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    Reply to: Triple glazing

    I have it, had it installed about 8 years ago. I highly recommend it, temp and sound insulation is fantastic. Don’t scrimp on the frames though, the panes are extremely heavy and therefore the frames should also be beefed up.

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    Reply to: Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.

    Just getting into Zwift. How do I join STW team on Zwift? Can I join STW on Zwift might be a more polite question 🙂

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    Reply to: Headphones for gym. Recommendations?

    The Anker ones are a fraction of the price and still very good for the gym, I’m really happy with my pair.

    Linky

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    Reply to: House damp on survey, when to panic?

    Seriously footflaps what “water source” would present itself on one area of an internal wall that is it visible elsewhere?

    A dog thats been left inside everyday whilst the last owners were at work 🙂

    Also interested in the outcome.

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    Reply to: Stag Do ideas…?

    Just throwing some completely different idea in the pot. Thought of something like this when you mentioned he is in Bridgewater:

    Tight Places

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    Reply to: What’s a cost-effective way to exchange a large sum of GBP into EUR???

    +1 for Revolut, but not in thailand!!!

    Did you try Everex in Thailand. I was impressed with how easy it worked.

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    Reply to: What’s a cost-effective way to exchange a large sum of GBP into EUR???

    I’m in the same situation. I use the Revolut banking APP. Can transfer to and from loads of currencies and pretty much the daily rate. You’ll get a GB IBAN and a Euro IBAN, so you can load up with pounds and convert to EUR.

    I also use it when the grandparents want to give cash presents to our children etc.

    Seems a shame to need to do this at the moment, but then again, who knows what will happen with the exchange rate over the next few months.

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    Reply to: Electronics/electricsists – does this switch exist?

    You can buy dedicated caravan / motorhome fridge fans with a thermal switch. You install them someplace near the cooling fins to improve heat transfer, they switch on and off as required based on the heat coming off the fins.

    I installed one in ours, it makes a difference, actually, I just leave it running all the time as its pretty quiet. I also used wood to block the air channel so that the air pulled by the fan must go through the fins, that also helped.

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    Reply to: Swimming goggle recommendations (sorry)

    My teenage children swim, they were moaning for ages about goggles, either they leaked or they came off when they dived in. I brought them both goggles called “Fast Speed Socket 2” by Speedo. They told me initially they were good and I have heard nothing more for months -> so this tells me they are good.

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    Reply to: Headphone recommendations required – not wireless

    Just to add another thought direction. I can’t stand over the ear headphones on Long Haul. The QC35’s are great I agree, but whilst trying to sleep I will always knock them off my ear slightly and that always wakes me up. I prefer the in-ears with good fitting rubber seals to block the sound. I would like to get some of the Bose in ear noise cancelling, but I’d end up leaving them on a flight as I seem to do with all hear/ear phones eventually.

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    Reply to: Tracking app for my Mrs

    We also share our locations on Google maps permanently, but also with our children. We’ve also been accused of being stalkers etc but we’re all really happy with it. It’s got so many benefits, unless of course someone wants to lie about their whereabouts.

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    Reply to: Austria Tirol / Italy Dolomites – must do trails?

    I have not heard of the 2m / 3m rule before. We don’t have any issue here. HOWEVER, I think I know what you are talking about with the fines. In the area above Innsbruck they had quite an issue with people riding on footpaths. They had quite a clamp down on it and did fine some people. On a summers evening the whole of Innsbruck seems to go for a ride or a walk so they have quite a lot of people, especially with the popularity of ebikes. Away from Innsbruck you often don’t even meet anyone on the trails and when you do, like you mentioned, you just need to be polite to them.

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    Reply to: Austria Tirol / Italy Dolomites – must do trails?

    Definetly happy to help, but only if you’re happy to climb (which you said you are).

    I can send you a load of GPX routes, that’s probably the easiest.

    Feel free to PM me, email in profile.

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    Reply to: Austria Tirol / Italy Dolomites – must do trails?

    I live in the Tirol, the singletrail is endless here. You need local knowledge, don’t rely on the tourist routes for it. You need to search the Austrian and German sites to find the trails

    It is not limited, locals don’t get angry when cycling on footpaths if you show some respect.

