branches,tape,wire and plastic sheet for a lean/2 shelter over night light weight

Branches,tape,wire and plastic sheet for a lean/2 shelter over night light weight

Topic by c p skeates 


constructing an a-frame, lean-to roof on a garage

I started framing a lean-to, a-frame roof like a deck (with an a-frame "header" and three joist hangers). The joists are angled at about a 45-degree angle and are perpendicular to the garage (on which I hung the header). There will be two 4x4 posts at the end of the 10'x10' roof. When I looked for advice about this framing style, I found nothing. Is this going to be stable? I designed the roof this way because I have 6' reclaimed cedar fence panels that will run down the roof like shingles. Thanks for your help.

Topic by meralgia   |  last reply


Building a lean to roof. Between house and fence

Hi im needing to build a lean to roof of of the side of my house out towards my colourbond fence. My question is does anyone happen to know what the legal required minimum distance is ment to be between the gutter and fence. If someone can help me with that I'd be truly greatful.  I know there is one I just can't for the life of me remember it. 

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Anyone got tips on leaning out a 2.8L chevy V6 stock carb? Answered

Mine likes to blow BLAAAACK smoke out when I 'punch it' also, lately its been getting around 11mpg.... though, it fires up absolutely fantastic when its -20 or -30 F

Question by Junk_Wizard   |  last reply


What would be a good first cellphone? Answered

Im leaning towards texting and actual strength, perhaps the G1?

Question by PKTraceur   |  last reply


Teacher Builds a Tardis

Sillysparrowness, a self-described "German teacher with a leaning towards silliness," described the process by which she came to build a beautiful, obsessively finished Tardis. Enjoy... YouTube via BoingBoing.  

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


electronics knowledge magazine online www.circuitseed.com

Provider schmatics electronics circuit such microcontroler ,hobby electronics ,rs232 full duplex, etc if you want to experiment at home leaning by doing it you self see you as soon as posible on www.circuitseed.com[:D]

Topic by phruchya_2498   |  last reply


how to build a balance board with proximity sensor and arduino

Hey guys,  So I am trying to figure out how to build a virtual balance board( using processing and Arduino), that responds to human weight when leaning left or right. An object would be falling in the screen on one side of the balance board and the person has to lean to the other side to keep the balance.  I would like to use a proximity sensor to receive and send the data ( weight ) to Arduino. I may want to use spring board for enhancing the force. So i need your help with the Arduino part, connections and coding, I appreciate your help and guidelines. 

Topic by shanymz   |  last reply


Strength of plexiglass. 1/16 plexiglass as wall on 2x4 framing spaced 2ft on center. Is the plexiglass thick enough?

Nothing will be anchored to just the plexiglass, nor will anything be leaned against it. Also framing is on & anchored to concrete floor & walls. There is very little to no give in framing.

Question by Natebuilds   |  last reply


Best type of batteries for solar panel use? Answered

I'm looking for something with a long lifetime that needs little maintenance, and is recyclable. Currently leaning towards "Absorbed Glass Mat" batteries. Has anyone had any issues using those, is there something better out there?

Question by action_owl   |  last reply


Ideas for powering a sliding gate?

Hi All, For three years now I have been driving in and out of this gate, and each time I do I rack my brain to come up with a clever way to power it. It would be great to have it open without getting out of the car. It's pretty heavy and I have to lean on it to get it moving, but then it rolls along its track nicely. In my work I have access to water pumps, pressure tanks and plumbing fittings, so I have been leaning toward powering it hydraulically. I don't know if this would be possible using town water pressure - if at all. If anyone has any clever ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them. Cheers, cammers.

Topic by cammers   |  last reply


Amana LG 4409 Gas dryer. Will start for 2-5 sec then shut off not he door switch. Any ideas?

Tried leaning on door whn starting still shut of. Was working onday then nothing. Cleared lint screen and back of unit.

Question by Dplogan   |  last reply


Remaking blue jeans into free standing Hard as a Rock statues ?

Years ago, you would see old blue leans remade them into flower pots, staues, table legs, etc using wire forms and epoxis or liquid fiberglass resin. Instructions???

Question by Stevedaoust   |  last reply


I want to become physically fit, but i dont know where to start from?

