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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Nov 2020
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    I'd started to answer before realizing there was a new page and @nefarious had beaten me to it:

    1. Yes if it's edison screw (centre connection should be live)
    2. Small. 3A is probably the most common for a lamp, and the current drawn by an LED bulb is very low though you might be using an older filament bulb.
    3. I've recently used one of these with a 1950s Anglepoise, though cable clamping is by a cunning half hitch rather than screws etc.
      https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Inline-ON-OFF­-Table-Lamp-Desk-Light-Cord-Cable-Switch­-with-LED-Max-220V-10A-UK/223632998693?s­sPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=5223649­37563&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
      Also had to go back to an older glass bulb because modern LED things aren't heavy enough to balance with the existing springs...
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    My K2 will run from a jerry can which makes it easier to keep the hose in place than with a bucket.

    I use a couple of metres of garden hose with a hozelock on the end - the 'official' Karcher hoze has a filter for use with water butts and other dubious sources, but if you're filling the bucket from a tap then particulates shouldn't be a problem.

    Expect lower pressure at the nozzle than when attached to the mains - not quite enough for the patio nozzle to work properly, good enough for fresh mud on the bikes / cars / caravan.

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    Slugs?
    I can't see any rodent sized bite marks - it looks more like the holes I'm finding on my windfall apples, sometimes with the offending gastropod still feeding...

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    Some do, or at least did. Many of the older houses in Bridgnorth have caves and underground areas used as living accomodation as recently as the 1950s. Our house had four, the largest of which had 'cupboards' and also a fireplace and chimney cut into the sandstone. Mostly it was too damp for living though I guess continuous heating would change that.
    We used ours as low light gardens / grottoes with one as a work area and one as a store, but some of the neighbours were more adventurous - see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sh­ropshire-35355359 for example.
    Having worked in coal mines, and later in life owned caves, I would imagine the main answers to your question would be social reasons and Vitamin D, though it doesn't seem to be a problem in Trôo.
    FWIW I've grown out of any troglodyte tendency and now live in the Shropshire Hills, significantly above the River Severn and it's flood plains.

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    spots around the toilet where I’m worried about water stain from water getting into the end grain in these wee gaps

    While I understand the Scots meaning of the word, I had to smile at the idea of a wee gap around the toilet. Definitely something that needs sealing.

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    Personally I'd go for ratchet straps, having had problems with cam buckles slipping when fastening motorbikes to a trailer. I've also used ratchet straps for other things, such as a web clamp when repairing furniture.
    Having said that, a ratchet system can cause damage if you over tighten it - I was surprised how easy it was to bend the boot floor of a Terrano...

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    MrsE thinks we've got one - she doesn't see it happening but somehow the grass stays short. What she also doesn't see is the weekly greasing of knackered bearings and the fortnightly rebuild of the safety switch...

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    My elderly Bosch Rotak is near the end of it's useful life - should I just buy another or is there something better without spending silly money?
    Lawn is around 120 sq.m. and I'm inclined to stick with corded rather than petrol or rechargeable witchcraft...

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    Am I right in thinking this will be carrying a glass door? If so there could well be a weight issue...

    I've run the file through Cura - you'll almost certainly need someone with a printer using a finer nozzle than mine (0.4mm) and even so it looks like the parts are several loosely arranged shapes that don't have much material joining them together - ok as a metal casting, probably fine if injection moulded, but not something I'd trust if I'd made it with my printer.

    It might be worth trying to contact the one person who commented on the design...

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    About 30 years apart. Even favourite pipes don't last that long, although I have kept one or two.

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