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    Bloody lucky to walk away from that. I've been to a few smash ups as a Volunteer Firefighter. After one smash up I started to think twice about electric seats with no mechanical override. Took us I think nearly an hour and a half to cut a girl out of a car that side swiped a semi we had the whole car cut away with our specialized tools and in the end it took a socket set to remove the nuts and bolts from her car seat so we could back up her seat and get her feet out from under the dash and the pedals because the battery had been obliterated by the crash so there was no power to the seat. Kinda fearful of some of the new technology like the electric cars and hybrids with these special batteries they have and the exotic metals in them. Scary enough when you get a vehicle fire and the magnesium starts burning.

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    Nasty accident, but bent metal doesn’t matter so long as flesh and bone survives.

    i thought something must be up with you as you’ve been unusually quite, but it was good to see that you’ve registered to join us on Madmodder (I approved your account a few days ago !)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 245dlc View Post
    Bloody lucky to walk away from that. I've been to a few smash ups as a Volunteer Firefighter. After one smash up I started to think twice about electric seats with no mechanical override. Took us I think nearly an hour and a half to cut a girl out of a car that side swiped a semi we had the whole car cut away with our specialized tools and in the end it took a socket set to remove the nuts and bolts from her car seat so we could back up her seat and get her feet out from under the dash and the pedals because the battery had been obliterated by the crash so there was no power to the seat. Kinda fearful of some of the new technology like the electric cars and hybrids with these special batteries they have and the exotic metals in them. Scary enough when you get a vehicle fire and the magnesium starts burning.
    absolutely Bert .... been to me fair share of RTAs too, when I used to get call outs, from plod, with me cranes ...
    I was very thankful when I looked at the vehicles' damage

    Have to say I'd never considered the leccy seat issue ... windows and locks yes, but not the seats ... as for all the leccy cars and hybrids ... yeh potential bombs on wheels, to say now't of fumes
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewMawson View Post
    Nasty accident, but bent metal doesn’t matter so long as flesh and bone survives.

    i thought something must be up with you as you’ve been unusually quite, but it was good to see that you’ve registered to join us on Madmodder (I approved your account a few days ago !)
    too right Andrew

    not had the greatest of months, this month .... body is just starting to behave more like it should, but'll be a while longer, 'fore I can trust it not to kick off again .... like walking about with a hand grenade with the pin out ATM ... great care is being taken not to piss anything off !!

    I see I'd got the approval, but not been back in for a better look around since .... some one on the plant talk forum had flagged up one of your threads and thought " I know that name"
    looks an interesting site
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    very lucky not to have been a hell of a lot worse

    Skoda Fabia's on her list of preferences or a Yeti....
    she'd actually been considering a change -- apparently - - unknown to me, the Roomster was 250 quid a year to tax fk knows why??

    only a few quid less than my P38 ... spent the day wandering locally Saturday, eyeballing what's about ...after spending several hours on the search pages friday evening and got plenty of leads !

    Vicki's had a couple of Skodas and must say I can't really fault them as a good, solid, basic motor ... her brother is still driving her old Fabia daily as his get to work and back bus / second car ... leaves their Cactus free for the wife and kids.
    Some of the fabias are only 20 quid a year to tax
    mission accomplished ..
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    Vicki's on half term that week - she teaches - so had to be sorted PDQ ....
    all seem around the same sort of price ... 27k miles, 2017, ex VAG lease to a doctor. just had its first MOT.

    Ins.'ll only give her a rental for so long, 'fore they start charging it ... even if they ain't paying .. was local and a trader I know, with a good rep and been around 30 odd years
    .... a few other identical ones in the area ... was what she fancied and should give her good service ... Job done

    Lot to be said for not messing about

    can waste a lot of time and energy running around looking at the same thing .. and more often than not end up where you started ..
    with several others to eyeball, if required, it concentrated this seller's mind on striking a deal, rather than risk us not returning ... we did alright ... "not my first rodeo"

    well that was last week - ish .... this week has been equally fraught ..


    the recuperation/honeymoon is over .. or was tues. morning ....


