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Good to hear from you, young Welton. Hope they get your medication sorted out soon.
You wouldn't believe the cocktail of drugz Mrs Doggy's on and we've just learned she's diabetic.
I haven't done any 'proper' work since before the first lockdown and also wonder how I ever had time.
Mind you, I've just got a job :shock: - albeit for a few hours a week starting next month.
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Doggy wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:13 pm
Mind you, I've just got a job :shock: - albeit for a few hours a week starting next month.
A lorriest?

Someone said there's a few* vacancies at present :supafrisk:
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He's the lorriest :cheesy: My bro's been sending me updates and pictures, it's bizarre! He was up at 4 the other morning because one of his neighbours said he saw a service station (are they still called that?) at silly o'clock in the morning that a) was open and b) had no cars waiting. He was right too.

Greetings from Teh Empire of Fluff :mrgreen: It's everywhere... :roll:

Good to hear from you Welters and that you're keeping busy and not going round the twist watching daytime tv (it happens sadly). I hope they can get you on the right meds soon. Sorry to hear about Mrs. Doggy but I'm glad they've caught it. I can see tablets in my future, I pop plenty of them because headaches/migraines but I bloody hate the things and have a hard time getting my head around taking them regularly. I'm suppose to me on Xanax for my nerves (they do nothing) and Urorec for my waterworks ("you're a wreck" - they made my dizzy). My sis-in-law has osteoarthritis and turns out to be allergic to just about anything they've tried her on so far.

Doggy, you have a j.... jo.... no, does not compute :shock: I wouldn't have time for one either, not that I did much today (just vet's, osteopath, kitten minding, spot of cleaning, chauffeuring t'wife and minding the boiler) but tomorrow I'll be donning my plumbers hat 'cos the tap in the kitchen is dripping. The rest will depend on the weather.

I remember when the only reason I changed my tyres was because they wore out, the idea of them being too old seems like a scam to me. Or maybe I was driving around on tyres that had as much grip as a block of concrete, who knows! :shock:

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Not exactly starting a new career, I'll be helping out with security at the caravan storage site I use.

Some of the euro drivers have gone home, some didn't get round to applying to stay, but I think most of the guys that have jacked it in were forced to earn a living other ways during the lockdowns and discovered life, family, leisure time and don't want to go back to working 80/90 hours a week, sleeping in laybys and crapping in carrier bags. Can't say I blame them. Hourly rate where I was is up 50% with a few other minor improvements but I think I've ticked that box so not tempted to go back to dodging suicidal cyclists & pedestrians.

The tyre he could still see the date code on is 10 years old - that's a fail on a commercial vehicle, but not so for motorhomes, horseboxes et al. (Remember the fatal crash on the M5 couple of years back)?
I tried many times but could only see one that said "1717", which I took to mean wk17 2017. Final outing this weekend then I'll change them all before using it next in the spring.
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Crapping in a bag does sound attractive :shock: I can't say I blame them, it always looked a horrible way to earn a living, not dirty, not strenuous, just no life as such.

I have a feeling they checked the date codes on my tyres in the last safety test. They also checked the car against previous photos (they take one every time) to make sure I didn't fit anything that I hadn't paid tax on (yes, they're that short of cash).
steve_earwig wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:38 pm ...tomorrow I'll be donning my plumbers hat 'cos the tap in the kitchen is dripping.
Well, that went well :roll: Old mixer tap limescaled beyond repair, fortunately I bought one in Lidl a few weeks back so I fitted that. An hour or so? Nope, the whole morning 'til lunchtime, Completely different mode of attachment to the sink, out with the drill, saw etc. queue swearing behind the sink. It was almost there but I was doing up the hoses (we have valves on the wall Yank-style here) the cold wouldn't tighten. Gave it a bit too much and snap! :frown: Ok, I'll use a hose off the old one. Unfortunately due to the different fitting it was LESS THAN AN INCH TOO SHORT :evil: :evil: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I should have gone and bought another but I was awaiting a delivery (not cat food this time) so I had a root about, found a joiner, found an old double-ended hose, fitted that, job jobbed. Until about 8 o'clock this evening - "what's that noise?" said t'wife. PANIC! Managed to turn the cocks off but not before we had a small flood in the kitchen (all that lovely chipboard). That old hose split from one end to the other. I have the dehumidifier going but it's not doing much, mind you I did inherit it about 30 years ago :? New one on order.

