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by CelticRambler
Mon Apr 29, 2024 6:44 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Throwaway society and old lawnmowers etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Re: Throwaway society and old lawnmowers etc.

But nope. You can't buy the knob on it's own. You have to buy the knob, the wires that run down to the thermostat and the thermostat too. The cheapest was over $100. I've come across this too, and it seems to affect "brand names" more than cheap crap ... which is one reason why I've incre...
by CelticRambler
Sun Apr 28, 2024 7:29 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Throwaway society and old lawnmowers etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Re: Throwaway society and old lawnmowers etc.

to this day I'll pick up random nails, washers, screws etc. with the thought that "it's bound to come in useful someday". I opened it to see what it was ... resorted to cutting 2 of the 4 motor cables and swapping them over to change the motor's direction. It worked ... until it started f...
by CelticRambler
Thu Apr 11, 2024 9:56 am
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: Annoyances & Irritations
Replies: 1099
Views: 730792

Re: Annoyances & Irritations

Never understood why so many local/alternative radio stations feel the need to have that kind of "music" behind their news and traffic reports. Probably the same mentality that says you have to have a random musical soundtrack behind a YouTube how-to video. :roll:
by CelticRambler
Wed Apr 03, 2024 10:33 am
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

This lovely gem from what started as a relatively benign "I've never driven on the Continent" query:
Make sure you have Ibedrola, Repsol and Zunder apps fully setup and installed as well as Ionity.
:shock:

Four apps to be able to drive in one country (Spain)? WTF??? :shock:
by CelticRambler
Tue Apr 02, 2024 12:58 pm
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

Only time I wanted that Tesla was on boat when we waited for 25 minutes to offload, as the Swiss guy was playing solitaire and watching videos on the Tesla display screen. :lol: My camper doesn't have a widescreen telly on the dashboard ... but do I have a lovely table on which I can spread out har...
by CelticRambler
Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:32 am
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

Someone elsewhere posted a "plan your journey in an EV" route planning thing today. For the mess, I thought I'd ask it to get me to work in a Citroën Ami (politely described in motoring circles as a self-propelled wheelie bin - but I think it's got character ... and doesn't need a license ...
by CelticRambler
Mon Apr 01, 2024 9:31 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Current severe weather around the world!
Replies: 65
Views: 26505

Re: Current severe weather around the world!

The new normal - so banal now that it hardly makes the international news any more: https://youtu.be/m9rSDoBlVhc These are all my local rivers; the main one (La Creuse) rose almost 7.5m above its usual level, and that's with flood-mitigation measures in place. Those measures help us in this area, bu...
by CelticRambler
Sat Mar 30, 2024 10:57 pm
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

Meh ... I think the environmental pros and cons are arguable both ways, especially the "whole of life" impact depending on how far back in the production process you go. Both camps peddle all kinds of non-factual figures to bolster their arguments, with an awful lot of it based on the noti...
by CelticRambler
Sat Mar 30, 2024 6:16 pm
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

If facts are presented to an EV zealot about the unsuitability of an EV for long commutes etc. they'll often react like a bratty teenager "OMG, you are such an outlier, if you don't want one for your weird use case then just don't buy one". :lol: That is exactly the treatment I got when I...
by CelticRambler
Fri Mar 29, 2024 6:54 pm
Forum: Motors
Topic: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035
Replies: 49
Views: 11079

Re: No more petrol, diesel or hybrid cars from 2035

Seeing Citroën launch a new cheap-ish model with a half-decent claimed range I toyed with the idea of trading in my 20-year old Mégane. Due diligence took me to a thread in The Other Place to see what were the latest developments on the charging side of things. Jeeeeez, that was a mistake. :roll: Gi...
by CelticRambler
Fri Mar 29, 2024 1:52 pm
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: WTF Lidl?
Replies: 8
Views: 955

Re: WTF Lidl?

Look they are Lidl so really they are Einhell. They are fine for light enough stuff, but not real trough stuff. Yeah, but if your definition of "real tough stuff" is exactly what they're marketed for, then that's not a valid argument. If it says on the packet "for drilling >800mm hol...
by CelticRambler
Thu Mar 28, 2024 7:04 pm
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: WTF Lidl?
Replies: 8
Views: 955

Re: WTF Lidl?

Hey CR, you should be fekked into that box and fast tracked to El Salvador for buying cheap lidl shite. "Tested and certified in Germany" it says on the label - are you telling me now we can't even trust the Germans? :lol: Yeah but 70cm is deep enough .... Those bit probably work just fin...
by CelticRambler
Thu Mar 28, 2024 1:03 pm
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: WTF Lidl?
Replies: 8
Views: 955

Re: WTF Lidl?

Drilling one single hole hardly counts as "prolonged use" though, does it? And using a masonry bit to drill through masonry is not exactly "heavy duty" either. For the most part, I find their stuff to be "reasonably priced for what you get" ; sometimes you get great val...
by CelticRambler
Thu Mar 28, 2024 12:51 pm
Forum: Info & Expertise Requests
Topic: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?

