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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Apr 2016
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    Not noticing details such as coloured numbers puts a level to how often I use a tape measure.
    I tend to reach for a steel rule as the measuring stick of choice - retired Technology teacher, more engineering than woodwork.

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    You're quite right about the different colours on the tape measure.
    Having used the same tape measure for 30 years, I hadn't noticed - I had to go and check.

    I find this worrying.

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    I'm fairly sure [email protected]" is also what I've seen here, when the upper floor of my house was being built (prior to plasterboard going in), and again when contractors partitioned various rooms at work - I can't imagine UK and US standards being very different.

    The single shed I designed and made (#notanexpert) was on a very low budget, and only has to keep the weather off a few garden tools - if I wanted to keep more valuable things (e.g. bikes) secure I'd probably go for a heavier construction.

    At a practical level, if I'd used 4x2" at the closer spacing each frame would weigh around five times as much, and I wouldn't have been able to move them without help.

    @Backstop - compromise on [email protected]" and claim it's based on an obscure local standard?

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    The frames on mine are 2"x 1" at 24" spacing, and assumes the T+G cladding contributes to structural stiffness. Built as four 'wall' frames, assembled in situ by screwing the frames to each other, with the roof assembled last. Admittedly it's in a sheltered position, but has been fine for the last 20 years - pics on pages 267 & 268.
    [email protected]" sounds like the sort of stud wall that will hold another storey above it? Doubtless conforms to building regulations but perhaps excessive for a modest sized shed?

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    Aldi veg. plug plants? More expensive than seeds but at least you'll know they've all come up and been given a start while you're still trying to fit your world into cardboard boxes.
    Try to get them as soon as they arrive in store - apparently they're not watered after delivery for safety reasons.
    I'll probably have to start again after the last few days of frost wind hail and snow...

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    Over half a century old, made from a combination of tree and dead cow, and still legal for road use?

    However it would be contemporary with the bike ... hmm.

    Just realized - new page - needs a picture.

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    I found the Haynes 'Garden Buildings Manual' helpful - quite a bit of detail and guidance without being too prescriptive, and covers some related areas such as decking.

    ISBN 1 84425 352 4 if you're looking in a library catalogue

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    It has to be a bit more than 'engine off' - advice from the NACC is that the engine needs to be made incapable of being started, achieved through the removal or absence of components, and just what counts as 'incapable' is a matter of judgement.
    Quite correct about it originally being a light industrial engine of about 1 h.p. - enough oomph via friction drive against the tyre for around 8% inclines without pedalling - much steeper and it all slows down, and as the revs drop so does the power, hence the need for pedal assistance to keep the speed up somewhere above 15mph.
    This particular problem comes from living in the Clee Hills - if I want to go more than a couple of miles from home I encounter gradients between 12% (preferred route) and 20% (very much 1 way)
    If I was to be honest, the real problem is using it in the first place...
    I suspect another helmet, this time with a removable liner for cleaning, is the way forward, and accept that on a warm day I'll be very warm. Unless anyone knows a better way?

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    I've tried this in the Motorcycle & Scooter thread with no answer so far:
    I have a 1952 Trojan Mini Motor on a Phillips 3-speed - working about as well as you'd expect, but I'm getting very hot when pedal "assisting" up the local hills. The law says it has an engine, so a helmet is mandatory, and I'm fairly sure that a cycle helmet isn't sufficient in any legal sense.
    Is there such a thing as a motorcycle helmet that is ventilated enough to be comfortable pedaling a heavy bike with an extra 20 lbs of metal bolted to it?

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    A helmet question:
    I have a 1952 Trojan Mini Motor on a Phillips 3-speed - working about as well as you'd expect, but I'm getting very hot when pedal "assisting" up the local hills. The law says it has an engine, so a helmet is mandatory, and I'm fairly sure that a cycle helmet isn't sufficient in any legal sense.
    Is there such a thing as a motorcycle helmet that is ventilated enough to be comfortable pedaling a heavy bike with an extra 20 lbs of metal bolted to it?

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