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1. Faulty Tubtrug

If you leave your tubtrug out in the garden the most likely outcome will be failure of one or both of the handles due to degradation of the body material from exposure to sunlight. One solution is to create new handles as shown in the photo using 6mm polypropolene rope and supporting washers. Drill two 5/16 inch (8mm) diameter holes about three inches (75mm) apart and thread the rope through. The cut ends should be fused together using a lit match and then tied in a single knot.

If the material around the handles has split then silver coloured Gaffa tape is an ideal repair medium. Clean and dry the surface before applying the tape. Gaffa tape is also ideal for making temporary repairs to cracked glass panes in greenhouses (the last ‘temporary’ repair is some five years old and was required after an apple bounced off the glass!).

2. Leaky Hosepipe

One side of our garden is shielded from the rain by a very large tree in our neighbour’s garden and is therefore much drier than the rest of the garden. My solution to this problem in dry periods was to lay a hosepipe along that area with 1/16inch (1.6mm) holes drilled every 2 feet (600mm) or so and feed the hose from a water butt or outside water tap. If the holes become blocked after a while then connect the hose to an external water tap for a short period of time - the water pressure will clear them.

3. Kitchen Stools

These started out with a natural wood finish seat which did not match our new kitchen colours so I removed the old varnish with a scraper and some sand-paper, painted them with two coats of bright coloured acrylic paints, rubbed them down to remove any brush marks and sprayed them with two coats of matt acrylic varnish.

To get a smooth edge between the black base and coloured top I used a ‘Lazy Susan’ rotateable spice tray to support and rotate each wooden base.