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Little Man is 1 today..

Was putting some of his stuff in the loft, sad times cos he's had this stuff since day 1 and he's growing up so fast.

Cannot believe last night a year ago I was exploring just how quickly I could get from my house to the Hospital at 2am. To quote my wife.."Steve, theres a car...Steve we're catching it...Steve!!" Will say I saw the car at half a mile and made a mental calculation that at the time I'd catch it he'd be entering a dual carriageway..and I'd have a free lane..as a result the closing speed was slightly more on the epic side than usual. But then she went back to screaming and I went back to halving my previous best time. You don't need a fast car..you just need motivation and commitment Feels like yesterday.

Can't believe the years gone so fast! Loads of stuff you think you may never do...lots of things you'll think aren't important that are..and lots of other things you don't a give stuff about any more.
My third daughter was born in 2010 seems like yesterday but then so does #1 who was born in 1990. Son was born in 2013. I was taxi driver, hand holder and spare part on all events. The last two needed more input from dad because midwives are more hands off these days. Mum was reminded and encouraged to hold her tummy muscles between contractions. Lots of hollering and baby was out. The obstetrician seemed disappointed at not needing her forceps.
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Given he still doesn't sleep through and he's one and has various allergies, which preclude leaving him with people (they are very convenient, milk and tomato ffs..so basically most foods!) we're sticking at 1.

While this causes consternation from my wife's parents, and we wouldn't swap him for anything the thought of doing it again seems mental. We just about survived the first one.

Sure in about 4 years we'll be like they wasn't he cute as a baby? But at this very second **** no, you could not pay me enough to start this show from the start again.
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Checking underbonnet fluids and susepnsion tops, found left strut mount gone soft. Dragged the struts out, really need to replace the lot, struts, springs, top mounts and ARB links. Also due a service and cambelt change, so that's the life savings spent.

A friend with a 2005 Renault Clio has rear wiper and bootlock issues. Looks like tailgate wiring issues are not specific to the 500 then. Looking forward to re-wiring that then.
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This starts with a bit of background..

At work I'm not one of those who just sits and does the job as presented, I'm very much a pull things apart see how they work, can I make it work better? If not can I find out how?

Not because I'm company man or anything like that but because I like to save myself time. If I can automate a boring task, I can be doing something else. I also find it interesting, we work very complex pieces of specialised software and also regular office stuff as well.

My pet projects have actually got a pretty good record of becoming 'things' but usually I do them just to see if I can and if I can't the process of problem solving is part of the fun. Certainly better than just doing the same thing day in day out but no formal training in most of it just figure it out as I go.

What's the point of this? Well recently a conference call took place where my bosses boss and his boss (about 2 levels down from CEO) were having a chat. In which the senior of the 2 suggested we should have something..and the other then answered "we already have it".

"It" is one of my pet projects..and needs to be in decent shape by next Wednesday having previously been a proof of concept piece.
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Checking underbonnet fluids and susepnsion tops, found left strut mount gone soft. Dragged the struts out, really need to replace the lot, struts, springs, top mounts and ARB links. Also due a service and cambelt change, so that's the life savings spent.

A friend with a 2005 Renault Clio has rear wiper and bootlock issues. Looks like tailgate wiring issues are not specific to the 500 then. Looking forward to re-wiring that then.


Corsa D boot latch also keen to fail. I assumed it was a shared part with the Punto tbg
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A day in awaiting parcels. Sadly only three of four. Struts still between France and UK.
When the rain stops, will get on with the service instead of suspension. I'm thinking cambelt will be easier with no strut in the way. A bit of overkill for normal cambelt work though.
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When the rain stops, will get on with the service instead of suspension. I'm thinking cambelt will be easier with no strut in the way. A bit of overkill for normal cambelt work though.
I've had the (aircon type) aux belt off Mrs Dave's 1.2 Dynamic. TBH the strut was not a problem. It is annoying the whole inner wheel arch liner has to be removed to shift the vertical cover up against the engine.

The belt tensioner needed two ring spanners locked together to get enough leverage against the spring.
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I've had the (aircon type) aux belt off Mrs Dave's 1.2 Dynamic. TBH the strut was not a problem. It is annoying the whole inner wheel arch liner has to be removed to shift the vertical cover up against the engine.

The belt tensioner needed two ring spanners locked together to get enough leverage against the spring.
A very windy weekend, didn't fancy having the cam cover off and bonnet open in the wind, so lazily did nothing. It can sit there until next weekend.
Did have a silly thought. "cambelt in the wind". Is there a hit song in there perhaps? Now that thought won't go away.

When I first did the cambelt a few years ago, I was not strong enough to move the adjuster with my standard 13mm spanner. No room for a breaker bar and socket. Tried two spanners together, but did not like the feel, with my hands going to be in there, so bought a set of extra long combination spanners. They have proved very useful on several jobs since.
As you get older, get longer spanners. I have a 3foot long 1/2 drive breaker bar, perfect for the hub nuts, and anything else refusing to move.
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When I first did the cambelt a few years ago, I was not strong enough to move the adjuster with my standard 13mm spanner. No room for a breaker bar and socket. Tried two spanners together, but did not like the feel, with my hands going to be in there, so bought a set of extra long combination spanners. They have proved very useful on several jobs since.
As you get older, get longer spanners.
In my search for a reasonably economic solution to purchasing vibro sockets I've come across Welzh Werkzeuk tools. I'm quite impressed with what I see and have been looking at their other offerings, which are quite extensive - wonder how I've never heard of them before? They have a spanner extension handle that looks rather interesting:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal...-/223513615426

I linked two combination spanners together in the well known manner, linking the open end of the "working" spanner with the ring of the "helper". I've done this for years but there's always quite a chance of it slipping and especially where you're working on a spring loaded component, like a tensioner, it only makes you more nervous!

