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  1. Sapphal

    Double Glazing

    It's an old topic, but think it's worthwhile sharing my experience. I have just fitted secondary 4mm acrylic DG using self adhesive magnetic strip 19mm. I have no association with the companies mentioned. I bought the mag tape from https://www.first4magnets.com/tape-strip-c85/magflex-19mm-wide-flexible-magnetic-tape-premium-self-adhesive-p3526#ab_1-16|ps_2-1789 and the pre-cut acrylic from https://www.livsupplies.co.uk/product_list_poly.php?id=20. My windows are inward hoppers and as such i had to trim the stay so that it didn't protrude beyond the rectangular wooden frame. I found that the easiest way to do this was to saw through the angled bit and then heavily score the flat part. Then using two pairs of pliers the aluminium can be fatigued along the score line by bending back and forth until breakage occurred the finally smoothed with file. The next step was to fit the mag strip all round the edge of the acrylic . On the first unit I did, I mitred the corners but on subsequent units I left the joints square - easier to get a closer join. Once the mag tape had been stuck to the acrylic, I cut duplicate pieces and magnetically attached them to the strips previously stuck to the acrylic. NB the tape I used was self-mating and will only match if the tapes are in the correct polarity - if you use mitred corners, make sure it's the correct way round, if cutting square then it doesn't matter as you can simply reverse it. Now i I made my first mistake doh. I attached the pre-cut duplicates to the window frame - big mistake. The problem is that with sel-mating tape the two pieces have to match perfectly for the magnets to stick together. Even a couple of millimetres out and the magnets won't stick, as I discovered. Luckily, I hadn't stuck the tape to the frame firmly and pulled the bottom and side strips off without losing too much of their adhesion. I then replaced the removed pieces onto the acrylic. I then positioned the sheet such that the top strips mated correctly and then simply pushed the sheet firmly round the edges into place. On subsequent units, I left the tapes on the acrylic, removed the glue protection on the top tape, positioned the sheet and pressed the top tape onto the frame and then removed the glue protection from the side and bottom tape and pushed all the perimeter firmly onto the frame. Perfect. Total cost for 6 Windows around £150. I have labelled the units so that they can go back onto the same window, although it shouldn't really matter if all the tapes have been fitted perfectly in the first place. Another point to note is to ensure your frames are clean and smooth before finally pressing the units in place. Hope me this helps others to not repeat my mistakes.
  2. Sapphal

    Gas problem

    Yes it's the added scent. The scent seems to be really strong as you get to the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Sapphal

    Fire a TV Stick

    I bought a ROKU fron Argos, around £30 IIRC, and it so easy to use and less fiddly than hooking up the phone/laptop. Mainly watch Netflix with GoBinge from 3.
  4. Sapphal

    Ash disposal

    Jen, at those prices, I see why you made your own tippy.
  5. Sapphal

    Ash disposal

    As the animal (squirrels, swifts et al) burning season creeps in; what do boaters do with the ash produced? Is it okay to dump it in the cut, wind direction allowing? Will it help reduce lock leakage? Thoughts, facetious or otherwise, appreciated.
  6. Sapphal

    How do calorifiers work?

    On our boat the water stays hot for 24 hrs, unless you draw it all off. It gets really hot which shows thet thermostats are doing their job. It takes about an hour to get a tankful. Best to have a navy shower.
  7. Sapphal

    Liverpool Link

    It's worth a call in the Heatons Bridge Inn, just before Scarisbrick Marina. An un-modernised old inn with real ales and good food Wed to Sunday. Has offside visitor moorings and towpath side is safe.
  8. Sapphal

    Camra AGM 21.04.18

    Didn't realise that CAMRA used AGMs. Do they have beer engines to charge them?
  9. Sapphal


    And we must not let it! His was a truly heroic act beyond criticism.
  10. Sapphal

    Tablet with OTG. Too good to be true?

    https://www.wish.com/m/search/Tablet. There's one on here for £1.00 + £1.00 postage
  11. Sapphal

    How much water should a macerator use

    No gory details, just basic toilet training!
  12. Sapphal

    Tablet with OTG. Too good to be true?

    Take care, seller has a lot of negative feedback.
  13. Sapphal

    How much water should a macerator use

    The installation/user manual for the range is on the Thetford Marine website. After reading it, I now know how I've been misusing ours.
  14. Sapphal

    Instantaneous water heater

    After a bit of reading around, the ruling seems to be that any new installation of instant water heaters have to be 'room-sealed'. But there seems to be confusion regarding the approval for use in boats. As such it appears that only the Morco ones are approved. Surely though if the unit is room sealed and fitted by a gas registered installer then it should pass the BSS. Mmmmm - perhaps there are soldered internal connections which might be a fail on the BSS.
  15. Sapphal

    Instantaneous water heater

    https://www.manomano.co.uk/gas-instantaneous-hot-water-heater-1696?model_id=1211310&referer_id=537135&ach=922bc&achsqrt=164f3&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyvzU06H52QIVx5kbCh2MlAw-EAQYAyABEgKtcfD_BwE Has anyone had any experience of these or similar? howard

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