Author Topic: Fixing stuff myself!  (Read 682 times)

TrudgingAlong

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 12
Fixing stuff myself!
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:55:02 PM »
I am endlessly grateful to Google, forums, and YouTube. They have saved us so much money! In the last 24 hours:

We thought our dishwasher in our new house was worthless. Kept throwing gunk into the glasses, and often there would be things that looked like they hadn't been cleaned at all. I went online to research dishwashers and ran into a discussion ona forum about filters. As lifelong renters before now, I had no idea dishwashers had removeable filters! Ours was full of nasty, grey, stringy slime. I scrubbed them out, and suddenly our dishwasher is doing a great job. I can even run it on the hour cycle!

Today our computer started rebooting itself endlessly. I typed in the error message, found a tech forum with people with the same problem, unplugged the USB connector which was apparently going bad, and problem solved! We built the computer, so I was aware of what I was looking at, but this was a new issue for me. Definitely saved money on having to use a computer repairman!

spooky105

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 23
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
I'm with you -- super satisfying and cost effective. Unfortunately, it feels like fewer and fewer things embrace repair-ability. Electronic-centric appliances in particular come to mind.

Awka

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 20
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 06:00:26 AM »
Learning how to snake a toilet properly is the most useful DIY I've gotten from YouTube.  Sounds absurd, but old house, kids + toilet ? Saved me a $$$.

BeginnerStache

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 725
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 07:36:12 AM »
Excellent skill(s) to have. My son dropped his computer and shattered his screen 2 weeks ago. My spouse got 2 quotes both over $200 to fix. I purchased a new screen on Amazon for $30 and took 10 minutes to pop the old one out and the new one in. Working good as new.

TrudgingAlong

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 12
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 09:49:03 PM »
Excellent skill(s) to have. My son dropped his computer and shattered his screen 2 weeks ago. My spouse got 2 quotes both over $200 to fix. I purchased a new screen on Amazon for $30 and took 10 minutes to pop the old one out and the new one in. Working good as new.

Nice! We've paid way too much to have computers repaired over the years, so I'm always thrilled when I can manage a fix. A year or so ago, we had one that was overheating too much, found out the power supply was running too hot, bought a new one with shiver wattage, and bingo solved.

Heckler

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1104
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 08:12:40 AM »
I'm with you -- super satisfying and cost effective. Unfortunately, it feels like fewer and fewer things embrace repair-ability. Electronic-centric appliances in particular come to mind.

But with the Internet, (not just a fad), it gets a lot easier to source the part you need, electronic appliances included.

https://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getParentCategory.pd?categoryName=Kitchen+Appliance

http://www.partselect.ca/Entry.aspx?Source=GAWS&Term=Appliance+Parts&gclid=COuDp6rr8dICFVBlfgod6YAIAQ

accolay

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 434
Re: Fixing stuff myself!
« Reply #6 on: Today at 02:10:32 AM »
But with the Internet, (not just a fad), it gets a lot easier to source the part you need, electronic appliances included.
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getParentCategory.pd?categoryName=Kitchen+Appliance
http://www.partselect.ca/Entry.aspx?Source=GAWS&Term=Appliance+Parts&gclid=COuDp6rr8dICFVBlfgod6YAIAQ

I've bought a lot of parts off of Ebay. Seems to be the cheapest source a lot of the time. The only caveat is that sometimes you really need to know what you're buying.