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Mike the Boilerman

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  1. What on EARTH were you searching for to find THAT!!!!!
  2. He knows this perfectly well. His statements are a curious and often successful style of aggression one encounters in people once in a while. Often in politicians and sometimes in the type of highly successful business people who get their way by steam-rollering people. He is perfectly aware he is doing it, and has honed the technique to perfection.
  3. He's not a dog he's a muppet of a dog, you muppet...
  4. a cycle path, possibly. Certainly some of the traits associated with cycle paths.
  5. I get the impression LG means her komputa keyboard, and all sound has vanished from the machine.
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  13. The maxim amongst estate agents they never tell you is "First get the instruction, then get the reduction". Or in other words, out-value all the competition, then once you get a sole agency in the bag, set about reducing those sky-high seller's expectations you created in order to bag your sole agency. "I can't understand why there has been so little interest, it's a lovely house"... "Unfortunate timing, the way the market has turned against you"... "There have been so few viewings because most people select 'up to £200k' when searching".... yada yada. So given two came in at the same value, I bet they were of the shiny suit persuasion, and 190k is what they actually expect it to make. So as I suggested earlier, get several valuations then take the lowest one and deduct £10k for a ball-park real life market value. I'll open the bidding by offering you £100k. Where is it again?
  14. I totally get that. I would only feel free to write what I really think about a restaurant if I had chosen to go there and paid for my meal.
  15. The whole bank is contained inside a rather complicated plastic case. One can take each end off the get to the interconnects but now the whole thing is installed in the cupboard under the bed and weighs about 40Kg, so I'm not taking it out just to take a photo!!
  16. Well that's it, really. Three or four years ago I did a lot of Goggling on this subject having heard lots of scare stories, and concluded LiFePO4 really are a negligible risk based on the number of stories I found on thermal runaway, i.e. none for LiFePO4 specifically. ALL the runaway cases I read about were other types of lithium. And supporting this now, there have been no cases of thermal runaway cropping up on this forum or on the towpath telegraph that I have heard (so far). If it turns out my bank is goosed from charging that one cell to 4.2v, I'm happy to donate it for a destructive test aimed at getting to thermal runaway. I don't like it anyway because of the weird welded interconnects. One cannot separate the cells without using an angle grinder...
  17. Best of luck. There will always be one who is a clear professional businessman and deals 'man-to-man' properly. Breath of fresh air when you find one. Sadly now is the worst possible time of year to start marketing. It doesn't just slow down around xmas, the market utterly dies a DEATH. My advice is wait until Feb to instruct if you can. Reason being, once the house goes on Rightmove the date of listing is there for everyone to see and I doubt you'll shift it in Dec or Jan, and come the upturn in Feb/March peeps will see it's been on for months with no takers and you'll keep getting low low offers. Unless as you say, you're not too bothered about the price and just want it sold in which case pick you fave EA, and ask him to list it at £10k lower than the lowest valuation you hasd, in return for a haircut on his commission rate.
  18. Thing is, an estate agent might have got £650k wit a it of active marketing, but you'll never know. And another thing is, having conducted dozens of property transactions myself, my experience of estate agents is quite extensive and youi simply cannot tar them all with the same brush, any more than you can politicans. Yes there are plenty of scheming manipulative bar steward EAs out there but equally there are many out there who are decent and honest and nothing like the reputation EAs have and you have unthinkingly bought into. I suggest you put some effort into finding one. Serious research. Go and interview a few (or a lot). Yes the oily ones in their shiny suits will have you wanting to throw up as they patronise you but in every town there WILL be at least one grown up serious estate agent with integrity who treats you with respect. Often they are the one-man-band estate agents, or husband and wife teams with just one small shop front. Avoid the chain estate agents, they are ones full of the oily barrow boys who should still be in short trousers. Rant over....
  19. I'd imagine of that 50% dumped as heat, perhaps half goes out the exhaust as hot products of combustion, and half is dissipated by the water cooling system. Frictional losses get translated into heat I'd say, but are small. So when pootling at 3hp, there are further 3hp being dissipated in heat from exhaust and cooling, perhaps 1.5hp into the coolant alone. A shade over 1kW. Enough to heat one double radiator perhaps.
  20. Yes Goggle offered me that as a possible alternative, but I stuck with what she wrote and failed to click the link. I'd say she is right, Dave IS "fantastically visionary"...
  21. Does anyone have any stats about how much power a say 30hp diesel needs to dissipate via its cooling system when thrashing up The Thames at full chat? And in comparison, how much it needs to dissipate when pottering along at 2mph in still water? The (small) surface area required on the skin tank seems to illustrate the figures are smaller than a boat's-worth of radiators would radiate.
  22. Being a feek plummer I had to look it up. "Chimeral" means, apparently, like a chimera. So I looked up "Chimera". Chi·me·ra also Chi·mae·ra (kī-mîr′ə, kĭ-) n. 1. Greek Mythology A fire-breathing female monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent. 2. An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts. So I'm none the wiser. I can't see why Dave's (probably accurate) analysis of the situation is in any way 'chimeral'. My guess is it drew the criticism because it is accurate. The lady doth protest, and all that.
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