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General Discussion Area / What did you do at work today?
« on: Yesterday at 17:06:23 »
Check out @DaveRamsey’s Tweet:

Couldn't imagine any company that I have worked for doing anything like this... :o

Best Christmas work surprise that I have seen was a signed card from the CEO containing a £25 M+S voucher, a six pack of beer and an early shoot ::)

General Discussion Area / Saturday musings...
« on: 08 December 2018, 11:06:02 »
I was going to start with:

'Opinions and arseholes; is it OK to have both? What if you're that person?' :D

Instead I choose this:

Anyone been to see 'A Star is born'? Who else shed a tear at the dog lying down outside the garage door waiting for Jackson Maine to come back out? Is this normal? 🤔

General Discussion Area / Ooh la la...
« on: 02 December 2018, 17:15:53 »
The French are revolting.


General Discussion Area / Brexit Deal acceptance.
« on: 26 November 2018, 17:17:52 »
This poll asks what I believe to ultimately be the question facing the House of Commons.

We are leaving the EU in March regardless of whether Parliament is ready or not. Leaving or Remaining is, at this point, irrelevant.

I have set the poll to end at the proposed day of the House of Commons vote on the matter, and the results will become known at that point.

I was originally planning to only give two options, but have added a third to allow for the Backstop being amended, should this happen.

I have asked if possible that the thread be locked to posting in order to keep the discussion on the matter to the current thread on the subject.

General Discussion Area / A few words for reflection...
« on: 22 November 2018, 06:20:16 »
(Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.)

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

(Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State.)

Happy Thanksgiving ;)

General Car Chat / If Tilbo gets bored...
« on: 14 November 2018, 15:36:28 »
With his measely E430, this might scratch an itch... 8)

General Discussion Area / Techy Q
« on: 14 November 2018, 13:48:57 »
Why would a mobile number ring through to a recorded message stating that I have been connected to a test number for a media server gateway?

Confuddled of Mordor ???

General Discussion Area / Bathroom Q
« on: 08 November 2018, 08:31:02 »
OK, about 7 years ago, we re did our bathroom, replacing all the fittings and tiles.

The bath created a slight issue as we swapped a traditional cast iron tub for an L shaped one with side mounted mixer and a separate in wall shower at the wide end. The plumbing at the side and the quality '60s wall line meant that the bath doesn't sit square to the wall. The three wall sides are all sat on battens, but the gap along the side was uneven and filled with silicone sealant. Over time, this has shrunk, sagged, leaked and generally gone manky.

I have cleaned it all out and have fitted a 40mm wide oak strip around the edge of the bath to effectively cover the gap. this was trimmed to shape both for the taps and an uneven tile and has been completely coated with West System epoxy to ensure complete waterproofing.

The question is this, I have stuck it in place with Gorilla Grab adhesive and without thinking, I used the excess to fair the edges to ensure that the trim was fully sealed in place. Is this stuff waterproof?

Neither the tube or their website make any mention beyond being suitable for interior and exterior and that it can be applied underwater :-\ It is flexible and suitable for gaps which suggests that it doesn't shrink and it is over paintable... so worst case I will use either a bathroom or exterior marine gloss to coat it...

50/48 Nuff said :-X

Omega General Help / 3.2 issue.
« on: 29 September 2018, 11:48:51 »
The car: 3.2 manual estate. Been parked up for 3 years. Fresh fuel added then driven 77 miles. Was fine initially, albeit with lifter noise, but by end of journey car cutting out and missing, eventually stalling. Won't rev past 4k.

Codes 0340 and 0300.

Car has since been sat a week.

Coil packs off and plugs out. 135 pack as new, plugs fouled and stink of fuel. 246 pack shot and plugs fouled no smell of fuel.

Plugs cleaned and refitted along with v good 246 replacement pack. Known good cam sensor also fitted.

Can of lifter treatment added.

Car then started and allowed to idle. Still very tappety but improving slightly as it warmed up. All the lifter noise is from the rearmost two tappets on 5 (1 exhaust and 1 inlet) I suspect that with a couple of oil changes and some more treatment these will eventually settle down.

As the car warmed up it started to mis. Revs applied and whilst it revs OK, still no more than 4k. Lift off and it splutters. Unplugging MAF made no difference. Repeat and it stalls. Codes 0340 and 0300.

135 flooding. Pull fuse 18 and it starts fine but idles rough when warm. Start WOT and again starts fine and revs as soon as running.

Current thinking is that the crank sensor is starting to breakdown causing an intermittent failure which shuts the engine down mid flow.  :-\

The original Jurassic Park was on earlier...

Which prompted this...

Subsequently everything has an Alan theme...  :D

General Discussion Area / For the geeks...
« on: 15 August 2018, 07:08:38 »
Saw this for the first time yesterday... 8)

General Car Chat / Car had a mock MoT today...
« on: 09 August 2018, 10:58:03 »
The verdict:

Front top mounts are shot, rear springs heavily corroded.

Remainder of suspension generally tired.

Exhaust back box on last legs.

Some general underbody corrosion, otherwise the rest is perfectly serviceable.

A quick tot up suggests about £530 in bits to sort the shit list.

Actual MoT not due until November so plenty of time to get done (and for other things to crop up...).

Garage have suggested that I book it in on the day it's due rather than early, ie next week, on the basis that if it fails it will become immediately unusable, no 'pretend it hasn't been tested and using the car until previous test expires' as before.

I am thinking do the immediate bits then get it tested so that I know I have another year or more from it rather than chance it. Equally I could just drive it until November and save and plan to replace it then...

Decisions, decisions...

General Discussion Area / Meanwhile, on a lighter note...
« on: 03 August 2018, 19:23:55 »

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