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Just now, Rust Collector said:

 

I don't think I'll count my chickens until I'm 14 days plus in the clear, but fingers crossed nothing comes of it. I could do without paying for a speed awareness course, and you can bet your bottom dollar the only available course will be during my holiday in July.

Honestly, despite my post, I'd be incredibly surprised if you ever hear anything of it again. In practice, it just doesn't happen that anyone ever gets done for 45 (indicated) in a 40 from a fixed speed camera.

That's ignoring the fact that so many fixed cameras simply aren't operational any more. It was fixed, right? I can't remember the original post

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1 minute ago, horriblemercedes said:

Honestly, despite my post, I'd be incredibly surprised if you ever hear anything of it again. In practice, it just doesn't happen that anyone ever gets done for 45 (indicated) in a 40 from a fixed speed camera.

That's ignoring the fact that so many fixed cameras simply aren't operational any more. It was fixed, right? I can't remember the original post

It wasn't a fixed camera, I've managed to avoid getting flashed by those thus far. It was one of the vans with the chap with a camera/radar poking out the rear hatch, they seem to be everywhere I go at the moment.

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Just now, Rust Collector said:

It wasn't a fixed camera, I've managed to avoid getting flashed by those thus far. It was one of the vans with the chap with a camera/radar poking out the rear hatch, they seem to be everywhere I go at the moment.

Is the 45/46 from your speedometer?

I still think you're very unlikely to hear anything from them

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9 minutes ago, horriblemercedes said:

Is the 45/46 from your speedometer?

I still think you're very unlikely to hear anything from them

It's even more protracted I'm afraid, as my speedometer is in km/h so I have to work everything back from there 😅 I think I was going 73km/h or thereabouts. I should have been doing 65. I seem to recall testing the Insight's speedometer against a GPS a while back and there wasn't anything notable in it in terms of over-reading.

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3 hours ago, J W Pepper said:

You shouldn't hear anything because legally( I think) you are allowed 10% +2 mph this is the case in most counties however I believe that some counties, Lancashire is one you are allowed 10%+3 mph, If you get a letter, double check what I have said and then tell your force this

This used to be the case to cover non-calibrated equipment - not sure that is the case with static devices anymore........ but they tend to give breathing space. The fact that most speedos read under by a margin in real terms means there's plenty of leeway tbh. *sorry over reading a little is the norm! DOH

Fingers crossed fella - it'll be all good

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Co-op insurance in trying to be dodgy shock! Start of month they sent a renewal offer of £234, contact us to confirm if you want it. Go on then, only £20 increase on last year.

Letter just dropped, thanks for renewing we will take £262 on the 20th. Wha?????

Went on live chat, just need to confirm a few details, blah blah, it's showing as £274 on my system.

Chuffin eck! Is it index linked to the price of diesel?  Live chat assures me they've diddled it and it will be £234. Think I'll be checking banking on the day.

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cars

XM has a whole degree of issues, but for the most part runs and drives fine.....drivers window doesn't work nor does blower fan so horrible in hot weather

C5 is fine, well, lost power today and had to abort an overtake but was fine straight afterwards

both these cars have cost me thousands

make me grump cos they could both be an absolute liability at any minute

sometimes i feel like sacking them both off and buying a brand new honda jazz

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17 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Just about back up to a usable amount of energy.  Figure I might get a little catching up done later in the week.

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Nope... I'll be hiding in one of the rooms with air conditioning then.  Blarg.

Lucky you, I'm dahn sarf and I've been roofing since Monday , factor 30 reapplied 4 times a day , a bit fkin toasted , I'm there for at least another week ☹️ still could be worse , could be thunderstorms....I think they are due on Saturday 😭

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On 11/06/2022 at 15:07, tooSavvy said:

Short update...

GOOD = most have now blown away (... plenty left!)

BAD = F.F.S! Usually shower with VentAxia going but, this morning, opened window instead.. Bad Move 😱

Give Me Strength

EfffiiinnElllllll 🎉🎉💓🥂

Given its given me a workout like Circuit Training... It was 'Us Vs Ants-on-Hoverboards' >> final encounter 😱

It aced the fuckkinn lot >> VooshhVoomBishBashBosh!

100% wood buy aginn.

