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NB Esk

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NB Esk last won the day on March 2

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    Wakefield , West Yorkshire.
  • Interests
    Narrowboating, especially the self-build side of it. Mechanic by profession, I am currently restoring a vintage 2cyl Dorman diesel, which will ultimately power my NB.
    Currently building my own narrow tug shell (started in 2007 & still not finished).
    Interested in industrial archeology, especially coal mining.

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  • Occupation
    MOT tester/ motor engineer, oh, and now retired.
  • Boat Name
    narrowboat ESK...same but different. Ex Tom pudding tug HATFIELD
  • Boat Location
    Wakefield wharf

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  1. No more than a month ago I ordered, 2 water pumps, 1 pump repair kit & 2 tins of blacking. Message sent to me, only one water pump, repair kit & 1 tin of blacking, I emailed back asking when stock was likely to be available, response?.......no response. An order of around £300 not worth chasing up.
  2. Iron Bru. Made by bizzard.......from Meccano.
  3. For the first time since he joined the forum, I find myself agreeing with Mr Parahandy. When it first started, yonks ago, it was more about latest models, etc. Now, no doubt, it's about 3 gigantic egos trying to out buffoon each other. I won't be watching it and don't need to watch it, to tell it will be vacuous nonsense aimed at the easily impressionable.
  4. Another vote for stick welding but then I actually enjoy stick welding. One thing to note about flux core mig, it's a slightly different procedure to ordinary short circuit mig. The nozzle of the welding gun needs to be held about 1/2" further from the workpiece than regular mig. This is to give time for the correct reaction between the arc, the wire and the welding gasses of the flux core, to take place.
  5. You would think so. Practically, I've had little success using that method. In my post above, I purposely didn't mention heat because the diy mechanic is less likely to have access to useful heat. If you run an engine, everything will come up to temperature at about the same rate, whereas what's needed is for the nut to expand much quicker in order to release its hold on the stud. A fine welding tip played onto the nut, bringing it quickly up to red, while the stud stays black would be ideal.
  6. WEST RIDING also still uses Neox oil. ALLERTON BYWATER (renamed STRONGBOW) was converted to grease, by Waddington of Swinton, when it saw service as a BACAT pusher tug.
  7. Well, you live and learn, looking into it you can see a couple of empty pockets in the comb, so that probably answers it. Thanks both...
  8. Okay, sorted it. Don't enjoy going against nature but couldn't risk a hornet infestation. Turns out needn't have worried, flicked it off and it landed in the river and what came out was a spider, not a very large one either. Anyway, problem solved.
  9. You could be right, just googled it and there's a photo of one with a hornet on the outside, makes it about the same size as this. Thankyou........
  10. Really? So small? Wasn't there a week or two ago, how long do I have?
  11. Some kind of insects nest, would have thought I'd have seen one before but never have. About the size of a golf ball, won't be around when it hatches....
  12. Just for interest, a repair I did a while back. Old riveted Dutch barge had been taking on water, turned out some rivets had let go and allowed a plate to spring. One of the worst welding jobs I've done, whatever the joint had been caulked with, it certainly wasn't weld friendly. Had to put in a sacrificial bead of weld, grind it out and then start again. The rivets are the interesting bit though, after reasonable preparation I basically welded the heads back on. Seems to have worked, he's not been back. The repairs weren't what I would have liked to have done, I'd have liked to have done the job as it ought to have been but financial constraints meant the fella wanted it done as cheaply as possible.
  13. Are they bolts? Not unheard of but fairly unusual. If bolts use a flat ended punch and a small hammer. With the punch on the bolt head and using light, rapid blows with the hammer. If steel nuts and studs, forget what size they should be, instead use a spanner that can be persuaded to fit, even if you need to tap it on. I don't usually abuse tools but this is an exception. If time permits, build small "cups " under each stud/bolt, these can be out of blue tack or plasticine and then fill these with penetrating fluid. Think Swallows nests...... To clarify, the punch method isn't to undo the bolt, it's to shock the threads, so used on the bolt head, axially.
  14. Ah no, not the one I was thinking of. SOBRIETY is a Humber barge/Sheffield boat? Can't remember exactly what. No doubt the "project" had more than one boat.
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