NottsRich

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  • in reply to: Sheffield mayor bans Trump #1015

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    I just looked at his Wikipedia page. Didn’t know much about him even though I live in Sheffield. Seems an interesting chap. I’d rather see someone like him who’s made his own path in the world that someone born into privilege. I don’t see why wearing what he does is any more ridiculous than dressing up in 18th century gear with a big chain. Why the negative comments above?

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #974

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    I know they get slated, but I loved my Ford Escort 1.6 LX petrol – mk5, I think. Had 146k miles when I sold it to my cousin, who ran it for another year before trading it in to a dealer, who, I believe, used it as his runaround for a while longer. Best bit about it was being able to get 2 mountain bikes in the boot without having to put the seats down. Worst problem I had with it was a dicky ignition barrel and even then mainly because it was such a bitch to diagnose why the car wouldn’t start. Oh, and the dodgy alarm that kept going off through the night – eventually solved by just disconnecting the horn! Just don’t mention the rusty rear wheel arches. A vague memory says I might have had to replace the steering rack on it.

    Followed that with a Focus estate 1.8 diesel. Only 2 real issues with that were having to replace a few bits of the front wheel linkages due, I’m sure, to an incompetent mechanic at a Ford main dealer that made a hash of replacing a wheel bearing and the water pump exploded once. Sold that with 170k on it, as it was starting to develop some issues and my wife hated driving it, as she claimed the steering was too heavy.

  • in reply to: NHS pay #925

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    Who doesn’t work under pressure – tell me one job where there is no pressure?

    @prashobh Depends on your measure of pressure. Is pressure from a corporate world comparable to that of a front line ambulance worker out on the road, like SAF or a nurse, doctor or any number of health care professional making time critical decisions that could affect an individual with dire consequences?

    I’ve worked in both worlds, and both are stressful. How that stress is measured with financial compensation for it, is an interesting discussion.

  • in reply to: Google – mind your own business and stop spying on me! #920

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    Try Google maps>settings>location settings and slide the toggle at the top to ‘off’. That should help.

    But knowing google they wont stop tracking you that easily… they will still be monitoring you one way or another.

  • in reply to: NHS pay #904

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    6% over three years = 2% per annum. Inflation is currently running at 3% per annum.

    A rise below the rate of inflation = a cut. Somewhat smaller cut than just lately admittedly. Big woop.

  • in reply to: DIY building an inspection pit #897

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    Thanks all, some useful comments there.

    Should have said earlier, but the garage is distant from the house, but yes the mining history is a valid concern. It’s actually possible to search the Coal Authority online and see where old shafts etc were located. None on my property, but some under the houses on the other side of the street!

    Also well aware of ventilation issues and these would be addressed. Water is a valid point as well. Any ideas how I could estimate the depth of the water table in a particular area?

    Ladder, yes that would be in there for sure! As would forced ventilation and lighting and a gas monitor. Luckily I’m quite short, so could probably get away with a less deep pit than most folk would need.

    Regarding paying a garage to do it, where’s the fun in that!? I’ve got drive on ramps for easy jobs, but they’re still a pain a crawler would help slightly, but it’s the working height that’s the issue. Dropping the gear box on drive on ramps would not be an enjoyable job! So that one is going to the garage. I’ve always wanted a pit though, and perhaps a project car one day if funds ever allow it.

    I might lift a few boards and drill a few pilot holes to see how thick the concrete is, maybe cut out a square and see what’s underneath. If I could estimate the water table depth that would be great.

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1211

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    Bit presumptive of you. For a start not everyone might be physically able to clean their car because of disability or illness. Or perhaps simply they dislike cleaning cars and value their free time more than the cost of someone cleaning it for them. Or maybe they would prefer to pay someone to do it knowing a professional will do a better job than they could do with the skills and tools they have available to them? There is a difference between going to the local hand car wash which charges £10 to clean the car where they rub a dirty sponge and rag over the car and will end up putting scratches and swirls in the paintwork compared to a professional detailer that will wash, polish and wax the car and can get it looking better than the day it left the show room.

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1205

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    I never implied ‘rapidly’ unless you consider several days to a time period as yet still ongoing, as ‘rapidly’.

    Maybe I should also take it as a sign, not that they’re too busy, but that they’d do a crap job and not turn up when they say or do what you ask.

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1203

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    Having something people want is only half the point of a business: getting the custom is the other half. (exact percentages may vary!)

    Its not a call centre issue: its the roofer not answering or getting back or the chimney sweep who says he’ll do the job but then never responds to arrange a time and doesn’t reply to your follow up. I’m talking local business not HSBC or 3 Mobile.

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1202

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    Same with the car valeting service I used Sunday. They answered my call and took a booking (seemingly a skill beyond most), unlike the other two I tied to contact. They also got a favourable Google review.

  • in reply to: My dentist has given me toothache :( #1160

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    Unfortunately, it’s occurred where I can’t get to it with a toothbrush, and those two teeth are so tight together they can’t be flossed either.

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #985

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    As said earlier the engine needs to be warm, but a mechanic said that since the diesel emissions test includes a spell at higher than usual revs, a good thrash to remove as much soot as possible usually gets an older vehicle through the test.

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #980

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    It’s fine as long as you put your front foglights on, at least that’s what seems to happen round here…

    Lights, tyres, screenwash, wiper blades, spare wheel if fitted and give it a really good thrash at high revs immediately before the test if it’s a diesel.

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