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aracer

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    Lanceplaine
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  1. aracer

    My latest acquisition

    You're going to have to explain to me how that makes any difference when attached to something which rotates in the same plane as that 45 degree rotation.
  2. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    Sure, I understand, but I've done plenty of power stuff and have a fairly good understanding of batteries (I've designed and built smart battery chargers with V and I sensing). Currently I'm on shore power with a decent charger on float - I've not done any checking of tail current but then I was doing days with 8-10 hours of engine running in the first week and using very little electrical power. The batteries aren't in great condition anyway from the testing I've done (to some extent I'm mainly interested in testing to get some idea of just how bad they are at the moment) which is a shame as they're expensive trojans - but I know from pre purchase testing I did that they'd been run down too much (I knew before I bought and budgeted for replacement). Though I'm unlikely to spend more than a couple of nights moored without shore power (normally I expect I'll move every day) and will probably do longish days of engine running, so can cope without huge amounts of capacity - I also know to be careful with power hungry stuff (I bought a 12v laptop charger before picking up the boat so I've hardly needed to turn the inverter on)
  3. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    I've not got a diesel heater, just an old Alde gas one and Calor prices seem to be going up all the time. The stove is at the other end of the boat to the bedroom - it's just for use warming that up a bit when the eco fan isn't doing enough 😵 Sure - I'm an electronic engineer and own a multimeter, have been checking the batteries manually since before I bought the boat (and understand the impact of power draw). At some point I'll probably build myself something to log battery condition and usage using one of the Raspberry Pis I have lying around
  4. aracer

    My latest acquisition

    You're being overly negative IMHO. I'm a new boater, very different in a lot of ways to a lot of current leisure boaters - have been told by somebody here that it's good to get new blood in (even though I'm not all that young!) - and to some extent I did get into it for cheap accommodation. I am interested in canals and the history and I'm sure I'm not at all atypical there. However that doesn't mean I have any interest in paying £90 for what's effectively an ornament - for me the historical interest is largely about seeing the industrial archaeology which all still works and I can use. I would be interested in working a traditional boat on a trip with a purpose - in the sense of actually doing it in the same way as the old working boatmen did with similar length days, something which I suspect people happy to pay silly money for windlasses or fancy plates might not be all that interested in. I don't quite see how the decrease in interest for such items is going to lead to a decrease in interest in using the canals.
  5. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    I've been here just over a month and my first £5 electric card ran out yesterday. Mind you I don't have immersion heater, washing machine etc., but I'm not good at turning lights off (they're mostly LED), I have a fridge and now also a toaster and microwave (I guess my consumption is now a bit higher than it was). I also have a 2kW fan heater which I've run for a couple of hours - I figured it might be relatively economic heating with electric, though I need to do some proper measurements and/or find out exactly what the cost of electric is. Checking out the calorifier to see if I can fit an immersion is also on my list of jobs. p.s. I should just say thank you to everybody, these forums are a mine of information for newbies like me trying to work out how to do stuff.
  6. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    Oh, don't have those, just a hatch above the side door (I guess it might be worth trying a similar thing under that?)
  7. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    er, what are pigeon boxes? Thanks for the comments - I'll have a think about just trying a twin tub then, I think I can find the space for a washer/dryer but I've never been all that keen. I guess I'm concerned about condensation on the boat at this time of year (it's not a big issue in the summer), but it sounds like there are ways to avoid adding too much moisture - I also seem to be getting the hang of how to avoid that normally. Things might be changing a bit for me in terms of how much I need a washer on the boat though. Indeed - I'm thinking about this for use mainly when on hookup - when I'm in a marina where we're not supposed to hang washing outside. Thinking about an electric kettle because clearly using electric for stuff is relatively cheap. Oh - I don't have a stove fan! Should I get one? 🤔😇
  8. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    I know, but it looks very similar to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Concise-Home-Portable-Electric-Clothes/dp/B01M68XARH?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_2 which claims 1kW (as does anything similar I can find) which isn't unfeasible for power consumption.
  9. aracer

    Electric clothes dryer

    Spotted this in Home Bargains https://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/13811-freestanding-electric-clothes-dryer.aspx Has anybody used one or something similar? Are they any good? Was thinking of getting a washer dryer as I don't want to try and dry everything inside (the dreaded condensation) but thinking one of these under the cratch might work along with a twin tub instead.
  10. aracer

    BMC 1.8

    There was certainly something behind the holes - I'm assuming that was it. It's a Mann filter which seems to be generally recommended - the most expensive option at ECP, but the difference is pennies (and having managed to find a better discount code than when I bought the original I actually got a refund )
  11. aracer

    BMC 1.8

    Well on ECP I put 1986 Freight Rover Sherpa 1.8 diesel, which according to all information I've found should be have B series AKA BMC 1.8. I suspect the ECP system is wrong. Anyway the one I got fits perfectly - so if anybody else wants to order from ECP then select 1980 MGB GT 1.8 Just need to check the fuel filter now - I guess that's likely to be wrong as well.
  12. aracer

    BMC 1.8

    It's what was recommended up thread, and on Wikipedia it also suggests the Sherpa used a B series 1.8 diesel. ECP also lets me specify Sherpa 1986 1.8 diesel which is what I did! Anyway what I've just ordered is a Mann 916/1 which seems to be equivalent to Fram PH2857 as suggested above (strangely enough it's what's in the picture at https://www.inlinefilters.co.uk/Filters-Lube/SpinOn/3-4.16UN/FFR-PH2857 ) - at least that's what the ECP picture of what I ordered is - https://www.eurocarparts.com/search/501590059
  13. aracer

    BMC 1.8

    phew, I think I might have solved it - tried MGB GT 1.8 on ECP instead and it's showing a Fram PH2857A amongst other options which all look right. Still interested in any thoughts on why Sherpa 1.8 didn't work (and whether I've also got the wrong fuel filter).
  14. aracer

    Round pin sockets for 12V

    What do you use instead (if I'm replacing all my 12V sockets anyway)?
  15. aracer

    BMC 1.8

    Gah, old thread resurrected just in case anybody can help quickly (though I'm also doing my own re-research). I'm halfway through an oil change on a BMC1.8 - the filter which came off is an Alco816 as mentioned on - the new filter I have is a Mann W713/28 but it doesn't fit - not only is it a lot smaller diameter, the thread is too large. I bought it from Eurocarparts by specifying Sherpa 1.8 1986 as recommended above. What should I get instead (from ECP or Halfords preferably as I can get to either of those before they close)? What went wrong when I got a Sherpa 1986 1.8 filter?
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