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>> No. 2346 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 4:01 pm
2346 Garage w/ no mains, recommendations
I'm renting a garage with no mains power. I'd like a cheap and cheerful way to light it.

I could go the whole hog and buy a generator, but I've read that's noisy and expensive.

Ideally I'd like some sort of LED light, but I'm worried that it won't be powerful enough to light a fairly large garage. I don't know much about lighting, lumens, etc.. The benchmark I want is to be able to do basic maintenance or read a book with the garage door closed.

A related but less important thought is that I'd also like a heater. This wouldn't need to be much at all, just enough to take the chill off if I'm out there for a couple of hours.
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>> No. 2347 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 4:23 pm
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For comparison, a normal 60 watt bulb puts out 800 lumens and a 100 watt bulb puts out 1600 lumens. That would be a reasonable range for adequate lighting of a single garage.

Your choice will depend on how much battery life you need. If you'll only be in there for a few hours at a time, I'd suggest a rechargeable work light. This will give you a broad area of bright light, like an outdoor security light. The one at the link below will run for three hours on a charge at a maximum brightness of 1400 lumens. If you'll be in there a lot, I'd suggest adding a leisure battery, which will give you much longer running times. For working on the car, I'd also suggest a headlamp, which will give you good lighting in awkward corners.

For heating, you've got a choice between propane and paraffin. A propane heater is generally a bit cheaper to buy and heats up faster, but you have the inconvenience of taking your gas cylinder to be refilled. A paraffin heater can be a bit smelly and you occasionally have to fiddle about with mantles and wicks, but it's less faff to refuel. In either case, you'll want to make sure that your garage is very well ventilated and I'd suggest a carbon monoxide alarm.

>> No. 2348 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 5:25 pm
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Thanks. I had just stumbled on worklights when I noticed your post. I was about to pay the same price for a 750 lumen light. I went for your suggestion instead.

I probably won't be out there for any more than two or three hours a time.

About gas heaters, would some kind of little camping heater be suitable? Something like:


I might as well put a carbon monoxide alarm in there ahead of time, as it seems like something that should be in a garage anyway.
>> No. 2349 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 9:41 pm
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Those little camping heaters run on disposable butane canisters, which will get quite expensive over time. They're a reasonable choice if you just need to take the chill off occasionally. You can buy a second-hand paraffin heater for about £50, which would be a more economical choice if you're in the garage a lot.
>> No. 2364 Anonymous
27th December 2017
Wednesday 1:03 pm
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Just a note to say the worklight was spot on. Good illumination and it even has a little battery power readout.

>> No. 2350 Anonymous
23rd December 2017
Saturday 9:07 pm
2350 UHU/101 crossover?
Thanks, previous owners.
To be batshit enough to paint mains sockets, and slack enough to leave the plug in while you do it, takes a special kind of person...
All the light switches and sockets here have been painted many, many times, and the switches don't click, they sort of slump in a really unconvincing way that makes a chap think of fire.
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>> No. 2359 Anonymous
25th December 2017
Monday 1:52 am
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What middle class shops do you go to? I can get some from train station crackhead for cheap.
>> No. 2360 Anonymous
25th December 2017
Monday 8:58 am
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Coloured ones? I doubt it. Even at Wilkos a red one is a tenner. And if you're painting a room you'll likely need two or three.
>> No. 2361 Anonymous
25th December 2017
Monday 12:30 pm
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Why would you go to Wilkos? Do you like paying more money than you have to?
>> No. 2362 Anonymous
25th December 2017
Monday 2:25 pm
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Gives me a right stonker it does. I go grocery shopping at Shell garages for the same reason.
>> No. 2363 Anonymous
25th December 2017
Monday 2:59 pm
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Sorry but what part of the country is Wilkos expensive? And where else can you get coloured sockets? Don't tell me B&Q or something is cheaper, and I've never seen anything other than a white one in poundland etc.

>> No. 2344 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 3:16 am
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Best way to clean my monitor?
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>> No. 2345 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 10:40 am
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Isopropanol and a soft cloth. Clean (preferably pure) water will work OK. Don't use any kind of detergent, because it'll strip off the anti-reflective coating.

>> No. 2340 Anonymous
22nd November 2017
Wednesday 11:07 am
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I have a teapot I want to use but the spout is chipped, exposing the ceramic beneath the glaze. Is there an epoxy or something that would be suitable to seal it with?

