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  1. Basingstoke Canal

    Fox & Goose at Greywell is a lovely pub!
  2. 10.5V at d+ on aux alternator

    Is there not a different diode pack for insulated return A127 type alternators?
  3. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    Interesting historical document. The territorial limits in the version currently on the CRT website are wider than that list, and neither mentions the Rochdale at all (which presumably was still closed when this was published, but isn't now). This document also suggests that the L&L was still tolled.
  4. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    Been there at least 20 years to my knowledge! The sign is on the Middlewich facing side of the bridge, so technically you'd need an additional licence to go under the bridge to wind there
  5. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    There certainly used to be a discounted CRT licence fee for Bridgewater licence holders (as recently as 2015, it's still mentioned on the out of date licence info on the Bridgewater website), but this wasn't mentioned at all in the recent CRT consultation survey. Has it been done away with?
  6. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    I should have said, new road crossings required as a result of the construction of the MSC . They had to pay for the railway diversion viaducts as well.
  7. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    And the bridge over which the toll is levied isn't even a bridge any more! It was filled in and embanked years ago to strengthen it. All the crossings of the Ship Canal itself are free, by statute.
  8. Is it time for a new National Waterways Festival

    Gave up on the IWA years ago. Not seen anything to tempt me back.
  9. Anderton Services closure

    Again. The pumped system is not fit for purpose.
  10. The BSS website does not always distinguish clearly between things which are mandated and required to pass a BSS examination, and things you should (in the opinion of the BSS and possibly others) do because they are good practice or just plain sensible. Insulated flues do not appear to be mandated in the Examination Checking Procedures document, there is no explicit mention of them at all. Likewise (for private boats at least) there is no BSS requirement for smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms.
  11. True. If we're talking true domestic style 3-way switching, it would be possible to wire up a DPDT relay as an intermediate switch, but then the problem of the relay being energised a lot of the time remains.
  12. When the daughter was very small (a long time ago, she's now an engineering student and nearly as tall as me), she reached the stage at which she could take herself to the loo on the boat in the night, but couldn't reach the switch on the bathroom ceiling light ). Rather than hack about a lot of woodwork to run wires to a low level switch, I used a remote controlled relay kit and fob from Velleman. The relay board is hidden in the roof space alongside the light, the fob is hidden in the existing false back of a cupboard, and I soldered a couple of thin wires to it for a bell push. The relay is only energised when the light is on, the receiver quiescent current with the light off is a few tens of milliamps. The fob battery has lasted for years. I think the exact kit has been discontinued now, but they have similar ones. The thing to watch with more modern digital stuff is that the receiver may paired to recognise only a specific fob (mine would work with any fob, or any number of fobs, of the same type), so you would need to check that it can be used with multiple fobs. The other thing to watch is quiescent current. The other way you might do this with the relay you suggest, is to run a second live to the light fitting, switched by the relay, assuming yu can get at the wiring route. That way the relay need onky be energised when the light is switched on via the fob, the rest of the time the existing switches work as normal.
  13. Poolstock Locks

    I've never understood how the locks became level? I could understand a lock sinking in its entirety and a new one being required above, but I've been through Dover and Plank Lane and they seems, well, level!
  14. Hurleston stoppage - Llangollen Canal

    There are what appear to be some reference points set into the lock walls, they look like hexagonal bolt heads in the brickwork but very flat.
  15. Interfering at locks

    You pride and joy in the lock, your rules. I'll offer to wind paddles, but only if you say so. My P&J in the lock, my rules. Offers of help usually accepted, but you check with me before you wind, please. Although I did offer a word of friendly advice this summer, about not leaving the windlass on the spindle, to the self-confessed novice crew of the boat which had been craned in about 200 yards away and who were doing their first lock ever. Seemed to be well received.