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
3 conditions that block small engine fuel systems (and how to fix them)
This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 issue of Cottage Life magazine.
Gunk in any small engine’s fuel system can send it to sick bay, whether it’s an ATV, a chainsaw, or a brush cutter. Here are three...
How to build a functional firewood cart
Those of you who have a wood stove or fireplace know how tedious it can be to move firewood from where it’s stored to where it’s burned. Whether you employ the “armload method” or use a canvas carrier, it generally means...
How to build a portable table tray
Make your outdoor entertaining a little easier with this folding serving-tray table inspired by the experts of professional entertainment: caterers. Just like the equipment used by these hospitality professionals, this project...
How to make a Muskoka rocking chair
When I started talking about this chair project, it seemed simple enough: build a unique Muskoka chair. Then the idea grew, and what I ended up with was something extraordinary. It’s a rocking Muskoka chair that folds and is...
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...