UPDATED 2Aug2019: “How can I install a submersible pump?” If you’re asking this question, then this is the article for you. Read on for all the details. As far as I’ve seen, this is the most complete set of instructions on […]Continue Reading
*DIY: See a home-made electrical generator in action.
*BACKWOODS SMARTS: See a home-made generator running.
*COOL TOOLS: See world’s highest voltage circular saw in action.
*NATURE: See the melting shoreline of Manitoulin Island
POST UPDATED on 8Jun2019 If you’re looking to apply deck stain to a new deck or you want to refinish an old deck so the results last, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve arrived at what I call Love Your Deck. […]Continue Reading
Saw blades for hand-held circular saws are getting better all the time. Click below to see how this new style of blade handles a whole bunch of deck screws and an angled rip cut. It’s made by Diablo, a company that […]Continue Reading
Every professional drywaller I’ve seen typically installs sheets of drywall horizontally, not vertically. The photo to the right shows what I mean. This guy is a friend of mine, Pete Paquet is his name, and he’s one of the best drywallers […]Continue Reading
A few months back I got an email from a young man named Shane, and his questions took me back 30 years. Shane wants to build a home and life in the country, living deliberately close to nature and being as […]Continue Reading
*WOODWORKING: Watch a great tablesaw blade in action.
*METALWORKING: See what a CNC water jet cutter can do.
*HOMESTEADING: Seeday-old chicks come to Bailey Line Road.
*CONSTRUCTION: Learn how to use a garden hose as a level.
One of the unexpected things I picked up when I moved to Manitoulin Island, Canada back in the mid-1980s was traditional stoneworking. I’d never done it before coming here and I’ve never seen anyone else do stonework in the old fashioned way from […]Continue Reading
*TOOL VIDEO: Cordless 120 volt 12″ DEWALT Mitre saw
*WOODWORKING: Why jigsaw orbital blade action matters
*ENERGY: See how insulated unground heating pipes work
*ELECTRICAL: Watch power lines installed above bedrock
Ever notice how some indoor spaces feel great and others make you feel lousy? The difference comes down to a handful of things that aren’t immediately obvious, not even to some renovation professionals. That’s where knowing about four simple design strategies pay […]Continue Reading