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Sir Percy

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  1. Chateau Bateau le bateau de chateau, come on
  2. My ex went on some DIY composting toilet course that he ran at his place man years ago. He's been doing this sort of thing for ages. Of course, the real money is in making the TV series, for which this narrowboat project is really episode content.
  3. They've an entire chateau to accommodate people. What's the appeal in going over to France to spend your holiday in a boat that's not going anywhere?
  4. Doesn't that bit of kit just put out a boosted signal from your router (which I'm guessing you don't have)?
  5. ok, thanks. seen a few warnings, wondered if it ever did happen.
  6. Well, that's the question really: does it get affected by flooding from the River Stour?
  7. Aldi offer even cheaper (£16), can buy online. Buy something else for a fiver and get free delivery.
  8. Seen those; thought powder was more for electrical fires, but not bad value. There's an ash vacuum cleaner for £40 that's interesting for cleaning stoves. edit: 33 quid!
  9. Pleasantly surprised to hear it. No way to moderate it?
  10. https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/happy-home/vonhause-3-blade-stove-fan/p27919 No endorsement from me, just FYI
  11. Jesus. Maybe I'd be better off forgetting about the bed, and sleeping upright.
  12. Good point, there's hatches at front and both sides. Occasional GORD; hadn't thought about that, will have to be able to jack up the bed frame. Thanks.
  13. I thought I'd be stirring up a short*rses bed, not a hornet's nest Good point
  14. Thinking about end of cabin to make the most of the space, and permanent installation. Did it make any difference to how you slept?
  15. Most berths are arranged along the length of the boat, aren't they? Have you ever slept on a bed athwartships, and did it make any difference? If the boat were rocked, I'd imagine that head-to-foot rocking might be a little less pleasant than side-to-side, but I've been on train couchettes without noticing anything.
  16. so, another means of moving air through (and out of an exit, I assume).
  17. That's an answer to OP (whose bilge is not bone dry) about putting in floor vents, not about convection.
  18. If there were a heat source, that would cause air movement upwards. Having a floor vent near to the stove and another floor vent some distance away, would provide air movement through the bilge, which would help to keep it dry. You see this arrangement in Victorian front rooms. Trade-off between warm cabin/dry bilge.
  19. Goes against my O-level Physics thinking; warm air rises, no?
  20. Seems to me, the safe way to install one of these would be externally. Looking at the Eber marine heating brochure, that's what they show in their installation example.
  21. bbc.co.uk article tl;dr Caroline is 33 and works in higher education. She lives on a narrowboat, which she bought three years ago with an unsecured personal loan, which she repays at £705.42 per month. The boat is moored on a permanent residential mooring [Oxford?], for which Caroline pays £257.44 per month in mooring and boat licence fees. My solar panel hasn't generated much power today, so I run the generator for a few hours to boost the batteries. I need more efficient solar panels, as they will significantly offset my expenditure on petrol for the generator, and diesel for the boat engine (around £8 per week in total), but my current top priority is ordering coal for the winter. Usually I buy enough for a month at a time, but this winter there will be a stoppage (canal closure) at a bridge just north of my mooring, meaning that Dusty the fuel boat will be unable to get through for three months. Ordering three months' worth of fuel in advance is a pricey business, and will set me back around £400-500 on top of my usual monthly bills. So, no new solar panels just yet. Two years ago I acquired a £4,000 overdraft debt overnight (due to the Canal and River Trust omitting the VAT on my mooring fees and threatening me with a CCJ [county court judgement] unless I paid the VAT bill in full immediately) and I have been in the debt trap ever since.
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