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Old 07-07-2016, 04:36 AM
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It seems like everything is throw away anymore.
Put new rear calipers on my truck and was driving around neighborhood test ride. Neighbor was carrying nice umbrellas to curb for trash. Asked what is wrong with them. One needed two screws, but we ordered new ones instead, I said throw them in truck. Took screws off one and put on other to hold up the pulley for the string to extend umbrella. Done got nice wooden umbrella for back yard and a back up for parts.

Got an air compressor a couple weeks Ago. Petcock was rusted and stuck open so it would hold pressure. $8 for a new 1/4" pet cock and I got a decent air compressor for a total of $8 and 15 minutes of time.

I get it sometimes it doesn't make financial sense to pay $80/hrs labor to fix a chainsaw you can buy new for $300, but simple little fixes warrant replacement now a days.
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Old 07-07-2016, 04:48 AM
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I'm always fixin stuff maybe to a fault but when growing up things were hard to come by so if it could be fixed within reason, I'll fix it before trashing it.
A contractor was trashing a small very portable compressor. I asked what's wrong with it?
He didn't know, just that is didn't work any more. Haven't checked into it yet but it was fairly new.


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Done that myself. But then you look at the cost of trying to fix, say, a toaster, a TV. Cheaper to toss given the costs. There is a reason that in a city of almost 200,000 there was only one man who fixed TVs, DVD players, etc. costs far exceeded the cost to replace.
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My dad was a repair guy. I have gotten burned by trying to repair things and ending up spending more than the thing was worth. Especially since the new features are worth something too.

It sure creates a problem with all the computer and other electronic equipment that is out of date the day you buy it and needs to go into the landfill once it is obsolete and needing repair.
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People are not as skillful these days and stuff is dirt cheap and flimsy. There's the combo
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I called our recycling place and asked do you have piles of old washers or mowers people can pick parts off of, they said no, we crush them quick or people fight over them. I thought thats what you want, people wanting the recycle parts.
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People are not as skillful these days and stuff is dirt cheap and flimsy. There's the combo
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I called our recycling place and asked do you have piles of old washers or mowers people can pick parts off of, they said no, we crush them quick or people fight over them. I thought thats what you want, people wanting the recycle parts.

That does seem like a good idea, to let folks recycle, but it seems to not be permitted at a lot of landfills, recycling places. Maybe they are afraid of lawsuits with folks fighting and getting hurt.

In South Dade County folks used to sit at a recycling place and get stuff that my dad and others brought there.
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I'll always try to fix it first, but you run into the problem of if it's older than 10 years, you'll play hell trying to get parts for many items.

Planned obsolescence. We have become a throw-away society.

Had an old 80's Sharp microwave that was great. Touch panel on it went out. Looked high and low for that part. Nope, just didn't exist anymore. It was $1000 new. Replaced it with one for $249 with 10x more features. Time and technology marched on. Cellphones are a perfect example of this. Obsolete with in a couple of years, in most cases.
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Most snowblowers, lawn mowers and small gasoline engines in my neigherborhood being thrown away are due to dirty carbs.

No kidding, the last thing I got two months ago was a weed wacker from my neighbor. It was w thrown away because it was out of string! Works great for $6.
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I picked up a almost new $350 dyson vac somebody left in the trash room of the condo building we were renting in while our house was being built. They must have not known about the reset button for the brushes on the side of the housing.

For my contracting tools, I toss them first sign of trouble. By that time I've already gotten my money's worth out of it and it would cost me way more if I have guys out working and it breaks. Not worth the time to fix unless it's something very simple.

One of my guys dropped a fairly new Stihl leaf blower off a roof into the deep end of a customers pool Monday. I probably could have dried it out and messed with the carb but I just salvaged some parts and tossed it. I can't afford to be dicking around with any gremlins.
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Unfortunately, we live in a throw away society. It`s to easy to just throw it away and go pick up another one.
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It seems like everything is throw away anymore.
Put new rear calipers on my truck and was driving around neighborhood test ride. Neighbor was carrying nice umbrellas to curb for trash. Asked what is wrong with them. One needed two screws, but we ordered new ones instead, I said throw them in truck. Took screws off one and put on other to hold up the pulley for the string to extend umbrella. Done got nice wooden umbrella for back yard and a back up for parts.

Got an air compressor a couple weeks Ago. Petcock was rusted and stuck open so it would hold pressure. $8 for a new 1/4" pet cock and I got a decent air compressor for a total of $8 and 15 minutes of time.

I get it sometimes it doesn't make financial sense to pay $80/hrs labor to fix a chainsaw you can buy new for $300, but simple little fixes warrant replacement now a days.
This thread is proof that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
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Most people have no clue how to fix even the simplest of things so they toss them out. The cost to have some things repaired are more then the cost to replace.
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Mainly because no one knows howto fix things in the new generation. They know how to take tests and use computers but to actually diagnose something is beyond their knowledge. Too easy to throw away and buy another. VoTech schools should be used by young generation to learn skills form us older generation. How may of you can change points/condenser and such? How many can change brushes in a generator or install a new starter drive?
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Harbor freight tools are cheap and have an illustrated parts breakdown page in the back of the manual. Try to buy one of those parts when the tool breaks
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Thinks are made to be disposable now. I usually find that if something is worth fixing its probably at LEAST 20 years old and maybe more depending on the item.
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