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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2017, 02:09:31 PM »
Hasn't Apple been notoriously stingy about providing "consumer access" to their internal parts?

Yeah, but my experience was with an independent store that didn't know, or didn't want to tell me, that my problem could be solved with a $40 dongle, telling me instead that I had to buy a logic board that effectively was the same price as a new computer. Apple's bad for putting the Ethernet on the logic board (though there were probably reasons for it) but not Apple's doing that the store did not tell me that there was a very cheap and perfectly effective work-around.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2017, 02:48:20 PM »
Daniel: I bet you underestimate yourself.  The skills required to repair my washing machine were the ability to use Google, to read and follow directions, and to use a 1/4” socket (a wrench also would have worked) and a Phillips screwdriver.

I was going to add that there are a lot of really useful YouTube videos as well . When I can watch somebody actually do something, instead of written directs or just pictures, it is often much easier.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2017, 02:50:14 PM »
Most of the time doing a job is confidence.  I know guys that will tear into a 737 no problem but are afraid to work on their car.

And yes Latinist YouTube is great for that.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2017, 03:17:31 PM »
Daniel: I bet you underestimate yourself.  The skills required to repair my washing machine were the ability to use Google, to read and follow directions, and to use a 1/4” socket (a wrench also would have worked) and a Phillips screwdriver.

I was going to add that there are a lot of really useful YouTube videos as well . When I can watch somebody actually do something, instead of written directs or just pictures, it is often much easier.

That's a good point.  I was able to watch a YouTube video of a professional replacing the exact same part (part number and all) before I started.

Most of the time doing a job is confidence.  I know guys that will tear into a 737 no problem but are afraid to work on their car.

This. I grew up watching my father tackle every task that needed to be done around the house—the only thing I can ever remember him hiring anyone to do was install gas lines and service the oil boiler.  I developed a complete lack of a sense that there was anything around the house that I couldn't do.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2017, 04:07:15 PM »
Most of the time doing a job is confidence.  I know guys that will tear into a 737 no problem but are afraid to work on their car.

And yes Latinist YouTube is great for that.

I sure hope the guys working on the 737's I fly on are not relying on YouTube videos to figure out how to do the repairs.  ;)
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« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2017, 06:52:47 PM »
You forget how many resources there are, really, for DIY.

We have an old County school used for "Adult Lifelong Learning" or "Continuing Ed" center. This is not the same as the VoTech, the University or the Business College we also have. It is used for things like Low Pressure boiler (re)certification, chairside dental assistant certification, job rehab/retraining, and High School graduation equivalency training and testing. You also can take a class on sprinkler repair, basic tiling and flooring, electrical lamp and appliance repair, home brewing, Thai cooking, Tai Chi, ski season prep, etc. I taught there for 8 years, and taught two classes of Windows Fundamentals. I had a box of misc parts to use for show-and-tell, which gave people an understanding of what is "in that box" and how simple it all is, really.

I learned to upholster at a similar school.

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #36 on: December 12, 2017, 01:44:00 AM »
About a week ago, replaced my storm door. The previous one was a fiberboard core and water got at the fiberboard. Replaced with an aluminum storm door. Interestingly, it was designed to be able to be mounted on either side. Just had to drill a few holes.

Had my roommates help. He wanted to just try to hold the door while the holes were marked. I finally had to argue to put some wood under the door so it would be more stable while I marked the holes.
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« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2017, 05:41:35 AM »
I need to do some work on my bicycle. When I started cycling into work earlier this year I took it to Halfords (well known chain in the UK that sell and repair bikes among other things). They were meant to do a service on it so I'd be confident that after years in various sheds it would be ready roadworthy, safe and working nicely.

Within a week, the front brake had failed. I took it back and told them to sort it. They did and a few days later it went again, followed by the back brake. Having your only brake stop working while going downhill towards a busy junction is not nice. Luckily I had the space and thick enough soles on my shoes to stop in time. Needless to say, I got a refund and bought the parts to repair the brakes myself.

Now the gears need looking at. The front sprocket seems a bit worn, and is slipping when on the lowest gear. Getting into the highest is also a bit of an artform as the cable needs adjusting. I was OK with that but after being out in heavy frost the last few nights, the cable to the rear sprocket has gone completely leaving me with two gears which take far too much work to switch between.

