Life at the end of the road

October 21, 2020

This will be the last time :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:21 am

Six thirty now, woo hoo, the book is certainly working Smile I didn’t get out of bed until half an hour ago. Just a few pages of Iain Ballantyne’s paperback tome sending me off into a deep slumber. The hardcover was £25 my paperback £15 and the kindle version only 82p, perhaps I should take Mike’s advice and ‘get the app’ Smile 

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Perhaps, once I’ve finished filling my bookshelves with volumes of maritime mince Smile

Up (and down) the lumb again

It was just before I went away that I came up with yet another ‘plan’ for the blocked chimney and this would be (at least I told myself) ‘Plan Z’. Having spent hours, days, weeks and probably months trying to dislodge an internal avalanche of rocks from a friend’s chimney. I told myself ‘This would be the last time’

Plan Z involved a 3m long 63mm thick walled MDPE pipe that I figured I could bend up the chimney and batter the end with a mel (fencing hammer). Now, after all my battering up and down with steel bars and fibre glass rods this may seem a little illogical but what I had noticed in the past was that it was often little jerky movements that brought the debris down rather than sustained pressure with a jack (from below) or Tirfor (from above). So after finding a suitable length of pipe I set about Plan Z.

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Firstly having to remove (once more) my steel pry bar from down the lumb with a neodymium magnet.

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It was a struggle bending the pipe up there but eventually I did and managed to dislodge some more, but not enough Sad smile Despite my best intentions to ‘draw a line’ under this and hand it to a professional who was prepared to make a hole in  the gable end I haven’t quite given up. I have one last plan up my sleeve, but I did clean up and take most of my tools home Smile

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Delivering some gas cylinders along the way. Views east from Calum’s road and one of those long and low boats used for shipping timber up European rivers. They often have bridges (wheelhouses) that can be hydraulically lowered to pass under bridges over the canals or rivers.


Buzzard at the dump.

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With my £25 45 degree intercooler hose having arrived I set about converting it to replace the £169 Land Rover one, chopping off the fuel filler pipe from the old tank to use as a connector between the £10 fuel hose from a later model and the one I’d bought off eBay.

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