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Okay, so I don't drive. Recently moved out, been relying on parents to take me shopping whenever the time suits us both. But it's a bit of a pain. Never normally go to a big supermarket, just the small local Asda or Aldi and just grab a few things. Always forget things etc, end up going anything up to a week just eating some form of battered chicken and chips from the freezer.

I've found online works better for me. Did my first shop on Ocado because you get 30% off your first order. But overall, I think they're a little pricey (mostly meat, pantry food seems reasonable). Same thing with Morrisons. I've gone with Asda this time, waiting on a delivery.

Now, Iceland to me looks the cheapest, by far. And they deliver fresh food too (initially thought it was all frozen). So, I'm looking at going with them in the future.

However, I like to drink beer on my days off from work. And Icelands selection is abysmal. I've been going to the local corner shop, or to the garage on the way home from work for beer. But, they're a little more expensive than a supermarket, 8 cans for a tenner vs 15 cans for £12 or whatever. But, of course it all adds up over the month.

Was wondering, maybe if I did a weekly/fortnightly shop at Iceland. Then just put an online order for a months supply of beer with Asda or something, do you think Asda would decline it?

Or, what do you find to be the cheapest supermarket (that deliver?).

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I have a few Echoes right now. Ones connected to my line on on my motherboard, so I can hook it up to my computer speakers.

Only issue is, when I have my computer turned off, I obviously can't hear anything.

Anyway, wake on Lan is a thing. Is there a way to tell echo to 'turn my computer on', without going the IFTTT route?

Asus AC87U of that makes any difference.

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Hmm. I have the link on how to do it using IFTTT, if anyone else reading this wants it, but it's not what you asked for.

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Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

I'm not dead against IFTTT. For smart home stuff I'm pretty basic. Not really interested in home automation so I've not really seen the need for IFTTT. That said, if I can find something useful to do with it, I'm all up for it.

Or get an audio splitter

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Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

To be fair, I do have a DAC. I mostly use my Ecoes for smart home. So I don't really need a response from it when I tell it to turn on/off lights. My DAC does USB (which my computer's connected to), and a line in. Which I can manually switch between the two. I guess I could just go buy a 3.5mm to RCA cable. I'd just have to switch between the two on my DAC.

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I don't yet have any smart plugs in my home. And I'm trying to find an excuse to start purchasing some...

At the moment, I'm using those 'tower' fans. The controls are electrical, and therefore wouldn't work. If they're powered on, and then I turn them on and off at the plug, they automatically turn on.

So I have two options here.

Option one, before I buy a cheap fan and an adapter, I'm wondering if there are actually any 'smart fans', that can be controlled my Alexa. Ideally that would be great, because (in theory) I could control the speed, oscillation etc... This is the ideal option, but I don't believe there's anything on the market for this.

Option two, buying a traditional fan with mechanical buttons. So I can always have the fan set to 'on' and I could just tell Alexa to turn it on and off via a plug.

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Not entirely sure if this is the best subreddit for this...

But, I'm in need of a decent BBQ.

Ideally I'm looking for one with a thermometer, and also a bucket/tray to collect the ash and coal for easy cleaning.

Something a decent size too, I've been using my parents old 'kettle' BBQ, but it's tiny. Probably only cost them like £20 though...

Anyway, found the ideal one on Asda's website, but it since shows out of stock, and is no longer listed. But I still have the product page: https://direct.asda.com/george/home-garden/bbqs-outdoor-heating/uniflame-60cm-american-grill/050073880,default,pd.html

Any recommendations?

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i thought, "that's a bit pricey fora barbecue" so i went to b+q website to see whats on offer, seems that's actually a really good value barbecue you found there, i would phone and pester them, see if you can find out if they are getting any more.

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Original Poster1 point · 23 days ago

It looks like a real quality barbeque for the price. I rang them earlier and they told me they don't have any. I also asked if they were planning to get more and she told me it's unlikely.

Need one for Wednesday. So I've had a look at some local shop websites and can't really find much that I like. Might have to look online.

