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Iv'e mentioned before ,i have no hobbies and i'm not the least bit interested in any DIY work,,,consequently i do suffer from boredom,,,wife has had her new car delivered today and i'm mildly interested,,no  doubt i'll drive it it does look nice,,,but she started showing me all the gadgets it has,,,like a bleddy spaceship,,,so not that keen,,last New car i had was a company car years ago,,, so ive been spoilt  ,,without spending loads of money

 ..............So things like,Cooking,, Cars,,along with Decorating,,Joinery,,etc in fact mending owt have never interested me,,,did'nt realise until the other day i don't even have a screw driver or even an Hammer since moving a few months ago,,

                                   Anyway today iv'e been moving furniture,,,one thing i do enjoy is interior designing,,,must be a carry-over from Window dressing in my Marsdens days or wearing a Liberty Bodice in my school days,,,;)

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Ben do yourself a favour and don't even try and understand modern cars, I was ok with them but not now. I have just changed my car again 2nd time this year, the last one was bad enough but this , it seems a regular job now to ask my son to come and put right my dash panel. Too many switches stalks and menus . All I want to do is drive it and not have a light show inside and a robotic voice rebuke me for not doing things right, I get enough of that at home.

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Given your lifelong, all consuming interest in the ladies, our Ben, no reasonable person would expect you to have time for owt else!

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11 hours ago, Brew said:

 

I won a pound from my dad by tearing a phone book in half. He tried, he huffed and puffed before throwing it down and declaring it impossible.

 

Smart arse here took the book opened it halfway and tore it down the spine, voila two halves!   :jumping:

 

Sneaky underhand trick and totally beneath you!!  ;)

 

I'm shocked...

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9 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

Iv'e mentioned before ,i have no hobbies and i'm not the least bit interested in any DIY work,,,consequently i do suffer from boredom,,,wife has had her new car delivered today and i'm mildly interested,,no  doubt i'll drive it it does look nice,,,but she started showing me all the gadgets it has,,,like a bleddy spaceship,,,so not that keen,,last New car i had was a company car years ago,,, so ive been spoilt  ,,without spending loads of money

 ..............So things like,Cooking,, Cars,,along with Decorating,,Joinery,,etc in fact mending owt have never interested me,,,did'nt realise until the other day i don't even have a screw driver or even an Hammer since moving a few months ago,,

                                   Anyway today iv'e been moving furniture,,,one thing i do enjoy is interior designing,,,must be a carry-over from Window dressing in my Marsdens days or wearing a Liberty Bodice in my school days,,,;)

 

But Ben.. if you haven't got a screwdriver.. you at least need a hammer... or otherwise what are you going to use to hammer screws in?  :wacko:

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P.S.  The thing with modern cars is that electronics are cheap. It's easy for manufacturers to put what amounts to a 'tablet' in your dash, and throw in a bit of bluetooth connectivity, link it to your phone, chuck a bit of radio in , give you SatNav etc.  You'd probably be better off with a more reliable engine and more durable bodywork... But they cost more..

 

 

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2 hours ago, DJ360 said:

Sneaky underhand trick and totally beneath you!!

 

Dad thought the same... he never paid up!

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On 11/29/2019 at 8:29 AM, philmayfield said:

There's a care home not far away down by the river. It's full of old farts though. Not sure I'd fit in.:biggrin:

We sometimes used to go there when it was a pub. I think it was the Star and Garter at one point and some other name that eludes me.  I had a friend with a little speedboat who used to waterski from there. 

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8 hours ago, DJ360 said:

P.S.  The thing with modern cars is that electronics are cheap. It's easy for manufacturers to put what amounts to a 'tablet' in your dash, and throw in a bit of bluetooth connectivity, link it to your phone, chuck a bit of radio in , give you SatNav etc.  You'd probably be better off with a more reliable engine and more durable bodywork... But they cost more..

 

 

I don’t think it’s all bad. I remember years ago cars would rot, and I do mean rot, sometimes within a few years grow holes. Certain manufacturers  had a poor reputation for this. Also you rarely never see a modern (I mean the last 20+ years here) with a sign in the back window, running in please pass. It was a weekend hobby to patch up rusty wings or repair some part falling apart. Cars now have wing liners and better anti rust measures and are generally quite reliable. My last 3 cars, all VW’s have all done over a 100k without missing a beat. Just serviced every 10k.  I think the only issue was a electric window motor failed in one but other no mechanical problems at all. Engineering cnc machining means better tolerances and oils have improved. Fuel injection and engine management has improved economy. My current car, a low mileage 2016 petrol small VW does between 60-75 mpg depending on type of roads and weight of my boots. 
 

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Yes I think that's all true. Even FIATS, and Vauxhalls which had a very bad rep for rust are pretty good these days.  And all the electronics used in engine management are mostly a blessing.. until they go wrong.....

I suppose what I was trying to say is that it's too easy for manufacturers to put in things which are really not much more than gimmicks.

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1 hour ago, letsavagoo said:

We sometimes used to go there when it was a pub. I think it was the Star and Garter at one point and some other name that eludes me.  I had a friend with a little speedboat who used to waterski from there. 

It was indeed. The name never changed in all my 57 years in the area. Many a happy hour spent down there. Terry Wanless was the landlord. I think his wife is still alive and living in an old folks bungalow in Thurgarton.

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38 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

I suppose what I was trying to say is that it's too easy for manufacturers to put in things which are really not much more than gimmicks.

 

One of the best examples of that is headlights (and bulbs) on a number of modern cars.

