your day apart from gardening

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Those are two great road shots. Maybe there should be a road-off contest. Chuckle.
    BTW...you get extra points for the plaid PJ’s. Hahaha.
     
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    Haven't got any PJ's or a nighty:chuckle:
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Oh jeez. TMI.

    BTW Logan I copied Frank about the photo contest. Hopefully he will see it& enter your photo. I'll vote for you.
     
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    Maybe a moo-moo then, Loggie. Cacklie.
    You guys are too funny...but your piccies are wonderful.
     
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  5. Logan

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    Thank you Cayuga Morning
     
  6. Logan

    Logan Hardy Maple

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    Thanks Sjoerd
     
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    For about 2 years hubby has got a hernia in his groin. It hasn't caused him any trouble until now, it looks as if it's become a bit worse and causing him a bit of discomfort so he's phoning his GP on Monday.
     
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    When there's heavy rain and the wind is from the South-west we sometimes get a small leak when the rain beats against the rear bedroom window, we just end up with a small puddle on the windowsill.The double glazing is about twenty five years old.

    It's not the end of the world (I tell my wife) but it happened this morning.
    As we rarely open windows, apart from the small top one in the front bedroom or the same one in the dining room, (the big lower windows we never open, just leave a key in the locks for emergencies), the've never been any bother. We've double door French windows with two side windows in the lounge, but again, they aren't often opened.

    It's just this bedroom which just has a big fixed pane of glass and a full length side window about fifteen inches wide. It opens like a normal window, or if you turn the handle 180 degrees it opens like a vent from the top.

    Having been "advised" of the situation when I came in after "playing with my jukeboxes," as my wife calls my maintenance routines, I thought I'd better fix it.
    I suspected that the seals were getting tired. I had a box-full of yards of replacement seal, in the garage I'd bought over a decade ago, "just in case" so I decided to change it.
    As one bit of seal goes all around the window and another right round the frame, I needed yards and yards of it. Fortunately I had enough.
    On this window and I guess on most you can move the three "keeps" to make the window close more tightly by using an allen key on them.

    Anyway another job done.
     
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    The new stylus cleaning brushes arrived for my jukeboxes today.

    It was easy enough to change them. They just slide in and out.

    This is the old one on the 1969 jukebox. It was looking "dog rough."



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    The new one has firmer bristles. (a bit out of focus). I had to be careful I didn't bend the holding spring upwards, there would be a danger of the body of the brush taking off the stylus as the tone arm passed over it.

    The mechanics of jukeboxes "take no prisoners."

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    The 1976 box has a different mounting, a design improvement, no chance of getting the brush at the wrong height.


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    I've been following this guy on YouTube, he propergates a lot of cuttings just to see how well they grow and plant them out in his land.He's been doing this with his land.

     
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    Not a lot today.

    I was all set to go to golf but my car wouldn't start. It had been starting OK, always has, but the engine was turning over progressively slower. So I guessed it was the battery. I haven't been doing long runs lately, just mostly local stuff and a lot of stopping and starting so maybe the battery wasn't getting enough charge.
    But today it wouldn't oblige. I called the emergency number of my insurers, they called the RAC. He was here within ten minutes. "I think he took slightly longer to get here than the automated voice on the phone took telling me all sorts of stuff about Covid, before a 'real' person responded to my request for service."

    I was concerned that it might have been the alternator not charging. But they've this sophisticated kit on their vans that "tells them everything." He jump started it and it fired up first time. The test showed that it was the battery not holding charge and there was no problem with the alternator. I was pleased about that as that would have been a "dear do."
    I could have then driven it down to Quick Fit or Halfords and got a new battery myself. I've done that with other cars. But I decided to let him get me a new one. It'll work out abou forty quid more than Hsalfords, but it will be a better battery. He's gone to Trafford Park to pick one up, he'll be back in an hour to fit it, as with the Covid situation, he's not getting many calls.
    I'll have to punch in the security code for the radio afterwards, but fortunately, "I know where it is."

    No golf, but there's going to be showers and I was in two minds about going anyway.
    I'll probably clean the car inside and out (between the showers) and give the garage and shed a clean, I'm up to date with everything else in the garden.
     
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    Found myself another job.

    I have these two 1970s juke box wall boxes in my den.....alright our front room.

    I use them to select mp3s via an adapter the size of a box of matches, on dedicated iPod playlists to play through my vintage hi-fi.




    The iPods are second hand 3rd generation ones I bought on eBay for a few pounds. The batteries are usually shot, but it doesn't matter as the adapter provides the power for them. The only problem is that if I don't use them enough, (I can go a few weeks without bothering), they can lose a few tracks off the playlists. Which was the case today and it's a chore to find them, as the playlists on iTunes "lie," there can be tracks listed but when you try to play them, it'll say it can't find them. The wall boxes work with a pulse sender like an old telephone, so one missing track will mean that it will play the next track on the list and so on. So it takes a while to ensure they're all where they should be and then re-sync the iPod.

    I got that done for the box which wasn't behaving.

    Second problem.

    The box on the left is on "freeplay," I don't need coins to make it work. The one on the right needs old 10p coins (one play) or old 50p coins (seven plays). the big ones no longer legal tender, the coins we use now won't work. I've a dozen of of these old 50ps. But progressively, it's been rejecting some when it didn't before.

    So I investigated.

    This is the coin mechanism or "grinder" as we call them.

    The "Toblerone" shaped coin box is at the bottom.

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    The quality of the engineering back then was second to none.

    I unlocked and swung open the mechanism to expose the sets of magnets that "decide" whether to accept the coin, given that it's passed the weight and size trips.

    These are the magnets.

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    They looked a bit dirty so I gave them a clean with WD 40, which cured the problem. So it can "go back to not being used very often."

    Like fellow enthusiasts, you do get a sense of satisfaction, occasionally emptying the coin box, even though it's usually you who's put the coins in.
     
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    This morning had my second vaccination with the Astra zenica, I feel alright so far.
     
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    I had my second pfizer prik this morning...I’m trying to keep up with you. Chuckle. Is your family name Jones? Just kidding.
     
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    :smt044:smt044
    No it's not. :chuckle:
     
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