I Fix Things

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    Saturday's Fix It Project

    I am taking a breather for a minute, while I compile a list of things I am going to need to fix my Saturday's project.  Nature has a way of reclainming it's own if you are not ever vigilant in home repairs.  I am finding out that my big bay windows had a little leak...
    ablmu65 ablmu65
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2008

    I have an issue. & it's been around

    for a while now, and perhaps a few advice from the members of this app wouldn't hurt right? So, I keep wanting to fix people. I know it sounds odd, but I feel attracted to emotionally unstable people because, they give me a reason to fix them. It's starting to bother me how...
    ForgiveForgetLetitGo ForgiveForgetLetitGo
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 21, 2014

    Every Time I See This Group . . .

    Every time this group catches my eye I'm reminded of a website I go to for examples of human ingenuity, poor examples as they are! I have to admit to contributing one piece of my handy work in a time of desperation. Call me MacGyver ; )Check it out:www.thereifixedit.orgThe...
    OhSoShy OhSoShy
    41-45, M
    Mar 21, 2012

    It seems to be a disappearing talent: I fix

    stuff. Always have. I keep bits and pieces and use them to fix other things. I keep appliances running. I understand mechanics and automobile systems. I've owned motorcycles for years, bicycles too. I've got lots and lots of tools both from my father and my first house...
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    1 Response Apr 28, 2014

    Solo Backpack Sprayer

    Had a customer bring his Solo sprayer in for repairs. The pump diaphragm was disintegrated. So I installed a pump rebuild kit now it works good as new...
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    Aug 30, 2012

    Always Trying !

    Fix anything mechanical. Tried to fix my relationship . That didn't work . Guess I will stick to mechanics !
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2011

    Stainless Pot Salvaged

    Do you have something that has more value to you than the item it's self?? I do It's a stainless steel pot we use for making iced tea. The pot is 35 years old and one of the handles broke off. Aww great what will we do now?? The handles are bakelite(or something like that) to...
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    Sep 3, 2012

    Bobcat Skid Steer Grappler Repair

    A Bobcat 463 came in for servicing today. Did a LOF., AF. service and TP check... I noticed the tine tips were bent over on the grappler rake. So I took the port-a-power to pull them back in-line.. I will tell the owner what needs to be done to help keep the tips from bending...
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    1 Response Sep 7, 2012

    Specialty Tool Made To Order

    Here is a tool that I made up to remove Briggs & Stratton starter ratchets from small engines.. Hmmmm I wounder if there's a demand for them??
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    1 Response Feb 26, 2012

    Backwards Mounting

    I never though I would have to put a note on a tire/wheel to tell others how to install one but, today I had to do just that. I was checking the tire pressure on a stump grinder for a customer and when I came to the RF tire I thought WTH. There is no valve stem but, when I looked...
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    1 Response Sep 2, 2012

    I Sometimes Feel Like Macgyver

    I think I have this knack for seeing what could be and being able to make use of stuff for purposes other than what they were made for. I've used Clorox and Downy bottles has holsters for my electric drill and solder gun nailed to my workbench. I can't tell you how many times I...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Mar 24, 2012

    Leaking Fridge… My mother complained

    that she kept finding water on various shelves in the refrigerator. She would remove the water, but it would always return.  During one of my weekly visits, I decided to take a look.Sure enough, water was on a number of refrigerator shelves. Peering into the back, I could...
    sciguy18 sciguy18
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Jun 4, 2014

    It Makes Me Feel Powerful

    I certainly try to fix things myself.  I detest paying good money for repairs only to find out a fuse was blown or that some yard machine was only out of gas.  A good friend with a talent for repairs once described his abilities as "just taking things...
    edgargeorge edgargeorge
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Apr 22, 2009

    I Love to Attempt to Fix Everything.

    If its broke and i might beable to fix it then get out the tools, I usually suceed with no knowledge at what im doing or how im going to do it before i do it but its alot of fun.   DB
    DirkyBear DirkyBear
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jan 9, 2008


    Our dishwasher is getting old now, 15 to 20 years. Well one day it stopped emptying. I didn't want to spend money a new one so I investigated. I discovered that whilst the motor was running, the pump was not turning. I ******** the pump and motor assembly down and found that the...
    Wally101 Wally101
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jan 30, 2012


    This makes me ask two questions. Was "Herbrand" owed by a woman???And is there or was there a "Hisbrand????? Any way it's nice to have quality tools no matter how old they are... Here is a link that was given to me. The history of "Herbrand"  http://home.comcast.net/~alloy...
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    Feb 23, 2012

    At Least I Fix More Than I Break :-)

    I was the kid that used every box bow and card board tube from Christmas. Not just the toy. My brother got an erector set .... so ... I got masking tape popsickle sticks and hangers. Buy the time I was handed down the erector set .. no nut's and bolts, electric motor ect ... I...
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    Mar 31, 2011

    i fixed my computer today

    and gave it back internet :D the broadcom had gotten deleted and so for a really long while it was not able to have internet and i used my phone to transfer the file over to the computer and it worked :D i feel awesome :D
    Caitlinsmith1636 Caitlinsmith1636
    18-21, F
    Jul 22, 2014

    It's About Time, Bob !!!!!!!!

