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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: White Goods Thread!!
« on: Today at 15:33:20 »

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

Yes, indeed. They do have quiet high inrush current at startup. Enough to blow a 5A fuse every time, IME, so 13A is normally an appropriate rating. :y

In the wet is when a RWD becomes worth it, lots of fun ::)

I prefer the BMW over the Skoda in the wet, too. Although I think the proper weapon might be a Subarahhh that might be a sore point still  :-X ;)

You cut deep.....


I'm surrounded by the things (Legacies) - there's one across the road, a mate has two (and another mate has an Impreza). All petrol H6's beside the Impreza (and one LPG), though!

I've always wondered what an LPG'd H6 would be like.

General Discussion Area / Re: White Goods Thread!!
« on: Today at 10:58:38 »
Sounds to me like some leakage to earth started in the plug and eventually got bad enough to start to heat it up and then eventually trip the RCD. Is it possible the plug got damp?

I agree that the fault sounds like it was limited to the plug and  the appliance is more than likely fine. If not, it'll blow the 13A fuse or start tripping the RCD again. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 22:47:03 »
Doncha just love the thread drifts on this forum. :y :y :y

This is almost as good as a White Goods thread!  ;D
I'm thinking of getting a new microwave, but it will probably be black.
Black ones are faster, as someone used to say... :y

General Discussion Area / Re: When I die....
« on: Yesterday at 20:08:37 »
I've booked this.

Love the proper old-school tyres.........tyres with air rather than running on the rim. :y

.. and that wedge at the front will take no prisoners, ref my previous post. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Mad cow disease....
« on: Yesterday at 20:07:02 »
Agreed.  Both selfishly for myself - can't beat a nice bit of cow - but also for the farming industry that has had a rough time, and has a load more shit to come  :'(

I can see the usual do-gooders and lentil munchers will see it as a reason to ban meat.

We have to ban meat anyway because climate change. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: When I die....
« on: Yesterday at 16:47:30 »
Simplz. Leave instructions for the hearse to be driven on or above the limit. last one to the wake buys everyone a drink.
Worked for my mate Johnty. RIP. :y

We do have a problem with far too many old unproductive people living far too long. It is not sustainable and a huge burden on the taxpayer.

With more of them being ploughed over by speeding hearses there'll be no problem. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: Yesterday at 16:44:09 »

It's really hard for doctors and nurses to do that, and builders, waiters, waitresses, etc.. I'd wager more people are employed in "non-desk" jobs than are employed in desk jobs.

That said, even with desk jobs there has been a recent trend of ending home working as companies like HP and BT suddenly realised they were paying for very large offices that were almost always empty people to sit around in their pyjamas posting on car forums.. so instead of ditching the office, they told everyone to get their arses in to the office..

He types. From his desk. At home.  ;D

FTFY. :y

Wife's 66 plate astra diesel is not (Euro 6) but my 14 plate (Euro 5) is.
Because is diesel  :D
They're both diesel  ::)
Not many fields to plough inside the ULEZ - no problem. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Mad cow disease....
« on: Yesterday at 13:33:13 »
Oh, not good news!  :(

Had a nice steak up there a few weeks back too. :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: Yesterday at 09:13:28 »
Nah, nothing rusts in Spain where they're made ::)
Ahh! Rust proofing is clearly the first job after siesta + sherry. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: 17 October 2018, 23:07:21 »
Allegedly. But I suppose only time will tell  ::)
I found out about that little gem about a week after using an '07 plate model to tow a glider to Aberdeen. :o

EDIT: Lovely tow car, BTW, with the rear attached, at any rate. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: 17 October 2018, 23:03:39 »
You might be on to something there.  I didn't realise the BIK rates for LCVs are so low.  Hmmm, Merc X class, anyone?  ::)

Id buy the Navara (exactly the same car) for several grand less personally. But the ideas sound.

Have they figured out how to stop them splitting in two yet? :-\

General Discussion Area / Re: Royal Observer core posts
« on: 17 October 2018, 13:38:26 »
It's because of the urbex sites that we keep quiet about which one we are restoring, we don't store anything there and we have a fair amount of security but there's plenty of idiots about.

An easy way to waste half your life visiting those, I find. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Pikeys
« on: 16 October 2018, 18:48:52 »
Sat nav error, can't trust them.😂
You jest, but the stupid handheld ones can easily get the wrong direction after stopping for any reason, eg traffic, and won't correct until its convinced of direction of movement.  During this time, it can give duff instructions.  They should be banned.
Because we all know just how good built in ones are ;D
They're great when you accidentally drive through a wormhole and end up back in 1978, because the maps are then perfectly up to date. ;D

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