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Setting the Time on the Clock for the Blanco BSO422W Oven

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left.

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left

Continue holding the 2nd button down.

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left.

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left while the 2nd button is still held down

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left while the 2nd button is still held down

Continue holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left down.

Twist the knob left and right to set the time you want.

Twist the knob to set the time while holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left

Twist the knob to set the time while holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left

Now you can release the two buttons you’ve been holding down.

Hyundai Sonata Won’t Start In Drive, Locks Up

I blew my (mental) gasket today in a tense situation in peak hour traffic when I stopped my car (intentionally) but couldn’t get it to start again.

When you turn the engine off while in Drive (D) you can’t actually turn the keys all the way to the “lock” position to remove them. In this situation:

  • the transmission is in D (drive) and can only be moved into N (neutral)
  • you cannot move the transmission into P (park) even with the foot brake applied
  • the keys cannot be removed from the ignition
  • the keys can be twisted into the “start” position but the car won’t start while the transmission is in D (drive)
  • the car will only start again with the transmission in N (neutral)

It is only when the car is running, and the foot is on the brake, that you can put the car in P (park) and switch the car completely off removing the keys.

Believe me, this is so frustrating.

I don’t know if my car has a fault, or if Hyundai want to just put unsuspecting drivers in impossible situations in heavy traffic.

Adjusting a Sliding Door’s Wheels

So you have a mirrored sliding door and you want to put it on the tracks for the first time; but it doesn’t seem to quite fit. Ideally the wheels should go down and something needs to secure the door to the track above.

First step is to identify the top and bottom of the sliding door. The wheels are at the bottom. We’ll come to the top later.

The wheel looks like the following picture:

Sliding door wheel

Sliding door wheel

What we want to do is twist the screw (left or anti-clockwise to raise, right or clockwise to lower) until the wheel is at the height we want it.

The screw head pushes against the plate to give the wheel height

The screw head pushes against the plate to give the wheel height

So get a plus screwdriver, if that is the kind of screw fitted to your door wheel mechanism, and give it a twist until you get the height you want.

Twist the screwdriver anti-clockwise or left to raise the wheel, clockwise to lower

Twist the screwdriver anti-clockwise or left to raise the wheel, clockwise to lower

Note that if you want to make your door lean you can raise or lower just the one side of the door. The following diagram should make this clearer:

Raising the right wheel makes the door lean left

Raising the right wheel makes the door lean left

Now for the top of the door. You can identify the top of the door by a sliding mechanism designed to push up and fit into the track above the door.

Sliding mechanism at the top to fit into the track above

Sliding mechanism at the top to fit into the track above

Quite simply push this up until you hear a click and the mechanism has settled into place in the elevated position.

Push up the sliding mechanism until you hear it click

Push up the sliding mechanism until you hear it click

It should stick in the elevated position. You can lower it when it comes time to take the door out (for cleaning or replacement).

Sliding mechanism on top of door should stay in place in elevated position

Sliding mechanism on top of door should stay in place in elevated position

Nissan Primera P12 2.0 Diagnostic Tricks

No responsibility is taken from any problems that may occur from following any advice in any part of this post.


Programming Key Fobs

This is necessary after putting a new battery in a key fob.

Switch ignition-switch exactly six times from the “LOCK” to the “ON” position within 10 seconds and return the ignition switch to the “LOCK” position, key may be removed from the ignition. After 2 seconds the hazard lights will flash twice!

For each key: Press and hold the unlock button (black) while pressing the lock button (red) 3 times. Then release the unlock button. The hazards should flash once! Do the same for the second fob.

Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position. The hazards should flash twice! The only keys the car will accept are those you just programmed.


Getting into Maintenance Mode

SELF DIAGNOSIS and CONFIRMATION/ADJUSTMENT MODE

  • START ENGINE
  • TURN AUDIO SYSTEM OFF
  • WHILE PRESSING THE INFO SWITCH,TURN THE VOL CONTROL 30 CLICKS OR MORE (dosen’t matter which way)

When self diag and conf/adj mode is started a short “beep” will be heard.

  • Select CONFIRM/ADJUSTMENT
  • Select SERVICE

You should be able to reset and make any adjustments on the screen displayed. If you need to go back a screen at any stage, use the “PREV” button.


