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Jess-- last won the day on February 2 2017

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  1. ours was tested "as is" meaning exactly as the boat is used normally. after 4 years of use and many modifications 3 things were raised by the BSS (2 of which needed correcting before being passed) 1. there was a quantity of oil in our bilge (gearbox blew an O ring a couple of days earlier and cleanup hadn't been finished, bilgepump was unplugged so nothing went overboard) 2. incorrect size terminal on solar to battery connection 3. advisory on ventilation, mesh under mushroom vents partially blocked by cobwebs
  2. mixture of cat5e and cat 6 here with a 24 port switch at one end of the house and an 8 port switch at the other (22 ports in use one end and 4 ports at the other). Servers, router and the link between the 2 switches are all cat6 Anything else is running 5e (and running 1000base t if possible but falling back to 100) for wifi we use a pair of old netgear routers set up as access points (one each end of the house) but due to the construction of the house you can be 4 feet from the access point and have no signal (same deal for phones, DECT doesn't work if you move rooms and mobiles only work on windowsills)
  3. My prediction is that we'll see a lot more jerry cans being taken down the towpath. A canalside retailer won't have anywhere near the fuel turnover of a roadside fuel supplier and will therefore be paying a higher wholesale price (and that's ignoring the supermarket fuel) I would guess that even if a canalside retailer sold the fuel at cost without making a penny they would still be more expensive than the nearest garage. I expect to see canal diesel prices at around 20 - 30p per litre more expensive than forecourt prices making lugging 5 jerry cans to save £20 - £30 a viable proposition. The decider will be how any rebate scheme operates, if it ends up as submit receipts for diesel from anywhere declaring that it went in the boat then I expect that over time the canalside retailers will slowly vanish (partly because of not being able to compete on price but also because their tanks that now contain white diesel are now a more tempting target for thieves)
  4. That is the reason my workhorse landcruiser was converted to LPG and de-catted before it was put to work. working (at the time) in hot air ballooning meant it spent a good amount of time pulling heavy loads in & out of stubble fields. Common vehicles (all lpg/decatted or old enough to have no cat) range rover, discovery, nissan patrol, jeep cherokee and landcruiser amazons. I know of one crew that switched vehicles mid-season (from a battered cherokee to a better looking one) and forgot to remove the cat, 3rd flight it went up in flames (total loss and heavy damage to the trailer although the balloon survived) Edited to add... The reason for lpg conversion before removing the cats is that is the easiest way of removing the requirement for having a cat on the exhaust for MOT purposes, of course the fuel cost savings running a 4.7 litre V8 make lpg conversion attractive too
  5. turning off all the radiators may actually prevent you getting hot water... on my previous boat the alde fed 2 systems 1. radiators in the main cabin area (isolatable by a big valve in the back of a kitchen cupboard) 2. radiator in the bathroom (probably originally a towel rail) and the calorifier for either to work the pump had to be running (so for hot water in summer we could isolate the radiator loop and run the boiler on max for hot water)
  6. Given the recent weather? You can't have had enough sun to go too far 😉
  7. It's just a shame that most of the turbines in the shallow puddle (assuming you mean the turbines off the coast of skegness) aren't connected to the grid yet, the cable to connect them is being laid a couple of miles down the road from me.
  8. you would need either a specialised controller or 2 controllers for wind & solar (there's no electrical reason that you couldn't run 50 controllers). wind turbines require smooth airflow to work well so any trees or hedgerows etc will vastly reduce your output meaning you need a far stronger wind to get anywhere near the rated figures. generally they only work well high up (well above anything to disrupt the airflow) or in coastal locations where they can catch the fairly constant sea breezes, on inland waterways they don't seem popular because of low / intermittent output and constant noise.
  9. from memory of reading up on newer designs a few years back newer reactors burn far more of the fuel leaving a lot less (as in 90%+ less) to deal with and also due to their design could be fueled using spent fuel rods from older reactors. The problem we have with the currently active generation of nuclear reactors is that they run relatively cool so that they produce power and material suitable for weapons. Of course nobody wants a nuclear power station anywhere near them and some areas that are stable enough for them are unsuitable for other reasons (cornwall is a good example where the background radiation from the granite is above the safety limit for a nuclear power station)
  10. Virgin used to throttle their PAYG sims data speed by half. we tried a virgin payg sim and a virgin contract sim in the same phone / location etc and the results were always that the pay monthly sim got double the speed of the payg sim we always assumed it was down to billing update intervals from EE to virgin and virgin trying to prevent PAYG customers getting more than they paid for (which obviously doesn't matter on a pay monthly customer since it will just go on the bill)
  11. It used to cause problems in the hot air ballooning industry since they run on propane (usually from calor) who insist on charging the duty and leaving the company to reclaim the duty from the Govt, confusing things even more was the fact that a lot of the road vehicles used by the balloon Co's were lpg fuelled (mainly because it's cheaper to run big 4x4's on lpg than any other fuel) which lead to monthly forms detailing how many litres were purchased (to claim the duty back), and how many litres were put into road vehicles (to pay a higher rate of duty)
  12. If your area is covered by Three they have similar deals (unlimited everything for £20 or 100gb & unlimited texts/calls for £18)
  13. I swear by Bosch for cordless tools although I always go for the blue (commercial use) rather than green (domestic use). This goes back to when I was working at a fibreglass boat manufacturers (now long gone) and had lots of different makes of similar ages available. Black and Decker lacked torque (would constantly jam up) and the battery lasted a couple of hours. Makita had plenty of torque but (at the time) no variable speed and the batteries were dead within an hour DeWalt & Makita seemed to have the torque, unfortunately more than their gearbox could withstand (every single one had stripped gears), I never found out how long the battery lasted as I never found a drill that still worked. Bosch had the torque, keyless chucks (new at the time), variable speed and the batteries lasted almost a whole day within a year every drill had been replaced with the bosch drills (which saved a lot of arguments over who got the decent drills today) Since then I have always used them (more like abused them) and have only managed to seriously damage one, a small metal rod went in the vent for the motor and smashed the cooling fan (still works but I know it has cooked the motor as drills don't normally smoke), it's replacement is still working quite happily on the 12 year old batteries for the damaged one.
  14. I notice that there is often mention of coal boats being breasted up while travelling, I can see this being done on wide canals simply to reduce the manpower needed to steer them (a breasted up butty doesn't need a 2nd person steering it), but you have to remember that for narrower sections they can be singled out. With regard to the subject of living on boats, originally the vast majority of people living on canal boats were the people (including their family) that earned a living carrying cargo on the boats they lived on (not people using them as cheap accommodation and working in a close by town). The original canal design was for 2 boats to pass easily (without slowing down / going though trees / grounding) at any point and moored boats on the towpath to be unusual other than overnight, the situation now is that you are more likely to find boats moored breasted up and boats having to take it in turns to squeeze between the moored boats and the vegetation on the opposite side while being shouted at for moving too fast.
  15. I did wonder if that was the case afterwards, but I have also seen... installs where people have used the black tube as exhaust (lasts about 20 minutes) installs where people have clipped the fuel line to the exhaust (once the fire starts the fuel pump keeps adding extra diesel as long as the heater is hot)
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