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Equipment,Transportation

How to Fix a Small Tubeless Tire

30 Mar , 2016   Video

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First, clean the inside of the tire with WD-40 and a rag. 

Nothing to do with wind turbines, but knowing how to fix a tubeless tire when you’re out in the boonies will help BIG TIME! Especially when your snowblower or wheelbarrow tire goes flat. All you need is a ratchet binder and an air pump. Takes about 10 minutes and you’re done.

Next, wrap a ratchet binder around the outside of the tire and give it a few good cranks.

Next, wrap a ratchet binder around the outside of the tire and give it a few good cranks.

Hook up an air compressor (or bike pump) to the stem. Start pumping air in. Note: It's handy if the pump has an air gauge.

Hook up an air compressor (or bike pump) to the stem. Start pumping air in. Note: It’s handy if the pump has an air gauge.

I like to put in 20 psi and see if it holds. Then, take the rachet strap off and listen for leaks (or use  the pump gauge)

I like to put in 20 psi and see if it holds. Then, take the ratchet strap off and listen for leaks (or watch the pump gauge)

Once there is no leaks, re-install the tire back on your equipment.

Once there was no leaks, re-install the tire back on your equipment.

Try out equipment with the new tire.

Try out equipment with the new tire.

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Hauling, digging, etc,Transportation

A New Cabin Truck… 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4×4

5 Dec , 2015   Video

We now have a truck! (finally). With aid of my father-in-law’s salesmanship, we now own an used, 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, Quad Cab 4 x 4. Sweet!  We have been wanting a truck for a while, but the cost versus quality never arose. We had friends offer vehicles, but they were on their last legs and I didn’t need another problem to repair. My father-in-law friend was downsizing and didn’t need another large vehicle. Even though it’s just a truck, it will make transporting lumber and plywood so much easier.  Plus, traveling on the back roads during a freak winter storm will not be so nerve racking.

Since the weather conditions can change by the hour, I purchased a used set of studded Cooper Arctic Claw XSI Snow Tires and had them installed on the truck. The tires are huge, 275/60/20. When standing next to the tire, the height is easily 42″. We are quite pleased that it will make the long journey so much safer, under any condition. 

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The next step is to look at a tonneau cover or a canopy. My spouse will want to transport wedding items for an event and it’s a good feeling that it can be locked up. I’ve looked around on the web and used prices are around $500 for a canopy in good shape. For now the next couple of months, we will use big plastic totes for clothes and food items. Al least there is lots of room.

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A few other items on the list is an LED light bar and a heavy-duty winch. Still way out of the budget, but maybe in time. I don’t want to get off track from the Cedar Workshop projects.

I’ll keep you posted on the projects.

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Transportation

The Big Splurge: Snowmobile Dollies

10 Mar , 2015  

I normally like to make everything I use, but I saw this snowmobile dolly set on sale and I couldn’t pass it up. These are small platforms with wheels. They are put under the skis and track of a snowmobile. It makes it a lot easier to move around a 500 pound beast of ATV. Plus, you can use up every inch of space in your garage for storing season off-road vehicles.

The 3 PC snowmobile dolly set retails between  $49.00 – 89.00 for a set. I picked it on sale for $29.99. Available at Princess Auto and Canadian Tire. In the USA and other countries, vehicle dollies from Harbor Freight Tools in the USA will work too.

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Hauling, digging, etc,Transportation

How Not to Transport a Ladder with a Snowmobile

12 Feb , 2015   Video

Spent a few days up at the cabin messing around with projects. The weather was quite mild and it made it easier to get outside projects finished. One of them was to go up on the roof and remove snow and fix a leak. I needed an extension ladder to get on the roof safely. Had a spare 30-foot extension ladder at home, so it was brought up to the cabin.  The drive up was quite loud with the wind whistling over the ladder on top of the car. (Must of scared away all the deer in the area!)

