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Best time of the year to go ice fishing – Specifically.

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I’ve been going ice fishing regularly for the last 10 years, and all of my friends and relatives are well aware of this. So i get a lot of questions from newbies who like ice fishing as a hobby and want to give it a try. One of the most common questions i get is, which month of winter is the best one to go ice fishing. I’ll answer that question and explain it later, but i also want to write a little bit about the time of the day for ice fishing. You can’t fish consistently during the whole day, as some time periods are more effective in catching fish than the others. So let’s kick it off.

First of all, i don’t know why, but i’ve noticed trend that the best time to go ice fishing is when first ice appears on the lake. And i mean ice with good enough thickness to be able to walk on it. Don’t go ice fishing unless you’re absolutely sure that ice layer is sturdy and won’t break beneath you. Also, i recommend picking a spot that is covered with snow. The thing is, that waters beneath the snow-covered ice are pretty dark, and you have better chance of catching fish in those dark waters, as opposed to the ones that sun beams can access. During my beginner years, i used to think that the coldest months were the best, but it’s actually the opposite. I found first and last months of ice fishing season to be the most productive for me. I can’t really give you any scientific arguments to prove why this happens, but i can share my experience that fishing is much better during those months. In some areas, lakes start to freeze in december and november, while in the other, more warmer states it starts in january and ends in march. I haven’t had experience of ice fishing in Canada, but since it’s much warmer up there, i think it’s possible to plan canadian ice fishing trip in as early as november. Although only hardcore fans like me would go through that much trouble just to go ice fishing. If we can find money to spend on great ice fishing gear, we should be able to fund our trips to the actual lakes.

If you can afford it and like to take long distance ice fishing trips, i also recommend lake baikal. It’s the deepest and gorgeous lake with beautiful nature around it. It is located in Siberia though, so it’s pretty far from russian capital or other big cities. But tourism is pretty developed, and if you can afford it, you definitely should try it out. My friend has been there and came back shocked, and from his pictures i can tell that he isn’t overreacting.

The same applies to differences in ice fishing output during different times of the day. I can’t explain it, but my experience has consistently shown that fishing from early morning to noon is much more effective than fishing in later parts of the day. I don’t know why, maybe fish are used to eating early in the morning, but it’s just the way it is.


How are chewing gums made? – Step by step explanation

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The fundamental steps include blending the ingredients (evenmore on people in an instant) at what’s called being a sigma mixer, and that kneads the gum before it assumes the consistency of bread dough. It’s subsequently extruded out of the mixer, wrapped into sheets or smaller cubes, and eventually chilled, cut, and then packed.

The manufacturing of chewing gum could be simple, however those ingredients are just another narrative. Cosmetic base itself is manufactured from 3 objects: a resin to get chewiness, wax to hydration, and elastomers which maintain its own elasticity. To put it differently, the chewing gum you chew is essentially rubber and plastic. As stated by the Washington, DC–established International gum Association, chewing gum is indeed shelf-stable that there’s not any law requiring an expiry date to it.

Needless to say, it’s really a little more difficult than that. Artificial and natural waxes, which behave as Differences between strands of polymers, are occasionally united to provide the chewing gum a better consequences. Other chewing gum ingredients may consist of artificial and natural flavors; emulsifiers, that maintain the gum soft; anti oxidants, that retain it fresh; also humectants, such as glycerol, to keep it damp. Afterward, clearly, you’ll find still sweeteners, both artificial and natural.

The main reason I could catch my kid’s attention with those tremendous bubbles that I blow off will be as a result of a high percentage of those above elastomers–either artificial or natural latexes–inserted to bubble-gum foundations.

Reading over the part list of my mainstay Sugar less Orbit Bubblemint, I pointed out that artificial sweeteners inhabited the lion’s share of this written text.

Needless to say, probably the most significant characteristic to nearly all folks gum-chewers is the last one: flavor. Through your life, you’ve without doubt been inundated with ads touting a gum “long-term” flavor, a superior gum and scientists manufacturers have spent years seeking to improve, together with valid reason. As Mestres highlights, “What additional food-stuff remains in the mouth for quite a while, like chewing gum gum does?”

