Random musings that don't warrant their own thread

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  1. blizeH

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    Thought it could be nice to have a thread full of random musings and questions that don't really deserve their own topic :)

    Since I've ran out of plugs (again!) behind my TV, I have a couple of quick questions:

    1. Generally what is the 'safe' maximum number of plugs to have on a double socket? I have a 6 bar and a 4 bar, but need to replace the 4 with another 6 I think.
    2. I have lots of spare spare 4 adapters, and also one of the chunky three adapters (need this so my homeplug works) - is it generally okay to chain these things (within reason!)?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. jp_bl_68

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    So you've got a six bar in one socket and a four bar in the other and you want to change the four for another six? Can't see a problem with that.
     
  3. blizeH

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    Thanks jb, my girlfriend is absolutely insistent that it's a fire hazard (and it is a mess behind the TV to be fair!) so I was a little worried maybe I'd overload it. Should chaining be okay too? ie a four onto another four, or just one of the block style adapters on a four bar one.
     
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    I've chained block adapters to bar adapters (and vice versa) without having any problems. I'm not sure if it's safe though. I vaguely remember posting a thread about this a while ago and the general response was, if my memory serves me, "it's fine, don't worry about it".
     
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    Just make sure you don't do this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    natural selection is working hard as useual. :laugh:
     
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  8. blizeH

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    LOL that is quality!

    I'm gonna buy a 6 extension now, tenner from Tesco and surge protected - should be okay!
     
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    I own this: link (paid £25 summer 2009, shop around)

    It kept my things alive when my old toaster tripped the mains
     
  12. blizeH

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    Thanks! Yours does look a lot better, but it's quite expensive... guess it's not worth being too much of a cheapskate considering how much the electricals plugged in are worth! :O
     
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    I need anger management to supplement my medication:(
     
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    nah you just need to stop reading threads in general chat;)
     
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    extension leads are irrelevant if correctly fused.

    you will only ever pull the maximum rating then and will be perfectly safe! its just not recommended
     
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    That.
    Find the maximum draw power for every component in the circuit, add it up, divide by 240, and if the answer is <13, you're all good :)
     
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    worst case you'll only pop the plug fuse anyway.

    I have seen a house which had i think 4 4-way extensions plugged in behind a tv cabinet, while its messy, a trip hazard etc. but technically if all the plugs are not tampered with and have correct fusings you'll be fine. and own't be able to exceed the maximum 13A demand for the socket outlet
     
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    So, random musings huh?

    I was wondering......


    Its a very French thing all this kissing as a greeting and if you don't kiss, then you shake hands. Well you probably all knew that. But at this time of year, most Mayors get the townsfolk together to wish them Happy New Year, give a brief spin on what they have planned for the town or village and offer a glass of wine and nibbles. Lovely.

    So you go one of these events and there are several hundred people there, and they greet you with a kiss on both cheeks or a handshake. All the while wishing you "meilleur voeux (best wishes) et Sante, surtout! (above all good health)"

    Its really very friendly. Except if one person has the flu or a cold, and they wish everyone good health and then kiss us all or at least shake our hands......

    There is no escape. Everyone in the village will by the end of the day have been cross contaminated by all this embracing. "And above all good health". Next year I may take them at their word and stand up on the stage in a surgical mask and announce that for reasons of "above all good health" I ain't kissing no-one or shaking hands either.

    I'm off to bed with a couple of paracetamol and a hot water bottle.
    Aitichooooooooooo.
     
  20. MrBlofeldt

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    So Chinese lanterns... bit of a novelty, and somewhat of an alternative to balloons filled with helium, but...!

    Do they travel faster if it's colder ? would the speed of the lantern travelling through the air be inversely proportional to the temperature ? what speed is it realistically possible for a chinese lantern to achieve ?


    been bugging me for weeks this !:D
     
  21. Junglist

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    Is it possible to fill your car up with petrol/diesel without having to keep on squeezing the nozzle? I only fill my car up when empty so I can be there for a while in the freezing cold.

    I'm sure they have these auto-filling nozzles in other countries, just not the UK.
     
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    I think they phased them out in the UK when petrol stations started to become self service.
     
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    They have the auto nozzels in the US, Can be more of a fire hazzard as you can create a small static charge getting in and out of the car which in theory could ignite.
     
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    Kinda interested by this too - let one off on New Years, it almost came back down but I gave it a quick blow and if flew off quick as hell - it was super cold then too, would be interesting to see if it's any different in the summer because it really did speed off almost a little too quickly for my liking!

    Petrol auto nozzle would be awesome, they should bring that back!
     
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    I can see the lanterns could potentially rise faster as the pressure differential between the hot light air in the balloon and the colder denser air will be even greater, but I don't know what effect the extra air density of the really cold air would have on air resistance and whether that would have an effect to counteract that of the hot air in the balloon giving extra lift in colder air. If that makes any sense... :)
     
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    Yeah I used to work at an attended service fuel station when I was a student and they had little catches on so you could leave them. I occasionally now jam my fuel cap in the trigger, its just the right size. Ive been told off over the tannoy for it before though.
     
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    Having recently re-watched West Wing (all 7 series), there was a bit just after the death of Leo McGarry where VP Bob Russel was talking about health checks and said he would go for a colonoscopy ("just have to suck it up!") :eek::eek: to check for bowel cancer. Nowadays they have a simple test where you take samples from stools from three days and send them off. Much more simple.
    So having been 50 in August, the letter from the Health people duly arrived. I took it along to the GP, who raved about the test, got very enthused that I wanted to do it and suddenly I was his favourite patient. (We then spent 10 minutes talking about Jazz, Dave Brubeck and a musical he saw in London 30 years ago, but couldn't find any trace of. (That's because it was called 'One Mo' time' and he was looking for One More Time on t'Internet))
    But I digress.
    So I brought the test home, waited until the excesses of Christmas were passed and collected the last sample on Sunday, posted it off on Monday and today got the letter saying that I was clear and wouldn't need to be tested again for 2 years.
    So:
    :arty::arty: and break out the fizz. :clap::clap::clap:

    (I didn't for one minute think I might have had a problem, but its great to have the lack of it confirmed)

    Colon cancer is the second biggest Cancer Killer in France and easily detectable and curable if caught early enough. The test is easy. If you qualify, I recommend you do it. It takes all the fun out of three dumps in a row, but getting the all clear more than makes up for that.

    This is a public service announcement. :laugh::laugh:
     
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    I got the same test sent to me a couple of years ago - but in the UK you have to be 60 to get it. (oops! giving my age away)

    Wonder if that's why many cancer outcomes are worse in the UK than sur le continent.

    PS, mine was negative too, feels good to know.
     
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    Quick question, how on earth do I find out what kind of charger this Sanyo battery thingy uses?

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    My girlfriend decided to help out by taking all of my electrical stuff (just moved into a new place, there was a *lot* of stuff!) out of the packaging and disposing of said packaging, but unfortunately forgot to take the actual plug out so it was taken with the garbage last week, nooo!

    She said it looks the same as her old (Toshiba) laptop charger, if I try it and it works, just go with it? Will I blow anything up? :D
     
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    I think I preferred the cold, sunny but snowy weather. The cycle to and from work has been brutal in the wind and rain the last couple of weeks.
     

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