Simple Solutions

Simple Solutions

So here’s the thing. When you’re travelling Europe and it’s hot, we tend to head towards the coast to cool off and drink in the amazing views that inevitably the sea gifts.  As romantic and lovely as it sounds though, that strategy brings with it some challenges, namely salt and sand.  Sand I guess we can live with – get the hoover out and bosh, it’s gone.  The salt is a bit more tricky, as it’s a silent enemy that plays mischievously with your van and implements.  For a few days or so, that’s no major issue, although over a prolonged period, it could be more troublesome, as we found out this week.

After visiting some of the most amazing coastline on the Peloponnese, followed by a stay on the island of Crete, which is famous for its northerly winds, we started to experience some difficulties with our fly screen. Albeit an intermittent problem, a problem none the less. Now on a day to day basis that doesn’t sound too much of a challenge, except when someone turns up the thermostat and starts to melt you.  Open windows and vents just don’t satisfy the insatiable need for heat relief – you got to get that door open. ‘So just open the door’, I hear you scream!  Well you could be right, although then there’s that delicate balance between airflow and mosquitos!  We value our sleep far too much to risk having the door open without that little netted barrier.

So what’s a girl to do?  Well you call in the services of your very own DIY Superhero, aka Myles.  I had a fancy that our sticky screen was due to the onslaught of salt, brought in on the afternoon Greek winds.  Over five weeks that salt had accumulated and built up on the flyscreen fibres and just clogged it up.  Well that was my theory anyway.  And given that Myles loves fixing things, what better a challenge than to get him to solve our little predicament – and quickly.

After a bit of research that brought up no immediate solutions, Myles took off said door and saw no evidence for our sticky issue and so he turned to his old faithful!  WD40 – the cure-all juice.  No traveller should be without it.  So with a bit of a spray in the mechanisms and a bit of a dab on the horizontal guide strings – hey presto it works a treat.  I think we probably need a bit of warm soapy water to just finish off the job and make it a smooth operation, although so far, so good.

So if you’re ever having problems with your screen, check that there’s no sand in the bottom track and then work the material with either some warm water, or in our case WD40 and see if that makes its movement smoother.  Be mindful if you’re camping a lot by the coast that salt will have an impact on your entire vehicle and not just the fly screen.  Whilst salt may not be your particular issue, it’s worth checking it out before the costly journey to your dealer.  It’s been an interesting lesson for us.

Quick update on 10 June, whilst the WD40 certainly helped, it was still causing us some problems.  So out came the soapy, warm water and hey presto.  Problem is now well and truly resolved.  Keep it Simple!

Kx

No pressure in the kitchen tap

No pressure in the kitchen tap

When the old adage bites you in the bum cos you just plain forgot it… K.I.S.S.  Keep it Simple Stupid is a wonderful little thing ( I’ll call it a thing cos I’ve forgot the proprer word) that helps you to not over complicate things. Unfortunately if you forget it then you waste a lot of time when you needn’t have done. Oh well, I got there in the end….

Heki roof light fix

Just as you settle down to watch the ‘Ryder cup’, you get a shout from the boss… ‘I keep winding this roof light up and down and nothings happening… So a quick lift up from the tall frenchman next door and your on the roof trying to find out what the problem is……

Thetford oven fix-part 2

If you’ve seen the first video on fixing a Thetford oven knob you will have noticed ( and kindly pointed out to me ) that I didn’t actually show you what I did with the matches. I was so impressed and as my great grandaddy quite rightly taught me ‘don’t try and fix something if it ain’t broke’, I didn’t want to take it off. But I did and here’s what followed.

Fixing the oven knob

So, for some strange reason the knob on the oven that turns the gas on is just spinning round and doing nothing. It’s not even six months old and it’s broken. With no chance of getting to an oven shop to buy a new knob the challenge was on to fix it… It took me a little while thinking outside the box and with just a handful of materials I came up with this…