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About cheshire~rose

  • Birthday 05/05/1960

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    Female
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    Chesterfield
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    Things with engines. The Restoration of The Chesterfield Canal.

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    Volunteer
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    Carrie~Lou
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    Clayworth on The Chesterfield Canal

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  1. DIY Docking

    Back in the 60's my dad knew how to do the basic checks he needed to on his Ford Pop but he was never mechanically minded and if there was anything wrong with it he had a word with our friendly neighbour who worked at Ford's in Degenham so because he built Ford's he clearly knew how to fix ours When he worked his way up the pay scale he just relied on taking his car to the garage and changing it for a new one every 3 years. Cars have been designed to stop anyone inexperienced from tampering with them these days (and often that is for very good reason) Open the bonnet on any modern car and you will find an oil filler cap, a washer bottle filler cap and a brake fluid reservoir and that is where the extent of the DIY servicing ends (oh and putting some air in the tyres too) It has not been so easy for those who have been the youth over the last couple of decades to get hold of a car that is very simple to work on and so, unless they have any interest in how things are engineered it is a completely foreign language to them. When I started messing about with boats I had a basic understanding of how cars and engines work but boats have bits hidden under the water and not being able to see them and work out how it all works meant I was clueless when my friends boat had a problem with the rudder. It was a Google search that found this forum for me where I asked my question and was made welcome. If you have of told me back then I would end up being involved with restoring a historic boat I would have laughed at you but we all start somewhere. Seeing your boat out of the water for the first time can be reveals a great expanse of boat that doesn't really do very much more than keep the water out (hopefully) and it is knowing which bits to pay attention to which could give someone with little experience the confidence to look more closely. Sometimes the "lack of interest" can simply be a fear of looking like an idiot. It takes a bit of courage to admit you know nothing when you are at the side of someone who is, in your eyes, the oracle(the boat builder)! especially if you do not know them well enough to trust them not to suck their teeth and point out something that will cost you a few more ££££. Thank you for that - that is a very clear list to work to and the wear on the edge is something I had forgotten on my list!
  2. DIY Docking

    I have been made aware of a change in emphasis among insurers. Where they used to require sight of a survey in order to provide insurance they no longer do. I have also heard that does not mean that a survey is not required, it simply means that in the event of a claim they will probably ask to see your most recent survey and if one can't be produced.....
  3. DIY Docking

    Thank you. I know exactly what you mean about it being subconcious, that is why having someone with years of experience to look over your hull is always going to be helpful. They kind of know where there might be a problem and the little signs to look for. You mention wear to the bottom cup - I would have no idea what this would look like or how to check for it. Of course now it has been mentioned I would be asking for someone to show me next time I find myself next to a boat out of the water in the boatyard. At 25 years old I expect your boat will be subject to requiring a hull survey anyway won't it? I like to think a decent surveyor will point out things that are going to be a problem before the next survey or slipping will take place anyway so you can bring toegther a maintenance schedule for your boat that incorporates the 5 year survey frequency. I feel the age to be concerned about is the teen years, especially on some of the more cheaply built hulls. They have lost the flush of youth and, depending on what care/use they had in their early years they could start to show signs of some serious defetcs long before they need a survey at 20 years. I have seen some horrendous pitting on rather young bow thuster tubes and heard all about deck drain tubes that are of steel that is far too thin to last as long as it should. Perhaps I need to stop loitering around boatyards!
  4. Corrosive Orange Fungus

    Saucy! So perhaps continuous moorers are doing us all a favour after all
  5. DIY Docking

