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On 11/19/2020 at 2:34 PM, Bren said:

Having said all this garages can also be an issue - a lot of them don't wan't to be come involved in anything that cannot be turned around quickly - ignorant people get fobbed off so buy another car.

Many garages are basically slightly more in depth fast fit centres now. It's whipping parts off and putting new ones on (with an air gun). Fault finding consists of plugging in a code reader and declaring a car dead if nothing shows on it and they can't see something obviously hanging off, snapped or smoking.

The quicker they can turn cars around, the more cars they see to and the more rounded up hours they can charge on other cars. It soon adds up over a month. Over a year, it'd be several thousand to a busy garage.

It's even starting to become a struggle to find garages to do fairly basic but potentially long winded jobs like a clutch.

3-4 hours to them @£50 per hour = £150-£200 labour, but a ramp taken up that they could get 5-6 30-45 minute jobs done on, all rounded up to an hour @£50 = £250-300. It's effectively costing the garage £100 in profit to take on the big job.

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Unfortunately margins are pretty tight in garages. People see the labour rate and assume we are minted. The overheads are pretty shocking .

Obviously I like to turn jobs around quickly but also take on bigger more snaggy jobs too. But on the proviso the customer isn’t hassling me twice a day asking when it will be done and the price to the nearest penny before it’s even finished. 
 

But in reality it’s simple business - if you are booked ahead for weeks with easy profitable jobs why would  you want to burden yourself with snaggy shit ? 

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1 hour ago, twosmoke300 said:

Unfortunately margins are pretty tight in garages. People see the labour rate and assume we are minted. The overheads are pretty shocking .

Obviously I like to turn jobs around quickly but also take on bigger more snaggy jobs too. But on the proviso the customer isn’t hassling me twice a day asking when it will be done and the price to the nearest penny before it’s even finished. 
 

But in reality it’s simple business - if you are booked ahead for weeks with easy profitable jobs why would  you want to burden yourself with snaggy shit ? 

I heartily agree - however modern cars and snaggy shit go hand in hand. When the valve stem seals went on my 545 the local specialists did'nt want to know. The place I took it to entailed a 220 mile round trip but they did the job quickly for under a grand. They seemed to do all the stuff most places run from - do they have techs with better skills?

As cars get more complicated snaggy shit will not go away - many places will fall by the wayside if they don't upskill.

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19 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

I've left a suitably salty comment. What a dick.

How does he know its abandoned ? O know loads of vehicles/places left to deteriorate because the owners choose to. Fucking wanker trespasser.  

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3 hours ago, Bren said:

I heartily agree - however modern cars and snaggy shit go hand in hand. When the valve stem seals went on my 545 the local specialists did'nt want to know. The place I took it to entailed a 220 mile round trip but they did the job quickly for under a grand. They seemed to do all the stuff most places run from - do they have techs with better skills?

As cars get more complicated snaggy shit will not go away - many places will fall by the wayside if they don't upskill.

It’s not a lack of skills usually . Simple business . Enough snaggy shit comes with normal jobs without taking it in on purpose. 
I could rebuild a Maserati engine no problem - would I take it on as a job? Would I fuck as like . 

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1 hour ago, twosmoke300 said:

It’s not a lack of skills usually . Simple business .

I reckon at a lot of garages, it's 50/50.

The standard of work i see on even the most basic stuff from some places is criminally bad, blatant rush kinda stuff.

Things going back unlubed, left unclipped, everything blatantly rattle gunned back on. The sort of stuff people have rightly criticised places like Kwik Shit for, for years just expanded past Brakes and Tyres,

A fast fitter can work as a full on mechanic in a lot of garages these days. They simply don't take on that truly involved work anyway. Same processes. Same tools. Remove and replace surface components, bolt off with air gun, bolt on with air gun jobs.

Time is money. And with overheads already high, it's very much a case of many places paying peanuts and getting monkeys.

