Life at the end of the road

November 3, 2017

The Morso door :-)

Filed under: daily doings, How I, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:43 am

A sane time to be up this morning, 5.50 and all is well so I’m just finishing off a can of Stella prior to the morning coffee. I guess the great sleep was helped along by a couple of glasses of red wine last night a fine vegetarian meal of bean soup and a casserole with mash, parmesan and sun dried tomatoes on top of it and some scintillating conversation with friends and neighbours. Best of all, they all left long before 21:00 and I found this half a can of lager left over to start my day Smile Any sane person would have just poured it down the sink and stuck to the fresh coffee for breakfast but I just abhor waste and as we have no smokers in the house I at least new for sure there wouldn’t be a fag end in there Smile Yup, I have been caught out with that one before now Sad smile Disgusting hey.


As usual they day started with feeding everyone,


though this wee mouse had been feeding itself on the pig feed Smile It was very fat, but not anymore, Molly saw to that Sad smile

So, the pure peach that was the 2nd of November started with me repairing the door of a wood burning stove for my mate.

   3610 Radiant Rbbed Sides Wood Stove

It was one like this that had the door glass smashed by some clown trying to put large logs in it and closing the door. Seems to be a common problem, especially with people from the city who find fires a novelty and spend most of their holiday trying to emulate Lucifer. I guess it must be cos not many people get to ‘play with fire’ these days. When I was a lad coal fires were the norm in the town. Mind you so was bronchitis and thick smog so I’m not lamenting the passing of open fires and a coal man with a leather waistcoat and white eyes in a black face.

These Morso stoves are pretty bombproof really but they can be a bit of a pain to replace the glass which is held in with four screws and spring  clips.

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By rights I guess you should be able to just swing the stainless clip out of the way and insert a new rope and glass but I’ve tried that in the past and usually a best chip the glass or worse break it. Trouble is to remove the four screws is inevitably impossible with just a screw driver as they are always well seized. Also being a rather small M5 they more often than not break off at the head so I always give them a good soaking with WD40 and then belt then a few times with a hammer.

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Then you can usually get them out by gripping the screw tops with good pliers and gently working them a couple of degrees clockwise (tightening) and then anti clockwise, gradually increasing the angle until they start to easily rotate. To much too soon and they will snap off so you have to be really careful.

This worked just fine for two of them but two proved really stubborn and felt like they would snap so out came the blow torch.

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Normally this does the trick but not today, both screw heads snapped like carrots so it was time for the ‘nuclear option’ of drilling them out and possibly re tapping the threads.


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So the first task is to grind them flat so you can centre punch the screw.


Then carefully drill it out with a 4mm drill, if you are really lucky and have the punch mark dead central this will just take out the bulk of the screw and leave a few shards to be cleaned out with a tap or bolt. It did work on one side but the other was slightly off and I had to re tap it with and M5 x 1 tap, which I didn’t have, luckily, we do on the ferry so, as I was going to the dentists I did it on the way over. Forgot to take picture right enough but it worked a treat.

Typically the very best day so far of my holiday was spent off the croft, but at least we managed to get back on the 13:00 ferry.


A great start to the month and being November the roads are now devoid of campervans, caravans and hire cars driven on the wrong side of the road. It was a pure treat being chauffeured by the wife Smile

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And we even managed a visit to me Mam to take her dug for a walk down the side of Loch Duich.


Not great pictures below of Eilean Donan castle and ‘Tich’ hauling creels off Inverinate but they are a very long way away.

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Then it was back to the Torran road repairs with my mate who had taken time out from producing TV documentaries to do some digger driving, he has a ‘time share’ in it Smile



  1. Being a a picture farmer when I saw morso I thought you were on about a morso mitre guilotine , what does he want with one of them!!! Actually both companies originate from the same island of Mors hence the common name.

    Comment by artimaginguk — November 3, 2017 @ 11:29 am

  2. Having two woodburners (problem one is a Hase), I end up replacing at least one piece of glass every year. Unsure if it is always cramming a log in so think it is more that the glass becomes brittle with age and when you fire it up again in the Autumn, hey presto, a bit of thermal movement and crack! I have one to do yet again. Problem I always have is that the glass retaining screws are not on mine – they are studs, so I have to grind them off and weld a new stud – every time! The other issue is the cost of the heat resistant glass – last year I bought it online which turned out to be a French supplier (as usual because they were the cheapest) – their web address is which is why I had not guessed they were not British. Glass arrived damaged but they were impossible to deal with and I ended up buying twice (second time from a local specialist). I warn you – do not deal with that company dispite their fancy website – I should have known better. Anyway, one c**k up to another, when I received the glass from the local supplier they gave me 4 – only because my email to them stated a size something like 500x150x4 – as you may guess, I wanted 4mm thick. All’s well though, as I am now down to one piece left:)

    Comment by Phil Harvey — November 3, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

    • Hi Phil,
      I must be lucky then, we had two Morso stoves for over 20 years at the old house and I only ever fitted 2 or 3 glasses between them. Most of them came from Bonk & Co, the dealer in Inverness right enough, so perhaps that’s why. Or maybe it’s cos these fires were rarely not lit.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2017 @ 8:56 am

  3. just love the photos of your garage and all the tooling you have lets have more of the same ,,sad I know but you are well equipped…ha ha

    Comment by dunacn boyle — November 3, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

  4. Hi….any idea how to remove hinge pins from Morso Squirrel……without snapping the cast lugs…? 🙂

    Comment by Giles Sutherland — December 10, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

    • Hi Giles,

      blow lamp on the lugs and tease out with Mole grips should do it.

      Good luck, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 11, 2018 @ 4:59 pm

      • Thanks…..I’l give it a go…. 🙂

        Comment by Giles Sutherland — December 11, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

  5. ps. Are you in Scoraig…..??

    Comment by Giles Sutherland — December 11, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

    • On Raasay Giles but I do know folk on Scoraig.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 12, 2018 @ 6:57 am

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