Member Since: 11th Jul 2002
25th Jul 2019
Like DJKL I have accumulated quite a collection of tools covering my many DIY activities and I have always chosen good/best quality tools. I expect my approach is the same as that of employees who buy some of their own - not only is the "feel" or balance often important but I need to be confident that the tool will not fail in some way that threatens my health or even my life. Even a broken spanner can result in the loss of significant amounts of flesh from the hand holding it.
Early in my scientific career (nearly fifty years ago) I was working alone in my laboratory when a defect in the connectors to a measuring instrument resulted in my receiving a 2,800V shock between fingers on my right and left hands - roughly the same effect as a defibrillator. As soon as I had checked my pulse to confirm that I was still alive I sucked my burned fingers and discovered that cooked human does taste like roast pork.
27th May 2019
I understand that the Captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth has had some experience of the pitfalls of using the company vehicle (a Ford Galaxy, not the aircraft carrier) for non-work activities.
9th May 2018
Did you really mean "Better late then [sic] never."?
That is certainly one way of dealing with a problem.
PS Why were all the other contributions made on 2 May but I was not sent the thread until 8 May?
12th Apr 2018
Can your director leave home, visit the local supermarkets to collect his special foods, and then continue on his journey to where he works away (without returning home)?
If this approach would preserve his tax allowance then could he use a shop where he could order (and pay for) his food online beforehand and then only need to make a quick visit to the shop to pick it up?
16th Mar 2018
You may find this summary of encryption options from the New York Times to be helpful:
8th Mar 2018
Perhaps you could look at Carnegie Library on Wikipedia.
To cite from that article "Nearly all of Carnegie's libraries were built according to 'the Carnegie formula', which required financial commitments from the town that received the donation. Carnegie required public support rather than making endowments ..."
1st Mar 2018
Fascinating reading - I had always wondered where some of the regular contributors plied their trade.
To see what all the fuss was about I collected my lady friend and drove uphill to visit our local Waitrose - plenty of stock, but rather short of customers to buy it. Driving back downhill was, of course, rather more entertaining. I was surprised that the roads felt much more slippery than I would have expected for a couple of inches of snow and a temperature of -4 degC.
7th Feb 2018
I have not used eBay and I am not familiar with its processes, as the following comment may reveal.
I thought eBay operated an escrow system in which eBay held the purchaser's payment until the purchaser confirmed receipt of the goods. Only then would eBay transfer the payment to the seller.
If this is correct, how did the seller receive payment via eBay without the purchaser confirming to eBay that the goods had been received? Or was there a fraudulent confirmation to eBay?
1st Feb 2018
Just to clarify one point. In the "value of the consideration is significantly less than the value of the property" requirement is the "consideration" the reduced amount paid to the supplier? Is it thus irrelevant that the purchaser paid more overall than he need have because of the loss of the VAT reclaim?
I was wondering if the dodgy purchaser could try to argue that there was no "criminal property" because he had not profited by his false representation, albeit he had intended to profit by it.
29th Jan 2018
The OP has not said what equipment his client is running in the garage, nor what type of tripping is occurring.
If the equipment is drawing more current than the circuit to the garage will allow then a MCB (miniature circuit breaker) will trip or a fuse will blow - and only that circuit will stop operating. The maximum current is usually about 30A for a ring final sub-circuit supplying 13A sockets. Overloading such a circuit does seem unlikely when supplying modern electronics (PCs, displays, printers etc). Or is the client supplying electric heaters as well? Only in that case would any upgrade to house electrics be required and it would only be to the garage circuit. Such an upgrade would seem to be caused solely by the client's work.
If the client's electrics have an earth fault then that should trip the RCCB (residual current circuit breaker). If that happens then all of the house electrics (or a major part of them, depending on the design of the house's electrics) will cease to operate. If the RCCB is tripping than that could indicate that the house's electrics have a serious H&S risk (electric shock) that has been exposed by the activities in the garage. Such a fault would need to be fixed promptly. The cost would not seem to attributable to the client's work even though the fault was exposed by it.