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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.
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'!
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