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Have a look around at my how to's. "I do not profess to be a genius but I have a damn good try". Some may be of use and some may be utter twaddle to you. If you have any suggestions to improve a how to, then please feel free to contact me. These how to's are for information only and you use them at your own discretion :-)

Boat Welding
A how to on welding a crack or split in a plastic kayak/canoe. All paddlers know what a pain in the behind it is when you split your boat and then trying to find someone to repair it for you. Well take a look at this how to and you may be surprised how easy it is to do it yourself.
 
Distance, Speed, Time Calculator
Calculators to work out distance, time and speed.
 
HTML Entities
A large listing of HTML entity codes for putting those gucci little characters
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Buoyancy Blocks
Buoyancy blocks are solid blocks of foam or polystyrene encased in a waterproof bag positioned in the front and/or rear of the canoe. They are used to displace water and increase the inherent buoyancy of the canoe in the event of a total swamping of the canoe. Buoyancy blocks cost a little more than the traditional buoyancy bag but are not susceptible to puncture and require little ongoing maintenance compared to bags.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - End Loops
The first in the series of Outfitting an Open Canoe how tos'. End loops are loops at each end of the canoe for attaching items such as painters and swim lines and for use in boat rescues for example in a pinned boat situation.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Kneeling Mat
A kneeling mat is the single most important comfort you will fit to your boat, especially if you are getting on a bit like me. It is a large sheet of fixed closed cell foam that you can kneel on when you are paddling and don’t need to keep adjusting like non fixed smaller mats. Some people just use knee pads but they were dropped at birth and as such turned out weird.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Lacing
Lacing a canoe gives you secure points to lash buoyancy and equipment in your boat. You could use P Clips but these aren’t as strong as lacing. Also it is believed that lacing adds to the boat strength in a broach. You can lace as little or as much as you prefer. Some people just lace the front and back to hold buoyancy. In this how to we will lace the full length of the boat.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Painters
Painters are lengths of rope attached to both bow and stern ends and are used for securing you canoe to the bank, towing and being towed, self-rescue, boat recovery and also for lining a canoe up or down difficult sections of water. There is much debate about the length of painters but as you will see in this how to you will learn how to keep the painters tidy and shortened when longer length isn’t needed.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Removable Kneeling Thwart
A Kneeling Thwart offers an alternative solo paddling position than a fixed seat. It is positioned closer to the centre yolk of the canoe in a preferred position of the paddler. Fixed kneeling thwarts are believed to raise the risk of entrapment in a pin situation and have been the subject of much debate on the matter. Removable kneeling thwarts alleviate much of this risk of entrapment as you fit them with a quick release mechanism. Being removable also allows you to better load kit when tandem paddling or long expedition paddling.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Sailing Mast Holder
A sailing mast holder is a fixing point to place a canoe pole in when using a canoe sailing kit. You can replace a canoe seat for one that incorporates a mast hole but this how to shows you how to create one far more cost effectively.
 
Outfitting a Canoe - Swim Tails
Swim Tails are short approx. 50cm lengths of web strip at the bow and stern of a canoe (and kayak) that hang off the end loops. They are there to allow a person in the water, during a rescue situation, to hang on to rather than holding the gunwales and risking capsizing the canoe. They are open ended and do not form a loop otherwise it would become a snag hazard. Some people use rope rather that web strip but it is believed that web strip is easier to hold on to with cold hands.
 
Random Password Generator
Following a password policy change at work and the subsequent "How do I create a password" from my end users. I cobbled together a bit of an ASP application that would allow users to create a strong random password. So here you go chaps and chapesses, it's a bit rough and ready and by the time you read this article I am sure I will have changed my live one. So fill ya boots and make use of it if you want.
 
Windows 7 Top 10 Admin Commands
If you do PC troubleshooting and regularly get your hands dirty identifying and fixing desktop problems then you will understand delving into the command line is regularly the thing to do. Here are 10 fundamental Windows 7 commands you might find helpful, which I have picked up from around the web and refer to on a regular basis. This is just a brief introduction to these commands and many, many more switches and commands are available on MS Tech Net.
 
Windows God Mode
Buried deep inside Windows 7 is a very handy little feature that brings together a host of settings for the way the operating system looks and works.