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  1. When did you last buy diesel? Winter diesel has a anti waxing agent added to prevent the formation of wax at low temperatures. If It starts and runs OK when the temperature rises, it will be because you have summer diesel in your tank which has waxed because of the low temperature and caused a blockage.
  2. I remember watching a saloon car race at Goodwood many years ago. A car fuelled with ethanol crashed and caught fire. The driver, Peter Proctor, got out and began rolling about on the grass. It was only when the grass began to burn with visible flames that the marshalls used their fire extinguishers on him. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Procter
  3. We had real switches and switchboards too, it was just that they were switching 50 volts DC. The only fake thing was the standby generator, which was a cassette player playing a recording of a diesel.generator... 🤣 Once you had passed the initial course you were then trained on specific real installations and if successful given either an 'HV Approved Person' or 'HV Competent Person' ticket, which was valid on that specific installation for one year Later I became the 'Engineer HV' for a site and eventually 'Senior Engineer HV' for an area. These roles were mainly administrative, writing or approving method statements and switching schedules.
  4. Yes when I did my initial HV course at a BT training college the instructor wasted no time in saying not to worry, the switches were actually switching 50volts DC not 11,000 volts AC. I told him he had ruined it for me as I wouldn't concentrate as hard on what I was doing.
  5. Which is why domestic RCD's are set to 30mA (thirty thousandths of an amp for the benefit of those who don't understand the term "milli"). Even 30MA directly across the heart can kill in the right circumstances. I initially studied electronics at college, so was familiar with currents in the milliamp range. When I joined BT's predecessor Post Office Telephones, they put me on the power section, where I was put to work maintaining DC power systems rated in thousands of amps. Scared the living daylights out of me at first. Then they merged the AC & DC sides and I had to learn to work on 11,000 volt high voltage AC systems, which initially scared me even more!
  6. You would have to moor there for a long time to break even on licensing costs, even with the proposed above inflation increases...
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  12. Aluminium boats can do similar. I remember seeing a burned out Sea Otter burnt almost to the waterline at Braunston a few years ago.
  13. Perhaps they can consider installing something similar for the A45 Bridge just north of Braunston?
  14. I'm amazed that you're still waiting patiently after 5 years .. 😂😅🤣
  15. I'm surprised no one has suggested this yet!
  16. That Is how mine is wired, even though the generator (Travelpower) was never installed.
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  18. Certainly in 2013 when I last worked on a London Data Centre, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets employed a Building Control Officer, who attended the construction periodically to ensure standards were being met and signed off the complete works before it could be handed over to the client.
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  20. When I worked as a project manager fitting out data centres, we used intumescent sealant to seal small holes. This was approved for use in building under section 20 of the London Building Regulations, for which sites has to be signed off by the Local Authority Buildings Approval Officer. https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-intumescent-sealant-white-310ml/5689R?tc=VC2&ds_rl=1249416&ds_rl=1241687&ds_rl=1245250&gad_source=1&ds_rl=1247848&ds_rl=1245250&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtOmsBhCnARIsAGPa5ybC4jpDqCN0LmLPP1nAmxxSZnShGQ4wV9g6wXos7fSIqomwLbM3aFkaAlDuEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  21. Back in January 2010 I was working at a data centre in Slough. We contractors had to park in a council run car park as the data centre didn't want us using their parking facilities. One day it snowed hard overnight. I arrived at the car park and parked where I thought my usual slot was Later in the day a hoard of (well three 😂) traffic wardens arrived, scraped the snow around the parked cars, and ticketed those not parked between the lines! Fortunately I was within the lines. It was a completely pointless exercise, because someone took photos of the snow covered car park, gave copies to those who were ticketed and they all won their appeals for incorrect parking.
  22. When I was about 10 years old I went to my friend's to play with his Scalextric set. Unbeknown to me his mum had sprayed a wasp with insect killer just before I arrived. As I plonked myself on the floor next to one of the controllers, I felt a burning pain in my right hand. I looked down to see a wasp stuck to my knuckle, with it's sting embedded in me, writhing away. I pulled it out and my friends Mum applied vinegar to the site. However my hand began to swell until after a short while my fingers looked like fat sausages. I was carted off to the local hospital where they gave me a tetanus injection and put my arm in a sling to raise my hand to shoulder level. Apparently the wasp continued stinging me as it was in its death throes and because circulation on the hand is fairly low, the poison didn't dissipate, hence the swelling. I've hated the buggers ever since and usually strike first when I see one.
  23. The voltage limits for the mains in the UK is +10% (253 volts) and -6% (216.2) following the harmonisation of our original 240 volts supply with Europe's original 220 volt supply to a nominal 230 volts. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002/2665/regulation/27/made
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