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  1. I don't know what the answer is to the lacquer-peel on the headlights.

    Mine got really bad about 3 years back..........


    and I went the sand-back, polish and re-lacquer route which looked spot-on when it was newly done...............


    That 'repair' lasted about 2 years until they were almost as bad again. This time after the old lacquer was sanded-back and buffed, I had protective film applied instead of the lacquer layer. Unfortunately, that idea doesn't seem to have worked either as the edges of the film are already (barely 12 months later) starting to lift from the surface, allowing water to penetrate underneath, :no .............


  2. Well, it just gets better and better!

    About a month back, for several days it seemed like they were filming a remake of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' in our immediate vicinity as the sky was thick with gulls, magpies, and such like wheeling around and screaming the place down. All our cars very quickly looked like they'd been parked next to a whitewash factory when it exploded, resulting in us having to leave their covers on when not in use and still having to wash them every time we went out as they inevitably took several hits as soon as exposed.

    This avian assault gradually subsided, only to be replaced in the days that followed by a virtual plague of bluebottles. Open a window for a few seconds and you'd have upwards of a dozen of the blighters immediately invading the house. Even today, they are still in evidence, albeit in diminishing numbers. All the while that we were trying to fend-off these attacks by nature, we were aware of a pungent, almost rancid, smell hanging in the air - not very strong but definitely there and a recent occurrence.

    A couple of hours ago, I decided to take the opportunity between rain showers to pop up a ladder and give our gutters a quick clear out of some of the detritus that had collected -  I know, I get all the glamorous jobs, :rolleyes: . From my new vantage point, I had an unobstructed view of the roof of next door's garage, one of the walls of which forms part of the boundary between our two properties and comes to within 5 feet of the window in our utility room.

    The cause of all the bird and insect activity was instantly revealed. Next door's eldest son (he's 21/22ish) is training to be a gamekeeper and it would appear that he decided at some point to bring his work home with him - this is the sight that greeted me from the top of the ladder..................................


    WTAF?!?!? :realmad:

    That needs cordoning-off as a bio-hazard area!

    The whole family next door are of course currently in residence at their holiday home on the coast  (wouldn't want them to have to live amongst the noise and mess of their refurbishment works now would we?) and so can't be contacted prior to my inevitable phone call to Environmental Health.


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  3. I'm the same as @PaulCP - every road trip for the past 20+ years, in a variety of different cars, has seen me carrying the same bulb kit, originally bought for an Alfa 155 back in 1995.

    I've been asked to produce it on a handful of occasions during routine roadside checks and it was accepted each time without question - just as well on my trip last year, as I've converted the rear indicators to LED so not one of the bulbs will now fit it, :whistle:.

    Oh, and I didn't bother with beam deflectors on the headlights either and nothing was said at the check, nor was there any adverse reaction at any time from oncoming drivers.

  4. On ‎27‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 16:03, C8RKH said:

    Think of the noise as you fire it up at midnight or in the early morning to head off.  Are they new neighbours Dave or just recently been lobotomised by some new SNP edict?

    I've been allocated a new Scania R630 demonstrator that's on trial at the moment - 16 litre V8 should about do it.

    They moved in about 18 years ago and things have been 'neighbourly' up until 3 months ago when he retired (at 52 - the benefits of working for the prison service, :rolleyes: ) and now seems to have adopted alienating everybody nearby as his new pastime.


    On ‎27‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 18:41, Barrykearley said:

    I’d highly recommend checking those pesky air horns still work 👍

    Oh they still work. Big suckers they are too - think they came off a ship!

    On ‎28‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 11:08, Painterdave said:

    The sound of the airbrakes recharging should  do the job alright 

    Yes, got to leave it on a fast idle (about 1500rpm) for a good couple of minutes to get the tanks up to the full 12 bar after it's been sitting for a while.


    Or, there's always the this, :P .


  5. More than 3 weeks having passed since the fence demolition saga and with no sign of the new fence being erected despite their contractor saying it was going up during week commencing 5th August, I decided enough was enough.

    Our dogs have been 'banned' from our front garden unless on their leads for all of this time meanwhile next door's mutts have had free-range of the entire neighbourhood, leaving their little calling cards all over our garden and beyond. On Saturday, I acquired some fencing materials of my own and erected a suitably-high fence just my side of the property dividing line. On Sunday, I had a visit from the neighbour 'complaining' that I'd jumped the gun as now his contractor would find it more difficult to erect their fence which was "happening any day now", :rolleyes: .

    Maybe I didn't help the situation by adopting what was basically a "tough sh1t" attitude, but today they retaliated. Knowing full well that despite it being a Bank Holiday I was still going out on a nightshift tonight (I dropped that nugget of information into our conversation which covered the noise disturbance I'd already experienced), they had a skip delivered to their driveway about 3 hours ago and have proceeded to spend the afternoon filling it with the contents of their old kitchen which would now appear to be next on their home improvement list.

    I had intended to sleep from midday until about 6pm prior to my shift start at 7.30, driving a 44 tonne wagon on a 400 mile round trip to Manchester. I have managed a couple more hours through in one of the spare bedrooms at the back of the house but it has been somewhat sporadic as our dogs are upset by all the crashing and banging coming from next door. Thanks a bunch for your contribution to road safety, :realmad: .

  6. 18 hours ago, pete said:

    So after a recent poll saying 52% of Scots now want independence the witch gas said she has a mandate for a second referendum which she wants in the second half of next year .

    That poll, with fewer than 1100 respondents, of course being totally representative in her eyes of the feelings of the entire Scottish population, :rolleyes: . Roll on the next election when we'll have the mandate to hand her her P45!

    4 hours ago, Kimbers said:

    ........................For example, free tuition fees in Scottish Universities. But only if you are from Scotland..........................


    Only if you're one of the lucky 'select' few however. The number of 'free' places is capped to keep it affordable. The universities are also being encouraged to accept more people from disadvantaged backgrounds so these 'free' places are prioritised for them.

    This leaves a lot of disappointed Scottish applicants failing to gain a place at their chosen universities. My cousin's two children being a case in point - both had 7 A-grade passes but were turned down. My cousin asked about paying for their courses like everybody else from the rest of the UK would have to do but was told that the legislation passed down from Holyrood prohibited this. End result, one has gone to Oxford and the other to Bristol and they have both indicated that upon graduation they will most likely now seek employment outwith Scotland.

  7. On ‎05‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 13:58, electro_boy said:

    The PS4S does not come in the correct sizes for the 18/19 inch wheel combo that I think Bibs is running.  Only available in the large 19/20 inch wheel size combo. 

    I discovered that only once I'd already fitted some to the rears. On the advice of 'our' resident expert in all things Michelin (Baptiste - @rallyesax ) I fitted PSS on the front and I find the combination excellent, :driving:.

  8. 10 hours ago, Colin P said:

    I don’t however agree with complaints about whether the fence is suitable for OP dogs. if it is the neighbours fence then I’m sorry, but it is their choice as to what they have. If the fence they instal doesn’t meet your needs the only thing you can do is to install an entire second fence your side.

    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.

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  9. 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? :rolleyes: .

    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, :realmad: . 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.

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