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  1. I'm looking for a gas Safe registered plumber who could quote to fix a gas fire & fitting a thermostatic bath/shower tap. Work to be done anytime in January, if anyone has any recommendations? The gas fire needs a service & currently I have an electric shower. I'd like to run a shower from the Combi boiler - an ideal 30kw logic + through the bath taps.
  2. I have an old iPhone 5 that I use when travelling. It's unlocked & I use a 3 PAYG sim in it. They have the feel at home thing where you can use your normal UK allowance in lots of countries without it costing a fortune. It worked fine for me & I think I spent about £10 when I went to the West Coast. That included lots of Uber & sending msgs and photos to my friends and family. Check what type of phone you have & whether it's compatible with US networks - some aren't.
  3. I've just driven over it from Bury & it's clear. I only hit snowy roads when I arrived in Sheffield onto Abbeyday rd & Woodseats Rd. It does seem a lot worse here than over the Pennines.
  4. I saw a procession of 4 police cars hurtling down Woodseats Rd earlier this evening. Thought it must be something bad for so many to be heading out from the station in Woodseats all together on full lights & sirens...
  5. I'm thinking of getting one of these fitted. Either a Nuaire or Envirovent. It's a small, two bed terrace so a not looking for Bells & Whistles. Any idea how much a basic system would cost & someone local who supplies & fits? Plenty of loft space to install it in but we do have very high ceilings. Mainly want to combat condensation issues upstairs in bedrooms. Bathroom is well ventilated, so no problems there.
  6. How much did the Envirovent system cost to install? I'm thinking of getting one & can't seem to find any costs anywhere. I live in a standard Victorian terrace with high ceilings & two bedrooms. Plenty of loft space to install it in. I used to live here by myself & condensation was never a problem but now have another person living here so there's more washing dried inside & showers run etc & want to avoid having windows open all the time...
  7. I did a TrekAmerica tour last year, it was the best holiday of my life & also the most intense & tiring! I did the West Coast - LA, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite & San Francisco. This was all in a minibus with accomodation in hotels & camping. It was jam packed with activities, but some of the places we went to were very much hit&run. We spent hours & hours driving & this is mostly when we slept; & made the most of the time we spent in places dawn til well past dusk! My group were all under 35 (trek age limits apply) & we were shattered by the end of the two weeks. It was an amazing trip, but a whirlwind. If I go again, I'll likely pick one or two places & stay there. America really is too big to trek the whole country in one go.
  8. My Indesit washer dryer was getting noisier & then suddenly started knocking and would not spin. Eventually there was a big bang & I rang around a few repairers who all said it'd be more cost effective to get a new one -£100 to fix or £125 from Currys for a new Beko washer. It was only 3.5 years old. So I just bought a new, larger capacity Beko that was on offer with a higher spin speed. Wouldn't waste money on a combi washer again.
  9. The fact they are losing staff quickly says it all. If you just want a pocket money job, then they're probably fine (expect to be on a flexible contract where they can make you change shifts or work overtime at short notice). If you want a job to pay bills or get a mortgage etc, they're a waste of time. You'll probably be given a 10 hour contract & then "overtime" each week of varying hours. I used to work there til the place went downhill a few years ago.
  10. If you/he wants clarification on that for free then CAB would be the best bet on Monday. Til then, post the same on the moneysavingexpert forum in the right sub forum. There's a wealth of information & ppl with knowledge on there. Neither of those are a substitute for proper legal advice tho...
  11. Had a new carpet fitted in my bedroom a couple of years ago & I had to put small stuff away but left the bed, dresser, small bookcase & chair in there & they just moved them about to get the carpet under. As long as there's enough room for them to put everything at one end of the room & then shift it all to the other, it's no problem. I did take the mattress out because I'm allergic to dust & they will disturb quite a lot of it from pulling up the old carpet & there'll be new carpet fibres everywhere.
  12. Who is the freeholder? If it's Coppen Estates then they are likely to charge you just under what it would cost to go to Tribunal (about £1000) & then you'd have legal costs on top. So about £2000 is right. If it's not Coppen then it may be cheaper.
  13. Well, that didn't last long. Came home from work to find my router is not connected to the internet. I cannot wait to be rid of this shambles of a **** poor company.
  14. There's another thread on this board about this. But in S8. I solved my problem by switching the router off for a whole weekend (I went away) & it's been pretty stable ever since. Maybe try something like that? Talk talk are utterly useless, I'll be leaving in June when my contract is up.
