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lockedout last won the day on June 24 2013

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  1. lockedout

    Double Glazing on narrow boats

    A bit late to this... Apologies for repeating what others have said. When we got repainted, I took the opportunity to change the old Caldwell windows for new DG units from Channel Glaze, the windows fit well and look great with an anodised finish. I had some bespoke Oak trims made for inside which took a bit of work but look the mutt's nuts now they are in. I treated the wood with Osmo Oil. We get minimal condensation on the frames, but the Osmo protects the wood really well. Advantages - Heat retention Sound reduction Better security Looks the Biz Adds value to the boat
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    Three Mobile reception at Specific Marinas

    So... Not sure about marinas specifically, but 'Er Indoors is on EE and I am on Three. Generally whilst out and about on the network I get rubbish coverage compared with the distaff side. I will be changing my provider fairly soon, to get the hell away from Three.
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    Oh dear... Figure of speech - briefly, a phrase or word having different meanings than its literal meanings.
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    Wow! You go away for a day and look what happens... Thanks everyone for your contributions, every day is a school day and even with a certain divergence of opinion I have learned a lot. I am reluctant to change all of the batteries just yet - apart from anything else, lifting them out of the engine 'ole is a complete bu**er! I am going to take the duff one out and take it back to Bardens and ask their opinion on the basis that I may get a discount on a replacement (I can dream). I may just run with three until they all eventually die then replace the whole lot in one go. I am also going to have a look at my charger and see if it needs replacement with something better. Thanks everyone.
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    When I rebuilt the bank, I configured the 4 batteries to connect through bus bars using brand new cables, all exactly the same size and length. I can't remember the diameter, but they are good and thick, as advised by Bardens who made them up for me. Good advice about resetting the charger, I will put it on the maintenance list.
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    So, trying to answer some of the points raised: My method of measuring the state of the bank as a whole is Smartguage/Smartbank . We certainly don't hammer the batteries when we are off grid, as I say, we have never been below 60% since the batteries were new and we always drive enough during a day to get it up to 100% at the end of the day. We don't have solar (yet). The boat spends most of it's time on shore power, we are holiday boaters with weeks, long weekends and days here and there but we use it year round. I can't remember the name of the charger, maybe I should look at getting something better, I think I have the space for a Vectron combined unit. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    Hmmmmm... Now that's not a bad idea. we have just had two weeks working on 3 and we got on fine. Certainly worth thinking about. Thanks
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    Thanks Tony - Every day is a school day. The bank has never gone below 60% (to my knowledge) and when not on alternator, the boat is plugged in via the electric mooring line and the charger is a decent one. I really don't want to replace all 4 batteries, they are only about 30 months old and the other three seem to be ok (I have my fingers crossed!). I will follow your advice and replace the duff one and keep a really close eye on them. I am going to take the duff one back to Bardens and get their opinion, if they are prepared to give one! Thanks again everyone...
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    Thanks guys - I think I can test the voltage easily enough with my limited knowledge and multimeter and should be able to compare with the other three. But it looks like I need to get along to Bardens and pick up a replacement. What would have caused it to fail? Is it something I have done, or was it faulty? There isn't any warranty left, but I might have a go and see if I can get some money off the replacement. ETA - posted before I read Alan's really helpful response
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    Battery Question (yes, another one)

    I started to notice that our batteries were producing significantly less power than they should. I keep them topped up fairly regularly and checked them today. Of the four batteries, three of them took hardly any water, but the fourth took a LOT more. It was warm to the touch (on charge through shore power) and when I took the first plug out there was an audible inrush/outrush of air (?). I am rubbish with electrics. I presume that the drop in overall power is due to the fourth battery not doing its stuff as well as the other three. What I don't understand is why one out of three has 'broken'. 4 x 12v 135Ah deep cycle leisure batteries the same age, all connected to a bus bar using exactly the same cables (length and thickness). The batteries are now 2.5 years old and have been well looked after, always on charge with shore power when not out and about and have never dropped below 60% (as far as I know) as a bank. I am pretty sure the casing isn't cracked, there are no signs of a leak. I think I screwed the plugs in properly when I filled them last. I only have a mid range multimeter, but I have no idea what I would be testing for, I told you I was rubbish with electrics. Do I have to buy a new battery, or can I recondition this one, or will it sort itself out??
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    Belt/holster for lock handle

    'Er Indoors loves her Lockmaster and she uses one of the over one shoulder style of holders. It works fine allowing her to use both hands to manoeuvre, but I am constantly reminding her to mind the paintwork! I can't for the life of me remember where we got it from but Dave on Anon makes a similar style.
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    New number old logo

    and he shares the same middle name with Attila and Winnie??
  13. One more thing to consider on the Thames (any river really) take an anchor and have it bent on ready to deploy.
  14. Just a balancing view for Sheepwash. An interesting stretch of canal, a few decent places to moor (try and stay away from the railway, it is V. Noisy) . Good pubs easily accessible. College Boats for water/pumpout/chandlery.
  15. "magel or smiler" Maybe should read Magel or similar? ETA . - MTB beat me to it

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