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  Topic: Plastic pipe fittings
Gervase

Replies: 19
Views: 16929
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Wed Mar 04, 15 10:47 pm   Subject: Plastic pipe fittings
Thirded on the cutter, and don't be tempted to skimp on the end inserts if you're connecting the plastic pipe to a compression joint. I've used Speedfit and HEP2O and have to say the HEP is easier to ...
  Topic: How well do dogs see?/ How much do they understand?
Gervase

Replies: 12
Views: 33601
PostForum: Livestock and Pets   Posted: Sat Feb 28, 15 6:45 pm   Subject: How well do dogs see?/ How much do they understand?
My JRT gets wildly excited by anything with four legs on the television. The first few episodes of Wolf Hall were problematic - trying to watch through a terrier's arse while his nose was pressed to t ...
  Topic: Gas Combi Boiler Recommendations Please.
Gervase

Replies: 20
Views: 17316
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Thu Feb 12, 15 8:36 pm   Subject: Gas Combi Boiler Recommendations Please.
Worcester Greenstar range is good. Worcester overall are pretty hard to beat.
  Topic: Wiring question.
Gervase

Replies: 9
Views: 13485
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Mon Feb 09, 15 11:16 am   Subject: Wiring question.
Lights and sockets should be separate circuits. If the light is to be in Zone1, you should use a low-voltage light with a transformer isolated outside Zone 1. Any installation must be IPX4 rated and p ...
  Topic: Tarka dhal
Gervase

Replies: 41
Views: 21991
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Thu Feb 05, 15 10:46 pm   Subject: Tarka dhal

Curse you, you lentil porn-peddler! That's another book ordered. I've become a dahl addict since trying about five different varieties staying with a Dutch friend in France. Tomorrow I'll give your ...
  Topic: Oscillating Multi Tools
Gervase

Replies: 31
Views: 36439
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Thu Feb 05, 15 10:38 pm   Subject: Oscillating Multi Tools
Saxton truly are amazing value. For the price of one Bosch, Makita or Fein blade you can get a whole box of top-class blades. Any power tool is only as good as the blade or bit you fit onto it, and Sa ...
  Topic: Oscillating Multi Tools
Gervase

Replies: 31
Views: 36439
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 15 11:41 am   Subject: Oscillating Multi Tools
I've had a Fein, which was nicked, and have replaced it with a Makita. It's the most-used tool in my kit. The sanding is very efficient and ideal for prepping window frames and detailed areas for pain ...
  Topic: USB Socket charger - good or bad?
Gervase

Replies: 33
Views: 70633
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 15 10:05 am   Subject: USB Socket charger - good or bad?

But, will the socket front with the added bulk fit in your domestic flush fitted metal box?
Unlikely unless you have boxes at least 35mm deep. On stud walls you may have, but chased boxes on mason ...
  Topic: Renovating
Gervase

Replies: 25
Views: 21828
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Wed Jan 14, 15 10:10 pm   Subject: Renovating
'Rising damp' is a myth peddled by the damp industry - penetrating damp is the usual problem. Injected DPCs do not work on rubble stone. Anyone who tries to sell you one will be relying on the tanking ...
  Topic: Smart TVs
Gervase

Replies: 31
Views: 13663
PostForum: IT Matters   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 14 9:02 pm   Subject: Smart TVs
It's a matter of convenience and dosh.The smartest TV is outshone by the dumbest laptop, so if your new TV has an HDMI input, and your laptop is vaguely modern, go with that. On the other hand, if you ...
  Topic: Le Tour - the good and the bad
Gervase

Replies: 24
Views: 25015
PostForum: Reviews and What's On   Posted: Sun Jul 06, 14 10:42 am   Subject: Le Tour - the good and the bad
Was glued to the TV coverage - Yorkshire looked stunning and the crowds were astonishing; they must have been 50 deep in the run up Buttertubs. Wish I could have been there to savour the atmosphere. W ...
  Topic: Solar panels on Listed building.
Gervase

Replies: 11
Views: 11126
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Wed May 21, 14 9:00 pm   Subject: Solar panels on Listed building.
Shouldn't be a problem if they can be sited discretely. Listed Building Consent will be required. Call your local council's conservation officer and get him or her out for a chat. Most will try their ...
  Topic: Paint for lime mortared house
Gervase

Replies: 9
Views: 6470
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sun May 11, 14 6:48 pm   Subject: Paint for lime mortared house
Limewash is traditional and breathable, but it needs to be reapplied at least once every three years, which is a pain if you need scaffolding. There are more modern breathable finishes, however. One o ...
  Topic: Birdwatching app
Gervase

Replies: 10
Views: 5962
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon May 05, 14 9:09 pm   Subject: Birdwatching app
Sadly, I think it's just for the iPhone. On my phone I can use it anywhere; the whole app is stored on the phone, so all the details are are accessible even in the middle of nowhere. I mean, we all ca ...
  Topic: Birdwatching app
Gervase

Replies: 10
Views: 5962
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon May 05, 14 8:31 am   Subject: Birdwatching app
I use iBird, the UK and Ireland Guide to Birds. Pretty good - it has pictures, descriptions and recordings of the calls. There's a free, Lite version and a paid-for version with every bird you're like ...
 
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