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>> No. 2145 Anonymous
10th August 2016
Wednesday 8:38 pm
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Lads, complete novice here. I need a drill for screwing things and maybe drilling. There are far too many things to choose from, and I have a serious issue with choice. Wired, battery powered, hammer drill, etc. It is all too complicated.

What is a good drill? What should I buy?
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>> No. 2749 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 12:35 am
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You can get mains-powered ones.
>> No. 2750 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 10:34 am
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I don't know why I didn't think of this.
>> No. 2751 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 1:34 pm
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>I realise if my shed didn't have power, it might be a different story
You'll be sorry when you're building a new shed (or any other large construction). Extension cords draped all over the place are a dangerous hassle when you're working on anything bigger than will fit on your work table.
>> No. 2752 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 2:58 pm
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Well, I was going to get a DeWalt, after this thread sang its praises and because they are on offer at Screwfix, but after my carless self had trekked all the way down there they told me they were next-day collection only. So I thought fuck making two trips, went into the B&Q next door and bought the first reasonably cheap drill I saw, an Erbauer ECD18-Li-2. It came with free drill bits. I'm sure it will be fine, I'm not looking at becoming a professional joiner.
>> No. 2753 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 6:11 pm
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>Extension cords draped all over the place are a dangerous hassle when you're working on anything bigger than will fit on your work table.

You're not wrong, but I can't imagine I'll be building a shed or anything particularly large with my dremel anytime soon.

>> No. 2731 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 6:39 pm
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I wouldn't normally ask this but I've made a hash of it once already. As we're going to be working at home for the foreseeable future, do either of you know of any computer chairs that would reach the height of a kitchen counter? I'm looking at 90cm from floor to counter-top.

Amazon search is useless for this but I did come up with the option below which doesn't seem anymore comfortable than the chair I'm using at the moment.

I cannot stress enough how much of a ball-ache it is to return a computer chair you've already assembled. Even after the WD40 and club hammer treatment, you still need to somehow fit it all back in the packaging and dick about with parcel-monkey. The chair was £99 but even then I had thoughts of just chucking it.
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>> No. 2734 Anonymous
15th June 2020
Monday 7:31 pm
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Having a taller chair puts more strain on the seat post if you put your weight off centre, I believe there are also stricter product safety regulations on higher chairs.
Both of these lead to the point that this height of chair needs a more compact seat base and limited recline, hence no one is able to make a tall chair that deviates far from the style of the one linked in the OP.
>> No. 2735 Anonymous
15th June 2020
Monday 9:38 pm
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Thanks but not to worry, lads. I'm still not sure of the chair in OP and reckon I'll just continue to work from my bed because I don't have the leftover motivation.

Work will pay for it but that fucking parcel-force bloke who came to pick up the old chair woke me up at 7 today and I'm sure the seller will find a reason to refuse the refund just to put the icing on the previous saga.
>> No. 2736 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 1:11 am
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I would never recommend buying them new, but Hermann Miller draughtsman's (as >>2733 points out) are almost unicorns. The flagship Aeron you can get at decent discounts from office dissolutions and bankrupticies but the "high chair" equivalents aren't anywhere near as popular in the start-up and small business market and thus not quite as common.

A further caveat is that these chairs have a lot of adjustabilty which is best done by an ergonomics trained person. If you're buying this for home use and don't have that expertise you're wasting money on micro-adjustments you'll likely use wrong so you are much better off not splurging in this instance.
>> No. 2737 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 9:27 am
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How does one get trained in ergonomics?
>> No. 2738 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 11:43 am
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I've done no research, but it certainly sounds like a three hour course Sandra from HR insists on going on to "enhance her skillset", and once she's done it you'll never be able to slouch again without her wagging her finger at you.

I'd rather have the twisted spine.

