Thinking outside the ‘its broken’ square

I thought my ipod docking station was broken which I was really bummed about because this little TDK box pumps out some good volume without losing sound quality. In fact when I broke the docking pins on the last one I went out and bought an identical replacement.

This time I actually thought to try another AC adaptor and its working again. So I did the same on my digital photo frame that also conveniently stopped working- success!

I’m wondering how many appliance I’v foolishly thrown out without doing the same.

If one of your appliances breaks it is always a good idea to do a bit of research on the internet before spending your hard earned money on a replacement. The internet is a source of information for fixing things. Here are some examples:

  1. My camera lens wouldn’t open. Someone on a forum suggested (though it goes against everything you would normally do to a camera) to give it a  hard knock on a hard surface. It’s worked ever since.
  2. My front loader washing machine was leaking due to a small tear around the seal at the front. A new seal would cost hundreds of dollars. We used a silicon sealant in the problem area instead. It got us another 3 years out of it!
  3. My fridge motor stopped working. Google said to pull it out and vacuum the dust off the back around the motor. Turns out it was overheating. I actually gave a desk top computer away once because it stopped working and I went out and bought a new laptop. Turns out it was also overheating due to dust but I’d already foolishly bought a replacement.
Since I only tend to buy new appliances when the old one breaks, this has saved me hundreds of dollars. Not to mention the effects that this would have on landfill if everyone did the same.

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