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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Jonah, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Poor spoon has lost another part...

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    (I do have other, newer, cleaner spoons for cooking... this one is solely reserved for pan banging)
     
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  2. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    Seen better years.................
     
  3. Trumpet

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    A little bit of profiling on the broken edge could make it into a versatile spoon/scraper type utensil.
     
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    Just had a poor man's black velvet. Had half a tin of Guiness left from tonight's tea so topped up my cider with it.
    May become a regular tipple.
     
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    Has anyone heard of the artist support pledge? On Instagram lots of artists are posting works at a special price. I treated myself to this oil painting of the walk to the campsite on St Martin's, Scilly. Cost me as much as a month of fuel normally would, so I haven't really spent anything. IMG_20200516_094011_647.jpg
     
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  6. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Not done a great deal today. the main project has been replacing one of the garden taps. There are three taps, but this one gets 95% of the use and I've fixed it a few times over the 25 years that it's been there. I suspected that the drip was not just another duff washer this time, so I invested in a new tap. This involved a brief phone call, a half mile cycle ride and hanging around by the side door until my dealer slipped out with a new one. Readies were exchanged and I headed back with the goods.

    I dismantled the new one and greased it all up for future ease before fitting it.

    An inspection of the old one did, as I suspected, reveal a heavily eroded seat - indeed, it is a tribute to the washer that I put in last time that it was possible to get it down to a two-second drip.

    A dismantling of the old tap and a few minutes' (hard) work with a reseating tool to cut the seat back to being shiny all the way round was reasonably successful, so I have a spare now, for future emergencies.
     
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    Thanks for posting about the Artist Support Pledge, will treat myself!
     
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  8. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I have observed an interesting phenomenon.

    @Carole's butt is fed from the roof of the house - about 70' x 30'. This is a hipped roof with concrete tiles. There is a continuous 'circular' gutter with four downpipes, near each corner The north-western one of these feeds this butt.

    The Chalet roof is about 20' square and is plastic-coated steel cladding, with a very slight slope. This feeds a water butt which is connected to two others, carefully arranged to have their tops at the same height, so that the single overflow from the 'primary' butt, into lower-level butts, is sufficient. One of these butts is about 50' away from the other two, and this one gets the most use - I remove about the same amount of water daily from it as I do from Carole's.

    I have noticed that the triple system is always full, whenever I use it, but Carole's is down to about half now.

    I have an arrangement with the rain gods which keeps May 16th as a dry day every year, although some slight drizzle/heavy dew is allowable in the hours of darkness. This occurred last night and, having noted the two levels in the day, I checked this morning and found that @Carole's butt had not filled at all, but the butts fed by the shed were back to the top level.

    There could be two reasons for this, I think, possibly both are responsible.

    1, There may have only been enough rain to soak into the concrete tiles, but enough to provide a good run-off from the steel roof.

    2, The gutter where the downpipe that feeds the 'house' butt could be slightly above the two downpipes either side of it, meaning that very slight rainfall proceeds down those in preference. I could put some small weirs in the gutter to persuade the water into the 'right' downpipe, if that it the case, I suppose. Two of the other downpipes may yet receive their own butts at some point, but the fourth would be in an awkward location.

    I may need to make some investigations in light drizzle conditions.
     
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  9. littleme

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    Are you telling us that @Carole 's butt is leaking?
     
  10. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    @Carole's butt has a crack?
     
  11. Gramaisc

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    No, you may recall that I did report that there was a small amount of seepage early on, but it seems fairly tight now.
     
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    <---- decides to fit extra lead shielding and armour to nuclear hardened bunker. :eek:
     
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    Or reason 3. There is a partial blockage in the down pipe?
     
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  14. Gramaisc

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    Possibly, but the last time we had some of yer actual proper rain it did fill up - I'll run a can into the top of the downpipe tomorrow and observe the inflow, or lack of, that results.
     
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    Right, I have just had a close and detailed inspection of @Carole's butt.

    Running water into the downpipe resulted in it flowing straight into the butt, no blockage, not even in the annular section of the diverter - this often happens, it was an annual job for me at one place, although blasting a hose up it from the downstream end will give a quick fix in much less time than a full dismantle.

    There is some moss and algae in the gutter, but they were bone-dry and not offering any great obstruction to the flow.

    It's spitting rain slightly at the moment and the steel roof has about a 50% covering of a film of water, but the tiled roof is still essentially 'dry'.

    It's looking like it is just the initial 'wetting' of the tiled roof (and possibly the growth in the gutters) that absorbs enough water to preclude any flow into the downpipes from small showers, then letting that water re-evaporate afterwards.

    There are some decent showers approaching from the southwest today, we may get a fill, but two have just gone past on either side of here.
     
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  16. Carole

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    And Dear Readers, I never felt a thing.
     
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    This bloke thinks it's OK to spend a few hours every evening shouting his bloody head off from the top of the electricity pole.

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    We've had words about it, but I don't think I'm going to win this battle...
     
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    Is that a Paul Weller bird, hanging on a wire?
     
  19. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    My current location is on the path to the New World. It has been very noticeable lately how much less traffic there is. These people came over this morning, exceeding the 2 metre requirement by over 12,000.

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    PeterD ST16 Represent.

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    My afternoon walk took me past a beautifully original house on the Fonthill Road corner. Certainly at the front, original 1930s features. In the past I have either jogged or driven past it but today it was a brisk walk.
    Gorgeous.

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    Image from google maps)
     
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