Life at the end of the road

November 8, 2013

Well, that was a surprise!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, pigs, shed/house — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:26 pm

True to form I was once more up waaay too early, untrue to form I actually made a start on my VAT return, though I abandoned that as soon as the grey light of dawn appeared. One can be far too enthusiastic about these things, after all I wouldn’t want to be getting on time would I. That would make them all suspicious at customs and excise if I handed my return in on time Smile 

The plan was to go up to the chicken shed straight after feeding but that went pear shaped when the quad wouldn’t start. Not that I actually needed it, for I could have used the Honda, but the Yamaha has one of these annoying faults that only rears its head occasionally and it chose this morning to do it.

 YFM 350 wiring diagram

Sometimes the starter doesn’t work, no click, nothing, the solenoid is receiving its earth signal via the starter switch 29 (L/B) but the wire from the CDI unit (L/B) 8 isn’t live and it should be. Or at least it should be with the ignition on and gear lever in neutral.

 YFM 1

Obvious things to check are the neutral and reverse switches and of course all the connections but I’ve already done that. Well all the connections that you can reach without major surgery, which is what I did next Smile


There’s a whole load of them under that cover but it’s a pain to remove so I’ve been reluctant to do it until the fault appeared. Of course it usually manifests itself when you’re miles from tools or in the middle of doing something important. Fortunately the Yamaha 350 has a pull start. It’s not exactly easy to ‘pull’ right enough but it can be done after a bacon sandwich and before too much beer.

Anyway, a couple of hours ‘fettling’ fixed nothing, I broke, cleaned and remade every connector block to no avail. In the end I pulled the starter cord and she fired up, and that’s the annoying thing, once started the fault seems to clear Sad smile

So I built the thing up and resolved to study the wiring diagram once again, which I did, and I’m still ‘non the wiser’ Sad smile

Eight little piggies

A couple of hours up on the roof of the hen shed followed, whereupon I got blasted with hail, rain and saw several rainbows before returning home for lunch. It was then that I was taken by complete surprise



Ellie had, sometime between feeding at 8:00am and lunch at 12:30 ‘dropped’ eight piglets and her afterbirth!!!!!!


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Of course I didn’t know there were eight at first


it was only after I’d finished my soup and home made bread that I got a good look at them.


We weren’t expecting them until the 17th but they’re wee crackers and should be weaned first week in January.


The showers became a little less frequent in the afternoon but I was still hampered by all my layers of clothing and waterproofs so progress was slow.


Still, I was pleased by the result


of my days labour.


  1. Engine stop switch(kill button) used to play up like this on old trail bike we owned.

    Comment by Andy — November 8, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    • Engine stop switch(kill button) used to play up like this on old trail bike we owned.

      Been down that road in September Andy and it cured it for a while but I think this is a different fault. At the same time it doesn’t work the reverse indicator doesn’t work or the lights, however as soon as you ‘pull start’ it the lights come on and the reverse indicator light starts to flash.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      • Is the battery in peak form.Had an intermittent starter fault on the Discovery which turned out to be contamination on the starter switch wire caused by a leaking fuel pressure regulator sited 300mm above..Just used to crawl underneath take the wire off the blade and push back on.All was well until one day it happened in the pouring rain and I was wearing my best suit 😦

        Comment by Andy — November 9, 2013 @ 11:50 am

      • Battery is good Andy though the voltage is only 12.5 at the solenoid, might just be onto something there.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  2. What an orderly row of piglets! They look bonny and healthy. Well done Ellie.


    Comment by Sue — November 9, 2013 @ 12:38 am

  3. Old bikers trick Paul,for anything severely awkward,give a good warm with a hair drier then a wee mist of WD40 … works a treat most of the time! 🙂

    Comment by Caadfael — November 9, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    • Funnily enough Caadfael I just though of doing the opposite, removing the CDI unit and putting it in the freezer. It cured my IBM laptop for a few weeks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2013 @ 7:16 am

  4. Now are those wiring diagrams for our benefit or is it so you can remember where to find them

    Comment by thinfourth — November 9, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    • You hit the nail on the head TF, so I can find them easily 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  5. Personally I would go with the warming up etc, it works for people – well, perhaps not the WD40 but substitute a glass of something!

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — November 9, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  6. Hii Paul … what’s this about the Hallaig breaking down?

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 9, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  7. Great to see the little hogs. Looks like mum has them well organised.

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — November 9, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

  8. Starting problems: I own a 1981 Suzuki 750 Katana motorcycle that exhibits a similar starting fault. It’s very intermittent but when it strikes I find I can sort it out by taking out and refitting the main-fuse. I’m pretty sure the fault is in the voltage regulator/rectifier but haven’t gotten round to replacing it yet. Worth a try next time you get it?

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — November 9, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    • Hi Gary, I tried that by accident myself as I was checking the fuses, no luck 😦 having said that it’s been fine all day, touch wood.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

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