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Had a quiet day today Ian, thanks for asking. Tried to persuade 'er indoors to test drive 'er new frying pan, but no success there. Just Shredded Wheat as usual.

Catfan, hope you've had a great day between you. Five cards eh ! Same as us. Have a very safe journey home. B.

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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

The Red Arrows have just flown over on their way back home to Scampton!

They’ve been at the Bournemouth Air Show this weekend.  Bit of excitement (near tragedy) there yesterday when a bi-plane crashed into the sea at Sandbanks, just down the road from our place.   Both the pilot and a ‘Wing-Walker were pulled out quickly with only minor injuries.  
 

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13 hours ago, Brew said:

The seal needs to be waterside in the sink,

 

But does it? 

The 'waste' runs through a cavity in the ceramic of the sink, which allows for the overflow from the sink to run into the waste, just below the 'plug' (in whatever form) via a couple of side drains.  So.. logically, it is the seal underneath the sink which counts.

IIRC ( 'If I recall correctly..' Will you lot ever adopt the eminently reasonable shorthand of the internet?)

So.. IIRC, the waste when purchased, came with a single washer, of some sort of soft nylon/plastic/synthetic rubber formulation. This was meant to go between the waste securing collar, and the base of the sink.  In my experience... such washers do not respond well to being overtightened and actually need very little pressure to work..so long as they are tightened against a flat surface..wherein lies the problem...  I made the mistake of purchasing this basin from 'Bathstore', who specialise in selling shite. So...IIRC, I used a SMALL amount of Plumber's Mait.  Again.. if you think about it.. all you are trying to do is fill the unevenness between the sink and the flat securing collar.  A circular 'bead' of maybe 5-10mm maximum diameter ought to be more than enough. Also, remember that the waste water is not under pressure..so it takes only a simple seal to contain it.

13 hours ago, Brew said:

The plastic washer under the sink is only a secondary seal.

 

Disagree.. it is THE seal, for the reasons I outlined above.

 

13 hours ago, Brew said:

Silicone is my preference, it sets and has some adhesive properties, mait does not.

 

Silicone is brilliant in the right place.. but also a pig to disassemble if it becomes necessary.

 

13 hours ago, Brew said:

Messing  with or cleaning the trap runs a greater risk of disturbing the seal if using mait..

 

Yep.  I already stated that I think I may have disturbed the MAIT seal when cleaning the trap.

 

13 hours ago, Brew said:

If the pipe to waste connection has been crosshobbled the plastic thread will be damaged and needs replacing.

 

Yes.  Which is why I also stated that I have replaced it.  :)  Come on Jim.. this is not like you...

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9 hours ago, philmayfield said:

The plumbing trade seems to be full of halfwits with the occasional competent one thrown in. I can relate many tales of disaster concerning plumbers both industrially and domestically. Conversely I have usually found qualified electricians to be pretty good. I do my own domestic plumbing, it’s not difficult.

 

 

It's not technically difficult, but it can involve some contortions which I find more challenging these days..

 

To be fair, the plumber who has cocked my sink drain up, is generally very good, especially with heating and boilers. I think he was having an 'off' day when he buggered up my sink.  Mrs Col reported that he went off to buy a pint of milk because he had bad indigestion. I told her she should have given him some of my Gaviscon.. or a spoonful of Plumber's Mait..which is almost certainly based on the very same China Clay which features in Kaolin and Morphine.

 

Britain has an appalling record of technical training, which took an even worse nose dive when a certain M Thatcher decided to do away with a long established system of Industry Training Boards.  Those 'ITB's' ensured that training in all industries was up to scratch.  What Thatcher did was the old Tory trick of creating a 'market' in training.  It was an unmitigated disaster and Plumbing in particular suffered. The industry seemed incapable of getting its act together, with the result that the UK experienced a massive shortage of plumbers in the 90s and 'O's. As far as I know it is still a mess.. which is why so many EU tradesmen were able to get work here., until that other genius move Brexit.. when they all buggered off again.

