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    Monoblock tap replacement - pipe issues.

    Think I'm gonna need a plumber then. Those copper tails have several other pipes coming off them :((n) Thanks for the reply and the insight, really appreciated (y)
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    Monoblock tap replacement - pipe issues.

    Hi all I need to replace my current monoblock tap with a new one. I really don't want to change the pipes underneath to the new flexi hose ones, I want to keep the solid copper ones that I currently have. The piping underneath the sink is a labyrinth, and not a straight forward swap. So, how do...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Well, it's done! I've spent in the region of 45 plus hours on it... most of which was prepping and sanding... but it's done! I found most of the drill bit and sander attachments were useful to an extent, but were never gonna be able to get into all the joints in the way that I needed. For me...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Yeah, I have ordered a set of 'flap disks' for my drill. Essentially the same thing, but nice to know the proper names. Should the ones I have ordered be a load of rubbish, which is quite likely, I'll have a search for the real deal.
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Well, after all the great info and advice on here, and having talked to a few shot blasters, and paint dippers, it looks like I'm gonna... ...sand the thing by hand! I'm guesstimating it'll be ready some time in the early 2030s. My knees and back are aching just thinking about it. I'll let you...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Really? That bad? There doesn't appear to be any easy answers on this one...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Hmmmmmm... After twenty minutes with the sander, and a little go with the Nitro Mors, I reckon I'm looking at several days or more worth of sanding and stripping before I'm even close to being able to use the preserver and protector. It's screwed in places and mortise and tenon in others, so...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    So... I think we are in agreement that, a water based product wouldn't adhere very well to the areas that had been treated earlier with the wood hardener? I'll go all solvent / spirit / oil based (y)
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    Preserving a garden bench

    There are always more questions than answers... especially when it comes to things in tins... Am I right in thinking a solvent / spirit based treatment is best for preserving and protecting rather than water based? Oil and rain water not mixing etc? I spotted that the Cuprinol products I was...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Excellent stuff, think I might get away with the filler for the most part.
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    Preserving a garden bench

    So, current thinking: Sand the whole bench back. Don't get it dipped. Treat the rotted bits to some wood hardener (probably the Ronseal stuff). Give the whole thing a coat of clear wood preserver (probably Cuprinol). Then give the whole thing a couple of coats of wood protector (probably...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Interesting stuff... wondering if the bench would survive the process! :oops::giggle:
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Thanks for all the info on dipping. I hadn't considered the glue issue. I'll just be sanding it back I think! I'll start to look into 'spirit based wood preserver' and 'wood hardeners', if anyone has any recommended products or brands, do let me know. I'm guessing that getting it 'pressure...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Interesting! That makes a lot of sense. The bench is actually a large memorial bench, that was originally situated outside a social club, it lasted 20 odd years with whatever it was originally coated in and now another 10 or more with the Duckback stuff. So, no idea what it actually is. Looking...
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Apologies, I don't know what wood it is made from.
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    Preserving a garden bench

    Hi all I have a large garden bench, think public park style, and slowly it is deteriorating, not much but it is on it's way. What should I be treating / coating it with to make it last? At present it has several coats of Ronseal Duckback on it, the stuff you would cover a rough cut garden...
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    Rubble sack for a wheelie bin?

    I won't be filling it to the brim, and it's only garden stuff, plus, I'm "well 'ard" :LOL:
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    Rubble sack for a wheelie bin?

    They look great, thank you!
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    Rubble sack for a wheelie bin?

    Hi all... To clear up any confusion, I want a life long reusable rubble sack for my garden waste wheelie bin. I have chosen not to have it emptied by the council, as I don't always fill it each month and they charge each year for the service. What I want to do, is line the wheelie bin with a...
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    Rubble sack for a wheelie bin?

    Anyone know where I could get a rubble sack / Hippobag the shape of a standard wheelie bin? I thought this would be a thing, but can't see any available online. Anyone seen anything along these lines anywhere?
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