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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 November 2018, 19:01:02 »
Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.


You ought to spend 20 on a drop tester....
Worth checking if there's any significant current draw when parked up too. Last time this happened to me the heated rear windscreen relay contacts had welded themselves closed.
Settles down to a smidge under 0.2 MPs doors locked/alarm set/display off.

Unlock it and it spikes before settling at 0.35 with the interior lights (all led) on.

Ignition on, doors closed and it's around 1.15.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 16 November 2018, 17:35:43 »
If thickos and thickies work as a team they could produce millions of 'double thick' offspring.

Are we talking about cream, now? Because I prefer clotted, myself. I hope Brexit won't ruin trade relations with Cornwall...
All the talk of independence has gone quiet recently...  :D

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Bigger hammer ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 16 November 2018, 16:41:22 »
Here's the thing though...

Article 50 only sets out the leaving process. What happens afterwards and any terms etc cannot be begun until the A50 bit is done. This is why there has to be the transition phase to thrash out any long term items such as trade/customs etc deals/details.

The backstop is what will happen if the transition period fails to reach agreement to all the details. This is why it is so vague. Until March 29th and the end of A50, none of these details can be formally addressed.

The second, smaller document submitted yesterday is a prelude to the final arrangements which will form the basis of post transition... ie our ultimate place as a separate entity to the EU.

A hard/no deal Brexit is the most simplistic of alternatives with everything set by WTO rules and hard borders. This could yet happen at one of two points...

1. On March 29th if the EU fails to unanimously sign off on yesterday's submission; or...

2. At the end of the transition period if there's no progress with the details outlined within yesterday's submission and, significantly, both UK and EU agree that it would be better than invoking the Backstop.

Brexit could never realistically be a simple line in the sand. It is, in fact, a long drawn out process that we are about a third of the way through...

Whilst it's not a great foundation for a long-term deal, yesterday's submission is about as good as it gets as far as getting the A50 process signed off :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 November 2018, 15:45:11 »
Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Damp Under Bath
« on: 16 November 2018, 14:10:42 »
Well, you can buy it in 6 metre lengths... a couple should do most of the wall in question :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Damp Under Bath
« on: 16 November 2018, 13:56:05 »
per SQ meter this clicky will cover up major damp and problems ,easy to fit,never needs decorating  ;D
great for bathroom ceilings etc  :y
Looks a bit odd in the kitchen though... ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Damp Under Bath
« on: 16 November 2018, 13:14:06 »
Per square metre...

This... is much better value than polyfilla especially for hiding everything correcting larger/more difficult areas :D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 November 2018, 13:10:19 »
Broken it...

Went to got out, remote didn't unlock it, so unlocked with the key... promptly setting the alarm off as I opened the door. Key in the ignition and nada. Battery voltage a whole 7.8 volts ::)

Battery currently on charge, but car has only been sat since Wednesday lunchtime, so suspect battery is toast... Will run KW's excellent test guide to rule out alternator ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Damp Under Bath
« on: 16 November 2018, 10:50:45 »
No damp proof course beneath the floor :-\

Best bet may well be to gut the extension and tank it or rebuild  :'(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 16 November 2018, 10:47:22 »
(war, Brexit etc)  :-\

I know Brexit is going badly*, but I think war is a bit of a stretch.. ;D

*at least, according to all the wailing and gnashing of teeth I see on the Internet, here included. I mean, I even saw (elsewhere, not here) someone repeating that they "couldn't see how the ladybits who voted leave could sleep at night" ffs. We've gone right back to the vitriol and hatred of two years ago..


Actually, maybe a good war is what we need.. thin the herd a little.
All I meant was that the 1922 Committee could turn around and say that the no confidence motion is duly noted but not currently appropriate or in the country's best interest ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 16 November 2018, 09:33:11 »
Reuters are reporting that the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers has had the required 48 letters of no confidence in Theresa May to trigger a leadership challenge.
Presumably the chairman has the power to not invoke a leadership challenge if it would be detrimental to stable government in light of current circumstances, ie times of constitutional significance (war, Brexit etc)  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 16 November 2018, 08:59:22 »
Boudoir

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: 16 November 2018, 08:58:46 »
Depends... Whilst MoT length, followed by condition and price/budget are always the first priorities for most car purchases (especially cheap/immediate transport), understanding the differences between two given models can focus your search, especially if things like engine/gearbox (a 1.8 Vectra C is no use to anyone with an auto only license as they never made one) and cruise control or a sunroof are important features on the wish list... As Terry looks like running a fleet of Astra Hs, he might find it useful  ;)

The brochure will also tell you if items such as cruise are available options, and therefore if it's possible to retro fit it, which can influence potential purchase choices :y

Also, speaking personally, I find the brochures of cars that I am considering/or own and like to be an interesting addition to the car itself... Whether it's a late registered Omega or a 400 167k mile A Class. No I don't have any bumpf for the Focus :D

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: 15 November 2018, 21:19:10 »
I think Life is the base model (wheel trims etc) and SXi is usually the one that looks sporty but isn't (Alloys, boot spoiler, sport style seats) but otherwise standard.
Sri is the sporty one...
Which it also isn't LOL

Usually VX's SRI models have stiffer shocks, bit more Ali trim, bigger alloys, barryboys exhaust trim and if your very lucky a closer ratio gearbox (Vectra B).  ::)
The larger engine sports hatch in Sri spec had all of the above, and with the styling pack and 18" alloys looked and went with purpose.

Parkers is ok at a glance but shit on detail, especially for older cars... retail brochure leaves no ambiguity with regards to specs and options... and at 3.50, it's hardly bank breaking ;D

The retail brochure and pricelist should be part of any pre purchase research, especially if you're looking at a specific model range ;)

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