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20 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

Except they take an hour to answer the phone, although they are not alone in that. 

When I called the estimate was 10 minutes, they answered in about 7.

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20 hours ago, Parky said:

They were really good.  I remember getting a call to ask if I was in Lagos because it appeared a clone of my card was doing the rounds.

 

 

Yeah, I once got a phone call from my credit card company asking if I was in Israel trying to book tennis lessons. I said no, that couldn't be further from the truth, I'm on a train in Leeds heading to Bradford, not Israel. 

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Well that's Google Maps three for three today providing me with directions to businesses which either no longer or have never existed.

One just dumped me in the middle of a ~1 year old posh housing estate, latter two were both addresses in industrial parks with vastly different business in the units.  

Cheers for that, I really wanted to go waste the best part of two hours driving round in circles.

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I am now on a weird shift pattern, running 5 days on a 12 hr shift, then 5 days off.  Planning on a big push welding up the Rover on my time off I decided that after running out of welding gas again..... I would ditch disposable bottles and go big. Over the last few days, a welding cart, an adapter hose thing,  a bottle of Argon mix gas (with funky built in regulator)and an optimizer have arrived. I spent a good few hours setting everything up only to discover the optimiser  wont hold pressure, it pings off the connection every time you open the tap.... Obviously the welding company  aren't open again until Monday and then they  will have to post the new part out...

I might have to do DIY instead....

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20 minutes ago, anonymous user said:

When you say big logs, is the pup's poo getting that large?

Some of them yes, though those are yet to tax me.

The Mrs on the other hand is only 4' tall, so it's probably akin to cleaning up after a woolly mammoth.

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4 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Well that's Google Maps three for three today providing me with directions to businesses which either no longer or have never existed.

One just dumped me in the middle of a ~1 year old posh housing estate, latter two were both addresses in industrial parks with vastly different business in the units.  

Cheers for that, I really wanted to go waste the best part of two hours driving round in circles.

Give Waze a go.

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5 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Well that's Google Maps three for three today providing me with directions to businesses which either no longer or have never existed.

One just dumped me in the middle of a ~1 year old posh housing estate, latter two were both addresses in industrial parks with vastly different business in the units.  

Cheers for that, I really wanted to go waste the best part of two hours driving round in circles.

GM is a pile of poo. Never rely on it. I have modified some locations locally to me only to find a short while later that there was some issue with that location Something which I never changed, had changed .  Use the businesses website for directions.

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Shall we talk about benefits?  (Again!!!)

The story so far... I applied for Universal Credit in a somewhat last-ditch attempt to get some benefit, any benefit!, coming in.  I was approved, but told they can't send me any money because Lynne's state pension raises our household income too high.

So... couple of weeks ago they asked me to attend a Work Capability Assessment.  I did that, and the doctor who examined me agreed almost instantly that I'm not fit to work, at all.  Last week I got a message telling me they accepted that and would be sending me £432 on the 14th.  And implicitly, every month thereafter.

Thursday this week, a message arrives telling me they failed to assess Lynne's pension correctly, and therefore will not be sending me £432; not only that, it's too late for the first instalment, that's already gone out, so they are going to have to reclaim it.  How fucking cruel is that???

And then a text arrives from my bank telling me £432 has been paid in.

I think I'm allowed to be grumpy over this mess.

Meanwhile I have an appeal in for PIP.

FFS.
 

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At home relaxing and there is a knock on the door. A large figure is standing at the front door. My nextdoor neighbour is a large gentleman, thinking it was him, I opened the door. Nope, this large gentleman had a strange accent, not Irish not English, an accent of someone you associate with dwelling in caravans. " I'm working in ( another road not far from here) and wondered if you needed any gardening doing"  I had a blitz on the gardens last bank holiday and the front is still fairly tidy. " I can see it's tidy but is there anything around the back "  well yeah there is a massive overgrown hedge  but I am working my way through that. Next it's "what about that old car"  There is a Puegeot 306 N/A diesel behind the front hedge that shat it's Lucas pump and has been there a few years . I have a Bosch pump to fit but it's one of those round tuit jobs. Then "those old slabs ( neatly stacked infront of the Peugeot) are they in your way ? I can get rid of them for you"  Eyes everywhere I just want to tell him to fuck off but he is being polite. Next up " I see you have old cast iron gutters , I can do your facias and gutters for £450-£500 . No I want be going up the ladders ( as he pats his large gut ) . My brother, he'll do it. Other people they want 1200 quid for that"  I ask him for a business card. " ah, I haven't got any with me but I'll call back tomorrow with some samples"  Hmm, we shook hands. 