  15. Well, since i turned the router off & went away for two days it's been 1000x's better. It's only dropped a couple of times in the last week (for a few minutes) whereas before it was only working for a couple of minutes in a whole evening. ---------- Post added 27-04-2017 at 07:44 ---------- Update in this. Not had any problems at all since I turned the router off for two days when I went away for a weekend. I'll still be leaving talk talk when my deal ends cos the price will go up.
  16. Is that just talk talk or other ISP's as well? I used to be on tesco broadband & never had a problem until just after the new year. I'll definitely be ditching talk talk, i know that.
  17. Yes, it's been happening for a while but has been especially bad this week. I've been away for a couple of days and switched the router off. It seems to be ok so far today, but I'll see when it hits peak time tonight. That's when it usually keeps dropping off every 20 minutes of so. I tried to use the live chat on their website to see if they could fix it as i had no internet connection, using my 4G on my phone. But then my broadband came back on, my phone connected and then the broadband dropped and i lost the live chat! Luckily my contract is up in June and I'll be leaving for Plusnet. TalkTalk are a waste of space. I'm in S8,too. Near the Dale, and supposedly only 0.8 miles from the exchange so I should be having no problems. ---------- Post added 14-04-2017 at 17:44 ---------- .... It's already started dropping out, randomly.
  18. I had a well paid job in retail that i quit a couple of years ago for this same reason. I had a good income but i was thoroughly miserable - no social life, working 70 hours a week etc etc. I took a huge pay cut & moved to an entry level job in insurance. Many people think that would be boring, but i love it. Mainly because it's Monday to Friday & the company genuinely looks after its staff - i am now happy instead of miserable. I also now have a hobby in DIY investing, which will hopefully supplement my income in retirement. I wish I'd left retail sooner.
  19. He was also the conveyancer who dealt with the sale of my house & i don't particularly think he's being complacent now. He is very professional. After all, i haven't instructed him to actually do anything yet. Other than send coppen another letter last year. I'm just wondering what other people's experiences are with Coppen. How obstinate were they? Like i said, I'm in no rush, so have time on​ my hands.
  20. Well, he is actually the solicitor dealing with the enfranchisement. However, as it's Sunday & i was pondering the issue i thought I'd write on here in case it would help anyone else & see what people's opinion is. I'll be emailing Mr Shaw to ask for an update in the week. In the meantime, maybe someone else has some useful input?
  21. So, still waiting for Coppen to reply to my last offer made before Xmas last year. How long is reasonable to wait for them to reply and what is the next best course of action if they don't get in touch? We sent notice of claim last October and after their acknowledgment and initial offer of just over £1000 all in (freehold worth max £300 including all their legal fees) we counter offered in November and have heard no response from them since. Should we wait for them to respond? My solicitor did send them a letter to give them a nudge in December but so far I have heard nothing back form them. I'm happy to keep waiting I'm just wondering how long they can reasonably go on ignoring us before we can take action and, if so, what action?
  22. I've only once paid for priority boarding with Ryanair, & only cos it was an extra £2 as it was "on offer" so thought I'd give it a bash. I think they make it more expensive as they sell more of it? Besides, having once caught an Aer Lingus connecting flight in Dublin between the USA and Manchester, my bag was checked into the hold. I was met by virtually no queue on the luggage belt as clearly no one had paid extra for hold luggage, so my case was there waiting before I was. So it probably doesn't make a difference if it goes in the hold or not, time wise, as there's not many bags to get out of the hold to start with?
  23. I signed up with Scottish Power with, I think, the same tariff as Kidneystone. It's fixed until June 2018. The gas is 3.147p per kilowatt & elec is 14.886p per kilowatt. The standing charge for both is 8.22p per day. The unit prices are actually more than I was paying at EDF, (gas was 1.99p per kw & elec was 10.69p per kw)but it's the standing charges that were the real joke. Gas was 25p a day & elec was 19p a day. Last summer my gas bill with EDF was £42.39. I was charged £12.64 for gas used & £29.75 for the standing charge. This was for 119 days. The electric bill was similar. I am a very low energy user, especially gas. If you're the same, then go for a tariff with lower standing charges. I was also on EDF's cheapest tariff, apparently. Uswitch showed I could save &107 a year just by switching.
  24. http://kitchen.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/indesit/baan_10.html?p=3 Instruction manual. Hope it helps. Just seen you've tried that! Sorry
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