Diesel car drivers betrayed as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution #car #check


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Diesel car drivers ‘betrayed’ as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution

As Britain is sued by the European Commission for breaching pollution limits, drivers of diesel motor vehicles are warned that they face higher costs

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More than 10 million motorists who were betrayed and misled into buying diesel cars have been warned that they face higher costs as the European Union puts pressure on Britain to cut air pollution levels.

It comes as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, announced plans to charge diesel drivers an extra £10 to drive in the capital a measure that could be copied by as many as 18 other cities.

For more than a decade, motorists buying diesel cars have enjoyed tax breaks because the cars produce lower levels of carbon dioxide and are more fuel efficient.

Now, Britain is being sued by the European Commission for breaching air pollution limits, because emissions from diesel vehicles are contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths each year.

Senior Conservatives are understood to be lobbying the Government to increase road taxes on diesel vehicles to bring them into line with petrol, although ministers have ruled out such a move in this parliament.


Foundation Wall Cracks – Why Basements Leak Water #water #leaking, #basement #water #problems, #basement #seepage, #cracks #in #the #floor


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Why Basements Leak Water

Most builders would agree that water leaking into the basement is a common warranty issue. Homeowners and builders are continually looking for ways to utilize every square inch of potential living space. As a result, basements are frequently being converted into useable space. Thus, designing to keep basements dry is more important than ever.

Some basement water problems occasionally arise during the construction process and disappear when a home s drainage system is fully functional. Other potential problems continue to exist and should be addressed as a preventative measure, especially in cases where the basement will be finished within the first year.

Walk through any basement early on during construction and you will often find water for any number of reasons: sump pump needs greater capacity or just power to run, final grade has not yet been completed, gutters are not installed, pipe penetrations have yet to be sealed. The list goes on and on. The result is basement seepage which may never occur again once everything is operational, but should be carefully analyzed for future ongoing problems.

Lack of drainage around the foundation wall can result in significant amounts of water entering the basement through tie holes, wall and floor cracks, floor seams, and honeycombs. Tie holes occur at the point in the wall where the metal remains of the rods that were holding the concrete forms together during the wallpouring process. They are found along the vertical seams where the two concrete forms meet. This distance between the vertical rows of tie holes is typically two, three, or four feet. Tie rods are usually round in shape or flat.

Round ties can present problems when used in colder conditions. After the forms are removed, the ends of the tie rods are broken off by rotating the end of the rod in a clockwise direction with a hammer. Because the concrete walls cure significantly slower in the winter time, spinning the ties can break the bond between the concrete wall and steel rod. The result can be a whole wall of leaking ties. The good news is tie rod holes, unlike wall cracks, will not move or shrink any further. Repair is simple and can be done by coating the surface of the hole with a two part epoxy or urethane paste or even hydraulic cement. An alternative approach to reduce the chance of ties leaking is to wait to break the ties until the contractor returns to pour the basement floor. Protruding rods, however, can present a safety issue.

Cracks in the floor or the space left where the floor meets the wall (called the cove joint) rarely, if ever, leak as long as the sump system and draintile system are working properly. On occasion, the cove joint can show signs of moisture in areas a great distance from the pump or in alcoves or bays. This joint can be injected with urethane and, when cured, stall the water long enough to allow it to drain. This is assuming the draintile is not blocked. Cracks in the floor should never leak. If water is coming up through floor cracks, the pump may not be working or the draintile has a blockage.

Honeycombs are areas in the wall where the Portland has not been able to encapsulate the aggregate or stones. The most common cause is concrete remaining inside a concrete truck too long. If the concrete cure advances inside the truck too far, the Portland will not mix well with the stones creating voids in the walls once the concrete is poured in place. Honeycombs can often be repaired with simple patching, though some will require an epoxy or urethane injection if they continue to leak after patching.

Another area where water problems are commonly found is at the point where pipes penetrate the wall. To do this, a hole is left in the foundation so that the pipe can be placed through the wall. After the pipe has been fed through the wall, the contractor will often use a brittle and rigid hydraulic cement to close the opening from inside the basement. Hydraulic cement begins to cure in minutes so it is usually only pushed two to three inches into the wall. Vibration in the pipe, among other factors, will often compromise the seal of the cement and cracking it (resulting in the area to leak again).

A common ineffective approach is to reapply the cement or to coat the area with a sealant. Coating the surface of the basement interior wall, typically, will not stop leaks. The cost- effective and permanent repair involves drilling through the old patch into the void behind it and injecting non-shrinking urethane foam to completely fill the void. The void around the pipe is often greater than so it is important the urethane be non-shrinking in nature. Shrinking foams will eventually fail in large void situations.

The most common cause of basement water in homes is from leaking wall cracks. Concrete walls will crack due to the release of water during the curing process. Cracks will commonly be found near breaks in the wall (such as windows and beam pockets) or in the middle of long walls uninterrupted by turns in the wall. These cracks will not automatically leak but often do. Surface repairs with rigid products such as hydraulic cement or epoxy will often fail again within a couple of years. Proper crack repair requires that the cracks be fully filled with either epoxy resin or urethane foam.

Advances in waterproofing techniques now allow builders to permanently repair cracks without calling in outside help. Builders including Pulte Homes, Dell Web, etc. now see the value in doing repairs in-house. As previously mentioned, proper crack repair requires that the cracks be fully filled preventing reoccurrences. With today s technology this is now possible and practical.


Diesel car drivers betrayed as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution #cube #car


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Diesel car drivers ‘betrayed’ as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution

As Britain is sued by the European Commission for breaching pollution limits, drivers of diesel motor vehicles are warned that they face higher costs

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More than 10 million motorists who were betrayed and misled into buying diesel cars have been warned that they face higher costs as the European Union puts pressure on Britain to cut air pollution levels.

