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Graham and Jo

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  • Gender
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    Alton, Hants
  • Interests
    Railways, Environmental Issues, Wild West!

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  • Occupation
    Vice Chairman Accessible Boating
  • Boat Name
    Dotterel
  • Boat Location
    Calcutt

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  1. The dreams one is pretty good as a sofa but we haven't tried it as a bed yet. I suspect it would benefit from a memory foam topper when it is a bed. Cheers Graham
  2. We have this one from Dreams on our boat, it is delivered flat without legs so fitted through the front door. https://www.dreams.co.uk/ohio-3-seater-sofa-bed/p/533-00212-configurable They delivered it to the boat and on through the front doors. Cheers Graham
  3. Thanks, I wondered if it was that one. I have crashed into the remains of the bridge on the towpath side in a minor moment of less that ideal attention. Cheers Graham
  4. Where was the bridge? Cheers Graham
  5. Can we un-sraighten the Northern Oxford please and don't forget the locks up to Calcutt from Warwick. Oh, re-tunnel Fenny Compton too. Cheers Graham
  6. So that is why the duck pond is dry nowdays! Cheers Graham
  7. There is also a public footpath crossing the lock. This now goes over a modern bridge but perhaps this adds weight to the idea of something across the old lock. Cheers Graham
  8. Yes, I just read that which seems to contradict Roger's story! Cheers Graham
  9. Mystery solved!! I decided to go and speak to the oracle, Roger Preen, founder of Calcutt boats. The lock used to be fitted with gauging equipment! He also mentioned the old chamber behind the water point used to have the weighing equipment that is now on show at Stoke Bruerne. Cheers Graham
  10. It might not show well on the pics but there are 3 identical features on both sides directly opposite each other so the idea of supporting some form of cover makes sense. Some of the other locks nearer Birmingham do have covers over them. Next time I am going that way I will have a look. Thinking about that idea a bit more covering the old lock between the lock keepers cottage and the new lock makes sense. So it may be that the covers have been removed at some point. Time for a search of images of Calcutt top lock I think. Cheers Graham
  11. There are 3 sections on both sides. Each about 3.5 feet long. It is just the top row pushed back, it doesn't continue down into the lock. The other two old narrow locks at Calcutt don't have this feature. It crosses my mind to wonder if it has something to do with gauging boats? There are the remains of a chamber used for this purpose just behind the water point above the lock. I also discovered that the bricks on the east side are made by a different company. Wood and Iver from West Bromwich Albion Brick works. Cheers Graham
  12. Calcutt has a pleasant bit of decking next to the old top lock enabling ice cream eating and general boat watching. Today I noticed something a bit interesting about the old lock. There are 3 sections where the top bricks are pushed back from the edge by about 3 inches. Has this any historical significance? I also noticed the bricks were made in Oldbury by Sadler Brothers. Cheers Graham
  13. The cooker one was fitted by Calcutt when they put the cooker in. It doesn't have an earth connection. There is no ring main in the boat just one socket for the battery charger and one socket for any portable appliance we might fit. This is in the back cabin. The closest two are 12 feet apart. Thanks for that I didn't know anything about this so thought I had better ask. I am young and I will learn (this is only partially true!) Cheers Graham
  14. Ah good point, hadn't thought of that! Cheers Graham
  15. There isn't an RCD on the output side. Presumably the outputs from the other inverters are just floating as they have no reference zero volts. Is this right or do they use the 12volt side as a reference? Of course the 12 volt side is floating compared to the hull. I have become very interested in the boat electrics since the faults after the last BCN challenge. I now have a complete list of all the wires in the engine loom by colour! I also found out that 5 wires in the multi pin connector between the engine and the control panel don't anything! That is a bit of a diversion from my original question. There is another thought I had in this subject. I have heard that the switched mode power supplies on phones etc can interfer with the galvanic isolator so I haven't connected them to the shore power sockets but then I began to worry about the inverter with the earth wire. Cheers Graham
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