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Might help someone... The cats get their food in sachets, we've tried tins but they only like the top few mm, the rest gets wasted. The trouble is a half-empty sachet isn't very stable, the best we could do is lean them against something but often they fell over and leaked everywhere. Or one of the cats would knock it over and stamp on it trying to get the sauce out. We usually have 3 on the go, some cats like one brand, some another, and I'm feeding Teatime with older cat/urinary tract stuff. "I know," I thought, "what we need is a..."
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"...letter rack" :oops: Oh my gawd, those squashes are everywhere. Skewarsh.... I'll look like one soon... :supafrisk:
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I attacked the spout seals on our mixer t'other day, thinking I'd get the o rings out, measure em up wiv my super-posh Aldi £6.99 plastic digi caliper and summon some replacements. Couldn't find any that matched the 2009 freebie mixer tap of unkown parentage, (my bro "had one left over somewhere").

So I turned the o rings inside out & refitted everything. To my amazement it worked.

Your tale of leaky woe reminded me of one of his from a winter ot two back. One of his customers fitted a DIY garden tap kit, which was fine until a really cold day when said tap and it's few mm of pipe froze generating enough pressure to separate one of those lovely new style push fit connectors on the cold pipe under the sink. This must have happened after they all went out to work so the full bore leak had all day to flood the downstairs of their terraced house. Being a modern edifice the whole block sits on a common concrete base and the cinderblock & plasterboard party walls allowed the two immediate neighbours to share the fun.

My bro, being a stickler for traditional design and construction methods, was once again proven to be 100% right in his assertion that nothing made in the last 30 or 40 years is any good.
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I could've changed the cartridge but as far as I remember they don't cost much less than a new tap but it was the chewed up square section seals around the spout that, er, sealed its fate.

Lordy! That sounds a right nightmare :shock: You do hear tales of ceilings coming down but as our floors and ceilings are made out of concrete I don't think that would happen, usually it's more parquet floors bulging upwards, destroyed furniture and tales of rivers running down the stairs. Anyway, this wasn't anything like as cataclysmic. It liberally soaked the inside of the under sink cabinet but most of it poured through the hole in the bottom where the pipes that serve the dishwasher go and there was a small river running out from under the fridge a couple of meters away - fortunately that corner is concrete under the laminate 'cos it was originally tiled. I'd already taken the opportunity of sorting out all the crap from in there while I had it out to do the tap (about 3/4 of it was distributed elsewhere, mainly the bin) so it that didn't take much drying. I'm just worried about all that lovely* chipboard swelling up/disintegrating and having to fork out for a new kitchen. The dehumidifier's been going all night but only pulled about a litre out of the kitchen and adjoining rooms, so it is working but I don't think it's as powerful as it once was.

There'll be a trip to the local hardware store later, after the vet's of course. I think I'll just replace that pipe 'cos I don't feel like pulling the tap out again. I've been DIYing plumbing since I got my first house, I've had the odd drippy drippy but that's the first time I've had anything remotely serious.

"They don't make 'em like they used to" Your brother shouldn't worry, the Victorians said exactly the same thing, although manufacturers (of just about anything) are getting built-in obsolescence down to a fine art. I take it he's an emergency plumber (sorry if you said, the memory's not so good as it was) so I'll bet he has some horror stories.
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No he just worked for himself since he got sick of getting sacked at the end of every job in the Thatcher era. Now he's more or less retired, just does enough to give him something to moan about.

Meanwhile we're on a really nice campsite in Welsh Wales, after an interesting* journey. Spotted puddle under one rear wheel when getting car off trailer. Brake fluid? Suspect I've snagged a damper with the wheel strap, so now we're in the middle of nowhere without transport.

It'll all look better in the morning I'm sure.
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