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How to repair a gap on the exterior wall

Posted on 19th July, 2019

Repair of a gap in the exterior wall is done in the way described below:

 

Clean the gap with a dusting brush to remove the loose sand, mortar etc.

Place masking tape above and below the gap.

Apply universal filler with gun.

Shape filler with a moist finger tip.

Let it dry.

Filler applied to the gap

After a few hours, apply matching exterior masonry paint with a paint brush.

 

If the gap is too wide, then use sand/cement mortar mix in 3:1 ratio.

To me, forthy coffee is cappuccino which I make easily at home without coffee machine.

 

How to make frothy coffee:

In a cup, I take half teaspoonful of instant coffee granules. To it, one teaspoon of sugar and half teaspoon canderel powder are added. Then, I pour about 100mls of hot water in it and stir well. Then I add cold whole milk about 150mls to it and stir again.

After this, I place the cup in a microwave oven and heat it on full power for 30 secs.

 

Milk, coffee, cup and coffee frother

Now I take the cup out and make a froth with a battery operated coffee frother. The frother should move anticlockwise in a circle inside the coffee while frother switch is on..

When adequate froth is formed, I heat the cup again in the microwave for another 20 seconds.

 

The frothy coffee is now ready to drink. I am quite happy with this cappuccino of mine!

Cook scrambled eggs the easiest way

Posted on 4th July, 2019

Cooking scrambled eggs is very easy. 

Take a microwave safe deep bowl. Break two eggs. Add 1 teaspoonful of milk. Add a pinch of salt. Beat these with a fork for a short time.

Place the bowl in a microwave oven. Cook at high temperature setting for 30 to 45 seconds. Upper half of the mixture will turn solid. 

Using the fork break the mixture into small pieces.

Microwave again for 30 to 45 seconds. Use the fork again to make it into small pieces.

You may add a little butter on top.

All done! I ate half of it before taking the picture.

Scrambled eggs

In my opinion, the two most important items for my DIY cooking are Air Fryer and Microwave oven.

1. AIR Fryer: After watching a demo on TV regarding Air Fryer, I was very interested to try it out. So, I bought a Philips Air Fryer. My wife was not very happy. So, I kept using it usually when she is away and kept it hidden inside a kitchen cabinet.

Air Frying uses less oil than deep frying.

Philips Air Fryer

It is so good that now a days my wife uses it more often than I.

 

2. Microwave Oven: I think everybody knows about it.

Panasonic Microwave Oven

Easy rain water collection from downpipe

Posted on 27th June, 2019

Collecting rain water from garage downpipe:

 

After removing the lower end of the downpipe of my garage, I cut off a portion of the downpipe from roof gutter with a hack saw, Then I attached a pipe to the lower end and the whole thing I attached to the remaining downpipe. Placed a big bucket underneath. 

 

Rain water collection

I use the water for the garden plants.

I do not have much scope of using a soldering iron as I am scared of dealing with electricity. However, I wanted to see if soldering can be done with a wax candle.

 

Candle soldering iron
I glued 2 pieces of wood as in the picure. Fixed a copper wire horizontally from the vertical piece of wood. Lit candle is used from below to heat up the wire near the tip.
The copper wire becomes hot enough to melt the soldering wire.


A gas lighter can also be used to make a soldering iron by tying a copper wire on the nozzle and used like a soldering gun.

One day my wife reported that our Bosch electric rotary lawnmower has suddenly stopped working when she was using it.


I checked the plug and cable - were ok. Then took the cover out to check the motor. The rocking swich on the handle wire was out of the point. I pushed it back in. Then put the switch on and the motor was running.


The plastic hand switch lever was broken. I removed it and cut a hole on top of the control box through which I can put my thumb to push the switch on and off.

 

Bosch rotary lawnmower control box


In this way I am still using my old lawnmower.


The only problem is that I can use my left hand only to push the lawnmower.

The old shower screen was removed easily.

 

I bought a cryodex shower screen seal from homebase.

As I tried to glue it to the glass shower screen it kept coming off due to recoil - I could not keep it straight for long enough.

After a lot of thinking, I nailed it to a long thin sheet of wood first. Then applied epoxy glue with a cotton bud to the seal as well as the glass. That seems to have worked.

Shower screen seal with wood sheet nailed on

After a few hours, it remaied stuck to the glass. Later on, I removed the wood sheet.

 

I applied a little silicone sealant as well along the top edge of glue.

Last 3 weeks or so we noted water stain on the kitchen ceiling. It has been slowly spreading.

Water stain on kitchen ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew there must be some water leakage from the bathroom which is just above our kitchen. Leaky bathtub must be the cause as there was no leakage around the sink or toilet.

I put some silicone sealant all around the bathtub and along the nearby joints. Opened the bathtub drain and tigtened the seal using some plumbers putty

Still the water mark was increasing.

Called the plumber and he found the leakge from around the base of mixer taps.

Leakage sites

 

He put new washers and it stopped the leakage. He had to remove the bathtub side panel for access under the bathtub. He fitted a new bathtub waste and overflow as the old one was not completely water. Spent £220 on parts and labour.

 

If left for long, the leakage could lead rottening of the woods and major damage to the ceiling of the kitchen incurring much higher expenditure to repair!

 

How I painted the water stain:

Bought Zinsser Cover Stain Primer Paint White, 500mls from from Toolstation for £8.84. Applied 2 coats on the water stain on the kitchen ceiling.

Bought Wilko Pure Brilliant White Matt Emulsion Paint 2.5 litre for £7.0 - applied 3 coats after Cover Stain.

Result is not too bad!

Found out that last few days people have been unable to contact us on our landline.

I tried calling home ie my landline on my mobile. The phone does not ring and 'call ended' message came up on my mobile.

 

I did a SOCKET TEST as follows:

Test Socket is inside lower flap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test socket is by the entrance door. Removed the two screws and lightly pulled out the bottom flap. This exposed the test socket. I plugged in, one by one, all the landline phones, tried ringing them from my mobile. Same result.

 

So, I called the Sky customer service, told them about it and they said that it is a 'line fault' which will be repaired by engineer who will text me when repaired.