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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Save Money On Garden Trimmer Strimmer Line String Or Cord

Hello!

Its time to get the garden trimmer (in the UK we call them Strimmers) out again as the spring arrives.  Time to look to see how much line cord you have and to feed it in.  But here is an Amazing Money Saving tip I use every time.  These machines are made to automatically feed the line cord out when it gets caught up or jammed.  The idea it to save you time.

However, its extremely wasteful of line cord and isn't good at cutting through thick grass or weeds.  Using this simple tip your line cord use will be minimal and the cutting power will be vastly improved.

Please Don't ignore this tip, at least try it once and you won't be disappointed.

Regards Malcolm aka #fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips #fixed1tGARDENINGtips

Monday, 17 April 2017

Your Gadgets And Toys Are Being Destroyed By Their Batteries

Sadly, I've just found that I have badly damaged a Classic High Value Wowwee Robotics RS Media Robot by accidentally leaving a set of Zinc Carbon Acid Batteries in it.

WARNING Battery Corrosion Damage In Robosapien RS Media Robot


After discovering the damage one set of batteries had done, I set about opening every battery powered devices I could find, below is a picture of the large bag of dead and leaking batteries I have put out for recycling.  As you can see some are cheap carbon acid batteries whilst others or apparently Alkaline batteries.




THINK!  When Was The Last Time You Checked The Batteries In Your Gadgets, Toys or Remote Controls.

If its more than a few weeks, you need to check them again.

#fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Cheap ZINC Carbon Batteries inherently leaky


Cheap Zinc Carbon Battery Leakage

Leakage is the main issue. The zinc case corrodes as part of normal operation, and if it corrodes through in one spot, corrosive leakage occurs. This is a good reason not to use these batteries in high value electronic goods.
Remove batteries if they will not be used for a fair length of time. Running them 100% flat increases the chance of leakage.
Metal damaged by corrosion, such as battery contacts, can be scraped to remove most of the corrosion. This usualy makes the appliance work again, but corroded circuit board tracks are usually corroded completely through by leakage, killing the appliance. Repair of corroded circuit board requires scraping, washing and soldering wires on to replace the lost tracks.
Zinc carbon batteries frequently have a clear plastic film wrap applied to help contain some leaks, don't remove it.
If a lumpy surface is seen under the plastic film, the zinc case has almost corroded through and is about to leak, and the battery should be disposed of.
One way to avoid damage from leakage and thus enable use of low cost batteries is to use an external battery holder, plugging it into the appliance. This works well enough with 9v types, which use a snap on genderless connector.

WARNING Battery Corrosion Damage In Robosapien RS Media Robot

Battery Corrosion Damage In Robosapien RS Media Robot

fixed1t Money Saving Household Tips

WARNING

When did you last check the batteries inside your kids toys or your own toys and gadgets? Or consider, the damage that the cheap batteries you bought, could make to very expensive toys or devices

DON'T DO WHAT I'VE JUST DONE by leaving cheap eBay seller batteries in a valuable item

#fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips

Monday, 3 April 2017

#Nespresso #KRUPS #Coffee #Machine Programming Cup Sizes

This Video is particularly helpful if you have had an #Krups #Nespresso lock up due to an accidental Airlock caused by a refilling problem and haver been looking to find a fix.  Here is my fixed1t :

#KRUPS #Nespresso #Coffee No Output Airlock Fix


Once you have reset the #Krups #Nespresso #coffee #machine you will need to reset the cup sizes as both buttons will most likely output a minute amount of Coffee.

If you have not had an #Airlock and you have just accidentally reprogrammed #Krups #Nespresso #coffee #machine cups sizes so it keeps over spilling over the top of the cup, then the video below  is and how to Re-program the #Krups #Nespresso #coffee #machine so it makes a perfect Mug or Cup full every time.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

#KRUPS #Nespresso #Coffee No Output Airlock Fix

#KRUPS #Nespresso #Coffee No Output Airlock Fix

fixed1t Handy Household Tips

KRUPS Nespresso Machine

I was at a friends helping then with some decorating when the Nespresso Coffee Pod Machine stopped working.

Strangley the pump was running loud, but nothing was coming out of the spout.  The problem was caused by her starting the machine without having put the water caddy properly in place on the back, which had created an airlock.




Once you have fixed1t you will need to reprogram the coffee cup sizes, I have have an excellent video showing you how I do it.

#Nespresso #KRUPS #Coffee #Machine 

Programming Cup Sizes


This Is How I fixed1t

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Instant Coffee Drinker Nespresso Tip

Instant Coffee Drinker Nespresso Tip

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Nespresso Instant Coffee Tip

Its really nice to have an Nespresso Coffee Pod Machine for doing great coffee, but then there is always somebody who doesn't appreciate the Smooth Rich Aromatic Coffee but instead wants a powdered instant coffee!

This normaly involves boiling a kettle and extra hassle but here is my fixed1t amazing solution to the problem that also tastes great if you drink instant coffee.

