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Solar led light electric slug & snail fence – hack how to convert

This is how to convert a cheap pound store or dollar store solar led light into an electric slug or snail fence.

Electric slug fences provide a barrier to slugs or snails and stop them eating your plants. The voltage used is safe for children, pets and wildlife. Slugs are most active at night, so the operation of the solar light suits this purpose very well. In fact there is one commercial unit that operates in the same way, but at a considerably higher cost.

The solar led light used in this video was purchased from Poundland and cost £2 for 3 lights or 67p each.  Almost all of the cheap solar lights available can also be used for this purpose, just pick the units with the largest solar panel and if you can open one up the largest rechargeable battery. The electrolytic capacitor was removed from an old circuit board, Although it is preferable it is not essential, as the capacitance from the two wires running in parallel is usually enough to allow the circuit to operate.

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Jumpking Ovalpod Trampoline Net Repair & Replacement

The safety net on my daughters trampoline finally gave up and I had was forced to replace it. To be fair it did last five years in a fairly exposed site, with heavy wind, rain and a couple of years when it snowed in the winter.

I had spent many hours repairing the net, ulitmately using a hot glue gun to reinforce any holes that appeared in it.

This was quite successful and extended the life of the net by a considerable period, but finally after many hole repairs I ordered a replacement net.

The installation took about an hour which you can see in the video below, most of the video is 16x speed with a couple of sections at 32x.

 

 

Ultimately I am pleased with this trampoline and how well it has lasted. My daughter does give it one hell of a hammering each day, so if your in the market for a trampoline I can recommend the Jumpking Ovalpod trampoline range.

 

Taking down a shed

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The opportunity to obtain some shed building materials presented itself this weekend, when my brother in law (in the photo above) decided to take down an old workshop in his garden. The downside of course being that I would have to help.

 

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The workshop was apparently built by a wood turner and had some extensive ventilation pipework in the roof.

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Finally it is down!