fred42

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  1. Think of it more as a moat than a puddle John!! Mate,that gate has had it`s day.. It wouldn't cost very much at all to get a local just knock up a new one.. I fixed a saggy gate about a month ago but the hardwood was all good.. The hinges had stretched a little so I fitted new heavier duty ones with 2 inch wood screws...Previously they had been nailed on.. Tip the gate up straight and Check if the hinges move when they should not is about all I can suggest.. If you do build them a new one out of coco lumber and bamboo,tell them to paint it with used motor oil once every 3/4 months.. It`ll make the wood less porous..Better still,wood saver or Solignum.
  2. Think of it more as a moat than a puddle John!! Mate,that gate has had it`s day.. It wouldn't cost very much at all to get a local just knock up a new one.. I fixed a saggy gate about a month ago but the hardwood was all good.. The hinges had stretched a little so I fitted new heavier duty ones with 2 inch wood screws...Previously they had been nailed on.. Tip the gate up straight and Check if the hinges move when they should not is about all I can suggest.. Looking again at the picture the gap between the gate frame and the post seems to be wider at the top than it is at the bottom.. (on far right of pic)
  3. Scrape 2 or 3 inches of that gravel and sand from under the gate.. Job done.
  4. Great news as mine runs out in April!! Cheers!!
  5. I did look to see if I had a pic..Unfortunately not! I try to remember to take a pic of it when Im up there next.
  6. Our foreman welds up a tool out of rebar to bend 16 and 20mm rebar..
  7. I know a guy that overstayed 14 months..He had a lawyer here write him a letter explaining the circumstances and a character reference.. He had to go to Intramuros and it cost in the 100K range. I quite understand your friends worry about going there BTW.. If it was me,I`d probably want a competent third party to handle it for me too! Scary shit!
  8. That would be great because I`d make a fortune!!
  9. We just stick them in the A/C hole and stuff Polystyrene in the gaps.. Going no where!
  10. I thought there would be more US vets here using AFN!!
  11. Anyone using Uber?? Hear that this service is quite popular in Manila these days.
  12. One year to sell??? Where did you read that?
  13. As most here know,if you ask what the warranty or their refund/exchange policy on a product here,the answer can be anything from 1 day to 2 years.. Mostly they say "exchange product only" within one week .....NO REFUNDS! The actual law here though is pretty clear although in order to claim your rights it will probably mean a trip to the DTI office.. One of these days,Im gonna visit DTI and put this to the test.. Anyone beat me to it? Be interested to hear how that went for you!
  14. The AEG jack hammer cost about 50k...The motor was completely shagged in only 8/9 days... Not fit for purpose IMO..That`s why i demanded a new replacement. They even had an AEG employee rep there in Belmont.. I showed him what the warranty said about replacement and with that info they ended up giving me..A brand new unit...BUT..Took 2 hours! Edit.. Believe it or not there are consumer laws here but I guess that`s for another topic..Suppose I`ll have to start on new topic..(groan)