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    A progress report!

    I now have a consumer unit, two nice new double sockets and new electric wiring, etc.

    I also have a fridge fitted, with nice neat outside/underside vents and exhaust, etc. and it runs on electric... still have to sort out the gas side as the chap who came to fit into the cupboard under the sink couldn't get the gas to stay on. I remembered the chap I bought it from said there was a wire which needed to be put back into the tube or something... just contacted him to see if he can shed some light on the subject! LOL Trust me to forget that - probably the reason it doesn't run on gas. Still, it's running on the leccy, so that is something!

    Bless the man - a mobile repair/caravan specialist from Leek way. He has done a splendid job including replacing gas hoses, and checking the whole gas and electric system. He also disconnected and removed the gas fire and pipes - it was as I thought, condemned. He was here all day, 9-5.30 and didn't even stop for lunch. the cost including parts & labour was £400 which I thought was very reasonable considering the amount of work that had to be done. All I supplied was the fridge and the two electric sockets.

    My sister (bless her) came down from Scotland and whilst here, made some new curtains which are lovely. I still have to make matching cushions and maybe a door curtain. And also clean the moquette (very 70-80's!) seat covers before covering them with throws. These are in the house until the damp prob is solved.

    Just waiting on the warmer weather coming for the damp repairs now. Cross your fingers it isn't too bad and repairable! LOL! And the waste pipe exit hole needs to be made a bit larger so that the waste pipe can go through it! (good job I noticed that one or the whole van would have been flooded with the first waste water down the sink! )

    Then I'll be more or less ready to go!! Can't wait!
    Last edited by jayjay; 12-02-2010, 09:47. Reason: spelling error!

    #2
    Sounds like you are getting things sorted JayJay, looking forward to seeing your van at the meet.
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      #3
      Sounds good Jayjay. Why did you switch from campervan to caravan?

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        #4
        Originally posted by marc4242 View Post
        Sounds good Jayjay. Why did you switch from campervan to caravan?
        Thanks, Mark. I couldn't use my camper as an everyday vehicle, which meant that I had to keep 2 vehicles on the road, one automatic as I find driving with geared vehicles quite hard with my back probs. That was too expensive, as was finding a MH that was small and automatic, so I kept the auto car and got a little caravan instead! I still have yet to tow it!

        Still have a lot to do with the caravan. At present there's a tarp over the top as there's water coming in in a few places, ex-hubby will fix when the weather gets warmer. Also need a couple of folding, hinged small tables sorting out...

        I also have to sort out the sink drainer.... any help appreciated...read on!
        I originally thought that the sink drainpipe should just exit through the hole in the floor, but the hole is too small for that. I thought maybe a touch of filing might make it the right size. However, another opinion (again from ex-hubby) is that there is supposed to be a 'gadget' that the pipe fits into and this is then fitted into the hole. The hose is marine size stuff, so I've been looking at the Cak Tanks catalogue - plenty of these sort of things in there, pages 16-18 I think, but which one???? I was wondering if there was something available (maybe in the gardening bit at B&Q) which will attach two different diameter hoses together, so that a bit of garden pipe can be attached to the marine hose and then the water will exit through the hole which is big enough for garden hose but not the marine hose. Anyone?

        Edited to add - I also need to find the magic word to undo the cooker rings for cleaning. One burns ok, the other needs a clean as is burning with a yellow flame. For the life of me I can't find a way to undo the cooker burner and take it off! Looked underneath, no screws, none on top, and it doesn't seem to unscrew.

        Life is full of puzzles!
        Last edited by jayjay; 21-02-2010, 09:31.

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          #5
          There are various size 'hose reducer' on ebay, it depends on the internal diameter of the pipes you are trying to join.

          If the pipes aren't a big difference in diameter, you could always find a piece of pipe that will slide inside both of them and then jubilee clip them??

          I think I would jubilee clip them even if I used a proper reducer too. Also, however you decide to connect them, if you need to push something inside the pipe, warm up the end of the pipe by dipping it into some boiling water for a few seconds, it'll make the pipe more flexible and therefore easier to work with!!
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            #6
            Thanks for the speedy reply, Glen, I was thinking along similar lines myself.

            I could slide garden hose inside the marine pipe and just make the one join, as the garden hose (useful stuff, my garden hose gets shorter every year!) will fit through the hole. It worries me whether I would get away with it without any leaks... the marine stuff is ridged and quite rigid stuff, so I'm wondering whether a jubillee clip would provide enough grip to stop any leaks...

            I was going to go to B&Q today and see what I could find... as well as some small brass hinges... however, 3-4 inches of snow has put paid to that idea!

            ETa - just checked out the link for the hose reducer - looks just the job. Will go out and measure the size of the marine hose + garden hose and see if I can get one of these the right size. Like you said, also jublilee clipped as well!!
            Last edited by jayjay; 21-02-2010, 09:51.