My wife thought it was great, watching me clean up/sweat buckets.... However the major giggle fest occurred when [as I reversed in through the back door - repacked box at arm's length] the chrome door-handle hooked through my belt and I couldn't get in 🎱..... 🤣🤣

She laughed for a bit then helped unhook me.... She's a Keeper 💞

Yard now pill-free.... F.F.S.

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Not really a grump just an observation.

Today a car came in for MoT that had ran out in November. This is the state of one tyre

 

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Is it alright to drive asked the customer, yeah if it doesn't rain...

had to explain why tyres have tread.

That's an 18 month MoT so the proposed 2 year ones are bollocks

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Tyres c

6 minutes ago, meggersdog said:

Not really a grump just an observation.

Today a car came in for MoT that had ran out in November. This is the state of one tyre

 

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Is it alright to drive asked the customer, yeah if it doesn't rain...

had to explain why tyres have tread.

That's an 18 month MoT so the proposed 2 year ones are bollocks

Tyres can be fiddled on any roadworthiness test, however long or short. A lady I know lent her wheels to the gypsies next door when she lived in Spain so they could get their car through the ITV.

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11 minutes ago, artdjones said:

Tyres c

Tyres can be fiddled on any roadworthiness test, however long or short. A lady I know lent her wheels to the gypsies next door when she lived in Spain so they could get their car through the ITV.

Yeah I get that.It's also the reason I write down the make of tyre ,tread depth and size on my inspection sheet. This car was MoTed in November 2020 but it just shows the UK general public cannot be trusted to keep their cars in a roadworthy condition so the 2 year proposal to save money is stupid at best.

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4 hours ago, jakebullet said:

Co-op insurance in trying to be dodgy shock! Start of month they sent a renewal offer of £234, contact us to confirm if you want it. Go on then, only £20 increase on last year.

Letter just dropped, thanks for renewing we will take £262 on the 20th. Wha?????

Went on live chat, just need to confirm a few details, blah blah, it's showing as £274 on my system.

Chuffin eck! Is it index linked to the price of diesel?  Live chat assures me they've diddled it and it will be £234. Think I'll be checking banking on the day.

At that point I'd be moving insurer. 

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11 hours ago, Back_For_More said:

Excellent views like that will reset your opinion on the world......

Sad react as no matter how bigoted or racist - you're being helped FFS so keep your fucked up shitheaded views to yourself. The old cunt was probably on the doorstep applauding the health workers during the pandemic too - fuck him

Felt tired and frustrated leaving work than rolled the window down, the birds are beginning the dawn chorus and sun is rising. Everyone else is in bed and I'm trundling home with a beautiful view. Can't go far wrong 

 

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On 6/7/2022 at 2:39 PM, barefoot said:

I booked my old 944 in for an MOT & a bit of a service tomorrow. It's barely been used these last couple of years & despite a solar panel connected to the battery, it had gone flat. Not a bother thought I, connected it to my old fashioned charger & left it for a couple of hours. Sure enough, after just enough churning to produce some oil pressure, it burst into life. It was a bit lumpy & rough, but the back window was open as it was still attached to the charger. I bobbed out disconnected & thought it smelled like it was running a bit rich. Perhaps it's the fuel preserver additive I can smell, but no, it was vigourously pumping fuel out from under the driver's floor & all over the drive. Obviously I switched it off and came in for a cup of tea, but I had a quick rummage through the pile of bills that accompany the old motor car & found one dated 21.5.20 for replacement 'rubber' fuel pipes - a mere 245 miles ago. I remember querying whether they had used the correct  ethanol resistant type at the time, but I got the impression that he didn't know what I was talking about. Recovery has been organised for tomorrow. It is unlikely to be returning to my local Porsche specialists...

 

 

On 6/8/2022 at 10:40 AM, barefoot said:

I have edited my original post to be a little less aggressive, because I really am a lovely chap.

I have looked, and the chap who recovered it has looked. We both think the leak is from where the new flexi joins the old steel.

I never do anything without making sure!

I shall post comprehensive photographs in the next couple of days...

 

Should two year old/250 mile fuel hose that's only ever seen E5 behave like this?

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I have had eosiniphilic asthma since 2015. It doesn't respond to normal meds - steroids, and if severe enough, biologics are required.

