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Member postings for Bob Brown 1

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Thread: New Workshop
14/09/2018 21:55:59

I took the view when I was creating my garage/workshop (4.5m x 7m) that I would build it to current house standards e.g. cavity walls with insulation and roof with 120 mm of Celotex insulation. Double glazed window and door with insulated electric roller shutter. It has been cool in the summer and warm in the winter with no issues with rust as it is like keeping stuff in the house. Made sure the electrics were over kill in terms as current 16mm feed to fuse board even if to date only a small % of the capacity has been used. dscf0442.jpg

Thread: What depth concrete base for a workshop extension?
17/07/2018 11:01:02

Do not forget there are different grades of concrete and you can specify a fibre reinforcement if using ready mix.

Thread: Wind turbines get bigger and bigger
06/04/2018 12:34:38

You only have to look to France to see a country that has invested heavily in Nuclear with over 75% generated

Edited By Bob Brown 1 on 06/04/2018 12:35:30

Thread: Battery Lifespan
03/04/2018 20:02:05

You can get solar powered watches which use solar power to keep the battery charged.


Thread: Wind turbines get bigger and bigger
03/04/2018 19:48:53

Vestas turbine blade leaving Cowesimg_0049.jpg

Edited By Bob Brown 1 on 03/04/2018 19:49:58

Thread: Recommended Shed suppliers
26/01/2018 17:14:51

Here's an option, **LINK** only built one of their log summer houses but that was straight forward. The fact this one comes insulated should make it easy to heat in the winter and cool in the summer only draw back could be cost.


Thread: The true cost of Diesel?
09/11/2017 20:46:27
Posted by Phil Whitley on 09/11/2017 19:13:40:

One of the main problems is that renewable energy is shut down in order that nuclear gets paid for every watt it can generate. If it were the other way round, and we used every available watt from renewables, and then topped up with nuclear, nuclear would cease to be financially viable. Demand is falling, that is why Hinkley point is shuddering to a halt, because by the time it is completed, it may not be viable, even at the three times the cost of todays energy that has been accepted by the government.

In the UK gas powered generation is varied with load/demand with nuclear just providing the base load and renewables supplying as and when as they are reliant on variables like wind or sun. Gas is relatively quick to bring on line as the demand requires hence the reason to use it that way, Until we get to a point that there is large capacity storage then I can not see things changing much.

08/11/2017 23:24:20

There are 4 x 1.5Mw tidal turbines in the north of Scotland with plans to go much bigger see **LINK**

08/11/2017 12:28:07

Fossil fuels are also used to heat our houses and contribute to NOx and CO2 emissions so unless you intend to move to rather expensive electric heating will continue. If we were to switch to electric cars and add in the load of heating our homes with electric the grid simply would not cope and require a massive upgrade even at street level.

Thread: A bit of humour
29/09/2017 00:04:34

Ryanair's Micheal O'Leary arrives in a hotel in Dublin, he goes to the bar and asks for a pint of draught Guinness.

The barman nodded and said, "That will be one Euro please, Mr. O'Leary." Somewhat taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money.

"Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland"

"That is remarkable value" Michael comments. "I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours. That will be 3 euro please.

O'Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat.

"Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra 2 euro. - You could have pre-book the seat, and it would have only cost you a Euro."

"I think you may to be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please"

Michael attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can't squeeze in he complains "Nobody would fit in that little frame".

"I'm afraid if you can't fit in the frame you'll have to pay an extra surcharge of €4.00 for your seat sir".

O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. "I see that you have brought your laptop with you" added the barman. "And since that wasn't pre-booked either, that will be another 3 euro."

O'Leary was so annoyed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, "This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager".

"Ah, I see you want to use the counter," says the barman, "that will be 2 euro please." O'Leary's face was red with rage.

"Do you know who I am?"

"Of course I do Mr. O'Leary,"

"I've had enough, What sort of Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!"

"Here is his E mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only 10 cent per second"

"I will never use this bar again".

"OK sir, but remember, we are the only hotel in Ireland selling pints for one Euro".

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
26/09/2017 14:55:28

One from my childhood, walked passed this on my way to school late 60's 248348_10201256807048835_2003650848_n.jpg

Edited By Bob Brown 1 on 26/09/2017 14:55:46

Thread: A bit of humour
26/09/2017 14:52:42


Thread: Offshore wind now cheaper than Nucular
12/09/2017 22:27:35
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/09/2017 21:52:34:

Not particularly revolutionary, the reactors in nuclear ships and submarines aren't exactly huge...


Quite true the Nmitz class aircraft carriers are only 194 MW and submarines are even smaller by a factor of over 10.

12/09/2017 17:43:58

Coming to a place near you **LINK**

Thread: Coming from a Cummins
31/08/2017 17:47:35

Possibly a hand oil pump to drain the sump as it's not like you can put a can under a boat engine or a fuel priming pump.


Edited By Bob Brown 1 on 31/08/2017 17:48:15

Thread: Chinese Electric Cars
23/08/2017 21:35:42

14kw is not going to go very far if you have a 90kw car battery at 25% to charge and at £5900.00 plus installation not exactly cheap.

23/08/2017 20:54:50
Posted by JasonB on 23/08/2017 20:41:00:
Posted by Bob Brown 1 on 23/08/2017 18:34:35:

On dull days like that you buy in electricity from the grid which will balance out to some extent with the sunny days when you are at work and the solar excess is going into the grid and being credited to your account or stored in the Tesla powerwall ready to be used when needed.

Not going to be that good in the UK with less than 2000 hrs of sunshine/year great for sunnier areas but for the UK??

23/08/2017 18:34:35

That then begs the question do we get enough sun light in the UK as solar panels only produce 10 to 25% of their rated output on overcast days or for a typical 4kw set up 400w to 1kw which would take for ever to charge a car. Probably great in sunny places like California but here in the UK ??

23/08/2017 09:33:35

On thing that is certainly going to change, any discounts or rebates on EVs will disappear and the cost to charge an EV will increase as there would be huge loss of revenue from fossil fuels after all we are paying the government 65% + of the cost of every litre we use.

21/08/2017 14:38:12

Made for an interesting read regards to charging EV's **LINK**

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