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  1. sandspider

    Fixing potholes

    Thanks for the thoughts, all. I've got a small tractor with a link box with a hardened edge I could use for grading. And a small roller. We have a quarry nearby so crushed cement and type 1 are easy to come by, not sure about road planings. Can only get small vans down our road anyway, no room for 40 tonnes in an Artic! As you say, people want to pay as little as possible! And it's only 5 or 6 houses. Feared so. Don't think people will spring for a proper job, so probably some sort of bodge again, with us doing the labour. No room for a lorry to get in, but planings could work if I can get a few smaller loads. Yep, this is the problem we have- just the bigger stones get left. Will see if I can get planings for a reasonable cost. Cheers all.
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    Fixing potholes

    Private road, so drawing penises round the holes wouldn't help. Would still be fun though!
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    Fixing potholes

    Feared that might be the case! As far as I can tell it's stones, earth, hardcore and odd patches of concrete. Bit of a mish mash with compacted hardcore on top. But the stones are coming out of the hardcore in certain corners and heavily travelled areas...
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    Fixing potholes

    Hi all We have a rough track into out hamlet that gets pretty bad potholes, some big ones. It has a fair amount of light and medium sized vehicle traffic. In the past, people have dumped and compacted hardcore, or filled the holes with concrete and that's ok for a while but I'm looking for a more permanent fix. Would compacting mot type 1 be better than hardcore for instance? Or to make it better / last longer does it really need a proper job- scraping down, consolidating, compacting, membranes, drainage installation, tarmac etc. Don't really want to do the latter if it can be avoided. Any other options? Thanks.
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    Flies grr.

    Bad year for horseflies, and just recently what I guess are cluster flies? Hordes of them in bracken and on the outside of the kitchen window, plus up the wall of the house.
  6. I was told that my ammo allowance could be lowered at next renewal. No mention of removing the slot(s) though...
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    Stop leak in old thermosyphon tractor?

    Ahh, they do look rather more hard core. Thanks, and for your PM too
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    Stop leak in old thermosyphon tractor?

    Jubilee clips, hefty and good quality ones. However, in order to avoid hose kinking, I had to use the hose with the spiral wound wire inside it, so it's quite thick walled hose, and the wire is fairly thick too. Having said that, it did leak with thinner rubber hose too... I could possibly tighten them even further, but I don't want to overdo it.
  9. Hi all I've got a persistent leak from my ancient Yanmar tractor, where a hose from the radiator joins the block. I've replaced the hose, tightened it mercilessly, bedded it in with self-amalgamating rubber tape etc. but still a bit of a leak when hot. Thinking of giving a bottle of stop leak a go, given the tractor is pretty ancient and agricultural and is unlikely to have any fine tolerance parts that the stop leak may clog when it shouldn't. (I wouldn't use it in anything modern / delicate) However, I read on the internets that stop leak is a bad idea in tractors like mine with no water pump - as the thermosyphon effect is all that circulates the water. But I can't imagine that any part of a radiator system that only circulates via hot water moving upwards could have really narrow galleries that might be blocked by stop leak? Has anyone tried stop leak in an old tractor without a water pump, and did it work / block the rad? Bit of a long shot I suspect, but you never know on PW! Thanks.
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    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    Got a radiator, but it circulates by convection only! A horse might be more reliable at the moment though...
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    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    Yes, that's what I've ordered thanks. Diameter is too big for copper pipe and I don't have the kit anyway. Tractor doesn't even have a water pump so I doubt cavitation or swirl will be a problem!
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    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    Thanks chaps. It's not a straight 90° bend so the silicone joints won't do. Think I've found some rubber with a tighter bend radius though, so that might work...
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    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    But I want to! 😆
  14. sandspider

    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    It's an old imported tractor and I can't find the correct piece of hose, not made any more. If I get it reasonably unkinked and start it up, will the expanding coolant push the kink out? Or will the heat make the kink set permanently?
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    Installing rubber radiator hose without kinking?

    The hose that I'm replacing was just standard textile backed rubber, so there must have been a way to get it on. And I don't really want to have to buy more hose, and I don't have any stainless steel tube! I just need a way to persuade the rubber not to kink...
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