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Re: 1/4 stick a tool?

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Billy NY

07-22-2013 15:47:18

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This is probably NOT the place to mention that LOL, I think are dangerous, but not enough for a small stump, or rock. I have seen what was referred to as a full stick, really a large fire cracker, and have heard those may be of some use, by a person who tried it in a mountainous area, with lots of boulders and stumps, I would have liked to see the results.

A long time ago, one of the troopers at the barracks that was next to us got a hold some dynamite, not sure what type, whether it was confiscated or what the deal was in those days and he used it on his new home site, not good broke neighbors windows, sort of a funny story, no one got hurt, but many people in the town remembered the incident for years. What a character he was, good guy, his son followed his footsteps and made some impressive advancements in his career doing the same thing.

I think one of those old powder splitters or a properly drilled hole and packed with appropriate powder, safe fuse etc. would be more effective than a 1/4 or 1/2 stick which is really kind of non consumer grade firework. I always wondered why they used the same nomenclature as the real explosives seem to be a lot more powerful and even more dangerous. I set off one of those toilet paper roll size ones in a small diameter tree crotch, it kind of split it a little. Nonetheless, any of these can certainly cause some serious injury, I do know of one person missing a hand, use care !

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T in NE

07-22-2013 22:22:53

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 Re: 1/4 stick a tool? in reply to Billy NY, 07-22-2013 15:47:18  
A cousin who was in the military once told me a story of a demolition expert who retired and was going to dig himself a pond. Instead of hiring it done he drilled some holes and set some charges, and blasted his pond, and dropped all the dirt right on his cabin.

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Bryan iniowa

07-23-2013 05:19:10

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 Re: 1/4 stick a tool? in reply to T in NE, 07-22-2013 22:22:53  
Dad was very good with dynomite . They would use it to open up the gravel pit in winter .He dug a lot of swallow wells . 1/2 stick and bread sack full of fertilizer and diesel fuel. blow hole and set cement ring in it . splitting big rocks,,he would find the grain and hold stick in place with mud . and of course ,,, the one abandoned farm outhouse they put thirteen sticks in .

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