The oven caused the RCD (earth leakage detector) to “trip” after the oven had been running for a few minutes. the advice was the heating element was probably causing the error. I have changed the element in the past.

I slid the oven out of the housing.

I checking the terminal block and that showed no signs of over-heating.

The new grill element cost about £20 arriving by post one day later.

The oven seems to work fine, having cooked some fish in the oven for 15 minutes at about 170 degrees C. but maybe the new grill element want being used. I will try grilling something tomorrow.

The old element appeared charred around one of the places it went through the fixing bracket, but that may have been a coincidence.


One of the plastic buckles on a strap on the new suitcase had snapped when being put in a car. Of course, these things are relatively flimsy. To replace the buckle would have meant unpicking and restitching heavy-duty nylon strap which would have been time consuming for the shoe repair guy and hence expensive. Luckily the break was in a place that could be repaired if I could find the right material.

I had an unused radiator bracket lying around so I cut it, filed off the rough edges and bent it into shape in the vice.

With much fiddling and bending I bent the metal into right shape making good contact on the plastic buckle.

I applied the epoxy resin, then found the metal piece would not thread through the nylon fabric loop on the case. So I unbent one end of the metal, pushed it through the loop. Then I bent back the metal strip to shape, applied some more epoxy glue to the metal ends and pushed on the buckle. The buckle looks fairly secure. I have run out of epoxy but I will probably reinforce the other buckles with metal corner pieces cut and shaped from the remainder of the radiator bracket. Time will tell how robust this will be.

TV bracket

Aug 9, 2019

I wanted a swing-out TV bracket for the lounge so I could position the screen depending on where I was sitting. I had bought a bracket which was very heavy and a fixed 15 degrees forward tilt which was unsuitable for my small lounge. I returned the bracket at a cost of £11 postage. Ouch!

The new bracket was more compact, still rather heavy, but much more flexible in terms of fixing options than the first bracket.

The bracket took me 2 hours to fix securely to the existing plywood fixing. I wanted to try to get the bracket as level as possible so I took my time. I used m6 bolts with loctite nuts to fix the back plate as I felt this was more secure than using screws. The weight of the bracket caused it to rotate, so I used one screw to counteract this twisting without needing to bear weight. This seems to have worked well.

I’m developing the technique to cut this sheeting to size. There are a few awkward slips which are only noticeable up close. Overall, I’m happy with the result and its effect.

Repair DVD

Aug 2, 2019

DVD would not open.

I found a YouTube video

DVD repair

that showed there is a slot underneath the player that can be slid to release the disk tray. the video also indicated most opening problems could be fixed by lubricating the tray edges, where the tray slid out.

No fence, new fence

Apr 28, 2019

Essential tool thingy

Oct 7, 2018