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    Filling (then building on) a pond.

    Hi all. Our new house has a small, fairly shallow pond at the bottom of the garden. The previous owner seems to have put it in themselves - it's definitely not a pro job. He will be taking his fish with him, and I want to fill it in at the earliest opportunity because I don't want to take care...
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    House Buying - Advice?

    Hi. We're currently house hunting (a big change from when I was making posts on here panicking about being unemployed and skint a few years ago) and we have put offers in on a few places but haven't managed to secure anything. Prices have shot up during COVID and while we're looking at places...
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    Are any pre-made workshops worth the money?

    Hi. We've been trying to buy a house for about 7 months now. Looks like we're going to have to do a bit of work (and spend a bit of money) to get the property we want. I'd like to do the work I can handle, like kitchen fitting and made to measure shelving etc, myself and I'd like a space to do...
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    Oven Heater Element

    Got in earlier, switched on the oven, kettle, washing machine etc all around the same time and a few minutes later a fuse went. Flipped it back on, everything seems to be working fine until I realised my lunch was still lukewarm in the oven 20 minutes later. Fan is spinning fine, grill element...
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    Retraining at a (slightly) older age.

    Evening everyone. I tried to type something lengthy but my phone isn't having it so I'll try to keep it brief. Realistically what are my options for retraining in a trade in my early 30s? I'm currently a Civil Servant and while the pay and pension are fine (but far from the massive...
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    Repointing Brick Wall.

    I'm back for my 6 monthly clueless DIY post. I need to repoint parts of the brick wall around our bay window. We thought we'd got rid of our damp by clearing a blocked drain but I think we just got lucky with the weather and its back with a vengeance after it pineappled it down the past couple of...
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    Baffled by Damp on Walls.

    Hi. We repainted about six months ago and noticed some damp shortly after. Prior to repainting there was none noticeable. Its all on the front wall of the living room which has a large, flat roofed, bay window. Recently with the weather it has got much worse. Now there is an almost perfectly...
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    Replacing a Lockshield Valve?

    I thought, stupidly, that it would be worth taking a couple of radiators off the wall today to prepare for a week of decorating. I should have known not to do anything plumbing related on a Sunday evening because last time I did a local emergency plumber ended up £150 better off. It's not...
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    Pre-mixed cement or make your own?

    Hi, I'm making some concrete planters and dishes from moulds to put various plants in. I've made some moulds, but I mixed some concrete from cements and sand, let it cure a few days, took it out the moulds and it's just cracked and crumbled. I checked my cement and it's way past its sell by...
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    Anyone know what kind of lamp this is?

    I want to sell this lamp. Took it off my dad's hands when he moved, but I've never used it as the other half doesn't like it. Does anyone know what kind of lamp it is so I can upload it to eBay or something with the right description? I've tried to google but I don't know where to start...
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    A couple of questions for any keen gardeners.

    Hi, I have a few packets of vegetable seeds that need planting in the next few weeks. I hate gardening, but I cook a meal from scratch every day so I thought I'd cut down on some spending by growing some of my own ingredients. I've somehow managed to not kill my onions over winter, so I'm ready...
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    Looking for Work - North West

    Hi, I wouldn't usually do this but I'm getting desperate. I've been unemployed for coming up to a year. Up until September of last year I was working for the public sector on a project teaching media skills to under-served and at-risk people. A charity approached the public sector organisation...
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    What's this and how do I remove it without damaging it?

    There are two veneered MDF cabinets on the wall of one of our new spare rooms, as well as a wardrobe. I'm trying to take the cabinets down and put them away in the loft until we move out because we have another large wardrobe that I want to put against that wall instead. The problem is that...
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    Making the Most of a Cheap Wooden Shed?

    I'm moving at the weekend to finally get away from this old, leaky money sink. I'm after a new shed for the new place, but I'd like to keep the cost at a minimum so I think I'll probably end up getting the cheapest 8x10 that I can. My first question is about the difference in bargain sheds. The...
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    Applying a different finish over oil.

    I turned an extremely spalted sycamore bowl a while ago; I intended it to be used for eating so I applied a simple walnut oil finish, but it's too big for an eating bowl and too small to be a fruit bowl so it's basically just been used to put things in on a sideboard. The oil has since cured...
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    Locking mechanisms for boxes?

    I'm making a hinged, lidded box for a friend. It's my first box so I'm keeping it simple. He needs it for a specific occasion however I'd like it to be something he can stick on a shelf and reuse. He wants it to be lockable with a padlock. What's the best way to do this, where can I get the...
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    I need to make my first bandsaw jig. Help!

    I have a 12" square piece, about an inch and a half thick, made from three pieces of sapele laminated together and intended as a stool seat. What I need to do is cut an angle all the way round the piece as seen in the below image. Is it as simple as just clamping the piece to a bit of mdf or...
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    Looking for some shed advice.

    This might be stupid to ask, but I've never used one of these sheds before so bear with me. I had to move out of a listed stone shed because it was too leaky, and at risk of falling down. It's up to the landlord whether he wants to fix it, but since he never used it for anything except storing...
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    How do I go about attaching legs like this?

    I'm making a stool with rounded splayed legs. I was wondering how to go about drilling holes for and attaching the legs in a similar way to the attached image. In my head I was imagining a sort of rounded mortise, with the shoulder cut at an angle to fit flush with the underside of the seat...
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    Has anyone made a kerfing plane?

    I need to resaw some serious boards with no bandsaw in sight and was wondering if anyone has made a kerfing plane as (apparently) invented by Tom Fidgen? I'm struggling to find plans. It seems like the only ones that exist are in his book which I doubt they have at my local library. I could...
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