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by Skippy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

For my degree I designed this: https://thealveus.blogspot.com/2012/08/so-what-am-i-alveus-is-rain-water.html Designed to collect water where there isn’t a suitable downpipe. I even made a prototype out of an old piece of land drain and an umbrella. Sadly it blew over in the rain. I like the design ...
by Skippy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Changing existing north east facing decking area into a raised bed àrea.
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Changing existing north east facing decking area into a raised bed àrea.

I've had to remove a couple of decks in the past for customers. Common construction seems to be to concrete vertical posts into the ground with the framework on top of those. This does mean there are some pretty large lumps of concrete that come out. One had the ground covered in rubble , broken bri...
by Skippy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Compostable plastic bags
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Compostable plastic bags

I've had my share of plastic buckets falling apart. Mostly they are reused and have formally contained paint , tile adhesive , lime putty and the like and are aquired through work but as pointed out whether single or multiuser they are still plastic. Awkward thing really is with a lot of paints bein...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Slug pellet ban
Replies: 14
Views: 1604

Re: Slug pellet ban

I use an old floor scraper , just like a wide sharp hoe really , saves bending down .
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

It should be possible to construct a frame out of roofing lath and plastic sheeting to be temporarily erected say at night to collect rain. Obviously you'd need a butt and then say two frames perhaps 6'x3' preferably hinged together and covered in plastic. Couple of posts to hang it off so it's abov...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Another stately home I worked at that needed a bit of de cluttering was Cauke Abbey in Derbyshire . We were told that the former residents used a few rooms until the deteriorating roof started to leak and then just left everything and moved onto other rooms. It didn't help that owners in the past ha...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

One incident at work always sticks in my mind. We were working on some stately home or another when the architect says to us " you must all be very happy to work on places like these , buildings that are your heritage " . One old boy I was working with turned to the architect and replied " this isn'...
by Skippy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Touched on this subject down the pub last night with a few friends . Ina's idea of cutting worn sheets in half and sewing back together got a few laughs as they couldn't believe anyone would do such a thing and then another laugh when I said it seemed an good enough idea. We then got on to tidying u...
by Skippy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 19
Views: 2780

Re: Pet gripes

Houses as landfill! Just down the road is (was) a row of 10 1950's 2 bedroom cottages; timber framed, corrugated iron roof, brick chimney and fibro cement clad. The cladding contained asbestos which was duly removed and packaged by specialists and the cottages industrially vacuumed to remove any po...
by Skippy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Second flowering of peppers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1429

Re: Second flowering of peppers.

in a few days the window they are on will change from a single to a double glazed one so this time next year it should be warmer there . I may have to repeat this little experiment just to see if there's any change .
by Skippy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Is that the same Blackout that was made into a tv film shown on channel. 4 ( I think) ? Recently my daughter (13) was talking about minimalism and how she likes the idea although looking at her bedroom at times one could be forgiven for disbelieving her. We looked at images on the internet and I was...
by Skippy
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Agreed that sort of thing shouldn't be encouraged even if it can't be banned outright. I do have a couple of examples where clearances have worked the other way. After early retirement my father worked with a friend of his who had a contract to clear a couple of offices . The deal was to clear every...
by Skippy
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Second flowering of peppers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1429

Re: Second flowering of peppers.

Final update before the plants head for the compost heap. It was an interesting exercise if nothing else. The one plant has managed to produce a single pepper around two inches long. It's currently a patchy red and green colour. The other plant flowered again over Christmas but nothing came of that ...
by Skippy
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Some time ago we had to clear my wife's nan's house. Only a small terrace house but on the west coast of Scotland while we live in Staffordshire . We went up in my van and her brother in law hired a van and came too. Some things were given away to nan's friends , a fair bit was dumped ( old worn out...
by Skippy
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 22
Views: 5278

Re: Mattresses

Always remember having an eiderdown as a kid , remember it as warm and how every so often one of the feathers would poke its way out and as a kid I'd pull it all the way out. Never had a feather mattress though. The mattress we use at the moment is just a regular modern one. Mother had a memory foam...