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Joe the plumber

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  1. Joe the plumber

    tank cutter

    Sorry to be pedantic, but cast iron isn't a form of steel. Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon (and lots of other things as it becomes more exotic, as I'm sure you know). Cast iron has graphite in it which acts as a lubricant when machining it, but it's unlikely the OP is drilling that unless it's a very old boat. When I was an apprentice, we used some ghastly smelling light green 'snot' called Trefolex for drilling and tapping steel, but these days, I mostly use Rocol cutting compound, and paraffin for aluminium. My four year mechanical engineering apprenticeship ended in 1985 and I can barely remember last week these days, so the above has taken a lot of head scratching, but I hope it's of interest. I forgot to add, another vote for Starrett hole saws here.
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    'Archive' Magazine Canal Articles

    For those who are interested, Lightmoor Press produce 'Archive' magazine four times a year. For a couple of years now, it has featured articles about the 'Trent and Mersey Waterways' and the ' Waterways of the Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co'. Back issues are available here: http://lightmoor.co.uk/category.php?section=IndArchive It's not the most well known publication but always fascinating and of very high quality. It even smells nice! I hope this is of interest.
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    World's oldest shipwreck? Not exactly.

    For those who don't know about it, here's a somewhat newer wreck that also didn't deteriorate after it sank but that you can actually go and see: https://www.vasamuseet.se/en If you get the chance, I can thoroughly recommend it. It's magnificent.
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    Common Sense In A Court

    Clearly the bloke trying to buy the cake wanted to have his slogan and eat it.
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    Some thoughts on fire extinguishers.

    I once gave a tiny fire on a bit of cloth in a bungalow loft a quick blast (literally a second) with a dry powder extinguisher. It did the job, but filled the entire roofspace and I could barely see. I decided not to try that again. My blowtorch simply doesn't go into roofs any longer. For my work, I have a contract with Chubb to supply extinguishers that comply with the requirements of my public liability insurance (PLI). I leave it up to them to tell me what I need and they come to service them once a year. This year, they took away the two DP extinguishers they'd supplied and replaced them with one CO2 and one foam one. The lady told me they'd stopped recommending DP for domestic use as it was so messy and also corrosive to certain materials if left on them after discharge. The new ones are larger than the old DPs and a nuisance to keep in the van, but I'm nevertheless reassured by having them. They go everywhere the blowtorch goes. Our boat has three small DP units and they're going to be replaced soon. I'm still undecided about what to fit. Incidentally, off topic, but I'd urge all tradesmen who use any naked flames to look VERY closely at their PLI as it's almost impossible to fully comply with the conditions for the use of them. From the bitter experience of one of my family, if you set fire to something on a job and haven't fully complied, you WON'T be covered.
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    Market Harborough Arm, new road bridge

    We passed a couple of boats heading for Harborough later on. I wanted to tell them what they were about to see, but as always, there's never time as you pass. I thought it was quite likely one of them would be the first to go under it, unless someone else had followed us a bit later out of Union Wharf. It was quite a sight, one I certainly won't forget for a long time.
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    Market Harborough Arm, new road bridge

    As many of you will know, there's an enormous new housing estate being built opposite The Woodlands in Market Harborough. When we visited the MH Arm in August, they were working on the abutments for a new road bridge to allow access to it from the old A6. They had earlier demolished the footbridge next to the Old Union Canal Society's basin to make way for this. We visited again last Tuesday (2nd October), leaving at lunchtime on Wednesday. By pure chance, we became the last boat to pass the site of the new bridge before the first steel section was lifted across the canal. Two of the contractors were operating 'Stop' and 'Go' road signs with another two in little boats directing the canal traffic. This is the scene as it was being lowered into place. And yes, that is a serious crane!
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    Friday joke

    A pike has an accident with a narrow boat and loses the spiney protrusion on his back, as well as finding it hard to go to the toilet afterwards. Deciding he's entitled to compensation for his injuries, he goes to see a solicitor. The solicitor thinks he's got such a good case he offers to represent him on a 'No-fin No-wee' basis.....
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    Brexit 2017

    How do you know the government are making a mess of things? No one has ever left the EU before and both sides are making it up as they go along. There's no right or wrong way to do it, yet, just the way that it happens this time. We'll only know if it's a mess after 29th March next year. For what it's worth, as soon as I heard Mr Cameron announce the referendum, I knew exactly which way to vote, and nothing that has happened since, or indeed could happen, has made me doubt in the slightest that I was right. I've yet to speak to anyone else who has changed their mind since voting, on either side. This is the most devisive political event in my lifetime, indeed probably since the Civil War, but after 549 pages on here of the same people arguing over and over again, surely it might just be obvious that none of you are going to change your position as a result of what the others say. Why not go for a cruise and forget it!
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    March of the Widebeams

