Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Don't throw it away, fix it
A friend asks: "Does it exist?"
Yes. It does.
It is under attack. But there will always be those that are up for the challenge.
I'm up for it. I renewed that commitment three years ago. When it was more broken than it ever has been, I scoured through the owner's manual desperate to find the FAQ pages. You will find the solutions I came upon in what I write.
I look forward to sharing the tools I've used, parts that had to be replaced or thrown out, and areas that needed polishing.
I called some help lines, read some "how to" books, and read expert advice I found online. I learned that there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Find those who have fixed the very same thing and do what they do.
I learned that it was not a unique problem. The Manufacturer is well aware of the common glitches. He didn't make junk, that's never the problem. The glitches always arise from user error.
The maintenance of it is something that has to be done daily, I learned what I had been neglecting. It's quite simple and once you get the hang of it becomes easier and easier with time.
Ours is only 17 years old, brand new compared to the couple in the picture. But the Manufacturer's guarantee says if we continue the maintenance as we have, 65 years won't be a problem.