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  1. Ok to finish off this thread I was going to give my experience of the journey. Thanks to the tree blocking bridge 26 on the Ashton canal all my plans have been scuppered. I checked the alternate going right at Portland basin but that would be an extra 180 locks plus Standedge tunnel. If it had been earlier in the season I might have taken that on but decided not to mid August. Finally a big shout out to the excellent volunteers who took me down and later up the Marple flight. Also the Bosley crew.
  2. Thanks ditchcrawler I did not know I needed to do that. This site keeps putting my answer in the wrong place 🙂
  3. Looks nice hope I can get in there :-) Ooh thanks I did not know I needed to do that. Ooh thanks I did not know I needed to do that.
  4. Is it for use by general boaters though? I don’t mind being locked in to moor overnight.
  5. If I can time it right I will moor up just below the Ashton locks then start on the Rochdale nine early the next morning. Hopefully then I can choose to stop at Castlefield or carry on onto the Bridgewater and more there.
  6. Thomas Telford basin looks fine. I don’t mind it being locked. Nothing against Manchester but I prefer the open country and watching the world go by. My main reason for coming this way is so I don’t backtrack over old ground and and I can go up and down the Anderton lift.
  7. Ok thank you everyone. I interpreted ‘no towpath’ as nowhere to moor. I have been through a lock like that. Can’t remember where it was but it was at a junction. I had to moor on the arm going the wrong way then cross a bridge go up a flight of stairs to the lock, work the lock then come back and turn around to go into the lock.
  8. Thanks dmr, Of course my Nicholson shows towpath everywhere 🙂 Do you remember which bit has no towpath? Looks like I would be going down so I guess I can just tie the front of the boat to the gate going in but not sure about closing gates coming out.
  9. Hi, I am planning on visiting the peak Forest Canal coming up the Macclesfield from Harecastle. When I return I want to go North from Marple Junction onto the Ashton canal then Rochdale then the Bridgewater Canal to Preston Brook. This takes me through the Rochdale nine. Is this a problem? I’ve heard a lot of bad stuff about this section. I’m not worried about the work on the locks as long as they function properly I am more worried about where to stay at night. Should I take them on early get through and then cruise well away from the area? is there anything else I should look out for? Thanks.
  10. When I was looking into buying my Humax Freesat box (HD1100S) I found some information that claimed the disk controller chip was a weak point. Don't know any more than that but if the disk shows as ok on a computer it may be worth getting it checked out. Should be a simple fix for a competent repair person.
  11. Thought I would try and add a bit of fun for the season. If anyone has listened to "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" where they have film titles with a word changed to fit a theme this is my version with a narrowboat theme. Feel free to join in and add you own titles ? High Tide The slow and the ambivalent Forbidden mooring Cratch 22 (or anything with catch in the title e.g. catch me if you can) Gone in 60 minutes Deep Lock 9 Top Gunnel Blacked Beauty Navigation impassable
  12. Ooops my apologies I haven't looked at this for months and didn't get an email notification. Yes fixed now. What I did notice was that when I tested it with plain water I was vastly overestimating when it was 'full' hence emptying it too often. I kept thinking the fix had not worked but it eventually indicated full. With the light working should be much longer between empties - but much heavier ?
  13. Thanks for all the replies. For anyone else trying to do this you don't need to undo the screw. The screw holds a clip with some sprung pegs which fit into the two holes on the Reed switch mount. The third single peg holds the clip in place while putting the screw in. See attached photo. There looks to be a small gap between the reed and the clip in between the pegs to put a screwdriver and gently lever the switch off. Of course I didn't realise this until I had taken the clip off. The screw is Torx by the way.
  14. No I didn't do that sounds obvious when you say it out loud but the light did work before. I'll try that before I attack the switch :)
  15. Hey wonderful thank you! I tested that fuse as well. Didn't see the screw behind it. As for fixing I can see 4 rusty screws into the deck so don't want to mess with those unless I have to. Not sure no but I taped a magnet to the reed switch and the light did not come on. I also used said magnet on the cassette and the arm lifted up and stopped in approximately the right place hence I think it is the switch.
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