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  1. 14 minutes ago, Metal Guru said:

    The country that an indie Scotland aspires to be.

    So little crime that areas only need one policeman and it doesn't really matter all that much if his car breaks?

    Yes.

  2. Just done the form to get my driving licence back after I let it expire back in January last year. I probably still won't use driving as my main means of transport, so I'm now trawling the internet for interesting yet (relatively) cheap to own chod.

    A big part of me wants a 4x4, but I can't help but feel that would bankrupt me rather quickly.

    Another Volvo estate is probably just the thing.

  3. I found a lump hammer, and it made the process about 420% easier.

    Taking a break now, then I have to move some stuff to put the first one in place, then I can put the second one together.

    Though having just looked at the time I should probably do it tomorrow since I doubt my neighbours would appreciate loud hammering at 9pm.

  4. 2 minutes ago, SiC said:

    Yeah I definitely would use a rubber mallet. Not only to reduce the damage but the weight of it gives a proper push down.  

    All of my tools are at my unit and I can't get there until probably saturday (maybe even not until next saturday) and I need/want to get these sorted by the weekend.

     

    I think I maybe have a normal hammer somewhere, which would be both better and worse at the same time.

     

    I can only assume the Halfords and other "proper" brands that sell what look to be identical shelving must actually be a bit better made

  5. 2 minutes ago, SiC said:
    3 minutes ago, reb said:
    The part that has gone the worst so far is the couplers between the halves of the legs. The first 3 have gone in ok (well, there's about a 2mm gap that looks like it shouldn't be there, but I'm sure it'll be fine if they're all like that) but the last one has got stuck with a 2cm gap.
    Not to mention that when I was fitting them to the tops of the bottom halves of the leg I followed exactly what it said to do, and yet they still got all fucked up and bent!

    Some of it needed a good few taps of the mallet to seat things home.

    I will admit that it would probably be going slightly more smoothly if my "mallet" wasn't an old thermos flask.

  6. 1 minute ago, SiC said:

    I have Clarke machine mart ones. Went together fine but occasionally the tabs get on the wrong side. Definitely don't force them otherwise they'll bend the wrong way. Some of them I had to use a flat headed screwdriver to get them started on the right side first and some persuasion to make sure they go through both holes. 

    The part that has gone the worst so far is the couplers between the halves of the legs. The first 3 have gone in ok (well, there's about a 2mm gap that looks like it shouldn't be there, but I'm sure it'll be fine if they're all like that) but the last one has got stuck with a 2cm gap.

    Not to mention that when I was fitting them to the tops of the bottom halves of the leg I followed exactly what it said to do, and yet they still got all fucked up and bent!

  7. 23 hours ago, grogee said:

    I think I bought the same thing, the assembly method relies on tabs in slots but it's possible to misalign one tab, which might have lead to the 'falling apart' review. 

    Was yours made of tinfoil? It arrived today, and christ is the metal flimsy.

    I've had to take a break from assembling the first one because I'm getting so pissed off with things bending in ways they're not supposed to.

    I know I'm a ham-fisted orangutan but this is ridiculous!

  8. Nothing much to report, except that I bought the cheapest garage racking on Amazon (£44 for two units) to use to store computershite and other gubbins.

    It had generally good reviews, except for one that said it just falls apart.

    Only one way to find out, I suppose.

  9. 40 minutes ago, SiC said:

    Nice VTS 👌

    Is it yours?

    One car I'd like a go at sometimes but they seem to be already going up to crazy money or buggered rusty.

    Not mine, belongs to the guy I share the unit with now.

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    That's him doing prep work to remove the engine from his Grandeur

  10. 9 hours ago, SiC said:

    This story certainly escalates quickly!

    https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2024-03-24/man-loses-home-after-spending-thousands-on-novelty-private-number-plate

    Man buys a numberplate for his wife and pays £15k all from inheritance that he has been told is worth £30k.

    Wife dies.

    Tries to sell plate and finds out it's not worth anywhere near what he thought.

    He gets cancer.

    Loses home with everything in storage and now on benefits. 

     

     

    I mean poor guy but at the same time I'm always amazed how gullible people are. Why would someone be selling something at a massively cut price if it's "worth more"?

    To be fair that's about as close to a plate actually saying something as you'll get.

    Perfect 4 Edinburgh sauna owner?

  11. If you look out of my kitchen window there's a lone tree pretty much exactly a mile away on top of a hill. About five years ago my old neighbour told me I should walk there and "see who's name is below it" in a way that suggested it would be personally relevant to me.

    I always intended to, but never got round to it.

    Yesterday I found myself feeling the need to escape for a while, so I set off along the footpath that would lead me there.

    Most of the journey there was fine, it was along an official ancient right of way that sees a reasonable amount of traffic, though I didn't see any other people. The next stretch was along a single track road with basically no traffic. I took a slight detour to sit by the reservoir for a moment, then trundled on.

    Eventually I reached the edge of the fields the tree sits above, at this point there seemed to be no way of reaching it but walking up the margins of the fields and climbing a fence, which I duly did.

    I reached the tree and inspected it thoroughly, no names to be seen. Just a couple of initials carved a long long time ago.

    At this point I decided my neighbour was winding me up, and sat on a log to have a cigarette and take in the view. Then I spotted a cross made of cut timber lying face down in the undergrowth, so I flipped it over...

     

    It was a cross for a dog named Gillie who died in 2019.

     

    I'm not really sure what significance, if any, this has.

    At least I got a good walk out of it.

  12. Spent a couple of hours clearing out my unit today to get it ready for a couple of people to start sharing it. The outgoing crap filled the back of a Hilux Surf with the seats down. There's still a lot of tidying to do, but it feels like a much bigger space already!

    Edit to add photo of said Hilux Surf:

     

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  13. 1 minute ago, Rust Collector said:

    I’ve still got a couple of uniforms from [pizza chain], I don’t throw them out ‘in case I need them’. I’m not quite sure what for though, maybe some sort of daring pizza heist or a clichéd porn film perhaps.

    Oh there was a few jackets from them too, and a pair of trousers from back when they were provided, and a gilet (which I got about a week before we were told we weren't allowed to wear them anymore)

    The one thing I kept was a money bag, just to keep something.

     

    Actually, most of the storage in there was saved from going in a skip from there too!

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