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  1. Well, the fuel spurted out 15 - 20 cm or so - less than the 30 cm suggested by Webasto but certainly more than a dribble. Thinking it was the pump, I fitted a replacement from Ebay but no difference. Evesham Marine tested both and said the original was still good, and the replacement out of spec. I think the latter includes a bit of sales pitch as the spec says 20 ml / minute and the replacement was giving 19 ml. The original was 20 and a bit ml / min. If you want to give my replacement a go you're welcome to try it - I'm only 10 km from Saul (we used to moor there and I know the original owner of your boat unless it's the same name on a different boat!). PM me if interested. The replacement pump has rather short stubs of pipe (a long story but it's feasible to get a hose and clamp on). You won't get a compression fitting on. Martin/
  2. I looked at my pump recently. It's been tested as good since. I reckon it spurts out nearer half that distance, and I'd guess about a ml each pulse. It's supposed to deliver 20 ml / minute, but not sure at what click rate - probably normal running speed, so maybe 20 to 30 pulses a minute? (Mine was giving out white smoke and failing to run after the start-up sequence hence my following the fault tree and getting to possible pump issues and checking it; I decoked the burner and it was good for a while, then failed again. The repairers said the burner was knackered, replaced it and it was fine after that. I took the boiler and pump out and took them up to Evesham Marine who did a good job. Might be worth a chat with Paul Hands there 01386 768500, he'll tell you if there's anyone more local but it's not a long drive from Saul).
  3. I used NoMoreNails or similar to stick down a piece of wood in the engine bay about 18 years ago. It's still stuck there. Clean the surface very, very well first!
  4. True! I had one on one boat and removed it as it made winterising harder.
  5. Next time, think about taking the hot outlet off and stick a hose on a pump down into the bottom of the tank. Or, connect an air pump (big bicycle pump) to a hot tap and drive the water out of a cold tap (that won't get it all out but should empty most of it).
  6. Leave the plinth panels off. I've never bothered putting them in, and it makes access to the wine cellar much easier. No condensation at all.
  7. Could it be the PRV (the thing with the red knob just underneath the short piece of copper tube at the top of the picture) leaking. They often do, either because there's some scale build-up or because the pump pressure is too high. Can't see from the photo where the leak-off outlet is - it will be a short piece of pipe integral to the PRV which may or may not have a tube attached to it to release water somewhere acceptable. Twiddling the red knob on the end a few times may help it reseat (if that is the source).
  8. The sludge remover stuff is quite good but I suspect would need a pumped system with the pump running hard.
  9. What sort of boat? If a narrowboat or widebeam of any size your options are limited. If a smallish cruiser there are plenty of places that could crane or pull it out.
  10. Our recycling centre told me to chuck the container of antifreeze into the general waste skip as it all gets incinerated. Shrug.... I just take the bottom hose off the skin tank, dump it all into the bilge then pump it out and mop up with disposable nappies.
  11. We're lucky in that respect. Hardly any of the village is on a through route, and if a road is blocked we're sensible enough to turn round and go the other way around. Most tanks are accessible in gardens or garages. Our only problem is that no-one is prepared to deliver less than 500 L to a single property, which leaves out a few people who haven't got space to put in a bigger tank.
  12. In our village in which most houses use oil (no gas) we have a scheme where every couple of months we place a bulk order with whichever supplier has the best offer. The tanker delivers to individual houses, we pay individually to the supplier, and get the bulk price (usually for around 10,000 L). Typically get at least a 5 p/ L saving over a 500 L individual order which is well-worthwhile. It's a bit of hassle for the person that compiles the order, but he's happy to do it and with everyone giving their needs by email it only involves a handful of phone calls to the four or so local suppliers.
  13. If it's just been moved it my need a few goes to pull fuel through the pipes. Mine takes two or three tries, and that's just 1 m of pipe.
  14. Similar idea, I've done them by wrapping in foil and leaving on top of the stove covered with a pot. Turn them over occasionally.
  15. The only frozen pipes I've had were in the feed to the shower controller. UK controllers have NRVs in the outlet: the only way to empty them may be to suck on the end of the shower head tube. The temperature was around -20 C though.
  16. There's usually room above Isis Lock if you don't arrive late. Be careful coming in if you try any of the moorings further up in Oxford, some are shallow or have bits of bank that have fallen in to cause obstruction even if they're signed as 7 or 14 day. On the Thames, assuming a short term license (there are EA patrol boats) East Street below Osney bridge is good for one night. From a few hundred m below Osney lock to Folly bridge there are a few places to moor but unattractive and no meaningful time limit. There are always boats tied up opposite the entrance to Osney Mill marina which is bloody annoying as they make it hard to get out of (I moor there). It's usually feasible to find a space opposite Christchurch Meadow if you don't mind a bit of a walk back to the bridge. My favourite spot though is upstream from the end of Sheepcote channel. Plenty of trees to tie to, usually plenty of space, quiet (the bottom end of the canal can be very noisy with trains), not much used and only a few minutes walk to town. In theory 24 h limit but you'll struggle to find the sign. Martin/
  17. It's a while ago, but I've tied up right outside the station more than once. Can't remember if there's anything to tie to or spikes.
  18. The rigid ones that replaced them once the roof had been found floating a couple of km down the canal have done three years now. I think they'd sink the roof if it blew off again though...
  19. The flexi-panels I installed only lasted a year. However, that's because the roof blew off.
  20. Shore power in the marina where I moor is from bog standard 13A sockets in a small box.
  21. http://Litecone.co.uk do 10-30V bulbs and are generally helpful.
  22. +1 for Mark Parish. Pedantic over gas but generally very helpful. I can't find his number at the moment but he's listed on the boat safety pages.
  23. Sorry for a late response, in addition to the above I like mooring on the river above Sheepwash channel. I think it's officially 24 h but there only ever was one sign and it's gone. You'll probably need to tie to a tree and maybe hack at the undergrowth, but it's far enough from roads and trains to be quiet while still less than 15 minutes to the centre. The towpath there is fairly busy by day.
  24. The fridge with icebox on our boat in France (warmer than UK) consumes an average of 14 W in hot weather. Bog standard A+ spec. The inverter uses a bit less as quiescent consumption: around 9 W from memory.
  25. If it's getting to the point of starting to warm up it's probably not battery related. Peak current is in the first minute or so, about 20 A, thereafter it won't go much over 10 A. Any clouds of white smoke?
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