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  1. Hi everyone

    A local factory unit has recently installed a centrifugal dust extractor, it is a sawmill. This extractor operates 12 hours a day and the exhaust emits a loud droning noise which carries for miles. I intend sending them a polite letter asking them to modify it to quieten it. If this doesnt succeed where do I go next ? In England I would go to the local environmental health dept. at the council, but where do I go in France ? I am hoping the letter will suffice but just in case where do I go ? Thanks to all who help


  2. Hi everyone

    Can anyone help with a tricky computer problem ? The story so far :  The hard disk packed up, so I replaced it. Set it up on the BIOS, re-installed XP and now all works again. Only problem I have is with the internal 56k dial up modem. It no longer dials, but displays a message saying the modem is not connected. I did not have the original driver for it so used a generic one from the OS. I had to set up the connection again, put in dial up number ( Orange ) name and password but nothing. Have I missed doing something ?

    Cant use someone elses Computer for internet forever !

    Thanks to all

  3. In the UK, by law, you are not allowed to park on the highway unless in a marked bay. Thus, if you park your car outside your house it can be removed at any time by the Police if they see fit. People think that if there are no restrctions i.e. yellow lines etc. that you can park anywhere, this is a popular misconception, I know I was caught out by it..Is this the general rule in France ?



    Hi everyone

    Just thought I would start a debate. Nearly finished the rewire of our old house. Can anyone tell me two things :

    Why do they not make an internally connected double plug socket, it`s such a pain putting two together, the boxes are so small. I think they assume that all electricians are midgets or small children.

    Why are the sockets not available switched ? in these days when we are being urged not to leave things on standby etc. isnt it time they did ?

    One reflection: I know the sockets work OK, but I dont like that big metal spike sticking out waiting for little fingers to touch it, these sockets are so flimsy, if there should be an internal short ..................

    What do you think ??

    Regards to all


  5. Thanks Lurcherleans

    He is an old dog, not many years left but seems a shame to cut him short.

    Hope the missus doesnt put me down when she gets fed up with me !!

    Best wishes



  6. Hi Dotty

    We couldnt find them in France either. A friend posted them from the UK to us, about £5 each I think, any horse feed supplier should have them. I would perhaps not use them for goats ( we use them for our sheep ) as they are basically made from string and will be chewed if I know goats. When we had goats ( never again !! ) I bought some weldmesh and cut and bent it to the rough shape.

    Best of luck

    John & Sue

  7. Hi everyone

    Our house did not have a first floor, you looked straight up at the underside of the roof. The necessary beams have been installed by a french artisan ( after a years wait ) and its now time to fit the floor joists, which I will do myself. Can anyone advise me on the correct dimensions of the joists also the spacing between, do they have to be thicker where the bathrooms will be ? Most of the joists will end up being 3.5 metres long approx.

    Thanks for your help


  8. Hi everyone

    I cant find the answer to this in a search so here goes

    We have friends in UK who are divorcing and they cant find anyone to take their dog, if they cant it will be put to sleep.

    We would like to bring it over to live with our other dogs. What has to be done to make this possible ? It would never go back to the UK so its only the trip to France.

    Thanks for your help

    John & Sue

  9. Hi there

    When I lived in Wales people used to go up the ladder, chuck Lime all over the roof, preferably when it was damp, leave it for 24 hours and hose it off. Works a treat although if its really bad two goes at it might be necessary.

    Hope this helps



  10. I have settled on the bush cricket theory and let it go, saw another yesterday and managed to trap it and have a good look.

    Cassis, just a Dennis the Menace maniac, we have three cats, Dennis ( of course), Smiffy and Minnie. That tells you something.

    Looking forward to finishing the house so that all my Dennis collection can come out on display again.



  11. Dont panic !!!

    Perusing the veg. patch today we came upon a huge insect. It was about 4 inches long and looked like a giant cricket but bright green.

    I guessed it was probably a locust blown on the wind from somewhere, anyone got any ideas ??

    John & Sue ( keeping a watchful eye out for swarms of locusts )

  12. Hi everyone

    I am installing our new cooker soon which has a gas hob with an electric fan oven. Am I right in saying that as it only has an electric oven I can use 2.5mm wiring and 20 amp socket with a 20amp disjoncteur. Does it need to be wired to the AC or A interrupteur?

    Thanks for all help.


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