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  • Birthday 09/09/1955

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    Calvin H
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    Esprit SE
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    Minneapolis, MN

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  2. Try Welch at or he can tell you where.
  3. I think the UK system of unemployment compensation is outragous. In the USA the time limit resets at 12 months employment. We are also taxed on uneployment pay as it is considered income. 1st they give only a percentage of normal pay one used to earn and then tax it on top of the reduced amount. Although we get a bit more it does not come close enough to pay monthly bills. UK needs to pay out 4-5 times as much to help the middle class to avoid losing what was aquired through years of hard work. Unemployment payments should be based totally on what a person earned while employed regardless of household status, etc. I can understand that while my wife still has income and we do not qualify for additional help because of it such as food and housing assistance. It is almost an insult that they give only 60 pounds a week. The UK has much work to do in reform of the system. We have had some reform but still have a ways to go also. Well I have a job interview I have to get ready for. Good luck to everyone who is caught up in the economic mess
  4. I just don't understand that the UK ISA can give a displaced worker so little. When Howard wrote about
  5. The car shown on his profile shows a 90 SE. In the USA those cars have a mechanical speedo with a cable from the transmission
  6. On the link there was a schedule of maximum weekly payments that seemed really low. Is it really the maximum weekly pay out? Who can live on that? Is there also other payments that the UK unemployed get in addition to these weekly payments? I thought ours was really low. My benefits are based on 2/3 income of the past 4 quarters and came out to somewhere around $500 a week. Unfortunately although it comes from the goverment they also consider it income and they tax it. Sort of give with one hand and take back with the other.
  7. So what is unemployment like in the UK? Do they give you enough money on assistance or unemployment compensation or whatever they call it there to live on?
  8. It is sucking even more as conditions worsen in upper midwest USA. Unemployment has gone up to 7.6 and Monday was my lasr day at work so I am now in the 7.6%.
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    Try Kojinsha
  10. CNH

    I am Cold

    Todays high here is -5F with last nights low of -20F with windchill much colder.
  11. CNH

    I am Cold

    John, What you describe is sort of what we do when we go up to the north woods cabin to rough it for a while hunting and to use snowmoniles. From what I gather I am about 10 years younger than you. As a youth I also lived in an unisulated house without a heat sources but I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii so never had use for even winter clothes till the 1980's. In Minnesota we store our hobby cars from the first heavy snowfall usually in late November when they drop potassium choride, salt and sand on the roads till the first heavy rain and after the sweepers clear sand, rocks and what remains after the heavy spring rain. I got caught in a late season snow with the Esprit a few years ago and it was not pleasant and the car was really loose on the road. Had to concentrate to keep the car on the road. It would not be a good idea to use the Esprit during our winters. SUV or 4X4 and front wheels drives are what we use in winter. We have interior cut offs and drain valves on all exterior taps that water in pipes in un insulated spaces is drained off as the temps drops also sometime in November. At the same time I use an air compressor to blow all water out of my underground garden and yard irrigation system (multizone pop up water sprinklers). We do much during our winterization process to button up the house for our winters. In the spring it is the reverse as we prep the central A/C unit and activate the irrigation. I live in a community that was built in 1980's but even the older areas have all been renovated to modern standards. Most of the time much has to done to a home to update it before it is sold usually as a requirement by the lender. Sometimes a home is sold as is if it passes a home inspection and the lender deems it as acceptable security for the loan. My neighborhood has homes with very little brickwork and is considered stick construction (2X6 wood construction). In between floors is the 2 foot truss and silent floor joist system so the floors do not creek when one walks on the floor and to hold the air ducts, water pipes, electricals, and natural gas. The walls and roof are insulated tight for zone 5 winter standards. My home is considered on the small side (under 2000sq ft finished) so only has one foced air furnace/AC unit and no fireplace. The wall insulation is fiberglass 6" thick, an interior vapor barrier (polyethyene) overlayed with 5/8" interior walls. Interior wall do not feel cold to the touch and feel like room temps. The exterior of the wall is sheathed in fiberboard covered in Tyvek house wrap overlayed with 1" Celotex foil faced foam boards and then covered with siding. The attic space has 2 feet of blown in loose fiberglass insulation over vapor barrier sheeting. All exterior utility suppy and sewer lines are buried below the frost line below 6' but typically more at the 8' level du to landscaping work that was added on top of construction grade. I think maybe that UK homes are built more solidly but with less technology and features. I have had UK guests comment on the size of our refrigerator and deep freeze units, kitchen, appliances, laundry machine/dryers, garages, and home theater room. One good thing about a cold winter is that you will notice an absense or reduction of insects and vermin next spring if it is anything close to our winters.
  12. CNH

    I am Cold

    Our current temp at 12 noon on a sunny day is what you would call -10c and we routinely dip to below-20c at night. It is not unusal for the great lakes of NA or large rivers and lakes to freeze over by several feet to the point that we can drive cars on them. Our homes do not have pipes in attics, lofts spaces and are usually run vertically in interior walls or vertical plenums. The pipes are fully wrapped with 3/4 to 1" split foam wrap. How do you store cars in the UK in the winter? In our area when the weather is warmer we get snow as cold as it is now we hardly get any snow as the air is too dry when the temps fall so low. Are a lot of the homes of vintage construction and are homes built following modern building codes able to handle the cold much better?
  13. CNH

    I am Cold

    Just what are average temps during winter in the UK? I am suprised at the postings of water pipes bursting at those temps. What is the type and condition of the insulation used in UK homes? Those of us that live near the Canadian border have had sub zero temps for the last 30 days and that would be sub zero in F. It is correct that after a certain temp -2F does not feel too differently from -15F. I have not heard of burst water pipes in our town although our homes are rated for zone 5 winter insulation rating usually with multizone central forced air natural gas powered furnaces I have mine set at an interior temp of 71F. We have very little homes in my area that still uses fuel oil to heat homes. Is hotwater radiators used to heat homes common in the UK? I don't recall anyone in town using that method anymore. I suppose the closest thing we have is the passive heat device installed in the subfloor to heat the entire wood, ceramic, or natural stone floors that acts like huge passive radiator to heat the entire home. Even these systems that use tubes under the floor spaced every 12" use natural gas to fire up the heat tanks. Even these passive systems are used in conjunction with forced air as in the summer one needs forced air systems for A/C purposes. Many of our attached garages are insulated and heated with forced air. Do people in the UK use forced central air heating and A/C a lot?
  14. go to the esprit fact file for all model changes. I think they might even have numbers when the changes occured.
  15. There is a very easy way to remove the speedo. Using a small screwdriver (mini or jewelers) use it between the speedo case and pry the rubber ring to lift it up a bit. Take a small cocktail straw and dip the end into liquid soap or dish detergent and hold your finger over the top end of the straw while the tip in in the soap. place the straw tip between speedo case and the rubber ring and release the soap. Place in 3 spots around the ring then give the speedo case a 1/4 to 1/2 turn to spread the soap and then pull it out. Some people use spray lube with a straw but soap is easier to clean up. Wipe or rinse off the soap before reassembly.
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