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 Post subject: Large Scale Jenga
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I recently had a few big deliveries to a client's address and things didn't go very smoothly.

There are two 6 foot round stone pillars at the entrance. Well, there were. Now there's one dislodged pillar on one side and a pile of rubble, partly held together by ivy on the other.


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Oh sh1te, thats not good, do you know the culprits and have you got their insurance info ?

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Yeah, there was no argument. The same guy hit both pillars on two different trips on the same day. The builders merchants have sent round a stonemason to look at it but it looks like it is not being done through an insurance company.

I heard that the stonemason asked my clients if they wanted the pillars to be round when they rebuilt them. I find that slightly worrying.


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I would agree if they are squared more chance of removing more paint of your car! I guess he is just trying to cut the job or the cost down.

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It would actually put the cost up. To source that stone, cut new pieces and rebuild the pillars would cost about £4000. To dismantle the existing pillars and rebuild with the same stone (reshaping 2 collar pieces) comes in at just over £2000.

I can only assume that the stonemason is looking to clear the old pillars and start with different stone. I know the clients won't stand for that.

I completely forgot to finish the tale of disaster because I got lost in the process of uploading pics.

I also managed to back my van into the house that day and wrecked the back light and the back door. Luckily there was no damage to the house because it's one of those absolutely solid Edwardian things and I hit it on the cellar wall. The van was due its MOT and tax 2 days later so I've decided to get rid of it. I'm leasing a lovely new van for a few months and taking great pleasure in putting muddy footprints all over the gleaming floors.


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Dear Geewizz,
the ivy will be fine, just make sure it's watered regularly!.. :wink:

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Maplins do a really good reversing sensor kit for under £40, in central london i couldn't be without it.Parked up in front of a ferrari the other day and its was a nice and easy bit of parking even though a small crowd gathered hoping i would hit it.One cheeky guy was filming it on his phone hoping i splattered the ferrari and he could put it on you tube !!

Fitted this kit to all the vans ive had and stopped reversing into things ages ago.

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Dear Geewizz,
the ivy will be fine, just make sure it's watered regularly!.. :wink:


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lockie,
If I had put a reversing kit on my old van it would have doubled its value.

Good tip though. :thumbright: I'll definitely be getting one of those for the next van if it doesn't come already fitted.


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I've got a reversing sensor on my car!

It's called a tow hitch :lol: :lol:


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I'm getting shut of my van soon and I'd prefer one with parking sensors.

It is hard reversing large vehicles, but because some wagons are so large I can imagine lots of damage being caused by the side of the vehicle and not the back.

Your van looks very smart Lockie :thumbright:

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I moved myself when I went from St Albans down to the West Country.

Hired a 7.5Tonner from Ryder and reversed it PERFECTLY into my driveway in one go ... about 3" spare each side fron the Wall Pillars

Well Pleased with myself, I was :thumbright:


Shame when I drove out the next morning I forgot about the rear overhang and knocked the F*****g wall down :shock: :oops:

My Buyer was not too impressed when he drove past the house a few days later either :lol:

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I'm getting shut of my van soon and I'd prefer one with parking sensors.

It is hard reversing large vehicles, but because some wagons are so large I can imagine lots of damage being caused by the side of the vehicle and not the back.

Your van looks very smart Lockie :thumbright:


Thanks it has to be with some of the blue chip companies i do work for.That picture was taken in mayfair and cars that expensive are common around there.

Seriously those sensor kits are the business and a doodle to fit.They come with a hole saw to make the holes with and you only need to connect up to the reversing light with one wire and the other to the chassis.It beeps and also tells you how far away you are from the chosen target when reversing.

One thing i found though is dont fit them too low if you often load up your van,they pick up the ground if its really loaded up.I had to angle the sensors upwards more to offset this.


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fitting sensors is very easy as lockie says; just follow manufacturers instructions on setting the sensors up; they have to be level and plumb.

cost of these kits are comming down massively!


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Some developments today. I heard it through the grapevine that someone quoted for the job of putting the pillars right and suggested that it willl take a 3 man team 10 days. :scratch:

It boggles my mind to think what they're going to do for that length of time.

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Very time consuming dressing white lias. :lol:


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