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*Repair Shops*
#1371900 Mon Aug 03 2020 11:10 AM
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You know....back in the day a company use to try and make things that would last for ever. It made a company stand out and show they had a superior product. Now a days companies pay engineers to design their product to last so long and fail. Repair shops have become a dying trade. There use to be a fellow that would come in the barber shop and sharpen the scissors and now they buy replacement blades for their scissors. I think out last TV repair shop in the Tri-state went out of business a few years ago. Other than automotive repair about the only thing left that I see is one guy on the side doing lawnmower repair. Most things now a days are pretty much throw away and buy new. Now Covid came along and changed the world once again.


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
1949 5 Window 3100
Veteran of the USAF
Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1371906 Mon Aug 03 2020 12:31 PM
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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1371960 Mon Aug 03 2020 07:48 PM
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A number of years ago (you'll understand how long in a sec wink ), I took a VCR/DVD combo player to a shop to get it fixed, as there was a tape stuck in it.
The guy said "Sorry, I can't get parts anymore. Buy a new one". So I took it home and pulled it apart to get the tape out, then spent less than $100 on a new player.
So that has been going on a long time. Nobody repairs ANYTHING anymore (except Stovebolters. grin )


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1371976 Mon Aug 03 2020 09:34 PM
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Remember on the early Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry had Emmits Fix It Shop.Doc.


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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1371988 Mon Aug 03 2020 10:22 PM
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You must be a youngun Doc.
Floyd's barber shop was before Emmett's Fix It Shop.
I'm pretty sure I have watched every one!

I still try to fix something before I buy a new one!
As Dad would say, Ain't got nothing to lose! But watch out for capacitors, they do bite!

Don

Last edited by 2-Ton; Mon Aug 03 2020 10:24 PM.

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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1371997 Mon Aug 03 2020 11:36 PM
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I just keep learning and learning on this site. Don can you tell me where to go for information on starting up a mint completely restored 1926 American LaFrance. Everything was done by the county by a Pro and has not been started in ten years. It is enclosed in glass and the county gave me the job. They want to start driving it in parades. Ed


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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1372015 Tue Aug 04 2020 02:13 AM
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Doc, we have a Tech Tip for bringing back a dead engine. Only addition I would recommend is making sure the valves are not stuck before trying to turn engine a full revolution. Go to the Engines section of Tech Tips and read up.🛠


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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1372192 Wed Aug 05 2020 05:00 PM
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I do buy the extended warranty on electronics. When we bought out new car in 2016 the only warranty package I bought was for the electronics. Good thing I did cause 3 years later the navigational system failed. Almost $6000 to replace it. No repair just replace. You know....I go by this place every day on my way home from work and never thought about it but there is still a shoe repair store in the end of one of the little strip malls. Roy's Shoe Repair….this fellows dad use to run it years ago and now he runs it. I use to take my work boots to his dad years ago to have them re-soled. Not much call for that anymore.


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
1949 5 Window 3100
Veteran of the USAF
Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1372211 Wed Aug 05 2020 08:36 PM
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We are fortunate to have some repair shops and two that I have dealt with are run by Asian gentlemen. The last was my vintage microwave oven not starting. The repairman came here and took it apart saying it could be a transformer or the keypad. Fortunately it was the keypad and a blast of contact cleaner and its like new. When he pulled it apart he found the date of manufacture sticker inside - February 01 1985!
Auto mechanics are a dying breed sadly. Today they are called parts replacers.


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Re: *Repair Shops*
olezippi #1372274 Thu Aug 06 2020 07:54 AM
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There used to be an appliance shop here (also run by a Korean family). You could walk in the door waving a part in the air, and the old man would walk in the back and come out with a replacement. He was really amazing. They closed up about a year ago. frown


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
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