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Wouldn't be surprised if he's got a copy of "Fly Fishing" by J.R.Hartley.  :rolleyes:

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Nope.  I rely on my existing knowledge.., my massive intellect.. :rolleyes:,  t'internet.. and a thirty +  year old 'Do It All' book called 'Electrics. Part One -Principles.'   :)

 

As with many 'trades'.. much is down to experience. So that understanding how to do the job from a safety point of view is rather different to the practical application.   When you only do stuff occasionally, as opposed to daily, you do tend to make all your mistakes on the one job you're doing.. and may not recall them years later when you do a similar job.

 

Whoever wired my house put plastic backing boxes behind all switches and sockets.  It looks like they were all in place before the plastering was done, so that the plaster is proud of the boxes in most cases, easily damaged around the boxes and a bugger to repair as there's nothing to 'work to'.  That approach left plenty of room for a 1976 sparky to stuff the wires in. but is not helpful to me.

I like to fit a new back box so it's flush with the plaster face.. which makes any patching easier... but you do have to make sure you have a box deep enough for the gubbins in the socket or switch.

 

I never cease to be amazed how hard and stiff the cores are in twin and earth cable.  Copper is supposed to be malleable.  I suppose the wire gets work hardened in the manufacturing process.

 

Anyway.  We are supposed to have about 20 minutes of Sunshine tomorrow.. followed by another month of rain.... then Winter.  so it can all wait until the day after tomorrow.

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16 minutes ago, Beekay said:

Wouldn't be surprised if he's got a copy of "Fly Fishing" by J.R.Hartley.  :rolleyes:

 

Haven't fished since the early 60s BK,   But.. I do recall getting a book out of the library in the early 70s.

Even though I'm not much interested in the fishing, I was fascinated by the book.  It went into great detail about how to maintain rods, how to 'whip' ferrules to the rod, how to varnish the cane, how to care for reels etc.  Like all the best hobbies.. obsessive attention to detail was the thing.  Most of those skills now gone as everything is plastic and carbon fibre.

 

I do wonder what happened to all those lovely books. I recall others concerning model aircraft, which went into great detail about how to care for the rubber used for rubber powered models.. how to make a very fine membrane for indoor models and so on...

 

I also read a book by some American military type, which detailed the way that the Americans struggled to understand and give practical application to the V2 rockets they 'hoovered up' after WW2.   Reading it..it was no surprise that they were behind the Soviet Union for much of the space race...  Where would they be now if we hadn't given them the telephone, the electric light bulb, the computer, the jet engine, etc., etc. ;)

 

 

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My grandad taught me how to "whip" ferrules. He always used spade end hooks too and whipped them on a small length of line with a loop at the end which was then joined to the main line on the reel. This length of line was always of less breaking strength than the main line so if you got snagged and had to snap the line you only lost the short piece of line and the hook. Strangely enough using this method of tying hooks I never had any line come undone at the hook.  

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As to electrical wiring safety. My house was rewired about 20 years ago. No grommets on any back boxes. Do you need these. Wires never move.  I’ve done quite a bit of wiring in the past.
I fully accept that safety is of upmost importance but I do rather get the impression with some of the measures for domestic property  they introduce are from an organisation or group who need to justify their existence. 

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The Institute of Engineering Technology produce the electrical regulations. We’re on the 18th edition currently. When I was running a factory some 20 years ago I believe we were on the 15th.edition. We’ve recently had an electrical  inspection at Bleasby village hall and as it’s a public building, the committee has had to spend over £3,000 to bring it up to standard to comply with the current regulations. With domestic premises an inspection is generally only required by a mortgage company if a loan is applied for. There only certain things an unqualified  householder can do to electrical circuits but they probably don’t know what they are anyway. I’m sure all those people growing cannabis in their lofts, where they have bypassed the meter, are taking little notice of the regulations!

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This morning I finished off what I started yesterday, that is sweeping and washing down all through outside and garden furniture. Tidied up the garden, deheaded flowers and protected the young acers that have started to get scorched. Temperature yesterday was 34 today still going up and tomorrow it's forecast 37. I was outside for 4 hrs and it took me 2 hours to cool down. I looked like a turkey but fortunately my face has turned a darker shade of honey.

On another subject  has anybody using flour found any weevils in it. It's quite a common occurrence. I wanted to make some pastry and as I opened the pack found a couple walking on top. I sieved  it and only found those two so I continued to make pastry. All my other flours haven't been opened so I've put them in the freezer in case there are more.

Advice on flour is to put flour in freezer for 48 hrs to kill any weevils so that's what I've done. Come to use them I will sieve as always.

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2 hours ago, letsavagoo said:

As to electrical wiring safety. My house was rewired about 20 years ago. No grommets on any back boxes. Do you need these. Wires never move.  I’ve done quite a bit of wiring in the past.
I fully accept that safety is of upmost importance but I do rather get the impression with some of the measures for domestic property  they introduce are from an organisation or group who need to justify their existence. 

 

I wouldn't bother with grommets in plastic boxes, but the metal ones do have sharp edges around the 'knock outs'. I recall reeading somewhere that the slight heating and cooling of conductors in use can cause movement, which over time can cause wear.  I dunno how true that is.  Also, it's supposedly a good idea to check the tightness of all terminals inside switches and sockets periodically as they can work loose for similar reasons... allegedly.

