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i love repairing things. here is a list of things i have recently repaired. post here when you repair something.

replaced faulty dc port
replaced thermal paste

replaced motor that turns plate

repaired various tears and worn areas in favourite denim shirt (with linen patches and japanese sashiko stitching)

plax (ico), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:26 (five months ago) link

I enjoy undertaking light electronic repairs, i.e. replacing laptop batteries, brackets, hard drives and the like, but I've recently had to remap the 'o' key on my old Macbook due to an irreversible short circuit and it turns out the sole proper solution is replacing the entire keyboard outright. Merely scrolling through this guide is enough to give me a headache:

Publius Covidius Naso (pomenitul), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:34 (five months ago) link

i fixed my toilet - cistern was taking literally hours to refill. i think there's a limescale buildup on the inlet valve so it was sticking shut.

koogs, Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:37 (five months ago) link

the toilet was also my most recent repair. the little rubber thing that sits at the top of the vertical tube thing had gotten all messed up, and as a result it was doing the thing where the toilet is always "filling up", because it couldn't detect when it had hit the upper water limit. very annoying! fixed it with twine tbh

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:42 (five months ago) link

i also recently repaired my toilet. it had been making noise for longer than i care to admit.

forensic plumber (harbl), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:43 (five months ago) link

I fixed and painted my garden gate, I am happy with it but wish it could earn me money some day. Guess I won't have to pay for a new gate now?

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:44 (five months ago) link

my 14' telescoping pole saw was stuck at full extension, but I fixed it by C-clamping it to our deck rail, spraying the locked-up part with WD-40, and wrestling it loose with channel-lock pliers

any day I repair a thing is a good day

Brad C., Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:51 (five months ago) link

14 feet? holy crap!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:52 (five months ago) link

now I have no excuse for not pruning some trees

Brad C., Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:53 (five months ago) link

you could cut off a basketball net from the free throw line!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:54 (five months ago) link

or you can't. sorry, that's 15 feet away (plus 10 feet up). gonna need a longer pole saw, 14' just won't _cut_ it

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:55 (five months ago) link

I can't fix shit and even without a quarantine I don't like to go anywhere, so if I can't mail it in I'm gonna order a new one, alas.

silby, Thursday, 9 April 2020 15:59 (five months ago) link

When my Simplyhuman pedal bin stopped working (the plastic hinges broke through wear and tear) rather than buying a new one I sliced some wine bottle cork and superglued it into the hinge. it worked a treat and the hinge is good as new.

calzino, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:02 (five months ago) link

omg great repair!

plax (ico), Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:19 (five months ago) link

i need to repair my sheepskin slippers that i have had for probably around 12 years, there is a hole coming through from my big toenail. i think some kindof linen thread darning, but it will have to look nice, and i don't have any linen thread, although I was wondering if a weft from some line fabric would work. probably not, but possibly if I wound three together?

plax (ico), Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:21 (five months ago) link

Stevolende to thread!

calzino, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:25 (five months ago) link

Man I love "fixing" things (or modifying, I guess, for things that aren't technically broken). I've rebuilt every bicycle and rewired every single guitar I've owned to some degree, swapped out a fried diode on guitar amp, switched out resistors on a 1979 Princeton Reverb to make the tremolo crazier and swapped out a potentiometer while I was in there, fixed laptops and chairs and cars and parts of houses and so on. I'm not necessarily great at it but it's so incredibly satisfying.

Our dryer stopped heating a few weeks ago and I got a new heating element and set of thermal fuses and thermostats to fix it, as well as a new belt and belt roller to replace while I'm in there. I've been sick so I haven't gotten around to it yet but for like $50 and maybe two hours of work it'll work again vs. several hundred dollars to have it repaired.

joygoat, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:26 (five months ago) link

how would you rerepair an acoustic guitar where the bridge is starting to peel away from the body of the guitar? is there a correct glue to use, does it need to be properly peeled off and glued all together?

plax (ico), Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:54 (five months ago) link

Luthiers tend to use animal glues, IIRC. There are repair kits available online, that have a purpose-made clamp. Do check underneath to see if there are loose fittings - it might not be simply a glue issue.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:10 (five months ago) link

THought I'd messed up my sewing machine for a while a coupl eof days ago. Wound up taking part so fi t apart that I hadn't done before.
Wound up with the handwheel getting really stiff which had me wthinking I'd damaged something nastily.
Had another go at it the next day and got it back working and it seems to be working pretty smoothly.
& now I know there is a section under the bobbin case/needleplate area that I have access to and had a lot of lint in and bent pins and things and gear wheels and things taht had a load of gunk on them.

