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Singer oil and its many uses

31/10/2013 1 comment

In a previous post, I was talking about lubricating your chain with Singer oil. I have been using this oil for years. It is easy to get and relatively inexpensive here in Singapore…costing about $1 per bottle. Originally meant to lubricate Singer sewing machines, people have used this oil for a variety of purposes. I have used this oil for years to lubricate my bicycle, to lubricate the hinges of doors, to protect my chrome handlebars from rust, oiling my rusted bearings…in fact…many other uses! I have a bottle in my toolbox and one on standby if that bottle should finish. Get a bottle today. very useful to have around the house.

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Get a chainbreaker if you ride a bike

30/10/2013 Leave a comment

A chainbreaker is a very, very useful tool to have if you ride a bike and want to degrease your chain. As a rule of thumb, you should degrease your chain every 6 months, or even more frequently should you ride constantly. Some chains do not come with master links so a chainbreaker is needed to dis-assemble it. Once you have “broken” the chain, soak it in some diesel in a glass jar. I find old glass jam jars the best for this. After soaking in the diesel for a few hours, with a few shakes to loosen out any dirt or grease on the chain, take it out and re-assemble it with the chainbreaker. After that, lubricate the chain with your favourite lubricant. I happen to like Singer oil the best. After that, you are all up and running!

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Nokia 101 dual SIM phone

29/10/2013 5 comments

I needed a new phone, just in case my Samsung C3212 croaks…and I can feel it. Some of the buttons have a very funny feel to them so I know the end is indeed near. Also, this phone, supporting the dual SIM functionality that my Samsung had, will come in handy when playing back music for events. My Samsung did not have a way of plugging in audio cables but this one does. I tried the sound just now…fabulous! It worked out really, really good. So for a little less than $40 Singapore dollars, looks like I have bought one helluva phone!

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JTS US-903DC wireless microphone system

28/10/2013 Leave a comment

A couple of days back, I got the chance to use this at a wedding event. I must say that I am pretty impressed with this. The sound was nice and clear and I can safely say that this would be a great, affordable wireless microphone system that bears serious consideration. What I also like about it is that it has a built-in battery charger! Awesome! Useful if you are using nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable batteries in your mics. Features of this microphone are, according to the website:
Preset 4 groups each of 16 UHF channels.

  • (Phase-locked Loop) synthesized technology ensures stable RF transmission and reception.
  • Diversity technology prevents dropouts in the RF link.
  • Lock-on function mode.
  • LCD indicates channel frequency, RF/AF level.
  • Equipped with both XLR balanced and Ø6.3mm unbalanced outputs.
  • Built-in charger: holds 4 AA batteries.

The only bugbear of the system was the fact that when the hotel, where this event was taking place, had their own wireless mics activated, it caused interference on one of the microphones. This was easily fixed by selecting a different frequency. Worth a look at I think and from what I can see, it looks like it is a good, value-for-money wireless microphone system.

Cadbury Bubbly chocolate

27/10/2013 Leave a comment

When I went to Australia some weeks ago, I became hooked on this chocolate. I bought a couple of bars of them and promptly munched my way through them. Very novel chocolate design is all I can say.

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CEE Form socket adapter

26/10/2013 1 comment

I have said in a previous post here that I feel like changing all my plugs to CEE Form 16A IP44 plugs. I started with this one. It is always useful to have one in your toolkit, should the need arise when you need to tap power from somewhere. I bought a new plug today and fixed it up to a spare 13A plug that I found. Instant adapter. Slowly but surely, all the plugs in my rack are going to be CEE Form plugs. No issues with water and fuses…well…maybe except for this plug attached to the CEE Form plug!

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Canvas tool bags

25/10/2013 1 comment

I have done many installation jobs in many a place. In most cases, I have come across contractors who keep their tools in canvas bags like the one I saw above. I was thinking to myself…what is so great about these bags? I only found out when I bought one. They are strong and resistant to tearing and ripping. That is why back in the day, soldiers backpacks were made of canvas, because of its long-lasting durability. Also, check out the carrying handles. They are stitched around the whole bag which means that they will be strong enough to carry heavy loads if need be. It is pretty cheap too…costing me only $8! Maybe I should get a few more of these. $8 does not hurt the pocket very much…

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