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  1. I’ve been floating (pun not intended!) around this forum for years now. a post from @MtB stating “Despite the brutal nature of some of the posts in this thread everyone here has the basic intention to help. Take it on the chin and come back with questions. No matter how basic, banal or advanced your questions are you will gt good and constructive answers. Mostly lol!” prompted me to start this thread. I’ve received an invaluable amount of very knowledgeable information from this forum, both from passive reading and active posting. There are some incredibly knowledgeable members. I’ve also seen some incredibly frustrating newbies posting limited information and expecting endless help, as well as being rude. however, I do wonder why we’re accepting that for anyone new on this forum one must accept an element of unkindness to access any sort of help. We’ve all been new to this once. And I’m pretty sure if anyone actually came up to anyone on this forum and asked a question or for some advice, in real life, posters would be far more patient. So why is it acceptable to destroy posters on here with unkindness and intolerance? I say this because I’ve had the good fortune to meet in real life a number of posters from this forum, and several of these have been left enormously upset by the postings of some. I think some members forget these are real, fallible, flawed humans just like the rest of us. I’m interested to hear opinions on this. I completely understand some posters’ frustration at being taken advantage of for their substantial professional or amateur expertise. Perhaps there’s a way to work towards an increased kindness, which might in its own way perpetuate the success of this community for more than a mere handful of “acceptable” posters?
    5 points
  2. Wonderful so far 🙂 Currently moored at Blake Mere. We were 5 mins late getting to Frankton, having left ourselves (we thought) loads of time, but New Marton locks took a long time with nervous first time boaters. No problem though - I spoke to the CRT chap so he knew we were nearly there - and the Friends of the Montgomery had a fundraising stall where were able to pick up Welsh cakes and an unbelievably good Bakewell tart while we waited. The Montgomery was beautiful and definitely worth the trip. The only disappointment was that the Navigation Inn is not just closed on Mondays and Tuesdays as stated in Pearson (I know, we should have checked) but Wednesdays and possibly random other days too. We were moored up by the time we realised and didn't really have the time it the will to move on to the Queen's Head, and not enough food to stay on the boat, so it was a bit of a trek there and back. The food and service was excellent once we got there though. Frankton through to Ellesmere & Blake Mere also beautiful and not busy.
    5 points
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  4. Some of the old grumpfuttocks on here have very fragile egos,and whilst they generally impart valuable information, they do so on their own terms. They believe giving their knowledge and experience for free benefits the person asking the question, and those other people reading it , with no benefit to themselves. This clearly is not true. They get very upset, I have noticed, if questions go unanswered, or not enough initial detail is provided,and so they get frustrated. Newbies here, could do themselves no end of favours using the search function, and phrasing their questions at the outset in a better manner than some do. The purists, here, also do not like it when threads go off topic. So, to answer your question, yes, answers could be given in a politer manner than is often the case, but everyone communicates differently, as they do in life, so it's unlikely to happen. You bring up mtb, so I will mention here that I have a lot of respect for him and his posting style. He seems to be able to strike a good balance of technical help, polite questioning, and humour. Lots of people here, including me, could learn a thing or two from him. <send the cheque to the usual address Mike>
    3 points
  5. Some of the issue I think, is the regulars see largely the same questions time and time again and sometime can almost react as though those questions are a continuation of previous questions, allowing frustration from a previous thread carry over. It's mostly not intentional but seeing the grumpy stuff as a lurker can be off putting. The banter between long standing members can also seem aggressive sometimes because the newby doesn't have the history to fully grasp the interactions Generally this place is full of peeps who want to help and is a fantastic resource but it's easy to put off newbys by careless comments, saying that there will always be some who are so thin skinned that no level of understanding and careful treatment will help
    3 points
  6. Happens in all walks of life. Here's comment from a café owner in Corsica (in case any don't know, 's.v.p.' = 'please', and 'bonjour' = 'good morning'). ☕ 😁 Tam
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  8. And the cable sizes required for 12/24V DC systems so excess volt drop is not a problem. Many of the boat cables superficially appear to be far too large for the current they carry, but this is because of the length of cable runs and the volt drop that length causes. Just as an example a cable supplying the domestic water pump sized solely on the basis of current capacity may well cause a domestic water pump to burn out regularly because after the volt drop along the cable the motor can not spin up fast enough to minimize its current draw. Golden Rule - NEVER ever go by a cable's current capacity written on the drum or in a catalogue for any runs over a metre or two, ALWAYS do the volt drop calculation (It is in my course notes).
