Choosing the appropriate circular saw blade for a woodworking task will improve the quality of the cut. Orientation of wood fibres, a.k.a. the grain, dictates style and placement of teeth on a saw. The ideal way to understand the tooth cutting profile is to hold a saw blade with the teeth facing you in the direction of the cut.
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Where: St. Laurent, Manitoba
What: A beautiful beachside cabin that’s a one-hour drive from downtown Winnipeg.
Who it’s good for: A group looking for the perfect Canadian beach trip.
Nightly rate starting from: $278
How many people: Up to 10
Extras: Built-in speakers throughout the house and a three-season sunroom.
Just drilling into stuff is pretty simple. Put the right-sized bit of the right type in the right place, and squeeze the drill’s trigger. But most holes need to be perpendicular to the surface; a technique, a drill guide, or a machine will help.
Simple and cheap
Do you remember the first time you stepped foot in a cottage? I do. It was just a few weeks after the first time I heard what a cottage even was. I was 19. I wasn’t born in Canada—I moved here from Sudan when I was 12 years old. I didn’t speak English, and I spent the majority of my adolescence trying to understand what life here entailed.
So when a friend invited me and a few others to her family cottage in Ontario’s Thousand Islands one summer, my first question wasn’t, “What weekend were you thinking?” It was more like, “Uh…sure… What’s that?”
Do outdoor heaters hurt the environment? —Joe Dixie, via email
Well, they don’t help the environment.
It feels good to enjoy activities as a family and what could be better than getting everyone out into the fresh air? Birdwatching is fascinating, but it may not be so easy to encourage the entire family to get excited about it—especially if young kids are involved. Here are some suggestions to encourage the whole family to join in on the (educational) fun.
1. Start in the garden
Have you heard of all these measuring tools? Here’s a quick overview of what these helpful devices are and what they’re used for.
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On quiet nights in March you’ll hear but not see these small-bodied, big-headed owls. They produce shrill cries, audible from hundreds of metres away, that sound like a saw being sharpened on stone—skreigh-aw, skreigh-aw, skreigh-aw—as well as a rapid toot-toot-toot call. During breeding season, males can call for hours.
Keeping cottage eavestroughs clean and free-flowing ensures that water goes where it’s supposed to: away from your roof structure and foundation where it can’t cause damage. Spring is a great time for an eavestrough checkup. Harsh winters can take a toll—here are a few key things to think about for inspection and cleaning (and repairs, if necessary) to guarantee smooth draining until you repeat the whole process in the late fall.
As we draw nearer to spring, temperatures grow mild, snow melts, and water rises. Conservation Authorities have begun to issue flood warnings in Ontario, but extreme weather like a pluvial flood—one driven by heavy rainfall—can leave you with “little to no warning,” says Tamsin Lyle, the principal at Ebbwater Consulting, a Vancouver-based company that provides flood management solutions.