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  1. 4 points
    Had a transit van on bridge 32 of the L+L last year. Driver ignored red lights and kept coming. He stopped on the bridge with both barriers down hurling abuse at me. I spotted a police car in the queue behind him so I called the PC over. White van man was later prosecuted for failing to conform to a red traffic signal. Yeah !!!!
  2. 4 points
    Never keep hot ash under your cratch, it will give of CO which could well drift through the vents into the accommodation
  3. 3 points
    First, the right to buy wasted a lot of capital whilst not adding a single dwelling to the housing stock. No-one knows the extent to which money spent on tenure transfer affected new building, but for sure some of the capital would have been invested in additional dwellings. Of course local authorities were not able to reinvest the capital receipts from sales so the effect of the right to buy must have been a reduction in the provision of new housing. Second, one of the arguments put forward by those who only saw the RTB as a win win policy was that most of the buyers would have remained in their houses anyway, whether they bought or remained as tenants, so the overall effect on supply would be minimal. As Blackadder put it, there was one fatal flaw with this argument, it was bollocks. Legions of tenants bought houses for massive discounts and now these houses have entered the private sector it has skewed the options for many folk trying to secure a place to live. For example, out of several hundred former council houses in my village there are now I believe only six left. Ironically the victims of this fallout are the offspring of those who chose to buy their houses years ago. The geographical distribution of tenure types is a major factor in the housing problem in the uk, ie it does matter who owns what. Third, once a property is transferred to the private sector it can stand empty/unused with no penalty. The same property in the public sector (assuming there is demand) will be continually occupied. There are former council houses in my village that are now second homes. Fourth, the dogmatic nature of the original right to buy provisions effectively prevented local authorities from reinvesting in the remaining housing stock which contributed to the falling standard of many estates and a rise in empty properties. Lastly, a factor not widely acknowledged once local authorities stopped building houses was the effect on the building industry. For many small scale builders the constant supply of council housing projects kept them afloat and allowed them the security of maintaining a workforce. The fact that as a nation we simply don't have the skilled labour we need to address the housing shortage could be said to have its roots in the ill thought out government policies of the 1980's.
  4. 2 points
    Don't you just love it when a car driver sitting at the barrier asks the bridge operator "Are you going to be long?". The correct answer is "About 48 feet" [or whatever applies to your particular boat].
  5. 2 points
    Also when topping up the stove with fuel open the door very very slowly, open it quickly and the vacuum, suction will draw out smoke and dust.
  6. 2 points
    Or take your batteries and charger to a pub. Unplug the Jukebox and plug it in there.
  7. 2 points
    Can anyone attest to the use of Craftmaster Raddle Red on their garage floor?
  8. 2 points
    I find the safest level is close to the ground so that I do not hurt myself when I fall ?
  9. 1 point
    Front steps? Step for side hatch on a hinge? https://hideawaysolutions.com/ Only available in USA. No connection just looks a useful idea.
  10. 1 point
    So have many since Duncan Smith came up with it, but dogma rules once again. Just as a correction, I've been calling it Universal Benefit when in fact it is called Universal Credit also replacing Child tax Credits and Working Tax Credits, given it's complexity it is merely a matter of time before it collapses.
  11. 1 point
    Given the name of your boat have you thought about solar panels?
  12. 1 point
    Ah, I see - I always sail early from those because there always seems to be folk running their engines...
  13. 1 point
    Yeah still quicker than the M62 though.
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  15. 1 point
    I came to the same conclusion after weighing up the pros and cons financially, it's a wash as far as I'm concerned. For the leisure boater it's cheapos all day long if you have solar which you obviously should have, but for most liveaboards who don't have a rigorous charging and maintaining routine I reckon expensive batteries don't make much sense. Also, a while ago I worked out very roughly you would have to get 7-8 years out of a set of, say, Trojans to justify the extra cost so you need to be sure you will hang on to the boat that long. Our old boat came with a set of top notch Trojans three years old, I've had that boat getting on for five years so the previous owner wasted his money.
