Spinrite, Perfect Knit, Supplies for Knitting, Buy Yarn in Listowel Ontario

Thanks to internet shopping nobody has to drive seventy two miles west to Listowel Ontario when you can buy knitting supplies online but if you do happen to find yourself in the Queens Bush region of Ontario you could travel and shop at the Spinrite Factory Outlet Store which has all manner of coloured wool including button and bows and zippers and satin linings and hundreds of paper pattern books and thousands of balls of yarn for sale.  Here’s a nifty Urban Exploration discussion forum post offering a secret glimpse inside the Spinrite wool mill in Listowel Ontario.

dying wool at Perfect KnitListowel locals have been dying wool for half a century or more. Look here at the Victorian Era wool dying machines that occupied the buildings in the late 1800s.

Read about John Binning the Founding Father of Listowel Ontario on Dumpdiggers; he’s outlined along with mills on the Maitland river and the settlers of the Queens Bush.

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Spray foam guys insulate upscale Toronto

What is it like to be a spray foam guy?  There is a good story on Bizcovering magazine with an inside look at life as a spray foam insulation guy in Toronto and the piece used some pictures seen below.  This is Tim, a spray tech, who is also the truck driver and generator operator.  He’s on site to meet me first thing in the morning, opening up the back of the company truck and getting ready to help his teammate, the prime applicator. The prime is the rock star spray foam applicator who has had lots of training in the fine art of insulating residential houses with polyurethane rigid foam insulation. The pictures below shows Rob Campbell’s ride along on Oct 22nd to document a Toronto spray foam insulation company at work insulating a new home construction in a posh Forest Hill neighbourhood.

Opening Sprayfoam truck , day in the life  of spray foam guy

Spray foam insulation is an excellent albeit more expensive choice for home insulation.  The cost is minimum $3 per square foot of wall and roof, and the price varies depending on whether its open cell or closed cell foam being installed. Spray foam comes in two varieties, open-cell and closed-cell composition, and both types have different properties which make them good for one thing or another.. i might explain. Of the two options, closed-cell foam is the better insulator. Once cured, it also becomes a vapor retarder (because the tiny cells are closed moisture cannot enter the foam). but its disadvantage is price and weight.  Its heavy and expensive and sometimes you dont need that much insulation , and sometimes its too much and open cell is better.  Open cell foam has open bubbles Open-cell foam has a lower R-value, and acts as more of an air temperature and acoustic barrier; open cell foam is not an effective vapor barrier. Open cell foam is lighter, less dense and cheaper (because less material is used as it expands larger) and is applied as interior wall home insulation in places where moisture isn’t a variable.

Below Montana Mike puts on a full has-mat suit with respiratory system, boots and gloves, helmet and visor. Its intense.

put on suit for spray foam insulation application, back of truck,

Like any good chemical reaction there are some rather noxious chemicals produced as a bi-product of spray foam reaction between Isocyanates and the Walltite resin, both components are prepared by BASF and detailed on Fuel Ghoul blog about spray foam insulation in Toronto which outlines the process by which a Graco H40 component proportioner heats and pumps both liquids to the sprayer unit whereupon they combine at the nozzle tip of the gun.

mixing spray foam components together on job site with Graco H-40 Plural Component Reactor

The two substances must be hot when they combine to create the best chemical effect, and to make the best R-value rigid foam insulation. In the photo below, the tech tweaks a Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor‘s front panel , adjusting temperature on the 12.0 kW heater in the machine. From residential foam insulation projects to high-volume commercial projects, Graco brand proportioners are a mainstay in the mobile spray foam industry. This rig alone, not including the truck and generator could cost about thirty five thousand dollars and comes with fifty foot of hose, and ten feet of heated whip and a Fusion AP  spray gun applicator.

Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor With 20.4 kW Heater

Spray foam insulation is a bit of phenomenon especially here in Canada partly due to celebrity endorsements the home renovation TV shows that have propelled spokespeople to fame and fortune. These TV personalities have made deals with spray foam insulation manufacturers to endorse the product as being green and environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and 100 % cost effective – all of which is true.

spray foam tech basement wall headers in Forest Hill neighbourhood TorontoAll the same, spray foam insulation has been in the news lately and the people and processes have been called into question by a CBC Marketplace TV news doc that shows ‘how spray foam can go very wrong’ by examining the unlivable homes of unhappy customers.