    2 points
  9. Since the only way heat gets from the stove into the surrounding space is by radiation and convection from hot surfaces, reducing the area of hot surface by insulating the flue means that in order to maintain the same output to the room the stove body would have to be considerably hotter or considerably larger. A hotter stove would mean an increased risk of radiant heat damage to nearby surfaces and reduced life of stove components. A larger stove would be safer (but more expensive and space-consuming), and the larger grate would probably mean a bigger fire, offsetting any fuel savings from more efficient combustion. Keeping the flue gasses hot may possibly result in an increase in combustion efficiency (heat out per unit of fuel burned), but insulating the flue will reduce the effectiveness in terms of heating the space. It's a complete nonsense!
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  10. Nonsense. That's what they use to moor the boat ...
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  12. Oh and the last thing to say as others have, is read the Battery Charging Primer. Over and over again and slowly you will come to understand it. Keep asking questions about it here. Here is the link, https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/95003-battery-charging-primer/
    2 points
  13. As it was around the corner from one of the exits,are you sure it wasn't just a launderette you were in. Nothing to do with Morrisons. 😂 <This post contains no bullying. Not even a hint of it>
    2 points
  14. You didn't need anything complicated in 405-line TV days to find out if a TV was being used. . The radiated horizontal scan waveform used to cause considerable interference on medium wave, and could be readily picked up by an ordinary transistor radio, especially when you were trying to listen to Radio Luxembourg. The approximate bearing could be determined by rotating the radio, as the usual ferrite rod aerial was pretty directional. The waveform of the signal would tell you which programme was being viewed. It would not have been rocket science for a sensitive detector, used in conjunction with a directional aerial, to be used to get a bearing on a working TV. Regarding detector vans, while licence evasion used to be the responsibility of the Post Office, more than 30 years ago, when the BBC started adding RDS data to their FM services, I managed to get the BBC to send round an engineer to investigate my RDS-related reception problem. He came in a BBC Land Rover fitted with a rotatable telescopic mast on which was mounted an impressive directional aerial that he used, in conjunction with the equally impressive array of electronic stuff in the back, to check the quality of my received signal. It certainly got the attention of my neighbours!
    2 points
  15. I think it's mainly unintentional, people just write something which can be interpreted as being awkward, or not sympathetic PS you have to be on here for a few years to get the sort of following I have now!
    1 point
  16. Are we set for the 5 minute argument or the full half hour? Some recent posters have rejected the advice given out of hand because it is not what they want to hear. They post with erroneous preconceived ideas and then get peeved when they are shot down by someone who knows and has many years of experience. I have tried to help some in the past but after the first few return comments I have bowed out because I can see that they are not going to give the required information nor accept the good advice given. I have better things to do with my time than argue with dunderheads.
    1 point
  17. Couldn't agree more. So many new posters run a mile never to be seen again after reading the often vitriolic argument their innocent question elicits. In the long term this weakens the forum as traffic gradually declines. Most of this vitriol seems to stem from pointless arguing on the political section....the purpose of which on an inland waterways forum eludes me.....and when I say pointless, I don't refer to people's opinions, but the futility of the discussions given the very limited audience who actually read it. Even in the couple of years I've been on this forum the decline is quite noticeable.....look at the popular contributors for the week...it used to be you had to get into the 100's of greenies to make the top 10, now you can make it in with a couple of dozen. The 'live topics' section used to be hard to keep up with, now topics often stay there all day. I still think there is a lot of excellent knowledge here, but 90% of all posts are made by about 20 people which isn't sustainable in the long run what with competition from face ache so we could really do with building the membership.
