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townfanjon

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@Ric2013 , no person or government on earth knows what to do , every country is in the same boat , there is no answer to it , we all just have to work through it , be patient , look after each other and “ stay safe “ .

On another note where in Italy are you ? , I have been going to ask you for ages lol
 

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To be honest, I don't think we'll ever know how well countries come off, until we see the excess deaths for this period compared with other years. When you look at the stats, the problem is that every country has its own way of testing and reporting so I'm reluctant to accept at face value that, say, Taiwan has only 37 cases per million and only 7 deaths in total. Even if true, the fact that Taiwan recently had SARS means compliance and understanding in the general population is likely to be very good.

I'll PM my location.
 

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Well chaps you all know my situation covid 19 this second time round has really hit my family hard my brother is still suffering the effects of long covid, all his close family have been infected but have got over it reasonably well, my elderly mother she's 80 this year is absolutely shot to bits mentally she's frightened of everything shakes from head to toe and is severely depressed, I am supporting her the best way I can we have appointments in place for a specialist mental accessment and she's now on antidepressants but 2 weeks in and she's not much better, I took her to get her first covid phizer jab yesterday a visit to the opticians, doctors and dentist just to try and make her life a little easier you just have to deal with it the best way you can.
I have kept well as I am almost sure I had covid last December before all this came out it took weeks to get over the symptoms and load of test came to the conclusion it was a virus. No way Sherlock 🤣
Work has still trickled in but customers are very wary of having you in and I take all the precautions I can to avoid contact, i had a customer pass away this week from cancer and my close friends mums funeral so a crap week their life's were definitely shortened by covid and the restrictions in place for the specialist treatments they needed to keep them alive . Keep well and look after your loved ones chaps kop
 

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Well chaps you all know my situation covid 19 this second time round has really hit my family hard my brother is still suffering the effects of long covid, all his close family have been infected but have got over it reasonably well, my elderly mother she's 80 this year is absolutely shot to bits mentally she's frightened of everything shakes from head to toe and is severely depressed, I am supporting her the best way I can we have appointments in place for a specialist mental accessment and she's now on antidepressants but 2 weeks in and she's not much better, I took her to get her first covid phizer jab yesterday a visit to the opticians, doctors and dentist just to try and make her life a little easier you just have to deal with it the best way you can.
I have kept well as I am almost sure I had covid last December before all this came out it took weeks to get over the symptoms and load of test came to the conclusion it was a virus. No way Sherlock 🤣
Work has still trickled in but customers are very wary of having you in and I take all the precautions I can to avoid contact, i had a customer pass away this week from cancer and my close friends mums funeral so a crap week their life's were definitely shortened by covid and the restrictions in place for the specialist treatments they needed to keep them alive . Keep well and look after your loved ones chaps kop

Bloody hell pal , your poor mum . Continue what you are doing you cant do anymore, hopefully the vaccine may help her mentally . Sorry I couldn’t press the “like” button on a post like this .
 

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its not down here - 😠
Several feet of it on the buildings here in the Italian Alps. People would pay you if you wanted to take it off their roofs - they get worried about the weight once there's more than 6 feet of it settled. I'm not worried, but you can have mine for free - and easy access through a Velux.😁
 

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Morning all. Hope you're all doing alright.

My downstairs loo is blocked, not sure why. Took the loo out, bought some drain rods that attach to jet wash and can get about 10ft down but then it stops, not sure if that's where the block is or whether it's a bend. Wont unblock though. Got covered last night so had three showers and bleached everything around the loo, and threw out my clothes and shoes and even my watch strap lol

Going get Dynorod out or something.
 
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Probably in the manhole - did you check here? (Quite possibly frozen - had that before now).
 
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Probably in the manhole - did you check here? (Quite possibly frozen - had that before now).
Yeah there was a little backup in one of the manholes but cleared that out and the level in the stack pipe didn't drop. There are three manholes on our property though and the other two seem clear. To be honest 2 and a half hours is about my maximum I'm allocating to shyte lol so it's somebody elses problem now I'll just pay the bill.

I'm sure at one point I saw some kids bedroom wallpaper come flying past me, "Cars" that talking red car one. Lightning McQueen I think he's called. Trying to work out which neighbour might have a kid into that but there's no way I'm knocking on with it, can't even find it now it must have gone back down at some point or got swept up at the end in the dark.

Our other loo is fine luckily so we're not stuck or anything.

I have the actual loo outside and it keeps going below zero, do you think I should bring it in? I don't want any moisture in the ceramic freeze and crack it - is that a thing? Or are they pretty sturdy? You'd think I'd know being a tiler and coming from Stoke on Trent a 'potter'. Might find a rug throw over it or something to take the worst off it perhaps.
 

