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  1. I'd echo Mark J. It is easy to set up a company - but there are some pitfalls too. Especially in terms of understanding your responsibilities for filing, etc. A good accountant will advise on your options - and will even set things up for you, if you want. It will cost a bit more - but it saves time and worry in the end. Don't have or know a decent accountant? Always go on recommendations.
  2. I switched to Aspen 3+ years ago across all my kit. I had to change some parts after a the first season [Carb diaphragms and fuel lines] because Aspen seemed to cause some issues [leaks - primarily]. Now all is fine. This is another reason I haven't gone back - even briefly - to standard two stroke and pump fuel. Like a few others here - I now have a mix of petrol and battery tools. True that for some jobs - battery doesn't cut it - but for many it does. I have only used the petrol strimmer/brushcutter twice this season. The future is electric! Accept that Aspen is expensive but I'd never go back. In 100 years time, people will marvel at the risks we put ourselves in using ordinary petrol in tools we used 'close-up'. Alkylate fuels like Aspen are far from perfect - but what price is your health?
  3. Bunzena

    Missing Chickens

    Best to know what's doing the killing - then you can work out the best strategy to stop it. We lost a few ducks to what I thought was a fox - turned out to be rats. [Not suggesting this is the case with you]. An electric fence is a good suggestion for a Fox - not so good if the culprit has wings. We bought a cheap wildlife camera and set it up. Caught the b4stards on film - in the act. Mixture of Fenn traps and poison then sorted-out things out.
  4. I'd second what nepia says. The 'Latin' names often have a 'meaning' that describe the plant itself. Making it more memorable. "Horse chestnut" = Aesculus hippocastanum. Hippo = horse, castanum = chestnut. [Yes, yes - it's actually Greek!] Once you've learnt a few - it will all start to join up and then make a lot more sense. Even works across the world of nature. "Hippopotamus". Hippo = horse, potamus = river. Hippopotamus = River Horse. [Greek again]. Nigrum [black], Lanceolata [lance shaped], Bella [beautiful], Odoratus [sweet smelling], etc.
  5. Looking for some advice and/or views on a Mitox Log Splitter. A relative [lives in another part of the UK - so I'm not around to help] is looking to buy a domestic log splitter. It will be used once or twice a year - to split no more than 2-3 tonnes of wood. He's not up for using a maul [70+] - so looking for a splitter. Budget is really tight. He wants a splitter on a stand. So the best value seems to be the Mitox LS65x. Online at around £270. Any views on this model, or on Mitox in general or on anything at a similar price that might be better? Much appreciated.
  6. My wife has a Mitsubishi PHEV Plug-in. Swapped an older Kia Sorento that was comfortable and reliable - but costing £150 in diesel each month. Each morning she does a school run of around 20 miles - all on electric. In two-and-a-half years she's notched-up 30k miles. It wasn't especially cheap to buy - but running costs are low. With a mix of long and short journeys - it's averaging around 65 mpg. The tech is pretty clever. It's hard to notice when it switches from petrol to electric and vice versa. It just 'does it's stuff'. It's quick to drive [petrol engine and electric motors working together deliver approx. 200 bhp and bundles of torque] and very quiet. It handles really well in wet, snowy and muddy conditions [the drivetrain and steering and very clever]. It feels a generation ahead of any other petrol or diesel car I've driven in the past couple of years. It doesn't always get the best reviews in the press - but it really is one of the nicest cars I've driven [and I've had a few over the years]. The only downside is that the interior feels a bit cheap for a car that has a high list price. I do think they are a good bet second-hand though. Interestingly, when the guy from Chargemaster came to fit our charging point - he mentioned that there's a big reliability difference between the Japanese/Korean Hybrids/Plug-ins and the Europeans. He implied that the Japanese/Koreans have been playing with Hybrids for so much longer - they're producing better products. No doubt that we're starting to reach a point where an all electric car is a real possibility. I had a look at the all electric Kia Kona recently. Reliable range of around 270 miles.
  7. I've also gone the Makita route. Brushless chainsaw, hedge trimmer and strimmer. All 36 volts. Not as good as the petrol equivalents - but still brilliant - and I find I'm using them more and more. I have mostly 5 amp batteries. The charge time for 6 amp batteries is around 45 minutes versus 22 minutes for the 5 amp ones.
