Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How to cut down a Tree with a Chainsaw

The Tools for the Job

That’s right we are going to need more than just a chainsaw in order to cut down a tree. To cut down a tree safely you need a lot more gear than just that but don’t panic, we are going to provide it all in an easy to read list format:
  1. A Chainsaw (preferably petrol)
  2. Two Plastic Felling Wedges
  3. Loggers Helmet
  4. Kevlar Chaps


If you have trouble picking these items up from a local store I highly recommend Timberpro or Right Tool.

Estimating the Fell Area

Estimating the fell area of the tree you are going to cut down is absolutely vital in order to make sure your shed, neighbours fence or your house doesn't get a massive tree falling on it because believe me when I say neighbours aren't always friendly.  But worry not, there is a simple procedure we can follow in order to estimate the tree fell area:
  1. Hold an axe handle at arm’s length
  2. Close one eye
  3. Position yourself so looking at the base of the axe you cans ee the bottom of the tree and when you look at the top of the axe you can see the top of the tree.
  4. You are now standing roughly where the tree will land. Allow for extra room if near anything of value.

The Notch Cut

The picture below shows a notch cut demonstrated and the angles required. The important thing to remember when using a notch cut is to cut it into the fall side of the tree and make sure you mark your angles using chalk or the chainsaw before beginning the cut. The notch cut should be one fifth of the tree diameter as a rule of thumb.

Picture from The Family Handyman

After making the notch cut, cut from the other side of the tree towards the notch in a circular motion and use the wedge to help guide where the tree will fall.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Hedge Trimming Tips

Lots of people have trouble trimming their hedges and keeping it even so this is a few tips for you to keep your hedges looking neat and tidy.

When to Trim your Hedges

New hedges require formative pruning for the first few years usually carried out in winter or spring after which trimming starts. Usually you will need to trim informal hedges once a year but twice or possibly three times for formal bushes.


Hand held shears are fine for smaller hedges but when it comes to big ones you'll probably want a powered hedge trimmer. If you're using an electric hedge trimmer make sure you place the lead over your shoulder to avoid it getting accidentally cut. Always wear goggles and work gloves when using power tolls and never place them over your shoulder height. For larger bushes use a step ladder or platform just ensure whatever your using is stable.

Trimming Techniques

Even vigorous Hedges don't need to exceed two feet wide if they are regularly trimmed. Formal hedges should be lightly tapered on both side so the base is wider than the op. This will help it grow as more light can reach the bottom this way. Cutting straight edges by eye can be difficult so use something to help you. Pushing stakes or canes into the ground may help for vertical lines while horizontal strings between them will help for horizontal lines. To shape your hedge, for example with an arch, it is much easier to do with A template cut out of what it is you want with cardboard or plywood and follow it. When using shears keeping the blades parallel to the line if the hedge. When using a trimmer keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide sweeping motion working from the bottom to the top of the hedge to ensure all foliage falls. For informal hedges just remove misplaced shoots and cut the hedge back to its required size.

Trimming Different Plants

Upright Plants

Cut plants to 15-30 cm and in summer trim side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year cut the growth back by half and throughout the summer trim the side so it tapers to the top.

Stocky Plants

On planting, cut back shoots and sides by one third to a well placed bud and repeat this in the second winter.

Conifers and most evergreens

On planting leave the leading shoot unpruned cutting back any straggly side shoots. In summer trim side shoots and tie the leader to a supporting cane as it grows. Clip to the desired shape one to three times during summer.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Which Chainsaw Do You Actually Need

For the purposes of this blog post we are going to be looking at two extremities in the chainsaw market to highlight potential uses so you can determine which chainsaw you need for your garden.

The 26cc Top Handle Chainsaw

  • Smaller
  • Lighter
  • Better Balance
  • Easier to Use
  • Capable of Negotiating Tight Spots

The 62cc Petrol Chainsaw

  • More Powerful
  • Better Cut
  • Proficient on More Materials
  • Higher Maintenance Cost
  • More Expensive

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

How to replace a String Trimmer Line

A string trimmer can be useful as it can reach many areas a lawnmower can't get to and can make your lawn look more tidy and uniform this way. Unfortunately not many people know how to extend the life of a string trimmer so here are a few useful tips on how to do just that.


