Tips on Appliance Repair -
Drills Toasters Radio
TV Computers Printers Scanners
Electric Kettles Irons
NEVER NEVER work with live equipment. Switch off and
unplug it before you reach for the screwdriver
Make Yourself a Neat Continuity
- to test
switches, motors, transformers and fuses - All you need is an
LED any resistor of a value between 470ohm and 1Kohm (see your local TV
repairman or electronic engineer friend) and a 9V battery.
All components are connected in series with the component you are
testing. – Davie
your gas hob has an uneven flame some of the jets may be clogged up.
Clean out all of the holes with something like a pine needle to solve
this problem. -- S. Keen
If your antenna is down, a good makeshift replacement is to use an
upturned wire coat hanger. Pull it into a diamond shape, straighten the
hook, and place the end of the hook in the central hole of the antenna
socket.-- Robert Edmunds.
CD Player Repair:
A good tip for
fixing a CD player is to clean the laser lens with methylated spirits
or preferably isopropyl alcohol, (doesn't leave residue). Make sure the
player is off as laser may permanently harm your eyes
We get some big name contributors on this
site - Ed
VCR. Snowy picture quality,
and fuzzy sound can be due to dirty tape heads. Use a head cleaning
tape to solve this problem. -- R Edmunds.
There are several things you can do to clean rust like build up from
inside your dishwasher. You can run it empty with a cup of white
distilled vinegar to clean out (the) stain. If stain is still there,
try a lime, rust and scale cleaner and run empty. I run vinegar through
once a month and this prevents hard deposits from getting a head
start. -- Good Luck, Patti
If your machine is making noisy vibrations the machine probably isn't
balanced. Check to see if the floor is even, and sturdy enough to
support the machine. Also check to see if the adjustable feet are set
correctly. -- K. Richmond, South Dakota
Washing Machines. These can
also make shake loudly if the load is unbalanced due to bulky items.
Rearrange the load evenly to correct this problem. Too much detergent
has also been known to cause such problems. -- Axel Klystron.
When opening a
piece of equipment the screws that you removed can be stored in the
correct sequence by poking them in to a piece of blue-tack or beeswax --
Use RCD's or
Residual Current Devices when using dangerous appliances such as lawn
mowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, drills and sanders. These cut the
mains electricity connection when a cable or flex is cut, or an
electrical tool malfunctions, reducing the risk of electrocution.
When using electrical equipment in the garden special care must be
taken. Make sure that cables run behind lawnmowers, you must never cut
towards a flex, or cut the lawn usin an electric lawnmower in wet
Never clean or adjust electrical gardening equipment while they are
still plugged in, make sure they are switched off first. Never wash
electrical gardening equipment with water.
Never work with electricity in
damp or wet conditions.
Plugs: Never overload a socket
with too many plugs or adapters, and make sure they are correctly fused.
It is better to have a dead
hairdryer than a dead repairman. Work safely! --
When going on
holiday be sure to unplug all appliances -- Davie
Stereos. If the
tape player on your hi-fi system is not sounding as sharp as it used to
try using a head cleaner tape, since the heads are probably dirty.--
R. Sanchez, Houston, USA
Dirty Toasters: If
your toaster has melted plastic from bread wrappers, etc., nail varnish
remover (acetone) should remove it. – Simon Thorne.
If you are getting poor suction with your vacuum, the hose could be
clogged. Look in the hose to see if there is an obstruction, and if
there is use something like a bamboo cane to unblock it. -- E
A small piece of beeswax on
the end of your screwdriver allows you to reach awkward positions. No
Beeswax use Blu-tac – Cameron Sutherland
When getting your
tools out to do a little job, take lots of them, maybe even the box or
the bag. Having to return to pick up the tool you forgot can
be so annoying! -- Davie
If your plastic
garden furniture gets stained, make a paste by mixing of baking soda
and water and apply it for a few minutes before wiping it off. --
The late fall is the time to
time to oil and clean the lawn mower and other machinery.
Brush on clean engine oil or lightly spray with WD40 or similar –
To preserve aluminum garden
furniture, and metal tools over the winter apply oil (either cooking
oil, or waste motor oil. Wipe them off before using again though.
-- Derek Edmondes. (Use fresh oils
as used motor oil can be pretty toxic -- Ed)
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