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David Schweizer

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David Schweizer last won the day on August 15 2016

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About David Schweizer

  • Birthday 29/09/46

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    Bradford on Avon
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    General Joinery, Cabinet Work, and Restoring Antique Furniture.
    Collecting and researching the history. of old Woodworking Tools,
    Agricultural, Social, and Industrial History.
    Canal History
    Genealogical Research.

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  1. I agree, informative and and an accurate (if brief) portrayal of what life on the canals was like for working boat people
  2. Oh they had my email address all right. I got frequent, very annoying, emails from all sorts of people who worked for them. I also always renewed the licence on line. I only opted out of their contact system after we had sold the boat.
  3. Nor me. I never received a request to complete a survey in the four and a half years that I held a C&RT licence
  4. Not a stairlift, but more like a lorry tailgate, we had a hydraulic lift on the old Bradford on Avon based K&A trip boat, it worked on 12v electricirty, but could also be wound by hand if the power failed. Wherter the new trip boat has one I do not know, but it may be worth giving the Trust a ring. There were also some disabled access hire boats further down the canal , From recollection they were run by a charity called Bruce boats, they may be able to lead you to a suitable access system.
  5. I think we get the point. The Gas Supplier has a legal right of entry without prior warning if they suspect the piping has been interfered with, or the meter has been bypassed, or if there is some suspected risk of a leak. Unfortunately some gas supplier's fitters seem to be under the illusion that this gives them the right to enter property without prior notice in all circumstances, including pre-planned upgrades and maintenance, and can be quite offensive when making that claim. It happened so frequently where I live, when they were replacing the gas main and domestic connections, that the Area Engineer received numerous complaints from residents about the approach and attitude of his local site supervisor. Things improved after he visited the site and spoke to some of the residents.
  6. No, and I have never suggested otherwise. I do not quite understand why you keep beating on about the danger of bypassing the meter, whilst consistently ignoring all the points which I have raised.
  7. So, apart from the suspected illegal bypassing of a meter, or an emergency, you do (by default) accept that the Gas Company have no legal right to access premises without complying with the statutory notice or Warrant requirements. The only circumstances in which the gas company can cut off a gas supply is if the customer has failed to pay any part of an outstanding bill within 28n days of recieving a statutory notice, and even then there is a long list of exemptions to this action being taken.
  8. Yes I understand that, and I can see how it could happen. With the correct fttings, which on my system are standard 22mm compression fittings, and having two shut off valves in the supply line, it would be comparatively easy to by pass the meter. However, I always thought that there is a regulator on the meter to control pressure, without which all sorts of problems could occur with appliances. Nevertheless, what I said is still correct, that apart from possible leakage (or the possibilty of criminal theft), or all other needs to enter premises must either be with 28 days notice, or with a Court Warrant. Why are you so unwilling to admit that is the case?
  9. Yes I wondered what he meant by that statement. If he meant fiddling the meter readings, they would still have to give the statutory notice, or obtain a warrant to access the property, so I suspect he means something else, although quite what, beats me.
  10. Yes and that is what I said :- "Only under very specific circumstances such as an emergency," The Statutory Instrument in your link serves to identify, in some detail, those emergency circumstances where access to properties can be achieved without a warrant, or 28 days notice. In no way does anything in it change the requirement to give either 28 days notice, or to obtain a Court Warrant in order to gain access for all non emergency access, Nor does it ammend the detailed list of exemptions identified in the earlier legislation. As a matter of interest, when the Gas company's site supervisor insisted that he had the right to access my house without my consent, i challenged him to identify the legislation which he thought gave him that right, needless to say, he was unable to do so.
  11. I think you will find that is a myth circulated by the gas companies in the hope that most people will allow access without a warrant. The legal process for cutting of a gas supply is a drawn out affair, which requires 28 days notice to be served, followed by the application for a warrant if the resident has refused access. Furthermore, they can only do that if the resident does not comply with the long list of exemptions. "Leaving the customer to freeze" is an interesting suggestion, but in most circumstances it is only possible without access if the property has a smart meter, or if they are prepared to dig up the road, or pavement.
  12. Only under very specific circumsrancs such as an emergency, All other access can only be gained with the consent of the property owner, or with the authority of a warrant. Believe me I checked this when the cockey lttle pratt supervisor insisted that he could, if neccessary, break into my house to connect the gas supply.
  13. And if they do, just hope they don't take over three months digging holes all, over the road and pavement, blocking peoples drives (with the cars still on them) moving machinery over people's gardens without prior notice or agreement, and "telling" anyone who dared to question what they were doing that they had a legal right to dig wherever they wanted, and had more legal rights than the Police to access to people's private property whenever it suited them.
  14. It isn't really old technology, and it isn't rocket science, any plumber or practical person should be able to master it quite easily, providing they have a decent heavy soldering iron and the correct solder and flux
  15. No Advance Warning, NO Explanation. Just went off and came back about half an hour ago. I thought the new software was supposed to stop this happening!