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Old 4th Apr 2021, 00:04
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Wasn’t it NASA who had saved important info on 5.25” floppy disks then ditched all of the 5.25” drives? I seem to recall that they put out an appeal for anyone who still had one to contact them?
The 3.5” size disc is still used in older aircraft to update the flight management system. The 5.25” discs can still be found on eBay at surprisingly high prices so if you’re got a box full at the back of the cupboard it would be worth digging them out.

The original recordings of the first humans landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used,
Back in the day, tape was incredibly expensive and reuse was common. The BBC are missing quite a few early episodes of classic TV programs because they were recorded over.
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 01:06
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The 3.5 size disc is still used in older aircraft to update the flight management system.
At least at the time I retired, they were still using 3.5" discs to load s/w on new production 777's.
I actually borrowed a 3.5" disc drive from the 777 FADEC lab to read an old disc that had data I'd lost when I lost the hard disc on my home computer...
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 09:21
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I've still got a few 8 1/2 inch floppy discs somewhere at the back of a filing cabinet. S32 stuff
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 10:11
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Is it just me who thinks that ATF is not really a suitable lubricant for a ball race?
Depends on the use I guess. Low-speed high-load applications probably require more waxy grease rather than the runny stuff, having said that when I redid all the bearings on my bicycle I used a home brew of lithium grease and car brake calliper grease (stuff I had lying around). This Chinese bearing already had light clear machine oil applied to it (and a tiny annoying amount of axial end float!!!) and it being fitted to an idler pulley probably doesn't get much load applied anyway. I recall changing this same bearing about seven ago with a quality Swedish bearing but without the ATF oil treatment, it had become very notchy, perhaps it had failed rather than wore out. I'll see how this new Chinese one goes.
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 14:37
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...and my tumble dryer has just croaked! I shall take the lid off tomorrow - there's no click when I push the start button, so might be easy to fix mechanical problem, but I bought it nearly a decade ago, replacement is 200 squid, warranty has lapsed - spend money on getting someone out? Nah.

And, yes, I have tried the fuse!

Good job I just wanted to "air" the sun dried washing for a few mins...
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 15:25
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A number of years ago a neighbour decided to change the bearings in his washing machine, half way through the project he slashed his wrist on the sharp metal casing thus requiring stitches at A and E.
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 15:29
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been there done that. Does the manufacturer have to warn you
that the repair might hurt ?
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 15:37
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
... I bought it nearly a decade ago, ....... warranty has lapsed .......
Scandalous!!

Good luck with the fix.





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Old 4th Apr 2021, 16:04
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Shower has developed a fault now! Still dribbling water once switched off, isolating valve is handy! I only installed the shower less than three years ago - presume it needs a new valve or something...
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Old 4th Apr 2021, 21:24
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Worth attacking with some plumber's silicone grease before investing in any spare parts.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 05:28
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Thanks Dave, yes I was thinking last night that it might just be a sliver of limescale or something; I'll remove the cover later and see if I can get to things without special tools or vandalism... to replace it is 65, so be it if necessary...

Tumble dryer - occurred to me that actually it had been replaced because of the type's affinity for self-immolation; we were offered repair for free or a replacement and additional 5 year's warranty for 50 - I paid for the new one and I think it's still in warranty...
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 07:03
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The other solution to repair. We had a three year old microwave which suffered bad corrosion to the door to a point where it had to go. Instead of taking it to the dump I did a tare down and sold the parts "as removed" on a certain internet site. The sum of the sold parts paid for the new one.
As a note microwaves have a poisonous gas in the magnetron so be careful with that.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 08:51
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Just went outside and on a whim tried the tumble dryer again (it's in what was the outside loo) and it worked! Quoi? Must have tried it a dozen times yesterday afternoon and evening... Will make sure the warranty is definitely set up and see how things go. Wasn't looking forward to lifting it off the shelf over the washing machine - while it doesn't weigh all that much, it is awkward and I have a dodgy shoulder... Fingers crossed...
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 09:53
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Your tumble dryer obviously thought that the weather was too warm yesterday for it to be disturbed for a pointless exercise.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 10:09
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
A number of years ago a neighbour decided to change the bearings in his washing machine, half way through the project he slashed his wrist on the sharp metal casing thus requiring stitches at A and E.
Many years ago my father tried repairing the top loader, single drum washing machine. It was the ancient type with an agitator and a mangle. He made the mistake of switching it on with his hand up inside. He got his thumb caught in the reciprocating mechanism and nearly had it ripped off. What with that and his efforts at making an extension cable, while simultaneously watching the Test Match on TV, (where he ended up with a 13 amp plug on both ends of the cable) I thought it best if I learned how to take over the household electro-mechanical repairs myself before someone got killed.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 10:42
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Yes, as amateur fixer-uppers one must really have to think through their actions properly to avoid serious injury - a classic injury is knuckle scrapes by not thinking where your hand will end up after you manage to crack loose a bolt/nut.

The EPG button on my TV remote control started failing from overuse, all the other buttons were fine, a replacement controller was over $100 and I'm not really fond of the TV anyway. I searched the internet for some ideas and lightly sanded the circuit board of the controller but it actually made things worse with even more buttons failing - fortunately a HB pencil used to draw back the black bits on the circuit board brought back all the buttons except the EPG one. Then I glued a piece of aluminium foil under the rubber EPG button but it was a quite iffy and would always fall off after a couple of months. Finally, I cut off the black dot on the underside of the button, created a small hole with a pin and inserted a shortened flat head nail with the shaft crimped for extra grip. To get a wider foot print than the nail's flat head I used a bit of thick foil from a wine bottle cork cap folded over and through the nail and trimmed it to size. Now the EPG button works like new.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 11:01
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
Your tumble dryer obviously thought that the weather was too warm yesterday for it to be disturbed for a pointless exercise.
It doesn't have to wear the sun-dried results - shirts in particular always seem a bit crisp for some reason, a couple of minutes in a cool tumble dryer takes the edge off. Stop press: googled this, it may be a bit too much detergent, will try reducing it and see what happens.

In other news - my toaster is also popping up way too early these days and takes two or three goes for a good tanning - suspect it's another potential candidate for the electrical bin...
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 11:58
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In other news - my toaster is also popping up way too early these days and takes two or three goes for a good tanning - suspect it's another potential candidate for the electrical bin...
Your toaster has probably read that the acrylamides in well done toast are suspected of being carcinogenic, so it's trying to save you from yourself.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 12:14
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"Stop press: googled this, it may be a bit too much detergent, will try reducing it and see what happens.
In other news - my toaster is also popping up way too early these days and takes two or three goes for a good tanning - suspect it's another potential candidate for the electrical bin..."



Mrs Uplinker uses too much detergent - the drum is often full of white soap bubbles - not realising that the machine will detect this and schedule extra rinse cycles (at high SW water charges) to get rid of it all. You only need enough soap for all the soap molecules to attach to all the oil molecules. If your wash has just a little trail of fresh soap bubbles visible on the door window, it has enough soap. No bubbles at all = not enough soap. I imagine the purple plastic dispenser thingy that comes with the liquid soap as the drum and I fill it to the same level that my dry clothes come up to in the drum when I put them in - 1/2 for 1/2 way, 3/4 for 3/4 way etc. When I am washing my oil rags, overalls and car wax cloths, at least double the amount of soap is required to tag on to all the oils.


Re your toaster, the sensor - if it has one - might be covered with crumbs, or maybe a squirt of carb cleaner to get the carbon off it? Unplug first !!!

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