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  1. Today the annual bill arrived for the thick end of £1000 for the privilege.
  2. I tried my spherical-type Pela last year, but the tube was too narrow and got blocked with crud. I got a cheap 12v vacuum pump from eBay, a 25 litre plastic container, a curved length of 3/8” copper pipe, and some clear hose, and that was reasonably successful apart from the container’s tendency to collapse alarmingly under vacuum - I’ve not found a suitably robust replacement, so I’ve just bought a larger (and cheaper) a Pela-alike clone which has a 10mm inlet tube.
  3. If you don’t like that quote, shop around?
  4. Yeah, I got caught out by B&Q with that stuff - “Clean Spirit”
  5. Bosley and Marple closed completely from June 24th.
  6. If this keeps happening, with the same alarm, and for no apparent cause after reasonable investigations, then I’d start to doubt the alarm itself, and for the sake of a tenner or so get a new one. Worst case, both go off and confirm that you really do have a problem elsewhere. Best case, the old one proves to be duff. (Not directly relevant, but one of our optical smoke alarms went off in the middle of the night last year. Full alarm, no failing battery chirping, but turned out to be the battery.)
  7. Yes. The newer ones are a bit slimmer, take less ATF, and have easier access to the drain plug (on the side), but the key dimensions are the same.
  8. I've just checked the PRM and ZF drawings, not quite: HBW100/ZF10M - Drop 62 - LOA 195 (mounting face to output flange face) PRM120/125 - Drop 72 - LOA 217 PRM80/90* - Drop 72 - LOA 196 (* The PRM90 drawing is missing the LOA, but I'm 99% sure it's a straight swap for a PRM80) When I was looking to replace the (second) failed Hurth/ZF, PRM recommended the 120 over the 80 (as the numbering was then), despite the power rating of the 80 theoretically being big enough to replace the Hurth. I had the engine mounts raised about half an inch on steel blocks, otherwise the engine would have been perched right at the top of the threads, and there is just enough room lenghtways to get the 120 input shaft out of the drive plate without dismantling the coupling off the shaft.
  9. Not worth reconditioning, IMHO. Put it in the skip and get a PRM 125, as long as you have space - the PRM is very slightly longer, the the drop is larger, so you’ll need to have the engine mounts raised a bit.
  10. And while you’re at it, suggest you adjust the position of the two positive cables that appear to be resting on negative terminals, in case of chafing of the insulation.
  11. Even seen (on a webcam) a barn owl deliver some sort of water bird chick (probably a moorhen) to its owlets.
  12. Likewise, about a year later in my case. He didn’t ask to see them again.
  13. Caldron is still closed from Etruria to Ivy House Embankment. Are they pumping any water around the closure? The Cheshire Flight was bad late last summer - plenty of water coming down Bosley (apart from when someone came up just the bottom lock to wind), then scraping the bottom on the T&M summit and many of the pounds down towards Middlewich. I think the tunnel was closed a couple of days then as well.
  14. CRT also still reporting low water between 54 and 57 as well
  15. A long as they are in good condition, appropriately marked, and don’t have a marked expiry date, they’re fine. Looks the same as one of mine (sans magnets).
  16. Thurlwood Steel as an anti-example of one built not to a traditional design that was plagued with problems and scrapped as a result?
  17. I am not a lawyer, but I’m not sure that would wash. Any one of the (all male) party (or even all but one) could argue that, had they been female, the hire would been allowed, and therefore they were being discriminated against on the ground of their sex. Given that gender reassignment is also a protected characteristic, it would be a brave company that waded into that territory. As it happens, the party of chaps we met on a pair of ABC boats on the Bridgewater & T&M a couple of weeks ago couldn’t have been nicer, even the ones dressed as pirates.
  18. It’s sad, but if they all survived we’d be knee deep in blue tits by now. The great tits have occupied one end of our “sparrow terrace” (it’s had great tits, blue tits and bumble bee nests over the years, but never any sparrows), and the house martins arrived back a few days ago and are busy making a mess of next door’s walls.
  19. Big Clive on YouTube has done some videos on various versions of these LED strips.
  20. Well that accounts for 4 of their 3 weeks… If they want to do the BCLM then they’re going up and down via the Wolverhampton level one way or another.
  21. How about…. 4 Counties clockwise as far as Autherley, on a bit to Aldersley, up the Wolverhampton 21, BCLM, Netherton Tunnel (either nip down Factory, or the long way round Old Main Line/Brades), Delph, down to Stourton, back up to Autherley and continue the 4 Counties. Potential side quests to Hawne Basin, Stourbridge and even Titford if time allows? That said, T&M down to Fradley, into Birmingham via Aston/Farmers Bridge and out again via BCLM/Wolverhampton and back on the ring at Autherley is a possibility. I’d rather do Aston/Farmers Bridge/middle of Birmingham than go through Manchester again.
  22. Out of curiosity, does the drop-lock involve a change in level either end of the lock?
  23. T&M, Thurlwood Steel Lock - been and gone of course
  24. Had the alternator belt break once in Barnton tunnel, fortunately close to the exit. Pushed out with the pole and changed the belt. Came through Harecastle late one day and moored at the end for the night. The following morning the gearbox packed up just before Longport Wharf!
  25. I see the report is recommending that the Boat Safety Scheme get involved in areas beyond its stated remit to “help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution”.
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