  16. 1 point
    I'm definitely no connoisseur of meat but the pork chops we had today were in a different league to what we normally have. I believe their pigs are Oxford Sandy and Black which are so rare they almost became extinct 20 years ago.
  17. 1 point
    We whizzed up Lapworth flight yesterday. It was pretty quiet. Well very quiet, actually. One went ahead to set all the locks for us on the “main flight” so bottom gates were open, and the other helped close gates and wound the other paddle. Being a competent boater I am quite capable of controlling the boat when both paddles are opened simultaneously and fully, which they were. Well after the first one anyway - on the first one the volockie only opened it 1/2 way and I had to gesticulate to him to wind it fully open. We are proper boaters, not incompetent and slightly petrified ones with constant pans of boiling water on the stove waiting to be spilled. The only thing I’d say in regard to this thread is that when you traverse Hillmorton, you do rather get the impression that the volockies think they are in charge. Can’t say I’ve had that problem anywhere else recently though.
  18. 1 point
    You are asking all the right questions - ie the ones difficult to answer! A lead acid battery is never quite fully charged. The current gradually decreases. When you think it is fully charged, had you carried on charging for another hour the current would have decreased slightly and the battery would be slightly more charged. But it is a thing of diminishing return so at some point you have to say “it’s fully charged”. There is no “right answer” to this. Some say 2% of capacity, some say 1%, some say more or less. Personally I think 1% is as close to fully charged as no matter. But it takes an hour or two to get from 2% to 1% and you have added hardly any charge. What a lot of people do is charge to perhaps 4-5 % daily, then once a week do a long charge and try to get it nearer 1%. By 1% of capacity I mean that if you have battery capacity of 100AH, it would be 1A. As to measuring current, you can get a DC clamp meter for around £30. They are not very accurate at low currents below a couple of amps, but that might be OK. But it is a hassle as it means you have to put the thing on the right lead in order to measure it. Alternatively you can permanently install a shunt-based battery monitor like a NASA BM2 (around £100) or Victron BMV 700 series (around£130 depending on model). These give ease of reading current and count AH in and out. They also give an approximation to State of Charge if they are set up correctly. If you want to stick with the clamp meter idea, the UNI-t UT203 is popular. Be very careful when buying a different model that it does DC current. Plenty only do AC current and that is no use to you.
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  20. 1 point
    Virtually all coal merchants store their coals outside in open to the weather staithes, on purpose perhaps, it makes the coals heavier when they bag it. Multifuels should really look a light black or dark grey colour if nice and dry, not jet black. When your using the oven to bake a meal put a few shovel fulls on the bottom shelf. to make sure its dry.
  21. 1 point
    Tippy ash cans are the mutts, we have them on the boat and in the cottage, ash out of the stove into the can in front of the stove. House one gets placed in the porch, boat one in the cratch until cold/full then emptied. Both stoves are emptied morning and night and run on low heat all the time. Not had any of our CO alarms trigger because of ash in 12 years.
  22. 1 point
    If you speak to them nicely they might even fold the edges down for you!
  23. 1 point
    We inherited one of those tippy boxes with the boat and I wouldn't want to be without it. I must confess that, like dmr, I do leave it inside the boat during the day but try to put it out in the (open-air) cratch before bed. If I remember. We have two CO alarms and have never had any trace of anything on the readout. I find that the best way to use it is to just use it for small amounts of ash, letting this cool before transferring it later to a lidded bucket outside the boat, preferably on the towpath. I don't empty the ash pan too soon after riddling the stove, I leave it a while first as this allows it to cool a bit rather than be full of small glowing pieces. I then open the tippy and hold it almost horizontally before carefully placing the ash pan inside it. I then remove the ash pan handle, close the lid and tip it vertically and then leave it a moment for the dust to settle. I then open it, re-attach the handle and gently remove the ash pan to try and avoid disturbing the dust too much. Immediately after doing this I riddle the stove so the next lot of ash can be settling and cooling (a bit) in the ash pan. The ash is then left in the tippy to cool and a couple of hours later it is transferred to a lidded plastic container (an old 50 fatball container works fine) stored outside. The tippy is then empty ready for next time. We still suffer from dust but there is definitely less when the tippy is used in this way than it you just tip the ash into it time after time with the lid open while you do it. Which is now I used to do it.
