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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: Yesterday at 21:06:48 »
...... so now a year before we move to the US and have to replace most of our electrical devices.

Are you having a sale at Chez Guff of all your useless (in the US) white goods and power tools etc?  ???

One day I shall be, yes.

When my mate moved to the States a few years ago, he was determined to take his fancy coffee machine.  He ended up getting a transformer that was bigger than the coffee machine itself and hummed menacingly in the background while you were making a cuppa!  ;D

There are some devices which are dual voltage and would work with a simple change of plug but then there is the CBA factor of getting out there combined with the cost.  No to mention the opportunity to get nice brand new shiny stuff :D

We have a small step down transformer for those items we have from America but which are 110 volts only.  It's small but blimey it's heavy.  If anyone ever breaks in to the house while I am there it will be my go to weapon.  A clout on the noggin from that and you'd be out for a week.

Shouldn't worry about that,quick trip to Walmart will sort the artillery ::)

Nah, I'll be going to cabellas or bass pro.

I was talking about here in the UK where I am always worried how the police will react when they pull me over and find half a dozen speargun in the boot.

The last one I had a tangle with tried to insist that my wife's perfectly legal and in date German driving license was not valid in the UK because she had been here more than a year.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Another Darwin from America....
« on: Yesterday at 11:12:56 »
I'd counter the 'only in America' bit with the British couple who thought it would be a good idea to use a loaded pistol on her lady bits.

Unfortunately they weren't eligible for the Darwin award.

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: Yesterday at 11:08:14 »
...... so now a year before we move to the US and have to replace most of our electrical devices.

Are you having a sale at Chez Guff of all your useless (in the US) white goods and power tools etc?  ???

One day I shall be, yes.

When my mate moved to the States a few years ago, he was determined to take his fancy coffee machine.  He ended up getting a transformer that was bigger than the coffee machine itself and hummed menacingly in the background while you were making a cuppa!  ;D

There are some devices which are dual voltage and would work with a simple change of plug but then there is the CBA factor of getting out there combined with the cost.  No to mention the opportunity to get nice brand new shiny stuff :D

We have a small step down transformer for those items we have from America but which are 110 volts only.  It's small but blimey it's heavy.  If anyone ever breaks in to the house while I am there it will be my go to weapon.  A clout on the noggin from that and you'd be out for a week.

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: Yesterday at 10:02:22 »
So far so good. 45 minutes without issue whereas before 10 minutes would trigger a blackout.

I wonder how many otherwise fine electrical items get chucked out for the sake of someone actually doing a proper job in the first place?

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: Yesterday at 09:21:18 »
Yup, the connection to the largest one on the power supply was very suspect.  I have cleaned it up and testing it now.  I think the capacitor itself is fubar but testing right now.

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: Yesterday at 08:27:14 »
...... so now a year before we move to the US and have to replace most of our electrical devices.

Are you having a sale at Chez Guff of all your useless (in the US) white goods and power tools etc?  ???

One day I shall be, yes.

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: 22 June 2018, 21:22:52 »
Well the back is off ND yes there was a lot of dust on the vents but nothing has that telltale burnt smell so I don't think that is it.

There is a large capacitor on which the soldering looks very poorly done and the glue which holds it to the board has dried and come loose so it has been held by the solder joints since god knows when.

I'm going to let the capacitor completely discharge overnight, clean it up, wet the joints and re glue it. See if that does the job.

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: 22 June 2018, 20:12:20 »
Good point. I'll be stripping the back off shortly to have a look so if there is dust I'll clear it.

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General Discussion Area / TV electrical woes
« on: 22 June 2018, 19:28:47 »
Looks like it's my turn for some electrical shenanigans.  SEG TV bought in Germany 11 years ago, was when full HD was pretty new so I spent quite a bit on it even tax free.  I always bemoaned how I shouldn't have bought german because the bloody thing will last forever so now a year before we move to the US and have to replace most of our electrical devices it decides to go 'arris over apex.

Basically it stays on standby just fine, you can then turn it on and it works perfectly for about 10 minutes at which point it will flicker and die before returning to standby.  Ad nauseum.  The time it stays on is more or less the same every time so I am thinking capacitors rather than a dry solder joint.  As I on the right track?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gone quiet !
« on: 22 June 2018, 19:20:31 »
Just be thankful!

Ron.

It's not often we agree fully.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Heathrow's 3rd runway
« on: 22 June 2018, 08:22:49 »
There should be 2, 1 at Heathrow and another at Gatwick.  By the time this 3rd runway is built we will be out of capacity again because we are already behind the curve.

Plus you have to factor in resilience for incidents like when the NATS phone system went down and it closed Heathrow.  If all your eggs are in one basket.......

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General Discussion Area / Re: Someone hates me!
« on: 19 June 2018, 12:53:49 »
You could always cycle to the shops.  Cargo trailers to carry your shopping are not expensive at all ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: I suppose that was inevitable
« on: 09 June 2018, 18:30:10 »
Absolute 80,s radio ! Dear oh dear.  ::) :D
I refer the (dis)honourable gentleman to the time, when Radio 2 has that ego driven, annoying, trailer trash presenter on.  Mr Evans, Mr Bruce, Mr Wright, Mr Mayo/Ms Whiley I can handle. But not Old woman Mrs Whine...

My Merc only has Radio 4 8)

Real gents only listen to Radio 4 in the car.

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General Car Chat / Re: I suppose that was inevitable
« on: 08 June 2018, 18:03:11 »
Hang on this doesn't make sense.  He can't be braking while drawing the number 11 everywhere...

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General Discussion Area / Re: Photos in my phone.....
« on: 08 June 2018, 18:01:59 »
As Zirk said, you need to plug in the phone and find whatever your computer has installed at as in the COntrol Panel.  Then uninstall that driver, unplug the phone and install the correct drivers.  Then and only then plug it in again.

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