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Yeah there was a little backup in one of the manholes but cleared that out and the level in the stack pipe didn't drop. There are three manholes on our property though and the other two seem clear. To be honest 2 and a half hours is about my maximum I'm allocating to shyte lol so it's somebody elses problem now I'll just pay the bill.

I'm sure at one point I saw some kids bedroom wallpaper come flying past me, "Cars" that talking red car one. Lightning McQueen I think he's called. Trying to work out which neighbour might have a kid into that but there's no way I'm knocking on with it, can't even find it now it must have gone back down at some point or got swept up at the end in the dark.

Our other loo is fine luckily so we're not stuck or anything.

If its shared drains then all out the local water author
I have the actual loo outside and it keeps going below zero, do you think I should bring it in? I don't want any moisture in the ceramic freeze and crack it - is that a thing? Or are they pretty sturdy? You'd think I'd know being a tiler and coming from Stoke on Trent a 'potter'. Might find a rug throw over it or something to take the worst off it perhaps.
If its shared drains call out the local water authority. Their responsibility.
 

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Yeah there was a little backup in one of the manholes but cleared that out and the level in the stack pipe didn't drop. There are three manholes on our property though and the other two seem clear. To be honest 2 and a half hours is about my maximum I'm allocating to shyte lol so it's somebody elses problem now I'll just pay the bill.

I'm sure at one point I saw some kids bedroom wallpaper come flying past me, "Cars" that talking red car one. Lightning McQueen I think he's called. Trying to work out which neighbour might have a kid into that but there's no way I'm knocking on with it, can't even find it now it must have gone back down at some point or got swept up at the end in the dark.

Our other loo is fine luckily so we're not stuck or anything.

I have the actual loo outside and it keeps going below zero, do you think I should bring it in? I don't want any moisture in the ceramic freeze and crack it - is that a thing? Or are they pretty sturdy? You'd think I'd know being a tiler and coming from Stoke on Trent a 'potter'. Might find a rug throw over it or something to take the worst off it perhaps.
Well done Dan for doing all that.

Had something similar happen a few years ago when a neighbour tipped effluent down the drains and blocked them. Good local jetting company I think, but in the process of trying to find the common outlet they accidentally jetted my confined space downstairs loo. Just couldn't go in there for two weeks. What I did learn is the drains (nearly) always follow the road even if that goes uphill for a bit.

For the loo outside after you are sure it's drained (lift it so outlet pointing down) stick it upside down on a couple of bits of wood somewhere sunny and wrap it up in old cloth then plastic. (Ok easier to put inside)

Is salt the answer?

All reminds me on the trains before electric heat, when stored overnight the guard chucks salt down the pan. You then need a swizzle stick. Take care if you pick up the green flag . . .

Very best of luck and well done again in advance.

Roy
 

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Had the jab on Friday. Pfizer one as expected.

Only got mild reaction to it which is good (time to worry is when you get no reaction).

Shovelling very modest amounts of snow yesterday and this morning so can't complain.

Can I ask a question - should we be building more VMIC facilities in the UK for vaccine (and mAB etc. etc.) production:


Perhaps one South Wales, one North East, one Glasgow, one Ireland (somewhere straddling the border)

Can I also ask to answer that from a pure engineering view, and not political etc. (Otherwise I'm on the wrong forum here)

Cheers,

Roy
 

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Having a weird time, no work then work but worried about catching virus if I go. Been self employed and so had the government grant and that will help. The future feel so uncertain, and just when I was hoping to build up enough business to take on an appy to do the work my knees won't let me do. Fed up to be honest, wish I could retire...
 

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Well done Dan for doing all that.

Had something similar happen a few years ago when a neighbour tipped effluent down the drains and blocked them. Good local jetting company I think, but in the process of trying to find the common outlet they accidentally jetted my confined space downstairs loo. Just couldn't go in there for two weeks. What I did learn is the drains (nearly) always follow the road even if that goes uphill for a bit.

For the loo outside after you are sure it's drained (lift it so outlet pointing down) stick it upside down on a couple of bits of wood somewhere sunny and wrap it up in old cloth then plastic. (Ok easier to put inside)

Is salt the answer?

All reminds me on the trains before electric heat, when stored overnight the guard chucks salt down the pan. You then need a swizzle stick. Take care if you pick up the green flag . . .

Very best of luck and well done again in advance.

Roy
Thanks for the reply Roy.

Loo is fully drained though moist as hell, and cold. Now the harshness of the odour has gone I might dare bring it back in and just place it near the stack for now. Seems it might be a few days before somebody with a sensible price is willing to come out during this lark. Thank god it's a second loo.
 

