By Austin Allegro
In another thread we are bemoaning the difficulty of getting tradesmen to do jobs.
I therefore propose a thread on DIY and self reliance tips in order to avoid the can't be bothered brigade.
Here's a couple of my tips:
1. I replaced a panel in my panel fence (a two man job) by screwing temporary handles on to it as shown in a youtube video. Works a charm, even in a high wind.
2. I put a roof on my shed (another two man job) by using ratchet straps and pulling it into position from ground level. I then secured the ratchet straps to the base of the shed and got on the roof to nail it into place.
3. I clean my own windows with an 18' extendable cleaning pole. It works quite well though using the blade on the upper storey windows takes practice.
4. I repaired and smartened up my cracked patio using the 'Portland Paint' technique - basically just filling the cracks then skimming and painting new mortar on top of old to give a new finish. It does need to be done annually for best results, but it costs only a few pence as opposed to hundreds of pounds for a new patio.
5.I fixed a broken tap using the advice of this excellent online retired plumber called Dereton 33. Saved £££s.
Please post your hints, tips and other ways to get round the 'tradesman problem'!
I need a 3 inch or so square of plastic with one side curved, and made of a suitable material that will glue to whatever my laptop lid is made of. I did have a bit I was saving from the battery case cover of some electrical item, but I think I probably forgot what I was saving it for and threw it out, or else it's gone to wherever the socks and biros go. Anyway, the crack has got bigger, so it would be too small now.
I actually managed to melt an aluminium bracket onto it, which probably worked better than it deserved to, and actually stopped the crack spreading but also ended up a bit messy looking.
Puddle under. Initially black/dirty, now running clear. Odourless, not oily.
Looked underneath. Works encased in a sort of plasticised cardboardy-looking insulation material. Seems to be seeping out of a join. No visible means of access.
Is it worth trying to to take it apart? Fridge is ten years old. Was just recently thinging, it had lasted quite well. (I think it's a cheapo AUG - reliable brand, but probably globalosised low cost manufactured)
edit. Stopped now that I've switched it off. May as well defrost it.
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