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>> No. 2723 Anonymous
1st June 2020
Monday 10:05 pm
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My toaster's got a think layer of crumbs inside it. Would it be ok to take it out the back a give it a good hose? As long as I let it dry for a couple of days before using it again what would be the problem?
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>> No. 2726 Anonymous
1st June 2020
Monday 11:29 pm
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The layer of compacted crumb is above that.
>> No. 2727 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 1:15 am
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Just give it a quick rinse like you would with some pasta.
>> No. 2728 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 3:18 am
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Tapwater tends to leave mineral residues that can cause short circuits. I'd suggest having a go at it with the crevice tool on your hoover first. You could sluice it out with isopropyl alcohol, but since COVID it'd be cheaper to buy a new toaster than a big bottle of IPA.
>> No. 2729 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 4:32 am
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Blast it out with compressed air?
>> No. 2730 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 10:26 am
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Sod these lot, OP. Just take it with you next time you bath and give it a good soak. Could even have toast while you're soaking.

>> No. 2721 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:19 pm
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I've been eyeing a purchase of these for about ten years and in that time, the market has evolved greatly. I don't need to make large parts, I don't want a 3d printer, I do want something good.

eBay has kits that come from China for about 120 quid. I know these will be quite bad, but how bad? Do I really need to spend a grand on a Stepcraft?
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>> No. 2722 Anonymous
11th May 2020
Monday 12:51 am
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>eBay has kits that come from China for about 120 quid. I know these will be quite bad, but how bad?

They're pretty toy-like. They'll make light cuts in wood and plastic, maybe engrave aluminium, but that's your lot - they just don't have the power or the rigidity for more serious work.

The essential question is what sort of parts you want to make. If you need to produce complex parts in metal that are beyond the capacity of a three-axis machine, you'll either need to order them from eMachineShop or get into lost PLA casting. If you're producing very thin metal parts, photochemical etching is cheaper, easier and will produce better results. If you're producing relatively simple parts, hand tools and a bit of practice might be more than sufficient.

If I could only have one machine tool, I'd take a lathe any day of the week - it's the only way of producing parts with accurate rotational symmetry and it's easily adaptable to basic three-axis milling. Something like a Unimat SL is really a universal tool for model engineering and the like. Others might choose an SLA printer or a laser cutter based on their particular needs.

It's also worth looking up your nearest hackspace - not many have CNC routers, but most have a decently powerful laser cutter and an assortment of basic manual machine tools.

>> No. 2704 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:48 am
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Lads. How in the name of shitting fuck are you supposed to get the bulb out of this thing? It seems like it's permanently attached and I'm not going to pull it out of the ceiling as I'd like to keep my deposit.
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>> No. 2716 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 1:50 pm
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My particular unit has three of these clips, and they are so stiff I can't even manually push them up.

My unit looks like a standard halogen type bulb, and as I say has three clips. I've been hunting too and found nothing yet.
>> No. 2717 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 3:54 pm
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It's very odd, I've been completely unable to find anything with three clips. It must be ancient.
>> No. 2718 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 4:02 pm
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I'm reasonably certain it's an older version of a Click FlameGuard housing, and in that case the bezel partially obscuring the bulb just needs to be unscrewed, but if it's been on there for a long time or subjected to heat (halogen bulb so it has) then it might be seized.

So you just need to unscrew it, or try to.

>> No. 2719 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 5:02 pm
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I have these in my bathroom. I went into the attic to replace the bulbs. Those brackets that hold the bulbs are fiddly.
>> No. 2720 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 8:28 pm
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Unfortunately as I live in a flat - no attic to do that with.

That's an interesting link, the blue tape looks convincing. I'll squirt some WD40 onto the gap and leave it for a bit and see what happens, thanks.

>> No. 2655 Anonymous
30th April 2020
Thursday 10:25 pm
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If my saw keeps stopping mid-cut is it broken or is it just that the blade needs replacing?
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>> No. 2699 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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Made myself one of these as I couldn't afford to fork out for a proper track-saw at the time.
Absolutely brilliant. Made ripping boards so much easier and neater.
>> No. 2700 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 8:26 pm
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Oh that is excellent.
>> No. 2701 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 9:37 pm
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>>2700 I really want one of these
>> No. 2702 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 10:07 pm
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Oooh so do I now you bastard where can we get three thousands dollars??
>> No. 2703 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:37 am
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>>2702 I know, it's definitely on my to-covet list.
Manufacture videos always make stuff look easy, and miss out the shitwork, but damn, this looks like fun.

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>> No. 2650 Anonymous
12th April 2020
Sunday 8:59 pm
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My toilet waste pipe leaks whenever it is flushed and it needs realigning. Is this an easy enough job to do or should I call in a plumber? I'm not a very handy person so I've got visions of this fucking up and water spraying out everywhere.

