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Thread: Coronavirus
01/04/2020 09:40:40

This thread has now reached 34 pages and there are many comments ranging from real health problems to worries about deliveries. This forum has members spread around the world and this problem is global.

We have known about this virus since December last year (first case in China in November), and we saw impressive footage of the Chinese building two hospitals in January within two weeks. That worried me then, as China wouldn't have gone to those lengths if it wasn't serious, but I was told by friends and family not to be so alarmist, it's just media hype etc etc. Why didn't so many countries around the world sit up and take notice?

We are suffering now in the UK because of lack of action and correct strategy by our government who to date have shown they are incapable of actually governing. We were under resourced right from the start and they are now trying to play catch up. We were just advised to keep on washing hands whilst singing happy Birthday. Stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, which in the main we are all complying with. However, as I write this an Alitalia flight is in the air routing from Rome to Heathrow. Three flights from JFK will take off today routing to Heathrow. These are just two examples, NO checks or quarantine for passengers when they arrive! ALL airports should be closed except for urgent cargo.

My question for our so-called government is Why? When we are doing our bit by self isolating and fearful of going out to buy food, are you still allowing infection into the country on a daily basis? I do understand it's tough for those who went on holiday during the this time and find themselves stranded, but most were aware of the risk before they went. They should be quarantined where they are until fit to come back. This is a global problem and should be treated as such. Maybe it's time for the UN to get involved?

South Korea for instance stopped all travel and tested their population right from the start and they are now recovering. Tough measures bringing faster results. Simple!

I hope you all manage to stay safe, wherever you are. For those living alone it's essential to try and keep positive as this could drag on for longer than we realise. Unfortunately no one knows and that fuels anxiety.

Thread: There is always one
30/03/2020 11:06:57

I'm afraid there is more than one. That Kinnock MP travelled 100's of miles from Wales to see his Dad on his birthday. Some people will never get what the word emergency means.

Thread: What are you doing to stay safe
29/03/2020 17:35:53
Posted by Cornish Jack on 29/03/2020 15:09:44:

RMA - what you are seeing on Flight Raidar are pax aircraft flying freight with empty cabins or occasionally packaged freight on seats.. You won't make profits on this sort of operation but it may cover costs. Most 'passenger flights' earn sizeable revenues with the holds carrying up to 20 tonnes of freight.



Not exactly true. There are many freight only aircraft in the air at the moment, and I've had details from Delta, United and Lufthansa who are filling the seats with packages as well as the cargo hold of the plane, probably worth the risk if they're carrying essential medical freight. That leaves many passenger flights still going on, some of which are rescue flights of course.

The point is that any aircraft flying from one continent, state or country to another whether freight or passenger will spread this virus. In the meantime many countries are in serious lock down and some not. Unfortunately we are not yet in the lock down position. If the world wants to recover from this we must collectively stop travelling. I've just checked North America again and it's covered with aircraft in flight....certainly not all freight!

29/03/2020 14:05:59

I don't know where you live, but I have two members of my family who are Police officers and they are too busy with other things including dealing with morons who keep calling them on 999 for the most stupid things! They're not stopping people here! Not many people about anyway as most are being sensible.

True, many aircraft are freighters, but have a look on Flight Radar and see how many passenger aircraft are in the air at the moment. Last night North America looked perfectly normal!

In my opinion we have a global problem and it should be a global lock down....too many weak links, and no health service can cope with it.

29/03/2020 10:37:43
Posted by duncan webster on 27/03/2020 11:31:49:
Posted by Bill Chugg on 27/03/2020 09:04:03:
Posted by duncan webster on 27/03/2020 08:55:05:
Posted by Hopper on 27/03/2020 05:46:04:


When it stops raining i might even go for a solo motorbike ride just to break things up a bit. Ive got half a dozen, all with full tanks so should last me the duration.

Edited By Hopper on 27/03/2020 05:49:26

Only if you're prepared for a £30 fine and a criminal record. Going for a spin on your bike is not 'essential'

Duncan, I think Hopper is in Australia and not sure if tthe police are issuing fines.

Edited By Bill Chugg on 27/03/2020 09:04:33

Mea Culpa

but they are stopping people in the UK

I don't know of anyone actually being stopped by the Police in the UK. We simply don't have enough officers to be effective in this. The media keep on saying the UK is in 'lock down', it isn't. Boris has only issued advice, nothing mandatory other than closing selective businesses and gatherings.

I can't get to Spain for obvious reasons, but I'm in touch with my Spanish neighbours and read the Spanish press daily. That country is in real lock down, and the Police are patrolling everywhere, even the supermarkets. Spain has a massive Police force so enforcement is being carried out. One couple in Madrid have been fined 60000€ each for going to the supermarket!

Having said that, Spain has suffered badly and it's not yet contained in spite of serious lock down. A couple of reports I've read indicate that bulk purchase of useless testing kits, and football fans returning to Spain after a major football match in Italy.

