Roy Hinkley

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since Jan 22, 2011
S. Ontario Canada
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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/
1 month 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.
4 months ago
My father had a box of broken glass he used as shaves held perpendicular to the work.  Try it... carefully...
4 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%
4 months ago
Vaping made quitting easy for this 40 year smoker.  I needed something in my hand..
5 months 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.
5 months ago
Here is the M8 coupling nut on the left, part of the threads drilled out. OEM nut right.
6 months ago
10 feet!  I was wondering if my 4 feet was worth the effort.  Good luck to you sir!
6 months ago
I always thought the best way would be to dig a trench till you find moist sand, then stand logs in the trench to a foot below the surface and fill.
All the water wicking channels in the log are lengthwise and it should wick the moisture up to the other end of the log.... in theory.
6 months ago
@ Thomas  - The Ego saw is a great product. Very happy with it. Battery life is surprisingly good (in fairness though it has half the kerf of a standard saw). My only complaint would be the oil level window. ... useless.


The Ego is not designed to accept any standard blade as the trimmer head supplies cooling air for the head mounted motor (I think).   I'm not familiar with your trimmer, sorry.
All these electric trimmers are lighter duty than the gas ones so we need to be careful not to overstress their capacity. String is forgiving when you hit something solid.
I originally bought a grass gator (with the 3 pivoting plastic blades) but it isn't going to cut the saplings I'm dealing with so I rejected that pretty quickly.  A pivoting blade type head isn't a bad idea though when you run into solid objects.

I've watched vids of blades on trimmers and they take such a big bite they're barely controllable. This design seems to limit the cutting depth for each tooth so I'm thinking less stress when you hit those thumb sized saplings.
This mod should allow me to use any blade with a 1" hole. If need be another spacer could be made for other sizes.
6 months ago