    Checkout the Stoneman in the Dolomites, last time I looked the site was only in Italian, I needed Google translate.

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    Reply to: Cricklade – Food and booze options?

    One of the butchers in Cricklade sales superb sausages, just saying! Oh, and the Red Lion for good beer.

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    Reply to: OMG My Car Won’t Start! Heeeeeeelp!!!

    I’m thinking it could be a bad earth, I would spend an hour looking round at all the earth connections, disconnecting, cleaning up and reassembling with grease.

    I’ve seen a similar problem on my wife’s panda and it fixed that.

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    Reply to: Condensation and dehumidifiers

    I would still do the foil test on the concrete floor, I did it in my cellar and you can see the issue within a day.

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    Reply to: Condensation and dehumidifiers

    I don’t agree with the “extra heating” principle mentioned above several times. Extra heat means warmer air, warmer air holds more moisture, if you have a cold bridge then you’ll make the problem worse once that warmer air hits the cold point.

    I’d start with two investigations:
    1. Why is your air so damp? It’s been mentioned several times above , are you excessively drying clothes in the house without getting rid of the moisture properly, is your kitchen vented, does your bathroom vent correctly etc. Is the spin on your washing machine broken so that your clothes are excessively wet.
    2. You mentioned that the moisture is being found at floor level, specifically the underlay is wet and mold is under the bed and appearing on skirting board. Humid air is lighter than dry air and therefore “should” rise, that’s why mold often appears in the top corners of outside walls first. So why are you seeing it at floor level? I would lift the carpet and underlay and get some floor boards exposed. Then tape small pieces of tin foil to the floor boards (without the foil bridging a join). Now observe for a few more days, does the condensation appear on top of the foil? If so you have condensation and you need to work out why the floor is so cold, does it remain wet under the foil? Then you have damp from under the floorboards. I would also certainly lift some floorboards and have a look underneath to see if you can see some moisture or venting issues.

    I would definetly be getting into the floor space, if your underlay is wet you’ll only have a couple of years before the boards are rotten anyway. (I’m assuming you have floorboards and not a concrete floor because of the airbricks).
    Good luck!

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    Reply to: Overnight Stopover – Stuttgart area?

    Check out Kirchheim Unter Teck, very nice little town near Stuttgart and just off of the Autobahn.

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    Reply to: Mower troubles

    Carb jet blocked?

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    Reply to: Training a cocker spaniel to be a trail dog – more puppy content

    Mike_p +1.  I also have a show cocker, he loves walking, he hates going biking or jogging with me.  He loves to be off the lead exploring and sniffing everything. Due to the increased pace of running and biking he is just running and not exploring,  he’s the wrong dog for this.

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    Reply to: Driving into Europe, why so hard??

    You’re over complicating it, and so is enterprise.

    Rent a car from a company that allows you to take the car over the border.  Get a list of what you need in the car in Germany compared to what is needed in Austria. If there’s a difference pick it up at a service station.

    I live in Austria and drive regularly to other counties.  I’ve never been stopped and had the hi viz etc checked in any country. I did hear that Croatia wad catching people one summer because you’re supposed to carry a full spare light bulb kit, but that’s all.

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    Reply to: Induction cookers and pans ( pros and cons plus recommendations )

    Same as above, changed to induction some years ago and would never change back.  Also, got rid of electric kettle and use a stove top kettle because it’s so quick.  Additionally, for the ultra clean freaks, you can lay a sheet of paper on the hob and the pan on top of it! (I don’t do this but have tried it!).

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    Reply to: UK citizens in Europe/planning to stay/leave uk?

    Talking of rules.

    Our village has a ban on decorating Xmas trees outside with flashing lamps. The lamps must be a neutral colour and a constant light.

    Needless to say, someone seems to be setting off a strobe in my garden every night 🙂

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    Reply to: UK citizens in Europe/planning to stay/leave uk?

    @Alpin – are you sure you will be able to get German citizenship based on the reason for your driving ban?

    I like your comments e.g. regarding crossing the road on a red man, as you already know, its one huge mind set difference between us Brits and Germans. In Germany rules are for everyone, in Britain we feel that the rules are a guide that mainly only applies to other people 🙂

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    Reply to: Ski boots

    skinning up in very deep snow is a mug’s game.

