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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Latest news
« on: Yesterday at 08:53:20 »
Interesting, what makes you say that about the air gap? Iím not saying youíre wrong, just not sure on why itís needed.  :-\

To be fair, a header tank (positioned 1/3 of the way up the main tank or thereabouts) plus a one-way valve is all thatís needed, so no biggy.

I believe the WRAS regs require an air gap between the supply network and any non-potable water system to prevent any possibility of back-flow into the public supply network.

General Discussion Area / Re: Latest news
« on: 24 May 2018, 18:38:17 »
My thought was 2-3 IBC tanks (food grade) in the garage (if double or outside if not) kept in the dark and insulated with celotex. This should keep the water at circa 10-12 degrees to avoid legionella. install a ballcock low down to topup in case of low rainfall (chance would be a fine thing!!). Pump to a header tank to run the toilets in the house, outside taps, washing machine etc. Basically any non-potable water.

Filter via several mesh grids and settlement, then add a UV purifier if we wanted to cover potable water. As I say, I think payback would be around 3yrs, but as we haven't been on a water meter for about 5yrs this is based on "typical usage" for 2 people. Once we move and are back on a water meter, I'll make a more informed decision.

You would need an air break between the supply and harvested water so I don't think the ballcock down low would be a good idea. Otherwise, should work. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Anybody used one of these?
« on: 24 May 2018, 18:31:25 »
Oh to be retired.

My engine bay looks a proper mess. How the hell does dirt make it all the way up there. I know I live in a dusty area, but bloody hell :o

If you'd got a decent car, like a Merc you'd find it didn't get very dirty to start with :D

Purely coincidental, no doubt. ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Non Starter
« on: 24 May 2018, 10:32:04 »
If it's not even turning over then it'll be something more basic than the immobiliser and I don't think diagnostics will tell you anything, unfortunately.

The signal that engages the starter passes through the ignition switch, then the automatic gearbox selector switch and into the starter solenoid so it'll be one of these that's causing the problem.

If you can get underneath attach a longish wire to the solenoid terminal on the starter motor using a croc clip or similar (the smaller of the terminals - should have a black and red wire connected to it) you can check if this gets 12V when you turn the key to position 3. If it doesn't you have a problem with the ignition switch or gearbox selector. If you see 12V here, the starter or solenoid is the issue.

If you triple check that the gearbox is in N or P you can carefully tap this wire to the battery positive terminal and see if the engine turns over to verify that the starter is OK but beware that the solenoid will draw a few tens of amps so it needs to be a reasonably stout piece of wire.

General Discussion Area / Re: might be of interest
« on: 24 May 2018, 10:19:18 »
Yes I agree, reduction gear loses and 27l of 12 cylinder friction is not insignificant, but the inverse is that you want the powered propeller to move as much air as efficiently as possible.

I guess it's a fairly basic constant speed prop (in fact, you can hear it respond each time the engine picks up where the RPM rises above the set power then the engine gets loaded up by the prop and it drops), so it would have reacted to falling RPM by reducing the pitch - exactly what you don't want to reduce the drag!

General Discussion Area / Re: Latest news
« on: 24 May 2018, 10:08:43 »
Oh, yes, it fell on your land, ran down your roof into your gutter and thence to your tank. You didn't think that made it YOUR water, did you? ;D

I think if you make it big enough to not do it under the radar of building control any more, then you might as well not bother.

General Discussion Area / Re: How to save the NHS..
« on: 24 May 2018, 10:05:44 »
The NHS can swallow everything we can throw at it and it'll still want more.

Can't see the Tory turkeys voting for Christmas, though. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Latest news
« on: 24 May 2018, 10:00:32 »
.. and I have been thinking about collection too. I have a water butt in the garage loft and a heath robinson arrangement to pump water up there from the gutters when it rains. It's amazing how little rain you need to fill a 200 litre butt.

I use it mainly for washing the cars as the mains water is quite hard here. It wouldn't take much to feed at least one of the loos in the house from this.

The problem is that you need MUCH more storage to make any significant inroads into your consumption. A colleague of mine did a self-build and fitted a massive tank buried under the garden along with filters and UV treatment.

