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Post by rafterbr Wed Dec 06, 2023 1:24 pm

Yes the British thought it ridiculous I left the heat on all the time in the winter. Even in summer is cool. One time it got to 88 degrees and the highways started to melt. When I was there many of the cottages had coin machines in them. You had to pay with coins as you used electric or gas.

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Post by ferret Wed Dec 06, 2023 2:29 pm

The last time that I was in England for an extended period of time, I was sixteen and it was summer. All the Brits were in summer clothes but I wore a heavy kilt and sweater. We were staying at my mum's sister's home where you had to stand on the toilet to feed a shilling into the gas meter to be able to cook a meal. Heat only existed in the kitchen from a coal fed fireplace. Another Auntie's house had the loo in a separate building at the end of the garden. The water tank on the toilet was located at ceiling height and you pulled a chain to flush. I may have been born in England but I sure don't ever want to live there. Some things may have changed but the climate will never get better.
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Post by mudgirl Wed Dec 06, 2023 2:50 pm

ferret wrote:We were staying at my mum's sister's home where you had to stand on the toilet to feed a shilling into the gas meter to be able to cook a meal. Heat only existed in the kitchen from a coal fed fireplace.

No wonder they are no longer a world power lol!

Heat in only one room was quite common all over the world in the "olden days", though. It's one of the reasons why a lot of older homes had so many separate rooms with doors, as opposed to the open plan living spaces we see today. Many of the rooms would be closed off in the winter, with the whole family living and sleeping where the heat source was.

My old house in Canada was like that. Although baseboard propane heaters had been put in at some point, there was still the old coal stove in the kitchen. The kitchen was a small, skinny galley style, with a door into the dining room, another into the living room, another to the staircase. We took out all the doors and the interior walls, opening up the space, which required putting in beams where supporting walls were.

We also found a mark on an upstairs bedroom wall under layers of old wallpaper that said "Snow up to here, January 1926." (I actually can't remember what year it said, but something like that)

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Post by rafterbr Wed Dec 06, 2023 3:19 pm

It was the late 50's before inside toilets became prevalent. A lot of the water lines are over 100 years old and many are lead. Almost all of them leak but it rains so much in the United Kingdom no one is really concerned. My outside water faucet had a steady leak which concerned me. The landlord just shrugged it off and it was 4 months before it was fixed. I learned almost 40% of the water is lost through broken pipes and leakage. Don't think it is much better now.

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Post by CanuckBob Wed Dec 06, 2023 3:25 pm

Probably even worse here in Mexico......

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Post by mudgirl Wed Dec 06, 2023 3:35 pm

In late spring, early summer, when the city wells start drying up here in Sayulita and they seldom send water out my way, I start sending the water office videos of all the leaking outside faucets, hoses, and pipes I see. :-) They have actually come out and disconnected the water to some offending properties or made them fix their pipes. Sometimes it's just a matter of putting a washer in a hose end, which the property owner is too cheap or lazy to do. Instead they tie a plastic bag around it, which does nothing to stop the leak.

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Post by CanuckBob Wed Dec 06, 2023 4:09 pm

When we first moved here (2012), I was told that the water pipes from Lake Chapala to Guadalajara lost almost 80% to leakage. That has since been fixed, which probably has had some positive effect on the lake level.

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