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  1. A large nut welded (through its centre) onto the stud often works. Not only do you get to put a decent spanner to it, but the heat from the welding helps break the grip - once it has cooled.
  2. The other small reason for leaving the paddles up whilst closing the gate is that it reduces the sweeping effect of, say, the top gate which can otherwise mean the lock is marginally higher than the pound - with a consequential re-opening of the gate as soon as you leave it alone. It's more noticeable on single gated locks as there is little room for the swept water to escape over the last part of the arc. CRT is addressing this problem by arranging for the few locks that don't already have leaky gates to be retro-fitted. The advantage of dropping the paddles whilst the gate is open is that it can usefully employs some of the time waiting whilst the boat comes through.
  3. True. But if the rest are in the opposite state to the first lock, they are are not really against you - they are for you.
  4. It more problematical. If the flat-bottomed boat is on the sill and tight against the lcok sides, the water has no easy route past the boat to raise the stern. Refilling/flooding the pound from above could just raise the bow and thus speed up the sinking.
  5. I think its more complex still as the reverse flow 1/3 and 3/5th thing, could take longer to refill the void behind the boat than thee passage time. That is the travelling boat might force a head of water ahead of it that will take a while to find its way back.
  6. Sounds right to me. But the force required to pass a wider boat (resulting in a smaller cross section of channel) will be greater if the same speed is to be achieved. Put another way, with the speed wheel/morse lever at the same setting (or even the same revs), the travelling boat will, of necessity, pass a tied-up WB (i.e a greater displaced cross sectional area) slower across the ground than a NB. But just how much will depend on some complex interaction of several factors.
  7. A heavy gauge flat ring spanner (i.e not a box spanner nor a ring spanner with a cranked handle) and a hammer usually works. You may need to cut-off more insulation and/or remove the cylinder to get the spanner on. The heater will come out - you just need to hope it doesn't bring the boss and some torn copper too. With a lighter gauge spanner, the handle tends to bend. A cranked handle or box spanner is an easier fit - but the shock from the hammer blow is partly expended in rocking the spanner.
  8. If the annual profit rent is £5500- £780 = £4,720 X Years' Purchase 30 years at (say) 7% - 12.409 £58,570 But as has been pointed out, you would need to be clear that £5,500 pa was indeed the annual market rate and that the £780 pa could not rise disproportionately and includes the same costs and benefits within the £5,500 pa. Otherwise the annual profit rent is not £4,720
  9. The towpath was hidden away behind a door in other many lcoations. Whilst the doors were unmarked and nondescript, they were of a similar style, painted matt black, with no latch or furniture showing on the public side. A gentle push overcame the garden gate spring and you entered another world. Opening up the towpath to all is a good thing in many ways - but there is a loss too.
  10. The Oakwoood near Dochaggorch, 5 miles from Invernesss is a quirky vene where we had a good meal in 2016.
  11. Check that the hot and cold pipes are round the right way. If not, it gives the effect you mention.
  12. This one was seen in Suffolk over the weekend. Ticket price 85GBP. At a complete guess maybe 2 gallon if there is such a thing. Rather than cause confusion by posting its whereabouts, if anyone wants to know where it is, PM me - but don't ask if you have no firm interest otherwise it could get complicated We also saw Measham Teapot with stand (kettle styling) with a little damage for 70GBP and understand there is a conventional per shape teapot. We relieved the shop of a pear shape on in good order for 100GBP and was told he has a second one in store with a little damage, but we didn't get to see it.
  13. Maximum power is not usually produced at maximum RPM in a diesel engine.
  14. "soon to be end-of-terrace" was always a good one.
  15. The (top) end is no longer where it used to be. The real end is the Horseshoe Falls but, alas, powered boats are no longer permitted above the town.