    Vicki feeling very 'not well' that day and actually called in sick that morning (not like her at all - very conscientious girl, fair play) ... so she dropped Clara at nursery and we got a lie in, after we got an early text telling us of the score .... ... followed by a slightly later one saying her boiler was equally unwell .... so 'twas assemble me boiler servicing toolkit and head for her's ....


    transpires, when I get there, that she'd had a kero delivery the previous day, forgot to turn the boiler off, before leaving for work, and having inquired with a neighbour, they were quite late in the day delivering, so could well have been running as it cascaded into the tank ... which is a placcy jobby and fairly new .... but all fuel has a percentage of H2O in it and I always like to have yon boiler off for a while to let it all settle again. Tiger loop system, so the fuel is pumped around the system under pressure and recirculates a fair volume in a short time


    Stank of kero, so whipped the blower/burner unit out to check the injector/atomiser nozzle .. 'twere damp so new one in for the fiver they cost ... combustion chamber was clean enough though and all dry


    with the burner out the way, access to the filter was way easier than the usual struggle and sure enough, yon filter was saturated - with wasser and the feed line to the atomiser was empty.
    new filter, reassemble the burner unit and re-install into the fire box, press go button and heat was restored .... well pleased I'd not needed to hoover the damned thing out .. was pretty clean.
    still pushing two hours on me knees, leaning over the offending item ... wasn't feeling the greatest, but wasn't letting on ...
    I get a real sense of achievement/satisfaction every time I nurse the damned thing back to life, which I've managed for a good twenty years now ...


    Worcester Danesmore with a Danfoss blown burner and Satronic controller ... all pretty basic and a bag of spanners job to look after ... They'd intended to replace it later in the year .. 'fore Vicki'd had to spend her savings on a new motor, so might have to wait a bit longer ... but I'll keep it purring
    ... I have dibs on the old unit when they do ... the blown burner, which has been virtually rebuilt, over the last couple of years, as bits failed (a real "trigger's broom") is going to make a great space heater


    Oil boiler design only recently seems to have started modernising. Compared to gas they’re a pretty crude design.


    but relatively easy to maintain
    biggest issue with oil fired is the fact it has to go through its start up/shut down cycle every time you flick a tap on .. gas is on / off flick of a switch/valve
    we have a Grant, oil fired, floor standing, combi., condensing .. beast of a thing compared to a gas unit - piece of junk TBH ... would never buy an oil fired combi.


    such a cycle, every time you demand hot water ... especially in summer months when the heating isn't in use.
    conventional oil fired with a hot water storage tank, fine, but when this un dies .. I'd consider going propane or finding somewhere to install a hot water storage tank ... oil combis are crap (IMHDO)
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    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    well .. they say.. "trouble comes in threes" ...
    after the car last week and the boiler issues earlier this week ...
    Vicki on the phone early Thursday morning ... with water dripping from Clara's bedroom ceiling !!!

    Had me BIL coming to give me a hand sorting some errant slates on the roof here, after all the winds we've had ... well he was gonna sort 'em and I was gonna get him up there in the basket ...
    Vicki got priority, so shortly after he arrived we shot down the village for a look see ....
    cold water header/expansion tank in the ridge of the loft leaking - properly ... concluded a split somewhere, so set to getting the bugger out ... which we eventually managed after some careful persuasion

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    having wrestled it past all the pipework and wriggled it out of its resting place, 'twas pretty evident 'twere fooked ... but only slightly

    dashed into town, with the offending item, hoping to find a replacement that'd fit the space available or better still a like for like replacement .... reg,s changed recently apparently and .... no chance ... all very different now

    managed to find a supplier who could offer very similar physical dims, but a very different tank ...but at the earliest, friday or more likely Monday/Tuesday - bugger !!


    the problem with the original was a couple of small cracks that'd developed around the base of some internal ribbing and the supplier, who I've dealt with for many years, suggested a temp fix with some CT1 adhesive/filler, that works and can even be applied, under water - - like sticking tiles to a swimming pool wall whilst said pool is full

    so new tank ordered .... tube of CT1 in hand, me and the BIL set off home to effect a temporary repair on said tank, so' we could at least get the heating and hot water functional for a few more days, on the old unit, whilst the new one made its way to Druid central and we could be impressed at the performance of this CT1 stuff

    internal ribs suitably plastered and some flexible cover patches bonded to the under sides .... welding curtain seemed a fair option

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    we returned to Vickis loft to re-instate the bloody thing ...... went in a damned sight easier than it came out ... we had the drop on it .. refilled and all was nice and dry
    observed it for a good hour and were happy ..... way too late for the originally planned slating job, so a.n.other date was set for that and Gareth went home after a cuppa and some of Pam's gluten free sponge cake. she makes an awesome GF cake

    22:00 thursday night - me phone rings - Vicki ... "there's a bit of a drip" !! ****, **** and double **** ......." I'll be down first thing ... stick a bucket under it and turn the main off babe "

    the pic above is one I took this morning after extricating said tank ... AGAIN !! after taking Clara to nursery and returning home with the damned thing ... water had some how managed to find a way to track through the sealant inside on the web/tank wall interface, through the crack and then worm it's way out through the sealant holding the patch on ..... well unhappy !! (the missing bit is where I'd rubbed it off)

