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lemonade
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I'm Back!!!

Post by lemonade »

Hello Samantha,
I wish I'd time to be sunning myself! :lol: Yes DaveT has answered your question perfectly. You'd be better off looking for a smaller and probably less noisey domestic sewing machine. I'm not sure what Sewing shops are around in Sydenham, however I don't know if you know Croydon, but at Church Street Tram Stop there is an excellent Singer specialist, or perhaps you could just look again on ebay or even Argos, etc.

Hello Annie,
There have been some good suggestions on a previous post within this thread about cleaning a bath. One forum member suggested using Coca-Cola!!! I would suggest trying Viacal or better still...Go to a Builder's Merchant and buy a small (about half a litre) container of "Disclean"... It's Formic Acid. Make sure you use goggles and gloves!!! Keep the room well ventilated!!! Apply by simply pouring the Disclean in neat and brushing it in. The scale will fizz and will clean everything up like new. Then simply pull the plug and rinse off thouroughly with plenty of cold water.
It will not harm plastics, nor steel. It cleans away rust marks if any.
It should leave your bath like new.
The Disclean should cost around £6 or so.
Use Washing up gloves. The builder's merchant should also sell goggles, normally used for grinding. They will cost about a fiver.
All the best

Annie
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Post by Annie »

:o
Thanks for that Lemonade,I have just sent an Email to the company that makes it and am waiting a reply to see where i can buy it from,i tried a local bath center but they suggested buying it from Boots! not sure if they were joking Haha.but if all else fails i will try them :lol:

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Post by Annie »

:)
Hiya Lemonade just an update on the bath cleaner,
the people who sell the stuff said i shouldn't use it on a bath because it's only meant to clean off mortar from new brick work? :cry:

lemonade
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Disclean

Post by lemonade »

Hello Annie
Yes indeed it is meant as a mortar cleaner, but it really is fantastic for removing limescale, rust, etc.
I can give you some insider knowledge...There are companies out there who clean Automatic Carwashes. They use Disclean to remove limescale and algae off the carwash plastics, fibreglass doors, metal and glass too. If the automatic carwashes weren't cleaned you could imagine how filthy they'd become.
Honestly give it a go, you'll be delighted by the result, I assure you.
...As for Boots, yes I think they're pulling the wool over your eyes, you won't find it on sale there.
I can loan you some goggles if you wish....In fact if you like I can even do it for you for free!!! It would probably take 20 mins tops....Only trouble is you'd be so pleased you'd want me to do your sinks, wc(s) and so on.
It's fantastic for cleaning patios too.
Anyway I meant what I said about doing it for you. PM me if you wish.
Lemonade

lemonade
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Personal Messages

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Hello to all who've sent me PM's lately.
Sorry I've not had a chance to reply/contact some of you yet. I've been working away and just haven't had the chance.
However I aim to contact all ASAP
Thanks for your understanding.
Lemonade

Annie
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Post by Annie »

:lol: Ahhhh thanks Lemonade, if i wasn't so ashamed of my bath i would gladly let you do it haha,
i will try it and let you know how i got on but i'm going away on hols for 3 weeks at the end of this week so i'll do it when i get back cos iv'e got a lot of packing to do :lol:
thanks again for your advice xx :lol:

SamC
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lemonade wrote:Hello Samantha,
I wish I'd time to be sunning myself! :lol: Yes DaveT has answered your question perfectly. You'd be better off looking for a smaller and probably less noisey domestic sewing machine. I'm not sure what Sewing shops are around in Sydenham, however I don't know if you know Croydon, but at Church Street Tram Stop there is an excellent Singer specialist, or perhaps you could just look again on ebay or even Argos, etc.

Hello Annie,
:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :D
hi lemonade. hi davet. thankyou both for your advice. i have decided against buying the 3p sewing machine from ebay. i will look around for another one. i will take a bit of more time and look for a good one going cheap. no i dont know of any sewing shops in sydenham so i will have a look at the one you said in croydon next time i go there. :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: hi annie. i have been reading about your bath and what you said about discleen not suitable for cleaning. i dont know anything about it except to say if lemonade says it works you should trust him as i do. he had helped me out many times and he is a really lovely man. so trust me on it.
SamC :lol:

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Post by Annie »

:o
Hiya SamC
Yes i do intend to try Lemonades suggestion about the DIsclean as anyone who offers to do something for free must be well convinced that it works so thats good enough for me!
but as i said to Lemonade i'm away for 3 weeks at the end of this week so i will try it as soon as i get back, But thanks Sam for youe input :wink:

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Re: I'm Back!!!

