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  1. Funny you say that - I've always had a secret itch to replace the alloys on my car with steelies due to the rugged look they give
  2. If she is clearly a dangerous driver, and a careless/selfish one with attitude also, dob her in, and do others a favour! If it were say the nice elderly lady living across the road, I would politely remind her, and possibly even help her renew it, if she needed the help. Easy decision if you ask me.
  3. I'm so so sad after reading that Ghana, RIP Brandy. I hope it gives you a little strength, knowing that Brandy is up there in a better place now, without any suffering.
  4. If that is sad, I guess that makes me sad too lol. I bought a multicolored, dimmable, remote-control LED bulb a week or two back, looks brilliant in my room
  5. Wow that's a cheap quote, especially for a new driver! Almost too good to be true level-of-good! As someone who got their licence in late 2012, I still paid almost 100 quid more (566 quid total), for a much smaller engined car on my last renewal! Perhaps the roads are so empty in Scotland compared to here that the insurers think there's little chance of people crashing
  6. Yes, auto I guess you could, but it makes me wince when I think that all the stress of holding the car in place is on one small part of the gearbox (parking pawl). Gearboxes are expensive.
  7. Speaking of brakes my rear drums on my Focus have started sticking again Yesterday when leaving the house - was stuck on pretty damn hard after the rainfall on Sunday. Had to rev the engine quite hard - followed by a giant "THONK" and a backwards leap of the car! Brakes made some screeching sounds while stopping at low speeds, but noise seems to have disappeared for now. Imagine if you have a friend or someone from work with you in the car when this happens - how embarrassing it must be! Why oh why Ford couldn't you spend a few more quid and put proper brakes on! Even bleedin' Vauxhalls don't have drums! I would have gladly paid the difference when purchasing my car! /endrant
  8. Ah no surprise, nowadays everything is outsourced lol Indeed. Lesson learnt the hard way, need to avoid properties with electric central heating from now on!
  9. Wow, do you work at a utility co. jamie? We tried turning some stuff on and off, and monitoring the usage. Even left the heating off for a whole day, just to see what happens. Turns out the draw is almost exclusively thanks to the central heating. Google reveals that wet electric central heating systems (that use electric boilers) are the WORST (most expensive) out of anything else there is. I've suggested to dad to cancel the central heating, and just to use 2 electric cheap radiators, as surely that will be far cheaper to run (which is what I did in my previous own flat, and only paid 55/month in electricity, despite running electric radiators for a minimum of 6 hours a day). Going by bills, approx 1250kwh/month.
  10. Wow, wasn't expecting so many replies, thanks a lot guys, this is why this so forum is so amazing, everyone is so helpful to each other No tumble dryer. The boiler cupboard looks more complicated than the engine bay of my Focus. Pipes and wires going everywhere. It seems like there are two separate water heaters: (1) An electric instantaneous boiler rated at 9kW, one that looks like this: It seems to feed water into a big black plastic tank. (2) An electric immersion heater, with its own separate green tank. This is currently (and always has been) switched OFF. Dad moved in as the tenant around three months ago Jamie, and all readings have been high. Interestingly, I found out from the electricity company (NPower) that when the flat was unoccupied before my dad moved in, approx 70kwh was used in a 16 day period, which seems somewhat excessive? The kitchen was refurbed by the landlord during this time, and flat cleaned, but surely even this couldn't account for such high usage? Or am I wrong... I will definitely get NPower to test the meter. That thought has occurred to me already, but how likely is it? Pretty much a standard tenancy contract. As far as my research has revealed - there is nothing concrete that mentions liability regarding excessive power consumption caused by fittings/fixtures (appliances) that are part of a tenanted property. Will definitely use fire hazard as a bargaining chip. In my previous rental property (a 1 bedroom flat with nearly ZERO insulation) - it was all electric heating (no gas) - just convector heaters in every room. Despite running them non-stop whenever I was in the house, my bills were only 50-55 a month. My dad's flat has central heating - with radiators in each room, where water is heated by an electric boiler. Surely this should be slightly more efficient than just convector heaters? The flat my dad lives in was apparently built in 2004, so it has noticeably better insulation too. Yep, all bills are based off actual readings. I believe it is single rate - NPower have offered to replace the current meter (dated 2004) with a dual tariff meter.
  11. I don't like not knowing the cause to my dad's 200-250 quid monthly electricity bills for the past two months... Any suggestions, apart from the obvious one of double checking meter readings are correct? At this point, I am beginning to lean more and more towards hiring a qualified electrician to try and pinpoint the cause of the excess draw (by tapping into the fusebox, and checking current draw for each circuit by switching circuits on & off till the faulty one is found). If an appliance supplied by my dad's landlord is found to be faulty (e.g. hot water boiler) and the cause of the excessive draw, where would I stand legally?
  12. Yup, my bad!! You're completely correct. I was very tired yesterday, wasn't thinking clearly lol. Did you try and see if there's such transmitters on amazon?
  13. Yeah the revs aren't super low, but far better than other cars such as the Mk7 Fiesta with the 5-speed manual box which apparently revs at 3500 RPM at 70 mph! Now that must be annoying!!
  14. Is this even legal? If not, perhaps the mods should delete this thread.
  15. A2DP is a bluetooth standard (or rather profile), used to stream stereo audio between two devices. If it hasn't got it, chances are that you're out of luck with trying to pair it with bluetooth headphones. However it's not the end of the world - you can buy a device like the one below to solve your problems - I bought one for my slightly outdated amplifier that doesn't have bluetooth built in, and it's great.