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About Beccy

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  • Birthday 06/05/1981

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  1. I presume you're talking about the Scottish licence? It's the law, so I would say that regardless of personal feelings on whether it's right or wrong, if you want to run a professional business you should have one. Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  2. Hello! Will reply properly when I get back in from work [emoji16] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks Alex. Got it! Not so sure my hands will ever be the same again though haha [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  4. Non of these things are working. Despite my absolute hatred of phrases that begin "I'm not being xyz BUT..." I have also employed the strength of a man to no success. [emoji23] It turns a mm or 2 then hits against something and stops dead. http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5a96b71915141/MOV_0155.mp4 Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  5. Can't get it to shift at all [emoji53] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks Alex, I just didn't want to twist it too hard of that was the wrong thing to do! Off to try again [emoji16] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  7. I need to replace the lid of my Gardiner's Di vessel. New lid is here but can't work out how the riser assembly comes off the old one. The tube pulls out easily enough but the grey section that's connected to the lid that the tube goes into won't budge. Tried twisting it, pulling it out and pushing it in before twisting it like you would on a medicine bottle. Tried calling Gardiner's but their phones were busy so didn't get through. [emoji16] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  8. Beccy

    Scotland window cleaners licence

    If they follow my hose they'll find a van with a number plate, and my business name, website address and phone number plastered all over it! I'd be hard pushed to convince them I wasn't me! Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  9. Beccy

    Scotland window cleaners licence

    They don't do a criminal check... They say they do, but they don't ask enough questions on the forms to be able to. I believe they'd need you to fill in a full Disclosure Scotland form, which they don't request. They also don't even ask if you've been known by any other names, which would be critical information when checking someone's criminal history. I've also submitted insurance documents with a different name than mine (due to changing my name back when I divorced) and got issued a licence no problem! Unfortunately though, they can enforce it if they suddenly want to... They are allowed to fine you quite substantially, so although it seems they don't enforce it, it would be quite a risk to ignore it [emoji848] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  10. Beccy

    Scotland window cleaners licence

    The discrepancies in cost are appalling.... Mine is £305. The next council along is £93 [emoji848] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  11. Same here [emoji16] Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks for your thoughts guys. My round is all year, that's what my customers want and that's what I want. I've been going year round for 4.5 years and have no plans to change that. It's just frustrating when you get a week or more at a time that you can't work, hence why I'm looking at ways to increase the range of temperatures that I can work in. The van is well insulated. I didn't mention that because I thought it was obvious I would have done that before installing everything else. [emoji23] Can anyone answer the specific questions I had about immersion heaters... TDS affected by the element? And whether I can use a 13 amp socket for a 2kw element? I think I'm leaning that way at the moment but don't want to cause myself other problems by doing it. Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  13. Hey guys, To avoid derailing someone else's thread with a million questions.... I'm going round and round in circles here trying to decide how to solve my cold weather problems. I've barely made any money since xmas as everything is freezing constantly... hoses, pumps, tank and can't decided the best combination of ways to deal with it. I'm in the Highlands so it's below freezing a lot. Last week we had 6 nights in a row at minus 10. I have a van that I have just set up (will make a post about that at a later date, rather proud of it so far :) ). It has a 550L Wyedale tank, a 2 person setup running with 2 pumps and 2 controllers off one battery and a 3 ft tubular heater to try and keep the chill of and stop pumps etc freezing overnight. I obviously need a way to keep the tank from freezing overnight as the tubular heater isn't enough on the coldest nights and method of heating the water to keep the hoses flowing when they're on the cold ground. So here's the options I have so far and all the stuff going round in my head and I'd appreciate any thoughts helping me sort it out and reach a conclusion! 1. Higher power heater in van: Pros: - Stop tank and pumps etc freezing overnight Cons: - I don't have much space. - Won't make any difference to anything once I'm out at work on a cold day. - Need to somehow work out share of electricity used for work purposes. 2. Gas water heater mounted to ply panel on back door: Pros: - Keeps hoses from freezing while working and keep them nice and supple. - Only heats the water I'm using. Cons: - Doesn't help the tank or pumps overnight. - Costs are easier to account - Gas and equipment are 100% for work use. - Fire risk... When my son was a baby we were in a vehicle that went up in flames while carrying gas. The speed it all happened and the size of the explosions was terrifying. 3. Immersion heater in tank: Pros: - Sorts both problems in one go and doesn't take up too much space. - Creates a 'radiator' in the van that comes to work with me keeping some heat in the back whenever the doors are closed. - Warmer water going through the hoses while working. Cons: - Heating water I don't need (excess water at end of day or whole tank if school announces a snow day for my son after I've heated the water all night). - Drilling a great big hole in the side of the tank. - Can the element causes issues with TDS? - I'd need to run it off a 13 amp socket.... is that OK if I find a 2kw element instead of 3kw? - Can a Wyedale tank cope with hot/warm water? One other question - If I Google for "floating immersion heater", I find lots of dodgy looking ebay listings for potential fire traps with free postage from Hong Kong. Is there such a thing in existence that would be a safe way of plugging a heater in, opening the tank lid and throwing it in for the night if it's going to be really cold? Thanks :)
  14. If you put the propane heater on the door panel, does it cause any problems with hoses snagging, fittings working lose etc from the door being opened and closed all the time? Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk
  15. I think it's best to be honest and say yes, and it'll probably then ask you to say what tax was already paid. I did this once though and because the amount of interest I'd earned was so low, it was rounding it down to zero for me, then telling me I couldn't proceed without putting a figure higher than zero in! So I went back and changed the tick to No, which is east to do and then makes that section vanish when you click next next next however many times to get back to where you were! Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk

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