The History Spray Foam Insulation

Otto Bayerm Germanchemieist who created polyurethane riigid foamWhat we know today as rigid foam insulation was invented in the 1950s by the German scientist Otto Bayer. He was trying to come up with something to replace rubber tires. He was eventually quite successful, but polyurethane wasn’t used to make wheels until the 1970s . Today the wheels under the folding metal steps of modern escalators are made of polyurethane, as are skateboard wheels.

Polyurethane has been around for about sixty years now – it has history stretching back to Germans scientists who pioneered many synthetics before World War II.  They were searching for synthetic textiles, rubber and silk. Twelve years after the war ended, in 1957 Otto Bayer and a German research team made advances with alkyd resins when they modified them with diisocyanates for the first time and made coatings and the first ever rigid foam products.  Today, anyone that has ever taken high school shop class, or refinished furniture, or stained a deck knows something about urethane wood finishes and the hard substance created when it hardens on the brush.

spray foam technician doing basement headers in Toronto Here is the crew starting work insulating the basement of a new home in Forest Hill.  They start at the bottom of the building doing the exterior wall ‘headers’. The team takes over the job site for a few hours each day and they often work lunches and late into the evening to be there when the other contractors are absent.  These guys are very careful not to expose any other tradespeople to the noxious gasses often created during the spray foam application process (I had to wear a breathing mask, visor and cover-alls as I followed the applicator around the basement).

Spray Foam in Toronto

Fuel Ghoul reports that the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) estimates that spray foam insulation was installed in approx 350,000 homes in Canada last year, a number that has been growing by 33 percent every year over the last decade. Part of the product’s appeal is that, when properly installed, spray foam insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to fifty (50) per cent, according to the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) and so this really is advanced chemistry at work.

Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer

snow removal in Durham region Dan Shephard of The SnowmenDan Shephard operates a successful snow removal service in Durham region and is testing the water (literally) after trying a new natural deicer made from beetroot juice.

Geomelt is made here in Ontario.

Featured in a popular Bizcovering article, Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer, Dan was again chronicled in Fuel Ghoul blog about the green snow removal solution simply because he agreed to help test the beetroot snow melt product.

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Rock salt depositories – rock salt is very toxic substance and is harmful to the ecology of many sensitive freshwater systems. Any reduction in the use of this compound to keep highways safe for drivers is a step in the right direction for the environment.

ImageWhen red beet juice is added to rock salt water it lowers the mixture’s freezing temperature which keeps the cement wet on cold  weather days when the rest of the landscape is frozen solid. By making the salt more effective, contractors can use less.

Dan is among the few professionals selected by researchers to help advance the science by conducting real-world testing as a professional contractor. The GeoMelt product is being tried all across Canada and the US in several climates and ‘test counties’.

Drivers who live in test counties  where highway maintenance crews spray the beet juice compound on the roads should experience fewer delays behind snow plows and salt trucks.  Ideally, the deicer will be so effective that snow plows wont make second runs.

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Beetroot Juice is a Powerful Natural Deicer for Concrete Sidewalks, and Asphalt Roads

Applying a NaCl salt brine and beetroot mixture to paved surfaces will make them safer by melting slippery snow and ice, but the spring runoff should also be much safer for the environment.  Water quality tests will be performed by public and private agencies all winter and spring 2014.

How Does it Work? After a parking lot or street has been treated with beetroot juice and salt mixture, further precipitation should melt on contact with the ‘wet’ surface because the beetroot juice and salt doesnt freeze. .The frozen water particles are excited by the beet juice (and NaCl)  on an Atomic level, and do not freeze solid into ice.    Dan Shephard has committed The Snowmen to trying the beet juice deicer in the upcoming winter season,

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Shakeology Flavoured Conversations with Kymberly Redmond

DSC02421While discussing new business initiatives

Shakeology Girl was born

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interesting talk w @MyMommasHands last night; #shakeology history was made over a steak dinner by a girl pic.twitter.com/p0fh9hmNJM

2013 AVEDA Institute, Born To Style, Contest Journalism

Rob Campbell’s bold experiments in Contest Journalism

Don’t be scared if you find your blog post indexed here, its just one note in a powerful symphony of cohesive web storytelling. As soon as we know who won the 2013 Born To Style contests, and why four applicants were selected above all others as grand prize winners, in each city, then we can give the 2013 Born to Style overall story the happy ending it deserves.

Aveda Institute Canada, Born To Style Collects User Generated Media From Youth Who Are Talented Artists with Combs, Scissors and Professional Salon Styling Tools

Post by on Jan 31, 2013

Once again this nation’s top professional hair school, AVEDA Institute Canada challenges young people to step up and prove they were Born to Style.