Can any one help me out with exercises and diets to become lean, i want a six pack and look better, i am 6'2 tall 170lbs, please help

Question by borges0105   |  last reply


East Coast HPV Challenge - Quick Update

So yesterday started the east coast human powered vehicle challenge by ASME. Yesterday was the design portion of the event (and safety inspection/testing). So far we've seen lots of two and three wheelers -- everything from 100% upper body powered (for paraplegics) to a LWB tadpole leaning trike (wheels and all -- no banana lean there). Someone even showed up with a 75+ tooth front chain ring (it's a monster)! We had teams from all over, including two fro Venezuela. Some vehicles are fully faired, more partially. Many of man (and woman) hours invested in everything ;) First picture -- UCF (us!) - in the background is last year's model (complete with scars from several crashes). Note this year's design has rear view mirrors, ventilation and a vacu-formed windscreen :D Our ventilation is even adjustable (climate control perhaps? :P). Second and Third Picture: Leaning Trike -- also has conventional steering (no lockout mechanism though). Really cool to watch - they scored second in the "design innovation" category of the design competition. (Shameless Plug: we scored third in that category). A big deal with this leaning trike from Arkansas, the started DESIGNING in January! Believe me when I tell you - that is HUGE progress to make in such short time. On top of that -- almost all of their team members are getting married soon (their finance's must be VERY tolerant) and there's only something like 4 or 5 team members! I was really happy to see someone bring a leaning trike -- I give them a tip of my hat ;) Fourth Picture: This is what a high speed streamliner resembles -- note the landing gear (very awesome idea). They had some "knarly" crashed today involving hay bales, skidding and mulch (at the sprint event - more on that later). But, true to their safety claims -- no injuries. Fifth Picture: Probably one of my favorites at the event - Tadpole trike tandem (for people that hate each other :p). I want to test ride it (and they're cool enough to let people do that too!). I also say their frame is one of the best design wise (appears very stiff). Last Picture: Everyone listening to the official before the sprint event. Max speed (by that red streamliner I believe) at the sprint event today was 41mph (male rider) ;)

Topic by trebuchet03 


Can I remove the arm of a sofa and make it stable so someone can lean against the back at that point.

I have a heavy old sofa, good quality, overstuffed, with a fully enclosed frame. The back is the same height as the arms, straight back that curves slightly into the arms, rather than meeting at a 90 degree angle. I want to cut one of the arms off (to mesh with another sofa, to make an L shaped seating area) is this possible. Anyone know any resources online to guide me? or does anyone have tips. I was thinking I need to strip back covering, padding etc. Cut off the arm and trip and resew/staple the wadding/covering back in place, but I need to do something to take the weight of a person leaning against the back that is now unsupported by the arm....I assume....I was thinking of getting an upsidedown T-shaped piece of metal made up, the upright part to be screwed to the wood of the back, and the rest screwed onto the frame around seat level....and then put back wadding/cover as before.what do you think. would it work?

Question by edel   |  last reply


how do you make a loft bed out of pvc pipe? For a girl? A somewhat girly one?

Okay, I don't need it to be pvc pipe. Just pipe. By girly, I mean the bed has to lean toward the feminine side, as the person who will be using it is extremely feminine.  

Question by remmy5   |  last reply


Battle of the Laptop Hardrives!

So i need an ata 5 or higher harddrive, but i can't decide what to get!This:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148073Or this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136130I can't really decide, i'm leaning towards the 160 gigTell me what you think! (or you can show me a better one for under $70?)

Topic by Sandisk1duo   |  last reply


What to make of a wood plank?

I have a piece of plywood - 17.5"x7" (thickness- 0.5"). Any suggestions on what I can make out of it? I'm leaning towards using spray paint (black matte) and decoupage, since I have no access to power tools of any sort to work the wood. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance!