    Here is the new marina at North Kilworth this afternoon. You will see what might be the first ever widebeam on the GU Leicester Line Summit. It's been there for a couple of weeks. I assume it will live in the marina permanently and be someone's home, although the rather ambiguous wording on their website implies (incorrectly of course) that you can launch your widebeam there and access the whole canal system. Should be a right laugh if it decides to pop along to Watford or Foxton. Or even Welford....
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    Buyers Market vs Sellers Market

    You replied to a post in which I didn't mention the seller at all with "That is the problem with that seller, for every 'good one' they sell they dishonestly sell 100 'bad ones'". So how did you know which seller was involved to be able to comment on it then? However, having a daft row on a forum with a chap I've never met and with whom I've no doubt I'd get on like a house on fire in the flesh is ridiculous, so there's no need to reply to that Alan. Chubby, apologies for getting your user name wrong. You're quite right, I know nothing about you (and vice versa), and as Mr (M E) Smith once wrote; 'If you assume, you are a Hulme'. So I won't. (Don't fret, I don't understand it either.) Sorry I spelled 'Hearsay' incorrectly. I apologise to the OP for dragging their interesting topic off at a useless and unhelpful tangent. If I had been taken in by all the rubbish spouted about Whilton on here, we would never have ended up with the splendid boat we now have, so I have no regrets about defending them. I'd suggest that anyone who is looking for a boat and feels put off should do as we did and visit them to decide for yourself. Finally, having previously had raised blood pressure from being a member (and later moderator) of an (unrelated) internet forum, I feel it unwise to continue to participate in this one any longer, so I will say goodbye and thanks very much for all the help I've received over the last 18 months or so.
  12. Joe the plumber

    Buyers Market vs Sellers Market

    Tubby. If you haven't bought a boat from them, you have no idea what you're talking about. Of course I know whom Alan was referring to. I said my mate's son bought his boat from the same broker as we did, and as we bought ours from Whilton, it is ridiculous to suggest there was ever any doubt about it. My point was merely to show how much prices have risen with a direct comparison between two similar boats from the same broker a year apart. As Alan well knows, I have nothing but praise for Whilton (see plenty of my previous posts for proof). I've never posted anything other than positive comments about them on here, so I very much doubt that they would have grounds (or any desire) to take me to court for that. I've also yet to meet (first hand, and I've met a few now) anyone who has bought a boat from them and not felt just as happy about them as we do. Their supposed faults seem to come from people who haven't bought boats from them and are merely repeating whispers from the grapevine. If Alan has got positive, verifiable evidence that Whilton are "dishonest" (his words, and I'm not letting him hide behind not naming them), I suggest he posts it for us all to see, or else stops writing the same heresay and drivel every time their name is mentioned. Bye for now.
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    Buyers Market vs Sellers Market

    In our litigious age, I wouldn't want to put something like that on a public forum if I didn't have hard, verifiable evidence to back it up. One of these days Whilton are going to make an example of someone for writing things like this. Back on topic, my point is that a boat that might have been five to ten grand less only 18 months ago is 'worth' a lot more in the market conditions today. My mate's son's boat isn't unsound, it's a few years older and needed more work doing to it than ours did for the same money we'd paid a year before.
  14. This isn't something we've got to worry about as we've not had it done, but I was thinking the other day about what happens if someone has spent around five grand on their hull having zinc spray and two pack work done with a ten year guarantee (for example at Debdale Wharf) and then has to sell the boat a couple of years later. The buyer's surveyor is presumably going to need to remove the blacking to check the hull thickness, which is going to damage the coatings. If the buyer then doesn't go through with the sale, the owner is left with the hull coating compromised and it can't just be fixed with a quick tin of bitumastic. I suppose it may be that proof of having had the work done will show a buyer that the hull doesn't need surveying, but it's something that could be a real issue for the seller. Has anyone had this problem yet and how do you repair this coating system if it gets damaged?
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    Buyers Market vs Sellers Market

    Sorry Laurie, I've only just seen your query. I believe he had it surveyed and it's essentially solid, but he (and his girlfriend) really didn't know what they were looking at. At the time, his dad didn't know we'd bought a boat either, so didn't ask me to come along which was a shame as I might have had a better idea about it. They didn't realise it was an ex-hire boat until I told them, and a lot of the stuff that needs doing isn't disasterous, but it is expensive of course.
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