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              #7
              Ah, so the marine hose is more like this, than hose pipe?? I see what you mean about the potential for water to seep under a jubilee clip. I'll keep searching, the snow here is also a good few inches deep and has most definately stopped me from the gardening I had planned!!!
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                #8
                Originally posted by glenw View Post
                Ah, so the marine hose is more like this, than hose pipe?? I see what you mean about the potential for water to seep under a jubilee clip. I'll keep searching, the snow here is also a good few inches deep and has most definately stopped me from the gardening I had planned!!!
                Yes, looks like that, grey in colour and around 1" diameter I think. Will go check later. I suppose I should also check that this bit of hose doesn't leak - before I go to all the trouble of finding a fix... wouldn't be any good fixing a leaky hose = worst case senario = replace the whole thing, right from the plughole! Will be back later..... and thanks for the help Glen!

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                  #9
                  I'm back! It's just under 1" internal diameter, so I'm tempted to try the reducer!

                  They also have some rather good looking wire clip thingys in there as well:

                  http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-25mm-Double-...item2a04335754
                  which might be just the job. It would be worth trying for under a tenner for the whole lot... do you think the wire thing would be better than a jubillee clip on the end connecting the marine hose? It seems to look right in relation to the ridged hose???

                  ETA: A-ha!!! Found the gas rings on this site...
                  http://www.leisureshopdirect.com/Car...amer_hobs.aspx and it says they unscrew anticlockwise to remove. Now they do turn a bit, then stop. I didn't like to try and force them in case I was turning the wrong way - however, I shall now gently turn them anticlockwise ....perhaps with a wrench...... maybe a bit of WD40..... :littleangel: LOL!

                  I'm turning into a google detective! LOL!
                  Last edited by jayjay; 21-02-2010, 19:53.

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                    #10
                    Hiya JJ

                    Your fridge problem sounds like it could be your thermocoupling,which is done when the fridge is out, and also given a good blow out ,LOL i had to fit a universil one in mine as i couldnt get the exact right one anymore, which fits , most makes of electrolux fridges, lots of bits you dont need tho, not expensive , 15, pound ish i think.. best to get someone to fit and check it tho, as they have to be just right, nice to hear your getting on with it. xx
                    Rob,:thumbsup:

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                      #11
                      HIYa NuVenture!

                      thanks for that!

                      I was wondering if it was the thermo coupler myself. The chap who sold it said it probably just needed cleaning as he had run and tested it all night on propane and it was working fine.

                      Will have a little lookie when the weather gets a bit warmer. The chap I bought it from said he'd come and have a look next time he's up this way, which is very nice of him. Not often he's passing my bit of the M6 though, so it might be some time.

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                        #12
                        [QUOTE=jayjay;3140]

                        http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-25mm-Double-...item2a04335754
                        which might be just the job. It would be worth trying for under a tenner for the whole lot... do you think the wire thing would be better than a jubillee clip on the end connecting the marine hose? It seems to look right in relation to the ridged hose???

                        can anyone get back to me on this item - would this be better than a jubillee clip for connecting the two hoses, or can anyone think of a better solution. I need to join two different size hoses together to drain the sink. Do you know if anyone does a rubber sleeve type thing - I was thinking a rubber sleeve, put the two ends in and then clip?? Still pondering this prob....

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                          #13
                          same item is here and the description given is that its ideal to use with ribbed pipe so I'm guessing yes it would be better than a jubilee clip. I didn't even know they made such a thing!!!
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by glenw View Post
                            same item is here and the description given is that its ideal to use with ribbed pipe so I'm guessing yes it would be better than a jubilee clip. I didn't even know they made such a thing!!!

                            Just thinking outside the box here, Glen - these go on the outside, so there's always going to be a risk of leakage...

                            woke up this morning thinking 'Eureka' (always the sign of an idiot idea !LOL)
                            why don't i just use the end of a funnel... one of those flexible ones, could just put the large end inside and secure maybe, shove smaller end through the hole??? Would this work??

                            Here's the sort of thing I was thinking of adapting... I wouldn't need to join a smaller pipe on then, something like this might just go thru and exit underneath to drain into waste container....

                            http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-Plastic-Funnel-With-Spout/dp/B000LFVQBG/ref=pd_cp_auto_1

                            or this - using the pipe bit....
                            http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js...&isSearch=true

                            ETA: I'm working on the washing machine plumbing principle here I think! Mar Brain urts now...
                            Last edited by jayjay; 22-02-2010, 11:50.

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                              #15
                              I feel sure that a short length of cycle inner tube over the ends of the pipes with jubilee clips would do the job. Racing tyres are quite small in diameter. I will put a bit in the van for Wolverley. Inserting anything into the pipes may reduce the bore too much for a decent flow.

                              I have seen those wire clips used on large (van) top and bottom hoses in the past. I imagine they bite into the hoses for a better seal.

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