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    Nest thermostat

    Where we have just moved to we have a 20 yo oil boiler, megaflow and programmer no thermostat. Thinking some sort of controls would be better. Any views from users of nest, hive or tado ( or others) now?
  2. This was Reg a Tibetan Spaniel terrier cross who we lost 2 months ago, he was a rescue and sadly only had him for 4 years but he was a cracking dog. We said we would have 6 months just with a Chihuahua called Jason (another rescue) before making a decision on another dog. However 6 weeks ago we moved to Norfolk from Kent and although we were not looking for another dog one of the young ladies we previously fostered asked us to take on Luna who is a 16 week old Spaniel. She is going to love the countryside around here. Full of beans as she should be, everything is a new discovery.
  3. Spotted a nice white S1 esprit a couple of eclats an m100 an elan plus 2 and a couple of lotus Cortina's along with quite a spread of other classics.
  4. Both of mine last year at 54.
  5. Finally completed and moved to a little village near Swaffham Norfolk. The whole process took 5 months and was a total mess considering it was just us buying a house. However can't wait to finish unpacking and getting on with the next stage of our lives. Will be a bit of a change getting used to a 10 minute drive to the nearest shop rather than walk over the road.
  6. I had 2 cataracts done a year ago at 54 yo. The difference was amazing. You wont regret it.
  7. When you cant find a rawl nut a rawl plug will do.............or not.
  8. Tough call but probably right.
  9. I bet that is unlimited for the drivers ownership. They will want to fleece the next few owners.
  10. Nice pic, but take it again without the wheely bins😁
  11. Years ago my 88 n/a esprit had also dropped a thrust washer. Lotus bits repaired it as part of the £4k rebuild. Engine was alright for the 5k miles I owned it but had to sort out a couple of tiny oil leaks myself.
  12. Maidstone to Avignon quite a few times normally started 1am so kids slept for a lot of the journey.
  13. We are curranty trying to do this heading Norfolk way. Problem we are finding is the selection of propery is not great ( if you want a garage!!). We plan to get a buy to let mortgage on our home for 40% of the value and buy outright in Norfolk paying it back over the next 10 years. Can you keep the home asset and live on the rental income?
  14. We are looking at a house in Norfolk which has a borehole water supply. Does anybody have experience of this type of supply or views on its positive or negative points?
  15. Let start from the point that I would be crapping myself with worry as well. BUT you have to feel some pride that he has put together and organised all that and has the determiantion to go through with it. I know of a number of neurotypical 24 ish year olds who can hardly do thier own shoe laces as they are too lazy or thick. Prepare him, make sure he knows how to get hold of you and your details are in his passport. Make sure YOUR passport is valid and ready to go. And let him go, he is going anyway with or with or without your blessing by the looks of it.
  16. How about a dummy run to somewhere in Europe, might find out he can do it or he might decide he needs a little help. My son has an aspergers diagnosis so to a much lesser degree I get it. At 18 he meet a German girl online and was flying there every other week until covid struck. He now rides to nothern germany every 3 weeks on a motorbike for the weekend to avoid being on a germ filled plane!!!. If nothing else it incentivises them, they need to work to earn to meet up etc. Its very hard to let them go isnt it. He is probably more capable than you think after all you have seen and dealt with every mistake he has made over the last 24 years and I imagine a lot are seared into your memory. This might make him and if not now at 24 when? Its not easy but at least you can track him via his phone etc and you are a call away not like 40 years ago. Good luck.
  17. The young lady In my previous post came to us as her mother left her ( age 14) to look after all her siblings and 3 of her friends kids (2 under 18 months) whilst the mother and friend went out on the lash for 48 hours. The drunk driver the mother was with crashed the car and she was seriously injured. The family were on ss books and this was the final nail. Makes you wonder how many never get caught as no fire or accident happens.
  18. I will post on here what I put on Piston Heads yesterday. We have fostered for 8 years. Sitting in my front room as I type is a 19 year old who came to us at 14 when she and 7 siblings were finally after 12 years of social services intervention put into care. This year her mother had another baby and social services had to play a game for 6 months letting this woman pretend she wanted to be a mother until she finally gave up and the baby will go for adoption. Even her 19 yo daughter said her mother doesnt want the baby she just doesnt want to lose. BUT she has her rights so we all P*** about pretending she can have her "rights" attended to at OUR cost rather than someone being an adult and saying enough is enough. Mean time the poor baby has had a mucked up first 6 months not bonding properly as not sure who the mother figure is. I have seen this over and over again and its really depressing. We have now had 3 seperate children from 6 plus children familys we have looked after who have had ss intervension for more than 80 % of their lives before decisive action is taken. The family courts have a LOT to answer for.
  19. They are certainly much better insulated. The rads in my sons newbuild are single panel and tiny and thats for a decent sized double bedroom ( by new house standards) yet keep the room warm. We converted our double garage into an annexe this year, it has 100mm insulation above, 75mm below floor and 75 stuck to the inner walls. I am pretty sure just body warmth alone will keep it at a resonable temperature with a little backgrounnd heat from fridge freezer, oven etc. Only big problem was the heat in the summer through the large windows meant it needed AC until I put mirror film over the glass.
  20. My son recently bought a house from Persimmon and paid to have a snagging report. It came back with 170 faults most of which were minor. These were things like poor silicone around shower, mark to dishwasher door etc. The worst one was the oven fitted 25mm lower than the nextdoor cupboards as the half wit who fitted the hob left he gas pipe in the wrong place. So rather than refit the hob they dropped the oven and cut the plinth. The main bits seem to be built ok. Their big problem seems to be its all built by subcontractors so nobody really cares as they probabaly wont be on the next job anyway.
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