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SamC wrote:......

Hello Annie, :D
:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: i have been reading about your bath and what you said about discleen not suitable for cleaning. i dont know anything about it except to say if lemonade says it works you should trust him as i do. he had helped me out many times and he is a really lovely man. so trust me on it.
SamC :lol:[/quote]


Ahh thanks SamC. That's very nice of you to say that about me. :D

LisaCummins
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Hiya Lemonade

Post by LisaCummins »

Hey Lemonade, I hope you can offer me some good advice. I recently moved to Sydenham. My house alarm kept ringing for no apparent reason. I have (& so have my neighbours) had enough of it, that I have disconnected it. I do not know what make it is and really do not care. I reckon it is as old as the house itself. My house was built in 70's!!!!!
What I would like advice on is which type of house alarm would you recommend. There are so many different alarms on the market and prices range considerably. I am thinking of going for something which I can fit myself, as for security reasons, I do not want people in to do it. (It would be like telling a stranger where my spare key is)
So please Lemonade, any advice please?????
Thanks
Lisa

lemonade
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Your House Alarm

Post by lemonade »

Hello Lisa
Firstly, Welcome to the forum!
There are numerous house alarms available thesedays and mainly 2 types of house alarms for DIY installation. A hard wired system and a RF system.
The hard wired Alarm normally consists of a mains powered control unit with a bell/siren unit, complete with rechargable back-up batteries in the control unit and siren. The door and window contacts and the Passive infrared detectors (PIR's) are wired in and therefore apart from replacing the rechargable back-up batteries every couple of years, the system is virtually maintenance free.
The drawback with the hard wired system is the amount of wires which need to be run, which can often be untidy and I've known people's cables to get chopped by carpet fitters, etc. Also because numerous wires need to be run, the installation can take much longer :cry:
Personally I prefer the Wireless-Radio frequency (RF) type. The Control unit and each door contact, PIR, Panic push, siren box and other accessories have their own batteries. There are few wires to run and the installation can easily be completed in a day.
The drawback with a RF alarm system is the fact that the batteries will require replacing ever 2 years or so.
My personal choice is the Yale HSA 3500 system.
The Yale is very reliable. I have one myself. The control unit alerts you when each accessories battery requires replacing. The HSA 3500 also connects to the telephone. You can program the unit to dial your mobile phone in the event of an alarm activation. You can dial your alarm when you're out and check the status for added peace of mind. There's even a "Listen in" facility where you can hear anyone in your house. In fact it is packed with features, I could spend all day telling you about.
Most of all as I said though, it is RELIABLE. Your neighbours will be pleased too.
Yale also offer a telephone helpline which I have used and I can say are very good. :D
The accessories for the Yale can work out expensive, but you can add them as time goes by. Yale offer Door contacts + add-on magnetic contacts, (though if you have UPVC windows, I'd recommend you purchase additional stick-on magnetic contacts from Maplin Electronics Stores) PIR's, panic pushes, remote keypads, extra bell boxes/sirens and even Smoke detectors. Yes you can even use the Yale as a Fire Alarm.

Please feel free to ask me if there's anything else you'd like to know, either by PM or openly within the forum.
All the best
Lemonade

LisaCummins
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Yale House Alarm

Post by LisaCummins »

Hi Lemonade,
Thanks so much for your very detailed and superbly prompy reply :)
Maybe you could be my Security Advisor :lol:
I have been browsing the internet, looking at the Yale HSA 3500 system which you have recommended. I have seen it advertised in various places and considering the features, it seems quite reasonably priced.
I will let you know what happens, I have decided to go with it.
Thanks again. You're a star!
Lisa
x

GemStone
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SORRY TO BE A PAIN

Post by GemStone »

