Category Archives: DIY

Fixing Sony A6000/A6300/A6500 Buttons Not Responding

My A6300 stopped responding to any button press besides the shutter button one day. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. After some reading online it appeared like the shutter button was getting stuck in the “half pressed” position, usually where focusing happens or exposure lock occurs. The stuck button was making the camera not respond to button presses. Of course, my camera was 1 month out of warranty.

My temporary workaround was pushing the shutter button repeatedly to get the button unstuck, but eventually even that stopped working.

I decided to take a most drastic measure. I grabbed a can of DeOxit and sprayed a very short burst of fluid between the ring that controls the power and the shutter button. I mashed the button a dozen times to get the cleaner into the button then wiped everything off.

All the sudden the buttons started working correctly!

Garden Bed Greenhouse

I had been searching ever since the garden beds had finished construction for an attractive solution for a greenhouse. Wanting to keep my neighborhood appeased I needed a solution that would look professional and definitely not an eye sore. I also wanted a solution that would be reusable and easy to set up.

I tried for a few weeks to create a simple hoop house by bending EMT conduit but I was unable to get repeatable results. I set up jigs with screws and plywood and tried using a pipe bender without repeatable results.

After much searching I found “canopy fittings”, pre-bent and welded connectors for canopys and tents. I ordered a few to try them out on one bed. I needed 6 end fittings and 3 intermediate fittings to cover one bed. I used 3/4″ EMT from the local hardware store to connect the fittings and create the frame of the bed.

I ordered some greenhouse plastic and laid it over the frame.

I tried attaching the plastic to the frame. I tried wiggle wire and thin walled PVC to get the plastic to get the plastic to take the shape of the frame.

I took a treated 1×6 and attached it to the frame using EMT brackets, then screwed the wiggle wire onto the board.

Once the wiggle wire was installed I could install a roll-up bar on the sides of the bed. The plastic drapes down to the bottom of the bed held in place by a metal bar that runs the length of the bed. When I need to vent the greenhouse, I would roll the bar up, bringing the plastic with it, and let fresh air in.

Some garlic I planted last fall has sprouted. I’ve also transplanted Lettuce, Kale, and Brussels Sprouts out to the bed.