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Tips and Tricks!


These are little tips, tricks, and words of advice that might help you in the future. We are hoping to fill this page up, though it’s impossible to think of them all at once, and being that we are posting it, that means it’s free advice so visiting this page a semi regular basis might be worth while!   

If you have a tip or a trick that's to do with areas of service that we cover, and would like us to know about it, then why not send us an E-mail!
 

 
Electrical
  1. Multi-boards: We all have them, and usually they sit behind the TV cabinet, or under the computer desk where all dust gathers. Inserting a new plug into the multi-board can create a spark, add a good accumulation of dust over a period of time, and we have a good recipe for a fire.
By applying tape of the spare multi-board holes will prevent dust from entering the multi-board
 
  1. Broken Fluorescent tubes, and Energy saver globes.
Fluorescent tubes and CFLs (Compact fluorescent light) aka Energy saver globes contain quite a few chemicals, and when broken it’s not recommended to be picked up with your bare hands. (Philips even state it on the lids of the CFL boxes!)
So here’s what you do: 1) Find a plastic container, latex gloves, dust plan, half brush, and packaging tape. Sweep the large pieces of glass up and place in the plastic container. Use the sticky surface of the tape to pick up the small fragments of glass the brush, and pan couldn’t, and place in the plastic container. If the container is big enough place the brush and pan in the container. Tape the container lid shut and throw it in the bin!
 
  1. Old Flurosecent tubes, and Energy saver globes.
Fluorescent tubes, and CFLs (Compact fluorescent light) aka Energy saver globes that have ‘worn out’ with age and are still intact should be recycled. Most electrical companies, and electrical wholesalers will recycle them, however at a cost low cost of about $2 per tube.
 
    4. How to tell if your frosted ‘light bulb’ is dead.
 
My initial thoughts to this is question that it seems stupid. Go into the room and turn the light switch on! But is that the truly the only way? What if the switch has faulted? The last thing you want to do is go into your store of spare ‘light bulbs’ and then up a ladder to replace the blown globe with another blown globe, or that least that’s what you think!
Another true way is put an ohm meter across the terminals. But what if you don’t have ohm meter?
So what should you do before climbing back up that ladder?

With a torch with a single source (not multiple lamps). Shine it back to you through the glass towards you. You will be able to see the filament, and if it’s broken or not!

Please note. That this only works with the traditional ‘light bulb’ with a filament in it. Not any other type for example energy savers, LED lamps, Metal halide, of fluorescent.
 

 
 
Audio visual:
    4. Remote controls:
 
We all have had that frustration from time to time with remotes not working properly. Often we think that it’s the batteries that are failing, but how do you really know that is.
 
Get a camera, even cell phone camera. Point it to the end of the remote that you point to the appliance at the camera, and while looking at the camera screen, press a remote button. If you see a bright white light in the screen, then the battery’s are good. If the light is faint, or non existent, then the battery’s are dead, and need replacing.
 
A word of warning on this one: This doesn’t work on my iphone 4s, so I’m suspecting that other iphones have the same problem. I do know that it works on the Samsung phones.
 
 
  1. Dummies guide to choosing speakers.
If you really start researching what makes a great speaker. There is a lot of aspects to look into, The types of woods used, the types of magnets, the materials the cones are made out of, and then the specifications, and how to interpret them.
 
So to avoid writing ‘screeds’ of pages on the topic and lose 95% people who will read this here’s the trick that everyone will understand
 
Buy the heaviest speaker!
 
That’s it! It’s that simple. If it’s not the best speaker, it will be somewhere close!