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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Jun 2019
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    Not entirely: the hedgehogs are nocturnal and I'm finding slugs during daylight hours, hence the non-chemical and highly selective approach. To be fair, I see more hedgehog crap in the garden than actual hedgehogs. I choose to believe they're eating the half slugs I leave for them in addition to crapping on the lawn.

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    We also have hedgehogs in the garden, so chemicals are out of the question since the remains are usually eaten.
    Not by me in case there's any doubt.

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    Scissors.
    Must be a pair reserved for just slugs.
    Be prepared for odd looks from the neighbours.

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    A grinder will almost certainly go through, but will fill the entire building with dust. Fouling the disc with sealant could lead to overheating and the disc breaking in a spectacular way - eye protection and a dust mask will be essential.
    You might do better with an oscillating multi-tool and a grout removal blade to take out the first few tiles so a pry bar can be used to lever the rest off. I bought a cheap one for just this sort of thing and was surprised how useful it was - shaping tiles to go around pipework, making access points, and cutting out sections of rotten floorboard and splicing in a new section suddenly became straightforward.

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    I bought a box of three B17 (Narrow) in very used condition, claimed as 1950s, and all three had a separate layer as in your photos.
    One proved 'used' beyond all reasonable repair, one now has different leather so I can't check, but the third has YSG stamped in much the same place as your AMS. Date code perhaps?

    Edit: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vinta­ge/477427-brooks-saddles-date-code-decod­ing.html

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    Thanks!
    Various on-line experts describe the preferred soil as 'Chalky, Loamy, Sandy' etc. Ours is more like puddling clay, so I don't anticipate much success unless it will tolerate life in a pot.

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    Can anyone identify this? Seen in a border at Packwood House (NT) although my recollection is more blue than the photo. Predictably MrsE would like one...

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    Having made both, I think leather is quieter (with stainless mudguards) - not too difficult to try for yourself?

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    More like 24 hours - longer still if cold, and possibly much longer still if using rattlecan to avoid issues with the paint having a different solvent base (spray paint won't play nicely if there is any residual water in the primer). I left my last project in the loft in summer for a week between Kurust and brush on enamel...

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    Possibly PlusGas or some other 'proper' penetrating oil rather than WD40 for something like this?
    Has the entire bolt head come off? If so, soak the other bolt heads with Plusgas before removing them and the cover, and see if there is a decent length of bolt sticking out - if there is, you might be able to file / grind flats on it and turn it with mole grips.
    If not, at least grind the end of the stump square, and centre punch before drilling - start with a pilot hole, not just the 'drill' end of the extractor, that way you can check you're central (enough) to avoid damaging the thread. TBH I've not had much success with bolt extractors and small bolts ...

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