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Big Bob W

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  1. Alde 2920 boiler

    Think I've sorted it. Duff overheating sensor. If I short out the terminals, everything stays alight and tickety boo. Will order replacement.
  2. Alde 2920 boiler

    Thanks Alan. That's what I thought.
  3. Alde 2920 boiler

    I am still struggling with this 'orrible boiler! Have cleaned up the pilot assembly - although didn't seem bad. I have repositioned the thermocouple so it sits a bit more centrally in the pilot flame. I can get it to stay lit and fire up the burners now - albeit somewhat intermittently. When the burners do light, the pilot and burners go out after about 3 mins, then its back to trying to light again. To be honest, I am not that fussed, as I said before, the log burner does the job. But I have a BSS due in about 3 months. Is the examiner going to want to see the boiler running?
  4. Bilateral Worlds.

    Returning after a couple of weeks on board, I was in a petrol station filling up the car. Instinctively started chatting to the guy filling up next to me. "Lock-side chat". Then realised from the look on his face, I was back in the parallel universe.
  5. Gayton Junction towpath

    Excellent! Really interesting link. That's the answer then! Thanks....
  6. Gayton Junction towpath

    Bridge 47 also carries the road, so I guess also making it a turnover bridge, they killed two birds with one stone as it were. It's quite a way though. I did wonder about detouring via the road from Bridge 2 on the arm. Only just noticed though, theres no bridge number 1 - but can see any evidence of one ever existing.
  7. Gayton Junction towpath

    Something that's perplexed me for a while now. Having just cruised by again today, its got me thinking again. In horse-drawn days, imagine a boat coming up the Northampton Arm to the junction and turning left to head south towards Stoke Bruerne. Towpath is on the right as you approach the junction. When turning left, onto the main line, its on the right again. As far as I can see, the horse would have had to leave the boat, turn right, go the quarter of a mile or so to the cross-over bridge then double back to the junction. A bridge to take the Northampton Arm towpath over the mainline at the junction would be the obvious solution, but there no trace. Has something changed there in more recent years? Rob
  8. Alde 2920 boiler

    I have tried that. Pilot light goes out quicker than I can turn the knob! Also, as I said previously, sometimes the pilot and burner do ignite for a few minutes before going out again. Think I will give the pilot assembly a clean. It does look like a good flame whilst the knob is held down though, so possibly a duff thermocouple. Thanks for the advice .....
  9. Alde 2920 boiler

    We have an old Alde 2920 boiler. To be honest, other than firing it up when we first bought the boat, we have never used it in anger - the solid fuel stove is more than adequate. However, I tried it today and it no longer lights reliably. Its one of the old manual push button piezo ignitors. The pilot light ignites, but on releasing the push down thermostat knob, the pilot light goes out. Occasionally, it does stay lit, the burner lights, but then after a few minutes it goes out. Also, not sure if its related, but guess it could be, the wires from the pilot light indicator gauge are not connected - and for the life of me, I can not see where the spade connectors are supposed to connect! I would really appreciate any guidance....
  10. In a predicament

    We sold our share via boatshare.co.uk. Went within a couple of days. Possibly went in a bit cheap as we just wanted to get out of the monthly syndicate payments when we bought our own boat.
  11. Marina suggestions

    We moored there for a couple of years. Didn't like the long pontoons - if you are unlucky enough to be moored at the far end it can be quite an un-nerving walk to the boat in wet/icy/windy weather, especially when there were not many boats moored on there with you. The other thing with Wigrams is that on Saturdays, all the services are dedicated solely to Black Prince. Unless you pre-book you can not get diesel or pump-out.
  12. Marina suggestions

    Have a look at Heyford Fields Marina in Northamptonshire. Midway on the 14 mile pound between Buckby Locks and Stoke Bruerne. Less than 10 min by car from Junc 16 of the M1, but lovely rural location and excellent facilities.
  13. Alde Slimline Boiler

    Had a similar problem. Thought rather than blowing, I would use a can of "Air Duster" with a small tube on the nozzle. You know the things - they sell them to clean your keyboard I think. Ideal I thought, can get right in there. I am not sure if it was this or the resulting explosion that blasted the muck out when I tried the igniter!! Lesson learned. Cans of "air duster" do not actually contain air!
  14. Control cable linkages

    Thanks guys Looks right to me. Much appreciated.
  15. Control cable linkages

    The throttle cable on my BMC 1500 is connected using plastic/nylon connectors (picture attached). The same style of connector is used on the gearbox linkage also. I have a spare control cable, but would like to carry a couple of these connectors as spares - just in case one fails on me.... I have tried to source them, but can't find one anywhere. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks Rob