    1 point
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  19. I think that sometimes an attempt at humour to lighten a message that the originator may not want to hear can get misconstrued. A recent example that thankfully seems to be going along nicely now. The poster said something to the effect of "I don't understand electrics and I am not touching them". Now it was as plain as day that the originator did not have a clue about what was going on and that to solve their issue they were going to HAVE TO get deeply involved with their electrics, maybe not practically but certainly by lots of reading and learning. My reply was "First phrase - we can see that, plain as day. Second phrase - if that is your attitude then stand by for buying new battery banks every few weeks. If you want trouble free boating you absolutely must get involved with the electrics." The first part of my reply was intended to introduce a bit of lightness because although true the second part was very unlikely to be well received, and I think it was not. The Op certainly seemed to get a bit upset for a while. Then all too often we get questions from those who feel they have the right to expect others to spend time trying to help them but don't give enough detail and when extra detail is requested do not supply it. Then when pressed for it get into a huff. It is understandable that initially many won't have a clue what is required to solve their issue but when asked for more information that they seem to refuse to supply without saying why they can't seems just plain rude to me. Let us say that the forum introduces a rule saying one can't criticize a questioner or can not ask for further clarifications. How many answers would the questioner get, and what would be the quality of such answers? Some may view it as cruel but say or do something stupid in the pub or at work and often it will attract so numerous comments at your expense. That is what is happening often when posters get upset rather than realise they have made a fool of themselves. Which would you prefer, a light-hearted reply or just to be told you are being stupid?
    1 point
  20. Single skinned, every time. Easier to fit, look immensely better and as others have said help warm the room. I think the elf and safety aspect is to stop numpties swinging off the flue on entering a boat with stove near door and getting burnt. Stupid people will do stupid things whatever safety precautions are put in place.
    1 point
  21. Not that kind, no. Or indeed the other kind... 😉 Locks -- love 'em, gimme more. Swing bridges in general and L&L ones in particular -- burning's too good for 'em... 😞
    1 point
  22. Yeah, there's some real eejuts come from Chorley... ... Like that @Nightwatch fella ... "Stupid boy" as @mrsmelly might say!
    1 point
  23. Response from Scottish Canals: "We have made concrete blocks from segregated dredgings recovered from Laggan Spout on the Caledonian Canal. There is an aspiration to utilise dredgings from Ratho as well but I haven’t had the feedback from the university yet on the suitability of the material. We are also moving closer to producing a topsoil – not quite there yet but I remain hopeful! "Plan is to install the blocks at Bowling to trial their durability in tidal waters. I’ve attached some pictures of the blocks which have been produced so far."
    1 point
  24. The original was demolished in 2001 so this one is a recreation. https://bclm.com/the-elephant-castle/#:~:text=The Elephant %26 Castle was the,and retail brewer%2C was licensee.
    1 point
  25. Fantastic ceramic work on the outside façade
    1 point
  26. On this day in 1990 Nantwich Aqueduct SU Compare 6Jul2005 2Jan2013 (#2) 6Nov2015 15Apr2022
    1 point
  27. Or lift the boat out and set it up on the bank. Then he could live on the boat with definitely no 'stability issues', at all.
