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tahir



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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 21 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We e just been cutting oak sleepers for flower beds. We thought it smelt like cow shit

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 21 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Your cows need to see a vet.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 21 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
We thought it smelt like cow shit


It may have been Turkey Oak, I gather that can smell a bit whiffy.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 21 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

British Turkey Oak isn't regarded as any good for timber, but no idea if imported might be good for sleepers. We sometimes get ash that has rot in it that smells like cow pats; we call it cow poo ash.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 21 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mend the ship with red oak

when folk say oak do they mean Chichewa or Rottie

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 21 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
British Turkey Oak isn't regarded as any good for timber, but no idea if imported might be good for sleepers. We sometimes get ash that has rot in it that smells like cow pats; we call it cow poo ash.


They were appalling quality wise, they haven't got a lot of work to do so we've used the best of them. No idea on source, there was hardly anyone with stock last week.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 21 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There still seem to be some shortages periodically.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 21 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Today is a Friday, which is excuse enough to have a beer. *BUT* I've got the roof on. It holds my weight, plus the weight of the tiles I put on, and the sarking, and insulation and felt and lead and mortar, all of which are done! I need to shape the lead, but it moulds beautifully.

Beams need sealing to the stone work in a couple of places because people in 1680 didn't own spirit levels, or have a bit of string or gravity wasn't invented, or something. Glazing is on order. Floor needs a final dose of self levelling, and I ought to provide electricity. And a door.

Project got delayed because of another, apparently more important Shan-based escapade and rain. But, we're moving on.


Please note : Patented Spreader Boards. Half scaff planks, wrapped in synthetic sheepskin. Will not slip, even with a fat bloke on them. Guaranteed.


dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 21 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 21 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

V nice

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 21 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Snazzy.

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 21 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That`s a stylish job,well done.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 21 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Looks good. Is the roof of the house tiles too?

Nick



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 21 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Looks good. Is the roof of the house tiles too?


Yes. The tiles I’ve used are partly ones that were on the original porch roof and part reclaimed ones to match. The main roof has about 8 aspects, all with these. Redlands 49’s. I’d rather something more attractive, but ...

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 21 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tis best to stay with one sort for looks, redland 49's are robust and easily mended if required, i fettled a huge one in london with multiple aspects and leaking gullies etc, iirc all but about 20 tiles went back on and the replacements were easy to get

i would rather have them than pretty slate with nail slip

ps the cheapo artificial slates are carp, old amazon boxes and a stapler would be better

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