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Denis R

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  • Birthday 12/29/1957

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  • Location
    Stoke Bruerne
  • Interests
    Bass guitar (very poor standard!). Cycling. Classic format car trials (bouncer not driver).
  • Occupation
    Business Simulation and Business Game Developer
  • Boat Name
    Whirlwind
  • Boat Location
    Stoke Bruerne

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  1. I didn't read the gravity feed schematic quite like that. I interpret the drawing as showing the right hand side calorifier coil disconnected, and the pipes to the radiator shown to the right of the calorifier effectively passing behind the calorifier, being part of the circuit to the left. (?) However, if the OP's circuit is connected how you describe, that would certainly have the effect he's seeing...
  2. Extracts from the Webasto's operating manual that describe the response to temperature and loading: "When the temperature rises to reach 72° C the heater switches to the energy saving part load operation. A rise in temperature up to 76.5° C causes the heater to enter a control idle period." "After cool-down of the coolant to 71° C the heater resumes part load operation. Another rise in temperature to 76.5° C causes the heater to enter again the control idle period. A drop in the coolant temperature during part load operation due to an increased demand in heat will cause the heater to switch to full load operation at 56° C." If your boiler really is running flat out and the fin rads are not almost too hot to touch, you must have a significant heat sink somewhere... If the boiler is idling a lot it sounds as if there's a short circuit of the feed back into the return. My ThermoTop runs like an RB211 when it's on full power, it's quite difficult to confuse full load running with part-load or idle.
  3. I wasted a lot of money on an alternator controller that produced pretty much zero benefit, given that my alternator is already charging at 14.4 volts. I second Roger's recommendation to read Gibbo's musings before you make any decisions... As an aside, the controller was a Sterling and I found their customer service approach not to my personal taste depending on who answered - on a lucky day, one particularly kind and helpful individual who was a pleasure to deal with, and on another day a somewhat tiresome individual who was possessed with absolutely no 'soft skills' whatsoever... After the unit failed for the second time I gave up trying and went back to the original installation, poorer but wiser...
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  5. Get the build number from the engine (it's often on a plate on the rocker cover and generally starts with a 'K') and then ring them. The Beta wiring loom (assuming yours has a factory loom) should already have the connections for a tacho and temperature switch and Beta do options on control panels, one of which includes a set of useful gauges. Have a look here at page 16 and you'll see the choice.
  6. Looking at the line of the route through Ruislip, it isn't new build, it follows the existing Chiltern Mainline trackbed which has recently been upgraded to 100mph running. I lived alongside the Cologne - Frankfurt high speed line and the ICE3 trains made no more noise than a Chiltern Turbo at full chat. Most the fears around HS2 are imagined. Our family home is going to have a nice viaduct across the fields at the end of the road. We'll get used to it, life will continue, because it always does.
  7. With tyres on my car costing £120+ each and lasting, if I'm lucky 15,000 miles and servicing at getting on for £400 a pop for a major, the true cost of running my (mid-range) car doesn't make it a 'no-brainer' over taking the train. The Great Central Railway was built to the Bruge loading gauge in anticipation of a cross-channel link, but of course that's the one that got canned post Beeching...
  8. And the NIMBY's whinging on about environmental impact are lightweights. Try this for a bit of real environmental impact...
  9. Now that is a good point. If the case against is based on the premise that it doesn't add long-term value to GB Plc it's worthy of debate. However, this is spectacularly clouded by the emotive, apoplectic reaction based on 'blighting the Chilterns' and 'environmental damage'. (So that massive gash through Chinnor Ridge that rings in the ears 24/7 didn't blight the Chilterns?)
  10. The great thing about the Oxford Canal is that if you close your eyes and cover your ears you can pretend that the M40 doesn't exist. My family home is in Harefield and the HS2 will pass within half a mile of the house. It's brilliant, I'll be able to train spot in comfort from the bedroom window. Anyway, house prices in Middlesex need bringing under control. As an aside, I wonder how many of the detractors who claim to know so much about the environmental impact of high speed rail have actually experienced it. I lived alongside the Cologne-Frankfurt high speed route and from my experience most of what the NIMBY's are spouting is total hogwash.
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  12. 9 days Nigel? You must be slowing down in your old age. You'll be telling us that it's got working water and heating too next...
  13. I think I probably had the last narrowboat built by Peter Nicholls in 2006. Peter is more interested in a different style of boating these days: *sigh* Oh, and he would be the first to agree the Spall's boat isn't a 'Dutch Barge'. He describes it as a 'seagoing motor barge' - which is exactly what it is...
  14. Come and have a look at the filter element on my Beta 35 when I service it in a couple of weeks and you'll see why. It'll be as black as the ace of spades - I don't need that steady supply of 'glaze-busting paste' down my bores thanks!
  15. That's a good point Iain. My chimney pipe is a single piece from roof collar to stove collar and looking at the amount of cement holding it (quite neatly) in the chimney collar, I can imagine some stress on the stove collar...
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