Something non-toxic that can survive being repeatedly exposed to near boiling temperature liquid.
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>> No. 2341 Anonymous
22nd November 2017
Wednesday 2:45 pm
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A thin smear of pretty much any 2-part epoxy should do this fine. You might want to dry the teapot out in the oven first - a few hourst at 120oC or so should help.
If you're keen, you could build the damaged part back up - if your teapot is black (like any self respecting teapot) then JB-weld is a black metal-loaded epoxy that might do what you want. Build a dam around where you want it out of sellotape. Post a pic if you want actual useful advice.
Me, I'd just leave it, as long as it still pours OK. Unless you're particularly sickly, nothing bad's going to live on a bit of pottery, especially if it's hosed down with tea.
>> No. 2342 Anonymous
22nd November 2017
Wednesday 2:53 pm
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It's a sort of off-white colour. The spout is pretty fucked, but it never did pour very well to begin with. I'll have a go with some standard epoxy if you think that's safe then, cheers.
>> No. 2343 Anonymous
22nd November 2017
Wednesday 5:39 pm
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Most epoxies aren't officially rated as food-safe, but they're fine if they're properly mixed, allowed to cure fully and thoroughly washed before use.

Epoxies are naturally clear with a slight yellowish tint, but they can be mixed with pigments if desired. They're also sandable, if you need to smooth off any rough edges.

>> No. 2327 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 12:11 am
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What are these, lads? I want to put them on eBay.
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>> No. 2334 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 2:59 pm
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Ask on reddit whatisthisthing.
>> No. 2335 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 8:24 pm
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They look like tool bits for a router - a machine that cuts grooves and bezels in wood.
>> No. 2336 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 8:31 pm
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> a machine that cuts grooves and bezels in wood.
Cheers for clarifying that ladm3.
>> No. 2337 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 10:03 pm
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I know right.
>> No. 2338 Anonymous
6th November 2017
Monday 10:56 pm
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Every router bit I've seen has had a plain shank. The overwhelming majority have a guide bearing, otherwise you get scorch marks. The holes in the side and tip look like coolant ports, which suggests that they're intended for metal machining. I think >>2329 is closest to the mark, but the threaded shank is very unusual. They could be designed for some kind of proprietary toolholder in a CNC machining station.

>> No. 2324 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:03 pm
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How much would a little skip like this cost to hire?
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>> No. 2325 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:39 pm
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Dunno. You should probably call the number on the side of the skip.
>> No. 2326 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:57 pm
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Here's my research from the last big project I managed.

The one in your photo is probably an 8-yard.

>> No. 2321 Anonymous
3rd September 2017
Sunday 12:35 pm
2321 Shower circuit replacement.
So, I'm currently thinking about moving house and going up north. I've had the estate agents around and the long and short of it is that if I can put my washing machine in the bathroom then that would be good.
I currently have a disconnected power for the shower in there, it's 6mm flat twin and earth, I thought about just putting a socket in there but from what I can find building regs say no unless its directly wired into a switch fused spur and has a 30mA RCD fitted. I've had a look at my consumer unit and found that the shower only has a 40A MCB on it. I'm thinking that I could smash a hole on the other side of the wall and mount a small shower consumer unit to with the appropriate RCD's to it and feed a smaller cable through to a switch fused spur, I know I'm doubling up on it where I probably don't need to but I can't see 6mm cables going into a Screwfix RCD fused spur, maybe they will, I dunno, maybe mount the shower consumer unit in the bathroom.. Any help would be appreciated.
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>> No. 2322 Anonymous
3rd September 2017
Sunday 3:05 pm
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Get an electrician in. If you breach Part P of the building regs, you'll invalidate your home insurance. The regulations on installations in a bathroom are extremely complicated. It's just not worth the risk IMO.
>> No. 2323 Anonymous
3rd September 2017
Sunday 3:07 pm
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Honestly lad, the first thing I'll say is that when it comes to anything involving bathroom circuitry or wiring to consumer units, if you need to ask for help then you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

Secondly, I'm not a qualified electrician so take my advice with a pinch of salt whatever you do.

If you're committed to doing this, the first rule you need to know is that any electrical socket in the bathroom has to be at least 3m away from any bath, shower or sink.
Also bear in mind... If you sell the house, at some point there will be surveyors along to inspect it before the mortgage goes through, and if your work isn't 100% perfect it could bite you in the arse.

Get an electrician to take a look, at the very least just get a quote before you start anything yourself.

