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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  8. Sht mate. Plenty of information on their paid for service option though.
  9. Used a lot in the US as fencing material, due to its durability and strength.
  10. Nice wood to woodwork with too. Attractive, even grained, finishes well. Only downside it's hard, don't bother trying to handsand!
  11. As he said. I bought a bag a couple of years ago from b&q or homebase, I forget which. When I got them home and unwrapped I found they were rank! Dripping wet and mouldy even. No way they'd burn. I was outraged, and still am! It was the fact that they had the cheek to label them as SEASONED firewood logs, or some such. They are either ignorant of what seasoned and firewood actually mean, or they are taking the piss by taking advantage of the customers lack of knowledge. They weren't cheap either. I just don't understand why they are allowed to get away with it. What about trade description and all that? I only did that once out of desperation when I first fitted the fire, before I established my own season and store supply of logs. Never again. On the other hand I also remember getting a couple of bags from Wickes;- they were much better, bone dry. Though still expensive obviously.
  12. Very well said that man. I just wish that more influential people like Trump could read and act on that accordingly.
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    Car battery courier

    https://www.shiply.com Have you tried this site? It gives you the choice of a huge number of couriers by allowing them to bid for your delivery job. I used it to find a courier for an anvil. I reckon you need a small man plus van type of company.
  14. Bugger! This was what I was afraid of. Yet another example of why you can't believe what you read on the internet. Thanks for the reality check Mick! Looks like I'll have to take a harder line than Id hoped on any holey timber. I've no plans to sell anything I might make, but I'm doubtful that you'd ever get sued over woodworm, even in today's ridiculously over litigious culture.
  15. Thanks guys. Useful advice here. Good old Arbtalk. I think the way I'll go is to get some Borax in to start with. It seems better suited to preventing insect infestation rather than treating existing problems. So I'll use it for any fresh untouched timber reserved for woodwork. Not sure of the feasibility of treating structural timber in the house as the vast majority is inaccessible. But anyway I read last night that woodworm in the house is not really too much of an issue as they only go for damp stuff so outbreaks shouldn't be too damaging or long-lived. Hope that's correct! This refers to the most Common Furniture Beetle type, Death Watch is a different kettle of fish alltogether. Ill also try to roast the wood worm buggers out of the original stuff from my father. And then maybe do with the borax as well. Just need to find a folk with a kiln now, another thread required I reckon. Interesting stuff Borax. Lots of household uses historically. Currently in vogue for making Slime, (the kiddies favourite.) I'm very tempted to make some myself, just a case of mixing some Borax solution into some PVA it looks like from a very quick scan. That link you added Macpherson, is for 20 Mule Team Borax. An interesting story in itself. They used to ship it out of Death Valley in 10T waggons pulled by 20 mule/horse teams!


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