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Harpur Hill

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  1. Many years ago I brought back wood carving from Jamaica & it took pride of place in the living room. Some months later I found the tell tale pile of wood dust. Oh 'eck what to do? I managed to acquire a quantity of formaldehyde together with a syringe & needle. I squirted formaldehyde into a hole and it was just like one of those cartoons where the hero has been shot, the pressure opened up holes all over the thing. I guess the carver had simply covered them with wax or boot polish. Anyway, I stuck the thing into a large poly bag & left it in the garage for a month. After this time the smell had dissipated, I filled the holes with wax, polished with boot polish (I'd seen the carvers do this) and all has been well for some 45 years. Similar cure to that used by Zenataomm - yes it does work. I guess you could maybe use poly sheet & masking tape to cover the "woodwork above" I was told that once you see the hole it's too late - the bird (bug in this case) has flown but I've never found any other evidence around the house. HH
  2. Thanks for that. I did rather think it was but didn't want to assume. Like many others I do find it difficult to judge without the associated body language. Cheers HH
  3. I suggested to the skipper that we should maybe call it in, he was of the opinion that we had enough problems of our own & they would have sufficient skilled crew to sort themselves out. Skippers word is law. Apart from which there was absolutely no way we could have stopped; we couldn't even slow down! HH
  4. Once left Cherbourg for Brixham, lovely day, good forecast sea state "peu agite"- never ever saw a calmer forecast than peu agite. About two hours out sky got darker & darker, wind got up & within minutes we were in the middle of a horrendous storm. Waves higher than I've ever seen them. We were exceeding the design speed of the yacht on the downhill side of the waves & lightning was all around. The skipper & me were sat on opposite sides of the cockpit keeping look out, after a time he says to me "We're OK now it's all behind you" "Yes" says I "But from where I'm sat it's all behind you" My biggest worry was that I was wearing a big metal buckle in the middle of my chest (we were safety lined to the boat) and lightning was striking all around, not to mention a bloody great metal mast, rain was torrential and it was too wet to light a much needed ciggie. We crossed a large freighter and noted that suddenly all its lights went out and it lost way - struck by lightning we assumed. All in all we were very happy to reach Brixham. Would I cross in narrowboat/barge? Not on your life. HH
  5. Flea markets/tat fairs, around £4 -£5 for a small short handle type, I inherited my larger long handled model from my grandmother more than 60 years ago. Ideal for storing spare toilet rolls. I use a smaller one to hold kitchen roll. As for an equivalent, don't know, how about one of those suction cup thingies used to unblock sink drains? HH
  6. I've borrowed this from another thread..................... Members 12,248 posts Gender:Male Location:Aberdeen Boat Name:Telemachus Posted Today, 12:07 PM Amazing isn't it, someone asks a question, you go out of your way to be helpful including posting a page from the manual, and the OP doesn't even acknowledge it. And yes I've checked, he has been back to the forum repeatedly. Some people have no manners or common courtesy but are just wrapped up in their own selfishness. 2 Our boat's name is TelemachusAs in Tel-LEM-a-kus, not Telly-match-us. Thank you! Got to agree with you. It's happened to me here before. It will NOT happen again. Shame for those who will miss out on future freebies, I've a garage/shed/loft full of stuff to move on. HH
  7. There's no such thing as bad beer, it's just that some is better than others. I agree with the comments re the current fad for blonde/light beers, the hops are very astringent and just not to my taste. HH
  8. I have a piece of elm which may be big enough to replace the step. You can have it if you want it. I don't know the exact size & it's buried in the shed. If you're interested let me know the size & I'll go and measure. HH "How we use wych elmElm wood is strong and durable with a tight-twisted grain, and is resistant to water. It has been used in decorative turning, and to make boats and boat parts, furniture, wheel hubs, wooden water pipes, floorboards and coffins".
  9. Just back from a Caribbean holiday. I'm allergic to mozzie bites & usually get big red itchy lumps that last for weeks & often get infected. This year there is the added attraction of Zika virus so have been extra careful. I used 95% DEET during the day and ASSS in the evening, I can't stand the stink of DEET whilst eating/drinking. Most evenings involved socialising/drinking at an outside bar. No mozzie bites at all, both ankles bitten by sand flies on one occasion, treated with After Bite pen - no problem. HH
  10. Yes but MotoGp is better.
  11. Some years ago when my aged parents were beginning to lose their marbles they complained that tea didn't taste like it used to do. After some investigation regarding brand of tea, freshness of milk etc I found two very rusty, grotty Brillo pads in the kettle! HH
  12. FWIW I used ATF in my 350hp Cobra replica gearbox with no problems. HH
  13. Since they've been around for so long could you not keep them in a safe place until Nov 5th & just set 'em off?
  14. When I was a young chap, about 60 years ago,I was advised by a well educated elderly lady, a family friend, that:- from our home in the north we did not go down to London as one always went UP to a capital and it remained morning until such time as one had eaten lunch. HH
  15. Lots of oxalic acid in rhubarb maybe we could use a stick to clean brass? The leaves are actually a much richer source which is why they are so poisonous; since they are usually slung perhaps they could be scrunched up & used as a cleaner. HH
  16. Just heard a trailer about a piece on the Vine prog today 12.00 - 14.00 BBC radio 2 about "canal boat licenses" HH
  17. Seasearcher magnet in pocket without keep. Visit tourist office. Stand close to offending PC. HH
  18. I'll have a pint of what you're drinking. HH
  19. Putting egg in salad sandwiches (or on any salad really). I don't like eggs very much, I especially dislike boiled eggs. When did egg become salad? HH
  20. Yebbut, where's the furniture/kitchen sink go when you want to move? Neat idea tho. HH
  21. From Wiki......... "Ey up" (often spelt ayup / eyup) is a greeting thought to be of Old Norse origin (se upp) used widely throughout the North Midlands and South Yorkshire, and "Mi Duck" is thought to be derived from a respectful Anglo Saxon form of address, "Duka" (Literally "Duke"), and is unrelated to waterfowl.[5] Non-natives of the East Midlands are often surprised to hear men greet each other as 'Mi Duck.'[2]
  22. Water pumps pump water, petrol pumps pump petrol, oil pumps pump oil, electric pumps therefore must pump... HH
  23. May be worth trying a carpet shop. Some floor covering comes wrapped around a cardboard core, I have such a core approx 4" diameter x approx 7' long. Free for collection if anyone wants it. HH
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