All articles found on this website are derived from personal experience and are written from notes and photographs taken at the time.
The squeaking laminate floor solution prompted me to create these pages as it was such a cheap and simple solution to a very annoying problem.
Over time I have added a few more, as and when I think that I have something that is worth sharing.
I am a semi-retired degree qualified professional engineer in electronics and mechanical engineering with project planning experience in industrial maintenance and facilities. I have worked for several blue-chip companies throughout the last 40 years.
Cure Laminate Floor Creaking and Squeaking
New laminate flooring laid on a wooden subfloor creaked in several places until I used this simple solution that has lasted since 2014.
Damp Problems and Cavity Wall Insulation
Getting cavity wall insulation was a mistake. The company employed to do the work used unskilled workers that hadn't a clue how to do the job properly.
Fix Toilet Bowl/Pan to Floor without using Screws or Drilling into Tiles
After re-joisting and tiling my bathroom floor, I fixed the toilet down with low modulus silicon which performed well at first but soon became unstable. I have since found the ideal the ideal product and the toilet has now held firm since 2010.
Fix Leaking Central Heating Radiator
I had perforations in one central heating radiator. There are many epoxy-based products available for this type of repair. The one I chose to use was one I had on hand at the time and proved to be a good fix.
Join Copper Pipe to Lead Pipe
This problem was encountered when replacing my bathroom floor. The cold supply to the bathroom was under the floor and the joint between an old lead pipe and copper had failed. I measured the lead pipe diameter and obtained a compression joint to match the lead pipe and the copper. Fitted 2010 without problems since.
Redirect Landline Calls to your Mobile Phone/Cellphone for Free
I am semi-retired doing repairs to electronic equipment and computers. My workshop phone never stops ringing and I found that my answer phone soon filled with calls when I was off the premises. The cost to have BT divert calls from my landline to my mobile was prohibitive but I found a low cost alternative solution. A onetime payment for a piece of equipment than attaches to the router and phone line has solved the problem. I can now take and make calls from my landline from anywhere in the world, at no extra cost.
Cheap Solution to a Broken Laptop Headphone Jack Socket
This is included here because the headphone socket on a laptop can be a costly repair. This is a cheap solution.
Security Camera and Webcam Software - Blue Iris
I decided to fit cameras around my property and needed multi camera recording software. After a great deal of research, I found Blue Iris which capable of monitoring up to 64 IP cameras. It worked without a problem and I found that it was cheaper to buy on eBay than from the official website.