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Arthur Ritus

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  1. Just had the unfortunate experience of this ludicrous setup, all the way into town along it and back again only one cyclist was spotted and unbelievably he was riding on the footpath!  All those bollards must have confused him.


     Never got car camera on when needed.


    The "not in touch with reality peeps" in charge of Sheffields roads need to realise many of us travel along Penistone road to get to the parkway and onward's, not to just go into the city centre.

    Like many I avoid Sheffield at all costs and wouldn't dream of taking a car there.

  2. I see you also use the metrinch measurement system,  5mm seems rather thin are you sure? they are some advertised at 10mm, i could measure ours tomorrow, sure its thicker than that.

    As it is to carry public footpath traffic there is probably a regulation/spec for it.

    Definitely try  Switfy's , always worth a look around.

    If unable to get one to fit existing frame 2 possible options - dig out old frame and cement in new frame c/w grate or stainless fabrication to fit existing grate (secure well). They are often covered over but its good to keep open as ventilation for the cellar, perhaps not necessarily to the same degree as original so a drilled plate could suffice. Some put in a vertical vent and fill the hole in to stop water going in, something i have considered myself although the rate water comes in at through the walls its not going to achieve much. I doubt we will be going back to coal fires so don't need the shoot.

  3. 2 minutes ago, gluedtopc said:

    I used to use a cheap sprayer and an old brush but it was still a lot quicker than just brushing   

    I'll second that, i've tried several sprayers including electric, water based just doesn't like soaking into a vertical piece of wood. 


    Also you still have to brush about 4 inches around the edge or it will end up covering what ever is on the other side of the fence, it took me a full day to polish the paint of my car my neighbour spayed it with, it still has some red spots on its matt surfaces.


    Another beauty of using the sprayer to put the treatment on the fence is it isn't dripping off the brush after dipping in the paint, I have thought about drilling a hole down the middle of a brush and connecting the spay pipe to it.

  4. My Dad lived on a farm at Bradfield during the war, he said they used to have an Italian POW that used to come and work on the farm. He was dropped off in the morning an would start walking back in the evening getting picked up on the way.

    One day on being dropped off they could see he wasn't very happy, asking him what was the matter he told them the the evening before the guards never came and he had to walk all the way back to the camp.

    Despite all the anti Britishness we keep getting we must have been doing something right in those days, -  as a society i mean, obviously not pow guarding.

  5. 3 hours ago, *SueW* said:

    Well I’ve done the re-tune and it hasn’t solved the problem! I’m beginning to think that it must be a problem with the transmitter(s). Since my earlier post I’ve checked and found that other areas of the country are also experiencing problems. Still think it’s very strange though.

    Other parts of country will be different transmitters so not really applicable to your case. Do you know which transmitter you are on- where abouts are you and which way is your Ariel pointing?  This is an excellent site for information; 

     https://www.aerialsandtv.com/knowledge/transmitters  and their shop is here in Hillsborough.


    Do you have just the one TV fed from the one Ariel?

    if not are other TV's ok?

    are your neighbours receiving terrestrial tv ok ? (obviously if there are only using  sky or cable or internet tv then not applicable) , 

    Are you using a splitter to get the signal from one Ariel to more than one tv.


    If you identify your transmitter you can look for issues with that transmitter.


    If you go into your TVs setup menu you should find some where it shows the signal strength and quality, you may have strong signal but poor quality indicating interference. Check on all muxes being used especially the one carrying ITV channels.


    How modern is your Ariel and cabling, is it from the old analogue days in which case often not good enough for modern digital signal and the transmitted frequencys have changed so your ariel may struggle for some of the frequencies now being used and a more appropriate ariel needed (wider bandwidth) 


    We have a TV in the kitchen which has a dodgy connection from its ariel socket to its circuit board which effects its reception ( i will get a round tuit one of these days, just keep wiggling it for now) it can be one or more of so many things.

  6. 15 hours ago, Malkin said:

    The council has been so slow in updating their IT systems (for years and years) for working from home that now a lot of people need to get on at once, the system can't handle it and they have had to issue a directive saying that only a certain number of workers can access the system remotely. i.e. those with critical roles.


