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Lots of little jobs

By Andy the stuff doer


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There’s some stuff I’ve done recently that I had the foresight to photograph but never got around to posting.

Here a quick taster of a couple-

Making a Giant enter Key for the Launch of the Chesterfield Post.

The Official Launch Of The Chesterfield Post

 His Worship The Mayor Cllr Keith Morgan, Toby Perkins MP and Karen Johnson, Editor-In-Chief of the Chesterfield Post, press the ‘Enter’ button to officially launch the website

(The Chesterfield Post is an on-line “local newspaper” . It’s a great source for local news and fantastic place for local business in the Chesterfield area to advertise. Take a look at The Chesterfield Post.)

It’s been a while since I made models out of foam. This job took me back to my old polytechnic days as an industrial designer 25ish years ago.

From a block of insulation foam to a key for the local MP and Mayor to push. Ask me about this, leave me a comment and I get around to adding the detail sooner rather than latter.

Giant Enter Key for launch of the chesterfield post

Giant Enter Key for launch of the chesterfield post

Fixing Our Ideal Isar Boiler.

What a pile of poorley designed near junk this boiler has turned out to be. Virtually every component that could be cost reduced below a reasonable working standard has been.

Apart from regular flame failures it does a least work now with out any leaks.

I though this was worth recording as it involve a bit a redesign and modification that saved me fair bit of money.

ideal Isar modified heat exchanger manifold block

The Manifold Block modifed with a copper tube by passing the degraded plastic

The plastic manifold that attaches to the hot water heat exchanger had degraded and cracked. This simple solution puts a copper pipe straight through the manifold right upto the seal on heat exchanger. Result. But the flame failure problem is starting to get anoying especially at shower time so its still on the list.

UPDATE – The control board has gone again. So time to bite the bullet and get a new boiler. I’ve managed to keep it running  for a good few years at minimal cost but now I’ve given up. It’s not worth the time, money and hassle anymore.

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    Andy on August 16th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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    Update on the Boiler – The control board went again, I can’t be doing with the hassel created by periods of no hot water. So it came to down to biting the bullet and shelling out for new one. My plumber who I trust totaly, convinviced be that new Ideal boilers are the bees knees. After swearing I’d never have another one it was quite a bit to swallow.
    Now we have a Ideal Logic plus and all is well (apart from the bank balance). Hopefully this won’t be a saga too be continued.

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