Active in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.  Updates coming

Aveda Institute Canada asks if you are Born to Style, make video, win tuition to hair school

Designing and presenting a User Generated Media UGM challenge around the art of professional hair styling where the reward is a year’s tuition in a top shelf hair school, a great way to share the creativity and sell the dream of being a professional hair stylist.

Born To Style Resources

public.fotki.com/Arob12/sproatup/born-to-style-squar.html
images59.fotki.com/v683/photos/0/1534160/8644168/BornToSt…

public.fotki.com/Arob12/miss-teen-canada/2012-born-to-sty…
images14.fotki.com/v218/photos/0/1534160/8771531/2_Toront…

ltrk.co/q/s/2mOwu
www.avedainstitute.ca/email/2012/monthly-january/main_ima…

www.flickr.com/photos/17683992@N06/8469547294/in/set-7215…
every photo here has a ‘hair school’ link to Aveda Vancouver or Winnipeg as

Discussion Forums

forums.calgaryn.com/showthread.php?t=826773
www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=878737
www.forumvancouver.com/threads/vancouver-hair-school-asks…
kittyradio.com/soapbox/makeup-hair-perfume/113485-you-bor…
www.beautylish.com/t/auvvs/2013-aveda-born-to-style-video…
contributors.luckymag.com/post/aveda-institute-canada-see…
www.chictopia.com/forums/Health+and+Beauty/topics/Are+you…

forums.redflagdeals.com/2013-03-01-aveda-canada-born-styl…
www.pricenetwork.ca/ddeal/Aveda_Institute_Born_To_Style_S…
forum.smartcanucks.ca/339984-win-10k-hair-school-aveda-ca…
forum.zwap.com/index.php?/topic/122898-are-you-born-to-st…
www.canadianfreestuff.com/forum/f156/aveda-hair-stylist-2…
www.frugalshopper.ca/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=146371

www.univforum.com/canadian-universities/viewtopic.php?p=9…
thebeautybrains.com/bbforum/discussion/3479/aveda-canada-…

Blogs

smojoe.com/blog/2013/01/aveda-institute-canada-seeks-user…
www.sheryltips.com/2013-aveda-institute-born-to-style-win…
deblewis.ca/debblog/?p=5878

www.ettuandyou.com/2013/02/06/adventures-in-styling-with-…
www.weddinggirl.ca/blog/2013/02/07/2013-born-style-win-tu…
www.contestqueen.com/2013/enter-a-contest-follow-your-dream/
www.teenaintoronto.com/2013/02/2013-born-to-style-hair-sc…
www.jillojello.com/2013/02/avedas-born-to-style-2013.html
linerglittergloss.com/2013/02/2013-aveda-institute-canada…
www.beautycrazed.ca/2013/02/aveda-born-to-style-discover-…
www.torontoisfashion.com/2013/02/2013-born-to-style-schol…
www.alison-elle.com/2013/02/2013-aveda-born-to-style-cont…
99raina99.blogspot.ca/2013/02/are-you-born-to-style-win-f…
www.torontobeautyreviews.com/2013/01/beauty-news-aveda-in…

Misc

toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/spa/3599614874.html
vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/spa/3603632514.html
winnipeg.en.craigslist.ca/spa/3622400542.html
calgary.en.craigslist.ca/spa/3623342857.html

www.squidoo.com/2013-AVEDA-Canada-hair-school-scholarship, Born To Style

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In Toronto, keep an eye on application updates by liking Aveda Institute Toronto Facebook Page and @Aveda416 on Twitter
In Winnipeg, like Aveda Institute Winnipeg Facebook Page and follow @Aveda204 on Twitter.
In Calgary, like Aveda Institute Calgary Facebook Page and follow @Aveda403 on Twitter.
In Vancouver, like Aveda Institute Vancouver Facebook Page and follow @Aveda604 on Twitter.

Summary of 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Blog Network of Sixty Four Regional Delegates

In four months between January and April 2012 last year each of the sixty four 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Regional Delegates was issued her own regional blog domain, username and password on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network.

 

Each contestant took the time to read the How To Blog instruction manual and probably wrote a half dozen test posts and did practice posting pictures and links before handcrafting her first introductory post. You can read all of the blogger’s first posts below.

