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A great thought for our times.

From iFixit, "the free repair manual that you can edit" (click to image to go there or to see the full-size image).

Like the man says, repairing what you have is better than the alternatvies, especially better than buying newly manufactured crap. I'm pleased to say that just I fixed a frakked-up toilet, among other household repairs - owning a home is a constant parade of repairs - and do something every week to keep my vehicle collection alive (Saab electronics and cooling system work this week). What have you done lately to live up to the Self-Repair Manifesto?

Thanks to jeanineers for the tip!



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Nov. 10th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Ha! I got this from adammaker this morning!
Nov. 10th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
My Xbox power brick developed a pretty annoying buzzing/rattling sound. I pulled it apart like an ape opening a Gatorade bottle. Once inside I used a dremel trim away the plastic that the fan had apparently begun to rub against while spinning because it was out of balance. I've seen the power bricks online for as much as $80 but you CAN find them for closer to 20 if you look hard. Either way, money saved.

I've also begun to do all the maintenance on the gfs car and mine as well. Not sure how much money I've saved doing my own synthetic oil changes since I can do them for less than half what I'd get charged at the dealer or a shop.

I've made my own dog tether rather than buying one out of various scraps laying around the office and the house.

Repaired my laptop screen when it went out by re-soldering the inverter.

Have also installed fully custom car stereo while learning it on the fly. Then ripped it out and sold it piece-meal when I sold the car.

I invest all of my own money except my 401(k).
Nov. 10th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Go you!
Nov. 10th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Is there a chapter entitled "It's Not That Hard" teaching wives how to explain to their husbands that perusing the tool aisles at Sears while uttering that phrase =/= correctly repairing the problem? The two things are not the same.
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
Hahahaha! Wait, what?
Nov. 11th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
As a new homeowner, I am still trying to work up the nerve to do small things. I bought a programmable thermostat, but quickly became intimidated by the instruction manual. What? There are WIRES that I have to label so I remember where they go? Sounds like an electrical fire waiting to happen. Hopefully I will overcome my fear.
Nov. 11th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
You can do it! "It's not that hard."

Heh. Seriously, though, if splicing wires is scary, go to the library and pick up a basic handyman's guide that covers household repairs, and you'll become confident in no time.
Nov. 11th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I fixed my laptop (yay, the refurb drive appeared yesterday), Jbird is replacing a leaky trap in a downstairs sink, I'm eying a flash part for my camera, and we gave away two "to be trashed" fridges last week.
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