This pair of Scissors had cracks in both of the handles. I had tried to repair it by gluing them back together before but the joint cracked again each time. This time I added some holes with a small drill and then formed a strengthening piece from Sugru (a moldable glue, that sets hard in… Continue reading Broken Scissors
Replacing a bike brake cable to solve jamming brakes.
Repairing a suitcase with a handle that was jammed
A picture frame recently took a tumble and broke, fortunately, the glass did not break but the frame split into 4 pieces. Using some wood glue, a piece of packing paper from a recent delivery and a ratchet strap, I could glue it back together. I laid the picture on the paper and generously glued… Continue reading Photo Frame That Took a Tumble
I was getting frustrated that my computer mouse did not scroll up and down smoothly, so I decided to give it a clean as this often solves similar problems. The technique to dismantle a mouse normally involves carefully pealing back stickers to expose the screw, undoing the screws, removing the case pieces disconnecting any internal… Continue reading Slipping Mouse Wheel
Repairing a colander that had broken by replacing the spot welds with bolts
A simple fix often needs a new screw or bolt to replace one that has gone missing. Recently whilst using the garden sprayer, the plate which holds the pump handle came loose, this was caused by both screws having come off. Fortunately, I was able to find one of the missing screws so I could… Continue reading Replacing a missing screw
The plastic bracket on my bike light broke, rather than buy a new light. I wanted to repair it. Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not offer replacement parts. However, someone had created the design for one on a well know database of plastic replacement parts, called Thingiverse, see https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4186517 One of the other Repair Cafe Gosport… Continue reading 3D printed part to fix a bike light
I recently broke my pannier bag for my bike, the rivet that holds the bracket to the bag pulled through the bag. Repair Attempt 1 – New Pop Rivet Repair Cafe Gosport hosts its events at the Make Gosport community Maker Space. This is a wonderful facility that ensures a wide range of tools and… Continue reading If at first you don’t succeed try something different.
Our bike workshop can be very busy in the Spring and Summer. From changing chains to checking brakes and fixing punctures there are many small repairs that can be essential to maintaining a safe bike. In this story Keith tells us about fixing accidental mirror damage.