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About Turvey

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  1. That's kinda what I was thinking when I was doing the job
  2. Since when did doing a simple job like changing a car battery become such a (relativity) difficult task? Back in the day (God, I hate that phrase) you could change one in less than 5 minutes, including washing your hands after and putting the kettle on!!! 2 nuts holding the bracket on, a couple of turns and you got it off. Positive and negative terminals a quick turn and off. New one on in no time. Now, remove plastic battery cover. unclip 3 or 4 different cables from fiddly plastic clip things. Try and remove bit of plastic surrounding the battery whilst simultaneously trying to pull cables out of the way. Remove 2x10mm nuts holding the bracket on. Too deep for a socket so have to use a spanner to begin with. Finally get bracket off. 10mm nuts on battery terminals. Nice, easy access? Oh NO!!! Let's put the neg terminal so far under the windscreen scuttle that you can only manage a 1/8th turn on a spanner!!! Even pulling the old battery out and getting the new one in is an absolute pain due to the lack of room. Replacement is even more of a ball ache as you have to remember in which order it all came off because if you start putting it back together in the wrong order you have to take it all apart again to get that stupid bit of plastic surround in!!! Rant over
  3.$p$&wid=281&hei=281&op_sharpen=1&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/68918_P As for a serious answer, sorry dont know.
  4. Why don't you have a look at the answers to the same question you posted earlier?
  5. Should introduce a minimum time/post count before being allowed sales posts. It seems to work on other car sites.
  6. No local hardware stores near you sell chain?
  7. I think you can just ditch that cable and buy something like this.
  8. The tunnel will cut out most radio waves
  9. Down to pure economics. One less man, one less wage!
  10. Thanks for all your input. The refuse/recycling wagons up here DON'T have the system you mention whereby the vehicle can't be driven without hitting a button. However they do have 5 emergency stop buttons, 4 around the vehicle and 1 in the cab. Regarding drivers not getting out and just letting the crew do the job, recently we've had some route changes been made and on a couple of them the powers that be decided that they weren't needing a 3 man crew and that a driver and 1 man was sufficient. Works fine out in the country but not so good in town so the driver is in and out nearly as much as his 2nd man. There are also a couple of jobs whereby it's just the driver only! They've told us that seeing as we won't have a banksman on those routes we're not allowed to reverse! On one of those routes one of the bins is located at the end of a narrow pier! I spent an hour yesterday looking through the H&S website but couldn't find anything specific to leaving refuse vehicle cabs unattended but running Like I said I'm pretty sure will happen but it would be interesting to see what happens if the worst came to the worst. Just hope it doesn't happen when I'm the driver.
  11. Cheers Clive, So it's OK to leave it running in the street unmanned? Just wondering what would happen if something serious happened and someone got hurt. I know the chances are very slim BUT how would it be viewed if a kid climbed into the cab, let the handbrake off and the truck careered off a pier? Would/could the driver be charged with neglect say? Think it's a dodgy grey area myself.
  12. Just a general question regarding the driving of refuse/recycling wagons. What's the legality regarding the driver leaving his seat to help load the vehicle bearing in mind that it has to be running to enable loading? Also bearing in mind that I know for a fact that car drivers have been cautioned and fined for leaving vehicles running to enable de-frosting. Personally, I feel there is a Health and Safety issue because as soon as he leaves his seat he is no longer in control of the vehicle and is in no way able to stop it if it starts moving ie handbrake failure/not applying it correctly etc nor is he able to stop the machinery if he is the other side of the street or up an alley etc collecting bins. God forbid but "IF" something happened, who be liable? The driver, or the employer? There's also a potential theft problem, although I don't think many joyriders would actually choose a bin lorry to go cruising in, but it's still a possibility. More likely someone could pull the keys out and chuck them 'For a laugh!' Just asking out of curiosity, not connected with my job at all you understand Would be interesting to get both the police and the H&S perspective on this.
  13. Seeing as I work for the Waste Dept up here I should be able to answer that and bore you all at the same time! :) General rubbish gets baled and shipped in containers up to Shetland and incinerated which in turn helps provide heat for the swimming pool and some houses I believe. Cardboard and paper gets baled, separately, and sent south for recycling. Plastic bottles baled and sent south. Cans are separated into aluminium and steel and baled. Aluminium ones are sent south and the steels ones are sold to the local scrappy, who then sends them south. Glass is crushed and used as substrate for making the concrete blocks used to help buildup and repair the Churchill Barriers as shown below. We have one landfill site used for inert materials ie builders waste etc.
  14. Thought I had read it somewhere. I know it's the Daily Mail but.....