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How I eventually removed locking wheel nuts without a key.

Posted by Phil on 29 September, 2013 in DIY stuff |

BMW wheelsSo how do you remove locking wheel nuts without a key, well I’ll tell you, but it is painful.
Lets start at the beginning, my son needed a new engine for his BMW E46 so we were looking on eBay to buy an engine and spotted a complete car with no MOT but was going cheap with a good engine, leather interior and sports back box but with very badly rusted front wings and needing front disks and pads a new anti roll link bar and two back tyres. We bid on it and won. Read more…

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Personal Fan

Posted by Phil on 20 July, 2013 in Useful stuff |

hat with fanNow when i say personal fan i don’t mean someone who follows you around and has your pictures pasted over your wall. No the fan I’m talking about is the one that you can carry around with you and cools you in this hot weather that we have at the moment. I decided to jump onto my favorite site which is Amazon to see what fans they have for sale. Plenty for sale on there which makes it harder to decide which one to buy. Read more…

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My sons moving out

Posted by Phil on 2 July, 2013 in DIY stuff |

moving outMy eldest son is finally leaving home. For the past eight months I have been working on my days off renovating my son and girlfriends house. It has not been easy as I have taken down walls and built up new walls to suit there way of living. Read more…

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My faulty Rover 75 clutch master cylinder: did I fix it

Posted by Phil on 8 May, 2013 in DIY stuff |

clutch master cylinderI think I have a problem with my Rover 75 clutch master cylinder. For quite some time know I have had a problem with my clutch pedal. Sometimes it would not pop up back to where it is supposed to be and I would have to manually pull it up with my foot. Read more…

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My new 6 tonne Silverline axle stands make my life so much easier.

Posted by Phil on 28 April, 2013 in DIY stuff |

silverline axle standsI bought a set of four Silverline axle stands and I am so happy with them I thought I would let you know.The funny thing is I had no plans to buy them but circumstances change and this is what happened.It all started last Christmas when my kids bought me a set of car wheel dollies Read more…

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Legoland a great attraction for all the family

Posted by Phil on 25 March, 2013 in Kids stuff |

legoland windsorDo you have children between the  age of 3 to 12 years old and looking for somewhere to take them for a family day out then something that would be perfect for them is Legoland Windsor the UK’s fourth largest attraction. This superb theme park has over 55 interactive rides with great live shows driving schools building workshops and attractions and new for this year is LEGO®: Legends of Chima 4D Cinema Experience and DUPLO® Valley . The park is set in in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. This unique family attraction is perfect for all the family not just the kids were imagination takes over and the fun goes on and on.. Read more…

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How to wallpaper a wall: Phils way

Posted by Phil on 15 March, 2013 in DIY stuff |

wallpaperingChoosing your wallpaper

When choosing wallpaper it down to your own preference. Things to think about is how good your walls are, if they are rough and lumpy putting a thin wallpaper will only let the imperfections show through so think about using a thicker paper that will mask a lot of the roughness. Read more…

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How to tile and the tools you need.

Posted by Phil on 22 February, 2013 in DIY stuff |

tilesOne of the very first diy job that I ever tackled was tiling and that was over 30 years ago. Since then I have completed dozens of tiling projects. There is a perception that tilling is very hard and should be left to the professionals but that could not be further from the truth. Read more…

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Stylish pink cake pop maker: cakes on a stick

Posted by Phil on 19 February, 2013 in Useful stuff |

CAKEPOPMAKERWhilst browsing one of my favourite sites “gadgets.co.uk” I found something I had never seen or heard of before. The product in question is a cake pop maker that makes cakes on a stick. This nifty little machining is the latest phenomenon to reach the uk or so the blurb says and it  helps you churn out perfectly rounded cakes just like balls that you can then put on a stick and decorate them with icing and sprinkles of your choice. Read more…

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Take a break emergancy food tin for all you snack lovers out there.

Posted by Phil on 15 February, 2013 in Useful stuff |

emergancy food tinThis is a quirky item for all you lovers of snacks. What we have here is a tin but not any old tin this is the emergency food tin for the occasions when you have run out of your favourite snack and are in desperate need to keep you going.