As many have said on here, going out for food is the weakest link. We stay indoors for a week and then go to the supermarket, all the good work possibly undone, but there is no alternative.

I think mental health issues of many who live alone will become the major outcome of all of this. Maybe the government could start preparing for that, it would be good to be ahead of the game for once. Media headlines this morning speculating that it could go on beyond June is no help to anyone, it just fuels anxiety.

Hat's off to all the public servants....NHS, Police and Fire service, all on greatly reduced budgets, and the many who are doing a fantastic job who I haven't mentioned.

Is the world taking this seriously? I've just looked at Flight Radar and it's surprising how full the skies are with aircraft! I personally think world economy is getting more consideration than world health!

I hope you all manage to stay safe. Now off to the supermarket for my weekly essentials!

Thread: Coronavirus
16/03/2020 08:09:54

More than likely bedded on mortar. If it's a weak mix you might be lucky and it'll break free. Otherwise be prepared to smash it and renew.

Thread: mystery file
15/02/2020 17:02:54

Yes agree with John Brown 17. I used mine on car bodywork many years ago when lead loading.

Thread: What a nightmare
14/02/2020 16:24:20

Copy all you have to your MP and ask him/her to investigate fully and get back to you. I tend never to give up on these things, and I've had some interesting apology letters from a few chiefs in high places.

Thread: Basic battery charger
10/02/2020 08:34:54

Mine is a lot older than yours and they are notorious for electrical problems such as windows losing memory or the top sluggish in operation, even when the battery is a little below par, so it's a good idea to keep an intelligent charger to hand. I even have a spare battery which I keep charged just in case, although they are very large and heavy and awkward to swap over in the boot! If the car is a daily runner, there shouldn't be a problem, but I do less than 2k miles per annum in it so the charger in invaluable.

The completely dead battery was on my digger and this did get left for long periods. These chargers worked wonders on that battery!

09/02/2020 21:50:13
Posted by Simon Barr on 09/02/2020 12:30:04:

As far as intelligent chargers go I can recommend Ctek ones. I've had one for around seven years now and it is fantastic, not cheap but fantastic. It's been used on all sizes of batteries and even has an AGM setting. In my experience 'old fashioned' chargers are just as likely to knacker a battery as charge it, they all overcharge to some degree. You can just leave an intelligent one to analyse and charge appropriately.

Well worth what it cost me.

Some members of the Jag club have Ctek and swear by them. I have a couple of intelligent chargers from Lidl at £13.99 each and they are great. I'm no electrical expert, but apparently they pulse a dead battery back to life; charge it and then discharge and trickle charge alternately if left connected. I keep one on my Jaguar all the time when laid up for any length of time, as these cars will soon drain a battery when idle for a time.

09/02/2020 10:50:38

I have intelligent chargers and have revived 'dud' batteries with them. You have to be patient and leave them connected for quite a long time. Worth a try before you spend any more and collect another item.

Thread: renew driving licence
07/02/2020 10:06:17
Posted by norm norton on 07/02/2020 09:46:58:
Posted by Maurice Taylor on 06/02/2020 18:15:58:

Over 70 you only lose C1 and C1E you still get BE which allows you to drive vehicle upto 3.5 tonnes and pull any size trailer upto the maximum weight specified by the vehicle manufacturer.No need for medical

No, not any size of trailer. Only up to a combined vehicle + trailer weight (MAW) of 3.5 tonnes.

A VW Transporter for example has a MAW, or gross vehicle weight, of between 2.5 and 2.8 tonnes depending on specification. Most caravans, or trailers capable of carrying a small car, will easily take you over the 3.5 tonnes total.

I don't think that's true Norm Norton. B+E allows driving a vehicle up to 3.5tonnes plus a trailer over 750kg, as long as the trailer doesn't exceed the limit specified by the manufacturer of the towing vehicle. B+E is automatically included on your new driving license.

Thread: Ink jet printer woes
29/01/2020 23:13:21

I have an Epson printer and always use compatible replacement cartridges. I have had error messages telling me that a cartridge has not been recognised. I'm not sure if this is the same or similar problem you're experiencing but the following procedure seems to work. Might be worth a try.

  • Remove all of the cartridges from the printer and make sure all the packaging, clips and tape has been removed from the cartridges (where applicable)
  • Then while the printer is on, pull the power cable out the back of the printer and leave the printer off for 15 minutes. Doing this will give your printer chance to clear the error message that has been previously displayed.
  • Whilst the cartridges are removed from the printer, please give the micro-chip and the contact reader inside the printer (where the micro-chip makes contact with the printer) a good wipe with a lint free tissue or cloth to ensure that there is no dust or debris restricting the reading of the micro-chip.
  • After the 15 minute time frame has elapsed, re-install the power cable and turn the printer back on (with no cartridges installed) and allow it a few minutes to ‘look’ for the cartridges. It will then display a message to advise that they are missing / not installed.
  • At this point, please firmly reinsert the cartridges, starting with the colour cartridges first and the black cartridge last as this cartridge acts as a master reset cartridge, ensuring that they are fully clicked into place.

