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by mjr
19 Oct 2021, 9:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 196
Views: 4119

Re: Anyone for Gas?

francovendee wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 7:20pm I think you're right to be concerned. I've experienced two, one is at my daughters house and another when we were staying in a gite. Whilst I wouldn't say they were loud you can certainly hear them when in the garden. Far noisier than a gas boiler but quieter than an oil boiler.
How long ago and how old were the units? I think they're improving over time.
by mjr
19 Oct 2021, 3:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 196
Views: 4119

Re: Anyone for Gas?

geocycle wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 11:45am If heat pumps had been readily available 3 years ago before I installed a gas boiler I would probably have gone down that route. We were also renovating a property so changing the radiators would not have been too bad. Now, I'll have to wait as it makes no sense on any grounds to rip out a newish efficient boiler. I also don't relish the prospect of changing the radiators (and pipes?) through the house.
They are 150-year-old tech. Used in Norfolk since the 1950s at least. Lots of installers seem busy since the last grants scheme started, so maybe they are still not readily available.

Usually only radiators need replacing. Well, strictly speaking not even that but it would be much less efficient to run small high-temperature radiators from a heat pump so you could kiss almost all of the energy and cost savings goodbye.

I don't know if current systems don't work with microbore piping but I cannot think why that would be so.
I'd like to add solar panels and we had a quote from EOn for 18 panels on a SW aspect roof. Their models suggested it would take 25 years to break even at best as we don't use enough electricity. We don't want to make a profit but we need to see some advantage in compensation for the hassle of having them installed.
Yeah, I get that. Something is wrong with the market when it discourages switching to renewables like that.
by mjr
19 Oct 2021, 3:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 196
Views: 4119

Re: Anyone for Gas?

pwa wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 11:04am Thanks for those thoughts. I am perhaps a bit touchy on the subject because we recently had a neighbour install a hot tub near our boundary and it hums 24/7. It made it quite unpleasant to be in the garden. I read somewhere that heat pumps have to be at least 1 metre from your neighbour to avoid noise nuisance, but 1 metre is nothing. I have also heard that they are a bit noisier than a fridge, and I shut the kitchen door when I go to bed to keep the fridge noise from permeating the house.
My 20yo fridge is way noisier than 50dB. A lot of that noise is the pump. In a heat pump system, the pump will be in the airing cupboard or loft, just like a boiler central heating system.

I expect some people can screw up a heat pump installation, so there should be an enforceable rule against unpleasant constant noise audible from another home which would also deal with that hot tub but I don't think there is.
by mjr
19 Oct 2021, 10:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 196
Views: 4119

Re: Anyone for Gas?

pwa wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 8:01am I love the idea of a cleaner, greener alternative to gas for central heating, but I dread any of our neighbours getting an air source heat pump system installed. We live in the countryside and if I step out into the garden at 10pm, as I often do, and gaze up at the stars, it is often perfectly quiet. No human made noise at all. If our neighbours install what are basically reverse action refrigeration units in their back gardens that will be gone, forever. Outdoor silence will be replaced with a constant hum. I know it is coming and I find that depressing. I seriously hope my hearing begins to fail before that happens.
So it sounds like you've not heard them? There may well already be one near you. Domestic units can be 50dB max at 1m in front. At 2m or more, traffic on any road within a quarter mile will be louder. At 5m or from behind a fence or hedge, you pretty much have to look at the fan to see if it's running.

And it's not constant. The external fan only runs when heating, which is only when the hot water tank needs reheating or the low-temperature central heating loses some heat. Even in October, that is only about a quarter of the time. Its fan speed varies by demand: lower when windy and lower for central heating than hot water. So in summer, when you are more likely to be outside, it should run for about 20mins now and then for hot water.

