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  1. I have acquired a 300 L tank for a solar heating system. I've taken the inspection panel off the top to try to identify the various 1" and 1 1/4" inlet and outlet pipes. inside is a coil which appears to be 1", which runs from the top (well as near as is practical after the dome) to about a third of the way down. This has a centre tapping. There is a direct tapping right at the top, and another right at the bottom (plus a drain tapping underneath, and an anode set into the dome) Given that the coil is at the top, I deduce it is for drawing heat from the body of tank water rather than for supplying heat to it, therefore the top and bottom must be the pumped flow/return to the panel. Q1 - Which way does the DHW in the coil flow - top in or top out? Q2 - What is the coil's centre tapping for? (it seems to have a non-return valve in line with it) Q3 - peering into the tank from the top, there is a hollow square-section steel thingy running vertically from top to (I presume) the bottom, surrounding it, a little lower than halfway down, is a sort of bell-shaped structure about the size of a small dinner plate. This is the reason I can't see to determine if the square section steel goes to the bottom or not, or indeed of the bell thing is actually a bell or a ball shape. What on earth is this for? Some sort of layering device perhaps? It's entirely separate from the anode. No usable information label remains on the tank exterior, so looking for a manufacturer is out of the question. Anyone with a similar sort of setup able to tell me how their plumber fitted it?
  2. Does anyone know where the brain of a Peugeot 308's wiper/rain detection system live? I'm assuming it in the nacelle on the windscreen, but I've no real idea. My 308 has taken it into its head to spontaneously turn on its wipers sometime during the night, while both off and locked. All the more alarming because it normally needs both the ignition on, and and the stick moved to prime the detection circuit. From a cursory poke around the web, it doesn't seem to be a common problem. (just my luck!) p
  3. So I'm confused now... will we immigrants from that 19th century island off the coast of Europe need, at some stage to upgrade to the new i.d card, or will our CdS's (when we finally get them) be sufficient?

    And while you're all here...

    My friend who doesn't speak a lot of French recently went to the S/Prefecture for the fingerprinting etc. and signed her MAIDEN name.

    Quite apart from the fact that it won't now serve to confirm her identity alongside her driver's licence/bank card/cheque book/passport etc, it's not actually her legal name!

    Has she just misunderstood the process or is this some mad French Bureaucratic quirk?

  4. My usual cri du cœur in the 2nd week in May:

    In which box on 2047 do I put UK shares dividends (which are gross, of course) ?

    It seems less obvious each year, or maybe* I'm just getting dimmer and dimmer each year!

    * not much 'maybe' about it actually
  5. [quote user="Robson"]Replying to my above post. I just got through, and was told a rate of 1.14.[/quote]

    I'm fairly certain that's the rate I used last year. If your tax office is anything like ours, I wouldn't put it past them to be giving out 2019 for 20 data.

    Belvins Franks website is saying £1 : €1.125 which is what I propose to use.
  6. Yes!!!, those are the very things.... Thanks.
  7. Can anyone tell me the name of those metal spikes which builder's use to temporarily support something like a beam against a wall.

    They are usually about 20-30 cms long, with a loose, captured bar at right-angles to the spike. The spike is hammered into the wall, the bean (or whatever) is offered up to the wall, the bar it then hammered into place and wedges the beam against the wall.

    I don't know what they are called in English, let alone French!

    I've had about half a dozen of them gathering dust in a corner of the barn for about 10 years, and - typically the moment I need them (to mount 10, 4-metre lengths of 50x150) They are nowhere to be seen, but I bet I can order them online. Or at least I could if I know what they were called!
  8. Does anyone have a manufacturer website for PV 13 Tuiles mechanique?

    I need to know the minimum acceptable slope for a roof I'm replacing on a conservatory. It's 8 m wide and 4 m deep, and currently is half-and-half metal sheets and polycarbonate.

    Because it's directly west facing and glass on three side walls even with only half of the roof transparent it's too hot to use for most of the summer, so I'm planning to take off the polycarbonate.

    Plan 1 was to replace this with more of the cream-coloured Bacacier sheets. However they seem to have stopped making the cream (beige, they call it) version, and mix-and-match colours would look awful, so plan 2 is to replace the lot with PV 13 to match the house and barn. they have the traditional 30 - 45 degree slope, but because of window openings on the attached wall I can't achieve anything like that for the conservatory. I haven't measured it properly, but it's probably only about 10 or 15 degrees which intuitively feel too slight for a roof looking at the prevailing wind (and rain) direction.

