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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by That-Crazy-Rat-Lady, Feb 1, 2015.
We have had a mink in the house.
That was exciting.
Ooohhh I bet! Did it leave of its own accord? Or was it evicted?
I left the door open for him.
Shame, really, he was a lovely chap and seemed less than fully wild.
I salvaged this aluminium ladder stay from a garage clearance a few weeks ago. I do have an old steel one, but it's just too heavy to be of use when there's any sort of extension on the ladder. This is much more suitable.
I cleaned up and greased the steel fixings. The manufacturer has been thoughtful enough to provide a hook to hang your paint tin on - I might move that to the other side, I'm likely to have the tin in my left hand most of the time - or I could just make another hook and be ambidextrous.
With a bit more thought, they could have used the spreader bar to support a shelf for tools, etc.
So, I've bodged one up.
"Why aren't the end rails at the outside edge?", I hear you say.
Because there's a couple of blocks underneath them, to reduce any tendency to escape sideways in windy conditions.
I might even put a couple of catches on one day.
Half way through a walk from Ironbridge to Coalport awaiting my game suet pudding and mash.
Beautiful weather and good beers thus far.
The only problem is that there are more pubs on the other side of river on the way back and I’ve booked into a micro pub for “puddings” later
We finally made it back to Ironbridge after sundown to find the bridge illuminated in all its glory.
A rather different 'clock' this time.
A 60 minute timer/switch from an electric steamer.
It's got a tendency to stop during the cycle, so I've opened it up to investigate - nothing obvious was found - so, just a bit of oil and a few test-runs now.
Rather nerve-racking when getting the 'bent-on' casing off, wondering if the guts were going to fly out...
Well I’ve still got a jigsaw addiction. At least with my penchant for jigsaws, books, sudoku and crosswords I will never get bored during lockdown. Lazy and unfit, possibly. Boredom, never.
About once a year, one of the thermostatic valves will refuse to open - usually one that's not used much.
I tested them all today and found one that wasn't going to respond to the "shock tactics" that will sometimes redeem the situation.
I have a 'spare' from previous changes, which allows me to just swap the valve bodies quickly.
Then I can dismantle the offending valve, to create a spare for the next time.
It has always been corrosion scale on the pin (above the washer in the picture).
The spring just doesn't have the force to overcome it.
A quick clean-up and reassembly, then it can be put away for the next time.
I know that I haven't had this valve out before, so it's been there since 1995 and not used at all for the last three or four years, apart from the odd trial run.
I finally put the new front tyre on the bike and took it for a spin to run it in
And I found this interesting new road sign.
It's intended to warn the unwary about the lad with a motorised wheelchair who lives over the top of the hill.
Most locals would be aware of his antics, but he could surprise a passing outsider...