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Morning everybody.
  1. Hope you are all well. What have you got on today / the rest of this week?
  2. How are we all feeling? I think we need help each other out a bit when we're in times like these. Hope you're doing okay.
  3. When are you up for your jab? - Do you know yet?
  4. How's work, is it still trickling through or has it dried up? Or perhaps you're booming at the moment with boilers breaking left right and center.
  5. What PPE extras are you taking?
  6. Which suppliers are open physically? Which are online only? Where are you getting your stuff from?
Answer all or any or nowt. Let's see if we can check in and help each other out.
Hello Dan ,
I am well thanks , but not been very busy as I am not going into anyones house . All of a sudden we have 2 External Oil boilers to fit . My son is also a plumber so he will do the inside work . He is really busy at the moment .
Hoping to get the Jab in February . RE PPE , just the usual Mask and gloves and Sanitizer .
Our local Buildbase and Travis Perkins are open as usual . We also use BES who are really good .
Cheers
 

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Morning everybody.
  1. Hope you are all well. What have you got on today / the rest of this week?
  2. How are we all feeling? I think we need help each other out a bit when we're in times like these. Hope you're doing okay.
  3. When are you up for your jab? - Do you know yet?
  4. How's work, is it still trickling through or has it dried up? Or perhaps you're booming at the moment with boilers breaking left right and center.
  5. What PPE extras are you taking?
  6. Which suppliers are open physically? Which are online only? Where are you getting your stuff from?
Answer all or any or nowt. Let's see if we can check in and help each other out.
frustrated with my thermostat 😕
 

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Can I ask a question - should we be building more VMIC facilities in the UK for vaccine (and mAB etc. etc.) production:


Perhaps one South Wales, one North East, one Glasgow, one Ireland (somewhere straddling the border)

Can I also ask to answer that from a pure engineering view, and not political etc. (Otherwise I'm on the wrong forum here)
Why bother?

Ignoring the politics, the Indian plants make perfectly good pharmaceutical products which we use all the time. Obviously it would save on transport if they were made locally, but I suppose it depends on what raw materials might then need to be brought in to make the end product. The end product is small and light to ship.

Obviously it might have made sense to build plants locally months ago to have enough product, but why local and not abroad is a political question.
 

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Morning all, it is almost the weekend. I feell ike I am in groundhog day at the moment
 

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Morning everyone, its very sunny but chilly here this morning! In other news I've found a Starling nest in my gable end!
 

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Hello Dan,

Been victim of 1st lockdown but afterwards it did start to pick it up. I do most aspects of domestic plumbing and heating work.
Sometimes, business gets slow down for a week or two but then getting back on track. I suppose everybody feels the same.

have a nice once
 

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Morning everybody.
  1. Hope you are all well. What have you got on today / the rest of this week?
  2. How are we all feeling? I think we need help each other out a bit when we're in times like these. Hope you're doing okay.
  3. When are you up for your jab? - Do you know yet?
  4. How's work, is it still trickling through or has it dried up? Or perhaps you're booming at the moment with boilers breaking left right and center.
  5. What PPE extras are you taking?
  6. Which suppliers are open physically? Which are online only? Where are you getting your stuff from?
Answer all or any or nowt. Let's see if we can check in and help each other out.
A bit late in the day as it's afternoon now.
Just to say that despite the 3rd lockdown I'm still able to ship my AGA Barrel lifting kits anywhere in the UK or worldwide.
The kit is wrapped in a waterproof sleeve and can easily be sanitised on arrival. All kits have been packaged for 4+ days, further reducing the slight posibility of contamination.
This kit takes the strain out of lifting the very heavy barrel out of AGAs for servicing the burner.
Full details on my webpage www.robpendleton.co.uk/aga
Oh yes, I've got a date for my Covid jab in 10 days time!
 

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Morning everybody.
  1. Hope you are all well. What have you got on today / the rest of this week?
  2. How are we all feeling? I think we need help each other out a bit when we're in times like these. Hope you're doing okay.
  3. When are you up for your jab? - Do you know yet?
  4. How's work, is it still trickling through or has it dried up? Or perhaps you're booming at the moment with boilers breaking left right and center.
  5. What PPE extras are you taking?
  6. Which suppliers are open physically? Which are online only? Where are you getting your stuff from?
Answer all or any or nowt. Let's see if we can check in and help each other out.

Great thread. Personally I'm very content with life. I'm only in my second year but business is good and growing. On a personal level I'm only working 4 days as I take a Wednesday off to look after my son. So working less but more productive and spending more time with my boy.

All jobs we wear a mask but still most customers don't. I'm based in Central Scotland, cases are relatively low in this area.

I hope everyone is taking care and making the most of the situation we find ourselves in.

Ryan
 

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Morning all. Hope all is well. Weather still sucks. World still sucks. Boooooo to it all.

lol

Trying to find some funny films to watch.
 

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Morning all. Hope all is well. Weather still sucks. World still sucks. Boooooo to it all.

lol

Trying to find some funny films to watch.
 