    Now if only I had a spec sheet.....
  9. I *did* manage to locate the steering wheel, but not before my right knee had 'located' the lever to raise/lower the steering column. My much shorter wife pulls the seat so far forward I think even our cocker spaniel could reach the pedals.

    One night last year, my friend and fellow chorister was stopped by the Gendames, while travelling home in his Freelander. A Breathalyzer was insisted upon when he admitted that he had been drinking, and in all probability was well over the limit. However it's never a good idea to wind up police when they're armed, so before they made a complete a*se of themselves, his (French) wife switched on the interior light and leaned over and suggested that they'd be better employed brethalizing her. She was, after all, the one sitting behind the wheel of this French-registered right-hand drive vehicle!

    She - designated driver - hadn't been drinking, of course
  10. There isn't a 'set units' anywhere in the system menu:

    time/date, language, keyboard, and a lot of cosmeticy things like the light levels etc. I don't think we are comparing the same ver. software.

    I'm convinced what I need is an 'under the bonnet' thing It's quite possible that these aren't even key combinations any more.

    The search continues !

  11. Alas no.

    It's the old version. That particular key combination has no effect on the 2020 ZE version.

    But thanks for trying...
  12. I'll happily keep you posted as we go along. The Zoe was bought as a replacement for a C1, basically for local pottering. We live in the top of the department so everywhere is about 30 kms to go shopping, or 100 or so to Chateauroux or Guret, or Limoges. It says it has 352kms range on it when @ 100%: I'm off to Limoges on Wednesday, I'll see how accurate that is!

    We have a Peugeot 308 for the long voyages: which we'll hang on to. I'm less concerned about getting to the coast from La Creuse, than the lack of recharge sites once we get off the boat in Plymouth. (Actually, I think I'd need to do a bit more research about how to get to Roscoff first!) I really don't think EV's will be that viable until every Campanille (say) has points you can book with the room, or indeed every E.LeClerc or Carrefour has a line of recharge bornes as routinely as they have filling stations.

  13. ...also it was the only car I've ever had with a tan (well, light-coloured anyway) dashboard. The windscreen was so near vertical in those days, they could fit them without there being a problem with reflection. Impossible these days. It's any colour you like as long as it's black.

    And another thing....

    Why would a company like TomTom, seemingly full of intelligent people, sit around a table and say, "here's a really good idea: let's make the rear case of our GPS units which are going to be sat behind a pane of glass in the blazing sun out of nice BLACK plastic, and then watch them get too hot to touch let alone charge." Brains the size of a planet, and yet they seem never to have heard of the greenhouse effect!

  14. Yeah, all this refers to the multimedia screen, which does have some duties other than multimedia (like charging settings and time delay etc) but is not the main dashboard. I already have this part in English, but the dash seems to be entirely separate. It shows things like the charge, kms left, hand brake on, kw used, door open etc..

    Also this link is to the 2015 Zoe handbook, the 2020 is quite a substantial revision so again different.

    I would be surprised if there was different software for different territories: I'll bet selecting language is part of the pre-delivery routine. Need to see a real person in a real dealership: but that may be a couple of week off yet.

    You can have your R4, Me? I'll take a cream-coloured R6 with tan upholstery and a front bench seat. That was the only other car I've bought new. I'm SO not a petrol-head, but I don't think I've ever loved anything more in my life!
  15. Hi Pomme, I'd love to say that works, but that the old version of the car. Doesn't work for the 2020 one. (indeed there's every chance that trying variations on this was how I buggered up the dash in the first place!)

    The multi media and - I suspect - the EMC have been revamped for the current version.

    Thanks anyway...
  16. I don't imagine anyone can help directly, but you might be able to point me in the right direction...

    New Renault Zoe ZE 110 bought (but not delivered) just before lockdown. Eventually got it from regional dealer rather than my local which is still closed.

    I'm convinced when I drove it away from the dealer the dash was configured for English, but in messing around trying to see a way of changing the KPH to MPH (in the fond hope that one day we'll get to visit the UK again), I seem to have reset it to French. The UK Renault dealers are no help,(with either of these) neither is the (UK) Zoe owner's club...It's hardly a matter of life and death, but will continue to bug me. any ideas?

