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    wooden retaining wall

    Sleepers would likely be the simplest - with reclaimed oak likely be the cheapest option down that path. You could use RSJ's as vertical supports to drop the sleepers into horizontally or use more sleepers inserted vertically which you secure the horizontals to - a bit like super sized fence...
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    Internal door knobs

    I've also used these folks several times and found them to be very competitively priced with a good product range: http://www.doorhandlecompany.co.uk/TUBULAR-LATCHES-AND-TUBULAR-DEADBOLTS And the roses on the last set of levers I fitted from there were 54 mm diameter, with bolt through...
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    What's the difference between subbase and ballast?

    The MOT material tends to interlock much better than standard ballast does. Hence Ballast typically has to be used with a binder (Cement) to form a stable or strong base / material. The stones in gravel tend to be rounded and don't self bind, whereas MOT material tends to have straighter edged...
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    Cooke & Lewis framed doors.

    Yes, try inserting them one side of frame at a time. They are typically tight enough to suspend the frame in the carcass opening without inserting the screws - to help get a "feel" for how snug they should be. They actually "bite" into those pre drilled insertion holes when you pressure...
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    Cooke & Lewis framed doors.

    I assume these are the small brackets with a pin whihc is slightly knruled / toothed that insers into the frame (in pre drilled insertion holes) and the carcass securing face is predrilled for a small csk screw to be affixed through. If these are the items I suspect, they are best secured by...
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    Cutting and Fixing Oak Sleepers

    I used a circular saw on ours, allowed for mitering etc at angled corners too. Will need a 200mm+ saw blade though to make it through on a 90deg. cut (assuming sleepers are 6" across the shortest face dimension). They can be prone to making a chainsaw blunt quickly as they often have embedded...
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    Attaching ledger for Pergola

    Use some stainless washers between brick and timber too - to pack the ledger out by 10mm or so - allows mositure to run down wall or off flooring edge. PS> These fixings in Screwfix are around 30% of the price that most sheds charge. They alos do some large washers to suit.
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    Fixing railway sleepers together?

    Are you sure the sleepers are 300mm, even on edge, most sleepers new or reclaimed come up at 250mm Either way, as ColJackl has suggested, drill down 50 or 100 mm depending upon that sleeper height and insert these: http://www.wickes.co.uk/Timber-Drive-Screw/invt/190113 Hopefully easy...
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    Laying my first decking ( need advise)

    If you raise that - looks to me like the back edge along the fencing will need suport at very joist, potenially still being prone toome flex andmovement as there's no beam / ledger strip tying that back edge together. You might get away with it, though I'd simply tie it all together with a...
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    Cutting sleepers

    Stepping them will look fine, so long as the elevation from each to the next is kept consistent. Take a look at: http://www.railwaysleeper.com/Andy%20Kyle%27s%20railway%20sleepers%20&%20%20landscaping.htm Less elevation than you are seeking but similar principle. Circular saw is the...
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    Running in a spur to garden office

    I am in the process of landscaping the garden, with an intent at completion of having a small log cabin. I'd like this to have electric and data connection to the house. Cable run will be approximately 17 metres and I am assuming S.W.A. buried would be the simplest method with a reaosnable...
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    How do you turn unfinished oak into this?

    I've had some great results with Ronseals Diamond satin varnish on oak. Dries to a super tough finish and is water based for ease of application and clean up. http://www.ronseal.co.uk/products/diamond-hard-varnish I'm sure it may not be the choice of all, however I've just finished...
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    Vacuum extractor reducer

    Rutlands have a selection of step adaptors: http://www.rutlands.co.uk/machinery-&-accessories/dust-extraction/stepped-adaptors Would likely need to join a couple together for what you seek. Just curious have you tried the planer to the extractor (in a make shift connection). The last...
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    Captive screwdriver

    The Stanley one listed though wouldn't work as well for terminal screws as it would not clear the insulation shroud around the screw - the wedge blades work well in such instances as they can often be selected in width that is no wider than the screw head slot width - therefore, no protrusion.
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    Captive screwdriver

    I believe you're looking for a quick wedge screwdriver: http://www.longs.co.uk/acatalog/Longs_Shopping_Site_Screw_holders__starters__locators_118.html
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