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  1. Many thanks for that Nick. [:)]  I had a look at the meter outside to check the wiring there.   It is a new one with an lcd screen showing the 6 readings and also a lot of settings, all controlled by 2 blue buttons.   I tried the second button showing the settings and one of them said 'eau 0', so I played with the buttons and managed to change it to 'eau 1'.  The switch can now be moved from auto and the water only heats when in the 1 position, so I am waiting for 10 pm to see if it comes on then.   I am hoping that either I or the meter reader changed it by mistake, I am surprised you can do that.
  2. I have one of those switches for my chauffe eau, which has three positions, off auto and on. I noticed that the water was heating during the day, although the switch was on auto. The switch was also noisy so I bought a new one and fitted it, connecting the 6 wires as before. This did not solve the problem. When the 2 amp circuit breaker is on, the switch will only stay in the auto position and won't even turn off. The heater is then on all the time. If I turn off the circuit breaker, the switch can be put to any position, but then will only heat the water in the on position, i.e. never if on auto. I have a feeling it may have been like this since we changed to Tempo last year, from heures pleines/heures creuses. I would be grateful for any ideas. It has me beaten.
  3. [quote user="dreamer"] Also, has anyone had one of those seemingly very expensive all-year-round covers fitted?  Are they worth the money and any ideas on cost and a local company to supply/fit one?  Many thanks.[/quote] Not sure what you have in mind here, but if you mean an abri, bear in mind that you should achieve a discount of some 30% if you deal direct with a manufacturer such as Abrisud, rather than a local pool store. Cost depends on size, but maybe 7000€ for a 9 * 4 metre pool. A roller cover would maybe cost you around 3000€ but is unlikely to help heat the water.
  4. Oh come on, they have to spend your taxes somehow.[;-)]
  5. We called in to a Banc Populaire branch and opened a non resident account using a UK address.   This was done during our visit and I think we collected the chequebook a few days later.   After we moved in here we just changed the address.   All very easy.[:)]
  6. I don't know whether you can read French, but if you can there is a forum where all these things are discussed: [url=]http://www.eauplaisir.com/annuaire/forums/index.php[/url]
  7. Yes ShieldsUp is a useful check, especially their LeakTest.   If you pass that you have a good firewall.
  8. Well I would have liked to see a firewall mentioned and it is surprising what you find when running this: http://secunia.com/software_inspector/
  9. Hi tel, This was in North Wales.   It was a new house and our water bill turned out to be from next door's meter and vice versa, we eventually got a £400 refund.   The electric bill with our name was addressed to two doors along with their reading.   The gas bill was not from our meter reading either and we were pursued by debt collectors for refusing to pay their overcharge. Finally the direct debits took ages to be operated correctly. After we left there we again had the debt collectors after us for the final gas bill, even though they had taken the payment by direct debit.   They were running up our UK mobile phone bill while we were in France.   In the end they apologised and sent a compensation cheque.
  10. [quote user="ErnieY"]Why any sort of right thinking rational person responds to these is what astounds me, yet respond they do hence the scamsters persist [8-)] [/quote] Yes Ernie, there are a lot of bad guys around  and a lot of people who don't think, so need protecting from their own stupidity.   I decided to have a look at this redirect site as I have very good protection.   Site Adviser has blocked my access to it and showed it as a scam, so it would not have tricked anyone with that program installed. I was looking at the Protecting Your Computer FAQs, which seems to be completely out of date and even dangerous.   I wonder what you think? I wouldn't dream of advising anyone to use HiJack This without expert guidance for instance.
  11. Well maybe everyone is not so quick thinking as you Ernie, lol. Some of us older ones need all the help we can get!(to keep us out of trouble)
  12. I didn't go there either John, but I looked to see where it was pointing and it was a redirect to what seemed to be a gambling site.
  13. I have 2 free programs installed which can stop you being caught by these: www.siteadvisor.com/ www.vengine.com/ Either of these can show you if a site is genuine.
  14. Hi John, did you put your mouse over the link at the bottom, showing where it would take you? Sounds very nasty!
  15. Fiona, the one we had could be adjusted for sensitivity, but you have to take the top off it to find the adjuster.
  16. Maybe the seller is an honorable person who doesn't believe in gazumping.
  17. When I was having adsl problems I spoke to FT for free as a telephone problem, they seemed to be able to handle that and ran a test on my line during the free call. They did say that the problem was within the house and they would charge me if they came out and it was so.   I said I would try to deal with it myself first. The problem seemed to be intermittent so I had a look at the wiring and found that the ADSL filters had some corrosion.   I don't know why as there does not seem to be damp around. Having emery papered them and given a squirt of WD40, I have not lost connection since and it was a few weeks ago.
  18. As the penalty is so severe, I doubt whether the risk is worth taking. An alarm can only work if someone is there to do something about it.   As we are sometimes away, we decided to remove ours and have an abri which we can lock and forget. However the fact that an alarm is fitted, presumably complies with the legal requirenent, which is probably why the locals think it is a stupid bit of political nonsence. The river in front of our house doesn't have a fence, so I would think an unattended child would probably drown in that before getting to us.   The people in this village look after their small children.
  19. You will need this process if you ever want to uninstall your Fuji software, but not until then. The following quote comes from auditmypc.com. regshave.exe - Here is the scoop on Registry Shaver as it pertains to computer network security. The big question: what is regshave.exe and is it spyware, a trojan and if so, how do I get rid of Registry Shaver? regshave.exe (Registry Shaver) - Details The regshave.exe process is used when you uninstall Fuji drivers. It will clean up any unneeded registry entries that were installed when the Fuji drivers were loaded. If this process causes problems for your system it should be terminated. Be warned though, that terminating it before it has completed its task will result in redundent registry settings. regshave.exe is an application that does NOT appear to be a security risk
  20. When we bought our house, we called at the EDF and Water offices with the seller on the takeover day and gave them the readings.   At the same time we gave them the RIB for direct debit and had the accounts transferred to us.   In the UK it took 2 years to get it all up and running, but here it was instant. If they are too far away I imagine a letter would do the same.
  21. There is no special speed limit for a caravan, it is the same as for a car on it's own, so I would presume that any trailer is the same, unless there are limits for unbraked trailers.
  22. The fact that the pipes go down and then up again should not change the flow through the pump, as a syphon depends on the relative heights of the two ends.   But maybe a great length of pipework would cause increased resistance.
  23. Yes another vote for Avast free, there is no need to pay for security.   I am using Comodo Antivirus beta, but would not suggest that until it is out of beta, although it is on public release and stable. However the Comodo firewall, CPF 2 is now as good as any and I would certainly recommend that.   CPF 3  will be even better and I am beta testing it at the moment, but it still needs a lot of development and can cause problems. Comodo now also have BOClean, which is now free and runs quietly.   Anyone concerned about trojans and theft of bank passwords etc. could do a lot worse than use that as well.
  24. Yes we too are in a small village outside Carcassonne, but not the same one unless you are hiding John. Not many British here just to the north east of it near Conques.   Haven't seen your glider passing, so I guess you are the other side.
  25. That sounds like normal evaporation to me.   Try filling a bucket with water, putting it near the pool and see how much that drops.   If it is similar you cannot have a problem. The filtering all depends on how much rubbish is going into it.   We rarely need to clean ours as we have an abri and clean the bottom with a robot.
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