Probably needs a service, probably has done fora while . Could do with learning how to do that .
Especially if thisicurrent situation drags out.
Have wanted to for a while anyway.

BUt now hjave 2 new pairs of trousers. & I think I need to learn to actually draft rather than just customise clones.
SDhould be doing real bespoke jeans in like one go instead of several fittngs.

Stevolende, Thursday, 9 April 2020 18:50 (five months ago) link

& now I know there is a section under the bobbin case/needleplate area that I have access to and had a lot of lint in and bent pins and things and gear wheels and things taht had a load of gunk on them.

yes! that section! removing the gunk from that area is often the problem w/r/t sewing machine problems.

re: plax's slippers -- my thought would be to pad/patch from the inside with sturdy materials privileged over aesthetic, and then join that to the exterior to make that look nice -- could maybe do a double layer to reinforce?

sarahell, Thursday, 9 April 2020 18:56 (five months ago) link

Thinking about doing my first oil change -- OOH, my honda is approaching the needs service mark, OTOH I'm barely driving it so it could be a while before it actually gets there

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:38 (five months ago) link

guess that's not technically a "repair" though

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:39 (five months ago) link

i made my dad teach me when i was like 19. i like doing things myself but he tried to convince me it wasn't worth it and he was right. you have to have a place to take the oil to, also, don't you?

forensic plumber (harbl), Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:46 (five months ago) link

I used to change the oil myself, but then I bought a new car (my current VW Golf) that requires expensive synthetic oil in a weight so rare that Pep Boys didn't stock it until recently. Since buying my own oil + filter cost almost as much as paying someone else to do it, it became pointless DIYing this. I've done only the most basic of maintenance on this car myself - rotating the tires, changing the wipers, adding fluids, changing light bulbs.

Lee626, Thursday, 9 April 2020 23:10 (five months ago) link

I’ve never learned what the oil does, or why you need to change it.

silby, Friday, 10 April 2020 00:02 (five months ago) link

When you have a big long shaft-like thing repeatedly sliding in & out of a receptacle sleeve, you need proper lubrication to prevent discomfort and damage.

Lee626, Friday, 10 April 2020 00:21 (five months ago) link

Why does the gasoline explode but not the oil

silby, Friday, 10 April 2020 00:23 (five months ago) link

Why they hide the bodies under my garage

El Tomboto, Friday, 10 April 2020 00:25 (five months ago) link

Tombot explain cars to me

silby, Friday, 10 April 2020 00:26 (five months ago) link

just put oil in your gas tank too it's fine and cool

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 10 April 2020 02:24 (five months ago) link

it's all made of carbon, it's the same

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 April 2020 02:26 (five months ago) link

I mean, right?? Why not put fullerenes in the tank

silby, Friday, 10 April 2020 02:29 (five months ago) link

That's how I changed the oil in my first car. Enough of it would leak through the dry-rotted gaskets (from sitting in my grampa's garage too long), burning out the tail pipe. I just had to dump a quart of it in every month or so.

But yeah, I don't change the oil in my cars anymore myself either.

But I did fix these nice vertical blinds we have the other day! One of the little plastic rider/worm screw assemblies got jammed. I pulled it all apart and fixed it. Feels nice.

Mostly I appreciate that my previous house owner was a completely crazy fixer, making a giant welded cast-iron i-beam workbench I still use. He was also a dangerously incompetent electrician, but the house is still standing,

fajita seas, Friday, 10 April 2020 03:24 (five months ago) link

That's how you changed the oil in old "foreign" cars with two-stroke engines - just pour a small amount of oil in with the gasoline/petrol. Some small engines that power lawn mowers or chainsaws still work like that.

