Archive for January, 2007

Traffic hazards

08 January, 2007

My 6 year old daughter was involved in a traffic accident this morning.

An older girl (I don’t know her, and didn’t get her name but I am guessing that she was en route to a school for 8th – 10th grade) was cycling in the wrong side of the bike path and wan not looking ahead probably because it was raining and she would be getting rain in the eyes and collided frontally with my daughter. My daughter was in the right side of the path, and neither my daughter, nor the older girl reacted to my warning shout and my daughter was knocked over backwards with her bike and the older girl on top of her.

My wife whom I telephoned drove her to the dentist for a checkup because she was bleeding from lips and teeth, and she might have sustained permanent damage to one of her permanent teeth. Next week she is going for another check at the dentist.

Morale: Just abide by the traffic rules, and look where you are going. My daughter was actually doing the right thing but got hit by that girl any way because the older girl was not looking (and was driving in the wrong side to boot).

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Finally fixed the water pump on my boat today

07 January, 2007

I managed to unmount the pump for the seawater cooling system for the diesel today. I say manged to, because the way the engine is mounted makes it difficult to do, at least the first time around.

Anyway, I disassembled the pump, and saw what looked to me like a perfectly fine impeller. So why did the pump not pump water very well ?

The answer came after consulting with the owner of our local boat gear shop: The central part of the impeller, which is driven by the engine is probably loose so the impeller blades are not turning (or only slowly turning). (This was ofcourse after I had disassembled the pump, cleansed the tube going from the pump to the engine, and remounted the pump while making sure the (danish: kilrem) was properly tightened (my first conclusion was that the kilrem probably was not tight enough, so the pump was not being driven properly), so I unmounted and disassembled the pump once again, and found that he was indeed right, and inserted the old impeller which was worn, but did not have this particular defect. After remounting the pump the pump worked much better than before. I am still going to buy a new impeller (and probably one more in reserve) before the sailing season starts again.

But very nice to know I have an engine I can trust once again.