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  1. Massive log just standing beside the towpath, I couldn’t help myself
  2. That would be in someone else’s garden
  3. So far the current consensus is that they do nest in them. The face is not an issue it is mostly motion that deters birds. Several people have confirmed they have had birds nesting in woodspirit nesting boxes for several years.
  4. These aren’t an original idea they are made by wood carvers all over the world all along a similar theme. I suspect that the birds aren’t bothered by the face and just see a suitable hole to nest in. I could however be wrong, I will check with the Facebook carving group to find out if they have actually been nested in.
  5. More fun to make than the Xmas trees
  6. Whittle Gnome Various whittle wands. I got a bit bored during lockdown and needed to keep busy somehow
  7. More fancy firewoodChainsaw carving Any one for Tiki? Whittle Bear
  8. Thanks for all the responses, just need to get around to making a booking now.
  9. Izal was never as greasy as this
  10. Our boat needs blacking this year, it is 70ft Narrowboat live aboard. Looking for recommendations for a slipway or dry dock that will allow us to stay on board whilst the work is being done. Would rather slipway or dry dock than being craned out as I don’t much like the idea of unnecessary strain being put on the hull by lifting. Also need a spot of welding done on the diesel tank at the same time, currently we are in The Milton Keynes area but are planning to head up through the midlands (providing this bloody lockdown ends) over the summer and was thinking of trying to book the bla
  11. Sorry about the delay in responding, haven’t been on this site in a while. The coal cage is good for late autumn when you want a low fire but I removed it a soon as the temperature dropped and more heat was required, will probably start using it again in the Spring when the fire is out during the day and only a low fire is needed at night. it works well for this purpose as I find it easier to keep a low fire going with the coal cage, it burns slowly with little attention needed.
  12. A few years ago whilst travelling south through the Blisworth tunnel I was blinded by a light about 7 or 8 hundred yards from the far end of the tunnel, my night vision destroyed I moved over to starboard and slowed down. Crawling along at tick over I couldn’t understand why the oncoming boat wasn’t getting nearer, until I exited the tunnel to find it was a Stoke Bruern trip boat illuminating the tunnel for the benefit of people who have never seen a hole in the ground. I was not impressed.
  13. If he does turn up behind you it is quite simple you tell him of course he can go first all he has to do is wait here until we have all gone through and the return traffic has gone through then he will automatically be at the front of the queue.
  14. Turning into a right little forest now
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  20. As this is a 20 year old boat and I suspect it is the original exhaust system it is most likely well choked up. Perhaps it is time to get a nice new hospital silencer fitted
  21. Not me, honestly guv. driver tucked in a cabin whilst negotiating a bridge hole, that is cocky driving
  22. So it’s you that lurks in bridge holes then?
  23. New air filter around 6 weeks ago, will check it later anyway. Don’t think the prop is fouled but will take a look. No idea how to check if the silencer is coked up without removing the exhaust. I suspect that all bolts are going to be so tight they are more likely to break than undo. I’m not a mechanic so yes I probably Bly need a specialist. No soundproofing did replace the steel deck boards for buffalo board last year but I suspect there is more airflow now than before. That’s how I noticed it, having to give it full reverse for the boat hiding in a bridge hole
  24. I have noticed that my exhaust has started issuing billowing clouds of thick black smoke on high engine revs (1500 or so Rpm) this suggests poor air/fuel mix probably from blocked injectors. I know nothing about injector systems so will need to seek out professional help, so what I would like to know is how in-depth a job it is so I can get an idea of what a job like this should cost. Is it for example as simple an hour to remove an hour to clean and an hour to replace, in which case I would expect an estimate for half a days labour? Or is it going to be a lot more complicated? we are
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