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Old 16-05-2019, 20:34   #811
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Our shed - replaced 3 full planks and 4 half lengths (next to the window), than put Ronseal* on all that side.

Will replace it next year, as it’s over 10 years old.

*other coverings are available
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Old 16-05-2019, 21:08   #812
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It was bought about 20 years ago. So I guess it's the old fashioned type. I used 60/40 rosin cored solder. Seemed to melt easily with the hot iron bit.
I had a friend who repaired pewterware and he warned me that you have to get the right solder mix, or it can make an odd alloy which can be very fragile. He opted for solderless joints where he could not identify the pewter makeup. But he was a very skilled solderer, I'd probably end up with a molten blob in front of me...
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Old 28-05-2019, 18:54   #813
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Short trips = flat car battery after a while. And disconnecting the battery to charge it caused the ECU to lose its memory.

So I have opted for a smart trickle charger inside the house, connected to the battery via a 2 core mains cable. It allows for the battery to stay connected whilst trickling.

Let's hope it solves things.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:02   #814
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Bedside radio, battery mains but the mains cable had become intermittant when moved. I made this up many years ago with a 3 pin Bulgin plug and socket on the side of the set instead of the orginal flying lead.

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Turned out that over the years of moving it about one of the wires in the plug had separated. Re-made all the solder connections, cleaned the contacts and a spot of magic spray and no more intermittency.

BTW this style of connector predates the now popular IEC type.
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Old 03-07-2019, 15:25   #815
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Two new kitchen taps replaced,
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Old 30-07-2019, 10:08   #816
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I last fixed one of my 8 track tapes (Led Zeppelin II)

The person I got this from on ebay had this written "RE-CONDITIONED AND PLAYS WELL"

Well obviosuly he didnt check it after his conditioning!!


The pad is good but the sensing foil he put on left a piece of the tape dangeling on the back side and it would not play well @ all.... It kept stopping,etc....


I just put a piece of tape over it to keep it tightly against the tape so it wouldnt interfere....

I dont get it..... People "re-condition" this stuff but they dont care enough to make sure it works right??


I dunno..........
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Old 19-10-2019, 13:39   #817
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Last week i attempted to tighten the bathroom sink basin tap which somehow caused the flexi pipes to split and leak, the isolation valves also leaked.

So after giving up trying to find the exact Flexible MonoBloc Tap Connectors Tails with the exact same fittings and isolation valves i needed at screw fix or Homebase i managed to work out what i needed and the parts came today after ordering online.

Luckily everything went together reasonably well as i am not a plumber and didn't have the equipment to start cutting things off pipes so everything had to be exactly the same.
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Old 19-10-2019, 22:10   #818
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Well done SnoopZ... you will find the more you do things the easier it will become. You have just saved your self a few quid.
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Old 19-10-2019, 22:39   #819
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Well done SnoopZ... you will find the more you do things the easier it will become. You have just saved your self a few quid.
I'll attempt most DIY but only the most basic plumbing jobs. Scares the hell out of me. Water just doesn't play by the rules.
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Old 20-10-2019, 00:41   #820
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I'll attempt most DIY but only the most basic plumbing jobs. Scares the hell out of me. Water just doesn't play by the rules.
It always causes problems!

I also need to replace a bath tap ceramic gland but I cant get the screw out the handle so looks like I will drill the screw out and not done that before, if I manage that I hope I can unscrew the gland as I wasnt able to budge the other one and a plumber did it when he replaced the radiator valve. Strangely I never had issues replacing on the sink tap.
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Old 20-10-2019, 15:33   #821
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It always causes problems!

I also need to replace a bath tap ceramic gland but I cant get the screw out the handle so looks like I will drill the screw out and not done that before, if I manage that I hope I can unscrew the gland as I wasnt able to budge the other one and a plumber did it when he replaced the radiator valve. Strangely I never had issues replacing on the sink tap.

You're a braver man than me, if it doesn't look like an 8 year old could do it then it's straight on the phone to the plumber.
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Old 20-10-2019, 17:14   #822
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Our lad put his whole weight on the shower riser rail and stripped the threads off the top end screw.

So I had to search high and low for a replacement screw and then refit the riser.

He also pulled all the adhesive clips that held the shower curtain tight to stop leaks. The glue is now stuffed, so I shall have to find another adhesive to do the job.
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Old 13-11-2019, 15:39   #823
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Fan on our de-humidifier had started a low level irritating squeaking/rustling noise. It was also a bit slow to run up to speed when the unit had been off a while. Took off the covers and the motor was a bit stiff to rotate. It's one of those simple shaded pole types.

I took it out of its cradle and applied some oil to the sleeve bearings which are accessible without further dismantling.

Now runs super smooth and silent.
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Work top mini oven/grill unit. A Lower element had failed so a fix with a user bendable element as before with the top elements. (Post #558)

Hopefully these larger diameter elements (8mm vs 6mm) will be more durable than the rather thin originals that were fitted.
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Chain and sprockets needed replacing on one the bikes good time to do it as it's off the road for winter
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