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    Fence gravel boards

    Thanks Odds, it was my first attempt at fencing and I am just glad it's better than what we had. The materials cost £200 so I think I have saved about £400 :)
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    Fence gravel boards

    finished
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    floor tile layout advice please

    I understand - thanks ps: hope you are you are not a Leeds fan ;(
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    floor tile layout advice please

    Avoiding "skinny little rips" was how I was thinking too. The problem is, that is exactly what I will have at the near side edge ie the edge going under the metal strip. With the grout spaces, there will be about a 2cm over-hang :(
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    floor tile layout advice please

    I shall be tiling the porch area as shown in the photo. I have arranged some key tiles in a symmetrical layout but I wanted to confirm that this is the 'correct' pattern. It's not clear from the photo, but the the total width of the tiles would add up to five with cuts on the left and right...
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    adhesive shelf life ?

    A builder left a large container of PVA (with about 90% remaining) at our house after he'd finished a job back in 2004. I am still using the PVA in 2024. It works fine for sealing and concrete jobs. With respect to my original post, my theory is that the piston at the bottom of the tube is not...
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    adhesive shelf life ?

    I just wondered what happens to the adhesive after 1 year ? If the container is air tight, then I would have thought the adhesive would last several years at the very least. Afterall, when I use actually apply the adhesive I expect it to last for decades not just 1 year !
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    adhesive shelf life ?

    I have noticed that all tube-contained adhesives such as No Nails etc all have a shelf life of only 12 months, regardless of the technology of the product ie hybrid polymer, solvent or water based. Yesterday, I bought a tube of a similar product from a big DIY chain and I was shocked to see that...
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    Fence gravel boards

    Hi Wayners, thanks for the reply. Once I'd googled H posts I realized how they would be a great solution. However, as I'd said, I'm stuck with some old concrete posts that will also have the problem of not having a whole number of equally spaced feather boards :(
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    Fence gravel boards

    I am doing something unusual. My neighbour has the “good side” of an existing driveway fence using old concrete posts. I cannot get at his side of the fence as there is a hedge. My plan is to completely construct a new fence on the existing posts but line them with wood. My fence and the old...
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    Fence gravel boards

    I shall be constructing a 1.2 metre high feather board fence soon. Do the feather boards sit on the gravel board with the gravel board taking their weight or do the nails bear all the weight with the gravel board merely making it look neat ? The reason I ask is because when I walk around looking...
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    UPVC around a wooden door ?

    It looked identical to internal door architrave - 40mm x 6mm size. You are correct, it doesn't actually need architrave, that's what happened to be there. It needs to be of a certain thickness to conceal the gap between the door and the jamb What is the best/proper way to attach the UPVC to the...
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    UPVC around a wooden door ?

    We had a rotting external side-entrance door that was visible from the road. I have stained and polyurethaned a replacement door to match our rosewood UPVC windows and it looks fine (smugly happy) I have removed the old wood side architraves and the front facing wood trims. I was going to...
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    Plumbing lecturer

    The pension scheme was excellent then became very good and now in it's third incarnation which I would describe as "better than most" For each year you work, you receive 1/57th (one fifty seventh) of your salary. This will cost you about 8% of your salary. So if you were on £35,000, it would be...
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    Plumbing lecturer

    26 years (life sentence)
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    Plumbing lecturer

    28 hours seems very high for a lecturer, when I left 18 months ago it was 24. When I started it was 17 hours teaching per week, and we still moaned !
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    Plumbing lecturer

    I worked as a lecturer in electronics and computing but knew several plumbing and electrical lecturers. They all had a side hustle of working on trade jobs in evening, weekends and holidays. Lecturers have a lot of paperwork and assessments and nobody liked this side of the job. Colleges also...
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    smallest rotary pipe cutter ?

    Has anybody experienced one of these types of rachet pipe cutter. Apparently, you don't need to completely turn it, rather like a rachet screwdriver https://plumbinbits.co.uk/product/ox-15mm-ratchet-pipe-cutter-ox-p449615
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    smallest rotary pipe cutter ?

    Thanks Robin, some really good things to think about there. Screwfix have a cheap multitool (Titan) that I will probably buy latter.
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    smallest rotary pipe cutter ?

    Yes, I am making the hole bigger but it’s not easy. I should be able to drill some holes and get a jigsaw in there. Also, there is a copper pipe running up closely alongside it that connected into a grey push fit none demountable tee piece and I don’t wast to disturb it too much. It’s all...
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