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About Moley

  • Birthday 02/26/1958

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    Staffs and Worcs.
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    Glenlivet, Macallan, Highland Park, Talisker and other fine hydrocarbons. Winemaking and home brewing. Peace and quiet and England's green and pleasant land. All in all, ideal qualifications for a Canalcoholic.

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  1. More and more peeps saying "waiting on" when they mean "waiting for" You can't wait ON persons unless you are employed to wait AT table!
  2. The service around here is atrocious, it's Fridaaay and I'm still thirsty. Sack the beer fairy. The wammels (check the spelling) are revolting!
  3. I thought that was Yorkshiremen :? Isinglass is still used, but is so 'last year'. There's a FAR superior beer and wine finings called Chitosan, made from prawn and crab shells. What really annoys me are barcode labels which are spot welded on to the product in question, and idiot stickers on plugs and wiring.
  4. Well hello Nobber, old frend, I hope they've been looking after you well and you've been getting plenty of buns and c'isps. You should lay off the Coke though, it rots your tusks :nono: Damn! The wagging finger doesn't seem to work here, let's try some more:
  5. No Title (space) full point co apostrophe s. What the bloody hell's been going on around here in my absence? I would add some angry emoticons if I could find out where they've been hidden.
  6. A small mound of dirt erupts in the middle of the unstable bar. Word on the underground network is that the Fridaaay beer deliveries are starting up again - is this true? And Willowdog would very much like to meet Jessopdog.
  7. I was told, at a speed awareness course after being nicked for doing 38 in a 30 zone, that the lowest speed limit which was legally enforceable was 20 mph. Is this why he got a ticking off but not a ticket?
  8. There is certainly a fashion at the moment for American ‘craft beers”, indeed everybody seems to be jumping onto that particular bandwagon to the extent that the term has become meaningless. However, I seem to be going the opposite way to you and am using more and more citrussy hops, mainly American varieties such as ‘the three Cs’; Cascade, Centennial and Columbus. I don't like Citra though, that just seems to me to impart cat pee and lemon, and I'm totally against flavouring beers with fruity essences. But I'm afraid I wouldn't want those mass market beers now at four for a fiver or any other price, and am invariably disappointed on the rare occasion when we go out to the pub. Back in early 2009 after a few years without a pay rise and then actually taking a 10% pay cut in order to safeguard jobs, I worked out our annual expenditure on booze, and was slightly horrified. That's when I dusted off all of my old demijohns and bought some new fermenting buckets. After just 5 kit beers I started brewing properly, from scratch, and they tend to average around 30p a pint. The downside is that a brew takes around 5 hours and would be very difficult on a boat, or at least in any worthwhile volumes, our propane hob wouldn't handle my 55 litre pot.
  9. Aaahhh - thank you. It took her a while but Janet tracked down my email address from years ago, and here I am. Mrs. Mole looks in from time to time but I got out of the habit, sorry, and tend to inhabit home brewing forums instead. Following on from the overplating saga of last year, I'm afraid I still haven't finished the re-refit and the boat hasn't been used, primarily as there's nowhere to sleep other than a mattress on the floor. Family circumstances have also got in the way, my mother died last November. Molelets have grown up and lost interest. We did have a main family holiday this year, but went abroad. However, as both offspring are now away at University and we find ourselves as empty-nesters, I fully intend to get some more furniture fitted and get out on the canals again soon.
  10. Moley

    NB 'Talpidae'

    Thanks folks, and especially to Keith for the link. Damn, that's a shame, so it's back to being floor mounted under the bed. Peter, carpets front and back and vinyl in the middle might have the occasional tack where necessary but aren't fully fixed and can be easily lifted. Previously, carpets were nailed every six inches and ceramic tiles were glued down in the galley and bathroom. That was a real PITA as I had used a very good tile adhesive and they had to be smashed off in tiny pieces with a hammer and chisel. All flooring panels can be lifted after removing one or two stainless M6 bolts. Where furniture is built on top of the flooring, inspection panels will be incorporated. With improved ventilation I hope this will get rid of the permadamp conditions which existed before, but I will be keeping an eye on that.
  11. Moley

    NB 'Talpidae'