Question by chenoa28   |  last reply


50cc 2 Stroke Tuning? Answered

I have an old moped that I got for cheap and I am trying to fix it up. I replaced the carburetor and the new one is a little bigger even though it is off of another 50cc. It insisted on running extremely lean, but I was able to get the fuel/air mix balanced by putting some foil tape over part of the intake to get more vacuum behind it. It will only run right if the exhaust is on so that it is not lined up perfectly with the exhaust port on the cylinder. If the exhaust is taken off it will start first kick, but if it is lined up the way it should be it will not start. I took it off today and when I put it back on as close to the way it was before it would start but is now running very lean, beyond what I can tune out with the carburetor. If I give it full throttle it bogs and has no power, but it has fair power at 1/3 to 1/2 throttle. It also is getting really hot and has absolutely no power once it gets very hot. Yesterday I hat it all just right and it ran with none of these problems except that full throttle was still not where it got full power. Does any one have any ideas about what I have to do to make it run right? Maybe there is no option but careful misalignment of the muffler? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It turns out that the problems were that the muffler was clogged, and that it was running too lean at first, but too rich once it warmed up. Thank you for you suggestions.

Question by Jaycub   |  last reply


How might I alter a greenhouse paraffin heater to burn more CO2 and less heat, please? Answered

I've built a few things since coming across this site, one of which is a basic hydroponic table for salad greens. I have a paraffin-based greenhouse heater, but I want it to burn with less heat. Do you know if this is possible, please? Alternative suggestions are welcome, with the aim of burning natural fuels to produce CO2. The heat is not needed during these warm days (although it is turning a little colder outside the greenhouse!) I have had a look at 'professional'solutions and they run to about US$500 which is far too much cash. I also checked to see what they did different to a normal burner but other than saying they burn lean they are not helping any further. I'm guessing they burn lean by allowing less oxygen into the fuel/air mix? Thanks for stopping by.

Question by kevinhannan   |  last reply


Server Airflow Help?

As you can see here, I just got 3 new blow fans for my server I'm making. But I'm not making it in a server box/case, or even in a computer case, I'm making it in a plastic shelving unit. I have 5 fans in total; the three blow fans, and a medium and a small computer fan. I'm completely new to the airflow concept, so I will need some guidance.ideasBelow are some things that I think will improve airflow, but you tell me if it's good or not.1. leaning motherboard -Is making the motherboard "lean" so the bottom is semi exposed a good idea for airflow? Or would the air not circulate as well?2. "chaining" blow fans -Would "chaining" the blow fans together (putting them in sequence) make a twice as powerful stream of air?questions1. Should air be sucked out of the box, or blown in?2. What would the ideal airflow solution be?Thanks!-Shadow Ops

Question by Arbitror   |  last reply


Is 3D Magix a good program? Worth it?

I found this program and wondering if it's worth it.  It keeps mentioning the program Blender, which is a free program, so I wasn't sure.  I'm sure the tutorials are worth the $27 alone, but it supposedly comes with their own program. I'm considering a 3D program anyway, but I'm leaning towards this one.  Their website is http://www.3dmagix.com/

Question by wilcurt   |  last reply


Loft Winch for Fun

Hi, I want to make a fun lifting mechanism which I can use to raise critical beverages, light office supplies, etc., to the loft in our house, where my office is.  It could be manual or motor driven.  It can brace, lean against or grip the square handrail and square balusters,  but can't mar or be screwed into any woodwork or flooring.  Ideas?

Topic by mahoopes 


I'm Interviewing tea partiers on Tax day. i need help finding sources?

My friend and i are going to a tea party convention to ask these people why they are protesting tax. i need unbiased information on all of this, where can i find it? if it helps I'm independent though i lean more towards the left

Question by redsuit09   |  last reply


Which engineering discipline is most worthwhile to major in? (mechatronics and nano included) Answered

 I am a student from Canada and I enjoy math physics and logic in general, some programs have a specialized 1st year so I'm wondering which discipline would be most useful in terms of enjoyment career options and pay.  So far I'm leaning towards Mechatronics at Waterloo and Mechanical at UBC and Queens (for those of you familiar with Canadian Universities) 

Question by ducktape1   |  last reply


please i cant get this song... how can i?

