Hairdryer stopped working? Lamp won’t turn on despite changing the bulb? Toaster not toasting?  One of the most obvious things to change the plug fuse and here’s how you do it…..

 

plugfuseStep 1. Switch off and unplug the appliance

Step 2. Unscrew the screws (there’s usually 2 or 3 of them)

Step 3. Inside, it should look like this

Step 4. Remove the fuse, which is the little cylindrical shaped thing on the right, taking note of the amp rating, you’ll need to replace it with the same amp fuse

Step 5. Replace with the new fuse

Step 6. Screw the top back on the plug

Step 7. Plug it in to see if it works. If it doesn’t, call MM Electrical!

HOW TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB

No really, we are being serious! According to a survey done by Homeserve and the Daily Mail, 25 percent of people under the age of 35 aren't sure how to change a light bulb*. 

So, here’s how you do it…

Step 1. Make sure the light is off at the switch and the bulb is cool

lightbulbsStep 2. Use a proper step ladder to reach the bulb and remove.  If it’s a bayonet bulb, you’ll need to push up gently and twist anti-clockwise until it releases.  If it’s a screw bulb, simply unscrew anti-clockwise until it comes away

Step 3. Replace with the new bulb, push up and clockwise for the bayonet until it slots into place or screw clockwise until tightened for the screw bulb

Step 4. Switch the light on to make sure it works.

Don’t forget to dispose of the old bulb properly!

*The Week, 22 December 2007, p.17

HOW TO FIX A LEAKY TAP

Nothing more annoying than a leaky or dripping tap so you need to know what to do if this happens!

Step 1. Turn the water supply off.  There will be a handle in the cupboard directly under the sink

If not, you can turn off the water at the mains using the outside stopcock.

tap anatomyStep 2. Turn the valve clockwise a few times and wait a few minutes then turn the tap on to drain any water that’s left in the pipes

Step 3. Remove the tap handle, most taps have a screw between the handle and the body of the tap – unscrew this and pull the handle off.

Step 4. Take out the tap headgear, this is held in place by a nut at the top. Use a spanner to remove this nut and take out the headgear.

Step 5. Most leaks are caused by a damaged washer at the bottom of the headgear. Replace the washer and re-assemble the tap in the reverse order to which you took it apart!

Step 6. Turn the water back on and test that everything’s working fine.

Don’t forget to put the plug in while you are fixing the tap, this will stop the small screws from disappearing down the plug hole.

Next month’s blog - Some things should be left to the experts…..when to call an electrician