You will need to work in a well ventilated area. Before beginning spread a drop cloth over the work area to make cleanup easier when you're finished. There are subtle differences between different string trimmer models but all the general procedures will be outlined but remember to read the documentation that came with your strimmer for maintenance. Before starting make sure all moving parts have come to a stop and if the strimmer is gasoline make sure the spark plug wire is removed from the spark plug and make sure the electric trimmers are removed from their power source.

Replacing the trimmer Line

Regardless of the type of trimmer at some point the strimmer line will need to be replaced and there are several different methods for doing this, depending on whether your trimmer is single or dual line and whether or not you use pre cut pieces of line. Use a pre wound spool or wind the line yourself. Follow the manufacturer's instruction for your model and use the specified trimmer line. While replacing the line it is a good idea to clean the cutting shield and area around the head. Also inspect the area for damage and wear. You may be able to fix some of the possible issues yourself, but some will require professional attention.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Repairing a Garden Hose

A broken garden hose can be extremely annoying but replacing them can be quite costly so im going to give you an overview on how to repair a hose.


To repair your garden hose you will need a screwdriver, a utility knife and a hose repair kit. A hose repair kit can be bought at most garden centers or hardware stores and comes with a male or female threaded hose end as well as a connector for fixing a leak in the middle of a hose. Kits are available for various diameter hoses and come in both metal or plastic. If you're not sure what diameter you need cut off the broken end of the hose and bring it with you to the store.

Cut the Hose

Use your knife to cleanly cut off the broken end of the hose. The best way to do this is to place the hose on the ground, so you can apply pressure without your fingers getting in the way. The cut has to be smooth and square, not slanted or ragged. At this point you can just cut of the broken area or cut it to any length you want it to be.

Insert the Replacement

Push the threaded replacement end of the hose repair kit as far as it will go into the cut end of the garden hose. It is important to make sure the sleeve goes all the way into the hose even if it is a tight fit and takes some effort to get in.

Attach Clamp

Use a screwdriver to attach the clamp that came with the hose repair kit securely around the end of the garden hose. Make sure the two screws or one are very tight, to prevent the garden hose from leaking. The new hose should be ready to use.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

How to Properly Store a Lawnmower

One of the main problems that customers come to me with regarding their lawmowers could of been avoided if proper maintenance was performed particularly in the storage aspect of taking care of your lawnmowers.

Empty the Gas Tank

This is especially true in cold climates where the fuel is likely to freeze in the tank. No quicker way than destroying a lawnmower than having the fuel freeze in the tank. There are lots of easy guides on how to empty your gas tank efficiently online and there is even one on this blog.

Drain the Oil

Pretty much same reasons as above not to mention when you are reusing your lawnmower, fresh oil is always better. You can find an easy step by step guide on this blog furthur down. 

Clean the Undercarrage

Use a putty knife and wire brush to scrape off the grass and mud caked on the mower deck. his prevents rust, clears the passageway to the discharge chute and allows the aerodynamics of the deck to work as designed.

Store in a Dry Place

Storing in a dry place ensure water damage will not occur. Water damage can cause irreparable damage to the lawnmower or at least make it that a new lawnmower would be less expensive than the repair costs.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How to Sharpen an Electric Chainsaw

Electric hedge trimmers are a quick, fairly easy way to maintain your hedges and keep them in great shape but this is a lot easier if you keep your trimmer blade sharp so here is a quick guide on how to sharpen them.


Find a flat surface to work on and make sure you unplug the electric hedge trimmer and place them on the table top with the blades facing away from you. Using a pair of pliers or a vice grip, grasp the screw or bolt holding the blades in place. Turn the bolt or screw and remove it in order to remove the two blades. Place the blade in a vice and grip it so it cannot slip. Start with a metal filer and slide it down the length of the blade. Start from the inside or bottom section of the blade part and keep it going till you get to the tip. Sharpen at an about 40 degree angle several times but do not do it to the flat edge of the blades. Repeat all of this with the other blade.


After this test the sharpness by holding a piece of paper above the blade and seeing how much force it takes to cut. If it doesn't cut easily you will need to repeat the sharpening process.  Now you need apply a thin coating of oil to keep them from rusting. A good oil for this is linseed and do this before bolting them back together. Now just replace the screw or bolt back into place using pliers or a vice grip and tighten so each blade is securely in place.