Oil and gas boilers are far worse for noise, wheezing and whooshing for longer to heat less and blowing hot gas out small vents.
by mjr
19 Oct 2021, 10:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 61
Views: 2176

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

Bmblbzzz wrote: 3 Oct 2021, 2:27pm Here (Bristol) they're mainly used by students and similar adults in their 20s or 30s, teenagers too but never seen a child on one, whether hire or private.
I think I've seen children on them in Lynn but I think it's simply replaced the mini moto riders, so it's an improvement.
by mjr
18 Oct 2021, 9:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 288
Views: 7593

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

Carlton green wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 8:19am My comments above did not seek the closure of the Tearoom (though a temporary one might be good) but rather that some topics be out of bounds. From my earlier post today: “It’s simple enough really, just have some things that are off limits, I suggest: Party Politics and divisive issues such as Brexit.”
I don't think that's possible without totally gutting the forum. CTC is an older political campaign than the Labour party and inevitably it sometimes becomes party political. At the moment, the conservatives at uk level are great and some local conservatives aren't, but usually parties are more unified than that.

Also, many issues are divisive: bents/upwrongs, infrastructure/vehicular, hubs/derailleurs, treads/slicks, ...

I think the tea room should be replaced with a cafe due to the occupation of "tea" by the right wing "tea party" as I've mentioned before.

I also think simpler and easier rules should be set to make moderation faster, but I'm not doing it yet so it's up to the moderators to decide if the current practices are easy enough for the. The published rules should be updated to match reality, either way.
by mjr
17 Oct 2021, 6:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 74
Views: 1720

Re: Route 74 has gone

MikeF wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 8:33am
mjr wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 10:00pm
MikeF wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 8:01pm OSM frequently shows paths where there is no right of access. Using both OS and OSM can be helpful.
OS also shows many private tracks (black single or double lines). On OSM, you can query objects or enable the map data layer to check if a path is designated by law, if the visible layer doesn't make it clear (some don't, including the default I think). I don't know how you do that on OS.
OS does show other tracks, but usually those with right of access are generally correctly indicated. OSM seems much less reliable in that respect; a better scheme of indication would be helpful.
Edit to add
The query feature of OSM frequently shows misleading and/or incomplete information, especially regarding legal status.
Incomplete yes, but it should not be misleading and normally should trace back eventually to a source.

Still one up on OS which does not even have a query feature.
by mjr
16 Oct 2021, 10:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: National Trust Elections
Replies: 27
Views: 549

Re: National Trust Elections

oldtimer99 wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 7:03pm https://www.private-eye.co.uk/in-the-back

I was sent this a couple of weeks ago. Interesting reading
What's it got to do with the National Trust?
by mjr
16 Oct 2021, 10:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 74
Views: 1720

Re: Route 74 has gone

MikeF wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 8:01pm OSM frequently shows paths where there is no right of access. Using both OS and OSM can be helpful.
OS also shows many private tracks (black single or double lines). On OSM, you can query objects or enable the map data layer to check if a path is designated by law, if the visible layer doesn't make it clear (some don't, including the default I think). I don't know how you do that on OS.
by mjr
16 Oct 2021, 3:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 74
Views: 1720

Re: Route 74 has gone

MikeF wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 1:04pm
Spen wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 12:04pm
mjr wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 12:39pm Yes, it's the case. Sustrans base their maps on Ordnance Survey, which of course shows legal status more reliably than most OSM renders but does not show more practical matters like surface, status or route name. I do not know of any recent editing of OSM by Sustrans.
Ordnance Survey maps do not show the legal status of a path, they give an indication of the status but only the definitive map and statement held by the highway authority shows legal status, OS maps have a disclaimer on them for this reason
Indeed, but MJR didn't state that. OS use the definitive map, but as you note with a disclaimer. OSM use??????
OSM use our own surveys, traces of satellite imagery and, where made available, data dumps from the definitive map keepers. Someone (Ian maybe?) posted a link to a list of data sources earlier in this discussion.

