Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Spring Is Coming

Sadly with the weather improving I’m having to get on with other jobs besides the boaty bits.
The control panel is progressing but once all the bits were in place the thought occurred to me as to how do I wire the back without scratching the front.
The answer was this.
Knocked up out of scrap and roughly based on a chippies bench hook but with raised edges lined with carpet for the sides of the panel to rest on.
Now I am doing the wiring bit by bit in the evenings, belt and braces. The sets of cables are being run in an extra protective sheath to keep them together and act as additional protection against chafing. All gauges and switches have been labelled on the back to save having to work out which is which when working upside down.
All the cables are being run to multi-connectors to enable removal of the panel if necessary. Also as I am rewiring the boat bit by bit I can just wire to the connector without disturbing the loom on the back of the panel – Cunning eh?
Before it is connected to the snap connecter terminal each line is labelled to assist tracing and then a drop of solder is run into the crimped joint to make it permanent.
Another fun day out with the GCS and Waterways Recovery Group ( Bit In The Middle) last Sunday scrub clearing down at Manns bridge on the way to Cotgrave.
 Blooming good turn out and plenty got done with tea and cakes provided by WRG. People kept asking for firewood as they passed. They're welcome to it - it's willow and will spit like the devil.
On the home front the main plot has been given its first going over but the ground is still a bit sticky and I finished walking 6” taller.
Karen has already started planting in the kitchen garden and the herb garden has been cleared of the old woody stuff ready for some fresh plants this year.

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