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 Post subject: fixing into steel ?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:55 am 
Top tip for drilling into steel. Start with a small 1 or 2mm drill bit (which will go though fairly easy) then drill out the same hole going up 1/2mm drill bit each time. You'll breeze though the lot in no time

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 Post subject: Silicone smoothie thingies
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:02 am 
I thought I would say about these thingies.


They are for use when you silicone a "gap" no idea who makes them, 4 in a packet, each with more than one profile, so simple to use, took all of 30 seconds to do the hand basin. The other thing is if you (as you will) squidge some where you shouldn't you can use the flat edge to remove the surplus, ...

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 Post subject: Axminster Rider vs. Quangsheng planes
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 11:18 pm 
Recently I’ve had the chance to try out some Quangsheng and Axminster Rider planes. These planes cost about the same (i.e. both are about half the price of Veritas, Lie-Nielsen or Clifton). If you use hand planes a fair bit, like me you’ve probably read bold claims by Quangsheng and Axminster Rider about their high quality. Well, one of them is lying!

I took a punt on a Quangsheng smoother and what a beauty it ...

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 Post subject: handsaws
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:17 am 
I've used Bahco barracuda 22" just wondering if anyone know of a saw thats as good but cheaper

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 Post subject: Panel lift/Plasterboard hoist recommendations ?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:26 am 
Maybe once a year I need to board a ceiling and am wondering about buying myself a cheapo rather than hire one - anyone got any suggestions or recommendations ?
To hire one costs around £60 a day or £105 a week, and Amazon has a few from around £100 - £130, so it would make sense to buy, but there is that rule about getting what you pay for, so what can you tell ...

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 Post subject: Best drill bits for harder metals
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:05 pm 
Looking to buy a new set of drill bits which will be up to the job for harder metals.
Any recommendations ?
Have done a bit of research and TTP HARD drills have some fantastic reviews and videos on their website - has anyone used them ?

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 Post subject: Power Plumber - Instant Drain Clearer
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:21 pm 
Not a tool as such, more a product, but just thought I'd pass on my experiences with this:-

Had to unblock two basins in one house today, one of which was barely draining at all, even when left overnight. Boiling water down the plughole didn't shift it, my fancy plunger didn't shift it, so I thought I'd crack open a can of this to see how well it worked before resigning myself to removing ...

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 Post subject: Radiator Keys or not?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:19 am 
I found these two old T Shaped iron / steel keys in my late Dad's garage and just wanted confirmation of what they are. They are T shaped and have a rectangular inset ending, much like a radiator key, but bigger.

They weigh approx 150 g each and are approx 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm.

My Dad was a bit of a handyman so they could be for anything.

Any ideas what they are?

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 Post subject: Could you please identify these tools?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:22 pm 
I recently found these old hand tools in my late Dad's garage. Can anybody help me identify them and what they are for? Some of them are numbered, for example, 36, 25 etc and I think this may relate to the number of grooves in the end of some of the tools.

Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Looking to invest in an 18v Cordless Drill (any pointers)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:13 pm 
Looking to purchase a good 18v cordless drill and mayb an impact driver.
Any advice would be grateful

Ive looked at a few dewalt bits and they seem decent enough.


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