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Jobs That Need Doing But You Wish They Didn't

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 12:17
Mike Allen says:

...I tend to ask the question.  If I need to replace a fridge, freezer, washing machine or drier.  In most case these come in stock sizes that fit under the work-top etc.  Why can't boilers be similar?

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 For most people it's an advantage to have as large a fridge, freezer or washing machine as is reasonable as there is more space for storing food or washing laundry.

However there is no advantage to having a larger boiler than is needed to heat the house is there?  So they are made to occupy as little space as possible thus freeing up more room for cupboards etc.  

Last edited: 28 September 2017 12:17:57

What's wrong with my potatoes

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 11:49

You can cut the affected area away and eat the remainder.  I've done it several times and am still here to tell the tale. 

As for preventing a recurrence ... improving the water retention of the soil by the addition of organic material might help with erratic growth in dry spells, which may be one of the causes ... it's caused by cultural conditions and is not really a disease (despite its name).  

Also, as some potato varieties are said to be more prone to the condition, it may be worth doing a bit of research before choosing your seed potatoes next year. 

Last edited: 28 September 2017 11:50:44

Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 10:54

The reasonable precautions you describe apply to setting poison as well as setting traps.

Using a proper bait box will avoid rat poison being accessed by pets.  If you don't possess, and don't wish to purchase one (or more likely the several needed) it's often cheaper to get the professionals in.  

Professionals should also be aware of any tolerance to specific poisons which has been acquired by rats in the area and thereby know which bait to use which will be effective and also avoid contributing to the build up of tolerance in the local rat population.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 10:18

OMW!!!  I've just had the first of our Concorde pears for breakfast .... absolutely wonderful 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 08:12

No chance of that here Joyce ... We've had rain overnight and showers forecast for the rest of the day. Think it's an indoor day today . 

Lawn aerator - clogged!

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 08:08

I've never found those manual hollow tine aerators to be of any use at all for the reasons you mention plus the aching back which occurs after trying ... And that was when I was younger, fitter and stronger. I returned to using a border fork to spike the lawn ... Nowadays I use an electric lawn rake and scarifier. 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 07:49

Good morning all  G'day Pat   Your OH must be so tired 

Chicky so glad your father's doing well - sounds as if Chicklet is having a wonderful time 

Hello Joyce - hope you're doing ok 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 22:20

Sweet dreams all 

What's wrong with my potatoes?

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 19:12

Added protein Philippa ... by the time we get to 27 we need all we can get 

What's wrong with my potatoes?

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 18:33

You can cut the bad bits out and use the rest ... should be fine ... I've survived doing it 

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