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I fixed something!!

Discussion in 'No Golf For You!' started by SiberianDVM, May 10, 2019.

  1. SiberianDVM

    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    Since I retired, I have been catching up on long neglected repairs. So far I have fixed a broken storm door, cleaned 3 rooms (7 more to go), 2 stereo systems, and today I fixed the sticky CD-RW doors on my desktop computer.

    I didn't have any new belts, so I found a blog where somebody said you can sometimes restore the old ones by boiling them in water for a few minutes. It works!!
     
  2. eclark53520

    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    I fixed something once.

    It was terrible.
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Literally LOL’d at this.

    Well played.
     
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    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Didn't you fix stuff for a living?
     
  5. SiberianDVM

    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    Critters. They either heal, get well, or die.
     
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    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    I'm rubbish at fixing things. I used to go all gung ho and try and do it, only to leave a complete and unretrieveable mess. Wife always complaining. Now I don't bother as much, just pay someone to do it or get a new one. Shameful I know.
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    Man card....time to turn it in.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    I don't mind at all doing projects that involve electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc. Just don't ask me to do any sheetrock or painting. Last fall, I cut existing piping and installed water meters on two of our irrigation wells at the course. Just a month ago, totally removed and replaced the piping and electrical on our drinking water system at the course. Getting ready to install some louver/dampers in the main irrigation building wall.
    No idea why, but a receptacle in the kitchen quit working. Went to Home Depot, this afternoon, and picked up a GFCI receptacle. Pulled the old receptacle and installed the new GFCI... without even shutting off the breaker. (That makes the wife nervous when I do electrical work live.) A couple years ago, she decided she wanted white receptacles and switches throughout the house instead of the dated ivory color. I changed all those out live and didn't get "bit" once.
    Gotta keep doing and not sitting in retirement!!!!!
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    Installed a bathroom exhaust fan in the main bathroom in the house...no idea why they didn't put one in originally...having some severe moisture problems up there.

    Shovel the 10 inches of blow in insulation out of the way, pull up the batting between the joists. Find the spot, cut the hole in the drywall, install the 2x4 supports, install the fan, run new wiring to the old switch box, cut out and install the new 3 gang box, wire up the new switch and old switches, cut hole in roof, install roof vent/damper, install the insulated pipe from fan to exhaust vent. WAY too much time spent in the attic i know that for a fact.

    Also have a BUNCH of landscaping work the wife wants done...I hate landscaping work...
     
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    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    I can cut grass, hedges, strim, spray, scarify etc. all day long. I can also wash cars, windows etc. Its just the electrical stuff I'm rubbish at, never took to the time or had the interest to learn. I can change a spark plug, oil etc but not much more.
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    About the only thing I don't do on my cars is full blown engine/transmission rebuilds. I don't have the space or an engine stand at the house. We even mount/balance our own tires, which is actually pretty fun with a tire machine.

    I've come around to enjoying mowing/maintaining the lawn...since I finally bought a mower I enjoy running. Now I need to buy a Stihl line trimmer and blower...because to hell with dragging an extension cord around the yard.
     
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    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I just bought a simple, little 2015 Nissan Versa thinking I could do all the work on it. Went to change the spark plugs and they were on the top of the engine where you had to remove the whole injection system to get at them. Took it to the shop and had them do it for $300.
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    It's definitely getting worse. That's why the last vehicle I bought was a 2002 Suburban. Easy to work on. However, I've been able to do pretty much everything I've needed to on my 2006 Hyundai Tiburon and 2012 Toyota Corolla.

    I can buy a crate engine/transmission for the Suburban and install it myself for about $3500 and have basically a brand new truck(axles are pretty solid performers)....just gotta keep the Wisconsin winters from eating it away to nothing...

    My 2012 Ducati has been the biggest pain in my ass as of late with the key situation. Their 'anti theft' situation is serious. You can't even steal your own bike.
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    Seeing as you’re handy, can you explain how the A-Team could build a Sherman tank out of spare parts in a barn? Asking for a friend.
     
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    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    Power tools.
     
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    I just fixed a oscillating tower fan with a Phillips screwdriver and some 3in1 oil. It's been sitting in the corner for 8 years because it would barely turn.
     
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    Put an ad in the paper for "Doc's handy man services". All you need is a roll of duct tape, WD40, and some JB Weld. If it can't be fixed with one of those, it don't need to be fixed.
     
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    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    To quote Maynard G. Krebs: "Work?!"
     
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    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    Today I fixed the broken shelf in the Frigidaire that was supposed to hold the meat drawer. The (presumably Chinese) plastic had cracked and the drawer was sagging and could not be used. New shelf on Amazon was $76. A $3 tube of J-B plastic weld epoxy fixed it.

    De-junking the house is an everyday chore. I am trying to make enough room to be able to walk in here without tripping over stuff. In two trips to Second and Charles I have gotten rid of 6 boxes of DVDs, books, and LP records and make $110 cash. Only another 30 boxes to go.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    I actually took on a new club building project - see post in What Did You Build Today?
     
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