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  1. Cheers Theiere... luckily I had all winter to contemplate
  2. Okay.. so solved with an iron bar and a bit of force. Put some wd40 on the screw part and put it back on...
  3. Hi All How do I get the cover off the sand filter, if it is stuck. In stuck I mean it turns freely to open position... there is a lot of give... but it wont lift off... The filter has been winterised.. and so has no water and the tap at the bottom is open. Im guessiing the turning of the lock on the top of the cover somehow allows air to pass between the cover and the body and although the lock turns easily, it does not create the gap needed. I have had this happen before and the last time I had to call a guy out, so I am hoping I can resolve it myself. Cheers Oz
  4. Until half way through I was eager to write absolutley right... its what I have done ever since first educated by thiere many years ago. And my pool has always been impecable due to following those rules... Then, the other half... you completely lost me... but hey... for now I am worryless. Glad you are still posting great stuff!!
  5. Requirement 1: What on earth is happening up there.... --------------- Sorry to say this but the benefits for using this forum has just been wiped away... It is a shame that valuable content can be made unusable by front end incompetence.  Good bye from me unless someone does a requirements assessment from the users(us). --------------
  6. Sorry to say this but the benefits for using this forum has just been wiped away... It is a shame that valuable content can be made unusable by front end incompetence.  Good bye from me unless someone does a requirements assessment from the users(us).
  7. Hi All What do you do about frogs in the pool... and all the other little insects... I found this which via amazon.com will ship to france. http://shop.critterskimmer.com/Round-Critter-Skimmer-9-in-RO-002.htm The problem is that they do a 9inch or 10inch and my pool is a 7.5inches inside/ 8.5inchs outside. I did find this also on amazon.com which might do the trick but is less descret. Swimline Froglog Tm Oz
  8. I agree that booking.com is good for our advertising too.  They offer a good friendly and knowledgable service and their extranet is well designed. We get lots of reservations via them and lots too (especially the French) that find us there but choose to book direct; some of our French clients being socialists have a grudge about a big company taking from the poor and keeping for themselves.  In contrary, we get lots of brits/US that trawl our website and then book via booking.com because it is in their nature to(a little bit less thought for the individual): Generalising a bit... My one qualm is that their is a higher percentage of miserable clients that we get from them.  I attribute this to the fact that they dont do the reseach, just click a button to book and then turn up a bit bewildered.  Our direct clients have done the reseach, know what to expect and generally turn up more that happy. I would reccommend that accommodations that use booking.com make as much contact with the client as possible... so break the ice before they arrive. You can get onto tripadvisor by using the site hotelettings.  You adverise there and it will but added automatically to tripadvisor.  It costs 3% commission.  So, free if you dont get bookings.
  9. So.. in the end I went for a Netgear WN3000RP-200FRS.  It works perfectly fine and very easy set up. My personal problem is that it will not reach from 1 building to another(20 metres of outside space in between), and in the building where it does work the original router signal is as strong(3 stories up). So, for the moment I dont have a viable use for it but I am sure I will find one. Btw: It can not only connect to the router wifi but also to any of my devolo cpl extenders. All the cpl extenders are large distances appart in different builiding and generally work really really well.
  10. Should that not read 'welcome to our L'
  11. Our store has already changed.. since Jan this year.  exactly the same but yellow. I like the store.. bit like arkwrights ...open all hours. Everything you need but bit of a ripoff.
  12. oddly enough I have it open already in c discount.   good reviews and promo.   So all good news. 
  13. There seems to be a bit of confusion on the net what is what... For my simple terms, externder (signal travels through the wiring), repeater (travels through the air). The situation: I have 4 wifi extenders (devolo) which work very well except in the unusual case when edf play with the wiring.. such as last week. I would like to add to all this a wifi repeater, becuase; 1) If the wiring has problems I still have an extended wifi signal. 2) So that it can all work together, 4 extra different ssid's with the main router that has an extended wifi signal. My questions are, 1) Can I have a mixture of extenders and repeaters 2) How does a repeater work.. does it attach with a long wire to the router or is it just plugged in with 50% wifi range and will extend the signal. 3) What one would you recmmend. Thanks in advance Osie
  14. I have a very similar setup.... department 46(or extremely close), humax, 90cm dish.  All HD and other signals were and are working fine.