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what a fuck on it is to buy anything off amazon.

usually i wouldn't have anything to do with them,

having once worked for them for an hour or so, and walking off the job cos they had been lying about what the wages were.

and that been the one and only instance that i have walked off a job........ lets just say that company is not one i willingly spend my money with. 

that is another story, 

BUT we want a tin of sweets for xmas. a proper sized tin, made outta tin and not one of them shitty little plastic  tubs of nasty cheap soft centres.

so i have had to hold my nose and go on their website.

but i dunno what the password is for it.

not one iota what it could be,

and to reset it, they send an e-mail link to my mobile. my mobile that does not have internet connected to it.

and so the long evening wares on! in the end Kerry has ordered it on her account. 

now all we have to do is sit and wait to see what gets delivered, and in what condition it is when it arrives.

internet shopping sucks.

 

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Ugh. Central air system quit tonight. Thermostat was telling system to run, but the compressor was off.

Went outside, pulled the side panel off, nothing looked amiss; the trip hadn't triggered and pushing the contactor in caused it to start up.

After a minute bugger all was happening in terms of heat pump activity so I pulled the contactor off and heard what I didn't want to hear...

Hissssssssssssss

 

Buggeration. Looked about and saw an oily mark by the pressure shutoff switch; the thing has been replaced in the past and technician X has ziptied the wires to the main compressor pipe.

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Pulled the wires away and got a blast of refrigerant. Ugh.

The live feed to the compressor has buzzed through the insulation and holed the main copper pressure pipe coming out of the compressor, shutting the system down on low pressure.

I need to look further in the morning but it may have chattered through the insulation and burned through because there's a pock in the pipe and some dirty marks on the wire- it was still aggressively hissing when I put the side back on (midnight). I don't know if that refrigerant is flammable, but if it is, that could have been bad.

I'll look better in the morning, but I'm hoping that can be brazed up and refilled. I really don't want to have to fork out for a replacement compressor right now.

All shut down at the main isolator for now.

 

Don't ziptie things to pipes, kids!

 

Phil

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2 hours ago, PhilA said:

Ugh. Central air system quit tonight. Thermostat was telling system to run, but the compressor was off.

Went outside, pulled the side panel off, nothing looked amiss; the trip hadn't triggered and pushing the contactor in caused it to start up.

After a minute bugger all was happening in terms of heat pump activity so I pulled the contactor off and heard what I didn't want to hear...

Hissssssssssssss

 

Buggeration. Looked about and saw an oily mark by the pressure shutoff switch; the thing has been replaced in the past and technician X has ziptied the wires to the main compressor pipe.

20201122_001815.thumb.jpg.c9ab63fd5257bb465aef827c143c5e18.jpg

Pulled the wires away and got a blast of refrigerant. Ugh.

The live feed to the compressor has buzzed through the insulation and holed the main copper pressure pipe coming out of the compressor, shutting the system down on low pressure.

I need to look further in the morning but it may have chattered through the insulation and burned through because there's a pock in the pipe and some dirty marks on the wire- it was still aggressively hissing when I put the side back on (midnight). I don't know if that refrigerant is flammable, but if it is, that could have been bad.

I'll look better in the morning, but I'm hoping that can be brazed up and refilled. I really don't want to have to fork out for a replacement compressor right now.

All shut down at the main isolator for now.

 

Don't ziptie things to pipes, kids!

 

Phil

 

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Fucking shitty mobile phones! They're so wank! 

We've got 5G now, moving to 6g soon supposedly. This thing in my hand is about £1200 worth of the BEST TECHNOLOGY MONEY CAN BUY. Sure, I can reliably get a 60mbit internet connection in a field in the middle of the peak district, I can tether a laptop to this and stream 4K UHD VR BBW MILF porno, season 1 of Fargo on Netflix, and a youtube makeup tutorial  at the same time. I can climb up onto kinder scout or bleaklowe and still have a better internet connection than most homes.

 

But can it make or receive a reliable audible telephone call in my suburban house, or perhaps at work in a fairly big town? Of course not! 

