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  1. 9 points
    Lenny

    Things I Do Like

    I've intended to post this one on my 290km journey home from my mother's on Sunday night as the wife was driving; but she was talking the entire way and I couldn't compose correctly, I also didn't want my wife to get drowsy as I was quite willing to drive myself but she doesn't like sitting with me on motorway ๐Ÿ˜… I then intended on writing it yesterday but I was too exhausted from the busy and sometimes stressful two days I had in my mother's. So without further adieu; I do like taking a Saturday off from the usual six day week of work routine to travel up to my mother with a few gifts for the house to make her life easier by eliminating methods which she has difficulty completing, My mother is 69 this year, She lives alone and has a plate for an ankle bone since 1994, had breast cancer and colon cancer, as result of scar tissue within the colon; is on a liquid diet for life now, I phone once or twice per week and visit around three or four times per year due to my busy schedule with work and financially keeping my own family, We went up to visit between Christmas and New year; She's bad on the feet as the left foot can't bend, and her right hand is now starting to stiffen up with arthritis, The foot is a long term issue but the arthritis in the hand is/was really depressing her because she can't turn on a normal tap, or pull out segments on the heating time clock, She's also afraid of dropping the kettle when making tea, The left hand doesn't have much strength as the breast cancer had an affect on her arm, She started turning the heating time clock wheel to get the heat to come on but that then changed the time; resulting in the heating coming on at random hours costing money when not required. All background story said now; I went home and had a think about how I could improve things and reduce her depression without medication; she wakes up happy but through the course of the day; becomes depressed from the little disability reminders. My dad agreed to change to kitchen taps to ones with tabs which turn 90 degree was a great help, I started saving some money as soon as I went home after Christmas and put off a bill or two until feburary which enabled me to purchase a few items to make her life easier, I began to shop around online and across the weeks of January pieced together everything with the intention of fitting in all in a single visit, I then took last Saturday off work and went up to install everything, I was wrecked yesterday because I only slept from 1am Sunday to 6am Sunday due to getting everything done in the time frame aswell as talking her through some things. She wanted her living room television on the wall after seeing ours done like that, so I agreed to do it as a late Christmas present, So I had some 75x50 PVC trunking left over from the attic, I took a chip of wall paint from her living room at Christmas and bought a matching sample pot from B&Q, ordered some 4 metre HDMI cables and a six socket power strip, I then purchased a mechanical oil level gauge which is around 3" inches in size of the gauge, no batteries or dodgy radar it's float sits on top of the oil for accuracy without maintenance https://purchase.ie/product/energy-saving/oil-tank-gauge-3 makes it easier for her to budget knowing what's in the kerosene tank. I then went to Currys and picked up a Brevelle instant hot water kettle, it has a volume control to suit cup size, just push button and it passively heats the water when it comes through, no lifting excess weight and no hot water in the resivour only what's inside the cup, She can fill the resivour using a cup or small jug eliminating the need to lift a kettle or risk of dropping the kettle. She was delighted with that, Moving on from this; she's paying for broadband service as part of her home phone and tv package; but she doesn't know how to use a computer or anything like that she doesn't have a smart phone just a simple Nokia, As result she couldn't use a wifi socket on a smart phone to switch on a light in the living room, But there was another way; I done some research online aswell as communicating with some helpful people on here to discover I could use my smartphone to initialize an Amazon Echo Plus which she can then use completely independently of any other devices to switch on and off things using her voice, it would also be a source of online information, since she's already paying for broadband. So I dug deep and bought an Amazon Echo plus, a Hive Active Heating Control kit, a Philips hue bulb and an Amazon Wi-Fi Socket, She can add more wifi sockets later out of her own investment but I covered all items which I provided to get the ball rolling, If it all worked and understood her northern accent then it was a good investment, Alternativly