  24. 1 point
    Beyond the precautions above, which might minimise the spillage, I'd suggest you also think about the fuel you're burning. Some produce much more ash than others, some are very low ash producers - I'd suggest you're using a high ash fuel if you're emptying your pan twice a day. Less frequent emptying can only help your cause.
  25. 1 point
    Yes, its the plate area that gives high current, but plate thickness that gives lots of deep discharge cycles, so starters have lots of thin plates and Trojans have fewer but thicker plates. Better batteries usually have bigger cells but I don't fully understand the advantage, though having more space at the bottom to collect the "sheddings" is a factor. The 12volts Trojans have an inferior cycle life to the 6v Trojans, and proper 2v Tractions have huge cells. Warped plates will be a failure but its just loss of material from thin plates that usually defines battery life. ................Dave
  26. 1 point
    Both Sky Go and BT Sport apps will not allow play back when you are using the HDMI connector from an iPhone to a TV. BBC iPlayer app does allow it. I don’t have Netflix so I don’t know if they have decided that they don’t want to allow it with their app or not, but they certainly have that choice if they want to.
  27. 1 point
    First rule of plumbing, turn off the water
  28. 1 point
    Nah, folk use that on their garage floors.
  29. 1 point
    I must confess that we have a tippy box and keep in inside the boat right next to the stove. We have a digital readout CO meter and have never seen the slightest trace of CO. I am obviously not suggesting that others follow this bad example but suspect that type of coal, type of stove, and the way that its used are probably big factors. I do note that when we empty the ash pan that it contains just ash, I suspect its the still burning fragments of fuel that are the real danger. No matter what you do, if you have a solid fuel stove in a boat its going to make some muck and dust. ..............Dave
  30. 1 point
    I've had my 1.8 BMC from Calcutt nearly twenty years. Considering its age and unknown provenance, I don't think I've done too badly. Over the years I've had the following: (1) new starter motor - the first one burnt out when it stuck on (2) new head gasket. I also had the head skimmed with new valves etc. while I was at it (3) new water pump. The face plate on the Jabsco pump was scored (4) new lift pump (not actually necessary) (5) new injector pump to replace the one with the perished seals (6) new alternator - to beef up the charging from 35 to 70 amps (7) new water pump pulley (see https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/37915-bmc-problems-water-pump-this-time/) I also had problems with the cooling system, but that was nothing to do with the engine, but rather a fault in the plumbing. "Other than that, Mrs Lincoln . . . "
  31. 1 point
    Fruit machine surely? Far more ethical.
  32. 1 point
    Reported post. for being too positive.
  33. 1 point
    Don’t forget I bought them nearly 5 years ago when the £$ ratio was different (they are American of course). Yes they are a lot more expensive now, £140 or more.
  34. 1 point
    Very sensible. My cheapos do very well as I reckon it's cos I don't cane them. Missus is vacuuming as we speak and washing machine is on all being done thro travel power whilst other two alternators charge battery bank so when batts charged switch off, tank of hot water and batteries will run lights telly etc until tomoz
  35. 1 point
    It seems to me that if a proper battery monitoring system were in place to prevent any further discharge once the LAs get to 12.2V there would be no need for any of us to have a separate starter battery.
  36. 1 point
    1) What condition are the existing batteries in ? 2) Can you reduce your electrical consumption ? 3) If you are not charging 2 batteries sufficiently, what do you intend to do to be able to charge 3 ? Batteries are only storage vessels, you must put back in more than you take out.
  37. 1 point
    HAY you cheated!!
  38. 1 point
    One would hope all exterior boat paint (including Raddle) is impervious to water so I’m not sure that reasoning follows. More likely slippery when wet if gloss finish.
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  40. 1 point
    We have just had it reprinted, and it is now available again on Amazon or from us. CanalBookShop, Audlem Mill
  41. 1 point
    She was probably eyeing up Old Goat with a view to slaughtering him and starting a new line in goat steaks.
