Archive for October, 2006

Power-Cut 7th Nov 2006!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I’ve just received notice from YEDL, that they are turning-off the electricity supply in the area from 08.30 to 16.00 on Tuesday 7th November 2006.

Looks like I’ll be testing the generator, earlier than expected.

Need to purchase:-

  1. Large 20 litre petrol can
  2. 20 litre of petrol.
  3. Earth stake.
  4. Earth wire.

Need to check power cable reaches into fish house. Why YEDL cannot do this in the Summer, they have to wait for the cold spell!

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Happy Halloween to the Monster Club!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Happy Halloween folks, The Great Pumpkin Massacre is upon us again. Every year I prepare two pumpkins and place them outside on Halloween to keep the evil spirits away, I’ve always down it from childhood, encouraged by my Mum, the tradition continues (although it used to be carved swedes!).

Happy Birthday Mum!, tried to call but you must have been out on that Firebolt again!

Happy Halloween

Chris Pumpkin
My Brother’s Carved Pumpkin

My Pumpkin
My Carved Pumpkin

Outside on Halloween
Outside the house on Halloween!

Pumpkin Competition a few years ago

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Drunk in charge of a torch or In-appropriate use of a torch!

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

You decide?

We were invited out this evening to a local parish Councillors house in the village for an evening meal, we live in a Rural location, and although there are a few street lights on our road, there were none on the road to the house we were visting.

We decided to take a torch, so we could see the road, and we would be visible to traffic. (drunk drivers!)

On returning this evening at approx 11pm, I noticed a Police van turning out of our lane, as we were walking back in the pitch black, the van drove off, and then reverse back, open his window, and told me my torch was dazzling him, and to point it down at the road!

Maybe the Humberside Police should try and catch some real criminals.

Several years ago, on travelling down to Cornwall, to view the Total Eclipse, I was stopped by the Devon and Cornwall Constabularly, and find 25 GBP UK pounds for In-appropriate use of lights, my front fog lights were on, on a new Ford Focus I collected, and didn’t notice they were on! I thought I was going to be fined or arrested for use of an illegal torch!


That’s all I say!

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Wanted: glass cover for lamp

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Wanted: glass cover for this victorian lamp, if you got any ideas, contact me.

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Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I had a blog in my blog, it would only display the first 99 images in the database, slight change to code, and problem solved, so if you saw some strange [pic] tags and no photographs, that was the bug!

Whoops….part-time programmers……I’ll take up a day job as a Lumberjack, I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay….

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I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay …

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.
I sleep all night. I work all day.

I cut down trees. I eat my lunch.
I go to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays I go shoppin’
And have buttered scones for tea.

I cut down trees. I skip and jump.
I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women’s clothing
And hang around in bars.

I cut down trees. I wear high heels,
Suspendies, and a bra.
I wish I’d been a girlie,
Just like my dear Mama (or Papa in later versions)

But only at the weekends! God Bless Monty Python!

I’ve been working out chopping up firewood and kindling for a few hours today, with my new long and short-handled axes.
Very enjoyable, a friend has just had a Rowan tree cut down, and had some spare logs she need to recycle. Another name for Rowan is Mountain Ash. It is said that rowan wood will increase one’s psychic powers, and its branches were often used in dowsing rods and magical wands. Maybe she shouldn’t have had it cut down! Will it make my fire better!

Cut firewood stored to dry in an old coal bunker.

Privay 1
This has been used as the wood shed, it used to be an old outdoor privay, that was purchased by the previous owners from the neighbours. One of few outdoor s**thouses in the UK, that has it’s own Land Registry title! It’s actually quite common, in this area, that neighbours toilets are connected to their neighbours buildings.

Privay 2
Unfortunately, when the extension was built on the house 30 years ago, the neighbours refused to sell it, and hence why only half-an-extension was built on the house.

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Consumer Unit Cupboard

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

The consumer unit cupboard in the kitchen hides the following items:-

  1. Incoming electric armoured cable.
  2. 100 Amp fuse. (protects the local substation or transformer from my household electrics!)
  3. Siemens Digital Electricity Meter.
  4. Horstmann Radio Teleswitch – this switches on “day” and “night” rates on Economy 7.
  5. Henley bakelite junction box.
  6. Henley bakelite Earth Leakage Current Breaker. (This actually works, but probably should be in a museum, it also has a patent number on it).
  7. Wylex six fuse consumer unit (fuse box). I’ve replaced all the wired fuses, with Wylex circuit breakers, handy when I’m completing DIY electrics in the house! No longer need to re-wire fuses with fuse wire.
  8. Mem four 15 Amp cartridge fuse consumer unit. (fuse box). This supplies four storage heaters on Economy 7.
  9. Mem single 15 Amp cartridge fuse consumer unit. (fuse box). This supplies one storage heater on Economy 7 – I don’t know which one yet!
  10. A few connectors, earth straps etc