“A very clear example [is teeth using flavor crystals or particles,” he states. “once people break the contaminants, there’s a form of burst that enhances the awareness of their taste.” To put it differently, once the complementary sweetness is eliminated, that watermelon bubblegum you are chewing will probably reduce the majority of its own lusciousness. *

This is actually a happening that I looked to comprehend on a base amount even while a youngster. In those days, I frequently chose the chewing gum I was missing from my mouth, then rolled it into sugar, then placed that inside the freezer for future usage. (It sounded fine, but my mum, nearly dry-heaving whenever she started the freezer, finally place the kibosh with this clinic.)

As stated by Mestres, the most important problem with taste reduction isn’t the gum itself but our own mouths. Part of this rationale chewing loses flavor, ” he says, is the fact that the receptors in our tongues become saturated to the level which, after a time, we just do not taste it anymore. He asserts when we eliminate the chewing we are chewing for several minutes, then have a sip of water to clean our mind, and get started chewing the gum again, we will find it’s more flavor than we already discovered.


Which home improvement power tool brands are the best?

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I would not propose Ridgid devices. Their guarantee is much similar to the line from Tommy Boy, “On the off chance that you need me to take a poop in a container and name it ensured, I will.” Their lineup is less than impressive, from the jigsaw with a baseplate that likes to slide around amid a cut (overlook sharp edge redirection, your cut will never be square when the baseplate itself changes it’s position) to the economically made engines that possess a scent reminiscent of cordite on each Ridgid bore or driver that I’ve at any point claimed. Their stationary devices are low quality with engines that are over-evaluated, from their table saw that swamps in softwoods to their bandsaw that can never hold a line and make an opposite cut (the whole purpose of a band saw). They may be justified against deformity, yet that does not spare you from poor plan.

DeWalt has a vast instrument line up, is estimated well, and makes the best cordless nailers available today. Their drills are incredible, yet that is about it. Their devices, by and large, are standard, not awesome. On the off chance that you require something that works dependably, nonstop, DeWalt will carry out the occupation at a sensible cost, however their lineup and support is spotty between various battery stages. This means you can get more cordless apparatuses, and more devices as a rule for the cash contributed, however it additionally implies that your work will never be brilliant. Your item will dependably confront the restrictions of the apparatus being used. I especially don’t care for their cordless jigsaw as it’s the loudest chatterbox of the part.

Makita drills are great, in general, since the appearance of their Star Protection framework, and reliably conveys the best engines available, spare a couple of specific devices made by different producers. Their 18v lineup is presently effectively accessible from enormous box stores like HD, and online providers like Amazon. At a sensible cost, one can pick and pick the cordless devices that make your work process quick and productive with a couple of striking special cases. Their wavering instrument is a wellspring of disgrace as it is very noisy, overwhelming, and tends to require another apparatus head each year with direct utilize, despite the fact that it is vital to state that there are not very many dependable swaying devices available.

Bosch has as of late brought a few cordless instruments into the market that are deserving of your tool stash, and keep on innovating in essential ways. Their drills are serviceable to great, and their battery offering is predictable and near extraordinary. Their lineup leaves a little to be craved, especially here in the US, as the European market gets more apparatuses, and of various (generally better) plan than does the American market, however this is valid for all instrument producers, as Makita is likewise blameworthy of this specific sin.

By the by, Bosch keeps on making the best switch and base pack accessible, offers the best performing dance saws (yes, they even beat Festool) at a cost that is on the upward limit of sensible and generously less expensive than other European makers. Their compact table saw is alright, not incredible, despite the fact that this can be said of each convenient table saw. Their skim framework miter saw is the best available, and far out-plays out the QC on Makita or DeWalt devices with components that make your estimations and cuts quick and effective however I truly wish they would turn out with a LED sharp edge shadow framework like DeWalt’s as opposed to yet another mushy laser.


Once and for all : Frequently asked questions about circular saws and everything related to them.

