Something you recently FIXED instead of bought NEW

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    Jan 28, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    How resourceful are you in these trying times? Name things you've recently fixed or repurposed instead of buying new.

    1. I thought I had a leak in an aquarium but found out through others on the internet who own the same model that it was a design flaw on the lid, which I corrected. No more leaks. Savings, $59.

    2. Fixed a sleeping bag that had a tear along the bottom zipper. Pulled out an old hand-held Singer mini instant sewer and viola, good as new.

    3. Instead of buying a new lamp, spent $4 on a screw-in touch-light adapter to make it a touch lamp.

    You?
  • rnch

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    Jan 28, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    my '66 chevy corvair (in my profile)

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    Jan 28, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    lunch
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    New Yorkers discard so much stuff, it's easy to find things on the street or in the apartment lobby and either fix them up or use them as-is. We've found all sorts of things, including great antiques, a hood that goes above the stove (with a light and fan), a wooden radiator cover (that one needed some sprucing up), books, paintings, CDs, DVDs, and much more. Just the other day my partner found a black metal telephone stand that matches one we already have in the living room and are using as a side table.

    We have a common area in the apartment building where we place things for others - it's like our own thrift store. One time I picked up a lamp shade because I thought my partner would like it and he told me he had just left it downstairs - I didn't even recognize it!
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    lissenup saidNew Yorkers discard so much stuff, it's easy to find things on the street or in the apartment lobby and either fix them up or use them as-is. We've found all sorts of things, including great antiques, a hood that goes above the stove (with a light and fan), a wooden radiator cover (that one needed some sprucing up), books, paintings, CDs, DVDs, and much more. Just the other day my partner found a black metal telephone stand that matches one we already have in the living room and are using as a side table.

    We have a common area in the apartment building where we place things for others - it's like our own thrift store. One time I picked up a lamp shade because I thought my partner would like it and he told me he had just left it downstairs - I didn't even recognize it!


    Good deal. There should be a whole thread on trash picking. I have a great stone-topped plant stand I found out by the dumpster that probably sold for like $30.
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    Jeez, just about everything. Right now on the workbench I have a rotary evaporator, a waffle iron, and an ion chromatograph pump to fix this weekend. It's amazing how much lab equipment I've bought for 10 cents on the dollar or less, that just needed a few cheap parts, cleaning and lubrication.

    Before I had my own business, I used to buy, fix, and sell that stuff as a hobby, to pay for my other hobbies. Don't have time any more.
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    my boyfriend.
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    I do all the time being a collector and part time ebay seller where I've made some sizeable cash on things. I fix toasters, mixers, vacuums, anything that's repairable. Unfortunately most of the new stuff, not all, is not repairable anymore. It's meant to be repaired read (replaced) under warranty and that's it. No user serviceable parts inside by design. Great stuff abounds at estate sales thrift stores. Sometimes it's nice to get new stuff but much of it is just overpriced plastic from China. For instance I thought my sister was crazy when she forked over close to $500 for a plastic vacuum "that never loses suction" and is actually a poor performer on carpeting when I could have given her a good as new, looks new, older Electrolux for nothing ( I paid about $20 for it and refurbished it) which actually works better,will last forever and is inifinitely repairable. But no.. she had to have one of those vacs because of all the hype.
    Not to say that buying new stuff is stupid but often it's a waste of money, especially if you don't have a lot of money, when you can get better for 10 cents on the dollar or free or fix what you have. Plus there's the wow factor in having something that's old, cool and still works as if it was new. like me. icon_smile.gif
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Jan 28, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    The hose on my refrigerator water dispenser cracked. When I'd go to get water, it'd pour all over the floor instead of going through the dispenser. Bought a new valve and hose for $45 instead of spending $2K+ on a new one!
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidI do all the time being a collector and part time ebay seller where I've made some sizeable cash on things... Plus there's the wow factor in having something that's old, cool and still works as if it was new. like me. icon_smile.gif


    Good job!
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    Water pipe and fridge.

    I love fixing things and ever since my brother left it became my job to make sure everything works properly
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    SwimBIkeRun949 saidThe hose on my refrigerator water dispenser cracked. When I'd go to get water, it'd pour all over the floor instead of going through the dispenser. Bought a new valve and hose for $45 instead of spending $2K+ on a new one!


