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  1. Very good firewood, so that's a consolation.
  2. sime42


    Got me a new cheap saw. Very eco friendly too.
  3. This is an amazing online resource, a wealth of information, and all for free! Everything you need to know about fitting a wood burner. See this page for lintels;- Fitting a fireplace lintel - The Stove Fitter's Warehouse WWW.STOVEFITTERSWAREHOUSE.CO.UK There should always be a lintel or arch above your fireplace/builder’s opening (to support the building material above). Sometimes you discover that an errant builder forgot. You can often find this lintel or arch by shining a torch inside your builder’s opening (assuming you have an opening or have started excavating)
  4. Stovefitters Manual - installing a wood burning stove and chimney - The Stove Fitter's Warehouse WWW.STOVEFITTERSWAREHOUSE.CO.UK The definitive guide to choosing and installing (self install or via a Hetas professional) a wood burning or multifuel stove and suitable chimney. Topics include Defra and SIA Ecodesign stoves, chimney lining, twin wall flue, fireplace breakouts, building a hearth, all of the rules and regulations - and much more.
  5. I've done the exercise that you're talking about twice before, enlarging a fireplace to fit a wood burner. The first time I found an original brick arch higher up the chimney breast hidden behind the plaster, so no need for a lintel. The second time there was no arch so I fitted a lintel myself. I inserted the Strongboys and very carefully, with much trepidation, removed the necessary bricks. Brick work is actually stronger and more robust than it looks I think, unless the hole is really big or loose then it's normally self-supporting.
  6. You need some Strongboy supporting brackets that fit on top of Acrow Props. STRONGBOYS - Strongboy ® - The No.1 Masonry Support WWW.STRONGBOY.CO.UK Strongboy Masonry Supports
  7. Good work big J. Litter chucking creatures are scum. I agree whole heartedly with your sentiment. Though I wouldn't have gone as far as opening the door myself. Due to uncertainty over the kind of person within as pointed out by others previously. That's mainly because I now live in Birmingham rather than lovely peaceful rural Devon, (grew up in Tiverton!). Dropping litter really does my head in. I've seen it in so many beautiful otherwise unspoilt places. I never understand it;- surely people that enjoy such remote places, (mountains, national parks etc), do so partly because they're closer to pristine and unspoilt? On a related subject, what the hell do the black dog poo filled plastic bag depositors think they're doing?! What really makes me angry is those people that chuck rubbish on the ground in broad daylight in a busy street, without even a guilty look around to make sure no one else sees. I think that's the worst behaviour. They obviously have no shame or feelings of guilt, they just seem to do it without even thinking. Either they don't care about wrecking the environment, (for themselves and everyone else), or they just assume it's someone else's job to clear it up for them. Shocking either way.
  8. Cheers Allseasons. I tried Exec Insurance and I was very impressed, for the same reasons as you. I didn't go with them in the end though as Arborisk were only very slightly more expensive so I figured it might be better to use a company specialising in tree surgery insurance.
  9. They need to be at least partially rotted down I believe as freshly chipped wood can be detrimental to the garden as it can somehow suck nitrogen out of the soil I've read.
  10. So I'm about to renew my Arb insurance policy, and planning to try ringing around for the best quote. So far I've got the following to try;- Trust Arborisk Treesurgeoninsurance Lycetts Arbcover Towergateinsurance Any that I've missed off the list? Thanks guys Simon
  11. Good thread lads. I've a Record woodworking vice that I'm in the process of renovating prior to installation. It's labelled No. 52 though it is quick release and has the screw dust cover so I'm about confused about the numbering. The problem is that the quick release spring is broken. Anyone got an idea where I might be able to get a replacement?
  12. sime42


    No pets so can't be that. The kitchen has a tiled floor, so as you say Sawchip they like moving around on that. The house has suspended floors throughout so I suspect they may be living under there and only coming out at night. Also, the back of the house faces north, and the kitchen and lounge are on that side. It never gets direct sun at ground level, so slugs will obviously like that. I took a kick board off the bottom of the kitchen cabinets and hid a couple of saucers of slug pellets under there. Hopefully they'll find that first and never make it any further out. Haven't seen any for a couple days so maybe it's working.
  13. sime42


    Buggered if I'm going to leave the heating on all night just to keep them at bay. I'm not spending money on the dirty little blighters. Thanks anyway for the idea Dan. The copper tape idea on the other hand is a very good one. I use copper in the garden and it works a treat. Out there though I make my own copper rings out of cut and flattened plumbing pipe, much cheaper and sturdier, lasts forever.
  14. sime42


    Coming into the house. Quite often when I go downstairs in the morning I notice slime trails all over the place. It's happened previous years, normally around this time I think. Lounge, kitchen, downstairs toilet. We can put up with them leaving trails on the floor, but it's getting quite rank when they're in food cupboards and on the worktops and chopping board. Anyone else experienced this? Any solutions? I looked around but can't find anywhere obvious that they're getting in. I thought maybe the airbricks to ventilate the floor so put slug pellets around these outside but no improvement. I hate the foul things! It's bad enough that they try to eat all our garden produce, now they're after our food in the house as well.
  15. Sht mate. Plenty of information on their paid for service option though.


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