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Looks easy

Have you ever looked at something and thought that's easy to do, I could do it ?
Well after a few years of earache I gave in and decided to replace the grout in the shower cubicle.
Yes I looked on you tube and went down to B&Q for the required items including a grout removing tool and started the job...........
Took me hours to get the old grout out as space between the tiles was almost not existent, the grout removing tool was to wide for the gap so, had to resort to the trusty old Stanley knife but the tip of the blade soon got blunt. Fortunately it was possible to sharpen the tip again on a grinder so that was a positive.
Applying the grout was easy but I soon discovered it was much easier to complete small sections rather than a single wall as the stuff dries quick, the only other  positive to come out of this, is I will not be moving on to the bathroom !
Have you ever done something that turned out to be a lot more difficult than you thought, or something you started that on reflection you would not have done ?
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About 15 years ago I decided to finally rid the living room of the bloody horrible cladding (the ex-wife had done before we met) that covered the chimney breast. My intention was to re-plaster it. That was much harder than I ever envisaged. In the end I bought plasterboard which I erected all around the chimney breast then wallpapered over.
It looked a lovely finished smooth job and no-one else was any the wiser  Cheesy Wink

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I started out doing something just over 68 years ago, and I am still having difficulty with it...... Roll eyes
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I have an artificial fireplace in my lounge and have been wanting to get rid of it for years.  Every time I look at it I say I must do it Wink
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About five years ago I decided to fit rear parking sensors to the Ford Mondeo I had then (this is a different car to the set I had fitted professionally last year that appeared in this forum a short while ago)
I acquired a set of the number plate mounted type, "piece of cake" was the considered opinion of the instructions that came with them...Oh yeah!!
Drill a hole behind the number plate, feed the cables through, fit the new mount that holds the existing number plate that has the sensors fitted to it. Find somewhere to fit the bleeper and control unit, piggy-back the power lead onto one of the reverse lamp leads and bob's your uncle finished...
This only works if you car's number plate and rear light assembly are fitted to the hatch door. Not too many hatch backs are usually the number plate in on the hatch and the rear lights on in or part of the side bodywork. This means that the control unit can be fitted in the hatch door but, the reverse light lead must be threaded through the small flexible curly ribbed rubber tube that carries the number plate lights right at the top of the hatch door in the most excruciatingly difficult place to reach, once through the tube the lead must then be fed down through the bodywork behind trim panels to the rear lights assembly.
To say that the lead took on a life of its own when trying to be fed through the tube is seriously understating the situation, it folded up, it twisted sideways and turned back on itself but flatly refused to go further the maybe 2 inches of the 6 inches of the length of the tube before it got to the first of the elongated "S" bend. Not only that but the area of panel around where I was working had edges like razors, slashed and bleeding fingers wasn't in it.
I struggled for periods intermittently over a period of two days trying the "piece of cake" to feed the lead through the flexible tube before hitting on the idea of wrapping the end of the lead in insulating tape and soaking it liberally with washing up liquid and it went through so easily I could have kissed the the liquid bottle.
I even called the service department for the makers, who merely said that it should be quite easy, and implied that I was a complete butter-fingered cretin
Eventually, when fitted I have to admit it worked quite well for about six weeks until the auto gearbox failed catastrophically with a repair bill in excess of the value of the car.
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Re: Looks easy

Quote from: Petlew
About five years ago I decided to fit rear parking sensors to the Ford Mondeo I had then (this is a different car to the set I had fitted professionally last year that appeared in this forum a short while ago)
I acquired a set of the number plate mounted type, "piece of cake" was the considered opinion of the instructions that came with them...Oh yeah!!

