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Keeping Up

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Keeping Up last won the day on October 3 2013

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  • Birthday 10/06/1949

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    Milton Keynes
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    Electronics, computers, music (60s/70s rock), drink (wine whisky and beer)

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  1. We moored in Banbury last week. It was fine overnight, and there was plenty of room, but during the day it was extremely noisy from 7.30 to 4.30 The worst was a big earth-compactor. When it was operating it sent so much vibration through the water that a pile of cups and plates fell into the sink and it even riddled the ash from our fire through the grate into the ash pan; we were on the opposite side of the canal from it and the noise and vibration through the boat were far more than if our engine had been running.
  2. Keeping Up

    Nell Bridge

    Under the bridge you can just see the remains of the top bit of the red bit (on the western side) but all the rest has broken off.
  3. Something I often wonder; the heater plugs take a fair bit from the battery for say 10 seconds, so the battery will be better able to deliver the starter current if it has a few seconds to recover but during that interval the plugs will be cooling down. So, is it better to pause or not to pause?
  4. Unfortunately this tank doesn't have a hatch of any type.
  5. Yes that's a good idea, well worth trying. Of course it is not just a simple reversal as it does rely on having a different source of water to feed the inlet of the pump. One option may be to disconnect one of the usual outlet pipes (one of those on the accumulator T-joint for example) and put the end into a bucket of water. Otherwise perhaps a long hose from the pump inlet to the tank filler cap.
  6. Just been to have a quick look. Definitely a blockage in the pipe from the tank. There is a lever valve which is good, but there is a right angle bend between it and the tank which will make it slightly more difficult to poke a wire down (luckily I have some stiff multi-strand wire that might do it). The fact it occurred suddenly suggests to me that it is debris rather than only being furred up. I did try blowing back down the pipe (there is a length of flexible hose to the pump, which helps). I couldn't blow hard enough to cure it but after I had tried there was a slow but steady trickle of water from the end; not enough to be usable but a definite pointer to the fact that a cure may be possible. I have lent the OP a bicycle pump which may just generate enough pressure to blow it clear; if not she will try the wire poke, and I can stand by for an hour or so before setting off tomorrow.
  7. Well in case the OP is reading the thread and still needs help, I am still moored down by the Jolly Boatman, less than 200 yards from his boat, and willing to assist; but I will be leaving here early(ish) tomorrow morning.
  8. I once had the strainer on my pump break. The contents of the water tank deposited itself in the bilges & the water came up over the rear cabin floor, but up in the lounge we were unaware until the next time the kitchen tap was turned on at which point the pump wouldn't stop.
  9. Of course, it is now tomorrow since I wrote the above. I'm still available today. Not a plumber, I'm a retired electrical engineer, but I've fitted/changed a few pumps in my time.
  10. I'm moored in Thrupp at the moment, down by the Jolly Boatman. I could call round tomorrow morning & have a look if you like. Meanwhile have you turned off the electrics to the pump so that it is not running? Otherwise by morning you'll have a flat battery and a dead pump.
  11. I'll have to remind her of that
  12. We have auto changeover for the gas. We also have a pump-out toilet. We too do not have a bowthruster, wouldn't have one if it was a gift! And it's a cruiser stern, and overall too long for the L&L canal. All these were deliberate choices when we designed the boat, and for us they were all the right choices. Others may differ.
  13. I assume it is somewhat similar to ours, in that if the valve is pointing towards a full cylinder it shows green, then if it has changed over so that it is now pointing towards an empty cylinder it shows red. Then when you buy a new cylinder you turn the knob to point at the now half-empty one and it shows green again.
  14. I would probably be murdered in my sleep if the gas ran out during the night so that the central heating stopped working and the boat was cold when my other half woke up. That's why I have always had an auto change-over valve. No I don't think they leave much gas in the empty bottle - as long as there is some tiny bit of liquified gas left there will be the pressure to keep the valve the right way. On mine a big indicator triangle changes from white to red when it changes over, so as long as I check it occasionally and buy a new bottle after it has changed over there is no problem.
  15. I think that would be for boats registered with the EA on the river Great Ouse
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