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Old 10th Mar 2021, 19:28
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You can buy from Halfords new wiper blades for £8 (ebay £4) and they offer to fit for you for £10 extra. I appreciate this is aimed at the inept but how in gods name can they charge the equivalent of £100 per hour for a shop assistant to do when Fords etc 'only' charge £60 per hour for a trained mechanic..

Oh and took Daughters car in for the MOT, as I have spare time and it passed, the advisory was that 2 tyres were near the limit. I asked what depth they were at ,( I already knew) and was told 2mm and 2,5mm( legal limit is 1,6mm). So not near or at the limit... However the tyres are actually 3mm and 3,5 mm.
So the garage was trying to pressure me into getting them changed??

Yes I know all about tread and water dispersal, but to quote Legal Limit when they are not...??
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Old 10th Mar 2021, 19:39
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I have that scanner problem too. What makes it more annoying is that there are no basic scanners being made any more. My scanner cost $59 a few years ago. Today they are selling the same model but with the caveat it will not work with W10. The scanners that will start at about $390 and are mostly multi function machines. (ie. scanner, copier, printer.)

Most of the apparent work arounds are unreliable, according to the reviews, or involve alterations to the basic codes that are beyond me and anyway risk other problems.

$issed isn't even the word!
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 18:15
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Have a look at Vuescan. Works on every system with almost every scanner. See here: https://www.hamrick.com/ Not free, but it kept my Canon scanner working for years and saved me from buying a new one. You can have a go with the trial version first to see if it works.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 18:36
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Fords etc 'only' charge £60 per hour for a trained mechanic.
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That’s a bargain rate for a main dealer. I think it was 5 years ago that my VW dealer said their rate was £108/ hour inc VAT and they wanted 2 hours to replace a pair of rear springs. I asked how he kept a straight face as he said it and took the job to a local garage who did the job for half the price.

But as has been said already, it’s often the labour cost rather than the parts cost that makes repairs uneconomic. Building stuff on a modern production line can be incredibly low on labour with much work done by robots by and everything assembled in the most efficient order. Making repairs will rarely be as easy.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 19:09
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I was in a Halfords garage, one of their standalone ones when a car turfed up having been sent from their shop as the guy couldn’t get the headlight bulb out, the garage manager didn’t have a good word to say about them.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 19:25
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Many many moons ago I can remember going on a trip to RAFG in a Puma to Gut and the crewman humping a heavy bag out to the aircraft, enquiring what it was he told me the burnt out motor from his washing machine, apparently he had priced a new one in the U.K. and at the time even accounting for airfares he could have flown out to the city, exchanged the motor at the factory which was in Gutersloh town, got his duty frees and it would’ve still been cheaper than buying one in the UK, luckily for him he was due to fly out on a Puma, so it cost him even less.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 19:33
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I've tried it with my Canon film scanner and it works so when I finally get going on scanning my thousands of negatives and slides, I may go down this route or I my just resurrect my Windows XP PC and use it as a stand alone not connected to anything scanning computer.

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Old 11th Mar 2021, 19:39
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You could also use Virtualbox to create a WinXP virtual machine which will be compatible with your Canon scanner. You will need XP install media though.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 20:22
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Or have Xp on a usb stick and boot from that?
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 20:41
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Originally Posted by Kiltrash View Post
You can buy from Halfords new wiper blades for £8 (ebay £4) and they offer to fit for you for £10 extra. I appreciate this is aimed at the inept but how in gods name can they charge the equivalent of £100 per hour for a shop assistant to do when Fords etc 'only' charge £60 per hour for a trained mechanic..
Simple. As long there are customers willing to pay, they will continue to charge that sort of money.
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 21:05
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Many many moons ago I can remember going on a trip to RAFG in a Puma to Gut and the crewman humping a heavy bag out to the aircraft, enquiring what it was he told me the burnt out motor from his washing machine, apparently he had priced a new one in the U.K. and at the time even accounting for airfares he could have flown out to the city, exchanged the motor at the factory which was in Gutersloh town, got his duty frees and it would’ve still been cheaper than buying one in the UK, luckily for him he was due to fly out on a Puma, so it cost him even less.

This one reminds me that when my son was on a post grad year at Copenhagen Uni that the cost of extra cases on the Easyjet was more than myself flying return and getting the free hold allowance.
Was a few years ago...
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Old 11th Mar 2021, 22:08
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Many many moons ago I can remember going on a trip to RAFG in a Puma to Gut and the crewman humping a heavy bag out to the aircraft.
On the Canberra OCU at Cottesmore in the early 70's I did a 'see in' for a visiting PR7 (either from Cyprus or Malta ?) and the driver asked me to help him unload his kit - starting off with an adults bicycle,followed by a TV and sundry other household items .Turned out he was posted in to Cottesmore shortly and had organised the short flight to bring back some of his stuff - good man
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 07:45
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Originally Posted by longer ron View Post
On the Canberra OCU at Cottesmore in the early 70's I did a 'see in' for a visiting PR7 (either from Cyprus or Malta ?) and the driver asked me to help him unload his kit - starting off with an adults bicycle,followed by a TV and sundry other household items .Turned out he was posted in to Cottesmore shortly and had organised the short flight to bring back some of his stuff - good man
When I moved up to Scotland, we bought a new house and my wife wanted some kitchen floor tiles she'd seen in Trago Mills in Falmouth. The aeroplane that is my moniker here found a reason to do a trip down to Culdrose for a nav ex and some CT, with an overnight stay in the mess, Yours truly did a side trip to Falmouth to collect boxes of tiles, that somehow found their way into the cabin of the Devon for the return flight. Must have been the most expensive floor tiles going, I suspect.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 08:07
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Originally Posted by Kiltrash View Post
You can buy from Halfords new wiper blades for £8 (ebay £4) and they offer to fit for you for £10 extra. I appreciate this is aimed at the inept but how in gods name can they charge the equivalent of £100 per hour for a shop assistant to do when Fords etc 'only' charge £60 per hour for a trained mechanic.....
Don't get me started.....oh you did.

