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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andymakesglasses
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20320 posts since 26/1/06

posted 4 Feb 2020 08:05, edited 4 Feb 2020 08:05
pops wrote:
stoney wrote: How easy is it to lay a patio (for someone with no skills) get your old man in to help or get someone in to do it ?

PM Burt. His mate had some experience in laying patios

Laughing out loud Or PM illwill.
toiler
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107 posts since 4/5/09

4 Feb 2020 09:11
stoney wrote:
toiler wrote: Easy enough mate, it depends how handy you are really. How big you're going and what slabs you want to use.

Pavingexpert.com is a great place to start looking

I’m fucking shit at DIY, thanks for the info though, will check

If you're not confident then I'd agree with the other advice, get someone in. If you're Kent way give me a shout and I can help you out.
toiler
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107 posts since 4/5/09

4 Feb 2020 09:12
Rirawin wrote:
toiler wrote: Anyone here had any experience with open University? Would like to qualify my experience and don't have the time needed for a classroom based qualification.

Do it. I did my BSc through OU and found the support and lecturers great, even better than the ones I had when I went to Leicester Uni!

I've also found a lot of employers rate people who have studied OU degrees.

My main concern was it being accepted as a "proper" degree so that's good to know. What did you study out of interest?
Crackajack
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7365 posts since 21/4/05

4 Feb 2020 11:52
Depending what course it is, traditional universities do distance learning with very little need to ever be there in person. Worth looking at options and cost etc.
Rirawin
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9283 posts since 17/7/05

4 Feb 2020 13:53
It's very proper I can assure you. As mentioned it is highly respected. Been often told this from employers I've worked for in the past as to what made me "stand out", and I myself look out for it when I recruit for my department.

I did a BSc in Technology and managed to condense the whole degree in 5 years whilst working a full time job. I know people who've done it in 4.

Quite tempted to do a MSc, but we'll see!

As Crackajack said a lot of traditional Universities offer distance learning now too.
Burt
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5803 posts since 3/1/10

4 Feb 2020 14:34
pops wrote: PM Burt…
Laughing out loud
Sholto
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566 posts since 25/12/12

posted 4 Feb 2020 14:34, edited 4 Feb 2020 14:34
What did you learn in "Technology" - sounds quite broad?

Edit: I'm interested in potentially doing a course on programming/ui/ux, hence my asking.
toiler
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107 posts since 4/5/09

4 Feb 2020 15:21
Thanks cracka and rirawin!
quest
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3368 posts since 11/7/11

4 Feb 2020 15:54
Got a mate doing computer science distance course from York Uni, whilst living in Portugal and working full time, says it’s hard but lots of support and great course material
kid unknown
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5343 posts since 8/12/01

4 Feb 2020 18:22
Need a better emergency electric shower for when the main one is out of action if any boiler issues.

To fit this do I need

- electrician only
- plumber only
- both
darko
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913 posts since 4/10/12

posted 4 Feb 2020 18:37, edited 4 Feb 2020 18:37
Had a right shocker with hermes recently when used them to post a camera worth £100 sold via a forum.

their shitty website wouldn't let me insure for £100 so it defaulted to £20. Sent it tracked and signed for delivery, recipient says they haven't received it despite the driver GPS showing it being delivered on the right street and it's been signed for by someone.

Either their useless delivery driver has posted it to a neighbour without leaving a note or I'm getting scammed. The recipient says they've spoken to most of their neighbours and "no-one has it".

I've raised it with hermes for them to investigate but is there anything else I should be doing? the recip. paid by PayPal goods so reckon im about to be stiffed for £80. Have had 'lost in transit' parcels but never something like this before
kid unknown
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5343 posts since 8/12/01

4 Feb 2020 18:51
I doubt you will even get £20 as I think cameras might be in their long list of exclusions.

I sold some vintage binoculars for £150 and they went missing and I got fuck all back despite it being seemingly obvious the temp delivery driver nicked them.

Only use Hermes for oversize items of low value now. Lesson learnt.
Sholto
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566 posts since 25/12/12

4 Feb 2020 19:41
Hermes are utter dogshit. Avoid at all costs. Never had a good experience with them.

Currently waiting on a package from Germany for well over a month now with no update for 20 days (deliveries via other couriers incl deutsch Post take c1 week).

Also came home once to find they had tossed someone else's delivery over my gate and down the stairs (I live in a basement flat) - the package was marked as fragile and it had been pissing it down with rain all day so the packaging was utterly fucked.
stoney
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17490 posts since 22/1/05

posted 4 Feb 2020 19:54, edited 4 Feb 2020 19:54
toiler wrote:
stoney wrote:
toiler wrote: Easy enough mate, it depends how handy you are really. How big you're going and what slabs you want to use.

Pavingexpert.com is a great place to start looking

I’m fucking shit at DIY, thanks for the info though, will check

If you're not confident then I'd agree with the other advice, get someone in. If you're Kent way give me a shout and I can help you out.

Cheers. I went down the garden today to check it and found there is actually a patio there already Oops
Crackajack
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7365 posts since 21/4/05

4 Feb 2020 20:31
toiler wrote: Thanks cracka and rirawin!

Also for some courses at traditional universities you won't need Alevels or similar if that would be an issue for you, especially if you have relevant work experience. Dont be put off looking at places with a good rating for the course you want.
swede
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8418 posts since 21/3/09

4 Feb 2020 21:49
darko wrote: I've raised it with hermes for them to investigate but is there anything else I should be doing?

Avoiding using Hermes ever again…. do people on here not learn from other’s mistakes? genuinely baffles me
darko
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913 posts since 4/10/12

4 Feb 2020 22:14
swede wrote:
darko wrote: I've raised it with hermes for them to investigate but is there anything else I should be doing?

Avoiding using Hermes ever again…. do people on here not learn from other’s mistakes? genuinely baffles me

have posted probably about 100 items with them and had no issues until now
rural
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17641 posts since 26/9/06

4 Feb 2020 22:31
swede wrote:
darko wrote: I've raised it with hermes for them to investigate but is there anything else I should be doing?

Avoiding using Hermes ever again…. do people on here not learn from other’s mistakes? genuinely baffles me

Never ordering from Arket ever again then?
swede
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8418 posts since 21/3/09

4 Feb 2020 22:32
look mate leave it out
Goldie
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4660 posts since 17/10/07

4 Feb 2020 23:03
kid unknown wrote: Need a better emergency electric shower for when the main one is out of action if any boiler issues.

To fit this do I need

- electrician only
- plumber only
- both

Is there one already in? If so then what you need kind of depends on what you have already got…

The higher output showers (9.5kw amd above) require 10mm² twin and earth cable to handle the demand. If you have that already then you'll only need a plumber to swap the shower. If you don't have a cable big enough then you would need a spark as well as a plumber to upgrade the cable, before plumber fits it.

You should be able to see what kw your current shower is on a data badge on it somewhere.

If you want shower recommendations then the Mira Airboost are pretty much as good as you can get. They have an air hose integrated into the shower hose which uses air to increase the power of the shower.