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by steve_earwig
Mon May 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?
Replies: 30
Views: 883

Re: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?

I was hoping for a way to tell before actually buying them. Ok, I'll go along with them being more efficient but not as efficient as advertised, plus they're not exactly cheap to begin with and don't seem to last all that long (even the GE marked ones, which turn out not to be anything to do with Ge...
by steve_earwig
Mon May 20, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?
Replies: 30
Views: 883

Re: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?

Most quality, branded domestic LED lamps will have measured in the internal circuitry to correct this power factor. I don't think it's just led bulbs we have to worry about, there's just been a hell of a lot of them sold on the "this'll save you a packet" boast. Is there actually any way of telling...
by steve_earwig
Mon May 20, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?
Replies: 30
Views: 883

Re: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?

Edit: Gah! You got in their first Sam. It seems to be where the actual load is out of phase with the voltage, so peak demand is not occurring at the same time as (ac) peak voltage and actually increasing the current draw. It's why psu's and electric motors give their power rating in kva, rather than...
by steve_earwig
Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?
Replies: 30
Views: 883

Re: Anyone had a Smart Meter fitted at home?

We have one, but we've also got solar panels. The buggers here lopped off the feed in tariffs just as we were installing so we're not getting the big money we were expecting. Seems they'd rather spend the money on a coal-fired power station instead :evil: We were paying them and then getting money f...
by steve_earwig
Fri May 17, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2494
Views: 185088

Re: and today i have mostly been...

Just to prove me wrong 34bq9zPujoE Sorry it's a bit quiet, camera's a bit shagged. Of course, when I went up to clean her litter tray she made one hell of a racket :roll: I guess the problem is they don't know they have names, they possibly only hear a noise that means "Here is food." Or possibly "u...
by steve_earwig
Fri May 17, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Engine swap
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Engine swap

I think the BSI handles the security so you'll need to swap transponders. Oh, and the dash or it'll do something mental.

I dunno really, there's so much that could be different it's probably safest to say "everything" and count anything less than that as a bonus.
by steve_earwig
Fri May 17, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 406's.........the future is bleak!!
Replies: 16
Views: 688

Re: 406's.........the future is bleak!!

Not to mention the laughably small boot in the SW :supafrisk:
by steve_earwig
Fri May 17, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2494
Views: 185088

Re: and today i have mostly been...

Last night I hoiked the other two out and shifted the basket to the corner, I thought Annie would choose the best spot but she seems to be content feeding them wherever they are. I'd have to put down about 10 water dishes, Annie gets through quite a lot of the stuff because she's in full dairy produ...
by steve_earwig
Thu May 16, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2494
Views: 185088

Re: and today i have mostly been...

Thanks! Not a prob Bob, I hope I'm not boring people. Yeah, they are pretty similar, although the little girl that seems to like going around the world is slightly darker, it's quite dark in there so it might be hard to tell. The other two are pretty much identical, although the one that seems to li...
by steve_earwig
Tue May 14, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: and today i have mostly been...
Replies: 2494
Views: 185088

Re: and today i have mostly been...

by steve_earwig
Wed May 08, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 1.6HDi coming our way - Please Help!
Replies: 236
Views: 36247

Re: 1.6HDi coming our way - Please Help!

I can't find the specs now but the transmission takes something like 9 litres but if you drain it you only get about 3. When we got the car it looked a bit cloudy, maybe something to with the underdrive failure (it looked fine when we were buying it :roll: ) There's probably a way to pump out the wh...
by steve_earwig
Tue May 07, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Auto to manual
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Auto to manual

Pretty sure I read that on here, after I said they wouldn't be different :oops: Cars, schmars. My interests seem to be heading in a different direction these days, the 406 was bad for my back so it had to go and what I'm driving now is about as interesting as a wet weekend in Margate. There's damn a...
by steve_earwig
Tue May 07, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Have I broken our 1.6HDi turbo charger?
Replies: 19
Views: 859

Re: Have I broken our 1.6HDi turbo charger?

How much of it do you have to dismantle to get to the sump? :supafrisk:

Congratulations on getting to the bottom of that one Welly!
by steve_earwig
Tue May 07, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Auto to manual
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Auto to manual

I know the BSI and engine ecu will throw a wobbly if they don't see the a/t ecu. Apparently there's a way to switch it off once the engine's started. I don't think the engine is physically different, I'm told the V6's are though. Other than that, I've heard that moderns are so over-complicated it's ...
by steve_earwig
Tue May 07, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Engine, Clutch and Transmission
Topic: Life span of catalytic converter?
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: Life span of catalytic converter?

I think they tried to introduce the full throttle test in the UK, then rapidly backed down when people complained about engines blowing up... I don't think anyone on here has experience of cats dying on diesels (petrols yes, but that's another story), the only time they seem to be replaced is when t...