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by UK-with-kids
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

All of my attempts at soldering have basically melted the plastic sheet and now it has holes in it :( :oops: I did get another batch of keys working for a while as a lucky strip of solder joined a gap up until it broke off again. The sanding didn't seem to go very well either. I've tried foil, and I...
by UK-with-kids
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

One thing I've noticed is that most of the keypad seems to be covered in a kind of green film, maybe an insulating plastic layer? This ends just above where the lines go down into the connector in the bottom right of the first image. The breaks are right where the layer ends, so I'm not sure if one ...
by UK-with-kids
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

Having said that, and not wanting to spend £10 on a tool that I might never use again, I'm wondering if I can cut 3 tiny strips of aluminium foil and sellotape (scotch) them over the breaks to make a join? I just feel I'll only get one shot at this repair on the delicate keyboard matrix and I don't ...
by UK-with-kids
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Garden Log
Replies: 807
Views: 194305

Re: Garden Log

It reminded me of gardeners in Cornwall (in southwest England) growing pineapples in 'hot beds' but shovelling horse manure underneath.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/t ... 25988.html
by UK-with-kids
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

Now how to fix that...I would try soldering the metalized foil. Make sure it is exposed. Just a wild guess but I think it can take heat. But the lines are millimetres apart and I'm not sure my soldering is that accurate! :lol: Checking online suggests one of these might do the trick: https://cdn.in...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

Wow! What an amazingly helpful explanation. And a smart bit of detective work too. Thank you so much! I don't have a continuity tester at the moment (see previous disaster above) but I found that by touching screwdrivers onto various lines I could make the computer think all the different keys had b...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Buying an e-reader
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Buying an e-reader

for me, charity shops (“thrift stores” in ‘merican) are thick with unreadable garbage. .... this was different from 2nd hand book dealers, always knowledgeable people & always a pleasure to deal with, but that world is long gone. Thanks, I've added a note into my last post to "translate"! Actually ...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Buying an e-reader
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Buying an e-reader

Tomorrow I think I'm going to visit a highbrow secondhand bookshop nearby and see what I can pick up. But I will also try to look out for other options like borrowing books from within my social circle. I'm pretty sure there are multiple copies of the books that interest me, just sitting unread on ...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Fake jobs in Europe
Replies: 16
Views: 2677

Re: Fake jobs in Europe

Some of the fake jobs in that article are probably more useful to society and the individuals that hold them than a lot of the 'real' jobs that people are employed to do. IMHO. The UK has a specific productivity problem normally referred to as the 'productivity puzzle' because nobody can agree on th...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Upping Your Cooking Game
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Upping Your Cooking Game

I asked my OH as she is quite an accomplished cook and essentially self taught. She said: It's hard to say what stage you're at from the info you've given. You could easily be talking about jumping from excellent home cook to cordon bleu chef. Assuming you're not, the best way to move from just bein...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Milestone birthday gift
Replies: 12
Views: 3819

Re: Milestone birthday gift

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I didn't have enough time for some of them, but the input and ideas were really useful. I would say that there needs to be a gradual switchover in my mindset for this area, with a lot more planning ahead. For example, if I was a well practised amateur carpenter t...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Making and using self-watering pots for growing fruit & veg
Replies: 3
Views: 1088

Re: Making and using self-watering pots for growing fruit & veg

So a couple of months later and the pots seem to have worked pretty well. I won't be able to compare properly until next year as I started with these quite late in the season. When I first used them it was really noticeable how lush and green the plants were compared to some of the others that I was...
by UK-with-kids
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Help each other Fixit Log
Replies: 20
Views: 3469

Re: Help each other Fixit Log

Hi all I'm trying to fix my daughter's toy "computer" - it's this kind of thing (not the exact model): The whole toy is running fine but only 8 of the keys work when you press them. Opening it up it's the 8 which I have highlighted in yellow on the image below. Squeezing them with my fingers gives t...
by UK-with-kids
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Buying an e-reader
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Buying an e-reader

Thanks @everyone for the comments. I have an Amazon Kindle. Generally, I prefer to use the Kindle app on my computer. It is much more user friendly than the e-reader itself. I forgot to mention that I do have a very old Amazon Kindle that somebody gave me. It's definitely not very nice to use. It do...
by UK-with-kids
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Buying an e-reader
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Buying an e-reader

In the past I've had a habit of buying too many books, which isn't very compatible with ERE - it costs a lot of money, takes up space, needs bookshelves to store the books on, makes it harder to move house, etc. But I still want to read a lot for personal development, skills, fun, etc. Libraries are...
by UK-with-kids
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Stoic Week
Replies: 21
Views: 5770

Re: Stoic Week

As is often the case, a topic on this forum coincides with a subject I was just discussing in real life...

Did they intentionally make Stoic week the same as half term school holidays? 😂
by UK-with-kids
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: In Praise of Doing Nothing
Replies: 36
Views: 1848

Re: In Praise of Doing Nothing

+1 for doing nothing, or at least as little as possible :)

For me though I enjoy my very small scale urban farming more than I enjoy playing video games or videos (or lawn work). I've just done an hour or so outside in the autumn sunshine and it feels great for my mental wellbeing.
by UK-with-kids
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Coaches, Private Lessons, and Shit
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: Coaches, Private Lessons, and Shit

If there are all these highly qualified teachers in LCOL countries I wonder how much you could learn with some lessons over Zoom. The reason I ask is that my daughter's school music lessons have been made remote due to Coronavirus and she still seems to be learning a lot.
by UK-with-kids
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Donut Pan?
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Donut Pan?

Learn How to Make Your Own Donut Pan with my Bold Baking Basics tips. There's no need to buy single-use equipment if you follow my easy, chef-tested tips.
https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/make-donut-pan/

I haven't tried this myself but it looks like a great ERE compatible solution.
by UK-with-kids
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Coaches, Private Lessons, and Shit
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: Coaches, Private Lessons, and Shit

Some things are really hard to learn from books and YouTube, even though there are some great YouTube videos out there. There's undoubtedly a superior benefit to personalised one to one tuition and feedback, and I'm sure music is a case in point. And then there's the motivation factor too - if you k...