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    So in the process of repairing / replacing my garage motors we discovered one of the end stop sensors weren’t working. So the garage door wouldn’t stop make a clunk sound and then open again to the correct position.

    So on a late Saturday afternoon I set out looking for a security shop that stores end stop sensors. Couldn’t find any so came home and had to use the old grey matter. I discovered that in the centre there was a magnet – so went around the house thinking how to close a magnetic circuit. After a few moments it hit me – the alarm triggers (door / window sensors, entry sensors) have a magnet and a reed switch. Installed a reed switch as an end stop on the garage motor and it worked perfectly.

    Later that week went to find out the price of the sensor pack which was about R350 – and my solution costed me R10.


    How reed switches work:


    Read more about reed switches at



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    Centurion Systems make a great product. Fairly easy to setup and configure. Recently half my motor was stolen so I thought let me rebuild it component by component.

    Surprisingly, it was fairly simple and the online support, groups, youtube vids ( and Centurion’s website ( really helped.

    Important manuals I found useful are:


    Gate Motor install guide

    Gate Motor user guide and the most important one I think is Diagnostics made easy

    Enjoy …




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    So at home we have the old digidoor II garage door motors. I’ve was having some trouble so found the installation manual very helpful.

    Check it out here

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    So you’d like to add another handset to a base station. Follow the below easy steps.

    1) Press down key until the handset menu appears and press “INT/OK” key
    2) Press up or down arrow key to select the submenu “Resgister” and press “INT/OK” key
    3) Handset display shows “SEARCHING”.
    4) Press and hold “page” key on the base station more than 4 seconds until acknowledgment signal is heard
    5) Enter the PIN (default setting = 0000) and press “INT/OK” key on the Handset
    If the input PIN is correct the registration procedure will be completed with a confirm tone.

    After a connection is established the name and number of the handset appear in the display

    Note : The base will be ready for registration for 10 minutes when the page key is pressed and held for more than 4 seconds.

    Note 2: This works on many cordless phones including Telkom, some Siemens etc.



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    I love playing with legos – you can never get old for lego building projects.

    Check out – it’s fun building online and totally free (Note: Requires Google Chrome Browser to run)

    Happy Building …


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    How to Cut Drywall

    Cutting drywall (also known as plasterboard or sheetrock) is a stepped process of cutting-breaking-cutting three layers of material (paper-gypsum-paper)

    So the project was simple – we needed two more shelves in a cupboard – I was thinking about wood, cutting etc. however we then found a piece of gypsum board lying around – the below guide was easy to cut and install.


    1. Cut Drywall Step 2.jpg

      Measure the length and width of the area where the sheetrock will go.

    2. Cut Drywall Step 3.jpg

      Measure carefully and draw reference marks on the new sheet of sheetrock.

    3. Cut Drywall Step 4.jpg

      Use a straight edge (one that is at least as long as the cut) and place it on the sheetrock, lined up with your reference marks.

    4. Cut Drywall Step 5.jpg

      Using a sheetrock knife (or a utility knife), make the first cut. Try to cut through the paper layer, but don’t go too deep into the sheetrock. Make sure to cut the full length.

    5. It is unnecessary to cut deeper than just the paper- it will only dull the blade.You need only to cut through the paper and it will break very easily at the cut.

    6. Cut Drywall Step 7.jpg

      Turn the sheet over and bend the smaller part of the sheetrock up, to about a 90 degree angle. This will break the remaining sheetrock.

    7. Cut Drywall Step 8.jpg
    8. With the smaller piece bent, you should be able to cut through the paper on the back side, along the bend where you made the first cut.


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    Checkout a video at:


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    So like me, if you still driving a Tazz and looking for the specs of the car check out the below:

    Still one of the most reliable cars around – my trusty Tazz.

    toyota tazz 130 (ac)
    Make toyota
    Model tazz
    Variant 130 (ac)
    Price R 82,662
    Release Date 200305
    Discontinued Date 200512

    Dimensions and Weight

    Boot Capacity 281
    Load 968
    Length 3995
    Ground Clearance 155
    Gross Laden Mass 1450
    Height 1365
    Licencing Mass 944
    Width 1655