This take a break emergency food tin Read more…

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Customise your bike with a Meon bike fx kit

Posted by Phil on 14 February, 2013 in Kids stuff |

meon bike fxWhen I was a kid all those years ago I used to own a chopper bike. I used to customize it with loads of mirrors and lights and even had a radio fitted. Now there is a great kit called Meon bike fx which is a set of futuristic lights for your bike. There’s a light stripper that fit on the around you bike frame a wheel writer that fits on the spokes of your wheels and a gyro-flasher again fit to the wheels. Read more…

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Car Magazine subscriptions can save you money

Posted by Phil on 7 February, 2013 in Useful stuff |

classics monthly magazineFrom as far back as I can remember I have loved cars. When I was a kid I would play all day long with my model cars and pretend to drive as I walked along ( well I was very young). As I grew older I got into custom cars but still not old enough to drive I started buying car magazines to feed my passion, I would know all the dates that each magazine was out and would be down the newsagent that day money in hand then back home and read it from cover to cover. Custom car hot car and street machine were my main ones but anything with cars were on my hit list. Read more…

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Customised wall mural from J W Walls

Posted by Phil on 28 January, 2013 in DIY stuff |

So you want a new look for your drab and boring room and you have a wall that is crying out to be a feature wall. The options used to be limited to painting it a different colour or using off the shelf wallpaper. There is a fantastic alternative to this, a mural from JW Walls with their custom wallpapering system. This is a real alternative and one that would make any room stand out from the norm. With thousands of images to choose from that can be printed to the exact size of your room, it could not be simpler to achieve that desired effect or why not upload your own image. Read more…

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Spider catcher: for the arachnophobia

Posted by Phil on 20 January, 2013 in Useful stuff |

spider catcher1My eldest son is not the best lover of spiders they call it arachnophobia, in fact the rest of the family are in the same boat too so I’m the one who has to catch any spider that ventures into our house and disperse them into the garden. Soon my eldest will be moving to his own house so my youngest son thought he would buy him a spider catcher as a bit of a joke for Christmas.

Christmas day came and my son opened up his present and the look of bemusement came over his face as to what it was. Read more…

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Mitre saw: A must have tool or a luxury one

Posted by Phil on 12 January, 2013 in DIY stuff |

mitre jointI’ve been doing Diy for over thirty years now and have bought a fair amount of tools in that period. Some tools are a must while other tools are a luxury. One tool that I’m not sure which category it belongs in is a mitre saw. As a basic you could use a mitre square and pencil or the angles that are built into your hand saw handle. So over the years what have I bought and used and are they worth it. Read more…

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Why you cant be without a carbon monoxide alarm.

Posted by Phil on 6 January, 2013 in Useful stuff |

carbon monoxide alarmIf you have any sort of gas appliance be it a fire, cooker or boiler then you must have a Carbon monoxide alarm to protect your yourself and family . It is no substitute for having your appliance serviced regularly but can be a life saver. Carbon monoxide does kill so it makes sense to protect yourself with an alarm at all times. Read more…

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Is my wife able to use a kindle eReader

Posted by Phil on 1 January, 2013 in Tech stuff |


My wife is not that technically minded and she shy’s away from using computer or anything that looks to difficult, so when my son bought her an Amazon  Kindle for Christmas I thought this is going to interesting. I had asked her previously if she would like a kindle and she was quite sure that she didn’t, so has she changed her mind. Read more…

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What useless gift did i recieve this christmas.

Posted by Phil on 29 December, 2012 in Useless stuff |

Well Christmas has been and gone so what useless gifts did I get  this year. As is the tradition in our household you must receive some sort of useless gift as part of the presents that receive. This year I had a hair brush, that’s not useless I hear you cry, Read more…

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Everybody needs a Radio controlled fart machine.

Posted by Phil on 22 December, 2012 in Useless stuff |


A few years ago we bought one of my sons a Radio Controlled Fart Machine for a Christmas present. If you have read any of my previous post you will know that buying useless stuff is part of the Christmas tradition in our household. Each year you can guarantee that everyone will have at least one useless gift if not more. Read more…

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Technology: I use it but don’t understand it, do you

Posted by Phil on 18 December, 2012 in Tech stuff |

technologyNow I’m old enough to remember black and white television from the good old days and find it amazing how the technology has grown since then. In fact technology is advancing at such a pace I find it hard to keep up with it. I’m only talking about tech  in the consumer world, in industry it is just as big if not bigger. Read more…

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