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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Apr 20, 2018.
That’s what they are! Yes me
I think that I have a pair, really old, among my collection of numberous pliers.
I use them for squeezing the crimps.
After all this time, AdChoices have returned my treasure to me:
My latest fad is pallets. Blazer major has just moved house and has a log burner. They are very popular where he lives and fuel is expensive. So I have been scavenging pallets. Using a claw hammer and a crow bar I dismantle them, removing all nails and then saw the slats into suitable lengths. I then pack then into lettuce boxes from Tescos. I took him three boxes when we visited last week and have 6 more full in my garage waiting the next visit. 10 doors up a guy is having a new roof and there are 4 pallets in the front garden, so I will be popping up tomorrow to see if they are available.
Why not just nick his roof trusses?
I used to do that, now I stand them up and slice down them with a chain saw, the nails fall out in the fire, much easier.
I'd be wary of throwing nails in the hearth: Fumes.
But if we did this then I wouldn't now have a big box of reclaimed nails!
Eh? fumes of what exactly?
From heating the metals. Low risk perhaps but cheap nails, no telling what kind of rubbish goes into them.
Nails are steel, iron and carbon, anything else is more expensive, no-one is going to waste contaminating cheap iron with more expensive metals, not convinced.
Yes, low risk like I said. All you need worry about is with what the wood's been treated. As long as it's originated within the EU should be fine.
If you are burning in a closed stove with an efficient flue and a tight door seal there should be no risk. Our wood-burner, the only form of heating in our main living room, chugs away 24x7 from mid October to the end of March. We change the door seal annually to maintain a slow, economical burn. We burn mainly olive wood, which is tarry, so opening the vents for a short daily blaze is essential to keep the chimney clear.
With regard to the OP, my son, whose DIY skills are near professional. knows the state of my motley collection of odds and ends, When I mentioned that I was thinking of building a tree house for the grandchildren he replied 'Better let me do it. But you'll need to buy me some tools.'
Some nails are galvanised (often ones used for roofing). Zinc is highly toxic and would probably be released if a fire is hot enough. Ed on Wheelerdealers has warned about this when welding galvanised steel, though a wood fire shouldn't get that hot.
I have always thought that "wood burners" breach laws on clean air, like the "clean air" acts of the 50s and 60s which forced a change from open coal fires. I read somewhere that some towns are cracking down on smoke. I blame it on these trendy designer types and such programmes on the telly. Having said that I have a fair amount of dead wood that someone could have (dead garden bench, dead fence panels, some bits and pieces). You can't just have a bonfire these days, and as I live right by a bypass I couldn't have smoke drifting over that.
Multipurpose tool? Biface handaxe every time for me.
There are fewer wooly mammoths to hunt these days.
Doubt that anyone hunted mammoths using a hand axe.
As it is "multi purpose" the hand axe was strapped to the end of a pole and became a spear. The hand axe would have been used for "butchering" after. (But we always have to have another smart ass don't we?)