Before my dad passed away, the people I was with and I used to spend weekends going to yardsales to find old machines to take apart plus fix.
He was a automobile 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 the people I was with and I lived. He 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 gained how to solder plus the skills needed to maintenance electrical components. My father was obsessed with fixing old machines, especially cables plus VCRs before the age of DVD players plus thin, LCD screen TVs. In recent years the people I was with and I looked for old window cooling systems that the people I was with and I 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, the people I was with and I could take a $20 window cooling system plus get it working again. Then the people I was with and I sited an ad on the internet offering to sell it for $50 or $79 depending on its age. It was a fun project plus an excuse for me to spend time with my dad before he passed away. Unfortunately, I put an end to our hobby after his death because I couldn’t handle the grief.