Category Archives: Five minute fix

Adsense to wordpress

Adding Google AdSense in WordPress

Appearance >> WidgetsYou need to determine where you want to show the ad on your website. Most commonly ads are displayed in the sidebar. You can add the Ads in your sidebar by using WordPress widgets.

Select widget locationSimply go to Appearance » Widgets in your WordPress admin area. Next drag & drop the Text widget to the appropriate widget area and paste your Google AdSense code in there.

From the widgets dialogue simply select the widget area that you wish to add your Google adsense code snippet. Here I’ve chosen the sidebar. This is to ensure that the content is not over-powered by the advertising.

Widget editNow cut and paste your Google adsense code snippet into the text area, add a title and save. This should now be saved throughout each post or page that uses the sidebar area.

Nasal irrigation (?)

Ho yeah baby, we are going straight for the juggular on this one. Stick a tube up your nose and squeeze your sinuses full of water. Oh and add some dissolved salt and bicarbonate of soda for good measure. It’s claimed to be the way forward for people like me who seem to forever being bunged up. Well, that’s nasal irrigation theory. I’m going to make one and use it, that’s what I’m going to do, we’ll see!
Elephant jug and Pugg mug

If that’s all you need to see then: Watch the Nasal irrigation video now!

The story and the facts

So, broke, bored and bunged up for the tenth day running I spent the morning internetting for all the old wives tales to fix poor head. Sure enough the one I’ve tried awfully at before came up time and again. I’m not allowed to use my wife’s elephant jug anymore as I’ve been banned. It was no good anyway, I couldn’t squeeze it and the rinse just ran out of the top onto my head. A new plan was required and a new sense of purpose.

For the bored bit, I decided to document the manufacture of my own nasal irrigation system, it really doesn’t deserve a copyright campaign to defend it but it bloody works.
If you can’t wait for ingredients then go straight to the video now. If you have two more minutes then read on and you will find the video at the bottom of the page.

Inspriation and credits for the Whole Nasal inspriation system thing

So, some credit first to the page that inspired me go for the whole Nasal irrigation thing. Secondly for the Nasal rinse (solution) ingredients list that I used for my experiment. The rest of the approach I made up but I’ll paraphrase the content below.

Nasal rinse in a nutshell

Nasal irrigation system

The nasal rinse bottle

  1. One 250ml squeezable clean and empty condiments bottle (There are some 57 varieties of these)
  2. One lid for the same bottle!
  3. Approximately 30cm of 6-8mm transparent flexible hose (I cut mine from an old activity drinking bladder)
  4. Some Blue-Tac, scissors and a drill bit the same diameter as the flexible tubing.

The nasal rinse

  • Half a teaspoon of Salt (NaCl – table salt etc.)
  • Half a Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • An average size glass of pre-boiled water but cooled to be tepid. (To be precise that’s enough to fill a 250ml bottle).

The Video – Nasal irrigation system, Kiwinutz style

Next steps?

Well, I hinted that I saw it through to the end. I’m still here, it’s not an instant cure but I do feel slightly better. The headaches are fading but the long game? I didn’t think you needed to see me squirt it up my nose, it’s not pretty but is slightly amusing. You don’t drown if that’s what you are worried about, you do still get wet(ish) but the good news is that no elephants were harmed in the making of this video.

Addendum (18th May)

Two weeks after my sinusitis attack, and my counter-attack with nasal irrigation Kiwinutz-style I’ve found that it actually works. I haven’t breathed through my nose this easily for months. I‘ve maintained my assault, sometimes three times per day, sometimes only once but always daily. I tried upping the quantity of salt and bicarb, it didn’t really provide any more benefits, in fact I quickly returned back to the recommended half teaspoon. Keeping a warm hat on has also been a good backup.

The bottle is still the original however it has started to degrade after lots of squeezing and will need replacing soon. The blue tac often needs respreading and I’m going to upgrade to a hot glue gun for the next model. The summary is that I want to progress with this, perhaps even purchase one of the commercial units but when in the middle of a sinus nightmare it was perfect for the job.

Bypass tricity bendix SI455B oven timer

Hi, If you’re reading this then you have just realised that your oven won’t work because the timer on your oven is not working properly. I spent a year pondering this before I finally got around to fixing it.

My cooker model is the tricity bendix si455b, the timer model is the gosheim D-78559-b but the principle is the same for most timers.


Getting to your oven timer by flipping the hob

Getting to your oven timer by flipping the hob

Initially I realised that if you had the hob on for cooking from saucepans then hey presto the timer started working. From this I concluded that the reason the oven wouldn’t work was because of a faulty timer. Apparently it gets stuck on ‘auto’, if you can get it off ‘auto’ then the oven works. That’s when I started investigating how to bypass the timer.

First problem – getting to the timer

Not as bad as I imagined, is the quick answer. But do ensure that you have powered off the oven from the main fuse board. Safety first! After that….

The hob effectively hinges from the rear, you just have to release enough screws from the side, and upper front until you can flip up the hob. The key to success for my model was that there were 3 screws hiding behind some inch-wide trim down the side. After that it was a doddle.

Second problem – working out which wires to connect to bypass the timer

I used some pages from the web, first was a youtube video . I also found this page on the web which was simple yet helpful because it had virtually the same timer model as mine .

It was now more straight-forward than I first thought. It did help a lot to see the above two webpages and I did approach the problem in a very considered way. Never rushing until I had thought it through properly.

Third problem – Bypass top oven and main oven procedure

Take a picture of the timer before starting to ensure that failing everything, I could put it back together again, working or not working!

Original Assembly before bypass

Original photo of wire assembly. Note wire numbers to aid the instructions

Basically the job for my cooker was to:

  • Bypass the top oven (and grill) – Wires 1 (white) and Wires 2 (red) – combine and insulate!
  • Bypass the main oven- Wires 3 (yellow) and Wires 4 (orange) – combine and insulate!

I removed wires 1 and 2, cut the spade connectors off and combined them using a wiring block. I then insulated it with insulation tape. hey presto it worked.

Top oven - combine wires 1 and 2

Top oven – combine wires 1 and 2

Bypass main oven. I could have done exactly the same (combine wires 3 and 4) as for the top oven but instead I actually pulled the yellow (wire 3) completley off the timer and the oven switch. I then pushed the doubled orange (wire 4) straight onto the oven switch where the yellow wire had been leading to. I then could comepletely remove the yellow wire from the system. Same job as combining them really but a bit neater. Below is the picture of what the yellow (wire 3) and orange (wire 4) wires look like when combined. This was me testing before I went for the final finish.

Main oven timer - combine wires 3 and 4

Main oven timer – combine wires 3 and 4

The jobs was exactly the same for both oven types, however by thinking through I realised that for the main oven, all I needed to do was to remove the yellow wire completely and push the orange wire straight onto the oven switch (where the yellow wire was removed from the switch).

Finally a picture of the timer board without the oven and top oven wires, incase of confusion.

Timer board - after bypass. Only two wires left. Leave them alone

Timer board – after bypass. Only two wires left. Leave them alone

I hope this helps!