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dor

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  1. I can just about remember a tank repair kit which consisted of some washers and screws for just this purpose. I think they even sold them in halfords-type shops to repair fuel tanks, in the days before the MOT came along and spoiled everything for the DIY mechanic....
  2. Always worth looking at the motorhome and caravan sites for 12V stuff. Just make sure it can cope with 14.6V as boat alternators are usually rated higher than motorhome or car alternators.
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  4. I think CRT were being reasonable in their suggestion to double bag and use the bins, but it seems Biffa et al have got wind of how this doesn't fit with their waste regulations. As for most people the composting toilets are just an expensive form of buckit-and-chuckit then the only viable alternative is to use the Elsan points to tip your shit, after removing it from the plastic bags of course and not using much, if any, sawdust.
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    Cormorants...

    A few years ago had a cormorant for company on, I think , the Bridgewater. It dived in front of us, coming up a few seconds later then paddled ahead of us for a bit and dived again. This continued for about 15 minutes. I presume the boat disturbed the fish and made them flash silver which the cormorant picked up on. I've often seen the same with herons that seem to watch the water ahead of an approaching boat, and if it doesn't see anything it moves up a couple of hundred yards and watches again.
  6. Had three weeks in Madagascar a few years ago. Did a four hour trip in a speedboat up the Pangalanes canal; fascinating place (as is all Madagascar).
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  9. Most of the engines we use, e.g. Mitsubishi, have recommended service intervals of 250 hours. So why do the likes of Beta and Vetus give a service interval of 100 hours? A more cynical person than me might suggest it is to sell over-priced parts and provide work for their dealers.
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  11. I have just had a reply from a fellow Moorer at my mooring west of Nantwich and he tells me that everything is ok at the moment. I hope it is maintained tomorrow. It seems that they are having trouble stemming the leak at the Wharton breach. There’s a few locks between Barbridge and Wharton. I wonder where all the water is going. Whilst a sufficient water feed is being supplied at the emergency culvert works at Bridge 80, water is being lost at the breach site due to an issue with the dam in place. We are working with teams across the Shropshire Canal to steady the flow, however ultimately, pumps are needed to extract water from the River Gowy to be able to supply a sufficient feed downstream. Due to high demand in the North West, this will take 2-3 days to install.
  12. Just had a message to say that the canal is closed between bridge 80 and Ellesmere Port. This is due to difficulty maintaining water levels and they are installing pumps to bring water up from the river Gowy but will take a couple of days to stabilise.
  13. According to Gyles Brandreth: ”Some style guides now advocate only using capitals throughout for acronyms where the letters are individually pronounced - e.g. they would capitalise all of ‘BBC’ and ‘EU’ but only the first letters in ‘Nato’ or ‘Nasa’. Because it’s what now happens, I accept it, but I do not approve. I think putting each letter in capitals is a useful reminder that it is part of an acronym.” Gyles considers himself a bit of an authority on the English language, and seems to accept that a run of initial letters is an acronym. As for NATO or Nato, Apple autocorrect prefers the former also. What do you prefer?
  14. If doing vertical panels you will need something to keep it in place. A bit of cardboard will do, otherwise it tends to just slump.
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  16. You can have an access hole under the rear steps. Then have a bilge pump for on the end of a piece of wood which you can drop into the hole. A long enough length of hose to pump out through the rear doors, either over the side or into the engine ‘ole bilge. Long enough cable with crock clips to reach a battery. it does not need to be permanently installed with float switch.
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  18. My first thoughts. It looks to me as though the capping stones have gone. A panel, of ply, or something similar, would have been held by pressure against the piling and stopped most of the flow before the flow washed away more of the bank leading to a more serious breach. Then a slightly better fix, e.g. Tracy’s sandbag or Tony’s wheelbarrow, while they lowered the level of the pound. Would that have stopped a major breach? As I intimidated at the start of this thread, a lengthsman would have prevented it, someone in an office scratching their head and wondering who to ask to get the risk assessment done shows the lack of basic understanding we are lumbered with now.
  19. Needs quick action before it gets worse. Where’s the local lengthsman?
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  22. It seems to me that this will work very well with things like phones, drones and door bells. However the equipment needed to let this rate of charge work in a car is surely going to be substantial . The existing fast chargers have to cope with a substantial current, both in the charger and in the car to be able to accept the charge. It's a fair way off yet.
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