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  1. Looking for a new boat? This may suit you.

    Yes it is Smart Roadster - they stopped making them in 2007 - current one is yellow and just crossed 53k miles. 80-101 HP from a 3 cylinder 698cc engine and 800 kilos weight... Great fun!
  2. Looking for a new boat? This may suit you.

    This one brings a smile to mine - I have had 3 of them so far - this is number 2....
  3. In one of the other topics based around insulation someone posted a link to a youtube video of an American man covering the flame safety of insulating materials - he had a lot of fun trying to set fire to closed cell materials... Even the humble (and inefficient) rockwool scored quite well in the tests.
  4. Blame for that catastrophe is yet to surface ... I imagine though if the interior of a narrowboat got hot enough to ignite the stuff the occupants would have either abandoned ship or already have died!
  5. I do not argue in the least - an extract from the description of Celetex's premium product: RS5000, according to Celotex's website, has a Class 0 rating under UK building regulations, meaning it has the highest rating for preventing the spread of flames and prevents the spread of heat. However, its "health and safety datasheet" notes: "The products will burn if exposed to a fire of sufficient heat and intensity. Unless a material is completely inert I should think that the caveat above may apply. The multi-layer is class E as described, make from that what you will Euro class Example A1, A2 Stone wool, gypsum board B Painted gypsum board C Gypsum board with paper-based wallpaper D Wood E Fire-retardant EPS F Non-tested materials, EPS
  6. Multi-layer insulation 40mm is useful for small space and non-flat surfaces and can be fixed with a simple spray adhesive - various qualities available so here is an idea from Screwfix - still quite expensive though (others go up to around £150.00 roll!) https://www.screwfix.com/p/ybs-superquilt-multilayer-insulation-1-5-x-5m/80967 Celotex and similar rigid insulation are pretty much self extinguishing and will not react with PVC coated cables - something Polystyrene can do...
  7. Any good data deals ?

    Giffgaff do an 'unlimited' data plan (allowing tethering) for £20 with the caveat that after 9GB use there is a speed drop to 384kbit between 08:00 and 00;00. I assume the 4G speed is 'normal' between midnight and 8am. Their 'Goodybag' scheme allows you to purchase minutes/texts/data in 30 day blocks to suit your budget / needs. No contract and it appears that future plans are likely to be even better value. They use O2 as their carrier so I'm unsure of their real coverage for 4G data.
  8. Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    The purchaser is responsible for return postage, possibly an appeal to Paypal may get a refund of the cost,.. On all of the China / HK ebay pages I have visited this seems to be the norm, as our postage charges are much higher than theirs it makes buying cheaper items an assumed throw-away if they arrive faulty. From the seller's page: Returns policy After receiving the item, cancel the purchase within Return postage 30 days Buyer pays return postage
  9. Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    As a diesel heater, even unbranded, the youtube video's about it and the similar offerings have been generally very good (only watched one where the power output control was faulty), so why not look at it that you have bought a product that is getting good reviews despite not wearing a brand name? When I read your OP I admit not to have thought of a brand name, more of a description of function - but that is me I suppose. Sorry for your disappointment.
  10. Diesel heating 5kw new for £163

    I'm not sure that you will 'win' a claim of it not being a genuine Planar heater Col. Read the item particulars and you get this: Item specifics Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition Type: Air Diesel Heater Manufacturer Part Number: Does Not Apply Brand: Unbranded EAN: Does not apply The 'Unbranded' may be your main stumbling point... Good luck though!
  11. Ultramax Lithium batteries

    Last year one of the youtube boaters published this video about buying lithium batteries, worth a watch as it includes an 'interview' with the supplier.
  12. Strange Coolant Expansion Tank

    The header tank on my boat is quite a large one (holds over 5 litres apparently) welded to the top left corner of the cockpit (or whatever the open bit on a trad is called) then routed out to the top of the boat by a piece of plastic waste pipe into a fake chimney fitting. Made seeing when the engine was getting a bit hot (pre skin tank) easy as the coolant expanded into the fitting - also made some interesting gurgling sounds just before the coolant appeared. Since the new skin tank was fitted that little bit of entertainment had disappeared
  13. overplating

    My boat was overplated - sole and sides - by Kedian late last year (his last overplate of the year), a quick search will find the thread and some nice photos of the work in progress. The weld line is visible on the interior faces of the hull so some heat was transferred (understandably) but apparently Martin welds in short sections to minimise the localised heating. As the hull side insulation on the boat is Rockwool fire risk is minimal but I had been assured that the method used minimised risk and no stripping out was required. I still have to remove some ballast to allow for the additional weight (project to do in the next few weeks - the floor is plywood panels and it will be 'fun' getting out 2 foot square paving slabs from underneath) of the plating but otherwise am very pleased with the work done and the way in which it was done. Hope this helps a little, Terry.
  14. led bulbs

    I bought similar to these from ebay (1.5w version) Run cool and no obvious reaction to voltage fluctuation between 10v (before I changed the leisure batteries) and 14v-ish when engine running. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5Pcs-DC-12V-2W-G4-1505COB-LED-Corn-Light-Bulb-1LED-Silicone-Lamp-Neutral-White/122771072711?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49131%26meid%3D87f4297de0484f58bcb8a2ae50c45663%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D122634563406&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 They have only had about 200 hours use though so cannot make any grand claims.
  15. Volt/Ammeter meter ?

    Fit a 500ma inline fuse to the power cable supplying the meter - you should be able to get one from a 'proper' motor factors - site the fuse as close to the battery as you are able. I assume you can select a channel when setting up the shunt assembly - but that is likely to be in Chinglish too