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Re: and today i have mostly been...

Post by Welly » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:36 am

....back in the Volvo after 3 weeks of driving the Shitrun C4.

First thing to notice was the peace and quiet of the Eastbourne Express..........and that the fuel tank was nearly empty :roll:

Mrs_Welly has had Spinal Surgery recently so I've been on domestic duties and running round in a clattery common rail poisoning everyone. Sorry about that.
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Post by caprixpack » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:23 am

Diesel for the win :twisted:
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Post by steve_earwig » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:45 am

Lordy, that sounds scary, hope she's doing ok. Please pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Sis-in-law had spinal surgery a couple of years back, she's had all sorts of issues but she was finally getting her fitness back in order, she and t'wife were planning a trip to Ireland later in the year but unfortunately something's now gone ping in her foot and she's back on crutches again :(
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Post by Welly » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:59 am

Thanks Steve, she's had 2 x discs removed in her neck, they went in from the front so moved her voice box and 'pipes' out of the way first :o afterwards it was like she'd had a major accident. She's got a carbon fibre cage now instead of discs and a squirt of bone marrow to help fuse the vertebrae together. Hopefully once it's all settled down she won't be in pain anymore which will be good all-round.

Oh and it only took us 3.5 years of persistence to get to the operation stage :frown: still all done now.

And my left knee has just started playing up...oh joy.
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Post by Doggy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:02 pm

Hope Mrs Welly has a full and speedy recovery.
Your knee problem may be related, you've probably not been on them enough until recently.
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Post by steve_earwig » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:08 pm

The yoyo's alternator died - hoorah! :roll: Last Friday (the 13th) I was driving along and the car started making an awful groaning noise that rose and fell with engine revs. I immediately started panicking about the auto box but when I checked it was coming from the wrong end of the engine - phew! I took it to my mechanic, who pointed out the alternator was red hot, and he sent me to the guy who I use to fix vacuum cleaner engines etc. Obviously he also does alternators - who knew? I took it to him this morning and got it back this afternoon, 600Kn (70 quid) later and it has a new diode pack, which turns out to be much cheaper than even the cheapest replacement alternator. I suspect they even dismantled it in situ, they didn't even disconnect the battery :shock:

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Which is presently hanging from the light above the table t'wife is teaching from. I wonder how long it'll take for her to notice... :supafrisk:
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Post by caprixpack » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:26 pm

Trying to find the God awful buzzing from behind the bloody dash. It only happens when the engine is running the controls on the climate control doesn't effect it at all. Now it seems to be on permanently after about 2 minutes of the engine running.
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Post by steve_earwig » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:53 pm

Stethoscope?

This morning I took yoyoII for its airbag recall (woo :roll: ), I had to leave it there for an hour so I stumbled off down to the nearest DIY store for a browse. There's loads of dealerships around there and I usually ignore the lot of them but I today I spotted something outside the Mercedes Bends franchise that really caught my eye

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I wanted to get a closer look but, it's a busy road and by the time I'd made it down to the crossing and back again it'd gone :(

And this afternoon's exciting job is.... Sorting out a leaking bog. It was just a dribble but, unfortunately, it's been noticed and the commandment was made. It's not like I don't have a whole host of other horrible jobs I should be getting on with :( I had to rush out and get some new seals, I'm sure I've been to a DIY store only recently...
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Post by Welly » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:22 am

That was a lucky repair on the alternator! have you seen how much Japanese alternators are? dealer prices are eye-watering. Oh but obviously they're that expensive because they're so brilliantly* made they never* go wrong.
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Post by steve_earwig » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:39 am

A real deal Denso (Oi, denso!) would've cost 4000Kn-odd (not much change for 500 squids), a cheap-n-nasty Nipparts one just over 1000Kn (mate's price) but I'm not sure if I'd have trusted it. Plus taking off the old one (start by removing the o/s/f wheel, followed by part of the suspension) and swapping in the new. Got off lightly I reckon.

And today, well, this week I've been clearing out the barn ready for re-somethinging.

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I've just been having a look at the roof and it's not as bad as I was expecting
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Shame the walls have had it :(
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Re: and today i have mostly been...

Post by piglet » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:40 am

Is there any mortar in them bricks?
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Post by steve_earwig » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:01 pm

In places... When you say mortar, does something that looks like it's been made out of straw and chicken sh*t qualify?
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Post by Doggy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:51 pm

Certainly has character and clearly hasn't fallen down yet.
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Post by steve_earwig » Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:01 pm

The brick bit is dated 1961 (it's been written into the door step while it was still wet), the oak is marked on the ends of the beams with Roman numerals, which means it's been moved from somewhere else (paint before assembly...) so is presumably older. Probably a lot older :shock:

I'm not really sure how to go about it. I have planning permission to renovate it, so demolishing it and building something modern is out of the question. A lot of the oak beams have had it, particularly towards the bottom. The brick, although the mortar looks quite iffy, seems to be fairly solid. The sides of the loft space are meant to be quite open as it's meant for storing hay for winter feeding, there's even a fair pile of hay up there.

The brick part is in fact a pigsty (I'm planning to use it as a workshop, so I guess it'll always be a pigsty :oops: ) with rotten boards over a concrete floor.

What I'd like to do is keep it looking fairly similar, although obviously I'm not going to replace the oak, and I'm certainly not going to do anything with that amazing roof, apart from change anything rotten and replace the missing tiles. But I don't like the idea of having to dismantle it to replace the walls.
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1991 Yamaha TDM850 - fuel leaks galore!
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Post by Welly » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:35 am

The structure is obviously sound in itself having born the weight of OMGMEGASNOW and strong winds over the years (otherwise it'd be a pile on the floor).

In my view it would need localised repairs where rotten or letting in water and then apply a clear sealant coating to the wood and a sealant to the brickwork to protect from water and frost damage. All brickwork will benefit from a waterproof sealant as do slabs and concrete areas.

Is there any evidence of wood worm?
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