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Mike Jordan

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  1. In 25 years many things have changed I'm sure. The maximum you can store at home is 10 litres in containers not exceeding 5 litres capacity. That's approved labelled containers in metal or plastic. licence conditions vary since they are written and applied locally. The prohibition regarding filling applied in my area but not in all areas. Im pleased it's not in this country, is that a Trump voter do you think? Im wondering how long it would take for th bags to melt I contact with the spirit.
  2. As former petroleum officer I can add that the person in charge of the till is equally guilty of several offences. Licencing conditions for self service petrol stations normally prohibit anyone but staff members from filling even approved containers. Every customer should be observed by the person in th kiosk before the pump is turned on! That is a true classic in stupid moves. The licence conditions seem to be largely ignored by all parties involved in retailing spirit. I think it's the totally unattended sites that cut across all rules of good sense
  3. w With a nod to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Something I have always fancied making but never had the time! The upholstery will have to wait until sanity returns. The Argyle Chair taking the place of cratch boards and skylights. No idea what to do with a single chair,but I enjoyed it!
  4. Kevin Thanks for the kind remarks, it's nice to see the finished item in place and looking good. Wotever - That's eurocutter F45 in the spindle moulder block. I use it on the narrow boat dog boxes as well, it's a pleasing shape. Mike.
  5. As just mentioned, the pub atmosphere will not work if customers are standing in carefully spaced one way queues or sitting two metres appart. It won't be worth the effort to go or the investment to set it up. Add the occasional moron who refuses to obey the rules no matter how well explained, and you have a certainty of less pleasure with a built in risk at four times the cost of staying in front of the TV.
  6. The rest of the pub trade hate him like poison so tales get exaggerated or invented. He will do as he's told or sample the food in prison! It will be interesting to see how the trade as a whole tries to make good their losses. I'm missing the people but drinking good beer at a quarter of the pub price could be worse and could turn into a habit.
  7. Difficult for anyone to advise or make a stab at the price without knowing where the boat is or what your skills are!
  8. That's the crude end of boat fitting! They normally have a bit of shape as shown in these templates. Mikel
  9. Decent hardwood Windows won't provide you with any real savings in the short term but will certainly need regular maintenance to keep them looking acceptable. I think the best method of proceeding is to remember that all boats are eventually for sale. Bearing that in mind anything hat makes the boat out of the ordinary will seriously detract from the value. To my eye the only place where wooden windows are a visual success are Dutch barges. There is a thread on here entitled "leaking Skylights" have a look at that before ordering up the roof lights/ dog boxes, there are a some very poor but expensive designs out there.
  10. The timber shown looks like sapele to me, that's listed as vulnerable rather than endangered, much more knowledge is needed before finding fault. I once ran into abuse for using teak, the person making the noise had no idea where the material was traditionally grown and carefully harvested but was certain I was committing some sort of crime. Palm oil plantations are giving fast profits where forests of timber formerly stood, I'm not very knowledgable about the extent of the problem but it's easy to see that palm oil beats growing timber and it's easy to read the list of users and their products.Cadburys and other big names are featured.
  11. I would agree that the little metal "pigeon box" type vents have little or no appeal in terms of appearance and are just functional ventilators, often causing condensation problems, only suitable for use over engine rooms.Houdini hatches are, in my opinion, a condensation disaster, just ask a live aboard boater who owns one. In wide beam boats or Dutch barges a properly designed and built deck light gives a very pleasant level of light and controllable ventilation. Narrow boats featuring portholes only are not very nice living spaces to my mind but they can be greatly improved by the fitting of dog boxes, the drawback being that you need a number to get the right effect As to the quoted price of £3500 don't forget that this was on the Thames where boatyards tend to be expensive ( or greedy) places, and where just tying up for the night and sinking a few pints in a local hostelry can seriously dent the finances. The boatyards in the midlands are not cheap but normally much more competitive. Above other considerations all contributors to this thread seem to agree that a hole in the roof that leaks or causes condensation is a menace. Mike.
  12. The link won't work for me, it shows an order for clip hinges? You are right though my last box (Dec2019) had satin chrome extending jacks to match the ss bars and hinges. I was confident that I had seen stainless jacks but was unable to find any. I have purchased in the past from Black Country Ironworks ( it's not in the Black Country nor is it an ironworks) the items I wanted from them were out of stock but I was satisfied with the quality of the substitute items from Ironmongery Direct. If anyone spots any in stainless I would be pleased to hear about them for future builds. I think the most important feature is the quick release mechanism Im also keen to have a trial run with the simplified dovetailing system. Mike.
  13. Anyone seeking dog box fittings? I put an add in the for sale section yesterday to dispose of some brass stays which are very difficult to obtain at chandlers these days. I won't be making any more dog boxes so have no use for them. My deck lights/skylights are better served by screw jacks.
  14. The original cost was less than the current bid! I'm always amused by the myths surrounding Springer boats. At about the time this one was built I visited his yard and met Sam, a rough diamond with a line in rougher language. He told me that he had specialised in making petrol storage tanks for the filling station boom in the 60s and had made his first boat shell for his own use, from that point he was asked to build more for other people and went into mass production. They were being made in conditions that can't have been legal from a H&S point of view even then. The (rusty) 3/16"steel plate was being dropped off a lorry at the factory gate and sliced up by a man with a gas axe and a few templates. The parts were then moved into the shop to be rolled, folded etc before being welded up by operatives working with multi position stick welder S. The welds were not chipped but simply spray painted over. I'm certain that the machinery in use would not have any chance of handling gas holder plate either folding ,rolling, or any other operations. Down the years I have seen two shells built very roughly out of gas holder plate. One was built in a farm yard and I think a tractor may have been used as suggested. Both were easily identifiable as having been made from very thick ( and not very flat) plate, but I'm sure they are still out there.I shudder to think of the long term results of underground petrol tanks made to the standard of a springer shell. His expertise in building tanks was supported by one he built that I think crossed the Atlantic? powered by a 1.5 BMC diesel.
  15. This must be someone with,scant knowledge of narrow boats. I can't even imagine any serious attempt to shot blast inside after removing the flooring. Just a transparent try on.
  16. If it is Laburnam you need to be aware that some people are very allergic to the dust. Exposure can be life threatening.
  17. Mike Jordan


