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  2. ProDave

    Anyone got a spare £450 for a pad saw?

    I smell tinned meat.............
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  4. Rob.

    The Vaccine...

    Why not try something on https://www.skillshare.com/ (Other learning sites are available, just this ones one I've used). Loads of different courses that teach just about anything on anything. Think it cost me a tenner a month for access to everything they offer.
  5. Sharpend

    The Vaccine...

    it sounds like you’re a lifer John. I just hope they remember you when you’ve gone.
  6. apprentice87

    The Vaccine...

    Thank god i have got the hospital where i work.. I do not know how people cope when they retire from something like the hospital. It is like a world in itself.. A lot of the staff do 40 odd years, retire, and then come back. One just retired recently has done 47 years there.. I love it.. I know it sounds daft and you will all laugh, but i hate to see it all fall into disrepair, i even spend my own money looking after the place.. The [needless to say outside contract] gardeners are lettuced, so last week i went and brought a kawasaki brushcutter so i can restore one of the formal gardens. I bought a benford dumper a few weeks ago to help with this too.. The hospital is a wonderful place, it truly is.. john..
  7. Murdoch

    The Vaccine...

    My doctor advised me against running because it is bad for your knees. His thoughts were swimming - which i find tedious , or cycling - which i do enjoy to a point - ATM i need better gloves to keep my hands warm
  8. TomasRowley98

    Anyone got a spare £450 for a pad saw?

    Each tool implies that it will be used in certain conditions. You can not use a cheap jigsaw for serious construction work, so such a jigsaw will simply not be able to cope with the task, which will be a waste of money and slow down the process. This works not only with construction tools but for example in my case I use an expensive saw from Toolschief to cut thick branches from trees in the garden. Maybe such a cheap saw would withstand a couple of branches, but it would definitely break after an hour of work. I'm not talking about the battery capacity...
  9. I wired up my driver (12w version) to a single G4 led lamp - works a treat and the lamp is only 2W. So polarity may well be the issue. THe cable is usually white 2 core with a feint black stripe down one side, which is +ve.
  10. binky

    Christmas display 2021 lighting controllers

    one year I will get around to doing this!
  11. binky

    The Vaccine...

    sitting on your arse and watching day time TV would drive me insane. I get out every day. I've just bought a load of flower seeds to plant this year, I have a dog that has to go out at least once a day anyway, and I do drive a couple miles to access oen space away from crowds. I did all the DiY last lockdown, but there's still things to do, like the annual clean behind the cooker - I quite like a bit of simple menial work, it makes a change from electricity trying to kill me!
  12. Sharpend

    The Vaccine...

    If you made your life the way it is, then you can make it into something new. I would suggest cycling, it keeps the knee moving and allows you to get out of the estate whilst actually giving you some fresh air. It’s not as rigorous as running, better than walking and keeps you warm in the cold weather. If you are into joinery and have a selection of bench tools etc then you could take a trip to your local woodlands and gather some logs, branches etc and construct some unusual ornaments/furniture etc, sell it on the bay or another channels or keep it for yourself? May not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’ll certainly get to doing something which is better for the spirit, body and soul than sitting and sleeping the days away?
  13. Geoff1946

    Christmas display 2021 lighting controllers

    Lovely workmanship.
  14. kerching

    Christmas display 2021 lighting controllers

    Wiska glands...none better. It's the only one I've found that closes right up like a "Cats Tea Towel holder" i plug spare holes in panels with them, for future use. Just snug them up,like a
  15. phil d

    Christmas display 2021 lighting controllers

    Nice, I seem to recognise those red stuffing glands, have you been to elex? lol
  16. phil d

    The Vaccine...

    I need to do something but since all of this it's getting to me, I haven't got anywhere nice to walk, I live on a large estate and it's got full of idiots lately and since I stopped working I seem to have developed lots of problems, I was told years ago I needed a knee replacement but it wasn't too bad and I kept going, I think it was keeping busy that kept things moving, however that's got worse, and the spondylosis in my neck has got worse, it's as though my body thinks I've retired and can fall to bits, lol. I think the hardest thing is I've never really had a proper hobby, well not a different one anyway, where a lot of people go fishing or walking for a hobby, mine have always been 'working' hobbies, I liked learning various types of welding, or joinery, or plastering, or working on cars and stuff, I can't sit and relax, I need to work, I spent a few days cleaning all my tools, they look like new, lol. I'm so bad that a few years ago we went on holiday and I was that bored after a couple of days that I ended up repairing a JCB for the camping site owner. I guess I'm a slightly younger version of Fred Dibnah.lol I don't feel sorry for myself, I made my life the way it is, I'm just totally fed up.
  17. Modern tv's don't lose their memory when they are unplugged, if the tv has been used in another area it will have retained it's settings from there, so if for example you took a tv from London and took it to Scotland it would try to work on the settings it had from London, it may even receive a few channels although obviously they'd be coming from the local transmitter. If you told it to update it probably wouldn't find much if anything. What you need to do is either a full factory reset, or, go into menu, then installation, then you have two options, first time install, or update, on some you can go into update and then you have the option of updating existing list, or clearing the list and starting again, this is the option to chose (clear list). alternatively just tell it to do a full reset, this will clear not only the channel tuning but also any other personal settings such as picture type or audio settings. Again as others have said make sure your connections are all good, with the old analogue signal you could get away with a lot, I've twisted wires together in the past when I've been pushed, just to get a tv working at home, however with the modern digital it's a lot less forgiving, and a poorly connected aerial plug could be all that you need to lose a load of channels.
  18. ProDave

    The Vaccine...

