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JohnB

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  1. Steel pigeon/dog boxes don't have to be the cause of condensation problems if built the right way. I was concerned about condensation from the roof lights when we had our hull built but Roger said there would be no problems the way he would make ours-- He was absolutely right. Our roof lights are fitted over an up stand on the roof of the cabin and the lids have lips which turn down,this arrangement causes any drips to end up outside the boat. The clearance gaps and slot vents also provide the basic minimum of high level ventilation needed for the cabin and because they are quite long there is less of a draft than a normal mushroom vent. Our boat has only portholes but the usual comment from people visiting is "how light it is inside" and as previously noted there is rarely a good view out of the side when tied up. (some ones cabin side or a dogs bum on the towpath ;-)
  2. Just a thought, but might this be a similar issue to one of our dogs being absolutey scared of going near or traveling in our car.( so how would we get to the boat?) He would always leave the house and pull over to the other side of the garden furthest away from the car whenever we went out for a walk. It 's sorted out now and he travels fine any where car, boat or train..... It was in someways the weirdest thing we have had to deal with in all our rescued dogs, but really the most rewarding. The approach known as "systematic desensitisation"; is to subject the patient(dog) is to increasing periods of the stressor for periods shorter than that which would take it to be upset. {Its a completely benign technique, rather than the Woodhouse "flooding method" and is supposed to be longer lasting!} Right. I'll try to explain the practicalities. We first just sat in the car, in a closed garden, with the doors open and read the paper/ had a cup of coffee so the dog could wander around suit himself, eventually he became comfortable getting into the car.... Then the interesting bit comes we had to gradually increase the time we ran the the engine/ moved the car; but by amounts so small that he didn't notice and on NO ACCOUNT LET HIM GET DISTURBED. In this case we could only manage increases of 30seconds each time or so but GRADUALLY to get to half an hour; at which point the issue was resolved!!! --- I don't know why the turning point is reckoned as half an hour but that is the "magic" time. I hope that makes sense, please ask if I can help more, I have cut the details rather short keep the post manageable. I do hope you can get your pet happy on the boat . John
  3. How can volunteers without expertise be allowed the to dictate how we use the fatalities we have paid for ???? We too were somewhat peeved when Kathy was told that the locks were closed when she inquired at 2:45. A bit later on as I went down to sort out rubbish etc. I discovered the Volockies bringing a boat up the flight I did ask if we could come down and pass in the middle (as we have done on previous occasions) but this was refused. Chatting later I discovered the volly had no interest in boating or boaters needs but was there because he enjoyed the power and needed something to do since retiring! Now we build our boats,pay large sums of money to be able to use the waterways and its locks and in doing so provide entertainment to the non-boating visitors. Should there be a category of volunteer boater ;-) John & Kathy
  4. Just been told this lock now has an early closure. ---- people have had to turn back. Sneaked onto CRT site. We, and several are others, are having to return south :-( John and Kathy
  5. We have just done your planned route and came onto the G.U. and moored near the junction this afternoon. Everything has gone quite smoothly and the Rothersthope locks were, unusually, all adequately in water. 3 3/4 hours without trying.( We have been through a few times though and know how to use a bike to set the locks optimally for the low pounds). I imagine our staging of the journey will be different from yours but Please ask if we can help with a specific question. John & Kathy
  6. We are using one of the Moonraker aerials at the moment. It certainly seems a bit better in locations where we have previously struggled to get an entertainment signal, the old setup was a Yagi with an amplifier, though indeed on many occasions a small mag mount stub has been adequate on that amplifier. We have only been trying it out for the last week so I can't give a full report as yet.... A WARNING I should point out the majority of head amplifiers use 12v sent up the lead , the moonraker power inserter/adaptor has a regulator to provide 5v for the aerial lead ---- don't mix the two systems. It will cause problems!
