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Make Room For Your Hobbies

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Have you ever planned a perfect fishing trip only to discover the night before that you can’t find your favorite fishing rod? Or that someone or something has unspun all your nylon line? Not to mention the countless, hooks, baits, flies and other fishing paraphernalia that seemed so neatly stored just a week ago. If any of these situations brings bitter taste in your mouth, maybe you should put a little effort in organizing the space for your hobby. And it really takes only an hour.

It is your Hobby, not the Family Issue

Another problem with hobbies is that the rest of your family members or roommates may not be so understanding appreciative of bumping into random pieces of camping gear, surplus timber, sporting equipment. And if someone is looking for something and they finds something else, they usually shove it further back in the cupboard or drawer.

A Clean, Well-lighted Place

When it comes to fishing gear, for example, you should bear in mind that it is used on and near the water. When you return from a fishing trip there is mud, dirt, sand, weeds all over it. Before you store it away, you should wash it thoroughly and let it dry for some time. That is especially true for tents, tarps and raingear which can get moldy if not properly dried.

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Moveable Storage

After taking care of smaller items, you should store them away in containers with lids, which not only protect from moisture, dust and insects, but also make them handy for transport and shelf storage. What are you trying to achieve is to store the fishing items at the end of the season in the same containers you’ll be taking them to the water again in spring. The best option are boxes with small compartments and a see-through lid that can be found in home improvement stores. In addition, you can use a permanent marker and strips of duct tape to label them.

Additional Storage Space

More oft than not, your in-house storage or garage will get filled with stuff other than your hobby equipment. Think of a car maintenance, spare tires, oils, gardening tools, fertilizer, planting pots, hoses and other items that are handled roughly and usually stacked in a corner or along the wall. If you need extra space that could be dominated by your hobby stuff, maybe the right answer would be one of those shipping containers that can now be bought or rented for storing your equipment. They are delivered in different sizes and offer a good protection from elements and unlawful entry.

Group/Ungroup

If your storage space is limited, think of putting smaller containers with labels into larger ones, that can again be stacked one onto another. A good strategy is to group the similar items into a single container or canvas bag, for example one bag should hold containers with baits and flies, and the other hooks and line. Pieces of outdoor furniture like folding canvas chairs or tarps should be stored together, etc. In this way, not only will you get a place to group the hobby items on one place, but also a dedicated place where to return them after use.

Woodworking For Beginners – Where To Start

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Buying furniture and various decorative woodwork is always exciting, but the price tags on the items you want to buy can be a real killjoy. Another problem is to find well built but simple pieces of furniture since there’s a lot of flashy designs at the moment. The trends put the focus on the bean bags instead of the stools.

So, what can you do if the items you want to buy are beyond your budget and those that are affordable simply aren’t cutting it? You can start making your own furniture! Yes, that’s right, you can go out, find some beginner woodworking projects for beginners and start practicing. In case you think this is too hard and that you have a lot to learn, read on. I’ll show you how you can overcome difficulties in just 8 steps.
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First, start searching for woodworking plans that are IN right now. You need something that will help you create interesting items, with step-by-step instructions. I recommend you go with Jim Morgan Woodworking, it’s THE book for any woodworking beginner.

Second, you will find many ideas on the Internet and most of them are free to download. Look for the simple ideas and plans first. Jim Morgan Woodworking has them as well, so if you have this, you’re good.

Third, the plan will give you all the details you need, like how much wood you need, what tools to use and what materials will be needed.

Fourth, choose the simplest plans at first. You want to go over the plans for beginners first and get some experience.

Fifth, the book you bought has to be thoroughly read. You will find a lot of great tips and tricks there so make sure you consider it as a serious teacher.

Sixth, go over the plan you selected and see if all the measurements fit. If you are unsure about this, consult with a friend or a carpenter.

Seventh, in case you are not sure which wood to buy, go with Softwood. It;s your safest option because it is very easy to work with.

Eighth, you want to buy good quality measuring device only. The same goes with the tape and the other tools you will need. Measurements are everything in woodworking so make sure you have the tools that will make this process easier.

