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1  Public Forum / Humour / Re: A joke or two ....
 on: May 25th, 2018, 5:27pm 
Started by rgirling | Post by woodsmith  
Good legs  Grin

2  Public Forum / Humour / A joke or two ....
 on: May 25th, 2018, 9:44am 
Started by rgirling | Post by rgirling  
The man next door is trying to sell his house, so I went round to see how it was going. "Oh, I'm following all the tips," he said, "I've painted all the walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows black and I answer the door to every viewing appointment dressed totally in tinfoil. The estate agent said it was very important to create the illusion of space."

The chap on the other side told me he'd built a model of Mount Everest. I asked him if it was to scale, but he said it was just to look at.

I accidentally dropped some haemorrhoid cream in my fruit bowl and now my grapes have disappeared.

My mate said, "I've just injected steroids into my arm" "Anabolic?" I asked.  "No, just my arm" he replied.

I’ll tell you what separates the men from the boys: Operation Yewtree.

Here's a new hobby to try: stick a finger up your arse, then hold it out in front and you can then do falconry, but with flies.

Bought my girlfriend a 50 Shades of Grey watch. The assistant asked if she’d like to try the strap on, but I’m glad she stuck with just the watch.

I'm really proud of my dad, he played Rugby for the 1932 England team, but that's as far as mum could narrow it down.

Saw a five-year-old boy doing a cat’s cradle. I thought that was impressive, but it turned out he’d just sneezed. I wish he’d told me that before I tried to take it off him.

Most of us have a skeleton in the cupboard. David Beckham takes his out in public.  

I sold my previous house on eBay, but pretty near all the money went on postage.

I went to my doctors with a hearing problem. He said "Can you describe the symptoms?" I said "Homer’s a fat bloke and Marge has blue hair."


I went to the pub last night and saw a BIG woman dancing on a table.  I said, "Good legs." She smiled and said, "Do you really think so?" 
I said, "Definitely! Most tables would have collapsed by now."

I went into an electronics shop and said: "I’d like to buy some headphones." The assistant said: "In-ear?" I said: "Well, I can go somewhere else if you like?"

BAD NEWS: Had to wait ages in a queue for a machine at the gym.
GOOD NEWS: It accidentally dispensed TWO KitKats.

Ray Smiley

3  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: not been here for a while
 on: May 25th, 2018, 6:16am 
Started by big_all | Post by Lectrician  
Yes.  The forum has always been like that, but I can add a box to the bottom, which is now common on most other forums.

4  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: not been here for a while
 on: May 24th, 2018, 10:14pm 
Started by big_all | Post by big_all  
ahhh just found the reply button do i have to click on the reply at the bottom to get a box ??

5  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: not been here for a while
 on: May 24th, 2018, 10:12pm 
Started by big_all | Post by big_all  
Lectrician wrote on May 24th, 2018, 9:56pm:
Had some issues swapping from a http normal site to a secured https site.  Still some tweaking to do, but thanks for responding to the email!

looked for a box to answer and could not find one although by "quoting " your post the box came up as normal  Grin
nice to see the smillies are there

6  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / Re: not been here for a while
 on: May 24th, 2018, 9:56pm 
Started by big_all | Post by Lectrician  
Had some issues swapping from a http normal site to a secured https site.  Still some tweaking to do, but thanks for responding to the email!

7  DIY Forum / DIY - Carpentry Questions / not been here for a while
 on: May 24th, 2018, 9:05pm 
Started by big_all | Post by big_all  
wonder what prompted me to visit
have settings changed on the forum as i have a rather bizare format  visible with 90% writing and no pictures

ok it seem i was both signed in and not signed at the same time
so signed out and back in now looks familiar

although the the smillies are fully just text as in cheesy grin sad shock coolhuh for example
something still not quite right
got the text page again  so something wrong somewhwere lol??

8  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Whirlpool 6th sense washing machine
 on: May 18th, 2018, 7:41pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Natedog  
At a guess it's an incoming water issue.  Check you've got the tap turned on.  If it definitely is, then try disconnecting the hose from the machine, cleaning or replacing the little gauze strainer that's probably in there and make sure the water runs free when you open the tap (use a bucket to catch the water, obvs) could also be that you've kinked the supply hose

9  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Whirlpool 6th sense washing machine
 on: May 17th, 2018, 8:40pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Clivealan  
Just moved the above machine and noticed that through the cycle the
Machine pauses and a red tap indicator comes on the control panel
As soon as press start it works..
Any ideas
Thhanks

10  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: 3 Phase Circuits
 on: May 16th, 2018, 8:24pm 
Started by oliver10 | Post by Lectrician  
It is far from ideal, but safe.


11  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / 3 Phase Circuits
 on: May 15th, 2018, 9:31pm 
Started by oliver10 | Post by oliver10  
Can I feed a new 3 phase socket from an existing one, which is feed directly from a DB, so long as I make sure that either the total power requirement is no more than the existing DB breaker size, or that only one of the sockets are used at one time.
Also, would this extension (both sockets would be next to one another) be notifiable?

12  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Wickes Trade Paints - Any good?
 on: May 15th, 2018, 7:22pm 
Started by jazzyman | Post by londonman  
I was quite impressed with Leyland Trade matt emulsion.  I avoid Farrow & Ball...their paint is like making love in a canoe.

If money is no object then you can't beat Little & Greene. Their paint is superb.