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So at the minute I'm using Amazon for my music streaming.

I've been using just one echo dot connected to some speakers in my kitchen, but with Prime Day I figured I'd get myself another two Echos.

I've got one in the bedroom, and just set one up through the line in on my motherboard.

Anyway, multiroom audio seems to cut out quite often. Then it'll start playing again on the next song. Any fix for this?

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I've had some issues with a device dropping from the Everywhere group every now and again in the past, but this last week, it's getting worse and worse. It happens every couple of songs now, and it's seriously affecting my ability to enjoy music throughout the house.

Sorry I don't have a solution for you, but I wanted to let you know you're not alone.

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Original Poster1 point · 24 days ago

Shame really. Almost went for the Google Homes prior to purchasing another two Echos. But the lack of a 3.5mm jack put me off.

I'm guessing it's a sync issue. But I've no idea really.

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Okay, so I don't know the exact name for these things. A quick Google and it comes up with 'Highland Midge', also, a picture came up with pretty much exactly what they are:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5630e470e4b07269a3528caf/t/592ae94303596ef18973d2a9/1495984468628/midges-in-scotland.jpg?format=2500w

They're little tiny flies, probably not even 1mm big. They're really small.

I'm from the UK, Yorkshire to be specific.

Anyway, so these things get everywhere, if I leave my patio doors open, they'll get in the house. There will be areas of skirting board that are covered in them.

Now, being a smoker, I'll always go to my patio doors to have a smoke, but by the time I've opened the door, and sparked a cig up, I'd end up with loads of these things crawling all over me. In my hair, my face, my arms. I'll look at my T shirt and I could probably count atleast 30. They're literally everywhere right now.

I've just looked at my front door, I bet there's about 100 on there.

My parents live next door but one. They seem to have plenty on there front door, but nowhere near to the extent I do.

Anybody know of a way to get rid of them? I've seen fly traps you put up in your garden etc... No idea if they'd work. Maybe some type of poison?

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Here are some suggestions:

Remove any standing water. They breed there.

Deet will repel them from your person.

Close doors and/or quit smoking.

Reduce foliage around the home, especially near your doorways. They hang out there during the day.

An insect light trap may have some success. Some species are more susceptible than others and I don’t know how well they work again your species.

Wait. Most insects are seasonal and midges are no exception.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Cheers for the help. No standing water, but I do have a hedge as a fence right to the side of my door. Behind my back garden, there's overgrown weeds and whatnot. Think that'll be a problem?

I'll try a light trap.

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First of all, I've never actually been diagnosed with IBS. I'm just hear to see if anyone can relate to this to figure out if I have it as I suspect I may.

Okay, so when I have a drink (alcohol). I'm usually fine. However, when I drink a lot, either a lot in one night (12-15 beers, which I'm aware is a lot), I'll sleep fine that night. But the day after, my abdomon/stomach seems to 'spasm'. Like, it'll appear my stomach is pulsating? My stomach area has some mild pain, nothing too bad. I'll have gas, but it'll be more like, once every 5-10 minutes (especially after I wake up), I can force out a really small fart. My stool the day after drinking will be almost watery, but the day after that more of a moose before returning normal. But the biggest issue is whilst I'll sleep fine the night of drinking, the night after I struggle to sleep at all, the mild pain and the spasming of my stomach is enough to keep me awake. Food and drink seem to ease this a little. But last night I went to sleep at around 3am, most likely didn't fall asleep until about 6 (took some painkillers, tried eating food and having plenty to drink). But then, I'd seem to wake up suddenly every hour and my sleep was very light, seemed to remember dreaming through the lot of it.

I would note that it's only alcohol, and a very heavy night of alcohol that this seems to happen. Also note, that I believe my brother was diagnosed with IBS (he doesn't drink however from what I'm aware).

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I used to drink alot, and shit a lot,as I got older one drink now makes me shit alot. So I dont drink anymore. Period.

