10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...
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" it would be difficult to make concrete look attractive..."
... when knocking up some home made speaker stands from concrete blocks at minimal cost.
Admittedly spending whole shifts down a coal mine in the' 80s feeding a pump packing system with up to 5 tons of quick setting concrete (as an alternative to traditional stone packs) has left me with an aversion to the stuff even now.
Concrete has the advantage of high inertia and rigidity - surely a wooden box containing the sand would reverberate, necessitating an acoustically 'dead' filler to give it mass and an element of panel damping?
If the blu tac (or equivalent viscoelastic body) is effective as a vibration isolator, then the acoustic qualities of the stand will probably be less important than it's structural stiffness
Having said that, it would be difficult to make concrete look attractive...
'70s undergraduate speaker stands? Probably with the occasional scaffolding plank to brace across the speaker pair, damped by loading it with books?
Salford Quays and the Lowry Centre? I managed to entertain myself for a day (with no more than lunch in a pub) while Mrs.E was on a course.
catch the tram if you're bikeless...
Look in 'Printer Properties' or 'Print Setup' for a black and white option - if it's HP you'll need to leave the colour cartridge in place - works for my Deskjet 1220 and other ancient HP devices...
It looks to me as though there is a part missing, with a loop at one end for the strap, a 'keyhole' shaped hole at the other, springs over the head of the fitting to allow easy removal, and is probably still on the original strap.
Something like the leather neck strap (Japan) from the store at fedka.com might work?
for what it's worth...
I've had some success with slices in the middle - width and depth of the block of cheese and about 5mm thick. Too thick seems to result in large voids around the cheese - too thin and it mostly disappears. Additional problems (for me) come from crumbly cheeses such as cheshire or caerphilly: mostly I use extra strong or extra mature cheddar or lancashire strips rolled in while knocking back, with more grated on top just before baking.
Try olive oil instead of butter? Something like 300g strong flour / 7g fast yeast / 5-7g salt / 200g warm water / 20g olive oil for six to eight rolls - enough to prove the recipe, not so much that you'll be ill from eating the evidence if it doesn't work.
Dry bearings? According to the manual, my 30 year old Revolver needs a spot of oil on the motor and turntable bush every year or so - it might be worth spending a couple of pounds on an oiling pen before paying someone by the hour to investigate and ultimately condemn all moving parts.