13  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Wickes Trade Paints - Any good?
 on: May 15th, 2018, 6:13pm 
Started by jazzyman | Post by jazzyman  
Natedog wrote on May 15th, 2018, 8:01am:
Depends on the colour.  Most of our house has been painted with wickes paints.  2 rooms that are very deep colours (blood red and a chocolate brown, can't remember the actual colour names) have faded very badly.  The more neutral colours still look ok


Was it the "Trade" Wickes paint that you used?

14  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Wickes Trade Paints - Any good?
 on: May 15th, 2018, 12:00pm 
Started by jazzyman | Post by thescruff  
Not my trade but, I have heard Dulux is the paint to avoid lately, Poor coverage, fading, yellowing (whites) etc

15  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Wickes Trade Paints - Any good?
 on: May 15th, 2018, 8:01am 
Started by jazzyman | Post by Natedog  
Depends on the colour.  Most of our house has been painted with wickes paints.  2 rooms that are very deep colours (blood red and a chocolate brown, can't remember the actual colour names) have faded very badly.  The more neutral colours still look ok

16  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Wickes Trade Paints - Any good?
 on: May 14th, 2018, 3:49pm 
Started by jazzyman | Post by jazzyman  
Just wondering how good Wickes Trade Paints are?  They have a good price for their "Wickes Trade Vinyl Silk White Emulsion Paint".  I usually use Dulux silk vinyl (not trade paint).

Anyone used Wickes Trade paint?  any good?  or should I stick to the standard Dulux?

17  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Wiring Outlets in the Carribean
 on: May 14th, 2018, 7:00am 
Started by fester225 | Post by CWatters  
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18  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 14th, 2018, 6:55am 
Started by Clivealan | Post by CWatters  
If you have just had it all professionally fitted get the kitchen fitter back.

If you know how to use a multi meter I would disconnect the supply to the hood and check if the metalwork is still live (indicating a mounting screw must be the cause).

Also check the resistance between  the hood live wire and metal work (indicating an internal fault on the hood).

The hood should be double insulated (no need for earth) but if not and there is an earth wire check that earth at the junction box connects back to earth where it comes into the house - in case this is an induced voltage (eg capacitive coupling between live and earth).

These tests won't guarantee to find the fault - for that you may need specialist test kit.


19  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 13th, 2018, 7:28pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Lectrician  
Most hoods are double insulated these days.

The hood has either come into contact with a live part (drilled cable in wall for example), or is faulty.

20  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 9:17pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Clivealan  
It was working fine until I suppose that socket been wired wrong causing the bang as had something to do with it,problem it's old main box with the old fuses,,,this leading me to  consumer unit next on my list..many thanks for reply

21  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 7:58pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Natedog  
Sorry, id missed that bit in yiur original post.  If you pull each fuse / switch off each breaker in turn, can you work out which circuit is making it live?

My money is still on a screw through a wire.  Surprised it hasn't tripped something though

Did they do earth tests when they fitted it?

22  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 7:46pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Clivealan  
This is live though even when fuse is out of the spur and obviously switched off,just taken fuse from main board,and taken hood off,all wires seem fine can't locate break...driving me up wall!!!!!
Thanks for reply..
As I've now put main fuse back on and lights are on how dangerous is this to leave over wines???

23  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 7:08pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Natedog  
If it's used the same holes then I'd guess either it's faulty or wired in wrong

24  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 6:04pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Clivealan  
Yes whole thing.,I'm not aware of any drilling as the hood's in same place as last one,,just snipped wire from existing and 're connected and switched back on....

25  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Re: Cleaning silver fire inset
 on: May 11th, 2018, 2:42pm 
Started by Alee | Post by Natedog  
Is it actually made of silver or just silver coloured?

Pictures might be helpful with this one

26  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Re: Hob chimney live....
 on: May 11th, 2018, 2:41pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Natedog  
Screwed to the wall and gone through a buried cable?

Is the body of the extractor definitely earthed?


27  DIY Forum / DIY - Painting, Decorating & Tiling Questions / Cleaning silver fire inset
 on: May 11th, 2018, 11:59am 
Started by Alee | Post by Alee  
We recently had our walls plastered on lounge and unfortunately the plaster dust appears to have reacted to silver fire insert , which has turned horrible orange /brown dull colour . I’ve tried silver washes/ polishes with no improvement. Any ideas if this can be rectified?
Thanks

28  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Hob chimney live....
 on: May 10th, 2018, 11:18pm 
Started by Clivealan | Post by Clivealan  
Hi
Had light socket single switch which was connected up wrong and blew in the fuse box,knocking all lights throughout the house out,changed fuse got  light.I've just had kitchen fitted I've just noticed(( painfully))that the hob extractor metal casing is live..how???it's goes into same fuse spur as previous fan did....and didn't get shock previously,I've pulled fuse from spur and switched off the same socket but still live...
Could some fine person point me in rgt direction...


29  DIY Forum / DIY - Electrical Questions / Wiring Outlets in the Carribean
 on: May 10th, 2018, 2:31pm 
Started by fester225 | Post by fester225  
I am going to be working as an electrician in Dominica at the end of the month. Everyone is happy to tell me they don't follow codes, but as they are supposed to be following UK standards, which outlet connection is neutral, as opposed to ground?

30  DIY Forum / DIY - Plumbing Questions / Re: Baxi Duo Tech 40GA combi Fault
 on: May 10th, 2018, 11:17am 
Started by mike4369 | Post by mike4369  
Thanks I will get the gas valve replaced and see what that produces. What has bugged me is that the fault is intermittent and there's no real pattern to it.
BTW I'm just an electrical engineer too.