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No bells or whisles

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After watching many black and white movies I fell the need to have my very own rotary phone. I thought it would look great on my old secretary oak desk. It didn’t took too long for me to find one. Jason’s Corner in Calgary is one of my favorite place to shop antiques and vintage. Unfortunately the phone I like the best didn’t ring it’s bell. But I still got it. It’s 50’s look was too appealing to leave it behind.


Once home I played a bit with it and then decided to opened it up to find out why the phone had gone mute. These old phones are quite simple and a ringer should not go out of work for a simple reason. Here’s how I did it. On my Automatic Electric phone there’s 6 screws on the bottom. Only 3 of them are for the base montage. The other 3 are holding the gut of it. On mine, the montage screws were indicated.


Once the screws were removed. The top easily gets off to expose the guts. It is very important that the ringer parts are not touched. They are filled with electricity and they old a charge even when not plugged.



So, I followed the wiring of the ringer to see where they led. They were doubling up some of the numbers on the one side leaving a free space. I wasn’t too sure which of the 2 doubled up was the one I needed to move but I assumed that it would be the one red sitting on top not the blue wire under the number 9. The number 7 was free of any wires. I then moved the red to the number 7 and called my land line with my cell phone. Success! The phone rang loud and clear.


Later I made a quick research on my phone and I was reading that they used to make that wrong wiring to mute the phones as there are no mute on those. Makes total sense and it’s a real easy thing to do. The loudness can be adjusted but even on the bare minimum it can still be loud.

My phone works nicely and I use it from time to time. It’s been a blessing for when my cordless runs out of batteries! I don’t even complain when I’m forced into using it. No one can tell I’m talking to them from a rotary phone. I’m not sure it would work when you need to press numbers on a call but to dial people there’s no issue. Now when I don’t want it to ring I just pull the cord. It’s a nice decorative item and practical at the same time.

For those who would like to visit Jason’s Corner. Their address is 3714 17 Avenue SE, Calgary. They have lots of nice things. Go check ’em out!


Beat up

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Apparently if you can put things together you can find ways to make something  go a few more miles. This time I have the case of a Falcon Sherpa bicycle I brought home today. It was a few weeks I was seeing it standing with other bicycles in dire need of repair or beyond repair. This guy stood in the same place for weeks. Almost no parts were disappearing of it.

The Falcon Sherpa

This bike was made in England. I believe from the 80’s. The tubing seems to be decent (804) forks included. This bike as been badly neglected and have more than one owie. First thing is all the grime caked on the rear derailleur, free wheel, rear hub and chainring. Then the right side pedal have been replaced by a hook rod some washer and nut, the left crank is of an earlier bike and doesn’t fit so it wiggles, last the left pedal is now one from a older road bike. This is a sad looking bike.

Grime on the free wheel


Grime on the rear hub


Grime on the chainring

Ill fitting crank arm and wrong pedal

Rod pedal

I don’t know much about that brand of bikes. I’ve made a quick research on the web which led to nothing. If someone knows about the English Falcons please leave a comment.





Another broken bike

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I knew I had another broken bike laying around the yard. I found it today. It’s a 10 speeds Super Cycle Grand Touring. This time I can’t say what happened to it. It’s sad because the bicycle was complete when I found it and in close to working shape. Oh well. It got stripped down of it’s good parts.

The Super Cycle Grand Touring frame


The outchie


If anyone as an idea of the cause of the booboo on this bike, don’t hesitate to pot a comment.

Cheers and don’t forget to pamper your two wheeler(s).

Recycling idea: shoe rack

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This is an idea I came up with while I was searching for a way to keep a few pair of shoes by the door. I have big and small dogs living with me. My shoes were kept by the door in a narrow hallway. Every time the dogs would go by there I’d be sure to have a few single shoe or pairs to go with them. I started thinker about something to use to that effect. I was not into those fancy and expensive racks you get in stores but into something cheap, portable and easy to clean. I remembered that old broken magazine rack I had put away in the garage. What was broken was a few spindles and missing some wood buttons. Perfect! It’s the perfect deal. It holds 4 pair of shoes, the bottom part is removable and with the handle on top it’s portable. Plus, it’s off the ground so there’s less dirt and dust on my shoes.

Magazine rack

Magazine Rack with Shoes


Feel free to use my idea. Recycling and reusing can be simple and easy. Happy recycling!

Broken Sekine

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I posted before about a bent seat tube and mentioned I had more broken bikes to show. This green Sekine is one. I have no idea what happened to it but it was sad looking when I got it. I had the same frame in good condition needing some parts so I was to use it for the parts. Project sat for years so I sold them to a good home. This guy look like it was squished. One crank harm is bent, the lower part of the seat tube is broken off, and the handles bars twisted. Poor thing.

Bent crank harm

Twisted handle bars

Broken seat tube

Seat post judgement mistake

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I love repairing bikes for multiple reasons. One is being able to see what people do to their bikes that could have been prevented. Those bikes usually end up in the garbage and I’m often there to salvage what I can from the what’s left.

Recently I pick up this nice Renegade. Very nice in appearance but someone didn’t understand seat post adjustment. So next time someone asks you “Why can’t I raise my seat post that high?” show the following pictures.¬† The bike is basically scrapped unless some extensive welding work is involved. I wouldn’t trust this week point in the bike to perform right anymore. Even straightening the collar and inserting the seat post further down would put too much strain on the rest the the seat tube and the seat post in my opinion.

The damage



I have other bikes with different broken bones too post. Stay tuned!