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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: What's the best way....
« on: 03 January 2019, 16:43:19 »
That's pretty much how I got the rear discs off the Jaguar hubs when I broke it, too.. although replace "air hammer" with "lump hammer" and "popped off" with "came off with such a bang I thought a bomb had gone off" ;D

The boot came off much easier. As did the engine! ;D

I think the alarm ECU contains shock sensors, so likely these triggered it?

General Car Chat / Re: Dead Beemer!
« on: 02 January 2019, 22:56:35 »
I assume it's the gearbox, given the nasty noise when I try and put it in park.  :-\

My guess is that the propshaft is spinning due to a loss of drive further back and putting it into park is trying to lock the spinning shaft with a pawl hence the noise.

General Discussion Area / Re: Telly Troubles
« on: 01 January 2019, 00:31:07 »
Well, I'm watching the signal from Stockland hill right now, so it's not bust. :y
Happy new year!

Omega General Help / Re: Tyres Rotation - What would you do?
« on: 31 December 2018, 19:58:03 »
I always fit new tyres to the front, because the Omega tramlines less with newish rubber on the front, and worn rubber on the rear doesn't seem to make much odds.
This is the opposite of the "official" advice, of course. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Telly Troubles
« on: 31 December 2018, 18:43:34 »
Fit one of these clicky
fitted lots and have one myself
available off ebay much cheaper ,if your a gambling man in no rush  ;D

The problem with aerials sold by DIY sheds is that they are all "one size fits all" wideband antennas as they CBA to stock a decent selection of antenna groups. I would actively avoid anything wideband these days as the potential for interference from 4G telecomms stuff if the antenna has gain outside the frequency range of interest is huge.

The best thing to do is to find out what transmitter you are receiving from, get an antenna that's well matched to it and you'll end up with something more visually appealing tht performs better and probably for less money.

TBH, if you can find an antenna guy locally who knows his onions, it's probably not work messing about yourself.

General Discussion Area / Re: Telly Troubles
« on: 31 December 2018, 18:30:01 »
Did you upgrade your ariel  to a digital when the change over happened?

There's no difference to the actual aerial regardless of the type of signal, despite what the marketing folk might claim. There has been a continuous process of re-tuning transmitters to clear spectrum since the system went digital, however, and this is still ongoing, so, if the aerial is old, it may well no longer be of the correct spec. for the transmitter you are receiving.

Another thing to check is your downlead. These can get damp inside and become quite lossy.

However, if the TV reports a good signal strength but poor quality, chances are that it's multipath or interference that's the problem. Make sure the reflector on the rear of the antenna is still intact so it rejects local reflections and that it's accurately aligned with the local transmitter. If you have had to put attenuators in the path before, try removing them, and, of course, if the signal is this strong, any booster amps will be doing more harm than good.

Get rid of any splitters / combiners, etc. and simplify to an aerial attached directly to one TV if you can. See how that behaves first.

To answer your question, attenuators are just a couple of resistors in a tube, so they are normally reliable but they add a couple of extra connections and any connector in the system has the potential to become dodgy!

Thanks, chaps. That might be a good backup plan that would get me through the MOT if nothing else turns up.  :y

No problem. Glad it's sorted. :y

I'm looking for a late Elite style 6 spoke 17" alloy relatively close to Alton, Hampshire, ideally.

Would take a pair if available.



General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 30 December 2018, 11:16:45 »
Investigated why the rear offside tyre had deflated over Christmas, with the MOT due in a couple of weeks. Crack in the alloy wheel. @rse!

Off to the "parts for sale/wanted" section... ::)

General Car Chat / Re: 850 Km today
« on: 30 December 2018, 09:51:38 »
I think you'll find most weekend DJs don't even use a CD player now, instead using a PC/Mac laptop loaded up with all the tunes.  Modern software automatically does the beat mixing between songs.

Gone are the days when big bro used to abuse me to be his roadie lugging boxes and boxes of 45s in and out of pubs, along with his big lighting units, huge valve amps, linear PSUs and army of speakers, from his van.  Now its a laptop, and amp, a pair of speakers on stands, and a light projector unit, all in the back of a Focus.

.. and it was all going so well until..  ::)

Well done on the new job, Rolf. Thorens are one of the classic names in Hi-Fi and it will be interesting to watch what comes next. :y

I've had a couple of regulators from these guys and this is the one for the 2.6/3.2:

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 26 December 2018, 21:04:37 »
Noticed it had a flat rear tyre. Took the MX5 instead. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Gatwick
« on: 26 December 2018, 10:24:23 »
Just seems a pointless & damn stupid not to mention invasive hobby or whatever anyone wishes to call it , childish comments were expected.. these things cannot be compared to cars.

Bit like golf, then, or fishing, or anything else I don't enjoy personally.

First they came for the socialists..

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