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by Skippy
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The line between ..
Replies: 29
Views: 8173

Re: The line between ..

Now you see you shouldn't have chucked the rusty nails. Soaked in vinegar they make fantastic wood stain. :wink: Agreed , very clever. The nails etc went to the scrapyard along with something like a ton and a quarter of other odds and sods of steel but there is still an "amount" that I've...
by Skippy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Coffee jars
Replies: 4
Views: 2457

Re: Coffee jars

Not coffee jars but my local has started using those single serving jam jars full of beer next to the pumps. It's because a lot of the customers prefer a darker beer or vice versa and can see at a glance the colour of whatever's on that day . They still do samples as well though. Speaking to the lan...
by Skippy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The line between ..
Replies: 29
Views: 8173

Re: The line between ..

I probably lean towards being a hoarder . Blame the parents I say , both of whom wouldn't throw things away if possible. They are both sadly gone now and of course I had to clear their house. Mother hoarded , er sorry kept , clothes , bed linen , towels , soap , tins , as well as bits of paper with ...
by Skippy
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dig my own clay
Replies: 12
Views: 2489

Re: Dig my own clay

You can of course use a clamp kiln . It's an ancient technique I've seen tried at an EH event a few years ago. It's almost in effect a glorified bonfire , so difficult to control and there were a number of failures from what I can remember. This is an idea of how it works , http://www.butser.org.uk/...
by Skippy
Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Can a rat do this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: Can a rat do this?

Almost ashamed to say that we had a rat in the house last year .We think it got in via a hole in the wall where a pipe had been removed or probably more likely just walked in through the open door and became trapped when we shut the door. It soon became obvious that we had a rat , droppings and chew...
by Skippy
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: DIY breeze blocks

Next question would I suppose be how many blocks you need. A tonne sack of sand and gravel will lower the costs per block and a reusable mould would be the way to go , however , that would then need to be equated with the time spent if that time could be used more productively.
by Skippy
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: DIY breeze blocks

Didn't think they were that expensive . I was thinking the regular 4" blocks were about a quid each. To be honest I have a large pile of blocks that haven't cost me anything as I generally keep an eye on builders skips ( clue in my username ) where it's common to find a few at a time left over ...
by Skippy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: DIY breeze blocks

I think they are a bit dearer than that but as you say not hugely expensive , and even cheaper if you ask on free cycle .
by Skippy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ... get the green stuff off?
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

Re: ... get the green stuff off?

Funnily enough a customer of mine had his patio pressure washed and asked if the wooden swing and some " garden structures" could be done while we were there. The pressure washer did clean the timber although care needs to be taken to watch tearing the grain. But to be honest if the fence ...
by Skippy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Twiggy compost heap
Replies: 11
Views: 1489

Re: Twiggy compost heap

I can remember coming home one day to find my father had cut up some bits of treated roof lath and had given them to the rabbits in an attempt to stop them chewing the doors of the sheds. Seemed to work as they certainly chomped on the treated timber and I expected to find a scene of mass bunny mort...
by Skippy
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: DIY breeze blocks

Not really , a wooden mould or shutter is probably the best choice and can be used over and over again. That said you could take four blocks that you wish to copy and place them so they enclose a space the same size as a block , that'll mean the edge corners are just touching. Then line with thin pl...
by Skippy
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Twiggy compost heap
Replies: 11
Views: 1489

Re: Twiggy compost heap

No I've never tried it as I haven't got round to building a smoker yet but have in the past chipped up fruit woods as well as oak for a friend of a friend who used it for smoking.
by Skippy
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2667

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

So you're only banned from composting on the allotment? In that case I'd compost at home , buy one bag of garden compost , use it and refill it over and over again from the bin at home so you are "only " taking a bag of compost to the allotment.
by Skippy
Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Twiggy compost heap
Replies: 11
Views: 1489

Re: Twiggy compost heap

I've had the same problem but have "solved" it by using the twigs as fuel ( great for something like a bread oven and also works well in the barbecue ) and then simply adding the resultant ashes to the soil or compost heap.
by Skippy
Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2667

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

But , but , you have now told them on a public forum . Knock on the door in the near future ? :(

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