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Ireland 2015
16 Sep 2015
Off to Ireland for a week or three, to visit the oul’ Mammy for a bit and then go off into the west for a bit of camping. Well met by lamplight. New cozier Herman, with Mazza reading, of an evening I have to say, the lad played a blinder. I’m not going to tempt fate by even contemplating thinking about saying he’s almost boringly reliable –coz that’s just asking for trouble.... [ Read More ]
[5V] Power to the People! [Part 3]
18 Aug 2015
This is a three part article Back to Part 1 Back to Part 2 To kick-off this third and final thrilling episode in ‘The Electrification of The Herman Union’, I added the final connectors on the outside of the cigar box. Seeing as I had only four USB ports but a 6-Fuse fuse-holder, that left me two fuses to play with. So I decided to add a couple of nice Dr.... [ Read More ]
[5V] Power to the People! [Part 2]
17 Aug 2015
This is a three part article Back to Part 1 On to Part 3 When I was ‘planning’ [using the word in its loosest sense] this assault on electrical health and safety, I came across an old wooden cigar box in the back of a cupboard and thought it would be pretty whacky to use it as the housing for my powerboard. Also, since last I waxed lyrical about matters electrical, I had been at the online ordering again and got myself what was called a ‘low profile’ 6-way fuse holder, as well as a few other wee bits’n’bobs like, fuses, more wire and some blade terminals from 12 Volt Planet.... [ Read More ]
[5V] Power to the People!
11 Aug 2015
This is a three part article On to Part 2 On to Part 3 One of the things I’ve been meaning to do for a while is to wean as much electricity usage away from Herman’s main battery and onto the leisure battery as possible. I can never fully relax when I’m running electricals off the main battery at night, for fear of hearing that dreaded tired groan from the starting motor in the morning, when I try to turn the engine over –especially when I’m in the middle of nowhere.... [ Read More ]
Boxing Clever
31 Jul 2013
Back to work on Mazza’s patented Box-O-Flap-O-Table today, which is going to complete the bed base, provide the necessary support for our carcasses and in no way collapse the first time we lie down on it, thus causing Laurel & Hardy themed frivolity. Here is the centre section in its guise as the table With a cunning flick of the wrist, flaps on each side lift up and rest on bolsters attached to the two slatted bed bases, thus filling the gaping chasm between them:... [ Read More ]
Boxing Clever
06 Oct 2012
That bane of my life, Herman’s fusebox had been playing funny buggers again lately. You remember a while back I opened it up, stripped it down, found it full of water and rust and put it back together again, with plenty of silicone sealant. Well, that seemed to do the trick for quite a while, but then recently, on a couple of ocassions I’ve heard some electrical fizzing noises coming from it when I had the lights on at night and then, in the last few days, the bloody hazards and indicators have packed in [again!... [ Read More ]
Many Are Called, but Fuse Are Chosen
11 Aug 2011
This morning, after the latest spell of torrential rain [AKA “Manchester sunshine”] I found my indicators and hazard lights had stopped working. Initially I assumed it was the troublesome old 191 relay, which has given me gyp in the past. I swapped that for a spare, but no dice. The problem was obviously a bit deeper than that. Annoying enough at the best of times but, with the epic timing for which gadgetry the world over is famed, Herman’s electrics had decided to go into spazzy mode the morning of the day we were due to drive up to Scotland for the ferry over to Ireland for my annual visit home.... [ Read More ]
Sink and Carpet
03 Aug 2010
This morning, we finished off building the sink cupboard and fitting the sink into place. Here is an action shot of someone who looks almost completely not like Mazza having fun with the silicon sealer, as we put together the slatted worktop area beside the sink. As you can see the sink has already been fitted into place by this stage. I seem to have forgotten to photograph that historic moment.... [ Read More ]
Bright Spark
22 Jul 2010
Today was the day I finally solved the niggling problem of Herman’s alternator. The astute reader will remember that it has been giving me gyp since I first bought the van and I’ve made at least two abortive attempts to sort it out before: Exhibit A, Exhibit B. Having a split charge system and hence a spare battery has ameliorated the problem somewhat, in that I’ve got into the habit of swapping the batteries round every couple of weeks and charging up the one I’ve just taken off the ignition circuit, but it’s a pain in the arse carrying a heavy duty battery up two flights of stairs, every time I need to put it on the charger in the flat.... [ Read More ]
Clocking On
12 Jul 2009
Today I’m going to take you on a journey into time! It had been bugging me for a while that Herman’s clock didnae work. I wouldnae usually be that bothered about something so trivial, but VW have seen fit to make the clock in the LT the size of a dinner plate and stick it right in the middle of the instrument panel. So it’s quite difficult to disregard the fact that the hands are stubbornly refusing to move.... [ Read More ]
Spaghetti Injunction
15 Mar 2009
Glad to report that, after sticking Herman’s freshly charged battery back in again this morning, he started first turn of the key. So that was the reason I had no leccy, after all! It does raise the question tho’ as to why an almost new heavy duty battery got drained down to three volts in the space of a couple of weeks? I did notice, when I reconnected the battery, that the light in the cab roof had been left on.... [ Read More ]
Black Box Recordings
14 Mar 2009
Today was one of those one ‘no steps forward and several steps back’ days. I noticed that, after my shenanigans, pissing about with the steering column the other day, I had no electrics at all. Not even a cheery red light on the dashboard when I turned on the ignition. So I spent the best part of the day hoking round the wiring for the ignition circuit and checking my fuses, before I eventually resorted to removing the dashboard to be better able to follow the ignition wiring and see if anything was amiss.... [ Read More ]
Now, Ye're Sookin' Diesel!
02 Feb 2009
Today, thanks to the joys of not working Mondays I had a whole day at my disposal to start working on Herman. Priority number one being of course - the nailing of the fuel problem. Elsewhere the entire country was grinding to a halt due to some unseasonal snow showers, but in Manchester, the show would go on. Having charged his battery up overnight, I managed to get him running again from his jerrican drip-feed and left the engine running in this way to warm up for a half hour or so.... [ Read More ]