I only said OS was currently more reliable on legal status, not that it was perfect or authoritative. There always seems to be someone on this site wanting to argue with anything

OSM is better on surface types, barriers and non-Sustrans cycle routes, which matter more to me.
by mjr
16 Oct 2021, 10:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 110
Views: 1657

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

pwa wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 7:23am The only way the low paid in sectors like that will see their pay rise above the minimum wage is if the employers find it hard work filling vacancies. A plentiful supply of labour is bad news for anyone stacking shelves, cleaning floors or delivering parcels.
That's not the only way. For example, the workers could take some of the shares in company, so dividends go to the workers as well as investors, instead of putting them in opposition, but optimising pay becomes a different calculation too. There are other ways.

And if employers find it too expensive to fill vacancies, they will shut down, burn animals instead of butchering them, let crops rot in the field, leave massive retail barns empty, as we've seen. They will also threaten to do this to get local and national government to apply pressure on workers to accept the low pay, as we've seen.
by mjr
15 Oct 2021, 6:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 446
Views: 38097

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Sweep wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 5:36pm "poo-pub"?
are we in kindergarten?
It's a reference to viewtopic.php?p=1646183#p1646183
Just for you a pic of a bike in a spoons - they batted not an eyelid though it was pretty clean and just inside the door [...] Pub is in York- The Postern Gate. Fine pub in a nice spot.
Probably not the most objectionable thing to get taken in one. I can see on Streetview why you need to take your bike in there: there's no bike parking or signs to it outside, just a nice big car drop-off/pick-up layby. The usual car-friendly spoons.
by mjr
15 Oct 2021, 2:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 74
Views: 1720

Re: Route 74 has gone

mattheus wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 1:07pm I have to thank you for posting that. After reading earlier posts, I decided that would be a nice route to incorporate into my impending trip; I'd looked at a couple of bits on Streetview and it looked like a very rideable hard surface, and utterly scenic!

I shall stick with my standard strategy - proper tarmac, plus previously reccéd "cycle routes".
It depends what mood you're in. If you're willing to gamble, sometimes such a track will be in a far better condition than any photos or Streetview suggest and you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery rarely seen on any tarmac route anywhere...

...but it is a gamble, because sometimes it'll be a completely unrideable mess and so I think one has to allow for something like maybe 10kph average in case you're walking a lot of it, instead of my usual 16kph planning.

This year, I entered Grantham on the tarmac National Byway and left on the gravel canal towpath NCN. The towpath was much more enjoyable and actually less rough than some of the Byway inwards!

There are few certainties in cycle touring.

But if such a route was to be made part of a primary cycle route, there really should be a commitment to keep to pretty rideable IMO. No worse than rolled limestone smoothness. So that may also be why it remains as a second-level route, as well as the indirectness and climbing.
by mjr
15 Oct 2021, 2:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: National Trust Elections
Replies: 27
Views: 549

Re: National Trust Elections

ncutler wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 7:03pm Happily this is beginning to change, there is a growing realisation that a fearless and honest history of who we all are is the foundation required for a decent and democratic nation. I don't expect to arrive there in my lifetime, but for those of you who are younger a decent future is worth fighting for.
I think it has long been changing. The National Trust acquired the George Inn in Southwark in 1937, Mr Straw's House in the 1980s and the Southwell Workhouse (Notts) in the 1990s. More recently, they've bought places like 575 Wandsworth Road in 2010, and started to populate the servant rooms at grand houses with more rounded stories of the people who worked there. The histories less told are among the NT properties if you want them, but it's often the grand houses like Oxburgh which get the headlines and map symbols.

It'll probably get there, maybe after we've gone, but sooner if a load of aristo-slaver-worshipping throwbacks don't take over the Trust as the latest front in their so-called "culture war".
by mjr
15 Oct 2021, 12:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 110
Views: 1657

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

pwa wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 11:09am The word "Guardian" puts me off. [...]
That's shooting the messenger. It publishes some good stuff and some dross, by some good authors (David Olusoga to name one with a current high profile) and some not so good.
Just as I don't read the DM or anything on that side either.
I'm not sure what side you think the Scott Trust is on, but rest assured that it is deeply liberal, not socialist!