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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 7, 2012

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    Ridgid Pipe Vise Restoration,

    I hog traded for an neglected pipe vise that I have a need for. I took it all apart, removed most of the paint that was not the original Ridgid orange. Had to soak the chain to loosen up the links. Cleaned up all the component parts on the wire wheel. I put a dab of grease/oil as...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Jan 28

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    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

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    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

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    Fixed A Monitor

    i was given a monitor that didn't work. so i tore it down to the power board it didn't take long to find the problem. one of the Electrolytic capacitors had went bad. so i found a replacement and installed it and now i have a new monitor that would have been sent to the landfill...
    lonely73 lonely73 36-40, M Jan 30, 2013

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    Springtime Servicing Is Here

    Since springtime has arrived so did lawnmower servicing. I don't like tipping the mower on the side because one way gas pours out. The other way oil drains into the muffler. So I like tipping them backwards. The only problem is holding them down so they don't fall down on your...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Apr 11, 2013

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    Patio Umbrella Ground Spike

    You know what a "joke" is?? The weighted bases they sell to hold up 7 to 9 ft patio umbrellas.. If a slight wind blows by and the umbrella tips over your glass top table shatters.. I have made up ground spikes to hold up the umbrella. I even custom made a spike with a base on...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M May 11, 2013

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    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 46-50 2 Responses May 16, 2009

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    Black and Decker Drill Repair

      I had a customer bring his old B&D drill for repair. It was quite old all aluminum housing with a grounding plug on it. The problem was it would work intermittently and eventually stopped working.   Problem was this wire was broken loose from the brush holder...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Apr 2, 2013

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    Dump Trailer Punch Out

    This past week a guy who had two incomplete dump trailers wanted me to get them up and running. There was a punch out list for each one. The major item was to mount an electric over hydraulic pump with a battery that would all fit inside a tool box. Plus all the necessary...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Sep 16, 2013

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 11, 2012

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    Safety is no Accident.

    Safety can be applied to all machinery, but this post is directed toward owners/operators of brush chippers.Do not cut corners on safety to save a few bucks. Especially when it comes to chipping knifes. Replace knife bolts every other knife change. Limit how many times a knife...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 26

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 17, 2012

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 2, 2012

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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    Repaired Knife

    A knife we had for 25 plus years finally gave up the ghost. As I was using it  the blade broke where it goes into the handle. Then I broke the handle getting the rivets out. I welded the blade then I made a aluminum handle out of 1/4" flat bar.I eased the corners on the belt...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Apr 2, 2013

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    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

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    "Zerk" Fittings What Good Are They????

      Did the title of my post get your attention?? What good are Zerk fittings if people don't use them?? We all need to make a maintenance schedule for our vehicles and equipment/machinery. Grease is the cheapest cost of maintenance. I come across lack of maintenance all the...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Oct 25, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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

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    Engineering Marvel (Sarcastically Said).

    I wonder if the engineers that make equipment ever use or better yet work on their own designed equipment??They should make that a requirement before production starts...I am sure glad that my God given talent is being mechanically inclinded, otherwise I would need a engineering...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Jan 25

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 10, 2012

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    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

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    Carlton SP7015 TRX Repair.

    .Had a customer bring me his stump grinder in for repairs today. He said the one bearing on the cutting wheel shaft was smoking. I checked it out and sure enough the left side bearing was at one point hot enough to turn the locking collar blue. The shaft was not affected and...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Jun 16

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    It'S The Challenge...And Feeling Appreciated

    I have always enjoyed fixing things, particularly for others.  I've been blessed with an uncanny ability to diagnose and fix things...appliances, cars, boats, plumbing, electronics, glasses, stains, splinters, cuts, sadness...you name it, and I love the challenge and the...
    Passionateheartman Passionateheartman 46-50, M 10 Responses Jun 11, 2013

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    mejj mejj 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2013

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    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 22-25, M Dec 10, 2013

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 31, 2011

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 16, 2012

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    Pressure Washer Repairs

    Had a guy brought me his pressure washer in for repairs. He said "I haven't use it for a long time now it won't start". Well the first thing I did was dipped my finger in the fuel and smelled it, the fuel was bad and flat so I figured clean the carb and fuel tank and it would...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Oct 8, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    Telescoping hitch Step,

    ,,,Had a customer that wanted me to make him a telescoping step that would work in his Reese type hitch.. He must have to get in and out of the bed of his pick up truck quite often though the work day. This is what I came up with and he was happier than a pig in mud..I did make a...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 31

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 30, 2008

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    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...
    MatureNotDead MatureNotDead 51-55, M Apr 28

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    Angle Grinder Repair

    One of my angle grinders went bonkers. The trigger switch would work sporadically and it would not develop full power. This happen to one of my other ones a few years back. I installed a toggle switch in the hole that was originally for the lock on button. I cut the trigger off...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Apr 6, 2013

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    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 1 Response Jul 22

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    Mowing Tractor Ball Hitch.

    ...I have this clevis hitch on my mowing tractor. I wanted to be able to use a trailer ball to move trailers around with but, if I just install the ball in the pin hole, it would make the height of the ball too high. So to solve the problem I made a drop hitch to slip over the...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M 1 Response May 7

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    Air Compressor Tank Replacement.

    Here's a job I did today. A fellow repairman needed a hand replacing an air tank on a gas powered air compressor that was mounted on a asphalt seal coat machine. The job was not too bad when you have two guys working on it and help lifting the heavy components..   This...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Dec 14, 2013

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    My Car

    i try and fix things on my car . i normally contract my fiance bro to help me out .
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 16, 2010

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    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 51-55, M 3 Responses Jun 4

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    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 41-45, F 37 Responses May 27, 2011

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 17, 2012

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    right now i am rewiring my dishwasher

    so it will run... Ugh I hate how dusty it is...
    bamala bamala 18-21, F Aug 13

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    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

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    Bitter/Sweet Repair Job

    Had a job this morning that was Bitter/Sweet..   The "bitter" part was knowing a dog could not walk without his cart. He must have hip problems or even paralyzed in his hind legs. I did not ask. The "Sweet" part is knowing that after I fixed his cart he will be able to...
    bobthewelder bobthewelder 56-60, M Oct 19, 2013

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    there are time in life when we wished to go back in time and fix things so that we might not regret it. but it is not the way it is. We cannot go back there and change everything...
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