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General Discussion Area / Re: White Goods Thread!!
« on: Yesterday at 12:34:08 »

RCD's trip because of a circuit leak to earth, not because the plug is getting hot or the appliance is drawing too much current/power.

The RCD basically measures the current in the live (brown) and neutral (blue) wires. These must be equal at all times. If they aren't equal then some electricity is escaping from the wires, which means there is a leak to somewhere else. This leak only needs to be a few milli-amps to trip the RCD (typically 30mA). The fuse won't blow till/unless the leak exceeds the fuse rating - probably 3A or 5A.

If replacing the plug allows you to reset the RCD, then the plug or wire is the likely cause of the fault. Give the FF a good shake, and rattle the motor/compressor. If the RCD trips again then I'd replace the FF - you risk getting an electric shock if you don't.

It has 2 x 13amp fuses, one in the plug which plugs into a blank socket and the other at the fused switch it's connected to.  Neither had blown.  :-\

The fuses are there to limit the amount of power that the unit can consume in the event of a fault. I doubt a FF should have a 13A plug - Things like kettles and toasters yes - they consume a LOT of power. 13A = 3KW continuous. I'd expect a FF to be either 3A or 5A, so suspect that the plug fuse has already been replaced once. Why?



My FF also has a 13amp fuse fitted and hasn't been replaced. FF do only take a small amount of current when the motor is running. Its the start up current of the motor that will be high, hence a 13amp fuse  :y

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 all forms of diabetes are hereditary
and not purely lifestyle.


Are you sure about that? I have type 2 diabetes. Neither my brother or my parents has/had diabetes...…...

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General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 26 September 2018, 13:10:48 »
If in the market, I could be tempted by this:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201809220753225

I had the 140 spec engine in the CC, that was quite a performer mid range. 170 would be even better, VCDS is excellent as well so no issues troubleshooting

Honestly, I'd go for the newer generation - everything is a great deal better and (subjective, of course) I think they look a lot better, too. Only downside being that the 190 has a tank of pee you have to fill every 7,000 miles (the 150 doesn't).

What's the cost of that?

I suspect by the time the 3.2 has rusted out, the newer generation will have come down in price nicely.  :)

I think I've filled it three times in 30k, for a total cost of about £60 - and that's buying it from the garage forecourt.

I noticed the other day when I was in Hellfrauds (buying sidelight bulbs) Adblue was £11 for 10L  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia towing mpg is rubbish
« on: 18 September 2018, 13:33:26 »
Sounds like a lot of hassle. I'll stick to my "bag'o'canvas". :y

Plus you would have to run air lines to the trailer for the air brakes  ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Insurance renewal
« on: 01 September 2018, 11:56:06 »
Try A plan for a quote


I used A Plan.... £1650 for the Mondeo.....but that is PH insurance FC  ::)
I could have got it £100 cheaper, but the £1650 company provide a plated car to use if I have a prang, which the cheaper comp didnt  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service
« on: 24 August 2018, 11:22:17 »
You've inspired me Tunnie.  ::)

Just ordered all oils and filters for the BMW from ECP. Will collect later.  :y

Another job for the weekend.  ::)

£64.32. Triple QX oil  and Crosland filters.  :y


Ive always thought changing the oil and filter is a pain in the arris ….

I dont have a driveway, so car is parked on a slope in the road

It can be a messy job

Then you have to get rid of the old stuff, so a trip to the tip.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gas bbq
« on: 23 August 2018, 22:31:11 »
Gas is cheating.  :P

Its convenient tho  :P

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General Discussion Area / Gas bbq
« on: 23 August 2018, 15:45:50 »
My old gas bbq was knackered , leaving it out over winter didn't help  ::)

So ive just been and bought one of these.....

https://www.therange.co.uk/leisure/camping/cooking-and-picnicware/bbq-chef-bunbury-easy-fold-gas-grill#615515

Seems ideal, portable, so ok for taking camping etc.  :y

Its running off a 13Kg gas bottle at the moment, which the old bbq was connected to. But when that runs out i'll get a smaller portable gas bottle for it  :)

So if anyone is looking at gas BBQ's , it would be considering one of these  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service
« on: 23 August 2018, 12:24:42 »
So ECP for filters (Fuel,Oil,Air,Pollen) all 'decent' MANN brand, it's £47 delivered.