So yes, alcohol can be a huge trigger of IBS.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Can you relate to the whole spasm/pulsating stomach thing? See, when I've spoke to others, they don't seem to have any idea what I'm on about. But, if it is IBS, it only seems to trigger from excess alcohol.

Mmm not pulsating but the cramps feel like period cramps so it's like painful as fuck and almost feels like a heat in there and just contracting type pain

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Certainly hope not. I'm male. Atleast last time I checked I was.

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Any ideas what action I can take of I suspect something's in my loft?

When I first got the house in October, I spent time renovating it, and I remember what I thought was something scuttling above the ceiling in the loft. I told my parents and they just laughed and thought I was being daft.

My dad was actually up in the loft recently fitting a TV aerial for me. He didn't notice anything at all.

I've been moved in now for 3ish months. And I'll notice the sounds during the night fairly often. But not necessarily for a long period of time. Literally just done it now, heard it for about 2 minutes or so and it's gone quiet.

The insulation up there is really thick. Around a foot at a guess.

With the 'heatwave' we're having, I stuck my head up there when my dad was fitting the aerial and it was like a sauna.

Or am I being daft? Could it just be noise from pipes or something? Or maybe a large bird on the roof?

Seen a squirrel in the garden once when I was having a party. Can't imagine it's a bird, can't hear no wings). Can't imagine it's mice (from what ive read, if it is mice there would be lots of them, and I only hear this sound maybe once every few days, and just for a few minutes...). Rats? Maybe, few bits of farmland around here.

EDIT: I guess some other useful information. The house isn't fully renovated yet. One tiny bedroom to the front of the house has damp issues on the ceiling. Parents suspect it's from inside the house (the PVC Windows are old, no way to open a window a little and latch it to keep it locked, so I suspect the windows were rarely ever opened). But maybe something else? Hole somewhere in the roof? (Although I doubt that, the damp seems to be a little spread out and in two patches), or maybe that's where a nest could be?

Also, last night for sure seemed to coincide when the birds start making noise in a morning...

Oh, and I don't really spend a lot of time up there during the day. It could very well happen during the day. But I've only noticed it happen for a few minutes at a time during the night. Not heard scratching, just what sounds to be crawling/walking.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Well, good advise. But I don't have any idea what's up there.

Just put some peanut butter and flour on some cardboard up there. I'll keep checking over the next few days to figure out if I'm going mad or not.

Just stick bit of chocolate or peanut butter on a bit of card and leave it near the loft hole. If you want to get clever leave a ring of flour round the bait so you can see what kind of footprints your intruder leaves.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Good shout. I'll plan to get drunk tonight (England game), so probably won't hear anything. Might do this and see what happens.

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Okay, I moved in to my new house, still plenty of renovation ongoing.

I've opted to keep the existing doors for now, but I've replaced the ageing handles, and replaced them with 'privacy' handles upstairs.

I've bought some new hinges too, the old ones are bronze and are in a mess.

The new ones are the same size, 3". But they're ball bearing, the old ones weren't. I don't know the correct term, but the mechanism that turns the door (where the ball bearings are housed), is a lot bigger than the older ones that were on there.

Now, when I compare the new and old ones side by side, the screw holes in the hinge look like they're placed in identical places. However when I go to screw them in, I can get all the screws in, but some are skewed a little. Not perfect. But I can get them in.

So the doors on, but now it won't close. The corner (furthest from hinges), seems to be hitting the door frame, same with the side of the door furthest. Any suggestions? Should I just buy some new hinges, none ball bearing?

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Okay, so as things stand I have Phillips Hue bulbs in my kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. I've only recently moved in to the property, and I'm having issues with the internet. If my server is downloading something, the whole internet becomes unusable. My Echo won't respond, and my phone will switch to 4G, and so I can't use the app.

Now when this happens, I can just use the lightswitch to control the lights. Apart from one room... The bedroom.

If in my app I have the bedroom lights off, and then I toggle the switch on the wall, it won't reset the light and turn it on to a warm white, it just won't come on at all. If on the app the bedroom light is turned on, and then I turn it off and back on again, it'll forget the previous settings, reset to a warm white. But it only does this if the light is turned on in the app.