#fixed1tNESPRESSOtips


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Top Tip Super Glue Tubes Drying Out Insurance

Top Tip Super Glue Tubes Drying Out Insurance

fixed1t Money Saving Tips

We all use small tubes of SuperGlue to fix things In video One I showed how I prevent Superglue Tubes from drying out using readily available PTFE tape

In video Two I showed how I prevent Superglue Tubes from drying out using readily available candles

After further investigation I've developed a better process

Here's HOW I Do It!


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Network Cabling Your Own House

You don't need a cabling degree or pay a huge bill on credit to Network your own house. Networking I had a crazy day on Sunday and decided after a long time deliberating, to run a 40m network cable inside my walls, the loft and into the dining room where BT telecoms had glued the fibre box to the wall without asking where we wanted it (because there box was on the wall outside the point).  

The reason for doing it was the increasing number of Wifi hits and attempts on our Wifi Routers, although I've only been hacked into a few times (despite hefty security) each attempt takes up router time and slows the connections down significantly. By going to high speed CAT 6 and 6e flat cable I have achieve a significant speed increase and less wifi points to bother.

The house was built around 13 years ago with ultra-thick glass fibre insulation.  



Although it is great for energy efficient the thick insulation is a complete pig to work around. The route I chose ran 8m from my workshop/ computing room 



up into the loft space. Then 20m across the loft space to a foul water pipe conduit 





that went to the conduit in guest bedroom, to connect to that toilet. I drilled a large hole in the spare room wall into the conduit so I could see where I was going and guide the cable.





The conduit then carried on down through the dining room roof and floor, so I drill another hole there so the cable could come out of the conduit and connect to the router connected to the BT point. 




Everything looked straight forward so I thought it would be a 20 - 30 mins job. Getting from my room through the loft and down to the spare room hole was straight forward but then I discovered the down conduit dog legged so a 20 mins straight drop cabling, ended up 9 hours of hell.  

Luckily I'd recently purchased a 1 meter flexible Workzone inspection camera from Lidl on one of their special days 




Similar Inspection Camera's can be purchased from Amazon UK



 Or from Amazon in the USA:



This camera was amazing as I could now see some of the obstacles. But the more I looked the more I saw a rats nest of pipes, of all shapes and sizes that made no sense.

Struggling to make sense of it, I decided to set up a strobe torch in one of the 6 cm holes I'd made. After many patient hours of inspection camera searching from the the bedroom hole and the dining room hole I finally develop a good mental map of where I need to go, and how to get there. After getting the pull-through and bent metal coat hanger hook through I manage to get Debbie to help feed me the cable from the guest room as I pulled it through in the dining room.  

I so glad I chose flexible flat cable, the beauty of the flat cable I used 



over the old thick round cable,



was that it is incredibly flexible and strong so it slid through the complicated rats nest of pipes without snagging once. I suppose its pretty much as a tapeworm does in the gut.

I chose blue flat Cat 6 cables as they stand out, but there are nice white ones available from Amazon in the UK:


And Available from Amazon USA


   


So success, I connected it all up in a temporary lash-up and it works.





Now all I have to do is fill the holes, clean up all the mess I made and straighten up the insulation.

I find it hilarious how a simple 5 minute jobs, as I call them, can suddenly end up taking all day.

#fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips






Sunday, 12 March 2017

Running Bottle Polymorph Hinge Fix Part 2

There aren't many thing that give insurance from breakages, often glues leaves terrible sticky messes that are harder to remove and repair than the original damage, and you need a degree in chemistry to find the right combination of chemicals to use.  Then there is Polymorph low temperature plastic.

Running Bottle Cap Repair - Part 2

fixed1t Polymorph Repairs

In the previous video I showed the broken bottle top hinge of a very good running water bottle and explained how I planned to try and achieve this  difficult fix

This Is How I fixed1t

#fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips

#fixed1tPOLYMORPHtips


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Running Bottle Polymorph Hinge Fix Part 1

There aren't many thing that give insurance from breakages, often glues leaves terrible sticky messes that are harder to remove and repair than the original damage, and you need a degree in chemistry to find the right combination of chemicals to use.  Then there is Polymorph low temperature plastic.

Running Bottle Cap Repair - Part 1

My partner Debbie dropped her favourite running and golfing water bottle. the only one than didn't actually leak. The fall snapped the top off it, she asked if I could fixed1t as she went to bed. So 11:45pm I set about studying the problem.

#fixed1tMONEYSAVINGtips

#fixed1tPOLYMORPHtips


Sunday, 22 January 2017

How to unlock a iPhone With Damaged Touchscreen With Non Apple Keyboard

How to unlock a iPhone With Damaged Touchscreen With Non Apple Keyboard

#fixed1tAPPLESUPPORTtips

How To Unlock A Locked iPhone When You Know The Passcode, But A Broken Touch Screen Prevents Access

If you have an Apple USB Keyboard Click The Link Below

Unlock Locked iPhone With Apple Keyboard

If You Haven't An Apple Keyboard Or Spare USB Hub Then This Is The video for you.




The Flexible Rubber Low Power Keyboard I used Is Available Using The Link Below:

Flexible Low Power Rubber Keyboard

#fixed1tAPPLEIOStips 

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