Ryan Shervill is a field editor and contributor to Outdoor Canada, as well as an avid hunter and shooter. He is also Canadian Home Workshop’s online Ask a Pro and contributing editor.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
17 unexpected uses for nail polish at the cottage
A beauty product in your tool box? You bet! Like duct tape, nail polish has so many off-label uses—from markingto waterproofing to gluing—that you’ll run out of fingers trying to count them all.
1. Dab on screw threads to...
7 drill bits and their uses
There’s more than one lure in your tackle box—why would your tool box have just one type of drill bit? Get the right gear and be more productive, whether you’re boring holes or reeling in dinner.
Brad point bit Used only...
Tips for drilling metal
If you own a drill, one day you’ll want to bore a hole in metal: From making L-brackets to mounting gear onto an aluminum boat, drilling metal safely and effectively is a skill every cottager should master.
1. Mark the hole...
How to fix a running toilet
A toilet that continues to run wastes water and energy, and the sound can drive you crazy. When you get tired of jiggling the handle, here’s how to fix the problem.
1] The number one cause of toilet problems is the rubber...
Stuff we like: Hole saws
If you’re running a pipe or installing a doorknob, you need a hole saw. These drill-mounted cutters are made of carbon steel or bi-metal (high-speed steel edge and flexible, break-resistant backing steel). Carbon steel saws cut...
5 things to do before closing the cottage
You know that vague feeling that you’ve forgotten something after closing up? Well, if you’re like me, you likely have. Use this checklist of the most commonly overlooked closing-up chores and save yourself some worry this...
How to make a log joint
Winter isn’t kind to small trees. Ice, heavy snow, strong winds, and frigid temperatures affect the little guys more than the mature ones, and come springtime there are always a few that haven’t survived. You should leave some...
How to build a BBQ prep station
No more balancing plates in one hand and tongs in the other. Store charcoal, hardwood chips for smoking, and
your grilling baskets right where you need them, too.
In the kitchen, an island gives that flat, stable surface,...
5 ways to prevent deck collapse
Yes, you can build a smarter, safer deck from scratch, but what if you want the existing one a bit longer? If you have an older cottage, it's likely the deck wasn't built to current standards. Even many new decks need some TLC....