General Discussion Area / Re: Latest news
« on: 24 May 2018, 09:53:42 »
I pass at least 2 leaks on my way to work at the moment. Both are pi$$ing out probably the equivalent of an open 22mm pipe, 24/7. Been there since the last cold snap.

Those are just the visible ones.

All of our essential services are suffering from the same thing. Gifting an expensive item of national infrastructure to private business and watching it decay while they reap in the profits, blame the consumer for their own shortcomings, and court government handouts to fund the meagre level of investment they do make.

General Discussion Area / Re: Pay to Play
« on: 24 May 2018, 09:45:05 »
If I was having tea with Mr. Mueller, I'd be very careful not to pick up his cup by mistake at this point. ;D

.. but I think TG has it sussed. A few will be seen to fall on their swords so "something has been done" then business as usual. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Removing a seized circlip
« on: 24 May 2018, 09:39:53 »
But have you lost an eye yet? ;)

I got the (much smaller) circlips moving by levering one end out and then using a screwdriver to 'walk' the rest of it out far enough that it could come flying out like some kind of tiny un-guided missile.. (and then we had to weld bolts on to the bearings to get those out ;D)

So they didn't build the suspension to fall apart! Shame about the bodywork, really. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: might be of interest
« on: 23 May 2018, 18:04:14 »
Whilst, as a glider pilot, launch failures and running out of height followed often by a field landing (and sometimes not a survivable one for the aircraft) are something we train for, I hadn't considered the prospect of an engine that's playing up but not 100% failed and the mental tricks that clearly plays on you. Generally, once the rope has broken, it isn't going to knot itself together again! ;D

I can see how that scenario can well entice you into leaving the relative safety of a good field you've selected with plenty of time into "get-home-itis", and then stab you in the back. I'm not sure if he had already selected that field as a possibility were he not able to make the airfield, and whether he'd have ventured back to the airfield if it was surrounded by forest, but it looked to me like he chose it pretty late, only just made it across the boundary to the field and, had he been at Blackbush, he might have been in the same place Charles Church found himself.

On the other hand, ditching a historic aircraft when there's maybe even the slightest prospect of saving it given enough power would have played on the mind too.

The fact that a 27 litre V12 carried on windmilling on the prop was an eye opener to me. That in itself was losing him a lot of energy!

I guess nobody walks away from a situation like that thinking they did everything right. The important thing is walking away at all - that you didn't do anything catastrophically wrong.

General Car Chat / Re: Removing a seized circlip
« on: 23 May 2018, 17:06:57 »
Soak it over night. Appreciate it's not a quick solution, but be less stressful than breaking it :y

What, the car? In the sea? Following a departure from the top of beachy head?  :y

Actually, I was thinking that breaking it might be a good option, as long as you can get more circlips, but a bit of plus gas might be worth a try.

Omega General Help / Re: Non Starter
« on: 23 May 2018, 15:45:42 »
If it's not even turning over I would suspect the ignition switch or the gear selector interlock. Try holding the key in the start position while wiggling the gear selector - or try starting it in N instead of P.

Could be the starter motor, but they are normally reliable.

Check also the crimping of the large cables into the battery terminals. These often work loose and cause a bad connection.

I take it the warning lights on the dash illuminate. Do they dim when you try to start it?

General Discussion Area / Re: The BIG question . . .
« on: 23 May 2018, 15:13:05 »
When I was a student living in halls of residence, a mates Mum visited and left a food parcel.  :y

In amongst all the goodies was a Fray Bentos pie, but we didn't have an oven.  :-\  Returning from the bar late one night with the munchies, we chopped it up and fried it!  ;D

My mum used to give me food parcels with all her old out of date stuff in. ::)

Returning from the bar late one night (you know how it is!) we decided to cook a packet of "rock cakes".

No need for trading standards there! They were like concrete and nobody fancied risking their teeth on them, so I chucked them out in the garden for the birds. They were still there about 6 months later. ;D

The packet had a best before date of 1984. I cooked them in 1990/91. ;D

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