Here are the first introductions and ABOUT ME style content bytes that the 2012 Miss Teen Canada World contenders put on their regional blogs,

http://missteencalgary.com/hello-from-kirsten-collins-2012-miss-teen-calgary-world/

http://missteensouthcalgary.com/my-biography/

http://missteenalberta.com/hello-from-miss-teen-alberta-world-2012-lindsay-fraughton-2/

http://missteenedmonton.com/hi-im-angie-mellen-miss-teen-edmonton-2012/

http://missteeneastcentralalberta.com/hello-from-stacey-cox-miss-teen-east-central-alberta-world-2012/

http://missteenokotoks.com/hello-from-miss-teen-okotoks-world-2012-justine-orban/

http://missteenstalbert.com/chloe-fulton-miss-teen-st-albert-world-2012/

http://missteenstrathconacounty.com/hello-from-kelsey-bryant-miss-teen-strathcona-county-world-2012/

http://missteencentralalberta.com/502/

http://missteenreddeer.com/hello-from-gina-omilon-miss-teen-red-deer-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernalberta.com/hello-from-hailey-kloot-2012-miss-teen-southern-alberta/

http://missteenwestcalgary.com/hello-from-miss-teen-west-calgary-2012/

http://missteenprincegeorge.com/hello-world/

http://missteensouthwesternbritishcolumbia.com/crystal_li/

http://missteennorthernbritishcolumbia.com/the-beginning/

http://missteenvancouver.com/nadia-afshar-miss-teen-vancouver-world-2012/

http://missteencomoxvalley.com/hello-world/

http://missteenokanagan.com/sarah-nieberle-miss-teen-okanagan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernbritishcolumbia.com/millie-rong-miss-teen-southern-british-columbia/

http://missteenbritishcolumbia.ca/hello-from-nicole-miss-teen-british-columbia-world/

http://missteenvictoria.com/brandi-anderson-miss-teen-victoria-world-2012/

http://missteencoquitlam.com/hello-from-katarina-lulic-2012-miss-teen-coquitlam-world/

http://missteennewwestminster.com/31/

http://missteenburnaby.com/cecilia-ferreira-miss-teen-burnaby-world-2012/

http://missteenwinnipeg.com/a-new-chapter/

http://missteenmanitoba.com/hello-from-courtney-mandock-miss-teen-manitoba-world-2012/

http://missteencentralmanitoba.com/hello-from-rilee-lloyd-miss-teen-central-manitoba-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernmanitoba.com/hello-from-devon-shewchuk-2012-miss-teen-southern-manitoba-world/

http://missteensouthernavalon.com/hello-from-hayleigh-mcgrath-miss-teen-southern-avalon-world-2012/

http://missteennorthernavalon.com/courtney-jones-2012-miss-teen-northern-avalon-world/

http://missteennovascotia.com/hello-from-kelley-penney-miss-teen-nova-scotia-world-2012/

http://missteenkingtownship.com/shelby-lynn-prioriello-2012-miss-teen-king-township-world/

http://missteenontario.ca/hello-from-sacha-stewart-2012-miss-teen-ontario-world/

http://missteenthunderbay.com/hello-everyone-i-am-sabrina-felice-miss-teen-thunder-bay-world/

http://missteeneasternontario.com/hello-from-hillary-macmillan-miss-teen-eastern-ontario-world-2012-2/

http://missteensudbury.com/hello-from-desiree-mathias-miss-teen-sudbury-world-2012/

http://missteenkirklandlake.com/hello-from-darian-allison-miss-teen-kirkland-lake-world-2012/

http://missteenkapuskasing.com/hello-from-janick-chartrand-miss-teen-kapuskasing-world-2012/

http://missteengta.com/christina-logan-miss-teen-gta-world-2012/

http://missteenbarrie.com/hello-from-danielle-hawthorne-2012-miss-teen-barrie-world/

http://missteenottawa.com/hello-from-leigh-mundy-miss-teen-ottawa-world-2012/

http://missteensouthwesternontario.com/danielle-cocchetto-2012-miss-teen-southwestern-ontario-world/

http://missteenpeterboroughcounty.com/hello-from-jessie-potvin-2012-miss-teen-peterborough-county-world/

http://missteensimcoecounty.com/hi-from-lolah-gifford-miss-teen-simcoe-county-world-2012/

http://missteennorthontario.com/hello-from-nichelle-thomson-miss-teen-north-ontario-world-2012/

http://missteensdgcounties.com/kelly-ouderkirk-miss-teen-sdg-county-world-2012/

http://missteenmarkham.com/hello-from-jordy-arsenault-kivell-miss-teen-markham-world-2012/

http://missteenyorkregion.com/what-you-should-know-about-me/

http://missteensouthernontario.com/hello-from-francesca-mcfadden-miss-teen-southern-ontario-world-2012/

http://missteenbrampton.com/hello-from-simrat-sandhu-miss-teen-brampton-world-2012/

