Remember the day when you could repair

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  1. Gellyneck

    Gellyneck Funster Life Member

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    Anything simple to fix must be of some good benefit. Especially for us less knowledgeable folk.
     
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    What age is he? Mines 13 1/4
    He was up earlier asking to go out but I just yell downstairs....go back to bed its too early and he does. Hes got his own room in the house, downstairs toilet lol
     
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    Frankly, can't see it being a great success.. I give it two years..

    People upgrade not just for the newest latest technology, but to show off that they have the latest model... bigger brighter screen, better camera, all play a part.. new innards on their own don't cut the mustard .. can't show them off at the bar.. shallow people won't be interested..

    It's like selling long life underpants.. or patches to repair trousers.. Times change, we don't repair consumer goods now... because it's cheaper to replace.. Time costs money and a Chinese persons labour is cheap.. go to any council recycling centre and see the containers full of white and brown electrical goods.. I'm willing to bet, many are perfectly serviceable..

    A prime example of this.. the latest floods in Cumbria.. you see piles of goods now being thrown out.. flood damaged.. but I saw stuff that only needs drying out.. but people take the opertunity to replace.. particularly if it's an insurance claim
     
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    Remind me where you hail from Jim ? :D
     
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    nowt to do where I was born.. unless you are trotting out an old tired cliché

    don't confuse thrift with meanness

    was brought up in a post war era where everything was in short supply... even food was rationed .. or not available..

    .. was shown how to repair things and make them last.. how to make a meal from very little, things didn't get thrown out just because they were broken.. dad repaired things, mum mended worn clothes.. or made new .. lessons learned aren't forgotten.. I still hate to see things thrown out for want of a small repair...

    when I lived in RSA I was amazed at what black kids made from rubbish.. nothing was ever thrown out.. poverty is a great teacher..

    as I said, times have changed.. when it breaks it's cheaper to replace.. tech stuff is now throwaway .. why I said this phone probably won't catch on..
     
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    Same thoughts from me, Jim.
    Does disappoint me though that "youngsters" can't \ don't want to repair things.:(
    The fun of finding out how to, the pleasure of seeing it working again, etc seems to be lost in general nowadays.
     
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    When I was due to leave the Navy a while ago, I was choosing courses to do so that I could work; like the rest of you!! I looked into Domestic Appliance Repairs, as I had done a lot of this for my neighbours in the past. “Not worth it now mate”, was the reply I got from a service engineer, “no one repairs anymore, just replaces”. How times have changed.
     
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    Nothing gives me greater pleasure than repairing neglected goods, as Jim says when you were a war baby everything was rationed. Its a habit that lives with you for life. Now, where's that broken hairdryer..........
    :xThumb: :xgrin:
     
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    Had to give up on repairing ours a week or two back. Glued \ welded together. Cutting apart wouldn't work as each panel overlapped the other.:((n)
     
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    I love the challenge of repairing something , particularly if it is said to be 'beyond economic repair' .. that's a 'red flag to a bull'..

    It's been my life.. it was my job for the past 50 years to repair things.. electrical and mechanical...

    This lifetime of practical experience and has stood me in good stead with motorhome ownership.. for if you don't learn how to fix stuff in a van you will have a very expensive toy on your hands... and you will need very deep pockets...

    The last challenge I took on was replacing an iPhone 4 broken screen.. I went online and found the instructions.. bought a screen off ebay , £11 .. wasn't difficult, just needed lots of patience with the tiny screws..

    Dad taught me.. and I can still hear him.. "Son.. any fool can dismantle , it takes brains and skill to dismantle, repair and reassemble"

    I heard him while I was cursing these tiny iPhone screws.. :xlaugh:

    but I did it and the phone is now serviceable...
    Proud.. ? yes , and self satisfaction .. I take a lot of pride in repairing stuff
     
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    Sadly at the price they have on the label I doubt very much it will be a big success
    If people have 500+ € to spend on a fone it is more likely to be one from a mainstream manufacturer

    If they had pitched it at say 100 € for a year or so to get the name and kit established they might stand a chance..

    It is simply agin human nature ( and the fickle phone fashionista ) to risk that sort of outlay on what to them will be an unknown brand of unknown quality
     
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    With a teenage daughter this could become worthwhile diy skill.:xsmile:
     
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    their only chance of real success is making the phone cool and for that you need huge publicity campaigns to make it go viral still theyve got us talking about it so who knows?
     
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    and if the young see it's popular with the oldies .. it's doomed..

    doomed I tell you .. my teenage daughter wouldn't be seen dead with anything I buy or like..
     
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    Too true, I know I have mentioned it before, but the guy who paid over £1K to have a £135 mirror replaced is a prime example of why you should do the above. Also the net has become such a great resource for fixers, I have saved a shedload on stuff by getting DIY tips from people and sharing a few as well!
     
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    Go into a phone shop and get your hands around the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus, then tell me that diy repairs is more important than style. My opinion is as Jews has already said, at 500euros. It will disappear without trace.
     
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    Real shame Samsung have tried to ape apple with their latest phones. Buy a £3 case for a galaxy note 4 and you have a far superior device to the fairphone with an easily swappable battery and a 128 GB card(s) of memory if you need it!
     
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    Which Jews are you talking about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ????????????????????;) :rofl:
     
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    Not the done thing I know but that IS an unfortunate typo Buttons.

    Sorry John, beat me to it
     
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