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  1. If your doing it this winter I'd want at least a week, preferably two weeks in the dock to get get it thoroughly dry and give extra long drying times between coats. Before the first coat I'd use a fan heater or hair dryer to make sure it's not damp following up with the blacking brush.

  2. 17 hours ago, Ewan123 said:

    I just stumbled upon this old thread looking for tips on a stuck chimney... because we're going up the Stort this week, so that's a bonus handy tip - cheers!

    The lowest bridges on the Stort are Kecksyes farm railway bridge Sawbridgeworth and the road bridge over the tail end of Spelbrook lock 3.    Southmill lock 1 is from Monday 18th Oct out of use for a few days, Gate repairs.

  3. Like F1 cars flimsy suspension is done on purpose. In the event of the cars wheels clouting something really solid the suspension should bust instead of solid lumps of metal suspension punching and distorting the whole body shell and possibly trapping the occupants. A safety thing. 

  4. I get 10KG bags of Brazier from ''The Range'' at £3.99 a bag, same stuff as the old Multiheat. The price was still the same, a week ago.  I've been picking up a few bags throughout the summer each time I'm down that way, and am well stocked. Harlow branch, not certain if all branches sell it. Better than the Wicke's stuff and cheaper.

  5. 49 minutes ago, David Schweizer said:


    An Interesting observation. I never drained water from the tanks on Helvetia in 20 years, and never had any problems. Perhaps having the tanks below water level, either side if the swims reduced the chance of winter condensation.

    I don't think many folk did years ago. I never heard of it. Even in the garage we worked on many diesel vehicles, never had to drain water from the tanks. In very cold winters sometimes a vehicle would conk out with waxed up filters. A couple of times I've checked Lady Olga' tank for water with a hand suction pump, no water. My cousin spent 4 years touring the system in an old Rugby boats Colcraft, and no trouble at all. My old Harborough Marine the same.  Had lot's of folk with those so called marine flush filler caps leaking water in through the seal though.

  6.  Put alternator on the ground. Plonk boot on it. put flat or slightly cranked ring spanner on nut. Enter Allen key or Allen socket and bar Fully into spindle end. Lay Allen key handle or bar on ground, left hand side looking face on at pulley. Position ring spanner at top. Keep boot on it. Give the spanner a sharp whack with a hammer again towards left hand side=undo. 

  7. How about a ''whistling dipstick''On the telly, Bangers & Cash an ancient car, a Standard I think it was that the dipstick whistled when the oil dropped to a certain level to warn the driver. A hollow dipstick with a whistle hole in it which crankcase pressure entered to blow the whistle. 

  8. Just now, MtB said:


    Or more accurately, unprofessionally for them to have ignored the fridge ventilation requirements!


    In the OP's case though, their fridge appears to have worked perfectly for a long time before developing the fault being discussed, so it is unlikely to be a ventilation problem.

    Although the fit out quality was top notch they didn't know much about boat requirements or fridges. No hatch in the floor to check the bilge, all the electrics horribly boxed in, could never really get to anything when it went wrong without major demolition.  I could name the boat fitting out company as they have now ceased trading but I'd better not.

  9. I had similar symtoms with someones Shoreline fridge a couple of years ago. It was completely boxed in tight in a cupboard, with a door. Must have been running continually overheating and started a hum when switched on then kept stopping. Dragged it out and the compressor had even scorched the ply bulkhead behind it. She binned it and got a mains one. I put vents in the side and back of it's cupboard and took the door off. The boat had been fitted out including the fridge professionally.

  10. Those old Harborough boats swim well for a narrow boat. Fine entry bows the chines very economical on fuel and should handle beautifully. I could place mine on a sixpence, and could-will go astern pretty accurately for a long way too, around bends ect with no bother.


    Sorry in wrong topic. I meant it for the Fibre glass top topic.

  11. 36 minutes ago, Tony Brooks said:


    And in the Mac way, any system update may well break an older computer, so you have to upgrade.



    And built like the brick built proverbial, although they ditched the little keyboard lamp of earlier T range models. I am on my third Lenovo for not a lot of money, seeing what you get. Widows off, Mint or Ubuntu) on, and when the warrantee runs out fit an SSD.

    According to my nephew who is an IT expert Lenovo is or was or part of IBM.

  12. Both my laptops are refurbs from ebay.  Toshiba Setallite w7 was £65 buy it now or bid for it, I bid for it and got it for £45, only really wanted it because of the CD drawer, but it works lovely, using it to type this. The other is a Lenovo T450 Thinkpad, I needed one to think with. W10, very fast, £145. Both excellent and like new. 

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