Until I get my internet sorted I really need to try figure this out.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Wondering if maybe it's the light fitting. I got that imported from Germany (I'm UK). But voltage wise I think it's the same.

I know the bedroom light isn't earthed. But, neither is the bathroom and that still seems to work fine. I can't see it being an issue with Hue either.

I think the lightswitches have all been replaced, other than the one in the bedroom. That could be 20+ years old for all I know.

None of the lightswitches are on dimmers.

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Okay, so I bought a new home in October. It's only two doors away from my parents. We're pretty far from the local cabinet, max we can get is 38Mbps down (at my parents). Our cabinet was at capacity, so around January time, I noticed I could place an order for FTTC at my house, which I quickly did to ensure I'd have fibre for when I did eventually move in.

There were a few problems, an engineer had to visit. Tested it, 37 down. Was happy with that.

So, going forward, I moved in a month ago. Speed was about 30, but I was getting frequent disconnections, and each time the speed would get slower until it ended up at like 6Mbps. Turning the modem on and off seemed to fix this somewhat. Speed would go back up, it'd be okay for a day or so, then the disconnections would start again, speed would get slower.

I've had the house wired with Ethernet, some of the runs weren't long enough, had to be patched up, but testing each end of the cable worked fine (with an ethernet tester, flashing in sequence from 1-8). First thing I did was plug a laptop in, made sure I was getting gigabit speeds on each run, this was before I discovered the internet speed issue. The modem is upstairs, goes through one of the ethernet runs to the router downstairs. Which then goes through another run and connects up to the switch. I've tried putting the router upstairs to test, but this doesn't fix the issue.

Now, I'm a little reluctant to call an engineer out, because when the engineer came in January, I asked him about moving the mastersocket upstairs due to renovation, and he stated that my electrician could do it (even though I know only someone from BT are supposed to touch the mastersocket). So, my electrician, a friend, did it. However as the room hasn't yet been renovated (needs replastering, needs the wallpaper stripping), as things stand the wire is pulled through the wall, by about 3 meters, the mastersocket is just on the floor in the middle of the room, and I know that if a BT engineer turns up, they'll just charge me for tampering with BT equipment and fix it to the wall, which will cause problems with with plastering...

I actually posted on PlusNets forum about this, and out of nowhere a BT engineer came out the other day (no charge as far as I'm aware, although I did explain the previous engineer said this was okay to do). He actually told me he didn't do much (don't think he did anything), but as he was picking up the mastersocket one of the cables fell loose. So he wired it back up, and it seemed better. But... It's not. As soon as he left, it seemed better... But a day later, same issue once again.

I suppose I need to do more testing. Probably put the router back upstairs again to see how it runs for a day (the last time I did this, it disconnected within 5 minutes, didn't test it for a day or longer). But other than that, where do I go from here? The last engineer didn't seem to mind the fact the socket was unsecured, but for all I know the next engineer may not be so understanding.

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I'd replace that modem. If rebooting it fixes the speed issue it sounds like a case of crappy modem.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Maybe. But, it's the same equipment I'd been using at my parents, which was working fine before the 5 minutes it took me to disconnect it at the parents, and come around to my house and set it back up.

One concern I have here (no idea if there's any BT engineers here), but I believe the BT main wires are live, and if crossed can cause a short. Which has me a little worried... But if there was a short, wouldn't thos just stop working completely...

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Oh, and to note. The engineer that came out the test at the socket, not the modem. When he turned up, he said that the socket was coming back with 1000s of errors per minutes. But when he rewired it, it was coming back with 10 errors which was acceptable apparently. That means nothing to me of course.

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Is there anyway to tell if a breaker is faulty or if there's an issue with a short somewhere?

Been renovating my property, the living room is on its own circuit. Was probably wired around December time. Electrics were fine up until about a month or two ago. I hadn't moved in when it first did it, but I came around and noticed it had tripped. Turned the fuse/breaker up, was fine but tripped out again a few times that day. (Had nothing plugged in as I hadn't moved in at this point).