    Following on from my question regarding the corrosive orange bacterial growth on hulls: https://canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/95042-corrosive-orange-fungus/&tab=comments#comment-2101890 It has prompted me to ask for some more advice. We always tend to take our boat to a reputable boatyard to be slipped and blacked and, as part of the process they will cast their experienced eye over the hull, rudder and prop and give a verbal report on what they find. We don't expect anything major but, as the boat is only 12 years old and was made by a reputable builder it gives peace of mind that there is not something we really need to be aware of, to either do before the boat goes back in the water or, to keep an eye on next time the boat is slipped in case it has deteriorated further. It is a great opportunity to check for excessive play in any moving bits (prop & rudder) and of course check the annodes. What I have realised is that not everybody gets that verbal report from someone with an experienced eye, especially if they carry out a DIY docking. With insurance companies not requiring a hull survey on a boat until it is 20 years old and if a boat is kept for a long period of time by the same owner or purchased second hand without the benefit of a hull survey is it possible for the owner who has little experience to know what they should be doing and checking while their boat is out of the water? Now I recognise that the "experienced eye" has a value and that is a very important part of what you are paying for when taking your boat to a boatyard. Personally I appreciate the peace of mind that we get from knowing that our boat has been looked at by someone with years of exerience, even if he did not test the hull thickness! I also have no wish to encourage people not to use boatyards or surveyors but for those who are trying to keep a potentially middle aged boat on the water within a very tight budget and those of us who worry that that there are too many boats out there on the system which could potentially sink at any time or lose their prop just as they round that bend and we are coming the other way perhaps a checklist of what someone needs to look at and look out for when their boat is slipped could be beneficial? For example, do folks just give the prop a quick spin to check is moves freely or do they check for any forward/backward play and what else can someone do to help them understand what they are looking at while ther boat is out of the water?
  6. Corrosive Orange Fungus

    Thank you Richard. So this is likely to be found just below the waterline by the sounds of it. It sounds like it is a real enough thing. I had not knowingly come across it. How common is this stuff?
  7. Corrosive Orange Fungus

    Can anyone please help shed any light on a comment that was made during a discussion yesterday please? We were discussing the slipping and blacking of boats and one of our group said a surveyor had warned them about a new "corrosive orange fungus" that needs to be watched out for. I am told he said the usual greenish greyish stuff that tends to accumulate on hulls is no problem and can just be washed off but there is a new orange type of fungus which is highly corrosive to hulls and needs to be removed thoroughly if it is spotted. My immediate thought was that the person relaying the information was mistaken and rather than being an orange "fungus" the orange corrosion you can see due to galvanic activity is what he was talking about but - I am no expert and certainly not a surveyor so can anyone shed any light on this strange new thing we need to watch out for on our hulls please?
  8. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    The charity shop I went to does not sell electrical goods and so I was surprised when he said he could take it. I used to volunteer there a number of years ago and so although I can't be certain I suspct that the driver who comes to collect the rags and recyclable books will also take electricals. The company cover all the charity shops in quite a wide area visitng all in the town on one day a week and taking away their "scrap" books and rags. While this may vary in other regions now I know they have this option available to them I will be fairly sure that others in the area, whether they sell electrical items or not, will also offer it.
  9. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    A weeny bit late for me to check whether we had bad caps or not, the TV was loaded into the back of my car with other stuff destined for the tip and a load of stuff destined for a charity shop. I did learn something though, I told the helpful young chap who helped me unload the stuff at the charity shop that the TV was faulty so I was taking it to the tip and he told me they can get a few pence for recycling electrical goods so, he was happy to take it if I didn't mind. In future I will take my faulty electrical stuff to a charity sho and let them earn a bit on t the same way I send my rags to them
  10. Here we go again

    All the very best with your next battle. Take things easy and keep posting when you can
  11. Where Have All My Sparrows Gone?

    Don't even get me started on Malta: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331180-200-the-beautiful-bird-corpses-left-by-illegal-maltese-sharpshooters/
  12. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    Yes but that one had the additional benefit of being heavily water damaged!
  13. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    Sadly it does not seem to make much difference, it is the size that is the issue and I can get a TV without DVD for £100 or with DVD for £120
  14. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    Thank you Billh, That was exactly the sort of little tip I was hoping for, I always think if we tried something and failed then at least we tried. Dave just did as you suggested and the fault is still the same so I will be taking a trip to the tip this afternoon
  15. LED TV Fault - Replace or Repair?

    The interference on the screen is the same whether using TV or DVD so unfortunately that is not going to help
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