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  • 5 Fantastic ATV Trails & Trail Systems in Ontario - DGI Direct
    has trails stretching from Minden North to Algonquin Park and links with many other trail systems including the Madawaska Muskoka and Kawartha Systems The Haliburton Highland Trails are an ATV rider s dream but if you re planning on touring them without a guide make sure you have a GPS system handy Distance 500 km Difficulty Intermediate to Experienced Riders 4 ATV Elliot Lake The trails of Algoma Country s Elliot Lake take riders through the stunning unspoiled landscapes of Northern Ontario Whether you re a novice interested in taking a day trip or a seasoned ATV veteran craving a five day excursion Algoma Country s Elliot Lake area has a trail for you Make your way through majestic Northern forests past ancient rock escarpments and along clear sparkling rivers but when you need to get back to the city rest assured that you re only 20 minutes away Distance 300 km Difficulty Beginner to Experienced Riders 5 Ganaraska Forest If you re looking for the best wooded ATV trail in Ontario look no further than Ganaraska Offering up hundreds of kilometers of trails through Southern Ontario s largest forest Ganaraska is perfect for those that want to soak up the majestic woodlands and the diversity of flora and fauna that this province has to offer Ganaraska Forest trails are ideal for beginner ATV riders and are located just an hour s drive from Toronto Distance 300 km Difficulty Beginner Riders Ride With Peace of Mind Whether speeding down a rocky cliff or cruising along a dusty trail don t leave yourself and your ATV unprotected Whether you ve been riding for twenty years or twenty days it s vital to have the right kind of coverage so you can ride your ATV with peace of mind Just like other

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  • 6 Mistakes Not to Make On Your Driver’s Test - DGI Direct
    limits increase or decrease If your speeding is consistent throughout your test or if you speed through a school zone you are going to be given a failing grade by your examiner You also run the risk of being stopped by police if you speed which guarantees a fail 3 Not Checking Their Blind Spot By the time you take your road test you re well aware that not checking your blind spot is not only dangerous but is also an irritation to other cars on the road Remember although you may know to check your blind spot make sure your examiner knows that you are Exaggerate your shoulder checks to show you re taking the proper precautions before turning or changing lanes 4 Not Having Proper Hand Positioning If your car is moving always demonstrate to your examiner that you re in control of the vehicle keep at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times For automatics be sure both of your hands are on the top of the steering wheel exercising proper hand over hand motions when turning For standards make sure you always have both hands on the wheel unless you re changing gears 5 Not Adjusting for Changing Road Conditions Being a driver in Canada means knowing how to drive in all types of weather conditions from whiteout winter snowstorms to sudden summer downpours If weather conditions are poor or deteriorating during your exam it s vital to know how to react to them As a rule of thumb you should always slow down during severe weather 6 Being Too Hesitant Although most accidents are caused by driving too fast or executing erratic driving maneuvers some accidents are also caused by hesitation Driving too slow or meandering with your vehicle can put you