Yeah very professional. Said his name was John . Before I let anyone work on my house I want to see proper contact details and proof of public liability insurance. " John's " brother is bound to be legit.  Think I might park the car on the road and not answer the door tomorrow. His eyes were everywhere so hopefully he spotted the camara on the wall. It's not connected to anything anymore but still looks good.

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23 hours ago, horriblemercedes said:

"No, I'm in Palestine, trying to book squash lessons, duh!"

"Yes, you heard me right. Palestine!"

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Palestine,+Andover/@51.1675451,-1.6325752,2834m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4873f097432d055b:0xb084e7dae9979507!8m2!3d51.1677884!4d-1.6215912

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5 hours ago, meggersdog said:

At home relaxing and there is a knock on the door. A large figure is standing at the front door. My nextdoor neighbour is a large gentleman, thinking it was him, I opened the door. Nope, this large gentleman had a strange accent, not Irish not English, an accent of someone you associate with dwelling in caravans. " I'm working in ( another road not far from here) and wondered if you needed any gardening doing"  I had a blitz on the gardens last bank holiday and the front is still fairly tidy. " I can see it's tidy but is there anything around the back "  well yeah there is a massive overgrown hedge  but I am working my way through that. Next it's "what about that old car"  There is a Puegeot 306 N/A diesel behind the front hedge that shat it's Lucas pump and has been there a few years . I have a Bosch pump to fit but it's one of those round tuit jobs. Then "those old slabs ( neatly stacked infront of the Peugeot) are they in your way ? I can get rid of them for you"  Eyes everywhere I just want to tell him to fuck off but he is being polite. Next up " I see you have old cast iron gutters , I can do your facias and gutters for £450-£500 . No I want be going up the ladders ( as he pats his large gut ) . My brother, he'll do it. Other people they want 1200 quid for that"  I ask him for a business card. " ah, I haven't got any with me but I'll call back tomorrow with some samples"  Hmm, we shook hands. 

Yeah very professional. Said his name was John . Before I let anyone work on my house I want to see proper contact details and proof of public liability insurance. " John's " brother is bound to be legit.  Think I might park the car on the road and not answer the door tomorrow. His eyes were everywhere so hopefully he spotted the camara on the wall. It's not connected to anything anymore but still looks good.

We get this at least once every few weeks round here.  Gets bloody old after a while.

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6 hours ago, meggersdog said:

At home relaxing and there is a knock on the door. A large figure is standing at the front door. My nextdoor neighbour is a large gentleman, thinking it was him, I opened the door. Nope, this large gentleman had a strange accent, not Irish not English, an accent of someone you associate with dwelling in caravans. " I'm working in ( another road not far from here) and wondered if you needed any gardening doing"  I had a blitz on the gardens last bank holiday and the front is still fairly tidy. " I can see it's tidy but is there anything around the back "  well yeah there is a massive overgrown hedge  but I am working my way through that. Next it's "what about that old car"  There is a Puegeot 306 N/A diesel behind the front hedge that shat it's Lucas pump and has been there a few years . I have a Bosch pump to fit but it's one of those round tuit jobs. Then "those old slabs ( neatly stacked infront of the Peugeot) are they in your way ? I can get rid of them for you"  Eyes everywhere I just want to tell him to fuck off but he is being polite. Next up " I see you have old cast iron gutters , I can do your facias and gutters for £450-£500 . No I want be going up the ladders ( as he pats his large gut ) . My brother, he'll do it. Other people they want 1200 quid for that"  I ask him for a business card. " ah, I haven't got any with me but I'll call back tomorrow with some samples"  Hmm, we shook hands. 

