Buildings and Renovations

Epic DIY Deck Project -Part 5- Cedar Decking and a Helping Hand

25 Jul , 2014  

Another instalment of the Epic DIY Deck Project series. The plan for the July 18th – 20th weekend was get the blocking finished between the joists, change out some of the lags screws with bolts, secure the house flashing and start to install the deck boards. The blocking went quickly with two people. The air […]

Buildings and Renovations

The Epic DIY Deck Project -Part 4- Patch a Wall Hole & Finish Deck Joists

17 Jul , 2014  

On July 11th weekend, it was another work weekend at the Cedar Workshop test facility. The family and myself headed back up to the cabin with a load of deck materials. The goal was to patch up a rodent hole, that was behind the old propane tank and finish off the deck joists. On Saturday, […]

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Buildings and Renovations

The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 3B- More Joists & Minor Fix

14 Jul , 2014  

Just got back from a weekend of working on the deck. Thought I would give a short update. The plan for this weekend was to get a bit further with the 2″ x 8″ joists. (The joists is what the deck boards sit on) The first step was to buy the (15) 2″ x 8″ […]

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Buildings and Renovations

The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 3- Installing Joists, Brackets & Blocking

10 Jul , 2014  

The good weather is finally here and most of the crisis projects were completed. Next on the list was the Epic Deck Project. It called that because it such a huge deck (24′ x 11′) and time consumer. Since I work behind a computer for the day job. I really enjoy building something. I think […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Plumbing

Roof Ice Rips Off Water Supply Pipe

28 May , 2014  

Had another interesting surprise on the same weekend as the broken wind turbine tower. The 8 inch thick ice on the roof melted to a point that it let go and slid off. In its travels down the roof, it managed to rip off the water line. The water line carries water pumped from the […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Power Tools

Splitting Hardwood Logs with a Ryobi 4 Ton Electric Log Splitter

17 Mar , 2014  

Just before winter, my neighbour took pity on me and gave a heck of a deal on an used Ryobi 4-Ton Electric Log Splitter $100 Bucks! Awesome! The plan was to use the log splitter at the cabin but, the extreme cold made it difficult. So, I decided to take the log splitter home to the […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Other

Create an Ice Melt Sausage from a Pantyhose!

12 Mar , 2014  

If you live in a cold climate, ice dams on roofs can cause leaking. In our case, we share our roof with our next doors neighbour. The style of roof, called a butterfly, doesn’t do well with water run off in the spring. A “dead valley” was created in the middle. Water starts to pool […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Other, Power Tools

A Present from YouTube Fans and Subscribers to the Cedar Workshop

6 Jan , 2014  

This video was about a fantastic present from all the fans and subscribers. Because of a few clicks on the Google ads and a Google AdWords campaign, it has generated a few dollars to go towards a snow blower. The Cedar Workshop test facility is located on the top of a mountain and far away from […]

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Buildings and Renovations

The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 1- Planning and Digging Holes

21 Oct , 2013  

The Epic DIY Deck Project was the process of building a huge 10 foot wide by 32 foot long deck by one person. It was for our cabin (aka Cedar Workshop Test facility) in the boonies. Since funds were low, and the place is way off the beaten path, a contractor could not be brought […]

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Buildings and Renovations

Sweet (& Cheap) Outdoor Cooler from an Old Cupboard

15 Oct , 2013  

How to make an old cupboard into a cooler from recycled materials. It’s ideal for keeping salad fixings, vegetables, leftovers and beverages. A block of ice will last a few more days than a regular cooler. Also, if the thermometer dips down at night, it won’t affect the inside. Read more here…

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Buildings and Renovations, Equipment, Food, Other, Plumbing

Pump Water from a Lake to a Cottage (And make your spouse happy with running water!)

8 Aug , 2013  

Had a few questions from viewers on how to get water. Went up this weekend and concentrated on filming footage of the water system. We occasionally pump water from a freshwater lake to the cabin. Maybe once during each 3 days stay. The cabin/cottage is on a remote mountain lake and doesn’t have access to […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

“Dress Up” an Old Dock with Cedar Decking

30 Jul , 2013  

The next door neighbours 20-year-old floating dock was about to be sunk and donated to the fish, when I intervened and negotiated ownership for a 12 pack of beers. It’s an antique jewel, 4 feet wide by 32 feet long. Composed of three 12 inch in diameter Pine logs that were cut 32 feet long. […]

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Appliances, Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling

Make a Propane Refrigerator Run Cooler in the Summer

8 Jul , 2013  

The RV style of propane refrigerator (Dometic-3 way) was not getting cold on the inside. Turned up the thermostat from setting 2 to 4 make it colder, but there was no effect. It was a major concern, since there was a heat wave coming and the frozen vegetables, beverages and steaks would go bad. Also, […]

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