I’m not much of a DIYer.
I’d rather go out and buy a new something than try and fix an old something.
And I think it’s genetic. The primary tools my father had in his garage while I was growing up were a driver and a three wood (golf clubs!).
But sometimes, one has no choice but to channel their inward Ben Franklin-ness because circumstance requires it.
One example: My beloved 55” Sony Bravia TV (which I bought way before the volume discounts kicked in, thank you very much) had a thermal fuse go out. I knew inviting my friends from Sony to come fix it in my home was at least a $400 mission.
I did some research to find the heart of the problem, and found a Web post that generally explained how to replace the thermal fuse. It wasn’t open heart surgery — but it wasn’t removing a cuticle, either.
One day, while the light was still good, and by following the instructions I found online (including very helpful pictures!), I had the TV in pieces in no time, the fuse replaced, and the cover back on, TV working, in about 90 minutes.
You’d have thought I had won the lottery, judging by the smile on my face.
Recently, I had a similar, if less dramatic, episode. I hadn’t used my Acer Aspire Netbook in a while, but I’d recently moved my home office back upstairs so I thought the Acer would be a good “downstairs” computer (I know, I clearly have too many computers).
When I turned it on, I realized there was a problem. Even though the battery indicator suggested the machine was charged, when I removed the AC power source, the computer died.
I immediately went online to look for a new, but cheap, replacement battery. But as I entered the query “acer aspire one battery” and started glancing through the results, I saw links not only for replacement batteries, but for “fixes” for people having issues with the battery on that particular system.
Turns out, it was a long known and acknowledged problem, and it had a possible fix: Download the BIOS update onto a USB stick and reboot the machine with a special command.
Sounded easy enough. And surprisingly, it was. What took me about 5 minutes to research and implement saved me on the order of $30, along with shipping and handling, and also spared the planet the premature demise of a perfectly good laptop battery.
I checked the next morning, and the Acer battery (their 6 cell batteries are good for 6 hours or so!) was fully charged and raring to go.
More importantly, I got the satisfaction of solving a not-too-terribly-complex problem by doing a little investigating, and then following through.
Now if I could just find a similar article that would help me consolidate all my different iTunes libraries.