Labour rates for garage "mechanics" are unethical - it is a big scam. Some dealers charge per hour what we earned per day as a pilot of an A330, for example. Not saying we were anything special, but we did a hell of a lot more training and passing of SIMs and exams to earn our place. Garage mechanics plug in the scan tool and if it says xyz is not responding, or not working, they fire the parts cannon at it and replace the part at huge cost - no diagnosis, no checking power supply and grounds, no checking of connectors, (which in 75% of cases will be the problem). That will be £xxxx sir, oh, and £xxxxxxx for the labour of course.

I once asked for an indicator bulb to be replaced while other work was being done to my car. They added a ridiculous labour charge for popping a new bulb in, which the manager sheepishly removed when I pointed out how much I had already paid for the other work.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 10:12
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
When I moved up to Scotland, we bought a new house and my wife wanted some kitchen floor tiles she'd seen in Trago Mills in Falmouth. The aeroplane that is my moniker here found a reason to do a trip down to Culdrose for a nav ex and some CT, with an overnight stay in the mess, Yours truly did a side trip to Falmouth to collect boxes of tiles, that somehow found their way into the cabin of the Devon for the return flight. Must have been the most expensive floor tiles going, I suspect.
That's amusing to learn, whilst ostensibly being O i/c flying, authorisation wouldn't have been a problem, you've been partly critical of the Gov'ts largesse over the pandemic funding with tax payers money, yet were seemingly quite happy as a CS to squander tax payers money on what, in essence, was a self indulgent junket as you say yourself above to buy tiles which could have been ordered and sent by road / courier, even Red Star, at your own expense as they were purely for personal use.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 10:20
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
That's amusing to learn, whilst ostensibly being O i/c flying, authorisation wouldn't have been a problem, you've been partly critical of the Gov'ts largesse over the pandemic funding with tax payers money, yet were seemingly quite happy as a CS to squander tax payers money on what, in essence, was a self indulgent junket as you say yourself to buy tiles which could have been ordered and sent by road / courier, even Red Star, at your own expense as they were purely for personal use.
All fair criticism. However, the aircraft and crew would have flown those hours anyway, so there was no additional cost to the taxpayer. Even as a right seat person D Flying mandated that I flew a minimum number of hours each month to stay current, and also mandated that CT had to be flown on sorties other than normal operational flights, particularly nav ex's. I would argue that the only money "squandered" was the difference in fuel burn on the return trip as a consequence of a few boxes of tiles in the back. I doubt that was even measurable, given the normal variability in fuel burn for any given trip because of variations in the wind, etc.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 10:23
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I remember a pilot telling me that when on Canberras they had been out and about abroad and on the way back the controls were really heavy, but he continued on as they needed to get back, on landing the Nav was seen doing something with the ground crew and he found they were unloading some white goods that the nav had procured at the last stop, and they had secured it by tying it off to the odd control runs.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 10:49
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
I remember a pilot telling me that when on Canberras they had been out and about abroad and on the way back the controls were really heavy, but he continued on as they needed to get back, on landing the Nav was seen doing something with the ground crew and he found they were unloading some white goods that the nav had procured at the last stop, and they had secured it by tying it off to the odd control runs.

Easily done on the Canberra. We had a restricted control event doing some carriage trials in a BI6 Canberra. Turned out a weapon parachute had partially deployed inside the bomb bay and wrapped itself around the control tubes that ran down the side.
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 10:51
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All fair criticism. However, the aircraft and crew would have flown those hours anyway, so there was no additional cost to the taxpayer. Even as a right seat person D Flying mandated that I flew a minimum number of hours each month to stay current, and also mandated that CT had to be flown on sorties other than normal operational flights, particularly nav ex's. I would argue that the only money "squandered" was the difference in fuel burn on the return trip as a consequence of a few boxes of tiles in the back. I doubt that was even measurable, given the normal variability in fuel burn for any given trip because of variations in the wind, etc.
I'm sure there was a requirement to maintain currency, and I'm also, strangely, aware fuel burn can vary due to forecast and actual winds, but that really isn't the point is it.

Being critical of the Gov't spending would have more credence had you not stated your wife, and presumably yourself, wanted the tiles for personal use, so, as you said, the aircraft somehow found it's way to Culdrose where you collected them. And that, to me, given the total costs, including overnight subsistence allowances is squandering tax payers money......something I am deeply opposed to whoever is involved and in what form this takes
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Old 12th Mar 2021, 11:03
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
I'm sure there was a requirement to maintain currency, and I'm also, strangely, aware fuel burn can vary due to forecast and actual winds, but that really isn't the point is it.

Being critical of the Gov't spending would have more credence had you not stated your wife, and presumably yourself, wanted the tiles for personal use, so, as you said, the aircraft somehow found it's way to Culdrose where you collected them. And that, to me, given the total costs, including overnight subsistence allowances is squandering tax payers money......something I am deeply opposed to whoever is involved and in what form this takes
First off, I made no mention of any claims of any sort - there were none at all, I paid the mess bill myself. The nav ex to CU was legit, and something that had been done before, and was done afterwards, too, it was nothing out of the ordinary. FWIW, we did nav exs to Farnborough fairly regularly too, as well as places like Wharton, to save driving there for meetings and also saving overnight subsistence, as flying down and back in a day was normally possible. I really don't see any difference in terms of cost to the taxpayer when an aeroplane that has to go and bore holes in the sky anyway does something useful at the same time.
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