    I hate it when things leak.
  • rnch

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    Jan 28, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]wrestlervic said...I hate it when things leak. [/quote]

    including various anatomical orrifices. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    Three years ago our next door neighbors put a new looking washer/dryer set out to the curb. Being new in this hood I didn't want go save it etc so on garbage day the truck came and into the back they went. About a year later after I'd got to know them we were chatting outside and I mentioned about it under the guise I didn't know you could put out big stuff like that to the curb, and if there had been a problem or something.. She told me it worked and that they had just bought a new front loader set.. I didn't say anything or gave them an astonished look , just the thought that they could have at least called the Habitat for Humanity Restore and had them picked up for free and resold etc. Hell I could have sold them myself in the paper or on craigslist for $150, better in my pocket than the dump. I don't think my neighbors are unusual for this type of thinking, I think it's quite common.

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    Jan 28, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    Yeah, but sometimes I waste a lot of (pocket)money advertising good stuff that I don't need anymore and people won't even come take it away. Can't store it forever. Usually, if I have to throw it in the trash, I feel that I should at least strip out the usable fittings, valves, and motors.

    ...So I have this pile of junk in the shed, waiting for me to strip out the good bits, as if I had time. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    I just fixed my $300 vacuum cleaner. I was using it the other day and it just died. Only had it three years.
    I took it out on the patio to see if I could fix it..and found out both canisters were full, the HEPA filter was clogged and the hoses were full of cat hair...can you imagine???
    I thought since I paid $300 for it, it was self cleaning..... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter saidI just fixed my $300 vacuum cleaner. I was using it the other day and it just died. Only had it three years.
    I took it out on the patio to see if I could fix it..and found out both canisters were full, the HEPA filter was clogged and the hoses were full of cat hair...can you imagine???
    I thought since I paid $300 for it, it was self cleaning..... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Cool! I just fixed a vacuum the other day too. I used to buy these $300 vacuums from name brands, then got tired of parts breaking. So about five years ago I bought an upright vacuum at Home Depot for $16. We could not believe the price. And it really picks up a lot.

    Anyway, the handle spring that keeps the handle up broke after years of use, so I wedged and pounded a black screw into the base to lock it to a useful height. Love that thing.
  • rnch

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    Jan 28, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    reminds me of the old joke (i hope it was!) about the lady who brought her 2 year, 40,000 mile old jaguar to the dealership, comlaining that it was running badly.

    a quick check revealed that the car was almost empty of motor oil. after the vavle cover gasket was removed, a gunked up, stopped up, fifthy cylinder head was found.

    when asked about the oil shortage and decrepit engine condition, the owner replied:

    "the salesman said that jaguars didn't use or leak oil anymore!"


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  • mke_bt

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    Jan 28, 2011 9:37 PM GMT

    My most recent dumpster dive netted be about 80sf of maple bowling alley lanes. They were cut up into 5' lengths. I'll probably resell them on craigslist.
    All my kitchen appliances came from a remodel because some status conscious housewife wanted stainless. Just for the cost of renting a truck I got practically unused high end Bosch appliances.

    Use is up.
    Wear it out.
    Make it do
    or
    Do without.

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    Jan 28, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    Just as an aside, I'm always amused at the manuals for a couple of large Bosch tools that I have. One of their features is...

    "Automatically stops functioning when it needs repair or maintenance!"
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    Jan 28, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    rnch saidreminds me of the old joke (i hope it was!) about the lady who brought her 2 year, 40,000 mile old jaguar to the dealership, comlaining that it was running badly.

    a quick check revealed that the car was almost empty of motor oil. after the vavle cover gasket was removed, a gunked up, stopped up, fifthy cylinder head was found.

    when asked about the oil shortage and decrepit engine condition, the owner replied:

    "the salesman said that jaguars didn't use or leak oil anymore!"


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    Or any less, either! LOL

    Did she not know what the 710 cap was for?
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    Jan 29, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    replace the evaporator fan in my Sears refrigerator side by side ..It only cost me $ 13.50 ..icon_biggrin.gif
  • camfer

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    Jan 29, 2011 8:14 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHow resourceful are you in these trying times? Name things you've recently fixed or repurposed instead of buying new.

    My cat.
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    Jan 29, 2011 8:17 AM GMT
    My 1-TB back-up storage which I never really used for my computer since it has over 1-TB has now become my storage drive for media content when I make edits for other people and they give me hoards of video. That's sort of a fix. But I still need a 2-TB G-raid now.

    Other than that I've actually practiced a lot of throwing things away. I feel like the more I have, the more I feel cluttered.