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Creating culture where we repair things rather than throw away


Creating culture where we repair things rather than throw away09-02-2021 22:36
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We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

There are also many other things we can do to create a repair culture https://opencollaboration.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/how-to-create-a-repair-movement/
09-02-2021 22:51
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skyswimmer wrote: We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

Please don't take this the wrong way ... but you are a socialist, right? You don't like "unfettered capitalism," right?

Feel free to ask me how I was able to surmise this.

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10-02-2021 00:27
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IBdaMann wrote:
skyswimmer wrote: We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

Please don't take this the wrong way ... but you are a socialist, right? You don't like "unfettered capitalism," right?

Feel free to ask me how I was able to surmise this.

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BINGO. You nailed it.
10-02-2021 01:07
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I don't get it, there is already people, who earn some sort of living, from doing repairs. Lot of broken, crap gets donated to Good Will, Salvation Army, who employ people, that would normal have an easy time finding work. Is he proposing free repairs, to screw over people that do it for a meager living? Or is it to encourage people to hang on to crap, longer, and 'spend less' (Keepit mantra), on new replacements. Less people buying new stuff, means fewer people have jobs making and selling new stuff.
10-02-2021 03:42
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skyswimmer wrote:
We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

There are also many other things we can do to create a repair culture https://opencollaboration.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/how-to-create-a-repair-movement/


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10-02-2021 03:52
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skyswimmer wrote:
We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

There are also many other things we can do to create a repair culture https://opencollaboration.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/how-to-create-a-repair-movement/



I think this is where recycling and cheap Chinese imports have altered the economy. And it's possible that most people use consumer goods for more than the 7 year cycle they've been designed for.
10-02-2021 17:02
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James___ wrote: And it's possible that most people use consumer goods for more than the 7 year cycle they've been designed for.

I'm sure you can find many consumer goods that have been in solid use beyond seven years.

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10-02-2021 18:15
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James___ wrote:
skyswimmer wrote:
We can create repair circles in our towns, where people gather and help each other repair different appliances, clothes, technical equipment etc .

There are also many other things we can do to create a repair culture https://opencollaboration.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/how-to-create-a-repair-movement/



I think this is where recycling and cheap Chinese imports have altered the economy. And it's possible that most people use consumer goods for more than the 7 year cycle they've been designed for.


7 years? I use stuff, until it's useless, and would cost 50% of the price of replacing, to maybe fix it. Of course there are some things I'll replace, if there is improvements in the product, that make it function, more like I need. If it works, why fix it, or replace it?
11-02-2021 01:22
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Much of the time it costs more to repair it than to simply replace it. With technical items, such as computers and cell phones, they are better to recycle and get a new one. Just replacing the battery on an old cell phone (if you can!) costs more than the phone is worth...and all you get is an old phone with a new battery.

Computer monitors and TV displays these days are difficult if not impossible to repair if the display itself is damaged at all (usually what happens). Chuck it in the recycle and get a modern one.

It's still worth repairing a car or other vehicle, of course. Simple fixes like replacing a broken latch or a broken belt on an appliance are worth it (if you do it yourself). Small motors like lawn mowers generally only need a new spark plug, filter, or just clean out the varnish from the carburetor to get 'em running again.

Learning how to fix this stuff is not that hard. If anything, such a repair circle should teach people how to maintain their stuff, not just repair stuff.

Many of my neighbors have no idea how to replace a starter motor on their car, for example. It's not that hard, and I have them do it why I show them what to do. They learn this way, and it helps out the whole community. I don't charge for this. It's just a neighborly thing to do.

The last time I charged a neighbor for anything was cost of materials to rebuild the community mailboxes...a simple weekend project.




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