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David Sparkes

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  1. They look like relays, they might be perfectly OK, and it's the operate circuit that is broken. I think your best is to give people more detail of your 'German caravan' (name, model, etc), in the hope that someone else has details, and can help more directly. Does the 'device' containing the fuses, circuit board, etc, have words on the cover, box, or whatever? (Because the same unit might be used in other caravans, motorhomes, etc). Regards.
  2. Just look at the frequencies involved, both for domestic wireless items I've listed and the remote control keyfob. Then compare them with the frequencies used for WiFi. Wikipedia seems a resource with common standards, frequently peer reviewed. Regards.
  3. I don't have any way of finding interference sources, but recalling reported experiences from 2 decades ago, culprits could be defined as 'any' domestic wireless apperatus, EXCLUDING WiFi and Bluetooth. In the UK this leaves wireless doorbells, wireless baby alarms, wireless external weather stations (that reported to an internal base station), and remote garage door openers. Also indicted as 'electrically noisy' were wireless keyboards, used with PCs, and cash tills that reported overnight so stock could be reordered while the shop was closed. Railway stations on electrified lines were also
  4. After reading the report on the online Motor Sport site I watched the highlights via the web. While allowing that other races in different places might be more interesting, that event was very uninspiring. Given that it's a PR driven event, it became clear that the publicists had been drinking their own urine. Regards.
  5. London seems to me to be a big place, and I understand high prices for buildings / floor area means labour costs are high to customers. What I'm getting at is that if you can be more precise with your whereabouts people may be able to give recommendations closer to your location, even if the garages concerned are outside the M25. I don't suppose you want to be travelling to somewhere the other side of the city. Edit. I now see that you have posted in the Discovery forum that you are in Kilburn, but I still think that you should update your profile to say that, as that location will be
  6. Just for additional clarity, if anyone values it, clicking the link brought up a black rectangle with a 'broken file' icon in the centre and a 'closure' X in the top right corner. No I don't know why I couldn't see it either, but while I have access, and an ID, to Facebook I don't use it very much at all. In general I can see images other people insert in their Facebook posts, so I'm quite happy to regard this incident as a anomaly individual to my PC and software setup. Just for completeness I checked my Firefox installation, and found it up-to-date. While the 64 bit Win 10 did have some
  7. Thanks for the thought, but I'm now retired so the buck stops with me 🙂 I had thought about the Mozilla Firefox PC browser blocking it, but they normally announce when they are 'helping' me from visiting an inapproprite link 🙂 I wondered if there was some way to engineer access without asking the poster, but when I tried to examine the link in 'Page Info' it did not look viable. Omitting the leading HTTPS, the link destination reads '://scontent.fbrs4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/166970452_1821724807988645_9119371825507198847_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc
  8. The link you have chosen doesn't appear to be effective; no image is displayed. Regards.
  9. From comments posted by others on the S2C Forum, 'modern' canvas does not last as long as previous versions did, apparently the older canvas was treated with chemicals that the manufacturers cannot use now. I don't recall seeing a consensus on what a person should do, but it's probably true to say I don't have a canvas problem, because I don't have one fitted. Posts from 2020. Some may recall that I posted some time back about needing a new hood on my 88". Since owning my Series II, over the last 20 years I've put 2 new hoods on it, both from Exmoor Trim (ET). The first one, purc
  10. Faced with the same problems I was thinking of a pit under a lift, possibly a large pit so 'half' the height of the lift would be below floor level. I decided that getting a floor pad built to the required configuration would be too much struggle, and thought 'did I want to be walking down into the pit, and up again, every time I wanted to do something?'. If you include a safe stairway at the ends or sides a lot of floor space is lost, to say nothing of covering the stairway over, for safety, when it's not in use. I decided against that configuration. I'm now thinking of a convention
  11. I will say I generally enjoyed my ownership of a V12 XJS. As with most of my previous vehicles that I also enjoyed, I am not looking to go back. Regards.
