SeanW

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    Things I Do Like

    Going home on Tuesday 😁
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    Things I Don't Like

    Case 2: Actually, the reason for that is habit - get the kids in the habit of donning their hi-vis vest before cycling. It's a muscle memory thing. We do similar when we conduct our drills and exercises - BA sets on, hoses rigged and charged, all equipment run out to the scene etc
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    Things I Don't Like

    I'm Duty Officer today...so because we're on the buoy in Plymouth, I can't go to bed until the last liberty boat has been and gone at midnight. I just want to go to bed!
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    Things I Do Like

    I can't remember if it was red or burgundy...might have been green...or was it the white one? 😂😂
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    Things I Do Like

    A few years ago, my best mate got bored...decided to het a quote for a Ferrari...it was cheaper to insure than his car at the time - an Astra 😂
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    Things I Do Like

    You, sir, are a man of many talents! That's a cracking idea, and you've got the kids involved too!! Awesome, absolutely awesome!
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    Things I Don't Like

    I presume you've tried cleaning out the phone port? I had issues with mine because of fluff covering the contacts. Barely visible and took a careful prod with a pin to dislodge. A squirt of compressed air doesn't hurt either!
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    Things I Don't Like

    I can't believe that I actually like a Vauxhall...when I test drove it, I was fully expecting to turn around and it was ***** awful But it's actually pretty good I hate myself for saying it 😂
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    Things I Do Like

    Please forgive for this... ...the new van - the Vivaro... It's so much nicer than the Vauxhall cars I've been in recently. Drove it home from Weymouth and even after being sat behind the wheel for a few hours, I was still able to get out and walk with ease. The mk3/3.5 Focus I drove part way down was not as comfy to drive (I was in agony after driving it for an hour). The Vivaro isn't half bad! Sure, it's missing some of the toys the Mondeo had (heated windscreen, auto lights & wipers, dual-zone climate control and push button start) but it has the essentials - bluetooth, cruise control/speed limiter and a good-enough sound system. The 1.6 engine is spritely enough (I haven't had the van fully laden, and probably never will) whilst still returning a reasonable MPG. Scunthorpe to Weymouth on about 35 litres of diesel. Only a couple more than the Mondeo. Yeah, there are some things that I miss about the Mondeo, but on the whole I am happy with the van! It also received its first stickers yesterday...just prior to swapping to Clare's plates (goes better with the company name)
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    Does cruise control saving petrol?

    On motorways it definitely saved me fuel...as did the speed limiter... I'll leave the reasoning for that to your imaginations 😂
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    Things I Don't Like

    It's brand new, with 38 miles miles on the clock - including my test drive lol Spoke to a mate in the dealers workshop and he said that if anything is likely to go wrong, it's likely the turbo or clutch - and it'll be within the first year...so definitely within warranty lol It does have adblue - shame my Dad isn't still driving...he would have happily "borrowed" the odd litre or two 😂😂 As for the business - started in April with Clare and it's exactly how we want it for the minute - a hobby that can fund itself and maybe the occasional treat 😁
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    Things I Don't Like

    Sooo...Clare & I are looking at a van for our little business (printing stuff like mugs, vinyl for clothing and vinyl stickers). Using the insurance payout as a deposit. We're looking at 6-seat crew vans. And we've found almost the perfect vehicle...one teensy-tiny-ickle problem... It's a Vivaro. Only a 1.6, but it shifts well enough, is comfy, handles well for a vehicle of its size (L2H1) and is very competitively priced. But it's a Vauxhall... Gahh! I dunno..I hate myself for looking at Vauxhall...but it ticks so many boxes... The consolation I can find: it's a "eurobox" van, so not really a true Vauxhall...and it's not a stupidly named as half their car range (Mokka? Adam? Grandland? Eh?!)
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    Pure stupidity and incompetence. One of my qualifications needs re-validating. Told my appointer, he booked me on a course...turns out it was the wrong course. Soo...joined ship a couple of weeks ago, it got picked up and they tried to organise for me to attend a course. Last week, the ship was up in Loch Striven - so the ship requested a course over in Glasgow. The office turned around and said if I did this course, then I'd have to go on leave and be put to the bottom of the list for appointing again. They booked me on a course this next week...in Glasgow...the ship is in Plymouth. So, I've been sent home to go on the course and rejoin again next week. ...I need a new job...
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    Things I Don't Like

    Confirmed...car is a Cat B write-off 😭 And to top it off...my favourite mug broke! Made a coffee, heard a "plink" and coffee started pouring out of the side! It's only about 10 years old! Poundland special!!
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    Things I Don't Like