Heat them and try actually tightening them a little first with a stillson wrench before loosening, that usually works. :lol: Inadvertently did that before I spotted that they were reverse-threaded. My trusty stillson wrench took two looks at the job and said ... feck this, I'm off to the fix-it pil...
by CelticRambler
Thu Mar 28, 2024 9:11 am
Forum: Info & Expertise Requests
Topic: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?

If you are not using the hubs again then its no big deal what damage you do to the studs. Yep, want to use the hubs (and axle) again. And the wheels! 'Tis the reason I set about acquiring the relic. They don't look that bad and the fact that some came off easily enough is a good sign - this 1.5 met...
by CelticRambler
Wed Mar 27, 2024 11:31 pm
Forum: Info & Expertise Requests
Topic: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?

Before I go wrecking things, how hot can I heat those nuts, and is it likely to make any difference? My previous attempts were with a glorified weedkilling flame thrower, so may never have been really as hot as needed. ... 5 or 6 smacks to put an indent in the stud ... D'you mean put an indent in th...
by CelticRambler
Wed Mar 27, 2024 11:22 pm
Forum: Movies
Topic: Oppenheimer
Replies: 12
Views: 3504

Re: Oppenheimer

Well ... I tried watching it last night. Managed 40 minutes and gave up. Too much jumping around different timelines for no good reason, and some weird lighting/colour palettes that made no sense to me. Left me with a two-hour hole in my evening, so I settled for a cheesy rom-com instead. Much bette...
by CelticRambler
Wed Mar 27, 2024 11:15 pm
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: WTF Lidl?
Replies: 8
Views: 955

WTF Lidl?

Lidl taking packaging lessons from Amazon? :roll: Wheelie-bin for scale: https://i.postimg.cc/024X59fr/Lidl-1.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/WbzfPd0Q/Lidl-2.jpg I don't think you have Lidl online in Ireland, do you? Don't bother ... They don't even give you to option of cheap/free delivery if you collect ...
by CelticRambler
Wed Mar 27, 2024 11:00 pm
Forum: Info & Expertise Requests
Topic: Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Rusty lug nuts - how to get the last three off?

Simple problem, complicated resolution. :cry: I have these vintage wheels (WW2 US Army) with vintage tyres that need to be replaced. How do I get the last three nuts off? :x https://i.postimg.cc/cJyDYTPS/Lug-Nuts-1.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/QdW4Hv4m/Lug-Nuts-2.jpg So far, I've tried soaking them in W...
by CelticRambler
Wed Mar 27, 2024 10:42 pm
Forum: Gardening
Topic: The little digger that could!
Replies: 0
Views: 575

The little digger that could!

Cheap Chinese diggers get a bit of a raw deal from the Kubota fanbois and other lads who seem to have several tens of thousands of euros to spend, but my little machine is back at work now that the sun's come out for a bit and I can't cope with any more indoor renovation. An unexpected few dry days ...
by CelticRambler
Tue Mar 12, 2024 9:27 pm
Forum: News, Current Affairs & Politics
Topic: Longer pub and club opening hours
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: Longer pub and club opening hours

Licences can only be granted by the courts ... That's an awful waste of court resources, there's no good reason why the courts should be involved in granting licences for anything. I couldn't quite get my head around the process here in France when I first came across it: want to serve drink at you...
by CelticRambler
Tue Mar 12, 2024 10:18 am
Forum: The Smoking Room
Topic: Annoyances & Irritations
Replies: 1099
Views: 730792

Re: Annoyances & Irritations

This new thing where the lid on a plastic bottle remains tied to the ring around the neck and won't come right off. Yeah, I know it's supposed to save the whales/ducks/squirrels/whatever (really just a way to get more lids into the recycling bin) but it's a fekkin nuisance having to rip them off the...
by CelticRambler
Tue Mar 12, 2024 10:14 am
Forum: News, Current Affairs & Politics
Topic: People who get caught by "paedophile hunters"
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Re: People who get caught by "paedophile hunters"

Unless I'm missing something, I presume the way it works is that the "paedophile hunter" posing as an early -mid teens girl randomly messages a guy on social media? If so I'm amazed that anyone would still be falling for it, I mean it's right up there now with the Nigerian Prince and Ugan...
by CelticRambler
Sat Mar 02, 2024 11:05 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Windows and doors - making a start.
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: Windows and doors - making a start.

I collected trailerloads of that softwood every week from the building site. It had come in as packing pieces for industrial racking posts and rails, imported from the US, and was destined for the skip (like so much other stuff that fell to the floor during the build). :shock: After an initial sorti...
by CelticRambler
Fri Mar 01, 2024 9:24 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Windows and doors - making a start.
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Windows and doors - making a start.

January's secondary objective, as far as cottage renovation was concerned, was to make (complete) all the windows and doors - one main front door, one three-quarter height "French door" for the kitchen (technically, all my doors are French :) ), five windows for the four rooms and two skyl...