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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

Follw this LINK for last version.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 06/12/2011 : 06:08
Bodge, a good link and sensible views. I had mail from my mate Bob yesterday.

Here is what he had to say:
"A propos of almost nothing, when we moved into Lancaster, in February 1981, 
into a house that according to its owner suffered from "progressive electrical failure", 
we took bids from various large-ish electrical companies (it was a large-ish house),
and by some distance the lowest bid was the Northwest Electricity Board (or some
 similar name, Norweb I think). The actual bidder was an electrical engineer who had
 grown up on the street, and when I asked how they had come in so low he told me 
it was partly sentimental, but mainly that it would be a perfect house for the Board 
to examine its trainee electricians on.     Would I agree?     Mais oui.   So we turned 
Castramont into a technical college for the few weeks (three, think) it took to move 
an 1895 wiring "system" (fuses all over the house, etc.,) to something like 20th-century
 standards.

The young men (they were indeed all male, as I recall) and their supervisors arrived
on time every day.    
They made sure we had power in the kitchen at least for some time every day. 
And hot water, too.    They would map out a wiring project (by circuit, I suppose, but
 to some extent also by room). They would do the project in a specified time and 
then it would be examined by one of the masters.   The 'prentice boys wore blue
llibrary coats (I would all them) to distinguish them from the masters.     Where their
 new wiring was exposed (almost entirely in the cellar, on the huge beams that held
 the house up) it was perfect.   Parallel lines that I am sure would have extended in 
parallel to infinity.    And by god the master ran a millimeter gauge along the wires 
to verify that, too.

At the end we got a long bill of particulars which included, among other things, the
 total length of insulated wire that had gone into the project, which as I recall was 
almost two kilometers, as well as how many junction boxes, wall sockets, etc.,.    
And I think the exact time and labour each circuit had taken.    .

Something in my antediluvian brain would call that "efficiency". But no doubt it was
state socialism, instead.   Cheers, Bob"
I replied that those apprentices are today's electricians. Where do we get the next 
tranche from?
My postman knocked on the door yesterday as I was in the middle of a cut on one
 of my crankshafts. I opened the door and asked him to wait a mo while I finished
 the cut and he remarked that it reminded him of his college days when he did 
engineering and machining. He asked what I was doing so I showed him my engines
 etc and he was knocked out. He told me that he was struggling to wean his lad 
away from Playstation on to fishing and outdoor activities and mentioned that the
 lad was addicted to programmes like Fred Dibnah's on TV. I gave him the website 
address for Shed Culture and he said he'd see if he could get the lad to look through
 it. Who knows, it might trigger off something in the lad. If so I'll be pleased.
 That's why I do the Shed bit and up to date at least two fans have been nudged into
 getting out into their Sheds. We shall see....



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Posted - 06/12/2011 : 06:12
Apologies for that. God knows what has happened. I'll try to put it right!


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Posted - 06/12/2011 : 06:20
The rules for font layout defeated me! Apologies but at least it is now on the page!


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belle
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Posted - 06/12/2011 : 23:43
What caught my attention today? a piece on radio 2 about Gordon Brown..oh now it appears the guy had his head screwed on and it is thanks to him we are not going down the same plug hole as the countries in the Euro..that he did actually "save the world" finanacially and he may well have been a very astute chap...now wasn't I saying this all along?


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Callunna
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Posted - 07/12/2011 : 02:55
After 3 years' experience on a canal boat these are my findings. It may well be different in a house. 

Multifuel stoves: consider Morso Squirrel, the canal boaters' choice for year-round use (Big Kev has one). We had a Villager Puffin. It was OK but noticeably poorer in operation and efficiency.

Although more efficient than an open fire, a stove is not as cheap to run as many people imagine. Gathering logs and fallen branches will only work  if you can store for a minimum of 3 months to dry out - 6 months to a year would be better. Burning green wood will knacker your chimney/flue very quickly. Even seasoned soft wood has a detrimental effect over time - hardwood is preferred. I was told all this by an expert - it's to do with acid eating away at the linings and things. We had to replace the coolie hat every year because of this.

Barnoldswick is a smokeless zone. Burning ordinary coal is illegal.

Good ventilation is essential not only for succesful combustion but also to prevent you dying, which is fairly important. Regs about flues may be overly fussy, but better to be fussy than dead. Probably.

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Stanley
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Posted - 07/12/2011 : 04:23
Thanks for that Heather. The research continues. Deadly is talking to me.

A visit by Mick McAbe, one of the shed culture readers...


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Posted - 07/12/2011 : 05:40
I had a visitor yesterday, one of the watchers from the Shed Topic and it struck me how nice it was to meet someone who was on the same wavelength and to whom you warmed straight away. I have an idea that after looking round the shed, Johnny's lathes and the tools he made and the stuff laid about that I have made, he went away with his head buzzing. Nice to feel you might have passed on some of your own enthusiasm and perhaps sown a seed. He reminded me of myself thirty years ago....  Nice.



Jack took to him as well, I think he was getting a strong message that this bloke had a bitch living with him!


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Tardis
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Posted - 07/12/2011 : 14:55
my dog seems to have a hankering for going outside during the wind and hail storms.


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Stanley
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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 07:19
Funny but I could have sworn Big Kev posted a pic of his Morso Squirrel but I can't find it. Anyway, negotiations with Deadly go well. I fancy the Squrrel and looked it up, £700 on their site. Anone found a cheaper offer?


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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 07:24
Yetr again we seem to have unearthed a Pendle witch's cottage. Nolic

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-16066680 


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Stanley
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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 08:23
Amazing. I wonder why it was buried? (Good stove......)


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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 09:29


quote:
Stanley wrote:
I have a request and this seemed as good a place as any. I have an old man's fancy to replace the open fire in the front room with a small cast iron stove. Any suggestions about source, make etc would be appreciated. It only needs to be a small one and I'm not bothered about it projecting into the room. I fancy a Jotul but any advice would be appreciated.

Have a look on Ebay, you can get a brand new Morso Squirrel for about £700. I am very please with mine, it's been on 24/7 for the last 6 weeks. Uses about 25kgs of coal every 6 - 7 days plus dried teabags, animal bones, logs, junk mail tightly packed into toilet roll tubes. The gas central heating is rarely used...


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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 09:34


quote:
Stanley wrote:
Funny but I could have sworn Big Kev posted a pic of his Morso Squirrel but I can't find it. Anyway, negotiations with Deadly go well. I fancy the Squrrel and looked it up, £700 on their site. Anone found a cheaper offer?

Morso Squirrel

 


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belle
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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 16:23
Stanley..don't know how good these stoves are but there's an ex display at £440 on here http://www.woodburner4less.co.uk/ex-display-stoves-57-c.asp


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belle
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Posted - 08/12/2011 : 16:28
and there's one here with your name on it!!http://www.chaseheating.co.uk/solid_fuel_range_cookers.asp


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