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    Show us your bodgy DIY

    I swear I already started this thread but fooked if I can find it.

    The original OP was documenting the fabrication of my dodgy car ramps

    More car related dodginess abounds now

    Slow puncture so off with the wheel

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    On with the spare

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    Spank the manky old tyre up a bit with foam

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    Black wheel makes it look well bitchin like Ant's V8 monster car innit

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    Locate the coonty wee nail

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    Break out the dodgy Chinese puncture repair kit

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    Make the hole bigger

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    Plug it

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    Split the shonky plug tool pulling it out

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    Pump her up and Bobs the knob's your aunty's fanny

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    Just need to get one of them awesome powered tyre pumps now

    I only remembered that I had the repair kit after I had already switched the wheels

    So now I just need to switch the wheels back!

    But I am quite liking that black wheel look...

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    Have you ever had a blow out at 70+ mph?

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    Trim the thing a bit closer to the tire and you are good to go. Probably last forever.

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    Good job
    It's nice when it saves you 800 aussie bucks instead of 80 baht in Thailand, ain't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Have you ever had a blow out at 70+ mph?
    Yeah. Wait until that plug flies out. Those are great for off roading repairs or a quick fix to get to a proper tire repair to get a patch installed on the inside. Leaving it wouldn't be recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Yeah. Wait until that plug flies out. Those are great for off roading repairs or a quick fix to get to a proper tire repair to get a patch installed on the inside. Leaving it wouldn't be recommended.
    Have used them in drag slicks, car ran 210MPH without issue.

    Did replace tyre before next meeting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Have you ever had a blow out at 70+ mph?
    I had a blow out/tyre major disintegration at 70+ mph on the M1 motorway when driving a Grand Jeep Cherokee. I was in the outside lane and overtaking another car when it happened. There was a huge bang and the adjacent car and those following me slammed on their brakes and activated flashers as they watched me struggle to keep the car from snaking and overturning. It snaked back and forth across all 3 lanes while I slowly slowed down. I managed to stop in one piece on the hard shoulder and got out of the car to clean my pants.....
    Groping women when you're old is fine - everyone thinks you're senile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Have used them in drag slicks, car ran 210MPH without issue.

    Did replace tyre before next meeting though.
    Exactly. Quick use, but not something you make a daily driver out of. I have done the same at the track. Its relatively common to run over shrapnel and bolts at the strip especially on the return road and heading to the staging lanes. I have used a plug a few times only because didn't have time between rounds. I used to keep an extra set of rear wheels and tires mounted and balanced in the trailer for just those weird track moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Leaving it wouldn't be recommended.
    Tyres are safety equipment and not worth penny pinching on IMO. I have had a blowout when young and ran the tread low being tight on money and copped some shrapnel on an A road at 75mph and that wasn't something i want to repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Exactly. Quick use, but not something you make a daily driver out of. I have done the same at the track. Its relatively common to run over shrapnel and bolts at the strip especially on the return road and heading to the staging lanes. I have used a plug a few times only because didn't have time between rounds. I used to keep an extra set of rear wheels and tires mounted and balanced in the trailer for just those weird track moments.
    Yeah was a new slick, got a screw in it.

    No spares on hand as slicks (34 x 17.5 x 16) were over $800 each and we were a budget team.

    Defo a risk at the MPH we trapped but owner/driver was confident it would be ok.

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    I went cheap on my my $12.35 12V tyre air pump and paid the price....

    It popped a gasket after only 30 seconds of faithful service. Should have went with the spanky digital model Ant posted up.

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    I pulled it apart and found where it had blown a gasket

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    I should be able to get it sorted with a dab of silicon as a DIY gasket

    I will get my $12.35 worth out of this cruddy chinko door stop if it is the last thing I do

    To be continued...

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    Made a new BBQ out of a party size drinks bucket.

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    I cut the front out with an angle grinder and then cut the steel handles off an old wok as a base.

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    I noticed that on 3 occasions I came quite close to inflicting nasty injury on myself. Angle grinders are fickle tools to be treated with respect as LT will attest.

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    ^ Good job

    Reminds me, I gotta put up the dual fuel bbq I bought last autumn ..in a few months


    Gonna build a new garden gate this week

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    I have spent the last few days becoming a fully qualified youtube electrician.

    I thought I would cut my teeth on a simple job to start with.

    Hot water tank stopped heating, as diagnosed with my trusty chinese multimeter - input circuit was live but thermostat output circuit is not live even though tank is cold.