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  • How to Paint a Room Like the Pros - DGI Direct
    Different fabrics also give different textures 4 Buy Your Brushes Since paint bristles absorb water the best brushes have holes in the handles to allow hanging them after cleaning to properly dry 5 Load Up On Stir Sticks Grab a bunch of stir sticks while you are at the paint store Custom colours are mixed and shaken at the store But sometimes different ingredients and agents begin to separate before you are ready to paint Giving paint a thorough stir after opening and occasionally during your painting process ensures the paint remains mixed and consistent Although off the shelf colours do not necessarily require stirring it s a good idea to stir them anyway Better to be safe than sorry Part II The Prep 1 Move Furniture In order to paint properly you need a proper amount of space There s nothing worse than painting in a cluttered environment and nothing more satisfying than painting in a clear one Another reason to move your furniture lies in the furniture itself Despite taking every protective precaution there is always going to be one drip of paint which slips through If you think red wine is bad try removing latex paint 2 Prepare the Walls Consistent paint jobs begin with consistent surfaces to paint on Start by scraping away any peeling or loose existing paint with a scraper Next remove any nails or screws from the wall filling in any gaps or cracks with spackle slightly widen any gaps before filling them Finish wall repairs with a nice sand finish 3 Clean Walls Be sure to clean and dust everything before laying down any paint Even the smallest of dirt and dust particles have drastic effects on the outcome of your paint job We recommend dusting all walls baseboards trims and window sills followed by a thorough wipe down with a wet rag 4 Protect Edges Protect any trims sills or baseboards with painter s tape This tape which comes in blue or green should be removed only after your finished painted walls are dry to the touch Short strips of tape as opposed to long strips reduce the risk of ripping off paint when they re removed 5 Down Drop Sheet To protect your floors or carpeting put a drop sheet on the floor adjacent to the wall you are preparing to paint This protects against unexpected spills or splatters of paint While the best drop sheets are made of thick canvas plastic drop sheets are also acceptable but do not absorb paint Part III The Painting 1 Prime Your Walls Despite what friends may tell you previously painted walls still require primer before the application of a new coat of paint Primer ensures maximum sheen and coverage giving your finished product a more uniform appearance To begin use a brush to outline and cut in before you start rolling 2 Then Paint Your Walls After giving your paint a thorough stir pour some into a separate paint tray to prevent

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  • Summer Car Maintenance - DGI Direct
    once the vehicle has cooled AAA 2014 Tire pressure increases in warm weather Consult the owner s manual for the recommended tire pressure and keep it at approximately that level throughout the season Check your spare tire at the beginning of the season since blow outs are more likely in warm weather The AA advises that you use the vehicle s manual rather than the number molded into the tire sidewall for guidance AAA 2014 The Car Care Council recommends that you test the battery once or twice during the warmer months Heat can damage the internal structure of the battery by causing battery fluid to evaporate Clean the corrosive built up caused by this fluid from the battery terminals The Car Care Council 2014 Park your vehicle under roofing as much as possible to safeguard the paint and interior fabric or leather from the sun An occasional wax with UV protection polish will prevent the paint from fading if you have to park in the sun Keep your vehicle clean Ensure that the seats and rugs are dry before you close doors and windows or remove seat covers and rugs from the vehicle to dry in your house or office If the air conditioner starts circulating warmer air top up its refrigerant level so you can be comfortable while driving Appropriate car care reduces the chance that your car will let you down when you need it Sections Auto Insurance Home Insurance Pet Insurance Online Quote Auto Property Postal Code Go Or call 1 877 699 9923 Categories Ajusto Auto Insurance Auto Insurance Articles Car Tips General Tips Home Insurance Articles Home Tips Insurance News Insurance Related Articles Pet Insurance Pet Tips Property Insurance Tenant Insurance Travel Tips Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015

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  • 5 Must-See Ontario Travel Destinations - DGI Direct
    to Do Niagara Falls Soak up the majestic beauty of these world famous waterfalls then have a delicious meal and a ton of fun at the many restaurants and attractions at Fallsview Boulevard Niagara on the Lake After taking in the stunning Falls take a stroll through Ontario s wine country and experience the tranquil beauty of Niagara on the Lake Take a tour of the town s many wineries then enjoy some summer concerts events or shows Explore the Country s Capital in Ottawa More than just the capital of Canada Ottawa is your gateway to exploring Canada s history What to Do Parliament Hill Give visiting friends and relatives a look into the rich history art and functions of our country s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block and East Block In the morning see a ceremonial Changing of the Guard then take in the thrilling Sound and Light Show at night Rideau Canal This UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site of Canada is the perfect place to take a walk run or bike while enjoying the beauty of the canal If you d rather get a guided tour for your guests take a cruise these are offered in multiple languages and run from May to October Get in Touch With Nature in Central Ontario If your visiting guests want to experience the province s natural beauty there s no better place to do so than Central Ontario What to Do Algonquin Park Get up close and personal with Ontario nature and wildlife at this popular provincial park go canoeing hiking camping or just take a leisurely stroll Algonquin isn t just a great summer destination though when the leaves start changing colour it s the perfect place to take a scenic drive and see Ontario s fall colours at their best Georgian Bay Experience Ontario s natural beauty at Georgian Bay go hiking biking canoeing or kayaking Prefer exploring from behind the wheel Go RVing on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route RV Tour just make sure your recreational vehicle is properly insured Get Theatrical in Stratford Come experience Ontario s theatrical side and treat your out of town guests to some world class theatre What to Do Stratford Festival If you visit Stratford in the summer there s simply no doubt about it attending the Stratford Festival is a must See the works of Shakespeare and other theatre greats on stage like they were meant to be seen What s on this summer Hamlet The Sound of Music Love s Labour s Lost and many more Blyth Festival After experiencing the classics get your fill of Canadian theatre at Stratford s Blyth Festival then make your way to the Blyth Festival Art Gallery to soak up the art on display Remember Safety First No matter where you travel in Ontario remember always put safety first If you re getting there by car make sure that you have all the coverage you need and

