It was a fun project and an excuse for myself and others to spend time with our dad before he passed away
Before our dad passed away, we used to spend weekends going to yardsales to find aged machines to take apart and fix. He was a car mechanic who went back to university to become a mechanical engineer. Although he worked a variety of jobs over the years, his extensive workshop was consistently a constant regardless where we lived. He had a table saw, mitre saw, drill press, and a pottery kiln for our mother’s ceramic projects. There were also a multitude of hand tools that I was allowed to use to our heart’s pleased, assuming I put them back when I was done. This is where I l received how to solder and the skills needed to fix electrical components. My father was obsessed with fixing aged machines, especially televisions and VCRs before the age of DVD players and thin, LCD screen TVs. In recent years we looked for aged window a/cs that we could refurbish and sell for a slight profit. Often people will try to unload aged heating and cooling unit for insanely low prices if there are any broken or worn-down components. By spending a few dollars and some time on the weekends, we could take a $20 window a/c and get it working again. Then we localed an ad on the internet offering to sell it for $50 or $71 depending on its age. It was a fun project and an excuse for myself and others to spend time with our dad before he passed away. Unfortunately, I put an end to our hobby after his death because I couldn’t handle the grief.