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  1. I also have a set, Mitutoyo (IIRC), and the manual insists that it should use SR44, not LR44 batteries. With an SR mine lasts well with occasional use and not removing the battery (2 - 3 years). I tried an LR44 once - it worked ok when I fitted it but showed low battery next time I came to use it. http://www.truetex.com/buttons.htm springy
  2. I suspect that part of the problem with flues is that most stove manufacturers would recommend a flue height much greater than is reasonably practical on a narrowboat. springy
  3. Regulations are difficult to pin down, there is this guidance http://www.soliftec.com/boat stoves 1-page.pdf springy
  4. Do you mean "clicks or jerks but does not rotate" or "turns over but does not start"
  5. Yes GWR No 15 is still at the museum in working trim, along with No 65, they are both "railway boats". This thread https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/17912-why-joey/ from 2008/9 has an interesting discussion on the origins and use of the term "joey boat". springy
  6. I seem to remember going to this a few years ago (10 -15 ish) and it was a nice day, small gathering of boats with stalls and entertainment on the crossing streets - at the time a friend played in a marching samba band which was one of the entertainment bookings hence me being off my normal patch of the BCN - it was a nice sunny day and everyone enjoyed themselves. C&RT have a temporary suspension of moorings bridge 39 -> 40B https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/19937-moorings-suspension-in-leamington-spa-grand-union-canal but there seems to be precious little other info springy
  7. Birchills (it took me a bit longer to find a photo) but a good illustration of the relatively small size of a day boat cabin. and not built till 1953.
  8. Day Boats were basic - many had no accommodation, some were "double ended" having mounting points for the ellum at both ends - https://hnbc.org.uk/boats/bhp-no-3 others had a small cabin with just bench seating and a bottle stove - https://hnbc.org.uk/boats/coronation and the various railway companies had their own day boats working from the various interchange basins on the BCN https://hnbc.org.uk/boats/gwr-no-15 Sometimes referred to as the "Skip" of the canals - many were used in a way similar to a skip or a container, a boatman would take a loaded boat to its destination, transfer the horse, ellum, and running gear to an empty boat and return leaving the loaded boat to be unloaded at the destinations convenience. springy
  9. And if they don't have an exact match for the belt length (they don't usually have a full range in 10mm increments but different manufacturers may have different steps between sizes) pick the closest length with consideration for your setup - if the broken belt still had plenty of adjustment left on the quadrant before it broke then a shorter one may be difficult to get over the pulleys even when the adjustment is at minimum, on the other hand if the adjuster was always 3/4 out then a slightly longer belt may not tension properly. springy
  10. A post on Lee Bates twitter feed suggests its the second attempt - it was damaged by fire in May. https://twitter.com/CRT_Lee/status/1404374696620138498 springy
  11. Balance Beam set on fire on Factory two https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/19949-lock-1-to-lock-3-factory-locks-tipton-new-mainline https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2021/06/16/canal-diversion-set-up-after-lock-attacked-by-arsonists/ springy
  12. I thought the red ones are for hot water / central heating and white ones were for potable water - something to do with the material used for the bladder - is it a "rubbery" taint ? Looking at the Cleghorn site none of their accumulators are marked either way and some are blue ? springy
  13. Sounds like the rest is ok and its the sender that's closed when cold, if you don't have a meter you can reconnect the wire to the sender and hold the body against the engine block - if it lights up then faulty sender. springy
  14. If you have a multimeter you should be able to check the sender, I'm not familiar with those engines but there could be two types of sender - a fixed temperature switch or a thermally variable resistance. As you only have a warning light only a switch is needed, but they may have found that the cost difference between the two items meant it was easier to fit a thermally variable in all engines and include circuitry on the basic panel to set the warning light temperature, the deluxe panel having a gauge instead. Measure the resistance across the sender cold - zero or nearly - sender shorted - replace, - infinite - open circuit, may be a switch - needs warming to test further, OR failed variable. Heat the sender, if you can keep the meter connected it will be useful. Boiling water should be sufficient as a heat source. If the resistance gradually changes (either up or down) then it is a variable sender and is probably ok, if the resistance suddenly changes from infinite to zero then it is an ok switch, either way the problem is elsewhere, Does the light come on when the sender is disconnected ? springy
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