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  1. It's quite true that you can have too much signal. I remember in the analogue days that the sets in the villages close to Emley could receive a good picture with just a screwdriver stuck in the socket. The fact is though that one set is getting a perfect pic, although some tv tuners can overload more than others. A pair of binoculars are useful for having a closer look at the aerial/leads.
  2. Aerials themselves rarely need replacing unless the cable connectors in the box have deteriorated. More commonly it's the down lead that has let in water due to a pinched clip or the wind has chafed it along the gutter or similar. Usually a replacement downlead(s) solves the problem. Although, if another aerial is mounted on the stack too close to an existing one it could cause interference, particularly with the old analogue transmissions. If in a weak signal area, splitting the signal for two sets reduces it by half, so a high gain aerial is sometimes required.
  3. Yes, usually the signal is split inside the house. Water ingress-a very common fault, check aerial plug, sometimes when plug is removed, water runs out! If you've another set or you could borrow a small flat-screen, it could be used to test the signal on the suspect lead.
  4. Presuming it's Freeview, both sets will be receiving the same digital transmission via its own tuner. Perhaps there's an imbalance on the cable splitter/downlead?
  5. Can't see any problems, only if the boiler leaked onto the microwave, but bear in mind that there is a gas supply inside the boiler and sometimes food can (accidently) burn. Having said that, my gas meter is in a cupboard 3 ft above a gas hob, which in turn has an electric oven below it, a common arrangement.
  6. Is it a combination grill/oven type microwave?
  7. I've been going round in circles with this same problem for months.
  8. Wasn't it an Army and Navy stores after Burgin's?
  9. The old tuning knob and dial rarely failed. The vacuum fluorescent type commonly used on VCRs did fade after a long while, as do some of the LCD ones as on my Grundig. The red LED types seem to last longer. Not surprising though with VCRs as the clock would be on permanent display.
  10. Keep your eye on Argos clearance items, although some DAB radios don't have pre-set station options and you have to faf about to change station. I have a small Grundig unit and the display faded prematurely (just see it in the dark), luckily I had 5 stations pre-tuned.
  11. In the 70s we were customers there, the pumps had large clock-style fingers indicating gallons and fractions of. Usually there was a nice lady attendant operating the pump. When Lidl was built they had to remove all the underground fuel tanks. Unfortunately on this pic the station is just out of shot. https://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s16736&pos=51&action=zoom&id=19436
  12. If you were in London and called in Pimlico Plumbers after 12 am, you would be charged £200 + parts + VAT 1 hr minimum for the handle job! On the plus side they don't charge for credit card payments, call-out, travel time, fuel, parking, Congestion/ULEZ, or extra for the 1 hour emergency response (subject to availability) - unlike their competitors.
  13. After the Unity closed, a firm started selling I think some kind of machinery, they fitted glass panels in the front so you could see them when passing by. Leather and Simpsons was on the opposite side.
  14. I think the Unity was Kelvin area (remember the plywood seats?), the Oxford cinema being at Upperthorpe- didn't you go there? That was the one where we saw the Saturday matinees.
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