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    Strimmer maintenance - cleaning it up for the season... (and changing spark plug boot)

    Hi all OK, so it's a bit late in the year to start the strimming, but I've been busy...! And so have the mice. The little bleeders have had a feast on the spark plug boot. Local shop didn't have any replacements, but I have a defunct chainsaw and have taken the one off that to use. Is...
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    How to use this old wire fence tensioner? All the gear and no idea!

    Hi A while back I picked up an old tensioning tool for stock fencing but haven't had a need to use it... Until now! I'll attach a photo. I can't wrap my head around how to use it, and so far have not been able to find any videos on YouTube using this kind of tool. Could anyone who knows...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    Hi all Excuse the very basic questions! I'm at the low end of DIY skill and knowledge, but willing to give things a go. I'm looking to make a kitchen unit which will have a belfast sink at one end. I've got a reasonable plan for most of it, but the sink is a full size old one and really is...
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    Worx WX426 85mm Plunge Circular Saw - No Load (Rated) Speed vs Maximum RPM

    Hi all I've got the above saw and have just bought a replacement blade for some rough work I need to do. Here's the blade I got: https://www.toolstation.com/thin-kerf-tct-blade/p79737 It says Max Speed 7000 rpm. The manual only gives one spec for speed: No Load (Rated) Speed - 3600/min...
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    What to use to fill large gap around extractor vent pipe?

    Hi folks Another general DIY query if you don't mind. I'm in the middle of putting up a kitchen extractor. The cooker is on an internal wall, so the ducting takes a right hand turn above the hood and runs for a meter and a half or so to the nearest outside wall. The previous hood had small...
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    Belfast sink - joining old waste to new 40mm trap and pipe

    Hi all We're having an old belfast sink fitted in our WC/utility room. We'd like to use the existing old waste; and by all accounts it'd be a pig's jacksie to remove even if we wanted to! The threaded section in the photo measures approx. 1.88" / 47.8mm outside diameter and 1.24" / 31.5mm...
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    How well does vermiculite insulate compared to fibreglass, PIR, etc?

    Hi all I've already got vermiculite in the loft, but only to 100mm or so (varies quite a lot)... I'm currently reboarding beneath my header tank and got a few other jobs to do up there, but will soon want to add additional insulation. Does anyone know how vermiculite performs compared to...
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    Options for waterproofing plywood boards

    Hi I'm going to be putting some plywood boards in the loft for a water tank base. I want to get it from B&Q because time is of the essence and they'll do all the cuts for me. They don't do marine ply, and I'd feel safer if the boards were waterproof in case there was ever a slow leak. I'll...
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    Is 18mm plywood enough for a cold water tank support base? And what type of ply?

    Hi again Another bathroom refit question, this one involving wood but still off topic enough for this sub forum I think :) With the upcoming plumbing work and everything being drained down for it, I'm taking the opportunity to replace the boards under the tank in the loft because they have...
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    Fitting a baby belfast sink on brackets - what screws and general advice needed please.

    Hi all Hope you don't mind, it's not woodwork, but I know most here are very DIY savvy and so thought I'd pick some brains for help... I've got an old baby belfast sink I want to use and I'd like to mount it on old brackets... I've done a mock installation in another part of the house just...
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    Screwfix Drill/Impact Driver Twin Pack Bargains - DeWalt vs Makita

    Hi folks First up, in case anyone hasn't seen it there's an extra 10% off at Screwfix until midnight tonight... So I've been thinking to get a new cordless drill set as my old Ryobis are completely passed it. These two options have really caught my eye and with the additional money off come...
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    Direct Air vs Air from Room - for Wood stove. What's best for high humidity house?

    Hi all A bit of background: I live in the Brecon Beacons surrounded by a lot of trees and a stream, all of which I presume lends to the high relative humidity (RH) in my house. It often sits in the 70% region and sometimes even creeps above 80%. In times of high RH, opening the window is...
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    Electricity pole - Cutting, splitting and using an old pole to make posts

    Hi Apologies as this isn't a woodworking question as such... But with so many people so knowledgeable about wood here, I thought some might have some advice to offer. I need timber for posts for wood shelters. Nothing fancy; it's all quite rough and ready with reclaimed materials where...
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    Tyzack Bowsaw owners - a couple of questions please

    Hi I know there are some people about who have a Tyzack bowsaw and really rate it. I've got a chance to buy one and wondered if I could ask a coupe of questions.... 1. Is there a way to check what condition it is in; anything I need to look out for? 2. Can you tension the blade, or is it...
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    Ash wood - suitability for outdoor projects (and what if it has dieback?)

    Hi all Recently had around 20 roadside ash trees taken down due to dieback, or perhaps just potential dieback with some. I've been reading about uses for the wood, and with a wood stove in the house (with possibly another one or two to come), firewood is an obvious choice. But we will also be...
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    Buying and restoring old cross cut hand saws and two man saws (for firewood)

    Hi I have a lot of firewood to process (felled ash trees due to dieback), and with wood stoves in the house processing firewood will be ongoing. I've decided to try and do it all with hand tools. I'm reading a lot about Silkys and will likely end up with one or two of those. But I'm also...
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    Long term storage of ash for firewood - how best to go about it?

    Hi all I know it's not really a woodwork question, but there's a lot of people who know a lot about wood around here, so I thought it would be a good place to ask... We had around 20-30 poor roadside ash taken down this week :( But every cloud and all that = more firewood :) In fact, I...
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    WD40 on concrete? Heat resistance? And for how long is it flammable?

    Hi all I am having a wood stove fitted soon and it will be sat on a concrete hearth. I want to enhance the colour of the concrete, and have read about people using WD40 to enhance the colour of various stones , slate, etc. Do you think it would be ok to use WD40 in this way? What kind of...
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    Rowney Purified Linseed Oil... What have I gone and done?!?

    Hi all I'm a complete novice - as you're about to find out! I have a blessing and a curse. Usually I research everything to the hilt, which means I learn a lot and (try to) do things properly. But the research phase takes an age and the doing is delayed. But then I went and done the...
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    Wood moisture meter for firewood logs - any recommendations?

    Hi I've got a woodburner coming soon. Can't wait! So I'm just getting together the peripheral bits and pieces I'll be needing, one of which is a moisture meter. I guess it doesn't have to be super accurate. But on the other hand there's no point getting one that's too far out... Any...
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