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I total agree about our system, we need real training and apprenticships back again.t Each time I hear that education system this has been changed I cringe. I remember teaching a young girl who was getting married and going to live in Canada the subject was TDLB 32 33 so she could become an assessor. In her line of work but Canada would not accept the qualification. Why? I once ask an MP this, why can we all not work to the same syllabus? never did get an answer. What really p?????? me off ismy own trade Hairdressing  now most joe public think that we go into this trade because it's easy work. It's Not you have to learn angles, chemistry, how hair grows and  the composition, scalp/skin/hair desease;s  conditions ect and more. Sorry getting carried away  Getting back or the subject of training, I know times move on, but I did a 3 year apprenticship then 2 years as an inprover, then you were you was not qualified from pin curl, finger waves, perms colours ect ect. Now when the NVQ's came in hairdresser were rthe pilot scheme now the units and elements coverd everthing. Now its pick out what you want to do eg. just Blowdring, cutting, reception, and they seem to be classed as qualified. I don'r think this is right, to me all off it should be learnt. I left teaching NVQs before this silly system cae out. Why well they wanted us to correct the English grammer, spelling ect  As I told my boss I'm an Hairdresser not an English teacher.

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PS sorry it's a bit of a jumble but I could not sleep and have been up since 3 00am.

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My home insurance claim, the small drip was out of sight behind a kitchen unit & had ran under the laminate flooring which we had fitted for the whole of the downstairs, which was replaced along with half kitchen floorboards, two joists, kitchen units, skirting & painting.

The insurance assessor was @ my property for over 3 hours, making video of my roof, brickwork & general maintenance & upkeep & receipts & certificates for jobs undertaken, so just be careful with your DIY & bodging it could come back to bite you, thank me later :rolleyes:

    

  

 

He did tell me some good stories of people he’d caught out, like the bloke who’d dipped his cat in paint & let it run all over house :biggrin:

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Ah now I understand, you have what is known as a 'weir' overflow where the overflow slots sit in a ceramic well. You didn't say in your original post the overflow was cast into the sink...

 

The bottom seal is important, so is the plug  inside of the sink.

 

From the net on fitting a weir type overflow:

 

Caution !! If you look at the slotted waste you may notice, that unlike any other waste,  waste water can run down the thread and cause a leak. This is why it is important to seal the thread  on a slotted waste and not just rely on the washer.

 

The easiest way to seal the thread is to run a full circle, bead of silicone around the thread before you spin on the nut and tighten it. Applying the bead nearer to the underside of the sink will reduce the chance of getting silicone over your hands.

 

Some sink fitters may prefer to use traditional plumber's putty instead of silicone to waterproof the waste.

 

10 hours ago, DJ360 said:

IIRC ( 'If I recall correctly..' Will you lot ever adopt the eminently reasonable shorthand of the internet?)

 

 

No...:rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, radfordred said:

so just be careful with your DIY & bodging it could come back to bite you, thank me later 

 

I'm not bodging.  I'm rectifying a bodge.

 

Also, the leak is  easily visible.

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43 minutes ago, Brew said:

Ah now I understand, you have what is known as a 'weir' overflow where the overflow slots sit in a ceramic well. You didn't say in your original post the overflow was cast into the sink...

 

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa!! 

 

What this boils down to is:

 

I originally fitted the basin in 2009 when I renewed the bathroom.  I also fitted a new 'P' type bath, with a wall mounted shower, showerwall panelling, two hinged showerscreens to form an 'overbath' shower cubicle, ceiling spots and a fab trendy plastic and chrome strip ceiling..oh..and a new stainless steel heated towel rail/radiator...  but that's not important right now...

 

So.. in 2009 I fitted the basin and in all probability I didn't realise the issue with the thread, but I ended up using some (a small bead of ) Plumber's Mait to achieve a seal.  There is no other reason I can think of why I would still have a largely unused tub of the stuff in the garage.

 

Fast forward to 2018, when I asked the plumber to construct a new exterior mounted 'soil stack' and plumb it into the sewers. The meant I could finally get rid of an internally mounted soil stack which I hated, and which took up valuable internal space.

 

So..in the process of fitting said stack for me, the plumber had to re-make the waste connections from bath and wash basin. It is clearly at this point where he had some problems which he decided to 'solve' by lathering the whole thing in Plumber's Mait.  All was well until I had to remove the s-trap to get out the broken toothbrush.. which would not flush away because the waste was half blocked by masses of 'Mait'.

 

So, I've now replaced the damaged S-trap, but am getting a slight leak from the waste/ceramic join.  Most likely caused by my tightening the old and damaged leaky cross threaded s-trap to try and make it seal, and disturbing the join.  So.when I can face it, I'll remove the waste, clean up and re-seal with Mait..  Meantime, the plastic bin beneath the waste is catching about 5 or 6 drops of water per day.

 

Now.. if you were familiar with internet shorthand, you could simply dismiss this lengthy post by typing:  TL:DR.  (Too Long.. Didn't Read...) :laugh:

 

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"Well.. you know me.. I've never been one for gossip but I heard 'im at the end there got.."

"He didn't did he,  what in full view?  Ooohh well it just goes to show.."

