I had to cut through a cast iron pipe recently, masked everything, made
a polythene tent, wore a mask, cut it with a cutting disk. Ugh, the
fine black dust got everywhere, including up my nose and in my mouth,
the taste was awful, as it was a toilet pipe I'm sure I could taste the
sh1t, not that I had ever tasted it before. Worse of all the iron in my
mouth reacted with my filling, it was like chewing silver paper.
By far my most unpleasant job what's yours?
I think if I had to do it again I'd buy a reciprocating saw, whatever
Fitting rockwall, onto the underside of a floor when lieing in the
crawl space. I would never do this again.
However painting is right up there. I got talked into "United Colors
of ........." paints, 6 coats it took to get the ceiling vaguley right
+ the days doing the walls. In the end I gave up, went and got some
Dulux Profesional Colour Matched, and went over the top of the whole
lot, perfect in 1 coat, and much less money than the orignal stuff,
only took a day to do 2 rooms.
Gloss Painting could be used as a torture technique, its in my Room
Funnily enough, I was going to say 'laying Rockwool' too; in a roof
space where the pitch of the roof above was incredibly low and shallow,
necessitating me lying full length on crawl boards wiith push-sticks to
lay the stuff. But fitting it *above* you?? Yeuch - I think you've
beaten me there!
I was in a shed the other day (Homebase) and they did a rockwool /
insulation roll that came pre-wrapped in a plastic film, so its only when
you actually cut the roll to length that you expose the fibres. There
appeared to be plenty of expansion room to the film, so it should fill
Jobs like this might never be quite as bad again :-)
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IMO, nothing beats spending hours on something, getting a lovely result, and
then completely wrecking it just as you finish.
Recent example for me would be after my monitor failed, I took it apart,
spent a while finding the fault, fixed it, and went on to add a small
low-speed fan to keep it cooler, and then replacing some caps on the board,
as they were a bit old, and high ESR.
Turned it on to check it. Result!, slightly brighter, with no shadowing like
it was doing, and better EHT regulation.
Left it going for 12 hours, still fine.
Slid case back on, and was met with a whooshing noise.
A wire that needed to be in one position when out of the case, has to be
taken off and put back on before you put the case back on.
It had caught on the board at the back of the CRT, and ripped the neck off
the tube, making it utterly unrepariable.
For "nasty, smelly" jobs, I tend to skip the whole mask thing, and
go for a full facemask with air supplied from a fresh source.
Yup - the print head on my trusty old Stylus 600 was blocked, and no
amount of cleaning cycles would cure it. I removed it and left it soaking
in distilled water for a day or so. Then tried forcing water (gently)
through it with a small squeezey bottle - the type ink re-fills come in.
Linked to each ink input in turn with some sleeving. Some jets worked but
not others. Soaked it in industrial alcohol. Tried forcing some of that
through. More jets working. After a couple of days of soaking and forcing,
eventually all the jets seemed clear. In jubilation I went to pull off the
sleeving from the input - careful to do this in line and not break the
tiny plastic pipe. But held the assembly wrongly, and pulled the thing
apart - ripping off the ribbon to the piezo part. No chance of repairing
Anyone got a broken one lying around where the head might be ok? I bought
a new printer, but it's not as good in some ways.
*The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required on it *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Thanks, but what has that got to do with the question, or are you suggesting
that cleaning an Epson head (what ever that is) is the worst possible DIY
It is also almost impossible to find Windex in the UK. I think that is what
makes it one of the most unpleasant DIY jobs. All that swimming...
However, the very similar window cleaning product Sprint seems to work as
well in the UK as does Windex in the US - on Epson print heads.
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 00:19:31 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Plowman (News)"
AFICT the ink is water based. I found refilling the cart and standing
it in a warmed saucer with some ink in it, followed by blowing
through the vent holes cleared the nozzles on mine.
If the cart has sponge in it, then using anything other than ink can
give a washed out printout for a while.
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