if it didn't understand her accent then at least we tried and she wasn't out of pocket either way. So I started with the television mounting and got that done Saturday day, I then had my dad arrive Saturday night to fit the hive heating control which replaced the segment switch with a wireless thermostat control that operates much like a light dimmer switch; turn up or down the temperature, She can now position the control unit in a comfortable location and adjust temperature by turning a volume wheel I then went back to the living room Saturday night to put two coats of paint on the cable ducting so if now matches the wall, Sunday morning I completed the television wiring and moved on to setting up the Amazon echo plus; the device fully understand my mother's accent;๐Ÿ•บ it's capable of turning on/off the wifi socket which we named "sitting room light" Ive chosen genuine Amazon Wi-Fi Socket as some non genuine wifi sockets can cause problems or fire in Reality HD๐Ÿ˜‚ it's also working with the heating control unit, we ask it to set temperature or boost heating for 5 minutes 10 minutes 30 minutes etc. The Philips hue bulb in in the ceiling of the bedroom, She just says "Alexa turn on/off bedroom light" if says OK and does it. I've also added an app to the echo which now knows which colour of wheelie bin is going out next Monday, it will remind her the evening before to put out the blue bin or green bin etc. ๐Ÿ˜€ It even plays her favourite local radio stations which she had difficulty receiving signal on in the bedroom, since it's now coming through the internet signal isint a problem anymore. I have my own personal spotify account which I changed to a family account and set her up a spotify account under my family subscription on the family account which only costs an extra โ‚ฌ5 per month for me and she can request any song atall; the Amazon echo then plays it from her spotify. I've since put an order in for two Amazon Echo dots which are a smaller scale of the echo plus without the smart hub, they will go in the bedroom and living room, giving her full control everywhere aswell as her favourite local radio stations without signal issues. To finish everything off then I also provided a book and a highlighter pen to help her get the most from the device because she doesn't know how to use a computer or YouTube for information but she can read books. She's now a totally different person, She phoned me today to say how happy she was with it and that it even plays ocean sound effects, shes amazed it was able to tell her the weather in the local area โ˜บ and the book says I can listen to pod casts from the radio. Overall I'm delighted I was able to take time out of my own busy working life to spend time with family and see there life improve by removing the daily reminders of things they can't do and replace them with something wonderful. Can't put a price on that And thanks for reading, thought I'd share with others in detail as were all getting older; these ideas may help someone you know too.
  2. 8 points
    Oh dear!! That didn't go at all well... ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  3. 7 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    EGR is primarily for NOx, not hydrocarbons. It reduces the cylinder temperature during lean burn conditions where NOx would otherwise be produced in huge quantities. It does this by recirculating exhaust gas which is mostly made up of Nitrogen (inert gas), this Nitrogen simply means there's less space in the cylinder for fresh Oxygen which is the combustible part of air. Unfortunately, due to the way diesel burns there will often be soot in the exhaust which gets recirculated as well. The problem with the latest Euro6 emmision's regs is that the NOx limits are unrealistically low, so the EGR is having to work stupidly hard, several times as hard as it did on the old Euro 3 or even Euro 4 engines. What I don't understand about the emmisions regs is why they're still allowing oil vapour back in the intake, soot on it's own doesn't create the sticky mess you find in the intake, it's caused by soot combined with oil vapour from the breather. This oil obviously gets burnt which adds to the HC's and creates particulates that get stuck in the DPF. It's about time they started fitting proper oil separators or small catch tanks to the breather systems imo. As for DPF regens, the DPF catches particulates and doesn't let any* pass (*in real world conditions its not quite 100% tbf lol). Despite wasting a gallon of diesel, it won't be chucking out particulates during that time, it will be producing far less CO2 than a petrol engine under the same conditions, and because it's revving hard it won't be producing much NOx either. Really the only environmental issue with a static regen is the waste of fossil fuel.
  4. 7 points
    Stoney871

