What was the last thing you fixed.

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  1. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    What was the last thing you fixed that worked and how?

    The last thing i fixed was the broken arm of my speks with a piece of rubber tubing out of my fishing tackle box.
     
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  3. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    I know it's not quite what you hadin mind but I did just fix my craving for some Summer!
    Awesome day in S.E Aus. and bodysurfed my ring out in a grinding left hand offshore peak, topped off with fish & chips and beer...Kapow!
     
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  5. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    So you fixed your yearning to go boarding in epic style by the sounds of it then
     
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  7. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Ah, another thing. Post whether it stayed fixed beyond expectations too. I fixed an old lawnmower once that shouldn't have really run at all. As I had to open up the governor a bit it mowed the hell out of the lawn before eventually snapping the con-rod. It was a really gutsy mower and I was sad when it finally died. It was not worth fixing again after that.
     
  8. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    On mowers, I borrowed a mate's old mower (which he'd rescued from the tip [dump] and 'fixed') It was a fucking beast. It was like driving Hitler's car and the wandering Jew (local weed) didn't stand a chance.
    p.s, bodysurfing is without any apparatus at all, just and my channel guts.
     
  9. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    The thought of that mower being an evil fascist throwback is almost worthy of an animated cartoon! Mine was psychopathic, but it had me at the controls so it didn't get too many victims other than the fence wire and some mislaid pegs screwdrivers and covert rocks. I mowed a small elder tree down with it one time though.
     
  10. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    I've got a wicked barbecue, you know, 4 burners, a spit roasting option and a wok ring.
    The wok ring wasn't working at all but I guessed the problem, a small wasp species likes small cylindrical openings to build a mud nest complete with immobilised (stung into suspended animation) spiders for the emerging young.
    I removed the gas intake and sure enough there was the wasp nest so I got a skewer and removed it. Just in time for deep fried salt and pepper prawns for Christmas lunch.

    The mower, I nicknamed it Goebbels, ran over a half brick and reduced it to dust.
     
  11. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    Heh, I had an old Checkoslavian motorcycle called a CZ 125 once. It could be fixed with agricultural supplies when it went wrong. It kept backfiring and blowing the downpipe off intil i embedded a stud and put a jubilee clip around it. I've also fixed a blowing echaust on a car with some heatproof putty, an opened up tin can, some cable-ties and some hand-riviting rivets. It lasted right up until the car was sold, and might still be going somewhere.
     
  12. Search & Destroy Take one bite at a time Moderator

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    I fixed the canoe :m:
     
  13. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    My safety glasses. The temples are adjustable plastic, but the knobs wore down and they would fall out, so I drilled a small hole through them and wired it shut, then covered the wire with that liquid plastic coating for tool handles.
     
  14. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    The sensor that tells my car the door is closed is damaged...problem is whatever I wedge in there falls out. Need to just try and find a way to hold the sensor in the down position.
    Before that I wired the front plastic on with a coathanger. My wife observed it wasn't my car until something was held on by coathanger wire...
    My last car lost a duct-taped headlight housing on an empty freeway, and I went back and got it. So when I put it back in I strapped it on with baling wire.
     
  15. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    My neighbors kids kite, it was stuck up in my tree and when the kid brought it down it was ripped so I put some duct tape and repaired it so it would fly once more.

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    Also replaced a door knob as well.
     
  16. Reiku Banned Banned

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    I'm always trying to fix things that aint broke ... does that count?

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  17. hardalee Registered Senior Member

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    A Colt AR-15 yesterday at the gun club. Had to change the hammer which shattered.
     
  18. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    I fixed MY broken arm lol, by going to the doctors.

    (twisted elbow actually)
     
  19. ULTRA Realistically Surreal Registered Senior Member

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    You have my sympathies, elbows are uncommonly painful things to break I'm told.

    This is getting to be an interesting thread. I think we could expand it to include best or most important fixes too if they worked. The method and circumstance is all-important though, so spill the beans - and we should also allow heroic fixes too. These could be running repairs perhaps.

    I fixed a broken track on a bulldozer once. I had to get a new bit of track, knock the pins out of the old one and swap the sections. This was done on a sand-pit haul road made of clay that got slippery as soap when it got wet.

    It took me 3 days to fix one of my old PC's once when I was at university. I had to reformat the HDD and reinstall everything, reconfigure it and basically rebuild and reprogram it from spare parts that didn't wanna communicate. It was very frustrating. It usually takes me about an hour and a half to build and set up a PC but that particular HDD had important uni work on it. My ex-wife wasn't very happy, she though i was doing it deliberately I think.

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    Edit: I didn't know much about disk partitioning then either but managed to get a straight copy onto another HDD before I formatted it, then used the new one as a slave!
     
  20. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    This is ONE of the problems I have solved over the years.....Chicago Screws.

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    These little beauties are used on a lot of horse bridles at the connection point for bits and reins because they are ornate and can be changed relatively easily.
    Sometimes TOO easily as they have a tendency to work themselves loose at the most inopportune times.

    I solved this problem by using a drop of clear nail varnish on the threads before screwing the halves together. To make them easy to undo again, place the bridle in a plastic bag in the freezer for 1/2 an hour and then with an adjustable vice grip to hold the head and a good screwdriver on the other end, the cold varnish is easy to crack loose and you can make what changes you will.

    I'm not one to paint my nails but I keep a bottle of clear nail varnish around for a multitude of other applications.

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  21. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    The last thing was a hole in some dry wall. After it was done, the patch was invisible. Not beyond my expectations however, as that was what I was aiming for.

    The last repair that I remember going past expectations was when I replaced the head, rings and rod bearings on my Honda. I had to do it with the engine still in the car ( not recommended), under a car port and in the dead of winter. That was 12 yrs and 120,000 miles ago. I'm still driving on that repair job.
     
  22. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I replaced the hard drive in my laptop. A couple of years ago I put a new power switch in my vacuum cleaner. When I was a teenager back in the 1960s and engines were simpler I rebuilt the carburetor in my Chevrolet, and even put new main bearings in a motorcycle engine.

    Today cars might as well have a decal on the hood saying: "Warning! No user-serviceable parts inside!"
     
  23. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    At present, we're tearing out the kitchen floor. I've already pulled up the old vinyl and laid down sub-flooring. We will have a professional lay the marmoleum. Some friends came over and helped us paint the ceilings and walls. My next project is the bathroom floor.
     

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