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Rob Spiegel
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He fixed it!
Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 8:33:04 AM
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The great thing about this story is that Kevin actually tracked down the cause of the problem and then fixed it. Amazing.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2013 1:12:45 PM
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I hate mechanical problems like this one: the apparently random ones that occur at long intervals, making them especially hard to diagnose.

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Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 1:26:52 PM
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I agree, Ann. The first thing I would have thought with this is that it wasn't a mechanical problem. It takes a real engineer to sort this one out. Most of us would just throw the thing away and get a new one.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2013 1:36:24 PM
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I actually meant "mechanical" in the larger sense, but should add electrical, plumbing and anything else that can go wrong in the house's systems, or outdoor systems, as well. For instance, I'm now the proud owner of a very expensive, brand new septic leachfield after several frustrating months of attempting to diagnose the (not yet critical) problem based on very slim evidence. I'd much rather fix something than toss it and buy a new one. I think small, relatively cheap electronics have given us some unfortunate habits.

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Rob Spiegel   11/7/2013 3:31:22 PM
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Those small electronics really have given us bad habits. The worst habbit is when we throw away perfect;ly good electronics in favor of newer electronics. For a couple of years now, people around me have been putting their old (maybe not that old) CRT TVs out on the street for anyone to take. You know those TVs are in perfect working order, but you can't give them away.

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bob from maine   11/8/2013 10:45:48 AM
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Ah, the joys of living in rural America. Wells that go dry; well pumps that mysteriously stop working and attract lightning from miles away; electricity that goes off once a week or so and when they predict high winds it will go out in sympathatic anticipation; septic systems that smell, or not, maybe it's just some animal. Add to that the joys of buying brand-new applicances that have a MTBF measured in months, televisions that work perfectly well except the whole world has changed to digital and you prefer not to spend over $100 per month so you can use a digital converter box to watch scripted reality television shows, clock radios that randomly change time for no obvious reason. Ok I'll stop now; forgive me.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 11:53:03 AM
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I agree, Rob. Your CRT story is an excellent example of why we need a better recycling & repurposing infrastructure and distribution network.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 11:53:53 AM
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bob from maine, so you're another rural dweller, too. Thanks for that rant list--it all sounds familiar. The septic situation went from $400 one week for figuring out the problem to $2000 the next week for a quick fix to $7200 after another 2 weeks for an entirely new leachfield. Gack! Being by now an experienced buyer of such things, I know this guy didn't try to overcharge me. In fact, it could have been worse. I successfully put off getting it done for a few years but couldn't anymore.

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Rob Spiegel   11/8/2013 12:38:19 PM
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Yes, Ann, I think we've seen a big change in recent years. More and more consumers are replacing products that still work. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a market for these used products. Who's going to buy a used cassette player that works perfectly well?

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Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2013 12:56:20 PM
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Rob, there are several programs that send used working or repaired electronics to third-world countries where people don't have the latest stuff, or any electronics at all, and can't afford to throw things away. Where I live, there are also local clinics that teach people simple repairs and/or do it for them.
And for stuff that doesn't work, there's a gradually expanding network for recycling, as well as for refurbishing and reselling, also present in my community.

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