OPD - Long overdue service and keyboard fix

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stephen_usher wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 10:50 am Surely that's the limb of an Ent?
It surely felt like I was fighting an Ent getting the damn thing out of the ground!!
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rubber_jonnie wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 10:26 am Sadly no progress this weekend, I I spent all my time digging this up out of the garden!!!

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Blimey @rubber_jonnie no wonder you were knakered!

Looks like the attack of the triffids to me! :lol:
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 11:23 am
rubber_jonnie wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 10:26 am Sadly no progress this weekend, I I spent all my time digging this up out of the garden!!!

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Blimey @rubber_jonnie no wonder you were knakered!

Looks like the attack of the triffids to me! :lol:
The soil round here is heavy clay too, which made it all the worse.
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I've got a ~20ft tree in the back garden. Causes a problem with fences and such (i.e. big roots).

I'm not going to cut it down though. It was here first, so I'm letting it be. :D
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 11:27 am I've got a ~20ft tree in the back garden. Causes a problem with fences and such (i.e. big roots).

I'm not going to cut it down though. It was here first, so I'm letting it be. :D
Agreed, the tree should be left as is.

This one was already gone when we moved in, but clearly they didn't dig very deep after it was chopped down!!
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Thats the problem when the previous owner does half a job. :roll:
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 11:56 am Thats the problem when the previous owner does half a job. :roll:
We 'think' it was down to the builders of the bungalows behind us (Not the ones who built our house) as the centre of the stump pretty much transected by the fence between our properties.

We also know that the houses on the road parallel to ours originally had gardens with trees at the end, roughly finishing at the fence line. They obviously cut down the trees and probably ground the stumps well below the surface, as we didn't find them until rotivating and found the stump about 6-8 inches below ground.

We also came to visit our house before they laid topsoil and turf at our place, and there was no sign of the stump then.

Hopefully we won't find anymore when we get planting!!
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Ah, forgot you said it was a new build.

Well, hopefully no more surprises...other than the old chest of Roman coins they didn't find down the bottom of the garden. Did you want me to pick up a metal detector at the next car boot sale? :lol:
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 1:38 pm Ah, forgot you said it was a new build.

Well, hopefully no more surprises...other than the old chest of Roman coins they didn't find down the bottom of the garden. Did you want me to pick up a metal detector at the next car boot sale? :lol:
Yeah, the Roman coins would be nice :)

Think of all the retro I could buy :)
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And finally the OPD has a.fully working keyboard again 😁

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The problem? Well a mixture of bad keyboard switches, made better with ST rubber domes, and bad keyboard ribbon to mainboard connections.

A bit of cleaning and tweaking and we're running again, though the m key is not 100%, it does work and I have plenty of ST domes spare!

No more RIFAs to blow either 😁
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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