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How To: Tie an Icicle Hitch knot

Learn how to tie an Icicle Hitch - A superb gripping knot that strongly resists slipping, stainless steel or other smooth surfaces, when the pull is parallel to the object to which it is tied. This is a good knot for sailing, boating, general outdoors and even bondage.

How To: Perform a backside rail grab on a surfboard

Surfing: Hang Ten The ocean is a force of nature that refuses any effort to tame it. To throw one's self on the mercy of this beast is a courageous act. With the help of this trick guide, you can learn to harness that power and push your water-borne adventures to new heights. See how to

How To: Tie the trucker's hitch knot for boating

Learn how to tie the trucker's hitch knot. The trucker's hitch knot is one of those boating knots that once you learn it, you wonder how you ever got along without it! Use this knot to cinch down a load on you car top, boat, horseback, you name it. This combination of knots allows the line to be pulled tight as a guitar string. Tie off one end of rope. Lay rope over load to be tied down. Tie a slippery half hitch knot in the middle of the line to form a small loop. With the free end make a tu...

How To: Tie two ropes together with different knots

For those who didn't learn any knot-tying skills in scouts, or have forgotten them all now, this video demonstration shows how to do knots from basic to more advanced knots such as Sheet Bend, Fisherman's Knot, Square Knot and Thief's Knot. Knot tying is essential for camping, sailing, fishing, and even when you least suspect it. Watch this video camping and outdoor preparation tutorial and learn how to tie two ropes together with several different styles of knots.

How To: Connect monofilament fishing line to a braid

This how-to video provides step-by-step instruction from Curtis Owens of Performance Tackle for attaching monofilament fishing line to a braid. While some fisherman only stick to one kind of fishing line, some might like to mix things up. The only problem is in learning to tie different types of line together. Watch this video fishing tutorial and learn how to connect monofilament and braided line together.

How To: Prepare a whitetail deer head for mounting

In this video taxidermy tutorial series, a professional taxidermist demonstrates how to prepare a whitetail deer cape for mounting. Now that the skin has been fleshed and tanned, the deer head cape is ready to be mounted. The skin will need the mount that will shape the skin, and will require trimming and sewing of the tanned and prepped skin. Watch this instructional video and learn how to prepare a whitetail deer head for mounting.

How To: Mold a white crappie fish sculpture out of fiberglass

This video taxidermy tutorial shows how to make a wall mount sculpture of a white crappie fish. The initial fish is bedded into a soft clay mold, and then painted with fiberglass resin. When the mold hardens and dries, it can then be filled with whatever material desired to make the wall mount. Watch this instructional video and learn how to make a mold for a white crappie fish wall mount sculpture.

How To: Tie a munter hitch knot for climbing

This is a very useful belay knot. I have seen people wandering around with 3 or 4 belay devices on their harness and could never figure out why. It is like technology is going to solve eveything for you. Get back to basics and learn the fundimentals of climbing. This knot is certianly one of those.

How To: Flake the mainsail when sailing

Taking down the mainsail is also called flaking the mainsail over the boom. The mainsail is lowered and laid side to side over the top of the boom. Sail ties are then placed to secure the sail. The sailboat should be pointed into the wind or the mainsail will be blown off the boom. If there is significant wind, the mainsail's sheet should be loosened and the mainsail doused. It can then be flaked once the sailboat is at anchor or docked at port. Flake the mainsail when sailing.

How To: Winterizing your boat engine block

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to winterizing your boat engine block. For this you will need some screwdrivers, compressed air and a flexible hose if you have a hot water heater system on the boat. First you got to drain out all the water inside the engine. Remove the two plugs from the block and one plug from the sea pot as shown in the video and drain out all the water. Be careful and don't drop the seals while removing the plugs from the engine. While the wate...

How To: Start a fire without kindling

You don't need a stock pile of kindling to hold the flame and really get your fire started. There are a variety of creative yet effective substitutes. Leftover chips from lunch, an extra toilet paper roll, these are only a few ideas on how to start your next fire.

How To: Tie a release hitch knot for mountain climbing

Learn how to tie a release-hitch knot! The release hitch knot was developed to overcome the shortcomings of the Prusik knot, making it perfect for rock and mountain climbers. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful climber's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Tie the Easiest Loop Knot for Fishing

A loop knot can be used to attach most fishing lures and all hooks and flies. A loop allows greater action of the lure or fly and always ensures the line will pull straight down the shaft. With knots that cinch tight agains the eye of the hook, the may move off to one side causing it not to pull straight.

How To: Measure and cut a rope

Spools of rope are often quite long and you may actually need a rope that isn't that long. If you have a 100m rope but only need 40m, then you're going to need to cut it. This tutorial explains how to measure and cut the rope to the right side without a ruler or tape measure. Measure and cut a rope.

How To: Keep Mosquitoes & Other Annoying Bugs Away from Your Campfire or Backyard Fire Pit

I'll be honest—I've never been a huge fan of camping. It's not that I have anything against nature, I'm just partial to showering and sleeping in my own bed. In fact, the only part of camping I've ever really enjoyed is sitting around a campfire. Outdoor fires are perfect for socializing and cooking hot dogs, but they're also great at helping remove one of camping's biggest annoyances.

How To: Clean your skateboard griptape

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean your skateboard grip tape. To do this, you will need: window cleaner, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. After this, you will spray the area with the window cleaner and then scrub it with the toothbrush. Scrub it until it comes up clean and there is no dirt left on the surface. From here, you will need to use the paper towels to clean the residue off of your board. Make sure to dry it off completely so you don't waterlog your board. do this to all the...

How To: Clean a coyote

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean a coyote. Start out by cutting the legs and up to the inside of the rear end. Cut the skin around the feet and then peel the fur and skin upwards. Trim into the butt of the coyote, then cut around the tail into the middle. Keep pulling the skin up around the legs of the animal and around the thighs, using a sharp knife to loosen the skin. Remove the skin completely from around the legs, then cut the tail so only the bone is left and the skin is off. Aft...

How To: Fix a loose bearing square taper

If you have a more old-fashioned mountain bike, you may be familiar with the loose bearing square taper system of bearings. This video features a professional mountain bike mechanic demonstrating the process of overhauling a loose bearing square taper, giving new life to that old bike that made you fall in love with mountain biking in the first place.

How To: Make a cheap bike light mount out of PVC pipe

In this clip, learn how to make a fast, cheap and super easy mount for your your bicycle to display safety lights. Wearing bike lights at night will help you stay safe in the dark and if you want to avoid the cost of getting lights custom fitted, this hack is perfect for you. All you will need is some PVC pipe and some grip tape (like the kind used for tennis rackets). Follow along and get started. This mount is flexible and fits most standard lights or flashlights.

How To: Do a flamingo flatlands trick on a skateboard

The flamingo is a somewhat obscure flatlands skateboarding trick in which the skater swings the board around their leg and stands in a flamingo-like pose for a moment, supporting the board at an angle with their legs, and then drops back into skating from there. No fancy ramps or rails needed for this trick, get practicing!

How To: Tie an uni loop fishing knot

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a simple uni loop fishing knot. Uni loop fishing knots are made by creating a barrel knot and then sliding it back onto your hook. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.