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Djuwenda last won the day on March 3 2011

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  • Birthday 02/11/1979

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  1. thank you everybody, some useful advice. I wasn't aware of bimble solar and it looks like I will now use them for my panels. Similarly, I can now see the cut price chinese MPPT controllers are most likely not genuine and should be avoided. I think I will for now get 2 x 275 mono panels, and the 60a controller quoted above by Asia_Off_Grid.
  2. interesting arguments made thank you. Does anybody have any examples of 60a MPPT controllers at decent prices?
  3. comments duly noted about my MPPT controler choice. Buying from the UK pushes the price up somehwat. Starting at £400
  4. Hello, After many years using a set of cheap AGM batteries, an 80w monocrystal panel and a 10a MPPT power charger, the time has now come to change the batteries. I guess the lesson I have learnt is that some solar input can do absolute wonders for the health and longevity of a set of batteries. Whilst I live aboard and CC, I am very often away for 5 days at a time. When before solar I would have to religiously charge my batteries before leaving, I can now forget about it and let the sun trickle charge for me. My work requirements have now changed. If I am not travelling, I am working from home. So I will need a good bit more power than I did. I would also like to run a 12v fridge, which I never bothered with before. Hence I am thinking about spending a (good) bit more this time, which should make investing in some good quality batteries a safer bet. my understanding of electrickery is limited, please feel free to point out if you think i am mismatching and that these components would not be well suited to each other https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0779F3T4P/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A246YAYJCIS7NJ the only problem with going with three of these panels is I then have to get quite a meaty MPPT controller, an 80a unit such as: https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/173018303294?chn=ps&adgroupid=50138193029&rlsatarget=pla-398785780940&abcId=1130076&adtype=pla&merchantid=101717088&poi=&googleloc=9041125&device=c&campaignid=1030309342&crdt=0 the battery bank will be made of 5 of these https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/leoch-200ah-agm-leisure-battery/
  5. I am often prone to bouts of what I consider to be outside the box thinking. My friends just say I am an idiot. I have been skimping on care and maintenance lately and I am trying to think of the most efficient way to bring the roof of my 50ft narrowboat back to bare metal before painting again. A few other areas will also require work to get back to bare metal, the whole front deck, back deck, pigeon box and hatch cover. I know from previous experience that sanding down paint, especially roof paint which is non slip will prove a great pain the backside, not to mention the fact that sanding pads will get torn the shred very quickly. which brings me to the point. Does anyone on here have any experience of running a compressor on their boat? I would want to run sanding and needle guns attachments from it. If possible perhaps a shot/sand blaster attachment too, I am sure I have see these around? from my research I understand that I can choose between electric and petrol compressors. I also assume that sanding is likely to require a fairly cfmn rate and I imagine blasters, if available, will do too? I only have 1kw of pure sine wave electricity available, which might limit my electric options somewhat? Any experience or input gratefully received.
  6. to be fair to him, he keeps putting the same point forward which systematically gets ignored... a sure way to clear this would be to address said point.
  7. Does he really? I think he makes an interesting point and cant see a problem with the way he makes it.
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  9. There used to be a "sloake hunt" moored in Warwick...
  10. a few things that may help... I found the main difficulties with the job were -drying the tank sufficiently to be able scrap the rust off -removing the rust/dust -the application of edible bitumen, depending on the shape of the tank can be nightmarish, not much fun if you are claustrophobic -the drying problem again when it comes to allowing the bitumen enough time to dry... (remember its got to be dry before the evening due to condensation) I will be doing this job this summer, but will first source an aqua vac or similar and a portable drier/heather airblower thing. Also you dont really want to start the job unless you know you have a few days of sunny weather ahead.
  11. I have noticed these large groups, cycling, often at nights with very powerful led lights. Personnaly i'd hate to be in a group like that and really dont see the point, however, I am happy to see people being healthy and enjoying the outdoors. The state of the towpath does not really bother me... thats what wellies are for.
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