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Do you enjoy fixing things?

Sewing skills come in handy. A month ago, I bought a red purse. It quickly became harder and harder to zip.

So I put on a backpacking headlamp, gathered red thread, needle and a thimble and looked at it closely. Threads were unraveling at one end.

Took 15 minutes to sew the zipper and leather together. Tight enough to zip easily. Not too tight, or it wouldn't close all the way. I used the same holes.

Now the purse is better than new. The zipper is firm and easy to use.

Don't you love it when you fix something?

Life is made up of small successes.

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I am sick of fixing things. I was a Field Engineer for twenty six years. Nothing but things broken or waiting to break.
I like breaking things now. I like explosions. I like broken machines. Its like revenge.

Bendog Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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I not only love to fix things, I hate to waste anything...

I love sewing...I have repaired many zippers, put patches on elbows and knees...

I love the internet because I have learned to fix all sorts of things, including lamps and my car!

Nice job on the bag...nice save, I should say...it also trains your mind to solve problems and to look at creative ways to make something better!!!

thinktwice Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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@thinktwice

Thank you, darling! I appreciate your encouragement and kindness.

Yes,youtube has many subjects,made up of people who made self help videos.

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I work on surgery when not at ED . I like take things apart actually !! 😂😂😂

Pralina1 Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Perhaps you would have enjoyed taking my sternum apart when I had my CABG. smile001.gif

@irascible sorry to hear that 😞 I hope u feeling awesome now 😍🤗

@Pralina1 Thanks for the sympathy. It was a textbook operation, and the worst that I felt was moderate discomfort in the week that followed. I was writing my next piece for the local newspaper the following day. I was discharged a day early. And yes you are right: it has done me a lot of good. smile001.gif

@irascible 20 yrs ago we used to keep u at hospital 5-7 days ! Things have sure changed . Stay healthy 😍😍😍

@irascible I had a triple bypass in 2012. I was in a coma for four days. Then five days after that I got out. My hands didn't work correctly for several years. They still don't. Doing well now though.

@Bendog Good grief! How come the coma? (And I am sorry you went through all that.)

@irascible They said they had a hard time bringing me back.
I told this story to a couple. They asked, "what did you see".
I told them last thing I saw was amazing! I had lunch then came here.
They said, no, while you were dead.
I said, a beautiful nurse that said, "get out of bed you goat"..................
Then I woke up.

@irascible She wasn't beautiful at all. I was at the VA.

@Bendog It sounds possible that you had a bad reaction to the anaesthetic. Was your CABG planned or emergency? (For what it is worth, my CABG was three months in the planning, and I had long conversations with the surgeon, the anaesthetist, the haemotologist and the post-operative support nurses beforehand.)

P.S. What is the "VA"?

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@irascible Veterans Administration.

@irascible It was a emergency. I thought I was going in for a stress test. Twenty four hours later, I was in surgery.

@Bendog Thanks.

@irascible My conversation with the medical crew was somewhat limited. I saw my monitor during the tests.

@Bendog That it was an emergency might explain a lot of things. Thanks for letting me know.

@Bendog Your experience was quite unlike mine, I am sorry to say.

@irascible I thought it went well. My sense of humor is better. My sense of reality is somewhat confused. I keep thinking we elected an Orange Baboon for the POTUS.

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I'm a doer, and love doing projects. Last year I had a new unattached garage built. I put in the steps to the garage door. Cement blocks, shovel, sand, leveler, a YouTube video and a couple of days. They look great!

I'm a firm believer in reusing, recycling, and refurbishing apparel and accessories rather than send them to a landfill. Good job on the zipper, it looks great!

linxminx Level 6 Dec 4, 2018
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@linxminx

Good for you! We are like-minded people.

Thank you, dear.

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I've always enjoyed doing stuff like this. Since my hands have been compromised by neuropathy it's more challenging, but I'd still try to fix something if I can.

bleurowz Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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Do your hands tingle like gone to sleep or is it painful like arthritis ?

@GreenAtheist I have shooting prickly pain in my palms/fingers and numbness in my finger tips, combined with limited dexterity. It's difficult to grasp things or work with small details. I used to do a lot of sewing and handiwork, but now I can't even feel a needle if I try to use it.

@bleurowz does warm water soaking help ?

