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Old 28-07-2017, 20:39   #661
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you need this it welds the plastic back together

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I've kept the broken plastic tab just in case I could find another fix. Is that the sort of stuff we used to use when making Airfix models I wonder? The trouble is there's so many types of plastic and it's hard to know what works on what. I have some really good superglue which works on most thongs but it wouldn't touch the plastic on the Vax.
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Old 29-07-2017, 09:41   #662
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Old 29-07-2017, 09:58   #663
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I've kept the broken plastic tab just in case I could find another fix. Is that the sort of stuff we used to use when making Airfix models I wonder? The trouble is there's so many types of plastic and it's hard to know what works on what. I have some really good superglue which works on most thongs but it wouldn't touch the plastic on the Vax.
this stuff makes the edges go soft for a minute or so then it welds and hardens

it's for those plastics than nothing sticks to
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Old 30-07-2017, 18:31   #664
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this stuff makes the edges go soft for a minute or so then it welds and hardens

it's for those plastics than nothing sticks to
That's what the old Airfix glue did - like a weld more than a glue. Wonder if it's the same stuff. Probably worth getting a tube and experimenting.
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Old 30-07-2017, 22:38   #665
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That's what the old Airfix glue did - like a weld more than a glue. Wonder if it's the same stuff. Probably worth getting a tube and experimenting.
Polystyrene cement - believe it or not, polystyrene is what airfix models are made of, it's just the hard, not blown form of the plastic. And yes, it temporarily melts the polystyrene so you effectively weld the parts together.

It also smells great
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Polystyrene cement - believe it or not, polystyrene is what airfix models are made of, it's just the hard, not blown form of the plastic. And yes, it temporarily melts the polystyrene so you effectively weld the parts together.

It also smells great
That's the stuff. Reminds me of the good old days when all sorts of potentially lethal chemicals were readily available...
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Fixed a broken zip on one of the wife's rucksacks by fitting a new slider. If ever we throw out an old bag or anorak we always remove the zip sliders for use on other items. Lost count of the times I've fixed stuff like that.
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Old 02-08-2017, 13:16   #668
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Good advice on saving the slider/runner. Another tip if a zip stops zipping together is to squeeze the "tail" of the runner together with pliers as wear here often is the cause of a zip failing to knit.
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Old 03-08-2017, 18:05   #669
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Good advice on saving the slider/runner. Another tip if a zip stops zipping together is to squeeze the "tail" of the runner together with pliers as wear here often is the cause of a zip failing to knit.
That's exactly what I did last night when Osem Jnr came home and his football jacket wouldn't zip up. It had got caught in some adjacent fabric as he did it up and had then been forced so the zip wouldn't knit together. Some pliers and silicone spray did the trick.
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Little digital bedside alarm clock: Came back from Cornwall yesterday and it was flashing, usually a result of a power blip but that usually hits the microwave as well. Tried to reset the clock but it wouldn't stop flashing so I turned it off.

Powered it up today and the display was a random set of segments and the internal alarm speaker was buzzing. A-Ha! I thought: Power supply.

Changed the main capacitor (100uF 16v) with a spare from my bits and bobs and voila! Fixed. Took the opportunity to treat the time/alarm setting buttons with some cleaner as they were also a bit dodgy. Old capacitor measured as no value on my test meter.

It's over 35 years old and this sort of fault is so common in small bits of old electronics. Electrolytic capacitors dry out with age and go open or low value.
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Another solar rock light: This one stopped turning off in daylight and the battery was run down. I guessed it would be the solar cell, prized it up and yes, one of the wires had corroded through as had the tail from the cell. When they made it they didn't put enough sealant on to cover all the connections.

Replaced with one of my upgrade cells (about 2.5 times output of the original) and sealed it back in place with a good dollup of clear silicon rubber sealant. A fresh high capacity AA (2500 mHr) battery in the charger and it can go out in a few hours.

There's only one left now of this type with 4 LEDs that hasn't had the upgraded cell fitted. Seeing as all the others eventually corroded through I guess its time will come.
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Magsafe power adapter for my Macbook Pro. Some tactical soldering and a bit of shrink wrap.

80 quid for a replacement? Not on my watch.
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Magsafe power adapter for my Macbook Pro. Some tactical soldering and a bit of shrink wrap.

80 quid for a replacement? Not on my watch.
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Anyway I'm declaring my trusty DAB radio as a fix officially as it's been working without a problem for a couple of days now.

http://www.cableforum.co.uk/board/sh...2#post35912862
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