    1 point
  28. Lol, no, it's three appliances fixed to the Morrisons wall in a sort of bus shelter, but no bus stop 😁
    1 point
  29. There are so many issues it will seem overwhelming to comment on all of them in one single post, so I'll just comment on this bit of your post. 1) Batteries do not need "time to recover", they need charging. Note NEED charging. It isn't optional. Well I suppose it is provided you are willing to live with the consequence, which is a steady and possibly quite fast decline in charge capacity of your batteries. This leads to you needing to buy a new set perhaps once a year. The good news is your solar IS charging them, if slowly. Come autumn this will stop when God turns the sun off. 2) Needing to go to work and not having time to run the batteries is a trap I too ran into. My batteries would not accept my explanations about how busy I was, and how CRT license terms and social considerations prevented me from charging them sufficiently to preserve them, they just ignored me and degraded anyway. Bustuds. 3) Batteries (ordinary one anyway) need charging for hours on end, constantly or at best weekly, to avoid this degradation (called sulphation), and some on here will promote that it is not worth all the effort and one should just buy new batts on a regular basis. Others will give you the impression the sky will fall in if you don't charge them for 25 hours a day. What's right for you will probably be somewhere in between, and it's for you to decide in the light of developing experience where the 'somewhere' lies.
    1 point
  30. EDIT Removed incorrect info. According to THE site it is still age 60. No idea what happened to the proposal to align it with state pension age other than this was met with a lot of opposition. Seems to of gone quite since March 2022 but no definitive statement that it has been dropped. Suspect it is being kept in the governments back pocket so that it can be used as a bargaining tool in the future.
    1 point
  31. Who is the multi millionaire you are him? Who is the barrister? I have met him thick he isn't, worth over 500 million pounds and started from one pub! I admire self made people well done to him
    1 point
  32. They ARE better, loads better. It's what happens when lawyers start getting involved in building work. Where in the BSS do you think it says twin wall flues are mandatory?
    1 point
  33. I can't say it was owing to a detector van but back in the 60s a colleague was "done" for not having a licence. His excuse was out on the fell side reception was so poor he didn't think he should pay. How they knew he was using a TV I don't know. Presence of an aerial doesn't say you are using it.
    1 point
  34. It would be typically perverse for a local authority to stop the electricity at the time of year when its most needed. I wonder if they are concerned about people plugging in fan heaters or hairdryers, and basically extracting the maximum possible power for their full stay? Do they not know boaters don't wash their hair in winter?? Or is that just me? Oh dear, that's embarrassing..... Their stinginess does not matter- I have a decent charging system, so I can get 100Ah of charge into the batteries in about an hour of engine running, and the other 20 or 30Ah I might need will come from solar. But I beg you Mrs Haggis, do please throw a few more coals onto the fire this winter. Poor Mr H looked so pale and wan when last we met- I fear he may suffer the same fate as the famous Captain Oates. If you hear him say 'I'm just going inside for a while- I'll be back soon', then its time to panic.
    1 point
  35. The detector vans were... famously... always a myth. But then you already knew that.
    1 point
  36. I spent my life working in power stations. The Central Electricity Generating Board were keen on metrication so pushed ahead in the 70s. The station I was mainly associated was nearly all designed in imperial units as the suppliers were in the UK (though some imported Swiss equipment was all metric), However the control and indication systems were specified in an odd mix of Centrigrade for temperature but the rest in imperial, so feet, inches, pounds per square inch etc.. Feed and steam flow rates were in in kilo-pounds per hour which always struck me as a quaint anachronism.
    1 point
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  40. Given that it was a coal product, at least in the short term, it would no longer be much of an option . . . unless you are happy with coal mines everywhere, esp in your back garden, old men with horrendous lungs and children orphaned early.
    1 point
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  42. Good grief, that town gas was ghastly stuff, gong back to the slums in Glasgow, 1950, coal gas was an abomination. North Sea gas was originally a by product of North Sea oil. Often burnt off untill pipelines became economic.
    1 point
  43. I should have known Rob would beat me to this post and put it in the right place, sorry Athy! Top marks to the BBC kneeler for finding an interviewee with a neckerchief... I'm surprised the makeup girl didn't try to dab some coal dust on his face.