Sounds like the Meta Targa SR2 I fitted some years ago to my car, I've just had the number plate holder of the other month to fit a new number plate, bit of a pain having to reclip the sensors & wires back on to the holder on refitting.
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Sounds about right. When removing it from the car when it was scrapped I damaged one of the sensor lead plugs, and got a spare pair of sensors as I was planning on re-fitting it to another car but never did. If you need an unused pair of sensors let me know.
Sorry gleneagles, have hi-jacked your thread.
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Oh boy.. where do I start?  Crazy
Then there was the day I needed to use my computer and it went wrong. Unable to use it, I thought no problem, I'll turn to one of the many spares I have floating around. Pulled one out the cupboard, hooked up the keyboard, mouse and monitor.. damn thing dropped dead. Grabbed another, same thing. Went for number 4, also dead. 5 came out and had no hard drive (scavenged for one of he previous 4). Eventually the last one came out and worked.. although zonealarm was out of date and moaning about its security certificate being missing and crashing the computer. No problem, wound the date back a year via the bios and booted again. I finally got online  Crazy
The laptop charging socket.. easy to get to, unsoldered while precariously balanced on my knee, replaced the socket, got it all put back together, screen / lid and hinges are all fitted in beautifully, folded the lid down and heard a nasty cracking sound. Opened it up, corner of the screen is cracked  Roll eyes
Car needed a cambelt change. Took it to one garage, no thanks they said. Off to another, another, another.. eventually one tried, failed miserably. Another tried, also failed gave me a BS excuse as to why it couldn't be done. Fine me thinks.. I'm competent with hardware, I'll DIY it and get it done myself. Engine crane, 3 socket sets, 3T trolley jack and many other tools later, I'm tooled up for the job. Lump came out easy enough, timed up, engine in, car wouldn't start  Shocked. Had a specialist check it, timing good, coil good, air and fuel good... 3.5 hours later he's running away beaten  Cry Not to be beaten I bought the proper timing tool. Engine out again, timed up, found both cams were out (so much for the experts timing check eh?), reset them, engine back in, still wouldn't start  Embarrassed. In, out, in, out, in, out and the car still wouldn't go. Checked ignition with timing gun: sparking, fuel getting in through the rails, plugs are sparking, plugs out, fuel vapour is puffing out, still no ignition, cylinder pressure is good  Crazy Conclusion? Car is haunted, give up on it. Left it a year, went back to it, tried starting and noticed it smoking a bit. Followed the loom and the only thing it lead to was the working ignition coil. Swapped that out for a spare I had and the car came to life instantly  Cheesy Got it all done up again properly, shuffled it round a bit to wear the rust of the brakes and then it overheated and took out the autobox  Angry  Roll eyes 3 years after I started the job its still sat there  Cry Due to ongoing health problems it won't be getting done this year either unless they fix me up once and for all  Lips are sealed I have a spare autobox and a spare engine / autobox but not the physical ability to do the job  Cry
Went and put up a shed.. straight forward job right? Built a base, put up the shed walls, put the roof on and guess what? Crooked  Shocked Somehow rectangluar shed sides have bent themselves. Turned out that the front and rear had moved sideways in opposite directions due to the ground underneath. Sorted that out to find the door was crooked  Crazy Put up another one, that went together perfectly but within a month was going mouldy despite being treated before purchase and having a 10 year warranty  Roll eyes
Found out we had mice in the loft a while back, got the council pest controller out (free - woohoo!) and he said he'd get it sorted. 4 weeks later he gave up and hasn't come back since. Ok he dealt with some of them but clearly realised this was going to be a bigger job than he thought and gave up. Damn things are still running round chewing things up at night  Roll eyes Think I'm going to have to setup a humane trap up there and get me a new pet  Cheesy
I have a car alarm siren sat on the desk that I started repairing years ago. Got to the one last component that needed replacing and I couldn't identify it. It's still sitting here now as I've no idea what to do with it  Undecided
Maplin pic programmer assembled, didn't work. Took back, they sent a replacement, assembled that (two years later) and then realised the new PC doesn't have a RS232 serial port  Cheesy
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Replacing a faulty tailgate courtesy switch on my Megané.
A couple of years ago I replaced a similar switch on a passenger door in about 10 minutes but the tailgate one had long since decided that it was a permanent feature of the tailgate and wasn't going anywhere.