>> No. 2308 Anonymous
13th August 2017
Sunday 5:35 pm
2308 Mounting TV on plasterboard
So I just mounted my TV on the wall, but the studs were in an inconvenient place (and I'm not minded to cut into the wall). After a bit of research I decided I'd use 10 hollow wall anchors, like in the picture, rated 50-100KG. I I figured that's at least 500kg of potential holding power in there. The TV is about 11kg and the bracket is probably about 2-3kg.

Basically I'm posting hoping that people who know how to do DIY can reassure me it's going to be fine and not come crashing down.
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>> No. 2314 Anonymous
13th August 2017
Sunday 10:35 pm
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>>2311 Strangely addictive. I don't think my TV and bracket will amount to 109 KG
>> No. 2315 Anonymous
14th August 2017
Monday 2:58 am
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Oh dear.
>> No. 2316 Anonymous
14th August 2017
Monday 12:11 pm
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So what... we're back to owning tellies now?
>> No. 2317 Anonymous
14th August 2017
Monday 2:02 pm
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Well I, for one, do own a television.
>> No. 2320 Anonymous
19th August 2017
Saturday 9:34 pm
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How awful for you.

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>> No. 2277 Anonymous
10th August 2017
Thursday 11:04 am
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I need to fill in some small holes that currently contain rawl plugs and repaint a room.

I have a stepladder and dolphin-nose pliers. What else do I need to buy?
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>> No. 2305 Anonymous
12th August 2017
Saturday 7:14 pm
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>> No. 2306 Anonymous
12th August 2017
Saturday 9:58 pm
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The mental image of shoving rawlplugs up your bum reminds me of the anti-rape device they invented in South Africa to be worn in the vagina.
>> No. 2307 Anonymous
12th August 2017
Saturday 10:14 pm
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Must be uncomfortable walking around with gaping vaginas.
>> No. 2318 Anonymous
18th August 2017
Friday 4:35 pm
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Well that's the pointing done. Masking tape makes it very easy. I was supposed to do that first, right? And can I just say fuck radiators.
>> No. 2319 Anonymous
18th August 2017
Friday 8:42 pm
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That's so hot.

>> No. 2207 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 12:48 pm
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I just inherited some Halon 1211, whats this baby worth nowadays?
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>> No. 2270 Anonymous
1st July 2017
Saturday 11:11 pm
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It's almost like they're just fucking morons with no ability or interest in reasoning or self-exploration, almost...
>> No. 2271 Anonymous
2nd July 2017
Sunday 1:56 pm
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Those numerous fever-dream imaginings about how bad a Sharia controlled Britain almost read like the author's wet dream. Women not allowed out alone....stuck in the kitchen....what, I have to learn to read right to left?
>> No. 2274 Anonymous
2nd July 2017
Sunday 10:58 pm
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The sort of people who seriously fear the institution of Sharia Law in Britain would be shocked to discover that they might need to learn to read, let alone right to left.
>> No. 2275 Anonymous
2nd July 2017
Sunday 11:43 pm
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You'd be surprised at the amount of people out there who are sesquipedalian and yet still don't want to see the indigenous people of this country subjected to laws from the middle ages. We just never say anything about it in public because we'd lose our jobs.

Also, get fucked Tarquin.
>> No. 2276 Anonymous
2nd July 2017
Sunday 11:57 pm
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>> No. 2239 Anonymous
2nd June 2017
Friday 8:54 pm
2239 Cabinets/Drawers
There's this thin sheet of wood or cardboard on the back of cabinets or drawers usually. The bit that separates from the back of your closet when you stuff too much stuff into it. The bit you might have to hammer to make it stick to the furniture again.

What is it called? The one on the back of my drawer got wet and I rip it off and chucked it out, but obviously I would need a replacement. I have been googling different combination of words and I have not been lucky. What is that piece called so that I can buy it off eBay and do it myself. Please lads.
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>> No. 2261 Anonymous
13th June 2017
Tuesday 9:31 am
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The MDF backboard is to stop the actual solid wood panels cracking under natural expansion and contraction in the case of changing temperatures in the room in which it's placed. It's not a penny-pinching tactic — it's an evolution of the design.

(I am not a Big Cabinet shill.)
>> No. 2262 Anonymous
13th June 2017
Tuesday 1:06 pm
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Yes, but people had these problems back then as well, didnt they? And yet, they chose solid wood for the backs of cupboards.

