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15 hours ago, jackroadkill said:

Now we've progressed to the absolute prune of a boiler service engineer who'd proclaimed that our boiler isn't fixable and will need to be replaced before he'd even got out of his van.....  He is also the same tool who tried fixing it a couple of years back and couldn't manage it then (because "It's knackered and needs to be replaced"), despite the bloke from the manufacturers turning up, hoovering some baffles off and getting it going inside fifteen minutes.

 

It's a good job I was at work and my other half dealt with him.  I might just have snapped.

I just have one question. If this man is such a useless tool, why are you calling him in a second time?

 

John.

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Jumped in the car, turned the ignition to be greeted with wooop woopppp pfffft and just like that the battery is dead. Great, 100 bucks down the drain tomorrow for a new battery. My first battery lasted 11 years, 11 damn years, the guy who changed it was shocked. Since then this is the second battery I've gone through in 7 years! Going to get a genuine Holden battery this time as these RACV ones seem to be rubbish.

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34 minutes ago, Brad said:

Jumped in the car, turned the ignition to be greeted with wooop woopppp pfffft and just like that the battery is dead. Great, 100 bucks down the drain tomorrow for a new battery. My first battery lasted 11 years, 11 damn years, the guy who changed it was shocked. Since then this is the second battery I've gone through in 7 years! Going to get a genuine Holden battery this time as these RACV ones seem to be rubbish.

Someone from the garage that services my car told me ages ago that the average life of a modern battery is around five years,they're considered to be friendlier to the enviroment because there's less chance of leaks accuring in other words it's cheaper to make them...Like Biggles87 said above 'don't fix it,replace it',doesn't make much sense....

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UK batteries come with a 3 year guarantee, and last on average 5-6 years. My car is fitted with this infernal stop-start system, which means a battery costs £100 more than a regular one.

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5 hours ago, Biggles87 said:

"Don't fix it, replace it" seems to have become the standard mantra, it probably started with cars.

Cars/fridges/washing machines,you name it,we used to have a recycling centre over here where people could go and take parts from dumped ones but it was stopped for some reason,now all white goods get scrapped instead of letting people get parts to keep theirs in use..,Talk about the throw away society....

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6 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

If this man is such a useless tool, why are you calling him in a second time?

 

It's a fair question - he's the guy my landlord uses (although I will be making polite suggestions about this).

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3 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

,we used to have a recycling centre over here where people could go and take parts from dumped ones but it was stopped for some reason

I bet it was because of health and safety - anyone who cut themselves might sue the authorities on some pretext or other

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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9 hours ago, Biggles87 said:

"Don't fix it, replace it" seems to have become the standard mantra, it probably started with cars.

Ah yes - it's called  Planned Obsolescence. It's a standard manufacturing policy used by many (not all) product manufacturers. Products are designed to last for a given lifespan and then require replacement. It is meant to encourage peope to buy new items rather than hold onto existing products for longer. It's been around as a formal, documented concept for at least 30-40 years in the consumer world.

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15 hours ago, TonyOD said:

Filling station lunacy.

Not here thankfully, the only time there's any queu at our local one is Friday evening when the prices go down for 24 hrs, and then usually only 4 or 5 cars.

I don't know about drive towards 'herd immunity',  but it looks like 'herd mentality' is gaining ground in the UK.

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1 hour ago, Biggles87 said:

'herd mentality'

 

Or is it "herd daftness"?  I'm with Terry Pratchett on this; the IQ of a mob is the IQ of the thickest person present divided by the number of people in the mob.

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15 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

Cars/fridges/washing machines,you name it,we used to have a recycling centre over here where people could go and take parts from dumped ones but it was stopped for some reason,now all white goods get scrapped instead of letting people get parts to keep theirs in use..,Talk about the throw away society....

 

I too like fixing things rather than buying new. I remember years ago mum was going to get a new washing machine, but a quick search on ebay and 50 bucks later I had the machine washing like new. That thing lasted another 12 years until the gear box finally died last year!

 

 

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Modelling grump. A complacent, know-it-all attitude lead me to do a really bodged paint job. And I've run out of the red I was using. Hopefully a sanding tomorrow or it's the old repaint.🤬

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On 25/09/2021 at 12:40, Bullbasket said:

All this reminds me of the Suez crisis in '56 (yes I'm old enough to remember it). Petrol prices shot up to six shillings a gallon (that's 30 pence in today's money), and there were shortages. The Daily Express used to have a cartoonist by the name of Giles. His cartoons were brilliant. The one that he did for the Suez fuel shortage depicted a road tanker with no markings on it, with car behind it with  little old man driving it. The tanker driver has stopped, and walked back to the car and says, "You've been following me for the last 50 miles, and I think that it's only fair to tell you that I'm carrying milk!"

 

John.

It's deja vu all over again. On the news this morning, a tanker driver carrying mortar had a trail of cars behind him thinking that he was carrying fuel. When he got to his depot and got out to speak to the the drivers, apparently one of them turned around and said "You could have told us that you weren't carrying fuel!" Just how thick are some of these idiots. Does a bulk tanker for carrying materials like mortar, look anything like a fuel tanker?

 

John.

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Reminds me of the old Russell Brockbank cartoon in (I think) Punch. The monstrous Yank Tank is lined up at the petrol pump, and the bowser boy (Remember them? You must be as decrepit as I am ...) doing the filling job is saying to the driver: "Would you mind turning it off, sir? I can't keep up!"

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On 6/24/2021 at 6:48 PM, JohnT said:

will leave it to the techy minded to explain if it’s good or bad coming down the line. 

 

I'm sure its an amazing thing for Microsoft's profit margins. Still... progress, eh?

 

Chris. 

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On 30/09/2021 at 15:00, TonyOD said:

Filling station lunacy.

The woman in front queued up to put a tenner's worth of fuel. What was the point? (She got it spot on 10.00 so I'll give her that😀.)

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7 minutes ago, Stef N. said:

The woman in front queued up to put a tenner's worth of fuel. What was the point? (She got it spot on 10.00 so I'll give her that😀.)

Saw a good analysis the other day that demonstrated that if controls were to be introduced it would be better to enforce a minimum rather than a maximum spend. This would result in fewer people filling up less often which is essentially the normal situation. Of course there would be a downside in that some people have to live hand to mouth in terms of fuel as well as rent and food so as usual those who are already disadvantaged would end up with more problems.

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Thanks Pigpen, that's an interesting idea.👍 I know one supermarket near me has a £30 limit, which means it always has fuel but there is a constant queue, while another has no limit but goes from one extreme to the other.

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Right, here goes! 
just boarded a train at Brighton on our way home to Newcastle. Let’s thinks this through for a minute

 

1/ Brighton - popular tourist resort - check

2/ Football on last night - check

3/ A lot of people relocating Sunday morning - check

4/ a lot of those folks (us) have a lot of luggage - check

5/ This train will stop at Gatwick - check 

 

So stand up and take a bow the genius who put this train on with NO LUGGAGE STOWAGE???

 

rant mode off

SD

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3 minutes ago, Swamp Donkey said:

just boarded a train at Brighton on our way home to Newcastle.

On a Sunday?! You're lucky to have a train at all!

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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1 minute ago, ckw said:

On a Sunday?! You're lucky to have a train at all!

 

Cheers

 

Colin

Regrettably, that is all too true! Replacement buses, now you’re talking

 

SD 

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On 02/10/2021 at 08:18, Bullbasket said:

 Does a bulk tanker for carrying materials like mortar, look anything like a fuel tanker?

 

John.


To be fair can’t really blame them. They were brought up by their Dads telling them a Hurricane is a Spitfire :D

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