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Old 20-05-2014, 20:44   #226
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Fixed my 15 year old Ferolie boiler with a new main board. One of the relays had failed and it had no info on it so i could replace it. I found a company on ebay that will swap your old board for a refurbished and all for 50.00. Saved me 258 for a new board.
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Old 23-05-2014, 10:58   #227
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Yay! I fixed the last of the big solar lamps. Been driving me crazy as I changed a suspect component and it would seem to be fixed and then after a minute or so it would flicker and go out. Turns out the LED had developed an intermittant fault. Even with the 'scope on it it wasn't obvious what was going on.

New LED and it now works a treat so outside on the patio it goes.

Just the one rock light to try and fix now once I've charged up its batteries.

Then just in the middle of this post the wireless keyboard went belly up. Fortunately it just needed new batteries. I'm amazed it was still working as both cells were down to about 0.5v. Then I had to find the instructions as I couldn't remember how to get it synchronised with the receiver and the wireless mouse.
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Old 23-05-2014, 13:38   #228
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Last rock light. Battery compartment needed a good clean and some magic spray. Now works fine. Really bright with freshly charged batteries.
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Old 25-05-2014, 21:29   #229
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Fixed Osem Jnr # 2's shorts which were too loose and kept falling down.
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Old 27-05-2014, 09:09   #230
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Fixed Osem Jnr # 2's shorts which were too loose and kept falling down.
I usually find drawing pins work, if you can't find the staple gun.
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Old 27-05-2014, 13:04   #231
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

The chain on the bath plug, but who knows how long it will stay that way. LOL
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Old 28-05-2014, 13:52   #232
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The chain on the bath plug, but who knows how long it will stay that way. LOL
Yeah they are a pain, always breaking. Given up repairing mine now.
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Old 01-06-2014, 21:55   #233
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

Just fixed the wifes Renaultsport Megane 2 again, the drivers side dipped beam had stopped working, tried the usual bulb and checked the fuses but neither were blown, so had to take off the front bumper, both headlights, Battery, Battery box, ECU, and lots of plastic trim just to get access to the wiring harness from the fuse box to the light fitting

Unpicked all the old insulation tape and got busy with my circuit tester, several hours later I found a broken live wire that had been rubbing behind the horn bracket, one scotch lock and bit of insulation tape later and the problem was fixed, total cost was less than 2 quid

Then 2 hours putting it all back together again, it felt good being able to stick it to the frenchies yet again though
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Old 01-06-2014, 23:42   #234
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Then 2 hours putting it all back together again, it felt good being able to stick it to the frenchies yet again though
I would have torched the car. and sent them a proper message
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I would have torched the car. and sent them a proper message
That's the point, lights not working
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Old 02-06-2014, 16:31   #236
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Re: What have you fixed lately?

I've just 'fixed' the 5 lever mortice lock into our porch doors. The doors are rebated so this has been no easy task for my limited carpentry skills but I think I've done an OK job so far. Now I just have to fit the strikeplate and rebate kit to both parts of the lock and it'll be another job done.
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Well there's a lesson learned. When fitting the strikeplate on the rebated French doors I had a flash of inspiration and decided to try cutting out the mortice using my CEL sonic cutter. I can't tell you how much easier, quicker and more accurate it was than the usual method of marking the cut, drilling holes and chiselling out or otherwise removing the excess material. For anyone who's never seen/used one, these things are terrific - the cutting blade is flat and oscillates slightly at a very high frequency which means it's very controllable and accurate (no kick back), there's minimal dust blown around and plunge cuts are very simple to make and keep square/true. I wish I'd thought of using it for fitting the 5 lever sashlock on the opening door but c'est la vie. I'll remember next time and I'm definitely using it for cutting the letterplate opening...

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Old 04-06-2014, 09:25   #238
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I've finally sorted the very annoying engine rattle/top end noise on my Rover 45.

Ever since I changed the head gasket last year the top end had got a bit noisy, and was slowly getting worse. I'd tried to use a stethoscope to isolate which tappet was noisy but I simply couldn't. The only other issue was that on overrun, the radio would start lightly crackling, so I decided to give the coils and HT leads a good clean.

In the end I also removed the spark plugs, and found them to be oddly loose (not overly, but not exactly tight either). So I nipped them up, along with a few of the 8mm bolts holding the rocker cover down. Once I started the engine the difference was remarkable. The tapping noise was gone, and I can only assume it was down to a loose plug "chuffing" when the engine warmed up.
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Wonder how much your local 'reputable' garage would have charged you?

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Wonder how much your local 'reputable' garage would have charged you?

Not a lot I suspect, as they're a good bunch of lads (as are most in the trade).

An estate agent on the other hand...
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