    So just to check the element I rewired it to bypass the thermostat

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    and bingo.... hot water once more.

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    That means I need a new thermostat.

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    Wired in and that is the old dud in my hand

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    And tested the outputs with cold tank - Live!

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    Next job is to figure out why my water pump has died the death...


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    1st job was to disconnect the capacitor and connect it up to a multimeter on Ohm setting. Capacitor built up charge as expected so it is working.

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    Culprit number 2 is the pressure switch assembly.

    To be continued....

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    ^Cool... Wouldn't touch anything with water and electric myself

    My loft hatch conversion


    It falls down occasionally...A work in progress




    The ceiling I attached the loft ladder holder to

    A bit of polyfilla and jobs a good un

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    Wouldn't touch anything with water and electric myself
    Not for the un-skilled that's for sure. A lecturer taught us that electricity is the most dangerous thing in the world because you can't see it, can't smell it, can't hear it, but it'll kill you quicker than a bullet to the head. Having said that, Looper looks to know what he's doing and would be saving a small fortune! A sparky in Oz would probably charge a couple of hundred bucks just to go to someone's house, take a quick look, and say "she's fucked mate"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    A sparky in Oz would probably charge a couple of hundred bucks just to go to someone's house, take a quick look, and say "she's fucked mate"
    And might take a week to book...

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    Talking about electrics, does anyone have stories about how they survived an electric shock? I've received many shocks in my lifetime, mostly from radio transmitters. My worst shock which definitely almost killed me occurred in my teens and was when I was testing a valve transmitter in my bedroom. The high voltage supply to the anode cap on the value was about 2,000 volts DC.... and I accidentally touched it! My whole body flew right across my bedroom and I landed in a crumpled heap on the floor.

    Things got a little safer in the future when Mosfet semiconductor power transistors were introduced, needing only about 80 volts DC. But one could still receive a nasty RF burn (radio frequency) burn if one touched the antenna output from the power stage. RF burns are like a little lightening bolt that instantly burns a small hole deep into your finger...

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    I'd never really thought of ham radio as a high risk hobby before. Of course, living in Thailand you never know what mysteries lie within your domestic electric circuits, it can be a lottery just turning on the kettle.

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    ^^^^Top work sir

    A true bodger never leaves a job half-bodged so after putting the 'DO NOT REMOVE' leccy safety panel back on it was time to insulate my piping using bubble-wrap which I got from the fella who sent me my pro-built Spitfires

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    Jobs a good-un


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    Is it melt proof? you dont want it whist a fire...

    Surely a hardware side can sell you a Length of pipe insulation?

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    air conditioner installers will have lots of leftovers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I'd never really thought of ham radio as a high risk hobby before. Of course, living in Thailand you never know what mysteries lie within your domestic electric circuits, it can be a lottery just turning on the kettle.
    The radio frequency amplifiers can be lethal. They usually use high power transmitting valves (valves are cheaper and more sturdy than transistors), and the power supply to them is several thousand volts DC.

    Climbing trees and antenna masts to install new antennas is also a risky business. Christmas 2020 saw me up a ladder at my home in Laos at 6am, installing a new antenna (no, I was not drunk). I got to the top of the wooden ladder, and then found out (very suddenly), that termites had devoured the middle section of the ladder. I fell about 3 metres onto concrete, broke 2 ribs and my cheekbone, plus numerous cuts and bruises. I considered myself lucky to be alive. Ho-hum...

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    ^Show us your scars Simon

    Pump diagnosis proceeds....

    Need a spare cable for power

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    Strip the wires

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    Connect to the capacitor to bypass the pressure switch and turn on the power

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    When the pump starts humming and smoke starts coming out of the motor housing switch the power off

    Seems like it is a dodgy capacitor after all even though it was building up charge

    Loosten the impeller casing just to see how the impeller works.

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    Who woulda thunk it was still full of water all the time I was doing my high voltage smoking pyrotechnics after it had sat on a shelf indoors for 2 years.

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    ^Show us your scars Simon
    Luckily, no permanent scars, but for a week or so my face looked a bit scary to the cashier in the local supermarket and she had to help lift my shopping basket off the floor. Getting onto my motorbike was agony AS you might know, broken ribs don't leave scars, but hurt like hell...

    Anyway, I try to be more careful nowadays when I climb trees and ladders - tie myself to something (like the antenna!!)

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