Author Archives: Colin Shaw

Repairing a toilet flush handle

If you have an Ideal Standard toilet it is not easy to get a new flush handle. It’s often the plastic bush inside the tank that breaks making the handle go floppy. The standard size for the bush is 1/2 inch but Ideal Standard toilets have a 3/8 bush. The only place I could find a replacement with both sizes was Toolstation.

Job done for a mere £6.51! Always turn off the water before starting. Don’t attempt repairs if you don’t feel confident.

End of year repair stats

In 2019 we completed 10 events and accepted 506 items for repair, of those 317 were fixed and saved from landfill. That also means up to approx. 8 tonnes of CO2 emissions were prevented.

That is an amazing achievement that was only made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers giving their time and expertise for free. A very big thank you to all of you for making Eyam Repair Café such a success.

September figures

Running total September 2019
Accepted for repair – 424
Repaired – 263 (saved from landfill)
Percentage – 62%
Total amount of CO2 saved – 6.31 Tonnes

A very big thank you to all the volunteers for making this a terrific achievement.

And a special thanks to the maker of the gluten free brownies!

The next event is on 12th October 2019

The first 6 months!

Running total (Feb to July)
Accepted for repair – 359
Repaired – 218 (saved from landfill)
Percentage – 60%
Total amount of CO2 saved – 5.23 Tonnes

Thanks to all the volunteers for making this a terrific achievement.

The next event is on 14th September 2019, we are having a
break in August.

Repair figures for June 2019

Thanks to all the volunteers for another very successful day.

Accepted for repair – 65
Repaired – 46
Percentage – 71%

Running total (Feb to June)
Accepted for repair – 300
Repaired – 189 (saved from landfill)
Percentage – 63%

Total amount of CO2 saved – 4.536 tonnes = 36,000km – 22,500 miles which is almost equivalent to driving a standard family car round the world.


Repair figures for March 2019

The final figures for the March event:
Total number of items accepted for repair – 64
(UK average shown in brackets)
Total number repaired – 45 = 69% (66.7%)
Sewing – 12 accepted, 12 repaired = 100% (87%)
Electrical (+ Computers) – 35 accepted, 18 repaired = 51.4% (51.3%)
Mechanical – 17 accepted, 15 repaired = 88% (61.8%)

The result is that 45 items did not go to landfill. Using figures from the latest research each item repaired saves 24kg of CO2 so we saved 1080Kg of CO2 emissions.

The running total of CO2 saved (Feb +March) 1872Kg = 15,471Km or 9613 miles in the average car.

We also recovered some scrap electrical items and dismantled them. There is some steel and other metal plus hard plastic which will go to the DCC Stone Gravels Recycling Centre. Non-ferrous metal is saved until there is enough to sell to a metal recycler, any proceeds will go to group funds.