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  2. john.k

    More frustration!

    wear in the hydraulic head can cause injectors in cylinders next to the firing cylinder to dribble fuel..........id suggest the hydraulic head in the other pump is worn to this extent ......causing dribbling and also the wear in the fit between governor spindle and hole in the head causing sudden corrections in the governor ..........the governor works on a delicate balance between fuel pressure ,leakage ,and the spring pressure applied by the lever ...you may have noticed a stack of washers on the spindle ...these are dampers to damp sudden fluctuations in governor position...........in short ,the other pump is beyond economical repair.
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  4. So about 1.2% of one year's budget, spread over the last 12 years, or around 0.1% annualised. Yep, that's clearly the problem. The other 99.9% of spend was obviously wisely spent on critical lock repairs and not worth mentioning ...
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  7. They may monitor those but they are not obliged to report them. The reportable targets are for stoppages and closures of TOWPATHS only As per the table I included a few posts ago. The following table is the DEFRA grant measurables : Look at the "Waterways Measures" - can you see anything about boats being able to navigate, or maintenance targets ? - NO !
  8. I think that would have been the late 1970's. My first experience of the canals was in the drought of 1976, when restricted lock hours meant, starting from the GU, we could only do the Southern Oxford as far as Fenny Compton. As the weather was fine, most of the crew liked to walk along the tow path, but the steerer often had to stop and pick them up when the towpath vanished. We did see some sections with new Armco piling that had obviously recently been backfilled (with dredgings?), with warning notices like "Danger: deep mud" , but much of the tow path was unimproved, and in one case the towpath edge gave way under a person waiting to be picked up, resulting in him sitting in stagnant canal water that bore a passing resemblance to pea soup. Certainly when we went that way again in the 2000's it had been completely transformed.
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  10. Maybe its the thermostat playing up.
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  13. Hemple Pro Blacking 46500 Hempel Pro Blacking 46500 is an easy-to-apply, fast-drying, chlorinated rubber underwater coating for the protection of underwater surfaces to vessels typically narrow boats on inland waterways. https://www.sheridanmarine.com/product/hemple-pro-blacking-46500 No Conection.
  14. Thought there were targets regards stoppages and closures of the navigation?
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  16. Just a reminder to anyone coming this way at the weekend, it’s a festival of travel, so , on Sunday there is a trip up and down of all the boats. If wanting to moor you will not got very close to the centre.
  17. Can't find a datasheet for the trumpet horns, but I don't think it'll be much different to the compact horns with some wiring guidance given in this datasheet: https://vetus.com/wp-content/uploads/VQ12065_D_r01_2016_12_TNA_12_24_L_H_D_Horn.pdf
  18. When I started boating towpath grass was never cut. It was sometimes like wandering through the Amazon jungle in the height of summer. And there were several lengths I can recall on the Grand Union, North Stratford and Oxford summit where there was no towpath at all, just a muddy bank up to the towpath hedge. All those lengths got piled and backfilled with dredgings in the mid 70s, and now you would never know the towpath had once been completely washed out.
  19. StevieN

    Wigan flight

    I personally think 3. would be an admission of failure by C&RT that they aren't up to the job. Closing a canal means it's hardly likely to reopen - it will need even more money spent on it to make it navigable again and they'd be no inward investment from local councils/Sustrans etc., because who wants to go see a dilapidated, smelly ditch! You see, for all the "Life's Better By Water" and the constant claims of visitor numbers to the canals, take away boats and there's nothing left. Could anyone convince Musk to spend a few days with them on their boat - he'd probably enjoy it if it was hybrid or something. Tesla Boat anyone???
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