Lee626, Friday, 10 April 2020 04:07 (five months ago) link

stevolende, dm me yr email and i will send you the best trouser draft I have ever found online. alternatively you can find it on the forum which i highly recommend checking out regardless

plax (ico), Friday, 10 April 2020 10:58 (five months ago) link

sarahell, that sounds much smarter than my plan. and now that you mention it i could probably do something with a fairly large patch....

plax (ico), Friday, 10 April 2020 10:59 (five months ago) link

I replaced the igniter in our old clothes dryer when someone wanted $300 to fix it. My wife told me it was such a turn on, lol.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 10 April 2020 11:44 (five months ago) link

I am good at electrics but wish I could do plumbing. I don’t know if it counts as repairs but I am pretty pleased with myself for putting a sensor and timer on the hall light so it comes on when we come through the front door.

Embarrassed that I had to get a guy out to fix the dishwasher and it turned out to be a blocked waste pipe.

Not a sparky, but I’ve been doing electrical stuff for years at work ( I even had a guy working for me for a bit that sat on the committee that writes the wiring rules for Australia). I get electricity and I can stay safe with electricity, with plumbing and water I just don’t have the same intuition. I really want to put an outdoor tap on the deck on the water line that feeds the boiler, but I don’t even know where to start.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 10 April 2020 11:57 (five months ago) link

dishwashers are a lost cause often. I had a dishwasher that broke my heart repeatedly. i had to replace the same seal on it over and over again.

plax (ico), Friday, 10 April 2020 19:32 (five months ago) link

the rollers on the drawers had corroded, meaning the drawers no longer lined up properly and thus new seals got busted after only maybe a month of use. I eventually got rid of it. my current dishwasher is great!

plax (ico), Friday, 10 April 2020 19:33 (five months ago) link

"I even had a guy working for me for a bit that sat on the committee that writes the wiring rules for Australia"

as an ex-sparkie I've met plenty of these reg-worm types who can accurately quote amendment 1 section 274 blah blah.. but they are basically incapable of doing the most basic electrical installation work! You are right about plumbing though, it's much harder than it looks.

calzino, Friday, 10 April 2020 20:15 (five months ago) link

I was hearing a few stories about people's attempts at attaching bidet hoses on podcasts a couple of weeks ago. People thinking they would be able to do it withouit hassle and then finding the attachments didn't seal properly or something similar.

Would be a good skill to have though. Plumbing like. Always useful.

Stevolende, Friday, 10 April 2020 20:29 (five months ago) link

there is no amount of pro-tips/online guides that is a substitute for the skills you attain doing the same shit every day.

calzino, Friday, 10 April 2020 20:38 (five months ago) link

I've worked at a few companies that had a mechanical side as well as electric but never talked seriously with plumbers. It took me years to realise you turn both the taps off where the silver flexi pipe connects the boiler with the water main when you need to add water because of low pressure fault. I'd just turn the secondary tap off where it connects to the boiler so it was slowly adding extra pressure to the boiler! I'm a fucking idiot though.

calzino, Friday, 10 April 2020 21:13 (five months ago) link

I remember having a big existential crisis about calling a plumber to seat a toilet - I’d done it once or twice but always fucked up the wax ring in the process and I didn’t want to worry about it leaking. But it’s such a straightforward thing that I felt like a sucker hiring someone to do it for me.

The plumber was a youngish guy and we talked for a while and it was cool - he told that he’d installed hundreds of toilets and me paying $100 for the peace of mind was totally worth it, and that he had no idea how to do my job and had no shame about that. It made me much more comfortable deciding what I was comfortable with and what I wanted to entrust to experts.

joygoat, Friday, 10 April 2020 21:21 (five months ago) link

I'm shit around the house but primed and painted the box around the gas meter and laid some matting (all in the porch) and goddamn I feel good. Also bought myself a laplander saw with no real idea what I'm going to do with it.

My old man was a gas fitter and plumber, the father-in-law was all manner of shit: made ship's lanterns, fitted out gas tanks, carpet fitter. I'm generally in awe of tradesmen.

