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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Question about extensions
« on: 08 September 2018, 14:31:37 »
I would look to change garage door to a roll-up type, to maximise space.

Think it could work well, I can foresee mounting big lights inside to shine onto driveway for when Iím doing service work. I plan to have enough space for all my tools while dumping a load of crap I donít need.

Additionally considering a lean-to at one side and extending fence boundary, as itís my land as per deeds. Towards the road, so I get additional storage as well for garden stuff. Neighbor has done similar, but against his house and works well.

This of course is all plan B, currently dropping the price and switching agents.

I did this after being quoted £4k(!!!) to replace the metal double garage door, and IIRC the roll-up was a shade over £1.5k fitted. No brainer. :y :y :y
Yep, me too. They are superb IMHO.

Very few bits you could remove to repurpose as tools when working on a  BMW straight 6 tractor, mind. ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 08 September 2018, 14:28:57 »

Much the same with the Tunnie Passat. Nice looking coupe let down by the Massey Ferguson engine. :)

Steady on! VAG cars aren't anything like that reliable. ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: router reinstalling advice pls
« on: 08 September 2018, 11:50:52 »
Do you know the admin password?
If so, try pointing a web browser at it and using the web interface on the router to set it up.
Otherwise, the reset button normally defaults the admin password, yes.
It will also default the IP connection settings, so you may not be able to access it in the normal way. Best to connect it directly to a PC and use the default IP address.

General Discussion Area / Re: Selecting home network hardware
« on: 08 September 2018, 11:17:31 »
..and PoE is quite useful if running raspberry Pi's and the like.  :y

You can get some nice PoE adaptors that will piggy back onto a Pi.

Also if you have any ideas of using IP based security cameras and the like.

The Guardian: Barnier 'disappointed and irritated' as Raab dosn't supply trade data between GB and NI as promised. Shocker!  :o

Why would there be any "trade data"?

It's like asking for the trade data between Barnsley and Wakefield.

It's about time the Barnier did some homework. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Question about extensions
« on: 08 September 2018, 10:57:31 »
Most of my neighbours have double garages and they use them to collect shite that belongs at the tip
I know of an excellent technique of reducing clutter, without a trip to the tip...
I'll ask my neighbour to give me a heads-up when he's going to take up your advice, I think.  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Selecting home network hardware
« on: 08 September 2018, 10:49:53 »
Most has already been said but I think the official segment length for Ethernet is 100M, or 55M for 10G in CAT-6. These days, you're likely to have an active device at each end (at least a switch, as basic hubs are no more) and that resets the length.

I know for industrial wiring it needs to be in separate ducts, but that is an environment where the mains wiring is often single sheathed strands direct in the ducts rather than the T&E cable used domestically. I certainly have no issue with running them together, but for a new build you might as well find out the rules and do it properly. You'd have to run it next to something pretty hostile to impact performance.

Don't really have recent experience on the hardware. I have a very old Draytek ADSL router that has been great for years but no idea what their current stuff is like. I have a couple of Netgear switches which are great while they work but out of the blue they sometimes disable one of their ports until you power cycle them, which is a PITA.  ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Question about extensions
« on: 08 September 2018, 10:17:32 »
Most of my neighbours have double garages and they use them to collect shite that belongs at the tip, and gym equipment they bought when they were kidding themselves that they were going to get fit. ::)

I wouldn't even consider a house without one, but then I'm probably not typical. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Sat Nav Choice
« on: 07 September 2018, 16:37:49 »
Fair enough, but, as relying solely on GPS has only been a problem in one tunnel in Italy for me (and that turned out OK on dead reckoning), I tend to favour up to date technology and mapping over whatever's in the car byt the time I've bought it 2nd / 3rd hand.

Car systems seem to be difficult to use and a constant PITA. My Dad wanted a map update for his. Procedure? Pay Volvo a load of money, then insert this USB stick, and leave the engine running for 6 hours. :o  ;D

Far canal! They would still have been robbed at £46 for that POS.

Someone got that wrong!

General Discussion Area / Re: Question about extensions
« on: 06 September 2018, 17:37:09 »
Yep, might as well pony up and get it done properly, otherwise you'll always regret it. How much is planning going to add to the overall bill?

Mind you, is it going to leave you with any storage? A house up our road got extended into the loft and double garage and it is consistently failing to sell. It has great living areas, but there's absolutely nowhere at all to store anything. Not great on what's not a 6 bedroom house. ::)

No room for a shipping container in the garden either.  ;D

Meetings, gatherings, parties etc / Re: Andalucian driving holiday
« on: 06 September 2018, 12:15:37 »
I'm in.. :y I'm bringing the kit car, though!

General Discussion Area / Re: Sat Nav Choice
« on: 06 September 2018, 12:12:37 »
You'll struggle to get into double figures anyway, on the ground, at least, but the GPS positioning only has to be as accurate as the mapping, and that's probably doable with 4, maybe 5 satellites anyway.

In a city environment, where satellites get masked by buildings, it doesn't matter if you have a better antenna, the satellite is no longer line-of-sight, so the signal is not there!

Dead reckoning is handy for all those junctions in tunnels, though.  ;) I found one once - in Italy, I think. My TomTom still directed me correctly.

My experience is that modern GPS receivers give adequate accuracy for navigation with the antenna inside a car. Of course, if you're using whatever was built into your car at production, you probably aren't using a modern GPS receiver. The map data is also probably not modern either, whereas on a smartphone it's being updated as you drive, and you can take the same system from one car to another without having to learn its quirks.

General Discussion Area / Re: Calories Counting
« on: 05 September 2018, 23:25:32 »
Even the croissants in Pret and Costa et al are part cooked and frozen at a factory...
None of this surprises me. ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Calories Counting
« on: 05 September 2018, 22:32:13 »
What is will mean is that all meals are supplied by factories, like Brake Brothers, that can afford this, due to the volumes sold and then cooked in a microwave at your local restaurant, unless you are eating at a £100-200 per head restaurant.
Not wanting to upset you, but this is already very much the case at pretty much any chain that you care to name... be it Burger King or Garfunkels or Weatherspoons ::)

And chains have been providing nutritional information for at least a decade...

Another non story from the FailyDale no doubt ;D
.. which is why I generally avoid chains because Brake brothers stuff is dire.

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