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alison
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 04 8:17 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

When people are recycling their cans do you squash them. In the summer we get a lot of bottles and cans here, and I was thinking of making a can squasher, but I felt sure somone here would already have simple instructions for one.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 04 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A large foot does the job adequately, or even a medium sized one.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or a lump hammer

selfsufficientish



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cab wrote:
jema wrote:
Cab wrote:


jema


I have lemon balm, mead and watermint to bottle. When I can be bothered. Some time before Christmas will do.


Do you have a recipe for mead? I love the stuff and have two empty brewing buckets in need of some something to ferment in them.

Also it seems that charity shops (apart from giving them bags) have been left off this thread. If I have junk to get rid of I give it away to a charity shop, in fact when I moved out of a shared house once there was so much stuff left in the cellar from previous tennants that we must have kept scope in stuff for the entire year

I have also heard that tetra pak stuff can be composted if you shread it first. Don't know if it does yet have to tell you in 6 months.

Oh and a I use wine bottles as candle holders.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There's a mead recipe here:

http://www.learningindustries.com/nrk/recipes/index.asp?rid=15

there's also a methyglin recipe, and you can add your own recipes too.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

selfsufficientish wrote:
Oh and a I use wine bottles as candle holders.


If we used all ours we'd end up with a candle shortage in this country.

Alison wrote:
I was thinking of making a can squasher, but I felt sure somone here would already have simple instructions for one.


I'm sure Blue Peter or something like that had plans for one. That would be ideal to have on this site. I'll have a look later.

alison
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
A large foot does the job adequately, or even a medium sized one.


I am talking of about 5 or 6 black sacks worth just for a summer weekend.

alison
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 04 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

Alison wrote:
I was thinking of making a can squasher, but I felt sure somone here would already have simple instructions for one.


I'm sure Blue Peter or something like that had plans for one. That would be ideal to have on this site. I'll have a look later.


Thanks.

tinyclanger



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 04 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi,
try this link for instructions on how to make a can crusher...

http://www.michaelholigan.com/departments/projects/CanCrusher.asp

or if you want to buy a one try here http://www.cancrush.co.uk (scroll to the bottom of the page for the domestic model)

Tiny

alison
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 05 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thenks for the link. We are looking for a strong version to crush food cans now, as we have done something for the drink ones. The food cans, or tins are a lot harder to crush.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 05 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like Christmas paper recylcing. I don't think anyone would notice, but if OH saw me ironing, I think he would ask who I was and what I'd done with his girlfriend!

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