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  1. With the number of people looking for Mr Frost I wouldn’t be surprised if his body is in the ‘hold’ though we was recently photographed sitting in a pub😂😂
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  5. I agree with you. They forced crt to back down over so called ‘safety zones’ which was as I understand it was to prevent mooring in particular areas thus allowing rowers to use those areas. Whilst they thought they had ‘won’ crt have now started errecting ‘no mooring’ signs in those same places. Last I heard was that apparently the signs were secured with 13mm nuts or in some cases were no longer secured with said nuts😁😁
  6. Thank you for the article. I have read quite a bit about the subject but I haven’t seen this one.
  7. Sadly I am way down South near London. Dave, that is an extremely kind offer and one that I will probably take you up on but I insist on paying. I am in Harefield but the weather seems to have changed and in addition I probably need to return to Belfast so it will probably be next year. I have done quite a bit of reading on the subject but I am devoid of any artistic skills.
  8. Parts of the scrumbling on my NB are staring to peel/flake. This is only on the side hatches and rear doors which when open are exposed to the elements. As the boat is nearly twenty years old and the scrumbling in the back cabin is unaffected it’s had a good innings. Where it has flaked there appears to be a cream base coat and the’ flake’ appears to be a form of acrylic or varnish substance. In no way do I have the skills of scrumbling but I would like to touch up the relevant parts or would I be better and waiting till funds allow and get all the doors re done by someone with the appropriate talent? I see one can purchase ‘scrumbling’ paint and I am curious as to what product to purchase. Clearly I would need very little. TIA Martin
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  10. A nice, useful and informative update. Thank you
  11. Unless part of the battery contains concrete as happened recently when someone purchased a ‘drop in’ lifepo4 battery sourced from China. When the battery didn’t perform as expected it was dismantled where the concrete was discovered😂😂
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  13. Dartagnan


    Many thanks. Unfortunately there aren’t many advantages of being in London that I can think of and I would most definitely prefer to be ‘living in the stocks’ at present and not just for the paraffin😁
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    Thank you. Until a few years ago most central heating systems in Northern Ireland were of the the heating oil style and thus was easily obtainable at petrol stations and coal merchants premises. At the time it was quite an expensive fuel so when natural gas was being installed I jumped at the opportunity to switch. Naturally as soon as I switched natural gas prices rocketed and heating oil became cheaper. Naturally, at a time I could do with a few litres I’m in London and not in NI😂😂 Thank you. As you say £10 for 4 litres appears to be the going rate at the moment though Amazon has some for about £8.50. I haven’t checked the Chinese prices so as I’m in London and there is a dearth of agricultural suppliers I suppose Amazon it is😁
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    I want to clean the metal mesh in filters from the Cretaceous period on my Gardner engine. When I had a motorbike as a teenager I would have used paraffin to clean all sorts of parts on the engine. From memory we used paraffin coz it was cheap! I’ve just looked at buying some and it’s more expensive than premium grade petrol. So, in the opinion of those that know, is paraffin the product of choice when it comes to cleaning oil/diesel filter gauzes or is petrol better? I can then clean other mechanical bits and pieces in a bath of paraffin/petrol.
  16. I haven’t seen the programme and mark evans may not have a clue about narrowboat but he is actually quite handy. Many years ago I watched a series where he built a light aircraft and classic car restoration. I’m going to have to find the programme mentioned in this thread, hopefully it’s on catch up😁
  17. There is a YouTube video by Robbie Cummings showing his ascent of the Rochdale Nine including where he moored the evening before which I believe was just outside the castlefield Marina. Obviously the opposite direction of travel to you but is probably worth a watch as he describes potential issues and solutions.
  18. Thank you for the reply Alan. I’ll have to look up that up. Whilst this is the fresh water cooling system and not the raw water cooling I suppose it still assists the flushing process.
  19. This is described as ADAPTER, FRESH WATER PUMP INLET. At the rear is a ‘valve’ and whilst I understand that is an inlet I would like to know under what circumstances would it be used or in other words what’s it’s purpose in the big scheme of things😁
  20. Thank you both. I’m unsure if there is aluminium anywhere in the system, I can’t think where there would be but fernox may be a good option.
  21. Developed long ago in the yachting/motor boat world. Allows one to ‘step off’ when mooring etc and the boat remains in situ😁
  22. You are obviously quite right about it being used for treating rust but one of the benefits of the acid is that it doesn’t attack the metal, just the rust. I believe it’s also the prime ingredient in ‘Barnacle Buster’ so I’m guessing it doesn’t attack the seals.
  23. After a few years of being unable to do some basic maintenance tasks on the boat due to some physical constraints, at last, I am now in better physical health and itching to get started. Amongst those tasks is to service my in built diesel generator including flushing the raw water system. I was considering introducing some descaler into the system via the raw water strainer and allowing it to sit in the system for a few hours before emptying it. I was going to use phosphoric acid diluted to 45% as the descaler. As most members of this forum are considerably more knowledgeable than me I thought it might be best to run this idea past you before I do😂
  24. Thank you for the information Tony, I’m grateful PM sent 😁
  25. I have a Mastervolt Whisper 6000 generator on my NB. It is a Mitsubishi 3LE engine that Westerbeke have used in a generator and has been rebadged by Mastervolt. I would like to give the engine a full service but I am having difficulties identifying the correct parts numbers. This was made in 2003 and is the 1500 RPM version not the 3000 RPM version. Most of the materials I find online are those for the 3000RPM. Whilst I suspect there are no differences in the engine parts I would like to ensure I purchase the right ones. To make matters worse it is my understanding that there are systems in place to protect the manufacturers profit margins against the customers wishes to source and identify pattern parts at a reasonable cost versus the outrageous prices charged by the manufacturers. Would anyone have any suggestions as to what company may supply these pattern parts or in the worst case scenario original Mitsubishi parts. TIA. Martin
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