    Re-refit is coming along quite nicely, and further to another topic where I asked about a product called Ecosheet (link), I've even got rid of the 'temporary' OSB cruiser deck (which has been down for about the last 3 years). This stuff is 100% recycled and 100% waterproof. It doesn't seem to get slippy when wet and although there's a bit of bounce to it, one cross brace under the largest panel seems to be more than adequate. I will be very interested to see how this stuff stands the test of time. Inside, mostly new flooring has been laid. It has been cut back so that it doesn't meet the side steelwork but extends only a quarter of an inch or so beneath the wall panels. Those have also been planed so that they don't quite touch the floor, and therefore flooring can be lifted in future without stripping out the whole damned boat. When I decide what furniture to build, vents will be cut into the flooring beneath any storage compartments so that the whole thing will get a chance to breathe. I was told some time ago that once a boat reaches the point where you can go out and start using it, that is often the point at which any interior work ceases. Combine that with the fact that I am the sort of person who never quite seems to manage to finish any DIY job, and Talpidae never really stood a chance. Contrary to that, I am very attentive to detail on the bits that I do finish, so for example where trim strips have been fixed to cover joints and screws/nails in the tongue-and-groove ceiling, all of the screw heads are aligned down the length of the boat, it's just that I never quite got around to covering all of the joints. This time around I am trying to finish all of the bits I never quite got around to. It's not just decorative touches, I never quite got around to fitting a door on the bathroom, for the last 8 years there's just been a full length curtain on a wire. Now there's a door. New worktop has been fitted, with the sink draining board on the high side to satisfy Mr. Newton. Existing kitchen unit carcasses have been re-used but wood-look plastic coated MDF doors and drawer fronts will be replaced with real wood when funds permit. Furthermore, I have visited the empororium of messers Block and Quayle and at great expense have invested in some of their Prestige drawer units which do not slam shut, but rather close quietly yet positively, requiring a modicum of effort to then open them again, such that Mrs. Mole's drawers shall no longer be rent asunder at the whim of any passing hire boater with water skiier in tow, or should multiple persons attempt to board simultaneously. New front step hides water pump and accumulator, shelving unit (hiding inspection hole, stop tap and water filter) is likely to be replaced by 'L' shaped seating / single / double bed, while on the left hand side plans are in hand for 2 seats / small Pullman dinette / single bed, i.e. one double or two singles. At the blunt end, back wall (previously bare OSB) has finally been clad and I have even built a box plus door over the lectrix panel. New back step hides a big inspection hole. I'm not entirely sure about that Ecosheet stuff being used as a new back door, even when I get around to painting it, but the old plywood one needed replacing before it completely fell apart. Blunt end really is a blank canvas. Where there was previously a fixed 4ft not-quite-a-double bed I am now planning to build a 5ft cross bed. We went to IKEA to look for ideas, they had a 10cm thick king sized mattress reduced to £50, so that's currently on the floor. Question: I've lost any fitting instructions long ago, can a Whale Gulper be wall mounted vertically like that? It was only tacked temporarily for the photo.
  12. Moley

    NB 'Talpidae'

    Sorry Tony, I saw your PM on this question but couldn't reply at the time .... and then forgot Yes, I would still recommend Vactan plus one or two coats of some kind of paint, but with perfect 20:20 hindsight I would ensure that there was some ventilation going on below the flooring. That is precisely what I've done this time around, except that I've used red oxide instead of the bitumen coating I applied before. I will try to get around to updating this build blog shortly.
  13. Your post seems to imply that Stourbridge dry dock doesn't ? Other than that, there's a dry dock at Stourport, phone Limekiln chandlers to enquire about that, or try Ashwood Marina for a crane-out, I'll PM a contact number. Ashwood definitely allows DIY and I'm pretty sure Stourport do too.
  14. That tutorial has a life of its own now, over 30k hits so far and has introduced many people to home wine making. My favoutrite is white grape with a mix of orange and pineapple, or I use red grape and cranberry to make a pleasant vino pinko.
  15. Thanks folks, I don't even begin to understand "flexural modulus" but that was my only slight concern with the product, it does seem to be a bit "more pliable than plywood". However, I have previously used phenolic ply for deck boards and although I initially treated the cut edges I didn't keep up any regular re-treatment, and when the water started getting in to the boards they deteriorated and needed replacing after about 5 years. The 'temporary' replacement was cut from 18mm OSB board which now soaks up water like a sponge and looks absolutely dreadful. It does get hidden under an interlocking neoprene material on the rare occasion when we're actually using the boat but that's impractical as it has to be unzipped and folded back when you need to get to the stern gland greaser or weed hatch. I'm going to give this stuff a try, my largest panel will be 740 x 1210mm and I can easily fit a couple of cross braces. Oh, and thanks for the greenie.
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