  42. 1 point
    it all boils down to Apple having control over what hardware they accept as being ok to send HD video to, HDCP is High Definition Copy Protection and is intended to only send data if all devices in the chain are trusted. It's sounding like apple phones only trust apple adaptors. I do know that Kodi used to support airplay (audio & video) but apple changed the system to block that.
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  44. 1 point
    I do. You talk the talk - somewhat unrealistically IMO. But I ask you this. If there was an emergency life-threatening situation in which people were going to die, and you had to choose between saving the life of your own child and leaving another child to die, or saving the other child and leaving your own to die, which would you choose? I think we can be fairly confident that it would be the former. And that is the nub of the issue. People will always want what is best for their own little clan and are prepared to sacrifice the wellbeing of other clans to achieve it. That is human nature. The “let’s all be pals and share nicely” idea only works when there is plenty to share. When there isn’t, it immediately goes back to dog eat dog and survival of the fittest.
  45. 1 point
    You really have little idea about how btl works. Or worked back then. Firstly I was not ’wealthy’ I was poor as a church mouse when I bought my first btl, done in desperation at my pension plan going down the tubes. I became wealthy BECAUSE of those shrewd and lucky decisions which seemed such a big risk at the time. Secondly property values rising are of no consequence to pension btl investers like me as we will not be selling. Ever. Why would I sell? The rent income is what i did it for. The focus is to pay off the mortgage(s) so my kids struggling to buy their own are garanteed a free house when I die. How evil is that?
  46. 1 point
    To be honest, names, addresses and phone numbers aren't a particularly dangerous data breach. the first you can get from the electoral roll and the last from the phone book sites. I don't believe there is any way whatsoever, once data is held on a computer, to keep it genuinely secure. All the evidence points the other way and we just have to live with it. It's the price you play for having these toys to play with.
  47. 1 point
    Even as late as when i got wed 1956 a good number of newly weds had no chance of buying a home even very difficult to rent, the general rule was you lived with parents or in laws with hand me down furniture & a possible selection of wedding present kitchen kit when we first started boating although the house was only 2 off 8'x7'rooms it was bliss it was all ours all by ourselves & able to do what & when within confines of the job & NO traveling to get to work unless you count the walk along the gun whale from cabin doors to engine ole doors but the freedom to just have to please ourselves "Price less" I can't comment on renting as when giving up boating (wifes ill health)the proceeds of the sale of 2 boats provided cash for a good part towards to house purchase What gets to me is folk who spend their money on non essentials (Their prerogative) New cars multiple holidays etc & then moan about what you have & complain about their rent cost,car lease payments; HP on kit & eating drinking out most nights & comments like "you must have a well payed job" When you point out what they spend that they don't need to they take the hump a walk off
  48. 1 point
    I think around 30-40 years ago, when interest rates were something like 10%, and mortgage rates higher, many people were paying over half their monthly income (after tax/NI) to their mortgage lender. Okay, so they were probably going to end up with a house many years later, but at the time they still had to cut back on other expenditure simply to pay their housing costs, so had to forgo things that were then 'luxuries' as a result. It is no different now. Except perhaps that some people now feel 'entitled' to much more: expensive mobile phone contracts, large TVs, take-away food, overseas holidays etc
  49. 1 point
    IRONIC REALLY While this forum carries on having a go at volunteer lock-keepers, I can report that a few minutes ago, a boater who insisted on working the locks at Hillmorton himself, slipped and fell into the lock and went under his boat but thankfully was pulled out by the lady volunteer lock-keeper whom, I assume was the target of the OP in this thread. The boater survived and has been taken to hospital with a broken collar bone. Police praised her actions. The other volunteer lock-keepers who are at the locks raising money for MacMillan Nurses, took care of his boat and moored it safely. Perhaps the OP would like to make a donation.
  50. 0 points
    We too decided yesterday after seeing weather forecast that we would be staying put, it's unusual for us at present not to move daily or near as damn it. It's absolutely peeing it down and we've had webasto heating on for an hour ? Soon be winter yippee stove lit ? Lots of H and H boaters going past at present soaking wet bless em.
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