Idea

I'd like to see someone make a lawnmower that doesn't use a large stupid spinning fan, I'd like to see someone make something that uses the same principle as a harvester and makes little convenient bales or little grass blocks that could be easily used for other things. Its 2012, for gods sake, we should have some cool shit by now, and make it robotic too, where you can walk around your yard with your smart phone to let the mower know the perimeter as well as any other points of interest, like flower beds or dogs.        

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago


Lawnmower engine: What to do?

I just came into posession of a completely rusted through push lawnmower, & the engine supposedly works fine (I haven't tested it yet) I thought it would be boring to just make another lawnmower out of it. I was thinking maybe some sort of awesome skateboard-like vehicle? Perhaps an RC plane? What should I make?

Posted by SneakyRobot 8 years ago


Lawnmower on a Stick

Our Stuff on a Stick Contest is just for food, but if it was for any crazy item on a stick, Steve McGranahan's lawnmower on a stick would be a strong contender. It's ridiculous and dangerous and mesmerizing at the same time. Check it out. via Neatorama UPDATE: Just wanted to add this other video of Steve doing some "skeet shooting." Action starts around :45.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Electric mower

I want to convert my old gas mower to an electric mower. 12v batteries are easy enough, and there is plenty of info re solar charging systems. I'm stuck on sourcing the motor. I was wondering if a car starter motor would be sufficient for running a lawnmower? It's a 12v motor, has enough oomph to turn over up to 12 cylinders of american steel, and there are plenty of 'em out there in junkyards waiting to be recycled. Sounds good on paper. Anyone have any insight into why this is or ain't a good idea? Thx- Rev. Bucky

Posted by RevBucky 10 years ago


Modding a Lawnmower into a Shredder / Mulcher

Hello everyone. I have a simplelawnmower with a briggs 6HP motor. I want to use it to shred/grind aged horse manure compost in the easiest way possible. The mower has a side shoot, but it has a spring loaded trap door covering it right now. It also has a trap door for a back discharge bag, which is also closed and I don't have the bag, I have thought of 2 options for this myself. 1) Cut a hole in the sheet metal base of the mower beside the motor, on the left hand side if you were pushing the mower, so that I can shovel in the manure.. Cover the bottom of the mower under the blades with 1/4 - 1/2" hardware cloth. Elevate mower off the ground on cinder blocks over tarp. Hoping it would shoot the shredded mulch out the bottom, through the metal hardware cloth onto the tarp to be collected. Problems I foresee : If the regular discharge outlet on the right side of the mower blows grass out, will my hole i cut in the left side of the mower suck inward, or also blow out? Obviously this wouldn't work if the area I'm trying to shovel in is blasting air out. Would the shredded compost be blown downward? It's really the only place for it to go except the hole I would be shoveling in at. This is the simplest way I can think of. I would prefer to do something like this. Perhaps if it wouldnt work stock like this then I could maybe reverse the blade? I don't have a welder, btw. 2) Much cooler option but I dont really have the time, material, or know how would be to run a pulley to a seperate trash can with its own blade at the bottom and wire mesh under that. Any idears?

Posted by sandman420 8 years ago


[newsletter] Racing Lawnmower, Electronic Candles, Willow Whistle...

July 17, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The next round ofBurning Questions has begun! If you've been struggling tothink of an Instructable to do, we've taken care of the topics for you. Wina t-shirt and a bumper sticker!The winners from the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest havebeen announced. Seewho won!Be sure to enter theInstructables Book Contest to get published or theHorny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest to win some sweet clothesfrom Horny Toad! How to design and build a combatrobot by gneedel Super Summer BBQ Supper Deluxe! by supersaddy How to make a racing lawnmower by mowerracer Digital Picture Frame by micahdear Full Color Stencil Art withHalftoning by kylemcdonald SOCBOT - the next generationvibrobot by biochemtronics Willow Whistle by shoemaker Make a CNC Hot Wire Foam Cutter by tbarnea How to Make a Kubb Set by fungus amungus Steampunk tennis rackets by KaptinScarlet iPhone Retractable Headphones by engineerable How to build the one motor walker! by robomaniac See who won! Six Instructables for theiPhone Get published in the Instructables book! Electronic Birthday BlowoutCandles by cedtlab Easy Cutting Propagator by shellberry Cadence Meter For Your Bike<$12 by Sailor Bob Fingernails portraits (laser etch) by lamedust Now go make somethingawesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


LAWNMOWER VIBRATES

The bolts that hold the motor will not tighten.  Can I use nuts to hold the motor in place. I saw a video on drilling out the hole and redoing the threads…..  Can  i use the nuts without causing future problems?