Before we start installing more Gs, perhaps we should just get the existing ones to work properly?

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13 minutes ago, cobblers said:

Fucking shitty mobile phones! They're so wank! 

We've got 5G now, moving to 6g soon supposedly. This thing in my hand is about £1200 worth of the BEST TECHNOLOGY MONEY CAN BUY. Sure, I can reliably get a 60mbit internet connection in a field in the middle of the peak district, I can tether a laptop to this and stream 4K UHD VR BBW MILF porno, season 1 of Fargo on Netflix, and a youtube makeup tutorial  at the same time. I can climb up onto kinder scout or bleaklowe and still have a better internet connection than most homes.

 

But can it make or receive a reliable audible telephone call in my suburban house, or perhaps at work in a fairly big down? Of course not! 

Before we start installing more Gs, perhaps we should just get the existing ones to work properly?

True. 

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7 hours ago, PhilA said:

Ugh. Central air system quit tonight. Thermostat was telling system to run, but the compressor was off.

Went outside, pulled the side panel off, nothing looked amiss; the trip hadn't triggered and pushing the contactor in caused it to start up.

After a minute bugger all was happening in terms of heat pump activity so I pulled the contactor off and heard what I didn't want to hear...

Hissssssssssssss

 

Buggeration. Looked about and saw an oily mark by the pressure shutoff switch; the thing has been replaced in the past and technician X has ziptied the wires to the main compressor pipe.

20201122_001815.thumb.jpg.c9ab63fd5257bb465aef827c143c5e18.jpg

Pulled the wires away and got a blast of refrigerant. Ugh.

The live feed to the compressor has buzzed through the insulation and holed the main copper pressure pipe coming out of the compressor, shutting the system down on low pressure.

I need to look further in the morning but it may have chattered through the insulation and burned through because there's a pock in the pipe and some dirty marks on the wire- it was still aggressively hissing when I put the side back on (midnight). I don't know if that refrigerant is flammable, but if it is, that could have been bad.

I'll look better in the morning, but I'm hoping that can be brazed up and refilled. I really don't want to have to fork out for a replacement compressor right now.

All shut down at the main isolator for now.

 

Don't ziptie things to pipes, kids!

 

Phil

I worked in a factory in Runcorn, where the electrician was called Terry.

Tie Wrap Terry.  

Every installation was temporary and used cable ties.  I saw him use conduit once, but he cut it the wrong length twice, before he completed the task. 

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3 hours ago, cobblers said:

Fucking shitty mobile phones! They're so wank! 

We've got 5G now, moving to 6g soon supposedly. This thing in my hand is about £1200 worth of the BEST TECHNOLOGY MONEY CAN BUY. Sure, I can reliably get a 60mbit internet connection in a field in the middle of the peak district, I can tether a laptop to this and stream 4K UHD VR BBW MILF porno, season 1 of Fargo on Netflix, and a youtube makeup tutorial  at the same time. I can climb up onto kinder scout or bleaklowe and still have a better internet connection than most homes.

 

But can it make or receive a reliable audible telephone call in my suburban house, or perhaps at work in a fairly big town? Of course not! 

Before we start installing more Gs, perhaps we should just get the existing ones to work properly?

I quite often find I can get a decent 4G signal when the actual phone signal is wank.  I suppose in that situation you can always call via Whatsapp or whatever.

My new phone has 5G capability, but I have no idea when we're going to get 5G here in the arse end of Norfolk.

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You wanna see my mobile phone. It makes a receives calls just fine. Links to the 'net just fine but the back screen is smashed to pieces and the battery life is dire, very dire. I've had it on 'battery saving' mode for yonks and even that no longer cuts it now. Another few months and it'll go down like seconds. I might repair it. But then I've said that about my Rovers for years....

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

I quite often find I can get a decent 4G signal when the actual phone signal is wank.  I suppose in that situation you can always call via Whatsapp or whatever.

My new phone has 5G capability, but I have no idea when we're going to get 5G here in the arse end of Norfolk.