    No need to get out. Sounds like you have cabin fever. I make a point of going out every day, even if it is just a short local walk, or even just an hour chopping firewood in the garden.
  19. phil d

    The Vaccine...

    I've got very little to do at the moment and any work I could do at home is outside and it's too bloody cold, I'm stuck in the house and am starting to behave like a prisoner doing a life sentence in that I'm trying to sleep as long as I can, sometimes using tablets sometimes not! today I got up at 7.45 and took the wife to work, I read a bit, watched tv and had a beer, I'll pick her up at 5pm and then go to bed where hopefully I'll sleep right through until tomorrow, it gets the days over, occasionally like the other day I'll get up and take her to work, come home have a pint of bourbon and coke for breakfast and then watch video's for 24 hours, then it's back to sleeping again. I know it's now healthy but it's the only way I can cope at the minute.
  20. Well I've started early so I'm. Prepared this year haha I'm. Going to. Making the show work. As just started too. Late late last year with work. Going mad in December but then slower in Jan I've been putting together the pcb controllers to control the lighting display and people. Will be able to log into the webcam system with audio feed later this year and be able to watch the show lights without going around in the cold thought I'd post some pictures for peeps to see the starting of the build
  21. SPECIAL LOCATION

    2021 holidays

    We have a touring Caravan... AND.. We have been visiting a small family run site, every summer in Cornwall for probably 20+ years now.. Last year when they weren't sure if they were allowed to open or not.. They said "If they are allowed to open, there will be room for us and our family!!" And we did have a great family holiday in August 2020.. So I don't have any major worries for 2021.. As just like many of us.. IF you look after your regular customers who have supported you for 10+ years!! They will look after and support you.. I think the phrase is.. "You Scratch My Back... And I will Scratch Yours"!
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  23. That's only the second person I have ever seen call it an immerser! just saying
  24. Some key points worth remembering are.. 1/ Not all TV transmitters output the same power. 2/ At various times the output of some transmitters is reduced due to maintenance work. 3/ Many physical property addresses can receive signals from more than one transmitter. 4/ Your TV aerial needs to be pointing the correct compass bearing AND the correct Horizontal or Vertical orientation for the transmitter you are trying to tune in to. e.g. from www.wolfbane.net/cgi-bin/tvd.exe Our nearest TV transmitter is approx 2miles away transmitting on a Vertical orientation, and compass bearing of 40 degrees. The transmitter we are tuned to is 17 miles away, on a horizontal orientation, and compass bearing of 52 degrees, which outputs 10x the power of our nearest transmitter. There is a third transmitter, 23 miles away, on a horizontal orientation, and compass bearing of 113 degrees, which outputs 100x the power of our nearest transmitter!! (we are in a dip and there are a lot of trees obscuring a direct line to the nearest transmitter!!) If our normal transmitter is off or running low power we pick up distorted / reduced signals from the other higher power transmitter 23 miles away!
  25. welcome to the world of mix and not match led lights and drivers your choice is refit the halogen bulbs or source a new light fitting and the compatible transformer / driver. ive seen to many DIYers try and save money by thinking they have bought the right parts ....
  26. SPECIAL LOCATION

    Disconnection advice needed

    It shouldn't be too difficult for someone to make safe for you.. But the important thing to remember is... Don't dabble around with any wires that you think could possibly still be live.. First make 100% sure they are completely isolated and dead.. As electricity can kill a healthy adult in less than half a second.. So if you are not able to make them safe yourself, paying someone a few pounds to check it all out for you is much cheaper than some unexpected funeral arrangements. There is a tragic case in the press at the moment about a young boy who was fatally electrocuted.. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9171655/Essex-electrician-installed-pubs-garden-lights-caused-boys-fatal-shock-court-hears.html A competent electrician will be able to make your wires safe and verify it is all dead... so you can get on with removing all the redundant sockets & cable etc in complete confidence that you wont get ay nasty surprises. Where about are you? There may be a forum member who is local enough to be able to call round and do the safety checks for you.
  27. I'm getting confused now. My question about polarity was a shot in the dark as I can't think what could be causing the symptoms you report, but you haven't said how you've ensured correct polarity to your new led lamps. which MAY be relevant. The lamps you have given a link to are halogens, so presumably the ones you have removed? If I understand correctly you want to connect some new led lamps to a new led driver using the wiring that previously had halogen components. SO: What new led lamps have you obtained? Are the new lamps polarity sensitive? If it doesn't tell you on the packaging try one on a PP3 or similar 9 volt battery. If it only lights one way around you now know which is +ve. Check that the reconnected wiring is correct, such that all the lamp +ve go to the driver +ve..
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