GHD 4.2P Repair Success

Apparently GHDs are a girl’s best friend, so when my girlfriends pair developed a fault, I had the chance to earn some brownie points, if I could fix them.

GHD 4.2p
GHD 4.2P

One main problem with ealry 4.2 models is the swivel connector. It’s poorly designed, so if you have a pair that is crackling and popping, then you probably have an old model and you should have the cable and socket upgraded.

Old mains cable and 3 pin socket
Old mains cable and socket on early GHD 4.2 needs upgrading
Replace socket for older GHD 4.2 modles
New upgraded swivel mains adapter and socket

Another simple fix is either replacing the temperature fuse and / or the heating elements. I tested both using a multimeter, the fuse (brown wires) showed it had continuity and the element (clear wires) gave a reading of around 60 Ohms.

Checking temperature fuse and elements
Continuity and resistence testing the fuse and element

With the fuse and both elements checked, I moved onto the R11 and R8 resistors. R8 was working but R11 didn’t give any reading.

R11 and R8 GHD resistors
R11 and R8 resistors

I choose to replace both resistors with new ‘Melf Resistor 50/47 Ohm’.

Sadly it didn’t go as planned and I burnt off one of the pads. Luckily it was pad closest to the screw terminal, so it was a simple case of creating a small jumper wire from the screw terminal to the resistor.

Resistor with jumper wire
New melf 50/47Ohms resistors with small jumper wire

Success. With the new mains cable and resistors the GHD straighters are working.

The mains cable cost £11.49 and the resistors were £1.99 for 10. When you consider a new pair of GHDs are priced at over £100, spending less than £15 to attempt a fix has been well worth the effort.

Now, where’s my brownie points?

Hitachi DV18DSDL Drill Driver attempted fix – fail

Having watched multiple youtube videos of people successfully repairing old and broken power tools, I decided to give it a go myself.

Because I wanted an 18V drill driver for myself I went to ebay and picked up a faulty Hitachi DV-18DSDL for £20.

An initial inspection found no brushes were fitted. Could it be a simple case of fitting new brushed and having a working drill?

Missing brushes

Sadly no. Trying to fit new brushes into the old brush house resulted in a broken brush. So the next option was to order a new brush housing, which came with brushes and brush covers too.

Replacement brush holder

Soldering on the new brush holder wasn’t a problem, but I did notice the red/black wires were on the opposite sides on the new one.

I ignored the colours and kept the brushes on the original side of the switch connector. Had I swapped them over, the forward switch would have ran the drill in reverse and vice versa.

With a new brush holder and brushes, the drill still refused to work, so I turned to youtube and looked at how to fault find the armature.

Using a multi meter and bit knowledge, I found the armature had two broken circuits. This happens when the copper wires have snapped.

Hitachi Broken Armature

Buying a replacement costs around £40, which isn’t economical, so the drill will have to be put to one side and perhaps used for spares, or split up and sold on as parts.

Another option is remove the copper windings and rewind it. I plan to do this when I come across an old motor with the correct sized wire.

Lessons learnt.

Check the armature first, before paying out for any other replacement faulty parts.

Stripping down my Helvetia gents watch – Part 1

This is a series of posts where I’ll be stripping down and cleaning an Helvetia gents watch.

Being my first attempt at horology, I don’t expect things to go straight forward but let’s give it a go.

Here are the tools i’ll be using for the project.

  • Basic watch movement holder
  • loupe
  • brass tweezers
  • 0.8mm, 1mm, 1.2mm precision screwdrivers


Step 1 sees the movement removed from the case, there’s normally  small hole to release the winder (crown), the pointers are removed next and finally the watch face itself. You’re left with the movement, ready to be dismantled.