    So a whole bunch of services are going to be unable to function or severely impacted in the meantime, so if you have any outstanding council matters. You may have to wait.


    Unbelievable really that they haven't managed to develop a VPN or some other technology to allow more people to be able to continue their roles. Of course this isn't the employees fault, there are people sat at home with workloads that they want to progress but the infrastructure won't let them.



    I suppose you did't get much for £140  million all those years back in 2016, no doubt the people who have pocketed the cash  are saying 4 years is a long time in IT, it's a shame with all the money they got they didn't chuck in an old server gratis to give public access to the web cams.





  7. You really need to identify if  the problem is with uhf freeview or the broadband so you know who to deal with, what are you looking at whilst the problem is occurring, can you see signal strength and quality readings on the youview box for freeview channels?


    I suspect uhf if picture going blotchy or pixelated as as the tv plays whatever it gets no matter how nonsensical whereas broadband streams with a buffer often checked that the info is as sent which usually causes frames to just freeze.


    Down the uhf side there are lots of possibilities  - interference which can be external (we suffer due to the metal work of the football ground) or internal - is there a splitter or 2 aerials?  signals can bounce back from one end affecting the other and all manner of other weird things happen. I had a splitter that was great on all but one mux frequency which loses all the channels on that muz. Aerials and cabling deteriorate over time and there has been some messing about with transmitters (s6 would normally be crosspool).

    It depends on how good your aerial guy was as to his examination ruling out an uhf problem, the guy in hillsborough https://www.aerialsandtv.com/  is good technically, his website is one of the best in the country in my opinion.


    If its broadband then i presume it will be openreach job ( although can still be affected by interference), talktalk will want you to plug the router directly into the test socket eliminating all the rest of the houses phone line wiring.

     Incidentally we are having issues with talktalk (mines just basic slowband) and i have noticed there has been work going on -  new cabling to some of the tellywag posts so might be connected. I was hoping it might go away on its own so i don't have to have an engineer traipsing around the house, its manageable at the moment so i am going to soldier on for now.


    ps. i am in s6 and i have reported my broadband so that was less than honest of them for starters, i find the community forum site   https://community.talktalk.co.uk/  better than the direct help ( i was chatting about my problem and he just disapeared never to be heard of again, how rude.

  8. Have a google about, i first read the statement quite a few years ago made by evinrude their etac engine but other manufactures are developing similar, KTM for one. I have read Subaru were working on one.


    You get better torque for the same revs with 2 stroke, either can have valve timing tuned to peak at whatever revs you want, it was just easier with no valves to bounce. Firing every stroke a big advantage in engines with less than 3 cylinders unless connected to a big flywheel and then having 4 cyl 2 stroke is like having a 8 cyl very smooth very responsive.

    My old GPZ600r was Kawasaki's 4 stroke 4 cyl challenge to the suzuki / yamaha 500cc 2 stroke 4 cyl bikes but made considerably less power/ torque  peaking at  1000 rpm more than they did and heavier to boot. 


    And then there's the diesel 2 stroke and the king of engines the Deltic (max power @ 1500rpm) first loco that beat steam on BHP, so good one loco got pulled out of a museum for active service twice, but as hammy used to say that's another story.

  9. Said it before but...., i pay around 50p a mile in road fund licence as i rarely use the car, the annual mileage is known when MOT'ed so there should be a refund for people who leave the car and walk to the gym. Present system encourages people to use there car as the have paid so much. My car  does a lot less damage to the environment than most hybrids and even some electric cars but i have to pay a lot more. Or do the environmental tax at source on the fuel itself .... oh wait they already do that.

    Go back to road fund license being tax to pay for the roads - proportional to the damage/wear done by the vehicle oh and lets have that little bit of paper back for the window, make it out of recycling the tons of paper crap pushed through my letter box each day. Now look  you've set me off again.

  10. 22 hours ago, zach said:

    They don't have a clue IMO, 5 years ago diesel was the best thing since sliced bread, now they are going to kill everyone! I'm under no illusion that any fossil fuelled transport kick nasties out, but the way they grade is pointless. I think in reality they lost too much cash as manufacturers quickly got cars under the 100g/km and the gov lost a boat load of cash, easy answer put the price back up...as they have. I'm a bit undecided on classic cars and don't own one any longer, maybe a set £30 across the board for them? Another thing I notice in these type of chats, no one mentions those nasty little 2 strokes and their emissions to tax ratio, a quick read will give people an idea of what I mean.

