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by bungeejumper
March 19th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Boiler silencer additive
Replies: 12
Views: 286

Re: Boiler silencer additive

I've always just tipped a bottle of Sentinel X200 into the header tank. Didn't know that it came as an aerosol at all. I think you can get it as a concentrate which can be squeezed into bleed valves by a special applicator. That would presumably be the favourite method with systems that don't have ...
by bungeejumper
March 18th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Overskredet sparvhuje
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Overskredet sparvhuje

The second word may be for speed limit for all I know, but overhead sparrow will suit me unless there's anything in your dictionary similar to spärrhuje (as against what I typed above)? Well, spärr (or Sperre) means a limit or a (usually physical) barrier in most of northern Europe's root-German te...
by bungeejumper
March 18th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 88
Views: 2252

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

Aunty Em's sweet shop, a paradise as far as we kids were concerned. She must have been a very patient woman because we all took ages to spend our few coppers. About the time I gave up teaching in 1979, our little charges were being wonderfully cared for by the lovely lady who ran the sweet shop nex...
by bungeejumper
March 18th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Overskredet sparvhuje
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Overskredet sparvhuje

If not, what was the most unusual way in which you were caught speeding? It's never happened to me, guv, but they tell me that in France you can be done for travelling between any two motorway tollbooths in less time than it's theoretically supposed to take. I once travelled three or four hundred s...
by bungeejumper
March 18th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Propagating Seeds - Lighting - Newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Propagating Seeds - Lighting - Newbie

The short answer is that you don't generally need auxiliary lighting unless you're growing (ahem) exotic plants for the production of illegal substances - in which case it will be critical to your cashflow. :lol: That said, strawberry hothouses and Dutch tomato growers also use lighting, and so I im...
by bungeejumper
March 18th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Overskredet sparvhuje
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Overskredet sparvhuje

Damn, and I only got rid of my Swedish dictionary last year. :evil: Overskredet just means "excess", though. Don't know what sparvhuje means, though. It doesn't seem to be speed, which apparently translates into Swedish as "fart". So after all these years of wondering, it now app...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Radiators - bleed valve replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Radiators - bleed valve replacement

Those old valves may shut off fully if you are lucky. When you reopen the lockshield valve, it may leak around the gland and drip onto your carpet. It is usually possible to tighten the gland nut to stop the leak. A new lockshield valve is a better fix. Ah, at least the lockshield and the TRV aren'...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1086

Glo''-als

I've been struck by the recent spread of glottal stops on TV, which I shall hereinafter refer to as glo''-als. And particularly by their inconsistent usage among quite senior presenters. It's not that glo''-als particularly offend me as such - I was, after all, born and raised in post-war Norf Lunno...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Radiators - bleed valve replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Radiators - bleed valve replacement

Following on from the query about drain cocks, here's a quick job that I've been threatening to do for several years but haven't got round to it. Will it be as straightforward as I think? We have a few pressed steel double radiators dating from the mid-1960s - inefficient and heavy by today's standa...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Kettling boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 242

Re: Kettling boiler

Get a replacement washer or two. The old one may not reseal, especially if it breaks up. Thanks Julian, I'll put it on my list for the next time I do a complete drain-down, and will do the lot. Do you happen to know whether washers (and indeed drain valve cores) are universal? The square 'spanner e...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Kettling boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 242

Re: Kettling boiler

Perhaps the sealing washer is stuck against it's seat....try removing the thread part and poke within the bore very gently with a little pick or screwdriver or something. But be prepared for when the water does come out..... Indeed, if it's an open vented system (i.e. with a header tank), then ther...
by bungeejumper
March 17th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Deserved or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Deserved or not?

Bearing in mind who the senator was and what he'd just said (about the New Zealand massacre), I'd have been happier with a bucket of red paint.

BJ
by bungeejumper
March 15th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 88
Views: 2252

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

It was a nice wee village in Wilde's day, before it was 'developed'. I really can't think of anything good to say about the place. I can. It provides a nice cut-through route from the southern M25 if you want to hit the westbound M4. Straight down the M3, neatly bypassing Heathrow, and then northwa...
by bungeejumper
March 14th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Damned Spellchecker
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Damned Spellchecker

Spill chuckers, we call them in my trade. As long as the word they come up with is a bona fide sequence of letters, they'll use it, and it'll be up to you to soot the error before you hot sand. These errors predated spill chuckers, however. The story goes that the London Times reported on a royal vi...
by bungeejumper
March 14th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1086

Re: BBC Presenters

Hmmm, agree with Gaggsy on this one. ;) "It was not nothing" sounds like a reasonable sort of gambit for an argument, as long as you follow through with an assertive pitch as to what it actually was. Or alternatively, a sense that the world had been expecting nothing, but that what it got ...
by bungeejumper
March 14th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: It's good to Talk Talk
Replies: 8
Views: 451

Re: It's good to Talk Talk

Coincidentally, I tried last Monday to get the broadband part of my wife's TalkTalk phone 'n web package cancelled, because the broadband speed is crap compared with my BT account, so we don't use it any more. Surprise, surprise, the online portal gave no clue as to how this could be achieved. You c...
by bungeejumper
March 12th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Marriage
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Marriage

Good old Zsa Zsa Gabor: "A man is incomplete until he's married. Then he's finished."

She had nine husbands, and it didn't seem to do her any harm.

BJ
by bungeejumper
March 12th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: blind 'dafs'
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: blind 'dafs'

Breelander wrote: None of the pesticides available to home gardeners will control large narcissus bulb fly larvae. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=657

Doesn't it fill your heart with wonder that nature created a creature that had no other purpose on this planet than to ruin Mother's Day?

BJ
by bungeejumper
March 9th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: New customers at the bird table.
Replies: 19
Views: 808

Re: New customers at the bird table.

I'm surprised. We once had a "squirrel-proof" feeder a bit like this: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/1c/56/63/1c5663057ff3a162a85f9d7631bb8e52.jpg It was a mild steel cylinder about 1.5mm thick, suspended from an apple tree. The squirrels chewed through the mild steel and made a real mess of i...
by bungeejumper
March 8th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: New customers at the bird table.
Replies: 19
Views: 808

Re: New customers at the bird table.

40 years ago in west wales, greenfinches and yellow hammers were plentiful . now we have none. quite a few chaffinches though and many goldfinches . :) Effing jackdaws keep falling down our chimney and dropping fifty feet down into the fireplace in the office, whereupon they try to fly out of the w...

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