Thread: High blood pressure !
29/01/2020 08:31:17
Posted by David George 1 on 28/01/2020 23:16:16:

Went today for my MOT to the doctors and when the nurse tested me my usual blood pressure came in at 180 over 70 I had to see a real doctor and now I have a daily tablet to take. what is this world coming too except when I had a fractured skull and fractured patella ( biking ) I haven't had much wrong with me and only 69 years old.


That's a rapid decision made after one pressure test! I would have thought the Doctor would have put you on a 24 monitor to get a better picture. Too many pills these days. True, you might need them, but I would want a better test than you had. I monitor mine at home on a regular basis, fairly accurate I'm told and it does give you a trend should there be anything wrong. I'd go back and challenge it.

Thread: What a nightmare
25/01/2020 10:01:56

Just adding to the discussion as it now includes queries on dashcams. There is no doubt dashcams are great bits of technology but uploading for Police evidence does involve keeping the original card unedited. Decent sized cards are quite expensive and you'll need several if you want to show a few incidents.

To give comprehensive evidence either to the Police or your insurance company, you really need a camera that records your reg number, speed, location and high def. Mine also records audio which you might want to think about switching off as it will record all your expletives when that vehicle comes crashing into you. I have found I'm more conscious of my own driving since I've been using dashcams.

I use 22gb micro cards which when recording high def last about 2 hours before overwriting. I am about to upgrade to 128gb for longer journeys, but the cost does go up, particularly if you have to hand the card to the Police for a while.

Just to add to the original post. Private car parks use ANPR and cameras to record entry and exit from the car park. They issue parking charge 'tickets' if a vehicle overstays it's welcome. From experience, don't pay and always challenge it! These companies are foreign owned and are all about making money and they will rarely take any one to court because that's time and money. It's obviously a different matter if it's a Police investigation and can be quite intimidating when they come knocking. It happened to me when I'd supposedly legged it without paying for fuel at a station many miles from me!

Edited By RMA on 25/01/2020 10:02:59

Thread: Lathes as bling!
17/01/2020 14:49:54
Posted by Ian Johnson 1 on 17/01/2020 14:23:32:

I don't know about blingy lathes but anybody can take photos with 10 grands worth of camera kit, and it's dead easy to take a very good photo these days with no effort at all, especially with digital photo manipulation.

But making stuff out of metal and plastic is a lot harder to do.

That's why people will gravitate to the easier hobby of photographing ducks!

There is a market for good quality lathes and they are made in Taiwan not China. In the USA Precision Mathews supply some Taiwanese made machines and they are very good quality, with a correspondingly higher price than Chinese made lathes. Myford lost the plot when they stopped making the 254, which could have been developed into the modern blingy lathe, I think they should have binned the traditional Myford lathe years ago. And I think Harrison M300 (and other models) lathes are now made in Taiwan too?


Have a look at Excel at Coventry. I bought one of their lathes way back in the 80's when Excel and Myford had stands at the London show. The Excel beat the Myford 254 hands down for value for money then, it also came with everything, and it's made in Taiwan.

Obviously models have changed since then, but their range is well worth looking at.

Thread: MR16 LED Spot lights
19/12/2019 11:46:52

Very timely thread as I'm considering changing the bulb in my original Centec lamp. The lamp itself is of a very sturdy metal construction as you'd expect from Centec, and I'd like to retain it.

Can the electrical experts on here point me in the direction of a reasonably priced low voltage conversion solution? Thanks in advance.

Thread: Foundries
11/12/2019 09:30:46

These two would be worth looking at.

Thread: Why mostly manual cars in UK
07/12/2019 19:56:53
Posted by Vic on 07/12/2019 16:21:14:

“Sealed for life”, “Parts not available”, “£100 a litre for oil” ... All sound like good reasons to choose a manual unless you buy a new car every few years.

All main dealer hype I'm afraid and simply not true. With most auto boxes you can drop the sump, change the filter and refill with fresh fluid quite easily. Main dealers don't seem to employ engineers anymore, even service reception at my main dealership is 'manned' by young girls who haven't a clue about cars. They always say leave the car for a day even for the simplest thing. It's all geared up to selling complete units and preferably a new car!

07/12/2019 12:50:52

Maybe if it's got the Jaguar logo on it. For my 22 year old XK8 I can get full spec fluid for around £10 per litre. The problem is getting the old stuff out! Fortunately several Jag forum members have sussed it and put the process on the forum. It will be a while before mine wants changing for the mileage, but I might change it because of age.

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