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Grandma Ness’ Meat Pies

Saturday, 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.

Hand Chain Hoist

Thursday, 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. (more…)

2-Cycle Oil Mix

Sunday, 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.

New Nailers!

Monday, 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:

I <3 our Snowblower

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I was cleaning up the 10cm of snow we got over night with a shovel early this morning after Lauren left for work. Next thing I know the plows both came by and filled up the boulevard – the bit between the road and the sidewalk – with snow from the street and snow from the little sidewalk plow. Usually the sidewalk guy has a split triangle blade, but today it was a straight one pushing everything into the boulevard.

That was the straw that broke the camels back – I didn’t feel like shovelling all that. Luckily our neighbour parked so I could get the snowblower out of his backyard.
A snowblower does ruin the calm of a morning with a fresh layer of snow but the two neighbours down the street already had theirs going so ours just joined the chorus.

Christmas Present Utilization Day

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Today I got to break out both the new meat carving set and pneumatic impact gun.

Carved a block of back bacon with the Classic Wüsthof carving set for breakfast. Then later that afternoon Chris and I put on his wife’s winter tires using a FatMax 1/2″ impact gun that works with my Motomaster twin stack compressor from Canadian Tire. The impact gun cost more than the compressor but the gun needs to be more efficient since it only has a small volume of air that the compressor can provide.

I’m very happy with both!
The big problem of the day was that we found a nail in one of the winter tires going on the car.

Changing Seasons

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I had a really good weekend knocking things off my to-do list around the house.

  1. Replaced batteries in smoke detectors, thermostat and the living room clock
  2. Pulled the tomatoes and herbs at the side of the house. Frost got most of them except the parsley.
  3. Planted garlic
  4. Cut the grass for the last time – changed the oil in the mower and put it to bed for the winter with the weed eater
  5. Washed the car
  6. Point trowelled some mortar in where it has washed away from the brick pedestal and set the cap stone again
  7. Woke up the neighbours snow blower from a long summer sleep.

The snow blower was in pretty good shape for sitting outside for the summer. I re-lubed the inner gears/drive selector since it has been rusting up for a while now. Cleaned the spark plug and shot a bit of WD-40 into the cylinder. I tried starting it up with the old gas in but the blower ran really choppy. It seemed like it would run for the bowl of fuel primed but then would stall out when it tried to pull from the tank. A quick drain and fill of fresh fuel and she started right up and ran strong without the choke. Changed the oil once it heated up. Didn’t see any white milky water in the oil this time which is very good.

Still to do some time this week includes the front flower bed clean up, rear tree garden raking out the leaves, hanging the Christmas lights and snow tires on both vehicles before the snow starts falling.

Compressor Too Small For Impact Gun

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I found out that my Motomaster 5-Gallon Twin-stack Air Compressor (#58-7949-6) compressor is too small to run the Mastercraft ½” impact wrench (#58-8413) that comes in the Mastercraft 100-Piece Air Tool Kit (#58-7872-0).

After lugging the beast of a compressor out of the basement plugging it in and hooking up the 50′ 3/8″ hose with 1/4″ quick connects all I could get out of the tool was a steady hiss of air – no impacting as expected on the lugs of the Vibe. I was able to get one nut off after fiddling around with the compressor regulator and cranking up the PSI to the max but the tool specifications say the max is only 90 PSI not the 120 PSI I was trying to feed it to get off the lugs.

Lugs were put on by a tire shop so they were probably at 90 ft/lbs. I torque the lugs to 80 ft/lbs when I change the tires myself on the steelies unless the vehicle says more or less.

Returning to the specs again the air compressor delivers 4.1 scfm @ 90 PSI while the impact wrench requires somewhere around 5.0 scfm according to the tool manual – not the Canadian Tire website.

Dang. I guess I’ll need a garage with a bigger air compressor some day or a better air wrench. ;)
For now the electric impact gun is a lot lighter and easier to use in the driveway.

Never use a gun to torque on your lugs – do it by hand with a proper torque wrench.

New Roof

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Working from home today as the roofers are working away stripping the old two layers off, hammering down the decking and reconfiguring our vents.

So far so good — no headache yet. We’ll see when they start laying shingles. I may have to disappear for a while.

Danby Freezer

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Bought a 8.7 cubic feet Danby Chest Freezer for the house today. Finally the DQ Dilly Bars will be frozen and we can buy BBQ meat on sale and consume it later!

More importantly we can now defrost our fridge freezer to try and stop the unit from peeing all over the floor.