Currently fixing not being pissed.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 April 2020 21:25 (five months ago) link

Also listening to Outfit by the Drive By Truckers and weeping about being shit with a paintbrush.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 April 2020 21:27 (five months ago) link

if you ever wanted to bang some extra sockets in a stud wall with fast fix boxes your laplander saw is your friend. When I was in the game we called them "pad saws" but there is a lot of different names for that particular tool.

calzino, Friday, 10 April 2020 21:33 (five months ago) link

Yes! Also great for fiddly jobs in the garden (like dealing with rhododendron in tight spaces, I've found). The thing is so pretty and compact.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 April 2020 21:39 (five months ago) link

i need to re-affix one of the metal struts to my little library stepladder (with just one i think i am asking too much of it when it clamber into it)

a professional carpenter and refurbisher who i know a little -- but have somewhat fallen out with via unrelated ambient internet beef -- said i should drill out the hole the old screw was in, completely fill it with broken-off matchsticks and superglue them, then allow to dry. this would hold any new screws fine.

however the old screws are lost and he replacements i have seem too long for the drilled-out hole as is. i've tried screwing them further into the unscrewed original wood at the bottom of the hole, but it just seems too hard to be screwed into, even using an electric drill and phillips head bit, or even just to drill further into this wood :(

might fuck around tomorrow and drill out all the match sticks and glue, then try and drill out more of the old hard wood with a larger bit, then refill with matches and superglue -- then (eventually) screw into this

mark s, Saturday, 11 April 2020 13:28 (five months ago) link

I wonder if I can replace the screen glass on my 2010 MacBook Pro ... judging from YouTube videos, it's a pain in the ass to do, but the replacement glass is pretty cheap

I would attempt many fewer DIY repairs if not for YouTube

Brad C., Saturday, 11 April 2020 13:38 (five months ago) link

i know, there is no way i ever would have started disassembling my laptop for repairs if it wasn't for youtube

plax (ico), Saturday, 11 April 2020 15:57 (five months ago) link

fyi i have been watching The Repair Shop on iPlayer and crying at the stories

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 April 2020 16:18 (five months ago) link

xp my job includes repairing laptops and I'd be stuck without Youtube teardowns.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 April 2020 17:05 (five months ago) link

i've just spent about an hour with bf repairing brazilian figurines that have been in pieces for over a decade. Now I'm going to figure out why my bread won't rise!

plax (ico), Saturday, 11 April 2020 18:27 (five months ago) link

I broke the pressure cooker last night; I left the inner lid off and it overheated. After some poking around I assumed the thermal fuse had gone (as it should) bought a multimeter to confirm and a replacement fuse. Now it works again. I was pretty pissed at myself for breaking it in the first place but I’m pleased I could fix it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 19 April 2020 06:32 (five months ago) link

Ico Letting salt and sugar get too close to the yeast before it starts working can prevent it fully rising. I remember having to put it in a different part of the bread machine when setting up a loaf.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 April 2020 06:59 (five months ago) link

I remember the giddy feeling of walking through my house and checking off the things I had made serious, appliance-saving repairs to: dryer (replaced frayed internal wire), washing machine (replaced faulty control board, and stator motor for the spin), fridge (replaced thermal sensors and fans in the freezer), stove (replaced jets, thermal cutoffs, elements, etc.), stereo amplifier (power supply and signal caps), plasma TV (main power board), plus pretty much every computer in the house ...

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 19 April 2020 07:10 (five months ago) link

Turns out I wasn't giving my bread enough time to rise

plax (ico), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:41 (five months ago) link

It's all looking beautiful now

plax (ico), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:41 (five months ago) link

to revisit the saga of my little library stepladder i am having to busk recharging the battery of my black and decker with the only mains lead i can find in the flat that fits (i have no idea if it's the correct one)

i guess the worst that can happen is that i have to buy a new battery which is probably good sense anyway, i've had the drill like 15-odd years minimum without ever recharging it afaicr