It comes as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, announced plans to charge diesel drivers an extra £10 to drive in the capital a measure that could be copied by as many as 18 other cities.

For more than a decade, motorists buying diesel cars have enjoyed tax breaks because the cars produce lower levels of carbon dioxide and are more fuel efficient.

Now, Britain is being sued by the European Commission for breaching air pollution limits, because emissions from diesel vehicles are contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths each year.

Senior Conservatives are understood to be lobbying the Government to increase road taxes on diesel vehicles to bring them into line with petrol, although ministers have ruled out such a move in this parliament.


Facebook Finally Cracks Down On Auto-Sharing Spam With – 10-Second Rule. #bumper #to #bumper #auto #parts


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Facebook Finally Cracks Down On Auto-Sharing Spam With 10-Second Rule

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If you hate accidental auto-sharing, you’re in luck. Now you have to be watching or reading something for at least 10 seconds before Facebook apps can auto-share the activity to your Timeline. That should drastically reduce the amount of crappy click-bait articles and video clips you see in the news feed and ticker.

Video apps must also now inform you that they auto-share and provide an option to opt out on the page where a video is watched. These rules could deflate the user counts of apps like Viddy and Socialcam .

It also recently added more requirements to its comprehensive checklist  auto-sharing apps must follow. The debate rages on about whether “frictionless sharing” is the future of discovery or the death of curation. but at least Facebook is taking decisive steps to keep the worst content from spreading friend to friend.

Facebook launched its Frictionless sharing apps eight months ago, where users authorize an app once and it can then publish on their behalf when they take certain actions. But rather than firm requirements for privacy controls it has merely encouraged best practices that developers “should” follow.

Unfortunately many developers only care about maximizing referral traffic and user counts, not the health of the Facebook experience. Back then I said Facebook might need to come up with a solution on its end rather than relying on the good hearts of developers. Now its is finally getting tough on spam, making the 10-second rule a firm requirement for news and video apps.

Here’s the exact text, with my emphasis added in bold: “Built-in watch  and read  actions can only be published after someone engages with the content for 10 or more seconds. If a video is shorter than 10 seconds, the viewer must watch the entire video.” For contrast, Facebook’s policy on providing sharing controls for most apps only says “You should allow people to turn sharing on or off for the content in your app, and the setting a user selects should persist.”

Thankfully, video apps are now more tightly controlled. That’s important because unlike utility apps or news readers where most content is professionally made or there’s little opportunity for deception, video apps like Viddy and Socialcam often feature user generated content that can be misleadingly titled. Spam and link-bait are in the eye of the beholder so some 15 year old might really want to share a “Sexy Girl’s Top Comes Off” video, even if others find that video of a girl putting down the top of her convertible to be misleading spam.

For instance, I was pissed off when Socialcam auto-shared that I had watched “Lil Wayne Fights A Basketball Player” when it was really a video pulled from YouTube of the rapper celebrating a NBA team’s win by chest-bumping with one of the athletes. A lack of regulation and suspected favoring by Facebook’s EdgeRank news feed sorting algorithm led video apps to grow like weeds during April. In fact, they’re springing up and growing so fast they can’t moderate their user generated content in real-time, so Facebook minimizing the spread of low-quality content is critical.

Now for video apps, “You must provide users with the ability to remove any video stories you publish to Facebook, and include this option on the same page where you host the video content” and “You must give the user clear, ongoing, and in-context messaging that their watch actions will be published on Facebook.” That means even if you get tricked into clicking, it will be obvious that your viewing activity will be shared and you can instantly nuke the story.

If Viddy and Socialcam’ s traffic have been propped up by accidental views under 10-seconds each, the new rule could be a huge blow to their growth potential, and make their big funding rounds and enormous valuations seem even more ridiculous.

Beyond policy changes, Facebook has been tweaking how its displays auto-shared stories. It switched to a Trending Articles design that shows a blurb about a news article and not just link bait-prone headlines. Expect more product changes as Facebook adapts to emergent developer behavior.

Frictionless sharing and the Open Graph platform are hugely ambitious moves for Facebook. They could provide the content and ad targeting necessary to grow its revenue such that it can justify its $104 billion IPO price, or at least its current $81 billion market cap. But they also push the limits of privacy and fundamentally change how we share from an explicit to an implicit action.

Developers can’t be left to police themselves, or many will be as spammy as possible. If the average user is going to get comfortable with auto-sharing, they need to know an impulse or accidental click won’t instantly share something awful with all their friends. A 10-second grace period is a good start.


Diesel car drivers betrayed as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution #used #auto #dealers


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Diesel car drivers ‘betrayed’ as EU cracks down on Britain over air pollution

As Britain is sued by the European Commission for breaching pollution limits, drivers of diesel motor vehicles are warned that they face higher costs

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More than 10 million motorists who were betrayed and misled into buying diesel cars have been warned that they face higher costs as the European Union puts pressure on Britain to cut air pollution levels.

It comes as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, announced plans to charge diesel drivers an extra £10 to drive in the capital a measure that could be copied by as many as 18 other cities.

For more than a decade, motorists buying diesel cars have enjoyed tax breaks because the cars produce lower levels of carbon dioxide and are more fuel efficient.

Now, Britain is being sued by the European Commission for breaching air pollution limits, because emissions from diesel vehicles are contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths each year.

Senior Conservatives are understood to be lobbying the Government to increase road taxes on diesel vehicles to bring them into line with petrol, although ministers have ruled out such a move in this parliament.