Then every other day it'd trip out again (once again, nothing plugged in).

I've moved in as of two weeks ago. It tripped out once last week. And today it's done it again, only this time the breaker won't stay up. It just instantly trips out.

I have an outside socket on the same circuit, initially thought this may have been wet or something. But it's turned off at the switch. It also doesn't work, my mother blew it going through a wire when cutting the hedges. Since been rewired to the new circuit, but I don't believe the fuse was replaced.

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Is it an arc fault breaker or a normal breaker? You can tell if its an arc fault if it has a little test button on the front of the breaker facing you.

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And this is where I am going to have to pass it on to a European electrician. Being in the US I have no knowledge of those panels or systems.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Ah, cheers anyway.

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I've had this house since October, I've been renovating it and haven't moved in yet, but I likely will at some point this week.

I ordered FTTC back in November, as I'd been checking for about 5 months and the area had been on a waiting list for so long it finally became available so I figured I'd place an order, (good job I did, it's been on a waiting list ever since).

When it initially became active, I was getting around 37 down and 2 up (I suspect the upload is being throttled), my parents/I've been living only next door but one, been getting about 37 down and 4-5 up there.

Anyway, I've since had the BT line pulled from where it was entering the property downstairs, and had it come through the wall in one of the upstairs bedrooms, the sockets currently very crudely 'installed', dangling from the wall with orange and white cables going to A and B on the mastersocket. (Was the same downstairs to be fair as I was having the room plastered). Anyway I'm now getting 30 down and 2 up. I'm not too sure if this is my ISP throttling the speed, wiring issue etc... And I'm unsure of when the speed dropped too, I was getting the 37 down as soon as the line became active, maybe it's now 'stabilised'.

Anyway, to get to the point. I can see you can buy new mastersockets online. The one I have doesn't have the filter built in to the socket, and from looking on here: https://www.btengineerlondon.co.uk/bt-master-sockets/ it looks like I have the NTE5a socket.

If I was to buy a NTE5C with the VDSL MK4 faceplate would I be likely to receive a faster connection at all? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-OpenReach-BT-Master-Socket-NTE5C-VDSL-MK4-New2018-Clear-Cams-BackBox-/182458125439

Oh, and regarding the wires, I do not need a landline, so I believe the only wires I need to put in to A and B is white and orange right? The rest (green and black, it also looks like there's three yellow wires in there too?) I don't need to do anything with?

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Can confirm, the new socket made no difference. I'll probably contact my ISP at some point. 7Mbps per second on the download and 3Mbps on the upload isn't a great deal, but when the speed is slow I need to take what I can.

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"Legally" you shouldn't be touching the network before the NTE, that part of the network belongs to and is the responsibility of Openreach now.

The three yellow "wires" are actually steels so be careful there sharp as hell and can cut/stab you easily.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Cheers for the input on the yellow wires. It's in a real awkward position at the moment, with everything stored in that room, including the bathroom sweet, awkward to get down to have a proper luck.

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Finally moving out of my parents for the first time at 27. I've always paid board whilst living there, so never really bought food.

Anyway, I've heard stories about cheap supermarket meats being full of water and what not. Anyone find any particular supermarkets meats are better?

Also, there's apparently a really cheap local butcher I always see all over Facebook. Probably on par with supermarket prices. How likely is it that cheap butchers do the same thing?

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If you are going to start cooking for yourself at home, I would highly recommend stocking up on a herbs and spices cupboard, it is pretty much a one-time buy because most of it will probably last you well over a year. Im talking Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Turmeric, Chili Powder, Garam Masala, Cumin Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Cinnamon Sticks, Bay Leaves and so on. Asian Supermarkets will be best for these if you live near one.

plus Garlic and Ginger but you have to buy those quite regularly

With those you can make all sorts of curries, chilis, stews etc. Really easy to make in one big pan with whichever meat chicken/beef/lamb or veg option. Then you can keep the rest in the fridge for 1-2 days or freeze it to keep for a bit longer, which will come in handy if you are working nights and dont have much time.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

I already bought a few herbs, but I already don't think I have enough. Got myself a little slow cooker, so this is the sort of thing I'll be looking in to.

