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About AftApeth

  • Birthday May 8

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  1. Yes, exactly. This is why I need to go back to the boat. I've been a liveaboard on the boat for five years and don't normally need to winterise as I'm on it. I thought I'd need to drain the whole water tank to empty the pipes properly and didn't fancy doing that when I left it as I expected to be back and need water. I've read since that I can just drain the tank a bit and isolate it before opening all the taps. Yes, always switch absolutely everything off apart from the bilge pump.
  2. Thanks all for the speedy answers. Helps put my mind at ease. I'll get down there on Weds and winterise properly. That's incredibly kind. Thank you. I'll hang on till Weds.
  3. Hello. I left my boat on a winter mooring in Thrupp on 1 Nov, just before Lockdown 2. I thought I'd be back before winter but for various reasons have been stuck up north and won't be able to get back to the boat and winterise it properly until Weds. When I left it the water tank was mostly full and although I'd turned the tank valve to closed, I didn't drain all of the taps and leave them open. What do people think the chances are of the pipes being OK until Weds 30 when I can get back to the boat? So far I think the temp has only dropped to -1° once or twice overnight, and fairly
  4. North for now. I haven't made it to Banbury yet so I'll call ahead to Tooley's and see if they have one or can order one in – good idea.
  5. Thanks all. So the consensus seems to be that it's imperative to replace the impeller before using the pump again. I'm moored in the middle of nowhere between Aynho and Banbury at the moment, but I'll try to get one sent somewhere and in the meantime will avoid straining the pump and continue to sponge out my shower water into a bowl in the rock n roll manner to which I've become accustomed.
  6. Thanks very much Tony for helping me sort this. It's fixed for now. It isn't the first time over the years you've helped me learn how something works and fix it myself. So it turns out it was a jam. Two of the rubber arms had broken off and jammed up at the narrowest point. I've pulled those out and the pump is working fine on four of the original six arms. Much more straightforward than I feared. Rubber on the remaining arms feels slightly hard and old now so they may not have a long life left in them. Those little arms get bent right back on every revolution, so mus
  7. Hello. Pump to drain the shower tray stopped working a couple of weeks ago. The normal thirsty gargling sound was replaced by a dull thud for split second and then nothing. I thought it might be blocked pipes but I've taken the pump out now and the pipes seem clear. Pump is still making only a slight dull clunk and wriggling a tiny bit. See video, where I'm flicking the switch on and off. Does this just mean the pump has gone? Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/294p69m8vhv2wma/20200827_190801.mp4?dl=0
  8. Made it through with no major problem. Only minor issue was that I had to sit on the pivot of the top gate (river-side gate) and wiggle it a bit to get it shut. Phone won't let me attach images but just imagine an open bottom gate with a boat peeping out, anticipating the canal.
  9. Didn't twig the name at all. Sorry! I did see you, and saw you head upstream earlier in the day as well. Will definitely say hello if we pass again. Made it through with no major problem. Only minor issue was that I had to sit on the pivot of the top gate (river-side gate) and wiggle it a bit to get it shut. Phone won't let me attach images but just imagine an open bottom gate with a boat peeping out, anticipating the canal.
  10. Thanks for the update Dave! I'll give it a go this afternoon or early evening and confirm.
  11. Awesome! I just this second got off the phone with CRT. I tried their incident number, rather than the urgent one. A chap told me they've had reports and were waiting for somebody to go and have a look at it. He said there'd be a notice on the stoppages page soon and it would be updated as soon as the lock is back in action. Looks like he might not have the latest info. I'm still moored up on a rather pleasant remote spot of the Thames above King's Lock, catching up with work and enjoying the peace and quiet. Will probably head down DC tomorrow afternoon.
  12. Just noticed that CRT seem to acknowledge responsibility under 'Notices and stoppages' on their site: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/1206-lock-44a-dukes-cut-lock-oxford-canal They fixed it quite quickly just over six years ago. Different times now I suppose.
  13. Looks like I was a few hours too late! Though I still haven't seen it for myself. I'm loath to do the six-hour round cruise to get back to where I should have emerged below Duke's Lock on the canal, so I might just risk cruising down Duke's Cut and having a look-see. That gate is often hard work so there's an outside chance I suppose that somebody found it stiff to budge and gave up, and everyone else took their word for it that it was broken. No reply from CRT and I don't imagine it will get fixed quickly if it is broken. Will report back if I see it first-hand.
  14. Does anybody know anything about Duke's Cut Lock on the South Oxford canal? Have just passed a few boats that had turned back towards the Thames from Duke's Cut saying the lock is bust. Can't get close enough to have a look for myself without cruising down to the end and it's a long way to reverse back. I can't see anything on CRT stoppages site.
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