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Alan de Enfield

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  1. Remember Del Boy's Peckham Water ? (Christmas Special 1992)
  2. I thought it was an Abscess they were removing today ? (Google definition : An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection.)
  3. That 40% figure is 'set in stone' (The law actually says "Rivers registration shall be 60% of the canal licence fee" (or words to that effect, I cannot find the Act at the moment) It was passed as an act of Parliament and would need another to change it - I think they are a little busy at the moment to even say 'too busy to look at it'.
  4. Does that prop-shaft look as if it has been slid 'forwards' a few inches - clamp marks on the shaft near where it is rubbing on the bilge pump hose, or is it bilge pump hose rub marks ?
  5. Here is some in case you need it later :
  6. You can't blame him, he's probably realised how disorganised the system is.
  7. Save plastic - buy your water 'loose'. In Cambodia if you buy a can of 'pop' the seller opens it and tips it into a sort of waxed paper bag and gives you a paper straw - its no use explaining you want it for later, they 'make more' from selling the cans for re-cycling than he does from selling the 'pop'.
  8. There wasn't one to put back. The BSS has an RCD down as an 'advisory' not a 'required' item. (A in the text indicates an advisory item) 3.9.2 Do all a.c. electrical circuits pass through a consumer unit? (A) Check that all a.c. electrical circuits pass through a consumer unit (also known as fuse/circuit‐breaker box or distribution board). NOTE ‐ examiners are encouraged to confirm during prior dealings with the owner, the location of the consumer unit. Advice for owners – it is strongly advised that a Residual Current Device (RCD) is installed to provide appropriate electric shock protection on a.c. systems. NOTE – for the purpose of this check residual current breakers with overcurrent protection (RCBOs) may be considered an acceptable alternative to a consumer unit. NOTE – in cases where the only power source is via a shore‐power lead, an acceptable alternative to a consumer unit is a MCB or RCBO incorporated within the lead.
  9. You think correctly (but it was an RCD) "I can give you a fail, or you can fit one and get a pass - you have paid up-front so I don't care either way". Nipped down to the local electrical wholesaler, fitted it, he called in 'later' and said have you fitted one? I replied I had and he wrote out the certificate. I have no confidence in the calibre of people involved in the BSS, I complained to the 'office' and was told that they would take action and improve the level of training. I asked if I would be informed of any outcome and was told no - it will, be handled internally and will be confidential.
  10. So showing a fault (reversed polarity) is 'working as it should' What would happen if you did have reversed polarity. Don't sound right to me !! I wonder what Boater Sam would suggest ?
  11. The birds come home to roost :
  12. Yes - but like being unable to recover your anchor that you deployed to stop you going over the weir and dying - the fuse 'blows' for a significant reason and saved your wiring catching fire, your battery exploding due to a short and you getting sprayed in acid or burnt to death as the boat catches fire. I may have exaggerated slightly, but if the fuse blows it will be because of a serious fault and your panels (anchor) should be the last thing to worry about. The fuse has done its job.
  13. You mean those that are told 'we are leaving' and then stamp their feet screaming "not fair I want .........…" and embarrassing everyone.
  14. I've not seen anything on the news ………………………………….
  15. Or, what we attempt to do here is to correct any misunderstandings and lament that the BSS examiner can be far more rigorous than the BSS rules, even inventing non-existent requirements. It pays to read the rules and understand what is required not what you are informed is required.
  16. I am VAT registered (well my company is) if I cock up on the VAT I amend it +/- on the next returns. VAT rules says you are allowed to reduce / add to payments due for under / overpayments in the past. One thing that caught me out in the 'early days' is that VAT becomes due against an invoice, not on receipt of payment. This was picked up by a very nice inspector on a 'random' inspection. If your customers have 90 days credit, you must pay the VAT 90 days before receipt of the money (ie on issue of the invoice) - which can occasionally cause cash flow problems.
  17. Yes - with a suitable fuse as close to the batteries as practical, (It is allowed in the BSS regs as one of the few things that can be connected directly to the batteries.)
  18. Last year I purchased a lightweight tent (it was not a cheapy one it was into 3-figures) and it was from a Chinese supplier. It arrived the next day (from their UK warehouse) and I was very happy. I put it up and found that a small metal nipple in the end of one of the poles was too large and would not fit into its holder. I sent the supplier an email who responded immediately that they would send a replacement out by 'overnight express'. Sure enough the following morning a parcel arrived. It looked fairly large. On opening I found it was a COMPLETE tent, groundsheet, fly-sheet, poles pegs and everything (the full package) I emailed the supplier to confirm receipt and asked what they wanted me to do re sending the original one back. They told me to keep it as a 'sorry for the inconvenience' present. I sourced the nipple on ebay (5 for £3.00) I am happy.
  19. If you do this your MPPT controller will 'explode' as it will have leccy going in but nowhere for it to go. You do know never to disconnect the solar from the battery without 1st disconnecting the solar from the MPPT don't you ?
  20. No they don't, they say that a Boat Registration is VAT exempt (as do C&RT in an internal document, but 'in public' they call it a licence so it is subject to VAT).
  21. Would a happy-grinder still work, (I don't have an angry one).
  22. Nigel Farage’s Brexit party stood at 32% in an average of four polls on Tuesday, with one putting the party on a remarkable 37%. Its victory is expected, and a winning proportion into the 30s is probably the minimum. Labour was polling in the mid-30s in mid-April, but has been tumbling ever since, from 24% at the time of the local elections on 6 May to 21% on the current rolling average. Those figures are a disappointment for a party leadership that prides itself on campaigning well and exceeding expectations at the ballot box. Some recent YouGov polls put Labour in third place, behind the Liberal Democrats, on as low as 15% or even 13%. The Conservative party’s predicted share of the vote has fallen from 20% in mid-April to less than 15% at the time of the local elections to 11%, reflecting deep internal splits and a non-existent campaign. On Wednesday, YouGov put the Tories on a stunningly low 7%. The already buoyant Lib Dems will hope to come second and expect to outdo the Tories, given their “Bollocks to Brexit” campaign has taken the party to about 15% in the polls, and 19% on some projections. Remember, this is a party recovering from the coalition years – the Lib Dems scored 6.9% in 2014. Change UK, which has fallen as low as 1% in some polls, will probably claim it is pleased if it achieves its 4% average polling figure. Whatever the result, Change UK must surely be heading towards a deal with the Lib Dems, or risking obsolescence. The Greens polled about 8% in 2014 and 2009 and will hope for a couple of points more after a period of mounting environmental concern. Beating the Tories would be a real fillip.
  23. It appears in the "British Waterways Act 1971" Section 7(1) There shall be paid to the board for the registration of every pleasure boat to be used on a river waterway …………..
  24. Well she seems to be still in place this morning. The leader of the House has resigned tho'. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has quit the cabinet, saying she no longer believes the government's approach will deliver Brexit. Her resignation comes amid a backlash against Theresa May's Brexit plan from Conservative MPs. Several cabinet ministers have told the BBC that the PM cannot stay, with one saying it is "the end of the line". Her resignation is the 36th by a minister under Theresa May - 21 of them over Brexit - and comes a day before the UK votes in the European elections. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48374098
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