    From the album: Deck Lights

  18. You're right it is, a quick Google shows it having both names. Mike.
  19. That's the name used for the type used on a drawer front so that the ends of the tails are covered and not visible from the front. The advantage is that it avoids the problems caused by dovetailing a rebated timber section. I've seen similar joints used for the same type of job but I have no idea of its proper name. I'm sure I've seen some with an angled shoulder which I think is for water checking the joint, again I can't remember where! Mike.
  20. Lm. I was about to post an easier method of dovetailing the corners of the deck lights but I was interrupted and failed to complete the post. I couldn't remember exactly how it went so I made a model with two bits of scrap timber. The missing bit of the top edge is where I tested a cutter shape. In the event of me making another deck light I intend to try this out. It's simple enough and easy to do, but hard to get my head round without the model to hand. Mike.
  21. Even if it had a survey yesterday, if you didn't engage the surveyor and pay for it yourself it means nothing. Only an idiot trusts a sellers survey. When new it would have been a good quality boat if fitted by H&l and cost about £10,000.
  22. As you say in a few instances the gutter may be nearly level, but the boat is constantly moving, the gutter is nice and wide with open ends which promotes air movement to dry it. It only takes a few millimetres to make the gutter drain so I don't think the timber is any more at risk than any other external joinery. My favoured hardwood for the job is Iroko, its second only to teak for durability and has a life expectancy of about thirty years in this type of use. The flush glazing means that there are no beads to suffer from water ingress. I am always surprised to see doors and cratch boards with external beading without even the 9 degree weather slope expected in soundly made joinery.
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