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Continuing Thread: What Are You Fix-It'ing Today?

One thing great about this group, but often sadly lacking "outside", is that folks here fix things. Instead of doing the disposable-discard-replace thing.

I thought we'd have a "continuing thread" about whatever we are fixing now. Anything from cars to computers to toilets to toasters.

If you're doing your part to fight our disposable society, or being self-reliant, or simply being a cheap-ass money-saver, tell us.

Who knows, your tale might save another Pelican some money.
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I'll start. I'm fixing my water heater (motor for draft inducer blower fan seized up) for $250 instead of spending $3,000 to have a perfectly good water heater thrown in the trash. And I'm (trying to) fix the Vanagon's no-start. The gasket for the dance company's espresso machine arrived too.
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I'll likely have something to contribute to this thread every day! Seems like I spend my life fixing one thing or another.

Today:
We had a 30” pocket door ( half of a 60” pair) that was dragging on one of the skinny, steel-lined studs pocket door kits use to attach the drywall to. The studs the pocket door go in between were all out of alignment. The correct way to fix it would be to cut a big ass hole in the wall to get access to the base of the stud, unscrew it from the floor, unscrew all the drywall, and move it into alignment. And then of course put it all back together.
But I am not Zeke. I took the baseboard off and cut a hole in the drywall to access the bottom of the stud. I rolled the pocket door over onto it's companion's rail. Shoved a 2x4 in between the studs and used a crowbar to bend the crap out of offending stud - enough so the door doesn’t hit it anymore. No screw pops on any of the drywall so far!



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Well, the project thank to the high winds we had a few days ago is fixing my vinyl picket fence. The vinyl "high wind" mounting brackets aren't quite enough for here in the flats. When it gets cold and windy I'll lose a few fence sectons... sooooo.. I bought some aluminum flat stock, aluminum rectangular box that I cut into a channel since I couldn't find aluminum channel, and built my own brackets. I could buy new fence but it's the principle man! I can't give up now.
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Interesting. We have pocket doors between living room and dining room. They were sealed up sometime in the last century. It would be cool to get them working again. Few of the original pocket doors in this neighborhood are still working.

On the van, I ruled out fuel (new pump, fuel delivered to rail, spraying carb cleaner doesn't help) so it is spark. The most obvious spark issues are ruled out (new coil, plugs and wires). Nothing obvious in the wiring, meaning nothing is obviously disconnected. I ordered a OBDII reader. Have never used one before but might be easier than trying to diagnose by replacing every last sensor and relay and switch.
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Phew,

I just got back in from my garage. I have a 1985 911, and I just finished up on a AC main fan (evaporator) blower upgrade, and a new full adjustable fan blower switch. The factory AC switch has low (is that blowing?) medium (I think I feel something) and full blast. Now I can set it to whatever level I want, and I have a LED light that that tells me if the compressor is running or off.

It is the Griffiths Technology Kuehl Speed controller system along with his aftermarket fan motor has 30% more power blower on max. It is not a simple swap, it has controller boards for the fan switch, and new wiring, and it takes a while to do. I just went for a test drive, and it is only 69 outside so the AC kicked on and it was not long before it started to cycle. Cool, er Kuehl.
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I'll likely have something to contribute to this thread every day! Seems like I spend my life fixing one thing or another.

Today:
We had a 30” pocket door ( half of a 60” pair) that was dragging on one of the skinny, steel-lined studs pocket door kits use to attach the drywall to. The studs the pocket door go in between were all out of alignment. The correct way to fix it would be to cut a big ass hole in the wall to get access to the base of the stud, unscrew it from the floor, unscrew all the drywall, and move it into alignment. And then of course put it all back together.
But I am not Zeke. I took the baseboard off and cut a hole in the drywall to access the bottom of the stud. I rolled the pocket door over onto it's companion's rail. Shoved a 2x4 in between the studs and used a crowbar to bend the crap out of offending stud - enough so the door doesn’t hit it anymore. No screw pops on any of the drywall so far!
Zeke wouldn't have done anything much different.
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Fixed two flat tires (pressure washer and landscape trailer), pressure washed part of my driveway (will do the rest when I fix my truck brakes), repainting fire bowl (heat proof paint - up to 2000 degrees the label says), put in new 4x4 post to support shade cloth over driveway where I park my truck (old post is a steel pole that is bending), never ending gardening tasks - not really work for me because I love doing this, and now making a huge pot of chicken-noodle-veggie soup - I know - not exactly repair work - but I am fixing something - to eat.
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Wired in 5 can lights, and hung a ceiling . 5/8" drywall, 12 feet up in the air. I'm beat! Also got hot water back on , and repaired a few more water breaks .Getting closer ..
I'll be contributing to this thread quite a bit . I fix things every day ! It is what I do
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Interesting. We have pocket doors between living room and dining room. They were sealed up sometime in the last century. It would be cool to get them working again. Few of the original pocket doors in this neighborhood are still working.
This house has three single pocket doors and two pairs of doubles. I hate the damn things. In only one application is a pocket door really necessary.
Does anyone know of a reasonably priced way to put a security lock on a pocket door? I want to be able to deny access to a closet when we have a house full of people here.
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In 1975, after saving paper route money for some time, I bought my holy grail at the time...a Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier. Now, at age 60, I experienced the first hiccup. The thing must weigh 70 lbs, sounds amazing and has been bulletproof for 44 years.

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Hauled it out to the workbench, did a web search and had it fixed in 5 minutes. There’s a switch on the back to separate preamp and power amp in case you want to use them independently. Apparently that switch gets crusty over time. A squirt of contact cleaner and a few fast actuations and she sings like new again. Never even had to remove the cover.

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And...here’s the offending switch.

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