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Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:09

Martin, it does interest me, I like to know what happened.
As an engineer at ICI we had chemicals, pressure, and highly inflammable compounds, every man and woman on the site had to attend the on site Fire Station for an up date each year which included fighting some sort of fire. The lads knew me so I usually got the bad one, often as I worked forward knowing the fire behind me was out it would self ignite from the heat of the surface it was on. Most of the explosions we had were pressure causing the initial blast then some outside element firing it up.
Rotting vegetation gives off methane which is why an open compost bin is better than a closed one it also depends on where it is full sun or shade.
Having lived in a house that used peat for fires you find it takes a while to fire up which was why we damped them down at night rather than let them go out.
The posters on here had a problem without cause, one a peat fire one an explosion, it would shake them and be a mystery but as you will know there is always an explanation, and as soon as Ash or carbon was added the light started to come on for me, we had to be very careful about the storage of Nitrates, which end up in most fertilizers.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 23:34

Sizeyuk1, you had by the sound of it a bomb. As a lad before elf and safety we did chemistry and were taught among other things to make gunpowder and our own fire works, Charcoal is Carbon, Nitrate in some fertiliser is Saltpetre, and Sulphur also present in some fertiliser and you have a crude gunpowder. Put that lot into a sealed container  with heat inside and out and a build up of Methane gas pressure given off by rotting compost I would stand well clear.
None of us really know what we tip into our compost although I never did trust any of those seal and turn containers, I have wooden open lattice types that let air in and pressure out.
Having been on an army explosives course you realise just how easy it is to make things go bang with normal everyday ingredients.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 22:59

I saw that forecast "Rain" a touch of frost will be inland, my Son in the Vale of York normally gets it first. With us being near the sea it will be cold but no frost.
Posh, had a visitor tonight to see her Sun Flower, and to be photographed standing by it, I should say being towered over by it and its big smiling face. Hannah was delighted, we had to lift her so her face was level with the flower and the sun came out to light it all up. The evidence will be presented at school next week when they start.
She thinks I work miracles, well had you seen the poor bedraggled thing I got from her that is probably so, the weather seems to have been ideal for it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 15:56

Well Mike, with weather a clear answer is almost impossible as each area has its own ideas on it and the forecasters seem to have no idea.
Here in Stockton, twice light rain has meant a deluge and heavy rain forecast meant we got a day of sun?
My way is look out of the window and at the clock, a shower is here and gone and rain is continuous.
After our "err" light rain deluge this morning we now have sun and blue sky, from all of that I would say anything over a very short sharp wetting is rain, a shower is what gets you when you have walked fifty yards from the car not taking your coat as the sun was shining.
Hope this clears the smoke a bit,


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:54

Kate, always had a sense of humour, when dealing with people who are cold wet miserable and not wanting to do the things you want them to do then it gets things done. You may be feeling the same way yourself but cannot show it, I have been asked if the smile was glued on, well yes at times. I was asked more than once if I was a Holy Roller as I did not swear, well not in their hearing, I felt if I had to swear at them I had lost hence the long string of nonsense I used instead of, it got a laugh.
Trolls cause misery as we have seen on some of the chat thingees so I never get involved is all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:40
michael7 wrote (see)

I still want to know the official difference between rain and showers and it's got nothing to do with the song 'April Showers'.   It is now the end of August and yesterday the weatherman forecast 'rain followed by showers'. When I go outside and I'm getting wet do I say "This is only a shower" or do I say "This is only rain". Is rain wetter than a shower or vice versa?



Right then lets get technical, Rain is a continuous fall of water from the heavens in droplets for an unlimited time and can be defined as Light, Medium, heavy, Hissing it down or good grief launch the Dinghy. In the North it can also be a sea mist a sea fret or that b@@@@@ north sea again.
A shower on the other hand is a brief fall of water hale snow sleet, or it could include arrows bullets dust stones or sparks.
From that one would deduce Rain is a continuous fall of water and a Shower a short sharp fall of what ever takes your fancy.
Weather forecasters will say rain for a continuous fall and followed by showers short sharp bursts from the heavens, one is get your umbrella up before leaving the other hard luck you did not have time, I still think they only fall in April, the rest is just wet.


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 10:51
kate1123 wrote (see

I was a little disappointed that the troll did not come back to play.

Kate some of us found out years ago trolls like to bully not play and the best way to deal with them is not to feed them in any way no matter how mad you feel.
It surprised me so many posters had a go, it probably made them feel very important.
I think winter has arrived here, straight from Siberia.


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 10:07

Did watch some of the opening and a bit more this morning, must admit I had to watch "Jet when Britain ruled the skies" having flown on most of them. The parade got a bit tedious, I suppose they could not speed it up as they did with the Olympics.
I will watch most of the events although if they shove too many adverts in that will be it for me.
Have a, well what ever day each and all it is not good here.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 09:54

The box says "Stockton on Tees today, Light Rain"
I have a pond in my garden I did not have yesterday and I am top of the hill, as I put the bin out water was running off the drive onto the road and the road looked like a river. My mature trees on the front are bent double, the Golden privet is tapping on the front window, it must be using a stick to do it and the lawn is not getting cut today.
Methinks they have it wrong yet again.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:54
michael7 wrote (see)

It's absolutely hammering down here in Birmingham. They said on the weather forecast yesterday 'rain followed by showers'. can someone tell me the difference?

yes we only get showers in April hence the song;-

When April showers should come my way
It brings the flowers that bloom in may
And when its raining have no regrets
Because it is'nt raining rain you know
Its raining Violets

We only get the rain the rest of the year;-

Raindrops are falling on my head
And today it felt like a Blacksmiths anvil.


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