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The new rule of this Linux Google+ group.

Ask any question that even hints of "What is the best distro".. or post any poll on a similar theme, and you get to sit in the naughty chair for a week. Two strikes and you get a life ban, and a free upgrade to Windows 10.
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A fox, sunning itself in my parents back garden.
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I picked up a "spares or repair" 0.8l ultrasonic cleaner. It looks like a customer returned unit (i.e. brand new in box, but not working).

I must admit the build quality leaves a lot to be desired, but I got it working. The main fault was the pin pushed out of its connector housing that you can see in the pictures. This was causing the display to lock up, and the ultrasonic element to run constantly.

I reseated the connector, then discovered the buttons didn't work. There were no spacers on the bolts, so I replaced those with some 5mm lengths of plastic tubing recovered from a kitchen surface spray bottle cut to length with a scalpel.

There is also a lot of hot snot used in construction, presumably to stop everything shaking loose while in use.

The PSU is missing a retaining bolt, owing to the poor layout. If fitted, it would short the heatsink to ground.

The base is also poorly constructed with the holes for the bolts drilled very close to the edge of the steel sheet. I'm glad I didn't pay too much for it.

Having said all that.. it works, and the results are impressive. I don't think my glasses have been this clean since their last visit to the optician. It also made a good job of cleaning an old Canon iP4300 print head, I have however run out of ink, so I can't test it.

It cleaned some silver jewellery and my brass front door keys.

I'll try it on a couple of small PCBs next, since that was the main reason for purchasing it. 
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New toy, batteries not included, some assembly required, which would have been a lot easier if I could have found my magnfier and the leaded solder. Squinting through two pairs of reading glasses and trying to melt the solder free solder with a big iron ('cos it doesn't melt reliably with the small one) made for a more interesting build.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182057613566 for those that want to play along.

Next step. connect it up and find out if A) I fitted the LED correctly, and B) That Orange PAYG SIMM actually still works. 
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Brilliant little animation :¬)
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Tear down. Well actually a reassembly, since I didn't take pictures of the majority of the taking apart process. I bought this brand new in box, customer return - faulty.

Some ham fisted courier had cracked the fuser, resulting in paper feed issues. I small spot of 5 minute (sic) epoxy - which I allowed to harden for 72 hours, and it is literally as good as new.

Not bad for £0.99p + carriage (oh and of course £0.01p worth of epoxy).
I bought two, one of which is now with my brother. This one included a full toner. The engine has printed 22 sheets, most of which I printed when testing. 
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So much stuff!!
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Lovely place, family run, great location, great food, polite and friendly staff. Well worth a look.
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