 

In the old days, if the bulb went, you just bought a new one for a few £s and put it in. Now, in the cars which have fairy lights and christmas tree displays, you often need to buy an entire new light unit for several hundred £s, just because the bulb failed. (Audi being a very good example).

 

 

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A man with no tools is like a pub with no beer.....There's a song title somewhere there..LOL

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There's another discussion point, BULBS on cars, Quartz Halogen, LED or High Discharge Lamps, which???  I recently bought a pair of discharge lamps for the wife's "Hi Beam" in her car, haven't had a chance to swap them out yet.

 

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Headlights on Audis, earlier this year mine was damaged in a bump the replacement was £800 plus labour.

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4 hours ago, letsavagoo said:

We sometimes used to go there when it was a pub. I think it was the Star and Garter

I have bad memories of the star and garter, whilst learning to drive, my mate (a qualified driver) said one foggy night, "let's go to the star and garter" basically we ended up in a ditch!!, Which, according to my mate should have been alot further down road!!. Needless to say, we had a long walk home, back to st Ann's. Never got to go to the star and garter and missed out on a certainty, again, according to said mate!! Plus, i was one minivan out of pocket!!!

 

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2 hours ago, Ayupmeducks said:

A man with no tools is like a pub with no beer.....There's a song title somewhere there..LOL

 

Oh its lonesome away from your kinfolks an all

By the campfire at night

Where the wild dingos call

But there's nothing so lonesome so drab or so drear

As to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer.                    Slim Dusty.

 

An all from memory, no Google.   Must have been mid 50s.

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I'm guessing late 50s.. or even possibly early 60s. 

 

Now I've guessed I'll have a look in my trusty Guinness book..

 

You'll have to trust me to be honest....

 

OK.  It entered the UK chart on 30th Jan 1959 at No.3 and stayed on the chart for a total of 15 weeks.

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Today I spent mostly on returning the Grandkids to their parents in their new home.. followed by putting up curtain poles and so on.  On the way there, I called at youngest daughter's to sharpen a couple of knives for her,and also show her the simple trick of using the back of one knife as a 'steel' to burnish the edge of a blunt knife.. Also showed her what I had Googled about getting her microwave out of 'demo mode'...something she also could have done.

For a talented designer who uses IT all day long for design work and communication.. she can be remarkably dim at times.   Or is is just easier to get Dad to do it?

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20 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

 

One of the best examples of that is headlights (and bulbs) on a number of modern cars.

 

In the old days, if the bulb went, you just bought a new one for a few £s and put it in. Now, in the cars which have fairy lights and christmas tree displays, you often need to buy an entire new light unit for several hundred £s, just because the bulb failed. (Audi being a very good example).

 

 

My car has 2 small spotlights mounted in the bumper. One got the glass holed with a stone chip. I took it to VW and got a quote of £165 + vat. I questioned it after I’d recovered and they decided it could be done for about £130. The small light unit alone just a plastic mould with a glass front was £60 +vat. I should think the cost to make and transport to stock was less than a tenner.

I got one from eBay from a scrapper for £20 posted and my son fitted it. Not a big job at all. Wheel off, liner off and screwed in from the back. 45 minutes. Would have been much quicker with a proper lift etc. 
Not much seems to be fixed properly these days. Just whole big units changed out, not actual smaller parts repaired. Years ago the powder dispenser on my dishwasher stopped working so I took it apart and dismantled the dispenser unit. I found that the solenoid that flips the catch to let the powder door open was open circuit. It wasn’t hard to get at the solenoid but Bosch didn’t supply one but would only supply the whole of the back of the door completely, I mean the large door size back complete with the powder dispenser unit.

I eventually went to the shop that used to be Wealthalls greengrocers in Radford which was then selling second hand fridges etc and found a suitable solenoid in a scrap pile. £3.00 fixed. Not only the cost here but the waste of materials and plastic waste. 

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Had a drive into Bulwell for breakfast this morning,,,,sat with a bloke i'd not met before,,,soon got talking about health issues for over 60s,,,(he was 65),,his tale was sad but funny..

              Told me he suffered from 'Depression'''.......and tried to commit suicide a few years ago,,by jumping from his 4th floor flat,,,told him 'you seem ok now,,are you?.........''''..yes mostly''' he said,,,..............i asked him if he still lived in same flat?.........Oh no,,he replied,,they moved me to 12th floor,,,,

Both of us laughed,,,meet all sorts in Bulwell...........

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5 hours ago, letsavagoo said:

I got one from eBay from a scrapper for £20 posted and my son fitted it. Not a big job at all. Wheel off, liner off and screwed in from the back. 45 minutes. Would have been much quicker with a proper lift etc. 
Not much seems to be fixed properly these days.

It would appear that nowadays, there is no such thing as a mechanic, only fitters. Mainly due to NVQs and no real apprenticeships. Sadly, a bit more of a demise of the British industry and the skills that we once had and decreasing day by day, literally!!

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good idea Jill,,,he seemed a real happy chap,,,full of funny one liners,,,told me he did a really boring job for over 40 years,,,and been a lot happier since not working................found him interesting for his honesty,,,and realised how lucky iv'e been with always enjoying my work.....Must be awful to spend 40 years being 'Bored' with your work....

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Technicians these days, they tend to specialize, like engine techs, transmission techs, auto electric techs. Mechanics were always known as fitters in my day. Diesel fitters, auto fitters. Even the mechanics I worked alongside "dahn pit" were called fitters. I was classified as an Electrical Fitter in Oz.

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