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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 6:12 
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I fitted a stair gate to keep the pets out the pantry downstairs, and also fixed a dripping bath tap that has been bugging me for ages. It was really simple once I got the right tool and watched a quick how-to video. I don't know why I left it like this for so long (probably 20 months....)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 19:17 
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My patio has turned into a forest again. I put some sand stuff down a few years ago that was meant to stop weeds. It has not worked.

I keep using weed killer butt they keep coming back. Grrr

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 19:32 
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If you ever overfill your kettle it’s worth taking the extra boiled water out and pouring it over your most persistent weeds. They just melt away in front of you.

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Mimi wrote:
If you ever overfill your kettle it’s worth taking the extra boiled water out and pouring it over your most persistent weeds. They just melt away in front of you.
. I will try that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2022 20:23 
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Salt the earth

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:00 
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Salt the earth

(It works)


Is there not a risk that the salt washes either off the patio or into the earth as it dissolves and spreads to kill the lawn or plants? I’ve seen people say they used a huge amount of salt before and I always wondered what you might do if you took up the patio slabs in the future.

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Mimi wrote:
krazywookie wrote:
Salt the earth

(It works)


Is there not a risk that the salt washes either off the patio or into the earth as it dissolves and spreads to kill the lawn or plants? I’ve seen people say they used a huge amount of salt before and I always wondered what you might do if you took up the patio slabs in the future.

I think there is a risk, probably potentially problematic for nearby water courses too. I did it to a car park and some slabs, worked. It was just one of those bags of salt for gritting paths and the like in winter.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:13 
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We have one (actually three) of these

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-patio ... /p/0488594

and they work brilliantly. We got two of ours in Morrisons (in the little outside garden but) for £4, and a little short handled version gif Darwin gif £2.25 in Wilko (because it’s his favourite garden job).

The little triangular scraper but makes short work of it, even if you have those little patio bricks we have.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:30 
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Would have helped if I’d actually put the link in. Have edited it in now.

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My solution is sub optimal.


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No kidding, if you're expecting that guinea pig to learn how to use that mini-fork then I've got a bridge to sell you.


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You joke Mali, but I've noticed our garden is a lot harder to keep weed-free since the last rabbit popped off earlier this year.

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Possibly dumb question, and definitely the wrong thread, but can you buy parasol bases that support a large parasol without the need for a table?

Specifically one that can be used with or without a table?

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Mimi wrote:
Possibly dumb question, and definitely the wrong thread, but can you buy parasol bases that support a large parasol without the need for a table?

Specifically one that can be used with or without a table?



Yes, we have one - it's a big stone slab with a (roughly) 30cm 'sleeve' that the parasol slips into, and some little knobs to tighten to hold it in place. It's very heavy, but does have some little wheels that it can be tilted onto and then slid around.

It doesn't quite hold the parasol as stable by itself as it would when used in conjunction with a table.... but it's certainly able.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 5:25 
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Kinda like this: https://www.billyfresh.com/products/30k ... SQQAvD_BwE

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:03 
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Ah, I didn’t realise those would support it. We have one of those plastic ones that someone gave us, but we need a better one. I’ll look for something like that, thank you!

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Mimi wrote:
Possibly dumb question, and definitely the wrong thread, but can you buy parasol bases that support a large parasol without the need for a table?

Specifically one that can be used with or without a table?

Would a hole in the ground be an option?

https://soleroparasols.co.uk/parasol-bases.html

You lose the flexibility of movement, but they're damn solid

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I don’t need flexibility of movement so much, as I really want it bang in the middle of the lawn that’s closest to the house, so we can sit and picnic, or on comfy chairs, or to read/spin, etc, but I’d be worried at having it sunk into the lawn (if that is even possible) as there is no way D will not find a way to trip over even the slightest protuberance, which would likely happen with changes in soil wear, erosion, and moisture.

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An event shelter or gazebo might be useful. We used these when I did all that charity work which I don't like to talk about and they go up easily and store well


https://www.houseoftents.co.uk/pop-up-g ... 3KEALw_wcB

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Or use a sail cloth shade

https://www.primrose.co.uk/water-resist ... &806=33654

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 10:50 
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Good shout. Pop up gazebos or cabanas are dead useful, for garden, beach or park trip in the heat. Excellent for outdoors parties and camping too. We get quite a lot of use out of ours

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 15:45 
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We had a hole in the lawn for the clothes dryer when I was a kid. They go all the way in so you can mow over them, so no way Darwin could trip.
Main issue is finding the hole when the lawn is a bit unkempt, but witha bit of prodding and fingering, you can usually find the spot.


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Trooper wrote:
but witha bit of prodding and fingering, you can usually find the spot.


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You knew exactly what you were doing there!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2022 21:08 
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Trooper wrote:
We had a hole in the lawn for the clothes dryer when I was a kid. They go all the way in so you can mow over them, so no way Darwin could trip.
Main issue is finding the hole when the lawn is a bit unkempt, but witha bit of prodding and fingering, you can usually find the spot.

Our new one comes with a red cap to make it visible, but still below mower level.

The dryer itself will itself only come out when mowing, I imagine, so not really an issue for us.

Once I get round to putting it in, I mean


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Ah, that’s good news, because my other concern was D getting the top of his foot in it as he ran as he only has smoll feet and they’re only the diameter of the line or thereabouts.

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The awning and gazebo are both good ideas, but it won’t be attached to the side of the house (that’s the patio, where we already have a table to support the parasol we have) and I want it to be simple enough to just lift the parasol out of that and pop it onto the lawn, bury myself, rather than have to set it up or rely on Russell being available to help, which though I’d probably manage a gazebo on my own I likely wouldn’t bother with.

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How about something like this ...

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7285701 ... lsrc=aw.ds

It's essentially a big brolly that you peg down. Officially a fishing shelter, but works as a quick setup sunshade


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:49 
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Haha, that’s great! I really like tbat

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You could get a cantilever one that you could then use for either the table or the lawn without relying on the table hole

https://www.whitestores.co.uk/garden-fu ... ukQAvD_BwE

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 16:01 
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Mimi wrote:
Ah, I didn’t realise those would support it. We have one of those plastic ones that someone gave us, but we need a better one. I’ll look for something like that, thank you!


Ours is a similar stone base, and it works fine with a large parasol.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 18:09 
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Cras wrote:
You could get a cantilever one that you could then use for either the table or the lawn without relying on the table hole

https://www.whitestores.co.uk/garden-fu ... ukQAvD_BwE


I’ve already got a parasol (totally copied Dr Zoidberg and got a huge bright one last year) otherwise tbat would have been a good call.

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