Since the main roads were covered with “Black Ice” (that’s ice that can’t be distinguished between the road or water) the drive took a lot longer and I arrived late at night. My family and I decided to walk in and then come back the next day to haul the reminder of supplies in. It’s not always easy to get all your materials onsite. In the winter, everything has to be transported in using a snowmobile and a cargo sled. The object is to make as few trips as possible.

I had to transport a large container of firewood, flooring, lumber and an extension ladder all at the same time. With a bad snow storm approaching, I didn’t have a lot time, so I quickly tied everything on and hoped that it didn’t fall off or get stuck in the forest.

The trail I took started through a driveway that was a solid piece of ice. It was a little tricky to drive through, the cargo sled would move left or right depending on the terrain. Once I got to the trail, it was covered with four feet of snow, but packed down. I had to navigate through the trees and over stumps. A little challenging at times, because you don’t want to catch a ski on a branch or fall into the soft snow near the base of a tree. Managed to hit only one tree with the end of the ladder. It happened on a tight turn and the ladder was sticking out. The bump actually help straighten out the ladder on top of the load.

After few minutes of careful navigation, the snowmobile and cargo made it to the front door. But due to a pile of snow, all the weight slid to one side and the load toppled over. Well, on the bright side, nothing was damaged and I made it to the front door.

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Relaxing,Transportation

A Neighbours New Years Gift – 1978 Ski Doo 300 Citation Snowmobile

22 Jan , 2015  

This a follow-up video to Snow Blowing in Winter Wonderland. On New Years Eve, one of my neighbours, Mike, dropped by and mentioned he was really pleased the driveway was clear. He said he made it easier to get into his cabin. As a thank you, he gave our family, a fully functional, 1978 Ski-Doo 300 Citation snowmobile. He hadn’t used it for a while and wanted to give it to our kids. The amazing thing was, even though he hadn’t started it for 5 years, he put some fresh, mixed gas into the gas tank, primed it, pulled few times and it started. Wow! That was a totally awesome and a sweet New Year Eve’s gift. (Thanks Mike & Kim!)

I found this blurb from the website www.vintagesnowmobiles.com 1978_SKI_DOO_CITATION_APRIL_05_1_6A_PP2509_2
“Just introduced this month is the ’78 Citation 300 snowmobile by Bombardier under the Ski-Doo label. It is 329 pounds compared to the Olympic’s 386 lbs., and has more power in it twin 294 cc fan cooled Rotax engine than the Elan 250. The retail price is suggested at $1,445. The new sled has a 29-1/4 inch ski stance, is 90 inches long an overall height of 35 inches to the top of the windshield. It also has an alloy frame, Mikuni carb, rubber track with imbedded fibreglass rods, shocks for skis, disc brakes, and five gallon fuel capacity.”

This particular snowmobile may be a  little long in the tooth, but ideal for the kids to learn on. Mike said that it could barely reach 30 mph, but it was lightweight and easy for the kids to move.

 

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Equipment,Other,Transportation

Snow Blowing in Winter Wonderland

2 Jan , 2015  

Snow-blower-in-winter-wonderland Spent the Christmas holidays and New Years at the cabin. It was a real treat when we completed the 4 hour drive and go right up to the front door. My neighbour was so kind to plow out the driveway with his heavy duty, Bobcat skid steer. Made unloading all the cargo so much easier. The weather was good, but a couple of days later, we got another 7 inches of snow. Thought it would be a good idea to take my snow blower out and clean out the 800 meter lane way. It’s a lot easier to remove the snow when it freshly fallen (light and fluffy). If it sits over night or gets flattened by a vehicles, its much harder to clear. It took about 3 hours, but, I took breaks. Occasionally, I would shut off the motor and look around at the pristine, untouched by man. I forget sometimes that we don’t smell the roses. Afterwards, I let my neighbours know it was clear and ready for them to get to their cabins. Everyone appreciate and I was happy I could help out the community.
Happy holidays!

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