When repairs go wrong.

As you many know, I have always been a fan of fixing something that is broken if possible rather than just tossing it and buying something new.  There are so many reasons to do this: saving money (by at least delaying a purchase), throwing away less trash and just feeling good at the accomplishment.  Recently my pool cleaner was not working and rather than spend $400 on a new one, I was able to buy all the replacement parts and essentially rebuild the entire thing other than the case itself for $80, and some of you may have read about my restoration of a friends 1960’s floor lamp.  Awesome, right?

Sometimes repairs go wrong.

No big deal or big cost, but I was using my 25-foot tape measure recently to measure something damn near 25 feet long.  I should say that a 25-foot tape measure is really a 20-foot tape measure, since taking those last five feet out often results in it not going back in again.  As was this case.  No problem; I’ll fix it!

I took it apart, knowing it would need to rewind the spring in it.  I started winding it back up, checking to see if it had enough winding to pull the tape all the way in when I heard a loud SNAP, which was the spring breaking near the end.  Well crap, looks like I’m not fixing this.

What I was unprepared for was what was left of the wound spring essentially EXPLODING out of the case when I went to set it on my desk. I’m glad I was clear because the edges of the spring are razor sharp!Image

Moral of the story: Much like in life in general; we can’t fix everything.

5 thoughts on “When repairs go wrong.

  1. Anthony Graziano Thursday July 26, 2012 at 8:21 am Reply

    Been there, done that. When a tape dies, it’s dead.

  2. me Thursday July 26, 2012 at 8:26 am Reply

    I did fix one once, but for the most part you are totally right. The same with fishtapes, if you ever seen one of those things unravel :)

  3. Gerald Monday July 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply

    garage door springs are pretty powerful also, which is why I call Smokeys Garage door repair.

    • Ahmed Adutie Wednesday August 1, 2012 at 6:52 am Reply

      That is why one should not own a garage. They are too dangerous for the human race.

  4. E.J. Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    Oh…and maybe you should have acquired yourself an assembly line like this one to repair that tape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECa5mEhFjw4

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