I really can't fault these kids today. They have grown up in an age, that about the time something breaks, it was most likely outdated anyway and needed replacing.Why replace a wheelbarrow, when you can buy a tractor? That really is what this amounts to, speed and productivity, the time one spends repairing something that can be be replaced cheaper than the time/mpney spent repairing, not to mention, it's still outdated when you're done, makes no sense at all.Sadly, he has a point.....Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professorDanielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, is giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, the professor giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures has warned.Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, claims that the under 40s expect everything to ‘just work’ and have no idea what to do when things go wrong.Unlike previous generations who would ‘make do and mend’ now young people will just chuck out their faulty appliances and buy new ones.But Prof George claims that many broken or outdated gadgets could be fixed or repurposed with only a brief knowledge of engineering and electronics.This year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are entitled ‘Sparks will fly: How to hack your home’ she is hoping it will inspire people to think what else they can do with common household objects.Ideas include using a magnifying glass and shoe box to turn a mobile phone into a rudimentary projector; how to use tin foil to make too small batteries fit correctly and how to turn a bottle of water into a lamp.Prof George said: “We’ve got a lost generation that has grown up with factory electronics that just work all of the time.“All of these things in our home do seem to work most of the time and because they don’t break we just get used to them. They have almost become like Black Boxes which never die. And when they do we throw them away and buy something new.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11298927/Young-people-are-lost-generation-who-can-no-longer-fix-gadgets-warns-professor.html
Hmm... Why spend 200$ or more on something you can fix for 2 to 5 $. No only that it the challenge. My kids learned a lot helping me fix things. Each one of the kids got a tool box of there own when they turned 15. Yes even our 2 girls.
My dad was always trying to fix things. I remember him with his soldering iron at the kitchen table. I think the one thing he hated more than having to buy something new, was to have to call a repairman. He grew up poor, the oldest of eight on a farm. Mom thought of him as what you would call a penny pincher, but growing up with nothing can make you that way.
I was raised the same way, we never called on someone to fix anything, and I followed suit my entire life.But as you said, being on a budget tends to make one very frugal, something I'll never shake, even now when I can afford it.
I think the great depression made most of our parents very frugal! They learned to become a jack of all trades. They had good old fashioned horse sense and ingenuity!As my parents aged I had a difficult time getting them to spend their money. There was nothing they wanted more than a large bank account and a basket of assets. That was the ultimate success to them. The numbers on the sheet of paper made them sleep soundly at night.
I constantly challenge my kids (20yrs and younger), to investigate and try to fix, first.When the fridge went out, they said, "It's so old, it just gave out." I took an OHM meter, found the compressor was good, located a new start/run relay, and a year later, we have it filled with bacon we're curing - works just fine, $12 fix, shipping inc.Furnace quit - it's +15 years old... found the draft blower had fallen apart, found another one on Ebay, it's working just fine.I have this hatred of weed-eaters, they are so cheaply made and cost a week or more of wages... I bet we don't get 100 hrs out of them before the carb is screwed up. My boys are learning how to fix them.A neighbor bought a new air compressor, his 2yr old, 2hp Harbor Freight unit quit.. suddenly, so he gave it to us.1. low oil, but, there was enough to keep it from getting ruined... no prob.2. Overload breaker was worn out, it'd heat up and trip after a minute. I found one of similar size, adapted it all to fit, and it's actually the best little compressor we have. Breaker was less than $10.Friend of mine manages a big data-center, always throwing out servers...The HP servers have a nice power supply, rated for 47amps @ 12VDC. They are very well filtered, and have a very high efficiency rating. Voltage is a little low... but, adding a 330ohm resistor in the right place, and it does 13.6VDC - just right for some of the common batteries, and about 95% of the 12vdc stuff I run... including a really compact, but robust Bosch Drill. When the battery went out on it, I pulled it apart (3 batteries, 4 vdc ea.), one was bad, the other two are backups for my portable radio. One of HP power supplies is running the computer I'm composing this msg on... When I was 12yrs old, I got poison ivy so bad, I figured I'd be in bed most of the summer.. instead of bailing hay. wrong! My dad said, 'your older brother is a good welder, he's gonna teach you, and then when something breaks, you can fix it while we eat lunch.' With no formal training, I've learned (the hard way) how to weld Cast Iron, Stainless, Aluminum in body positions a sexual deviant would be proud of. Hated it at the time, but, I sure learned to appreciate a GOOD welder - and own a stick and 2 wire units. Now I just hate getting the electric bills, trying to teach my boys the art of welding... and understand why my dad hit-the-roof when I jacked up the electric bill over $50 one month.35 years of marriage, my wife doesn't mind me bringing "stuff" into the house, dining room table, living room floor... Provided the gas has been drained outside first. And... she likes the smell of Hoppies #9 gun cleaning solvent! Funny how the bloodhound always howls when we kiss - still haven't figured that one out! If you're a single guy, and kinda handy when it comes to tearing something down and fixing it - yes, there are still a few gals out there that like Hoppies #9 cologne.