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blackrose

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  1. blackrose

    Wood (and coal) burning stoves to be banned

    Yes, let's get back to the good old days of the pea soupers of the 1950s, those smogs never hurt anyone. Interfering do-gooders stopped all that. And let's overturn the ban on sending kids up chimneys while we're at it! 😁😁 Seriously though, although this doesn't affect stoves on boats it does make me wonder how much soot and particulate matter we are all breathing in, either from one's own stove leaking into the boat when refueling, or from fumes that re-enter the boat from outside including from other people's boats. And on some days in winter we walk around outside in smokey marinas and towpaths. Most boat stoves aren't burning very efficiently because our chimneys are so short compared to buildings, and inefficient combustion creates more pollution per unit of fuel burned. Still, it can't be as bad as living in a big city with all that diesel traffic exhaust I suppose, unless of course you happen to live on a boat in a city! 😂
  2. blackrose

    Do you liveabroad? Show us your digs

    See post 14.
  3. blackrose

    Bathroom again aghhhh

    I agree about plaster board. I used Hardiebacker water proof cement board to line my shower before putting on shower wall panels. The boards were just to pack out a 12mm gap between the ply bulkheads and where the shower panels needed to be, but they're completely fine, no differential expansion, warping/twisting at all. That was about 7 years ago. If you were really that worried about the differential expansion and contraction of different materials inside a boat, then how would you even be able to tile a bulkhead? The way I did both tiling and the shower wall onto the cement board was to use a flexible polyurethane adhesive (Marineflex). It copes with any differential expansion and contraction just fine. These days I use Stixall from toolstation as I found its just as good and cheaper. The other advice to the OP that I'd offer is to use decent quality shower boards rather than tiles inside the shower. I know some people have tiled inside the shower successfully without the it leaking between the tiles a few years later, but judging by the boats I've seen, the posts on this forum and the people I've spoken to, those successful tiling jobs in boats are the exception because of the vibration. I tiled the rest of the bathroom which was purely decorative, but used showerwall panels inside the shower itself.
  4. blackrose

    Bathroom again aghhhh

    Welcome to life onboard. It doesn't stop even when you've finished fitting it out.
  5. I'm sure you can do it Ross, but my advice would be to get more interested in boats because if you're only doing it for a place to live you may end up hating it. It can go either way - some people naturally become more interested in boats after they buy one and move onboard, while other people never really become interested and the whole thing just becomes a massive burden.
  6. blackrose

    900w generator how big a charger can I use 20a?

    Doesn't the victron have a dial or some other control that allows you to turn down the charger output to suit the AC supply? By the way, you'll be running the generator for ever to try and get a typical size domestic battery bank fully charged with a 20 amp output charger - assuming the batteries have been reasonably well used since the previous charge and are down to around 50 - 70% SoC.
  7. blackrose

    New to canal barges and your forum

    A narrow boat-style widebeam can be a bit of a handful compared to a narrow boat. I've always moved mine on my own through hundreds of locks and swing bridges and although the technique is the same as moving a narrow boat there are some differences. You have to be much more aware of the boat's momentum because they're not as easy to stop. So you won't see me using lots of engine revs like many narrow boaters I see, who then have to use lots of revs in the other direction to counter all that unnecessary power they applied in the first place. When they do lose control it can go quite badly wrong. Instead I tend to use the boat's momentum to get it where I want it to go. It's just about being a bit more subtle in your use of the engine. Likewise, one doesn't jump off a moving 30 tonne widebeam centre rope in hand and expect to stop it by leaning back on the rope like some people do with their narrow boats, you'd just get dragged down the towpath. You have to do it properly by stopping the boat with the engine and then stepping off. You've got to have a greater degree of control on a bigger, heavier boat. Edit: It's very expensive for a thin, spiral bound paperback (due to a very short printing run and no economies of scale I guess), but there's a lot in this book that applies to handling widebeams and narrow boats as well as Dutch barges. A Guide to Motor Barge Handling https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0955035104/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_QU2oCbJCB82F5
  8. blackrose

    Big Boat or Small boat? FAO Liveaboards...

    I lived on a 45' narrow boat for 3 years. It was a trad stern but once you took the engine room and both outside decks out of the equation the cabin length was only around 30'. I guess it depends on the individual but it drove me mad. Cabin fever, especially in winter when you can't sit outside. For liveaboards, bigger boats come into their own in winter for that reason. I've been living on my current 57' x 12' boat for the last 14 years and love the space. It's my favourite place to be.
  9. Yes I've had one for years. I don't think it really does anything. I've also got a small 12v device from eBay that clips around the main pipe and I have my doubts about the effectiveness of that too.
  10. blackrose

    Stove central heating - pump failed

    Ok, but a well designed thermocycling system has as few obstacles to free flow as possible. A pump in the system certainly doesn't help in that respect. Anyway, this is all a bit academic as there will be no circulation or coolant in the system once the pump is removed.
  11. blackrose

    Stove central heating - pump failed

    It's fairly standard to have a pumped system rather than thermocycling. I prefer thermocycling as there's less to go wrong. However, since your system is pumped Patrick, I would just advise that if you do have to take the pump out for repair or replacement, then re-install it between two wide bore gate valves. That way if you ever need to take it out again you don't need to drain down the system. Keep a spare pump onboard and you could do an instant repair while servicing the other pump. This is all assuming the pump is at fault rather than the electrics.
  12. blackrose

    Stove central heating - pump failed

    Well, I'd have thought that once you install a pump which effectively blocks the system it would not have any thermocycling capability? Glass lined backboilers? One learns something new everyday. How does that work then? I thought it was just a steel box. What does the glass do?
  13. blackrose

    Buying a mooring ?

    Why do some people feel the need to own everything before they're satisfied? What's wrong with renting a mooring? Each to their own I suppose but owning & living on the same mooring for several decades sounds a bit boring to me. Is that what boating is about? In the 17 years I've been living onboard I've had 5 different long term moorings in different parts of the country, plus I was CCing for 2 years.
  14. blackrose

    Brexit 2019

    I guess we'd better have a hard brexit, otherwise the 17,4 million who voted to leave are so committed to democracy they'll all become extreme right wingers and the country will be overrun by Nazis! 😮 Chris Graying says so. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46847169?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cwlw3xz0lvvt/brexit&link_location=live-reporting-story# Isn't that some sort of "Operation Fear* from the Leave side?
  15. I would not have bothered to get my first boat overplated when the survey showed the hull was thin in places and just walked away instead of getting involved.
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