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  • mk1fan
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    Reply to: Friend leaves wife – what would you do?

    Two people staying together ‘for the sake of the children’ does more harm than good imho.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Pls, no 'you must get' replies, can anyone help with simple shed wiring advice

    <Nob on the block>

    Two RCDs …..

    If you choose to rod it then ensure that the earth of the feed cable IS NOT CONNECTED to the earth bar in the garage consumer unit.

    </Nob on the block>

    Rich.

    Holy smoke, a rare thing indeed! Thanks.

    Continuing on the ‘everyday’ matra, so if the feed cable earth is fixed to the earth rod do you then run single earth cable between the rod and the earth bar in the CU? (I appreciate this maybe an obvious question)

    The RCD tripping ‘all’ the circuits is why I always spec RCBOs rather than MCBs and RCDs.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House offer accepted but survey has issues – renegotiate offer?

    That’s not to say you can’t use it as part of a re-negotiation though.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Pls, no 'you must get' replies, can anyone help with simple shed wiring advice

    ff,

    Thanks for your response, as I said, every day’s an oportunity.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Pls, no 'you must get' replies, can anyone help with simple shed wiring advice

    I have been told on more than one occasion (by different sparks) that multiple RCDs on a circuit / connected circuits was a no no but I’m happy for someone to put their knob on the block.

    Afterall, everyday is an oportunity for learning.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Shed security

    What type of shed?

    Timber, then you need to make sure it’s screwed together properly in the first place. Don’t depend on there being enough bits in the kit to do it either. I added extra screws, plates and straps to give the shed some [previously non existant] rigidity.

    I added 18mm exterior plywood to the floor as 8mm plywood is not up to the job. I also added ply to the walls for fixing points.

    If the shed has a perspex window then consider adding some timber mullions and transoms (fix to the plywood) which can be effective and decorative (as opposed to metal bars).

    Shed door, braced and ledged with external Tee hinges? Firstly make sure the hinges are a decent quality and thickness. Then fix with coach bolt through both door and frame. Same for the lock (if it’s a harsp and staple). I’d add a second lock too, a decent door bolt. Secure both with quality padlock – Squires for eg.

    The intention is to make the shed secure but not make it look like it’s secure.

    Internal security? Well, multiple layered and type is a good place to start. Quality base level – Almax chain and padlock through anchors (could be a couple of buckets or car tyre filled with concrete. Then a combination of quality u-locks and cables.

    Anything over 13mm in diameter tends to need a lot more effort to cut through.

    Disc alarms are good – se motorbike suppliers.

    Good and proper insurance.

    Ultimatey, if someone is determined to get your bike then they can quickly cut through the frame anyway.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House offer accepted but survey has issues – renegotiate offer?

    If the seals have gone in the DG units then they are ‘spent’. If the frames are good then changing the DG unit is pretty easy and not too expensive.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Pls, no 'you must get' replies, can anyone help with simple shed wiring advice

    1. I’d echo the replies, if you can’t figure out what and where the L N and E are then step away.

    2. I’d do ‘ring’ rather than ‘radial’ circuits. I’m sure the budget would take the additional £5.17 for cable.

    3. How have you extended the supply from the garage? Are the shed and garage connected?

    4. Has the circuit / supply ring your taking your feed from already got an RCD? If it has then the second RCD is going to give you issues with unecessary tripping. That said, if there is no existing RCD supply then you’re better off with two RCBOs than two MCBs and an RCD (IMHO).

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Swinley Bike Jumble – 8th December

    Might pop along for a gander.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: computertrackworld help

    Cool, as long as it is likely to be a Windows ‘benefit’ rather than a broken bit of ware then fine.

    The webcam is inbuilt (HP G60 laptop) and Windows is saying the driver and device is working but won’t access / turn it on.

    It’s only an issue as I went to use Skype for the first time since loading Win7 the other day and the webcam wouldn’t work [had been using my tablet for Skype].

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    This is a cycling forum. A decent pub single speed should do the trick…

    What size tyre for the compulsary ‘oppressed young person single speed before sitting driving test bike’?

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    Tom, re-read this;

    Traveling slower

    Road sense

    An appre?ation of what its like to be a vunerable road user.

    It is a lot easier to limit the speed of a scooter and police not having a pillion passenger.

    As much as the TV shows would have you believe it is very easy for someone to drive around without a license or insurance.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    **** me theres something called inflation, electronics are thought to be ridiculously cheap by economists.

    Well done for completely missing the point. Woosh parrot to the forum.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    Instead of using ad hom attacks why don’t you explain to me why this is a better policy

    As I have stated, poor driving standards stem from low standard required to pass the test and lack of post passing monitoring. Unfortnately, most people pass their test in their late teens or early twenties.

    A much greater improvement would be made in road safety if compulsory re-tests were introduced across the board. This would, however, be political suicide for any party that tried to introduce it.

    What wouldn’t be political suicide would be to introduce tougher standards for ‘new’ drivers right from the start. See above for who this is going to impact the most.

    I’ve long since held the view that the driving test needs to be tougher. Indeed, almost imediately after my test. You seem to think that you have a ‘human right’ (you are not alone in this fallacy – most ‘drivers’ appear to hold this view regardless of age) to own and drive a car. You do not, owning and driving a car on the public road is a privilege – one available to many, but a privilege all the same.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    reputable newspapers

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    I have none of those and they actually dont cost much.

    Cost more than my first two cars cost me. Indeed, If I were to look at similar priced cars today they’d be in better condition, safer and more economic.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    Find your evidence that younger people owned less cars then and I’ll believe you.

