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Karl last won the day on July 5 2017

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  1. Stuff like the Bentayga and the Rolls SUV thingy leave me cold but you could force me to drive round in a Bowler Wildcat.
  2. With every new model the car gets a few extra inches... My Grand Cherokee used to be seen as a huge old bus but next to most Land Rovers it's a titch.. Put a Mk1 Golf next to the current car and it has grown into a real Fat Albert... The only things that don't get any bigger are parking spaces..
  3. I think that the problem that the designers of many cars have is that they just don't know when to put down their pencils..
  4. Karl

    Boiler replacement cost

    I have a theory that the manufacturers make sure that over a ten year period all boilers cost the same.. Generally parts for cheap boilers are more expensive and need to be changed more frequently.. When you have worked on a lot of boilers, you know which ones you don't want in your house.. The way I look at it is if I fit a certain boiler, then the chances are that I will be the one who has to go and service or repair it so I pick the kit that will give me least grief and if it does have a problem, will be the easiest to work on. I'm currently remodelling the kitchen so have ripped out the old Worcester before it develops leaks..
  5. Karl

    Boiler replacement cost

    Vaillant , Worcester, Ideal and most of the Baxi group products suffer from the same issue... Plastic hydroblocks. The exception being the Baxi 600. Most boilers are now being sold on long warranties which will be voided when the owner misses a service. The Logic is a different animal to the Isar and the PCBs are bullet proof but most of the rest of it is plastic that warps and leaks..
  6. Karl

    Boiler replacement cost

    That's a very good price in my opinion but good luck with warranty issues on an Ideal... The Logic is a bargain basement boiler. I currently favour Intergas for my customers and they are a very good price. https://www.intergasheating.co.uk/
  7. Karl

    Help c/heating controler packed up.

    Usually you can just bridge them out till you can get a new controller
  8. Karl

    Help c/heating controler packed up.

    Just a few weeks ago I swapped out my old boiler and in doing so fitted a Honeywell Lyric T6 which does seem to control the boiler quite nicely with Opentherm. There are no fixed hours to my day so am using the geofence option, if I'm home, the heating is on, if not, then the heating is set to its night time setback temperature so my house is never colder than 18c.
  9. Karl

    Help c/heating controler packed up.

    I don't call myself Captain Scarlet for nothing.. Been seriously busy on project free heat for Karl and making fruity biofuel.
  10. Karl

    Help c/heating controler packed up.

    The receivers that slot into the blanking plate at the front of the boiler is a straight forward task done in around 10 mins.. The problem comes in the fact that the casing of the boiler has to be removed which should be done by a Gas Safe installer as the general public are deemed not capable of correctly fitting the casing back on.. Anyway, case off, undo the screw that holds the control panel up and rotate it down, undo the one screw that secures the panel at the top of the control box and slide up, slide up the blanking plate and remove, holding the new receiver, plug in the five or six pin multi plug on the end of the ribbon cable, offer up the receiver and slide down to lock into place refit the top panel, rotate the control panel into place and fasten with the screw (Making sure that you don't pinch the wires or capillary and replace the boiler case.. Drink tea. Though I would say that the best place for any Salus product is in the recycling bin. £80 buys a Drayton LP10rf which allows you to control the timings for the preheater.
  11. Karl

    How to pick a good boiler

    To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Viessmann, for me their only real advantage is the excellent turn down rate on the 200 series, down to around 1.7kW i think.. Problem with Viessman is that, like many German manufacturers, they like to give options that no one needs and try to make sure that only their own controls and cylinders are used with their kit, I like to mix and match to get maximum bang for the customers buck..... the 200 series has a lambda sensor so that it will burn varying qualities of gas.. Just in case Mad Vlad Putin pulls the plug on Germany and they have to heat their homes with gas made from reprocessed potato tops but in the UK, we will have a decent supply of Natural gas for some time to come so it is just another component to fail. I like the Dutch Intergas boilers, one boiler can be any kind of boiler that you might need, a combi can be a combi, a system boiler, an open vented boiler or a water heater and will connect to any control system or cylinder without spitting its dummy.. ATAG are good boilers too but they are as ugly as sin.
  12. Karl

    How to pick a good boiler

    Yeah, Gas, Oil, Biomass and the odd aircon.. Worcester have a really great marketing strategy. The installer becomes a Worcester accredited installer and then to maintain that accreditation and to get Worcester kick-backs they have to sell a set number of boilers so clearly the installer will tell the punter that a Worcester is the best boiler in the Universe....
  13. Karl

    How to pick a good boiler

    Anything with "Greenstar" on it makes me lots of money as the plastic hydraulic components degrade and finally leak. Viessman can be good if you get the right one and it's fitted by someone who knows how to set them up correctly... Alpha are pretty good too but the parts can be pricy. If you want a conventional style combi then I would say fit a Baxi600 series (Or equivalent Potterton as they are both owned by the same bunch) 600 series still has brass hydraulics and is a doddle to service and work on. My choice would be and is an Intergas.. They are the product of engineers having a spliff and deciding that a lot of parts that we think that we need are surplus to requirements, so no secondary heat exchanger or diverter valve, the hydraulics are all brass, the water inlet will accept pre heated water up to 80c so fine if you decide to have a wet solar system or in my case, feed it from a wood boiler in the shed. Even a combi can be configured to change with your needs, so it can be a heat only system boiler, multi point water heater, or open vented boiler. They boast that there have been no main heat exchanger failures in the last 20 years and have only four moving parts.... Best of all, they are well cheaper and better built than the German owned shyte.
  14. Karl

    Post Brexit Result

    Since you have asked in a civilised way, then I will reply in a civilised way, Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/ EC affects every one of us, me in particular, when you have to explain to a customer who is on the breadline that the reason why the circulator pump on their ErP boiler is £240 when the pump on a non ErP boiler was £80 because of the EU. I also objected to being told that I was committing a criminal offence by fitting a non ErP heating boiler which wouls have a longer service life and be cheaper to repair with less repairs likely
  15. Karl

    Post Brexit Result

    The question has already been asked and answered several times in posts of old. If you are too bone idle to even move your fingers to go and find them then it is not our fnucking problem. However, I take it that since you are a EU backside licker, then you are familiar with Directive 2009/125/ EC but since you are a lazy sod who wants everything put on a plate in front of you, then I doubt that you will bother to read it