You are probably asking yourself, why I’m detailing such a boring item, a sparky-friend has offered in the future to replace my consumer unit and wanted to know the details of what’s currently in the cupboard, there’s alot in the cupboard. I’m looking to replace all the consumer units and earth leakage current breaker with a modern Dual/Split bus, RCD/MCB MK unit, space permitting, because I cannot move any of the other items without gettting the supplier to move them! I’m also thinking of having a Generator Transfer panel installed, so I can connect my 3.5kW Petrol generator to the house supply, when the power dies, throw the switch, connect my 3.5kW Petrol generator and I’ve got power for the entire house. Just need to work out the Grounds!

Here are the pictures

Fusebox One

Fusebox Two

Fusebox Three
Original larger image

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October 2006 Update

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The foggy Autumn weather is upon us, we’ve been in the house almost two months, I’ve been busy plumbing in the washing machine and tumble dryer in the garage (burnt out two pneumatic SDS hammer drills!), cutting the lawn – that’s a job with an electric lawn mover, cutting the hedge (still not finished that job with my new Hedgers!, I’ll take a picture of them, thanks to Christopher at Groundscaper for the recommendation), boarding out one of the attics, discovering we had BATS, visit from the BAT Squad, to authorise works in the attic, planting bulbs in the garden, you get the general idea, been a little too busy to take pictures and update the blog.

After a recommendation, I got another roofing company to visit and inspect the roof and chimney stack – and their professional opinion – unless it leaks leave well alone – oh and take some pictures, and compare them in six months time, after the winter so here they are

Roof 14
Front view of The House including the Yellow Peril! (is that racist?) If you look carefully, the house was extended 30 years ago, so part of the roof is only 30 years old (above the garage and bedroom). This roof is felt-lined, different tiles have been used to “join” the roofs together. So there is a “ridge” at the join. The other roof is original, and is not felt lined, “daylight” can be seen in the attic space, it’s very draughty and dirty, where the grain has blown in off the fields, and is full of cobwebs, the Bats are only in the new part of the loft, as they hate draughts and spiders cobwebs.

Roof 1
Front elevation view of roof and chimney stack. Some bulging is evident in the stack, this could be caused by the iron-stays used to secure the pots, these have corroded, and have started to expand, causing the brickwork to bulge. The rear of the stack is worse, as this receives most of the weather. The stack my need rebuilding in the future, after consulation with my neighbour.

Roof 3
Front elevation view of roof and chimney stack.

Roof 15
Front elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 2
Front elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 5
Front elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 4
Front elevation view of roof

Roof 13
Rear view of The House

Roof 6
Rear elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 8
Rear elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 10
Rear elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 11
Rear elevation view of chimney stack

Roof 9
Rear elevation view of roof

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Andy’s HandyPro 3500L

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Due to a local power outage in July when I was moving the Fish House, I lost a pair of Angel fish and a Magnum Pleco. Unfortunately, the power outage lasted in excess of 12 hours. Power outages in this area always occur, usually in the Summer months of July and August after the thunder and lightening storms. We very rarely have power outages in the Winter months. I decided in July to purchase a 1kVA (1000 watt) petrol generator from B&Q for 99 GBP UK pounds. Very little money to protect the fish house, if there should be a power outage. It’s only 1kVA (1000 watts), which is about 700 watts of power, using a 8 litre tank of petrol, it will not run the entire fish house, but will keep filters and air pumps running, and a few heaters until power is restored.

Lately, I’ve had a few problems with this unit, leaking petrol tank, after speaking with Performance Power Customer Support, I was not happy with the quality of this unit, and I’ve since noticed that B&Q have reduced these units to 79 GBP UK pounds, so I decided to return to B&Q for a refund.

Performance Power 1kVA
B&Q 1kVA Performance Power Petrol Generator

This was the replacement I’ve purchased, a Briggs & Stratton HandyPro 3500L, this unit is based on the Classic Pro 3500, 16 litre petrol tank, a run-time of 11 hours @ half load. 2.7kVA (2700 watts), 10Amps. It weighs approx 66kg when filled with petrol!

HandyPro 3500L
Briggs & Stratton HandyPro 3500L

I’ve been testing it today, by boiling water in a kettle connected to it, it’s also quieter than the cheaper B&Q model.

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October 2006 Update

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

It’s been a few months, since I last posted to this blog. I’ve been very busy with the new house and the fish house, has taken second place to the new hobby of DIY.

The fish house moved successfully to the new house and garage, I’ve started to insulate part of the garage which has a flat roof, using Jablite Squeeze, fantastic stuff, this deserves a design award!

I just wanted to let you all know, I’m still here, but just a bit busy to post regular items.

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