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#80041 OFFLINE   MikeR

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 12:28 PM

Whoever on earth thought this was a sensible way to join two pipes together?

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What a faff that was (perished O-ring) getting it back together.

The scratches on the surrounding pipework suggesting I'm not the first one to do battle with it.

 

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:46 PM

Decided to treat the CR-V to a new pair of "shoes" as it's been such a good thing. Went to a new place locally - they'd previously been helpful when I needed to borrow an air line, so I thought I'd give them a try.

 

First he tried to sell me a pair of used, perished Nexen van tyres, claiming they were perfect. They were worse than the tyres on there already! In the end he got a price on a pair of Goodyears which I thought was reasonable enough. Did a lot of complaining when I mentioned having got some (more competitive) online quotes, which is fair enough, I'm not going to begrudge him the small margins he's gonna get on new tyres, and besides I wanted them tomorrow, and online places were saying next week, so in the end I sympathised (I work in a shop, so I get it) and agreed to 2 Goodyears fitted and balanced at £180.

 

Came back today as agreed. The tyres looked alright, but the tyre fitters fucking bashed the car about no end, jacking it up in the wrong place, then changing their minds, while the boss barked orders, chucked tyres at them and showed them how to use the tools... Not exactly confidence inspiring.

 

Before I left I pointed out the centre cap was missing from the spare. "No mate, it didn't have one on the spare". I scratched my head, doubted myself, and decided I didn't need it anyway so it wasn't worth arguing the toss. But when I got home and looked at it I KNOW it did have one before. Or did it? Oh fuck... should I go back and argue with them or accept it as a weight-saving performance enhancement?

 

When I got back I home checked the pressures. It wasn't exactly riding lovely and IME tyre fitters never check the recommended pressures and always over-inflate. But 50psi? For a recommended 26? Strewth...

 

Anyway, I checked the wheel nuts, and they are all tight (probably far too tight) but should I be worried other than that? Got motorway miles to do tomorrow (probably in the pissing rain) and the whole point in getting new tyres was one less thing to worry about.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 03:11 PM

Definitely make sure that you can undo the wheel nuts, if you are using a wheel brace. Its guaranteed that if you have a flat and need to change the wheel, it will be on a dark night, raining, in a very dangerous place to stop and other undesirable circumstances. Best to find out how tight the wheel nuts are before leaving home on a long trip.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 03:53 PM

Just fuck all this connected, smart, internet of things bollocks.

This is coming from a network technician. I hate all of this shit because of how unsecure it all is. It makes my teeth itch and my toes curl.
It's also just yet another thing to support (l)users with!

I can only imagine your face if you knew I'd just installed a smart connected door lock on my house.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:20 PM

*pulls face*

Which kind?
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#80046 OFFLINE   Pillock

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:33 PM

Yale Conexis, just about the only one that works with UPVC doors and euro locks.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:46 PM

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:00 PM

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:03 PM

Mate, I struggle making calls on a mobile.  I'd probably blow Chaseracer Towers sky-high if I tried to control bits of it online.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:34 PM

Yale Conexis, just about the only one that works with UPVC doors and euro locks.

Would love to hear how you get on with it.. itching to get one.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:35 PM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, but driving London scares the shite out of me ! Actually , anywhere beyond Sevenoaks scares the shite out of me !  :-(


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:23 PM

Driving home from work today in the Talbot, steady away along some road on the way out of an industrial estate, 40mph ish.

Rounded a bend to find see a HGV coming towards me on the wrong side of the road, the driver was texting! Obviously LHD.

 

I swerved and mounted the kerb to try and get out of his way but in the ensuing chaos couldn't find the horn! He looked up at the last minute and swerved back on to his side of the road. It was seriously close.

 

Luckily the only damage is a slightly scuffed wheel trim.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:42 PM

Definitely make sure that you can undo the wheel nuts, if you are using a wheel brace. Its guaranteed that if you have a flat and need to change the wheel, it will be on a dark night, raining, in a very dangerous place to stop and other undesirable circumstances. Best to find out how tight the wheel nuts are before leaving home on a long trip.


