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Messages - Kevin Wood

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On any 4 pot engine, you will have 2 pistons at TDC if any are.

TDC no. 1 will put cylinder 1 at TDC and with the valves closed, but no. 4 will be at TDC on the exhaust/intake crossover, which means valves partially open and you don't have to turn the cams far to get valve damage.

On any 4 pot, regardless of the instructions in Haynes, etc. I'd strip and rebuild with the crank at 90 degrees before TDC no.1, so all 4 pistons are half way down the bores.

On reassembly, time the cams correctly for TDC No. 1, then the last action before installing the belt is to turn the crank back up to TDC no.1. This way, as you wrestle the cams into the correct position, there is no chance of valves hitting pistons.

General Discussion Area / Re: OOF Intermittent performance
« on: 05 November 2018, 12:19:42 »
I've been with Zen since I first got broadband. I could undoubtedly get it cheaper, but choose to have decent service instead.

The only time I've ever had a significant issue was a BT cock-up when we moved house 12 years ago, and they were very good in getting that resolved.

They also quickly realise when you are reasonably tech savvy on the phone and drop all the "have you tried rebooting your router?" BS.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 04 November 2018, 16:50:17 »
Noticed a damp carpet in the passenger footwell.

Cleared scuttle drain. >:(

Put it in the garage with a fan heater in the footwell.

I'll be up for it, Tony.  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Robot package delivery Milton Keynes
« on: 01 November 2018, 12:30:16 »
As at 2018, just ask any brickie or truck driver.
As at 1908, just ask any loom operator 
As at 1891, just ask any telephone exchange operator :y

I saw a video this morning of a bipedal human-shaped robot that can put plasterboard up - it picks up a sheet off a stack, rotates it, holds it up against the stud work, picks up the screw-gun and screws it to the studs..

Comments on the video are entirely "Oh that's so slow! It will never catch on, I can hang plasterboard 100 times that fast", "Too slow to build a house, too expensive, never work!", (and from the Americans) "In the time it takes that POS to hang one wall, a gang of Mexicans can have the whole house boarded!"

Give it 20 years, they'll all be living under a bridge while the robot does their job.

.. and so will the rest of us.

Yep, I guess they missed out the bit where the robot spends ages sitting around drinking tea and playing practical jokes on his mates, or complains about the foreman, or goes home at night.

Oh, wait!

General Car Chat / Re: MOT question
« on: 01 November 2018, 11:41:47 »
IIRC the speedo is a fail item, but quite likely they won't notice it unless they drive it. Rev counter is not required. Their emissions tester should include a probe to pick up RPM if it's required for a test, but it doesn't have to be exact in any case.

The ABS issue only affects the speedo, so it sounds more likely to be an issue with the instrument panel, IMHO. First check there is to ensure it's firmly seated in the dash, because otherwise the connections to it can become intermittent.

General Discussion Area / Re: Robot package delivery Milton Keynes
« on: 01 November 2018, 10:04:24 »
What now?

Q and C are just right next to each other on a keyboard, you know.. ;) ;D
Give the choice, I'd take a BBQ any time, though.. Numm Numm.

General Discussion Area / Re: AA v others
« on: 31 October 2018, 21:52:49 »
Just got my AA renewal notice. Member for 26 years. Gold Membership includes wife & most other things.
Last year 388. Renewal 507.

I should hope it includes the kitchen sink too for that price! What's her cooking like? ;)

General Car Chat / Re: European Tour by car
« on: 31 October 2018, 21:48:51 »
Ports are the best bits... Pouring, whoring and snoring all in walking distance  :D
Ah, well, 2 out of 3 'ain't bad, as Meatloaf once said. I was certainly not in a fit state to even attempt the third. :o

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 31 October 2018, 21:44:51 »
Drove it to a speed awareness course. And back again.

Another reformed character, then?... ::)

.. and Ferodo shares have plummeted, as predicted. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: European Tour by car
« on: 31 October 2018, 16:36:52 »
Loved Copenhagen and Oslo.
I went there in the mid 80s.  Didn't like Oslo at all - probably not helped by the weather, cold and wet (yet where we stayed for the week, inland a couple of hundred miles, was stunning and really warm). Copenhagen, never saw much more than the bit around the port, so not fair to make judgement.

Had a similar trip to Ostende once. Walked off the boat with a few mates, saw this nice looking bar by the seafront. A dozen or so Trappiste beers later I somehow managed to focus on my watch and realised our boat was about to leave. :-[

Omega General Help / Re: Omega's new feature
« on: 31 October 2018, 10:05:04 »
I was thinking about where the plastic section of the scuttle meets the box where the pollen filter lives and the join between the two plastic parts here. There is normally foam to form a seal here but it's often deteriorated.

I't good to make sure this seal is sound otherwise you can get water dripping into the 2,4,6 spark plug wells on the engine.

General Discussion Area / Re: Next doors phones & tablets
« on: 31 October 2018, 09:59:10 »
Sounds dodgy to me. Not sure why they would be visible in Windows (other than as unpaired wireless devices)  if they aren't connected to your router, but, then again, Windows. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: 31 October 2018, 09:53:54 »
;D ;D

I at least will have a practical use in the launching and recovery of my boat and tips to the trip over the next year or so.

FTFY. One 1000 kg load and I can't see them letting you back on site. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Paper is dead .... ?
« on: 30 October 2018, 21:58:45 »
I make lovely flapjacks and brownies.......


I dread to think what goes on behind closed doors at the local 'Chinky' or kebab shop. :-X
I learnt recently that nearly half of these promoted Take Aways on Just Eat and Uber Food sites have really Poor or Zero Hygiene Ratings that are given by the Local Councils  :o as its a good way for these type of Business to Trade due to a poor normal Walk In Customers.  :(
If you can't be @rsed to look beyond a crAPP on your phone when purchasing a meal, you deserve what you end up with. ::)

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