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Curdworth Lock 8 - Next week's stoppage


Midnight

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4 minutes ago, Lady M said:

Did you report it?

They already know there's a bit of plywood screwed to the end to stop it splitting further.

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I don't know why they don't replace them with steel gates? The ones at nearby  Glascote are steel and have outlasted many wooden ones, despite the high usage they get.

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22 hours ago, matty40s said:

That be vandalism that be....1

 

True, but cost effective vandalism that might just keep the canals operational for longer... 😆

 

 

 

 

22 hours ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

Boater damage. Obviously.

 

Nah, it's termite damage, a direct result of the vegetation management policy to increase biodiversity... 😂span widget

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4 minutes ago, cuthound said:

 

True, but cost effective vandalism that might just keep the canals operational for longer... 😆

 

 

 

 

 

Nah, it's termite damage, a direct result of the vegetation management policy to increase biodiversity... 😂span widget

Nowt newt there then 😁

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3 hours ago, Mad Harold said:

Hope that the gates are not too leaky.

A Spanish windlass or ratchet strap on that beam would probably snap it.

Fortunately the gate is easy, but the first boater to push hard before the lock is full and 'goodnight nurse'

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6 hours ago, Mad Harold said:

Hope that the gates are not too leaky.

A Spanish windlass or ratchet strap on that beam would probably snap it.

Have to say that whenever I've had any problem with lock gates, I would tend to put the rope (Spanish Windlass) or a ratchet strap around the mitre post and then probably try to utilise one of the bollards in the lock to open the gate. It means that if you need to put any extra force on it, the balance beam is still available, although you shouldn't have to be using this sort of force. The only occasion I can remember, off the top of my head, when I've used this was on the Rochdale 9 locks going into Manchester when there was so much water it was flowing over the top gate so we couldn't get it open.

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When water is pouring down both the Ashton and Rochdale the top lock of the nine can be underwater and water flowing over those below. I was told by the chap at Duckinfield boatyard the trick is to open all 4 paddles. I don't know why but it works.

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16 hours ago, Wanderer Vagabond said:

Have to say that whenever I've had any problem with lock gates, I would tend to put the rope (Spanish Windlass) or a ratchet strap around the mitre post and then probably try to utilise one of the bollards in the lock to open the gate.

 

Oh so THAT'S what they are for. I've often wondered...

 

 

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22 hours ago, Midnight said:

When water is pouring down both the Ashton and Rochdale the top lock of the nine can be underwater and water flowing over those below. I was told by the chap at Duckinfield boatyard the trick is to open all 4 paddles. I don't know why but it works.

Yes, that was the situation we found ourselves in. Just to be clear, are you saying open both top and bottom paddles? That wasn't a 'fix' that would ever have occurred to me, I've only ever done that to refill pounds that are low. I got the gate to open by putting a rope around the mitre post and using a version of a 'trucker's hitch' knot attached to a bollard.

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52 minutes ago, Wanderer Vagabond said:

Yes, that was the situation we found ourselves in. Just to be clear, are you saying open both top and bottom paddles? That wasn't a 'fix' that would ever have occurred to me, I've only ever done that to refill pounds that are low. I got the gate to open by putting a rope around the mitre post and using a version of a 'trucker's hitch' knot attached to a bollard.

Yes and I still can't figure out how it works

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