    Engine and Gearbox

    Engine Layout transverse inline 4
    Cylinders 4
    Aspiration natural
    Valves sohc 3 valves per cylinder
    Bore / Stroke 73.0×77.4
    Capacity 1296
    Compression Ratio 9.5:1
    Ignition Type electronic
    Gearbox Details 5 speed manual
    Hybrid / Clutchless no
    Number of Gears 5
    Manual / Automatic manual

    Maintenance and Warranty

    Maintenance / Service Plan none
    Maintenance / Service Exclusions
    Maintenance / Service Distance 0
    Maintenance / Service Plan Time 0
    Oil Change Intervals 15000
    Service Intervals 30000
    Service Indicator no
    Warranty Distance (Km) 100000
    Warranty Period (Months) 36
    Warranty 3yr/100000km, 3yr anti-corrosion,3yr roadside assist, optional 5yr/180000km warranty


    Fuel Capacity 60
    Fuel Consumpsion – Highway 7.8
    Fuel Consumpsion – Urban 14.35
    Consumption Annual Average 10.17
    Fuel Type leaded/unleaded
    Fuel Supply carburettor, two barrel, down-draft
    Acceleration 0-100 Final 14.1
    100 to 0 Seconds 0
    Quarter Mile Sprint 0
    Top Speed Final 159
    Power Output 55kw@6200
    Torque 103nm@4200
    Auto Traction Control no
    Limited Slip Diff no
    Towing Capacity (KG) 650
    Turning Circle (Meters) 9.6
    Turns Lock to Lock 4.1

    Peripherals and Accesories

    Air conditioner yes
    Automatic Air conditioner no
    Climate Control no
    Auto Headlamps no
    Fog Lamps – Front no
    Fog Lamps – Rear no
    Xenon Headlamps no
    Remote Side Mirrors no
    Auto Dip Mirrors
    Remote Electric Mirror Memory no
    Remote Side Mirrors Electric no
    Electric Windows no
    Electric Window Detail no
    Electric Window One-Touch no
    Tinted Side Windows no
    Tinted Windscreen no
    Rear Screen Demister yes
    Sliding Roof no
    Number of Sliding Roofs 0
    Wipers no
    Auto Windscreen Wipers no
    Rear Screen Wiper no
    Heated Seats no
    Electric Seat Adj Detail no
    Electric Seat Memory no
    Electric Seat Adjustment no
    Rear Seat Split 60/40
    Headrests – Front yes
    Headrests – Rear no
    Hands-Free Phone no
    Hands-Free Phone Pre-Wiring no
    Radio And / Or Tape option
    Radio option
    Tape no
    CD Player option
    CD Shuttle no
    Multi Function Steering Wheel no
    Rev Counter no
    Central Locking no
    Code Start no
    On Board Computer no
    Cruise Control no
    Cup Holders no
    Keyless Entry no
    Park Distance Control – Back no
    Park Distance Control – Front no
    Satelite Navigation no
    Remote Boot Opener no
    Remote Fuel Cap Release no

    Security and Safety

    Security System yes
    Alarm from 03/04
    Immobiliser from 03/04
    Impact Tensioning Seat Belts no
    Air Bag – Number 0
    Air Bag – Driver no
    Air Bag – Passenger no
    Air Bag – Side no
    Air Bag – Detail none
    Gearlock up to 02/04
    Hi Level Brake Light no
    Power Steering no
    Roadside Assistance Time 36
    Side Impact Protection yes

    Styling and Look

    Body Style
    Body Coloured Bumpers painted
    Body Coloured Mirrors black
    Metallic Paint yes
    Leather no
    Rear Spoiler no


    Class c
    Doors 5
    Seats 4
    Stability no
    Type hatch
    Options Group toytaz001

    Wheels, Brakes and Steering

    ABS no
    Front Brakes discs, 243mm
    Rear Brakes drums, 200mm
    Brake Hydrolics vacuum boost
    Handbreak Position between front seats
    Alloy Wheels no
    Rim Size – Front 5j
    Rim Size – Rear 5j
    Drive Wheels front
    Front Track 1430
    Rear Track 1410
    Wheel Base 2430
    Number of Wheels Driven 2
    Tyre Size – Front 155 r13 s
    Tyre Size – Rear 155 r13 s
    Front Suspension independent macpherson struts, gas dampers
    Rear Suspension independent macpherson struts, gas dampers
    Steering Type rack and pinion
    Steering Column Reach Adjust no
    Steering Column Height / Rake Adjust no

    Happy Tazzing