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  • Birthday 01/17/1949

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    Us? In Kington. Theodora? Being painted in Alvechurch. When we get back on the water she will be looking resplendent!
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    Canalling, beekeeping, bell ringing
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    Retired teacher
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    Droitwich marina
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  2. That'll be the drainage outflow from the stables then. Good liqui manure for the planters on the roof. 🤢
  3. Having no knowledge whatsoever about the canal, apart from what I have just read, is there any chance of restoration? N
  4. Good grief! I never imagined that it would be that much. The transpiration that you are talking about, is that the water taken up by aquatic plants and evaporated through their leaves?
  5. Thanks for the ideas. Keying is favourite in my mind (mea culpa). I will do some experimenting and assess the results. The peeling happened relatively quickly so I should know reasonably soon. The later experience is very different from the early. N
  6. I walked past the marina just this morning and had a good look at it with. A number of "imperfactions" wre noted by either SWMBO and me. Where the finger pontoons are too short for the intended boat length there is a flood pole. On the flood pole is a vertical bar for you to put your rope around. The intention is that as the river level changes the rope slides up or down the bar. It seems to me that even a single loop of rope would have a tendency to stick, especially under tension. So much better to have installed a galvanised ring on the bar. That would be better at sliding up and down. The bars in question are not welded to the flood poles but clamped to them with dirty great clamps. Loads of right angles to punch holes through things when manoeuvring in high winds and ledges to get your counter stuck under when you are away form the boat and the flood waters are rising. Not a safety ladder in sight. If you fall in you have little chance to climb out unless you can duck under the connecting walkway and scramble up the bank. I really would not like to moor there even if it was extra cheap. There were a few boats moored, including a rather down-at-heal liveaboard(?) quite close to our viewing position. His sternline was tied to the bar on the flood pole with a round turn, possibly a clove hitch. Expect a sinking if we get some heavy rain. Nick
  7. When Margaret painted Theodora in 2008 she covered up the old all over maroon job. I was commissioned with keying up the surface and, since the maroon was in good condition this I did. Only spot treating the very few rust spots. Ten years later Theodora was still looking presentable but tired so we decided to get a proffessional paint jobe done. Margaret didn't want to do the bulk of the boring bit of painting but decided to do the fancy bits herself. So we asked the painters to leave the gas locker hatch and its surrounding deck, along with the top bends just undercoated. The cabin slide was left with the raddle coat that was used for the roof. She painted the bits mentioned. The photos show how the paint is pealing of. In fact you can rub it off with your fingers. What is the most likely explanation?
  8. Just one last question: the od of the rubber tube is 11.5mm will the 10-12mm clamp be right. Here is a link to the one that I am looking at. N
  9. Gorrit. There are other alternatives to Ebay.
  10. Is there another name for a double eared clench ring? Ebay hasn' heard of such a thing. N
  11. Yes indeed! I was beguiled by the like for like replacement promise. I know that the MX40 had a bad name bu our served us well for many years. N That sounds good advice. Thanks Tracy. N
  12. I am replacing my MX40 with an MX50. I have the plumbing for the water side all connected up. (Don't be fooled by the blandishments of the sales people. It's not a drop in replacement for the MX40. It does fit on the same backplate but pretty well everything else is different: water inlet outlet sizes and positions are different. Exhaust position is different. Electrical connections have one plug which has no mate and the installation guide is no help.) My current problem, ignoring the electrical one for the time being, is getting a leak free fuel connection. I have, as far as I can ascertain with a metric/imperial vernier, a 3/16" copper pipe from the fuel tank. The internet tells me in numerous places that 3/16" is equivalent to 5mm reninforced rubber. I find that 5mm is very slightly bigger. I tested it by clamping it over the plain end of the copper. It leaked. Question: compressing an olive on to the end of the copper makes a tight fit but will this be safe? Thanks in advance for the continiung help that I have had with no end of questions ove the past 16 years. Nick
  13. I got that filter or one that looks very like it. There are no arrows on it. Does it matter which side I use for inlet? TIA N
  14. Thanks all. Ordered what I need. N
  15. That looks very suitable, Tony. Do you have a brand name or a link for something like that? I imagine that I can get the correct unions for that. It will mean that I can avoid the compromise with flexible hoses and fit it into the copper pipe. I had a message from Inline Filters who, after my enquiry said that a suitable one would be £141!! Not that one. I thought. Nick
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