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  1. I was joking - plenty of people won't burn softwood, whether it's free or not. Benefits me as I get it dumped round here where I can use it to keep my house warm!
  2. Good plan. If they're tall and bushy, the dog won't be able to jump over them, which is the idea. Hopefully once they're thick enough to lay, they'll be too wide for her to consider jumping
  3. Just planted 100 of the 200 40-50cm whips I bought to make a dog resistant boundary along my neighbour's fence, which is in a poor state of repair. Sure I read somewhere that once they're planted, they should be cut in half to make them bushier lower down or is this a myth? Do cuttings ever sprout, with a bit of rooting compound on them?
  4. I split a log into planks/shingles, but not all the way down. I then flip the log upside down and rotate it 90 degrees and split the other way. It can then be easily pulled apart by hand
  5. We're having some building work done at the moment and there are inevitable offcuts of treated timber. From what I've read, timber hasn't been treated with arsenic based stuff (CCA) since 2006. What is it treated with now and does it make it safe to burn (in a woodburner)?
  6. Postage cost has gone up to £600! Well that's Brexit for you!
  7. I bought a couple of these: 15" Wheelbarrow wheel set 1 2 4pc puncture proof black full rubber 4.80/4 4.00-8 WWW.EBAY.CO.UK Wheelbarrow wheel with block profile Full rubber black. 1x / 2x / 4x wheelbarrow wheel as desired. Then order Flat-less... They don't fit my Hammerlin barrows without some modification - had to turn some spacers on the lathe (although a stack of washers might have sufficed) but it's nice not having constant flats
  8. From taking it apart this afternoon, which took an extreme amount of force (attach one end to the tractor, the other end to the Hilux and drive off 😁 - after replacing the first snapped tow rope*) I can see the wiper seal is a John Deere part, which explains the remnants of green paint in places. Can't find it in the UK at the moment but hopefully there's an equivalent I can find without having to order it from the USA (U10296) Fortunately my new 1/2" impact driver got the end nut off without too much trouble. Hoping I can replace the other seals too. * and yes, I had taken the inner snap rings out
  9. My log splitter ram is leaking and so I've been measuring it so I can order the new seals. It looks like a home made one and although it works pretty well, I didn't know what tonnage it was supposed to be. Assuming my tractor still puts out 2,500psi (which is unlikely seeing as it's old), for a bore of 2.5", maximum power comes out at 5.57 tonnes - seems quite feeble. Did a little table: For 2500psi: Dia: 2.00in (50.80mm) Piston area = 3.14in² = 7853.98 pounds (3.56 tonnes) Dia: 2.25in (57.15mm) Piston area = 3.98in² = 9940.20 pounds (4.51 tonnes) Dia: 2.50in (63.50mm) Piston area = 4.91in² = 12271.85 pounds (5.57 tonnes) Dia: 2.75in (69.85mm) Piston area = 5.94in² = 14848.93 pounds (6.74 tonnes) Dia: 3.00in (76.20mm) Piston area = 7.07in² = 17671.46 pounds (8.02 tonnes) Dia: 3.25in (82.55mm) Piston area = 8.30in² = 20739.42 pounds (9.41 tonnes) Dia: 3.50in (88.90mm) Piston area = 9.62in² = 24052.82 pounds (10.91 tonnes) Dia: 3.75in (95.25mm) Piston area = 11.04in² = 27611.65 pounds (12.52 tonnes) Dia: 4.00in (101.60mm) Piston area = 12.57in² = 31415.93 pounds (14.25 tonnes) Dia: 4.25in (107.95mm) Piston area = 14.19in² = 35465.64 pounds (16.09 tonnes) Dia: 4.50in (114.30mm) Piston area = 15.90in² = 39760.78 pounds (18.04 tonnes) Dia: 4.75in (120.65mm) Piston area = 17.72in² = 44301.37 pounds (20.09 tonnes) Dia: 5.00in (127.00mm) Piston area = 19.63in² = 49087.39 pounds (22.27 tonnes) Dia: 5.25in (133.35mm) Piston area = 21.65in² = 54118.84 pounds (24.55 tonnes) Dia: 5.50in (139.70mm) Piston area = 23.76in² = 59395.74 pounds (26.94 tonnes) Dia: 5.75in (146.05mm) Piston area = 25.97in² = 64918.07 pounds (29.45 tonnes) Dia: 6.00in (152.40mm) Piston area = 28.27in² = 70685.83 pounds (32.06 tonnes) A brief search on eBay finds people advertising 20 tonne splitters. The bore does not look like 4.75in (120mm) - although they seldom publish the dimensions of the cylinders. I wonder if they're calculated using the maximum (Oxdale TM400 has a max pressure of 4780psi)? Just worth bearing in mind if you think you are buying something that is unstoppable as mine certainly isn't.
  10. I bought a pair of "Bison" tongs - I'd hurt the ligaments/tendons in my wrist from grabbing logs before and these allow me to move much larger logs by hand than I otherwise would do. Superb tools, well worth the money
  11. It all burns eventually! I wonder whether fungi actually help draw moisture out of the insides of logs?
  12. I've found sycamore prone to mould even when well ventilated. It's not going to dry out instantly without a kiln
  13. Could this hedge not be laid instead of uprooted?
  14. Sorry to resurrect an old thread. My neighbours just had a vast leylandii taken down. They didn't keep any of the logs because it "tars up the chimney". Would have kept them in firewood for life! I'm currently burning leylandii and cherry. Was splitting cedar earlier which I'll mix in with all the other random wood I was given. Lucked out when what I thought was horse chestnut turned out to be London plane - made lovely bangs under the hydraulic blade


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