Do-It-Yourself Office

Do-It-Yourself! Repair anything and feel good about it!

I never really had a lot of money, so when things broke I found ways of fixing them myself. My clutch went out in my transmission so I got the manual and stabbed it in. My VHS drive belt broke so I found the belt and installed it myself. There have been so many times that things like this have happened.  I would not have enough room on this site to write about them. I am what you call a Do-It-Yourselfer or DIYER for short. And I’m not the only one. I know you’re out there. Fixing things, making things work, a Jack of all trades.

By trade I repair office equipment. I have associates that get mad at me when I help those who desire to be a DIYER on office equipment and I asked them, “why?” They tell me that the DIYER is taking money away from them. I said to them ,”The amount of people who will Do-It-Themselves, is so small that it’s not enough to worry about.” I am not sure how many people in the World are Do-It Yourself types. People that try to repair things on their own.   I would say about 10% of all people fall into that category.  What would you say?

I respect people who do it. Therefore I have this blog. Sure I would love to sell you Toner or Parts, but I also get a kick out of helping a fellow DIYer. Believe me there are plenty of them that have helped me. Disclaimer: I do know my limits and I think that is important because sometimes it can cost more when you mess with something that is over your head.

Other people will actually try to stop you and discourage you. I guess that is human nature. Here”s a real example: About 15 years ago for what ever reason I wanted to make my own Dill Pickles. I can’t believe how many people told me that I couldn’t do it! They told me that it would get me sick or I would kill somebody. My Mom and my Wife are the two that encouraged me. In fact my Mom gave me the recipe for bread and butter pickles. I may post that recipe in a future blog. I did make the pickles and they turned out fantastic. I grew the cucumbers and the fresh dill and canned about 50 jars of Dill Pickles and gave them out for Christmas!

To conclude this blog I ask the question,

What drives people to be “Do-It Yourself People?”

Here are some of my thoughts…

  •  Try and save money
  •  Because someone told them they couldn’t (many times this is why I did it)
  •  The challenge of it.

What ever it is my hat is off to you. You have my respect. I am available to you if you have a copier, fax machine or printer that you need some direction or tips on. Just post a comment and be sure to let me know if you don’t want me to post your question because I review all comments before they go live.

Remember

If someone Says…”You Can’t Fix That!” Tell them “Yes I can because I’m a Do-It Yourselfer!”

 

Here’s that recipe

Pickling Cucumbers

Stuff Needed

Big Pot or Kettle and Jar Holder
Mason Jars and lids
2 Quarts Water
1 Quart White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Salt
Dried Red Chili Peppers
Garlic

  • Put Cucumbers in a water bath and leave overnight in the refrigerator
  • Boil water, salt and vinegar
  • Place dill, garlic and peppers in bottom of jars.
  • Pack cucumbers in jars whole or cut in halves.  Tightly packed.
  • Pour vinegar/salt solution over cucumbers. (Leave a little room 1/4″ to 1/2 ” from top.
  • Place seal lids on jars and screw on ring and leave slightly loose.
  • Place jars in a boiling water bath. (Big Kettle) Use a jar holder so you don’t burn yourself.
  • Boil for 10 minutes leave lids loose and they will seal on their own.
  • Store in a cool dark place for a week, (7 days)
  • Eat and enjoy!  Crunch Crunch!

Note:  The longer they are stored the better they get.  I’ve stored them for 2 years. They must be completely sealed or they will become spoiled. 

What ever it is my hat is off to you. You have my respect. I am available to you if you have a copier, fax machine or printer that you need some direction or tips on. Just post a comment and be sure to let me know if you don’t want me to post your question because I review all comments before they go live.

 

 

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