Pic related but not my bog.
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>> No. 2651 Anonymous
12th April 2020
Sunday 10:16 pm
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If it's anywhere near as bad as that picture, you're fucked. The whole toilet needs to be moved an inch forwards and probably best to replace the elbow too as it likely wont reseal now that the rubber gasket is aged and worn.

If the toilet is aligned correctly and it's just started leaking recently, it could be that the seal has perished. You could probably get away with a short term bodge with some sort of sealant like plumbers mait but it's not ideal.
>> No. 2652 Anonymous
12th April 2020
Sunday 10:51 pm
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Thanks, lad. It's more of a straight line than an elbow, with the middle pipe at a 10 degree angle rather than flush. I reckon it could do with being moved slightly forwards.
>> No. 2653 Anonymous
12th April 2020
Sunday 10:57 pm
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Commiserations, I bet that fucking stinks.
>> No. 2654 Anonymous
12th April 2020
Sunday 11:09 pm
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It's only really smelled since I turned the stopcock and flushed all of the water out, then it ponged a bit of sewage but chucking a large cloth in there seems to have blocked most of it.

>> No. 2641 Anonymous
3rd April 2020
Friday 5:21 pm
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What would happen if I used these garden loppers as bolt cutters, to trim some metallic rods (stays) off my bike mud guard?

I'm guessing it'd wreck the tool.
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>> No. 2645 Anonymous
3rd April 2020
Friday 8:36 pm
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This is what the stays look like

Will post pic of garden tool tomorrow.

I could hacksaw it but it's rather pathetic, it remains an option. As does drilling.
>> No. 2646 Anonymous
3rd April 2020
Friday 8:55 pm
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>>2645 An error occurred. Please try again later. (Playback ID: 7OgubRsX0_O1QcZ5)

But do _not_ use the loppers to cut steel. It won't cut the steel, and you'll have an annoyingly damaged set of loppers. You'll certainly chip a chunk out of the blade, and may snap the anvil bit, and you can't get replacements anywhere. Fiskars = Bastards.
Seconding hacksaw or dremel. You'd need a pretty chunky set of wire cutters.
>> No. 2647 Anonymous
3rd April 2020
Friday 10:37 pm
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They've tried to embed with a time signature of 53s.

>> No. 2648 Anonymous
4th April 2020
Saturday 12:47 am
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OP are you just trying to trim them down, or remove them entirely? Either way, even the smallest hacksaw will get though those, they're basically thick wire.
>> No. 2649 Anonymous
4th April 2020
Saturday 1:25 am
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I've got SKS guards on my bike, unless it's completely blunt your hacksaw will do just fine. You only need to get about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through before they snap cleanly enough (the ends will be hidden in the retainer nipple anyway).

If they are SKS guards, then they need to be trimmed roughly to size, roughly within 1/4".

>> No. 2575 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:37 am
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how to make cat pen for cats?
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>> No. 2577 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:18 pm
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He'll have to hold it with his mouth.

>> No. 2578 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:27 pm
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Cats don't write. They have human servants for that.
>> No. 2579 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:50 pm
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My cat's stolen my pen before. I assumed he just wanted to play with it.
>> No. 2580 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 2:28 pm
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Well in fact he was writing the first draft of his novel, and is now a published author.
>> No. 2640 Anonymous
28th January 2020
Tuesday 2:20 am
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Get some masking tape.
Cut 4 lengths each about a foot long.
Stick them to the carpet in the shape of a square.
Cat will sit in it.

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>> No. 2635 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 8:42 pm
2635 Would it be legal to build one of these
and if so where would I find blueprints?

Seems like a fun hobby project.
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>> No. 2636 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 9:07 pm
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>> No. 2637 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 9:12 pm
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That doesn't answer either of my questions it's just general guillotine related news.
>> No. 2638 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 9:17 pm
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You're absolutely correct in your description of my link.
>> No. 2639 Anonymous
8th January 2020
Wednesday 9:23 pm
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>guillotine related news

Oh come on, that's a site just asking to be created.