    But ooooo so worth it!

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    Reply to: Ski boots

    On my touring skis I’ve fitted a 5mm plate under the rear part of the binding to tip me forward.

    Surely that is going against the grain? Doesn’t that cause position issues in deep snow?

    Edit: +1 regarding your comment on the different bindings, it works but not like it’s supposed to. This creates safety issues. The reason instructors use them when their teaching kids is because they spend a lot of time off the skis and the vibram sole is a better insulator.

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    Reply to: Help me speed my computer up!

    Just a thought – Is your cooling fan running loudly?

    I had an issue with mine running slow, the disk was on 100% for ages. Took it apart and found all the cooling channels clogged with dust. Blew it all out and it was back up to speed again, and running quietly!

    I guess the temp sensor was throttling back the cpu excessively.

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    Reply to: Planning next summer- German road trip stops

    Earlier this year I stopped off in the Rhein Valley somewhere north of Bingen. Was a very nice area, not mountains but very hilly. It was a small detour from the normal route but we’ll worth it.

    I also took the Stuttgart route on the way to the UK and then on the A4 from Karlsruhe in the direction of Luxembourg. I made a menta? note to visit the area after Karlsruhe sometime as it also looked great. This route has the added advantage of 95 cents diesel and cheap Leffe in Luxembourg.

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    Reply to: Italian Lakes – Family Friendly location with pool

    Another thought, what type of place do you want?

    If you want commercial with loads of activities then look at Piani Di Clodia in Lazise.

    If you relaxing then consider my suggestion above.

    If you are going to be there for two weeks maybe consider splitting. We sometimes take the children to Piani Di Clodia and do everything it has to offer for 4 days, that’s enough for me, but still good.

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    Reply to: Italian Lakes – Family Friendly location with pool

    Our kids are 14, 12 & 8.

    What do we do?

    Play football, volleyball, table tennis or badminton. Take them to the Lake swimming, SUPing or pedaloing. Bike rides (of course). But after a few days they normally form a gang with the other children (Danish, italien, German and Austrian mainly) so we seem to lose them and have to chase them to do something. The place has a huge garden which is open for all. There’s also the waterparks, theme parks and the rest of the tourist attractions.

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    Reply to: Alcohol Free Beer

    Alcohol free weiss beer is where it’s happening. Advertised as isotonic, full of minerals and replaces energy. It tastes ok but don’t switch down to it from standard weiss beer otherwise it tastes like …..

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    Reply to: Italian Lakes – Family Friendly location with pool

    We always stay at a vineyard called Le Caldane in Cola. It’s a couple of km away from the lake so far enough to avoid the masses and yet close enough to get there easily.

    Le Caldane

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    Reply to: Concrete advice needed

    I’m in Austria, called our local place and he gave me the 6m number. Maybe I need to call him again and start talking beers etc for a smaller amount.

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    Reply to: Concrete advice needed

    I’m in Austria, called our local place and he gave me the 6m number. Maybe I need to call him again and start talking beers etc for a smaller amount.

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    Reply to: Concrete advice needed

    Thanks Lawman, 1-3-6 it is.

    Trailrat – its not so big, 4.5m diameter, with between a 10 and 20cm gap around it at the moment. So I’ve got about max 3 cubic meters to make, probably more like 2 cubic meters. The problem is that I can only get a minimum order qty of 6 cubic meters delivered. So intend to borrow a mixer and get on with it.

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    Reply to: Concrete advice needed

    Actually, the manufacturer only states “suitable for above ground or in ground”. I read that if you live in a sand area you need the collar, and I live in a clay area, which does not necessarily need it. Therefore its really just a gap filler to stop things moving.

    I hear you though, if I am going to do it might as well use the standard mixtures.

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    Reply to: Lake Garda eurocamp type holiday recommendations

    We always stay on the south east of the lake (not in the mountains), would highly recommend Piani Di Clodia near Lazise if you want a place with plenty of activities. Would recommend a higher car if you want to explore, however the on-site supermarket and free bus into lazise means it’s not essential .

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