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  1. Couple of years ago in local aldi customer brought back arc welder with 13 amp plug melted into the house socket complaining its broke, on box clearly stated don't use 13 amp plug, couldn't stop laughing
  2. Very sad knew Tony and his family from the many toy fairs, swop meets,etc. Sad loss
  3. Working on this at the moment several layers of cardboard from thick cereal or cat food boxes, laminated with water proof glue, lots of success making a reproduction RAF ww2 target drone 5 feet wing span out of same stuff. Very much like sundeala but lots cheaper. Started off looking for bases for super quick and Metcalfe building, thick strong light and little bending takes pins and self tapping screws very well.
  4. Quite a lot of my moulded plugs on washing machines,dishwashers, modern heaters get hot so yes know what you mean I suspect no space inside like plugs you can wire yourselves, sometimes the odd one fails so put on an old solid plastic type made in 1980's, I keep all old plugs so got quite a box, I did notice they get less hot if hot at all
  5. Quite a shock I meet Tony at many HRCA swopmeets and over the years purchased many of his Hornby dublo reduction boxes and the odd "Neverwass" product
  6. Having been left to check on a couple of holiday lets I can now say that with the mains switch off on the fuse panel so no electrity is used, the smart meter reading is about 5kW/hr per month that's about £1 per month on top of the standing charge so smart meters do consume electrity to operate. Don't sound much about £12 per year but still an extra charge
  7. Right down to neighbourhood level there has been an increase in wood burning, firstly the local pollution is worse especially on a damp low level cloud evening, then I notice more trees etc been cut, the small branches get shredded but the larger one disappear very quickly. Local paper Facebook is full of complaints about pollution, it's fine maybe in countryside but urban areas? Right down to neighbourhood level there has been an increase in wood burning, firstly the local pollution is worse especially on a damp low level cloud evening, then I notice more trees etc been cut, the small branches get shredded but the larger one disappear very quickly. Local paper Facebook is full of complaints about pollution, it's fine maybe in countryside but urban areas?
  8. Yes but with the way the market works doubt all the trees will get replanted There's a demand for wood, prices of waste wood gone up, money greed behind all sorts of landowners reasons to chop trees down, railtrack, Sheffield council name but a few. Even so called charities like woodland trusts are cashing in, Drax needs wood shed loads of it
  9. Coal might be zero, but Drax burns wood now, seems forests are been cut down faster than ever before
  10. Quite surprised quite a few of us have these little clamp meters, personally lot easier to install and cheaper too than smart meter, does almost the same job, mine was quite accurate within 20-40 kW/h per year. Since found out wired to a multi meter they are good at measuring output from an car alternator as well as measurement of electrical equipment if clamped just round the live wire
  11. There are standards but seems to us poor ones at that perhaps to much "EU" ones, it seems it will benefit supplies but not us. I'am not against information on tap, just how it's supplied and implemented, about 10 years ago out of the blue, my electric supplier sent us a clamp meter powered by battery and a display meter for inside the house, I connected it up, clamp round main supply tail and it worked. At the time mentioned it on this site, yes it told us what was on which I knew about and the odd thing I left on which I didn't mainly outside lights. It also could be connected via ethernet wire to a computer and send reading to my supplier, unfortunately they changed there minds and decided it was not supported. The display failed about a year ago, but I still use the clamp via a multi meter. Can't say it saved us money, the display cost about £10 a year to run (connected by mains) and about £3 every couple if years for the battery. My outside lights replaced by let's really don't bother me if left on they hardly use anything now. My monthly usage is about 100 kW/hr, on average that's low, just like to get below as a challenge
  12. Thanks for reminding me, should be free this weekend so will pop over, chance to use my new bus pass
  13. One thing worries us about this complete lack of specific information, if I buy a small or any electrical device it tells us in mAamps or amps what it uses, take for example small transformers left on 24/7, it tells us what the max amps they use, now I know they are not at full output all the time but some do, I've plug in devices which can measure there consumption over a period of weeks some can significantly add to your electricity bill especially if you use loads of them at once. No one can tell us how much electric smart meters use, I've been told some gas ones use the pressure of gas flowing to charge the battery and if some users don't use gas much say over the summer they tend to fail. I'am just not satisfied with the " it's insignificant " reply so will continue to prevent them fitting a smart meter
  14. I have mentioned this before, there's a couple who own a property near me which I am the key holder, before they had a smart meter there electric bills,while they were away were very low if not zero. After a smart meter was installed there bills and usage seem to go up. I suggested the smart meter was using a small but significant amount of electricity, we are talking about kwh here not standing charge. During the summer months they have been away and turned off the electricity at the main switch, I've even handed the key back to them and they have confirmed no other key holders. Now on returning they have informed me that about £2.50 worth of electricity has been used per month dispite the main switch been turned off, they have had qualified electrical person to check any earth leakage. Now in the meantime I have read various reports in main stream press and asked various experts via email one simple question "How much do smart meters cost to Run?", I've had no proper answers back other than a "small amount", "very small insignificant Amount" or common one "less than average Dumb Meter", but no one can tell us in mAamps per hour/Day/month. Now I know that old meters use proportional amount per unit used,more electricity you use more the meter uses, it seems that smart meters use so much month whether you use a lot or a little or non at all. So for those who use very little or less than average smart meters might not save you anything or even cost you more, the only thing I can assume that a little battery installed in them (in case of power Cut?) is been recharged
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