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  1. Chandlers are closed on Sunday due to January. Retired for consolation beer. I'll give you a call tomorrow about the housing and possibly a better bolt. Thanks for the help!
  2. There's no more than 5mm of thread. The whole bolt is c.24mm long. I think the stripped part of the filter housing is only the first couple of mm, so potentially a longer bolt could be a (possibly temporary) solution. I'm going to poke around the local chandlers this afternoon as a first step.
  3. So I should just replace the one I have? Is the banjo bolt meant to only fit in by a couple of turns? It doesn't seem like enough, but maybe that's just the weakened metal.
  4. The banjo fitting on the engine side of my fuel filter was leaking, so my initial plan was to replace the copper washers and tighten it all up again. However, the thread inside the housing has stripped, so it's not going to tighten. Also, the banjo bolt that was in the stripped housing is only long enough to engage by 2-3 turns. That seems a little short. Is that the correct bolt? Are there replacements easily available? Or should I take this as an opportunity to fit a Cav style pump somewhere? There's no lift pump, just a hardi electric fuel pump by the tank, and the whole supply is made of 1/8 copper, so would it be better to remove the banjo/filter, join the ends and fit an alternative filter off the engine? Suggestions that are likely to be obtainable from Uxbridge boat centre (or nearby) on a sunday will receive extra credit..
  5. I'd second (third? Fifth? Seventeenth?) the series / parallel wiring. My only concern is putting 4 x 150w panels into a controller that is rated "Max Rated Charging Power (20A), 260W"..
  6. Assuming I wanted to make one (or find someone with better welding skills to make one for me), does anyone have any pictures of existing designs? Are the bottles chained inside, or would a bar of some sort be enough to keep the bottles secure? I assume that the doors would bolt shut from the outside? Google doesn't seem to be much help with the pictures, and I can't get out stalking piper boat owners until the weekend..
  7. Which is exactly what 7.2.4 seems to be checking. And 7.2.3 says "Door seals with no signs of gaps or damage must satisfy check 7.2.4 or pass the smoke pellet test." As everyone has said, there's no point having seals on an external side opening locker that's required to have a drain to the outside anyway
  8. Exactly! Is 7.2.3 (which Alan quotes above) meant to apply only to side opening lockers on a deck, not outside? The 2005 BSS guide also says (after 7.2.1) "Best practice : Lockers that open from the top or from the outside of the boat are easier to make and keep LPG-tight. "
  9. Has anyone got a gas locker that is accessed from the cabin sides? Would making such a thing be easy? . The boat project I'm looking at has an extended cabin that covers what used to be the front deck, so there's no room for a gas locker. Obviously the trad stern has no room either. I'm thinking about side doors, like a hatch, that open to an enclosed steel cabinet for a couple of gas bottles. It'd only be really used for cooking, so potentially using one bottle, or two smaller ones, would be an option to make the locker smaller. Making sure it drains outside should be relatively easy. Is there any other BSS requirement that I'd need to be aware of? I was thinking about the retrofit hatches that kedian makes, but with an attached locker that sits in the cabin. It'd take up some headroom, but if that was in the engine room it wouldn't be in the way.
  10. If you use an equally decent relay, powered via the ignition key, instead of the manual isolation switch, the problem of forgetting goes away (as long as you remember to turn the key off..)
  11. Bayonet fittings are fine (at least according to the BSS inspector who passed mine). The isolation valve is essential though.
  12. eggpie

    10W 40

    Synthetic or not, the SR manual I have suggests that 10w is only suitable for temperatures below 0C, although it's vague on the subject of multigrade. My SR3 is definitely happier with the 20w50 than even a 15w40 though, albeit with some slightly sluggish starting in the depths of winter. But, as Alan says, other people have different experiences.
  13. The wording (at least according to this nbw page http://www.narrowboatworld.com/index.php/leatest/5871-have-you-invalidated-your-bss-certificate ) is "The validity of a BSS pass result may be affected and can be cancelled if the vessel is not properly maintained; and/or non-compliant alterations are made" The previous owner got his last BSS certificate in 2015, and has "mostly refitted" it since then, so in any meaningful sense that safety inspection is worthless. Knowing that he hasn't bothered to test the gas install, or fix a stove that would "never pass a safety inspection" ,either of which could take out him and/or his neighbours, what does that say about his corner-cutting attitude towards maintenance and safety elsewhere on his DIY fitout? He's epoxied the skin tank and rewired using the "best wiring". Check out the sagging,exposed pushfit water pipes in the bathroom picture. It's not a bargain-priced boat either. Whether the bit about BSS being invalidated is ever enforced, however, is a different matter entirely..
  14. For contrast, check out the latest clown boat for sale there. No safety issues at all.. https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/45-1991-steel-narrowboat-864-hull-recently-surveyed-and-recent-refit/1164049256
  15. However, if it happened to fall into the water all by itself, you'd be doing CRT a favour by removing it within 28 days. 14, I think you said it'd take you. It takes them months to remove unlicensed boats around here, especially if they cant find the current owner. Or it didn't have a clear license number. You'd be saving them thousands. Or, as staarek says, if the current untraceable owner claims it has no testable elements, and pays for a short term license, CRT are unlikely to check that. Especially if nobody lets them on board to look round.
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