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    Cancer risks using epoxy.

    I have just spent 20 minutes trying to understand how much credence to give this article. There are no obvious links to any site with known reliability - eg: FDA, EU, major hospital or university research. The credentials of Environmental Health News who produced the article are less than...
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    Sir Paul

    Tastes may vary but a real measure of the success of a band or performer must be that they can still command an audience of several generations more than 40, 50 or 60 years after they first started. Macca and Diana performances were well below their best as performances in decades past, but...
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    So, isn't it about time the rights of a consumer were upgraded in law?

    We have a society in which just about ALL have a right to exercise (legal) individual freedoms irrespective of education, competence, etc. We also seek to protect (rightly) those who are judged unable to make rational balanced decisions- mainly the young. Yet many adults are incapable of...
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    So, isn't it about time the rights of a consumer were upgraded in law?

    The common denominator is money. It is a means of exchange, a store of wealth (future buying capacity), a way of allocating resource. By comparison regard for the environment is trivial. At present there are some limited efforts to make folk aware of environmental impacts (eg: EPC for...
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    Sir Paul

    Neither Sir Paul or Diana were remotely close to performances in decades past. That an assessment needs to be suffixed or prefixed with "for their age" is evidence enough. It was a nostalgia trip - nothing wrong with that - it gave pleasure to many (possibly millions) listening/watching.
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    What hammer for chisels?

    I now understand why my amateur efforts at mortise and tenon etc is so laboured. I have typically used one of the cheap basic rectangular beech mallets to hit the chisel. Going into oak with a 10mm mortise is fairly hard work. Will try using something (or probably making) with a bit more heft...
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    Connection problems

    Just tested our speeds - 37mbs download and 10 mbs upload, ping 9ms. We have never has issues with connection speed. Normally there are just the two of us in the house but even with the family here with several devices being used the system is not stressed. What are the benefits of a 100mb...
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    So, isn't it about time the rights of a consumer were upgraded in law?

    Reliability, longevity, or all embracing warranties cost money. Expensive often means that the marketing budget is high, not that the product is better than the rest. Consumers select products mainly on a few attributes - brand image, objective performance criteria (Which reviews etc) and...
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    Sir Paul

    To get to, and stay at the top, in the music business for over 60 years is remarkable - it can only be talent + the ability/luck to avoid failure. To do a 2.5 hours live performance age 80 with energy evidences both good fortune in in the genetic lottery, and sound lifestyle choices (diet...
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    Heating in a garden room???

    You may need to decide what is important to you - money, style or convenience. Electric heaters - cheap to buy - <£100, no/little installation cost/effort, provides quick heat, expensive to run. Suited to a room used only occasionally. Underfloor heating - expensive installation, expensive to...
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    What hammer for chisels?

    These are sold to DIYers in the DIY retail park stores. I have a few - this is not meant as a criticism. They have a steel end as the market into which they are normally sold will frequently (a) not understand the difference between a hammer and mallet, (b) may not have a mallet, (c) will hit...
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    Some staircase questions...

    Is it possible to laminate both the treads and the risers with thin ply (4mm??) or laminated flooring. Stair nosings can be bought separately - aluminium, wood or PVC. Not the cheapest solution but certainly easier than replacement, and probably a better quality finish compared to sanding.
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    Garden Room - Steel Beam Help Please!!

    The cost per square meter for a reasonably well specified garden office or extension seems to be around £1400. Probably a bit less for largely self build, somewhat more for higher spec or if location/access are issues. Your 15 sqm will cost in the region of £21k based on this. Ask yourself -...
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    Garden Room - Steel Beam Help Please!!

    I can understand the desire from a design perspective to have as slim a corner post as possible. You have obviously considered static roof load, and it seems that you have planned for the possible impact of wind. But I would be concerned that any movement could risk the bifolds jamming. I...
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    Metabo dh 330 fault

    It is not clear whether the small gap which has opened up on the right hand side is simply a damaged top cover or whether the side has twisted slightly or bent. Underneath the tin ware are four columns + two screws to raise/lower the top/motor. - these should all be parallel. I would be...
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