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.


3 comments:

  1. @SarahsDaughter -- just came across your blog today from a link on Dalrock. You are now on my reading list.

    I recommend you read the novel by Madeleine L'Engle,
    "A Live Coal in the Sea".

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  2. Thanks Anon, and welcome!
    I'll look into that book.

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  3. @Sarah's Daughter -- just to let you know, it is the story of a troubled marriage, where the theme is exactly that of fixing, not throwing away.
    The title comes from a line in William Langland's Piers Plowman: "All the wickedness in the world that man might do or say was no more to the mercy of God than a live coal dropped in the sea."

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