Ten Reasons to Fix Stuff That Breaks
Here are ten good reasons to fix or recycle — rather than toss — household stuff that breaks:
1. Be a smarter consumer by knowing how things work and what to do if they don't: appliances, heaters, air conditioners, mowers, plumbing, electronics, clocks, paint, flooring and more.
2. Save money by not having to replace things that you easily can fix. It might just need a fuse, a new electrical cord, or a screw tightened. You can do that!
3. Buy better things that will last longer than disposables because you know you can probably fix them if they ever do conk out.
4. Reduce the environmental impact of having a replacement manufactured from raw materials and transported from a far-off land.
5. Learn how to recycle the things you just can't fix.
6. Learn new skills and discover the satisfaction of fixing something that's broken.
7. Spend some quality time with kids fixing things together — and teaching them the importance of recycling.
8. Keep that family clock or other heirloom running longer.
9. Justify the cost of expanding your collection of tools.
10. Impress your spouse, partner, and others with your new-found fixing skills.
How can you fix broken stuff? The Fix-It Club offers easy-to-follow instructions. It doesn't matter whether it's a door chime, a barbecue grill, a child's toy, or a computer printer. Figuring out what's wrong with it is the most important task. Once you know what's wrong with it, you're well on the way to fixing it--or making an informed decision not to. Figuring out what's wrong with something may sound obvious, but it's often the step that keeps folks from fixing things easily.
Troubleshooting is a problem-solving process with the goal of returning an item to its as-designed state. The item doesn't work at all, doesn't work correctly, doesn't work efficiently, or doesn't stop working. You can fix anything if you know how to troubleshoot it. And you can troubleshoot if you understand how an item works and how to figure out why it doesn't work. Here's the process:Continued on the next page