>> No. 2625 Anonymous
5th January 2020
Sunday 7:14 pm
2625 Getting ropes up trees
I've been doing a bit of hedge maintenance - chopping down the 25 feet or so that's grown out of the top of my 8 foot hedge. Managed 40 foot or so today, got about the same again to do next weekend - the overhead power line in the pic stopped play, as the wind wants to push the trees that way, and next door will be miffed if I cut their power.
So - how can I get a rope high up in the tree, so I can pull it in the right direction when it falls? (cutting a wedge into the tree does fuck all, if there's wind).
I've tried lobbing a weighted line up, but can't get through the branches, got to love leylandii. Is there some kind of stick contraption that will let me lock a rope around the tree and tie it off? I need to get the line higher than I can reach from the top of the ladder, probably aout 25-30 feet to be confident that the tree's coming down where I want (they're quite heavy, and have quite a lot of wind loading).
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>> No. 2630 Anonymous
6th January 2020
Monday 8:29 am
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Hmm, https://boomerope.com looks like someone's solved it. Now, how much do I really want to avoid dicking about with poles and weight bags?
>> No. 2631 Anonymous
6th January 2020
Monday 2:22 pm
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Really like the look of your tree trimming ladders.
>> No. 2632 Anonymous
6th January 2020
Monday 3:39 pm
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>>2631 after years of wobbling around, I finally bought an orchard ladder. It's brilliant, weighs nothing and is absurdly stable in a way that a regular ladder can never be. The third leg is length adjustable, or you can just lean it against stuff. Best ladder ever, tempted to buy a taller one as well, but the prices get high above 3m.

t. big ladder..
>> No. 2633 Anonymous
6th January 2020
Monday 3:41 pm
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Why don't you just buy one when you're on still the ground?
>> No. 2634 Anonymous
6th January 2020
Monday 3:46 pm
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I've admired them for a long time - for all the reasons you say. Glad to hear they are as good as I thought, I will definitely buy one now.. in the past I have experimented with various kinds of (cheap) scaffolding tower to trim trees, but they're an arse and not that useful for the rest of the year.

>> No. 2623 Anonymous
1st January 2020
Wednesday 9:36 pm
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Some life-changing ideas here.
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>> No. 2624 Anonymous
1st January 2020
Wednesday 9:49 pm
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I think even if you like crunchy toast, that would be a bit hard. What's wrong with butter? Fucking vegans.

>> No. 2611 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 1:17 pm
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Does anyone know what this wallpaper pattern is called? I need to get something as close to it as possible.
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>> No. 2618 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 4:46 pm
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This wasn't funny and I posted >>2613 That's how trite your post was.
>> No. 2619 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 4:53 pm
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>I posted >>2613
Then you're in no position to judge.
>> No. 2620 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 6:30 pm
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No, the shit is gone. The cat scratched it all out.
>> No. 2621 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 9:09 pm
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m8, your cat did you a favour, that wallpaper is fucking shite
>> No. 2622 Anonymous
14th October 2019
Monday 9:11 pm
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No, he already said the cat scratched that shite out.

>> No. 2605 Anonymous
21st September 2019
Saturday 1:14 pm
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The bleed valve on my radiator is leaking very slightly, about 1 drop a day. I was thinking of taking it out, quickly wrapping it with some PTFE tape and putting it back in.

Is this advisable?
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>> No. 2606 Anonymous
21st September 2019
Saturday 2:38 pm
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You'll stop the leak, but you'll also lose the ability to easily bleed the radiator. You can buy a replacement bleed valve for about £2. They're not hard to fit.

>> No. 2607 Anonymous
21st September 2019
Saturday 3:28 pm
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Stop using your central heating to save the climate.
>> No. 2608 Anonymous
21st September 2019
Saturday 8:39 pm
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Why? Do you want the climate to fall apart? Central heating is the only thing that can save us.
>> No. 2609 Anonymous
22nd September 2019
Sunday 9:43 am
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Odds on, it's just a bit of grot stuck in the valve. Arm yourself with a couple of cotton buds and a bit of kitchen roll - whip the screw out, scrub its pointy end with the kitchen roll. Wipe the mating surface inside the rad with a cotton bud.
You may want to depressurise the system first if you don't have a stinky water fetish,
>> No. 2610 Anonymous
24th September 2019
Tuesday 11:19 pm
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I done it and it's stopped leaking. Up yours to all those who doubted me.

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