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#1    seeder

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

Oh boy you wouldnt want this to happen to your car now would you?

Walkie-Talkie' skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts

A new London skyscraper dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street.

Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap, in the City of London, on Thursday afternoon.  When he returned about two hours later, he found parts of his car - including the wing mirror and badge - had melted.

Mr Lindsay said he "could not believe" the damage. The developers have apologised and paid for repairs.  The 37-storey skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, which has been nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie" because of its shape, is currently under construction.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...london-23930675


Kind of related, -  I left a ciggie lighter on the dashboard shelf under the windscreen last summer, when I came to the car later it had exploded like small bomb, bits of red plastic everywhere, and one bit, had so much force behind it it embedded into the tough inner windscreen trim/plastic.  Lucky it didn't bust the screen and perhaps even luckier I wasn't driving as a bit of that could have blinded me.

When I posted what had happened on a car forum I'm a member of, I was surprised as others said it happened to them at various times too




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Edited by seeder, 02 September 2013 - 04:39 PM.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

Thanks for that.

I can't help but think that the eyesores being built nowadays, at least in Asian cities, will be very much regretted by the next generation.


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:32 PM

They had a similar problem with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA:

http://en.wikipedia....ection_problems

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:41 PM

View PostOniomancer, on 02 September 2013 - 05:32 PM, said:

They had a similar problem with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA:

http://en.wikipedia....ection_problems


Good story!!

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:32 PM

I'm a little disappointed that the architects and engineer's did not consider this potential problem before construction.


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 09:15 PM

You haven't dealt much with developers, have you?


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:43 PM

View Postseeder, on 02 September 2013 - 04:33 PM, said:



Kind of related, -  I left a ciggie lighter on the dashboard shelf under the windscreen last summer, when I came to the car later it had exploded like small bomb, bits of red plastic everywhere, and one bit, had so much force behind it it embedded into the tough inner windscreen trim/plastic.  Lucky it didn't bust the screen and perhaps even luckier I wasn't driving as a bit of that could have blinded me.



I got into my car one day and I thought one of my female friends had glittered it... it was sparkly all over.  Didn't figure it out until i found the top of the plastic lighter I had left in there.  The sun, she is a hot one!


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:58 AM

Wow--cars melting in the sun...that's a new one on me.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 05:34 PM

Wonder if his insurance is gonna pay?


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 05:54 PM

dont park a porche there


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:14 PM

View Postancient astronaut, on 08 September 2013 - 05:34 PM, said:

Wonder if his insurance is gonna pay?
If he had "comprehensive" coverage, I suspect so -- but I don't know if this is sold in Britain.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:23 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 08 September 2013 - 06:14 PM, said:

If he had "comprehensive" coverage, I suspect so -- but I don't know if this is sold in Britain.

Not required. This is a clear case of developer negligence.

Their insurance company will deal with it.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 08:24 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 08 September 2013 - 06:14 PM, said:

If he had "comprehensive" coverage, I suspect so -- but I don't know if this is sold in Britain.

Yes it is, we have 3rd party only, 3rd party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive. But the article did say the builders/architects whatever offered payment

"Mr Lindsay said the developers had apologised and agreed to sort out the £946 repair costs"

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:10 PM

It amazes me they were able to get the required permits with such an obvious potential, all that glass shaped convex.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:43 PM

C'mon he drives a Jag, he deserved it.





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