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    Re: Concrete....Cement

    I'm pretty sure your original idea will be OK, but with a few conditions:

    i) If the original concrete is cracked anywhere, use thin battens so that the screed also has a join there.

    ii) Clean...
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    Re: Spot spraying docks and ragwort.

    Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Having been a Fellow of a Cambridge college for many years (teaching Engineering) and a working smallholder, most of us entirely recognise the value of...
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    Re: Spot spraying docks and ragwort.

    It may well depend on your local soil and microclimate; we have alkaline clay and less than 15" of rain per year, and ragwort doesn't come back from pulling - full stop. It may well be different with...
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    Re: Winter feeding rams

    There's certainly no need to house Texel rams - they're far better off outside. Our lambs growing on get one "sacrifice" paddock for the winter, which gets pretty bare by mid winter, but the stock...
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    Re: quick lime /burnt lime

    I sincerely hope you don't really mean either quicklime or burnt lime (which are the same thing) both of which are quite nasty. What you need is slaked lime or (same thing) builders' lime, which has...
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    Re: Replacement taps and dies

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    That's quite a tricky one. Taps are an appalling shape from the point of view of fatigue crack initiation, and "good" ones are not necessarily less prone to breakage for that reason. What will...
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    Re: Moles ? (sometimes)

    Until well into the 20th century, it was believed in Norfolk and Suffolk (at least) that there was a separate species of exceptionally small weasel-like creatures, called "Minivers", capable of...
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    Re: Solar panels on my roof

    In the short term not much, because they're bought in pounds from China. In the longer term they'll get significantly cheaper beause we'll scrap the punitive Brussels-imposed import duties, and also...
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    Re: Replacement taps and dies

    Me too. I believe they make some of their own, are careful about QC on the rest, and the prices are pretty good too.
  10. Re: Wolf re-introduction survey for livestock farmers

    I agree, but how many of those "most people" would realise that? That's really my worry.
  11. Re: Wolf re-introduction survey for livestock farmers

    The last sentence has a very important point hidden in it: if members of the public of any sort are put at risk by an introduced animal, then those people MUST be allowed to defend themselves: human...
  12. Thread: Out

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    Re: Out

    IDS is certainly someone I could support, but we may be in a minority on that. I don't know Boris personally, but I too don't trust him. In his support, people in his school class, and his...
  13. Thread: Sinking feeling

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    Re: Sinking feeling

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    I was feeling fairly unconcerned about a partially visible monster with propeller blades.
  14. Thread: scald in lambs

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    Re: scald in lambs

    My wife, being a vet, gets the Sheep Veterianary Association bumph, and slightly to my surprise (given that official veterinary policy is to minimise use of antibiotics) the Teramycin-containing...
  15. Thread: Docks problem

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    Re: Docks problem

    Agree with all of that. Flat rosettes of young dock leaves aren't readily sprayable from underneath, but a tiny squirt of Grazon from the top does them in, whereas it wouldn't with established ones...
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    Re: Docks problem

    Anything with "Forefront" in it is very effective indeed, but it's only legal in some areas, and I wouldn't use it myself because it hangs around for 2-4 years in vegetable matter or animal dunG.
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    Re: Organic dock problem

    I do use a knapsack spray on docks occasionally, but not in a field being grazed. There I find that a large glass of red wine is the very thing. I wander round the field with the glass in one hand,...
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    Re: FARMING WITHOUT SUBSIDIES

    Going back to farming without subsidies, it's what us smallholders with up ro 5 Ha of owned, eligible, land have had to do for the last couple of years anyway, and with great care and a lot of effort...
  19. Re: 37 stray sheep - if owner can't/won't collect, what do I do?

    Going to each others funerals is a mite tricky for most of us, but sheep keep on trying.............
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    Re: Floor surface for new lambing shed

    We have chalk quarries nearby, and so about 25 years ago put "as dug" chalk, which is the cheapest form, into the hole where our lambing yard floor ought to have been. It does have some big lumps in...
  21. Thread: calais

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    Re: calais

    So it might. Don't you antipodeans use a rather potent insect killer on the insides of aircraft holds and containers? Just a thought.
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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    She can make an exception for hard disks Shirley? It may not do the disk much harm though, or the microwave, because the complete metal box will just reflect the power. It's only rings of metal that...
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    Re: HDPE Drive Pipe for Hyd Ram

    Try asking George Courtald of Colne Engaine, Essex. I'm pretty sure he installed an MDPE feed pipe to a ram about 20 years ago. It should be well tested by now.
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    Re: Concrete on tractor paintwork

    I think the replies to the original posting confirm what I suspected: once cement has hardened on paintwork, anything which will take the cement off easily will take the paint off with it, so you...
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    Re: Cutting up insulating boards

    We have a Celotex factory about 3 miles away, and they sell off "agricultural grade" boards relatively cheaply: usually they're slightly out-of-spec on thickness, but who cares for a barn?

    The...
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