I found this song : http://www.esnips.com/ViewDocumentAction.ns;jsessionid=EDD020578F4AE42665E0357A0068896Dbut i cant download it.... i used File2HD.com but got no song files: http://file2hd.com/Default.aspxi have not downloaded any firefox add ons, but im leaning that this is the way to do it any body have a rip off this site or a download site i can get it from (please a direct link to this song)

Question by slimguy379   |  last reply


PS3 or Xbox? Answered

Basically, I've been on the fence for a while on whether or not to buy a PS3 or Xbox 360? I've finally decided to get one of them, but which one exactly? I've been kinda leaning towards PS3, as it has free online multiplayer, but what with the new, sleeker Xbox 360, and Natal *ahem* I mean, Kinect, I sorta want to get an Xbox, though I don't enjoy the fact that multiplayer costs money, however cheap it may be. Could someone help me, the late adapter decide? I'd be much obliged. 

Question by GearsOfAwesome   |  last reply


Help designing/building High Altitude Balloon cut-away system

I am working with my kids to put together a High Altitude Balloon launch to take pictures. I am stuck at building a system to cutaway the balloon in the event that it does not reach burst altitude. Any help, or resources that would get me going would be appreciated. I am leaning towards a system that can me initiated from the ground via ham radio, as well as timer based in the event of communication failure. Thanks!

Topic by joatman   |  last reply


Idea For Workshop Addition? Answered

I recently relocated my electronics table in my workshop and I am currently wondering what to do with all the free space. I am leaning towards a DIY CNC router, but I also might want a welding table. A lathe would also be nice. But my question is simple "What do I put in a 3' by 5' space?" I also don't want to spend 3K on some machinery that is seldom used.

Question by DELETED_M4industries   |  last reply


How can I stop my glasses falling off my face when I bend forward, without looking like a geriatric librarian?

My glasses are a little loose fitting and tend to fall off if I lean forward. Everyone keeps telling me to get one of those chains that attaches to the frame and let you hang the glasses around your neck. These are waaaay too uncool, what can I make instead?

Question by so_real   |  last reply


Building A Table

So I want to build me a table for my patio. I found one that I really like, but I have some questions about it. The table is in the pictures below. Its legs are made of hard-fired terra-cotta, its a chimney flue. I was wondering if the table top would be sturdy enough on it. Like if someone was leaning on one end of it would thje other end raise up. Does any one have any suggestion for a nice table similar to this one, or something else I could use for the legs?

Topic by 13mx   |  last reply


Is the Prusa i3 MK3 a good 3D printer for my school? Answered

I teach a 3D animation class and have been tasked with finding a 3D printer under $2500 to be used to print the models my students make. First of all I want something reliable. Second I want ease of use. Finally I want the most bang for my buck as it were. I'm leaning toward the Prusa i3 MK3 based on the reviews I have seen, but I want to get several quotes.

Question by ehudwill   |  last reply


Best way to learn JAVA?

I already know a very small smidge(really not enough to say "know". More like I can read a Java program's source, and understand the difference between the methods, the classes, etc. and how they are used.)However, I don't know enough to write my own. I have a couple of books(Java for Dummies, and Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours), but they haven't really been much help to this point. Does anyone else know of a good book for learning Java?

Topic by metrogdor22   |  last reply


What camera should i get?

I want to get a nice point and shoot to use this year especially as a counselor at camp but as well as at my new England home. I was looking at these 2 specificly http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00328HR76/ref=asc_df_B00328HR761589039?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&linkCode;=asn&creative;=395093&creativeASIN;=B00328HR76&tag;=cnet-4241-20 http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX210IS-Stabilized-Black/dp/B0035FZJM6/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header Im leaning towards the Sony but are they still worth it after a year? If you have any other suggestions for pocketable cameras under 200$ please share.

Question by zigzagchris   |  last reply


Recommendations for online vendors of laser cutting materials?

Our makerspace has a few people who are thinking about placing one or more orders for various materials.  Most will be used on the laser cutter, but not all.  Some of the materials we are looking for are: * Wood: basswood sheets, birch (or similar sturdy) plywood, etc * Acrylics * Leather (vegetable tanned) * Paper: undetermined cardboard and/or cardstock What companies are out there that would have a variety of these materials at good prices?  (For comparison, we have been mostly leaning on the local Michaels - probably one of the most expensive options per-piece.) Thanks!

