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frahkn

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About frahkn

  • Birthday 12/24/1953

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    Male
  • Location
    Birmingham

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  • Occupation
    Retired
  • Boat Name
    Twisted Reach
  • Boat Location
    Alvecoat

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  1. Thanks everyone. I had the engine moved over the winter and it now has a steel guard over the belts, this makes it a little difficult to measure deflection accurately. I'll have to take it off and try the various suggestions. Probably be back tomorrow.
  2. I have two alternators on my Beta 43 and I think one of the belts is squealing but I'm not sure! About ten seconds after I start the engine there is a loud squealing sound which stops if I rev the engine in neutral for a bit. This is new and getting worse - it now happens every time I start. I am hoping that it is one of the belts (though they seem to have the usual 1 inch play). But I've started to worry that it may be something else, the bearing in the water pump for example. Is this likely?
  3. I will report on my experience but think it's only fair to give it twelve months. I was fairly open minded on the subject and only got the composting toilet because I had to have my pump out removed to accommodate an engine move. It's a learning curve and if it doesn't work out I will go to a cassette.
  4. My composting toilet was installed in February, I promised at the time to report on it and will when it's a year old. Meanwhile I am keeping good records of my experiences. I will just say that to date nothing whatsoever has gone into a waste bin (of any sort). I don't live aboard but do spend six months of the year out and about on the boat.
  5. frahkn

    Eye level oven

    Thanks very much for the help so far (and I do take the "matches" point) but does anyone have more on the brands issue. Chewbacka has helped with one not to get and Alan has shown me one but I don't know what it is. With the boating and caravan markets, surely there are more than just those in Midland Chandlers?
  6. frahkn

    Eye level oven

    This makes a lot of sense but I am a bit concerned about losing the oven if my combi failed. Despite the weakness of 12 volt appliances, I look for the extra string to my bow.
  7. frahkn

    Eye level oven

    Thanks, what kit is this?
  8. frahkn

    Eye level oven

    I would like to replace my cooker with an eye-level oven and a separate hob. While I have seen several on boats and some in chandlers, there seems to be only a quite limited range available. I would be grateful for advice re brands and about 240v or 12v (for ignition, timers etc). I expect to do this only once so I'm not too worried about price. Thanks. Frank.
  9. While moored behind a "broken" boat on the Leicester arm I saw an RCR team remove an engine and replace it with a new one; all from the towpath. It took all day but I was very impressed.
  10. It's safe enough, there are always other boats in the basin so you are not alone. I have not been during school holidays but it is not in the centre of things so probably not a 'destination' for kids.
  11. frahkn

    Trolley?

    My wife uses a Rolser shopping trolly on the boat and has another at home. She swears by them for strength and reliability. Not the cheapest but long lasting apparently.
  12. Always carry one, always use it. Absolutely useless, don't know why I bother.
  13. I went from Stewponey to Birmingham via Dudley a few weeks ago and I can't agree that it is more "industrial". I am fairly familiar with both routes and would almost always pick the Delph etc over the Wolverhampton 21.
  14. Just to update. Sherborne now have had a delivery. The difficulty was that they only knew that they had run out yesterday morning and did not think they could organise a delivery at the weekend as the Distillery (the ex Fiddle & Bone) need to provide access for the tanker. Anyway, all is well now.
  15. Thanks very much - price is not something I'm in a position to worry about!
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