General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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Mr.X.
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2811 posts since 23/6/13

2 May 2019 08:02
I have the same TV. Can't fault it.
kid unknown
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5316 posts since 8/12/01

3 May 2019 07:54
Burglar alarm has packed in. Checked the paperwork and it was installed 20 years ago Laughing out loud

Asked same company to come out and I reckon they will say need a new system which is fair enough but what is a ballpark figure for a standard system?

I literally have no idea whether it would be £500 or £5000.

Cheers.
illwill
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3485 posts since 17/5/04

3 May 2019 08:19
I'd have thought all the new wireless kit (Nest, Ring etc) on the market has made professionally installed systems obsolete.

Seemed a big deal in the 90s but I don't know a single person with a burglar alarm now. The police ain't coming anyway.

Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

3 May 2019 08:49
Had a bloke out about 3 and a half years ago as there was an alarm in my new place. He said that they could remove and install a new one but it probably wasn't worth it (ballpark £1500) and the firm predominantly installed industrial/workplace gear as they'd moved on from residential properties.
eazypz
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2967 posts since 16/4/10

3 May 2019 09:50
I’m a sparks but regularly get asked to fit wireless alarms.

If you can use a drill and are handy with a screwdriver then just get a wireless one and fit it yourself.
swiftus
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729 posts since 1/7/09

3 May 2019 10:46
illwill wrote: I'd have thought all the new wireless kit (Nest, Ring etc) on the market has made professionally installed systems obsolete.

Seemed a big deal in the 90s but I don't know a single person with a burglar alarm now. The police ain't coming anyway.

More of a deterrent / peace of mind than in expectation of police coming.
kid unknown
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5316 posts since 8/12/01

3 May 2019 16:11
Cheers. Anyone recommend a wireless one then?
stoney
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17346 posts since 22/1/05

4 May 2019 05:36
I’ve got a Yale wireless kit, takes images, seems decent. Also have ring video doorbell and rear camera.
Mark
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1008 posts since 24/5/08

9 May 2019 16:28
Energy providers - who are you people using?
I remember i switched to Bulb a while back from a recommendation here, but now they have hiked to rape costs
EssexBoyII
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6349 posts since 5/6/07

9 May 2019 17:29
I have blink cameras - couldn’t recommend higher
DuffMan
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14248 posts since 21/2/07

posted 9 May 2019 21:17, edited 9 May 2019 21:17
Mark wrote: Energy providers - who are you people using?
I remember i switched to Bulb a while back from a recommendation here, but now they have hiked to rape costs

Bulb haven't raised prices since September. In fact they most recently reduced my prices - they were so much cheaper than the competition when I signed up that they're still amongst the cheapest now except for mostly tiny competitors I might be wary of. Their customer service etc is also very very good so I wouldn't switch for the moment myself. By the looks of it only Ovo or possibly Octopus could save me anything meaningful (still less than £50 a year) of anyone I would go for from them.

Plus I like being on a green tariff - not that it means much in practice.
Seventyfour
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8700 posts since 6/10/05

9 May 2019 22:51
eazypz wrote: I’m a sparks but regularly get asked to fit wireless alarms.

If you can use a drill and are handy with a screwdriver then just get a wireless one and fit it yourself.

I've een thinking about getting some myself, do they need charging up or run on batteries or something Puzzled I can't imagine having to climb up a ladder every 24 hours to take it down and charge it up is very convenient
krisricey
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1813 posts since 24/3/12

13 May 2019 12:21
Does anyone know of a fitness watch that would be good to box in? Nothing flash, just something to keep up with calories/heart rate etc. As far as I'm aware theres nothing for sports like boxing?
MrW
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2500 posts since 1/8/11

13 May 2019 12:57
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Would suggest something which can hook up to an HRM (heart rate monitor) strap, as OHR (optical heart rate) would likely be pretty poor for boxing, and Garmin also have a boxing-specific app.

https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/7cca67aa-3082-44fd-b3da-e50720a9d616

Depends how much you want to spend but looking at compatible devices, something like a 645 would be decent as it's pretty new (2018 release). You can get a 235 for half that, 2015 release so pretty old now, but still more than capable.
eazypz
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2967 posts since 16/4/10

13 May 2019 13:53
Seventyfour wrote:
eazypz wrote: I’m a sparks but regularly get asked to fit wireless alarms.

If you can use a drill and are handy with a screwdriver then just get a wireless one and fit it yourself.