    1 point
  44. I remember well the M6 up here in Cumbria being built, the swathe of country stripped bare was less than half those I have passed for HS2. In a way this is true however certainly up here none are mature and or aging. Mature and aging woodland is vital for some creatures e.g. a trivial example Woodpeckers can't make nests in young living trees. Couple that with the fact that on the M6 most of the trees planted were by the "Economic Forestry group" which means they trees were those they selected not necessarily for wildlife but for their groups aims. It isn't a case of the percentage of land taken up it is the habitats destroyed and or damaged. The route goes through three areas that have had millions spent on them by governments for nature improvement. This fragments the habitats, as it does in all wood etc. Fragmentation often means the area can hold fewer territories for whatever wildlife. It fragments 22 "living landscape areas. The railway also blocks the movement of wildlife from fragment to fragment. 108 ancient woodlands are under threat. Those are a few of the problems being caused for a slight reduction in travel time for a minority of people. I haven't even mentioned such things as veteran trees, wood pasture, old meadows, mires, wetlands and other important habitats.
    1 point
  45. On this day in 2013 Aylesbury Arm GUSouth Aylesbury Basin and Highbridge Road Footbridge No 19 Compare ##1960 16Sep1980 22Mar2008 23Mar2008 7Nov2009 17Feb2010 18Feb2012 (#2) 21Apr2012/21Apr2019 18Jan2013 (#2) 14Apr2013 18Aug2013 7Mar2014 22Apr2015 17Jan2019 19Jan2019 Boats transferring this day from the Basin to the new home for the Aylesbury Canal Society at Circus Field. The Arm was cut off this year by the collapse of lock 12
    1 point
  46. The title refers to a houseboat. A 20 foot GRP cruiser of unlikely condition is no way a houseboat. In fact unless for a weekend it is totally unsuitable for habitation, lacking almost all necessary facilities like power, heating, insulation, stability etc. Please reconsider before putting anyone of advancing years aboard this wreck with a shed attached.
    1 point
  47. The boat and cruising plan combination seem a very bad idea. It could work if the boat stayed in a marina 90% of the time, with access to shore power, nice showers, washing machines, cafe, amenities etc. and the boat itself was only really used as a sleeping/loo/quick meal prep type of floating pod. I knew a guy at a marina I was in did just that on a tiny 19' yacht, but he was young, enthusiastic, and could work from anywhere on his laptop so spent most of the day in various workspaces, cafes etc. CCing on rivers is not easy in even a far more suitable boat; members with far more experience than me will attest to that. The boat from the photo looks so small it may well not have standing headroom; that's not good. Mine doesn't and I would only want to live on it if the alternative was a park bench in the rain. Like MtB said it won't be insulated in a manner suited to liveaboard use. Winter cruising on a boat like that is pretty hardcore. Cold, damp and confined. The fact that you mention his balance and age suggest that he's a little cautious about substantial movement, but that's what all boats do. It's easy enough to get a big narrowboat rocking with a foot on the gunwale and one on the bank. This is a smallish boat that will certainly rock on a river, not that it's a bad boat, just what it will do. It's such a tiny boat, that even apart from any safety concerns, once someone's living essentials are onboard, cramming an extra couple of kids in for even a few days, without marina facilities isn't going to be great fun. I'm a big fan of GRP boats and they can be suitable for liveaboard use, but this boat, the cruising plan and person's age and lack of experience don't seem wise.
    1 point
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  49. If you use a cupboard, take the top and bottom out completely. Batten the 2 sides back together so that the door still swings and the box shape is preserved. Maintain 2" clearance all around the heater case and flue. Mount it so that the whole cupboard lifts off hooks on the wall to completely expose the heater. Then I can see no objection as the "cover" is purely decorative and not attached to the "illegally installed" heater.
    1 point
  50. Well there's 5 minutes of my life I won't get back. If boaters are even a small part of the target audience, it's very well hidden.
    1 point
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