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    Peak District, Derbyshire, UK

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    Previous 1975 88" re-build on galv. Completed and sold :-(

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  1. It’s because without the fuse you’d normally have an open circuit, but in this case even without the fuse, the led is there allowing current to flow and you therefore have voltage on the output side of the fuse connection. The led is in the feed but it’s normally short circuited by the fuse and so no current flows through it. With the fuse out or blown, the led can pass current and therefore illuminate. You then see the lower voltage as the led drops a little when it conducts. Edit: should add that the usb socket is providing enough load to provide current through the led but I assume not enough to illuminate it.
  2. Be careful and choose the correct one. They offer two; US style push the top and EU push at the bottom. You linked to the US style. Here is the EU one. Sorry if you know this already.
  3. Back in my youth I had to run a concrete (cement) mixer on a building site. It was so big that at the end of the projects it would be lifted onto a truck using chains off the front of the JCB. I can't remember the fuel type but it had the decompression lever, so probably diesel. Just as you say, you set the lever, started turning the handle, got the thing spinning and then somehow kept it turning with one arm whilst reaching to flick the lever back to let it compress, with both hands back on the handle to spin it a little further and then bingo. Usually!
  4. I’ve seen that red connector on mine but can’t for the life of me think where it is. From roughly on your loom where would it go?
  5. I play direct from my iPhone through the headphone jack to a single powered speaker of the type that sits with a desktop PC. I listen live through BBC Sounds and also use that app for 'catch-up' (like the Radcliffe and Maconie's weekend shows on Radio 6) and podcasts (like the two series Thirteen minutes to the Moon). I could listen live to none BBC stations but don't seem to. There's also Spotify for music. By the way, if you have an older Sonos that will not now talk to an app like BBC Sounds, I found a fix on Git Hub that works perfectly. More details if you need them.
  6. I honestly thinks that it's time to get over it. The new Defender will not replace the old one in our minds, whilst JLR have done what they think is correct.They think it's the right way forward as part of their vehicle range and haven't done it the hope that it will drive them out of business. We will see how they perform in terms of sales and more importantly bottom line. Even if we disagree, why would we wish ill on them? Certainly I wouldn't want them to go bust.
  7. I think point B above explains the concern. Those engines (TD5 and TDCI) will be harder to restart than your 300TDi.
  8. North Atlantic ocean current goes into reverse?
  9. I was going to revamp the inside of our 110 which is used as a camper. However I saw the crusty tub cross supports and decided to replace those first (in situ. of course). Then I looked at the C posts and decided that I'd better replace those. That was a big job and linked in with the tub supports and replacing the floor top hat rails and the new floor and the side bits at the front of the new floor. Then I made the mistake of looking at the second row doors and bought new hinges. When I took the doors off to replace them I made another mistake and looked at the door bottoms. As there was plenty of time, since we were well into lockdown, I decided to de-skin a door to see what sort of a job it would be to repair it. Cue lots of reading and watching door repairs and pricing of repair parts. I rang a local shot blaster who had not done any blasting for months. He got off his A*&*% and decided to restart his business (and then rang the other day to ask if I did want my door frames sorting). Then I made another major decision and bought two new second row doors. They, along with the safari door that I bought two years ago, will now be painted. I decided to have a go myself so have made three support structure things that I will hang the doors from. My wife says they look like gallows. Now I am building some flimsy walls which will be clad with visqueen and this will be a temporary spray booth. So the lockdown has allowed specification creep or whatever the affliction is known as. Fortunately my wife is patient as she knows that once "this is all over" we will get on the road again although it won't be to Turkey which was the plan this year. Non Land Rover, we are having daily FaceTimes with Father in Law (93 and lives well on his own) and various others with Grandkids. A highlight is to sit at the end of the drive and have a chat with our neighbour over a cup of tea, once a week at the same time. He loves the routine and really appreciates it. I fixed a TV for a neighbour (needed a re-tune after the local mast changed frequencies). She hadn't used the set for a while. Also fixed a jammed printer for someone who hadn't fitted a new cartridge properly. Planted some veg - that was something my wife used to do years ago but she lost interest. That has meant spending recent evenings covering the runner beans, courgettes and other stuff that is frost prone. I managed to kill all the nasturtiums as I didn't know that they are. I'm no longer working - I let my freelance work drop over the last few years as a gentle way into retirement. I have no idea if I would have struggled to continue with work during these times. The last work (twelve months ago) was at TfL (LU). So life has been OK, just sad not to meet family and friends. We have obeyed the rules pretty well and look forward to loosening over the coming weeks.
  10. Ah yes that was it. Scary stuff, especially for us as we lived in the city centre then and it featured prominently.
  11. Probably better than trams. They vibrate very heavily on the rails and it must be horrible to live next to them. Gawd knows what sort of radio interference there is off the overhead pickup although that's probably not so much of a problem with digital encoding or FM rather than good old AM.
  12. Sheffield was used in a docu-drama to demonstrate what would happen in a nearby nuclear detonation. I think people had 'prepared' by getting ready to rush to a shelter made of cardboard under the stairs or similar. Yes I do remember the initial series of 'Survivor". Notably for me was a guy who managed to restart a little hydro electric station and they then had power. There was a newer series too maybe in the late nineties I think which was essentially a copy of the first, brought 'up to date'.
  13. Another approach for a "whiteboard" is to use clear perspex mounted in front of a sheet of white paper. Then use normal dry wipe pens. You can print a template on the paper (I have used Excel to make grids, text and logos) and then write the "variable" stuff on the perspex. It wipes much more easily than the coating on a whiteboard. On topic - the floor and racks are great Cornish. I like the modified roof truss too!
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