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  1. openspaceman

    House heating that isn't wood fueled?

    My thoughts too, although I live in an 1862 build solid wall brick cottage so less scope for insulation
  2. openspaceman

    What's on your bench today?

    Very kind thanks. I'm up on Northumberland. Have no particular job for seal puller but have struggled on getting them out in the past. What's better about them over a slide hammer and internal legs?
  3. Happy birthday, not caught me up yet!
  4. openspaceman

    Starting out in forestry

    This is spot on imo, if you're paying for the standing timber it's knowing how to maximise the return on each stem that makes the profit,
  5. openspaceman

    Entrenched Ivy on Mature ASH removal

    Churchill called it arboricide when they felled some box from Chequers (IIRC to make draughstman's rulers)
  6. openspaceman

    Norway Tree Work Any Reccomendations?

    What is the compatibility for arb qualifications in Norway, and vice versa?
  7. openspaceman

    Rate My Hinge.

    My first big stem felling for over 10 years, I found the 084 a bit heavy so borrowed the boss's 395. A bit unfamiliar hence the wavy cut, you can just see one of the ganoderma pfeifferi brackets identified by boss.. Tree was topped out day before by one of the Dom's on here while his mate lowered and dragged branches to me on chipper. Boss supervised. It wore me out even doing two short days but a nice change from retirement. Customer's wife and youngest anonymoused, husband elected to split the logs after I ringed them up 🙂
  8. openspaceman

    Reparing broken asbestos roofing with fibreglass encapsulation

    I've had asbestos reinforce cement roofing repaired by applying torch on roofing felt and it has been good for 20 years. Prior to the 1980s the asbestos reinforced corrugated sheets had about 10% chrisotile asbestos, it's still classed as hazardous but unlike other forms, like loose insulation in boilers and dry lining boards, you are allowed to dismantle its yourself, taking suitable precautions and disposing it at a licensed facility. Last time I sent some in it cost about double normal landfill prices plus £30 for a conveyance note. Minimum charge was 3 tonnes. It costs about£10/m2 in material to replace with steel profile but worth paying for the composite with 30mm insulation to prevent condensation (need 100mm insulation for a workshop).
  9. openspaceman

    New branch logger in action

    Nope but I have made lye from filtering water through wood ash
  10. openspaceman

    Poole Borough Council case

    not only heath, a lot of good market gardens have become golf courses round here, as well as the dairy farm where I started work, terrific waste of space but I'm biased as I don't play.
  11. openspaceman

    New branch logger in action

    save your nightwater and wood ash then
  12. openspaceman


    It's a subject most people don't pay attention to but it's fundamental to English public areas, all land is owned and the public have rights over some of it. Landowners often try and remove this right and under current government we are about to lose access to some old paths. For the purposed of our current topic ; common land was often used by itinerant agricultural workers and families. The one where I lived had regular seasonal visits by travellers as there was a "sweet water" spring, (which has since been contaminated by invasive pond plants and general rubbish) and when they left there was no mess. The men worked on local horticultural holdings and the women sold pegs and white heather as late as the 60s. It was unlawful then to camp on the common (law of property act and local bye-laws) but they were tolerated. The common was open. Then in the 70s groups of Irish tinkers appeared en masse and made a complete mess which cost the charity who owned the land tens of thousands of pounds, so ditches where dug, changing the character of the open space. The thing is there is no point having laws if you do not intend to enforce them and the police do not wish to enforce them . The problem is this abuse then becomes an excuse to remove public rights. Common land was manorial land that either fell out of use by agriculture or was never part of an agricultural field system, over time locals made use of it for fuel, grazing or even surface mining, Over a period they gained the right to do this as the land owner had not prevented them. So this right (under the ancient laws of prescription) belonged to local householders, not Tom Dick or Harry. By victorian times these rights had become general and the open spaces act made certain of these areas open to the public. Later in 1925 commons in urban areas were also made open to the public. However certain commons should have been registered in 1965 but many councils who had inherited them failed to register them and twenty years later closed them to the public, many were subsequently developed. Yes Scotland has different laws and so does Eire but they have much lower population densities and that is reflected in being able to tolerate such things. Lest you think I have any racial bias against travellers I could post a picture of my wife's grandmother that surprised me as she appeared to be from a white middle class family , father a self made businessman and pillar of the tory council and apart from his tan and curly black hair who would have known...
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    Which commons would those be? Most commons with public access are are covered by the law of property act, latterly others by CRoW, both of which say ban vehicles.
  14. openspaceman

    New branch logger in action

    Buy the bags stitched at one end and fill from the other then fold over and staple, this is what we did with charcoal.
  15. openspaceman

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    That's a bit like saying stop all people throwing litter for a week and seeing the effect. There should be obvious seasonal differences and a cold snap should see a spike but I see no way of distinguishing that produced from a non defra approved stove or burning wet wood. Also there should be a correlation with NOx and diesel particulates and I'd like to see real time NOx figures since we have had little rain and then directly after heavy rain.


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