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High densities can contribute up to 0.25oC to global warming and up to 1oC at the centre of large wind farm areas.

This is a good argument with the changes that are going to occur is the 2020s where it might very well be the case.

General Discussion Area / Unplanned waterfall in my house.
« on: 08 October 2018, 19:32:16 »
The central heating overflow tank has been overflowing and disturbing me at night in these high winds where the water can be blown onto the ensuite shower window and window sill. I ordered a new ball valve up last week and fitted it yesterday. As the house is 41 years old and this is the first time it has been replaced I thought it might be awkward to do, but it all went very smoothly. Turned the water back on checked to make sure there were no leaks from the tank joints or adjacent cold water tank, another job, jobbed. :y So I thought. :-[

During the night when I went to the toilet I stepped on a wet bit of carpet and found water running down the wall and on the inside of the builtin wardrobe door frame. Put a bucket underneath to catch the water, went up into the loft checked all the joints, that the expansion tank and main cold tank were dry and couldn't see any other leaks, with the raised boards the tanks are on being bone dry, so I left it until this morning.

Again checked everything and then went to the awkward to reach part where all the pipes go under the floor to the airing cupboard. I could then feel wet rockwool insulation, so pulled this away and could see water dripping from the main outlet pipe from the main cold water tank. Traced this along with my hand and couldn't find a leak but did notice some corrosion on a pipe resting on this pipe. Run my finger along the corrosion felt a lump of pipe fall away and saw a big jet of water. Rushed down starts turned the cold water off grabbed a bucket and a bailer, turn on the cloakroom washbasin taps and bathroom taps as I went upstairs rapidly, confirmed my bedroom now had an unplanned waterfall feature through the ceiling and got back into the attic with my bucket and bailer rapidly. Traced the leaking pipe back and found it was the central heating internal expansion overflow pipe. The expansion tank was still about half full, so I was able to bail about 2/3 of a bucket of water out of it.

Where the pipe is so awkward to get to I decided to cut it several inches below the leak and replace the section of pipe. On inspection the pipe has a double fatigue fracture in it with further metal corrosion problems around what was a 7x5mm hole. :o, This fracture could have let go at anytime, so it could have been much worse if that had happened during the night or when I wasn't at home.

I've used a soldered joint for joining the new top section to the existing pipe as I could do that in my garage and a compression joint for the other one as it saved me partially draining the central heating system and also because the joint is in the vicinity of the plastic cold water tank, plastic overflow pipe, and a couple of roof joists. Water back on, the pipe is dry as a bone, so just got to wait for the ceilings and carpets to dry and I will then replace, re-artex and repaint as necessary.

The corrosion on the pipe suggests it has been weeping slightly for sometime and me disturbing it, replacing the ball valve, making the leak worse. :(

How do we know? As one of the GRU Skripal hackers exposed by the Dutch has been traced via his passport and car registration with his work address and there are 305 cars on a public register with the same address. ;D ;D ;D

It is like the GRU agents that poisoned the Skripals the special passport numbers have been found to be a complete block of special passports that have exposed many GRU agents and their Western travels, blowing their cover. ;D ;D ;D

Russia might be the best at psyops and disinformation, but their other trade craft less so and their use of 'incrimination photographs' even worse with many traced to old events, different news stories, lifted from computer games or Micky Mouse standard Photoshopped images. :-[ :-[ :-[ ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / 259 people taking uncool selfies....
« on: 04 October 2018, 16:36:06 » they managed to kill themselves in the process. :o

General Car Chat / Advice on taking garden waste to the tip....
« on: 02 October 2018, 22:58:49 »
I think this, on TB cull list, dotard needs some. ::) ::) ::)

 ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / F35B
« on: 01 October 2018, 19:32:27 »
Last week was a mixed bag on progress with the first crash just after takeoff with the pilot thankfully ejecting safely, the first combat mission in Afghanistan & of course the most important for us Brits, the first landing & takeoff trials from HMS Queen Elizabeth. By far the best article I've read on this, so far, is in the link below. :y

General Discussion Area / Fancy Bear's new LoJax malware
« on: 27 September 2018, 19:40:39 »
Targets the UEFI chip. Not the first to do this as 5-eyes intelligence may have been using similar for sometime on very high value targets.

