DIY Floating Bait Livewell ( Ver 2.0 )

This is version 2.0 of my floating bait livewell that I can drag behind me with the kayak or use it off a pier, the shoreline or jetties. It’s circumference is the size of a five gallon bucket but the netting allows it to hold a large amount of bait. I like this setup for the main reason that the bait is in its environment with no need to worry about water temp, circulating the water or using a air bubbler to oxygenate the water to try and keep the bait fish alive.

Links to key products used in this video:
► Mesh Laundry Bag → https://amzn.to/2wzK5D6
► Bait Bucket Lid → https://amzn.to/2wMvqnQ
► 5 Gallon Bucket → https://www.lowes.com

Kydex Keel Guard for my Native Slayer

I finally got around to adding some additional protection against abrasion to my kayaks by making keel guards for both of my Native Slayer Propel 10 kayaks and am very happy with the final results of this project. I should have made this a long time ago but as they say “Better late than never!”. These guards only add additional protection to the high wear areas of my specific kayak which is the nose and tail section of the keel and not the complete length of the keel itself. This video documents the complete process involved that I used to make these that can be applied to any kayak out there regardless of make and model.

Material used for the Keel Guard is called KYDEX.

– Kydex thickness used in this project is .080″ but .060″ is also an acceptable thickness for this project.
– Kydex was mounted using Scotch heavy duty exterior mounting tape (3M vhb tape).
– Kydex is an extremely durable acrylic/PVC alloy. From acrylic, it obtains rigidity and formability; from PVC, toughness, chemical resistance.
– Kydex is weather-proof.
– Kydex can be easily formed with the application of heat (oven or heat gun) and will not stretch or shrink under normal conditions.
– Kydex is scratch resistant with a (Rockwell scale “R” hardness of 90).

— LINKS —

► KYDEX → https://amzn.to/38WgIHZ
► 3M VHB TAPE → https://amzn.to/2xNSymp
► CLEAR RTV SEALANT → https://amzn.to/33tQmvX
► 1500 WATT HEATGUN → https://amzn.to/2IZ8V1z
► KEEL GUARD PDF TEMPLATE → http://bit.ly/2waTP6A

— VIDEO CHAPTER SEGMENTS —

► Removing the old Keel Guard : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=29
► Prepping the Kydex : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=96
► Cutting the Kydex : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=149
► Forming the Kydex : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=201
► Pre-Forming (Rear Keel Guard) : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=390
► Final Forming (Rear Keel Guard) : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=440
► Applying the 3M Tape : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=494
► Attaching the Keel Guards : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=570
► Perimeter Sealing the Keel Guards : https://youtu.be/Al-Hd2drQg0?t=979

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Battery UPGRADE for my Monopod Camera Mount

Although my original battery setup for my Monopod has worked out flawlessly for me with no issues, I now wanted a lighter but smaller battery with more power that could be placed right along side the camera itself. This would allow the battery to extend along with the camera without the need for a long charge cable. Once I decided on the battery (Anker PowerCore+ Mini-3350mAh) the only thing left to do was come up with a way to mount this battery to the monopod itself. The requirements I wanted was for the mount to attach and detach easily to the monopod arm as well as ease of placing the battery onto the mount itself. I found this new mount I designed and 3d printed has met my requirements and exceeded my expectations as it has proven itself successfully out on the water. I will be sharing this 3d file on thingiverse for download for those whom may be interested in making one for themselves. As a bonus I have added a second similar design for those using camera mounting systems made of 1 inch PVC. Link to these files will be listed in this videos description on youtube.

How Do You Check Your Engine Oil ?

A vehicle is one of the most important assets a person can own in order to navigate in todays modern world and proper maintenance is key to maximize a mostly worry free operation of that vehicle. With that said, checking the engine oil level and performing scheduled oil changes ranks at the top of required maintenance when owning a vehicle. So what is the actual procedure to checking the engine oil in todays modern cars? This may seem like a simple and stupid question – but is it really?