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Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:51 pm

Oh yes, nobody wants rent a house that big though, we did investigate but I'd still end up paying for stuff like heating oil. I've also had a couple of prospective buyers look at it, one wanted to swap it for a flat "in" Zagreb (turns out not so much in Zagreb, just on the edge, near the airport, between a landfill and a train marshalling yard) and the other couldn't raise the cash, can I drop the price even more than I did already?

When I have everything moved here we'll then start advertising it properly, however there are a lot of empty properties here, the only saving grace for my gaff is it's been heated throughout the winters so isn't full of damp (just dead bugs).
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Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:50 pm

Just in case you thought I was making it up...
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Post by Welly » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:11 pm

As a mischievous sort, if my house was in the frame I would try to keep sneaking out there and place random bits of kit/coloured buckets etc in the background (they won't notice) and then when the programme airs I would sit a laugh at my background random sh*t shenanigans :lol:
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Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:48 pm

I'm not even sure if this house makes it into shot, just seems to be exterior shots around the drunk... sorry, firehouse, and only showing the best parts of that, not the back of it facing us that looks like a derelict public convenience.

Plus the main drawback to your scheme is... I'd have to watch that sh*t? :lol:
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Post by steve_earwig » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:22 pm

...registering yoyoII. It passed the safety test, despite the handbrake having 406 levels of ineffectualness. It's my own fault, I changed all the brakes last year, including the cables (broken) and shoes (concrete) but they've never been any good, they at least need adjusting for the 3rd time but I suspect they'll never be up to much. So, I was planning to get them relined. But then it got cold, and then I got some sort of virus, twice, and time marched on. I was pretty sure it would fail but I figured they have a workshop there and I'd get them to give them a fiddle if it proved necessary. I even asked first.

I needn't have worried though, the tester didn't even mention them. And the car in front of us also passed, despite having a brake light out - how sodding bad does a car need to be to fail here?! :roll:

One thing the tester did ask us was: did the running boards on the RAV come with it new or were they fitted later? Umm, I dunno, I presume it came like that. Can I prove it? How the feck am I meant to do that? Seems from next year either I'll have to prove they came with the car, er, somehow, or I could pay a fine (did someone say stealth tax?) or they come off and go in the bin. I'm not sure if Toyotter Croatia will have any records of what the car came with, it's only 10 years old so maybe, but what else am I going to have to prove? It also sports one of those useless 70's porn star moustache bull bars, will I have to prove where that came from too? What about the mud flaps, I fitted them, do I now have to take them off and bin them?

I'd say you couldn't make it up but I'm sure somewhere in Croatia there really is some useless f*cker whose job is making sh*t like this up.
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Post by Doggy » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:15 pm

Sounds about the same as the UK a generation ago - maybe the jobsworths are following you?
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Post by steve_earwig » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:09 pm

Seriously? They already did this in the UK? Were there riots?
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Post by Welly » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:14 am

Think doggy means the UK jobsworth ethos has spread to yewrope, we've now moved on in better* ways to pulling out teeth, giving limbs, extracting blood from stones....

Funnily enough you sometimes can find the exact build spec for your car, someone on the Volvo forum ran a dealer check on my VIN and got the whole factory order list for my car :shock:

The problem with your car might be that the sideboards and mustache might have been fitted at the dealer after delivery? I can't really see those options being fitted at the factory? I could be wrong though.

Other options are to remove them for the test and re-fit (but possible insurance implications though?).

