Adding Studs to Korkers Wading Boots

Korkers Metalhead FB3210 boots with 3/8" Kold Kutter Screws

The last time I went fishing was on the Beaverkill River, a river that I fished for 25 years. It was in the late fall and I was wearing my Korkers boots with Kling-On® Sticky Soles. They didn’t feel that sticky when I was slipping on didymo (Didymosphenia geminata). Not wanting to spring for new boots with studs, I bought a wading staff. I still slipped, but did not fall and felt old. I noted that I should get some studs for my boots in the future.

My next trip is to Silver Creek in Idaho. Instead of springing for the $50-$70 for new Korker soles, I decided to buy some screws and put them in the soles myself.

Korkers Kling-On Sole with Kold Kutter 8-18 x  3/8" Screws

I searched a few sites and saw that some people were using Kold Kutter 8-18 X 3/8″ screws, so I bought 25 pieces on eBay (I didn’t need 250 of them).

I first tried drilling a pilot hole in the rubber with a 1/16” drill bit but then I found if I just used pressure to force the screw to start, they seemed to hold very securely. The sharp point of the screws protruded through the top of the soles so I ground them off with a Dremel cutting wheel.

I’ll have to get in the water to really see how they work.

Korkers Kling-On Sole with Kold Kutter 8-18 x  3/8" Screws for studs

NZXT H1

NZXT H1
NZXT H1

Last year I decided to build a new PC. The last time I built a PC was 2005. It was a Shuttle XPC SB51G with a Pentium 4.

I found a case that I liked, the NZXT H1, but it initially had a well documented problem with catching fire when the poorly designed PCIe riser board short circuited to the chassis. I bought a H1 on eBay and NZXT eventually sent me the redesigned riser board. I mounted an EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics card on it and I haven’t had any problems with it.

Asus ROG STRIX Z590-I motherboard
Asus ROG STRIX Z590-I motherboard

NZXT has since come out with a version 2 of the H1 case that has a larger power supply and an additional coolling fan.

These are the components I used in the build.

NZXT H1 with 15mm 2.5" drive
NZXT H1 with Seagate Barracuda ST5000LM000 2.5″ drive 15mm

The only mod that I made was to the SSD tray. I removed the tabs that held the 7mm drives so the tray could accommodate a 15mm laptop drive. I wanted a large amount of storage but I didn’t want to try to stuff a 3.5″ drive in the case.

Of course, I barely had the PC up and running and Alder Lake, the 12th generation of Intel Core processors, was released.