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General Discussion Area / Re: Our solar electric
« on: 16 July 2022, 15:00:40 »
I've been pondering fitting a DIY 12V solar system like they use in caravans and boats etc just for lights.

My house is a bungalow, so wiring in a 12V DC lighting circuit alongside the existing 240v light circuits would be fairly straight forward, and I'd have thought that modern 12V LED lights would throw out enough light?  ???

Last time I looked, the solar panels, a control unit, a few leisure batteries and other bits and bobs would probably come in at under £1500 and my house is kinda SE facing so I get plenty of sun in the mornings.

I'm not sure if I would save enough just on the lights to make it worthwhile though.  :-\

It would probably look a bit 'Heath Robinson' as well, so I'm not sure my neighbours would approve either!  ;D

Add on another grand and you could have 12 panels 3.6kw inverter grid fit. Much more useable

General Discussion Area / Re: Our solar electric
« on: 16 July 2022, 07:55:43 »
Given the prices that MCS approved fitters charge the only way to get 4-5 year payback is DIY fit Iím afraid and I would suggest buying the kit in the winter now. No way youíll get anything decent before September

General Discussion Area / Re: Our solar electric
« on: 15 July 2022, 06:03:39 »
Not yet

But my plan is for a 5/10 acre solor farm (Field basesd)
Plus roof panels over my garage extention.

Also looking into solor roofed green house.

Plus looked at Ground force water & heat supplies etc.

Lots of daft questions in my head still.  Prob the daftest one is what happens during a power and the batteries are full, what happens to the leccy that feeds back into the grid - do the neighbers end up on free power?

Also looking into Bio mass boilers, need underfloor heating for the garage extentios & keeping the pool warm.

Cost versus return obviously a big thing

5/10 acres is a big investment. And will take a lot of effort to get going. Getting it past planning for one thing.  Plus you could be looking at a substantial bill from the DNO to upgrade their equipment.

Then need to look at the tarrif you get cos I doubt it will be micro generation

General Discussion Area / Re: Our solar electric
« on: 14 July 2022, 17:34:26 »
Got a 3.6kw system here. I reckon 3 -4 year payback period including batteries which should arrive in September

General Discussion Area / Re: Glastonbury music festival
« on: 26 June 2022, 19:27:06 »
Can someone tell Dianna Ross she's waaaay off key please

Every time she is mentioned I cannot help think about Jim Davidsonís Diana Ross jokeÖ..

General Discussion Area / Re: U.K. Rail Strike
« on: 21 June 2022, 13:45:25 »
its quite sad really.  i have personal experience of "sitting across the table" with a number of union guys.  the majority of the local union reps work hard for the interest of their local workforce.  I have a lot of respect for them to do that.  a few see it as a political role and it undermines what they are trying to do.

when you head further up the union structure it tends to get more politicised and less about grass roots workers issues and i feel that undermines the work of the local reps.  Its not always the case however I know one national rep @ unite ( i will not name) who when he gets off his political soapbox is a thoroughly reasonable chap to deal with and tries to do sensible things.

sadly i fear this dispute is politicised and it is undermining the real issue here that no one has really cottoned on to:  most workers in the UK are facing a below inflation increase - public or private sector.  However there are millions of public sector pensioners who are going to get an inflationary pay rise.  but they don't contribute to the economy do they?   a real social imbalance going on...

Subject to actually doing the deal I think this is sold. So if someone could kindly lock the thread it would be appreciated.

To those who have contacted me, thanks for the interest

Reply sent James

 119k miles

Manual, star silver.

4new tyres, cam belt 4 years ago done 20k miles in that time

Detachable tow bar, cruise control.  Engine is sweet. Averages 36mpg

Brakes nearly new on front and back

Bad points:

Little rust on rear arches

Rust on rear near side sill.

Aircon doesnít work!

Iíve owned and maintained this from 2000. Am selling as I just donít use it now.  As you can see from the mileage.

Looking for sensible offers around £550 ish

Have loads of pictures but I canít fathom out how to load them up. Can email to you.

Any questions do ask. Located in Coventry area

General Car Chat / Re: 2.0 peugeot hdi injectors
« on: 04 April 2022, 08:54:58 »
definitely look for leak on the fuel lines across the top of the engine.  else are you getting EML light? 

You can get hold of peugeot diagnostic at a reasonable cost too to see what's going on with live data and coding of injectors if needed

General Discussion Area / Re: What do we drive today
« on: 15 January 2022, 17:04:58 »
I currently have

Omega - long journeys

Peugeot 206 1.4 diesel for shorter trips (just run in with 200000 miles on it) and

Zetor 4321

General Car Chat / Re: Car insurance nonsense. Thanks Zenith!!!
« on: 26 August 2021, 11:41:40 »
What about short term insurance like temp cover? Might that help?

General Car Chat / Re: LPG at Morrisons
« on: 15 August 2021, 18:51:20 »
IMO Morrisons or any other supermarket can decide who they do business with. If they want to stop the use of some foreign adapter things then up to them.

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / wanted: saloon fuel tan straps
« on: 12 August 2021, 11:00:38 »
does anyone have a pair of fuel tank straps for a saloon in good condition?  mine are looking quite rotten.

thanks in advance!

General Discussion Area / Re: Batley and Spen by-election.
« on: 01 July 2021, 18:11:56 »
He showed his true form during that spat over bailout money.

He was being interviewed on national tellbox when he was told that they (we >:() were sending a shed load of extra cash that he had essentially demanded (because we all know how well Labour councils can budget), yet he still went out not twenty minutes later to cry at the cameras about how Westminster were refusing to pay anything.

He wouldn't have left running John Lewis to go into politics if there wasn't something in it for him.

dont thing Burnham did leave JL, Andy Street in Birmingham did

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