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Morning everybody.
  1. Hope you are all well. What have you got on today / the rest of this week?
  2. How are we all feeling? I think we need help each other out a bit when we're in times like these. Hope you're doing okay.
  3. When are you up for your jab? - Do you know yet?
  4. How's work, is it still trickling through or has it dried up? Or perhaps you're booming at the moment with boilers breaking left right and center.
  5. What PPE extras are you taking?
  6. Which suppliers are open physically? Which are online only? Where are you getting your stuff from?
Answer all or any or nowt. Let's see if we can check in and help each other out.
Morning, not too sure whether the email applies to me as I am not a plumber lol but yes, I am very well thanks for asking : ) The lack of variety in my day to day activities has had a bit of an impact on my mental health though - too much needs to be done in the house (damp in the walls; new lino; clear out garage; redecorate) and I also work full-time. Luckily it was just a one off blip. My 16 years old is in year 11 and the lessons this time round have been interactive using online meetings so much better, I just need to get him up in time - that has been a fail this week! My 20 year old went back to London after Christmas. He is in his 3rd year at Uni studying film production. He shares a house with 4 friends so they have each other for company and are not isolated in student halls. Fingers crossed he will be safe as he is Newham which has the highest number of Covid cases.

Funny you should ask about boilers as my stopped working yesterday morning! Luckily I know I an excellent plumber who is working hard to get it repaired. He has ordered a replacement coil so fingers crossed things will be up and running this evening!

I have been working from home since the first lockdown (I test computer software for bugs etc). The business has since decided to give up the office. I saw my work colleagues for the first time in 9 months just before Christmas.

No news on the jab yet. Luckily I live in a rural area and don't have much interaction with people other than a weekly shop or my support bubble. I wear a mask and use sanitiser on the trolley and my hands.

I shop at Tesco, Sainsburys, B&Q, and Screw Fix. Next have closed the stores but you can still order online.

Stay safe x
 

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Morning, not too sure whether the email applies to me as I am not a plumber lol but yes, I am very well thanks for asking : ) The lack of variety in my day to day activities has had a bit of an impact on my mental health though - too much needs to be done in the house (damp in the walls; new lino; clear out garage; redecorate) and I also work full-time. Luckily it was just a one off blip. My 16 years old is in year 11 and the lessons this time round have been interactive using online meetings so much better, I just need to get him up in time - that has been a fail this week! My 20 year old went back to London after Christmas. He is in his 3rd year at Uni studying film production. He shares a house with 4 friends so they have each other for company and are not isolated in student halls. Fingers crossed he will be safe as he is Newham which has the highest number of Covid cases.

Funny you should ask about boilers as my stopped working yesterday morning! Luckily I know I an excellent plumber who is working hard to get it repaired. He has ordered a replacement coil so fingers crossed things will be up and running this evening!

I have been working from home since the first lockdown (I test computer software for bugs etc). The business has since decided to give up the office. I saw my work colleagues for the first time in 9 months just before Christmas.

No news on the jab yet. Luckily I live in a rural area and don't have much interaction with people other than a weekly shop or my support bubble. I wear a mask and use sanitiser on the trolley and my hands.

I shop at Tesco, Sainsburys, B&Q, and Screw Fix. Next have closed the stores but you can still order online.

Stay safe x
Awww it's meant for everybody yeah. It's a pain in the arse for everybody but we have to keep edging forward. This new strain sounds like it might be a problem I'm hoping they're tweaking vaccines already for it!

Glad to hear your boiler is getting back up and running!
 

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I will be glad when the schools go back, the amount they have been missing out on for so long is awful. learning at home just doesn't compare.
 
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I have a square type kitchen sink tap and cannot access the cartridge to replace it as it is housed in a round chrome kind of case that does not allow a shifting spanner to grab it . There seems no way to move the chrome caseing part to remove it I can send a pic if ok I am new on here.
 

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I have a square type kitchen sink tap and cannot access the cartridge to replace it as it is housed in a round chrome kind of case that does not allow a shifting spanner to grab it . There seems no way to move the chrome caseing part to remove it I can send a pic if ok I am new on here.
Hi Frankie,

Nice to meet you, but you are in the wrong place. :) And hullo!

This forum works on the basis that new questions must have their own thread. We're a grumpy but friendly bunch, so have a read of this if you're new: Welcome New Members, Please Read This Before You Post.. - https://www.plumbersforums.net/threads/welcome-new-members-please-read-this-before-you-post.108522/

Please go here: Plumbing Forum | Plumbing Advice - https://www.plumbersforums.net/forums/plumbing-forum-plumbing-advice.15/

and click the yellow box "POST THREAD" at the top right to start a new thread and then ask your question.
 

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