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  1. Bunzena

    Electric Vehicles or EVs

    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.
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    Which electric saw

    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.
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    6 June 75 years ago

    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.
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    Trapped nerve any one ?

    This is all good. Fingers crossed that it's a simple fix.
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    Trapped nerve any one ?

    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.
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    5G and is it harmful?

    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....
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    M1 and m25

    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.
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    Dream of starting my own business achievable?

    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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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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    The BIG C .

    Stubby – what a shock for you both – and the family. Very sorry to hear the news. But, things have to be taken one step at a time. Make sure you get the tests ASAP. That may mean you have to chase and nag whoever is responsible. The GP should certainly work very hard on your behalf. More on that in a minute. Next make sure it’s done at a Hospital with the very best facilities and reputation. That may not be your local unit. It might be worth pushing for a London Teaching Hospital. It may be a series of scans – it may be a biopsy. Hopefully the results will show it’s something other than Pancreatic cancer – there’s a decent chance that will be the case. If cancer is detected – it’s far from over. Firstly, the issue with Pancreatic cancer is that it’s hard to detect. It presents late – so by the time a patient knows they have it – it may be too late to do much. The fact that your wife had an issue detected by ‘chance’ [after the fall] – is actually a good thing. The delay of five months might have little impact in the outcome. If Pancreatic cancer is caught early – it’s not necessarily a deal breaker. Like any other cancer there are treatments. Surgery, chemo and some more exotic, ‘new’, and personalised treatments using the immune system. The key to getting the best treatment may well be through the GP who ‘cocked-up’. If they feel guilty enough – they can help route you through the right channels. So rather than suing for negligence – leverage that guilt. I hope you don’t need any of this. And apologies if what I’m saying comes across as teaching you to suck eggs. Stay strong, keep positive – and take it step by step. I It’s never over ‘til it’s over. All the best.
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    Battery saw

    I'd echo what Matthew has said. I also have a Makita saw [2 x 18 volt - the DUC353 brushless] - and it's surprisingly good. From memory - it has a higher chain speed than their 2000 watt mains electric saw [UC4051] - that we also have. It's certainly pretty torquey. Okay it's not as powerful as a decent capacity petrol chainsaw - but very capable. I get 100+ cuts [6-8 inch logs] from two fully charged 5 a/h batteries. Quiet, well balanced - but still has a reassuring heft-in-the-hand. It gets used a lot more than we ever thought. My instinct is that the right battery chainsaw would be perfect for you: dealing with sleepers and decking. On the basis of it's performance - we also bought the Makita 36 volt hedge trimmer - and that's pretty good too. It certainly feels like battery operated gear is a viable alternative to petrol driven tools for an increasing number of occasions. Certainly where noise is an issue.
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    Decent DIY level battery drill?

    My experience with Makita has been very good. And when something has gone wrong - they have stood by their guarantee. Accept that others may not have had such a good experience. Over the years I've come to realise that it's smarter to buy the best you can - even if you don't use it that often. As already said above - driving such large screws will be a challenge for a Drill - an Impact Driver is a better bet. I would say that going 'brushless' does make a difference. Based on your original brief - this looks like a decent option. https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-eri691com-18v-2-0ah-li-ion-brushless-cordless-combi-drill/5304p I have some experience of Erbauer. Not as robust as the major brands - but the batteries are widely available and not too expensive. A mate has one - and they last well.
  14. LGP Eddie - what a job. Brilliant! In a 1000 years time - some alien archaeologist will be digging this up to see where the King is buried.
  15. Thanks a mill to all those who have replied. I've really been around the houses looking all the options. Considered Willow [as spiling] - but as mentioned above - I think there's more maintenance than I'm after! Considered grading the bank too - but given the space we have to play with [quite narrow and want to plant directly behind] - that's not a preferred option. Had not considered the use of scaffold poles - that's a neat idea. Thanks Steve and Yournamehere. Matthew - I really like the sound of what you've done - but I may have trouble sourcing the materials. On balance - I think - the option of using Chestnut posts and boards might work - but any other thoughts gratefully received...


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