HI LEMONADE,
SO SORRY TO BE A PAIN. I KNOW I SHOULD NOT CONTACT YOU JUST WHEN I NEED YOUR HELP BUT YOU SEEM TO BE THE MAN IN THE KNOW.
I HAVE A SEIKO QUARTZ CLOCK. IT IS MOUNTED ON THE WALL. IT USES A SMALL AA 1.5 BATTERY WITCH I HAVE CHANGED RECENTLY BECAUSE THE CLOCK WAS RUNNING SLOWER THAN NORMAL. IN FACT IT IS LOOSING ABOUT HALF HOUR A DAY.
I DO NOT JUST WANT TO THROW THE CLOCK OUT AS MY LATE WIFE WAS GIVEN IT FOR HER RETIREMENT. IT IS OF REAL SENTIMENTAL VALUE. I SPOKE TO A CLOCKMAKER IN SUTTON WHO SAID IT IS A THROW AWAY CLOCK.
PLEASE LEMONADE APART FROM ME SETTING THE HANDS HALF HOUR FORWARD EACH DAY IS THERE A WAY OF FIXING IT?
THANKS MATE
JIM STONE (GEMSTONE)

lemonade
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Quartz Clock

Post by lemonade »

Hello Gemstone
Please feel free to contact me whatever your reason!
Now about your quartz clock, it sounds like from what you've mentioned, you've a standard "square" quartz movement. These movements are made in Japan and are normally not repairable, however you can get replacement movements from Maplin Electronic Stores. You will also find Maplin online if you wish.
There are two main types of movement...A standard quartz movement which costs around £8.00 or a better movement which incorporates a self adjusting "Radio controlled" movement which sets itself automatically by using the Rugby Transmitter. This is especially useful for adjusting automatically between the dreaded BST and GMT. This movement retails around £15.00.
Each movement can be replaced very easily. The transparent face of the clock comes away. The Second hand simply pulls off, followed by the minute hand and then the hour hand. You will find a small nut which unscrews. Once you have unscrewed the nut, the movement will simply pull away from behind the clock. Simply fit the new movement in reverse order. You can also purchase new hands of various types. (often roman numeral clocks have fancy style hands, whilst numerals or dots normally use simpler straight hands)
Well Gemstone I hope this answers your question. Any problems, please don't feel bad about letting me know.
Regards
Lemonade.

chrisf
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Hey Lemonade

Post by chrisf »

Hey Lemonade

Can U tell me if U know about tilling?
YRU called Lemonade?

Cheers man!

Chris :wink:

lemonade
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Re: Hey Lemonade

Post by lemonade »

chrisf wrote:Hey Lemonade

Can U tell me if U know about tilling?
YRU called Lemonade?
Hello Chris
Are you referring to tiling? What would you like to know?
I chose to call myself Lemonade as it's almost an anagram of my name.

DaveT
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tilling and lemonade

Post by DaveT »

so, if you're almost an anagram of lemonade,

Ade Melon
Mad Leone
Dame Leon
Damn Loee
Lade Mone
Moan Deel

or perhaps... using the "almost" bit...
Made (F)elon

chrisf
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Re: Hey Lemonade

Post by chrisf »

lemonade wrote:
chrisf wrote:Hey Lemonade

Can U tell me if U know about tilling?
YRU called Lemonade?
Hello Chris
Are you referring to tiling? What would you like to know?
I chose to call myself Lemonade as it's almost an anagram of my name.
Hey Lemonhead :lol: :lol: :lol:
No man :!: :!: :! Wot R U chattin about :?: :?: :?:
I wanna do some tilling in me bathroom.
If U can help den gissa call.
Nice1
Chris

lemonade
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Re: Hey Lemonade

Post by lemonade »

chrisf wrote:
lemonade wrote:
chrisf wrote:Hey Lemonade

Can U tell me if U know about tilling?
YRU called Lemonade?
Hello Chris
Are you referring to tiling? What would you like to know?
I chose to call myself Lemonade as it's almost an anagram of my name.
Hey Lemonhead :lol: :lol: :lol:
No man :!: :!: :! Wot R U chattin about :?: :?: :?:
I wanna do some tilling in me bathroom.
If U can help den gissa call.
Nice1
Chris
No Chrishead, I can't (be bothered to) help you - Man! :x

lemonade
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Re: tilling and lemonade

Post by lemonade »

DaveT wrote:so, if you're almost an anagram of lemonade,

Ade Melon
Mad Leone
Dame Leon
Damn Loee
Lade Mone
Moan Deel

or perhaps... using the "almost" bit...
Made (F)elon
Hello DaveT
I never realised there were so many anagrams for lemonade.
For personal reasons I don't wish to tell the www my name. But actually many people have asked. My name is Adrian (Ade for short) & lemon is very similar bar one letter to my surname.

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