ECP also doing buy one get one free on oil. Suspect go ECP just because of how easy it is.

Just need to have a brave pill to actually work on a car worth something.  :D ;D


I bought these a short while ago.....not bad at about a £5 a go  :y

£8.99 for Pollen, £13.99 for Air Filter for me, with 'discount' code

I got 50% off, which it appears their still doing.....

Oh and BTW good luck with the pollen filter if you have to take the glovebox out....not difficult, but time consuming …..took me about an hour ….

I cannot find any videos on it for the Zafira-C  :(

4 screws on the B apparently, fairly straight forward it appears. Hope C is similar
.

And yes 50% off, can't grumble at sub £50 for all the filters.


Mine had 4 screws at the front, 2 top, 2 bottom on the front lip, then two bolts underneath it  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service
« on: 23 August 2018, 11:38:44 »
So ECP for filters (Fuel,Oil,Air,Pollen) all 'decent' MANN brand, it's £47 delivered.

ECP also doing buy one get one free on oil. Suspect go ECP just because of how easy it is.

Just need to have a brave pill to actually work on a car worth something.  :D ;D


I bought these a short while ago.....not bad at about a £5 a go  :y

£8.99 for Pollen, £13.99 for Air Filter for me, with 'discount' code

I got 50% off, which it appears their still doing.....

Oh and BTW good luck with the pollen filter if you have to take the glovebox out....not difficult, but time consuming …..took me about an hour ….

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service
« on: 23 August 2018, 11:32:46 »
So ECP for filters (Fuel,Oil,Air,Pollen) all 'decent' MANN brand, it's £47 delivered.

ECP also doing buy one get one free on oil. Suspect go ECP just because of how easy it is.

Just need to have a brave pill to actually work on a car worth something.  :D ;D


I bought these a short while ago.....not bad at about a £5 a go  :y


Was going to change the fuel filter on mine also. On the 1.6 engine its in the engine bay and easily got to, but on my 2.0 its hidden underneath and only really doable if you have a lift....so decided that's a garage job...……...

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General Car Chat / Re: Faulty Tyre?
« on: 23 August 2018, 06:24:37 »
Do you bump the car up and down kerbs? Ive know this to cause problems on the inside edge of tyres  ;)

Similarly if you keep hitting potholes, I suppose this would have the same effect  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Went to RIAT today
« on: 15 July 2018, 16:47:55 »
Went on the shuttle bus.....

Was too hot for me....walked up the stalls both sides....prob about a 4 mile walk!

I got burnt on all the exposed bits, arms mainly as I wore a tshirt…..

Just got home....knackered!

Im sure some else who went, would have taken pics they can post on this thread....

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General Discussion Area / Re: Had a call from EDF yesterday
« on: 14 July 2018, 15:28:17 »
I have a vague memory of some rule that they cant make you pay after a certain time has passed, as long as you haven't been responsible for not paying bills sent to you.
My daughter had a situation where she signed up for dual fuel direct debit but they only took money out of her account for gas. After a couple of years they realised they had cocked up, so sent her a huge bill with a letter threatening legal action, and then a few days later cut off her electricity, without warning.
It was Christmas eve when this happened and she was in bed suffering with a severe asthma attack.
Once recovered she got her very sharp teeth into them, and was informed that legally she didn't have to pay for the electricity they billed her for, but they compensated her for the treatment she received.

Quite correct  :y Its 12 months . When I changed to my energy supplier, they failed to collect the DD for over 12 months. They sent me a big bill. After doing some research on the OFGEM website, I found this out. I threatened to submit the case to OFGEM for them to decide, all of a sudden, I got another bill, with the 12+ months taken off   ;)

I was only paying £39/month for my gas and leccy, but last month they put it up to £43/month  :o

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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 09 July 2018, 16:43:55 »
Was planning to head to 7th floor of our new carpark for this and try to get some snaps, as we are parallel to the Heathrow flight path. (Osterley) But someone scheduled a meeting for this time  >:(

Normally I'd chance it, but it's a my project board one.  :(


I assume you use an online planner (outlook or whatever) , you were a bit slow on marking the time in your planner as busy  ::) ;D

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