Before my dad passed away, both of us used to spend weekends going to yardsales to find old machines to take apart plus fix.
She was a automobile mechanic who went back to school to become a mechanical engineer.
Although she worked a variety of tasks over the years, her expansive workshop was regularly a constant regardless where both of us lived. She had a table saw, mitre saw, drill press, plus a pottery kiln for my mother’s ceramic projects. There were also a multitude of hand tools that I was allowed to use to my heart’s satisfied, assuming I put them back when I was done. This is where I l received how to solder plus the skills needed to repair electrical components. My father was obsessed with fixing old machines, especially televisions plus VCRs before the age of DVD players plus thin, LCD screen TVs. In recent years both of us looked for old window a/cs that both of us could refurbish plus sell for a slight profit. Often people will try to unload old heating plus cooling equipment for insanely low prices if there are any broken or worn-down components. By spending a few dollars plus some time on the weekends, both of us could take a $20 window a/c plus get it laboring again. Then both of us localed an ad on the internet offering to sell it for $50 or $68 depending on its age. It was a fun project plus an excuse for myself and others to spend time with my dad before she passed away. Unfortunately, I put an end to our interest after her death because I couldn’t handle the grief.