You'll need to wait for the Covid vaccine. That'll give you 5g.

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9 hours ago, myglaren said:

My router tells me I have 5G on this ancient laptop.  Only connected device that is, despite my grandson's room full of the latest tech.

Confusingly, that’s actually 5GHz Wi-Fi. It’s a different part of the radio spectrum but achieving the same thing your regular Wi-Fi does. It’s just to help reduce traffic really. You’ll usually find 5gig slightly quicker but with less range. 

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46 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Confusingly, that’s actually 5GHz Wi-Fi. It’s a different part of the radio spectrum but achieving the same thing your regular Wi-Fi does. It’s just to help reduce traffic really. You’ll usually find 5gig slightly quicker but with less range. 

Most of the time I use it plugged in to the Ethernet.

Had a couple of letters from the NHS, one berating me for not having a 'flu jab (never have) and the other describing the wonderful world of digital communications and that I have to show a q-code to my phone's camera to become part of the hive mind.  Doesn't work with my phone/camera :).

Very little does though.

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Two people were sufficiently intact to be taken to hospital from this.

If "Luck" was like a bank balance they are both well overdrawn.
Anyone care to guess the make before scrolling down ?

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/resources/images/12059815.jpg

 

To begin to answer the "How the fuck?" for a single vehicle accident in a 20 zone, note the metallic smear on the concrete wall

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Then zoom out to see just where the fucking idiot went to end up there.

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https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18889582.police-cordon-off-new-road-bad-crash/

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The first gurgling breath of Skynet has been drawn.
Amazon are enabling a Mesh network so all their devices can start to buddy up and become resilient...
Its the rise of the machines

The hardware has been shipped for a while, they are just going to turn it on, you have to opt out.

"For customers with existing devices that are Sidewalk capable, an over-the-air (OTA) update will connect them to the network — no action is needed."
"Amazon Echoes, Ring Floodlight Cams, and Ring Spotlight Cams will be the first Sidewalk bridging devices as well as Sidewalk endpoints. The internet giant hopes to encourage third-party manufacturers to produce equipment that is also Sidewalk compatible, extending meshes everywhere."

I'm dangerously low on Bacofoil and this is going to need a MUCH bigger hat.

Imagine the havoc this hardware could cause if it was taken over by a foriegn power, one Amazon device could trigger an attack using every broadband link in a 500m radius with a smart home device.
Your echo dot, in your house can talk to all your neighours houses which can talk to all their neighbours (repeat until nearest device is more than 500m away.
If I had any active Amazon devices I would need enough Bacofoil to wrap the house.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/24/amazon_sidewalk_opt_out/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55059696

 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Rovorsche said:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/KGcuUifZNq8/maxresdefault.jpg

The first gurgling breath of Skynet has been drawn.
Amazon are enabling a Mesh network so all their devices can start to buddy up and become resilient...
Its the rise of the machines

The hardware has been shipped for a while, they are just going to turn it on, you have to opt out.

"For customers with existing devices that are Sidewalk capable, an over-the-air (OTA) update will connect them to the network — no action is needed."
"Amazon Echoes, Ring Floodlight Cams, and Ring Spotlight Cams will be the first Sidewalk bridging devices as well as Sidewalk endpoints. The internet giant hopes to encourage third-party manufacturers to produce equipment that is also Sidewalk compatible, extending meshes everywhere."

I'm dangerously low on Bacofoil and this is going to need a MUCH bigger hat.

Imagine the havoc this hardware could cause if it was taken over by a foriegn power, one Amazon device could trigger an attack using every broadband link in a 500m radius with a smart home device.
Your echo dot, in your house can talk to all your neighours houses which can talk to all their neighbours (repeat until nearest device is more than 500m away.
If I had any active Amazon devices I would need enough Bacofoil to wrap the house.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/24/amazon_sidewalk_opt_out/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55059696

 

 

 

Er...this guy just moved in across the street at number 28 last week.

Should I be worried?

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