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  1. aesmith

    Pollard too aggressive?

    We've just had some cutting done by SSE, well actually by a tree company contracted by them. I think the issue is that they only want to come round every four years or so, so they're going to cut everything back so it won't need attention for four years. Regarding cutting yourself, that depends how close to the wires it's ground. SSE wouldn't want us to cut anything that's within 3m, whereas they are allowed to cut if it's over 0.8m. So for me to cut it myself I need get in a lot earlier.
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    Tree removal in Scotland

    I think your local Planning Dept should be able to tell you how the land is currently classified, for example in the past there may have been a Change of Use planning permission to change from agricultural land to garden ground.
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    When is a cubic metre not a cubic metre?

    Shouldn't kiln dried wood be dry right the way through?
  4. I've seen a lot of reference to that 38% figure "38% of UK primary PM emissions come from burning wood and coal in domestic open fires and solid fuel stoves" but I don't think I've ever seen that broken down between wood and coal or stove vs open fires.
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    In days of old when woodcutters were bold

    Our old McCulloch brush cutter gave three permissible fuel mixes .. (1) McCulloch synthetic oil at 40:1, (2) Other brand synthetic oil and lead free petrol at 40:1, (3) Anything else, 20:1. Not sure what to make of that but it suggests that leaded petrol didn't in fact help with lubrication.
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    Flexi Flue sweeping.

    I sweep mine from the top with normal rods and a brush. The debris ends up in the stove and can be removed once the dust settles. None of my house insurers have ever had anything to say about stoves, chimneys or sweeping.
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    Jotul - You should only burn hardwoods

    Fair point. I was just going by what was posted earlier, I don't read Norwegian except via Google. Why don't you have a look and see if they have the same advice in Norwegian or other languages?
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    Jotul - You should only burn hardwoods

    Surely that's only one and a bit, if Jotul only makes that stipulation in the UK and not in their other markets.
  9. aesmith

    File Holders and Handles

    What happened to me was the handle came off while I was working two handed, so instead of the file dropping to the floor I jabbed my wrist onto the tang.
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    File Holders and Handles

    Anyway I have another related question. The existing chain on the saw sorely needs sharpening, but it is currently filed at nearer to 45 degrees. Not sure if I should match that or change to 30 degrees as I go (maybe over a couple of sharpenings). It's a Stihl chain, marked 2 and C on the cutter, 6 on the drive link and 4 on the tie. I can't find what the "C" means. (Edit - just found it means "Comfort").
  11. I wonder how it will relate to multi fuel stoves. To give an example, I think a basic Morso Squirrel would be compliant in a smoke free zone if burning approved smokeless solid fuel, but not if burning wood.
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    File Holders and Handles

    I think there's a difference in that chainsaw sharpening files have quite a short life compared to general purpose metalworking tools where the file is more likely to outlast the handle.
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    File Holders and Handles

    Garden Hire Spares, on their own website rather than Ebay - www.gardenhirespares.co.uk
  14. aesmith

    What's on your bench today?

    Just been working on something just like that, everything gunked up behind the clutch with vegetable oil residue. Is white spirit the correct way, after the thick has been scraped out? I don't want to damage anything like oil pipe or crank seals.
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    File Holders and Handles

    I found a supplier offering this two in one guide for £26.00 in blue (made by Pferd), and currently with a 20% off promotion. I might splash out.


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