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I am, or at least consider myself to be, pioneer in home improvement and amateur woodworking, so people tend to ask for my advice when buying any kind of tools. Although i get the most questions about circular saws – where to look for them, and how to choose them. I don’t have a problem with answering every question individually, but i feel like it would be more efficient if i wrote it down in clear and time-effective manner. For any additional questions, most of you know my email, so feel free to ask me. Now, let’s get started with the circular saw buying guide.

When people ask me about circular saw features, the first thing i bring up is the power source. If you are an amateur, and plan on doing only light work, then it’s okay to get small cordless circular saw. But if you want effectiveness and affordable price, then forget about battery-powered saws, because they are too fragile and batteries run out of power too quickly to  be worth the money they cost.  That is why most carpenters will tell you that cordless saws are usually worthless. In my opinion, best option would be to own both – but that is double investment, and unless you’re sure about your passion in this field, i wouldn’t risk that much money. Start with the corded saw, and once you test it out, you can always expand your tool kit.

Point two – don’t have illusions of buying a tool made in America. Those days are long gone and will probably never come back. All decent brands have moved their facilities to make their saws and all other tools in Asia, mostly China. But you don’t have to worry about low quality of imported goods – it is essential for these brands to maintain their reputation, so quality standards are always high. It’s just sad to see manufacturing leave the US, at least for me.

Brands are totally different topic, and i could write several pages about them, but to keep things short, there are two types of brands – the ones focused on quality, and the ones competing on affordable prices. Good examples of the latter are Makita and Ryobi – both are great brands, but their quality doesn’t even come close to Bosch or DeWalt. The latter are top notch tool makers, and their tools are not only effective and durable, but really capable of taking some damage. Again, for the long term work, quality brands are the wisest investment to make – they last longer. But if you’re unsure, or just planning to be an amateur, Makita or Ryobi will do just fine.


Warmest Ice Fishing Suits – Review and Comparison

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I usually shop online, and find it hard to find high quality ice fishing products there. Because, you know,  i can’t touch the material to get the feel or measure thickness of insulation of ice fishing bib. So i just try to read the reviews and ask around with my friends, hoping that any of them have ever used this particular product, so they can share their experience. But usually, this kind of research is not very successful. After buying some of the products that my friends recommended, i realised that even if product works really well for them, it doesn’t make it perfect for you as well. Everyone has different preferences and individual expectations, so there is no such thing as best ice fishing suit that is perfect for everyone. Now, you might ask – what’s the point of this article? Well, i’m not saying that it is impossible to find best ice fishing bibs for yourselves. You just need to look, and you need to know what is it that you need the most. Warmth? Being waterproof? Or windproof? Warmest ice suits are more expensive and thicker, so it’s harder to move while wearing them. Knowing little details like this is crucial and will help you make the right buying decision.

If you’re looking for warmest ice fishing bibs, you might want to take a look at Frabill’s l3 bib. My friend had recently ordered one from Amazon, and i am certain in its quality. First of all, it never tears, even in toughest conditions. Second, material seems to be really high end, and it feels great to wear. It’s warm, it’s safe and above everything else, it’s super comfortable.

Prices vary from 100 to 200 dollars, but it’s mostly within that range. But just recently, there was big black friday sale on it, and Frabill’s product were sold for 30-50% off. It’s probably not active anymore, but since it’s holiday season now, there will probably be more discounts.

Buying high quality ice fishing bib is probably the smartest thing to do. Because even though some products cost lower, they will tear and lose quality pretty quickly, and you’ll have to replace them sooner than expected. So in order to avoid that, just go on and spend some more money to get one of the best ice fishing bibs out there.

Also make sure to get something with multiple layers of insulation. Single or double layers might be able to warm your body, but you also need to defend yourself against water, snow and ice. For that matter, it’s also recommended to get good ice fishing gloves.

There are two major brands in this category – Stormr and Frabill. In my experience, both make pretty good products, but i think Frabill’s ice fishing bibs are the best. They are pretty affordable, and sometimes even underpriced. And still, the company doesn’t seem to compromise the quality of their ice fishing bibs.