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You can sort of 'disguise' veg within pasta sauces and curries. Means you're still getting healthy food but you don't need to eat big side portions of veg if you don't like it. You can make bolognese with chopped tomatoes, grated carrots (makes it absolutely delicious and I have no idea why!) and chopped onions and you won't even notice the veg.

If you learn to make a few easy curries, a chilli and some pasta sauces you'll be on to a winner. I used to look on BBC good food for easy recipes and it's helped me a lot, many of them are really simple.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

I'll check them out. I'm so picky with veg. I do like onions, potatoes (who doesn't), I will eat carrots, don't enjoy them. That's about as far as it goes. However, I do like tomatoes soup and sauce, can't stand tomatoes. I don't like sweet corn, but I can have chicken and sweet corn soup (maybe because it's softer). I think I often find the texture of food sometimes revolting. Mushrooms, no chance.

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I'm from the UK, and my internet comes down the phone line. This is in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

The smallest bedroom I'm using as my 'networking closest'. But this isn't the same room the phoneline comes in.

I've had my modem/router set up in the room the line does come in, I've been getting around 35Mbps. Which is about my estimated speed.

I've bought some new telephone wire, ran it under the floorboards and today I've got around to crimping the cables with RJ11 connectors. Works fine, but my speed is substantially slower, 25-27Mbps. Moving the router back in to the other room and using the presupplied RJ11 cables, it goes back up to around 35Mbps.

I tried to recrimp the wires, just in case it was an issue with that, did one end, tested it, the other end, tested it. Same issue. 25-27Mbps.

Now, looking at the presupplied cable, the RJ11 connector is grey, so I'm not able to see how many wires actually go in to the connector, however I can see there's only two copper pins on the end of it, so I'm guessing two. However the wire I have run as well as the connectors are four wires and four pins.

So here's my question, is the slower speed likely to be the cause of cable length (can't remember how long the cable was, 10m probably, cut about 1m off) or cable quality? Or could it maybe be an issue with with the four wires? I seem to remember when I moved the telephone socket I only used two of the three wires (telephone wires I believe) because the additional wires could cause issues with internet speed.

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Is the cable flat?

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

The RJ11/telephone cable is, yes.

Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

I have a friend that is doing the electrics in the house. He suggested doing it how it is.

If I need to run new wire it seems best that I leave the modem where it is and just run Cat5/6 to where I need it?

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Didn't seem to do anything. Only chopped about a meter of the cable off. Put some new ends on. Maybe it's the quality of length.

Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Just looking at the RJ11 cable end that came with the modem. The connector isn't see through, but I can see there's only the two copper pins right in the middle of the connector. So I assume it only has two wires connected up? This telephone extension wire I had has four, and I've got them all connected up. Will that likely make a difference?

Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

I only bought a pack of 10 RJ11s. Already used four, tempted to try recrimping and only connecting two wires up to the central pins, but if I do that and it doesn't work, I'll have to use another two cable ends and then I'll only have two left. Not much troubleshooting left at that point.

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So I've painted my whole house. I've noticed using masking tape seems to take the paint off my wall. Not a big issue, I've always repainted over the paint it's taken off. Painted a window sill yesterday, put some masking tape around the walls for a straight edge. Pulled paint off the walls and today I've gone to repaint the walls after a light sanding. But for the first time, the paint seems to have blistered.

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I'm in no way an expert but we had a similar issue where there was a hitherto unsuspected patch of damp near the sill. Hope you get some good advice.

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Original Poster2 points · 4 months ago

Thanks!

