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Mike the Boilerman

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  1. I think the sheer volume of exhaust gas coming out of an exhaust pipe will spray large volumes of water EVERYWHERE. A two litre engine doing 1,500rpm is chucking out 9 cubic metres of gas per minute out of the exhaust, without even accounting for the rise in temperature (and therefore volume) from the combustion. This is, I suspect, why it isn't normally done.
  2. Overheard outside my bote... "Ooo look, this one's even got a sink!". Then... "Hang on, they've got a whole KITCHEN!"
  3. And it gets even more confusing if instead of the left side of the boat being on the right side of the river, its on the wrong side.
  4. I don't actually know. I've had individual cells as high as 1.276 in the past so I'd imagine 1.277 is correct, same as Trojans.
  5. So at this rate of improvement I'm gonna need to equalise for about 12 hours I reckon. My thoughts are turning to equalising using the alternator whilst cruising. This seems more sensible than trying to find the time to do it with the genny. I know DMR has a modified Adverc for this purpose, but are there any 24v 'off the shelf' alternator controllers that allow custom configuring of the equalising function available? I'm inclined to think I need to equalise at 32.0v at least.
  6. Right, dragging the thread back on topic again! I tried equalising my battery bank last week using the equalising function on my Sterling Pro Charge Ultra. I equalised for 3.5 hours at 31.5v. The average SG of six of the cells started at 1.220, and finished at an average of 1.236. The current at start was 8.0A and after 3.5 hours was 3.6A Not much of a change in SG. Is this a typical rate of improvement or does something seem wrong?
  7. No it isn't....
  8. Yes I was thinking of this too. Far more dangerous though, was another activity carried out weekly and a matter of skool policy. Playing rugby. I suspect far more people suffer serious injury playing rugby than from being tipped off chairs, or sitting on chairs that aren't there. Certainly the ambulance would take away injured rugby players from my skool once in a while. My best mate at skool spent eight months in hospital recovering from an appalling compound fracture of his thigh suffered in the compulsory rugby-playing.
  9. But the batteries in the OP are red, and the OP says they are Trojans... Not sure I've ever seen a real live Trojan. I certainly wouldn't know how to address it. 'Sir', I guess would suffice?
  10. Those rents don't strike me as unreasonable. If they are more than the market will bear, the marina will suffer empty berths and have to reduce prices again. The UK operates a market economy which is rough on people sometimes. I still prefer it to the alternatives.
  11. Well the gaps left by the electrons flow the other way, if that's what you mean by 'current'... What IS current anyway? I'm confused!
  12. Yes, probably correct. When I first started driving cars could be either positive or negative earth and things like car radios had to be configured before fitting. Positive earth is technically more 'correct' as the electrons flow from negative to positive (counter-intuitively). But people thought negative earth seemed more 'correct' and eventually manufacturers yielded to public expectations.
  13. The back is called the stern. The front is called the bow. The front of the front is called the prow. On a narrowboat specifically, everything changes. The front is called the fore end. At the stern, the bit you stand on is the counter. The side bits you can just about walk along are the gunwales. (Or gunnels to the less articulate.)
  14. Ok thanks. I wonder why Trojans are red when ordinary batteries are black... I guess you are still saving up for a second bus bar. They seem weirdly expensive!
  15. "Your engine sounds great. Is it a Lister?" To which I respond "No, it's a Kelvin", and the blank looks begin. Or if I don't fancy the conversation, I just say yes, how did you know?