Mend it and make do

Randomnerd

Formerly known as Woodenspoons
Location
North Yorkshire
Throbbing work surface? :ohmy:
Grief does funny things to ones memory, okay? Dont knock a man when he’s down. 😥
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Split rings frommold key rings make excellent zip tabs.
Good thinking! I must have one lying around somewhere... :whistle:
I have a small AA/AAA battery tester which had a link connected to the end of it, so it could be hung from a belt etc. It had never been hung from a belt and never would have been - it lives in a drawer in my kitchen, alongside a mixed collection of batteries. The link has now been attached to the zip on my gilet instead...

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It looks big and clunky but is actually easier to use than the original small tab when cycling.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I just bodged my laptop audio.

My old laptop had one crappy little speaker and it was way too tinny and quiet. My replacement laptop has 2 much better speakers and is louder. Great!

Unfortunately, after 3 years of use the left speaker started distorting. I toyed with the idea of trying to replace it but when I looked inside the laptop case I chickened out. To get at the speaker I would have to remove the motherboard and there is always the chance of damaging something doing that kind of thing. I decided that it wasn't worth the risk.

My initial fix was to go into the audio settings and reduce the left speaker volume by 40%. That pretty much stopped the distortion but it meant that I could hear what was on the right channel much louder than what was on the left. I decided this evening that I would sacrifice stereo and find a way of monoing the audio so I could hear everything properly. Ok, it sounds like everything comes from slightly to the RHS of my screen, but at least I can hear it clearly now.

If I really wanted to listen in stereo I could fire up my TV soundbar and use Bluetooth to send a stereo signal over to that but most of the time I am only listening to a couple of YouTube videos so I can't really be bothered to.

(If you want to mono YOUR signal for some reason... In Windows 10, go to Settings, Ease of Access, Audio and enable Turn On Mono Audio.)
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Whilst I've been away, between my wife and daughter, they have killed the Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet ! Wife hoovered up some ribbon, but didn't remove it properly, then daughter used it, causing it to damage and melt the brush bar bearing at one side. Fortunately, Vax sell just about every spare, so a new brush bar on order for £14.99.

Mrs F picked up a cheap cordless in the mean time, and it's rubbish - won't pick the cat hairs up, so I dragged an old upright out of the garage roof for now until the new brush bar arrives. Whilst at it I stripped the 'turbo tool' we use for the stairs as it wasn't working - again, clogged up with cotton and hair around the spindles.

One of the clips on the vax waste bin had cracked, so that got araldited and then cleaned up the various pipes and the floor foot, so looks like new.

It wasn't an expensive 'hoover' but it absolutely knocks spots off the old Dyson Animal. Added bonus is the flex is long, and the motor unit detatches from the base so you can easily do the stairs or the car.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
The Vax vacuum is back up and running ! :cheers:
 
My current MI&MD is a Nespresso Aeroccino 3 frother. If these overheat in one spot, they die. But they die because there's a non-resettable thermal fuse in them. So, on Ebay, there's a guy who has put together either 1) a repair kit to install a new fuse, with instructions, or 2) a kit with a resettable thermal fuse and instructions. Then, if you trip it, you wait for it to cool, clean the burnt milk off the bottom of the cylinder, and by then, the fuse has reset. That version is what I'm doing. I'm taking it in slow time, as this is to be sold on afterward, and I want no mistakes. Personally, I think this kind of built-in failure should be outlawed, and the resettable made the standard...
 
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