    ...soo...errr...cars don't float... Got caught in a flash flood on Saturday. Driving through a puddle about 3" deep when all of a sudden the water started surging up through the drains - it was a foot deep in mere seconds! Pillock in a 4x4 cones screaming through in the opposite direction - car in front of me slows right down, so did I - just in time for a ma-hoo-sive wave to come crashing down over the bonnet. The air filter is p-ee wet through, the electrics have gone nuts and there's the obvious - the cabin resembles a swimming pool and stinks!
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    Things I Don't Like

    In my defence...I was half blind at the time of typing I ended up going to A&E at about half-1 Sunday morning after I suddenly woke up near enough screaming in pain! I can be a bit of a ***** when it comes to pain - but this was something else! Triage saw me within 15 minutes, tried to take blood and wiggled the needle...at which point my blood pressure suddenly plummeted...finally left at about half 4 with some antibiotic ointment for my eye and my dear, dear partner ripping the urine out of me 🤣🤣
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    Things I Don't Like

    I swear my dog has it in for me!! Last week, as we were getting to the end of her walk, I called her back to put her on the lead. Couldn't see her as she was in shadow. Firsr thing I see of her is her white, fluffy chest flying through the air, paws outstretched...a split second later, I'm writhing in agony cupping my nads as she stands there looking quite pleased with herself! Then last night, playing with her in the loving room and she lunged forward at me - I took her nose straight to my eye. Which today, is very sore and a bit swollen. Good job I love the fuzzy git!
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    1.6 Petrol CMAX Cat

    Has anybody done a DIY replacement of the mani-cat on the 1.6 petrol? Managed to get the old one out...just...but can't seem to quite get the new one in. I really don't fancy dropping the whole front subframe to do it... Any advice on best way to tackle it?? The missus would be quite happy to have pipes coming straight up out of the bonnet...she's a nutjob...
  19. ...and it works oh so well...I never have to pull over and shut my boot because I've pressed the button with the keys in my pocket...
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    Things I Do Like

    Good news for Clare - she rang up North Wales Police, not having heard anything for a while... Lady on the phone apologised profusely - apparently a letter was sent out on the 9th April. The car that was snapped was nothing like a black CMAX...no idea what it was, don't really care - Clare's in the clear! NWP are now "liaising" with the DVLA - they reckon it's a mistake on their end with issuing a plate they shouldn't have...but we can keep Clare's private plate!! We also had a general discussion about where we can take our business - at the moment, we're doing customised printing (mugs, vinyl t-shirts/stickers etc) and we're looking at doing a few shows - she'd like to revive her old photography business, under the LaloëCraft umbrella...she reckons we could make a killing - she was before, but unfortunately her health took a turn after the birth of her daughter, so she gave it up. This lead to me jokingly saying we should trade both cars in against a van...which she ummed & ahhed over until I said she was allowed to sticker bomb it I'll give it a few months before I suggest it again...get the house bought first lol
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    Intermittent Faults

    So the Other Half has a bit of a problem with her CMAX - it's an '06 plate 1.6 petrol - which despite being a bit gutless (especially compared to my Mondeo lol) hasn't been too bad...until now... The car has started sporadically going into limp mode - but only on it's first run of the day, also known as "The School Run" and "Pretty inconvenient" I've plugged in the ol' ELM cable and scanned using FORScan and come up with a few error codes across several modules. All point towards CAN Communication errors (ABS, PCM modules are the two main errors causing concern). Really, I'm after a few opinions... My thoughts so far: Clare might be a terrible driver (you can guess what the reaction to that suggestion was...it hurts...) Is it a problem with a cold car? (more likely due to settling of components) I'm looking towards connectors/plugs to be the problem... Loose connections or damp in the plugs Only thing is, I'm not 100% sure where the plugs may be...any hints on where to look or further ideas would be gratefully received (especially seeing as she's now driving my car...) (If I'm slow replying to any posts on here, it's because I was caught writing the terrible driver bit, and I'm probably likely to end up in a coma lol)
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    Car Conundrums!

    It was fuel tank breather lol Floor's open...anyone want a go at it? lol
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    Home CCTV advice

    That's definitely a 2.5" drive in the pic!!
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    Blower Resistor

    The later one's (2006 Fusion and a 2008 Fiesta) it's located behind the centre console, screw pointing to the drivers side, and for a rather large chap like myself - it's an absolute ***** to reach. There's a photo of me somewhere upside down in the drivers seat because it was the only way I could get my head in to see
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    Things I Do Like

    So, my laptop decided to stop working over the weekend...resulting in me needing to rather quickly purchase a new one. Admittedly, an expense I really could have done without! But hey ho. It's a nice machine - my first Lenovo! Decided to go for an AMD chip this time. Primarily because of its improved onboard graphics that can work in tandem with the graphics card. So far, it's making a big difference in photo editing! Anyway...after spending 7 hours doing updates, I managed to get around to re-installing my printers etc. Few teething problems with those, tomorrow is another day. I've also checked the vinyl plotter works. I may have decided to add a vinyl sticker to the lid of my new machine...