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76  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: DIY - Do it yourself jobs and projects on: February 26, 2018, 08:24:56 PM
For months I've been promising yo put some shelves up in my office come junk room. I'm a bit of a hoarder. So need loads of storage. Rather than using individual shelf brackets I bought some of those brackets that slot in to rail that have been screwed to the wall vertically.

It's a studied wall (plasterboard and timber). Plasterboard is notorious for not holding up things, so I found the wooden studs in the wall and screwed directly into those.

The timber, I don't like chipboard or laminated board so bought some planed timber, about 35mm X 240mm. I sanded it down and put on three coats of Medium Oak Satin Varnish, water based. I managed to complete the three coats in one day and put the shelves up this morning.

Next job - preparing a 5 ton Hannix excavator for painting.....

The Hannix excavator  is now painted. It's been a nightmare trying to paint it in an unheated agricultural shed. Took ages for the primer to go off (too cold) I primed it with a brush rather than spray.

Then came the fun and games trying to use a spray gun off a compressor driven by a diesel generator. The compressor trip-switch just kept on tripping!  So in the end I brush painted it. The paint wasn't too expensive and once I got the viscosity right it was going well. I was grateful to have use of the building, but the dust flying around was not good for the paintwork   So I tried to work when there wasn't much activity in he shed. Next part of the job is to assemble the safety cab, find a new throttle cable and ignition switch.
77  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Fishing clubs of the 50's, 60's 70's on: February 23, 2018, 11:45:25 PM
Hello Gerald, I went all over as a kid. One particular place was canal at Catherine de Barnes. Just up from the boat pub. A good stretch. Me and my mate were about 14 or 15 at the time. Fishing away. The bailiff came walking along the canal bank, chatted to us and said, Do you two boys do my much fishing? He than said I can take you to a special place, lots of fish. Off we went with him. We walked along the bank, and then went down the bank and under the canal, through these sort of Aqueducts.  He took us to a woodland glade, there was a beautiful lake, loads of fish etc. He told us we could fish there if we wanted too. We needed to knock n his cottage door and pay the fee. The rest was up to us!
78  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Kingshurst on: February 23, 2018, 11:29:10 PM
I worked with a bloke in the mid 70's he lived in Hillside Drive. This sort of backed into Kingshurst and was off cooks lane. There was what seemed like wasteland behind his house, and you could see Kingshurst in the near distance. I can't remember if there was a bit of a lake there?
Twm
79  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Kingshurst on: February 22, 2018, 07:50:04 PM
Great video townie. It looked like they built some private (bought) houses as well as council houses. My brother lived there in the early 70's must ask him whereabouts.
Twm
80  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: DIY - Do it yourself jobs and projects on: February 21, 2018, 11:47:06 PM
Hello Gerald, we are a kin. For the last years I worked at a London hospital I noticed the amount of pallets about the place. I spoke with security about removing from site, they take as much as you can. We only have to pay to get the stuff removed.

I have made bird boxes, flower troughs, a bar for a patio etc. Any off cuts from pallets I stack into small (square logs) pop a few nails in and they burn for ages. The rest goes for kindling. Like you not tight, but careful .
81  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Kingshurst on: February 21, 2018, 11:04:10 PM
townie, The Punchbowl was the pub my neighbours spoke about. Was there a place called Hopwas Grove. My neighbour would talk about when they lived in Hopwas Grove!

82  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: November 21st 1974, 8.25 pm. Part 1. on: February 21, 2018, 06:26:36 AM
Kandor...........as soon as I saw the date as the title of your post, I knew what it was about. The date is indelibly etched on my mind. You have actually brought tears to my eyes this morning on reading your experience.

I was not a town goer but had been in the Tavern on a few occasions with some biker friends at around that time. That night my girlfriend and I had decided to go yo the pictures. The Capitol, I think it's in or was in Ward End. We came out of the pictures at about 9:30pm. The atmosphere in the street was not right. Then I heard something about people being injured, blood, death, a bomb, two bombs!

I eventually got home that night. My mom and dad were distraught as they didn't know where I was, they had contacted folks to see if anyone had seen me. I was safe at least.

It was a difficult time in Brum after that, not to mention your experience. I too had Irish friends, my brothers wife was Irish. We all carried on being friends.

Twn Sion
83  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: February 20, 2018, 08:51:53 PM
A very nice fruit. I think it belongs to the rose family?

Twm
84  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: February 20, 2018, 08:48:51 PM
Have you cleaned up all the tools you put away last year covered in muck and rubbish.
If you do not clean them it is a wonderful way of spreading germs and disease.
The good gardener is a clean gardener.
We import lots of rubbish so please do not add to the problems.
Buy UK to grow in the UK.
Little bit of morning exercise to get you fit. Walk round the garden clockwise then anti clockwise.
What plants did you stop to look at.
What about putting some posts on this forum
Gerald.
I've still got two of my lambs in the garden. They've done a great job of clearing it as it hadn't been Gardened fog years while I've been working away. The ground is sodden up here. Hopefully dry out soon.
Twm
85  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Shard End on: February 20, 2018, 08:29:49 PM
Thanks townie, Brownfield, I remember now. Alderpits Rd ran off it to the School.

Twm
86  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Funfair from the past on: February 20, 2018, 08:25:51 PM
One of the fairs I went to most years was the Mop Fair at Kings Norton. Held on the first Monday each October. Also went to Stratford Mop once.

I went to a few others, the only one that springs to mind now was on the corner Stratford Rd and Haslocks Green Rd. The CEGB was later built there and recently demolished.

Twm
87  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Shard End on: February 20, 2018, 08:13:31 PM
There was a petrol garage on the corner of Hurst lane and Broomfield Rd. Does anyone remember the little sweet shop. It was at the side of the garage. Not sure if it only opened at school going home time.

Twm
88  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: BIRMINGHAM WHOLESALE MARKET on: February 20, 2018, 08:05:14 PM
So many changes. A friend of mine worked in the wholesale market in the mid 70's. He would be in work at about 4AM. he would then get home about midday and lie in the sun for a few hours before meeting us up the Crown Monkspath. He always had the best tan in the gang. I didn't do to bad working outside, but some of he lads that worked in the factories looked a bit pale. Very happy days.
89  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: February 20, 2018, 04:08:35 PM
The congregation gasped and looked at each other knowingly! A horse could be heard galloping up to the church door and stopped outside!
90  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: February 19, 2018, 10:26:27 PM
You got it, better polish my shoes and have a shave.

So did they live happy ever after or is there a skeleton in the cupboard?Huh
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