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    Cementing Trowels Gone Rusty

    I purchased this trowel set last summer for pointing cement in between slabs in the garden : Wickes Builders General Purpose 4 Piece Trowel Set https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Builders-General-Purpose-4-Piece-Trowel-Set/p/167339 However on going to use them this year I was surprised to see how...
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    Question About Electric Paddle Mixer

    I am thinking about getting this ERBAUER model - its £75 - seems good on the reviews :- https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-erb728mix-1600w-electric-paddle-mixer-220-240v/7163r ELECTRIC PADDLE MIXER 220-240V (7163R) The ring on the paddle prevents the bucket getting damaged.
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    Question About Electric Paddle Mixer

    After much arduous mixing by hand of sharp sand and cement in a bucket for re-pointing a large slabbed double driveway, and with quite a lot of further re-pointing still to do on paths/patio, I am considering purchasing one of these electric paddle mixers :-...
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    Fixing Unstable Driveway Slab

    I have a driveway made of granite slabs, and one of them is very unsteady, wobbling from side to side - I was wondering what kind of materials placed under it would be the best to stabilize it. I have quite a bit of spare 14mm gravel chips that I could use - or should I be using some kind of...
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    Extra Gloss Paint

    I am beginning to think it is the window cleaning 'squeegees' that are used by window cleaners that are damaging the paintwork on the beads. The rest of the paintwork seems to last much better.
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    Extra Gloss Paint

    These beads have previously been treated with wood hardener - I assumed it was OK to paint over that with an undercoat + gloss.
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    Extra Gloss Paint

    I am painting an exterior wooden frame window which in the past has had flaked paint right down to the wood. As I am now re-painting it I am wondering if there is anything wrong with putting an extra layer of gloss paint on the worst parts where the flaking occurred before, ie the window...
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    Cleaning Spilled Wood Hardener From Stone Sill

    There is also a sanding stone which I think might be helpful :- https://www.paving.org/index.php/clean-stone-slabs-using-carborundum-sanding-stone/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=x2n3hFs3YfM
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    Cleaning Spilled Wood Hardener From Stone Sill

    Heh - that's a good idea. I have found something that has helped though. After a few days once it had set in, I took an old putty knife, a fairly stiff one, that I use for scraping weeds out between paving stones, and scraped right across the stone with the edge with some force, and it has...
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    Cleaning Spilled Wood Hardener From Stone Sill

    On preparing an old wooden window for painting I spilled some of the wood hardener onto the stone window sill, and it has caused unsightly dark stains - is there any way to remove this ? What would you recommend ? Thanks
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    What Type Of Sand Is Best For Cement Mix ?

    On the bit I have done I just mixed the sharp sand and cement dry, and filled it into the gap - it then sets with moisture from the ground and rainfall. It feels pretty solid, and I have hit it with a hammer and chisel as a test, and it only dents and crumbles a bit and does not crack. If it...
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    What Type Of Sand Is Best For Cement Mix ?

    Hi folks I have a fairly old but good condition driveway made of granite slabs, but unfortunately a lot of weeds come up between many of the slabs. In places the gaps are maybe 1cm wide or more. I am planning to clear out these gaps and fill them with a 50-50 mixture of sand and cement - however...
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    Corsa 1.2 16V 2010 Sub Frame Rust

    That's certainly been my experience. It has got worse. I did 7 HPI checks on Gumtree on Corsa's, all quite good cars, and 5 of them came up as insurance write-offs - that's why I went to a dealer. Its taking me much longer to find a car than in the past where I found one good private seller and...
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    Corsa 1.2 16V 2010 Sub Frame Rust

    Do you think a low mileage car is not necessarily a big advantage, and a 10,000 miles per year average mileage car, or above, may often be a better option if it had a good MOT record ?
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    Many HPI Check Write-Offs On Gumtree

    On looking for a second-hand car on Gumtree over the past few weeks, I have noticed a huge number of cars failing the HPI Check with :- "An insurer has declared this vehicle a total loss (write-off)" I checked 7 Corsa's, around 2012 plates, and 5 of them were declared write-offs by an...
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