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are there any other [good prices] chandeliers besides Midland

Asked by: mb  | Thursday 21 November, 4.29pm | no answers yet - add one

Canal craft query.

Hi, has anyone heard of canal craft hulls. Looked online and no info available. Any info on reliability and build quality would be appreciated. Or info on how to find out. Thankyou.

Asked by: Mr tony hunt  | Wednesday 20 November, 1.34pm | 2 answers

fixing windows

the windows on my 1990 springer needs new seals/rubbers strips. and will need to come out to address the rust
i cant see any makers mark on the frames but they are a very common design, alloy frame, rounded corners with [approx 4in] high piece of glass at top running the width of of the frame and hinging inwards on 2 pins.
there is a roughly triangular, flat, stationary metal piece at each end supporting the glass when its hinged inwards to allow ventilation
do you know where i can get seals/rubbers strips. am hoping they are universal for that type of frame

Asked by: mb  | Friday 15 November, 3.45pm | 1 answer

reversing a boat

i operate single handedly.
are there any innovative ideas around for reversing a 34 ft springer a short distance.
alternatively ive thought of turning her round before heading back. ive thought of waiting for a favorable breeze then pushing the bow out for the wind to catch and push round. swinging the rudder quickly in one direction then slow in the other. even building an electric rotating paddle for the bow or a jet of compressed air
i dont want a bow thruster unless they come with a subscription to WWW mag but i am working on an idea for harnessing the power of some very big ducks which are always around when i tie up to take on water
also why does boat veer v/slightly when reversing, is that because of the direction of prop rotation?

Asked by: mb  | Thursday 14 November, 6.50pm | 1 answer

how to grind back roof 4 painting

ive established that a scrabbler [with teeth for metal] is best tool for removing several layers of paint and any rust etc from a steel cabin roof prior to painting, but they are £500. alternatively there are cheap ones for £100 which are listed as being for concrete how can grind .
my question is 2 fold: would the cheap one for concrete work ok, or would the metal make short work of the teeth.
also, is there another tool/attachment that would be almost as as efficient for the job
i realize i can hire one

Asked by: mb  | Wednesday 13 November, 3.54pm | 3 answers

mounting a bilge pump

how is a bilge pump mounted in a steel hull with no wood to screw it to.
its a common type of pump with motor on top of a caged impeller
mine is a 12 volt circuit but i ALSO have large 24 volt bilge pump [same design as the above one]. how would it perform on the 12v circuit, obviously it would work slower but would it be fast enough to shift any water

Asked by: mb  | Wednesday 13 November, 2.40pm | 2 answers

using wire brush stops blacking from sticking well

read this in published article in magazine.
that using wire brush on steel hull stop bitumen blacking from sticking well as it should.
could this be because it effectively polishes the metal

Asked by: mb  | Tuesday 12 November, 8.39am | 1 answer

clarification pls

as people sometimes miss bits of text can you pls confirm that your rough estimate of 42 sq metres was for a springer
you wrote the following answer:
"Calculating the area to be blacked of a narrowboat is usually reasonably straight forward, unless it is a Springer. These boats have a vee bottom, which makes the calculation more complicated, but does make them swim well. Since they are made from relatively thin steel it is definitely worth painting the whole of the underwater surface. As a rough estimate I would put the area to be painted at around 42 sq metres."

Asked by: mb  | Monday 11 November, 4.44pm | 2 answers

Air in fuel line - corrosion in fuel tank?

Air is constantly accumulating in the Fuelguard filter with a small buble of air entering from the inlet pipe every few seconds when the fuel is being pumped. There are no leaks on the pipe or fittings between the tank and the filter which makes me wonder if the fuel pipe (steel) within the tank has corroded so that fuel is leaking out and air getting in within the tank. The hull and therefore the tank and pipe are 27 years old and the top of the pipe within the tank must have been exposed to the atmosphere for most of that time, but in all the years of reading Waterways World I cannot recall seeing an article about corroding fuel pipes. Have you come across this situation and if it is the pipe how feasible is it to replace it with the tank?

Asked by: Ian Burns  | Monday 11 November, 10.53am | 1 answer

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