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  • 10 Summer Wedding Planning Tips - DGI Direct
    in mind such as your venue s climate time of sunset or sunrise venue accessibility and bug cycles amongst others A good wedding venue can make a world of difference to a guest s comfort and their overall impression of your big day 4 Use a Wedding Checklist A simple online checklist like this comprehensive list from Real Simple can make a world of difference in wedding planning Add wedding tasks share the document and assign jobs to friends and family Once tasks are complete check them off and move on 5 Leave a Paper Trail Planning a wedding takes months of hard preparation Avoid last minute disappointments by making sure all of your preparations are current Just because your venue verbally confirmed you can serve alcohol until 2 a m does not necessarily mean it s possible Make sure every arrangement is written up on paper and that you follow up with all parties involved before the big day It s also wise to keep an emergency list of contact telephone numbers in case there is any change in plans 6 Prepare Wedding Accommodations Your wedding venue is booked but you should also make sure out of town guests have a place to stay Conducting preliminary research on nearby hotels can save accommodation related headaches down the line Some quick questions to ask are Are there any significant local events being held around your wedding date Does the location of your wedding experience high season Are there hotels within reasonable proximity to your wedding venue Do nearby hotels offer modest options or block booking 7 Designate a Photographer One of the most important attendees at any wedding is the official wedding photographer Whether a hired professional or a family friend having a complete collection of wedding photographs makes your wedding timeless When else would the most important people in your life be in one place In addition to designating an official wedding photographer there are a couple other ways you can encapsulate your big day Provide disposable cameras for every table at your reception to be collected at the end of the wedding celebrations If needed ask guests if you can download the photos they ve captured throughout the day to add to your own collection Provide a custom wedding hashtag for social media posts 8 Cut the Cost of Flowers Flowers are expensive and there are certain risks attached to purchasing them in bulk Thankfully there are also several cost cutting details to keep in mind Which flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding Which flowers are geographically available within a reasonable distance to your wedding venue How do you anticipate the air weather or light conditions of your wedding venue 9 Check Credit Card Options If you re going to be spending money you might as well be rewarded for it Often overlooked in planning be sure to explore credit card options before you begin charging Sign up for a credit card plan