Obtaining ECU Engine Codes

  • make sure your foot is off the accelerator pedal
  • twist ignition key to engine on (but don’t actually start engine)
  • wait 3 seconds
  • press the accelerator pedal to the floor and all the way back up 5 times in quick succession
  • wait 7 seconds
  • push pedal to the floor, count to 10 (by the time you get to 10 the engine light should come on), release the pedal when you see the engine light on the dash

The engine light will communicate error codes. It will flash n times for a digit of n (10 times for a zero). The slow flashes indicate the first digit. The rapid flashes will be for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th digits of a code.

Credits

Information taken from www.nissanhelp.com.


How to Remember What Flashing Lights Mean When Locking

When you press “lock” on your key fob the indicators flash one long time. When you press “unlock” on your key fob the indicators flash twice.

What’s a good trick to remember whether two flashes means lock or unlock?

Say the word as the indicators flash. Lock has one syllable. One flash. Unlock has two syllables. Two flashes.

“Lock” (flash)

“Un…” (flash) “…lock…” (flash)

Easy!

You Can Use A Sky Dish For Freesat Indoors

So I found myself with a Sky dish and a LG flat screen television with a satellite connector on the back.

I wondered if I could try out the dish indoors (before going to the trouble of having it installed outside).

It turns out that, yes, I can receive satellite transmissions indoors.

I put my Sky dish on top of a cardboard box (to give it height so I could put it out the window) and a wooden stick to elevate the dish as follows in this photo:

Using a Sky Dish Indoors

Using a Sky Dish Indoors

Next I tried getting my television to auto-tune the Freesat satellite. The Freesat satellite around London is ASTRA 28.2E. That has the following details:

  • LNB Frequency: 9750/10600
  • Transponder: 10714,H,22000
  • LNB Power: On

I had to wiggle the dish to a position where it actually picked up programs. It seems rather sensitive to being moved either sideways or vertically. Different satellites may be right next to each other – so be warned, the position of the dish is very, very sensitive! But once I got it programs started being found:

Television Finding Freesat Programs

Television Finding Freesat Programs

The LG TV has another useful function – after doing the automatic tuning then try selecting the manual tuning facility. It shows the signal strength!

Manual Tuning Reveals Signal Strength

Manual Tuning Reveals Signal Strength

The “signal quality” appears affected by my distance to the dish/cable – dropping from 100% to 70% as I walk towards it.

Questions

Would I Use The Dish Indoors?

Probably not for long. It is unsightly. And you need to be in a South-facing room high enough for a line-of-sight view of the horizon.

What Do I Think of Freesat?

Pointing the Dish Slightly Off-Target

Not many English-language channels. With 300+ to pick from it is a matter of luck whether I land on a channel I can understand – it’s almost not worth the effort.

Pointing the Dish in the Right Direction

There are hundreds of channels to choose from. A lot of them are different regional versions of the same channel for BBC or ITV. But there are a few others, and some high definition (HD) versions of channels that you can’t get on Freeview.

How Do I Flip Back To Freeview/Aerial?

On the LG TV press Guide, then the red button for “Programme Mode” (whichever is required).

Or press the “LIST” button, then the red button for “Programme Mode”.

New Samsung Fridge/Freezer Beeping Constantly

So you just had a new Samsung fridge/freezer delivered (e.g. model RL60GZEIH). The workmen are long gone having instructed you to leave it off for 4 hours (to let the compressor liquids settle at the bottom).

It’s the big moment! You plug in the fridge for the very first time! And flip the switch! It’s on…

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

What’s going on? Why won’t it stop beeping?

The display has the “speaker” icon on – and shows horizontal dashes or lines for temperature.

FEAR NOT: this is normal. In fact this is a “temperature” alarm to alert you to the fact that the fridge/freezer is too warm inside. This will usually happen after a power outage (according to the Samsung fridge/freezer manual) when powering on.

SOLUTION: press the “alarm” button to clear the alarm. If this doesn’t work hold down the “alarm” button for 3 seconds until the “speaker” icon disappears – this will disable audio alerts. You can re-enable them again once the fridge reaches operating temperatures.

Flashing Wash and Dry Lights on Bosch Dishwasher

I was using a Bosch table-top SKS51E18EU_IX model dishwasher.

