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Gav73

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    North Lanarkshire
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    Firewood

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  1. Date for this says 7th November. Guess I better get the DeLorean out….
  2. I bought one a firewood bagger years ago (when they were cheaper!) and it was one of the best purchases I’ve made, since then I’ve made two smaller versions for my kindling out of scrap wood and chipboard. I used candle wax on the edges of the chipboard to smooth out any potential snag points after I’d sanded them. Didn’t cost me anything other than about an hour of my time.
  3. Many years ago I introduced scheduled breaks into an office I worked in. Before this time people just took a break as and when they wanted one. Over the course of the trial the amount of actual break time went up by 50% (some people didn’t take breaks) but overall productivity went up 20%. People were happier and more motivated and it became part of the normal working day. Set scheduled breaks in this industry wouldn’t work as well as you can’t exactly stop a tree dropping halfway to make a cuppa, but the same principle can apply, just the breaks come at a natural point to stop. I’m a firm believer in the fact you get more out of people and they are happier if the working conditions are right for them. So I also think there are times when pushing through and finishing a job to go home earlier is the right call. Ultimately safety comes out on top. If people are tired, hungry or thirsty, that’s when mistakes are made and it becomes dangerous. Better to have a break and made sure everyone gets home in one piece.
  4. Have to agree that cats are worse, I have a constant battle with them, raised veg plots all have to have chicken wire on them to stop them using them and destroying any veg. Worse is my outdoor workspace. It’s essentially just an open sided barn with woodchip on the floor and a gas bottle wood stove for a little bit of heat. Every time I fire up the stove the smell is horrendous from the little nuggets they’ve buried in the woodchip next to it. I’ve tried raking it to get rid of them, but that seemed to encourage them even more. Even tried building a sawdust outdoor litter tray (complete with roof and privacy walls) and it was completely ignored. I swear cats just like to annoy people, they are devious and vindictive.
  5. Jeez. I’ve just added up what I’ve got in the motor at the minute for a delivery. At 90 quid a net, it’s worth more than the motor!! [emoji23]
  6. If you’re lighting the stove I’m going to guess it will be cold, so how many of your neighbours will be outside in the cold? Do any of the neighbours moan when someone in the area has a BBQ? As long as the wood is well seasoned, I’d reckon you’ll be ok.
  7. I make mine out of a single piece of seasoned beech log. They last about a year (and they are used a lot) before the handle invariably snaps and then they just get chucked into the fire.
  8. I get pretty regular drop offs of woodchip and I’ve always tried to move it/use it the same day or at the very worst the following day. Firstly because once it starts to break down it always seems heavier and secondly because I didn’t like the smell of the steam - guessing that my eagerness to shift it has done me a favour!
  9. Gav73

    Trailer towing

    Best trailer training in the world is on my drive. It’s narrow, off a single track road with low walls either side of it, it’s uphill, on an adverse camber and there’s only just enough room to get a big trailer and motor round it! I don’t think any training or qualifications would prepare someone for it. But from the practice I’ve had with it, I have the confidence to reverse my trailer safely into any space I need. Basic training is always a good idea, but it’s the practical application - and regular use, that teaches more. For example I understood the principles of what to do if you get a blow out on a trailer tyre, but until it happened to one of the tyres on my twin axle, I didn’t know how I would react to it. It’s not something you can simulate
  10. Just watched the video on YouTube, faster cutting is always a plus. It will be interesting to see what the cost is and also how the sharpening compares.
  11. Well that’s clear as mud. It’s not a tip site, but it is a tip site. It’s a wood yard, but it’s not a firewood yard. It’s a lumber yard, but it’s not a lumber yard. I think this is one of those riddles. The answer to how much firewood is there is the trick. It’s either none as the wood is taken away to turn into firewood elsewhere or it’s the amount they can fit into the firebox of their log burner!
  12. I wouldn’t know about the BBC, never worked there. guessing you have though! [emoji23] Is he a relation by any chance? Paul Dempsey WWW.BBCSTUDIOS.COM Paul Dempsey
  13. I think I see the problem here. If you work for family, people may believe that’s the only reason you got the job and may not take you seriously. If you make it on your own, you’re proving to yourself and everyone you are capable of the job and can stand on your own two feet. It’s irrelevant what gender you are, what profession you’re in. It’s how it could be perceived. Too many times I’ve heard people saying “they only got the job because…” As for getting into the line of work you want. You’ve just got to keep trying and make sure you are the best option for anyone hiring. Try to find out what they need and make sure you can fill that void.
  14. Knowing my luck if I used an impact gun on the bolt I’d probably send it right through the engine [emoji23][emoji23]
  15. Gav73

    Archery

    I do archery a couple of times a week. Firstly, I wouldn’t get that set - there are better second hand ones on eBay for similar money if you’re looking for a starter kit and if you want a proper kit, try somewhere like Archery Equipment | Merlin Archery WWW.MERLINARCHERY.CO.UK Welcome to Merlin Archery! Shop 200+ brands of the finest archery equipment from around the world. Bows, arrows, targets and accessories all at great prices. they have an online form that will find something that suits you better. Yes you can go nuts and spend a fortune, but my first kit (included everything I needed) was about £150. Secondly 40lb is too high to start off with. Look for something around the mid 20’s in draw weight. It’s much better to get the accuracy on a lower poundage bow before moving up the weights. The other things you need to consider is your draw length, your height and your strength. I am 6’4 and use a 70” bow, the limbs I use are 36# at 28 inches (standard draw length) but because my arms are so long my draw length is 32” which means I’m shooting at around 42#. I’ve only moved up to more poundage when I can draw and hold the bow steady for 60 seconds before releasing and still hit the bullseye. If you do want any suggestions, give me a shout.

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