Vlog 124: Current Events

When taking the narrowboat to a marina for work on the bilge and also to get the hull blacked, I noticed that the batteries didn’t seem to be holding a charge and also that the alternator was disturbingly warm. The result was that I bought a new alternator and fitted it. This is the (almost “real-time”) recording of my hamfisted work, including several things you shouldn’t do when changing an alternator.

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  1. John Massey (N.B. CYAN)

    Brilliant Flog David, most entertaining,
    A tip for checking the belt tension. Take the longest ‘run’ and twist the belt with your thumb and fore finger. Correctly tension-ed the belt will twist through 90 degs, no more or less.
    Finally when disconnecting multi connectors or complicated assemblies try taking a camera image first to refer too when reconnecting etc. ;)

  2. Are all volgers in uk with Patreon accounts submitting a self assessment tax return each year? £1000 allowance I expect you are with your other work as I don’t think you to be stupid to advertise it as you do. Something to mention when you have you meetups with other canal boat vloggers. Technically you are running it as part of a business. It is income after all. I see you don’t like the mention of it. You did not even like the toilet notice. I thought that was rather fun. you could have just removed the link to the video. It was the church congregation I thought amusing, not the girl and her imitation wind fart sounds. Be sure to go to a reputable optician with Fields Test and eye xray. Specsavers are genuinely not a good choice although they may be better now than in the past. Did you replace the sump gasket when you did the engine bilge! Have a good time up on the North Oxford if still there. A tip. If you are be more cagey with the camera. Have a good year. No more messages, but as they do not go live it not matters. Have a good year. I know you have no time for individuals so I will recline from donating as you could be quite well off if you used that law degree.

  3. I saw you pick up the right socket spanner for the main bolt but you didn’t hear me when I said it was the one to use ! Hmm… Removing the socket from the wrench can be difficult. My wrench has a button arrangement directly behind the square drive. Push in the button and hey presto, (Yes press toe.) the socket comes off.

    Thanks for another entertaining VLOG. With the video running, talking to yourself doesn’t sound strange at all. I really loved how your stream of consciousness merges into stream of frustration and (very) occasionally into stream of frustration.

  4. Tidy engine bay, Cool slippers

  5. Splendid effort David, I felt your pain on the odd occasion in that video , over tightening the belt can cause the bearings to fail on the alternator.
    I found that out to my cost on a mark 3 cortina .

  6. voila…..as ever David an educational gem, entertainingly nail biting, I now know what an alternator looks like in operation, what it does, what goes wrong…..kitchen table servicing, just love these vlogs

  7. It works. That is one of the ultimate tests. The other is whether it causes a premature failure later from improper installation. If neither happens, then congratulations, you did it. That’s how “shade tree” mechanics work.

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