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This blog started when we lived in a Carwoola, a rural residential area close to Canberra. We are moving to a split lifestyle with an apartment in Civic in Canberra and a larger house at Mallacoota in Victoria. Posts about the new residences will start when we complete the moves.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Pumping iron?

One of the things we inherited with the place was a small firefighting pump. After about a year I managed to get it sort of running but not very succesfully.

When John and Julienne came round I knew John was a good mechanic (and very knowledgeable about matters to do with firefighting) and asked him for his opinion about the pump. He was able to diagnose quite quickly that the pump had issues.

An obvious one was the amount of rust (IRON oxide) in the fuel filter and the interesting orange colour of the liquid going into the carburettor. After a lot of investigating in my messy shed - and application of Teflon tape in a number of locations on the carbie - we had a functioning pump.

Now we are just hoping we never have to use it!

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