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  1. What distinguishes a home-made cable?
  2. It appears from the sat view that lorries need to reverse out too, so you are no worse off than they are. All the "traffic" has either just done the same thing, or will need to shortly, so they can hardly complain and will generally be prepared for others doing it. It is not like reversing out onto a normal highway.
  3. I've been prompted to try an on-line theory test just now. I was doing well except for some of the questions that are a bit silly. For example it asked how long you need to hold a full licence before you can supervise a learner. That is not something you need to memorise, but I would soon find out if I ever needed to know. But what took the biscuit was :- LoL - they make it sound as if we are expected to be in and out of disqualification every few weeks, like we need to know the national speed limit and what a Give Way sign means! I sure that if you are disqualified it is made pretty clear what you need to do to get a licence back, and even if it is not made clear it would simply not be possible to get a licence until you had. Why do we need to carry that sort of info in our heads? Many if not most of the right answers were simply the safest sounding ones. You could get them right even if you never seen a road or a car in your life. I also noticed a lot of first aid questions - fair enough, and I'm afraid I did not do so well there.
  4. I'd dispose of the effluent tank, but otherwise what about not having to carry 10-20kg of water to the disposal point? Presumably you don't just pour it out on the ground.
  5. Postcodes are near useless in rural areas. My visitors have wasted lots of time looking for me with our postcode instead of listening to my instructions. Postcodes are designed around postmen's itineries and were never meant to show a location topologically. The Post Office have never published maps of postcodes for that reason. My postcode covers about a dozen properties, some of which are up side lanes and nearly half a mile away from me. It is different in a city where a postcode covers perhaps only half of one side of a street.
  6. I don't find that strange. I'm sure many older drivers would fail a spot check theory test miserably, so making them brush up on it is no bad thing. Some of the "theory" has changed since many of us took our test, and there was no serious theory test at all back then. You were just asked a couple of questions verbally at the end of the test (see my above post for how silly they could be). For example I don't recall that mini-roundabouts even existed when I took my test. My father used to drive straight over the middle of them and then complain about the "bump that someone had put there".
  7. What3words gives you nothing that latitude and longitude cannot, nor, in the UK, what the Ordnace Survey National Grid system cannot. The difference is that those systems use numbers, about which many people are paranoid. I guess that is why the three word system appeals. There is no reason why a smartphone could not have an app that showed lat and long at the press of a button, for you to read out to an emergency service, nor why they could not have an app that instantly highlighted that co-ordinate on their maps, without your having to dig deep for EXIF data or whatever.
  8. I never took a driving course, my father sat with me while I learned. I had taken a strong interest in cars and the road* from about the age of 5 and by the time I was learning I knew the signs and rules. I like learning and reading, and had three books I almost knew by heart - The Highway Code, Roadcraft, and a 1930s(?) book of my fathers called "How to drive a Motor Vehicle" - old fashioned but with detailed diagrams of how to manoeuvre in tight spaces and what happened inside gearboxes etc. As a kid I had built a large box cart and was well practiced in making three-point turns and such with it. My father did not instruct me much - just as well as he had some bad habits I recognised even then. The driving lessons were really just to develop the physical skills like clutch control - suprisingly challenging. I passed second attempt. Both tests were on roads I have never seen before in my life. I saw lots of driving school cars during my tests and realised these were learners rehearsing the known course. I was shocked - I thought it was cheating (I still do) like seeing exam papers before an exam, being coached what they should do every inch of the way, how could they fail? There was no separate theory test in those days, just verbal questions after the drive. I failed the first time because I could not answer this question : "What does a road sign with three arrows mean?". I was churning images in my mind and came up with "Two lanes one way and one the other?". Nope - he said it meant a roundabout! Ridiculous, I had known what a roundabout sign was from about the age of 6. I think he had it in for me because I was driving what was obviously not a driving school car. I was also told I did not slow up enough approaching a certain crossroads; this was in the centre of a 400 yard wide grassed area within a 1930's housing estate, with no other cars in sight and no road markings of any sort, it being unclassified roads (there were far fewer cars and markings in those days). That's where a driving school showing me the course would have helped. Is it now a legal requrement to take a professionally run course? * Unlike my grandchildren who spend journeys with their faces in tablet games, only looking up to moan about how long it is taking.