  7. So----- Having at, last!, got fittings made and installed, discovered the back leak on pump outlet was a NRV . I piped every thing up to the theory. to avoid air traps. Here goes; turned fuel on ----Opened vents on agglomerator and filter pumped the primer and closed the vents as the fuel flowed out. What next! all the pipes had been changed and empty, should I, I wondered do some bleeding at the pump? Give it a try! wound speed wheel open, pressed start and away it ran as sweet as could be RESULT. Never had it work like that before ..... Thank for advice and encouragment John
  8. Further investigations reveal the NRV is in the right direction for flow out of the filter head. I have no sense of what was intended.... (as a side point, only relevant to access issues though, I am starting to suspect the exhaust manifold has been fitted the wrong way round!) Anyhow I think I can re-pipe this lot sensibly and indeed so that the back leak doesn't drain back. The problem now is getting fittings with the right thread " You always used to get them at the Lucas depot!" But I have a plan and access to a lathe ----- I'll report on my efforts. Best regards John
  9. I think that is very probable. The pipework indeed seemed rather odd. The connection to the pump from the final filter swept round "in an air trapping loop" it could easilly have had a better route from the other outlet on the filter head. I guess you can see why I am doing this work on the engine! In fact this filter head was the agglomerator when we got the engine, made redundant because I had fitted chassis mount agglomerator and sedimentor before the engine. ( Now where did I get that idea from ? :-) I also understand that these cyclone type devices don't work as they should when vibrated mounted on engines.... I shall test your suggestions next. Thanks John
  10. Thanks, I know what you mean. There is in fact such a valve its in the out feed to the thermostart device (bonfire plug) though in fact that seems to be non-functional and fortunately not needed :-) John
  11. Interesting, We had some character of a similar nature follow us out of Braunston tunnel the other year. I had gone ahead to take over from the people leaving the lock and as their boats were leaving I watched this boat try to pull into the side. He executed a "superb cock up" with the boat going all over the place. I was rather worried at that point about how we would would get down the locks together. BUT NO he held back and would not come with us. Later Kathy told me he had, in fact, tried to sideswipe us into the shrubbery, presumably out of his way. It didn't work however! our boat is deep and heavy... He then played the same tricks with the lock paddles as you describe, no worry to us and we soon left him to play on his own. He passed us much later after we had tied up and I was doing the chimney brasses. Earlier in the day we went up the Buckby Locks with a nice couple with a smallish boat and they were still shaken up from a similar sideswiping incident with a fuel boat------ |This boater?,when asked said he took exception too their notice about speeding boats and had done it on purpose. I'll leave that story for your judgment.
  12. Thanks Tony, that all rather confirms what I was thinking and is very helpful.<creep> I think there is no NRV present on this setup I will see what I can I can do. I do not anticipate this ever being self bleeding. A bit of background, for you; and to help others who may pick up on this thread. This engine was marinised from an ex-ministry unit by a professional vintage engine restorer and there were a few things to sort out. Anyhow it was a good learning experience for me so I won't complain but I guess you can see how I am approaching this. Once sorted the whole setup has proved so ideal I would be tempted to declare it the standard :-) Much of my understanding of all this is based on some lectures by yourself and a couple of relevant CAV instruction books. Interestingly the priming instructions in the instruction book suggest only the filter head should need bleeding and it also shows two arrangements for what it refers to as the back leak connection of the fuel system. I originally moved the filter because the vent was *&%!! difficult to get at and the centre bolt was impossible to remove so the "O"ring could not be replaced at filter change time! This work had the added bonus that the fuel pump itself did not then need bleeding after a filter change. Just like the book says; result! John
  13. I have just relocated the final filter fuel on our Perkins 3152 engine (to make for easier access). Whilst re piping it looks as though it would be possible to send the Back Leak from the pump directly to the fuel tank, along with the spill return, but still keeping the air vent on the filter into spill return pipe. I notice the pipe work on the engine, like most, doesn't follow what would be the ideal route (always rise to an outlet) however the installation is working fine; except ---- sometimes a filter change takes more than just bleeding at the filter head and the pump also needs attention.... I think an easier route for air to clear the fuel system, particularly when doing a filter change, could be arranged but I can find no references as to the ideal arrangement for the back leakage pipe. Does anybody have any ideas or experiences please? John
  14. We have recently had a couple of visits to Oxford. The courtesy exhibited amongst the users of the tow path was an absolute delight, even after term started,The cyclists pinged a bell, slowed down and gave way to people on the tow path who in turn made room for the riders in a friendly manner. Many dogs were walking the towpath with their humans and even when they gathered in groups it was a calm and civilised situation with every body allowing for each other. We did notice Pedestrian Priority notices every so often along the path but there didn't seem to be to be any need for rancorous "assertion of my rights" Come along peeps is this an answer?
  15. I have just been trying deal with Thetford about our leaking toilet (see thread about leakage of Qube) even they don't have them as spares. You may well have to do as we did last September and buy two complete units. The whole toilet was as cheap as a spare tank for our original older model We bought two new units as the old 356 we had been using for some 12yrs had started to leak on the bellows and, as is the way of plastics used like this,the the units themselves were getting a little tired. At present I am wishing we had kept the old ones going
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