    (I don't have to say that the owner's manual was written with the assumption that no Frenchman in their right mind would ever want to go to the UK - a view I find I'm aligning with more and more every time I turn on the news!)
  17. Ah, got it now. I was misreading, mis-attributing place of residence and ownership. Makes sense now!

    thanks!
  18. ...surely you just ask your insurer for a green card?
  19. Thank you all, that now makes sense.I had been putting them into 2047,

    Good to know I've been doing it wrong for years now!

    So all that remains to do it re-declare 4 UK banks.

    I added a fifth one in last year's submission, and this year they seem to have lost the four from the previous year.

    Bloody tedious. especially as not one of them generates a penny in interest!
  20. I've done our tax on line for about 8 or 9 years now, and I've never come across this glitch before.

    Boring, straight-forward UK pensions (private final salary + state pension, paid gross in euros) has ALWAYs gone into 1AS/1BA without problem. Now these are grey'd out, and the next possible box is !AM/1BM.

    Anyone else encountered this problem.

    Bit unnerving to fall at the first fence!

    paul

  21. I have a regulator on my incoming cold mains which chokes the flow pressure down to 3 bar, which is fine in terms of flow given that it's a big house with miles of 16mm PEC (which is therefore 12mm i.d.). However as soon as the taps are closed the STATIC pressure returns to the incoming 6 bar which makes both groupes de securitie dribble.

    All the pressure regulators I can find on line seem to be variations on the same theme.

    How do I get round this problem?

    p

  22. Yes, thanks for that. A bit more investigation leads me to think that there is nothing wrong with the cut-out - as you sat, the button moves in and out with no resistance which I think would be the case if it was latched and working. Volts to the spark generator to light the pilot, and available on various connectors, but without a proper circuit diagram to do a proper fault find, I think I'll leave it to an engineer.

    On the subject of pilots... I think you are confusing the two systems:

    older types have a PERMANENT pilot, which serves both to light the main burner, and (via the thermocouple) permit the gas valve to open on demand.

    With the other type, the burner lights each time with a spark which continues until some device (a type of thermocouple I assume) confirms the flame is lit at which time it either stops sparking, or shuts down.
  23. Anyone out there with a Franco-Belge gas boiler? If so does the little resettable fuse (under the screw cover) on the front panel actually 'click' when reset?

    In one of the houses I look after, the boiler was out (as was the pilot), and the circuit to it dead. organised temporary volts (until I find where the fuse board is hidden) re-lit the pilot, but still no life. Given that it's a combi, I would expect it to fire up and heat the DHW even if the room stat wasn't calling.

    I'm beginning to think the house has had some sort of storm 'episode' as the boiler would be the only thing not unplugged during the owner's absence.

    So anyway, the resettable fuse thingy pushes in, but does't feel like it's resetting anything. is this right?
  24. Having got my internet connection back at last, I'm hoping it will hang on in there long enough to finish and file my 2017 impots before tonight's midnight deadline.

    2 questions: -

    1 / - can anyone think of a reason why  having put shares dividend (now gross of course) in box 2DC of 2047, - and only in that box - it doesn't seem to be reflected in the final calculations (I've looked at the final calcs before and after adding the dividend data) ?

    and 2/ - where does building society interest go these days?

    many thanks

    p

  25. I'm sure your right - much easier to deal with a catastrophic failure than a damned intermittent fault. It's about 10 years old so it's possibly chaffed wiring shorting, or the heater element going short-circuit (though unlikely given when in the cycle it died). Those sort of things are a doddle to fault-find compared to a circuit board nightmare. If it's the motor, though, then they're so expensive it's not worth the time and effort getting it out and a new one in. 21st C. built-in obsolescence and all that. Despite it being in the middle of the night, the mains failure woke me up and I got to the machine (by a process of elimination) in a couple of minutes, and there was no smell of burning, or hot mica circuit board, nor any water on the floor.... we'll see when I have the time to work on it. Unfortunately it has a plumbed-in gas tumble dryer sitting on top of it, so taking the top off will be preceeded by a good deal of furniture removing!

    [quote user="Chancer"]

    Gyn Paul

     

    If you want to repair the machine it might be very cheap and simple, my domestic one would make a huge bang and trip the breaker and ID, then be OK, then do it again, I thought it was the element because it did it more on hot washes, turned out to be the RF capacitor had exploded and was disembowelled and every now and then the alu tape would touch metal and make fireworks again, 5 seconds to remove and worked fine without it, £2 for a new one to replace later.

    [/quote]
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