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The Death of DIY??

Old 9th Dec 2018, 10:20
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For the last year I have been volunteering at our local monthly Repair Cafe. Folks arrive with all kinds of things to be fixed and it is really satisfying to get something working that would otherwise end up in landfill. There are about 12 of us with a variety of skills, some like me with general engineering/mechanical and electrical experience, some who are experts in things wooden and some who can look at a piece of electronic circuitry and make that work.You never know what is going to come through the door. There is also a cafe area providing drinks and cake. The movement began in the Netherlands as an antidote to the throwaway culture and is now worldwide https://repaircafe.org/en/about/
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 14:55
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I looked up that website to find one in my local area. There aren't any - obviously us tightwad northerners still know how to fix us own stuff!

Actually, now I come to think about it - I'm running my own repair cafe at this house and I even have to provide the free refreshments. Maybe I should start charging for both.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 15:38
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We built a DIY hovercraft. Now we are doing a DIY Briggs and Stratton hot rod job to get some more RPM.

DIY alive and well here, and passed to the next generation.

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Old 9th Dec 2018, 18:54
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And while reading of WD40 flow charts above I was reminded of an electrician I worked with who had the motto, "Red to red, black to black, put a bigger fuse in and stand well back".

He made it to retirement as I recall.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 20:14
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Originally Posted by anxiao View Post
put a bigger fuse in and stand well back
The kids who ran the lighting gallery in the school hall kept having trouble with fuses blowing. This problem went away when they replaced the fuses with lengths of copper rod nicked from the physics lab.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 21:14
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Originally Posted by Skylark58 View Post
For the last year I have been volunteering at our local monthly Repair Cafe. Folks arrive with all kinds of things to be fixed and it is really satisfying to get something working that would otherwise end up in landfill. There are about 12 of us with a variety of skills, some like me with general engineering/mechanical and electrical experience, some who are experts in things wooden and some who can look at a piece of electronic circuitry and make that work.You never know what is going to come through the door. There is also a cafe area providing drinks and cake. The movement began in the Netherlands as an antidote to the throwaway culture and is now worldwide https://repaircafe.org/en/about/
What a super idea! I must investigate that when 'erindoors is mobile after her hip operation (Report to the Nuffield at 07:00 tomorrow.) Might be something several of us old farts could get interested in.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 23:40
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There was a huge house on the Walton Naze clifftops and a bloke I worked with as a sprog was involved with installing a big gun in it. (It is noteworthy that it was in time of war.) He was the electrician but he had a problem: he was colour-blind.

He carried a card with wire samples on it, and a line to Brown, Green etc., etc. I've told the story before, but he had a little spoke wheeled car, and because of his job, half a gallon of fuel per week. However, no tread on the tires. However, again, loads of Bostik and masses of bandages. He just about managed his trip out after binding the wheels.

Rusted (old) Volvo wheel nuts. Very expensive to break a stud off.
In an inspired moment, I spot-welded a cheap ring spanner onto the nut and stood on the end while it was still exceeding hot. Huge creak, and off it came. Just one spot was all it needed.

Seiko pilot's watch with jammed pusher. I had bought loads of them (from 1980's.) over a year or so but never had a pusher that was so determined not to come out. Where the circlip goes on the stem the brass is down to ? very delicate.
The button goes into a surround which leant itself to containing WD40. After two days it still wouldn't budge. With more fluid in the well I heated the case until it was bubbling. Presto ! (groan) it slid out a treat. Changing the gaskets on those is tricky, and finding flying circlips near impossible.

Still got a box of them in Austin and the same here. Just lost interest after I had to move.
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 09:16
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
I have a back up kettle, no element it sits on the hob and uses the gas to heat water, a saucepan would also do. It even whistles when it boils. Toasters are usually non repairable but the same result can be achieved by laying the bread under the grill. An iron is a different matter as there isn't really anything which can be used as a substitute and you normally only find out its broken once you start ironing which will be when the shops are shut and you need the clothes for the next morning, therefore I keep a spare.
One of life hacks seen on Youtube was someone using a saucepan heated to iron their clothes. Looked nuts but they did it no problem.

