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  1. Of course it's raining in Lancashire 😕. We decided to move moorings whilst it was quiet.🌧️
  2. Word on the street is that this could take up to twelve weeks to sort. Plenty of water around - just not in the right places. The nonsense is that the culverted stream passes less water than comes out of my sink in a day.
  3. It's in West London but closed tomorrow due to strike action.
  4. I accept that - it's unusual to be able to use any cartridge product more than once despite all precautions taken to reseal. But what is the mode of curing in high temp sealant? The 'cut off' end was intact and the piston unmoved. I suppose I don't know how long it had been in store before I purchased and I did not have in stock for long. Hey-ho - lesson learned 🥺.
  5. Can anyone speculate what sealant I bought? Being prepared I bought a cartridge ready for when I needed it - stored on board under the step. 20,000 mile service on the stove the other day. Thorough brush out, removed baffle plus a pile of ash. Raked out the stove top to flue joint. Retrieved the sealant cartridge and trimmed the nozzle, then cut the end off the cartridge. Into the gun and pressed - nothing. Only needed a small amount so dug into the end with a screwdriver - nothing. So, took a saw to the centre of the cartridge - nothing. Total contents of the pristine, sealed cartridge were solid - plan B. Can't remember where I bought it so no comeback. Just two pretty red plugs. 🙄
  6. I've got a flat cruiser deck so any 'surplus'water will run over the sides. But I've still had problems in some locks/?heavy rain with water down the cracks around the hatches getting into the bilge by overwhelming the drain channels. Nothing 'fatal'. Just been supermarket shopping and saw reels of wide (?3") adhesive fabric backed tape. So how's about a reel of that and 'tape up' the cracks on a temporary basis when facing downhill, leaky locks? May feel a bit more secure that standing on a wet, insecure tarpaulin. In fact, I may consider this as 'insurance' against heavy rain or snow over a Winter lay-up.
  7. That's the one ! See my Amazon reference at 14:17 yesterday. Primary use is to stop the pages turning in the breeze but if you like boating in the rain .........
  8. Crikey - never managed to track down before where mine came from but, despite a poor rating, mine has lasted for years (despite losing one clip) - have a look at Amazon "Transparent Storage Box Clear Plastic Document Paper Filling Case A4 File Box - Black rycnet"
  9. A friend/experienced boater, a few years ago, gave me what I assume to be a document display box. Exact size of an opened Nicholson's, hinged/clipped lid, transparent plastic. Not totally waterproof but pretty resistant with a lip between the halves. Keeps guide dry and open at the selected page. I think it came from one of they cheap book+stationery shops well worth keeping an eye open for.
  10. Home territory for us but a favourite jaunt, nonetheless.
  11. Me neither so I painted my dipstick (vertical access to tank). Gradations marked on stick used in conjunction with a rough chart of estimated volume of contents. Trouble with a painted surface is it makes assessing the fuel level a bit difficult. Solution: lay an old newspaper on the deck and lay the stick on the paper (after dipping) - the wet bit on the paper indicates the relevant mark on the stick. 😁
  12. Aah! Flotex. Had it fitted in an office I worked in years and years ago. I used to get an electric shock via my fingertips every time I opened a steel cupboard or filing cabinet. I learned to 'ground' myself by touching the furniture with a suited elbow before using a hand. Something to do with the combination of my shoes and the carpet. I'm still ' averse' to touching steel furniture - that's how aversion therapy works, innit?
  13. I've got plenty of parts. Clearing out preparatory to removal of Alde Comfort, I've put together about five spark generators. ........none of them work, mind!! 😟
  14. Back to another aspect of the OP query. I'm in the process of replacing an existing Alde. Mine is the older vertical/tall Comfort. Know nothing about the newer 'small box' types. My Comfort was used solely for heating a calorifier's worth of hot water. Did so quite happily in about 30-40 mins. 13kg gas lasted ages (fair weather/occasional boater). Was also linked to CH but useless since it used finned rads in boxed trunking - I could only tell it was on by holding my hand over the vents in the trunking. Old style Alde fine for water heating although I see gas is going up by £10 each time I need a replacement 13kg - I'm giving up on it primarily 'cos the spark ignition needs replacing every Spring - it doesn't seem to like Winter and replacements - hen's teeth😕🥴. I wouldn't fancy fitting a domestic gas boiler - too expensive to connect to the mains!!
  15. I've said the same elsewhere recently - be aware that all red oxide paints are not the same in terms of performance. I ran out of RO half way along the roof a few years ago. Bought and applied a second brand. Within a year patches of the second area started to, what I can only describe as 'drop off', while the original remained secure.
  16. Yeah, yeah, yeah - I knew that would be questioned as soon as I posted it. Tacho indicates an engine speed that would be somewhere near 15mpm...... 🤪
  17. Another thread hijack coming up. Another Barrus Shire - standard setup as far as I'm aware. I don't really need an answer - this is just an anecdote. My tacho is generally OK but on occasion - revving or changing speed - it will indicate silly number eg 15mph when I can obviously hear I'm in tickover. A quick tap on the glass usually restores a more sensible reading. Ain't boating fun!
  18. Your engin-ole sounds similar to mine (cruiser stern) although I have two hatches sitting on channels in good-ish condition. But I reckon I would never (or very, very rarely) actually stand / put body weight on the channel. So I would not see 'point deflection' as an issue. My routine for descending into the bowels is: foot on the deck, next on the weed hatch cover, then on the counter (timber step bridging fuel lines and some wires) then on a rear bearing cross-member (then baseplate if necessary). No weight on channel. As long as the weight of your hatches is evenly spread .....
  19. I trust that the man with the hose is disqualified from participating since he would otherwise be tempted to 'assist' only his own duck. I think we should be told!!
  20. Latest from CRT: Notice Alert Leeds & Liverpool Canal Location: Duck Race, Appley Bridge, Finch Mill swing bridge 43 Is it just me or does the concept of a 'race' using the natural flow of water in a canal sound somewhat bizarre. Signed 'a cynic'
  21. Stoopid question time. Why does it cycle/how does it assess temperature? I'm assuming a thermostat linked to Webby. Or does it use returning water temp? We've got a dead Alde operating (used to!) on a variable stat in the saloon. Could it use that?
  22. We've also got a wildlife friendly area at the top of our street where limestone used to be extracted. Full of thick undergrowth, multiple trees and a lake housing ducks, geese, swans, coot, etc and wandering footpaths. It's known locally as The Quarry - obviously named after the pub just across the road.
  23. Just had a chance to look at the can used on my roof about a year ago - still immaculate. It says Dulux Weathershield. Talking to a nearby boater who also used it on his cabin sides, three years ago he says. Mirror finish still and he says he just used a small roller. Only drawback I can see is a limited range of colours.
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