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Old 07-21-2010, 02:59 PM   #21
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Congrats on the repair, satisfying isn't it.

I'm find I repair to many things regardless of the replacement costs. I remember once I was repairing a tiny LED flashlight and thought to myself, what the heck and I spending 30 minutes on this when it cost me $3.00. Since I was half way into it, I repaired it anyway since it was also a bad connection. It took me more time to open it up, get the tools, then put them away then it did to repair it.

Right now I'm repairing a no start on my inlaws 01 Buick Century and after repairing one problem, there's still another. I don't like it when there are two problems related to one. Time consuming electrical problems.

Yes. Very true about the satisfaction of repairing it. Also, the knowledge gained too. For example, in my battery jumper situation, next time, I know for sure, lemon juice does the trick to clean out the DC socket.

I remember back when I was afraid to take the case off of a computer tower. Then one day either I got bored or adventurous and decided to assemble one from just buying the parts. Money well spent. You'd be surprised for example, some folks decide to get a new computer because a part (like a dvd drive or hard drive) doesn't work right. I was that way too, viewing a computer as one object instead of the sum of its parts.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:13 PM   #22
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I'm in that always did try to fix before replacing or getting a pro category. I just have more time now to actually succeed at it now.
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STOP THAT!!! You'll give us a bad name!

Actually, in the later years, I've known very few engineers that were DIY people. Rather sad. I have some theories about this, but people I have told them to tend to get upset hearing them... especially the non-DIY engineers, who get huffy. Oh well.

Seriously, though, I've found that for just about any problem I have, someone else has had it also and a Google search will turn up a solution. This is true whether it is a computer problem or something simple like a leaking car door weatherstrip. Be a little flexible in your search terms and it is amazing how fast one can home in on a solution.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:25 PM   #24
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I always try to fix before replace - usually have good luck fixing stuff. I'm always fixing stuff for friends and relatives too. But last week in Az,I felt useless because I had to call AAA to put a new battery in my jeep
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:41 AM   #27
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I was introduced to JB Weld several years ago but a friend that was modifying his dash board. I now buy it in bulk, since it's an amazing product, especially the 5 minute epoxy one.
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I use JB weld, but mostly rely on PC-7 and PC-11. It's like JB weld, but will bond anything to anything. I've used it on many different things.
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I've never heard of PC-7 and PC-11 and didn't see it beside where I purchase JB Weld or other epoxy's such as Loctite etc.
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As a perpetual tinkerer, allow me to point out the difference between fix and repair.

When one takes a dog to the vet to get it fix..ed, that dog is not back to fully functioning after said fix. If it is sick and the vet gives some meds, does some surgery etc. the dog usually is back to full functioning in a short time. That would be a repair.

Ok, now back to my current project, re-tracking my satellite dish azimuth and elevation drives, last big storm knocked it sligthly off. Then search for new transponders.
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I never really thought that much into the difference between "fix" and "repair". Thanks for the detailed explanation.
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PC-7 was (supposedly?) developed for the space administration for patching cracks in nose cones of space-craft (probably not those that carried astronauts). When I first started buying it years ago, it came with a mil-spec number. Only place I've ever found it around here is at ACE hardware. I've also bought it off the internet. $10 for 2 6oz. cans--you mix equal parts of A & B, so it ain't cheap.
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I have always repaired stuff. I find that often the point of failure is a design problem and that once it is repaired, it lasts forever. If it fails a few more times, I will often fix it and sell it on craigslist.

Since retiring, I have the time.
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As a perpetual tinkerer, allow me to point out the difference between fix and repair.

When one takes a dog to the vet to get it fix..ed, that dog is not back to fully functioning after said fix. If it is sick and the vet gives some meds, does some surgery etc. the dog usually is back to full functioning in a short time. That would be a repair.
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I have always repaired stuff. I find that often the point of failure is a design problem and that once it is repaired, it lasts forever.
I like ls99's distinction between 'fix' and 'repair', and I'd say kcowan has added a third category - 'improved after failure'. And I agree, it is often the weak link in the design - fix/improve it and it might have a long life afterwards.

Some of my 'fixes' are 'improvements'. Most are intended to be, but I don't always get it right.

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So, since you've FIRE'd do you have a different mindset about buying stuff? I do as now when something breaks down, I think "can I fix it?" before deciding to just buy new to replace.
I'm willing to try to fix just about anything unless I need a welder, a metal-cutting lathe, a tap & die set, or an oscilloscope. I'm not proficient, I don't want to have to take care of the equipment, and I don't want to have to make parts for auto transmissions or contemplate microsoldering. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

I may someday pursue a time-domain reflectometer just to chase down broken sprinkler wires. That particular casualty really annoys me.

But during my final tour at a training command, the highlight of my day was watching the instructors repair submarine equipment with that gear. It was even more fun if it was equipment that we weren't supposed to be repairing.
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My brother loved to fix stuff. Once we retired a 1975 Sony Trinitron. The repair shop had said it was not worth fixing. But rather than throwing it out we gave it to him. He had it working the next day. In an estate clean out, it was given to Good Will still working perfectly.

We also found 8 toasters, 6 electric kettles and numerous other items which he had retrieved from the trash and repaired as a hobby.
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We also found 8 toasters, 6 electric kettles and numerous other items which he had retrieved from the trash and repaired as a hobby.
A lot of appliances that generate heat have a thermal fuse inside. In the bad ole days there was a reset button if they overheated. Not now, this tiny fuse blows and it is out to the curb. $2 item.

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Attempting to repair before replacement is always much less expensive.

Ask somebody who went through couples therapy rather than getting divorced .

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