Category: Hints and Tips

No more Slip Slidin’ Away…

No more Slip Slidin’ Away…

Protect yourself from slips and falls on ice and snow

Icy roads and pavements can make it difficult and dangerous – not to mention unpleasant – to get around in winter. But Iain points out that he and his wife have enjoyed walking even in the coldest, slippiest weather this winter (2021) because they have used ice grips.

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The perils of Ultraviolet (UV) light

The perils of Ultraviolet (UV) light

By The Alchemist

We all know that ultraviolet light in sunlight is absorbed by the skin and is used by the body to stimulate the production of the beneficial Vitamin D and also melanin which, with modest doses of UV, causes mild tanning. However, too much UV is bad for the skin, causing premature aging, reducing flexibility, creating wrinkles and lots of freckles and making the skin look like leather.  It can even be deadly by causing melanoma, a particularly nasty form of cancer.

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Washers from waste

Washers from waste

By the Alchemist – turning junk into ‘gold’!

From time to time we all need non-metallic (e.g. plastic, rubber, even wood) washers. A recent example for me was bolting some steel brackets to the frame of an aluminium greenhouse.  Due to the possibility of bi-metallic corrosion, especially in a wet and humid environment like a greenhouse, it is a good idea to electrically isolate the dissimilar metals with a non-conductive washer – in this case I used plastic.

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Creating and editing website posts

Creating and editing website posts

For any budding authors, the following guides contain some basic instructions on creating posts to go onto the Shed website.

Either: Click here for a basic “Part 1” guide that explains how to create a simple post that anyone can read.

Or: If you want to edit a post that you have previously created, or restrict a post to be visible only to members of the Shed, there is also a “Part 2” guide that explains this: click here to read it.

Please note that to be able to create posts you need to have a different level of access: please contact Iain Millar if you want this capability.

Drilling perspex

Drilling perspex

QUESTION: (Lyall Downie)

I have 2 whisky barrels done up to use as tables in the garden. I want to fit perspex tops as the wood is not level. Whats the best way to drill holes without damaging the perspex?

I was going to order the perspex cut to size and pre drilled however the circumference of the barrel tops varies.

The Perspex will be screwed to the rim of the barrel which is only 10mm wide. The circumference varies between 55.5 and 56.5 cm hence the reason for drilling the holes myself, rather than having them pre-drilled.

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