidding I think they just want the E-mail.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:15 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
I am a member and read the article. Not much there really. I wouldn't register just to read it. Also, nothing there on what to do if it happens to you.

I like the 12 guage idea, though I have never tried it :-)


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:28 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
Been there done that....
Your approach depends on how bad it's frozen in, the house's that are really neglected by not being blocked up on 2x4's or split firewood "thats what I use" and are left unattended for long periods which results in the fishouse sinking into and freezing in, those can be a real pain to get out especially the house's where the water has entered the house and has iced the floor or a portion of the floor.
On those house's you start with carefully chipping the ice off of the floor this is the worst case scenario and a ton of work.

For the bigger house's normally those are blocked up and have some sort of jacking system or a way to jack up the house so all your doing there is chipping out along the outside edge of the house until the jack can break her free, if no jack system is available you will have to chip out under the house a big enough space to get a jack under it this can be a lot of work also.

The one's you find frozen in generally are the smaller 6x8 to 8x14 type of house's that are pulled out by 4 wheeler or trailer and left unattended through warms spells most of these can be saved with a little work it's the guys that are lazy or in a hurry that will wreck the house trying to pull it out before its broke free or ready.
If you have time I like to run my double Mr. Heater inside for a few hours to thaw things out a bit, then of course start chipping ice around the edge of the house also a STURDY PRY BAR that won't bend easily will make it much easier, after chipping under the house try to pry and or jack the house up to free it sometimes this takes a while but it can be done.

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:41 AM 02/22/05 (CST)
The shotgun method does work. But BEWARE! I used this method, a few years back, a lake dweller called it in and within a half hour I was visited by the DNR.

Check your local regulations.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 11:35 AM 02/22/05 (CST)
If I would have only known about the shotgun method when my ex wife was still around.......

I don't know what happened officer they didn't tell me my soon to be ex wife had to be out of the way when using this method....LOL...

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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 12:48 PM 02/23/05 (CST)
naw a shot gun does work but a deer rifle works better more shock in it..


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