       I sold the trailer that this vise was mounted on last May. Since then I did not have any outdoor mounted vise for the nasty jobs like grinding or cutting with a cutoff wheel or threading pipe. So after nearly 10 months I finally got around to do something about it... I had a...
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    Feb 28, 2012

    Bring Me My Wrench!

    I can fix most mechanical things. I can open an engine and replace pistons, fix suspension, change wheel bearings.... stuff like that. Don't ask me to touch electrical stuff though. That's higher grade. I wouldn't wrench my own car though. It's an Audi and is more...
    velosapien velosapien
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 13, 2008

    Handy Woman

    i love making things and fixing things. there is just something with working with your hands that feels so dam good...be it putting up shelves of laying down laminate flooring i just love it.
    sarama sarama
    26-30, F
    Dec 5, 2009

    It Comes From Years Of Being Skint

    For a long time I couldn't afford to pay other people to fix things for me, so whenever something broke - a fence, my car, a computer, whatever, I had to learn to fix it. I've carried the habit on, and now I take pride in being self sufficient and fix things out of desire rather...
    Asclepius Asclepius
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 26, 2010

    When I was little I liked to take things apart

    to see how they work and put them back together. Now I love to fix things like my truck, computer and household issues that arise.
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    1 Response Feb 23, 2016

    Wheelbarrow Handle Repair

    I over loaded the wheelbarrow and I heard the handles cracking. The rest of the wheelbarrow was in good condition so it would have been a shame to throw/scrap it out. So I took some bed rail and scabbed it to the inside of the handles. Now the wheelbarrow has a new lease on life...
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    Jan 17, 2012

    Growing Up Poor Teaches You So Many Things

    When I was a kid, we were very poor. So any electronic we had was like a luxury, and if it broke, well that was it. Maybe next year at tax time we could buy another lol. So I remember the only TV was in the living room. We had no cable and we got...
    melymedina melymedina
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 5, 2008

    Dad And Me

    Sadly my dad never taught me to fix things. He would start to show me something but he never had the patience and would always step in to take over my slow fumblings.. As i got older and 'wiser' i worked this out and i used to pretend to be slow, so that he would step in and...
    ido1 ido1
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Oct 10, 2011

    Salvaged Mower Fix-up

    . I salvaged this push mower out of a trash pile two or three years ago. It's a 2004 Murray 22" cut mower with a 4.5 HP Briggs engine. I installed a new diaphragm and primer bulb. The engine runs great and don't use no oil and is very fuel efficient. Truly a blessing for sure...
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    Sep 3, 2012

    Mcgyver's Tools

    My friend Gary and I were hardware hackers as teens. We built all sorts of stuff (we were both radio hams). Gary once said there wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed using nothing but hose clamps and u-bolts. To which I would probably add duck tape and tie-wraps. Then again...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom
    56-60, M
    Sep 4, 2012

    Simple As That

    I'm a pretty good handywoman. Growing up, my father was hopeless when it came to fixing things.  He couldn't even consistently tighten a screw!  So my only two choices were to fix it myself, or leave things broken.I learned how to fix stuff.Now it's kind of a matter of pride...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 5, 2012

    Thanks to My Dad

    If something is broken I always think I can fix it. My dad was that way too.It seemed to me when I was a kid that he could fix anything. I grew up being taught that it was a waste to discard something that could be mended. I have actually fixed a myriad and odd assortment of...
    datura datura
    56-60, F
    58 Responses Oct 29, 2008

    My Car

    i try and fix things on my car . i normally contract my fiance bro to help me out .
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    Feb 16, 2010

    right now i am rewiring my dishwasher

    so it will run... Ugh I hate how dusty it is...
    bamala bamala
    22-25, F
    Aug 13, 2014

    I Fix Almost Anything

    As a kid when I used to get toys the first thing I would do is take them apart. I drove my parents nuts to see a brand new toy taken completely apart, but the thing was once I was done and saw how it worked I put it back together and they would work.  Guess I just had the...
    needafriendtotalkto needafriendtotalkto
    41-45, M
    12 Responses Aug 15, 2008

    Throw Away

    Back in the day they manufactured things that could be taken apart and fixed. Now most everything is "sealed" and was not meant to be repaired. But I still try,  I have taken things apart that was not worth it, their cheaper to buy a new one. Shame on us that we let it get this...
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    Jan 11, 2012