First Irons were heated with no steam.
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 09:33
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Speaking of toasters, I've just noticed that mine has become slightly twisted. Still works ok, but how on earth...? Never seen that before.
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as there isn't really anything which can be used as a substitute and you normally only find out its broken once you start..... which will be when the shops are shut
krismiler - happened to me one Sunday night using a hair clipper - had to wear a hat to hide my half cut hair the following day until I could buy a new one the following evening.
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 18:38
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krismiler - happened to me one Sunday night using a hair clipper - had to wear a hat to hide my half cut hair the following day until I could buy a new one the following evening.
Do you normally buy new wig?
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 23:03
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Start early before shops are due to close.
Agreed! Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to flush out your central heating boiler on a freezing cold Easter Saturday evening. When the brass drain tap innards crumble into powder and you can't shut off the flow of water, it can be rather inconvenient to wait until the following week to get a new one.
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ShyTorque, sound advice.

I was fortunate to live near an excellent DIY shop like Arkright, even sold Fork Handles. Able to rush in, grabbit, wave it and run. Return later to pay.

Doing a job right now and need more screws - amazing how you get through screws putting up shelves.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 16:56
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Near me is a very good lawn mower repair shop.
However, even good machines like my Hayter 56 become uneconomic to repair. It was over 20 years old, and not repairable at any sensible price.
So I had to buy a new one.
Which was fine - if rather expensive.
I asked them what happened to the old ones. Mine had a working Briggs and Stratton engine that was fine. They told me that they stored all of them in a large 40ft container. When it was full, they simply called a licensed disposer and s/he took the container away. "For dumping somewhere".

I thought that could be a great opportunity for active recycling. Educating youngsters, etc etc. After they gave me the "He's mad" look I kept quiet.
What a shame!!!
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 22:28
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I have several non-working computer printers - probably with clogged inkjets.
Someone with the appropriate skill could probably revive them - though it seems to be cheaper to buy a complete new printer than a set of ink cartridges - ALDI has a current such offer.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 22:35
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I have several non-working computer printers - probably with clogged inkjets.
Someone with the appropriate skill could probably revive them - though it seems to be cheaper to buy a complete new printer than a set of ink cartridges - ALDI has a current such offer.
And it depends on how you value your own time. I have on occasion revived inkjets. Involves mess, several passes with careful brushing & cycling thro' the printer, also replacing the little foam pads on which the printer heads rest. All right if you're feeling creative and have a free afternoon.
(I've found that making pastry afterwards is a good way of getting the ink stain off yer fingers. Offer this as tip of the day.)
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 23:47
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This is what happens to old lawnmower engines.

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Old 12th Dec 2018, 07:45
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
I have several non-working computer printers - probably with clogged inkjets.
Someone with the appropriate skill could probably revive them - though it seems to be cheaper to buy a complete new printer than a set of ink cartridges - ALDI has a current such offer.
I remember my first inkjet, 500, and well worth the trouble of trying to fix it. Now, as you say, all in one is peanuts.
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 08:37
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though it seems to be cheaper to buy a complete new printer than a set of ink cartridges
That depends on how much ink the manufacturers installed ink cartridges have. The used to be about a quarter full; just enough to use it for a couple of times and then you had to troop off to the shop to buy a set that cost more then the printer.

Fortunately there are replacement options in fleabay.
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 09:42
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DIY death

Adjusting the title slightly, yesterday, having put up 3 out of four shelves I needed 9 screws to finish the job.

Nothing for it but the wall of death, 6 miles up the A1 in increasingly murky conditions. Suddenly the traffic came to a standstill. It started to creep forward and we planned our escape down a side road a short distance ahead. As we got there we found the accident. A panel van had attempted to turn across the high speed traffic at a cross roads. It had collected a new car, with L plates, right under the van body.

When we came back the tailback was beyond our exit and second collision to compound the problems.
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