  8. Just seen two Spitfires and a Dakota fly over the house. Fantastic. When I think I'm having a tough day - I sometimes remember what it must have been like for those arriving at the Normandy beaches.... Saw Guy Martin's programme over the weekend where some of the veterans [all in their 90s] were talking about their experiences. All had the gift of understatement about what they'd been through.
  9. This is all good. Fingers crossed that it's a simple fix.
  10. Second the comments by Woodlover. See your GP ASAP and get a referral to a specialist while you still have the symptoms. The fact it's affected your vocal chords is a strong clue as to where the problem might lie. The nerves that radiate off the spine are arranged a bit like a circuit diagram. It may not even be a trapped nerve - may be something transient [like a virus]. Important to get an accurate diagnosis - and then treatment that leads to a long term solution. An MRI and some blood tests would be a start. Hope it improve quickly. These things are not nice.
  11. Almost certainly no health risks. But can never be completely certain about anything. Weren't eggs okay - then not okay - then okay and now not okay to eat? The millimetre-wave radio frequencies being used for 5G are not powerful enough to cause the effects described in the OPs article. Living in Cornwall, eating Brazil nuts, using Glyphosate, a transatlantic flight, an X-ray, getting mild sunburn, drinking 2 bottles of wine a week, a bacon sandwich are all probably more dangerous. Thank goodness none of us use chainsaws or climb trees for a living....
  12. Can't be accurate. Even if all the cameras were 'live'. Courts/police generally allow 10% on top of speed "due to misreading speedometers". So that's a minimum 77 mph not 72 mph on Motorways. Then it's generally 3 points not 6 for straight speeding within 10 mph of set limit. 'Bans' kick-in at 100+ mph on motorways - and unless well in excess of that speed - no custodial sentencing. [Have to be considered as dangerous driving]. There's no room inside anyway! Completely agree about phone usage though. Hard to enforce - but a real distraction danger. On the road last night and witnessed a 'head-on' because [allegedly] the driver was texting, head down, and failed to negotiate a sharp bend in the road ahead. Wreckage everywhere. Airbags. Nasty. Luckily no-one seriously hurt.
  13. Would help to know a bit more. Consultancy is a 'big and broad' area. You mention looking 'at the local market'. Any thoughts on what specific things you'd plan to offer?
  14. Thanks to all who've replied. Great suggestions. Woodworks - completely get that you don't like the look of Accoya [it doesn't look like wood!] - but it seems to perform like nothing else. It simply doesn't move. Finding a decent source isn't proving easy. [Also thanks for those links - will look at the options carefully. We bought some bi-fold doors about 5 years ago made of laminated Oak and they have been extraordinarily good.] Douglas Fir appeals - but, as you say Squaredy, may be hard to find fully seasoned. And there are some people who claim it can be hard to paint. Love the idea of Sweet Chestnut openspeaceman! Never seen or come across anyone that has used it for windows though. Given how durable it is - might be worth a shot. Interesting thought agrimog. We used to live in an old Victorian house that had windows made of some sort of Pine. Close grained and so hard the painter and decorator we had reckoned it was 'ossified'. No rot, took paint beautifully. So that is a thought too.
  15. Hi - looking for some advice and opinions on the best wood to build some windows. The softwood ones in our current home are less than 10 years old and many are simply rotting away. Despite being reasonably well cared for. The Pine [Deal?] they are made from flexes and moves in the heat and cold - and it's not long before water enters the end-grain and the rot starts. The movement also seems to 'blow' the double glazing units with alarming regularity too. We didn't fit them - and there's no warranty or come back. I've replaced a couple with joinery-made windows made from Accoya. Brilliantly stable and supposedly durable - the problem is they cost a fortune. So I've resolved to make some more replacements myself. Windows have to be wood - not interested in uPVC or aluminium. They will be painted - but want to use a hardwood - or [like Accoya] a durable/chemically altered softwood. It needs to be readily available and not be so exotic as to cost an arm and a leg. Have researched and researched - and just got more confused. Any thoughts? Thanks.


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