Yeah very professional. Said his name was John . Before I let anyone work on my house I want to see proper contact details and proof of public liability insurance. " John's " brother is bound to be legit.  Think I might park the car on the road and not answer the door tomorrow. His eyes were everywhere so hopefully he spotted the camara on the wall. It's not connected to anything anymore but still looks good.

Ring doorbells are usually pretty good at deterring this sort of thing

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19 minutes ago, RoverFolkUs said:

Ring doorbells are usually pretty good at deterring this sort of thing

This.  We have visible cameras at work and I also have a CCTV system at home- just small modern cameras that don't look ott but are still easily spotted.

Visits have greatly reduced, John Smith and his brother (also John Smith) don't like being filmed.

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16 hours ago, meggersdog said:

At home relaxing and there is a knock on the door. A large figure is standing at the front door. My nextdoor neighbour is a large gentleman, thinking it was him, I opened the door. Nope, this large gentleman had a strange accent, not Irish not English, an accent of someone you associate with dwelling in caravans. " I'm working in ( another road not far from here) and wondered if you needed any gardening doing"  I had a blitz on the gardens last bank holiday and the front is still fairly tidy. " I can see it's tidy but is there anything around the back "  well yeah there is a massive overgrown hedge  but I am working my way through that. Next it's "what about that old car"  There is a Puegeot 306 N/A diesel behind the front hedge that shat it's Lucas pump and has been there a few years . I have a Bosch pump to fit but it's one of those round tuit jobs. Then "those old slabs ( neatly stacked infront of the Peugeot) are they in your way ? I can get rid of them for you"  Eyes everywhere I just want to tell him to fuck off but he is being polite. Next up " I see you have old cast iron gutters , I can do your facias and gutters for £450-£500 . No I want be going up the ladders ( as he pats his large gut ) . My brother, he'll do it. Other people they want 1200 quid for that"  I ask him for a business card. " ah, I haven't got any with me but I'll call back tomorrow with some samples"  Hmm, we shook hands. 

Yeah very professional. Said his name was John . Before I let anyone work on my house I want to see proper contact details and proof of public liability insurance. " John's " brother is bound to be legit.  Think I might park the car on the road and not answer the door tomorrow. His eyes were everywhere so hopefully he spotted the camara on the wall. It's not connected to anything anymore but still looks good.

I'll be getting three quotes, and then my landlord will check out their business solvency and qualifications, and permits, and insurance, and then the housing trust, will make a decision.  If you give me your business card, I'll see you get the request for quote pack. He probably won't deal with you if you aren't VAT registered or LTD company, but maybe whoever gets the job can sub it out to you. 

In short pretend that you don't own the place. 

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Spent all day lining out my van. When I started, I wasn't that happy with the carpet - I got "easy liner" which is a bit more stretchy than the usual stuff I use, but it's thin and a lot less durable. I should have just not bothered. 

6 hours later, I had the job 70% done when I stood back and realised it looked totally shit. The carpet is so thin it looks patchy and lumpy. Ripped the whole lot off and hoked it in the skip, and now I have loads of spray glue and fluff residue to deal with before I even get back to square one.

I don't have much spare time and it really bugs me to have wasted so much of it. 

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10 hours ago, New POD said:

I'll be getting three quotes, and then my landlord will check out their business solvency and qualifications, and permits, and insurance, and then the housing trust, will make a decision.  If you give me your business card, I'll see you get the request for quote pack. He probably won't deal with you if you aren't VAT registered or LTD company, but maybe whoever gets the job can sub it out to you. 

In short pretend that you don't own the place. 

That is exactly what I thought. I asked for a business card yesterday but he hasn't returned. My landlord would insist on a quote with business details and VAT number.He would need to see public liability insurance and if the quote is acceptable then bank details as he only pays by BACS.

 I think John's brother John clocked the camera on the wall whilst he was sat in the van.

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5 hours ago, Rocket88 said:

I’m going to slowly eviscerate the next Facebook user who uses “breaks” instead of “ brakes”……..

The funny thing is I felt the same, then I started reading loads of Board of Trade railway accident reports from the 19th century, and found that back then it was usual to spell it breaks. The average Marketplace seller is fairly illiterate, though.

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