"Ooooohhh I know.. and as for 'Er at number 27....well I heard that she.."

"She did.. it's true I saw her... and on a Sunday.. but I'm not a bit surprised wot with 'Er bein' no better than she should be..  'Er mother was the same.."

"Ooohh I know..."

:laugh:

 

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'Processing' Tomatoes.

 

Today I picked yet more tomatoes.  I'm overrun with the things and neighbours have stopped answering their doors when I turn up with another couple of pounds of them.  Thing is.. the big 'Crimson Crush' ones are beautiful, and easy to process into a reduced sauce.  They look quite peculiar inside when cut open and have a lot of very small seed compartments containing very few seeds, rather than the normal two.  The rest is solid sweet flesh. They can be cut into 'burger sized' slices which turn a burger in a bun into something divine.    For storage they just need cooking down, but I do skin them and then whizz up the skins in a blender before adding them back. Not enough seeds to worry about.

 

The little cherry tomatoes are a different matter.  Delicious when eaten in a salad  or as a snack, but for processing they have far too many seeds and rather thick skins. So..

1. Skin them and keep the skins.

2. Cut in half and squeeze seeds into a bowl and reserve.

3. Begin cooking down the toms.

4. Put the seeds, with their jellyish coating etc into the microwave for a few minutes.  This breaks down the jellyish bit into juice and the seeds.  Then just seive out the seeds and add the juice back to the cooking Toms.

5. 'Whizz up' the skins and add back into the cooking Toms.  They add bulk, colour and loads of vitamins etc.

 

So.  Sounds like a 'faff', and it is a bit.. but worth it to concentrate all that Summer into little tubs of tomato which can be made into a pasta sauce, added to curries (especially a 'Madras').. or made into soup. 

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39 minutes ago, Brew said:

Cue Al Read...

 


 

Or the great Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough…

 

Alternatively, did anyone shoot them in the backside with an air rifle?

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42 minutes ago, Brew said:

Cue Al Read...

 

 

He'll not touch you!..

 

 

 

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Yesterday I completed my Hi Fi Nerdyness, by purchasing a Record Cleaning Machine. I've hankered after one for decades.. and given that many of my records are either second hand..or over 60 years old.. it sort of makes sense. 

As with all hi-fi components, it is entirely possibly to spend anything from very little, to eye watering sums.  I was quite restrained and purchased the smallest and cheapest machine in the Pro-ject range.  I've already used such things, either borrowed, or round at friends, and they really do remove amazing amounts of crud..not only from obviously dirty records, but from even brand new ones.  Result is better sound and less stylus wear.

 

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This little machine spins the record in either direction whilst it is brushed with cleaning fluid.  A vacuum arm is then lowered onto the record, which removes all fluid..and dirt.

 

https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/vc-e/

 

Thing is... it needs, at least 'De-Mineralised' water..to make up the cleaning fluid..so that it leaves no residue on cleaned records.. Looks like I'm going to have to go online for that. 'De Ionised' water from Halfords just isn't good enough...:closedeyes:

 

I did briefly set up an experimental still in the kitchen Saturday afternoon.. to see if I could get a few Mls of distilled water..  but it was very Heath Robinson and needs more work...

 

All good fun though..

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About twenty five years ago, I was helping to clear my mother in law’s garage after her partner died. He was a jobbing builder and had a tendency to “acquire” stuff that was left lying around on sites, including an ancient Record No.1 engineers vice which wasn’t working. I brought it home and it spent more than two decades in a damp shed getting rusty, then a few years under a bench in the garage where the dust stopped it rusting any more.

 

I dug it out today, gave it a liberal application of 3in1 oil, cleaned it up, and after a bit of effort, finally got it moving in and out. I then found out that the reason it had been discarded in the first place was nothing more serious than a spring retaining pin had broken. Replaced that with a split pin, and It now works perfectly. Now only needs mounting on my workbench.

 

 

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This afternoon I've mostly been wandering the streets of a city I barely recognise. started from Victoria Centre (Emetts clock is silent now days), down to the square. Long Row, Parliament Street, High Street etc.

Most striking feature? (apart from the new road layout and vast amount of student accommodation), the number of food outlets and women don't wear skirts anymore.

It served to remind me I'm a dinosaur. The food eaten outdoors I don't recognise, the number of youngsters speaking a language I didn't recognise, using a card the ef^&*&^* machine in the car park refused to recognise and to top it all off the optician tells me I have cataracts... I need to lie down now.

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The number of times I had to hide from a rampaging parent I should be called a   - Uthinkesaurus..   ;)

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