  9. Hacksaw. Let them sue me for a new bolt for the gate afterwards.
  10. As the site owners are not being above board, I'd have no qualms about removing the van myself, hiring some minders if they tried to stop me. That and/or I'd crucify them in court. Perhaps you and those other owners should all do it in one operation and with your numbers there would not be much the owner could do to stop you.
  11. Nothing there answers my point. It does not matter that I leave home in an IC car with less than 100% fuel because it only takes a few minutes to fill up - as I did earlier today despite it being a busy Saturday with several cars in front of me. Your earlier point does nothing to mitigate the fact that if you are out of range from home, such as on a long journey or touring on holiday, a queue for a charging point could take hours on top of your own charging time if there are cars queuing in front of you. Or cars simply occupying a charging point with no prospect of their vacating it for maybe the next 15 hours (I'm thinking of hotel car park chargers). Nor can you walk away from a charger queue to "have a meal" (as the EV crowd keep advising us to do while charging) because you cannot walk away from a queue because you don't know when it is next going to move forward (or someone else will take your place). You would serve the case for EVs far better if you became realistic and accepted that at present EVs are fine as a second car for shorter distance commuting, school runs and shopping - for people with driveways to charge them on. If Mrs B were to need a new car tomorrow we would be seriously looking at an EV. OTOH there is no way that I would replace my own car with an EV, as I haul heavy stuff and go long distances to places that are never likely to have charging points available for visitors, or at all.
  12. .... plus half and hour* for every EV in front of you in the queue for the charger, once EVs become popular. I was in a queue for a diesel pump earlier today, with three cars in front of me. No matter, I was through and on my way in a few minutes. With your EV you would still be waiting there for your charge right now, as I type this. I believe EVs were doomed for anything more than shopping and short commuting (with entirely home charging) as soon as they decided to go the way of in-car recharging, rather than exchangable batteries. The more I hear about EVs, including the unconvincing pale arguments from their advocates, I am reluctantly concluding that hydrogen is the way to go. * At least half an hour. More if the owner has gone off for a meal, as the EV fans suggest we might do while charging.
  13. Bolingbroke

    Multimeter

    I was interested until you said it had a built-in torch. Sounds like trash to me.
  14. The OP has to start somewhere, and he is sensible by starting with asking for advice. As Stevan suggested, the Haynes manual is a good start. I don't get peace of mind by leaving it to a professional. I once worked in a main car dealer workshop and saw horrifying things. There are good guys, but also some very bad ones. Ignorance may be bliss, but I'm never happy with ignorance and I do all my own car and van work. I did take my car in for a recall for brake disk replacement once, and as soon as I got it home I took apart all they had done to check their work. They had done the wheel nuts up so tight that they had stripped the threads on some of the wheel studs. I replaced those nuts and studs myself, had to pull the front hubs out to do it, a big job.
  15. White van man is among the better off people these days, so no sympathy. White vanning is a boom industry. I've seen builders and plumbers turn up for work in new BMWs; the boss*, presumably even better paid, bringing the stuff in the white van. I am also working to keep my bit of the country running, doing repairs on daughter's house last week, carrying large timbers in a car for which I pay £530 VED despite doing only about 5000 miles pa. Why should I be penalised for CO2 emissions any more than a white van man doing that job? If government want to tax CO2 then they should put that part of the tax entirely on fuel - the relationship is precise and direct. If they want to tax "wealthy" people with big cars or motorhomes then they should be honest and call it a wealth tax and not a CO2 tax. Nevertheless all vehicles should pay some VED towards the infrastructure, policing etc, with weight and mileage covered as factors. Looks like motorhomes are currently treated like early estate cars that had been converted from vans (my father did one) - they still paid the lower commercial van rate. That loophole was closed, but I had not realised it still existed for motorhomes - amazing! The initial purchase tax for larger cars and proposed for motorhomes is certainly exhorbitant though. * Actually he is their agent. Most of "his" workers are self-employed contactors.
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