Recipe: Phở

Phở, pronounced Fuh (or pho in North America) is a rich soup originating from Vietnam that’s rapidly grown in global popularity in recent years. Bring the taste of the vietnamese street market home with this easy recipe that’ll have you dreaming of a hot and noisy Southeast Asian market. While true Pho is made from a stock of beef bones which I usually substitute for … Continue reading Recipe: Phở

Tips & Tricks: Trailer Wiring

Wiring is often a dreaded task thought to be too complex for an average homeowner but in reality it’s a simple concept and wiring a trailer can be done by a beginner in about 2 hours. Whether you’re wiring a homemade trailer or replacing the wiring on an old or damaged trailer, the tips and wiring diagrams below will make quick work of your project. Wiring … Continue reading Tips & Tricks: Trailer Wiring

How To: Auger Gear Grease Top-Up

We’re starting our series on snowblower maintenance with the auger gear oil/grease top- up because it’s a critical, yet often overlooked maintenance component. While everyone (or at least most) will do a regular oil change, and some even do regular belt inspections & maintenance, the auger gear is often forgotten until it inevitably seizes. There […]

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Tips & Tricks: Small Engine Gas Issues

Whether it’s a snowblower, lawnmower, generator, weed-eater or any other small engine, its inevitable that you’ll eventually have some issues – often at the beginning of the season when it sat without use for many months. During the first three years of university I worked part-time & summers in a mechanical shop. Since then I still work on small engines regularly as somewhat of a … Continue reading Tips & Tricks: Small Engine Gas Issues

How To: Wood Aging Part 1 – Distressing

Aged wood products have ich character thats difficult to true replicate but with a few basic tricks you can have new wood looking almost as good as a 100 year-old antique! There’s two components to duplicating aged wood – distressing the surface and finishing the surface. Distressing is typically done prior to finishing but don’t hesitate to experiment – distressing the surface following an initial … Continue reading How To: Wood Aging Part 1 – Distressing

How To: Auger Gear Oil Top-Up

We’re starting our series on snowblower maintenance with the auger gear oil/grease top- up because it’s a critical, yet often overlooked maintenance component. While everyone (or at least most) will do a regular oil change, and some even do regular belt inspections & maintenance, the auger gear is often forgotten until it inevitably seizes. There are two main types of auger gear lubrication; gear oil … Continue reading How To: Auger Gear Oil Top-Up

How To: Snowblower Maintenance Guide

Depending on where you live, snow may have been a big part of your life for the last 4-6 weeks and  become an even bigger part of your life for the next 3-4 months. We’re on the East Coast and the snow is often relentless. If you’re fortunate to have a snowblower, you know that winter storms reek havoc on snowblowers and their individual components. … Continue reading How To: Snowblower Maintenance Guide

Review: Klein Tools Nut Drivers

Klein Tools, long famous for their electrical hand tools – specifically their screwdrivers and pliers – has a wide selection of professional-grade nut drivers available. I’ll start by saying that although I’m unbiased in the sense that we didn’t receive anything from Klein in return for this review, I do already have a favourable impression of the Klein name from past experience.   We’ve been using … Continue reading Review: Klein Tools Nut Drivers

REL: Basic Survival Kit

Whenever you’re travelling in a remote area, regardless of location, it’s important to be prepared. You might not always need a full survival kit but the basics below will go a long way to keeping you safe. We’ve ranked these 4 items from most (#1) to least important but we recommend you carry each item. This equipment list is designed to be compact and lightweight … Continue reading REL: Basic Survival Kit

Review: Gearwrench 84 Tooth Ratchets

Gearwrench, popular for their licensed ratcheting wrenches has a full and very extensive line of hand tools which is equally as comprehensive as many of the more popular professional tool lines. I’ve heard many good things about Gearwrench hand tools over the last year-or-so from a variety of sources so I thought I’d try out one of their 3/8″ ratchets and share the review of … Continue reading Review: Gearwrench 84 Tooth Ratchets