Your theory appears flawed.
>> No. 2263 Anonymous
13th June 2017
Tuesday 2:37 pm
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The backs of good quality cabinets (and the bases of drawers) would be fitted into a slightly loose groove, with a few millimetres of space at either end for expansion.
>> No. 2264 Anonymous
14th June 2017
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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So the stud finder tells you what kind of wall it is, right?
>> No. 2265 Anonymous
14th June 2017
Wednesday 10:10 pm
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Telling the difference between a plasterboard and brick wall is perfectly straightforward - you just knock on the wall to see if it's hollow.

The stud finder detects differences in density. If you wave it along a plasterboard wall, it'll beep when there's a wooden beam behind the plasterboard. You want to screw into the wooden beam rather than the plasterboard, because the wood is far stronger. Most stud finders will also detect cables and pipes, which you obviously don't want to drill into.

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>> No. 2229 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 3:47 pm
2229 New build phone line
This probably is the wrong board for this, but...

I've just completed buying a new build house and have been told that I need to get a phone line installed by BT. BT will charge me over £100 for this unless I get one of their broadband/phone packages which are awful value for money and BT are pretty shit anyway.

I contacted Sky who said they could do it for £20 if I got a package with them and they're a lot cheaper than BT. However, this being a call centre in god knows where, I'm not sure how much I trust them to understand this property has no landline and never has.

So, in short - does anyone here know much about getting phone line installed in a new build and does it have to be through BT?
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>> No. 2232 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 5:15 pm
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Unless you're in Hull or a handful of other areas, there are only two sets of telephone wires in the ground - Openreach and Virgin Media. Every company apart from Virgin uses Openreach to connect to your house. Sky or BT or Plusnet provide the service, but Openreach provide all the wiring. If you can't get fibre via Openreach, then you'd better hope that Virgin have cabled your street.

>> No. 2233 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 10:52 pm
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>>2232 Thank you kindly, a huge help! .gs at it's best.
>> No. 2234 Anonymous
18th March 2017
Saturday 9:20 pm
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Are there any major suppliers that have call centres in this country?
>> No. 2235 Anonymous
18th March 2017
Saturday 11:22 pm
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>>2234 When I used to be with Virgin they usually tended to be Glaswegian
>> No. 2237 Anonymous
19th March 2017
Sunday 7:53 am
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Doesn't Plusnet like to advertise that they only have UK call centres?

>> No. 2202 Anonymous
5th January 2017
Thursday 9:44 pm
2202 Haunted radio
So I got a new DAB radio for Christmas, I think it's a PURE Imagination model of some sort. This evening it has been randomly turning itself on, onto bluetooth and playing music. I've tried to sync it to my phone whilst the radio is turned off and it can't be done.

I've never used bluetooth on it before and always just keep it on DAB which makes it even stranger. Any ideas? The electrics have always been a bit fucky in our house, but seems odd it would turn onto bluetooth and (presumably) sync with a neighbour's device.
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>> No. 2203 Anonymous
6th January 2017
Friday 7:41 pm
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Switch the Bluetooth off..
>> No. 2204 Anonymous
6th January 2017
Friday 9:19 pm
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>>2203 I did. Several times.
>> No. 2205 Anonymous
6th January 2017
Friday 10:09 pm
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Can you pair it to something of yours, and hope that it only supports one set of stored credentials?
>> No. 2206 Anonymous
6th January 2017
Friday 11:24 pm
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If there is a bluetooth module like this on the inside with a built in antenna, you could try and tape some tin foil over it to block / impair the signal.

I could be way off the mark there, though.

>> No. 2196 Anonymous
28th December 2016
Wednesday 8:19 pm
2196 What are these?
They're scattered pretty randomly along fenland power feeds, and I can't work out what they're for.
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>> No. 2197 Anonymous
28th December 2016
Wednesday 8:57 pm
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Here you go:

The idea is that they stop birds from accidentally flying into them.
>> No. 2198 Anonymous
28th December 2016
Wednesday 9:15 pm
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Yeah, I believe that.
There must just be an infestation of really, really stupid birds here. Maybe Mothra is just a bumbling great twat.
>> No. 2199 Anonymous
28th December 2016
Wednesday 10:51 pm
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I wonder if I can get some for my flat so all those fucking piegons will stop shitting on my balcony.
>> No. 2200 Anonymous
31st December 2016
Saturday 12:03 am
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A couple of the flats in the tower block overlooking me have something very similar on their balconies. They look like CDRs and string and perhaps that's what they are.
>> No. 2201 Anonymous
31st December 2016
Saturday 12:46 pm
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>A couple of the flats in the tower block overlooking me have something very similar on their balconies. They look like CDRs and string and perhaps that's what they are.

No, they're just there to scare Emily Thornberrys away.

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