    K-60 Sewer Machine Repair

    Here is a job I just finished up. The K-60 was locked up I determined that the problem was one of the bearings was frozen tight. Took it apart removed the bearings (I replace both of them). Pressed in some new water resistant bearings that I have had good success with, bolted...
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    Sep 10, 2012

    Computer Repaired

    On Sunday 8/19 I shut down my computer. Come Monday morning I went to turn it on and I could not connect to the Internet. I call my provider and they said problem was in the computer.. I called a computer repair service and they said it would cost $50.00 for labor and $30.00 for...
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    1 Response Aug 31, 2012

    It Just Takes Patience and a Little Know How

    I help people with their problems when they need advice. For me, that's fixing things. But I use to be able to fix things when I was younger if it got broken. I'd just stare at it until the problem made sense then fixed it. Things aren't as complicating as they seem sometimes.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 8, 2008

    Bosch Jackhammer Repair Gone Bust

    A customer brought me his Bosch jackhammer in for servicing. He thought it was not as powerful as it once was. I told him if it's not the motor running full RPMs then it could be only one other thing. The piston (striker) and cylinder would have to be replaced.. Well he did not...
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    Sep 16, 2012

    K-375 Drain Machine Repair

    I had to replace nylon motor mount bushings in this K-375 drain machine. Bushings was so worn out the belt would fly off the drum.. I installed new bushings and that solved the problem. Bushings are totally shot, some are missing... New bushings installed. Top view. Another view...
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    Sep 17, 2012

    Here is Practical Explanation about Next Life,

    Purpose of Human Life, philosophical/religious facts, theories etc. ___________________________ *********** Practical Explanation ( For Example ) :- `1st of all can you tell me every single seconds detail from that time when you born ?? ( i need every seconds detail ?? that what...
    madhav1 madhav1
    26-30, M
    Dec 10, 2013

    Saved Customer Thousands Of $$$$$ Because Of A Fix

    One of my customers had a threaded bore for a engine mount ***** out and crack on an engine block. The only answer was to get a new block right??? Wrong..  I inspected the damaged block, I noticed there was two threaded bores not being used (must have been for a different...
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    Jan 11, 2012

    If It's Not Broke, Take Is Apart to See How It Works

    Why does everyone always ask me to fix thier stuff? I guess I'm not smart enough to say I don't know how. If it worked before it should work agian. Does anyone else have a problem walking past new things without taking them apart to see how they work? How do most folks sleep...
    aviking aviking
    2 Responses May 16, 2009

    No Problems, Only Solutions.

    Ok, you have to at minimum have a problem to have a solution, but I say there are no problems but only solutions none-the-less. I have been this way since memory started to implant it self within my mind. There is nothing that can't be corrected I say. If it be something of...
    dragonsteel dragonsteel
    26-30, M
    May 29, 2011

    A Nagging Idea

    A while ago I kept getting this nagging idea to make up a pair of hinges, I don't know why so I fabricated a set up... The first picture shows me boring a hole in a stainless shaft that will be used for hinge pins. That bore will be threaded to accept a Zerk fitting.   The last...
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    Mar 26, 2012

    The Old Toolbox

    I dedicate the following story to all the dad's and granddads, biological or assumed roles, that "fix things" for their children and grandchildren. You may not see the pay off for the time you have freely given within your lifetime but it is the greatest thing a man can do for...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    32 Responses May 27, 2011

    From Childhood Drudgery To Middle Age Accomplishment

    When I was a kid I used to hate Saturday mornings. My father was very adept at fixing/repairing things and if he had a project planned then I was going to part of it. Most of the time it was limited to holding a flashlight for him to see what he was working on. Imagine standing...
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    1 Response May 1, 2012

    Throw-a-way Pressure Washer

    Two days ago a neighbor about 5 doors down from me threw out this pressure washer. I walked down to look at it, it was still in the box and it looked like it was not used in a very long time. I thought what do I have to lose, I could always take it apart and scrap the metal motor...
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    2 Responses Jan 30, 2012

    Drain Machine Repair

    One of my customers brought in a drain machine for repairs.. His complaint was it would work intermittently. I diagnosed the problem as being the power cord had a internal wire breakage where is went though the handle.. So I installed a new power cord and it runs great.. Repair...
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    Jan 16, 2012

    I Like Fixin' Things

    Gives me something to do, think about.  And when all else fails, duct tape is a hero.
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Nov 20, 2009

    I Love Fixing Things..

    I used to have a Hello Kitty alarm clock as a kid. It didn't work for like half a year I think. So one day when I was alone at home I decided to get some tools and opened it. And everything that has cause a problem was this stupid button.. it got stuck in there and couldn't get...
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    Jan 30, 2008
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