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About Eeyore

  • Birthday 22/05/56

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    Great Haywood
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    Canals, boats and boat electrics, Preserved Railways, model railways.

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    Senior work avoidance technician at Retired
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  1. Extinguishers with an indicator are usual "stored pressue" types. Unscrewing the top will release the pressure rendering the extinguisher unservicable. There is also the risk of personal injury, and one hell of a mess to clear up. Compacted power can be prevented by regularly removing the extinguisher from its clip and giving it a good shake whilst holding it upside down. Failing that hold it upside down and tap the base with a rubber mallet.
  2. Fair point, but wouldn't it look better if they added a note regarding superceeded standards?
  3. Ahh, glad to see that the BSS office is keeping its self up to date 🙄Edited: I knew the answer but worry about the people setting the safety standards not being on the ball.
  4. All a bit academic really; where would I find a qualified CORGI registered installer?
  5. This might be of interest
  6. What he said! 12 volt Anderson plugs are the yellow ones.
  7. A suitable size open ended spanner would seem to be best. The hexagon on the solenoid is quite shallow, and ring spanners have a "lead" on them which means they will not grip the full width of the hexagon. Remove any excess sealant from around the old solenoid to ensure the open ended spanner gets a grip across the full width of the hexagon. Engine Plus will advise on suitable sealant for the new solenoid. Steve (Eeyore)
  8. Have just checked my set of Halfords batteries (as per my last post on your previous topic). They seem to be behaving normally. I disconnected the charger and loaded them using every 12 volt appliance on the boat for some time with no unexpected results. They recovered quickly to better than 12.8 volts despite the freezing temperature. I have previously noted my alternator running close to 14.7 volts, which having followed your experience no longer concerns me. Maybe there is hope for the next set. Steve (Eeyore)
  9. Following the departure of the long term incumbent about 4 years ago the cafe was taken on by a sandwich shop owner from Beeston. Their first action was to redecorate and remove approx 50% of the indoor seating, shortly followed by the arrival of a sign proclaiming it as a "bistro". Service in those early days ranged from totally ignoring customers through to "sorry, we've run out of food". Fortunately the service did improve somewhat, but never to a level where they could deal with the throughput to make the place profitable; often stopping breakfast orders 30 minutes early and turning people away. We often went in for Sunday lunch under the previous ownership, no booking, and rarely waited more than what seemed a few minutes; now its bookings only and far from speedy. Hopefully someone with appropriate catering experience can be found to revitalise it, but the price needs to be right for that to happen.
  10. I have a pair of these batteries; they were behaving ok last time I was at the boat. I'll check them in a week or so.They are on float charge at the moment; I'll take the charger off and monitor the situation. Bit worrying as there have been several postings on this subject recently. Realy didn't want to concider the possibility of changing batteries at this time of year - ho hum
  11. You don't really need to do anything about the over filling as the excess water will eventually gas off. One problem, as you have found, is that the capacity will have dropped as a result of dilution of the electrolye; this will eventually sort its self out. Do not remove the excess as this will permanently weaken the electrolyte. Another possible problem is that you may get some spillage as a result of the electrolyte warming up and expanding during charging; just check regularly and wipe up any spillage straight away. You will need to check the charging system as already advised.
  12. A quick note of caution. A piece of wood, typically a hammer shaft, is less likely to cause damage when used to lever the alternator. There are a lot of aluminium alloy casting used, not just the alternator, often the front covers of the engine are alloy. Glad you have it sorted.
  13. Edited; senior moment. Ah the joys of communicating with non engineers
  14. Hmm, try this: You are riding a bike, and you pedal at the same rpm in the same gear regardless of terrain. I'm sure that will notice that you have to put more effort in to maintain the same rpm when going up hill. The hill represents a heavy demand, the flat a low demand and you are the engine. At some point the hill will become so steep that you are unable to turn the pedals at all; you will then fall off/dismount because the drive is a fixed mechanical arrangement; but the belt relying on friction could slip. edited to say: Ahh I see that Tony has beat me to it with a technical explanation
  15. Which means in the OPs case that the belt has to transmit approx 3 hp to the domestic alternator pulley via a contact area of no more than 2 square inches. This assumes from earlier posts that its a Barrus Shire with one belt passing around four pulleys. Belt life on these engines varies considerably from annual, on a just in case basis; to almost as regular as oil changes. It seems likely that belt life on this particular installation is closely related to how deeply you allow the batteries to discharge between engine starts; and in this case dead batteries appear to the alternator as very discharged.