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4 hours ago, Remspoor said:

I wonder how batteries will take to be shaken in a Bomag, a Waker or a vibrating  plate compactor?

I'd imagine they'd have a remote battery pack and a line in to the machine, much like the air-driven vibratey machines do now.

(Maybe not for the Bomag obvs.)

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well that was the first shit day for a while...

1)- Woke up stupidly early so despite it being 7.25pm here in NZ, I cannot wait to go to bed.  Normally I would but its Mrs P's birthday so I cant bugger off today.

2)- Hospital appointment which should have been an hour took four.  I should have been told that, but wasnt.  Plus I left my laptop at the hospital and had to go back for it.  Couldnt park anywhere nearby so had a bit of a hike in 30degree heat.  Unpleasant.  Work not too chuffed about it either.

3)- Laptop inexplicably did a BIOS update just before 5 and now I cant access anythng as I need to enter a Bitlocker code.  I have no idea what that is.  I dont have a code and the admin team dont have one either.  Apparently it might be in my Microsoft account but I cant access that as my password isnt recognised.  I recall changing it last month but cant remember what I changed it to.  Called Admin back at 5.10pm to find our guy had gone on holiday for two weeks (itis our summer) and nobody else was able to help today.

4)- Went to get Thai.  Marched into the restaurant to collect only to find it wasnt ready.  And they had no details of any order from me.  After scurrying around for 20 minutes it became apparent it wasnt ready or indeed on their list so they apologised and promised to make it quick.  It was at this point I gave the order in a slightly miffed tone and discovered I had gone into the wrong restaurant.  It looked totally different to the last time I went, I assumed they'd done a makeover.  Looked a proper twat and swear I heard the kitchen staff laughing as I left.  

5) - Collected Thai, now cold as it had been sitting there 25 minutes waiting for me

And yet I am quite philosophical about it hoping I am doing my stupid unlucky shit in one go so 2022 goes a little more smoothly

 

 

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1 hour ago, Parky said:

4)- Went to get Thai.  Marched into the restaurant to collect only to find it wasnt ready.  And they had no details of any order from me.  After scurrying around for 20 minutes it became apparent it wasnt ready or indeed on their list so they apologised and promised to make it quick.  It was at this point I gave the order in a slightly miffed tone and discovered I had gone into the wrong restaurant.  It looked totally different to the last time I went, I assumed they'd done a makeover.  Looked a proper twat and swear I heard the kitchen staff laughing as I left.  

 

I'm sorry for laughing, but I did laugh. Sorry.

 

Years ago when I worked at Halfords, an angry man came in with a sat nav, kicking off about how it was "Playing up really bad" and "wasting his time sending him all over the country in wrong directions" but basically he just had no fucking idea how to use it and he was adding new destinations as extra stops on a route rather than clearing the old destination, so it was always trying to eventually send him back to Ingoldmells.

He was having a right old rant and nobody could get a word in edgeways. 

Finally he shoved the satnav across the counter at me, along with his receipt from Comet 😅and asked me "What the fuck are you going to do about it then?"

 

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2 hours ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

Minus 15 and this modern cars are fun

 

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Now that I have come home and thawed, I get to go more into what has happened. I was on my way home after getting vaccinated and on my way out of the intersection the engine died and will not start. Then just had to start pushing the car down to a parking lot next to the road and to my surprise a pretty woman in an Audi SUV stopped and helped me push the car. So the next challenge was to get a tow truck and the nearest was of course 70 km away. But the car has now been delivered to a mechanic and then i just have to wait for what they have to say.

But can not stop  think that these should be the most reliable and trouble free cars that exist and this has happened. And that this is the 3rd time I have experienced a car that has stopped and has to be towed and all of these 3 have been with relatively new cars while the old cars I have had have never broken down.

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6 minutes ago, Dyslexic Viking said:

It has plenty of electricity the starter spins but the engine just won't start.

Curiously, several years ago some people over the road had the exact same issue with their i10 of a similar vintage and asked me to help as they'd seen me out fixing my cars.

