On RepairingPosted: February 28, 2012
Things break. In fact this happens quite often and somehow driven by chance they break at that very moment you need them the most. That statement is probably due to the fact that I was never thankful to the items I use everyday when they actually worked. Of course you can’t expect something to work forever , provided you never thought of preserving it. So instead of pulling your hair (if you have one) and screaming like a terrified spanish kid , facing a charging bull in Pamplona , it’s better to understand how a thing works and where can you have it rebuilt rather than using the F-word and throwing it in the bin. But the knowledge required to do so might cost some time or even a degree in mechanics. Fortunately there are people whose hobby is to understand how things are made and how they work. They’re called engineers. A handful of companies will kindly provide you with specialist usually wearing glasses that can help you out with your technical mishaps regardless the scale of the problem. Just make sure you don’t allow them to stay for coffee or you will end up in deep regret for deciding to mend the old thing. I think those people are much less popular than they should be. Maybe even the guy who made my laptop shine and purr again needs a monument. Seriously people like this bring relief to every household or company and they get in reward such an insignificant amount of money that it’s much like a charity ticket. Imagine what life would be if you had to spend the rest of time figuring out which exactly was the broken bit called “catalyzer” of your car. Many might insist on high-profile purchases , expensive items which should last at least twice longer but everything apart from jewelery is not worth it. And at the end of the day you realize it’s all been made in China. Repairing is the smart way of renewal. You will be amazed how cheap the spare part can be , in fact my microwave oven must be a cat on the verge of its existence if we count the times it needed a “specialist”. So hereby I am encouraging you to at least read the manuals of the items you purchase. Or watch a video on youtube about screwing a bolt and hammering a nail. That knowledge is going to pay back. Promise given. When someday you decide to change your address it”s a great way to introduce yourself to the neighbors by helping them out with some engineering magic in the shed , just don’t overcook it.
Lazy-reader version : It’s way more efficient to do some research on how you can fix something than to go and purchase a new model that you don’t actually need or care about. Results will be surprisingly good.
And a tip from me – when it comes to cars – buy one from Germany.