(did it once have a lead? i'm guessing yes. is this its actual real lead: i think no, the conversion factor is not what the internet tells me i need tho who tf kno if this matters that much)

mark s, Sunday, 26 April 2020 15:20 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Dryer in new house sounded like an artillery barrage. I’ve never attempted an appliance repair before but decided fuck it. From what I saw online it was pretty clearly the roller, so I ordered a new set as well as a tool I had never been aware of before — snap ring pliers. About $45. Watched YouTube videos. Disassembling the drier wasn’t all that hard but the bolts for the roller axles were rusted on and it took a lot of different approaches before I found a way to break them off (I basically attached pliers to a socket wrench so I could get more torque). Getting the belt back on was also confusing (the pattern of my pulley and motor shaft didn’t match the videos and getting the “zig zag” was tricky). Putting it back together was also harder than taking it apart. But after 3-4 hours and having filth permanently tattooed into my skin, we have a normal, not too loud dryer and I probably saved us a few hundred bucks. And it was kind of fun.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 September 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

I feel ready to take on a lot of handyman stuff now, much of which I think will be easier than the dryer.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 September 2020 16:29 (one week ago) link

The fuse has gone on the microwave, the 5000v fuse.

Search on Google and it links to a video that looks easy enough but it links halfway through the video and skips the bit about discharging the capacitor containing said lethal voltages.

Anyway, I have new fuses and it's been unplugged for 3 weeks and they reckon it discharges itself within a week so...

koogs, Sunday, 13 September 2020 16:55 (one week ago) link

to remove all doubt you can get one of those twin probe capacitor discharge units for about £20, but you could probably get a new microwave for the same price these days!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:10 (one week ago) link

I replaced a wall socket the other week, shit was easy

brimstead, Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:25 (one week ago) link

Yeah I’m looking to do a bunch of those soon - I apparently need to rewrite some of them (polarity is reversed?) and also I want to put some usb outlets in for device charging.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:32 (one week ago) link

Lol usually apprentice electricians are let loose on second fixing the sockets because apparently it's too simple a task to fuck up!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:39 (one week ago) link

Although I often seen houses where the polarity is wrong at the incoming isolator of the supply side. God knows how that works, I'd guess motors in fans and vacum cleaners all run backwards etc...

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:45 (one week ago) link

I was thinking of replacing double switches where only one worked effectively or removing the actual switch part of the excess switch after finding myself clicking the wrong one recently.

Stevolende, Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:02 (one week ago) link

If you don't have any kind voltage tester, always make sure you don't forget which are the permanent lives, switch wires, two-ways etc because if you get them mixed up while swapping the switch, sorting it out without test leads can be a bit of a pisser!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:06 (one week ago) link

its not repairing things, but me and bf built a new kitchen table a few weeks ago which was fun.

plax (ico), Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:13 (one week ago) link

I've got to switch out a fluorescent fixture above our kitchen sink and really don't want to blow myself up.

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:14 (one week ago) link

oh, i fixed a broken lightswitch! Have never done anything that was directly connected to the mains so was a bit nervous even of something that simple!

plax (ico), Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:16 (one week ago) link

it was just fixing a loose wire

plax (ico), Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:16 (one week ago) link

There was a time I'd casually fault find on switches when they were live, like touching every arcing sparking wire to the live until we'd worked out which was which. Lol my snips have been hung up for 9 years and I wouldn't dare do such craziness these days. Mind you I have had hundreds of electrical belts over the years. Which some say is either a sign that you are either a shit electrician or working with too many shit ones!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 18:25 (one week ago) link

lol u mad bastard

plax (ico), Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:20 (one week ago) link

It's not like there is anything complicated about a 2 or 3 gang switch or whatever, but if you lose track of what is what it can become a confusing jumble of wires, especially if there is an intermediate switch on there as well.