I fiddled with things for a good hour and got absolutely nowhere - it'd spin over fine, but absolutely refused to fire. No error codes. They ended up getting it towed away and I don't think I saw it again. I;d be interested to find out what the issue was with yours, as I never found out what was wrong with their one.

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8 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Curiously, several years ago some people over the road had the exact same issue with their i10 of a similar vintage and asked me to help as they'd seen me out fixing my cars.

I fiddled with things for a good hour and got absolutely nowhere - it'd spin over fine, but absolutely refused to fire. No error codes. They ended up getting it towed away and I don't think I saw it again. I;d be interested to find out what the issue was with yours, as I never found out what was wrong with their one.

It's a little strange as these should be so reliable. But will share what is wrong when I know what it is. Hope they can get a look at it tomorrow as I am without a working car now and live a bit remote.

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On 04/01/2022 at 17:13, Talbot said:

Drive down the road at speed* and then heave the brakes on hard.  See if it does anything then.

Did this today and it didn't take the rust off, but did get slightly warm, less so than the right hand side though. Also found I can drive the car along my car park in 1st, with my left foot mashing the brake pedal into the floor on its hard stop, and accelerate through it. Sponge-tastic. 

Both left brakes are now consistently cooler than the right, which is a complete about-turn on when I bought the car and found the front left to be getting warmer than the front right. 

Anyhoo, it's getting looked at on Friday by a man, because a) I can't be arsed b) I'm busy this weekend c) can live without the car for a few days and d) I'm a lightweight and don't want to work on the car at night in freezing weather. Deduct Man Points™️ as appropriate. 

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Work has done something which has  made me so apoplectic with rage my team lead has told me to go home. He is in full agreement with me because what has happened not only shits on me but also around 25% of the workforce on the floor.

I have a feeling there’s going to be a huge union and employment law solicitor involvement.

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10 hours ago, Crackers said:

Did this today and it didn't take the rust off, but did get slightly warm, less so than the right hand side though. Also found I can drive the car along my car park in 1st, with my left foot mashing the brake pedal into the floor on its hard stop, and accelerate through it. Sponge-tastic. 

Both left brakes are now consistently cooler than the right, which is a complete about-turn on when I bought the car and found the front left to be getting warmer than the front right. 

Anyhoo, it's getting looked at on Friday by a man, because a) I can't be arsed b) I'm busy this weekend c) can live without the car for a few days and d) I'm a lightweight and don't want to work on the car at night in freezing weather. Deduct Man Points™️ as appropriate. 

Decided not to fuck with strange brakes:

Skill: -10
Man Points: -5

In all seriousness though, farming out this kind of work at this time of the year is probably a very good idea.

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Walked past my car this morning for the first time this year and there's a new scrape on the back drivers door... Doesn't look too bad, and the heavy frost is exaggerating it but I don't know if I'm more grumpy that it got swiped softly or I might have done it somewhere 😂

It blends in nicely with the other dents and scuffs though

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10 hours ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Every woman should have mandatory training to remove a basin waste trap and not to put the bloody hair down the plughole ever again 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

 

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Toothbrush just for scale !

Three long haired daughters and a wife with long hair, never a problem.

But my youngest son, on the other hand.  That ⇈  is nothing in comparison.

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11 hours ago, Crackers said:

Also found I can drive the car along my car park in 1st, with my left foot mashing the brake pedal into the floor on its hard stop, and accelerate through it. Sponge-tastic. 

Oh dear.
Sounds to me like that needs some investigation.  It should absolutely be possible to use the brakes to stall the engine, even in 1st gear.  I do wonder if your caliper sliders are all siezed, hence you're getting a bit of braking on the inside of the disc, but the slider side (and visible side) isn't doing anything.

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That's always my pre mot handbrake test. Can I pull away with some force on the handbrake or does it stall/go to stall. Usually enough to tell

Or drive sub 30/40 and lightly pull the handbrake up to clean off the shoes/pads/cables etc. Plus gas fired up the ends of the handbrake cables help too but equally if that does help then their a bit fucked and might need replacing/more squirty magic fix

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