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Spxtz

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active Apr 2020
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    This looks great! Where did you get the seeds?

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    Give them a prompt to make a sculpture out of tinfoil or something else that everyone is likely to have in the house. Rank the entries - if a normal round is 10 points, then winner gets five, second gets four, everyone else gets three. Tell them in advance that the judging will be subjective (and get a guest judge for that round if you can!).

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    Give them a prompt to make a sculpture out of tinfoil or something else that everyone is likely to have in the house. Rank the entries - if a normal round is 10 points, then winner gets five, second gets four, everyone else gets three. Tell them in advance that the judging will be subjective (and get a guest judge for that round if you can!).

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    Yeah, the ceiling has been patched previously and so when the water spread out over the plasterboard it found all the edges of the panel. Those are where the splits are developing.

    Thanks, I'll pull down as much of it as I can this weekend...

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    We've got a leak in our roof over our spare room that has damaged the gyprock ceiling and caused a piece about 1m square to come detached. We had my partner's parents staying when it started to split, so we pinned it to the ceiling using a long ladder with a bit of wood on top as a temporary acrow prop.

    The roof still isn't repaired, the roofer was supposed to fix it this week (it's just some flashing and a tile to replace so not serious for the roof itself) but obviously the job is now on the long finger.

    It would be really handy for us to have the ladder back to be able to crack on with some DIY elsewhere in the flat - is it sensible to remove the damaged gyprock and leave the ceiling with bare laths showing for a while (or to cover it with eg. lining paper temporarily)? Or should we leave the gyprock up and supported til we can get a plasterer out?

    Obviously if we get another few weeks of massive rainstorms like in Feb the gyprock may come down of its own accord, prop or no.

    PS I know now that we should have just drilled a hole in it and let the water through to save the ceiling. Hindsight is 20/20.

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    Gove was on BBC Breakfast this morning and he said that allotments are okay as long as all the other guidelines for social distancing etc are taken into account.

    https://twitter.com/RobsAllotment/statusĀ­/1242360063869833219

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    Thanks @grams @Sumo, that makes sense. I figured since the USBC to MiniD was male-female (like the one in the picture) it was effectively a USBC adapter even though it had some length to it. I'll just get the one cable.

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    I've got a Surface Book that only has USB and USBC ports. I'm trying to connect it to an Acer monitor using the following chain of cables:

    Surface
    USBC to Mini Displayport
    Mini Displayport to HDMI
    Monitor

    The Surface doesn't detect the monitor. I've tested the MiniD to HDMI with a different laptop and that works fine. Is there a way that I can establish whether the issue is the USBC to MiniD cable or a config problem on the tablet/monitor? My other USBC device is a Google Nexus 5X.

    Obviously getting a replacement cable will be tricky at the moment, so I'd like to explore all config-related issues first.

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    Got a lot of landscaping done on our plot this weekend. We'd put the whole lot under black plastic for 8 months to kill the couch grass and convovulus, and now we've rebuilt the raised beds and laid proper paths. Before and after photos below. The paths are made by laying cardboard then weed suppressant plastic then play bark, and pinning it down with spikes for the raised beds and tarp pins. Got a ton of compost delivered too. Keeping the beds covered until we use them, to stop weeds coming back. Fingers crossed we get to continue using it!

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    Thanks all. I'll head up to Howdens in Possil next week and take a look... a pal of mine got her doors from Plykea and they look great, but it's crazy expensive and I can't help but think that with some patience I can get close to that myself.

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