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Post by steve_earwig » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:47 am

I'm obviously going to have to some more investigation, at the moment it feels like I'm going to have to strip everything off of the car that it didn't leave Nagakusa wearing, turning it into a base model =or= pay yet another "we just made this up" fine, like the parking space that suddenly wasn't.
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Coming soon to Croatia:

Haircut Tax
Shoe Tax
Trouser Tax
We already have those, it's called PDV (=VAT) and they're sh*t hot on it, about 5 years back it was suddenly "the thing", if it's not all marked up on a receipt then heads will roll. Obviously loads of small businesses went bust as they couldn't afford the technology, even something banal like a cup of coffee must have a receipt with a full tax breakdown on it. It's also been known for the tax inspectors to lurk outside supermarkets checking receipts, so it's vitally important that you take it with you or face having your shopping confiscated and having to pay yet another bloody fine.
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Post by Welly » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:08 pm

steve_earwig wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:47 am
It's also been known for the tax inspectors to lurk outside supermarkets checking receipts, so it's vitally important that you take it with you or face having your shopping confiscated and having to pay yet another bloody fine.
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They don't do much to instil a sense of national pride and respect do they? :roll:
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Re: and today i have mostly been...

Post by steve_earwig » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:48 am

...completely rethinking the stairs in the shed :shock: Yesterday I went to the hardware shop to order up the metal for the stairs. I'd had a squint at what they had before the new year and I was concerned what they had wouldn't be hefty enough. It all comes in 6 meter lengths, minimum of 3 meters.

So yesterday she was going through the list. 50mm tube, hmm, maybe a bit too flimsy, I don't know. Got any 60? Yes, but only in the thin wall. Ok, umm, what's that at the bottom of the list? 80mm? Got that? Yes. Err.. (pull out tape measure to fiddle with it, think about it) Ok, 2x6 meters of that. Angle iron for the treads? 25mm? Maybe a bit too flimsy. Ah, 40mm, stonking. 17cm risers, 25cm treads, 84cm per step, 11 steps including the bend - 2x6m of that too please. Plus some other junk, 1500Kn all in. They delivered it (free) later yesterday afternoon.

And the lesson is: Look at the bloody stuff while you're ordering it. Yes, you're a nuisance but...

It's massive! :shock: :shock: They left it by the gate, I managed the angle, just, but I had to use a wheelbarrow to move the 80mm and it looks like something you'd use for street furniture, maybe on a motorway. I was kidding Miloš that I'd have a car upstairs but seriously you could drive a car along those 80mm tubes they're so huge.

What have I done? I'm seriously sh*t at picturing this sort of stuff in my head. Could I take it back? Probably, but I'd feel mighty silly. Can I use it? Well, if it fell in my lap I'd be overjoyed, so yes I can. Most of it...

Single stringer anyone? :supafrisk:
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Post by Welly » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:55 pm

I've been dealing with steel tube at work for years, 80mm isn't that big really (3" dia), if choosing again you'd probably only go for 65mm (21/2" anyway.
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Post by steve_earwig » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:27 pm

Welly wrote:
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80mm isn't that big really
Try telling my legs that! (Oddly, my back's fine). That was kind of my thought, a gnat's cock over 3", not that big :shock: And they're only what, 19' 8" long, what could possibly go wrong? :lol:

There wasn't any 65mm on the list, only the 60 thin walled stuff, which would probably have been ample, ah well.

I've been a-googling
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Hmm... :supafrisk:
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Post by Welly » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:25 am

Dares you to put all your weight on the far end of one of those :shock:
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Post by steve_earwig » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:10 pm

..whilst jiggling abut and carrying something heavy, such as a small child or an engine block.

I'll be needing some more angle iron :supafrisk:

I've made the diagonal, mostly - it's a couple of cms too long but I did that on purpose as the wood I was using as a pattern wasn't exactly straight and making it a tiny bit short would mean having to do it all over again. It's only 3m long now, and still too heavy for me to heft about safely. So today I've decided* to relax and have a headache/migraine instead. It'll still be there tomorrow.
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2004 D9 2.0 HDi 110 Estate lhd VF38ERHZF81657352 - sold but being very well looked after.
1991 Yamaha TDM850 - fuel leaks galore!
2008 Toyota Recall4 2.0 VVTI ATM LHD JTMBH31V90D007261 - flimsy piece of crap.
1953 Matchless G3LS - It's alive!!

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