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  1. Half the reason for extending the height of that section of fence was to keep their 3 spaniels from coming into our garden, leaving their deposits and generally winding-up our guys. The neighbours apparently hadn't been aware that this was happening and so readily agreed that I could put my panels up against their fence, in fact they suggested attaching them to the existing posts rather than me having to install new ones. Now those panels have gone along with their old fence, so a second fence will definitely be going in firmly on my side of the dividing line.
  2. Right now, I can't decide what's worse - neighbours or so-called tradespeople. Our next door neighbours are away on holiday this week and next. Turns out, they didn't bother to inform us that they had arranged to have their entire boundary fence replaced whilst they were away - well we wouldn't want them to suffer any noise or inconvenience would we? . I only found out a couple of hours ago when I was rudely awakened from my pre-nightshift slumbers by two of their fencing guys demolishing the fence about 15 feet from my bedroom window, one with a 2-stroke chainsaw and the other with some sort of jack-hammer device. Worse still, our dogs were roaming our garden at the time and the younger, recently adopted one, Macha, had to the workers' disbelief shot through the newly-created gap in the fence and then escaped out of the now open-plan garden next door and was off along the road in a blind panic. Prior to starting, the workers had apparently been going to tell us of their intentions but saw my "nightshift worker trying to sleep" sign on the front door and decided not to disturb me - like a chainsaw and a percussion drill are going to be less of a disturbance than a doorbell!!! Fortunately, I found Macha quite quickly, cowering in the bushes of the nearby park quivering in fear. She took some persuading to come home and has now been treated, along with our 'old lady' Alaska, with valerian extract to help calm them down. When Macha joined our family 5 weeks ago, I realised almost immediately that she was an accomplished hurdler and would no doubt also be an accomplished escape artist as a direct consequence. Our garden is almost completely enclosed by hedging and fencing at least 6 feet high (in places over 8) but there was one vulnerable short section of low fencing between us and next door which she could easily vault. With the agreement of our neighbour, I protected this section by erecting a couple of 6-foot high panels on our side of what is legally their fence. After getting the dogs settled, I entered into a 'conversation' with the contractor who advised me that the new fence was going to be even lower than the one it was replacing, I enquired about the reinstatement of my panels only to be told that I was too late, they'd been chopped-up and thrown in the skip, . I then noticed that the boundary shrubbery, which is all on my side of the line, had been fairly comprehensively destroyed - it looked like someone had walked parallel to the fenceline, about 3 feet into my garden and simply sliced through everything in their path with the chainsaw. "Had to be done mate. Only way we could get access to the fence to remove it." It's going to take a lot more than the previous couple of tall fence panels to secure the boundary now. It also transpires that the new fence won't be going in until the second half of next week so I've now got to find some way of securing our garden in the meantime. My partner Jennifer is currently not well enough to take the dogs out on their leads, hence them being given free-run of the garden, and I'm not prepared to imprison them in the house for several days on end. Then, I'll have to look for a longer term solution to the knee-high non-barrier that'll be in place. Current favourite is to utilise the new clearing that we have between the shrubbery and the fenceline and construct my own Trump-style obstruction to our dogs' walkabout intentions. As it will have to stretch all the way down from the garage to the pavement, it'll be visible from next door's front windows (the old panels weren't as they were up close to the building) and it probably won't be the prettiest thing to look out on but quite frankly - TOUGH! Starting work in just over an hour so tomorrow is going to be a busy day, always assuming I can keep awake long enough to achieve anything.
  3. Alfa2Evora