I'm also tempted by their Lok Typ deep impact sockets:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Welzh-Wer...wAAOSwLhFdMclb

I've never had a decent set of deep impact sockets. When I was in at Pirtek the other day buying connectors for my new water wash gun and to upgrade my old "wimpy" rattle gun from it's PCL type connector, I was served by the chap who's keen on motor cycles. He mention that a friend of his had recently bought this very set and couldn't stop raving on about how good they are.
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I'd never heard of them either.
They appear to be a UK company, but have chosen a name that looks 'foreign', perhaps to create some credibility, or allow us to assume that they might have been around a while in other countries.
Their product lines look good, but their website needs work.

I've seen spanner extenders before, but am always cautious of them. Any spanner has a design limit to its strength, which shoule exceed the potential torque required for that size. Adding length might allow the user to exceed the spanner limit, leading to failure, especially on cheaper tools.

There's always a danger with anything tight enough to need that much force, that it might let go suddenly. Whenever pulling hard we should be mindful of how far and where we are going when it releases. I have some small scars on my left hand as an early learning point. There was some hopping about and squeaking at the time.
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When I did the Punto Mk1 HGT cam belt job, the aux belt tensioner was horrible. I could not get one (or two) spanners on the job - terrible access Even if I could get in, there was no way to safely apply any force.. But the jack with a length of broom handle with a slot in one end was perfect for lifting the end of an ordinary ring spanner. It also held the tension wheel out of the way so I could wrap the belt correctly.
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Bought a router, for doing some wood work. Also bought a cheap second had router table, didn’t expect much from the table given it was dirt cheap, the problem was it turned out it did not have the clamps to attach the router to the bottom of it, this would have normally made me very annoyed, but it gave me a project to do, so fired up the laptop and designed some new brackets specific to the router I have and now printing them out on the 3D printer, so not grumpy and not smiling exactly but gave me something to do and kept me busy.
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I'm tired..

I was wondering why you needed a router table surely you could just stick on it the window sill next to the phone socket.

Yes I know it's a woodworking tool..not a device for accessing the internet, after 3 reads I caught up with the class though.
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I'd never heard of them either.
They appear to be a UK company, but have chosen a name that looks 'foreign', perhaps to create some credibility, or allow us to assume that they might have been around a while in other countries.
Their product lines look good, but their website needs work.

I've seen spanner extenders before, but am always cautious of them. Any spanner has a design limit to its strength, which shoule exceed the potential torque required for that size. Adding length might allow the user to exceed the spanner limit, leading to failure, especially on cheaper tools.

There's always a danger with anything tight enough to need that much force, that it might let go suddenly. Whenever pulling hard we should be mindful of how far and where we are going when it releases. I have some small scars on my left hand as an early learning point. There was some hopping about and squeaking at the time.
I agree with you about the extenders and the way they can dangerously over-stress a tool. Also, as tools are made from very high quality (usually chrome moly/vanadium) steel it takes a lot of effort to snap one and it doesn't half go with a bang when it does. Often little bits will fly around too! (not that I make a habit of this!)

PB I've had a very good look at all I can dig up on the Welzh Werkzeug They seem to be a British company with some quite interesting catalog items. I like a lot of what I saw and I think it likely that they are in competition with the other mid range suppliers - their offerings seem to compete at this level. Theirs was the first I had seen of these "special" sockets which claim to be able to tackle worn (partially rounded) fixings:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Welzh-Wer...wAAOSwLhFdMclb
Like you though I wondered at their choice of brand name. They have a nice and very open website https://www.welzh.com/ where I found their managing director's name is Mr Welch. Their stuff looks pretty good to me.
But then as I started hunting around I found a number of brands doing them - I think Snap On even seems to have a version? Then, quite by chance, I came across these Bergen branded ones:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254263842900
They look the same and I've got a small number of Bergen stuff which has all worked fine and seems robust and well made. I also like the way that the smaller sizes have been machined to give better access in confined applications - then I noticed the price, so it was no contest.

I've had them a few days now and used them a couple of times. They are nice to handle with a pleasantly robust "weighty" feel and are a very nice fit on the nuts/bolt heads. Haven't tackled anything "challenging" yet which might test the Xi-on feature but I can absolutely see how they should work and can see no reason why they should not be effective. I can't see them gripping a completely rounded off fixing though, there would need to be some degree of hex about it. - hence, I suppose, their claim to work on up to 85% rounded fixings?
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Is that the Bergen ones or the Welzh ones you've got?

Bergen is a UK brand name, not as we are supposed to think a German company. Their stuff is often at car shows and the like, and seems to be good quality. I think mostly made in China, but China will jsut as readily make good stuff as rubbish, depending on what the customer wants.
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