  12. More than 'how much do I want' is how does it get from the UK to Zimbabwe? Within the UK we have access to courier firms where the buyer makes the arrangements and all the seller has to do is print off the address label, sent as an electronic file, then stick the label onto a reasonably packed parcel, and meet the collection appointment made by the courier. That's what I'd like to happen; I don't know what you can work out from Zimbabwe. Off the top of my head I can only think of Hermes, but Parcel2Go might offer a service, as might DHL. Others on this forum might suggest oth
  13. Ahh, there is something apparent 'now' that I didn't realise last October. 1, I had taken pictures in Jan 1999 of the stripped radiator (1995 diesel with manual gearbox), but had forgotten about them. 2, I have taken fresh pictures now, Feb 2021, but had apparently stripped out the oil cooler, visible in the earlier pictures. I cannot immediately think where I have stored that. 3, I have successfully removed the seal, which it turns out to be of 4mm circular section, each long side is 585mm, each short side is 80mm. As this is probably work-hardened I suggest the best bet is t
  14. On behalf of a LR inspired colleague in the US of A, who is the maintainer (and probably inspiration of) LRs belonging to family members. He writes: My daughter's 2008 Sport has the dreaded leaking sunroof drains that are gradually shorting out her fuse block. The generally accepted cure apparently involves cutting out the damaged wiring and splicing in short lengths of replacement wire, but he would prefer to remove and replace the wiring terminals in the fusebox itself. But, he recognises that he ought to expand his tool kit with suitable tools to remove and insert terminals in the
  15. My only contribution to this was to attend a wedding in Scotland where the 30ish bridegroom was Scottish, and wore the kilt. In casual conversation afterwards he remarked that it was very cost effective to buy a kilt as formal wear, because, if you spent on quality, it was easy to 'let the kilt out' as the wearer became more portly over the years. I'm no longer in touch with him, so cannot say if he still holds the same view, or has needed to take advantage of the kilts adaptability. Regards.
  16. I think you will find a 3/8 drive socket the best, in conjunction with a short extension and a flex handle, You need the extension because there isn't enough space for the knuckle of the flex handle to fit next to the socket. 3/8 not half inch because of the space constraints. If you are buying a new socket go for 6 point rather than 12 point; it's less likely to slip. I already have 3/8 drive sockets, which is why I just use a normal extension, but otherwise the purpose built tool does the job. Regards.
  17. The stated maximum TANK pressure is 10 bar (150psi). Obviously your compressor must be able to meet that pressure. The height of the vehicle is NOT set by pressure in the air bags, because the weight on each bag, while the vehicle is static, remains the same, whether the suspension is set to dismount height or extended clearance height. Rather the vehicle height is set by the volume of air in each bag, that volume is measured by the angle the sensors on the radius arms 'see' as the body is lifted off the axles. Note that there is no set resistance reading from each sensor that equa
  18. Ricardo - The High Speed Internal Combustion Engine. Not surprisingly, at this time, I did go looking for a copy, just for a general read. Via book stores the lowest prices were around £60, so I almost gave up. Then I thought of the local library. Yes they could access a copy within the County, have it delivered to themselves, then quarantined for 4 days, after which they would contact me. I collected it yesterday (Friday 12th). After reading the phrase 'in the last 30 years' I thought I'd better check the Authors Foreword and the publication history. Originally published
  19. My experience. I haven't (yet) splashed out on glue lined heat shrink sleeving, but I have a reasonable quantity of ordinary heat shrink. When I've wanted 'glue lined' I've first of all put glue from a hot-glue gun over the area. I don't stress about doing a perfect cover, it's enough to have some around the area I want it. After it's cooled, (a few seconds) I slide the ordinary heat shrink over the joint. As the glue is cooled the heat shrink doesn't react. I then use a hot air gun to heat the shrink. By default the glue also warms and softens, and the shrink applies pressure to the glu
  20. I don't know how this stuff, ordered from Beals, compare to the VWP offering, as they use different classification systems. VWP say good for Petrol to E10 standard, Beals say 'Suitable for petrol and diesel fuel injection systems Not suitable for Ethanol-based fuel where ethanol content is over 20%'. I bought it for use on a diesel system. Regards.
  21. Checking for understanding. A double pole switch is the term used for a switch that only has two positions, On or Off. However it switches both the Live and Earth circuits, so it has 4 terminals. You might mean you have a three position switch, On High, Off, On Low. If 'single pole' this may have three terminals, one to have the live feed 'in', one to feed out to the high speed, one to feed out to the low speed. Electrically this is a manual version of the three terminal 'X-Eng' thermal switch, which justifies the question from Bowie69, Why? Next is warning lights; do you want a
  22. I'd like to query this statement please, because I didn't understand it. 1 / Ratio of what to what? I cannot see there is a ratio involved. 2 / 'Absolute' and 'Boost Pressure' simply do not fit comfortably together. You can have Absolute inlet manifold pressure (atmospheric pressure + boost pressure above atmospheric); You can have boost pressure above atmospheric, but I don't see how 'Absolute' and 'Boost' can be combined, it's one or the other. From the worked example "dropped intake temp by 25C, and you run 1 bar of boost, then the EGT will be 50C higher lower" it is suggested th
  23. I know the original Covid-19 has changed the world for a lot of people, but is it April 1st already? Or is there another Chinese developed Covid variation that targets vehicles (or their designers)? Regards.
  24. Seeing the term 'gas' I presumed American. I see the Location is given as Yucaipa, but had to look on Google. Yucaipa (/juːˈkaɪpə/ yoo-KY-pə) is a city located 10 miles (16 km) east of San Bernardino, in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Does California do LPG? I see it has standards by the Air Resources board, so I guess the 'Gasoline or LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas)' question is still open! Sorry, I cannot help further 🙂 Regards.
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