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by stewamax
November 18th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Boiler repair and repair insurance.
Replies: 13
Views: 607

Re: Boiler repair and repair insurance.

I concur with Mike4’s commendation of the longevity of “old fashioned” boilers. Until July I had an under-powered but apparently sound Thorn M56/76 that was thirty-something years old. Apart from needing a new thermocouple every five years or so (a 5 minute job) it was trouble free. The various engi...
by stewamax
November 17th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: The Apprentice
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: The Apprentice

Perhaps Alan Sugar would like to be our chief Brexit negotiator.
M Michel Barnier (for it it he): "I would like now to turn your attention to paragraph 330p of subsection M2 part one - secession of Northern Ireland"
Lord Sugar: "B***ocks"
by stewamax
November 16th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: New laptop thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 358

Re: New laptop thoughts

Built-in DVD drive or not? If not, try the 14in screen ASUS Zenbook UX410UA but specify/add a larger SSD and more RAM.
But if you need a 500GB SSD it might be a tad expensive.
Whatever you select, do go for a full HD (1920 x 1080) screen.
by stewamax
November 16th, 2018, 9:26 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Word play III
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Word play III

And Greens eaten alive when the injunctions are lifted
by stewamax
November 16th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement
Replies: 205
Views: 2039

Re: Cabinet agrees Brexit agreement

To appease both the SNP and DUP, May should offer to move HMNB Faslane to Belfast or (if it is navigable or could be made navigable) Derry Lough. This would quieten the build-a-bridge movement, and wrong-foot Martin Selmayr who would love to separate Northern Ireland from the UK and re-establish the...
by stewamax
November 15th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 10
Views: 623

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Having watched it on iPlayer (and it is available until Sunday night 18th), I was expecting some of the digital wizardry used in Lord of the Rings . I was hugely impressed however by the sensitive, affectionate and unsentimental treatment given by Peter Jackson. Using throughout the voices of real c...
by stewamax
November 14th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Recliner chair
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Recliner chair

Not a recommendation about which brand to buy, but some observations from someone who owns one: - typically these come with either two or four actions (recline/eject, footrest forward/back) and the control has buttons to suit. You typically only need four-action ones if you want to sit upright with ...
by stewamax
November 13th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Partner?
Replies: 32
Views: 596

Re: Partner?

I've just read that the average UK wedding now costs more than £30,000 A C of E wedding is currently £474. A wedding in the superintendent registrar's office of most register offices is less than £100 (you want a larger room? you pay more). If anyone wants to spend another £29,500 or so on non-esse...
by stewamax
November 12th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Partner?
Replies: 32
Views: 596

Re: Partner?

Evelyn Waugh's first wife was called .... Evelyn.
They were distinguished by the sobriquets of He-Evelyn and She-Evelyn.
by stewamax
November 12th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Partner?
Replies: 32
Views: 596

Re: Partner?

Personal partner (Cf business partner).
Stilted but accurate.
My wife would still prefer to be called a wife though.
by stewamax
November 11th, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Remembrance ceremony today Sunday 11th
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Remembrance ceremony today Sunday 11th

I must have blinked; did I miss the RBL President (currently Air Marshal David Walker) lay a wreath? Perhaps because Armistice Day commemoration and Remembrance Sunday have become conflated something has had to give? I have fond memories of General Roddy Cordy-SImpson in the correct 'plain clothes' ...
by stewamax
November 9th, 2018, 7:49 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The battlefields now
Replies: 0
Views: 167

The battlefields now

The collection of photos at http://www.westernfrontphotography.com/main.php?g2_view=textpages.Display&page=6 of the Western Front battlefields as they are now is well worth a look. They were taken by professional photographer Mike Sheil over several years and used for the Fields of Battle exhibi...
by stewamax
November 8th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Insulating cold water tank in the loft
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Insulating cold water tank in the loft

It would also have been interesting to log the temperature during the summer heatwave, just to see what the temperature remained at over that period. Indeed. As anyone who has to do some manual work in a loft (insulation, electrics,...) knows, the worst time to pick is summer, especially if you nee...
by stewamax
November 6th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Invention
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Invention

Though profitable for restaurants when the table wobb..... AH DRAT ... wine everywhere. My fault - another bottle of the Cheval Blanc 2010 please waiter. Sorry about the mess [with a large tip necessary as well].
by stewamax
November 6th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Combi system - strange noise
Replies: 11
Views: 389

Re: Combi system - strange noise

It is also worth a simple check that the radiator concerned hasn't been plumbed in backwards. OP didn't mention whether or not it was fitted with a TRV, but it's worth remembering that older TRVs may be one way (they will have an arrow on the valve case). New ones such as the ubiquitous Dratyton TRV...
by stewamax
November 6th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Frozen waste
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Frozen waste

But Eskimo Nell is panting* just for you...

* in her case wearing them would slow things down - vide the mythical Essex girl
by stewamax
November 5th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Health tip
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Health tip

Such longevity is not so unrealistic.
I have an uncle who died not long ago aged 105. Lord Langford who died less than a year ago was also 105. These two chaps lived around ten miles apart in North Wales. Must be the air.
by stewamax
November 2nd, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: How do I size a CH pump?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

How do I size a CH pump?

I have just replaced my central heating boiler*, and sized it using Stelrad’s excellent STARS heat-loss app. Since the radiators now seem to take longer to warm up (perhaps because the boiler temperature needs to stay within the condensing temperature window), the pump** now seems under-powered. But...
by stewamax
November 1st, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Combi system - strange noise
Replies: 11
Views: 389

Re: Combi system - strange noise

Since it is a combi, it could be the effect on the CH circuit (not HW piping) as the diverter valve in the combi switches back from 'HW priority' to 'CH priority and the CH system then has a sudden flush of hot water. I would be inclined to sit by each radiator in turn and get someone to turn the ho...
by stewamax
November 1st, 2018, 9:30 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Do IT techs still use static straps?
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Do IT techs still use static straps?

Apart from when working on the PSU itself, I have always left the PC plugged in (but switched off...) so that the case is earthed, and if I wasn't wearing a strap I would always touch the case with the flat of my hands get rid of any static before handling a board. Whether this is really sensible or...

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