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Today hubby had his hernia repair operation and it went well but the surgeon said that it was a very bad one. He's at home now and fast asleep in his chair. He said that all he wants are lots of cups of tea, but he's asleep.
 
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Thank you Mike yes he's doing well but got to make sure that he doesn't lift anything and he can't walk the boys for 5 or 6 weeks.
I'm ok now thank You.
 
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Over a decade ago the local council changed all the bins round and we ended up with a non-recyclable bin that was half the size of the others.
I'm sick of having to stand in it to compress the rubbish bags in the second week before the fortnightly collection. I've found out that because of my wife being disabled, we're entitled to a full size bin. Because she rarely leaves the house she buys a lot of stuff on-line, it's the polystyrene boxes and packaging it generates that take up much of the space, even when broken down.

When I rebuilt the fence between the drive and the garden I created a low plinth to set two bins on so it was easier to hose down the drive. I had to extend it when it became three bins. The new bin will be too wide for the original plinth and the wheels would hang over the side.
So when I came home from golf this afternoon, I extended the plinth. I was able to prize off and re-use the bit I'd added before.
The ice cream tub with the granite set in it, is being used as shuttering.

The area still needs a bit of tarting up although I did level off the entrance to the patio, but I'll do that tomorrow if it doesn't rain.

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I shuttered up the area to the right of the door to form another plinth. This will be for the green bin.
Presently it lives in front of the garage door. As there's no way I'm lugging it through the door and keeping it on the back patio, then dragging it back through the door to the front of the drive every week to be emptied.
It needed a bit of "fettling" as the right hand end of the plinth had to slope down to allow the garage door to be swung open when required. But now I'll be able to hose down the drive and the area in front of the garage, without moving the bin every time. The previous owner of this house had the green concrete drive laid. But later removed the first set of panels of the garage and stuck them on the back to give more room for his caravan he wanted to be able to turn the corner of the house and drag it round into the garden. So what's in front of the garage now, used to be part of the base.
 
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Job done. Still a bit wet but it will even out when dry. Can't push the green bin any further back as there's the water supply and drain pipe to the tap and basin in the garage under the concrete below the fence. The insulating concrete stops any water in the waste pipe from the sink from freezing in cold weather, as it's a long reach without any fall. But now I won't have to move the bin if I want to use the blower or a hose on the drive.

I've pointed up the joints between the drive and the old garage base.

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Ready for our grey bin to be exchanged for a larger one on Tueday.

I've made it all normal concrete colour,

The dyed part to match the patio is now on the other side of the door.

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How simple jobs can turn out to be a real pain

A few weeks ago I replaced the door seal on our aging Baumatic oven, that took a bit of sourcing, as the servicing for these ovens is now handled by Hotpoint.

Today, I decided to clean the inside of the glass door. Over time, the grease had built up so it was beginning to obscure the glass. Not a real problem according to my wife. But it meant, "I couldn't see what I was getting for dinner without opening the oven door."

So just a question of removing the door and undoing a couple of screws and you can separate the door, its frame and the glass. Actually there's three bits of glass as there's one between the inner and outer ones suspended by four thick rubber corners with slots in them.

No problem cleaning the grease off the surfaces of the glass with turps substitute. Then put it back together.

Well.... not quite... There are four notched lugs on plates stuck to the inner glass that are supposed to be secured by clips in the frame. These clips I found had disintigrated due to heat over time when I removed the glass. There's no way the glass could be secured without them.

The chances of getting replacement clips today was nil. In fact given the age of the oven, they were likely to be, as we say in the jukebox world, "made of unobtainium."

The oven could not be used without securing the inner glass. So no chance of even getting a new door, "before the catering staff turned up to use the oven."
Given the "urgency" of the situation, I think I might have been expected to buy a new oven... this afternoon.

Anyway, I needed to find a solution, before the situation became "public knowledge."