    Mileage

    I've just turned 72k with mine (40k by me in 4½ years) so it looks like I'll have to try a lot harder, .
  4. Yeah!!! Finally got some reliable Toyota power behind you.
  5. And there was me worried about tackling the removal of the trim panels on the centre console so I can replace the handbrake and gearlever gaiters, .
  6. Technically this was yesterday, but as it was only a few minutes before midnight when I got home from my mission to deepest darkest Lancashire, I'll call it 'today'. Our house has been somewhat empty since the sudden passing of our 'boy' Shadow 2 months back. Not any more!!!! We have welcomed into our family, this big adolescent. She came up for adoption due to her owner's deteriorating health and we couldn't resist giving our old 'girl' Alaska a new (hopefully) best buddy. Say "Hi" to a total live-wire (for that read "complete nutter") - a 19 month old Utonagan called Macha (her name is that of a goddess in ancient Irish mythology to save you some Google time, )
  7. They're not! All train services out of Glasgow are going nowhere at the moment as the signalling system has gone into 'meltdown' in the searing 21 degree heat, .
  8. When I had the Evora's wheels powder-coated last week, I took the opportunity to replace all 4 TPMS valves as the originals were becoming a bit intermittent in their functioning. 3 of the replacements sprang into life within a few miles but the 4th, even after multiple journeys totalling over 150 miles, steadfastly persists in giving a " 0 0 " reading. I very, very carefully swapped the wheels over and the 'fault' moved with the wheel so it would appear that the new valve is faulty. Looks like the tyre now has to come off my pristine, shiny wheel. Bu99er!
  9. The valve on my Evora's 2bular exhaust is stuck in the open position, and it's also running a CAI, so I guess I'll be going down for life without parole, .
  10. Just because Geely are in charge Andy, doesn't mean you have to go all-out fanboy and adopt the Far Eastern penchant for dining on our canine buddies, .
  11. Indeed it was, Andy. My mum had the 5-door 'Alpine' version, which gave sterling service for many years, even after somebody over-revved it during a demon overtake one day, breaking a rocker arm (fortunately for an inlet valve) and limping it home on 3 cylinders. Well spec'd car for its time (1978) too - electronic ignition, central locking, electric windows and such like.
  12. I didn't, but I do now. In the words of Jason & Kylie, "Especially for you"........ Really close up, the surface is still a bit 'rough' looking so I may well spend tomorrow giving them another light sand and final topcoat.
  13. Mark, much as I love animals, it that were mine it wouldn't be the car that was a 'late' model, .
  14. It seems to be an issue on pretty much all cars. Our Alfa and Saab, and the neighbours Jag, are all the same. My Evora's weren't quite as bad as yours, but they were still spoiling the otherwise 'pampered car' appearance. I had the wheels refurbished at the start of this week, which only served to highlight further the poor state of the bolts, and asked about doing them too, but the guy at the powder-coaters reckoned they'd be chipped and open to rusting again before he'd even finished tightening them up. Instead, when I got home I removed them a couple at a time from each wheel, gave them a light sanding followed by an application of rust inhibitor and finished-off with a coat of satin black paint, any chips which subsequently occurred on refitting being touched-in with a fine brush after final tightening.
  15. The Evora's wheels were beginning to look a bit 'second-hand' as it has been 4 and a bit years and 40k miles since they were last refurbished. Although they have never once been near a kerb (some of us can drive, ) they were suffering from general road-rash and some lifting of the coating due to minor corrosion. A local powder-coating business that only recently started trading was recommended to me on another forum and although slightly sceptical with the otherwise lack of reviews to go on, I decided to give them a go. The car was dropped off with them at 10 this morning and it was ready to collect 8 hours later. What is apparent from today's experience is that you should never judge by outward appearances. This wasn't some flashy neon-lit unit on a modern industrial estate with a 'gang' of employees in snazzy matching uniforms, but rather an outbuilding on a farm beside a long-abandoned shale oil spoil heap, staffed by one guy in a well-worn boilersuit. What they should be judged on is the standard of their work and it is nothing short of amazing - see for yourselves........ ........and because I wasn't paying for some flashy premises, my wallet was only lightened to the tune of £200, .
  16. I'm going to be a maybe right up to the last minute on this I'm afraid as Jennifer has been having a bad week after suffering another TIA last Sunday.
  17. Happy Birthday, mate.
  18. .....apart from adding a cold air intake too, if you can find one. Press the loud pedal and you open the gates of Hell!
  19. Getting bored with pounding up the M6 this afternoon, a diversion off into the Lake District was rewarded with a photo opportunity on the western side of Ullswater - well, it would have been rude not to.
  20. .........removing the rust from, then repainting, the mesh grilles. Talk about losing the will to live, . Worth it in the end though, as they now look a million times better than they did this morning and with the show season just about to kick off, I wouldn't want to give the Porker fan-boys anything to slag. By saturating a cloth in plastic trim restorer solution and attaching it to the end of a long flexible rod which was inserted from the engine bay, I even managed to get the ducts behind the 'shoulder' scoops restored back to pretty much as-new condition. I've now rewarded myself with a nice cold bottle of American hard cider which is going down a treat as I contemplate tomorrow's plan of action to deal with the literally hundreds of stone chips on the front bumper - don't know why that's the only bit of the car that didn't have protective film applied to it. What a great way to spend a couple of days off work but at least the weather makes it very pleasant to spend hours outdoors.
  21. Alfa2Evora

    Evora MOT

    Can't see the facility on here to set up a reminder for the DVSA to download the bloomin' details to the DVLA once the MOT has been done, .
  22. Alfa2Evora

    Evora MOT

    The same for me - the claim would be effectively around £100. Take into account the time spent submitting it and it's just too much hassle, which is probably exactly what they want you to think.
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    Evora MOT

    Similar. My good lady and I, along with the dogs, went up to the north west of Scotland in our SAAB to stay with her relatives for the New Year. On the way back home, we had an "Oh shit, I'm 200 miles from home and you're telling me the car's MOT expired in August and the tax ran out a couple of days ago, officer?" moments. The car's MOT was indeed due back in mid-August but I'd had it tested (passed with a 2 minor advisories) a couple of weeks prior to the due date and the tax was on automatic renewal via direct debit so to be honest, I hadn't even bothered to check it was all OK as everything had run smoothly in previous years. Fortunately, by chance, I had all the car's documents with me so being able to show the MOT certificate to the traffic cop certainly softened his attitude towards me. An online check on the DVSA site confirmed the MOT details, but the DVLA site showed 'MOT expired', hence the tax hadn't renewed when it was due to at midnight on the previous day, 1st January. As it was obviously a cock-up outwith my control, I didn't get a ticket and the car wasn't impounded but I was told that he couldn't let us continue our journey until the car was officially showing as all legal. I phoned both the DVLA and the DVSA and of course, each blamed the other's system for not communicating with their's. DVSA said they would download the details again but that would only happen overnight so we were going no further that day. Have you ever tried to find some last-minute dog-friendly accommodation when pretty much everywhere is still closed for their New Year holidays? Eventually we found somewhere a few miles away and the boys in blue escorted us there. Luckily, we had taken an over-supply of raw dog food with us in a coolbox so they didn't starve although we struggled to find anywhere for an evening meal and ended up with a rather unappetising takeaway - we'd probably have been better off sharing with the pooches, . Next day, with the relevant details now in their system, another lengthy phone call to the DVLA (getting through their multi-choice menu is a nightmare!) saw us all taxed and ready to roll, getting home the best part of 24 hours later than planned. Since it was their fault, I enquired with DVLA/DVSA about the additional costs we'd incurred. Did we get them reimbursed? What do you think?
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