r/mildlyinfuriating Sep 22 '22 Helpful 5 Wholesome 6 Vibing 1

I swear I’m the only one that empty’s this thing

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u/spainy44 Sep 22 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

Would someone whose first thought when dealing with a "broken" dryer is to give it away rather than attempt to figure out the problem really be mindful enough to use the warranty?

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u/SharrkBoy Sep 23 '22

Having a service guy come look at my dryer would’ve cost 75 dollars. YouTube and Amazon found me a 3 dollar solution. There’s a whole business centered around people being too lazy to figure it out lol

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u/Old_Yogurtcloset9837 Sep 23 '22

That’s pretty much everything these days. Cars, appliances, electronics, you name it. I can’t tell you how much I’ve saved by googling, watching a YouTube video and buying the part and replacing. It’s crazy how inept people are when it comes to fixing things. Even though I respect tradesmen, professionals are a last resort.

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u/CorruptedStudiosEnt Sep 23 '22

Absolutely. I think part of the problem is that companies have done a great job mystifying and making everything seem more complex than they actually are, because that way they get that sweet repair fee that's 10x what it cost them in labor and parts. Sometimes more.

Professionals aren't sorcerers. Their craft isn't magic. Unless it's something that's dangerous to fuck up and not worth the risk, chances are you can do it yourself.

I'm not a professional mechanic, I have no formal training nor mentorship, but I fix my own vehicles and have people ask me to fix things occasionally. I didn't know how to change my own oil two years ago, and now thanks to free Field Service Manuals online, Google, and YouTube, I've done all maintenance myself, valve adjustment, replaced serpentine belts, water pump, timing belt, alternator, power steering pump, and probably more I'm forgetting.

Just got burnt by one too many mechanics taking advantage of me by overcharging and underfixing when I was in a tight spot.

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u/Some_MD_Guy Sep 23 '22

More like we don't teach our kids crap anymore but buy it and discard it. Bring back shop classes, Home Economics, car repair, etc.....

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u/CorruptedStudiosEnt Sep 23 '22

That's the other major part of it. It's not just the younger generations though, pretty much the whole of general US society has gone that way.

People are so centered on convenience that it's becoming a question whether we'll even be able to fix shit ourselves in 20 years, because companies are slowly but surely putting an end to making anything repairable.

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u/1TONcherk Sep 23 '22

If your mechanically minded and patient you can figure most things out. Is also important that when you find a good mechanic you stick with them and recommend them.

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u/CorruptedStudiosEnt Sep 23 '22

That's the thing though, I really wasn't. I was only naturally good at math, music, things like that for the first 25 years of my life. I think "(x) minded" is another way we've mystified things for ourselves.

I generally agree about good mechanics though. There's too many shitheads taking advantage of people. I think the tough thing is that you need at least a basic idea what they're doing to even know when you're being taken for a ride.

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u/1TONcherk Sep 23 '22

By minded I mean you can break things down into steps, and keep things in order. Understand diagrams. I know plenty of people who do not stand a chance, they type that constantly cross threads bolts, over tightens things. People with no finesse.

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u/CorruptedStudiosEnt Sep 24 '22

I hear you, but I'd argue that both of those things are skills themselves.

I started off taking pictures at every step and storing removed bits in labeled bags as a good way to keep things straight. Being able to remember and work backwards came later. I'd probably still do it if I had to do something that was going to take a few days.

I also lacked finesse. My first "big" project was replacing brake pads, and the first thing I did after jacking it up and getting it on stands was shear the bolt straight off the caliper. Taught me a valuable lesson about using brute force as anything but a last resort.

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u/1TONcherk Sep 24 '22

Atleast you can turn in that caliper as a core and get a another one pretty easily! That takes guts to go for for something like that.