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    Cyclone for Extractor

    After a near miss with my cyclone fire I was in the market for a steel oil drum to cannibalise to make a replacement and I found lots on eBay way cheaper than commercial ones. My original bin was a 220l plastic drum from this company - I cannot remember how much I paid for it however they are...
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    Essex

    I'd add to that Layer Marney Tower or if you are interested in seeing some magnificent historic woodwork Cressing Temple Barns is worth a visit both accessible by train/buses
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    Wildlife trail cameras

    If you don't mind tinkering with hardware you can get some quite capable cameras that work well in low light or darkness such as those based upon the Sony IMX291 chipset. These can be obtained with various interfaces including USB or Ethernet so you can quite easily collect large amounts of data...
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    Mountfield Manor Rotavator issue advice please.

    I concur with others - this is most likely a blocked idle jet most likely caused through the use of E10 - fuel with 10% ethanol in it. This stuff degrades over time and can gum up small jets - like the idle jet. I had this happened to me on my small Honda Izzy which would start from cold fine...
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    How to cut HSS

    Any metal cutting disc will do, although they do sell ones specifically for stainless which no doubt are better than the 'normal' ones. Try to get the 1mm or at least 1.6mm ones since they remove less material - they are quicker to cut with, and assuming the chisel is mounted firmly in a vice...
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    DW745 bench saw suddenly stopped working during cutting

    I don't know that model personally, however I would have thought an intermittent connection in either the field coils or the armature are unlikely - usually either will fail and fault to chassis == earth and trip a breaker/fuse or more likely go open circuit - permanently!. I'd check there...
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    aluminium welding advice request

    I'd agree with all the above wrt requiring more heat and add - since I do have an AC TIG welder and occasionally weld aluminium, that cleanliness is an absolute must! After cleaning up the pieces to be joined to remove the surface oxidation - best is a stainless steel wire brush - if you use a...
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    Workshop in garden shed and noise

    Having previously lived next to an abusive neighbour I'd say being friendly and considerate is the best approach. When I moved into my current house I had the room to build a decent sized workshop as I have a 50m rear garden, but I made sure it was neighbour friendly - I used a low pitch roof...
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    Your worst accident or near miss

    I guess I ought to have posted this on this thread....
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    NINJA FOODI MAX DUAL ZONE AIR FRYER AF400UK

    They look a good product, however I went down a slightly alternate path and last year bought one of these - Instantpot ...and I love it, its great for super quickly cooking things like chili-con-carne, pork ribs, belly of pork, dahls of all descriptions all done in one pot and around only 20mins...
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    Close call and a lucky escape....

    I just looked that product up - thanks that looks an ideal solution to this type of problem /Ed
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    Water staining on cedar cladding?

    Hi Martin - very smart looking room! It looks like moisture staining to me, I have no experience of whether sanding this back will remove the discoloration as have only done this in the past with oak - which did remove the water marks. By way of comparison this is my cedar shingle covered...
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    Close call and a lucky escape....

    I was in my workshop yesterday processing my 2nd pallet load of Baltic pine woodblock flooring described here and found that with this batch I was getting ~25% wastage since these blocks had shrunk such that when viewed on end the block sides were almost v shaped top to bottom and by the time I...
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    Angle Grinder Direction of Rotation

    I think you've hit the nail on the head ! - I couldn't get my head around why in the 2nd pic the sparks are shown going toward the operator and not away...
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    Angle Grinder Direction of Rotation

    I think whichever method you use depends on how comfortable you are and sometimes the size/material being cut. To my mind pic#2 is safer, if the disc binds the force will be downward and worst case you lose grip on the grinder the safety switch will prevent serious carnage. Also if the...
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    Your worst accident or near miss

    3 from me, 1st down to stupidity - In my early woodworking days I needed a table mounted router but didn't have the funds for one so improvised mounting the router inverted in a B&D workmate and with a makeshift fence started making up some mouldings. I can't remember quite how I managed this...
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    Kitty Bandsaw 513, 613 and 612 shedding blade

    Further to what others have advised - I have a Kity 613 bought new at least 27y ago and I have used it regularly for lightish work and sometimes heavier work such as ripping 140mm sawn hardwoods and I have never had issues with the blade popping off. I know the designs did change in some...
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    Sold Selection of wooden planes. Pending payment/packing materials

    I have a collection of old wooden planes all in need of some attention to go to a good home. Some well known makes Tyzack, Atkin, C. Nurse, Greenslade, Varvill, Popple, some without blades and one with a rather unsympathetic attempt at restoration! To go as a job lot if possible, collection near...
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    Leaking timber front door - how to fix?

    As others have suggested I'd take the bead out and reseat the panel with glazing tape - that stuff sticks like sheet to a shovel and even if someone went to the bother of attempting removing the beading from the outside the tape would prevent easy panel removal without breaking the panel itself...
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    Sold Now sold subject to payment/shipping: Unused from new Zyliss 4-in-1 vice

    I have a 2nd hand but boxed and unused Zyliss vice for sale - I obtained it as part of a job lot clear out of a garage and as I have a purpose built bench and don't do any site work I have no use for it. The box is a little grimy and faded but the contents are all pretty much pristine aside from...
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