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David Schweizer

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David Schweizer last won the day on August 15 2016

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About David Schweizer

  • Birthday 29/09/46

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    Bradford on Avon
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    General Joinery, Cabinet Work, and Restoring Antique Furniture.
    Collecting and researching the history. of old Woodworking Tools,
    Agricultural, Social, and Industrial History.
    Canal History
    Genealogical Research.

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  1. How to stop being unmoored by yobs

    My early experience was also on the Southern Grand union, and I have always called them pins (or pegs), I do not recall them being the called stakes until more recently.
  2. Not at all. I had interpreted your comment as one praising George Ferguson.
  3. Oh, would that be the same Mayor who spent millions imposing 20 MPH limits all over the City, and then got caught exceeding the Speeding limit on Bristol Portway?
  4. I used to work in Bristol and developed a serious dissafection for the place, and was glad that I didn't have to go there anymore after I retired. I still have to go there occassionally, and each visit confirms my feelings about the city. It's a bit unfortunate really as Bristol has some really interesting places, but they need to do something to get the standstill traffic out of the city so that yopui can actually reach them!
  5. Alternator belts

    I have heard that advice as well, but I always kept mine tight, in order to prevent screamuing belt slippage when a high demand was called for by low batteries. In twenty years, I never had a bearing failure.
  6. I do not know how big the world of historic vessels is, but I suspect it is very small and rather specialized, and I can see that they could develope their own vocabularuy to describe their own unique procedures, which will be unknown to most people. I can see how the term "deconstructed" could had evolved from the restoration term "reconstructed" but as the earliest reference I can find to it's use is only ten years old, I am not surprised that it has yet to be accepted by the people who write the Oxford Dictionary, assuming they have even heard of it. Consequently, I am prepared to accept that the word "deconstructed", although not recognised by any British dictionary, can mean more than the authorised definition..
  7. I am certainly not fretting, but perhaps a little bemused. Because one organization uses a word in an incorrect context, and is copied by another organization, does not make it any more correct. The word "deconstruct" was invented by a group of French Philosophers in the 1960's to describe the intelectual examination of written prose, in order to identify what the writer actually meant, rather than taking it's meaning in a literal sense. In their works there is no indication that the word was ever intended to describe the dismantling of physical objects (boats or otherwise).
  8. Brass cabin light switch

  9. Brass cabin light switch

    My browser will not open that link as the security licence has expired (aparently), but if you are lookong for a standard brasss 3 1/4" square single light switch, I have a box full (various styles.) How many do you want? Edied to add:- I have managed to open the link in IE. The switches I have a bit bigger than that - 83mm x 83mm with the holes at the sides, but I am sure I have a couple with rounded over edges.
  10. So what have you got to feel pleased about?
  11. I am never convinced that we need to use a negative version a verb, which often sounds clumsy, especially when a perfectly adequate one is already available eg. dismantle, which whilst starting with the same three letters is not the negative of any other verb. There is also no suggestion in any of my dictionaries suggesting that dismantling should only be used to describe a process that preceedes re assembly. Where is Mike Atherton when we need him for a definitive answer.
  12. I guess that most experienced boaters would be able to achieve it without too much fuss, but less experienced people might find it a bit of a challenge. It also depends whether you entering it on the ebb tide or the flow tide. On the flow tide you are pushing against the incoming tide which enables you to go slowly with good steerage, so entering the Brent shouold be comparatively straightforward. But on the ebb tide you are carried down the river at a fair pace, and it is easy to be drawn past the entrance before you realise it is there. The trick is to start turning well before the entrance, and make a quick dash for it before you actually reach it.
  13. She came onto the forum 2 hours ago, but hasn't bothered to respond, let alone thank contributors for their advice
  14. Entering the Brent from the Thames upstream is notoriously difficult, and most people end up going past the entrance. turning, and entering the Brent upstream.
  15. But that is probably because the Thames is much wider so the displacement of water passing the hull is significantly less. If I remember correctly, you have a wide beam, and the Kennet being quite narrow would inevitably make progress upstream more difficult.