This. So much this.

After my own personal little roadside nightmare that involved a three hour wait for the man in the orange van with the flashing lights I make sure my wheel nuts are correctly torqued and that I have a decent wheel brace in the boot
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:00 PM

Driving home from work today in the Talbot, steady away along some road on the way out of an industrial estate, 40mph ish.

Rounded a bend to find see a HGV coming towards me on the wrong side of the road, the driver was texting! Obviously LHD.

 

I swerved and mounted the kerb to try and get out of his way but in the ensuing chaos couldn't find the horn! He looked up at the last minute and swerved back on to his side of the road. It was seriously close.

 

Luckily the only damage is a slightly scuffed wheel trim.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:10 PM

I can only imagine your face if you knew I'd just installed a smart connected door lock on my house.

 

I showed one of these to my wife,we used to have a wooden door with a lock that locked when you closed the door , but this new UPVC door is super secure with its 4 bolts, not if you don't fucking lock the bastard it's not so now I'm the door nazi

 

she's such a technophobe , will it have a key, NO

 

a few years ago we got hit from behind, insurance sorted a hire car, we went to collect it, didn't go well

 

A 12 year old with a clipboard took us to the car which was a delivery miles renault scenic

 

he gives her a bit of plastic

 

what's this

 

the key

 

how is that a key

 

it's keyless you just put it in your bag

 

hmmmmmm

 

gets in , how do I start it

 

you press that button

 

hmmmmmm

 

how do I stop it

 

press that button again

 

hmmmmm

 

looks around, where's the handbrake

 

you press that bu

 

forget it, bloody stupid idea, buttons for this buttons for that go and find me a bloody car with a real key and a handbrake

 

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:10 PM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, but driving London scares the shite out of me ! Actually , anywhere beyond Sevenoaks scares the shite out of me !  :-(

 

Most drivers in London don't know where they are going or even what they are doing. Get stuck in.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:11 PM

As sensible as the advice probably is.

 

I have a decent wheel brace in the boot

 

Is as far as I'm going to take it. I'll find out if I can't get them undone if and when I get a puncture (hopefully not). Worst case scenario is I have to call the RAC. It's about time I got something back for my membership fee. Shite is far too reliable these days...

 

The good news is - 4 good tyres at correct pressures, plenty of oil water and other required fluids, MOT, tax and insurance. Oh, and Honda. As long as the wheels don't fall off, we should at least live...hopefully thrive. Happy holidays.

 

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:28 PM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, but driving London scares the shite out of me ! Actually , anywhere beyond Sevenoaks scares the shite out of me !  :-(

 

 

watch out for suicidal pedestrians , I was waiting at a roundabout,looking right at car after car diving onto the roundabout then I saw a gap, not big enough but all I was going to get, judged it , turned to the front as my foot started to lift and some stupid bitch was stood right in front of the van in the middle of the road , too lazy to walk round , she was about a second from being under the front wheels


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:56 PM

I showed one of these to my wife,we used to have a wooden door with a lock that locked when you closed the door , but this new UPVC door is super secure with its 4 bolts, not if you don't fucking lock the bastard it's not so now I'm the door nazi

 

she's such a technophobe , will it have a key, NO

 

a few years ago we got hit from behind, insurance sorted a hire car, we went to collect it, didn't go well

 

A 12 year old with a clipboard took us to the car which was a delivery miles renault scenic

 

he gives her a bit of plastic

 

what's this

 

the key

 

how is that a key

 

it's keyless you just put it in your bag

 

hmmmmmm

 

gets in , how do I start it

 

you press that button

 

hmmmmmm

 

how do I stop it

 

press that button again

 

hmmmmm

 

looks around, where's the handbrake

 

you press that bu

 

forget it, bloody stupid idea, buttons for this buttons for that go and find me a bloody car with a real key and a handbrake

 

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Sounds like my second daughter.

Normally drives a G- reg Escort cabriolet.  Undergoing some tarting up so has bought herself a newish MX-5 and loves it.

