Owning a swimming pool can be a great experience for a homeowner, until they start to have problems. One typical problem for swimming pools, especially those located in areas of the country with four seasons …
This is What a Massive 500 Gallon Propane Tank Explosion Looks Like
If there's one thing that you want to avoid with anything that's propane powered from your grill to your heater, It would most obviously be a situation that would put the propane tank in danger of building up enough pressure to explode and send shrapnel flying everywhere. While these tanks are fitted with safety...
The Perfect Pour: How to Pour Concrete
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to make a smooth concrete surface, here are the basics to help you pour concrete perfectly.
Duluth Trading Commercial: How to Hug a Plumber
Follow these step-by-step instructions on Plumber's Day (April 25th), or any other day! C'mon, hug a plumber! Shop Longtail T® Shirts: www.duluthtradi...
10 Pounds of Artisan Concrete Mix and a Million Pounds of Creativity
For years we have been talking about making things bigger. Buddy built the Craftsman Mix because he couldn't find kilns big enough for the ceramic objects he wanted to make. The artisans that have come after Buddy have an ongoing battle to make the biggest objects possible, it is really something of an arms race. Because we come from the counter culture (no pun intended), we did the only obvious thing, we asked what we could do to make it smaller So we sent a number of artisans around the country our 10# Artisan Concrete Mix, the only stipulation being that they couldn't use more mix than what was in the bucket. The objects would be voted on by the fine folks at the Haven Conference, and the winner would win a free…
15 Vegetables Best Started from Seed
By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Issue 021117 Growing Vegetables From Seed Feb 11 - Wildflowers: Ready - Set - Grow Late winter is the ideal time to start wildflower seeds, but you can't just chuck them onto the landscape and expect success. We share all the local tips that ensure a spectacular showing of these bloomers. You will know the best seed, soils, food, and techniques that brings on the color this spring. Come early, this class can be standing room only Feb 18 - Gardening for Newcomers Learn all the mountain secrets to local garden success. This is an information packed class guaranteed to increase garden blooms and fruit this year. The first 10 students to bring $10 and a soil sample receives a pH soil test done on site with…
How To Make a Concrete and Wood Table top
Many people have asked to see the process I use to join live-edge wood with concrete to create custom table tops. This is an overview of some of the more imp...
See what happens when an ICF wall is exposed to a frigid
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE FOR THE HEAT TO TURN ON WHEN AN ICF WALL IS EXPOSED TO A FRIGID -31°F? We placed an R-24 ICF wall* in the middle of a test chamber. The temperature on one side of the chamber was reduced to -31°F, while the temperature on the other side was maintained at 70°F by a heat source.
How to Restore Cracked & Discolored Concrete Without Spending a Fortune
All man-made building materials will eventually begin to show signs of wear, aging, and deterioration, including concrete. While concrete is extremely durable and commonly used as a cost-efficient alternative to other materials, replacing that concrete can be quite costly and time-consuming, along with making a huge mess and possibly destroying existing landscaping in the process. The old concrete must be demolished and hauled away, then...
From stanza to screen: How a Keats poem is inspiring 21st-century film-makers
In the twenty-first century it sometimes seems that only the things that are ‘up to date’ ‘relevant’, or ‘on trend’ matter. Our fast-paced lives leave little time for contemplation and today’s new technology is next year’s museum piece. We have to learn ‘mindfulness’ to appreciate the moment, drink in meaning and appreciate the sublime beauty of the planet So – contentious question – how can the Romantic imagination hope to ‘speak out loud and bold’ to a new generation, as Chapman’s Homer did to John Keats nearly 200 years ago? As someone with a long-standing love of Keats’s poems and letters, it is an issue I contemplate quite regularly as I seek to encourage an appreciation of his work. Of course, each generation is in some way influenced by long dead forbears. Keats…