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David Schweizer

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  1. Sorry for not replying to your question until now, I have been in Australia for a month and only returned on Wedneday. Lockwheeling is the use of a bicycle by a crew member to cycle ahead of a boat to set the locks, so that they are ready when the boat arrives. Lockwheeling used to be undertaken by by most working boat crews, particularly on long flights where the locks were a good distance between each other. One person I recall still lock wheeling until the very end of commercial traffic was Bill Whitlock working the locks for Blue Line's Lucy and Ian and later Lucy and Renfrew. Bill can be seen lockwheekung in this vdeo (about 4 1/2 minutes in to the film)
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  5. I can strongly recommenf John Sanderson at Dadfords Wharf Stourbridge https://www.narrowboatpainting.co.uk/ Not on the T & M, but not too far away. John did an excellent job on Helvetia which still looks shiney after ten years.
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  7. Thanks for fixing the page Rich. Just one question, how do I reset my browser cache?
  8. I couldn't find anything it Tecnical & Account Support which can be turned on or off
  9. (Conversely), I have never owned a Black & Decker cordless drill or screwdriver, but I have had a Black & Decker Quatro hammer drill for decades. It has been subjected to some very hard work over the years, but still works well.
  10. I am assuming that quality has improved in more recent years., I bought a cordless drill and a scewdriver from Lidl more than twenty years ago when I was re-fitting Helvetia. I replaced them several times, assuming that a few years was the normal life expectancy. I finally ditched them something like twelve years ago, replacing them with (admittedly more expensive) DeWalt ones which are still in my workshop and, with just a couple of replacement batteries, are still working well. Edited to add:- On reflection, it was probably the batteries which were the problem, they did not last very long before they would not hold a charge, and replacements were impossible to obtain. I did set up a plug and cable for the 12v drill and ran it from the boat battery for quite a few years before it finally died.
  11. I watch it on a 22"desktop monitor, and it takes up the entire screen. Very annoying, and completely uneccessary
  12. I have found some of their power tools to be what you would expect when you only spend a few quid. I had an angle grinder and the switch failed after about a year. I fitted an alternative from my bits box and it still works fine with that. I have also found that their cordless drills and screwdrivers are a bit undrpowered, the batteries don't last too long, and you cannot find replacements. . I have replaced all the drills and screwdrivers with DeWalt, which are far more pwwerful and the batteries last much longer, and you can get replacements.
  13. A regional name for the Pied Wagtail which is not really a waterbird, but one which is sometimes seen near water where it feedso n flies etc.
  14. Certainly no Greenfinch from any of my books/photos. Rail, Swan & Tern the only three I have photo evidence of working with Kestrel.
  15. What about the wideboat Pullett, which is some kind of chicken; or Wagtail which is a ground habiting bird; then there is Bunting, unless the name is a shortened form of Common Reed Bunting, which isn't actually a water bird, although it does often nest in or near marshy areas. I am also unsure about Warbler but there are several visiting Warblers, which aren't actually water birds but with water associations in their name eg. Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler etc. Sits back and awaits ridicule from the ornitholigists. 😁
  16. Chris certainly still owned Kestrel a number of years ago. I supplied him with enough very large brass screws to re-fit the portholes when he renovated the back cabin. I haven't seen him or Kestrel for a while, so whether he is still the owner, I do not know. If people really want to know, I could probably find out.
  17. I realise this is an old thread which has been revived, but I thought that my experience of a fridge working erraticly may be of some help. We had quite an old Bosch Fridge, which five years ago, started over cooling, but adjusting the thermostat made no difference. We decided to replace it with a tall Fridge Freezer (which Jan had wanted for ages!) and moved the old fridge into the garage/workshop. Whilst moving it, I noticed a lot of dust on the coils on the back of the fridge, so I dusted it all of with a soft brush, and suprisingle[y the fridge started to work normally. It is still working perfectly and now serves as an ideal beer/wine fridge.
  18. Wasn't that Michael Stimpson who, I believe, has recently set up independantly.
  19. It is an Ovolo, (not an Ogee) or more correctly a Square Ovolo which indicates a quadrant with two shoulders. The cutter you have found will only produce one shoulder, the type you need is like the one shown here, but it is bigger than the size you require:- https://www.silverlinetools.com/en-GB/Product/ProductDetail?ModelName=793772 Axminster Tools sell a range or Ovolo router bits, they will be top quality but rather expensive. Nevertheless, it may be worth giving them a ring. https://www.axminstertools.com/instantsearch/result?q=ovalo router bit
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  24. Mick Riley was my Uncle Reg, although everyone called him Mick.
  25. An interesting film which brought back quite a few childhood meories. As a small matter of interest the hideous office block built opposite Harvey Taylor's old sheds was built on the site of my Uncle's Motor Cycle sales and servicing garage, which was purcashed by compulsory order for the road widening scheme.
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