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    Where were the gritters?

    £212 for the four tyres that I've just ordered - fitted. That's for a Picasso. When it comes to next April I'll have to pay to get them swapped back over. For the extra grip though, I think the fitting charge is a small price for my safety as well as the safety of other road users. I actually fitted winter tyres on my push bike last year - absolutely amazing. Dead funny when cars were stuck and I just whizzed past.
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    Where were the gritters?

    Last night I saw the gritters going past my office about every three hours. Unfortunately it rained quite heavily which washed the grit off. So, when the snow came at around 3 am it settled quite quickly. It did then rain again after the snow. Again I saw the gritters after this time - but I think that they were concentrating on main routes. I agree with what someone else said about taking responsibility for yourself. I don't have winter tyres on my car (I've got them on my pushbike mind) and I regretted it last night. Got stuck on our road at seven thirty this morning in half an inch of frozen snow. Other cars seemed to manage with no problem though. One thing though, on our street we have a grit bin. It was full. I did a sprinkling of grit over the ice and it had absolutely no effect. I know that it needs working in for best effect but usually when you put grit down you can hear it crackling as it works.
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    Stonemason question

    Many thanks for the answers and all the PM's. There is no way that I would even consider tackling it myself. One small slip and my mistake will be prominently displayed for many years. A bit (lot) more Googling may have found me someone. I'll give him a bell and see if it's the type of work that he does.
  4. Hi all We have a limestone fireplace. It's one with a 'keystone' effect on it. We're looking at putting a wood burning inset fire into the fireplace. Whilst we have found stoves that will fit, the stove that we really want is 2mm too high because of this 'keystone'. Is there such a thing as a stonemason that would come out and carve/machine a centimetre off the bottom of the limestone so that the fire that we really want would fit? The fireplace cannot be removed from its position as it is cemented/glued together as well as cemented/glued to the wall. Many thanks in advance.
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    Humane Mouse trap

    First thing that you need to do is to go around the outside of your house and check for holes. Take a pencil and if you can stick the pencil through a hole, a mouse can get in. You'll need to seal the hole(s). Main points of access are around pipes. Also check air vents - if you can stick a pen or pencil through, you may need to cover them with a mesh. Regarding humane traps - you need to take the mice a long way away to stop them coming back. Unfortunately, as someone else has mentioned, this will mean that they are in a strange land and will be more likely to either be eaten by predators or starve. My preference would be a back break trap. These are easy to use: http://www.screwfix.com/p/procter-sure-set-plastic-mousetraps-pack-of-2/70203 You'll need a few. Place them against walls. Bait them with peanut butter and with chocolate spread. Check them regularly. If you do go down the humane mouse trap route, again, it's best to have more than one. Best to get it sorted sooner rather than later. Once autumn arrives, if mice have found a way into your house, you'll get many more as the cold weather arrives.
  6. ^^ Mine does - Citroen Picasso. Works for about twenty minutes until economy mode kicks in.
  7. It may put some off. I need a stable broadband connection for my job. I used a certain company for my BB who were OK to start with but then, after dropping my connection multiple times over multiple working from home days - I went elsewhere for my BB. If I had a choice between a house using that company and one where I could make my own choice - I'd go with the latter.
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    Cycling routes for road bikers

    Rather than going along the A57 west out of Sheffield, head up Rails Road and then turn left at the top onto Reynard Lane (I think that that had a few potholes), and then left onto Riggs High Road. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3864106,-1.5647945,15z Cycle to the end and it brings you out at Hollow Meadows. More pleasurable ride than the A57. I'm working this weekend but next weekend I may see if I can keep going along the A57, turn left over Ladybower past the Yorkshire Bridge Inn and then up New Road which will get me to Ringinglow Road. I've measured this as about 23 miles (which will be a challange for me now). I used to be able to easily do over 100 miles a day as a youth but that was on a proper road bike (rather than a commuting bike) plus I was younger and about six stone lighter.
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    FAO Town Hall Cyclist

    For the first time, today I had to shout at a pedestrian whilst I was riding my bike. I wasn't going particularly fast, maybe 10 miles an hour, but it was going uphill so I wanted to keep my momentum. I was riding the secondary line and I could see a person with a young child waiting to cross the road. I maintained eye contact with him yet he insisted on pushing the child into the road. As I got closer and he was still urging the child to cross and it looked like the child would step out in front of me, I shouted a quick 'Oy'. He looked at me as though I was a nutter. Regarding cycling contraflows, until there are more bikes on the road - cyclists are always going to have to take care on them. I ride down Portabello Street most days and this has a contraflow on it. Pedestrians and car drivers simply are not aware (or ignore/forget) that cyclists are allowed to cycle down that street.
  10. Our house suffered some damage following a burst water pipe in the loft. The work is being rectified under the insurance. The damage is as follows: Loft boards and insulation needs replacing. Ceiling needs pulling down and re-plastering. Decorating work - painting and papering. Also need a new laminate floor in one room - but we're taking that as a cash settlement. In the room that needs the new ceiling, we also require the walls re-plastering. These were going to be redecorated as part of the insurance but we want to re-plaster instead. Realise that we'll have to pay for this. The insurers did send around their contractors originally but we just didn't like their attitude so we are going down finding our own contractor route. So, basically we need a contractor that will take over but allow us to have our say. They need to know how to work with insurance companies.
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    Lottery tickets

    I stopped playing when the draws went to two days a week.
  12. I wouldn't go down the TPO route as, if it is deemed that the trees are causing an issue and are causing subsidence in dry conditions, it is one more item to have to deal with should the trees have to come out. With regards to insurance, have a play around with an insurance comparison website. We have trees close to our house. When shopping for building's insurance, one of the questions was, "Are there any trees over 10 metres tall closer than 5 metres from your property?" I couldn't be bothered measuring how far from the house and how tall the tree was so I got quotes based on a 'No' to the above question and quotes based on 'Yes'. When we ticked 'yes' and said that the tree hadn't been pruned recently, our quotes went from a cheapest quote of just over £100 to only one insurer willing to insure us at extortionate cost. That reminds me, still need to get one of the trees hard pruned. Need to find a decent arborist as it's a really nice copper beech and we really don't want it killing by somebody that doesn't know what they're doing.
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    Wood chippings for garden

    Where in S6? I usually have a pile at home from shredding that we do as general garden tidying. I add them to the compost bin every now and then - helps keep the compost cycle going. However, I seem to have run out and have nothing available to shred just now. The compost has gone a bit anaerobic and I'm hoping that adding a few handfuls of chippings and giving the bin a woosh around (technical gardening term) - may recover it. Is the stuff of Hagg Hill 'free' to passers by or are we talking other piles of chippings?
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    Phone unlocking on a Sunday?

    What phone and network? I got mine unlocked for 99p off eBay within two minutes of paying my fee.
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    Sinkhole near the arts tower

    Is it part of the district heating system - powered by the incinerator on Bernard Road?
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