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Things around the house

Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:40 am

You know those Italian coffee things that are made of aluminium and you put them on the hob so that the water evaporates through the coffee and then it condenses in the top bit? Hang on.
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These. Right, well, what's the best way to clean them? Mine's got all yucky on the inside, at the bottom, and the coffee tastes bad.

Also, what's the best way to remove a toilet seat that's screwed in place really really tight?

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Post by Colin » Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:54 am

Not sure about the first one, but give the bolts a good soaking in WD40 and wait a while. I'm not really familiar with toilet seat fittings but there might be a nut on the other side holding it in, so if you've got a small enough spanner it might be easier to loosen it from underneath than trying to unscrew it. Hope this makes sense.

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Post by Contravene » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:39 pm

humblebee wrote:Also, what's the best way to remove a toilet seat that's screwed in place really really tight?
I've always found that if you just leave it for long enough, someone else in the house sorts it out

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Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:41 pm

Ta. It's a wingnut on the other side though. I can't put enough pressure on without it digging in to my fingers and hurting. I'll try the WD40 and a rag round the nut.

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Post by christine » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:25 pm

Try vinegar for the coffee pot. And I feel that the yummiest coffee is made avec le french press!

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(Plus it's not good to cook things in aluminum)

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Post by Sylvie » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:02 am

christine wrote:Try vinegar for the coffee pot. And I feel that the yummiest coffee is made avec le french press!
Or brown sauce! Either that or leave it to soak for a few days with some washing up liquid and water. I love our stove top espresso - it makes the smoothest coffee ever.

Our toilet seat's a bit loose, so sometimes you nearly fall off the loo. We should put that on our (huge) to-do list.
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Post by cuppie » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:49 am

when i worked in the kitchen of a hotel i had to clean those everyday and we had a special cleaning agent especially for them that'd have to have sitting in them for a bit before getting rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. i don't know where you'd find such thing though.

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Post by Gordon » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:42 am

Why do stovetop espresso makers get that weird fungus gel inside?
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Post by cuppie » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:34 pm

Help me anorak. I have fungus. Or mold or mildew or whatever you call it, in my bathtub. That special little black funk has formed in my tub between the bottom layer of tiles on the wall and where the top of the bathtub starts. I've tried scrubbing, which takes away some of it but I'm scrubbing so hard to get it all out that I'm compromising the caulk. I've considered getting a butter knife out and trying to hack away at it, but again, I'm concerned for the caulk. Is there some kind of special cleaning agent that would take it away? I really hate it. My morningtime ablutions are very important to me and the site of fungus hurts my feelings.

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:36 pm

We've got that in our shower. The water has got under the sealant. I'm going to strip away the sealant and put some new stuff on. Mainly because it's easier than scrubbing away like a twat for half an hour.

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Post by cuppie » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:44 pm

Really? That sounds easy enough. How do you strip away sealant? What kind of sealant do you use? What is sealant? Caulk?

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:47 pm

Aye, you need a silicone sealant and a sealant gun. They're both pretty cheap. You can get rid of the mucky stuff using a Stanley knife. Make sure you make get the surface nice and clean before you put the new stuff on though, else it'll leak.

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Post by cuppie » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:50 pm

Yeah... okay. Can I have your sealant gun when you're done with it? I promise to return it never. Or maybe I can borrow one from someone. Can I just say caulk one more time? Caulk, thanks.

What's a stanley knife?

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:54 pm

This is reinforcing ever gender stereotype going, and I won't be a part of it.

A Stanley knife is A VERY SHARP KNIFE. BE CAREFUL.

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Post by cuppie » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:03 pm

I think the reason I don't know what a stanley knife is is because I'm American and not because I'm a lady, although maybe I'm too ladystupid to even know the answer. I'm doing the milkman and there is only milk for tea.

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Post by shadow » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:17 pm

You can get mildew killing spray to get rid of it or you could just try bleach.

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Post by jamie » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:57 am

HELP
Dark patch on ceiling, feels cold, might be dampish, probably some sort of leaky roof scenario.
So what do i do?
Who do I call?
Builder, plumber, roofing inspector?
I'm an Slacker, DAMMIT*, not someone who is remotely useful or practical.
And the wife is all preggers and can't really go doing her MADD DIY SkiLLz in the attic with 6 months worth of baby in her belly.

Any ideas? Anyone? PLEASE????
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Post by Woodbine » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:21 am

Sounds like you need a roofer - unless of course you live in a flat with someone above you. It's tempting to leave it for a while because it'll be expensive, but it's best not to.
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Re: Things around the house

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:50 am

What's the best way of mopping a floor? I've got one of those Vileda things but they're shit and don't clean very well. I'm considering getting one of those old skool mops with metal bucket things, but is it shitter considering all I ever see at a supermarket are those Vileda supermop shit things?
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Re: Things around the house

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:53 am

The old ways are the best.

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