Having three boys in the house, there’s always stuff that gets well and truly busted.
So what do you do? Do you simply chuck it away, or do you have a crack at fixing it first?
Well, given I’m a genuine Aussie bloke, my first instinct is to repair! I’ve been known to spend MANY a happy hour repairing something that could be re-purchased cheaply. It impresses and delights the boys too. I think..
This means my desk is a OHS hazard – littered with half repaired books, toys, torches and whistles (yep, whistles) that are awaiting repair. *Update – whistles are now repaired. PVA glue – great stuff.
Occasionally the pile stacks up so bad that I can’t actually SEE my desk, in which case I’ll chuck the lot and start again. But ever so gradually, it will build up again.
One thing I get a perverse enjoyment from is repairing cheap, eminently chuckable stuff, and actually making it better than it was originally!
For example – I am rather addicted to torches. you’ll see by the photo that I have quite a few.
There’s a couple that I am kind of reluctant to throw out – even though the light bulb is dull or the LED’s are blown.
For example this one:
So I hopped onto the net to see if I could get replacement LED’s. Ahh… Dealextreme – free shipping too!
So here’s the plan. I am going to replace the dull and blown LED’s in this torch, with THESE super bright shiny things.
One pack of 10 is $1.53 USD including Shipping – so I will get some two packs of 10 and re-solder. Fun in a packet.
Will update this post once I get the pack in the mail, and I’ve had some fun with the soldering iron.
Lastly – if you are a serious torch nut visit the “CandlePowerForums“. warning – serious geeklish!