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  1. We've got a beer bilge lined with some big seed trays to stop stuff disappearing into the inaccessible depths
  2. ...other than at Easter when all the plastic boats come out to play
  3. Buy a weeks licence, then at the first lock after it's run out buy another. You might need a cheque book as I doubt if all of the locks have card readers. The lockies will stop you if you licence has expired. Martin/
  4. If you're still there, can you check if Boden has any glass left in the windows? About 50 m downstream of the explosion and opposite. Martin/
  5. Tetrahydrocannabinol and afficionados of it respectively.
  6. Exploding cylinders or cylinders going into orbit may be a red herring. The explosion could well be consistent with a flat filled with gas, possibly with a large leak being initiated by a small initial explosion. It has been scurrilously suggested that propane may have been in use for extraction of THC. There are certainly plenty of stoners in the area, mostly harmless. I believe that there is still no access to the area. I had been thinking of going to see if any flying masonry had caused damage to our boat that needs urgent fixing. F&R still searching the wreckage for bodies, still people unaccounted for. Martin /
  7. Also at http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/15091709.Huge_explosion_and_fire_in_Oxford/ Our mooring is almost opposite, about 50 m downstream. Looks like a boat or two on hardstanding have gone up and probably some damage from flying debris to boats all around. We're at home so won't find out more until tomorrow. Martin/
  8. Note that Samsung and LG may have been "doing a Volkswagen" with their energy consumption figures. http://www.economist.com/news/business/21716075-tvs-samsung-lg-and-vizio-consume-far-more-electricity-home-they-do I'd still use an inverter and a mains telly, in the most unlikely event that I ever felt the need for a telly on the boat.
  9. Plenty of 24V gear for the lorry driver market, sometimes cheaper than consumer stuff. Look on Ebay - radios etc no problem. Some so-called 12V electronics (I'm thinking phone chargers) are fine on 24 V, but you might need to be careful if the outlets are the awful "cigarette lighter" type.
  10. By coincidence, this just plopped up on facebook. The answer to ones dreams?
  11. We have a steel tray (a lasagna dish for the technically minded) under the front of the stove to catch ash and stray coals that fall out when the door is open. Looks tidy and works. Martin/
  12. Not obvious that for the domestic user there's a huge benefit to torrefied logs. Better storage characteristics (damp-resistance & volume) and higher burning temperature than "conventional" heat logs. Probably more expensive. From the environmental viewpoint, they can use biomass that isn't wood-based but the short-term carbon emissions are higher due to the use of VOCs etc for process heat. I'd be interested in practical experience, there's not much on the interwibbly other than advertising bumff and a few reports looking at the more industrial scale opportunities. Thanks for raising the question: some interesting reading came out of it. Are you thinking of using them as a replacement for wood or coal?
  13. We burn that sort of product on the wood-burner at home. Very good and ekes out the proper logs well if we add one or two to the stove. They're also tidy to store. Aldi had some as a special, about £2.99 for a bag of eight: hugely over-packaged but quite good. My favourite are "Hotties" which we buy from a farm supplier. About £5 for ten but they last longer than the Aldi ones. Lots of places sell them.
  14. Yes, but you'll pay a bit more watt for watt compared to a rigid panel. Probably a 20 - 30% premium and they're generally slightly lower output per unit area.
  15. I've glued them down on our French share. It would be a bit of a job to remove them and would wreck them in the process. If you want tilty or rigid panels it is a bit harder!
  16. I often find that the HD freeview is worse than the standard version on our domestic TVs. You can see the quantisation of the colour levels much more clearly in HD in large areas of fairly uniform colour - such as areas of flesh (no, not that sort of programme - faces!!!) I suspect there's been a compromise between colour detail and spatial resolution.
  17. When I recently bought a telly for the girl-child's flat, there seemed to be a lot of 1080p devices out there with 720p tuners - "HD ready" as the adverts put it. Would be fine with a HD external tuner. I've not looked at 12 V TVs. My attitude is (a) a TV is a waste of space ( buy the cheapest available and © if for a boat, I'd buy a 230 V one and use the invertor. Martin/
  18. I have a top and bottom door in the garage after scrapping my old Squirrel a few months ago. They were the only bits not knackered. You're welcome to them if any use, can be collected from Gloucestershire or Oxford. Martin/
  19. Looks like the one we threw away recently. Fine for a while, but the geared bits which rotated the wheels had the metallurgical properties of hard cheese. For less than a tenner though, worth a try.
  20. I keep half a sheet of this: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/spill-absorbents/7716395/ lining the engine bilge. It makes cleaning it easy and one can see where drips are coming from . We get through less than one sheet a year so works out cheap. Martin/
  21. If the battery charger is plugged into the invertor it might get hot. For a while anyway.
  22. In France everything goes over the side. There are almost no sani-stations as we would know them. Considering that they are getting quite environmentally conscious (lots of recycling etc) I find it amazing that it continues. I believe much the same in the rest of the mainland waterways, although some places discourage a discharge in marinas (posssibly for the avoidance of dredging). Martin/
  23. Keeping it aerobic is the answer. We took out our tank [1] in favour of a portapotti a while ago but while we had it, there were two breather pipes, both 25 mm diameter, spaced as far apart as feasible to encourage air flow. Never use loo blue (or anything else). Never had any smells from it. Allegedly the pipe can get porous to smells over time, but ours seemed good after ten years. Martin/ [1] 200 l holding tank available to collector. 600 x 900 x 400 h mm. PM if interested.
  24. My DAB "preamp" (not sure if it does more than that, I have a feeling it is a receiver in its own right to act as a DAB adaptor) is powered by a dedicated connection to a socket on the back of the radio. I use a small DAB magmount (about fifteen quid from Halfords, outrageous but couldn't be bothered doing anything more homemade) with the cable run through a mushroom vent. Radio is something gaudy by Pie and Ear also from Halfords. The FM aerial is connected via an isolating capacitor as it's not a magmount. A bit of chocolate block is your friend for botching the isolating capacitor. 100 pF should do the job. Martin/
  25. On the Thames diesel is expensive other than from an outlet in Reading. I fill jerry cans with red diesel a farm suppliers, no messing with "heating or propulsion". A jiggle syphon is easier and cleaner than pouring it out, one just needs to practice a sort of action to get the flow going. Less than six quid from Screwfix. Martin/
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