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

    Thanks for the additional replies and tips. Unfortunately I had to use E10 this time around as it was all I was able to get. I've drained off after use, so hopefully just the once will not have caused too much damage? I hope not anyway! Cheers
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    Strimmer maintenance - cleaning it up for the season... (and changing spark plug boot)

    Good morning. Had to go to work on Thursday so today's now the strimming day.... I was going to give it a quick clean anyhow seeing as the covers are off. I was told white spirit would be good, followed by some carb/brake cleaner, presumably to "rinse it". I don't have any compressed air...
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    Strimmer maintenance - cleaning it up for the season... (and changing spark plug boot)

    Many thanks for the answers and for the help, much appreciated. The old cap was still there, just in a post-mouse chew state. I could not see anything in it aside from the spring which I've re-used. If it had a suppressor built in, would that have been easy to spot? I'm not sure what it...
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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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    Drying (a lot of) firewood

    I process all my firewood by hand, with a variety of different sized saws, a bunch of wedges and old axe heads, and a sledge hammer. The splinting axe rarely comes out of the shed nowadays. I much prefer to split long lengths into 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8s - depending on the diameter - and then saw...
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    How to use this old wire fence tensioner? All the gear and no idea!

    So sorry - totally forgot to come back to this to say thank you for the help and replies. It was only a small section of fence that needed repairing after a tree had come down onto it. In the end, the farmer said it did not need to be all that tight, so I just tightened it manually and put the...
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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?

    That's good thinking, and what we went for in the WC/utility room where we have a baby belfast. The thing is with the kitchen, the sink itself has a depth of 400mm, but will installed the standard 600mm from the wall. So there will be a 200mm back piece for the taps and all manner of other...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    OK, thanks, I'll have a watch. I've been trawling through google images though this evening and came across this, which is along the lines of what I had in mind. Do you think it wouldn't cope with the weight? I wouldn't go as chunky as that unless I had to, and it wouldn't need to look nice...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    I love the idea, but in all honesty I think that's beyond my skills. I don't have half the tools. And it would take me so long I'd be looking at a divorce. On top of that, being the first thing of this ilk I'd have ever attempted, I think it's likely to be a bad enough result that it could...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    That makes perfect sense, thanks for explaining. So now onto another question that is so woodwork basic it probably shouldn't be allowed on the forum.... Do I need to make all four legs as per A above and if so what's the best way of doing so? Or can I do A on the longer laterals, and B on...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    Many thanks to you both. I'll read those posts a couple of times over and look at the diagrams in more detail before replying. Just to make sure I've got my had round it all. "In compression". Sorry to be thick and so elementary(!), but what exactly does that mean? Is it referring to when...
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    What size timbers for a belfast sink stand?

    Thanks everyone that's really helpful. @Droogs - it seems to be only the small plank next to the wall that is sat on the brackets, and the main board is floating above it. Or is that just how the photo makes it look? Odd thing to ask perhaps, but I don't suppose you have still got that...
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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

    Many thanks. Looks like I'm good to go then )
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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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    Which driver bits?

    I bought a fancy Bahco screwdriver years ago, the type with the bits stored in the head. They have been brilliant. They are often also used in my cordless drill as well. I'm not sure if you were to buy separate Bahco bits whether they'd be the same as those that came with the screwdriver. But...
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    Misheard lyrics

    The Nights / Knights in White Satin is hilarious. Never occurred to me either that it could possibly be "Nights" and yet now it seems so obvious. Even so, I still do - and forever more will - picture satin robe clad knights eerily and slowly moving on horseback through some misty enchanted...
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    What to use to fill large gap around extractor vent pipe?

    Bit of an aside, but relevant to the post, when using mortar for repairs such as these should the substrate get a coat of PVA first? I was hoping to do it in the morning, and I don't have any PVA, so that will slow things up. But if it makes a lot of difference and is recommended, then I'd...
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    What to use to fill large gap around extractor vent pipe?

    Good thinking - hadn't thought of that... Any thing else anyone can think of that I could do to the pipe to help the mortar stick better? It's tough getting out anywhere at the moment and the pressure's on to get the job finished. I've not got any solvent cement unfortunately. Would...
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