Not too sure it's damp though, repainted it only the other day, cleaned the windows up from my parents painting them and poor plastering. Put some filler down to clean it up and painted over it. Was fine then. Think this was on Saturday. Done the prep work. The paint left on the wall after the tape was pulled off, seemed pretty flaky, so I tried scraping off all the flaky bits, sanding it down (suspect I didn't sand enough), then washed the wall with a wet paper towel, this was yesterday so it will have dried. I'm sure all I need to do is wait for this to dry then sand it down again and re paint it. But yeah, whilst it's drying and I do that I'm just here for the advice.

I'm sure someone will know. Love the colour by the way!

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Original Poster2 points · 4 months ago

Cheers! Was unsure about the colour at first. Was a little rough from the night before when I chose it. Saw it go on the wall and thought it was a lot darker than I expected. Grown on me though, love it now.

https://imgur.com/a/8FVc8

https://imgur.com/a/zaZBu

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Okay, so I've got two rooms I can't really afford to have skimmed that I think I may be able to do an okay job at DIYing.

Basically, ones a really small bedroom, struggle to fit a single bed in (above the stairs), going to use it as a wardrobe. Walls, are mostly fine, but there's a lot of holes in the wall from the built in wardrobe, and built in single bed woodwork. There's a bit of unskimmed plasterboard (would have been below the built in bed). The paint on the wall seems to be peeling off, for the most part I can peel this off in large sheets. But, it's a little patchy.

The bigger bedroom is a little different. Probably hasn't been plastered since the house was built (late 60s), but for the most part, it is okay (yet to take the wallpaper off mind). It did however have a 'dado rail' which I've pulled off which is brought some decent chunks of plaster off with it (all the way to the wall). Also, it has coving which I do want to take down (so may damage the walls and ceiling a little).

Both rooms I intend to replace the windows sills in, also sockets need to be added and moved, so some patching up will need to be done there.

I'm here looking for suggestions really on the best DIY route to fixing the walls, that isn't plaster.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-ready-mixed-plaster-white-10kg/23226

I've noticed this on Screwfix, but most of the negative reviews seem to suggest it's just normal filler, and a poor filler at that, sags a lot in deep holes etc...

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Yeah there’s no good way of doing it other than moving the back box over enough to get the clearance to fit the socket and data face plate. Depends on the box and the material it fixed to as to how easy or hard it will be.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Was a bit of a nightmare fitting it. It's a solid wall, and it's hollow breeze block. As the back box is 38mm we had to chisel out that much breeze black we ended up in the hollow wall.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

I'm from the UK. Had my father fit the backplate for my ethernet runs in my bedroom, it looks like he's fitted the socket too close to the plug socket, and I can't get the faceplate on. I've ordered some other ones, which are due to arrive tomorrow. The bedroom has since been plastered. Bit of a nightmare really.

I'm sure this will be a no, but if the faceplate ended closer to where the screws are. It'd be fine. As I say, I'm sure this will be a no, but is anyone aware of and smaller faceplates?

Any other solutions at all?

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So I'm currently renovating and running ethernet everywhere. The keystone jack's I have, have an A or B configuration for the green and orange wires. From what I've read, it doesn't really make any difference, BUT the rest of the network has to be run the same way. Question I have, if I was to buy some premade ethernet cables online, would they come in the A or B configuration?

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Original Poster0 points · 5 months ago

Okay, so I just need to make sure both ends of the same cables are the same? So say I wire it all as B. Then plugged some premade cables that happened to be A type in the sockets, it wouldn't be an issue?

Original Poster-1 points · 5 months ago

So it's regional? I'm from the UK. Cheers for the advice.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Maybe even sticking something up there to hide it? I don't know what though. Due to the sloped ceiling, mirror etc won't really work. Calendar, maybe. Rather not stick nails in the unit though.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Just had a new kitchen fitted. It's been changed around a lot since the previous kitchen, doors blocked in, added, pantry taken out. So it needed a completely new plan. Anyway, it seems that there's been some issues with measurements and the last wall unit just fit in, but as you can see in the picture, the corner had to be chipped away a little. It wouldn't be that bad, but you can see the rough bits of MDF around the chip/cut if you really looked for it.

What's the best solution to cover this up? Novice it DIY, it's my first house, and I'm picking things up along the way.

