THE RUSTY NUT BIBLE
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Not only can you access some “It’s seized fast. Feels like it’s been welded in. You’re freezing cold, wet, wedged under your car”. Substitute “in your engine hole” for “under your car” and the opening line of this book will have many boat-owning DIYers nodding their heads at its familiarity. The following 300-plus pages are dedicated entirely to the various methods, gentle and not-so-gentle, to undo rusty, damaged or broken nuts, bolts, studs and screws. All the various tools are described, from the special spanners designed for worn nuts to the more brutal bits of kit such as impact drivers and nut-splitters; plus techniques such as cutting a new slot in a screw head or even welding on a new bolt head – and if all else fails, how to drill the remains out.
The Rusty Nut Bible, Chas Newport, nrtfm. com, £10, 978-1-50317639-3 THE GROWTH OF canalside plants has been something of an issue in recent years, with counter accusations that the vegetation control contractors were either wantonly destroying wildflowers or failing to keep the towpath clear. But on the U.S.’s Cape Cod Canal they’ve got a different approach, involving not mowers and strimmers, but… goats. Yes, the Army Corps of Engineers has brought in a herd of goats to chomp their way through bittersweet, greenbrier, poison ivy and other troublesome species. So the U.S. Army has a herd of goats? No, apparently it rented them from a hire firm. Which conjures up thoughts of goat hire brochures, a goat safety scheme, a National Association of Goat Owners and, of course, Canal Goat magazine…