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Everything posted by Gimlet

  1. I have a Ford Ranger and you can't run a USB or inverter charger through the 12V socket for any length of time without the engine running because after so many minutes the system shuts everything down down to save the vehicle's battery. I can't even charge my phone for more than about 15 minutes unless I run the engine. You may get away with connecting the inverter straight onto the battery terminals, I'm not sure. But it wouldn't be ideal.
  2. With raised beds you're effectively using the sleepers as a retaining wall so they need to be thoroughly anchored into the ground from top to bottom at all corners and junctions or they will be pushed outwards. And they need to be securely bound together as a stack. If you set the first one in concrete you still need to fix them solidly to each other and hold the corners together so it doesn't gain you much. And the bottom sleeper will rot like a pear because it will rarely be dry. You could fabricate some T section posts which can be set in concrete and the sleepers slotted into them. But if you want them to last they will have to be galvanised and obviously they will have to be on the outside face of the sleepers so they will be visible. Another way is to buy some new scaffold tube, which will be galvanised already, cut it into short lengths and set then in concrete in post holes, then and bore holes through the sleepers so they slot over the top of them. You could stop the tubes at the second sleeper down so they don't show on the top one. If you do that, I would mark out the shape of you beds, dig a shallow trench till you're on firm ground, dig post holes for the scaffold tubes within that trench and concrete them in, then before you start dropping the sleepers over the tubes, fill the trench to ground level with stone or large shingle so the base sleeper can drain and isn't sitting on concrete or wet soil. Also, I'd half-lap joint the sleepers at the corners and them either screw each one to the one below with a large stainless screw, or better still, run a length of stainless threaded bar through the lot of them with a recessed nut top and bottom. For maximum life, I'd also line the inner face of the sleepers with damp proof membrane. Tape the joints and tack it on with clout nails. Hope that doesn't sound long-winded or too complicated, but that's the builder in me. careful measuring is required for corner joints and the holes so everything lines up but it would produce something that will be structurally solid and last for donkey's years.
  3. I've killed off thousands of saplings and medium sized self-seeded scrub trees as part of landscape restoration stewardship programmes and never yet had a fail. I use it to kill off elder in hedgerows too when hedge laying. Never fails. You can even do it in the rain because if it's done immediate the tree is cut, the stump sucks the spray down instantly and becomes rain fast. You do have to take care with glyphosate during the growing season when all plants are feeding, especially it it's wet, because spills or overspray may get into the soil where other species can draw it up. Doesn't happen in winter because everything's dormant and there's no take-up from the roots.
  4. You can kill just about anything off by painting or spot-spraying the stump with Glyphosate at 9:1 stump treatment strength. Do it immediately it has been cut down when the cambium layer is fresh and green and the sap ways are open and it'll take it all in and that will be game over.
  5. I'd settle for anything right now...
  6. I'm pretty sure all trees within a CA are automatically covered by a TPO.
  7. I wonder whether the supposedly big money paid in Scotland might have been something to do with renewables installations. A lot of that going on. I will advertised for windblown clearance this winter. But as has been said, will anyone want to pay for it. I know of some very big beech that's blown down in a an inaccessible churchyard and the church committee wants it gone, but you can't get a vehicle in so you'd have to log it or plank it in situ. You'd have though the committee would have said, if you can get it, you can have it. We just want it cleared up. But now they've had plankers in there measuring it up they suddenly got it into their heads that it must be worth a fortune and they want a cut. They seem to think that someone's going to go in there expending about a week's worth of labour and diesel (the plank cutter wants £300 a day), then pay for the transportation to get it out of there, store it for two or three years to season it, then try and find a buyer that may never materialise having paid the church up front. It's never going to happen. it'll either be there till it rots or villagers will go in there snipping bits off for firewood with someone possible getting seriously hurt when all the easy stuff's been scavenged and they try to tackle some very big or under tension when they don't know what they're doing.
  8. That's another idea down the drain then. They're piling up fast.
  9. I have a 2019 Ford Ranger Limited double cab with Aeroklas canopy. Two owners from new, FSH, 39K miles, very clean, waxoyled underneath. Used value currently about £21K and no VAT. I bought it for hedging work but I'm not picking up so much up here. I wish I had an arb tipper instead. I could earn more with it. Anyone interested in a swap or PX?
  10. I've read on a other forum I'm on that there is a labour shortage for clearing windblown timber in Scotland with reports of silly money being earned. Is this true? I'm struggling for work myself. I'd be more than happy to do this work all the time. Is there a market? I live in northest England rather than Scotland but there's no shortage of blown timber here that's still lying on the ground and come autumn there'll no doubt be a load more. Is there a living here, if so, I'd like to get involved. Any advice appreciated.
  11. And don't put sweet potato into any stew you make for your food flask. It overcooks in the flask through the day and when you come to eat it it's turned into slimy orange gloop.
  12. Same here. Never put milk into a flask, boiling water only and take separate makings. You get a proper tasting brew and it stays hotter.
  13. What was the difference in performance?
  14. Epic! Funniest radio show ever - "the biggest show!". I bought a DAB radio just so I could listen to that at work. Barking mad. Moostn't Grrumble!!
  15. Surely wet sand is the same weight as dry sand. It's the water that weighs extra. Silly man, he is.
  16. The truck's radio has both FM and DAB but there's no text displayed with DAB. Unless I'm using it wrong. I did take me about three months to find the CD player (the slot is near invisible and there is no CD information displayed on the screen unless there is a disc inserted).
  17. Yes, Wright was a bit guilty of that too and I didn't share his musical tastes, but no contest between him and the Whine. Cannot bear him or his show. I can only assume Whine didn't read the memo about it being a comedy show where real life Mr Angrys are invited to ring in and rant about unimportant topics. If Louis Thoreaux presented it wold be hilarious.
  18. It isn't written on the screen in my truck, which is the only place I listen to the radio.
  19. Philip Schofield has a wife and daughters...🤠 Mrs Micheal Ball should maybe keep an eye on what her husband gets up to in the broom cupboard. It would explain an awful lot about his taste in music.
  20. She has one very annoying habit of rarely introducing a song or telling you what she's just played. OK if you're a music nerd but for those of us who only listen occasionally such as when driving, it would be nice to know what you've just listened to. Otherwise I agree. She's good company. Unfortunately, R2 is turning into a retirement home for the BBC's favourite daytime TV luvvies who are not DJs or radio presenters and have no ability whatsoever. I find Lisa Tarbuck, Claudia Winkleman, Paul O'Grady and Micheal Ball painful to listen to.
  21. You'd definitely need a lot of trees in one location, or at least within a close area. You could quickly lose your profits in transportation costs moving that lot of kit around.
  22. Cherries are shallow rooting and the roots often break surface. They can be an absolute pest near a lawn.
  23. The idea of a Defender 130 with a tipper body and tool locker appeals. But to have faith in it I'd have to do a ground-up rebuild on a galvanised chassis and preferably a Japanese diesel engine as well. All very nice but the cost of that would buy a perfectly good terraced house in Bishop Auckland. Though, I'm not sure I wouldn't rather live in the Defender...
  24. That's what your accountant is for. Mine is very good at squeezing out the maximum benefit from such things. Also, I think fuel on a car is a percentage allowance as well. My ideal vehicle would be a 4x4 van. I'm selling my pickup because it's 20 grand tied up in something that isn't actually that useful apart from the 4WD bit. I can't get much in the back, I can't put anything on the roof and I never carry passengers in the back seats. If my Caddy van was a 2.0 L Maxi with a ladder frame chassis and 4WD, it would be my perfect vehicle. Shame no one makes them.


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