May 26

Now that two-weekly bin collections have arrived here we have to start recycling. To fit two weeks of cans into the black box provided for recycling needs a can crusher so I fitted one to the kitchen wall using my new electric drill and masonry drill bits.

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It also crushes more robust cans, like dog-food cans, in a two stage process.

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May 26

Got a new18v battery powered hammer drill. Two battery packs, one-hour charger and so on. Cheap but much better than the 9.6v toy I had – it could do a few minutes of screw-driving into wood and then needed a five-hour recharge of its sole battery pack. I also got a set of masonry drills since I’m putting a can crusher on the kitchen wall.

After I charged up both batteries of the new drill I used it to drill holes in masonry, drive in screws into masonry and then drive some screws into wood for fitting a latch to keep Pip out of the bathroom. First battery still full of energy!


Feb 07

Today I opened up my home theatre system to clean the lens on the DVD player with a cotton bud and some isopropyl alcohol as it was beginning to get a bit fussy about rental disks (which tend to be dirty). This was the first time I’ve had to clean it since replacing the whole DVD drive mechanism a while back. It should work with occasional cleaning for a few more months and then I’ll need to replace the whole optical drive again. Or get a new home theatre system.

This is what it looks like inside from when I replaced the drive mechanism.

New drive installed except for attaching the cables.


The old drive before it came out.


Dec 22


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Nov 26

The extension came in the post today so I installed the dog gate.

Dog Gate

Useful for answering the front door without unfortunate puppy incidents.

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Nov 24

Despite Amazon Prime next day delivery it was too dark to use my new Utility Bar when it arrived. Tomorrow perhaps.

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