When I turned it on I was confronted with the “wash” and “dry” lights (LEDs) flashing alternately.

First the wash light:

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX wash light

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX wash light

Then the dry light:

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dry light

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dry light

And then the wash light again and so on.

The cure? I had simply not selected a program using the dial (because I’d been twisting the knob to set the salt level earlier). Turn the dial until a washing program is selected!

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dial needs to be turned to select a valid program

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dial needs to be turned to select a valid program

Setting the Time on Technika Oven

Model B59MTI.

Here is what the front of the oven panel looks like:

Front panel of Technika oven

Front panel of Technika oven

To set the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left simultaneously and, to decrease the current time, press the – button as illustrated:

Hold down 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left and press the minus sign to decrease the time

Hold down 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left and press the minus sign to decrease the time

To increase the current time press the + button while holding down the 2nd and 3rd butons from the left simultaneously.

To increase the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left while pressing the plus sign button

To increase the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left while pressing the plus sign button

When finished let go of all of the buttons.

Making Apartment Windows Open Wider

Frustrated by windows that barely open at all? I was. In a perpetually hot apartment during the summertime I desperately wanted air to flow through in the evenings to cool the place down. But the furthest I could open my windows was this:

the widest my window would open

the widest my window would open

Today I discovered how to open the windows wider – without breaking anything!

The Solution

With the window opened as above – I looked on the right hand side of the frame – and saw this:

view of the right-hand-side of the window frame when slightly ajar

view of the right-hand-side of the window frame when slightly ajar

I pushed the black bracket upwards.

push the black bracket upwards

push the black hinge upwards

With the black hinge up it allowed the window to release and open wide.

the circled latch is freed from the black bracket and the window can swing open

the circled latch is freed from the black bracket and the window can swing open

Now the window is wide open as in the following photograph:

fully open window now

fully open window now

Next time you pull the window shut the black bracket will slide up and down to latch the window into the narrow-gap mode again.

Setting the Timezone on a Casio Waveceptor Solar Edifice Watch

To Set the Timezone

  • press and hold the top-left button.. you will hear one beep, keep holding, you will hear two beeps, you can release
  • use the bottom-right and top-right buttons to change the home timezone
  • press the top-left button again, now you will see the alternative-timezone selection
  • use the bottom-right and top-right buttons to change the alternative-timezone
  • press the top-left button again, and the analogue hands will move to reflect the new home timezone

Pictorially

Start from the main time screen.

Start from the main time screen

Start from the main time screen

Next press and hold the upper-left button.

Push and hold the upper-left button

Push and hold the upper-left button

You will notice the information screen says GET. Ignore this and keep holding! You will hear a beep and the screen will go blank. Keep holding the upper-left button down – don’t let it go yet!

Keep holding the upper-left button even after you hear the beep

Keep holding the upper-left button even after you hear the beep

Eventually you will hear a double beep and the timezone (and time) will be displayed.

Release the upper-left button after you hear the double-beep

Release the upper-left button after you hear the double-beep

You can release the upper-left button.

Now you can change the home timezone of the watch. When all is said and done the analogue hands of the watch should move to the new time of the timezone you set here. Press the lower-right button to move forward a timezone.

The lower-right button moves forward a timezone

The lower-right button moves forward a timezone

Press the upper-right button to move back a timezone.

The upper-right button moves back a timezone

The upper-right button moves back a timezone

Finally press the upper-left button when you are done. You will now be able to set the secondary timezone (which doesn’t affect the analogue hands). Press this upper-left button once this is complete and the new settings will take effect.

The upper-left button will now take you into the secondary timezone configuration

The upper-left button will now take you into the secondary timezone configuration

All done!

To Manually Set the Time or Change the Date

  • press and hold the top-left button.. you will hear one beep, keep holding, you will hear two beeps, you can release
  • use the bottom-left button to cycle through various settings including:
    1. home city
    2. daylight savings (auto/on/off)
    3. 12/24 hour mode
    4. seconds
    5. hour
    6. minute
    7. year
    8. month
    9. day of month
    10. power-savings (on/off)
  • use the bottom-right button to change any of the settings above
  • when you are finished press the top-left button to get to the second-city timezone setting, and top-left button again to return to the current time