I could see the lugs on the little arms on the plates on the insdide of the glass had a notch each side to engage with the clips. I found some 10 mm washers in the garage and with a combination of squeezing them in my vice and flattening them with a hammer several times, I made them into a lozenge shape with a narrow centre slot so that they could be fitted over the lugs and up against the sides of the hole in the frame where the clips would have been.
A while back my wife was going to chuck out a spool of very fine stainless steel wire she used with her costume jewellery making. But I hung onto it in case it came in useful.
So I was able to wind a number of turns of this around the notches in the lugs so securing the washer to the lug making the glass door firmly attached to the frame.

Then just a question of reassembling the door and replacing it and "no one was the wiser."
 

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@Sean Regan that's great. Our old cooker replaced the seals around the top oven door a few times and the seal around the main oven door once and latch on the main door. Managed to get them locally but I think no more.After a while the rubber seal on the top oven door couldn't get the right replacement had to be universal but didn't fit properly, so decided to have a new cooker, well it was 30 years old. When they fitted the new one the man said that they don't last very long only for about 5 years.
 
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The old seal used to droop at the top if you opened the door when the oven was warm, so that problem was fixed. We did have to have the main controller changed about five or so years ago. But apart from that, it's been fine.

It has nine functions plus the usual buttons for the timer etc., Its best feature is that the sides and the roof can be removed for cleaning.

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It still looks OK and everything works. It replaced a far more expensive Stoves oven which didn't have a roof lining, so occasionally, "some of what you cooked yesterday would drip onto what you were cooking today" and when I asked, the manufacturers suggested we used a toothbrush to clean around the elements, so I gave it away.
 

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The seal on mine used to break after some time from the heat, it was so annoying.
Yours is a built in oven, mine is a stand alone cooker it sticks out a bit more than the old one but couldn't get the exact size. Also I wanted a self cleaning liner for both ovens, only have to clean the bottom. But the main oven I put cooking foil on the bottom.
 
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Drove to London and attended my daughter's MA graduation ceremony. Because of covid it was an informal outside event, and so much nicer than sitting in a hall applauding people you don't know and listening to speeches. We got to meet and chat to her fellow students and lecturer, and she video called her especial friend who has gone home to India. I held her phone while her friend's father recorded her in India so he got them side by side on his TV throwing their mortar boards in the air :) She and her friend have been working together giving motivational sessions via video link to Indian companies, the wonders of modern technology. Anyway she is now a fully qualified Music Therapist and getting a reasonable amount of work, as well as running her 'Little piccolos' music sessions for under fives she started when she was still at uni. doing her BA, despite covid restrictions.

PS. that was yesterday, today I have slept nearly all day recovering. As a vulnerable person on immuno-suppressants I have hardly been out of the house and garden since it seems like forever, so that was a really big event for me.
 
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Today turned out better than expected. My roses were delivered. The electrician engadged by the council, carried out his checks and up-rated the fuse box. I had fears of problems, but thankfully all went well. My granddaughter received confirmation that she had gained her BA with Hons and special marks. Subject. Photography and fine arts. She has her own little business that is attracting attention. CAVA fine arts studio.

Oliver. Please convey my congratulations to your daughter .

Other threads. Ovens. Losing my wife. Wowee! that's eleven years ago now. Seems like yesterday. How time is passing so fast. Although I had installed an electric cooker. Seperate glass type hob and seperate oven for Valerie. Now I avoid using the oven. I bought myself a daeoo glass halogen one. It's fast and easier to keep clean. Then there's the microwave. I have no dishwasher. Now it's 00.39hrs. Time for a tipple or two, then bed.
 
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" My granddaughter received confirmation that she had gained her BA with Hons and special marks. Subject. Photography and fine arts. She has her own little business that is attracting attention. CAVA fine arts studio."

It's a real boost when you see the youngsters doing positive things with their lives, isn't it Mike. Thanks for the congratulations, I will pass it on when I see her, she will know she has a proud dad who boasts about her. Please do the same for your granddaughter.
 
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Today I got a puncture,

I wasn't covered by a breakdown service and I hadn't got a spare.

So I had to repair it myself before carrying on.


Fortunately, it was only in one of the tyres of my sack truck.

I do possess a puncture outfit, which I had unused in drawer in the garage, from the last time I had a bike, which was thirty years ago.
Wasn't really a problem.
 

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