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Changing a light bulb
Fitting a fused electrical plug to a cable
Renewing a tap washer
Unblocking a sink


Bulb fixings, Bulbs, Step Ladder
Plug, Fuses, Wire, Screwdriver
Taps, Washers
Plunger, Drain chemicals, bucket, gloves, goggles, Drain Auger,


Changing a light bulb (See attachment DIY EMERGENCIES page 4)
See your local electrical store or B&Q for some lightbulb fittings and bulbs, roughly fit them to the roof, get the scouts to change a bulb in them, get a combination of bayonet and screw fittings. Talk them threw
Turning off the power at the mains (should have aleady covered this by doing "Isolation" part of the badge)
Let the bulb cool
Reaching the bulb safely (safe usage of a step ladder)
Removing the bulb (difference between bayonet & screw)
Replace the bulb
Turn power back on
Safe Disposal of old bulb

Fitting a fused electrical plug to a cable (See attachment DIY EMERGENCIES page 2)
See your local electrical store or B&Q for some old plugs, fuses and wire
Talk them threw
Removing existing wire/fuse
Wiring new Plug
What the different colours are
Not having exposed wire
Correct amp of fuse
Flex Clamp over sheath not wire

Renewing a tap washer (See attachment DIY EMERGENCIES page 1)
See local plumbing store or B&Q for old taps and washers
Or possibly use your existing taps in your scout hut if you feel comfortable doing it
Talk them threw
Turning off the water (should have aleady covered this by doing "Isolation" part of the badge)
Safe Dismating of plug (watching where your putting the parts)
Replacement of washers
Reassemble of tap
Talk about leaking taps also being an expensive waste of water / bad for the environment.

Unblocking a sink (See attachment DIY EMERGENCIES page 3)
Different methods
Chemical Cleaning products
Cleaning the Waste Trap
Using a Drain Auger

Base 5
Adjusting the float arm of a cistern
This should be an easy one to do in your scout hut, however you can ask a local pluming stores or B&Q for the parts to just show them, below the is the requirments how to adjust it, See attachement How a toilet tank float works) for more info on the float.
Remove the lid from atop the cistern. Set it safely out of the way.
Observe the current water level inside the cistern. An overflow tube, toward the middle of the cistern, prevents water potentially overflowing the cistern. For a complete flush adjust the ball float to allow the water to settle 3/4 inch from the top of the tube.
Locate a screw atop the fill valve. A metal or plastic arm connects the ball float to the fill valve. Turning the fill valve screw affects the height of the ball float, in turn adjusting the final water level inside the tank.
Turn the screw clockwise to lower the ball float. Alternatively, turn the screw counterclockwise to raise the float ball.
Flush the toilet and allow the water to rise inside the cistern. Check the new float height. If the adjustment proved insufficient grab the float arm with both hands. Bend the arm gently up or down, depending on the adjustment required. Bending the arm down lowers the final float height. Bending the arm up raises the final float height.


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  • DIY - Cistern
  • DIY - Lightbulb
  • DIY - Plug
  • DIY - Sink
  • DIY - Washer