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:27 (one week ago) link

YouTube videos and the like have been a godsend when it comes to repairing stuff, but I find it really frustrating when a thing I really need isn't some skill or online help but some obscure screwdriver or other tool that has one use. Looking at you, stuff like snap ring pliers, or Apple, with your funky one-off T5 torx screwdrivers.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:30 (one week ago) link

uh, it's pretty easy to just buy the obscure tools -- most of which aren't all that expensive, in general. ... the most frustrating thing for me is when I can't find the fucking manual online. ... though I did learn that magic chef refrigerator/freezers are the same as three other brands of refrigerators.

sarahell, Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:55 (one week ago) link

It's super easy to buy the obscure tools! But then you have an obscure tool that you use once. Like my own snap ring pliers, I'm pretty sure I bought them to repair a gear in our stand mixer. And that's literally all I have ever used it for. Repairing that stand mixer, once, 10 years ago or whenever. Was the repair easy? Yes. Did I save a bunch of money doing it myself? Yes. And that was maybe my realization that so many repair shops are really in the end just convenience stores. They're not necessarily selling skill, they're not selling knowledge, they're selling that one weird screwdriver that you don't have or have the time to research and order. I have an oscillating tower fan I once wanted to disassemble to clean. Something like 15 regular screws ... and one weird screw. Why the one weird screw? To make it hard to do yourself.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 September 2020 19:59 (one week ago) link

I've had a couple of instances lately where there were actually two manuals, the consumer manual that comes with the product, but then a repair manual that repair people have access to. The former was no help, the latter took me forever to dig up, And that was only once I learned it existed.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:02 (one week ago) link

my most recent repair was unclogging the defrost drain in our side-by-side refrigerator ... no more ice on the bottom of the freezer or water on the kitchen floor

the owner's manual was useless, but sifting through YouTube videos got me going in the right direction

Brad C., Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:11 (one week ago) link

the funniest "repair" or more like rough-as-fuck bodge in this case, I ever witnessed was: when some dodgy fucker I worked with had put an electrical distribution board way too close to a front door to the extent that if the door swung open with any force it might smash into it. The clerk of works was wandering about and if he noticed this the whole board would need moving, which would be a massive pain in the arse and some of the cables might not have been long enough to do it. So he improvised by screwing a plastic coca cola lid into the floor as an improvised doorstop and his pièce de résistance was then colouring it black with a sharpie marker pen!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:23 (one week ago) link

I once saw the same guy fixing a lighting pattress to a ceiling with decorators caulk, by wedging a sweeping brush on a toolbox on a bed to hold it up till it it dried! He was one of these cowboys that took a perverse pleasure in doing terrible work!

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:29 (one week ago) link

I recently "repaired" a slat on an outdoor table by holding the slat in place with a paint stirring stick that I wood glued under it.

My fave DIY story was when I had to change a lightbulb in my car, which shouldn't be that difficult except that everything is more difficult in cars these days because they all require computers and stuff (which is ironic, because the computers make things easier ... for the people with the right program/disc/whatever; see: special screwdriver). I look up a youtube video and it was a bit trickier than I might have expected but even so, the video was something like 45 minutes long, which seemed a bit high to change a lightbulb. I get what I need from the store and dive in and ... it takes me more like 10 minutes, because it turns out that the only reason the video was 45 minutes was because the dude was filming himself with one hand while he did the lightbulb change with the other. With two hands, it took 10 minutes.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 September 2020 21:18 (one week ago) link

screwing a plastic coca cola lid into the floor as an improvised doorstop and his pièce de résistance was then colouring it black with a sharpie marker pen!

omg this is hilarious!!!!! hahahah

sarahell, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:16 (one week ago) link

a repair manual that repair people have access to.

yes, this was what I was trying to find online for my fridge/freezer ... and how I learned that so many fridges are the same fridge with different names.

sarahell, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:18 (one week ago) link

Can't find one for my sewing machine either.

Stevolende, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

one thing I did discover online, which was cool, is there are websites for repair people that are like, diagnostics-for-dummies kinda? ... like, "it is 50% likely the problem is actually this" vs. "it is highly unlikely that when the thing has this problem, you will need to replace this part" ... that's how I figured out what was wrong with my fridge sans manual.

sarahell, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:28 (one week ago) link

Having gone down the rabbit hole of this sort of thing for cars, I was happy that my assumption that there would be the same for household things was correct.

At some point I need to take a sewing refresher course, or just sew some things again. it has been awhile

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:41 (one week ago) link

join us on ILX Sewing!

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:57 (one week ago) link

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