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Canal Cuttings

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  1. Water point not working at Calcutt

    Thanks for all the advice. Having defrosted enough to investigate further, we've found a second tap hidden in a box at the back which turns on the tap at the front. Not used to these new stainless steel water points!
  2. Water point not working at Calcutt

    Just come up to get the boat ready for trip at Easter, but can't fill the water tanks as the tap at Calcutt top lock is not working. Tap turns but no water. Too **** snowy to mess around going to another water point if that is closed as well! Anyone any idea why it is not working? Thanks!
  3. Places with a bad reputation that don't deserve it

    Coventry Canal, from Hawkesbury Junction (Sutton Stop) to Coventry Basin (2017). Was warned it was dirty, full of rubbish. Actually, apart from a couple of spots with floating bottles, it was lovely but quiet. People took photos as we passed, boats were so rare. It was lined with sparkling new developments. The basin was a little underwhelming - it had obviously been reopened with lots of new businesses a few years ago, but was now less than thriving - but a good safe mooring point right in the middle of the City for exploring on foot.
  4. Our family jigsaw puzzle this Christmas (an annual tradition) was of an idyllic canal scene. In places ultra-realistic (especially the scruffy boat hulls!), it is presumably a montage of places, buildings and (1980s?) boats from around the network, although the stonework suggest the Cotswolds. Can anyone identify any of the boats, the crew, and especially the bridge? Incidentally, a very good jigsaw to work on, and the picture was better quality than the photo above!
  5. 3 Homefi not mi-fi

    Bluetooth is a way of connecting lots of different types of equipment without using cables. Very handy if you are moving around while wearing earphones. It only works over relatively short distances. Named after King Harald Bluetooth who "united" different types of Scandinavian tribes into the Danish kingdom!
  6. A Wee one to start again.

    Just a thought, but you have now invested so much time and money in this boat you should think about insuring it. It might prove virtually impossible until it is complete, but I know that "off-road" cover for classic cars under restoration is relatively cheap, as a comparison.
  7. What do you wish I already knew?

    With 6 people on the boat, all used to unlimited water supply, you must regard each water point as a compulsory stop! You may even want to suggest that anyone who likes a leisurely shower has it while you are topping up with water - that way they don't run out, and you can leave with a full tank. Assuming you are not holding up a queue of other boats...
  8. Shut Yer Gob!

    You were lucky it was not a Dover Sole: An angler nearly died when he accidentally swallowed a fish he had just caught
  9. Interfering at locks

    <<thread drift on>> A biopic is a biographical picture, so pronounced Buy-oh Pick. <<thread drift off>>
  10. Suzie_Q's new look

    The great Fougasse summed it up before the War:
  11. Wrong HIN number advice

    It is also not illegal to sell someone an empty box. If, however, you tell them there is a gold bar in the closed box you're selling, but years later they open it and find nothing, you would be in big trouble! The builder's reputation is surely important to him.
  12. Sinking on Leeds Liverpool

    Happened before one lock away: http://www.narrowboatworld.com/index.php/news-flash/9417-boat-hung
  13. Cleaning white mist off squirrel glass

    A "magic sponge" works miracles on some types of grime, without any visible scratches (but don't use it on your car's paintwork or specs without checking first). It is ideal for removing tea stains from inside mugs, and bringing old PVC window frames back to sparkling white! p.s. It has the structural strength of a digestive biscuit, so you can't use it on a rough surface, but only costs about a quid.
  14. Advice - considering a year afloat

    I would add, in favour of your scheme, that going for the "boring" option and renting a house for a year might also have flaws, and you could end up with a dull house in an unpleasant area with nothing much to do. Buying and selling boats is also easy: just turn up with the money and it's yours, with no need for any formalities or receipts even! Not recommending this of course but just pointing out how easy it can be, and to sell you just lower your price far enough and you can sell very quickly, even if it is at a loss.
  15. Wrong HIN number advice

    If the boat builder is still trading, I suggest that you dump the problem in his lap and request that HE solves it at his expense before you get the full weight of Trading Standards, C&RT, Inland Revenue, online Forums (and anyone else you can think of) on his case!