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Spxtz

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active Dec 2019
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Anyone found a good way of dealing with mealybugs? I get them on succulents periodically (they fly in the window in summer and can't stop them arriving).

  • in Glasgow
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    Southside for sure. I'm in Pollokshields just now, which is dead nice. Further south eg Shawlands is a bit pricier and also the buildings tend to be a bit smaller, so you get less bang for your buck. Just bear in mind that the whole inner city isn't much bigger than Hackney and Islington together, so it's easy to cycle everywhere (if you don't mind getting wet!)

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Unfortunately our roof access hatch is 14ft high in the close, we've got a ladder that can reach it but by the time we've set it up we may as well have walked down the stairs.

    @aggi I was looking at these ones for ease of storage: https://www.safelincs.co.uk/kletterfix-f­ire-escape-ladder/ and I see they come with their own wall-mounted bar too.

    @Bumperoo do you mean an auto-belay like you get at some climbing centres?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    About 60cm, and awkwardly shaped - too thick for me to be comfortable with those ladders that have a hook contraption for the top of the sill. Plus they're a pain to store.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    After a recent catastrophic fire on my street I'm looking at escape ladders (flat is on the second floor and the only route out is a single shared staircase). We've got really thick walls so I'd like to install some anchors for a ladder rather than the kind you hook over the windowsill, but I'm not sure what to search for. Are climbing bolt hangars the best way to go?

    Here's what the fire did: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-g­lasgow-west-50379853

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    All the ones I've found (that aren't mad expensive) come with the ceiling fixture and cables as separate parts, so they need wiring.

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    I'd like to replace the ceiling light fitting (single pendant) in my kitchen with one of these pictured, so I can put a light above the table and another above the sink without going up in the loft and installing two new ceiling roses etc. Does anyone have a wiring diagram for a multi pendant light fitting?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    The cheapest passive option is to lay a length of 3mm copper wire along the ridgeline above any mossy areas. When it rains it'll oxidise and wash a copper solution down the tiles, which kills moss spores. That should stop it spreading at least.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    We've had a leaky ceiling due to some problems with our roof which are now fixed. The plaster on the ceiling hasn't sagged but there was a wet patch that's made a big brown tide mark. There was also some black mould in the middle of the wet patch, which I've treated with Ronseal mould killer.

    What are my next steps to getting the ceiling looking normal? I'm planning to leave it for a few weeks to let it dry out fully and go over the whole thing again with mould killer at least once. But then I'd like to make sure that the tide mark doesn't come back through any paint I go over it with. Should I be using a damp barrier undercoat or are the one-coat options actually any good?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I've tried this, records don't really fit. One might - just - but once you start factoring in the thickness of multiple sleeves it's no go.

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