I don't think I'd extend that principle to messing with connections in the Consumer unit, but then again there's usually a notice recommending periodic inspection by a qualified Sparky.

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30 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

Advice on flour is to put flour in freezer for 48 hrs to kill any weevils so that's what I've done. Come to use them I will sieve as always.

 

We don't use a lot of flour, so it tends to be in store for a while and we throw more away than we use due to those tiny black weevils.  I've cleaned everything so I'm convinced the little sods must come in on the packaging.  Excellent tip about the freezer.  I'll make sure we freeze the next pack before it gets into the cupboard.

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53598637

 

Wonder if HMP Nottingham could offer something similar?

 

Doing thyme-flavoured mail baguettes? Order on your cell phone. ;)

Apparently there's also another one somewhere , think it might be in US but it makes bread.

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I've just washed and sterilized my large jars ready to put flour in when it comes out of the freezer and sieved. At the beginning of lockdown or maybe just after I threw away loads of flour because there were too many weevles. Yes they are probably in the flour when you buy it plus eggs. It's unavoidable really when you think about it. You never know how long the supermarkets have stored their flour and it does have a long storage date.

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2 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

They should make porridge.

 

Dont think they can avoid it.:rolleyes:

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Nonna, you said yesterday that the temperature was 34c. Yesterday here was 47c. Bloody Covid, we should be anywhere cooler if not for that.

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And we're grumbling. Did hear that the temperature was going to be high over there. Apparently next week there's going to be a big drop in temperatures, roll on.

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You know what they say Nonna. In America, they allus have to go one better. No doubt when you get your temperatures drop, Katyjay will get an Ice Age !  :rolleyes:

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Just now, Beekay said:

 No doubt when you get your temperatures drop, Katyjay will get an Ice Age !  :rolleyes:

I wish!

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28 to 30 ish here in the Grand Duchy.  But only today.  I did have the unusual pleasure of lying on my sun lounger in a light rain shower earlier.  :tanning:

 

Cloudy now but still warm.

A case of 'back on 'yer eds' tomorrow I think...:(

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Our hay meadow was cut on Wednesday and has had lots of sun to dry out. It’s now been turned and in rows so I presume it will be baled by this evening as there’s the possibility of rain tomorrow. I’ll have a big empty field to ride my quad round at speed!

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What you could have done Col, while on your sun lounger, would be to spray a little Fairy liquid over yourself and then had a light Alfresco shower and shampoo

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Thought I would sit in my back garden on my new “Bistro Set” (table & 2 chairs 40 quid from B&M, really comfy chairs not bad for price) after I got back from Kai’s vet appointment and a little bit of shopping, tuna in spring water to soften Kai’s biscuits with the liquid he is on a soft diet after some dental work. (Vet assures me he will eat biscuits treated this way, he turned his nose up at scolded biscuits but they did look a bit disgusting. Time will tell.)

Anyway got back and my neighbour is having some work done so all I can hear is hammering, sawing, drilling and something that sounds like a dentist drill on steroids, plus out of tune singing (including the ice cream mans chimes of boys & girls come out to play etc.) and whistling. Ended up in the front room, which is cooler anyway, curled up on settee reading my book with Kai stretched out on his cool mat In the room gently snoring after his adventure at the vets.

Whilst queuing to pay for my shopping I had a woman without a mask standing so close to me she was nearly in my basket. I moved forward to get socially distanced from her whilst keeping away from the person in front of me and she moved as well.  My mask was uncomfortable as it is so hot, it felt like she was standing on my back (I must admit I do have a thing about people getting in my personal space even before the virus unless invited to do so) I turned round and she smiled at me!  To be quite honest I could have hit her with my basket, but I took a deep breath and asked her to move back a bit. Her response? Sorry I forgot (of course you did we have only been doing it for how many weeks?) I then heard the person behind her say “forgot your mask as well then?” At this point I was being served and left the shop. 
I didn’t mention the mask, although I was tempted to say something, she could have had a reason for not wearing one I suppose, although if you can’t wear a mask then surely you can wear a face shield, these don’t restrict your breathing and are more comfortable to wear than a mask  (I have one ) and you can get them on line from places that make them for the general public so you aren’t taking them from the NHS. 
I don’t know if I am being too sensitive about this but I am trying to do what is right and get really fed up at some people’s attitude. I am not wearing a mask because I enjoy it, they are hot and not good if you have hay fever especially if your nose is running, not a pretty picture!  I am wearing it to not only possibly protect me but also you in case I have the virus and show no symptoms and expect the same courtesy from you.

Sorry this last bit should probably have been in the covoid19 section, don’t know if someone can move it, if so please do. It’s too hot to type it all out againyada
 

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Vets know nowt about what pets will eat. This includes specialist, expensive foods such as Royal Canin and Hills.  One sniff: Not touching that! Give me a tin of Gourmet!  No, it gives you the squits. Alright then, I'm on hunger strike.

 

Half an hour later. Feeling guilty now, aren't you?  Give me a tin of Gourmet!  No, it gives you the squits.  Ok. You'll be sorry when I expire of malnutrition!

 

Two hours later.  I'm lying here with my little pink tongue hanging out. That Royal Canin rubbish is all dried up. I'm not eating it. I thought you loved me. You're always telling people how much you love me but you don't really.  I used to think I had a wonderful home...but perhaps I was wrong.

 

Oh, come on then. Have this tin of Gourmet. :P

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