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  1. Something up with editing quotes. Sorry it looked OK in preview...
  2. [quote user="Badger LX"]l.......

    "......

    ....Legrand & other major manufacturers of fittings for domestic

    installation in France) have introduced colour coding to their ranges.

    Lo & behold, the live is on the right! In the absence of any more

    official information this move is as good as it gets.

    Whilst

    ....."

    [/quote]

    Sorry Should have checked the quote before posting......

    I always thought so too and I an gratefully corrected as I thought I was losing it. The 5 year old Norvika (modular) ones I connected up a few months ago were clearly marked 'N' on the right but no 'L' mark to be found. So I went around the village and tested sockets using a decent 16/17th edition UK MFT in 2 other houses to find mixed polarity in both. Norvika have since changed the moulding on these and the new ones appear to have no marking at all.

  3. [quote user="Badger LX"]... Well, in recent

    times Legrand & other major manufacturers of fittings for domestic

    installation in France) have introduced colour coding to their ranges.

    Lo & behold, the live is on the right! In the absence of any more

    official information this move is as good as it gets.

    Whilst

    agreeing that in terms of physics the polarity does not matter it is

    really bad practice to mix things up in the same installation. What

    leads, adaptors etc. then do is whatever they do, but at least an

    installation should be correct."

    [/quote]

    I always thought so too and I an gratefully corrected as I thought I was losing it. The 5 year old Norvika (modular) ones I connected up a few months ago were clearly marked 'N' on the right but no 'L' mark to be found. So I went around the village and tested sockets using a decent 16/17th edition UK MFT in 2 other houses to find mixed polarity in both. Norvika have since changed the moulding on these and the new ones appear to have no marking at all.
  4. we used a purpose spray paint for a ceiling stain from an old chimney. It was quite expensive at around 12.00 but 2 years later it still seems to be OK.
  5. We stripped our very old south facing softwood shutters with a hot air gun and shave hook back to bare wood, Thoroughly sanded and repaired with wood filler and applied 1 coat of water based primer and 2 coats of 'Renulac' gloss shutter paint. After 4 years, no sign of blistering or flaking but it has lost the gloss finish.
  6. Thanks stan. I think I've got this.

    So, the viewing cards stay the same so there's no need to go through the telephone procedure the engineer does when he first installed the box to "register" the card to the box. The info the box needs to tell it which channels to allow to be viewed is sent via satelite, not by reprogramming the chip on the card, by the telephone link direct to the box, or the installation engineer. Just the account details change, all the hardware and veiwing cards remain exactly the same.
  7. I think that, for France, but not necessarily for other countries that use this socket, with the earth pin at the top, the live is on the left, unlike the UK where the live is on the right. As travel type adaptors bought in the UK are not for UK use they are not required to conform to any particular standard, so a UK tester in an travel adaptor would likely indicate the incorect polarity.

  8. Slightly OT but the UK square 3 pin plug could be soon discontinued. There have been murmours from the UK regulatory bodies for some years now, and "ring main" needing the 13A fused plug is now considered 'old school'. I understand the French/Euro plug is most likely to replace it. The old (arguably better) UK 15A round pin plug is still not 'dead', however, even after 50 years, so I'm not holding my breath yet.
  9. Thanks.

    My main concern is that we may be entering into a new contract and, with it, a new obligation to keep the phone line attached. As it stands we are out of this contract obligation. We also may need to register the "new" card with the box, which we cannot do over the phone in France, so we would presumably have to bring the box back to the UK?

  10. In my book, either is fine for a light duty 2 core cable as found on a battery charger.

    The risk factors are more to do with the integrity of how the plug is wired, rather than the plug itself.
  11. OK so I'm sure this has already been covered but I've tried to seach without luck...

    Please could anyone suggest the best way of doing this:

    We live in UK and have a bolt hole SW France we visit 8 times a year.

    3 years ago, we upgraded our UK SKY TV to SKY+ connected to the BT line and multiroomed our old (non +) box, also originally connected to the BT line. We have the standard SKY package with movies. We took the multiroom standard box to France and installed a new dish and we watch the same channels in France as we do in the UK, weather permitting.

    This costs us £600 per year and it has to be reduced. We want to drop movies altogether and just have the standard entertainment pack with Discovery in the UK, and the equivalent of Sky freesat in France.

    Is this possible without opening a can of worms or bringing the multiroom box back to the UK?

    Thanks

    Steve
  12. It depends where you are and what channels you watch.

    This shows europe coverage and dish sizes for the 3 satellites sky uses.

    http://www.brittany-satellites.com/astra_footprint.php

  13. You can get a cheap sat signal strength meter from ebay which makes getting the dish position right a lot easier if you can't see the screen. Not fantastically accurate but I found it helped al lot. I agree with JohnRoss, rotating the LNB makes all the difference. but relying on someone else watching and shouting up the delayed result of your tiniest change is very difficult, particularly as even the smallest flex in the dish makes quite a difference.
  14. [quote user="LEO"]While watching soaps[/quote]

    or Deadliest Catch!
  15. I agree. But I have seen sockets that would enable a telley to be balanced on the end of the bath in such a way so that one could change channels with a toe...
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