AVOID LOADS OF TROUBLE
Did you know there's going to be a government crackdown on overloaded vans in 2012?
When a couple of VOSA officials (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) pulled over a large van and accused the driver of being overloaded, he marched round the back of the van and threw open the doors saying: "I cant be overloaded, see, there's room for more stuff in the back!"
WRONG! you can still be overloaded even when the vehicle is not fully loaded. Lets say you have a large 3.5 tonne van, this doesn't mean you can carry 3.5 tonne of payload. The 3.5 is the GVW ( Gross Vehicle Weight) which is driver, passengers, fuel, and load.
Different vans vary, such as a 3.5 van with rear wheel drive can carry around 1600kgs, whereas a long wheelbase 3.5 can only carry 1450kgs. So be careful.
The easy way to check what weight the van can carry is to look at the VIN plate which is located on the door jamb or under the bonnet.
So there it is people watch what your putting in the back of your vans, or pay the penalty which can be up to £800 so i heard.
There are 2 ways to sharpen a pencil in the trade.
1. A Stanley knife. Take your pencil and a sharp utility knife, clockwise push the blade from 1cm from the pencil tip up into the lead. continue clockwise until pencil is pointed.
2. A Block plane. rest the pencil tip about 25 degrees and move the pencil backwards away from but against the sharp blade, continue clockwise until pencil is sharp.
You maybe thinking why dont i just use a pencil sharpener, and the answer is , your always guaranteed to loose the little blighter in your toolbox.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THE 5 Ps
No matter what your occupation always remember the 5 Ps.....PROPER PREPERATION PREVENTS PISSPOOR PERFORMANCE.
BLACK MOULD IN CUPBOARDS?
You may be familiar with the scenario - just a weekend to redecorate a bedroom. Move the furniture out - and there's a black mould patch behind the wardrobe. It's against a cold exterior wall, clearly a damp trap. How do you locally insulate a wall without disturbing the structure? Answer - Warmaline Wall Veneer. It's a roll of thin sheet expanded polystyrene foam which you stick to the wall underneath the final finish. Ordinary wallpaper adhesive (mixed as for blown vinyls) works well to fix it, and you need to cover the whole wall to avoid an unsightly ridge. You can fill in round windows and the like with offcuts, butting them together. Any small gaps can then be levelled with ordinary plaster filler. Give it a couple of coats of cheap white emulsion and it's ready for the final finish. I used ordinary wallpaper, but painting will work just as well. When done, the wall no longer feels cold to the touch and the damp doesn't return. A brilliantly simple solution to a tricky problem, and as a bonus you'll get some extra insulation.
TIP OF THE WEEK....COLD FEET
Now that we are well into the winter months i find it hard to keep warm, especially when the temperature plummets below freezing. My feet always seem to come off the worst, even when i have good boots and thick socks. Earlier this week i came up with the idea of using insulation to warm the little tootsies up. As you may know Kingspan is one of the best insulations you can use to date,you only have to sit on the stuff and it instantly warms the ol glutimus maximus (ass).
So here's what i did:
- Find a small off-cut of insulation
- Draw around your boot insoles onto the silver side of the insulation
- with a sharp knife, cut around the shapes at a depth of 10mm
- Now slice the insulation with an old hand saw at a thickness of 3-5mm thick, (depending on how much space you have between the top of your foot and the upper of the boot.)
- Pop out the shapes and insert into your boots,silver side up.
- now insert your insoles on top.
You will notice the warmth after a few minutes. Its definitely saved my feet from the cold.