I took the inner panel off to gain access to the rear of the switch and removed the plug but the switch is held in by 3 legs which have to be squeezed together to extract the switch and in the tight space between the inner and outer skins this proved virtually impossible.
I ended up destroying the switch and removing it piece by piece.....good job it was already faulty.
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One bulb has failed under the heater air direction selection rotary switch in my current Toyota which keeps one small section of the backlit dial dimly lit. Looked in the Haynes manual for it, and it seems almost the entire dashboard and associated panelling etc. has to be stripped down to get at the errant bulb.
Local Toyota dealer quoted in excess of £100 to fix it +VAT.
Have decided to put up with it, but it niggles me every time I turn the lights on...
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Strat, you saying about your switch reminds me of similar I had with my partners ford ka.
She noticed one day that the dashboard bulb for the dipped beam headlights wasn't working and what with the MOT coming in a week or two she said it needed dealing with urgently.
I promptly set about dismantling the cowling around the wheel in order to get the dials out. Easier said than done. The cowling wasn't too bad but the dials were a pita. It took me around 2 hours to work out how to pull it forward and twist it round to bring it forward a whole 1cm  Crazy It's a round unit (well almost) too so it should have been easier to twist round than the rectangular one in our other car. Anyway turns out it had a metal gearbox cable attached to the back of it which I couldn't get off for all the horsemeat in Tescos.
I eventually rang up Haynes themselves and spoke to their techy who had helped write the manual for the ka. No problem he says, despite it being a round shape, you have to 'sort of' move it sideways and then it will pull off. Unconvinced I gave it a go and sure enough it came off. Got the bulb out, put in a known working one, reassembled it all and it was still dead  Shocked Not good!
All apart again, this time the gearbox cable decided to be difficult even with the new 'trick' I had been taught and it took half an hour to get back out again. Eventually did it, swapped the bulb for another known working bulb, back in again.. still dead  Roll eyes
I decided it must be faulty so reassembled it so I at least had a speedo and headed off to ford with swmbo. Got there, grabbed a tech, pulled it all apart again and he was baffled. Only thing he could recommend was buying another speedo for £mega or just pulling the bulb out and taking a chance at the MOT. Closing time comes along, tech walks out the door while I'm still putting it together again and says "Oh by the way, those don't actually have a light for the dipped beam headlights anyway" before walking off with a big grin on his face  Grin
By this point I'd spent the best part of six hours on it (diverting my time from repairing our other car which needed a much more important repair done) only to find out that swmbo had got confused with the 'other' car and thought this one had a working dipped beam light on the dash noticed it not working and assumed it had failed Roll eyes
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Dry-stone walling.......mine always looks like a heap of badly arranged stones Embarrassed
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Maplin pic programmer assembled, didn't work. Took back, they sent a replacement, assembled that (two years later) and then realised the new PC doesn't have a RS232 serial port  Cheesy

You can get a RS232->USB cable for a couple of quid.  My Cisco has a serial port for configuration when it's "blank" but obviously no serial port on my PC, so the USB job works wonders although probably not a sound investment if you're only going to use it once or twice or don't have many serial port products to use with it.
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I have (had for a year +) a new bath to fit to the ..
Looked at the system, have to remove:-
basin & unit, bath surround, water H&C taps etc.
Water taps are against the wall and the bath comes down infront of them, given my arthritis I didn't fancy trying to get my arm up to remove the nuts, also the pipes are almost certainly 1/2" and the new tap etc is 15mm, no isolation valves so they need fitted as well... Maybe next year.
However I did replace the toilet unit, had to buy a few extra bits as the new one was :
a. newer
b. lower
c. further out
But got it in after some faffing about then discovered the tank-toilet seal was leaking, water off, strip down again and apply silicon sealant (great stuff). Been fine for past year or so. Had to disassemble it last month when it got a blockage, found it was between the seal and the pipe outside, so prodded with a bit pipe to clear it and reassemble the toilet again.
When IF I do the bath I will re-floor the toilet with laminate as the current floor is past its best.
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I think there are times when it is better to call in a man who knows Wink