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  1. You can get combine microwave air fryers already. https://www.bestproductsreviews.co.uk/microwave-air-fryer-combo?targetid=dsa-19959388920&matchtype=&device=c&campaignid=15548184439&creative=569168980237&adgroupid=131395587735&feeditemid=&loc_physical_ms=1007147&loc_interest_ms=&network=g&devicemodel=&placement=&keyword=$&target=&aceid=&adposition=&trackid=uk_all_top_11_2&mId=407-132-4411&trackOld=true&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA1MCrBhAoEiwAC2d64TmGH5Ri_6AxMCceT2pc8fZSXiiQ7JeIgTeb2QeskbzLIYRaV_8UxhoCwJcQAvD_BwE
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  7. Ah but have you taken into account the global warming effect of the steam coming out of the drivers ears?.. 🤣😂
  8. Before the environmentalists hijacked it the term "green" meant "wet behind the ears" or lacking in knowledge. This is certainly the case with many cyclists I have seen, particularly with respect to rules appertaining to traffic lights, riding on footpaths, using lights when it's dark and common sense when squeezing up the inside of LGV's clearly indicating left.
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  10. I'm surprised no one has suggested inserting a suitably sized potato into the exhaust of the offending generator. Works every time unless you get caught doing it! 🤣😂
  11. Here's a photo of the dog and cat (aged 14 and 20) that I had in 2015. Both died within 2 months of each other that summer.
  12. Running the Webasto will lower the fuel level in the fuel tank, leaving more exposed steelwork for condensation to form on, which in turn increases the chance of getting diesel bug (which lives in the junction between diesel and oil). However the Webasto isn't subject to mains power failures, so you pays your money and takes your choice.
  13. This. We got Sam from a breeder in Shropshire because they were happy to do show us the parents. Initially we were looking for our fourth rescue dog, but were rejected by 8 charities because our house is adjacent to a canal with an unfenced edge to the canal. Despite my offers to put up temporary fencing if necessary (which had been an acceptable solution in the past for our previous rescue dog) they refused, so eventually we bought a pup from a breeder. Here is our first photo of Sam and one of his parents.
  14. I agree. Our local community website went into overdrive after someone reported seeing a boater empty his cassette into the cut and another reported the damage being done to trees in a canalside wood by boaters "foraging" for wood by cutting branches off living trees. These boaters do the rest of us no favours at all.
  15. When I was looking for a canalside property with moorings ten years ago I simply googled "canalside properties with moorings" and lo and behold loads turned up, mainly on Rightmove and/or Zoopla.
  16. I bought my boat in 2014, when it was 6 and a half years old. I will have had it 10 years next May. Failures to date are one water pump (replacement cost about £70) and the bow thruster motor seizing up from a combination of lack of use and condensation caused by me failing to adequately vent the bow thruster compartment during the colder months. Boatyard quoted over £1,000 for a new motor plus fitting. I took the old motor out and had Cox Auto Electrics of Atherstone refurbish it for £400. So in my experience a well maintained boat can still be reliable well beyond 10 years old.
  17. No, my colleague in headquarters liaised with Yuasa from 2000 to get their pure lead thin plate VRLSA's specifically to reduce the number of early life VRSLA failures. I left BT at the end of 2007, so they may have changed the specification since then. The Gates pure lead acid VRSLSA's used in the 80's certainly had much thicker plates than their competitors.
  18. Have you looked down the back of the sofa. I've found lots of things I thought I'd lost there.
  19. It also takes your breath away. Many years ago, when I was in my late teens, I had a friend who was a canoe instructor at Thames Young Mariners. One cold March he was teaching me how to canoe when I fell in. Luckily the water was shallow enough for me to stand up, but I couldn't speak, let alone call for help and only just managed to wade the few yards to the shore and climb out.
  20. Point it at the side of the pan near the surface of the water.
  21. And you can check its calibration using a pan of boiling water (unless you live on a high mountain top or a long way below sea level).
  22. The Chloride product suffered group bar corrosion too, I dismantled many of these batteries from the mid 80's until the mid 20's when BT changed its sole supplier of VRSLA's to Yuasa, who made thin plate pure lead VRSLA's. The high temperatures in the exchanges resulted from decisions made in the 70's to change from wet cells to VRSLA's and house them with the switch and transmission equipment rather than in their own dedicated battery rooms and to cool the equipment areas using fresh air cooling for up 85% of the year (the Air Handling Units contained a small compressor refrigeration unit as well as fans). This was based on the outside temperature only being 35 degrees C or more once in a hundred years at the time of the decision, but by the mid 2000's it had became something that occurred most summers in the UK. As you say, the increasing equipment room temperatures resulted in the installation of full time air conditioning for the hotter exchanges. I have seen temperatures in excess of 50 degrees C in exchanges where the high summer ambient temperatures coincided with a mains failure. I witnessed some "System X" tests at Plessey in the very early 80's where the switch and transmission equipment was still working at 70 degrees C, however the rate of change of temperature had to be closely managed to get the equipment up to that temperature and back down to normal again, and the batteries were useless after being subjected to that temperature for a few hours.
  23. Yes BT initially took VRSLA's from Chloride, Tungstone and Gates (Hawker Energy). All had a predicted 10 year life. Only the Gates batteries achieved this, the others failing after as little as two years. It turned out that only Gates used pure lead plates and group bars and the other manufacturers used alloyed group bars and plates. The alloyed batteries were failing because group bar corrosion was causing the plates to fall off in extreme cases. This was exacerbated by the average temperature of the batteries being above 25 degrees C, which reduced battery life. The only problem with the Gates batteries was the cost being twice that of their competitors. Eventually Tungstone went bust and Chloride guaranteed their batteries for seven years, and gave BT a rebate when they failed before that.
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