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Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 14:55

Xhose must be pretty good - it's kept this thread running for two-and-a-half years.

Leaf blower power problems

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 14:52

I reckon the folks above who recommend looking at the fuel system are on the case, especially going right through to the carb.

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:05

Check out Harry Hill.

Beech hedging advise

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:09

Ritchie, this might not apply in your case, but when deciding the planting line do bear in mind the width of the finished hedge, so that it doesn't grow beyond your boundary and so you've got access to cut it. So many people plant their hedges a foot inside their boundary fence/wall and in no time they're growing out across pavements/public footpaths/neighbours' gardens.

In our thoughts

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:02

It's easy to misunderstand the simplest words.

stormy weather

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 16:58

That's Barbados for you!

Leaf blower power problems

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 16:54

Harry, what make is it and how old? Does it just gradually slow down or is it lumpy? Does it go back to normal when you next start it up?

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 16:07


Complain to your local council, whichever one is responsible for environmental matters down your way - probably the District or Borough.

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 06:32

1. Danger of accidents with the machine, slips and falls down the slope, danger to myself and others from losing control.

2. I use my experience, training and judgement about what slope would be safe to work on - possibly use a strimmer, depending on the vegetation, but anything thicker than rough grass use hand tools. Check my insurance. If in any doubt about safety, tell the customer it's not possible, and why.

3. Slips, falls due lack of balance or insecure foothold. Machine might be too heavy or not capable of being used at the correct angle.

4. Anti-gravity app! Otherwise, sheep and goats don't do a bad job.

5. Go back to basics - why do I need to clear this slope, or is it just a whim? If I clear this slope, will it still be a hard job for the future to keep it clear or pretty?

6. Depends on size of job, location, steepness, vegetation.

7. Nothing that anyone hasn't thought of already - any H and S documentation designed for this sort of work covers it.

8. Managed grass is the most likely, I think. Beyond that, you're looking at restoration jobs, where you could encounter anything from tussocky grass or bramble through to shrubs and trees.


Posted: 16/10/2015 at 17:07

I think it was your comment #19.

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