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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 02:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Here's one of our periodic wanders off into the world of obsolete technology which happen now and then around me...

Hello there...

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Forum: The Library Café Sep 26 2020, 01:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This afternoon I made a horrendous mess in the garage while pulling out most of the old rubber floor mats from the Invacar.

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Forum: The Library Café Sep 25 2020, 07:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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I'm doing okay! I've been quite busy lately, having had a couple of cars from a friend visiting for some TLC, but this resulted in some pretty massive posts with a lot of images that I'd need to...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 3 2020, 07:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Definitely sounds like a good step forward for her though, being given that bit more responsibility.

-- -- --

Now the Invacar is back into regular-ish use I figured it was time to start trying...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 1 2020, 06:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Being a keyholder...That is the ONE thing I absolutely do NOT miss about my time working for Aberdeen City Council. I was the keyholder for both of the Park & Ride sites...and as such when the...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 29 2020, 06:50 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'm still undecided whether that sort of situation would be a blessing or a curse. My mother went from absolutely fine to barely able to recognise me to having passed away in about a week. As such...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 24 2020, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Or a scene from a 1980s football match over here apparently, where there used to regularly be a small rank of them lined up at the side of the pitch.

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So yesterday despite the car...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 23 2020, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Matches her owner! I was hit badly with the acne stick when I hit puberty (at 11!) and that's something I've never really grown out of!

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Following the replacement of the belt, TPA was...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 22 2020, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I have to admit I was sceptical of that advice in the manual myself! Here's the text though, I didn't make it up!

https://i.ibb.co/XJfzctv/Screenshot-20200822-221518.jpg (https://ibb.co/kcVhNXW)...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 20 2020, 09:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Bet that's a weight off your mind! Just sorry it's taken you such a ridiculous amount of time and effort to sort.

Had one of mine out a couple of years ago but am fully mindful of the fact the...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 18 2020, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I had a bit of a moment of realisation today, that while I had changed the diff oil and topped up the gearbox oil, I hadn't actually changed the gearbox oil - because there's no drain plug (not...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 17 2020, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'll need to have a think about it. The latch is pretty much inaccessible once the door is closed, and the side you'd be wanting to put a buffer into is on the wrong side of the latch for you to be...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 15 2020, 06:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I had reason to look back at some of my historic photos of TPA earlier today...and realised that it's easy to forget how far she has come.

June 2018 Vs August 2020:
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 14 2020, 08:45 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's a really decent idea actually. The bolts are just standard M5 ones so I may well even have some floating around. Would remove an additional tool from the process which can't be a bad thing...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 13 2020, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally got around to getting something done today which had been bugging me since the day that TPA first started rolling again.

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Forum: The Library Café Aug 11 2020, 06:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Really hope things go well for you and as little unpleasantness as is possible can be involved.

Been really struggling here the last couple of days. The UK just really isn't equipped to deal...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 10 2020, 07:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Been one of those days. Aside from seeing 34C in the shade in our lounge which is a surefire was to put me in a bad mood, the fleet have been misbehaving.

Firstly the Invacar while still driving...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 9 2020, 06:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Needed to venture out today to get some more dog food which meant a trip right down the the south edge of MK. The Jag is massively too hot in this weather as the air con isn't sorted yet, Xantia is...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 6 2020, 04:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

As we don't have them over here my only encounter with a possum has been meeting a tame one at a wildlife sanctuary we visited in the US once. I thought they were kind of fascinating creatures as...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 5 2020, 07:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had TPA out and about again today, probably the best part of an hour's driving under various conditions...and no issues to report.

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Forum: The Library Café Aug 4 2020, 07:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

It's nice when simple jobs actually stay simple.

I noticed during the video clip of the van yesterday that the nearside indicator repeater wasn't working. Had a look today and it turned out to be...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 4 2020, 08:45 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Very true. The increase in vandalism and drug use around here among the younger population has skyrocketed while schools were closed too as there was nothing to occupy their energy. Especially as...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 2 2020, 07:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Following the experiment yesterday I had cobbled together a link to the throttle control...which went *ping* the first time I tried applying full throttle.

Version 2.0 was quickly put together.
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 1 2020, 06:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I *finally* found the long lost trim for the number plate light this afternoon so have stuck that back where it belongs.

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Forum: The Library Café Jul 31 2020, 10:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Wednesday was a little bit of a disaster.

