Life at the end of the road

October 29, 2021

I’ve not seen it :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Discovery, life off grid — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:29 am

Looks like a good day ahead, it’s almost 5:30 and I’m just back in having gone outside to put another coat of paint on my Disco rear window frame.

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It’s a beautiful start to the day, mild and dry with the waxing moon in its second quarter behind the house and Orion just stepping over the hill to the south. The Storr toilet block keeping an eye on me as i wandered about the croft rattling my spray can Smile


Yesterday was a topper too, not by any means sunny all day but enough light to generate a few kWh of electricity from the PV and hot water from solar tubes. That’ll probably the last time this year that my evacuated tubes produce any hot water as they’ll be in the shade now until next year. The solar hot water does make a meaningful contribution to my energy mix and is certainly capable of producing enough hot water for washing and showering in the summer but for a good six months of the year it does diddly squat. Admittedly it isn’t in the best location, being shaded form late October until early March but even so it would generate much heat even in ideal conditions. Solar PV is much more versatile, you can do much more with electricity than hot water and PV is so cheap these days that solar hot water doesn’t really make much sense financially. It takes a lot more maintenance and can’t be switched off so if you have a power cut there’s a danger of it getting dangerously hot and over pressurized. I do like my tubes that sit on the bunker roof because they are directly over the thermal store and being slightly more efficient than PV in terms of energy generated per square metre of roof space they made sense at the time cos I got them for half price. However I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone for anything other than heating a swimming pool in warmer climes Smile

So,after going for a bounce with Bonzo through the woods whilst Molly caught up some zeds in the Land Rover

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I set about repairing my 2” Honda water pump filter.

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I needed it to prime my hydro turbine that had gone off during the night and as you can see the original strainer was a bit, well useless. For such a simple job it took me an inordinate amount of time to sort. Quickly escalating from looking for a mesh bag to tie over the end into the fabrication of a filter in stainless steel.

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It was actually midday by the time I started pumping water with it and from my vantage point on the hill I could see a large supply boat heading south and the MFV Green Isle entering Loch Arnish.

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The Disco drop glass

That done and after much deliberation I decided to fix my rear offside window on the Disco. The electric window had failed some time ago and upon investigation at the time I discovered that the channel that guides the window rollers had become detched from the glass because it had rusted and spread out so no longer gripped the glass. At the time I tried repairing it by cleaning it up and re clamping it in situ but this failed miserably so I concluded it need a new channel.


When I discovered the price of it, an astonishing £35 for a piece of carp turned out in a Chinese sweat shop for buttons I was somewhat loathe to purchase one. However in a moment of weakness and needing to make an order up to £60 for some couple of quid bits and bobs my resolve weakened and I relented.

The task is pretty straight forward but requires a little care, firstly in carefully removing the door trim so as not to break off the fir tree clips. This I did with a trim clip removing tool that save much grief and scratching of paint.


Then after unbolting the old channel from the glass the entire window frame can be removed by undoing its half a dozed Torx screws.

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The new channel is held in by a rubber strip and the secret to fitting it is just to carefully sit the rubber in the channel so that only the bare minimum is in there. I used a piece of nylon tubing to hold it open so I could place it evenly over the glass. I then carefully pulled out the tube leaving the rubber in place.


And this is the bit where you have to be REALLY careful. With the window still in the frame and the frame resting flat on a piece of carpet or rubber gently tap with a rubber mallet evenly and slowly until the channel is fully seated home. In the past I have used a little soapy water but seem to remember that whilst it went on very easy it came off very easy too.


Of course whilst the frame was off I just had to touch up the rust spots, which reminds me, it’s 7:00AM now and time for another coat of paint Smile

Must see if I can remember how to turn the TV on tonight, 


What a great picture Smile

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