Anyway, I've apparently got 4 end panels that need sending back to the kitchen company as they're not needed. I'm not entirely sure just yet whether they're for the wall or base units. But if one is for a wall unit, I was thinking maybe getting someone to do a better cut at the corner and putting that on the end.

If that isn't possible, any other suggestions? Using filler maybe and glossing over it?

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I'm in the process of renovating. I've had most of the rooms plastered, and I've installed some white sockets temporarily whilst painting. A fair few had bits of plaster that needed cutting away to get the sockets in, which is fine, but once they've been installed there has been gaps around a few sockets from chipped plaster.

Anyway, sorted that out with a bit of filler. However the filler seems fairly brittle, and when I get around to fitting some metal sockets, I fear it may (or may not) fall off again.

Obviously back boxes are all the same size and everything, but is it possible to get slightly larger (say 5mm each side) faceplates/sockets/switches? Which would cover up all the holes? Cheers.

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Generally decorative sockets have a slightly bigger profile than standard equipment, most also come with a backplate/gasket which adds another 2-3mm to profile. -Electrician.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

Awesome. So ideally I want to be looking at those 'screwless' ones as they should be the largest right?

I’m not sure what you mean by ‘screwless’. My advice would be to ask at your wholesalers for equipment with ‘gaskets’ as these will hide minor paint damage. Click Deco (and others) come with gaskets.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Cheers for the recommendation.

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I'm looking to get to 80 ASAP really. Especially with what's left of DXP. I stopped playing RuneScape back in 2005, and any new skill since then I've neglected, even RuneScape which came out around the time I quit.

Made an account around 2007ish but didn't do much. Started again last year properly.

I got about 40 div without doing anything, protean and skill lamps.

So yeah, right now I'm at gleaming whisps. But would it be faster to buy energy and then weave it?

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Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Completely forgot about that place... Done the Mining and Agility I think it was in there already. Is it an XP cap you get there then? (Thinking about DXP).

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I'm looking to get a few Amazon Echos, mostly for controlling smart home devices and also multiroom audio.

For my living room (my computer will be set up in here), I'm planning on only going with an Echo Dot. I've got some studio speakers along with a DAC that I'm using currently with my computer. Makes sense to use these (if possible).

Anyway, the DAC is connected via USB to my computer, and then there's a second AUX connection I could use for the Echo. However, I have to manually switch between the two options, doesn't allow to play from both sources at once. I can imagine the daily frustration right now with that... forgetting to switch back etc... Not being able to use it whilst I'm on my PC. So is there any way around this?

Only other question... I use Spotify for music, love it. I've cancelled it though and switched to Prime Music because I've heard it will do multiroom audio with the Echos. But Prime Music is nowhere near as good. Anyway to get Spotify to work multiroom?

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Multi-room with Spotify as the source is supported on Echo.

Regarding the speakers, sounds like you need a mixer if you want two sources active at once. You may be able to do it via the Sound Mixer on your PC or with whatever came with the DAC, if not, you'll need to go through it before connecting to your DAC. Without knowing more details, hard to say what kind of mixer you'll need, etc...

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Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

Nice. Spotify now supports it? Might have to jump back on that then. I'll check if it's possible through Windows. Hoping so...

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Was pretty drunk last night and attempted completing Plagues End. Think I died like three times. Don't think I was running away from his special attack to be honest, probably why. Anyway, going to give it another go now I'm sober. Any recommendations on how to kill him?

Attack 76. Strength 62. Defence 66. Range 75. Magic 59 and prayer is 99.

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I had a difficult time doing this while sober, with much higher stats. Magic certainly was the answer, along with banking frequently. I dont remember how many rounds there are, but I may have banked during each. Probably would have helped to use summoning too, but I almost never remember to.

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Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

Managed to do it. Ended up ranging him because my range is much higher. I was having to bank after every second battle. Think when I was drunk I wasn't moving out of them clouds he spawns.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

Think I was ranging him last night. Saw a few suggest using magic. Wasn't sure if 59 was good enough though.

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