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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: More candidates for culling
« on: 24 October 2018, 23:40:17 »
Going to prison from Cumbernauld is probably a step up in the world...
Well, given the choice between prison in Perth and free in Cumbernauld... :-\

Omega General Help / Re: Omega's new feature
« on: 24 October 2018, 12:38:13 »
I ended up blocking the two big breather pipes on plenum and lead the pipes to oil catch tank in front of the idler pulley. I have emptying hole at the bottom of the tank in which I connected 6mm pipe and led that under front bumper where it is easy to put a bucket under it and empty the tank.

Fuel tank fumes pipe and also the smaller breather pipe was left untouched.
And you wonder why you have high rpm... ::)

This is your air leak... The breather should be closed, not open to air...  ;)

Yes, indeed. You have created a leak of unmetered air into the intake.

If you want to use a catch tank, then you need to block the smaller breather pipe from the plenum in addition.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Central loacking problem
« on: 23 October 2018, 15:08:19 »
This will probably be one of the microswitches in the driver's door motor.

Of the two switches, one "parks" the motor in the desired position whereas the other detects if the door has been manually locked or unlocked and causes the other doors to follow suit. If the latter fails, the ECU detects the car as having been locked again and winds all the locking motors back down.

General Discussion Area / Re: Useless system
« on: 22 October 2018, 22:52:42 »
There is nothing more patronising than being forced to try to talk to a computer. Wtf did we invent keyboards for? ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Top Gear
« on: 22 October 2018, 13:27:54 »
New series of Grand Tour starting soon, for those who subscribe

I think Mrs. KW does, but I'm probably going to be washing my hair or something. ;)

I'm of the opinion that it had pretty much run its course with the original cast, so may as well put it out of its misery, in all its incarnations.

General Discussion Area / Re: Top Gear
« on: 22 October 2018, 11:51:53 »
Top what? :-\

Oh, hang on.. I remember.. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: UPS disable audible allarm
« on: 22 October 2018, 11:49:47 »
I am pretty sure you can disable the alarms on the APC Smart UPSs. I think you have to connect them to a PC and run a configuration utility to access the setting, though.

A UPS might not be ideally suited to what you want to do, however, as they are designed primarily for delivering large amounts of power for short periods (long enough to shut down the system plus a bit). Some even shut down after a few minutes with no PC communication even before the battery gets depleted. It sounds like you need the opposite - a few watts for a longer period.

The other option is to open one up and either stick a sticker over the hole in the little sounder that makes the noise, or get the soldering iron out and remove it completely.

General Discussion Area / Re: Mobile Phones
« on: 19 October 2018, 23:22:29 »
Isnt Bluetooth supposed to cancel the need to hodl the phone while speaking on it ?
I got my first crapple iPhone today and presume I can install a Parrot kit in the car and use the phone legally ?  :-\

Not if you're on faecesbook. ;D

Committee of MP's want sale of new fossil fueled car ban brought forward 8 years to 2032.

UK currently uses about 53Gwh of electricity per day.

We use about 1,559,000 barrels of oil per day where around 70% (USA percentage) is used by motor vehicles and there are on average 1,700kwh of energy in a barrel of oil. So in this new era of electric cars we will be using 1,559,000 x 0.7 x 1,700,000Wh = 1,855,000,000,000wh or 1855Gwh with our current peak generating capacity of about 60Gwh, so current generating capacity is 1/31 of what is going to be required in 25 years time, so nothing to see here, no problems with coping with the extra demand, oh no. :o :o :o

In 25 years time almost all fossil fueled cars will have be remanufactured into beans cans. With UK's impressively fast planning and infrastructure building record and power companies being reluctant to invest in new generating capacity, everything should be just fine here, so nothing to worry about. :o :o :o

These are mere implementation details that politicians can hand wave away. Power stations will be more efficient by then. And windmills.  ::)

Besides, they'll all have retired to the Brussels gravy train by then, so won't get held to account. >:(

General Discussion Area / Re: White Goods Thread!!
« on: 19 October 2018, 15:33:20 »

RCD's trip because of a circuit leak to earth, not because the plug is getting hot or the appliance is drawing too much current/power.

The RCD basically measures the current in the live (brown) and neutral (blue) wires. These must be equal at all times. If they aren't equal then some electricity is escaping from the wires, which means there is a leak to somewhere else. This leak only needs to be a few milli-amps to trip the RCD (typically 30mA). The fuse won't blow till/unless the leak exceeds the fuse rating - probably 3A or 5A.

If replacing the plug allows you to reset the RCD, then the plug or wire is the likely cause of the fault. Give the FF a good shake, and rattle the motor/compressor. If the RCD trips again then I'd replace the FF - you risk getting an electric shock if you don't.

It has 2 x 13amp fuses, one in the plug which plugs into a blank socket and the other at the fused switch it's connected to.  Neither had blown.  :-\

The fuses are there to limit the amount of power that the unit can consume in the event of a fault. I doubt a FF should have a 13A plug - Things like kettles and toasters yes - they consume a LOT of power. 13A = 3KW continuous. I'd expect a FF to be either 3A or 5A, so suspect that the plug fuse has already been replaced once. Why?

My FF also has a 13amp fuse fitted and hasn't been replaced. FF do only take a small amount of current when the motor is running. Its the start up current of the motor that will be high, hence a 13amp fuse  :y

Yes, indeed. They do have quiet high inrush current at startup. Enough to blow a 5A fuse every time, IME, so 13A is normally an appropriate rating. :y

General Car Chat / Re: How stable is your Omega in the rain
« on: 19 October 2018, 11:02:23 »
In the wet is when a RWD becomes worth it, lots of fun ::)

I prefer the BMW over the Skoda in the wet, too. Although I think the proper weapon might be a Subarahhh that might be a sore point still  :-X ;)

You cut deep.....


I'm surrounded by the things (Legacies) - there's one across the road, a mate has two (and another mate has an Impreza). All petrol H6's beside the Impreza (and one LPG), though!

I've always wondered what an LPG'd H6 would be like.

General Discussion Area / Re: White Goods Thread!!
« on: 19 October 2018, 10:58:38 »
Sounds to me like some leakage to earth started in the plug and eventually got bad enough to start to heat it up and then eventually trip the RCD. Is it possible the plug got damp?

I agree that the fault sounds like it was limited to the plug and  the appliance is more than likely fine. If not, it'll blow the 13A fuse or start tripping the RCD again. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Paddington 24
« on: 18 October 2018, 22:47:03 »
Doncha just love the thread drifts on this forum. :y :y :y

This is almost as good as a White Goods thread!  ;D
I'm thinking of getting a new microwave, but it will probably be black.
Black ones are faster, as someone used to say... :y

General Discussion Area / Re: When I die....
« on: 18 October 2018, 20:08:37 »
I've booked this.

Love the proper old-school tyres.........tyres with air rather than running on the rim. :y

.. and that wedge at the front will take no prisoners, ref my previous post. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Mad cow disease....
« on: 18 October 2018, 20:07:02 »
Agreed.  Both selfishly for myself - can't beat a nice bit of cow - but also for the farming industry that has had a rough time, and has a load more shit to come  :'(

I can see the usual do-gooders and lentil munchers will see it as a reason to ban meat.

We have to ban meat anyway because climate change. ::)

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