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  1. Central London ULEZ will expand to cover everything inside the North and South circular in October 2021. While it only covers road vehicles I wonder if it's a factor in this development.
  2. Have you seen Mr Jefferson's parlour doors? https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/antique-machinery-and-history/mr-jeffersons-parlor-doors-177268/
  3. All but the pipe blockage with scale occurred when friends had the boat. The family are well trained in what not to put down the loo.
  4. Sounds like a Vertus macerator, not a Dometic Vacuflush. But for what it's worth our Vacuflush has bocked in three different places during its 15 year life: 1. At the bottom of the pan. Under the ball valve there's a one inch hole where all the solids are broken up by being sucked through. Wipes don't break up and so block the hole. Solution is to hold the valve open with the flush lever and either retrieve the blocking wipe or poke the blocked through with a screwdriver. 2. In the pipe from the toilet to the vacuum/cassette unit. Solution was to replace the pipe as the blockage was limescale. Be sure to leave the pipe filled with vinegar occasionally to dissolve limescale to prevent this happening. Flexible pipe should be replaced every now and then anyway as it becomes porous over time and lets smells out. 3. At the spigot that joins the cassette to the docking station there is a 90 degree bend. Solution is to remove the cassette, pull back the spring loaded sleeve and clear the hole in the bottom of the pipe. The cassette in this instance was difficult to remove as the blockage prevented the spigot from sliding out of the cassette. You can get at the other side of the blockage by removing the end of the pipe from the toilet and poking at the other end of the blockage.
  5. I bought 10m braided 14mm polypropylene rope from Aldi. Disappointed to find the core is made of something like j-cloths, not braided. Impossible to splice so pretty useless.
  6. Somebody else's old mooring rope, still attached to the bank. As I left the mooring the boat came to an abrupt halt. The propshaft had been pulled out of the centaflex coupling. Everything came to rest with the prop jammed up against the leading edge of the rudder. Fortunately there was no major ingress of water and it was easy to reassemble.
  7. Ours is a domestic induction hob. We have a 5.5 kVA Travelpower to run it. So we need the engine running to cook or to have shore power plugged in. As the largest ring is 3kW and the other three at least 1kW each I wouldn't dare turn them all up to max at once. In fact it's pretty unusual to use more than two rings at a time anyway. There's no connection between the hob and the batteries. We have a very small electric kettle for evening use. Each pot of tea sets us back at least 5% of capacity.
  8. Sounds like it has a leak. Any hissing noises?
  9. Also, a lot of Aldi stores are still selling their clone stove fan at a discount (£18).
  10. AvE explains battery repairs using epsom salts (some language you might not want your mum to hear) and why it rarely works. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAD_mTtcKSM">YouTube</a>
  11. Ours is a low profile shower tray with the shortest available available standard enclosure. 1800 mm high if memory serves. The only issue is that there's not much capacity in the tray for when somebody forgets to turn on the pump before getting in. Our shower wall is panelled with this product (no issues after ten years): https://www.mermaidpanels.com/laminate-shower-panels/natural-shower-panels/
  12. Yep. Just remember: There's no such things as the cloud. It's just somebody else's computer.
  13. I've had the same axe for 30 years. It's needed a new head a couple of times and a new handle several times but it's lasted all that time.
  14. You really, really need to monitor your batteries' state of charge so you don't ruin them by undercharging. The most reliable indicator of state of charge is the current the batteries are taking. You will need an ammeter to measure this. A panel meter with a shunt in the negative battery cable is probably the best arrangement.
  15. Is there a thermostatic mixer on the output of the calorifier?
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