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Did you know I had separated my website into 2, I moved the gardening, butterflies, making charcoal at home, grow lights, and gardening for cats, to DirtOnMyHands.com


It's fall, NEW BOAT PROJECT TIME
Have you figured out what you are building?

I have a lot of resources for new and experienced boatbuilders.


I've been updating various pages. Today I updated the Rowing boat plans page. I fixed a couple of broken links and added several new links.

Plans for many types of rowing boats


It's Fall and the Dogs and Cats will be spending more time inside. It's time to treat everyone so that they don't bring in fleas into the house.


chocolate

Never feed these foods and medicines to your cat


I keep getting links that list things you should never feed your cat. I decided to check them out to see why these were listed and if it was true. As usual the internet was not as accurate as I would like. This is an accurate lists for cats and also includes information for dogs. From my gardening pages.



Microwave magnetron

I took apart my microwave oven


I've always wondered what made a microwave oven work.



wainfleet wetland conservation area

Kayaking in the old Quarry at the Wainfleet Wetland Conservation Area




lots of reeds

I check out a new stream kayaking in Port Colborne




distillation apparatus

I tried my hand at distilling catnip essential oil.




gluing on the skegs

Gluing on the skegs


Making the Spars


Pintles

Installing Gudgeons and Pintles on the Rudder Box


finishing hull

Finishing SCAMP hull bottom, sanding, glassing, sanding




parsnips

Growing Parsnips

Not only are they delicious but they can be picked late in the fall or in spring.



cat

Have you ever wondered how potentially Rabid animal bites are treated?

I was bitten by an unknown stray cat and got treated for potential rabies. Not much fun. Both cat and I survived.



oar

I turned the Scamp over. Link to Video


oar

Finished the rudder case


Making the tiller




hawk

Hawk eats Bird in my yard and is challenged by crows.

High drama in the backyard as 3 local crows come and check out a hawk eating a bird.



sandpaper

Making sanding pads for my Dremel multi tool.

I got some sandpaper sheets and made some sanding pads for my Dremel. Saved myself a lot of money.



pink slime mold

Pink Slime Mould in my firewood

I found pink and yellow slime mould growing on a piece of firewood.



scamp coaming cap

Glued in the coaming cap

I'm not too sure what to call the piece of wood that runs along the coaming, but I glue it in today. I also worked on glassing the gussets and fitting in the wood along the gusset.



Pt Abino lighthouse

Kayaking to Point Abino Lighthouse

This is a kayak paddle I took during the summer. Pt. Abino lighthouse is on Lake Erie near my home. It is a short distance from Buffalo on the Canadian Side.

All this cold weather is making me dream.



frog

Are Frogs Smart?

This past summer I had a frog move in my pool. He showed great ability to learn and evade my plans to boot him out of the pool. He was much more clever than I expected.



Houseboat plan page

and

Houseboats info page



puddle duck mast

Updated Puddle Duck Mast Page

I had broken my mast sailing in gusty conditions and I made a new square mast. Finally got around to showing the mast build. The mast is a Michael Storer design and has worked perfectly.



wood scraper

I bought a new scraper and I'm thrilled

In an effort to make cleaning up and finishing epoxy easier I got myself a new silicone carbide blade scraper. I'm thrilled with the stupid scraper. Go figure!



Added a whole lot of Motor Boat Plans


floor

Butterflies of S-Ontario and NW US

I was sorting out summer photos and realized I had some lovely butterfly pictures



Added a whole lot of Canoe and Kayak Plans

Added a page of Multihull Boat Plans

Page about Multihulls


Why do cats pee in the house?

I had a spot of trouble with one of the cats. I quickly became an expert in Cat Pee.

How to find cat urine stains using a UV light

How to get rid of Cat Urine Smells (or dogs)

What do vets learn when the analyze your cat's urine?


This summer I got a kayak at an estate sale. It's been great fun.

Kayaking in Port Colborne

Kayaking in Black Creek

Led lights

Making a simple
kayak splash skirt

I went in Lake Erie but the waves were quite high and the boat took on quite a lot of water so I realized I needed a splash skirt.


Kayak came with a Simple but effective Dolly


Led lights

LED Lights

I made a light to help start seeds inside.



How much epoxy is needed to cover fiberglass cloth?

I was running out of epoxy and wondered if I would have enough to finish the hull or if I should order more.




sign

I found a great local lumber mill

Located in the Niagara Region. It's always great fun to go on a field trip. I found good lumber for the gunwales of the SCAMP.



Spider

Some Photos of spiders that live in my yard



What is Stainless Steel?

I was curious and did some digging to find out what made steel stainless. Why are some magnetic and others not. As usual there is much more than meets the eye.



Comparison of characteristics of red oak and white oak

Can I use red oak for boatbuilding and what is the difference between red and white oak.

Table of Characteristics of red and white oak.




diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is one of the safest garden insecticide there is

What is it? How do you use it? How safe is it?



graphite powder

Graphite powder is often added to epoxy to make it more slippery

It is used on hulls of light boats and for parts that need to slide against each other such as centreboard and its case.



Knowing how to Heave-to could save your life

Heaving to is often the safest way to weather a storm if you can't get to a safe spot in time.



quiz about sail

So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.

I've been playing with a simple Javascript quiz. Test your Knowledge, basic and otherwise.



Ticks and their control in Cats

Getting Around

Some Navigation Pages

Boats

boat navigation page

Boat Plans

boat plans navigation page

Cats

cat navigation icon

Gardening

garden navigation page

My Photos

navigation icon for photographs

Steps in Building SCAMP


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