Grandma Ness’ Meat Pies

December 31st, 2011

The Ness’ get together on New Years day. It’s something we’ve always done and we’ve always had meat pies or Tourtière – but the kind from Manitoba, not Québec.

We thought we lost the recipe card this year so after lots of looking around I decided to post the recipe online – just in case.
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Hand Chain Hoist

June 2nd, 2011

A section of fence was falling down in our backyard. The posts had rotted out but the fence sections were in decent shape. Lo and I did some heavy lifting and disconnected everything exposing just the posts – or what was left of them when we were done. They were rotten so bad that they snapped off as stubs in the concrete pile while removing the fence sections.

I started digging around one post and that didn’t go so well – I dug out and around more then down. A top cap of cement was easy to remove, some gravel and then I discovered a cement pile about 10 inches below grade. These went down about 3 or 4 feet – needed to stop them from heaving in the southern ontario winters.

Luckily my Uncle knew someone with a hand chain hoist which works like a block and tackle but using gears instead of pulleys to get a mechanical advantage. Read the rest of this entry »

Amsoil Dealer

May 19th, 2011

I signed up to become an AMSOIL dealer last week. For those that don’t know they make synthetic oils, greases and fuel additives. The company is very popular in powersports (motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats) and racing – but make products for your regular every day driver too.

I’m going to end up taking most of my repair/maintenance posts to that new blog. Not much to see on there now but you can check out the AMSOIL product lines.

If you are interested in some quality products for your engines/toys get in touch with me.
I can definitely do better on price and product line availability compared to the big box retailers in Mississauga. If you’re local I can cut down on shipping costs by picking up the products at the distribution centre.

2-Cycle Oil Mix

May 1st, 2011

I bought 2 packets (44.3mL) of Saber™ Professional Synthetic 100:1 Pre-Mix 2-Cycle Oil (ATP) from Amsoil this year. It’s a synthetic 2-stroke oil and you mix it at a 100:1 ratio for any equipment that requires 40:1. Sounds scary doesn’t it. The synthetic oil lets you mix it much leaner than regular 2-stroke oil. The packet says you can run it in a richer mix as well without plug or spark arrestor fouling so it is more forgiving about the fuel mix.

The only 2-stroke, air cooled piece of equipment I use is an old weed eater which calls for a 40:1 ratio. Last year I ran about 4L of mixed fuel through the machine.
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Vibe Oil Change

April 30th, 2011

The 2006 Vibe got her 155,000km oil change this afternoon once we got home from Peterborough. I used up the last of the Canadian Tire 5W30 Formula 1 Synthetic in the basement and a new MANN oil filter ML1009. The oil filter had a hard time getting the threads started but after that no real problems.

I think the Vibe is now almost a senior citizen with 96,000 miles on the odometer. Next up for her on my oil storage shelf is some Amsoil Synthetic Extended Life 5W30 (XLF).

Bugs on the windshield

April 24th, 2011

On a trip down to Niagara for Easter weekend I noticed on the way back home to Mississauga that there were bug carcass all over the windshield. I guess spring has sprung if the bugs are on the highways. Go away rain!


April 12th, 2011

I signed up as a preferred customer of AMSOIL which is a manufacturer of synthetic motor oils and auto products. By paying a small fee to be a preferred customer you get the wholesaler price on the products.

They have a distribution centre in south Brampton where I can pick up my order to save a bit more money.

Looking to extend the OCI on Lauren’s Vibe with some quality oils to 12,000km/6 months. That will have to be backed by a UOA saying her engine is in good shape and the oil can be extended. My Outlander will get on an extended OCI once the warranty period expires.

I can order for friends and family too so if you see something on their website you want let me know.

New Nailers!

March 28th, 2011

I picked up my new Hitachi nailers on Sunday night visiting my parents down in Niagara.

On the way home from work tonight I picked up some 23 gauge pins from Home Depot – the maximum length is 1 3/8″ for this tool. I already had a pack of DA style finishing nails from Canadian Tire. The Mastercraft 35° nails come in a 1000 pack and work even though the tool specifies 34°. Otherwise you’ll have to special order Senco packs of 700 or 4000 – I think crispair has some too.

After dinner I tested out the new nailers – here they are a 23 gauge NP35A pin nailer and a 15 gauge NT65MA4 finishing nailer:
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Server Upgrade

March 27th, 2011

I was so far behind on my servers OS upgrades that I had to do a destructive dump and load to get it back to the current version on Saturday.
I almost remembered to save everything except for:

  • My current emails – destroyed by a corrupt tar file
  • All my mailman mailing lists – stored in /usr/lib/mailman if anyone else is backing up their server!

Now I just need to remember to upgrade as new versions are released so I won’t have to do all this crazy dump and load unless something major comes along.

Mitsubishi Guinness World Records

February 18th, 2011

I saw this on the forum I lurk in for my Outlander. The 2011 vehicles with the SAWC – which my 2009 doesn’t have – were put to the test up at Ghost Lake in Alberta. The 2009 only has the AWC which transfers power from front to rear. The SAWC can also transfer power left and right on the front wheels instead of relying on the computer to use the ABS to stop wheel spin.

Some of the records seem kind of silly, I would have liked to have seen the 0-100 km/h time of the vehicle on ice but I guess it didn’t break the record. The figure 8 and slalom would be fun to drive though.

Mitsubishi Guinness Records Page

I’ll post links to the individual youTube movies here later.