    Forum hissy fit!

    I personally blame Brexit [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  5. 7 points
    Set it to 31/12/2013 23:59 then wait a minute until it goes to 01/01/2014 then you can set the date and correct time past that point. It's a strange quirk in the system. Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  6. 7 points
    The garage have called me. It was the starter motor. Apparently it was full of water..? Theyโ€™re not sure how it happened but as itโ€™s an ecoboost Iโ€™ve asked them to check the cooling system etc to avoid a major loss of engine, although coolant level looks correct. The warranty covered the repair. Iโ€™ve had to pay the 3rd party garage and Iโ€™ll be reimbursed. Good result. Great help on here as usual. Thanks all.
  7. 7 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    Finally washed mine this afternoon...thought I'd take a Zain-esque picture of it.
  8. 6 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    Pair of P.Ricks ๐Ÿ˜„ Two baby hogs in the garden this evening.
  9. 6 points
    Stoney871

    Changing Wing Mirror Bulbs?

    And this months award for the longest gap between posts goes to..........[emoji1787] Btw, they are 501. [emoji6] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  10. 6 points
    TimST2

    Things I Don't Like

    Ian's actually stood under a car in that photo telling the owner the exhaust is knackered Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  11. 6 points
    Cochyn

    Focus Cosworth

    Been a while, but sheโ€™s still about. ???????
  12. 6 points
    nashdm2

    Eyebrows for Fiesta MK VIII

    why oh why would anybody do this?
  13. 6 points
    jonner101

    2015 Ford focus St-2 Stolen

    Good news on this, a community officer saw the car parked in a rough part of town. They had changed the plates but the pcn check on the plates came up and either didn't match the serial number or something else. So currently in a Police pound having forensic checks done and so on. Insurance company will take a good look and change all the locks and possible repair any damage. Huge sigh of relief..... Should be back home soon
  14. 6 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Don't Like

    I don't like assembling wardrobes. Had 2 to build and instructions quote 3 1/2 hours per unit. Took me 2 days and a lot of cursing to do one even though I'm pretty good at woodworking and usually enjoy doing flatpack stuff. Super heavy mirrored sliding doors didn't help either. It would be easier if my wife stopped buying so many clothes & shoes [emoji2955] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  15. 6 points
    iantt

    Stripped thread

    Or a couple of these bolted through the radiator then some nuts each end? Over kill? Ignore the coolant loss. Sorry, I'm bored. Lol
  16. 6 points
    iantt

    Ford etis

    There cracking down on users who are not confirmed independents or dealer. The likes of you lot. Only kidding, planned maintenance this weekend. Lol
  17. 6 points
    A little gift , here are the PDF electrical wiring diagrams for the Ford Focus Focus Mk2/2.5 + ST PDF dated 2010 - Click Here Focus Mk3 PDF dated 2011 , not ST - Click Here Very usefull indeed if your trying to figure out additions to your car or find wiring Regards Preee Focus 2011 Wiring.pdf entire_schematics_ph8m5t-70000-ad.pdf
  18. 6 points
    Stoney871

    Old Airfix Dambuster model.

    Better than the weekly ones they advertise on TV. Latest one is the Bismarck. If you complete it then you'll pay out about ยฃ1200 for it. [emoji54] Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  19. 6 points
    I made a guide on how to install and activate cruise control and this guide is also helpful for some other activation's/deactivation's, have a look (https://bit.ly/2HOtm3s)
  20. 6 points
    Thanks for your response guys! The coolant looks nice and clean like when I last changed in two years ago. Judging from your experiences there is no point changing it lol
  21. 6 points
    Zico

