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Old 06-19-2017, 09:22 AM
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The other day little J and I are at the town dump getting rid of some yard waste. A guy is there with a lawnmower that does not look that old. Little J asks what's wrong with it and guy says it won't start.

My son pulls on it and the engine turns. I ask the guy if I can take it. He says sure it's your headache now.

Get it home and little J shoots some starting fluid in it and it starts sputters and dies. He looks st me and says he eliminated a spark issue and must be fuel.

As I watch he drains the tank and pulls the carb and cleans it. Fresh fuel fires right up and runs fine.

Four hours later sold on Craigslist for $75.00.

So a half can (if that) of carb cleaner, one spray of starting fluid, a little gas and 40 minutes of little J time and he pocketed $75.00. Not bad for a 12 year old.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:27 AM
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Throwaway society.

Good on little J though!
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People have the mentality this was meant to break so I'll just get a new one.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
The other day little J and I are at the town dump getting rid of some yard waste. A guy is there with a lawnmower that does not look that old. Little J asks what's wrong with it and guy says it won't start.

My son pulls on it and the engine turns. I ask the guy if I can take it. He says sure it's your headache now.

Get it home and little J shoots some starting fluid in it and it starts sputters and dies. He looks st me and says he eliminated a spark issue and must be fuel.

As I watch he drains the tank and pulls the carb and cleans it. Fresh fuel fires right up and runs fine.

Four hours later sold on Craigslist for $75.00.

So a half can (if that) of carb cleaner, one spray of starting fluid, a little gas and 40 minutes of little J time and he pocketed $75.00. Not bad for a 12 year old.

I know a guy that made nearly 30k last year doing exactly that. I don't think people even know to fix things anymore.
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One night throwing my trash out in the condo building we were renting while I was building our house I come across a $400 Dyson almost brand new. We have the same model. I grab it and take it back to our unit. Turns out the brushes didnt work but they must not have known about the reset button. SCORE!!
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I try to fix EVERYTHING (sometimes going too far) but now a days some things are designed to be un-fixable or so cheap that you end up spending more in parts than the actual item...
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Ereplacementparts.com
That's a good site for parts we use it at work
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I always try to fix everything before it goes bye-bye. Replaced two $2 capacitors on an $800 circuit board for the spa, all better now! Of course, that's not counting the new temp sensor, overheat sensor, and other stuff the screwy circuit board diagnostics were telling me were bad and got replaced in the process! Still cheaper than that new circuit board.

Some stuff you just can't fix or is so cheap now it's not worth bothering. DVD player in the bedroom, door will NOT open on it, have tried everything short of cracking it open with a hammer. Bye-bye! New blu-ray DVD player on sale for $39 at Walmart. That's always the pisser because that original blu-ray player that broke was over $300 when blu-ray first hit the market. Meh.
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It's true that repairable stuff is discarded all the time. For example, a neighbor of mine asked me to help him put together a new gas grill. He was replacing an almost new, big stainless steel, JenAir gas grill that he said wasn't working properly and he was going to have the city pick it up and haul it away. I asked him if he would mind if I took it instead and he said fine. When I looked it over, I found a small leak in the hose and all that I had to do was replace the hose (Home Depot $19). Once I had it fixed, I offered to give it back to him so he could return the new grill, but he wouldn't hear of it.
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It's true that repairable stuff is discarded all the time. For example, a neighbor of mine asked me to help him put together a new gas grill. He was replacing an almost new, big stainless steel, JenAir gas grill that he said wasn't working properly and he was going to have the city pick it up and haul it away. I asked him if he would mind if I took it instead and he said fine. When I looked it over, I found a small leak in the hose and all that I had to do was replace the hose (Home Depot $19). Once I had it fixed, I offered to give it back to him so he could return the new grill, but he wouldn't hear of it.


You sound like me. I've got a couple patio heaters like that where a sensor or regulator fixed 'em right up.
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Most, or maybe some, are not mechanically inclined.
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Craigslist is full of people picking up free broken stuff. Repairing the item then selling it on CL. Just purchased a frig from a guy who had probably 15 or 20 refrigerators in his garage he fixed up and now selling.
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It depends. Once I made a dump run with a working leaf blower, TV, lawn mower and some other things that worked just fine. People were more than happy to take them off of my hands and I was more than happy to not sell 6 items online dealing with strangers and idiots.

Sometimes the time/money ratio is just not there.
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In my neighborhood, you don't have to throw away anything with metal in it.....just set it on the curb and it'll be gone by the next day. It's like magic.
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In my neighborhood, you don't have to throw away anything with metal in it.....just set it on the curb and it'll be gone by the next day. It's like magic.
Yep, could set a clock on when it will leave my hood. Have actually had folks knock on the door and inquire if we are getting rid of items placed at the road.
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Heck I was cleaning the garage one day. A woman asked if I was having garage sale! Felt a bit embarrassed.

I don't know. I think sometimes people are so busy that they just don't have the time to screw around fixing things and they have the disposable money to buy replacements.

I think I'm guilty about not having time.
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That's how I got my Honda EU200 generator. Saw it at the recycling center, put it in the truck. Cleaned the carb, new air filter, oil change and a new circuit breaker (cracked case) and runs like a dream. $20 investment and it's paid for itself. I even picked up a 12 volt adapter with alligator clips for it.


People are afraid to try or don't want to pay high repair rates. I'm just too dumb to know I can't do it. LOL!
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Companies/people waste daily. Thousands, unreal.
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In my neighborhood, you don't have to throw away anything with metal in it.....just set it on the curb and it'll be gone by the next day. It's like magic.
The wife and I refer to that as "Meth Magic."

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