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Tom and Bex

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New warning signs at Knowle

12 February 2016 - 12:39 AM

I noticed yesterday these new warning signs have appeared on the bottom gate balance beams at Knowle locks. Are these signs unique to Knowle or are they going to appear on all locks from now on to compliment the faded and broken cill warning signs at the top?


Unusual alternator fault

10 December 2015 - 03:25 AM

I purchased a new alternator in August from a reputable supplier on ebay (item no. 181430420788) which has developed an unusual intermittent fault. I have contacted the supplier who doesn't have any idea what might be causing it but happy to do a straight replacement foc so no issues with them. I am just interested in what the fault might be.

The alternator will sometimes make a very slight buzzing noise even with the ignition off, and there is 12v on the D+ terminal even with the wiring to this disconnected. This causes the warning light to not illuminate but the alternator is still charging. 

It does not do this all the time and will occasionally do this after some time sat idle. It was first noticed when the control panel warning buzzer sounded in the middle of the night due to the 12v on D+ terminal earthing through the warning lights and oil pressure sensor. 

The alternator is installed in a dry internal engine room and the wiring checked for faults. I do have a split charge relay connected to D+ but there is nothing connected to the W terminal. The alternator is wired to the engine battery with the relay connecting the 2 banks together. I know this is not ideal and intend to change it at some point, but just interested in the current fault for now.

Thanks for any insight to this fault and apologies for the long post!


1990's Photos of Gas Street Basin area wanted

01 September 2015 - 01:03 AM

I used to spend my summer holidays during the early 90's working with BMCCC, mainly on the trip boat out of Gas Street. I would love to see any photos of the area taken during the 90's as can only seem to find older or more recent ones in my various books and online.

When we were moored in Birmingham again the other day I was trying to explain to my wife what the area around salvage turn was like before development. I can remember a boat yard being there as that is where we went for fuel and pump out with the trip boat. Unfortunately I didn't think to take any photos as it was just a familiar everyday area and thought it would still be the same next time! Of course I regret that now!

I would be really grateful if anyone has any photos they would be willing to share. We have lots of recent photos of the area since getting our boat and things are changing all the time, but didn't take many photos pre digital as film and processing was too expensive!