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by Skippy
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2852

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: 2384

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: 1597

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: 2852

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: 1597

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: 2916

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: 1597

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: 2916

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 ? :(
by Skippy
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2916

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

Yes I see what you mean by the explosion risk. Funnily enough my father was a furnace controller at a council incineration plant but I can't remember him saying anything about the risks of sawdust although I can remember standing with him listening to the aerosol cans going bang. It does seem strang...
by Skippy
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2916

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

From last year we have been told not to put kitchen waste in our garden waste bin ,not that it really effected us as most of our waste went into our own compost bin. The council's reason was that removing kitchen waste allowed the garden waste to be open air composted rather than having to have it h...
by Skippy
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 2906

Re: Image

Hello Pumpkinpie , I'm in Chasetown so the other side of Lichfield to you. If I recall it's about 16 miles to the hospital from me to give you an idea how far I am away. It's funny really but when I was working for a now defunct firm from Lichfield I would travel all over the country but these last ...
by Skippy
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 2906

Re: Image

( In his best C J from Reggie Perin voice) " I didn't get where I am today by spending all my money!" :iconbiggrin:
by Skippy
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Mulberries
Replies: 14
Views: 2528

Re: Mulberries

An update. The tree has now been removed . I had to cut through the root that disappeared under next doors drive but the rest came out with only a little damage. I was forced to trim the branches purely from a transport aspect and once out I placed the stump on free cycle and delivered it a day or t...
by Skippy
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Image
Replies: 19
Views: 2906

Re: Image

Sorry to bump this but after all this time I've finally had a comment about the patches. Recently I was working at a fairly , shall we say , posh house , converted stable block , courtyard , live in nanny all that sort of thing. I was on a pair of steps when a visitor of the customer entered the roo...
by Skippy
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new in 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 19167

Re: Not buying new in 2015

No pipe or clips ? Granted that is a problem. I suppose I've always lived in a house where there were always tubs of various bits and bobs , fixings , bolts and what have you so there was always something lying around to repair things with , it was rare to see something that may come in handy chucke...

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