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'Zoot’s Driveway Gate Project'

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2 hours ago, PeterW said:

As you’re a woodworker @zoothorn then another option on the stump is to use an auger bit. Slightly slower than the chainsaw method but much safer and easier. Just get a 25mm spade or auger bit and drill 20-30 holes in the top about 4” deep. Then the process is the same - bucket of hot embers, or a pile of kindling and a blow torch and let it  burn. If you drill to within a couple of inches of the edge you can knock the rest off with a sledgehammer when it’s burnt up. 

 

Auger bit.. erm.. I have  flat bits I could drill into it like Marsh Rat's eg (is that an auger bit?). stumps only 2" high thankfully, & ~14" diameter: it was cut seriously low with a chainsaw so much its blade fkd up.. a mate did it/ I had to buy him a new chain.

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Flat bits are fine. Drill as deep as you can go. 

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On ‎18‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 14:21, zoothorn said:

 

So maybe I can creosote the low 1/3rd of my posts as a cheaper option instead?

I'd do all the post TBH.  You can still get the proper creosote treated posts - check out the more traditional timber yards.

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On 20/04/2019 at 08:48, Onoff said:

Marsh Rat is using a flat wood bit. I note you can get a foot long 32mm bit in Screwfix:

 

https://www.screwfix.com/search?search=Flat+wood+32mm

 Thanks for link Onoff.. I think I'm ok with my 6" long jobs.. my stump's only 2" high off ground, tho do need to get down further. It'll have to do.

 

Anyway this job's minor & down the list at the moment- could be done later once gates on.

 

If I don't get a quote from jacksons tmrw I'm going elsewhere, if they delay just giving me a simple quote for 2x gates, they could do in 10mins, to me for most of a week.. I'm not impressed.

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3 hours ago, zoothorn said:

If I don't get a quote from jacksons tmrw I'm going elsewhere,

Can't you get the prices off their website?

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On 22/04/2019 at 16:40, PeterStarck said:

Can't you get the prices off their website?

 

No, for some reason Peter. anyway quoted today on phone (they forgot to send it).. waaay too much. Two 6' gates, posts, hardware = £650. Very much cream of crop gates then.. a bit overkill for my humble cottage maybe/ a bit 'posh' praps (tho Id love to av'em if £350 as Id hoped).

 

So off to the bargainy-farmers place (a 'very welsh' feel..) & bingo I spotted 6' gates in 2mins flat, decent quality.. £75 +vat each. result! So a pair with two 8', 8x8" posts (nice pointy tops), & all hardware, decent too.. ~£240 inc vat. Excellent. Will buy next week then prep & post jobs (Q's!).

 

cheers all ..zoot

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