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    Scissor lifts

    There might be an alternative way to tackle this .. .oh commiserations on the back issues by the way. What about keeping your rigid workbench and constructing an adjustable platform to stand on ....plus using a hydraulic chair or stool ?
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    Question about bike brakes

    two of my favourite frames from back then . I had a couple of Carlton frames that were made prior to the Raleigh take over, and a black Holdsworth frame used in the very last Milk Race along with a jersey. I was bike obsessed back then 😁
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    House Buying - Advice?

    I couldn't agree more . I have rented property for most of my working life and the major benefit for me was that I could afford to rent large houses and flats with plenty of rooms and space in great locations which I could not have afforded had I bought something on a mortgage. shortly after...
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    toolbag advice

    I'm with bristol Rob on this. I had a canvas bag back in 1968 when i first started out 'on the tools ' as a Plumber and CH installer. it lasted me right through to 1980 when i went back to school. They are so easy to carry and easy to access your tools and don't cut your calves when you carry...
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    hammer shaft replacement advice

    thank you tom & JobandKnock that is very helpful. I have never replaced a hammer handle before so I thought I ought to consult the experts first before making a complete cockup of the job. The eye is square and it has 2x straight wedges which I'll try to salvage. it seems fitting to conserve...
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    hammer shaft replacement advice

    you cannot be serious ?.(McEnroe voice )......:confused: It would take me half a week and i can think of a raft of urgent jobs that need doing more than making a hammer handle. Decided to buy a Kennedy handle and hope it fits the eye .
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    hammer shaft replacement advice

    I finally broke the shaft of my beloved old claw hammer .It is 53 years old this year, bought for my first job on building work in 1968 and there hasn't been a day in the past 50 years that I haven't used it for something or other. I've already told swmbo that it must be buried with me;)😁 At...
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    Question about bike brakes

    no thats never going to be an option with those wheels I'm afraid. Too much torque not enough spokes . There is the option of a crank motor but they are an expensive setup. if it were me I might consider something like a Cyclocity 250w front wheel setup then buy a seperate rear wheel and 2x...
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    Question about bike brakes

    sounds like a perfect reason for getting a 250W electric conversion kit ;):) I've been a dedicated roadie for over 50 years but at 70 my joints really give me grief when I ride . Consequently I have stopped riding and have lost one of the most important sources of pleasure and mental and...
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    What are my options for a finish on a new decking ?

    thank you both for your excellent suggestions :)
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    What are my options for a finish on a new decking ?

    Lots of conflicting advice on the net and no real conclusion so I thought that I would ask on here. Swmbo has stumped up for replacing all of our decking and guess who is having to do the job !.....;):) lucky me.. After removing and replacing the existing decking and digging out 30x rubble...
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    Best exterior caulking material for wood sash windows/sills on unlisted 1800's sandstone property?

    well I guess we all meet people with inflated egos in every walk of life ...just look at the Medical profession for example. Some of them I've found to be arrogant condescending and dismissive but we can't tar a whole profession with the same brush because of a small minority that we have the...
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    Best exterior caulking material for wood sash windows/sills on unlisted 1800's sandstone property?

    No ...timber conservation is not designed to be 'reversible' why on earth would anyone want to 'reverse' a conservation repair ? what gave you that idea ?
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    What a waste!

    just a suggestion but would it be worth looking at Motorhome awnings or possibly contacting a Company like Fiamma .? There are several large motorhome manufacturers in Germany like Buerstner. E-Mail: [email protected] ... Carthago. E-Mail: [email protected] ... Concorde. E-Mail...
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    Best exterior caulking material for wood sash windows/sills on unlisted 1800's sandstone property?

    is this a personal dig aimed at me Adam ? Its so easy for unqualified armchair jockeys to take a pop at professional people who have undertaken a 7 year University course and a 50+ year work experience in the Construction industry . 😁 most folk cannot afford to employ us so they employ...
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