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Does anyone here work on your own shit?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by jdog37, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. jdog37

    jdog37 Power Member

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    My clothes dryer stopped working yesterday and I took that S.O.B. apart and figured out what was wrong with it. I am just trying to figure out the fastest way to get the part I need to get it back in working order.

    I do not rely on repairmen.... I am a do it yourself guy. If something stops working, I tear that fucker apart and see what makes it tick. Sometimes it is something that can be fixed by me... other times it is a too expensive part to even attempt. Or the part is not available.

    Just wondering if there are others like me in the forum. Ive been doing this for years and I mean before google and youtube. I worked that shit out myself back then.

    If worse comes to worse... I at least understand how the thing works and that makes it interesting to me.

    Anyone else here like that? Share your story if you like.
     
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    Ever since I was 5 years old :)

    My father purchased a new TV and back in those days they were tube TVs. He couldn't find the power cord in the box. He thought maybe the power cord was inside the back panel so he removed the back panel to check. No cord :(

    So he left me home alone while he ran back to the store to get the cord. When he got back I had all the tubes out of the TV and on the floor. :)

    I've been tearing everything apart to figure out how they work since then and that was 48 years ago.
     
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    Yeah man I do this too.

    It started when my brother pulled a plug and socket apart when he was 4. I got jealous and had to show everyone how much smarter I was. Ha! So now I learnt about EVERYTHING. I pull things apart and fix things if they are broken. At the moment I'm working on building a small robot. I think you guys might enjoy makers faire? I'm pretty sure they have local events all over the world.

    http://makerfaire.com
     
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    I believe in a different approach....I'm good at IM, I make enough money from it and I don't fuck with anything else. If I need to get done something out of my field I pay someone else who is good at it.

    (that doesn't apply to some things I enjoy, like fixing my bike, I know I suck at it but I'm doing it for fun :D)
     
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    Im definitely mr diy. Very few jobs I wouldnt be scared to have a go at(within reason) broken electricals/appliances no probs.
     
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    dont you just love it when you forget to type the word "not", kinda changes the whole meaning :)


    I am always mindfull when doing DIY about what happened in the demise of Tory Government years ago when
    one of their leaders was caught with a "bit on the side"....

    you see....one loose screw and the whole cabinet fell apart lol :)
     
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    I'm just like you, I've always tore stuff apart to get a better understanding of how it worked. But I've moved on to software and IM now, I do still kind of have the same mentality. If I see someone ranking good on Youtube, I'll research what they're doing, copy it and then improve it. Same with software!
     
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    Screw the repairman (not literally).
    My dad is the biggest "do it yourself" guy you will ever meet, and I think I've inherited his mindset. Some guys I know can't even change a tire on their own...
    Real men should know how to cook, fix stuff, support themselves in daily life, and even sew IMO. Although I do know when it's time to let the TV give up the ghost and get a new one ;)
     
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  10. jdog37

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    I have fixed many things from a microwave to a hair dryer. Yes a hair dryer that cost 9 bucks at walmart. It was a bad connection on a wire and I broke out my soldering gun and repaired it.

    It took me 2 1/2 hours to disassemble, troubleshoot, and repair a 9 dollar hair dryer... I could have run to walmart and bought one in 30 minutes. But the fact that I figured out what was wrong and fixed it myself was like an ego boost... I like knowing that I can fix stuff if I have too.
     
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    You should become a local repair-guy and do your own SEO/IM.

     
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    I havent made an error free post in months...the quality control is sorely lacking.

     
  13. Goal Line Technology

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    lol
    She is a she I think (with the hairdryer)

    j/k of course :)
     
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  14. jdog37

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    LOL.. I grew up in the 70's/80's and did have long hair but now I got the Walter White look. It was my wifes hairdryer and she got mad as hell at me for tearing the shit apart on the kitchen table. Guess she thought I was gonna leave a mess (which I did!)

    Anyway.. Reckon I'm a guy at least last I looked when I took a piss! But thanks for contributing to my thread dude or dudette whatever you are...LOL! J/K
     
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  15. darkmalice

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    I got the fixing bug from my father when I was young and since getting married its got worse as my father in law is a major tinkerer and fixit man. I got his old vehicle which he has always repaired and serviced himself and I pretty much took over that job as well. Nothing beats the feeling of fixing something yourself and learning the ins and outs of it as you go.
     
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    Exactly... It has nothing to do with the money you save or anything like that. It is just the feeling of accomplishment you get from taking something that is broke and making it work like it is suppose to.

    On the plus side.. you get to get your hands dirty and may need to buy some shiny new tools to add to your kick-ass tool box.
     
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    [FONT=&quot]I am a qualified Carpenter by trade, but I never do stuff myself, not that I can’t do it, but because my time is better spent elsewhere such as internet marketing and spending time with the misses.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]TV Breaks, change the fuse. If that does not fix the problem, buy a new one if it’s out of guarantee. Same goes for all general appliances.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]House need refurbishing? I own a Builders in London company which I pass work onto family and friends, so I just let them do it. I’m better off promoting my builders website.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Car need a repair? It’s under guarantee from the dealer. An AA membership also solves any problems if I break down on the road.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]For £15 PM British gas covers my boilers, heating, services, plumbing, drains, and all home electrics.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Grass needs cutting? Let the gardener do it.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Car needs a wash inside and out? £10 at the local supermarket[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Where I’m from the majority of people are like this. It just does not make sense to me to waste my time on any DIY stuff. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I was recently living in Latvia and I knew a guy that would also do everything himself, even hunt his own meat and catch his own fish. I can completely understand if you don’t live in a developed country and earn a low wage, but most people I know do not care for DIY. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Think I’m not a man? Ask my wife, and that’s all that really matters.[/FONT]
     
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  18. erickishere

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    Yeah same here, i was trying to fix out my computer and i knew it was either a PSU problem or CPU but i didn't want to drop money on parts till i know what was wrong with it. Took it to a computer repair shop told me it was a PSU problem. Wants to charge me $120+ for parts/labor LMAO. Nothanksjeff. Picked it up paid $20 for "diagnostics" went to staples that day and bought a PSU for $30. Got home, figured out which wires go where and plug the PSU in. BAM worked. Saved myself $70
     
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    Hi, This is the thread of my interest. I am a plumber, electrician, lobby man, cook , at home. I look after each and everything by myself. It is not my profession. Its my hobby. I am now a good butcher too.

    While I am good IM at my office.
     
  20. jazzc

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    And real women should know how to club mammoths to death?

    Real men should know how to do only 1 thing - and same goes for those real women too.
     
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