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hawkesmith

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  1. "I think that you will find those boxes of snakes are tuned exhausts where at certain speeds the pulse of exhaust gasses from a previous exhaust stroke is used to help draw the gasses out of the cylinder on the next power stroke. Whilst for inland marine use elbows might be OK it is still poor practice to use them on exhaust systems, use bends instead". Just to be a bit more accurate... the back pressure is designed to keep the fresh charge of fuel in, then purge itself. If an exhaust breaths too easily it will purge the cylinder of fresh charge before the valve closes and so detune the engine. The next time you hear a car or a bike with those 'orrible noisy exhausts you can be smug in the knowledge that they are probably going slower than the standard set up. I know Aprilias; if you listen to the official Akropovic race pipe it is substantially quieter than the Austin racing end can. The Austin system wrecks the bikes performance.
  2. Another vote for TW. Very helpful. I haven't finished the engine bay yet but my target is around 70 Db as measured on my super accurate phone ap! Whether I get there or not is a different matter.
  3. I didn't know you could do that with a computer! Oh oh you mean stickers not girlfreinds
  4. As above but I would 'belt and braces' and weld a bridging piece over the fracture. Whilst your at it you need to do the other side because that material is now necked (stretched) and will fail in the not too distant future. If you are truly concerned about heating the tank, pour water over the surface before you weld; it will act as a heat sink. When you have finished welding continue to pour water over the tank (not the welds). There is no way that sufficient heat would pass through to ignite the diesel. As one of the others said " give it to an expert". I am sure they will knock that job off in less than half an hour!
  5. But how do you compensate for the convex side of the ladle. That has to trigger earlier that the concave side so you end up with disparate responses......... just saying
  6. @ Colmac I think a quick mention that I think there was a 15 yr old who dived repeatedly back into the boat. I seem to remember that he got two out alive: that's a hero if ever I saw one.
  7. The Caldon is lovely and I don't have many miss givings about Stoke (but am happier when we have left it behind.) If you hired from Ellesmere then the Montgomery canal is only a couple of hours away and is even more peaceful than the Caldon. My vote would be the Llangollen and Shropshire union canals as I mentioned in the previous post. There is a steady stream of nice pubs and locks without ever getting strained. Chester is a lovely city and a safe one to overnight in. You can jump the train from Chester straight to Liverpool if that takes your fancy.
  8. Here's a another slight left field route: Wrenbury (or Ellesmere if your feeling more adventurous) to Ellesmere Port and back. It has some very beautiful, but not the drama of the Pennines, scenery, a steady flow of pubs, a steady flow of locks, narrow, broad and staircase, the boat museum, Chester city, a short train journey to Liverpool. Be sceptical at first, but this route has a bit of everything, and is not at all challenging for first timers. It was only yesterday, having wondered at the steady flow (5) of hire boats going past, that I thought about the route and how pleasant it actually is. Or you could go the other way to Llangollen with the pontcysyllte aqueduct, steam trains, etc but that is the touristy route which you wanted to avoid. What ever you choose, I hope you have a great time.
  9. Congratulations on the build. I am so envious!
  10. That's Razzle with a double z and an e after the l......oops!
  11. Thanks for the input. I tested it by putting 15psi in and reducing to 10 psi. then sealed it with a gauge in line. Over a period of 40 mins it would gradually lose pressure. The retail on the taps is £50 each so that is not an option. But boater Sams comment on regreasing sounds like a most probable route. We bought the cooker nearly a year ago but the build took / has taken / is taking much, much longer than envisaged. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I actually installed and tested it. What has angered me so much is Currys response or lack of. I have contacted trading standards and have now written to Currys as advised. I will keep you updated on developments. Cheers
  12. So.… We bought a Logik cooker from Currys specifically because they supplied it with LPG jets and instructions on how to convert it. We didn't install it for nearly 12 months and when we did I rebuilt the gas supply 3 times mistrusting my own work because there was a tiny leak, until I finally suspected the cooker....3 taps failed! I contacted Currys and told them truthfully that I hadn't connected it to gas but had done the BSS test with air and it had revealed the problem. They told me that they wouldn't come out to a boat (apparently they deem it not domestic) and it had to be connected to a gas supply! so I told them "fine ; I will set it up at home". They then booked an engineer who later informed me he did not have a certificate for LPG so he could not attend. He would inform Currys who would contact me. Needless to say.... So I spent a further fruitless hour on the phone today only to be hung up on. I am still no nearer to resolving this issue. In a nut shell; having been told there was a serious fault with a gas cooker they still told me it had to be connected to a gas supply before they would inspect and they do not have the skills available to inspect or repair an LPG cooker. So having insisted it is connected to a gas supply they then refuse to come out and inspect. I have offered to send them a video of the cooker blowing bubbles, but apparently that isn't proof enough! Serves me right, I went looking for what I wanted then looked for the cheapest price. But thank heavens for the BSS. I am not one to publicly complain, but Currys have incensed me with this one. It could so easily have ended in tragedy and their lack of interest is dumbfounding.
  13. sorry just seen my mistake: Buy 15 ltrs!
  14. Screwfix degreaser pt no. 88668 £8.99 for 5 ltrs. Use it neat. Buy 3 ltrs. Jet wash down. vacuum out. It will leave the bay clean enough to paint. I needed 75 ltrs of storage capacity for the contaminated water. My engine bay base was 5mm thick with grease from the stern greaser.
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