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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Switched ign supply
« on: 28 February 2014, 16:39:40 »
The cigar lighter socket in the console is ignition-switched; any good?
I'm interested in how you got the TrafficMaster button out.....

Ron.

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Fitting second battery...
« on: 28 February 2014, 09:05:02 »
Are you sure that you need such an enormous current feed to the boot battery? Granted you might need a heavy load from battery No. 2, but not to charge it, surely?
Ok, assuming that you really do, why not feed your alternator to each battery via a 200 Amp Schottky diode. "Schottky, because they have a low forward voltage drop of around 0.2 volt, "diode" because you want current to feed to each battery only and effectively have them isolated from each other - i.e. current cannot flow from either battery to the other. I wish I knew how to draw diagrams on here.....
The minimal voltage drop due to the diodes should not affect even today's clever regulators on the alternator and it is fully automatic - no need to remember to switch anything!

Ron.

P.S. Don't forget to use a grown-up cable to the boot battery if you really do need that heavy a current feed.

4713
General Discussion Area / Re: Gillette razors
« on: 27 February 2014, 17:52:05 »
Emd, I was stupid enough to buy those Poundland razors - 3-blade "power" - and they felt like dragging a rusty, used hacksaw blade across my face!I have a Gillette Mach 3 power razor, but the cost of the blades means it sits in the bathroom cabinet most of the time.
I'm currently using Wilkinson's pikey 10-for-a-1 twin blade disposables!

Ron.

4714
Thanks James, I was beginning to think the entire OOF police force was against me! But forgive me, Jason, would it really need a change in the law? You clamp motorists.

I have hijacked the original post more than enough, sorry folks.
Returning to it, did you see the mother of the murderer's comments in today's paper?
"Killing someone is no big deal, I don't see what all the fuss is about - he's a good boy, really"
If THAT is being a good boy, WTF does she define as being a bad boy?
Deportation for the whole lot of them would be good.......

Ron.

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Jason, I'm sorry if you find my suggestions laughable, but we do seem to be a bit polarised here, with you, on behalf of the police, saying that it's either too trivial or too much bother to action, and me and many others being thoroughly jarred off with these hooligans running riot and having no action taken!
Ok, may I make another suggestion: what if you were to attach a padlock to the chainwheel or somesuch, thus immobilising the cycle (equivalent of the clamping so beloved of the police and others), but do not carry any keys. You will then require the miscreant to haul his bike to the local nick to have it unlocked, and you would get your padlock back too?
It would be such a pain in the arse for them to do that, they will think twice before offending again!

Ron.

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I stand corrected, Jason. It's 50 now, is it? Well, at the very least it would swell police funds and allow for more officers? Maybe if fines of whatever level won't deter these law-breakers, a custodial sentence would - it would certainly remove the nuisance for a while!

Ron.

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James, I fully appreciate your point about resources (as you know, I used to be a college lecturer, so I know ALL about funding issues), but surely if all those apprehended cycling on pavements, jumping lights and otherwise breaking the law were releived of 30 a pop, a lot of your cash shortfall would be solved?
I do apologise to zirk for going off-topic here, but most people I know resent the way in which cyclists break the law with impunity and put others at risk.
Also James, much as I hate to disagree with such a fine fellow, I often see what appears to me to be pairs of officers casually strolling along pavements, ignoring the above illegal acts right in front of their eyes. This clearly indicates to me that they are NOT engaged in more serious matters.....

Ron.

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Back in my youth (ah, SO long ago....), I used to lust after a BMW MOTORBIKE - they don't seem to attract the same sort of bad press and bollocking idiot drivers - do they?

Ron.

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Reading about that cycle incident today, the thought occurred: if the police were to do their job and fine any and every cyclist on the pavement (30 on-the-spot penalty), this incident would never have happened.
As for councils marking out shared footpaths - how come? National law prohibits cycling on pavements, so can local councils overrule this very dangerous practice?

Ron.

4720
General Discussion Area / Re: OOF courier service request please?
« on: 26 February 2014, 11:46:58 »
Getting to Leeds is the problem, but I have two single bed frames, a caravan oven with hob (and cylinder) if they would help?

Ron.

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Fitting second battery...
« on: 26 February 2014, 10:10:50 »
I certainly agree with KW's comments regarding venting, or maybe use a gel-electrolyte type of battery?
Regarding charging, there are automatic devices to allow both batteries to be charged, but not to discharge both at the same time - i.e. just use the boot battery for auxiliaries, as caravanners do - using deep-cycle leisure batteries, as suggested.
Caravan shops will supply a unit which is basically two fat diodes in a box, and charge caravan prices!
Relays are an alternative, and you might find this link useful?

www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?307638-Split-charge-diodes-versus-split-charge-relays

If I've misunderstood your intended use, please come back to me and I'll try to help you more......

Ron.

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General Car Chat / Re: cam belt
« on: 25 February 2014, 21:06:45 »
JamesV6CDX will do a perfect job if you ask him. He travelled to me and did mine and I am well pleased.

Ron.

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General Discussion Area / Re: For those that love steam engines
« on: 24 February 2014, 09:09:06 »
Sorry, Mark, I hope it didn't sound as if I was denigrating Swanage's stock; I certainly wasn't - they are doing a fabulous job in keeping everything running and restoring more and more of the track, etc. I really meant that even the smaller locos have this power to amaze with their easy takeoff, no high revs and screaming their 'dangle berries' off to get the job done!

Ron.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Drilling concrete
« on: 23 February 2014, 21:42:28 »
You need a Kango Hammer - it takes NO prisoners!
www.amazon.co.uk/XQ5223-Rotary-DEMOLITION-hammer-ConcreTE/dp/B002TV49MS

Most tool hire places have a selection, from big to *%4**!!

Ron.

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General Discussion Area / Re: For those that love steam engines
« on: 23 February 2014, 17:47:37 »
Summer days often find me at the restored line at Swanage (Dorset) station. Now the locos are not in the massive class as those talked about here, but I am always impressed by the moment of start-off; the phenomenal torque exhibited and the quiet sigh with which the engines go about their business leaves me in small-boy, open mouthed wonder - am I the only one to be so impressed?

Ron.

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