What’s The Plan?

IMG_5386 chain let go2015 is gone. The stock market really took the world stage and the oil industry found “It’s” reality once more. So little by little, time slips on without much surprise. I wonder if making any big plans will prove beneficial. Maybe waiting until more interests on the horizon come into view, such as the next generation energy sources. So to error on the side of caution, our plans usually pause. We hold off. You really can’t blame us. We have the ‘truth’s protective layers’ to uncover from Apollo missions moon landing. Less people are convinced that anyone has experienced true space travel. More people are convinced that fossil fuel is actually renewable as it’s resource locations seem to replenish. Less people agree “this land is your land, this land is my land,” and world leaders are becoming more transparent to us.

So where do we set our sights? It wasn’t too long ago, the words “go west” created an exodus. Even compared in low numbers of today’s refugee migration, a bustle of anticipation and planning for the future was a wonderful time of life for settlers planning ahead for a better world. Even before winning the wild west, imagine taking possession and convincing the North American Aboriginals that they, too, were settlers. Eventually some common ground was settled on, but I don’t think anyone planned on the disagreements, over who is who and what is what.

I believe if we are to feel more secure in our plans for the future, education is the key. We can always find a good line on historical fact, learning about revolution or cold war, oil spill or volcanic eruption. Something with direction to help improve the planet for healthy and happy living. There are some ‘long term’ plans and agendas out there with nothing but possession or greed in mind. I wonder if we have a historical lesson coming.

Sure, making concrete plans far into the future right now, could be like a “day late and a dollar short.” Also, pointing out what we think is not correct, may not help any more. Today’s situations with diplomacy and government practices are being masked just as fast as some long time anomalies are being uncovered. Diversion at this point is very tactful. Media sends fanfare over the airwaves with only one thing in mind, their survival. You may get the truth in riddles or smoke and mirrors and if we are interested enough, we have to try to figure out the plan by reading between the lines. It does not matter whether you heard it first or saw it on TV. What you see, is not what you get. What you hear might even be further from the sun, the moon and the stars.

Here is a novel thought __no radio and T.V., no internet and daily press. Take in some fresh air. Find out if there is there something just staring at us in the face that help keep the future more meaningful. Find out if there still be a time to enjoy, just the space of our local daily life? A plan just for us, without getting the feeling of making the wrong move? Never has the saying “can’t see the forest because of the trees,” been so true.

In this age of ultimate communication, any plan can very much set you up to a ‘damned if you do’ and ‘damned if you don’t,’ consequence. Truth is, many are having trouble with so much taken for granted, the decision making process is hampered. What will be right for me and what will be right for you? Will I be okay with that, will you be okay with this? The statement, “be careful what you wish for,” just took first place in the contest “What’s taking so long?”

Then, not to be too overwhelmed in planning, old adages and anecdotes can offer support. And what about “you snooze you lose?” Did you forget to look under the hen when counting your chickens? Do you think we have too many doors open in our country? Do you think too many doors open in our education system are creating procrastination for the learner? …………More work related, do you think that anchor chain will hold for another year or should there be a plan to take action? Avoiding disappointment is good idea, when ever and where ever it can be applied.IMG_5385 chain let go

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2015 The Great Chase for Value

