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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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I ordered some specialist flourescent lights for my kitchen
They are similar to photographic lighting in that they have the same spectrum as daylight so don't alter the colours in photos (unlike standard household lighting which gives a red or blue hue). I wanted them so that I could photograph my metal detecting finds in the kitchen without needing to point a lamp at them (too much shadow) or wait until daylight (a bit of a pain in December if you have a job). They duly arrived:

I assume that they wouldn't fit into a particular space so some bright spark decided to fold them in half. It took 3 attempts before I got a delivery in one piece. The second delivery looked OK but rattled. The third was strapped to a plank of wood and buried in a six inch deep wrap of bubble.

Having finally got them, I installed them only to find that the flourescent lamp starter thingery was on the blink and buggered (for want of a better word) one of the tubes within days. "Fuck it" I muttered to myself as I bought a bog standard replacement tube in B&Q.

The lighting gods do not want me to have "daylight balance" in my kitchen*.

*Ignore the postcode as I've moved twice since so no longer my kitchen.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 19:27, closed)
Flourescent, eh?
Did they use glowing flour to generate light?! Ho ho!
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:19, closed)
never was my fourtay.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 21:44, closed)
Have you considered as a bodge.
Manually setting the white-balance on your camera to compensate? To do this you should use a 'grey card'(paper is fluorescent so fools the camera) but they cost money, so just use the inside of a cereal box.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 23:03, closed)
I tried that
but wasn't happy with the results, the white background wasn't consistently white. I now use the manual settings which don't seem to mess with the colour balance.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 5:54, closed)
lovely tarmac on the front garden
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(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 0:10, closed)
The street is correct
but why number 52?
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 5:55, closed)

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