Archive for DIY (Destroy It Yourself)

A solution to the Fuji F40FD freezing on startup and displaying the fuji logo only

Our trusty and normally reliable Fuji F40FD hsa been giving us some intermittent trouble the past two weeks. The camera would only display the fuji logo when powered up and refuse to do anything else. Removing the battery and inserting it again some times did the trick to kick start it back into life.

A more permanent solution was required. The camera’s behaviour suggested a possible OS/firmware issue. I determined the version of the firmware by pressing in the dsp button and powering the camera on, its version was 1.01. There was 1.10 version available from the fuji website with instructions.

The firmware and the installer app were downloaded to a folder on the pc. The camera photos were backed up onto pc. The camera was then powered off and on again and all fuji sw exited on the pc. The update sw was then executed and the 6MB firmware was copied onto the camera’s sd card.

We then disconnected the camera from the pc. Powered it off and powered it back on again while holding the dsp button. Using the ok button on the camera the option to upgrade from 1.01 to 1.10 was selected. This resolved the issue and the camera seems to be back to its old reliable self.


Build your own insulation blower

There are two interesting cllips on Youtube that show two different approches to building you own insulation blower. The first uses a hairdryer (Yes you are reading that correctly)

The second utilises a vacuum cleaner/blower

The vacuum blower seems to be the safer of the two, but I know I can get my hands on an old hairdryer. I will need to remove heating elements etc and run it off a 12v battery however so I may have to rethink my strategy.

How to improve heat and sound insulation between internal wall partitions

A common problem with houses in Ireland is that the internal stud partitions are not sound proofed or insulated. In the USA one can quiet easily hire an insulation blower and blow in cellulose which has good acoustic and thermal insulation properties. Easy2diy show you how to do this using an animated tutorial it is proving very difficult to find one for hire in Irelland however. If you do know where I can hire an insulation blower please leave a comment on this entry. Thanks.
Update 19th Feb 2008
An Irish company will be coming to my house in March to blow in Rockwool insulation into my cavity walls, internal partitions and the joists between my first and ground floor (My house is a dormer so access to the floor joists is possible). It will be interesting to see what improvement will be made to our sound and heat issues.