Using A Milk Bottle As A Plant Pot Reservoir

Introduction If I water plant pots in dry weather the water runs over the top of the soil to the edge of them. Then, because the dry soil in the pot has shrunk, the water runs down a gap between the soil and the pot side. When the water gets to the bottom of the… Continue reading Using A Milk Bottle As A Plant Pot Reservoir

I Built A Riven Patio Extension For My House Extension

Post Description How I extended an existing patio in front of a new ground floor house extension. I talk about matching the the new slabs with the originals and keeping the pattern random. It also tells how I put a curved wave in the edge to match other curves and create a pleasing shape to… Continue reading I Built A Riven Patio Extension For My House Extension

Removing Block Paving Moss From My Driveway

Introduction I recently spent half a day removing block paving moss from my driveway. The paving, laid in 1993, has been cleaned more than once but moss soon grows under damp conditions. Because the blocks have a chamfered edge there is a V shaped recess at the junction between blocks. This is a space where… Continue reading Removing Block Paving Moss From My Driveway

Retractable Clothes Washing Line Repair

Minky Retractable Clothes Washing Line Repaired

Introduction What is a retractable clothes washing line? Find out here. Generally I have found retractable clothes washing lines very useful. They mainly keep the line clean so that it doesn’t dirty the washing pegged out on it. My problem has been breakage. I have had them break because they are not capable of taking… Continue reading Retractable Clothes Washing Line Repair

Radio Controlled Wall Clock In My Shed

Radio Controlled Wall Clock On Shed Door

Introduction I have for some time wanted a reliable time piece outside my house. I don’t actually require an exact time outside anymore than I do elsewhere, but I do need to get the grass cut by teatime. So, I have acquired a Radio Controlled Wall Clock for my shed. I have had the difficulty of… Continue reading Radio Controlled Wall Clock In My Shed

Securing Shed Doors

Shed Door Closed

Introduction In 1997 both of my sheds were burgled. I thought I’d made them secure enough. I’d used hasps with the thickest staples I could find on the market (similar to these) and disc padlocks with hardened shackles. But the burglars cut through each staple in two places making a gap through which the padlock shackle… Continue reading Securing Shed Doors

Sighting A Straight Line

Introduction I would say sighting a straight line is a common practice used by builders and joiners to determine if a piece of timber is straight or bowed. It can be used to test any length of timber, but long pieces in particular. The practice requires no tools, just eyesight with a good depth of… Continue reading Sighting A Straight Line

Repairing Broken Timber Fence Posts

Supported Fence Post

Introduction A friend of mine has a fence at the bottom of his garden made from six interwoven fence panels each 6ft × 6ft (1.8m × 1.8m). They are erected on a three feet high bank of soil. The panels are fixed to 3in (75mm) posts dug into the bank of soil. Over a two year period the posts snapped one… Continue reading Repairing Broken Timber Fence Posts