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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 16:51

Plasterer visited! Knows neighbours and was entirely understanding at our wanting sound boarding on the share wall to drown them out.

Dog is now hinting. Dog is not understanding the concept of a duvet evening.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 16:29

Clever idea for the chair Wonky!

I'm playing the "will the plasterer visit today" game. 

I'm also playing the "it's cold, wet, windy, and puppy and I are home alone. Can we bunker up in the bedroom all afternoon / evening? I'm thinking iplayer and lots of blankets.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 07:15

Good luck at the doctors today Pat. I hope they find a nice easy to treat answer.

Yesterday's walk went well. It was only the three dogs (sometimes these walks have 30 dogs go! which is almost excessive). We got to potter around, the dogs got to play with dogs of their own size, everyone was well behaved, and Reggie slept all afternoon so must have enjoyed himself.

76 small visitors to the museum booked today so I best ought get myself organised. Or at least dressed!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 07:53

Oh DD welcome to normal. Whatever that is.

Today is my first "organised" walk for a German Shepherd group. They always seem to be quite northernly so I suggested a few places more local and now I'm feeling nervous hoping people (and dogs) will come! 

Then it's straight back home for more plaster knocking off.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 18:16

Dove; my first attempt at taking a photo Reggie suddenly got the need to clean his willy.

Joyce; I've been trying to find workmen since May! I'm hoping this latest builder is THE CHOSEN ONE because I do not fancy learning brick work.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:18

Current status of the lounge.

We've near filled the skip with the lounge and rubble from the garden. I don't think the previous occupants threw anything away including so many random lumps of concrete they'd thrown in the hedge?

Had to evict 40 frogs from one area alone. They're becoming a major tripping hazard!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 21:56

Don't forget the toilet roll GWRS! Never move house without emergency toilet roll handy.

I've had to go back on water; tea was giving me funny effects! *twitch*

Took the hound on a 2 hour stroll through the countryside this evening. Ended up in another county! We'll all sleep well tonight.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:52

I was trying to wrack my brains as to what you meant by a quarter! Glad you're so easily sorted out.

I'm now sat at work. Unfortunately Fridays are never good days for teachers to contact so I'm looking a little lost in the corner of the room. I imagine like so many people they are winding up for the weekend of paperwork and marking and goodness knows what else they're expected to do that no one realises they always seem to be doing.

So I'm playing the "mentally work out where I can put the greenhouses". I don't like them where I had planned for them to go. I am hoping, just hoping, that this builder is THE ONE, and that he will magic up a slot in the next few weeks so that we can start work. Truth be told I don't even mind if we don't get the plastering done on all the rooms before Christmas if we can just have a house we can walk around without having to dodge the electrical cables and play squeeze between the piles of stuff that currently have no where to live.

Because, and I don't mean this in any kind of nasty way, but the famous paint supplier that often gets muddled up with a condom manufacturer have changed their range at least three times since we first started on the house and I'm getting a little fed up of having to keep finding out what fancy name they've called the deep blue I want this time (dark ocean with added shrimp, bluebell meadow on a dusky day, royal regetta sans pims... ITS BLUE GET IT. BLUE. DARK BLUE IF YOU WANT TO BE PICKY QUIT GETTING SO FANCY. YOUR PAINT GOES ON MY BATHROOM WALLS SO I CAN LOOK AT IT WHILE I PEE DON'T THINK YOU'RE ANYTHING SPECIAL).

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).

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