Fixing A Close Coupled Toilet Leaking Fresh Water

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How I renewed the coupling kit which joins my toilet cistern and pan. I did this to repair a Close Coupled Toilet leaking fresh water between the cistern and pan. Water was leaking from the coupling joint when the toilet was flushed.

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Extending The Door Bell In My Home

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How I extended the door bell in my home so it can be heard in the house extension and shed. It’s been done by incorporating wireless technology, while retaining my original 1980s “DING-DONG” door chime which had a great sound and an illuminated bell push.

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Converting A Bell Push Light To LEDs

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How I replaced an incandescent bell push light with LEDs. The bell push operates a door chime powered by AC from a bell transformer.

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I Built A Riven Patio Extension For My House Extension

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How I extended an existing patio in front of a new ground floor house extension. I talk about matching the the new slabs with the originals and keeping the pattern random. It also tells how I put a curved wave in the edge to match other curves and create a pleasing shape to the patio.

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Towels Do Not Slip Off Twin Towel Rails

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This post describes: How a towel wrapped around two rails parallel to each other in a particular way will not easily fall off onto the floor. It shows what a two rail system looks like but not how to construct a particular one in detail.

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Restoring An Attendant Propelled Stowaway Wheelchair

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This post describes: How I restored a Remploy Attendant Propelled Stowaway Wheelchair whose tyres and arm rests had deteriorated with time in a hot loft atmosphere. The rest of it was in excellent condition and it now functions like it did when it was new.

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Not Enough Gift Wrap For That Gift? Wrap It Diagonally.

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You start off with a nice roll of Gift Wrap, when you wrap those gifts for that festive occasion, and afterwards you have a small rectangle of unused paper left over.

Eventually another small gift needs wrapping so you look through the small left-over pieces of Gift Wrap only to find several are nearly large enough but you haven’t enough to cover your gift.

Well perhaps you’ve failed to use the best paper orientation on your package. This article suggests how you might make the paper cover, a box at least, by wrapping in an unusual way.

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A Fireplace Alcove Coloured Lighting Scheme

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Here I will describe how I created a Fireplace Alcove Coloured Lighting Scheme using multi-coloured LED lighting.

This article isn’t about lighting a small niche in the wall of a large Ingle Nook fireplace or anything like that. It’s about converting a modern domestic fireplace into an alcove where ornaments or a plant could be placed.

In the daytime daylight is sufficient to illuminate these items but at night a little artificial light, white or coloured, is required.

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How I Repaired A Dualit Milk Frother Model DMF2

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My wife pressed the start button on the Dualit Milk Frother (Model DMF2) one day in the summer of 2017 and it no longer worked. This persisted so we had to heat the milk in the microwave oven for a week or two until we got a new frother.

Of course, me being me, I dismantled the faulty Dualit Milk Frother to see if there was an obvious problem. There wasn’t anything burnt out or blackened. Just a lot of wiring in a very confined space. It was constructed with a flat straight circuit board fitted into a curved space. No-one had used flexible circuit boards here.

The long term solution was to replace the whole Dualit Milk Frother. Since they are still on the market that’s what I chose to do. The faulty one had been a replacement for our Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother already mentioned in this blog. We now had to replace the replacement.

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Removing Block Paving Moss From My Driveway

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I recently spent half a day removing block paving moss from my driveway. The paving, laid in 1993, has been cleaned more than once but moss soon grows under damp conditions.

Because the blocks have a chamfered edge there is a V shaped recess at the junction between blocks. This is a space where moss can grow, and boy does it grow. In this recess moss doesn’t get worn away by traffic (cars or feet).

Given a good wet period the moss swells in size until it sticks up above the blocks. Under those conditions it can become very slippery under foot giving me good reason to remove it.

You might ask why I’m only discussing moss and not regular weeds. That’s because I use weed killer during the spring and summer so I’m just left with moss in the autumn and winter. This is because regular weed killers are not effective against moss. Moss killer is effective at turning it black but at some point the dead moss needs removing.

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