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Old 19-05-2018, 19:07   #706
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The rear wiper arm of my car wouldn't wipe a large portion of the screen. So I drilled out the seized hingepin and replaced it with a nut and bolt. A good dose of copper grease and it works perfectly now. Much cheaper than the 38 Skoda wanted for a replacement.
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One of my solar rocks wasn't doing too well: not bright and not lasting long. I suspected faulty LEDs were preventing the battery from getting a good charge and yes they measured about 800Ω (Should be 100's of KΩ) Two faulty LEDs out of the four. One I'd already done so to be sure I replaced the other three. Fresh battery and is now blindingly bright.
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Old 27-05-2018, 16:16   #708
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My daughter said the vac "squealed then stopped". I took it apart and found a wadge of kitchen paper, a wine cork... and a telescopic radio aerial!
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Water butt that gathers rain from the utility room lean to roof had cracked at the base and was leaking. Probably the result of getting frozen solid in the winter.

I drilled a hole at each end of the crack. Standard proceedure to stop further propogation of a crack. Gouged out the crack with a small burr on my hobby drill. Roughened up the surface with some 60 grit sandpaper and then filled the crack and holes with some P38 car body filler.

Then mixed up a generous helping of P40, that's the one with glass fibres in it, and covered the whole area to at least 3" beyound the damage.

Set nice and quick in the hot sun so hopefully it's fixed for now, ready to get filled up by storm "Hector" tomorrow.

They're not that expensive but a fix with stuff from the cupboard is better and I don't add a plastic butt to the trash overload.

At the same time I got out the stepladder and pushed some of the slates back into place on the roof. Nail fatigue. Rollered on some strips of bituminous flashing to stop them slipping out again. Only needs to hold for a year or two as the whole thing will be demolished soon to make way for a big conservatory that will double up as the utility room at one end.
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One of my solar rocks wasn't doing too well: not bright and not lasting long. I suspected faulty LEDs were preventing the battery from getting a good charge and yes they measured about 800Ω (Should be 100's of KΩ) Two faulty LEDs out of the four. One I'd already done so to be sure I replaced the other three. Fresh battery and is now blindingly bright.
Do you have something like a 'how to' for these kinds of things? - got a load of solar lamp kind of things in the garden that we inherited when we moved house, but very few of them seem to work - if they can be fixed rather than binning.....
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I'm an electronics engineer by trade so fixing these things, is for me, relatively easy. I don't know of a guide but there's probably something up on on Youtube.

Most of these modern lamps have a single NiMh battery, a 4 pin chip, a choke (coil), the solar cell, an on/off switch and some LEDs.

Most problems I've seen relate to corrosion of the battery holder/battery contacts or trouble with the on/off switch. A good clean of the first and some switch cleaner on the second or even shorting it out with solder do the job.

The batteries can and do die but replacements are easily sourced. I usually keep a look out for when Lidl do a promotion on rechargables as then they're much cheaper than the branded ones.

Only when they get much older do problems with the LEDs and corrosion of the solar cell connections kick in. By then the plastic parts of the lamp are usually getting faded and brittle.

For testing you can use a standard 1.5v battery instead of the rechargable one.
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Replaced a few planks of the garden patio set, repainted, and it's all back in use.

When it fails again. I'll just build another out of treated CLS timber.
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