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  1. Personally I think you are being overly sensitive. I and many others likely agree with him that you'd be crazy to put a bow mount on a kayak. Folks are allowed their opinion and that's what you asked for. So then you turn around and insult him by comparing him to Trump, but that's OK is it? BTW, this forum is very well kept in it's place by the mods here, especially compared to a forum like OOD where the mods and admin let trolls run rampant, it's by far the worst forum for that that I've even been in. Needless to say I don't go there anymore, the same as many long time members there.
  2. I almost missed my annual treat of Calvatia Gigantea this year. I had seen some in a pasture but didn't get out for a tour and to ask permission till 3 days later. Right away from a hundred yards away I knew I was too late. I mentioned that to the new owner who came out and we chatted for a bit. I went to check anyway and sure enough the skin was darkening, the flesh was soft and already getting a dark yellow tinge. She told me about another one a mile up the road so I went to check and there it was just outside the fence line of a large pasture. It was real big and better colour but it wasn't as firm as it should be. I took it anyway and plopped it on a clear section below the front lawn. Then I went to another house closer to home that I had got some from last year for the first time and knocked on the door. She said fine, I could go look. So I go back just into the bush by the long time wood storage and work space and tour around the whole area. Nothing on my inside sweep and then I swing around the back to check out the bush behind, as I got one there last year as well as another from the side lawn that I spotted driving by. Well go figure, right at the end of my walkabout, just behind an old pile of rotting wood I come across the weirdest looking Puffball I've ever seen in over 30 years of eating them. Thing is, the skin was all intact on all the strange surfaces and it was really firm, I checked before picking it. It had real good weight and had that perfect "boomp" sound when you drum on it, that's how I always test them. So I'm headed back home and I remembered another house just up the road from that had some last year for the first time ever. I check and there's 2 real big ones and a small one but they were soft already as I figured. In the end I got lucky finding that one out of seven in heavy shade. On the culinary side of things, the quality was exceptional. I changed from my new preferred schnitzel method from last year a bit that still centers around my smoked bread crumbs. I dropped the flour dredge and and made an egg wash diluted with soya sauce of all things. Don't ask me why, it was a late night experiment that turned out real good. The bread crumbs on the counter the next morning were funny hehe ... I did it again the next day on a larger scale to pig out on prime beef and make extra while I could. The pieces were so crispy and light. 3/4 to 1" is just right. Just barely coat those pure white pieces with the egg wash and then give them a good bread crumb coating. Fry in large non stick with plenty of butter until just browned both sides. They were still real good warmed up the next day too with left over steak. Cheers.
  3. Helicoils are relatively easy to install. The issue in this case would be all the filings from drilling the initial hole before and then tapping, and last but not least breaking the tab off to fall inside after installing the helicoil. A flush would work some what but might as well limit it in the first place. Greasing the flutes and only going a turn or two at a time, then removing, cleaning and reapplying grease would help for sure. I had to do that when chasing the threads on one spark hole on a quad I bought. It seemed to work quite well, the grease really held the filings well. That being said, seeing as the hole had already been tapped out to a larger thread, unless it was a real loose fit I see no reason to install a helicoil in the first place. Have you tried to wiggle the plug to see how tight the threads feel like half way in? As I mentioned earlier, it's the gasket that does the main sealing, without it no plug will seal. Raycaster, I would still suggest using an brand new OEM seal for sure, at the least you know it's made from the proper material that withstands oil and compression. With a larger plug it would be a bit smaller but should function. This is unlikely, but I would also check both faces the gasket touches and make sure both surfaces are smooth and flat. So let's say that leaves the threads as the culprit. But then, why didn't the new plug fix that initial issue? hmmm... hehe Then teflon tape should do the trick. It might not take a lot, maybe three or four turns depending how much it's stretched. I'd advise to cut a narrow ribbon no wider than the thread length. Be sure to wrap in the opposite direction of the thread going in and stretch it as you do. If you can secure the head of the plug even better to get a tight wrap before install. I speak from extensive experience for 13 years as a tech testing, fixing, calibrating and certifying pressure and vacuum gauges for aircraft and test equipment for all the First Air bases across Canada. Good luck. Cheers
  4. On my older OMC engines all it ever took was replacing the gasket under the head of the plug. Cheap fix.
  5. If it's pissing out well and the water isn't real hot then I wouldn't be too worried about it. If you want someone to check it out they would have to remove it anyway so you may as well replace it then.
  6. Great one, I hadn't heard that in ages.
  7. Considering there isn't a mark anywhere on the lower unit that would justify them saying you did and hard enough to destroy the guts no less I would be very suspicious of what they are claiming. Sounds like they are trying to absolve themselves of any responsibility. My first thought would be to take in to a different shop and get another opinion. To hit something hard enough to do that much damage I can't see how there couldn't be any evidence on the outside of the unit. Good luck.
  8. Not sure how busy Adam is atm, He did recently post he had some cancellations so he may have some free time to help you out. Give him a call to find out. https://loonlodge.com/
  9. Totally agree, for some roasts and larger racks of ribs (3-2-1) I finish them in the oven but otherwise it does everything I need. I'm on my third one now but two still work.