http://missteendurhamregion.com/what-do-you-want-to-know/

http://missteen-quebec.com/hello-from-megha-sandhu-miss-teen-quebec-2012/

http://missteenmontreal.com/miss-teen-montreal-world-and-miss-teen-famas-2011-all-in-one/

http://missteenwesternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-nikita-kahpeaysewat-miss-teen-western-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthernsaskatchewan.com/hello-again-from-miss-teen-southern-saskatchewan-brittany-orsted/

http://missteencentraleastsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-natahni-paquachan-2012-miss-teen-central-east-saskatchewan/

http://missteennortheastsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-elaine-vallier-miss-teen-north-east-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteeneasternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-jamie-newberg-miss-teen-eastern-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensaskatoon.com/hello-from-danica-cox-miss-teen-saskatoon-world-2012/

http://missteensouthcentralsaskatchewan.com/jasmine-gemmell-miss-teen-south-central-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteensouthwesternsaskatchewan.com/hello-from-dakota-cooke-miss-teen-southwestern-saskatchewan-world-2012/

http://missteencentralsaskatchewanworld.com/your-name-2011-miss-teen-your-location-world/

http://missteensaskatchewan.com/hello-from-savanagh-walker-miss-teen-saskatchewan-world-2012/

Dr Archer was Moderator on Mentor Night

There was a reputable Toronto Dentist and Zack Werner

A handcrafted 2012 Miss Teen Canada World Mentor Night Squidoo lens explains all of the subtleties of the program and details that participants and what was expected of the bloggers on this occasion

To Help Urban Fitness Events Make Leaders in Toronto

As time goes by, I tend to venture out too far ahead of myself until all my new ideas seem unrealistic.  So it helps to take a day off and travel around and clear my head.  On such occasions I pursue my hobbies, and my passion for history and my love of finding rare antiques and collectibles (while digging in old dumps, or rummaging through cluttered antique shops) are my primary escape mechanisms.  As the author of Dumpdiggers antiques blog I often get invited to speak on camera or contribute some ideas to the nature and evolution of collecting antiques on the web.

Rob Campbell getting interviewed for TV showSo I ventured outside my apartment on Monday March 12 2012; I left my 565 sq ft condominium apartment in The Distillery District of downtown Toronto, which is literally a glass box. This is the place where I spend most of time , a prison of my own making. Some days the only things I produce are original thoughts, and I’m always working on improving the packaging.

digging and finding treasure in Toronto

Dumpdiggers blogger Rob Campbell discusses what makes an old thing into an antique, and what makes an antique thing worth buying. Antiques as an investment = a terrible idea.

To my great satisfaction, my capacity for clever notions has not diminished over the years, and other people are now starting to take notice and listen to my ideas.  Some of them are veteran TV producers.

Here I am getting interviewed for a television show;  truth be told its an audition, and if I get the part it could be good fun.  The guy running the camera is a big TV star himself,  and he was coaching me and that always helps.

After that bold performance, which honestly I hope I never see, I had a Chester Chicken dinner from the Crossways Mall at Dundas St and Bloor which I ordered to go.

Urban Warrior Race on 8th Sept 2012, is Toronto Half Marathon with Obstacles

So I ate that boney fried Chester Chicken at my next stop, and the smell must have certainly impacted the generic aroma of the otherwise sterile offices of DEVAN atmospheric marketing in west Toronto.

At approx 12:45 pm I met Joshua Turnbridge and Cathy Muffolini on the third floor of 1345 St Clair Ave W.  These folks are part of the organization that’s managing and promoting this year’s annual Urban Warrior run Toronto , which is a unique extreme fitness competition that will take place on Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Toronto, half marathon, urban fitness, competition, runUrban Warrior is a sporting event focused on challenging individuals of all fitness levels to perform under ‘abstract’ conditions. This years’ race involves climbing, jumping, sprinting and crawling will bring on hard sweat, athletic camaraderie, bursts of laughter and a few tears!  This is premium leadership development with its own risks and rewards.

One attractive reward is the Warrior After Party! All participants will gain free access with their race VPN security system passes, along with one free beer ticket.

Josh Turnbull, Rob Campbell, Cathy Muffolini, Urban Warrior, obstacle course, fitness event, competition race in TorontoIts a fun teaching people what they really want to learn and I look forward to working with these people on making this unique project a huge success. My passion for antiques has helped me over the tipping point and I’m really findable in that niche – these people, like everyone else on planet Earth, can do the same things with the same tools.

Would you like to sponsor this urban fitness event? please get in touch, @roberrific