General Discussion Area / That was a tad hotter than expected...
« on: 13 September 2018, 23:57:33 »
I put 5 Carolina Reaper chillis in the prawn curry I made this evening not realising they are currently the hottest chilli currently available at 1,569,300 average on the Scoville scale. I don't normally suffer from ring burn but I think this might be an exception, tomorrow. ::) ::) ::)

General Discussion Area / Playing Russian Roulette again...
« on: 13 September 2018, 04:55:53 »
...with my eyes. :( :( :(

Each time when I get Uveitis in my eyes, I spin the barrel on a metaphorical revolver and pull the trigger where I have a 1 in 3 chance of a permanent lifelong bad partially-sighted to blind outcome. :( :( :(

Last time  it happened I lost 80% of the vision in my right eye and I have now got it as a result of a mild summer viral infection after 2 uveitis free years again in my good left eye. :( :( :(

The good: Each time I get this happening I understand the condition more and the symptoms, can visit the doctors quickly, they react quickly, and I will hopefully have a good outcome. This time I only have the infection in the front part of the uvea and I'm on an aggressive treatment plan of steroid drops every 4 hours (6 times a day) in my left eye for a week, before it will hopefully improve and they will start tapering the treatment. I then have to apply counter drops twice a day for the first  few days to counteract the raised pressure caused by the steroids (same as glaucoma raised eye pressure), which have the further side effect of pupil dilation with blurred vision for about 4 hours twice a day.

The bad: Apart from the obvious risk to my eyesight is that the NHS have no relapse guidelines for recurring symptoms, you are on your own here and last time the symptoms were there and I didn't realise until my eye had a slight dark shadow as it was destroying my optic nerve, hence the 80% sight loss. :( :( :( The problem is that the symptoms gradually come on and are not easily seen or diagnosed where in the early stages they are so subtle. This time: A slight white colour hue with computer black writing turning slightly grey, slight mottling when squinting at a white background, slight noise like a sightly poor analogue tv signal, slightly poorer focus where I've gone from borderline x2.50 to x3 reading glasses and the least subtle of all the symptoms that sometimes during the day bright sunlight or lights have an obvious white hue and white halo around a light source which got the alarm bells ringing this time as this was the most noticeable last time. I shall write to the consultant suggesting that they should provide patients with things to look out for follow up notes as this could potentially save other patients eyesight. :y :y :y

As the combination of problems I have are quite rare 2-5 per 100,000 per year there is very little understanding or research on it compared to other eye conditions and limited unapproved experimental or approved treatment. :( :( :(

...close to that at 4,600. ;D ;D ;D


Office junior May's imposition of Ollie Robbins #chequers #Brexit sellout has been firmly rejected by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier as unworkable and the only practical solution is what he and David Davis were well down the road on implementing as the only thing that works for both parties and that is a Canada plus free trade agreement. He is only interested in continuing the negotiations on this basis, even though May is trying to undermine him like she did David Davis, the Brexit department, Boris Johnston and the Foreign Office and Liam Fox, causing numerous reginations, by visiting, meeting and appealing directly with Merkel and Macron, which Macron has rejected this week. Even former BOE chief Lord King published an article yesterday on May's Brexit incompetence. :y :y :y

Office Junior May's charm offensive (an oxymoron) to the Tory party has really improved their acceptance of her Chequers deal where 23% who thought it was a good deal in July has now fallen to 16% and those that think is is bad has increased from 67 to 68%. ;D

Where Boris and Jacob have both called her out this week with Office Junior May still defending Chequers, it seems that nobody outside of her and Robbins see it as anything but a dead duck. I can't see how her position as PM is now tenable and I think unless she totally backs down after causing much damage to democracy, the Tories and the UK, there will be anything other than a leadership challenge in the next 6 weeks where she falls on her sword. :y :y :y

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