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#16 Dec 30th, 2017, 21:04
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The fridge thing is absolutely true. I've lived with twenty-year-old fridges that were made in previous generations. Who knows, they might even have gone on working except I expect they eventually got thrown out for being big and ugly. The only thing is that they would have consumed more electricity. Here, our fridges do, at least, get repaired a few times before being thrown out. We have just got rid of one that was really seriously at the end of its life.

I'm all for repairs. I will tinker with stuff where-ever I can. A bottle of contact cleaner can keep many electronic items going a little longer. I don't understand electronics, but I can see and re-solder a broken-off wire. I recently learnt how to weld plastic with a soldering iron. My work is, as yet, a bit rough. (and yes, I also learnt that the fumes are lethal and it must be done outside with a fan.)

And... there are several companies in this city that will repair clocks of all ages and technologies. A skilled guy made my heirloom genuine-clockwork cuckoo clock both work and sing again.

dcamrass1, I think your Bhopal man is tinning the inside of those pots?
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#17 Dec 30th, 2017, 21:44
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and cast iron pots and pans last forever!
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Old and repaired fridges consume a lot of electricity. I saw a dramatic reduction in my electricity bill post replacement
#19 Dec 30th, 2017, 22:43
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post Old and repaired fridges consume a lot of electricity. I saw a dramatic reduction in my electricity bill post replacement
There you go!

As I mentioned, longevity isn't the only factor that makes something better. There's also affordability and energy savings. I doubt any lower middle class families could afford a new fridge today if they were still being built like tanks. New fridges totally beat old ones in affordability and energy savings, which are long-term savings and benefit the whole planet in the long run.

Also, I haven't had to repair or replace my stainless steel pots and pans in over 20 years. But I did use to need repairs on old copper pans and I hated having to do that.

And my old cotton-stuffed quilts? Hated bringing them out every year to discover all the cotton bunched in one corner. And then cart them to the middle of Pahar Ganj and wait in line to get the cotton beaten. The new quilts from the mall are THE BOMB! Just pack them up every spring, bring them out when it's cold and READY TO USE!

And who wears watches these days except to catch a flight? Or maybe attend a formal party. One battery operated watch is quite enough. By the way, the only repairs they required were an occasional battery change. Haven't had a modern watch go bad on me yet either.

Repairmen are going out of business because stuff is getting better. No irreplaceable arts are being lost. When the metro gets extended, for example, we don't bemoan the electric rickshaws at the former last station. Nope, we just ride the train further.
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The trouble is that over-engineered quickly got replaced by built-in obsolescence. Not designed to last: designed to fail.

Then there's this...

I have a couple of stainless-steel "glasses" that have spit at the rim. If I had a brazing torch, I'd repair them. Utterly uneconomic, especially if I bought the equipment just to do do the job... but it would be deeply satisfying. Even if the repair didn't last I'd learn something from it.

No, I'm not going to buy one for that job, although I do miss having one. But... yeah... I've bought tools that cost far more than the thing repaired.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Old refrigerators used glass wool insulation, 100% recyclable, today they use PU foam, a very difficult candidate in recycling process ....
.... and then again they used chlorinated hydrocarbons as a refrigerant - which destroys the ozone layer.... and then again again, modern plastic fridges like the one that started the Grenfell Tower fire in London, use cyclopentane - which is just marginally less flammable than acetylene!

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post @dcamrass - fantastic story. Brings to mind the hamam dasta (large iron mortar pestle) that we have - it survived the partition of India, among other things thrown at it and is now 80 and counting....



Edited as got to know the real age.
Whoah. Carried over across the border ! Its quite heavy. We have a 50 years old at home which just travelled from Uttar Pradesh to Haryana.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post reweaving a cane chair on the street in Kolkata.....

a lost art. I'd have to search far and wide for that where I live.
.... but sadly he appears to be using plastic (well - it lasts longer...)

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Aren't pots tinned from the inside only?
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post Aren't pots tinned from the inside only?
I have copper pots and jugs from our area that are tinned inside and out,I presume if tinned both sides wil not tarnish from water and so on.
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post .... but sadly he appears to be using plastic (well - it lasts longer...)
and is not being thrown out.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Aarosh, what is with putting up news clippings in bulk and creating so many threads just on some content published elsewhere... SEO thingy?
I like those articles / contents so thought of sharing them.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Aarosh, what is with putting up news clippings in bulk and creating so many threads just on some content published elsewhere... SEO thingy?


From your own mohalla - best SEO driving meme "dusri taraf se Sona nikalo"

I doubt Aarosh is doing it ! But..... maybe we should have a thread for trollish and Lapeet's (A mumbai expression ! literally means wrap around, but metaphorically is wind up a.k.a chaabi lagao ) like "I'm not a tourist" or ever heard of them trolls who come and say I'm a "world citizen"

We tolerate them - we might as well have a thread or a sub-forum where OP's which such threads are moved to, by Mods
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my attempt at 'make do and mend':

Once a fine lens now badly infected by fungus - first strip it down....
@NickH - did buy some tools for that as well as the make-do items in the photos - and yes they did cost more than the lens!

next I have to clean it - and put it back together, using all the bits!

AndyD 8-)
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Very nice to see a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

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