  15. Just noticed that the stuff I mentioned above is on the watco.co.uk site at 70% off... I would buy a load more but for transport problems.
  16. The end result was that the maplin where I was did not have it and the guy in there suggested it was more of a hobby toy than something that would work properly.  In the end, and quite luckily, I found another mat from conrad.fr(code 1168581 - 62).  They didnt have them before.  You can adjust the loudness of the bell and it seems to be a good product... with a good range.... So, all in all... I am sticking with the mat.
  17. Well... 3 months down the line and I am none the wiser.  well, a bit.  I am fairly adamant they come from inbetween the opening of the windows. I bought a seal that can be put around windows but that has not had much effect.  I have put masking tape round all the windows but I could swear I see the odd few slide from under the masking tape. There are occasions when only lady birds find a hole big enough but after a few days some flies manage to get in too. btw: there was another window in another builiding that was left ajar all winter and there were hundreds in the door frame, brick work.. all over the place... One spray can of fly killer and they are now, no more. So my guess... is that they are coming through the gaps in the window(although there are no gaps), and gaps between the window frame and window(where there may be tiny hidden gaps)... and there are alot as they are all asleep in the roof space.  I should bomb the roof space but it is a bit tricky to access.... and be now I am hoping they all disappear soon anyway till next autumn.
  18. I have a 'Multirisque Professionnelle Contact' but I cant add to much else.   The 2 points that come to mind is that there were optional clauses for me and as I passed them it meant that I managed to reduce the insurace cost.  A few to mention was, getting the extinguishers certified yearly getting the boiler checked yearly and not having an outside bin resting against the wall.  It might be worth asking if these additions can reduce your insurance. The other point with booking.com is that the few times we had difficulties to fulfill a reservation we just phoned the person and they were perfectly happy to cancel and book somewhere else.  The alternative is you put them up somewhere near where the price is the same or you agree with the other accommodation to do it for the same price you quoted.... nevertheless it is a worry to not end up in this situation in the first place.
  19. Custard tarts, I think you need to blind bake... and why not.  If it goes wrong at this stage just bin it. You can eggwash and bake for 5mins more the inside of the casing to make sure no custard seeps out Blind bake at 200c. Pour in custard and bake at a much lower temperature 120c-140c. I always salt(the big salt which is fantastic in France) from the beginning, middle, and then again at the end.  I find that salt helps when frying for example and if the food tastes good from the beginning then you got a good chance it will taste good at the end.  My understanding is that the salt does not penetrate the food.. on the contray it stops water going into the food.  I put lots of salt when boiling and wash it off afterwards.
  20. I bought a load of this stuff  http://www.watco.co.uk/watco-safety-grip.html and it is still working after about 4 years.  It is on sleepers that are used as external steps and is very good. I should mention that I got it half price and so maybe waiting for a promotion might be a good idea.  They have a French site but that was very pricey.
  21. How about a test with the 3rd one.... Magret de canard séché You can do the same with salmon to make cured salmon (sort of smoked salmon). Could save a fortune!
  22. Aiguillettes de canard dont have fat... they are thin enough to be able to cook without the protection
  23. That changes quite alot.... I have never seen a magret without skin. In that case I would either ; 1) cut into cubes and add to a stirfry... with some staranise if you like. 2) cut into thin strips and fry, griddle, barbque 3) Fry on a very high heat for 30secs each side and then in the over for 10mins... rest 10mins I dont think 'cook like a steak' will work as it may be too think and will have to be severd very bloody..
  24. your bird needs to get a mallard reaction....  [Www]
  25. You wont need to add salt.. just some pepper. Cut skin in cris-cross.  fry skin side down in frying pan.  Turn over, 10 mins in oven.  wait 10mins... warm in pan for 30sec if not hot enough. Personally, I prefer non seasoned as there is more blood and more distinct 'cuisson(rare/med rare etc)'.  The pre-seasoned is however slightly less time to cook. Eitherway, you cant go wrong with duck....
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