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Authorities in the Australian city of Melbourne have confined people living in nine housing estate tower blocks because of an outbreak of coronavirus.
The 3,000 or so residents of the blocks are being told not to leave their homes for any reason for at least five days.
At least 23 cases of infection were found on two estates in recent days.
The state of Victoria recorded 108 new cases on Saturday, its second-biggest daily increase. Australia as a whole has seen 104 coronavirus deaths.
There have been at least 8,362 infections nationwide.
Why has Melbourne's virus outbreak worsened? Australia sends army to Victoria to fight Covid-19 Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said the latest figures there were a very real concern to everybody.
How different is the response in Melbourne?
The city is putting "stage three" restrictions on 12 suburbs. People there will only be able to leave the house for four reasons: work or education, exercise, medical care or care-giving, and shopping for supplies.
But the nine tower blocks in Flemington and North Melbourne face a "hard lockdown".
Bet they feel smug they took all the guns away from australians last year.
Ok.. bit of a puzzle for anyone who's got a bit more experience at this stuff.
I'm having trouble changing a lightbulb. Please don't judge me
So we have 5 small spots in the kitchen, all 12V GU4 kind.. a couple of them had blown so I duly went on Amazon and bought myself a pack of 6 LED equivalents with the idea of swapping them all out at one go. Job done.
So I swap them all out, smugly admire my handy work.. flick the light switch.. and brief flicker.. then nothing.
After the initial surprise I fish around behind one of the fittings and pull out the 12V transformer. Rated 20 to 60 watts. Hmm.. so I decide that it's some sort of energy saving feature in the transformer that prevents any current draw when the light isn't turned on. Except the LEDs only pull about 3.5 watts and thus the transformer thinks there's nothing attached.
So I have a bit of a brainwave and decide, why not wire all the LEDs in parallel from a single transformer.. so I went about fashioning a Heath Robinson bit of wiring to test my theory. Even with all 6 wired in parallel (should be 21 Watts) still a flicker and then nothing. Hmm.. ok, wire up one of the old bulbs and some of the new LED ones to the same transformer.. hallelujah, ALL of them work perfectly. Theory proved, sort of. But still can't get 6 LEDs to run on their own.
While I was dicking around with it I managed to blow the transformer by shorting it out on the 12V side.. need to get a new one now anyway.
Question to the forum.. has anyone else had this problem? What did you do? Can you recommend a suitable transformer for LEDs?
Should I just pull the lot out and wire in 240V spots instead and have done with it?
I just noticed this on another thread.
relative had one...electric window got stuck. For some reason warranty didnt cover it. To fix....best part of a grand.
Now I sort of suspect that many DOSBODDERS would be like me, and that on hearing the price of this minor repair, would bid the dealer farewell, go home and have a crack at diagnosing and fixing it myself. In fact I have done so on my old Peugeot van.
I think the resources now available to assist in this type of thing are incredible. YouTube is an immensely valuable library of how-to videos, and in many cases just following the video and installing a part sourced online is very easy.
I have replaced laptop batteries, phone batteries and screens using these resources, and taught my son how to do it too. In fact, he is now sought out by his mates as the phone fixer.
So do we think these kind of skills are diminishing, or being enhanced by the easy availability of parts and instructions.?
Over to the DOSBODS massive.
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