I've een thinking about getting some myself, do they need charging up or run on batteries or something Puzzled I can't imagine having to climb up a ladder every 24 hours to take it down and charge it up is very convenient

The batteries last about 2 years and work straight out of the box.
Fitted one of these not long ago for the first time and it seemed quite good.

https://simplisafe.co.uk/home-security-system-essentials
Best
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9757 posts since 21/10/05

13 May 2019 20:04
DuffMan wrote:
Mark wrote: Energy providers - who are you people using?
I remember i switched to Bulb a while back from a recommendation here, but now they have hiked to rape costs

Bulb haven't raised prices since September. In fact they most recently reduced my prices - they were so much cheaper than the competition when I signed up that they're still amongst the cheapest now except for mostly tiny competitors I might be wary of. Their customer service etc is also very very good so I wouldn't switch for the moment myself. By the looks of it only Ovo or possibly Octopus could save me anything meaningful (still less than £50 a year) of anyone I would go for from them.

Plus I like being on a green tariff - not that it means much in practice.

Bulb are selling at a loss and have been for some time, I’ve heard it’s £60-80 gm per customer which when you think they have almost a million ‘price savy’ customers its quite scary. They raised their prices three times last year which is insane - surely that says everything you need to know.

The amount of energy companies going bust is alarming at pretty much one per month over the past year, even with major investment like Bulb their model is unsustainable and they’ll have to turn a profit at some point. Also with the price cap coming into effect in Q3 things are going to get very tough.

If I were you, I would go with a big player for stability otherwise you could be left in the lurch when a supplier goes bust and you’re left to pick up the pieces.
carlos
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938 posts since 20/1/08

14 May 2019 21:09
Any HR heads on here? My gaffer has taken voluntary redundancy which leaves a hole in our team that needs to be filled, fnar fnar.

Was in the running, but to get it I need to be a grade higher. If redundancy means you make the post redundant not the person, is this the case when it comes to voluntary redundancy too?
Burt
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5400 posts since 3/1/10

14 May 2019 21:18
Voluntary redundancy doesn't necessarily make the post redundant - that's down to the small print, carlos. You got a union (rep/steward) that you can approach?
DuffMan
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14248 posts since 21/2/07

posted 14 May 2019 21:25, edited 14 May 2019 21:25
Best wrote:
DuffMan wrote:
Mark wrote: Energy providers - who are you people using?
I remember i switched to Bulb a while back from a recommendation here, but now they have hiked to rape costs

Bulb haven't raised prices since September. In fact they most recently reduced my prices - they were so much cheaper than the competition when I signed up that they're still amongst the cheapest now except for mostly tiny competitors I might be wary of. Their customer service etc is also very very good so I wouldn't switch for the moment myself. By the looks of it only Ovo or possibly Octopus could save me anything meaningful (still less than £50 a year) of anyone I would go for from them.

Plus I like being on a green tariff - not that it means much in practice.

Bulb are selling at a loss and have been for some time, I’ve heard it’s £60-80 gm per customer which when you think they have almost a million ‘price savy’ customers its quite scary. They raised their prices three times last year which is insane - surely that says everything you need to know.

The amount of energy companies going bust is alarming at pretty much one per month over the past year, even with major investment like Bulb their model is unsustainable and they’ll have to turn a profit at some point. Also with the price cap coming into effect in Q3 things are going to get very tough.

If I were you, I would go with a big player for stability otherwise you could be left in the lurch when a supplier goes bust and you’re left to pick up the pieces.

I know - I have worked in the field. They all run at a loss to start with, think it took Ovo at least 4 years to turn a profit. I don't think Bulb will go bust soon though you never know, they are racking up customer growth as you say. They are still significantly undercutting the price cap so no huge danger there for the moment.
-DiscoTits-
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677 posts since 26/11/07

14 May 2019 21:47
I use Avro energy and imo they are fantastic and my prices are dirt cheap.