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  • Your Basic Car Scratch Repair Guide - DGI Direct
    cause further scratching Once you re finished sanding rinse the area then dry it with a microfiber cloth Step 3 Apply Rubbing Compound Next apply your rubbing compound using a buffer pad This is an abrasive that smooths the paint surface and prepares it for waxing You ll want to move onto the next step fairly quickly so that the rubbing compound does not dry out Step 4 Polish the Area Polish the area with a buffer pad using the lowest level available for about ten seconds Then turn up the speed to 2000 RPM for one minute using a side to side then downward motion Keep polishing until dullness is gone but don t polish the same spot for more than one second at a time as you may go through the paint layer Step 5 Wash and Wax Lastly wash the area once more then wax to seal the newly applied paint For Deep Scratches If you can see metal or a different colour through your scratch you re dealing with a that penetrates through to the primer or metal of your vehicle Not to worry these can still be removed with a little extra work Step 1 Get the Right Paint Colour In order to find the exact colour of your car s paint job look for the factory paint code on a metal plaque or a sticker in the doorsill or under the hood of your car Step 2 Clean the Area Wash the scratched area thoroughly with solvent Step 3 Apply Colour Now it s time to do your touch up carefully apply the correct colour paint or primer to the scratched area If you re using a pen make sure to shake well before you begin application A fine tipped touch up brush works just as well simply make sure to keep a steady hand while painting to avoid leaving unsightly brush strokes behind Let your newly applied paint cure overnight Step 4 Sand The next day use a 600 or 1000 grit sandpaper with a rubber block or sponge as backing to sand the area Keep sanding until any paint standing out from the surface is smoothed down cleaning the area often Step 5 Apply Compound Rub compound into the damaged area to return its glossy finish Step 6 Paint Compound Again Repeat the painting process until the scratched is completely filled and level then apply compound once more Make sure not to wax your car for at least a month to allow all the solvents to escape Step 7 Apply Clear Coat The last step of the deep scratch repair process is to apply a layer of clear coat First clean the area with solvent then spray a light coat or clear coat and let it dry Sand off excess product with sandpaper then apply compound Apply at least 2 coats of clear coat and compound making sure to let the product dry for 24 hours between each coat Don t Forgo

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  • Summer Activities for Kids of Every Age - DGI Direct
    masking tape down to form your racetrack Get your toddler to help map out the roads Note press down lightly on carpet Bring the toy cars out and let your little one s imaginations run wild Activities for Elementary Schoolchildren Scavenger Hunt A scavenger hunt is the perfect way to stave off your kids summertime boredom and prevent brain drain too You Will Need A bucket or bag to hold found objects Pencils or crayons A clipboard A scavenger hunt list How To Make a scavenger hunt list based on items in your own backyard this could include different leaf plant and flower varieties fungi acorns seeds insects signs of animals ant hills and more For younger children provide a small drawing of each item on the scavenger hunt list Put your list on the clipboard and attach a pencil by a string Give one clipboard and one bag to each child then send them on their way to scavenging Solar Oven Have the kids been bugging you for s mores Instead of roasting marshmallows over a fire pit why not suggest they make a solar oven With a few simple supplies they ll be snacking on sun baked s mores in no time You Will Need An empty pizza box Plastic wrap Aluminium foil Scissors Tape A ruler A paper plate Plain bars of chocolate Marshmallows Graham crackers How To Use your scissors to cut a flap in the top of your pizza box making sure to leave a 2 inch border on the front and sides Wrap aluminium foil on the inside of the flap and on the inside of the pizza box ensuring that the shiny side faces out and tape it in place Cover your newly created flap opening with plastic wrap taping it into place Put your marshmallows in a paper plate and put them in the solar oven Use a ruler to prop open the flap ensuring that the sun is being reflected into the oven Let your marshmallows get baked by the sun this typically takes an hour Afterwards carefully remove your marshmallows then place them into your graham cracker and chocolate sandwich Original Idea via Kids Activities Blog Activities for Teens High School Children Beaded Hemp Bracelet Summer is time for sandals and flip flops The perfect accessory A cute DIY hemp anklet all you need is some hemp beads and tape You Will Need Hemp cord 3 strands 12 inches each Beads Some heavy duty tape How To Starting about 3 inches from the ends of your hemp cords knot the three pieces of cord together use an overhand knot Tape the knot down to a table using your heavy duty tape Start braiding your cord after the forth braid add a bead Continue braiding adding beads after every fourth cord until you re four braids from the end then complete your braid without beads Knot the end of your anklet with an overhand knot When your crafty teen wants to

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