@GreenAtheist The only things that are going to work are time, patience, and self-care. I take certain meds, adjusted my diet, and do special exercises to make it manageable. Tried so many other things, nothing else works.

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I didn’t enjoy fixing my dryer but did enjoy not having to buy a new one!

Dave75 Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Very, very much when I am doing so with a partner. Not so much alone (well okay, sewing I can do alone.) I'm just reminded of how much joy it was, having a partner to love and doing things together. Alone, for me, pales in comparison. (And handy, willing-to-try-and-fix-anything guys are just wonderful in my book!)

daylily Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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I pretty much feel the same, but... not necessarily a significant other. More if there's a "we" involved with it, whether that's a significant other, a family member, or a friend.

@bingst True. I have an old friend who I can say that about. We work very well together and have fun doing so. Unfortunately, he lives about 2 hrs. away. I don't really know anyone (except daughter & family) near where I live now.

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Yes, I like the sense of satisfaction when I fix things on my own, usually home repairs, but sewing projects too. Beautiful purse! You can have an extra sparkle of pride in your eyes, when you've got it on your shoulder!

Julie808 Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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I do. I’m also very crafty.
Have you heard of Repair Cafes?

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Annaleda Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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I love to fix things. I just moved to a new place & fixed the screen door, a sticky drawer & a few other things. I can fix crazy stuff like jigsaw puzzle pieces & glass Xmas tree onrnaments. & I just sewed on a button for my boyfriend too.

Carin Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Your boyfriend is a button? A button is not a good substitute for a boyfriend.

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@Bendog Or is that a speed dial button.

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I can solder to Mil-Spec needs,shiny,no voids,almost as if polished,when done,most things mechanical are easy for me.Every door hinge in my house is oiled for silence, Wiring switches,again no problem, I used to build missile test equipment in California,for about 10 years,cables as big around as some peoples thighs.

Mike1947 Level 7 Dec 5, 2018
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Yeah, there's satisfaction in fixing things and not having to spend $ to replace the item. and I like the challenge of figuring out HOW to fix things. On the other hand, it's frustrating when I CAN'T figure out how to fix it. so, I pick & choose my battles.... if it's not a time-critical fix, I can let it lay there until I either ( a ) figure out how to fix it or ( b ) enough time goes by that I give up trying to figure it out and just go buy a replacement. if it IS time critical, I either fix immediately it 'cause I can or else go buy the replacement.

aintmisbehaven Level 5 Dec 4, 2018
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I can fix anything. I don't work on automatic transmissions though.. I pay the man for that!

RiverRick Level 6 Dec 4, 2018
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Cool! Yup, I like fixing things.

CuriousCreature Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Car breaks I take it apart and fix same for the computer. Rip a pair of pants I sew them back together. I can fix just about anything. I do get annoyed when I get stuff made in China that is below standards that have to be reinforced or repaired before it can be used.

azzow2 Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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I am what you may call a terminal tinker which I got from my dad. I like to create and repair. Done a fair share of on the spot repairs be it electrical, mechanical, or structural.

Gravehill Level 4 Dec 10, 2018
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I get great satisfaction when I make something work again. It all started when I locked my keys in my trunk before going camping, lol one whole day on the picnic table at the campsite figuring out how a lock works. I also upcycle, I have about 30 projects in my craft and woodworking shop on the go since I retired, each day is a different task.

CourreurDeBois Level 6 Dec 4, 2018
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I am capable of fixing things. I don't really enjoy it though. i just mostly fix stuff, because i am just frugal by nature.

In today's disposable world though, there really isn't all that much that is fixable. It seems the costs to buy the stuff needed to fix something is about the same as buying something new.

snytiger6 Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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Indeed, I do enjoy fixing things.

bingst Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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I fix everything mechanical.

ADKSparky Level 6 Dec 4, 2018
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I'll add--except cars. I'm done with doing that. I'll happily pay a mechanic.

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A boss of mine once told his boss that if I couldn't fix it, it ain't broke. I'm a geared and love fixing things.

Tompain1 Level 6 Dec 4, 2018
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Boy Scouts and my parents taught me to fix not landfill useful items...good job YWCA

GreenAtheist Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Never had the skill or patiencd🙄

WayneDalton Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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Good job.

EdEarl Level 8 Dec 4, 2018
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It's far more fun destroying things which is the irony. But yes, instant job satisfaction fixing stuff.

powder Level 7 Dec 4, 2018
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