I haven't done any real bicycle maintenance beyond keeping tyres inflated and the brake repair I mentioned since I was in school, so it's going to be a bit of a learning curve. the other problem is that I'm at work all day so won't have any daylight to spend on it so I might have to suffer for the rest of the week and then have a look while I'm off for Christmas

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2017, 06:51:39 PM »
I need to do some work on my bicycle. When I started cycling into work earlier this year I took it to Halfords (well known chain in the UK that sell and repair bikes among other things). They were meant to do a service on it so I'd be confident that after years in various sheds it would be ready roadworthy, safe and working nicely.

Within a week, the front brake had failed. I took it back and told them to sort it. They did and a few days later it went again, followed by the back brake. Having your only brake stop working while going downhill towards a busy junction is not nice. Luckily I had the space and thick enough soles on my shoes to stop in time. Needless to say, I got a refund and bought the parts to repair the brakes myself.

Now the gears need looking at. The front sprocket seems a bit worn, and is slipping when on the lowest gear. Getting into the highest is also a bit of an artform as the cable needs adjusting. I was OK with that but after being out in heavy frost the last few nights, the cable to the rear sprocket has gone completely leaving me with two gears which take far too much work to switch between.

I haven't done any real bicycle maintenance beyond keeping tyres inflated and the brake repair I mentioned since I was in school, so it's going to be a bit of a learning curve. the other problem is that I'm at work all day so won't have any daylight to spend on it so I might have to suffer for the rest of the week and then have a look while I'm off for Christmas

There is a bike thread on this BB. You could go there to get some ideas and input. Not that it sounds like you need it just an FYI.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #39 on: July 13, 2018, 02:24:40 PM »
I’ve got lots of projects going on this summer:

1. I’ve been rebuilding a power trimmer I inherited.  I’ve had everything but the engine itself apart and cleaned, but the thing is still not running.  I think I need to replace the gaskets and valves in the carburetor.

2.  I’m planning to build a fire ring from landscaping bricks.  I’ll share more when I get around to it.

3. I’m tearing out my crumbling masonry front steps so that they can be replaced with precast concrete ones.  My neighbor has a dump truck and will haul off the debris for me for free.  By doing this part myself I am saving $650.  I started today by pulling off the stone treads.  Underneath the cement and stonework was crumbling, and I think I’ve discovered why: whoever built it only constructed the outer 6-8 inches from mortared stones; the rest is back filled with sand!  That will make it easier to tear out, though...

4. I’m fighting what seems to be a losing battle with Japanese knotweed.  The stuff is horrible: stalks growing up to two feet in a week, huge risomes that have to be ducg out, and a network of roots that can each spawn new risomes anywhere.  Cutting is useless; I’ve resorted to heavy and repeated applications of glyphosate to keep it at bay, with my last remaining hope being that a final application in the fall will finally wipe it out.

5. I’ve just been trimming brush and weeds and pulling out ivy from my fence (which I realized rather late was actually poison ivy; fortunately I am immune).  My neighbor has let the edge of his property grow wild, and it’s encroaching in mine.  I’ll keep after it, but it’s a lot of work.

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #40 on: July 13, 2018, 02:50:42 PM »
Working so many hours this year that I have not had much time for DIY projects this year.
Been working on issues with a Jeep I own. Really should put some of the issues on the car repair threads.

Edit: I did built a kayak rack earlier this year if that counts?
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« Reply #41 on: July 13, 2018, 06:52:30 PM »
Laid out blocks at Home Depot the other day.  This is my idea for a fire pit (the upper layers are obviously incomplete):



 It’s 30” inside diameter, with four 2” vents/drains on the bottom level. I’m not sure whether to make it three or four layers high.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #42 on: July 13, 2018, 07:21:02 PM »
Laid out blocks at Home Depot the other day.  This is my idea for a fire pit (the upper layers are obviously incomplete):



 It’s 30” inside diameter, with four 2” vents/drains on the bottom level. I’m not sure whether to make it three or four layers high.  Any suggestions?

Is the pit for cooking or for sitting around a fire?
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« Reply #43 on: July 13, 2018, 07:35:24 PM »
The latter, although I imagine S’mores may occasionally be involved.
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« Reply #44 on: July 13, 2018, 08:00:51 PM »
The latter, although I imagine S’mores may occasionally be involved.

copy that, I don't have much input then other than it looks like it will be pretty cool.
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