    Find your evidence younger(?) people own more cars.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    My old man had a job that needed less education than I do, got married, owned a house and a sports car by 23.

    And he had the latest iPad, foreign holidays blah blah blah.

    There’s so much more for people to buy these days and guess what, people buy them. The best lesson that a young person can learn is to understand their means.

    The fact that you dismiss previous generations as ‘having it easy’ goes to show how young you actually are.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    See my above point.

    Which one?

    You seem very angry about something and need to take it out on something.

    Driving standards in this country are appauling and this is across the board. It all stems from low standard required to pass the driving test (which for the majority was either late teens or early 20s).

    As someone who ‘needs their car for work’ are you a member of IAM and have read and implimented ‘Roadcraft’? Afterall, if something so vital to your life then you must do all you can to minimise the risk of not being able to drive.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    I will still care about the young

    You’re nieve to think that society doesn’t care about the young.

    The problem with the ‘young’ is that ‘they’ don’t tend to have much life experience and therefore attribute everything as being anti-them.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    It is when those things have been ripped away from you and you need the car for work.

    Where does it say that they are going to remove licenses from those who have them already?

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    ‘University’ is not ‘Education’ it’s the icing on the cake. Education up to that is still free and more than sufficient to allow a person to enter adult life.

    I have a very successful friend who’s ‘education’ finished at HNC.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Driving test age rise

    You still get a free education now.

    I know lots of people in their early 20’s buying property (no, not the ‘rich’)

    I also know lots of people who ‘have’ to have a new smart phone every 6-months plus the ltest tablet, laptop, game etc….

    I have finite money so decide what it gets spent on (if at all).

    Driving is not a necessity for the vast vast vast vast vast majority.

    With more people on the public roads than ever before it is even more important that driving standards are increased.

    Quite frankly, I’m in favour of mandatory re-tests every 10-years, when you reach 65 and then every 5-years.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House that 100k built GRRRRR!

    Historionics aside.

    The show is kind of misleading. It’s hardly ‘budget building’ as the title suggests. You can comfortably build a family home for £100k.

    It’s more ‘Grand Designs on a Shoe String’.

    ETA;
    Having said that though I suppose it could be to show a large variety of homes that £100k can acheive. I wonder what the rest of the series has to show. The two I’ve seen were very much GDoSS.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House that 100k built GRRRRR!

    Yes, it has.

    I agree with the strange obseesion this country has that a ‘house’ must be Victorian/Georgian/Edwardian brick or stone.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House that 100k built GRRRRR!

    Pretty easy to plaster over breeze block or ply finishes at a later date. As with everything quality of workmanship has a huge impact on the finished article and whether is ‘ages’ well.

    Historically, timber pannelling has been the prestigous finish of choice for a lot longer than plaster.

    As for skirting boards, they’re for hiding poor workmanship.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: House that 100k built GRRRRR!

    aP – Member

    When I see threads like this I’m always surprised at how narrow the tastes of the public are, and how little they like anything that doesn’t fit their preconceived ideas.

    +1000

    Funny as well that one thought that plastering all the walls would be a little extra over plastering just the ceilings.

    There are few ways to save money on a building of a set size.
    1. Do as much of the work yourself.
    2. By seconds or used materials.
    3. Use less materials.
    4. Do things differently.

    Personally, I quite like the idea of plywood as a finish.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Solar panels

    Nice to get some feedback.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: POC trabec or Bell Super? Sorry!

    Found it. Cycle surgery for those that aren’t as web savy as me.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: POC trabec or Bell Super? Sorry!

    CRC have Urge, 661 and Giro ‘Enduro’ helmets on sale atm. £40 for the 661.

    Having totalled my MET helmet on Saturday by headbutting a bolder I’m thinking of the 661. Although a POC for £83.99 would tempt me. Where are they that deal? I need an XL

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Rachel Atherton

    I hear she had also bathed ahead of the photo shoot. Terrible behaviour. She’ll be drinking next.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: How many paving slabs in an estate car?

    Saw some guys delivering building supplies in te Lebanon. Plywood sheets held on the roof by the two rear passengers. Timber lengths sticking out the boot. Bags on cement on the bonnet.

    Was not a unique sight.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Anyone still riding, ragging, jumping and loving their hardtail aged 35+ ?

    Loving my HTs.

    Was chatting to a group of guys in Morzine a few years ago who were regular visitors. Al in their 60s.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Getting a 7 year old to school

    Wasn’t questioning the validity of your requirements. It would make sense to me to spend a small amount on the tagalong to get full use out of it before your daughter is too big for it.

    Can’t see any of the ‘cargo’ style bikes being any more stable than a tagalong.

    Dropping a large sum of money on a tandem should provide a short term solution but will a suitable tandem for today also be adaptable for your growing daughter?

    If gearing is an issue then why not get a rear wheel built up with a small rim and a standard hub that you can fix a cassette to and some gears?

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Getting a 7 year old to school

    How do you define ‘better’? Seems to be the cheapest, quickest solution that meets your requirements.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Getting a 7 year old to school

    Although the frame is aluminium, almost every other part is steel and has rusted to pieces!

    Then replace the parts.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Wheel Builder near Dorking

    Nirvana in Wescott has built wheels for me.

    Not used them for years as the wheels are still going strong.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Nimbyism at it's finest

    Will someone please think about the children!

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Did you hear the one about the muslim feminist?

    Posted on a website devoted to adults playing with ludicrously expensive children’s toys.

    :mrgreen:
    :mrgreen:
    :mrgreen:

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