    Things I Don't Like

    I'm not sure what's happened in this thread over the last few days. Everything has gone wild ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคฃ. **Makes a note to check if this is the 'I don't like' thread or the 'horny food' thread**
  22. 6 points
    Ok so it seems no-one else has attempted this. In the end I tackled it myself armed with Haynes and a very helpful mate. We followed the advice in the manual and removed the engine from below, first raising the car up on axle stands supported on a platform of concrete blocks. The front of the car needs to be around 2 feet high to get the engine out and back in comfortably from below. To avoid the car being at a very high angle, I reversed it onto service ramps at the rear. In retrospect, the car could have done with being more level than it was as it was quite tricky to manoeuvre the new engine back in place (forward/back space is quite tight and it's hard to stop the engine coming into contact with the intercooler if the engine and car are at different angles). Changing it out was generally reasonably straightforward, if a lengthy process (plenty of hoses and wires to disconnect everywhere!). I would give the following advice to anyone tackling it themselves: Make a note of where the wires and hoses are routed before you remove them. It's not obvious in a couple of instances which way cables are routed around other components when you reassemble In addition to the parts listed by Haynes, I would suggest getting some cable ties including the type that have a plastic serrated stud fixing that secure onto brackets on the engine and gearbox, as I cut a number of these off to release the engine loom Check you have everything before you start. Despite verbal and written instructions along with the description of what I was doing, Ford failed to supply me with what I requested and gave me a set of CV boot clamps instead of the inner retaining clip for the left hand driveshaft Most of the hoses are easy enough to disconnect, but a trick I never knew before and shown by my mate is to break the hold by twisting the hose until it's free before pulling off the mounting barbs (this was a revelation to me!) The EVAP line is all some horrid hard plastic that seems nigh on impossible to remove from the fittings, so I just transferred the whole assembly over from one engine to the other (there are several quick release fittings to mount it to the intake hoses etc which make this job easy enough) By far the most awkward thing that caused me much irritation was the fuel line "quick disconnect" hose elbow that fits onto the high pressure fuel pump. This has four tangs that spring inwards from the inside of the elbow, and they need to be pushed outwards to slide back over a ridge on the fuel pump mounting barb. You can buy special tools for not much money online to do this job (it's an 8mm/ 5/16 hose) but access is ridiculously tight (mine had a maximum clearance of 7mm between the pump and the fitting) and the chances are you won't be able to fit a tool in there. By the time I'd sanded the tool down enough to fit, it wouldn't go in far enough to release the fitting. I eventually found out from a garage that the way to deal with this is using several angled picks (they look like dentistry tools) to force the tabs open whilst an assistant firmly pulls the elbow back. Once you know how, it's not too bad, but as this is easily accessible throughout the job definitely figure out and confirm that you cant sort this step out first before anything else! Most of it can be tackled easily enough with one person, but definitely arrange for a helper for an afternoon to help with engine removal, gearbox separation/re-attachment and engine re-installation Good luck to anyone who gives this a go. As I say although it might seem daunting if you know your way around cars it's doable. I managed it in a long weekend (probably a total of ~20 hours work including figuring out what to do at a few points and having a mate help for a good portion of that time). The car is, thankfully, now running fine.
  23. 5 points
    jmurray01

    Things I Do Like

    In addition to the above I do like completing my Sunday with a couple of cheese burgers (in albeit squashed brioche buns!) and a Southern Comfort... I do thank God for these good days when I'm feeling not to bad and can see the positives in life. Days like this are quite rare for me.
  24. 5 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

    I do like my degree certificate arriving today. Now have my official transcript to give as proof of grades to the uni I want to do my masters in.
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Don't Like

    Treo looking for mischief and Jed goofing about. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  27. 5 points
    Nick Y

    Things I Do Like

    I do like winning a facebook competition. It was run by Haynes manuals and the one I won was about building model kits.
  28. 5 points
    It's not about the size of the car... The visibility is rubbish on modern cars, less glass is better for occupant safety... I've owned over 30 cars without sensors, but having now had them on the MK3 Focus (no rear visibility) and the Mk6 Golf (reasonable visibility) I wouldn't want to lose them on the next car I buy.
  29. 5 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Do Like