She came up here yesterday but had two of her kids with her so had to use son in law's A6.

 

She was at my youngest daughter's and when they went out insisted on going in her Fiesta as she hates the A6.  Can't park it, dislikes all the automation, flashing lights and the automatic gearbox.

 

She had tried out a couple of TT's Z3's and Z4's.  Hated all of them, especially the keyless entry/start and the electric handbrake.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:53 PM

My bathroom smells of weed.

 

I'm not sure why that room in particular does, but most nights I'll get a waft of the smell and open the bathroom door to be hit by a wall of the distinct smell of grass (and not the freshly cut variety). If it's not weed it just occasionally smells of regular fags, I've not a clue as to why. My best guess is it's something to do with the fact it's the only room featuring an extraction fan leading outside, but I have all my windows open all the time and none of the rest of the flat has that aroma...


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:19 PM

I've just spent eight solid hours in the hospital while they investigated my headaches (and came to no conclusion).  Not one but two CT scans and they still cant work it out.  Less than happy....


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:21 PM

Bloody modern appliances. The washing machine stopped mid cycle and started bleeping for attention. ERROR 4E. I pressed pause-- nothing, pressed power off-- nothing, Switched off at the wall and tried again--nothing. so I calmed down as the warranty is still in force. Then I looked up the error in the manual. After I turned the water back on it was quite happy to continue because ERROR 4E is Samsung for "you need water to run a washer" DOOOOH.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:22 PM

I've just spent eight solid hours in the hospital while they investigated my headaches (and came to no conclusion).  Not one but two CT scans and they still cant work it out.  Less than happy....

 

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:29 PM

My bathroom smells of weed.

I'm not sure why that room in particular does, but most nights I'll get a waft of the smell and open the bathroom door to be hit by a wall of the distinct smell of grass (and not the freshly cut variety). If it's not weed it just occasionally smells of regular fags, I've not a clue as to why. My best guess is it's something to do with the fact it's the only room featuring an extraction fan leading outside, but I have all my windows open all the time and none of the rest of the flat has that aroma...


I'm guessing it's not a ground floor flat?
Downstairs neighbors maybe?
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 10:33 PM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, ....


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:08 PM

This. So much this.

After my own personal little roadside nightmare that involved a three hour wait for the man in the orange van with the flashing lights I make sure my wheel nuts are correctly torqued and that I have a decent wheel brace in the boot

 

My parents were round the other week on the way home (Durham) from holiday in Somerset.  The car had been serviced just before they set off and had been making a funny noise so they stopped at an ATS on the way down.  Up on the ramp, checked over, don't worry about it, its just the brakes bedding in.  They got to Somerset and it was still making a funny noise so they called into a Kwikfit for a repeat performance.  I met them in Worcester and it was making a right funny noise on the way up the multistory so my dad took me for a drive.  There was a noise,  CV joints?  While checking them as best as I could with no tools and being berated for getting myself dirty I found one missing wheelnut and the rest fingertight on the O/S/F wheel.  FFS,  at least it had a decent wheelbrace so they left with them all tighter than they should be and picked up a spare nut at the Ford dealers the next morning.

 

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:22 PM

I'm guessing it's not a ground floor flat?
Downstairs neighbors maybe?

While that'd make sense I don't understand why it's only my bathroom, and especially my bathroom, that picks up the smell. No trace of it elsewhere at all!


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:25 AM

All the drugs have made you forget you always go into the bathroom for a quick spliff?
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:47 AM

I wonder if the soil pipes pass through the building and the weed smell is finding its way around the pipe work?
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:57 AM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, but driving London scares the shite out of me ! Actually , anywhere beyond Sevenoaks scares the shite out of me ! :-(


Me and son went to the ace cafe for tea once when he lived in Mill Hill.

The food is shit. Not as shit as Mcds but as shit as it gets in the 1960s.

On that basis not ACE and Not a Cafe so id advise going to Asda and buying a pork pie and staying home.
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