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I can do it factor

Updated on July 28, 2016

Whenever I have come across objects around the house which have broken or stopped working the first thought that crosses my mind is “ Oh, now I will have to get it repaired or buy a new one or dispose it off.” When I go to the repair shop, the cost of getting it fixed is ridiculous and buying a new one too expensive. Then the next thought that crosses my mind is “what if I try to fix it myself but what if I end up making things worse.” After a lot of contemplation I decide to google on the internet for DIY projects and a final thought hits me “ at least let me give it a try.” When this thought comes from within me there is sudden flow of energy which drives me to undertake the task . These weren’t giant projects but small repairs around the house.

Let me start with my first project. I had a 16” oscillating fan, in the bedroom that worked very well. But one day it began making clicking sounds each time it oscillated and would get stuck at one point and keep making the loud clicking sounds. So something had to be done soon since the loud clicking noise was getting annoying while asleep. Then those moments that I described earlier happened one day. I took the fan out from the bedroom into the patio. I began investigating the fan and saw that the first thing the fan needed was a lot of cleaning. I started cleaning the outside but noticed that the inside blades of the fan were also dirty. So I gathered some guts and began opening the fan from outside so that I could get to the inside. I kept digging inside of the fan and kept cleaning. Finally I reached the very back part of the fan which had the knob for the oscillation and the dial for the speed control. First I had to get the dial for the speed control out, unscrew a screw that held the cover to the back of the fan and finally took off the cover. Then slowly I began cleaning that part with tissue. I removed a lot of dirt and grease. I noticed a small black box which was hanging loose and to which wires were connected to. So I began moving it around and switched on the fan to see if it helped. And Vola ! when I moved it to one position the clicking sound stopped. I quickly fixed the black box at that location and started tracing my step backwards to start putting all the parts together again. Usually I remember all the steps backwards if it is simple but if it is complicated I take a pictures or videos of the steps on my cell phone. That way I don’t end up messing things up. After putting all the parts back I switched on the fan again just to make sure there was no clicking sound. Hurray! no clicking sounds. Accomplishing a project as small as this made me feel good. It made me feel “I can do things”.

About the second project. Once there was a leaky toilet at home. This was the most used toilet in the house and it had to be fixed pronto. So I began to investigate where the problem lied. I noticed that the water was leaking from the supply tube. But first I would have to shut off the water coming into the house completely and for that I would have to find the main water shut off valve to the house. I did a search on google for “main water shut off valve to the house.” According to the information I gathered on the net this shut off valve could be found near the main street, inside big rectangular or round box. Once I found out about the location of the valve on the net I went searching for the box outside the house in the front yard . On the front yard I saw three small boxes with green tops. But I remembered that , a few weeks back I had sprinkler issues and I had a maintenance guy came home to fix it. I saw him operate on those three small round boxes for fixing the sprinklers. So I had to cancel out those boxes. Then the only box I noticed was a big rectangular box with a green lid, lying closest to the main street which matched the description on the net. When I opened the box it was filled with lots of dirty water. So I put on long rubber gloves and got a medium size mug. With the help of the mug I poured out all the water. Once the water was completely out I could see a dial and a flat handle besides the dial. At first when I tried to turn the handle it was very hard. Then I sprayed it with W-40 and finally the handle easily turned. To make sure the handle was in the off position I went into to house to check. When I turned the faucet on no water was coming. Then I went to the restroom and began working on getting the supply tubes out. When the tubes were out I took it to home depo and with assistance got new ones. After coming home I fixed the new ones in. Then I went out again and turned the handle the other way to switch on the water supply. Then I came back into the house and started the faucet. Water began coming. Then I went to the rest room and turned the supply valve in the on position. I could hear the water gushing into the supply tube and Vola “ no leaks .” I tried to flush several times just to make sure. Finally, the problem was solved. Another project accomplished and this time I said it again “ I can do it .”

Another project I got a chance to have my hands on was to fix the fluorescent closet light fixture. The problem with these fixture was, each time I came into the closet and switched them on it would start flickering. Imagine entering a dark closet with flickering lights and searching for clothes. The next step was to investigate the source of the problem. So I got my tools, the ladder and of course the torch. First I got out the tube lights. There were no dark ends and they seemed perfectly fine. Then I saw if the fixture had a starter but did not see any. When I wasn’t able to put my finger on anything, I checked on google for some answers. After some research I found out on the net that the component that could be the problem was the “ballast.” I saw videos on u tube to find out how to get where is it on the fixture and how to separate it from the fixture. First thought of going through the process alone was scary. But again that moment came when my heart said “ let us do it, you can do it.’ First, I turned off the breaker for the electric supply to the closet. Without delay, I switched the torch on, got my tools out and began my work. First, I got the light fixture out from the wall and separated the ballast from the fixture. When I saw the wires I was intrigued. However when I went through the process of separating the wires it seemed easy. I took the ballast to home depot and with some assistance was able to get a similar ballast back home. I fixed the ballast back onto the fixture remembering the combination of wires that were stuck together initially. Finally, fixed the entire fixture back onto the wall. When I was done I started the breaker for the electric supply to the closet. When I switched on the light Wow ! bright light with no flickering . As can be seen, I did it again. “ I can do it.”


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