Topic by sing1ejack   |  last reply


A New Age of Politics

As technology evolves, the world of politics has followed suit. The integration of the Internet with the elections--as represented by the attempt at YouTube Debates--has drastically changed the workings of the political cycle.There's a new development: using internet spiders (related Instructable here), people have started to track changes on candidates' websites to see how their views are shifting and to try to show flip-flopping (named after, but not as much fun as, flip-flops). Regardless of your political leanings, this will definitely force all candidates to be more careful not only with what they say, but what they write as well.Wired

Topic by joshf   |  last reply


Broken Panasonic Lumix FX-01

Who knows, could make a good instructable. My camera turned on unbeknownst to me, and I leaned on it (in my jacket pocket), which bent the lens to the side. They want $111 to repair it and i am so annoyed that I would rather sell it for $50 to someone on Instructables for the greater good of some new invention. Or who knows, maybe you can repair it. Right now the camera is at Panasonic and I'd want you to pay for shipping from their place to you. Let me know if you're interested! If you have questions about the camera please search the net for specs etc. :)

Topic by susie 


Make a book with A4 old lined papers from notebooks

I want to make all these loose A4 lined papers that I have collected from notebooks into a book. I have looked at some instructables for binding books but am not sure what is the best way bind in this case. The pages have been either ripped from the side of the notebook or whole signatures have been pulled out. I am leaning towards just stapling them all together with a thick coloured paper cover. Your input on this would be appreciated. Thank you.

Topic by mednasrallah   |  last reply


Car runs along at 376.59 mpg and gets a Guinness World Record

The funny thing is that this happened 35 years ago and the car that did it was from 1959. It's not exactly a consumer vehicle, but still impressive.Some info: - the vehicle was a 1959 Opel T-1 - interior completely stripped except for a plastic seat for the driver - top was chopped to lose drag - super-hard low-friction tires used - was driven at 30 mph - chain drive used to lose weight - the fuel line was insulated and heated so the gasoline entered the combustion chambers as lean vapor link

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Building a Windmill

I live on top of a tall hill were the wind is always blowing at a constant 10 mph, and my electric bill keeps going up and up. So, the idea I have was to make a windmill that is powerful enough to generate between 8000 watts to 12000 watts. I want the design to be efficient, but at the same time not an eye sore. I figured that that just one windmill would need a 20ft propeller so I am leaning more to a series of windmills. I need some more information on the cost, and the design aspects of one or more windmills. If anyone has experience on this subject I would appreciate any information.

Topic by Sedgewick17   |  last reply


Kids Robotics

I want to work with my daughter to build a fun robot but it seems like there are some many choices out there for platforms, controllers, software etc. I think I'm leaning towards a platform from DFrobot. http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&path;=37_111&product;_id=97#.VaL4sZNVhBc And an Arduino based controller like this, http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&path;=35_104&product;_id=1176#.VaL45pNVhBc To control and make it move I'm thinking that Ardublock could be a good choice. http://blog.ardublock.com/ I'm curious if this community has any thoughts on my choices... or alternative ideas. Thanks, Phil

