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    Removing wood stains from printed concrete

    Recently installed printed concrete patio. I’ve been staining some wood outside (used barrettine wood protective treatment). I didn’t notice some of the stain had splodged on to the ground. It’s now dried and pressure washing does nothing. The concrete has been sealed. The stain is oil/spirit...
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    How do I reach these walls?

    I’m trying to remove wallpaper and then hopefully get a professional in to skim and paint. How do I reach the walls around the staircase? My ladders (6ft) aren’t long enough.
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    Planing oak sleepers

    Well I succumbed and bought a 100mm belt sander. I managed to get rid of the “stepped” edges from inaccurate blade cutting. Might post this separately but does anyone know how much a sleeper might expand lengthways in wet weather? They are laid in such a way that it’s surrounded by concrete...
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    Planing oak sleepers

    I’ve checked again. Base plate adjusted so blade is 90° to it. But the back of the blade is 1-2mm further out from the edge of the sole plate compared to the front of the blade. How do I adjust this?
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    Planing oak sleepers

    I completely agree. During secondary school, we did a project using entirely hand tools - plane, saw, hand drill etc. I was crap at it then and I’m still crap. Yes, it takes practice and whilst I would love to develop skills like Paul Sellers, I simply haven’t got the time. My most complicated...
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    Planing oak sleepers

    I have a tendency for my cut line to waver. I normally resort to a mitre box where possible. Very true. But they help fools like me manage to do some basic work.
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    Planing oak sleepers

    Making a raised bed. Sleepers were 2400mm long and needed to be cut to size. Because I’d left them out for so long, the surface had weathered a bit before I got a chance to use them. I wanted to clean them up a bit prior to using some outdoor wood treatment stuff. Sanding was taking forever even...
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    Planing oak sleepers

    I did the first sleeper. Three passes at 0.2mm setting seemed to get the fresh wood underneath. Sanding with random orbital sander and P80 helped with any steps/unplanned areas. My only issue now is crosscuts. Using a speedsquare and pencil gives me a line around the circumference that is...
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    Planing oak sleepers

    1mm at most. I tried to sand and couldn’t get a decent finish. The sleepers had been left outside uncovered for a few weeks until I got some time off. Was hoping to shave off a tiny amount, sand smooth and then use some wood preserver before fitting in the garden.
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    Planing oak sleepers

    200x100x2400mm green oak sleepers. I need to plane off a tiny amount each surface . Makita DKP181 has 85mm wide planing blade. I was going to use the guide to plane Along the left and right edges of the timber, but what do I do with the 30mm in the centre. Just freehand?
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    Cutting PVC floor tiles

    7mm
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    Cutting PVC floor tiles

    497x497mm
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    Cutting PVC floor tiles

    I have some PVC garage floor tiles that I bought. I’m cutting the tiles for the edges. Jigsaw blade keeps wandering, even against a square edge. It gives a burred edge despite being a blade suitable for PVC. Circular saw works fine up until about halfway through the tile when it binds and kicks...
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    Calculating lighting for garage

    Already done and it took me longer than a weekend. Had to repoint the brickwork (having never done anything like that before), spray with stabilising solution, two coats of paint. Took me about three weeks, a few hours every few days.
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    How to fit Lawn Edging?

    I think you are meant to dig a narrow trench and pack it in, so at least 50 will be underground. The reviews say it is easily damaged by a garden strimmer.
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    Calculating lighting for garage

    4.5m by 2.5m garage. Walls now painted white. I will have a small workbench area, otherwise mainly for storage. Currently lit by a single 13W LED bulb (equivalent to 100W) and it’s dim. I was looking at LED batten lights and also surface mounted lights like this >>one<< Overkill? I hate...
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    Painting a copper gas pipe

    Thanks. I was debating whether to use something like hammerite. I’d read about how some people used regular emulsion paint. The reasoning for a contrasting colour was to avoid the pipes being damaged if they were more visible. Plus I have a black-and-red theme planned for the flooring.
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    Painting a copper gas pipe

    I’ve recently painted the garage walls in brilliant white. I thought it would be nice to paint the gas copper pipes in a contrasting noticeable colour eg red or yellow. Do I need to use a specific type of paint? Any prep work that’s needed?
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    Cutting oak sleepers to size

    Thanks. Early on I swapped over to Dewalt extreme blades (I think after a post on this forum) and prefer it over the makita.
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    Cutting oak sleepers to size

    I’ve bought some 100x200x2400 untreated oak sleepers. I will need to cut them to size. I have the DHS680 circular saw and was thinking of just doing shallow cuts on each side. Will it have enough power to cut through the oak? Or should I use another method?
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