 Turning a Page to 2015

“Value.” It’s big word and is described many ways. Value can be written and referred to as a noun and as a verb. This caught my attention. What’s up with trending on something as profound as “Value?” It must certainly be a hidden agenda of the Media or could I be wrong.
Ads suggest the discount on the MSRP price means you get a great bargain and that’s value. I felt the same as the rest of consumers, happy with roping in the latest and greatest at a discount. Searching for the best value became the chase before the kill and that made it all the more attractive to get out there and do some bargain hunting. It didn’t matter from where or when just as long as the task was met.  So, now we have online bargains to brag about and end up with hordes of crap (I mean merchandise) because it was value priced.
From what I see in my cupboards and closets, new light is shining on all the monitors, computers and cables, TV’s and stereos, cell phones and chargers, modems and cable boxes. I’ve about had enough of 32 gigabytes is better than 16 GB. I have had enough of 3 Terabytes is better than 1 TB.  Advertisements repeatedly explaining to me that I’m not up to speed if I don’t have a new one of “those” to get more attention in my circles. I think of the money spent over the years sending a note by the next generationIMG_0002 PC and we are not much further ahead then the ‘telex‘ machine. If I step back and look at the brain washing that we’ve taken just to get that last ‘selfie‘ or 1 millisecond faster download to view on you tube, where is the value in that? What stimulation have we come to embrace.
Have we ever heard,  “That stuff you bought value priced, it is just collecting dust and you’re not using it, maybe new stuff will get you back into it.”  And the pile is up to the ceiling, destined for recycle. We are victim to the media suggesting we hurry and pre-order a new one. Don’t miss out on this great offer today. Careful what you wish, the first run product 102.1 will certainly be replaced by next updated version 102.2.
I would like to get back to smart choices for the long haul. Good value starts by demanding lasting quality at arm’s length, using local management and local labour input . I like to think fully serviced communities with all the amenities is good value in trade commerce. A hand shake and a smile is value, ‘word of mouth’ is value.
Far from a perfect world, how long can we ride the “Big-Box” wave and the “On-line” wave? Distortion in material values is evident. Weigh the value in examples of $700.00 eye glasses cost the same as a good digital camera. One $1500.00 personal portable computer will equal a crowned tooth. I have heard of smart shoppers cutting these differences down to size by crossing the border. Returnable within 30-Days of Purchase date. Go figure.
When you’ve been there done that, the chase for something you can find at touch of the screen has short-term elation. You generally end up getting something that is more likely cheaper from another site in the next day or two. Also, we need to seriously search out  manufacture practices and quality of materials. Things like environment impact and child labour concerns.
In my opinion, we should value our time that it takes to research and buy lasting quality that is less frills and more function. Create the wave for Value. Support lasting qualified workmanship. This is what makes all the wheels go round curbing instabilities and crashing markets.
For now, think about a little petition similar to this:

                                      I’ll try to buy less, but research more. Buy less, but longer-lasting and benchmark quality.  Less, but at local store-fronts and dealerships. Try to spend a little more hard-earned money, less often.

Where we end up in 5-10 years time and beyond, will be much easier to manage. After all, if you value your time, if you value your future and if you value your families and value your quality of life, this trending should be right on track.

 Lasting View

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DNR Specialty Welding and the Lake Front


Often we’ve emphasized that service and regular maintenance are key to a long lasting Leisure Boat Lift. Like any quality machine, it requires care and upkeep. It’s easy to forget that DNR Specialty Welding is nestled right in Vernon, and not at the lake front , your boat lift can’t just be brought to us, or any other technician – it’s specialty work requiring our crew to head out and take care of the equipment; and when you factor in wages, fuel costs, equipment, and supplies, the costs for a simple job to go out and lubricate a lift can rack up.

A few requirements for a service call.

Although we are indeed detached from the lake front itself, we are certainly not seperate from the lake front community. Working in harmony with the community members is just as important as any other step in the process of Leisure Boat Lift.

Southern B.C. Mussels

A problem can arise when it comes to building and adding onto your lake front – an endangered species often forgotten about. Yes, the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel is one creature that really doesn’t get much attention – but the Canadian Wildlife Service has yet to forget about it and has rules in place that oversee the safety and habitat restoration of the mussel. It is the only known living kind left of its own genus, and can be the cause of a lot of distress if there happens to be a group on your lake front property – the construction of a dock would be completely prohibited. The problem stems from the construction of docks / lifts / other lake-front products stirring up and altering the habitat that these mussels reside in.

