“Fixedness of purpose is at the root of all successful efforts.”
“Hi, I’m trying to fix my “My Lock 534” the balance wheel is not moving it’s seized. I have watched your video about it but I’m still stuck I have oiled everything and opened it all up can you tell me exactly what part you hit with the hammer so I can try that.”
We RUDE Guys aka Mend It, Australia oftentimes get private messages to help people fix their things.
There is only so much help you can give online but we do try to do our best to encourage DIY attempts because we know it’s the best feeling to research the problem and then give it a bash and succeed!
In the above example, we did not recommend that Katherine bash her overlocker with a hammer. Rather we asked her if the machine had been in storage. And yes, it had for over a decade. It had seized because the oil had gummed up inside it.
RUDE Boy recommended that she use a hairdryer to warm up the metal and oil and rock the handwheel back and forth.
Read the outcome here.
Using a hairdryer is a skill most people possess! Beat The Man and DIY within your capabilities.
Us RUDE Guys [Mend It, Australia] volunteering at Highton Repair Cafe in Geelong on 10 November 2018
“Freedom, sanctuary, home-making, risk-taking, scholarship, self-understanding, community-building, democratic self reliance, artisanal pride, low environmental impact – we tinker. therefore we are!” Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture
“Volunteering is not so much about the wins and rewards, but the wonderful other volunteers you meet along the way in achieving your goals”.
“When did volunteering change from ” here’s what I have to offer”, to “here’s what you will do”? I volunteered only to be voluntold! Sorry but my experience has been “here’s the list of hoops you will jump through, then we might use you”.
Thank you Ballarat Repair Cafe for interviewing us RUDE Guys for your informative blog, and for sharing our Mend It story.
Read more here
RUDE Girl’s hard drive can be seen to the right side of my desk chair. It gets hot in that enclosed space because it’s rarely turned off!
We RUDE Guys know the value of cleaning and maintaining our things so that they keep on keeping on.
RUDE Girl’s computer has been struggling in the heat as it sits in an enclosed space on my computer desk.
Watch the video here
RUDE Girl likes this hand-me-up windcheater. It’s really worn in. Over time the ‘plastic/printed’ emblem had worn off and cracked. The mend it story here
RUDE Girl is very fond of my vintage tea towels as they are all linen with cool retro designs. The tea towel on the left [x2 stitched together] had become worn, torn and thin. The mend it story here