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bq

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Apr 2021

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    Is it blocked?
    I've no idea of the hassle this would entail but can you remove it and flush it out with a high pressure hose?

    Or buy a new one.

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    Ha ha :-D

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    This. 1/3rd is expensive wine we brought from London that needs to be kept for a few years, but the other 2/3rds is €3-4 a bottle bought on special offers. Mostly cheap Bordeaux which is the local stuff, but also about 8 cases bought at Lidl when they had an Italian week, because it's impossible to buy decent well-priced Italian wine here.

    Basically how you live in France is wait till the thing you want is on special offer somewhere, then buy as much of it as you possibly can. Otherwise the cost of living is rather high.

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    I can see daylight through my roof.

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    I guess this counts as home improvement. Once the last of this pile of firewood was burned, and the exterminator had killed all the woodworm and beetles in the timbers I put the cellar back to its proper purpose.

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    @Dammit something comfortable to replace the Merc. Bonus: it needs “light restoration” too!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Citroen-CX-si­x-wheeler-Loadrunner-1989-/274735876353

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    These Micras are surprisingly good, and as a bonus it will make an excellent engine and gearbox donor for a classic Mini when the rust finally kills it.

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    It depends on the flats, the residents, and the HA.
    I lived in a HA block for 19 years and all but one (a renter) of my neighbours over that time were lovely. If they are shared ownership then the residents will probably take some pride in the place. If it's all rented there are no guarantees.
    HAs are only interested in building and selling flats, not in being decent landlords or doing maintenance, so that probably explains the communal garden.
    As for the flats themselves, if the place you're looking at is noticeably nicer than the HA block then it may become a target of crime. We had this in Bethnal Green for the first few years until the next new thing was built, and our friends in Canning Town had a real problem as they had bought in a new build block in the middle of a 50s council estate, and people got mugged or robbed all the time apparently.

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    They don’t seem to be a complicated design. However, I don’t have any appropriate tools really, just what I’ve collected through the years as a renter. So, does anybody have an idea what the minimal amount of tools I’d need would be to make something like the photos below? Fine saw? Corner clamp? Mitre guide?

    To do it like this you would need a mitre saw, very well set up, to do the mitres.
    A router to do the dado / groove for the drawer base
    Some clamps and glue to stick it together. You can buy corner clamp guides to make sure it's all square, or you can make a template.
    and some oak veneered MDF (it's usually veneered on one face and one edge), and some plain MDF for the bases, all of which you can order cut to size.

    But as others have said, a mitre like that is not a strong construction, so there may be something hidden we cannot see, and getting that level of finish takes time, skill and practice.

    Have you looked on Ebay, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree for any of these for sale? It's probably a cheaper and easier way to get more drawers. I've pimped loads of old Ikea things by simply buying more second-hand ones and using what I need from them.

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    I love your hallway floor tiles!

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