This small creature can cause quite a stir, so if for some reason you’ve got a hunch that some may be residing around your property, check that first before any construction happens. This could get you into a lot of trouble later on – dealing with an endangered species is quite a process. From the map pictured below, you can see that the residence of these mussels is found mostly in the western area of the states, but their habitat does reach into southern BC and just creeps into the Okanagan.

Only a couple of customers (out of 1300+) have ever run into this problem – but it’s still something to check in on. Make sure your lake front is the appropriate place to have a dock and Leisure Boat Lift!

It’s never too early for a maintenance request –

Regular maintenance is a big part of Leisure Boat Lift’s lifespan. At least once a year must a lift have its roller wheels lubricated by the 4 grease points. This is necessary for the lifter to have fluid, smooth up and down rolling motion. Without yearly lubrication, the lift may begin to chatter and struggle as it moves in either direction. Although this will not immediately harm the lift, it is highly advised to give us a call, or if you are equipped to do so, lubricate the lift yourself. It is not an extremely complex process but requires the correct tools and knowledge.

There are 4 different lubrication points on the cradle (which are situated inside of the tower) that are called grease nipples. The top 2 can be reached from the top but you must go underneath the cradle to reach the bottom 2. We are fully equipped to do this at any time of year, as cold water does not pose a challenge to our dry suits and other gear.

 

Another line on the maintenance checklist would be your lift’s brakes. The chain hoists we use have brake pads just like any vehicle would have – they wear away with use over time. The photo below is a case of very much use with no brake maintenance, it takes a long time to have the pads wear so thin. Over time with regular use, you may hear chattering / squeaking as you lower your lift – This requires a maintenance call but is not related to the brakes wearing too thin. We dismantle the chain hoist safely, and do not replace the brakes but instead clean them of the brake ‘dust’ which has accumulated over use, which is the cause of the brakes becoming shiny and glassy, and slipping just a little bit as it lowers.

 
To keep the brakes of your lift healthy, it is important to lower the lift in increments. Do not just simply hold down the wobble switch in the “down” direction for a few minutes until the lift has lowered – lower the lift 15 seconds at a time, pause for 10 or so seconds, and continue. This keeps the brakes from getting too hot and increases their lifespan.

 

Seahorse Supports and Saving Your Dock

DNR Specialty Welding dedicates itself to more than just our lifts and ladders. For too long have we been going out to install a new Leisure Boat Lift, only to see countless docks leaning and bent, their wooden pilings simply destroyed by time, weather, and waves. We provide an alternative method of dock supports, our Seahorse Supports. Each support comes in a pair of A-shape supports, with a crossbar and 4 adjustable legs. All components are cut, formed, pieced, and welded together here at our shop.

Each foot is planted into the lake bottom, with the weight of the dock and supports bearing down on it. The support acts like the roots of a tree and keeps the dock stable and strong without being worn down by the waves and weather like a piling would. You can see many docks in the Okanagan’s local lakes that are held strong by our seahorse dock supports; and despite their old age, still do not have signs of weakness showing.

The above photo is a dock with the pilings worn right down, tilting and leaning and very damaged. This is just what are seahorse dock supports can do – save your dock. We remove and replace all old pilings with our steel dock supports, and that dock will last for decades. Our supports use the exact same marine-safe paint and epoxy as our Leisure Boat Lifts do, too. They are 100% safe to swim around and cause no harm whatsoever to the marine environment around them.

Tournament Kit Preview

Your Leisure Boat Lift can safely hold and support any standard boat. But when it comes to something a little faster, sharper, and more cutting-edge boats; a Tournament Kit is required. These are boats that have large fins on the underside of the boat, inboard motors, and a lower, sleeker design. The Tournament Kit offers these types of boats a higher lift, a newly placed stop board for the fins, and 4 guiding posts to make steering onto the lift very easy.

As you can see, the tournament kit is composed of several strong, unique components manufactured by us at DNR Specialty Welding. Although it doesn’t seem that exciting lying on the ground, attach it to a Leisure Boat Lift and you’ve got yourself a powerful lift perfect for holding the latest in tournament boats.