Updating maps on a Garmin sat nav with OpenStreetMap

I recently got a new Garmin satnav (2569LMT-D) great sat nav with lifetime maps, lifetime trafic via DAB, 2 years speedcam updates and bluetooth.

Which then left the older Nuvi 50, I had planned to retire this old one with outdated maps, I could buy new maps from Garmin but if was more than half what I paid for the original unit. So after a bit of research I found OpenStreetMap and easily loaded new maps to the old satnav.

Choose maps here:

http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

Once downloaded, unzip and copy over to an SD card in a folder called “map”.

Put SD card into satnav, wait to boot, settings, maps, untick the garmin one and leave the new one ticked. Sorted. I could have wiped the old maps and loaded directly to the internal memory but its so easy just to load from the SD card I didn’t bother.

Its still a slow satnav compared with the new one and doesn’t have the latest speed cam updates, traffic or bluetooth but handy as a backup.

to be clear – OpenStreetMap is opensource – these are not pirated maps

Wiki about OpenStreetMap here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Using_OpenStreetMap

Second Bed Build

Following on from the last bed build (see part 1, part 2), I made a second one. This time a full UK double size rather than a UK small double. As it was a full double I again added the centre 2×4″ and also a centre leg for extra strength.Frame made in the same way as before, 4×1″ for the legs, 2×4″ for the frame and 1×4″ for the slats. Prior to assembly, I cut everything to size, sanded it and varnished with water based polyurethane (dries much faster than oil based).

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Workshop Sounds – Lepai Amplifier

Lepai/Lvpin Tripath Amplifer

I had been looking for an amplifier for the workshop for a while and read about these small and cheap amplifiers on the DIYAudio forum [link to diy audio posts]. The posts suggested that although cheaply made the amps sound great and are very easy to mod.  So order placed and £19.99 later it arrived. My new version can badged as Lvpin, the new name for Lepai (apparently meaning “dependable product” in Mandarin”). I ordered one without a PSU, I happened to have an external hard drive PSU offering 12v DC 2 Amps output so I hooked that up first to check how this budget amp would fare.

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Building a bookcase

Building  a bookcase from pine as a present, here is the finished result:

After looking online for a while I found these plans which looked easy to build and would disassemble for moving.

So after settling on the plans I gathered up the following:

  • 1×9″ PSE Pine x4@ 1.8m
  • 1×4″ PSE Pine x6 @ 900mm
  • M8 300mm Threaded rod
  • M8 Lock Nuts
  • M8 Penny Washers
  • Polyurethane Varnish (oil based)

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Making Ladder Wall Storage Hooks

After buying a new ladder, I needed some brackets to get it off the floor and out of harms way, so I made up some brackets from 2×3″ and chipboard  that I happened to have lying around.

Here they are complete, very simple design fixed with lots of wood glue and 42mm drywall screws. They are secured to the wall with 3 3″x10 screws each.  They have and will hopefully continue to prove capable of supporting the 20kg ladder. To finish I wiped them over with a quick coat of danish oil. Job done.

 

Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 2 here, completed (almost) picture here, tools lists here and final finishing here.

Now moving on, I marked up the shorter lower stretchers

Then applying plenty of glue I clamped the longer lower stretchers

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

I first started by marking up the long sides with four marks to provide a fixing point for the legs and marking four points on the shorted sides – 2 to attach to the sides and 2 to attach to the legs. I marked this up on a template to speed the process up, then piloted drilled and countersunk the holes.


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Cheap and Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 1

Making a Workbench Part 1 Part Two is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

This post will detail how I build one of my sturdy and cheap 2×4” workbenches. My design was inspired by the hammerzone workbench plans: Link

I wanted easy construction, cheap materials and strength. I amended the plans in the following manner:

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