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  1. Probably because the said item is of the Lidl variety!
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  6. I got accused of being an unemployed canal gypsy ( and I think that was the politest bit) by a fishist who was sitting on the mooring stump at Stockton. I told him after 38 years of full time employment , in the public service I was used to people like him and entitled to enjoy my boat and house and retirement... he still didn't understand...then he threatened violence
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  7. The works on OTLEY was completed at Stockton in 2003, and included removal of knees for descaling and riveted back in. Under the engine room was re-bottomed when the engine was changed in 1997 and I am assured under the cabin is overplated. During OTLEY's renovations in 2003 ARUNDEL was built in the dock alongside, and as measurements were taken from OTLEY then ARUNDEL is almost its clone
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  8. FWIW, epoxy wood filler goes off really fast and at normal room temperature the instructions say to sand it after 15 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes or it will be too hard. This means that you have less than 5 minutes to use what you’ve mixed. Hence my query about slowing the reaction time. Result Now, would you mind not interrupting our discussion of two pack resins?
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  11. Never had a problem at Gunthorpe but Liam did nearly lose the boat at Holme when it was on self service I was up at the lock getting the gates open with my back to Liam, chatting away to some bloke walking his dog. Nice chap and we had a lovely chap. He asked while looking over my shoulder how long we had had the boat. 5 years I replied. "Does he know what he is doing with it then" was his reply. To which I looked around to see Liam playing tug of war with Naughty-Cal's bow line and the boat drifting further and further into the centre of the river without him. Somehow he managed to get it back hand over hand and jumped onto the bow of the boat before bringing her into the lock like nothing had happened. In fact come to think of it we had another wind related issue in Holme lock that same year on the way back down river. It was manned this time but as we were leaving the lock I dropped the bow line which aimed straight for the props of course. Liam stuck it into neutral but in the time it took me to gather up the rope the wind had blown the boat sideways across the lock with perhaps a ft either side of the boat. We were being blown gracefully sideways towards the exposed cill. Liam did somehow manage to turn the boat but it would only turn towards the cill. So we had to reverse out of the lock much to the amusement of the lockie and the people on the pontoon below waiting to come back in. Word made its way down river as each subsequent lockie asked which way we would be exiting their lock
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  16. May be of interest to some. Lidl oil pump 12v
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  17. I've read somewhere that there are some very long underground culverts which serve the backpumps on the Garrison and Camp Hill flights. The current pumps were installed as part of the modernisation in the 1930s and are centrifugal pumps at the bottom of deep shafts driven by motors at the surface. The motors have been replaced over the years but I believe the pumps are the 1930s originals.
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  18. Course he is massively contributing to society
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  19. Just forget all this nonsense. Your friendly fuel boat will bring the diesel to you at your preferred split and a darned site cheaper. George
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  21. Does my honourable friend expect me to agree with his comment?
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  22. I'm retired now, but worked freelance for many years. In the very different field of computer programming, but the same general principles apply when looking for work. First, play to your strengths. Whatever you can do that's the most highly skilled and in the most demand, try to concentrate on that work because you'll make more money. It also tends to be more satisfying than doing less skilled work, and it really helps to be doing something you enjoy. Location matters: Living near London, I mostly worked in central London, not just because there are a lot of computers there, but because the money's better, especially in the City. Transport costs are a factor, but your time spent travelling can be worth three or four times as much as the actual travel costs. You can probably charge more per hour for working on someone's boat in places other than Lancashire, especially in London, but put a realistic value on your time, estimate your costs and see if it stacks up. Beggars can't be choosers: If you're not getting as much work as you want, it's better to take what you can get so long as it's worth getting out of bed for. I once went to Gloucester at very short notice for only three days' work, and spent about 40% of the fee on travel and accommodation, on the basis that it showed some profit and was better than sitting at home. Anything you do is experience and might potentially lead to other work.
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  24. I would invest in a duck.
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  26. It is all too easy (in the early days of being self-employed) to say 'I'll do anything anywhere' as the fear factor of 'where is the next pound coming from' keeps bouncing about in your brain. You can spend hours of non-productive and non-paying time travelling to and from jobs when you could be actually doing a 'small' job near home and earning money. You are often financially better off declining jobs that would actually make a loss if you had costed them out properly - once all of your fixed costs have been covered, then start to look at jobs at a lower margin (called marginal costing) that more than cover your variable costs but may not make a contribution to fixed costs. Grasping at straws and the fear factor are what cause many self-employed to fail in the 1st year.
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  27. Sorry, wrong thread, thought this was the Smartgauge thread, not advanced resin techniques
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  32. This^^^ I thought about doing some research to compare how many of the tens of thousands (at least) of phones and tablets in use in the U.K. have caused fires with how many fridges, freezers and tumble driers have done so, but decided it wasn't worth it. Life is full of trivial risks, get over it. ETA: silly me, it's at least 37 million smartphones alone, almost all of which will be recharged every day!
