Repair a punctured tyre with tire repair strips

Caution: this guide is a demonstration of how to use the product, it should not be applied to the tyre sidewall.

Here is a quick post on how to repair a minor puncture on a car’s tyre. I purchased a car tyre repair kit from eBay for $5.50 including postage. Here’s what I received;

  • A raspier tool for enlarging the hole,
  • A needle insertion tool for inserting the repair strips,
  • A small tube of rubber adhesive, and
  • Five tyre repair strips.

Puncture repair kit, tools, adhesive and strips
Five tyre repair strips

How to repair a puncture

A puncture to the tyre's side wall

First remove a repair strip and insert it into the need hole of the insertion tool, this was the most difficult and used some pliers to help me pull it though, I was surprised and happy that the repair strips were not sticky at all. Pull the strip so it is centred in the insertion tool.

Insert a strip into the insertion tool

Cover the strip with copious amounts of rubber adhesive, this will assist with the strip sticking to the inside of the tyre. Insert the needle insertion tool (with the strip) into the tyre hole, don’t insert it all the way down, but ensure both ends are still protruding.

Now twist the insertion tool slighty (this will get it all knotted inside) before pulling it out of the hole, you may need to use some pliers to ensure the strip remains inside.

Insert the strip into the puncture

Inflate the tyre and ensure no leaks

WordPress hacked – broken or blank refreshing admin/dashboard

Recently, my Linux Go Daddy hosting servicing all three of my WordPress blogs were somehow accessed and malicious code inserted into every one of my php files.

The symptoms include;

  • A similar error in your RSS feed Warning: gzuncompress() [function.gzuncompress]: data error in /home/content/t/h/y/thydzik/html/blog/wp-includes/http.php on line 1818.
  • A broken Admin/Dashboard. This is due to the addition of the malicious script on the dynamic CSS files.
  • The Admin/Dashboard refreshes to a blank screen. This is due to the malicious script redirecting to other page.

What to look for;

  • The following code (truncated) inserted into all your php files;
<?php /**/ eval(base64_decode("aWYoZnVuY3Rpb25fZXhpc3RzKCdvYl...=="));?>
  • The following code when you view the source code in a browser;
<iframe src="" width=1 height=1 frameborder=0></iframe>

What to do;

  • Change all your passwords.
  • Backup the ENTIRE site to local computer.
  • Cleanup all affected php files (it doesn’t seem to do anything to other file types). See below.
  • Re-upload your site.

Now to make things easier, I have created a VBS script that will automate the cleanup task. Place it in your local root director and run. A log file will be generated at C:\cleanUpWordPressPHP.txt listing the files it has cleaned.

Download the VBS script cleanUpWordPressPHP.vbs (right-click save-as)

Further information can be found on this Google support thread.