December 24, 2017URGENT Product RecallsB&Q and Wilko have issued Product Recalls on remote-controlled 3-pin mains sockets and Euro to 2-pin converters, respectively. See article.https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/12/bq-and-wilko-issue-product- recalls-for-fire-risk-plugs/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoRbHYJAwisI think it's appropriate to remind everyone at this time that plug- top devices containing electronics, especially power supplies ("mains droppers"), and chargers should be used with caution. There are many cheap imports flooding into the UK - especially via eBay - and some are potentially dangerous. Make sure that, wherever you plug these devices in, there is no curtain, furniture material or Christmas Tree nearby to catch fire. Protect the carpet, below, with a ceramic tile or plate that will catch dripping plastic safely."Fairy Lights" are especially prone to problems. Many of the dangerous imports run directly off mains voltage and have poor insulation and no safety isolation. The safest lights are those which run off a low-voltage power supply. This type usually has much thicker wire than the direct-mains type. Please be sure to remove power when not in use (a timer is handy) and keep them out of the reach of children.Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Christmas!Bob
Have any of you gardeners out there gotten any experience of using the above french- inspired soil-breaking alternative to spades, forks etc...........if you haven't seen one, itsa ( loosely) like an extrawide garden fork with the spikes and its double shated handles set at an angle such that you can break up the soil without the often back-breaking effort of turning over every spadeful..........an increasing concern as your green fingers begin to age.They don't seen very cheap, but DO the advantages outweigh the financial outlay?Anybody have a considered view?
Have just found that in the loft of our old stone house is an electrically powered extractor fan. It has several connection ports but three are connected. One to the bathroom and the other two to bedrooms.It would seem this is permanently running but a switch in bathroom increases its speed.Does anyone know if this is the norm? I can understand it helps the old house breath but must also extract warm air generated by our central heating and woodburner. The loft is very well insulated after recent restoration so I guess this was planned?Thank youMarkCoivert17330
A while back we bought an enamel bath (Bette- made in Germany) as it seemed a good idea at the time. In the fitting, tiling etc it was chipped when something was dropped on it (only a glass jar which did not break!) and the enamel was damaged around the plug hole. I have painted, and re-painted enamel paint on it (in a small tube) from a DIY shop, but it is not at all good and I worry that the bath may be rusting out of sight and need someone to fix it professionally Anyone with any ideas- or knowledge of a professional but near Poitiers please? Many thanks in advance. FB
Septic Tank. We still have an old metal septic tank (just a holding tank) with a filter bucket (full of porous/ceramic rocks ??) tank in front of it. This tank serves just two toilets from our house. As we have three separate gites, these all have a modern sewage/grey water system that pumps the final effluent into a large filter bed system. Our grey water also travels through this modern system.Is anyone aware of a small, cheaper solution for our house toilet waste-water system, whereby we do not have to have the tank emptied every 5 months at a cost of nearly 300 euros. (maybe we can have a set up that finally pumps the waste to the existing filter beds)If there is a cheaper long term solution can this be installed by a building contractor after buying equipment myself?Thank you for any assistance.Mark
We decided to change our boiler last year and wanted a Buderus but the plumber ( name on request)we were using said that you couldn't get the parts but that Frisquet were very reliable and he could fit one in two weeks. It broke down 20+ times in the first 3 months and he tried to blame everyone but himself. The job is still not complete. Does any one have experience of Frisquet boilers.Thank you.
We moved to Coivert 17330 area of Charente Maritime a couple of years ago and eventually had our house and two sites set up to receive UK tv via Satellite Freeview. (Because of trees near our house we had to have satellite dish moved to get better all year reception)We would now like to get French terrestrial tv set up (TNT) and was hoping this would be simply by adding aerial to house (The gites already have one installed) and connecting coaxial cable to back of TVs. The TVs were bought over from UK and although HD have been told they may need de-coders to accept input.We have approached local French shops but the quotations have come in listing Satellite dishes, antennae etc etc with exorbitant prices.If this is all that is required, does anyone know of a suitably experienced/qualified person who can attend to this work for us.Thank youMark
We recently moved into SW France and the property has a recently installed Septic Fosse. As I know very little about the design/set up of these systems can anyone help with the following:1. It would seem that the green plastic push on lids have lost the swivel clamp screw/plate that secures them in place. Do these form a better seal as well as preventing easy access? (If not can anything else be used to seal?) Are these securing plates/screws easily available?2. Can anyone recommend a website that will give some information to how these systems work and whether there is any regular servicing I can do to benefit their working. Thank youMark 17330.