Mine has never been so bad - even a flight of stairs becomes a major obstacle. I am finding that now, even after steroids, I am wheezing and rattling. I used to hide it but I can't anymore.

Staff at the hospital think the high pollen count will have something to do with this ( I agree - to a point) - my concern is that the covid I had in January has affected me, or in particular, my lungs.

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Walking through the park to my son's to collect my car.

The amount of rubbish and dogshit is appalling.

Worse were these buggers allowing their dogs into a children's playground with 'No Dogs Allowed' signs all the way round.  Woman letting her dog shit there too.

There are acres and acres of fields for the dogs and they let them crap in a playground.

 

 

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A bit hard to see, they are lurking near the trees at the back.

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14 hours ago, myglaren said:

Walking through the park to my son's to collect my car.

The amount of rubbish and dogshit is appalling.

Worse were these buggers allowing their dogs into a children's playground with 'No Dogs Allowed' signs all the way round.  Woman letting her dog shit there too.

There are acres and acres of fields for the dogs and they let them crap in a playground.

 

 

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A bit hard to see, they are lurking near the trees at the back.

Even worse is the abuse you get for pointing out their dog is shitting in the middle of a football pitch.

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That kind of thing with some dog walkers does my nut. I was walking the dog round the park near my work the other day, keeping an eye on the dog whilst on the phone to my mrs and so not paying complete attention to my own footsteps when I trod in a massive pile of dog eggs. Someone had let their dog shit on the centre of the fucking path and then hadn't bothered to pick it up. I won't even believe that they were caught without a poo bag, as the park is lined with trees where this path is, and there's an abundance of sticks that could have been used to flick the logs into the undergrowth if you were caught out. I know it's not everyone, but it gives us all a bad reputation which is bollocks.

Imo it's definitely inconsiderate to walk your dog over sports pitches. I think there's just a lot of people who do not think about how their actions impact others sadly, you see it in almost every aspect of life.

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M6 blocked , waiting to go north .

Thankfully we can choose to go or abort the trip , looking at the red lines on Google maps there must be lot of hot and bothered people stuck in the resultant jam ..

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9 minutes ago, timolloyd said:

I’m sure there’s an overlap between unfit dog owners who walk the minimum distance from their front door, and where dog crap is found.

That can be seen in/ near car parks ....

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3 hours ago, Bren said:

Took my eldest to college today. Saw two cars fall victim to the heat. A lot of poorly maintained cars will give up today.

I went out at lunchtime and there was a 2CV stopped on the roundabout outside the office with its bonnet up.  Assume fuel vaporisation or similar as it's unlikely to have boiled up its radiator or blown its head gasket.  He got it going again anyway.

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On 11/06/2022 at 20:17, vulgalour said:

@jamescarruthers The 3m stuff sounds like the Everbond contact adhesive I used which is rubber based and supposed to bond to rubber and fabric.  It did bond, but not very well and as soon as any tension was put on the panel it just peeled off.  Disappointing stuff really.

@Three Speed my seat base is made different, if it were like the traction's seat base I could definitely use your method.  On mine, there's hooks that go into a rod that runs down the outer edge on the diaphragm on two sides.  The hooks then push into holes in the frame.  You can't run anything front-to-back without slicing holes in the seat cover, which I obviously don't want to do, because of how the seat cover is held to the frame.

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In theory, I could replace the whole diaphragm with some webbing that runs side-to-side, I'd just lose the give of the rubber webbing which helps make the seat soft and works as the springs.  Cableties are probably going to just slice through the foam base since there's no real structure in the seat base, the support is entirely dependant on the diaphragm.  I've made mine the same way as the original except that I don't know how BL bonded the rubber webbing and hessian together, that's the bit that's tripping me up.  I suspect they bonded fabric and rubber together in one go when the diaphragms were made.

can you adapt one of the less good maestro seats to work?

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33 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

I went out at lunchtime and there was a 2CV stopped on the roundabout outside the office with its bonnet up.  Assume fuel vaporisation or similar as it's unlikely to have boiled up its radiator or blown its head gasket.  He got it going again anyway.

Probably swapped an overheated coil.  Fuel vaporisation is still a possibility though, as I discovered on several occasions in France last month...

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