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by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Who the hell wants to spend 6 hrs in Coventry?
Replies: 7
Views: 8518

Re: Who the hell wants to spend 6 hrs in Coventry?

Could not agree more. Companies like BP promoting themselves as green makes my blood boil. Adverts by BP telling us they are investing in alternatives whilst at the same time being involved in hugely damaging environmental projects is pure hypocracy. Out of interest, who should be investing in gree...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well
Replies: 17
Views: 5898

Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Have a look at your garden on Google Earth. Use the roll-back feature to find an image taken on a dry summer, and look to see if you can make out any parch marks where the turf lies over the cap of the well. Otherwise, if it's been capped you should be able to probe with a metal rod to try and find ...
by GeorgeSalt
Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help with heavy clay bed
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: Help with heavy clay bed

Plant spuds, they will help to break down the clay over the growing season. Then next year, or when you have the time I'd add some of it to your new soil. Clay soil is highly nutritious - you may regret having got rid of it all! Spuds only work because you have to dig them in and then dig them out ...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Foil! What?
Replies: 12
Views: 6819

Re: Foil! What?

some prices here http://www.letsrecycle.com/prices/metals foil is indeed about a third the price of other aluminium scrap... at 25p per kilo can't really see why there is such a difference though. Bear in mind that the price for aluminium foil may be for clean trimmings from producers of aluminium ...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Foil! What?
Replies: 12
Views: 6819

Re: Foil! What?

Aluminium food foil has very limited recycling value due to the contamination (the food stuck to it) - which can't easily be cleaned. It's one of those materials where the responsibility is on the consumer to Reduce rather than the council to Recycle. And leaves you wondering what happens to it wit...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Foil! What?
Replies: 12
Views: 6819

Re: Foil! What?

Aluminium food foil has very limited recycling value due to the contamination (the food stuck to it) - which can't easily be cleaned. It's one of those materials where the responsibility is on the consumer to Reduce rather than the council to Recycle. And leaves you wondering what happens to it with...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A cut too far?
Replies: 4
Views: 3369

Re: A cut too far?

The centres of large towns have suffered because planners decided several decades ago to remove the residential homes/flats and create a retail monoculture. Residents have to be put back into town centres to create the communities that will support vibrant businesses and create the retail/leisure de...
by GeorgeSalt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Feeling un loved :[
Replies: 4
Views: 5491

Re: Feeling un loved :[

Well.. you look like you want to thump someone with that shovel in your avatar, and you're hiding behind a helmet and standing in what appears to be a crater. Not the most welcoming choice of avatar I've seen on any forum. (and yes, I do prejudge people by the image they choose to present themselves...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!
Replies: 14
Views: 9046

Re: Straw Bale Build - image intensive!

Great write-up, you've done a grand job.
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Is my plot contaminated
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Is my plot contaminated

Ask the insurers to pay for soil analysis for the area the fire-fighting runoff drained to.

Hopefully the certificate from the insurers includes the line, "hydrocarbons - n/d", but the one for the fire-fighting run-off will have to analyses for a few other substances as well.
by GeorgeSalt
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Should you pay for someone else's lifestyle choice?
Replies: 42
Views: 5976

Re: Should you pay for someone else's lifestyle choice?

I'm guessing that not only are handouts being sought, but a considerable tuition fee debt is being worked up. Are they really conscious of their financial situation?
by GeorgeSalt
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 110466

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Racked the elderberry 2-step this morning.. filled five demijohns from the bulk FV (ok, the fifth will need just a splash of grape juice to come up to full - and I didn't sample that much). Still some sweetness and a gentle fizz from dissolved the CO2 but very pleasant. Hopefully racking will give t...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Building a wood store - new stove, suggestions ?
Replies: 11
Views: 9474

Re: Building a wood store - new stove, suggestions ?

This is our first year with our new woodburner, it's much bigger than the one we had at the last house a few years ago. We're also using it as secondary heat but run it in preference to turning the heating up (every evening, most of the day at weekends, most of the day if either of us is working fro...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Building a wood store - new stove, suggestions ?
Replies: 11
Views: 9474

Re: Building a wood store - new stove, suggestions ?

At the risk of sounding patronising, a cubic meter bag of wood will need almost a cubic meter of storage room - not quite a full cubic meter because you'll be able to stack it neater than it was thrown into a bag. If it's 3' high and about 6'6" long, then it will come forward about 18" - all convers...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Urban Basketry
Replies: 6
Views: 5125

Re: Urban Basketry

Polyprop is reclyclable, if you can get it to the processor. where is the processor? There are several, the BPF has a list of their members that recycle - link They're generally interested in lorry loads volumes as there isn't a lot of margin in melt recycling plastic and haulage eats a huge chunk ...