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peter n

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  1. I see three on the home page, but 10 on the right column of my VNC page. I don't mind the former, but so many truncated images on the VNC page is a bit of an irritation.
  2. Not quite what you are asking for, and not perfect, but setting your "Time" filter to "Since my last visit" would clear away some of the backlog of things you don't want to read.
  3. Yes, the D indicates metal drain plug.
  4. I have used the Baldwin B587D as a replacement for the Vetus original with no issues.
  5. An alternative is to set up a free 070 personal number on for example yac.com for use in such cases. You can set this up to record a voicemail and email it to you (or transfer to your own number if you prefer). That way if someone legitimate really wants to contact you they can, but since the cold callers don't like the high call rates for 070 numbers, and in my experience never leave messages, it effectively filters them out.
  6. I have had calls (British Gas I think) where their first comment was "I need to take you through security". I said that they must know who I am as they've just phoned me. This didn't move them so I asked why they wanted to talk to me as I hadn't initiated any contact. They were prepared to say it was in connection with a desire to sell me something, so I declined the call. If it is a call back about a fault though, it would seem to appropriate to take them through security in some way after confirming your name e.g. "what is the number of the problem ticket that you are calling to tell me about", and if all else fails call them back so you know who you are speaking to.
  7. The manual may help: http://www.alde.co.uk/downloads/alde_2923-2928_service.pdf
  8. The ethylene glycol (same antifreeze chemical for all colours) doesn't age. The lifespan of an antifreeze/coolant relates to the life span of the corrosion inhibitors - 2 years for blue, longer for others. Overall cost works out similar for both for the life of the coolant, (maybe a bit cheaper for the longer life stuff overall I've been told). Different anti-corrosion components shouldn't be mixed though, or might lead to chemicals sedimenting out or forming a gel - so your choice depends a bit on how thoroughly you can be bothered to flush.
  9. He would have been referring to the skin tank which is on the right of your first photo, with hoses going from the engine to the top and bottom. Easiest way to drain is to disconnect the bottom hose and catch the coolant for disposal as others have said. Bear in mind on refilling via the expansion tank you need to premix antifreeze and water, otherwise with their different densities they won't mix in the engine.
  10. My experience of "3" is that while there is a signal in most places at Ventnor (Phase 1) it is variable to say the least, even when not hemmed in by other boats. When both of our neighbour's boats are in I have sometimes had to hang the 3 device in the cratch, or fall back on tethering to a (Vodafone) phone to get useable bandwidth.
  11. I'm not the OP
  12. Yes I understand that. I was picking up on Tony's implication that specifying different (larger) cable for circuits required to carry high currents and/or with longer runs gives the option to reduce voltage drop on them.
  13. It does make sense, and seems a practical and prudent approach. Thanks. All of the circuits appear at the fuse cupboard to have the same size wiring and the same 8A fuse. I suspect that a bit less thought than one might hope for went into the design. Thanks for your help. Sorry for the thread hijack.
  14. Yes, you are correct, and after a few trouble free years they are starting to give problems. Researching making that change I see comments that the old ceramic/plastic (8A) fuses may be rated as the current at which they blow, while blade fuses are rated as continuous current, and will blow at about twice the rating. If that is so, how best can I select blade fuses rated to protect the wiring (most of which is hidden behind the fitout materials)?
  15. I have this bus bar arrangement for fuses, and had the same symptoms. In my case the screws were fine but there was a significant voltage drop across some of the fuses. Cleaning up the metal caps on the fuses with emery paper solved the problem.