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    cleaned everything off ... meticulously clean .... scoured it all with course glass paper (sand paper to them that don't know better - sand paper doesn't exist) and remade the seal / patch repair ....
    back to Vicki's .... re-installed the repaired tank in situ, left it to dry/drying,... all in time to collect Clara at 12

    as per , as the sun was out here, for a miraculous change :hurra: .. she wanted an hour in the park on the swings/slide/etc. ........ half twelve I get a call to say the new tank had been delivered --- "I'll be in shortly - just installed the old one again for the second time - long story - see you in twenty min.s Peter "
    He was amazed the CT1'd let us down !!
    "C'est la vie "
    Shot into town with Clara and picked it up ... very nice .. but very different!!

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    going to need a lot of plumbing re-juggling to persuade this into the original location and after examining it in the loft, as a comparator ... concluded 'twas a job for a.n.other day, suitably armed, with a bucketful of plumbing fittings, extra pipe and more time than I had available today .....
    so filled the repaired tank, checked it over yet again, turned the main off in case, strategically placed a few buckets and burgered off for some lunch, as Clara was now H U N G R Y

    Spoke with Vicki at tea time and discussed tactics/procedure, for leaving it un-attended over the week end, if she went out anywhere - i.e. turn the bloody main off, in case, but ......... was all still dry and dandy when we spoke, so hopefully if there're no issues in 24 hrs, there won't be any and I get some breathing space, to get yon new one installed not heard anything bad , yesterday evening, so fingers crossed ... or today, so hoping it's all ok

    So that's three 'problems' ... in double quick time ...... they/I/we have had our quota for a while ... hopefully


    for those wondering or a little confused ...... this is an old style system with a hot water storage tank, which can also be heated electrically, with an immersion heater coil, built into the tank.

    the header tank is as high as you can get it in the property .. provides a good head of water to the tank, a floor below and keeps it totally full, with a rising expansion drain back into the header .... then the hot tank feeds the boiler's hot water jacket/loop, that supplies the hot water system, when the heating is on.
    The hot water is stored in the lagged / insulated hot tank.

    The boiler has a separate water jacket which heats the sealed/closed heating circuit, feeding all the radiators, which is pumped around the system when on... this too has an expansion/header tank to keep that system full.
    each tank has an overflow to atmosphere, should they over fill, due to expansion (or ball float valve failure) and their own rising main feed on a ball float valve, to maintain a correct pre-set level in each. ... I ought to take a look at this smaller tank too, next time I'm in the attic/loft as it's the same age as the failed one ... but much smaller and so not under such stress .. the failed one is 15 gallons ...... hope that all makes sense

    without the hot water header tank installed you can't run the boiler safely

    so that's been my week - ish ....... I am hoping for a quieter week, next week ...... so's I can carry on with the recuperation
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Didn't hear from Vicki sunday 'til lunch time so was assuming all the water was where it's supposed to be.
    we have had her brother, his wife and their two children here for a couple of days .. arrived late Sat. night ... and Vicki and Clara were due here for lunch so was gonna find out


    I 'd have been very pissed off if the second 'repair' hadn't been effective ... and annoyed if she hasn't told me sooner so i could have done something about it


    However .. transpired all water was where it should be and all working fine ......
    'cept my boiler decided to have a hiccup an hour after she arrived .......


    seems OK now after sticking it on manual, giving it some HEAT and topping up the pressure a bit .. which did look fine, but an extra 0.2 bar seems to have settled it
    we'll see .... just didn't sound right ... but does now .......
    funny how your ear will pick up the slightest thing when it's in tune with regular background noises


    She brought Clara up Monday morning at 07:45 before work and it was still fine .. and DRY ... so got some breathing space to sort the new one

    As said Josh and family here, over the weekend ... his Birthday shortly and we're not going to see them for three months ... off traveling later in the month, having saved up holidays, maternity and paternity allowances .. off round Europe ... again .. possibly not the greatest time to choose but all planned months in advance and they'll just keep away from people as much as poss.


    little un's growing



    daddy didn't get a look in on the candles ... four or five times, Sunday afternoon ..



    Clara and Shem decorated his cake!! ..... bit random ... but they didn't pinch any, whilst they were doing it .. much to Pam's amazement


    they departed about lunchtime, after I'd fetched Clara back from nursery ...... then it was treatment time, bit later than the usual Monday morning, after we'd had lunch ..... Clara loves to get in on the act .....






    gonna be a while 'fore she gets anywhere near my arm, with a canular ...... she's dangerous enough with a thermometer
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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