    I never understood the point of making cards...but then I have the creativity of a brick and can't stand things not being perfect... This gave me a giggle on Facebook this morning.
  30. 5 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Do Like

    Loving the current Ford commercial vehicle advert- Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
  31. 5 points
    Lenny

    Things I Do Like

    I really do like receiving delivery of a specific Matchbox Shark Rescue Boat today all the way from Brooklyn in the USA Our son has given up his nappies to the fairy's in exchange for a toy of his choice provided that he done well without the nappies; He watches "JackJack play" on YouTube whom mostly has bruder toys and we can source them locally too without any difficulty, But our son wanted this matchbox Shark Rescue Boat just like Jack has on a YouTube video, Thankfully it was listed on Amazon and shipped in exactly two weeks although the shipping was almost the same price as the toy; will be worth the effort tomorrow morning when he gets it.
  32. 5 points
    WES180

    Things I Don't Like

    Or, just watch where you're driving!๐Ÿ˜‹
  33. 5 points
    iantt

    Things I Don't Like

    Or should I get this . Lol
  34. 5 points
    pragmatix

    New Topic

    Its a car driven by old codgers that no longer fix thier own cars and can no longer get into mondeos๐Ÿ˜‚
  35. 5 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I think you've been watching too many '70s 'Adult' films Lenny ๐Ÿ˜
  36. 5 points
    Stoney871

    Things I Do Like

    I like a nice sunset. Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)
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  38. 5 points
    martyntdci

    Things I Don't Like

    I wouldn't mind seeing breakfast, just as long as its filling and tastes good that's all that matters ๐Ÿ˜‚
  39. 5 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

    Took some beading shots
  40. 5 points
    TimST2

    Things I Don't Like

    Ooh, I like this game. I might go and take a photo of my ST in the car park later with a pillar in the way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  41. 5 points
    WES180

    Things I Don't Like

    Zain, you have definitely got a unique photography style. Your love for capturing objects in the foreground is apparent in all of your work that I have been privileged to view (2 car pics). I am struggling to decide which is my favourite, 'Window Frame' or 'Bollards'!!! Keep up the good work mate.๐Ÿ˜‚
  42. 5 points
    martyntdci

    Elm327 & forscan

    If anybody on here lives in the Stoke on trent area, more towards city centre the better lol, if you have any fault codes that need reading with forscan your more than welcome pop round or il come to you depending on distance fuel etc... Just trying to throw a helping hand out there ๐Ÿ™‚
  43. 5 points
    TimST2

    Things I Don't Like

    Whilst driving through Longleat today (in my wife's Honda CRV) I imagined that this must be what it's like getting your windscreen wipers changed at Halfords... Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  44. 5 points
    Zico

    Things I Don't Like

    Mine are available free to a good home anybody who will take them ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜.
  45. 5 points
    biff55

    Droning noise

    i once had a droning noise in my car too. it went away when i told her to get out and catch a bus...... boom boom tsk . i'll get my coat ๐Ÿ˜‰ merry xmas
  46. 5 points
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    I'm back!!! 1386miles in 25 hrs! Got to Amalfi coast, maiori . Was warm enough to go swimming in the sea. As for the Italians having reputation of insane driving . They hold up that repution well indeed. Absolute nutters on a death wish in there cars.
  47. 5 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I do like following a Police van, in the dark enough for lights evening, the other day. It only had DRLs on, ie fronts only. You have no idea how tempting it was to flash him to stop him and walk up to him and ask "Do you know why I've stopped you tonight?" ๐Ÿ˜
  48. 5 points
    SeanW

    Things I Don't Like

    My dog says that she doesn't believe everything she reads in the media ๐Ÿ˜
  49. 5 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    I do like seeing a hedgehog in the garden tonight...
  50. 5 points
    Turvey

    Things I Do Like

    First of all you win ' Dad of the year' and now you're in running for 'Son of the year' Think you're going to have to give the rest of us a chance! ๐Ÿ˜