A Short Guide To Boat Building

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Throughout the centuries, people have been using all kinds of materials to build boats and ships of various sizes in order to cross the oceans or for hunting purposes. Thanks to them, we now possess the knowledge of many shipbuilding techniques and what materials should be used for each. Whether you are looking into buying a boat or are perhaps considering building one yourself, one of the key things to consider is the material. After all, it is the only thing that stands between you and the water.

Wood is the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a ship or boat. It is easily obtained and a relatively easy material to use when building a boat. However, you must keep in mind what kind of boat you are planning to build when selecting the wood, as its performance will most likely vary depending on the environment and the task. Also, research the wood’s density and hardness, as these affect how easily the water can enter its structure. There are many wood density charts available online, so research shouldn’t be a problem. Remember that it requires a lot of maintenance in order to keep it from rotting and deteriorating.

Steel is one of the heavier materials to be used, and is more suitable for yachts. It is very tough and can take a rough journey, but is a lot more susceptible to rust and needs to be treated very frequently with paint in order to keep the water from entering.

boat buildingAluminium, on the other hand, is very light and can still take on just as much as steel. The downside is that it is very expensive, therefore not suitable for amateur builders. If you consider using aluminium, make sure you understand the process, as you will require special tools to weld.

Fiberglass is the most common material used, and suits various types of boats. It’s weight depends on how many layers are put, giving you flexibility when it comes to how you want your boat to feel. Even though the structures itself is quite robust, it will likely need to be reinforced with other materials such as wood or foam in order to give your boat more stability on the water.

Ferrocement is a very strong material, at the price of being the heaviest. It can last you a very long time, and considering the cheap manufacturing cost, should be considered when building a boat. If you are planning to buy one, make sure you check in with a ferrocement expert or a shipwright to check the construction for minor flaws which may lead to real issues in the future.

Hopefully this short introduction to shipbuilding materials was useful to enthusiasts willing looking into building their own boat. As you can see, each material has its own purpose, along with certain flaws, and it is up to you to determine which will suit your best in your building.

You Have Bought a 4×4. Now What?

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It is probably not necessary to mention how important it is for a person to have a hobby. After long days at work we need something to keep us occupied, to let our mind drift away from everyday troubles. As for holidays, for those who are already bored of sitting under a parasol on the beach drinking cocktails, there is always their hobby to keep things interesting. If you are one of those people and you prefer a more adventuristic approach to your free time, you might find a 4×4 car the fulfillment of your needs.

After reading the first paragraph, you went to your local car dealer and purchased a brand new 4×4? Time for you to read on, because we have a couple on starting tips to help you get the most out of your newly acquired beast.

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The four wheel drive you now posses is a powerful vehicle all by itself, however, equipping it with additional items can make it more comfortable, safer and efficient. Consider installing drawers into your cargo space for better organization, adding airflow snorkels for better engine cooling and roof racks for carrying bulky items. You might also want to have a set of mud tires and diff locks, in case you are heading to some difficult terrains and need more traction. You can find many essential 4×4 accessories like tyres online, or you can head to your local dealer who will provide you with what you need.

4x4 tyrePick an Adventure

Next thing you should do is probably even more fun than choosing accessories for your car. Planning a 4×4 trip is almost as exciting as having a trip itself – there are so many opportunities, so many places to discover and investigate, you will hardly know where to start. You can consider having a tour of remote ghost towns, for example. Is it not the coolest sounding thing in the world? There are many websites out there dedicated to 4×4 trip planning, you should check them out and pick the wildest thing available in your region of the world.

Be Prepared

After you equipped your car and picked the first adventure, there is one more important thing to consider. You are going to explore the remote parts of the world and, even though exploration in a powerful car is much safer and comfortable then exploration used to be in the old days when people only had horses and often starved themselves to death on the road, this is not a thing to be taken lightly.

Firstly, be sure that you buy a navigation device. Navigating by eye tends to be really difficult in the wilderness, where each creek and valley start to look the same after a while. And of course, you need a good set of tools to be at hand if something goes wrong, and, although we don’t want to sound pessimistic, be sure that at some point during your life as a 4×4 driver, something will most certainly go wrong.