Topic by filthyPhil   |  last reply


3X Gasoline Engines Sniff Vapors and Burn Water

Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? How can water possibly be turned into a useful fuel by just burning it? Sure we can use hydrolysis to separate water into its hydrogen and oxygen gases, and then burn the hydrogen gas as fuel, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Believe it or not, jet engines do it, they have used water to enhance engine thrust, so why not have IC-engines do the same thing? There’s a catch here, since only vapo-engines (  http://goo.gl/QQ42k ) are capable of performing this trick successfully, they must first be introduced into the design mix. Since IC-vapo-engines burn very effectively they run hot, and water would be used as a better alternative than injecting extra wasteful fuel to cool down the engine as is done in today’s engine to prevent knocking. Why don’t we just inject water in today’s engines you ask?  Because they run so poorly already, that the water would extinguish the IC-combustion process. In technical jargon this is known as the ability for an engine to burn lean with an air-to-fuel ratio greater than ~15. Today’s engines can’t sustain a leaner combustion than ~22  without extinguishing themselves. By adding water droplets we further increase this ratio to unsustainable conditions. Unfortunately, this wasteful, richer burning keeps the engine running better by keeping the fuel cooler. In contrast, our vapo-engine is capable of burning unbelievably lean ratios of ~30+. Lean combustion means almost no pollutants and virtually green combustion exhaust products of only CO2 and water. No catalytic converters necessary here, as opposed to running today’s rich engines with their unavoidable polluting exhaust emissions and heavy reliance on catalytic converters. So the irony here is that since IC-engines already run ratty, let’s waste a little more fuel and run richer just to cool down the engine. This prevents engine knocking (the dieseling of an engine due to unwanted, poorly timed, premature combustion) which occurs from the pitiful amount of fuel that does vaporize and burn correctly. Sadly, engineers have cleverly learned to waste fuel for the sole purpose of keeping our IC-engines cool, above and beyond the engine’s normal water cooling system. It gets even better, as the richer the engine runs the more we need to rely on expensive catalytic converters to keep exhaust emissions in check!  Vapo-engines also require cooling, even more than today’s engines, but their advantage is the capability to burn very lean. So instead of ridiculously injecting extra fuel to cool them, like today’s engines, we inject water droplets mixed in with the injected fuel vapor. The water droplets perform three functions; 1) they reduce excess fuel consumption, 2) they cool the engine walls to prevent pre-ignition and knocking which provides better combustion, and 3) they enhance the fuel-vapor detonation force created on the piston from the expanding superheated steam which further helps engine performance. So in a way we are burning the water to generate steam power like a locomotive.   

Topic by RT-101   |  last reply


Looking for an iPad 3 case that will hold my Keyboard?

I am looking for something similar to other projects to make. I got one of those aluminum keyboards that double as a case, the only problem is when folded out. It is not that stable and if I need to shut down in a hurry, I have to clamshell it together again. Plus it is not the warmest on bare skinned laps. The two pics are how it "sits" no way to secure it so if you lean, it slides This is how it closes like a clamshell. It protects, but is clumsy I also have one of these folding ones, the pic that has the black one, and it would be perfect if I could mesh them somehow. Thanks in advance 

Question by BubbaNosferatu 


Some good editing software?

Hey guys. I'm gonna (probably) (hopefully) gonna get a summer job this year.I want some good editing software. As ridicoulous as it sounds, I want it to be able to do particle effects and such. Like this: (just....not as constipated-y) Anyway, I'm leaning towards After Effects, but I hear it depends on the version, cuz it can get quite expensive. So, you guys got any good software that can do this sort of thing, available in stores, and will only damage me $50-$100? Hopefully less than 100...... *sniff* My money goes away so quick.....

Topic by Keith-Kid   |  last reply


Traxxas 1/16????

Ok so which is better the 1/16 e-revo or the 1/16 slash. It would be used for stunts speed and wheelies definately. So what do you guys think im leaning towards the 1/16 e-revo.And i only want answers from those of you who actually have them not like oh my friend has one and its great only want straight answers not like well this ones good for this and that ones good for that just tell me what car is better.BTW its going to be brushless no matter what. Also there is a rumor going arout that the e-revo includes a battery is that true or what

Topic by silentassasin21   |  last reply


How to charge a series parallel array?

Hi, we are building an ice cream cart with a 36v sound system and a 12v led dance floor. We desire to do a series-parallel with six 7.2Ah SLA batteries, for the 36v amplifier. And run two 7.2Ah SLA batteries in parallel for the lights.  I would love to brainstorm on how I can charge all these sla batteries. Can people help? We already own a cheap car charger 2 and 6 amp setting.  I am leaning toward throwing a switch or a few switches to go between 36 and 12 for the amps batteries. HELP!!! Thanks, Tor

Question by torclausen   |  last reply


Duct Tape Armor

I'm planning (Read: Going forth with no idea what to do) on making a suit of armor completly made out of duct tape. (Partially made a gauntlet, so it might work) But here's the question I have; Should I post an instructable on each peice (Gauntlet, Helmet, Greives) by itself, or as one big instructable that might have a million steps (Okay, not that many)? I'm leaning more to the idea of one peice at a time, and then when I'm done just putting them all together into one big instructable. What do you all think? And is this project even worth doing? (Will add picture of sad gauntlet reject at later date)

Topic by Wills42   |  last reply