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Hovis

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active May 2019

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    Ha, I gave up and went down a not dissimilar route.

    Cut a vertical hole with the chainsaw down the centre, and a few with a drill, a couple of sideways entries at the base for ventilation, filled it with white spirit and lit it. Shoved some coals on there for good measure and then surrounded with wood for maximum fire.

    Didn't have a chance to look at it this morning but I hope its hollowed out at least. This thing has broken me.

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    Epic day with all the power tools today. This 70 year old Ash tree stump is an absolute beast.

    Big shout out to @TTM and his kango skills for making short work of the concrete wall.

    Tomorow this stump comes out

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    Couple of hours with a spade and I've more or less reached that conclusion too. Will look into hiring a micro digger. Anyone got a recommendation in SE london?

    Also, this network of roots, it won't be a problem for the digger I presume?

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    Off to screwfix to get a couple of new spades then. Thanks @Greenbank for reminding me that I already have a forgotten about mattock. Also need to get a wheelbarrow so I can transfer it all to the side of the house where I'll no doubt store it for the rest of time.

    If anyone SE fancies a bit of digging action this weekend hit me up! Beers and kebabs on demand.

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    Lola watching over me whilst I work in the garden.

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    Had a go figuring out where the ground would be using some bricks, level and a 2.4m timber. The stack of bricks on the bottom right represents the bottom of the suspended floor at the front, 52cm. I knew it would be around that figure but seeing it in person is making me worry this office will tower over our garden.

    I'm beginning to think that I should do a bit of digging. The two raised beds either side of the pathway have about 35-40cm of top soil that I really am starting to think I need to get rid of.

    Anyone know much about digging? Is attempting to excavate 6x3x0.4m of top soil with hand tools possible? I'm not adverse to a bit of hard work.

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    Thanks, that looks really interesting. Suprised they have 1000kg capacity. Will investigate those more closely.

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    You still need to seal any cut edges though. They absorb moisture like a sponge if you don't. Learn't that the harder way.

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    Ta. It's annoying they don't deliver to my area, their prices seem to be so much cheaper than everyone else.

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