  10. Dougie, you can buy replacement elements for your Big Chief and be good for another 20 years https://www.smokehouseproducts.com/collections/parts-accessories
  11. Here's the recipe with my added notes. I cook it for a good half hour at least before letting it cool some and then use the blender. One time when doing up a container I decided to add some leek butter to the pot along with the half and half and it was a big hit, so this time I added the leeks to the concentrate, more like a half cup. I'll likely still add the butter anyway as it help to richen the texture as well. The asparagus tips are still raw and crunchy so it helps to simmer it for a while to soften them up some if you want. Otherwise once the container is removed from the freezer and the base is placed in the pot still frozen and then the dairy added it's ready in about 15 minutes.
  12. Fresh Asparagus is still in season. Last week IG had nice young spears on sale. I bought 4 lb of nice younger pinky size. Anyone here enjoy cream of Asparagus soup? I happen to have a great recipe for a non dairy concentrate that you freeze in containers and then mix with equal amount dairy. Back in the 90's when I moved to the country there was a local farm that sold fresh asparagus each spring and also this soup concentrate. It was all on the honour system, they had a fridge in the open garage where you'd pick up and leave the money. Well a few years later some lowlife stole all the cash and of course they basically had to shut it down and ruin it for everyone. Anyway, about 20 years back I dropped in on Bernie and asked him if he would share his soup concentrate recipe with me. He said to come back in a couple days and he'd get his wife to type it up for me. Still have it. Didn't make it for a long time actually but it got resurrected on a whim looking at spring sales a few years back and it's like I'd forgotten how good this cream soup was. So we did a triple batch and then a double the next year. Ran out since then and I decided it was time this year to transfer all those empty containers taking up room back to the freezer. I did 2 triple batches in the last couple weeks. The big change in the base recipe this year was to add wild leeks to the pot while it simmers, after trying the first batch there was no doubt I was doing it again. Not to take away from the original recipe at all. I used a quality immersion blender in the large pot, so much better than dealing with transferring to a plastic blender. Here's some pics to give you an idea. Better than any restaurant I'd wager easily. I've got 30 containers frozen now, each one gives two smaller bowls, just perfect for part of a nice meal. Cheers
  13. I can certainly attest to the magic and beauty that is the Kipawa Lake watershed, there really is something extra special about Kipawa, it's hard to explain, I don't get the same feeling when we fished Temagami for a few years and then it was back to Kipawa. It's easily my favorite place to go on a fishing vacation and the hub area in particular is the best of all for me as it gives four directions to travel from the middle of the X shaped waterway. Paved road to the government dock and my first campsites up there were 10 miles away in the shortcut, a few hundred feet away from Corbeau Rock, the actual physical center hub of the whole watershed. Corbeau lodge just around the corner, long history there. Rich hockey player ended up buying it. One year we couldn't get a cabin there or at Alwaki and the new American owners let us put up tents on a nice stretch of flat shoreline around the corner from the lodge. Now I had left word with Carl and Mary at Alwaki to let us know of any cancellations and we lucked out and got the end of July with two cabins so we got locked in to at least 2 cabins and spent the best weeks of my year at Alwaki Lodge for many many years to come until it was sold. It's a 14 mile boat ride to Thompson Island. It's another 6 miles to Kipawa Lodge, so a 20 mile trip. No plane fly in required Such a shame to see Alwaki broken up into lots and another lodge on the lake gone forever. Good luck with your sale Rob
  14. Water sensor perhaps, just a wild guess.
  15. With rain and showers all night around here there won't be anything to see unfortunately.
  16. Yea mine here are just barely starting to swell a bit, it will be a while yet before main pick but still getting the odd treat fresh dipped in salt. The soil is very dry and will slow down growth without any rain in the near future. I've never tried them roasted like that, I'll have to try that tonight with steak.
  17. Just to let you know if you want fiddleheads you'd best get out soon or it might be too late already. I was almost too late when I went out yesterday, most were up well over a foot and if I didn't have one spot where they come up a bit later as the water receded I would have been screwed. As it was I managed to get just over 9lb. Cheers
  18. Tons of older 9.9 OMC engines out there that are still running fine. Save yourself a ton of coin and find one that still has good compression and it will still last you for life. Still lots of parts for them available too like impellers, coils, lower unit seals etc. from what I know but might still be a good idea to check with a marina to be sure.
  19. I have no idea where you would get that idea. A quick search for treble hooks shows anything but China crap. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/search-results.html
  20. You can be sure they're up down your way. Right now they are basically the only green in the bush so easy to spot.
  21. That too for sure. I have 3 or 4 spots out this way where I pick. I make this fabulous leek and fiddlehead cream soup that is to die for. Also has mushrooms and green onions in it. Supposedly it came from an old Harrowsmith article but I've never been able to find it. It's called Wild Country Cream Soup. I may have shared it here in the past but not sure. Down to my last 3 logs of leek butter too so I'm just going to make it till mid May. Dougie did you end up making some last year?
  22. Looked out the window this morning and really starting to notice that the leeks are up pretty good, right on schedule. Cant wait until they get a bit larger so I can at least get a taste from the stems until the bulbs start to form
  23. That's an excellent point I never would have thought of having never owned a power trim engine, so my knowledge is limited. I never lock down my outboards unless I was back trolling into a good wind. Nothing bigger than 20hp. I definitely will admit to having more than once being forced to quickly lift it out of the water as an unexpected hump magically appeared while exploring new runs on windy days. Cheers
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