Category: How-to

  • Calculating actual variable costs for energy

    As a discussion related to the economics and cross-over points for dual-fuel heating (natural gas and heat pump) the topic came up how to calculate costs of each energy source. While at first, it may seem obvious, there are a variety of costs that are variable (ie based on how much you consume) that are…

  • Implementing Dual-Fuel house heating (Heat pump)

    Implementing Dual-Fuel house heating (Heat pump)

    Looking to upgrade my old Air Conditioner, I decided to go for a dual-fuel heating solution. Heat-pump for cooling and moderate heating with my existing natural gas furnace for heating at low temperatures. Does a Heat-pump work in a colder climate like Ottawa, Ontario, Canada? – YES! Even with a non-cold climate heat pump, about…

  • Emporia Vue 2 Energy Monitor

    Emporia Vue 2 Energy Monitor

    As I was switching my house heating to a dual-fuel system (replacing an old AC with a heat-pump and keeping my existing natural gas furnace), I figured it would be a good idea to add an energy monitor to see how much power I was actually using. After shopping around a bit and confirming a…

  • A closer look at the Nest thermostat

    A closer look at the Nest thermostat

    I have been using a Nest in my home for several years and always wondered why certain seemingly simple features are not available. Recently, I decided to take a look at the API to see if I could make them work myself! Update April 3rd 2023 – Added a bit more information on temperature stability…

  • How to make the best bachelor party

    Our group of friends makes the best bachelor parties. Yes, yes some have your typical gentleman’s club aspect but most are much more and quite memorable! Here’s how we do it. Some Basic Rules (I take no credit for them) Bachelor Party is for the friends not the bachelor Both the bachelor & future partner…

  • Snow shovelling physics

    Writing the how-to shovel article recently got me thinking can we actually quantify that the method is more efficient? After thinking about it a little bit, with some assumptions I think yes! Disclaimer – I just had a baby (3rd) and recovering from surgery so heavily sleep deprived, there may be mistakes here! Please point…

  • How to shovel snow and clean your driveway

    How to shovel snow and clean your driveway

    3-step process how to plow snow from your driveway with a shovel and clear it of snow efficiently (with video!). Don’t break your back, do it smart! If you want some info why you can look at the article on snow shoveling physics here Once you’re done, don’t forget to buy a T-shirt! Driveway Shovel…

  • Goaltender Technique – The T-Push – Hockey Resource

    The T-push is a core mobility technique for a goaltender. It is a quick movement used over relatively long distances (within the crease). It is usually used to follow the puck during a pass. The goaltender must be aware that he may have to transition to a butterfly slide should the pass become a one-timer.…

  • Goaltender Technique – The Shuffle – Hockey Resource

    The shuffle technique is one of the most basic and important ones to know as a goaltender. It allows the goaltender to move from side to side while maintaining proper position and is used to remain in position when the puck moves on the ice surface. To perform the shuffle dig your inside skate edge…

  • Goalie Helmet Cage Replacement – Hockey Resource

    Goalie Helmet Cage Replacement – Hockey Resource

    The following article will describe how to replace the cage from your goaltender helmet. This follows the previous article showing why I don’t use cateye cages. Replacing the cage from a goaltender helmet is relatively simple. First ensure you have the correct tools: A small flathead screwdriver that you can manoeuvre inside the helmet as…

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