My fuel injection overhaul kit for the Jag has finally turned up. I'm leaving this alone until next week though once the Xantia is (hopefully!) back on...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 28 2020, 01:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

With the Xantia heading in for remedial work and an MOT at the start of next week I figured it was probably time to set about removing the cobwebs and pine needles from the interior. I always try to...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 27 2020, 05:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

After what seems like forever I finally have this bush for the Xantia's suspension in my hand.

https://i.ibb.co/stKmnDk/IMG-20200727-131758.jpg (https://ibb.co/pnf0csG)

Despite coming from an...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 14 2020, 09:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally got the money refunded for the parts I ordered for the Xantia back in late February so a replacement replacement exhaust system has been ordered.

Of course since February I've lost the...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 13 2020, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

A single mains socket was probably sufficient for the needs of the camper van owner in 1990 when they would have had maybe a kettle, hairdrier and possibly if they were fancy a portable telly. In...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 12 2020, 07:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's really good news to hear!

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Something very boring but very important was refitted today in the kitchen.

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Forum: The Library Café Jun 10 2020, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Now I have the air conditioning compressor clutch assembly in my hands it's time to start looking at getting the system recommissioned.

There are a couple of limitations in the system on this...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 9 2020, 09:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I had a few things turn up in the post.

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In here we have:

[] 1/4" EPDM hose to replace the leaky brake...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 6 2020, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally we've made it to a point where all the heavy construction in the kitchen is done.

https://i.ibb.co/vd4G2wS/IMG-20200606-172943.jpg (https://ibb.co/rp2Sn7V)

Few cosmetic things that...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 5 2020, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Having discovered that the sink trap I had bought was as much use as a chocolate teapot I did what I should have done in the first place and grabbed one of these.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 4 2020, 02:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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That's very much factored into my choice of materials and fittings. This pipe while notionally "rigid" is actually far from it. There is plenty of flex in it, likewise these McAlpine compression...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 3 2020, 09:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Up until today, the arrowed line in the image below was the main drainage line that the kitchen sink and draining board dumped into.

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Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2020, 08:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Thanks, it does feel in the last day or so that it's finally coming together and that I've not been an idiot for disturbing things.

Yes, the far rear corner is a tiny draining board. Probably...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 1 2020, 07:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Good news indeed...well... insofar as issues with wisdom teeth can ever be considered good news anyway!

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One of the gremlins I've been aware of on the Jag ever since it entered the...
Forum: The Library Café May 31 2020, 07:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'm pretty sure the original ones here would have been 500mm deep, which is why the hob was mounted sideways originally. I'm probably not going to take much off this though now I've thought about...
Forum: The Library Café May 30 2020, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Picking up where we left off yesterday it was time to start trial fitting things. At the very least I wanted to get the main chunk of the worktop into a position where I could have it in place as...
Forum: The Library Café May 29 2020, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Seams around the gas locker have now been sealed and the grating has been refitted over the floor vent.

https://i.ibb.co/d5DMgPc/IMG-20200529-173806.jpg (https://ibb.co/FDz3V5W)

Obviously the...
Forum: The Library Café May 28 2020, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Just a bit more progress today.

The seams around the panel above the fridge were sealed off with ally tape. There's a large vent to the outside open to the area below this panel so I wanted to...
Forum: The Library Café May 27 2020, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Only had an hour after dinner today, but as per my recently set out rules, I always want to get at least one thing on the to do list ticked off. So out we went.

Today I wanted to start getting...
Forum: The Library Café May 26 2020, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This is one of those days where there's depressingly little visible to show for a lot of work at a glance!

While I didn't do a direct before and after, here's the general area a couple of days ago...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2020, 07:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Bit of work done in the van today to start putting back together what I pulled to bits yesterday.

First up was to extend the top of the countertop over the fridge so we didn't have two different...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2020, 09:59 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The tiles are vinyl normally intended for floors. The staples are a result of them peeling off the walls during the heat of the summer. It basically wants to be redone as a result of that. The...
Forum: The Library Café May 24 2020, 06:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today I made a horrific mess.

My foul up with the hob positioning had prompted me to do something about the ridiculous worktops in the van kitchen.
...
Forum: The Library Café May 21 2020, 08:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's good to hear, hope things keep going as well as they can.

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Had a couple of errands to run today, about ten minutes into the day the Jag was ditched on the drive and the van taken...
Forum: The Library Café May 18 2020, 06:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Dogs need to go in for their vaccinations tomorrow so I needed to get things in the van buttoned back up and hoover out all the sawdust as it's the only vehicle which is really suitable for taking...
Forum: The Library Café May 17 2020, 06:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well having that hooked up didn't last long! Discovered when I went to actually get the pipework properly clipped in place that two of the lines (hob and oven) were several inches too short...so had...
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