    Modern fuel injected 2 strokes with special oil are more environmentally friendly than equivalent 4 stroke.



  11. Its worth having one of these plug in energy meters and keep checking the energy usage of fridges and freezers, as the compressor gets worn the energy usage can go up quite a lot, enough to justify the cost of a new one.

    It would tell you when the heater element is on or compressor is running by the current being drawn.

    Those with small evaporator and fan are killed by iceing up, i have known them when door left open ice so severely up and then heater although working not being able to defrost, had to leave to defrost for 24hours or like you manually defrost. but once defrosted ok until some nit left door open again.

    I had one (in damp cellar) where the defrost timer died, it was a geared motor type job (possibly electronic now) i temporary fitted a switch to manually defrost and ran the energy meter and found it was running 10 times as much energy as newer one upstairs so wasn't worth fixing, picked up a second hand freezer whose lower energy consumption paid for itself in one year.



  12. What were Claytons ice cream vans called? i remember seeing the "Ronksley's", "mr whippy"  :gag:  Manfredi vans name  but i can't remember Claytons being called by their own name - at least written in big letters on the side of the van.


    I remember the guy who regularly came up our road (bit of a grumpy chap never smiled - dealing with screaming kids all day probably would make any body like that though), my dad knew the Claytons and asked him how his dad was doing so presumably hew was one of the Clayton family  but i just can't see the name on the side of the van.

  13. I have my missus keep her key in a tin, i told her what it was so now she tells people she keeps her key in a  Friday cage!    :help:  bless 

    Better safe and all that.


    Not making light of your situation, i have had more than £20000  of gear and van nicked which the police could have easily caught but preferred not to, i never recovered losing so much gear i had collected over many years and like quite a few of my mates gave up and would no longer work as a mobile tradesman. The odds are stacked too much against you.

    You non trades persons  who  think this thieving scum are just a bit cheeky and making a living, no real harm done - don't complain at your extortionate  charges for some person coming to your home to to a job. They are often having to pay a second guy for security as well as massive insurance charges.

  14. Finally a decision has been made, not the best use of that particular piece of land sure but at least some investment in this very run down area. I suppose whilst ever we rely totally on development by the private sector we have to accept the best they offer.  


    I thought i would resurrect this thread as for some reason it seems to be getting joined up with the lidl at malin bridge.

    To me they are very separate conversations each with  their own debate with there own issues.


    Also you can never get tired of that video  :thumbsup:

  15. I like malware bytes but it will only deal with whats conventionally recognised as malware, some times what one person calls malware is another persons desirable program, or at least allowed advertising so there is a good chance it won't solve many of your problems.


    A nice bit of free software is cc cleaner      https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download   run the cleaner and registry fixer and go to the "tools"  then "startup", turn automatic startup off for everything you don't want to automatically start up (i turn everything off- easy to turn back on if missing it) also the same with "browser plugins" .


    Also i use  sADBLOCK  with the crome browser to reduce the crapvertising we are constantly bombarded with (drop the first lowercase "s" i had to but it in as the forum blocks the real name)


    The way of the modern world is its a constant battle to keep a pc in good working order, microsoft being bad enough and part of the problem.

  16.  I have used       https://www.fixmystreet.com/    about 6 years ago after getting no luck with direct report to council site, afterwards i got an email from council saying i didn't need to report it via them and should report it directly to the council site,  the repair seemed to get sorted then. I felt the "showing the dirty washing in public" - high lighting it  publicly  more seemed to help the motivation. Worth a try .

  17. search for mythbusters on this one, they tried many attempts to ignite a petroleum vapour atmosphere with mobile phones with no success, however they did get an ignition from some nylon clothing   :nod:.

    However when it comes to health and safety most organisations don't let facts get in the way of rules.:nod:  


    i can now see all customers being asked to remove any synthetic clothing before filling with petrol :lol:

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