Roy Hinkley

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since Jan 22, 2011
S. Ontario Canada
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I would think landscape cloth is your best option to both hold the soil and allow drainage.
3 weeks ago
I've been driving the same VW Passat TDI wagon since 2005. I get just over 900km or 550 miles from a 55l (10 imp. gal) tank of fuel. It's a 2.0l turbo diesel that tows 1/2 ton of trailer just fine when I need heavy loads.
If the trip computer can be trusted (it can't) it shows 6.7l per 100k average over the life of the car, city and highway combined. I've seen 4.5 l per 100k  consumption over trips at 55mph.
I'm almost at 400,000 km now, 2nd transmission, replaced turbo last year.
1 month ago
Heh ... I'm that guy with the trailer after I work the late shift collecting leaf bags at midnight.

I bought this machine a few years back, blows leaves and also vacuums and shreds. Anything with a metal impeller blade will last a while. Wet leaves clog... dry ones shred nicely.
https://www.amazon.ca/Toro-51619-Ultra-Blower-250mph/dp/B00SBPFREU/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=mulching+leaf+vac&qid=1577473932&sr=8-7
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is cautioning the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) that assessment changes by the Municipal Property Assessment Commission (MPAC) are likely to be detrimental to the forests of Ontario. The MNRF manages a program called the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) which offers a property tax reduction for landowners who join the program in exchange for following the prescribed forest management practices of the MNRF. The program, introduced in 1997, is very popular with more than 10,700 landowners participating by 2004.

The problem, according to the ECO, is that another branch of the Ontario government is jeopardizing the program by changing the assessment rules. Around 2003, MPAC began changing its methods of assessing managed forests such that they were assessed for their potential value for residential or commercial development rather than at the same rate, as promised by MNRF in 1997, as farmlands.

https://ontariolandowners.ca/news/a-cautionary-tale-from-the-environmental-commissioner-of-ontario-by-shirley-dolan/
9 months ago
Great tool. Used one a lot as a youngster.
We took apart a wood frame greenhouse nail by nail to reassemble elsewhere without damaging the glass panes or the frame.
The slide is meant to drive one hook below the level of the nail head.
11 months ago
My father had a box of broken glass he used as shaves held perpendicular to the work.  Try it... carefully...
11 months ago
These are awesome.  Everyone has asked for the recipe I found online.

5 seed crackers
Ingredients

   1 cup sunflower seeds
   3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
   1/2 cup chia seeds
   1/2 cup sesame seeds, (I used a mix of black and white sesame seeds)
   1/4 cup flaxseed, (linseed)
   1 tsp salt
   1 1/2 cups water
   1 tbsp dried herbs of your choice, ( thyme?)
   1 tsp chilli flakes, (optional)...NOTE .....this seems a lot.. I used 1/4 tsp powder

Instructions

   Preheat oven to 170C (340F) fanbake.
   Mix all ingredients together and leave for 10-15 minutes for the seeds to soak up the water.
   Give everything a good stir, then split the mixture over two lined baking trays and spread thinly. The ideal thickness is about 3-4mm(1/4" or less) . Too thin and the crackers will be very fragile, too thick and they'll be more like a seed cookie than a cracker.
   Bake for one hour (switching the trays around halfway through), or until golden brown and crisp. If they don't feel crisp after an hour, return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
   Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then break into irregular shards or cut. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition information
Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 238.8mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 16% | Iron: 19%
1 year ago
Vaping made quitting easy for this 40 year smoker.  I needed something in my hand..
1 year ago
For those without the resources or ability I have seen these little solar fans that hang on your car window when parked for a bit of ventilation. Could probably adapt something like that to work too.
1 year ago