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Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:00
raisingirl says:

Clarington says:

I've just had an asbestos garage taken down by asbestos specialists (£600 for anyone who thinks it'll cost thousands; I was quoted not much less for taking a similar sized non asbestos shed down!) They came and went and did a brilliant job leaving no mess and of course they protected the area they worked in.

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Easier to take down a garage then dig up a path without releasing dust though.

It's not dangerous if you leave it alone. If you want it gone, get someone to quote and take their advice on what level of risk it is now.

Please don't take Frank's advice and DIY it. I don't know of any council who will remove asbestos rubble, or even double wrapped whole sheets - even supposing you could get it out without breaking it, which seems unlikely. Some recycling centre will take asbestos if it's properly bagged but all the ones around here charge for taking them and there is a strict limit on quantity. They won't take a path's-worth from you - maybe 3 rubble bags at most. So you will still have to pay a licensed disposal company and you may very well be prosecuted. The HSE take asbestos very seriously these days.

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 Raisingirl: when I took an asbestos awareness course (for engineering industry) contractors are advised to spray water on the asbestos to damp it down while it is removed. This prevents (or at least limits) the dust being released into the atmosphere. I didn't mention this because of course it is much easier to contain water on a factory site than ones garden. The chaps who took my garage away did say they preferred a damp day as it kept things just moist enough so I imagine if they also use it as an option.

It is worth, should you want to go through the route of disposal and DIY (to be honest far too much effort in my eyes but then I do suffer from laziness) be sure to check your local councils website for advise. Mine for instance (above) tells you where to double bag and take the asbestos too.

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 11:07

Just found these in my seeds box if anyone wants them (please pm me if you do; my memory isn't great at remembering to check on here).

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:58


Half a packet here if you'd like it Wakeshine.

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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:06
Dovefromabove says:

 Hmm got in car and drove a mile then the engine management light came on.  I'm at the garage. The car is plugged into a computer!

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 Oh cripes. I hope it's a reset job or something easy!

Another builder has been to quote, I'm now awaiting the skip to arrive so I can get rid of all the plaster. Between 08:00 - 12:00 is as accurate as you can get for a delivery time.

Builder seems a good chap; one of his lads actually lives next door. He's confirmed the family are as odd as we suspected and laughed when I mentioned sound insulation " his mam has some good lungs on her!"


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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:02
Dovefromabove says:

Today I have been mainly crushing grapes 

One kilo has been simmered in red wine with lemon and rosemary - now they are being strained in a jelly bag and tomorrow they will be transmogrified into Grape & Rosemary Jelly, and the other kilo will be crushed ready to be turned into Grape & Balsamic Jelly.

I need to buy more preserving sugar and jars ... I'm running out of saved small ones.  

As you say Obelixx, living with never ending renovations is very wearing (I used to be married to a builder).  Clari has enough 'stuff' impacting on her life, without renovations and car parts in every room.   I do think a bit of consideration is called for .........However, I am aware of people who think it perfectly reasonable to put car parts through the dish washer  

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 Oh you've seen in my dishwasher have you? Mmmmm lemony fresh winch kit.

Tea... TEA .. TEAAAAA!!!!!!!

I've had a mug and I'm twitching! FEEL THE CAFFEINE BURN THROUGH MY VEINS!! 

Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 09:59

Donty. It's your garden; what you choose to do is entirely up to you. But Asbestos when undamaged and left well alone is safe. Once it starts to be drilled / damaged then the problems come. 

I've just had an asbestos garage taken down by asbestos specialists (£600 for anyone who thinks it'll cost thousands; I was quoted not much less for taking a similar sized non asbestos shed down!) They came and went and did a brilliant job leaving no mess and of course they protected the area they worked in.

You might be best if it's in good condition and you can cope with the height difference skimming over the top to cover the gap. But for peace of mind I recommend getting an asbestos company in to give you a free quotation for removal and disposal. (You can remove low grade asbestos yourself double bagging it and transporting it to certain recycling centres but certainly in my case it was easier and cheap enough to just get someone else to do it and keep my car clean!)

picked rhubarb

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 14:08

I'm afraid the only really accurate answer is: Possibly.

My rhubarbs are fairly late into the season now and are all dying back. It COULD be that yours have sent enough essentials to the roots to come back next year as if nothing had happened, although perhaps weaker than had it had a few more weeks.

We'll see come Spring!

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Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:49

Ob: That's all well and good having two hours in the house but he expects that while he's in the man shed "working" I should be cleaning the house and doing chores. Ironing is therapeutic and all that but since I have cut my ironing down to just his shirts (and the bed sheets if I'm feeling in need of a little luxury) its hardly the most enjoyable way to spend the evening!

As for work: you'd be amazed when reading the welfare at work act that the this place hasn't been shut down but somehow he gets away with it. 

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Posted: 22/09/2016 at 11:54

20 degrees? GWRS that is roasting! Our heating isn't allow on until its dipped 15'C (Welcome to Yorkshire).

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Posted: 22/09/2016 at 11:24

Joyce: the garden has been forgotten all of this year, and most of last. His lordship has his man shed that he can retreat too and of course the workshop he rents with a friend. They're his personal space. I have no where. The kitchen is barely a kitchen when after spending an hour scrubbing it to within an inch of its life I turn my back to find car parts have magically appeared. Now I'm not the best at baking but I'm pretty sure you don't need a winch switch or turbo boost dial when you're making fat rascals.

The house being a mess I can cope with. Were it not for the fact that when I come to work I don't even have an office! I have a cupboard with ONE chair and ONE childs desk that act as working space for TWO people, the wall paper I have given up trying to peel off (it has a tendency to fall off when you least expect it) and NO storage of any type meaning I've boxes and mounds all over. The new guy (who I now share this space with) can't see why we're not cracking on to get it done. Bless him. He's got a long way to go before he realises that just because the boss promised you something doesn't mean you'll actually get it!

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