It’s an odd thing—This consumer economy. We live in a time when we throw things away rather than repair them. Given the obvious benefit to companies, most don’t even bother providing manuals anymore. It’s better for their bottom line.
Some would say it’s because the millennials don’t have the patience or ability. But, sorry, no.
This isn’t about age.
Not too long ago, we received a scientific refrigerator at work. The company brought it into the lab but didn’t unwrap or take it off the pallet. Now, this fridge is about 5 feet wide and over 6 feet tall before putting on the feet (no wheels). It weighed in at nearly 500 pounds.
It took 4 of us, to jockey and maneuver it off the pallet, attach the feet, then move it into place. Then we had to get the old fridge in a passenger elevator and downstairs. Folks were surprised that we had done it without the help of professionals.
I am a repairer by nature and nurture. My mom trained me to fix everything. The hubbinator has the same inclination. People at work are often amazed that we fix our evaporative cooler, or install wiring for a new fixture. Apparently, it’s easier to hire someone else to do it or just replace things.
But then there is a great sense of satisfaction in doing things myself, of fixing things, and of being environmentally friendly. Which is why I’m happy to share the link to this great site that offers an alternative to googling youtube videos: iFixit
Try it. You might like it. And, yes, there are other things on there than Apple products.
Until next time