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Weekend Warrior: Blackout!

Weekend Warrior: Blackout!

Don’t let your sanity de-generate! When I was young, power failures felt almost like a snow day since in both cases school got cancelled. No doubt it was inconvenient for…

Weekend Warrior: Let it Snow!

Weekend Warrior: Let it Snow!

The Weekend Warrior shares his enthusiasm for a snowy winter! When I was a youngster growing up in the West Island of Montreal, we had really “manly” winters that were long and cold, with…

It’s Leaf Season!

It’s Leaf Season!

The Weekend Warrior offers guidance on your next leaf blower. It’s that time of year again. The days are beautiful but feeling slightly shorter with each sunset. Summer plants are slipping just past their…

Pumping the Basics

Pumping the Basics

The Weekend Warrior shares the lowdown on the pump front. Words by Don McVie A year after the big flood in our neighbourhood, I still cringe at the sight of so much…

The Perfectly Awesome Series

The Perfectly Awesome Series

Discover the world’s greatest yard-care gadget. Words by Don McVie Psst… hey buddy… want to know the coolest tool in the shed? They call it the “PAS,” a code, manufacturers claim, that means…

Gentlemen, Start Your Mowers!

Gentlemen, Start Your Mowers!

Our Weekend Warrior drops the gauntlet on power mowing machines. Words by Don McVie As we look to the welcome end of a very long winter, it seems like a…

Powering Michael Jackson

Powering Michael Jackson

Our weekend warrior recounts the early days of portable power. Words by Don McVie In 1984, I worked on the amazing Jacksons’ Victory Tour. Michael and his brothers mesmerized 2 million fans in stadiums all across…

Lessons from Oscar the Woodsman!

Lessons from Oscar the Woodsman!

Our Weekend Warrior reminisces about the chainsaw. Words by Don McVie I was only 13 the summer Dad brought home our first chainsaw. Pioneers of a sort, our family was…

Own Those Leaves

Own Those Leaves

Don’s favourite weapon in the backyard arsenal. Words by Don McVie I admit it. Over the years my leaf blower has probably been my most reliable go-to guy in the…

Off the Chain

Off the Chain

Here are some quick tips about buying and operating chainsaws! 1. Electric or gas. Electric chainsaws are a good fit for small jobs where a cord will reach. When you…

Get the Edge on Trimmers

Get the Edge on Trimmers

1. Electric or gas. How big is your backyard? Electric trimmers are great for a narrow townhome lot; not so much for estate grounds. They’re also quieter—treat your neighbours to…

Will Your New Lawnmower Cut It?

Will Your New Lawnmower Cut It?

When it comes to buying a new lawn mower, there are plenty of options on the market. Be the sharpest tool in the shed: consult this handy guide, then ask…

Purchasing Power? Follow Our Gener-8 Tips

Purchasing Power? Follow Our Gener-8 Tips

A generator is a big investment. Don’t get your wires crossed—do a little homework with our tips below and make sure you’re not in for a big shock. Here’s what…

In the Know about Clearing Snow

In the Know about Clearing Snow

How many times have you broken a sweat shovelling snow, only to look across the street and see a neighbour with a snow blower effortlessly clearing their driveway? This winter,…

It’s Tool Time. Gentlemen, Start Your Motors!

It’s Tool Time. Gentlemen, Start Your Motors!

New husband-and-wife team take over the reins at yard toy haven Current Power Machinery in Clarkson. Words by Don McVie It’s 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Your wife reminds you that…