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  34. There is a lot of mis-information about plastic recycling on this thread. There are two key issues with plastic recycling, the commercial one and the environmental one. Commercially up until last year, it was commercially attractive to either land fill or send it to China where they separated it by hand and re-used it. Now that isnt the case. Last year a contractor could sell a mixed polyolefin bale for circa £100/te to China. Now they cant pay people to take it off their hands. The contractors have to therefore find another solution. Environmentally, you have to look at the whole plastics market. A tonne of virgin polyolefin (polyethylene or polypropylene) costs circa £1000/te but the key point is that you push 2 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere for each million tonnes of plastic made. Recycling plastic is therefore not to just get rid of that plastic......but to use it instead to use it to stop the virgin plastic being made. Waste plastic can easily be burnt to get fuel value with energy recovery (easier than putting it into roads or panels for cheap housing) but all we do then is pump another 2te of CO2 into the atmosphere to make the virgin plastic to make the next car component. If we can recycle a tonne of plastic – and high quality PP will sell for £500/te- we reduce CO2 emissions which is key for the future of our planet. The car manufacturers are crying out for high purity recycle PP for parcel trays, floor pans, etc, etc, but high purity is not available so they buy virgin PP in for £1000/te. Why is high purity PP not available? The packaging manufactures insist on making items with multiple types of plastic so contamination of PP with PE is a significant problem. Step one is to not mix plastics. Separation of plastics is not easy but there are new techniques appearing that will make a huge difference. There is a huge amount of crap information around about recycling. In Wales, the local governments are saying they are recycling 75% of waste. Absolute bollocks!! They are COLLECTING 75% of recycle and use this figure to convince people they are doing a good job. Of that 75% plastic collected, less than 10 % gets recycled. No one advertises this figure. Collection is not the same as recycling. So where do we go now? Piles of plastic waste are piling up in contractors yards as China is no longer an outlet at £100/te. More and more will find its way into incineration and we will save £100/te in fuel value – ie for each tonne of plastic burnt, we do not need to burn a tonne of gas or coal etc.........but the real goal has to be to collect, separate and re-use ….to stop these obscene CO2 emissions. You worry about how much your car puts out? The Grangemouth ethylene cracker in grangemouth emitted over 1 million tonnes of CO2 last year. The ethylene cracker at Wilton (Teeside) emmitted more than that. Lets start re-using and cut that amount. We are all doomed.
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  36. I made it! No injuries and no crashes. I did not, however, do the manoeuvring in the marina. But I moored her on the canal several times on my own. So, woop. Baby steps
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  38. The issue is not that chemical reactions go faster when hotter, it is about the effect on battery voltage. If you are saying that a battery’s rested open circuit voltage is higher when hot, this isn’t correct to any noticeable extent. Yes a chemical reaction normally goes faster when hot, but in an open-circuit battery the chemical reaction is stopped when the cell voltage matches the electrochemical potential of the reaction. (dr Bob will be along shortly to correct my chemistry terminolog!) with the latter varying mostly according to the electrolyte acid strength and barely if at all according to the temperature. Where the effects of temperature are noticeable is when the reaction is taking place. So a cold battery under heavy discharge will have a lower voltage than the same battery at the same SoC but hotter. But once the discharges stop and adequate recovery time is given (longer for the cold battery) their rested open circuit voltages will be the same.
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  39. You may well be correct but from my experience chemical reactions do go faster with heat. For example the setting of polyester or epoxied resins. Cold batteries requiring a higher charging voltage etc. Please substitute whatever word you think more appropriate for "faster".
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  40. Generally good idea but to unplug things very marginal risk reduction). The document appears to come from this random internet site https://itstillworks.com/leaving-chargers-plugged-increase-risk-fire-12305415.html As a rule, I tend to be very cynical about badly written warnings on the internet.
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  41. That's a fair point but in reality they are a breeze. Yes they are huge compared to the manually operated locks on narrow and wide canals but the work required is a lot less and you don't need to do much more than turn a key and push a few buttons. The only one that ever caught me out was the one at Thorne, where the gates each side were operated separately. But i sussed quite quickly what i was doing wrong.
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  43. and your spelling, apparently! But as the writer isn't it your job to make the reader's task as easy as possible, not yours?
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  44. Last time I went to Scotland it was closed.
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  47. Slightly off topic I know, but the issue of fly-tipping in UK isn't helped at all by the different councils' rules and regs. when it comes to the way they operate their recycling facilities ...... what we used to call The Tip. I regularly use four different ones around the country and they all vary. Some of them want evidence you pay council tax in that area, some want to inspect everything you have in case it's business related. There are more reasons to reject your rubbish by them than your good intentions to dispose of it with unblemished conscience. Coventry has a barrier so low that you'd not get a car under with a roof rack, vans are prohibited. I've been at these facilities and witnessed families being turned away by officious, power crazed council employees who are barely polite. What happens to it all then I wonder? An alternative isn't always offered. The one and only site that I think has got it right is in Lincoln. You can take anything (within reason) in the way of rubbish ..... nobody asks for your proof of domicile within the city ....... the staff help you ....... they have large 4 wheel trollies to lend you ........ they take nasty waste. I've never seen anybody turned away with anything by some teeth sucking, head shaking "jobs worth". Why the difference? I can only ponder that the brains in Lincoln City Hall realise that if someone has gone to the time and trouble to pack their car or hired a van (no van ban in Lincoln) and then drive it down there to dispose of properly then they really don't want to then engage in a confrontational issue designed to make them go away with it all again. It seems that only Lincoln has discovered joined up thinking and worked out it's cheaper to take whatever rubbish from whatever person presenting it rather than send a team with a truck out for the day scraping it up from some country lane. I loathe Fly Tippers, I hate them so much I get up at 4.30am just so I can hate them longer. My solution would be to imitate Lincoln's methods, and then publicly execute miscreants. I think that would slow down the hard of thinking brigade. As for those that dump on towpaths, use their anti-social behaviour against them, if they are Continuous Moorers enforce until they bugger off. If they are just weak minded leisure cruisers then don't renew their licence. If some place is regularly getting trash then it wouldn't be difficult or expensive to plonk those motion activated cameras that councils use in country lanes that regularly get hit.
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  48. https://youtu.be/CdhLD93IRoA
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