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spikey eye bw
hawkida
Well, the battle of the flatpack is well and truly over save the aches and pains it induced. My hands are sore and I have assorted minor injuries. I'm trying to figure out whether I have a splinter lodged in my finger or just a thin cut that looks like a splinter. The whole thing would have been much easier if my electric screwdriver, bought specially for the job, had actually been useable. In their wisdom the manufacturers made the bulk of the work require an allan key that they supplied. Gee, thanks, but now my hands hate me.

So it's back to work today for a rest, I think. Unless for once they actually give us some work to do - we shall see. But I have been mightily cheered after being woken Too Damned Early by the rain upon seeing ang_grrr's new userpic.

Tonight I tidy the house. And then I get on with some serious relaxing while I struggle with the conundrum of how to get rid of a thousand bits of cardboard box.
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1) buy hacksaw, small vice, files - two, a bastard and something finer, and some sewing machine oil
2) cut long end of allen key off, using saw. lubricate as you go if necessary
3) clean up nasty cut end with files

you can't have too many little handy tools, now that you are a home-owning diy queen

start saving for a table saw

I think I've got most of that stuff already. But why do you want me to cut the end off the allan key? Revenge?

If you can't be bothered to go buy the allen key heads for your cordless screwdriver (I spent 20 quid a year ago on a massive set of drill bits, various screwdriver heads, hole cutters etc. for my cordless drill, and recently took apart two flat pack computer desks in about 40 seconds, highly recommended!) then you can build your own using tools you have at home (assuming that the allen key bit will fit in your screwdriver which I would think unlikely).

You can buy a cheap set of cordless screwdriver allen key bits for under a fiver in many markets and probably mot major DIY chains ...

Oh. I see.

(Mutters: NOW they tell me... Not my fault, no one ever let me do DIY before. I went to B&Q and looked at screws and they scared me. There's too many. It's a frightening world out there...)

Does your local council have a recycling scheme? Ours does - they take away paper, tins and glass every friday if they're bagged seperately. Give them a call and see idf something similar exists...

Well, we have a recycling scheme (paper, tins, glass, textiles, shoes). But the key to this is; Not Cardboard. As far as I can tell, nobody recycles cardboard. I don't know anyone who picks up plastic from the house, either, and all the plastic recycling places round here have been removed, or are full.

Best bet with cardboard is to throw it in somebody else's skip in the dead of night (it's flat, after all). Otherwise you're pretty much restricted to putting it in the bin a little at a time.

Re: Recycling schemes

Huzzah! I like Peterborough. From the peterborough.gov.uk website:

"Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and food containers, textiles and cans are all collected from people's homes via the green box recycling scheme."

I called and ordered a green box. You just put it out with the rubbish. And also, they told me that I can leave extra stuff with it to be taken so I can probably get rid of all my cardboard in just one or two collections.

Hounslow is the same (though they collect the green boxes on a Thursday and the rubbish on a Friday in my road).

Long list of things that they recycle and you just put it all in the same box. They come along with a little green truck with lots of hoppers and they sort the green box contents (including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic etc.!)

Wonderful. Now if only there was a similar (free) thing for garden waste. I can't/don't composte and when I chop the front hedge or hack back the branches on the trees in the back garden they end up piled up. The council will deliver special "green" bags for a pound each for garden waste, but I have this aversion to spending money on something that will almost instantly be thrown away (except tea-bags!)

Re: Recycling schemes

Tea bags. Ick. See wine

You could try composting. We've been composting for a year and a half, and our compost bin (which gets all the vegetable waste from the kitchen and all the grass clippings, weeds and pruning bits from our 60ftx16ft garden) is still only about 2/3 full. It's not a particularly big bin, either. If you can't be bothered to use the eventual compost, then you can always just bag it as green waste once it's reduced to a fiftieth of its original size.

We got the compost bin from the council, who were doing a special offer on them to encourage composting. It sort of makes up for not recycling cardboard and plastic, but...

About 50% of our household waste (of which we have a great deal) is nappies. A friend of mine uses a better nappy, which is also compostable -- but the trick is that you need a very big garden to compost nappies on your heap; a heap about eight times the size of ours will do for one baby.

Re: Recycling schemes

Wandsworth take cardboard. In fact we can leave out big monitor boxes and they take them away!

Yes, I was mightily cheered upon finging it too.
You'll probably be in work by the time I type this.

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