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Dogtemple

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Dec 2020

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    you can run a 16mm drill bit through a stem with little issue, you could drill it out in increments and soak it.

    I wouldn't usually use caustic soda or lots of heat as it ruins the paint but thats irrelevant here. I would 100% melt it out with caustic soda or oxy acetylene if you have access to it. manually removing it is haaaaaaard

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    the issue is more the pipework and the need for pressure release valves etc. this is the part I'm not clear on what is needed, as a back boiler would still need this. even so the woodburner is just made out of an old calor gas bottle so I doubt there would be many aftermarket options.

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    seeking a bit of advice here.

    my girlfriend and I are fortunate have a nice little place to go to on the weekends that I am refurbishing but it only has a wood burner for heating on the ground floor. the next two floors get no heat, you would think heat would rise up but it doesn't seem to, it just sits on the ground floor.

    so to heat the next floor I am thinking of running a coil of copper pipe inside the woodburner, it's a diy rocket stove type arrangement, so it would be suited nicely to this as there is a gap between the fire chamber and outer case. the coil would be in the burner and running out and up to the next floor where it would be plumbed in to a radiator and working on a thermo-syphon to heat the radiator and circulate the water.

    this is just my basic thinking, plumbing isn't my forte. I am presuming that I will need a pressure valve of some kind or over flow? would that be right and if so, any pointers?

  • in General
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    Boiled linseed oil will make faded plastic look like new and keep them that way.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    there should be a spring on there, I can't help thinking it may be the pawl thats broken rather than a spring. have a look though, if it doesn't work you have nothing to loose by pulling it apart. getting it back together is the hard part.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    thanks, its basically an Ikea hack I came up with.

    its 4x over the fridge type cabinets hung from one of those rails inch pincher posted above, two long cabinet doors which had about 20cm cut off to fit and hinge holes redrilled to the ends. on top of that is a white marble style counter top. thats it really. sounds simple but took ages. the doors are very thin and I ended up ruining two of them when drilling in the holes for the hinges and had to buy another pair.

    I put 3 hinges on each door but the length causes them to sag, so had to make a clip to hold them in place when closed. all good though, they keep perfectly level when clipped in.

    Ikea also do a couple of storage boxes that fit perfectly, so you can have 4 boxes in each cabinet.

    getting it all level, lined up and perfectly straight is the key to making it look good, can very easily look sloppy otherwise.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    ok, that bit is a pawl, see if you can find a fix related to that. honestly though, unless you can see an obvious problem, such as a spring having popped off, I would leave it.

    they're complicated and fiddly to put back together. even if it was taken apart and you found a broken part I'm not sure you could get spares. it would be easier to just replace. give it a try but it will be tricky to get working again. its not one of those things with a certain fix at the end.

    unfortunately if it was the lever not doing anything, there an easy fix for that.

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    when you say it can move freely, do you mean the lever or the little ratchet circled in the pictures above?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I was looking for something like this as a sideboard, they all cost £5000 or more. made one myself for about £200. mine is held in solid brickwork and I made double the amount of fixings needed just to be double sure. I wouldn't trust it in to plasterboard for any real weight, you would probably want some sort of frame bolted in to the fabric of the building to then hang the cupboards from.

    its quite high up just as I'm fairly tall and didn't want it at an annoying height, like everything else is.

    the depth is 60cm, height 40cm and about 8.5ft long

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    Could be celebrating Diwali,a feminist icon and freedom for a group of people... That or L,L,L.

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