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#46 Jan 2nd, 2018, 23:57
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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post This 15yr old GPS...
Yet another reminder that I want a brazing torch. Although this might need welding, which is outside my ambitions.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Yet another reminder that I want a brazing torch. Although this might need welding, which is outside my ambitions.
But who is going to teach you to braze with a welding torch
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post .... but sadly he appears to be using plastic (well - it lasts longer...)

serious question:

is REAL cane still made and used to make furniture? if not, that's why he's using plastic.

like wicker: I remember real wicker furniture sets, like a table and chairs for a three season room. but now it's usually real looking wicker made from plastic --
which does eventually wear out as I had to get rid of chairs I used on my veranda because they were years old and the plastic "wicker" started cracking and falling apart.
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I wondered about that too. It depends on the plastic: some, eg the polypropolyne which they make cheap rope from, is very much affected by uv light. Sunshine destroys it.

Sure, there is plenty of cane furniture about. Lots of places near here make and sell it.

But these woven chair backs/seats? I have one in the room, which I suspect is plastic, even though it is probably quite elderly.
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But who is going to teach you to braze with a welding torch
haha... used to a propane torch years back, willing to take on gas/air or gas/oxygen, but shy of acetylene and the temperatures and extra safety stuff involved. But, you know, if I had to repair a GPS! Or find out if the material of a seat back melts...
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Mike Milken had wicker furniture when he was raking in the hundreds of millions. There must be a connection..
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... Lucrative welding business?
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Just a test - but these have been repaired...

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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post Our Kenwood Chef mixer+blender from 1970 has for the first time stopped working nothing serious, a real workhorse,but I hopefully intend to repair it as parts are still made and not expensive
Parts arrived and glad to say that it is back in working order . Do not think I will last another 47 years but it will
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post serious question:

is REAL cane still made and used to make furniture? if not, that's why he's using plastic.

like wicker: I remember real wicker furniture sets, like a table and chairs for a three season room. but now it's usually real looking wicker made from plastic --
which does eventually wear out as I had to get rid of chairs I used on my veranda because they were years old and the plastic "wicker" started cracking and falling apart.
Real cane/ wicker is still available - these are actually double-caned, which is a bit clever...
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very nice. I could live there.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post very nice. I could live there.
ah! you've fallen for the wonders of the "estate agent's* lens" -
- actually a Nikon although in my experience most estate agents use Canon.

AndyD 8-)

* "realtor" for any left-ponders - curious that you should retain the royal connotation which tends to be dropped in the UK nowadays.
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post ah! you've fallen for the wonders of the "estate agent's* lens" -

why not? I've sold a few houses myself (not as an agent, MY houses) so I know how the game is played. if it looks good, it sells. then just wait 'til ya start tearing walls down and ya see what's REALLY inside.
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