Posted by EJCLEMONS 4 years ago


Push-mower blade removal

Heylo everybody! :) I have a self-propelled mower that I am disassembling for a go-kart (probably). I've gotten everything off of it except for the engine. I know where the bolts are to take if off of the mower deck, but here's the problem: the blade won't come off. I've blocked the blade in both directions and tried to loosen the middle bolt by turning both left and right, but the mower is pretty old and the shaft and bolt are probably rusted to craps. I also attempted shearing off the bolt with a crowbar and hammer, as well as cutting the head of the bolt off with a Sawzall. The bolt dulled all the teeth on the metal blade for the Sawzall and dented the crowbar's edges. So does anybody have any suggestions? I'm really at a loss on this one. I don't have access to a grinder or plasma cutter, which would seriously help out a lot. I was thinking about picking up a cold chisel from the store, but if I'm just being an idiot and turning in the wrong direction or something obvious, I'd rather know that than lop off a bolt and lose some of the hackability of the engine. Thanks!   - basementhacker

Posted by basementhacker 4 years ago


r/c lawnmower signal clean up

How do I get my program setup to correctly read the signal from my reciever to the arduino.  I am trying to drive a motor controller and it sometimes works but with very little consistancey.  I don't know what to try, any information would be greatly appricated.

Posted by mfm5024 8 years ago


r/c and arduino communications

How do I check to see if my values for my reciever match the values in the r/c lawnmower code. It says if they don't to change them. But, I don't know how to check them.

Posted by mfm5024 8 years ago


Alternative to a strimmer (weedw[h]acker)?

When my electric lawnmower eventually, irreparably died, I replaced it with a manual cylinder mower. My strimmer is now due to be retired. Is there a manual version of a strimmer, apart from a pair of shears?

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


(newsletter) EyeWriter, Remote-Control Lawnmower, Roof Coffee Cup

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Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Need an idea for a motor!

I live on the texas coast in mostly swamp and tourists. In my trials and trades I have came across a 82 450 honda engine. I have several ideas but need more input. So far a paddlewheel boat has the lead. Also have several other lawnmower engines and weedeater motors. The mower beds and bodys really catch the rust here and seem to melt in front of your eyes. hope for some ideas on screaming death machines.

Posted by limpnjim 11 years ago


How can a 13 year old make money without aproaching a lawnmower?

I was wondering if there is any way for a 13 year old can make money without the usual things FRIGGIN READ THIS! moola is B-MUTHA-F***ING-S! dont ask for invites! (the picture is how much time i have on my hands with no job...)

Posted by Crakur 10 years ago


World's Smallest Workshop, Mead Honey Wine, Making Glove Molds

  World's Smallest Workshop Mead Honey Wine Making Glove Molds Stainless Steel Rose Catch a Cockerfly Fun Stool from Trash Chair 55 Gallon Drum Easy Coffee Liqueur Sandwiches Leather Mountain Bike Grips Crocheted Peas in a Pod Field Sink Featured Author: noahw Triple Chocolate Brownie Cake Transform a Lawnmower

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Portable Audio System, I need Help Making Scematics!

I'm a little stuck here, I obviously don't do circuitry work every day, but I do know what is what. I have a lawnmower battery, and a set of both a 9 volt operated pair of computer speakers, and a 15 volt subwoofer set. I was planning on using the subwoofer set initially, but it sucks a lot with it going through the inverter and whatnot, rather inefficient. I was trying to find scematics for a simple circuit to power the speakers without going through the inverter.

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago


NEXT button missing in some 'Ibles

I have noticed that in some of the newer 'Ibles, the NEXT button (and corresponding previous step button) at the bottom of each step are missing. I have just gone back to an 'Ible that I know had them and they are also gone. Examples: New: Kalacs-Hungarian-Sweet-Bread Older: Lawnmower-Power-Generator-With-A-Twist I am using IE8 v 8.0.7600.16385 Computer is a ~1.5 yr old HP AMD Phenom II X4 830, 2800 Mhz, 4 core with 6 Gb RAM and 1 Tb hd.

Posted by Quercus austrina 7 years ago


Briggs & Stratton Lawnmower/Go Cart Engine to Power a Boat

I've heard of people mounting small (5 hp or so) Briggs engines in boats to power them. I have a couple of warn out 2-stroke outboards, but they are smelly, smoky, and unreliable. Does anyone know the best way to mount a Briggs (or Tecumseh, Robin, etc) as an inboard? I know there'd have to be shafts and seals, but I'm kind of looking for ideas before I start cutting on the old flatbottom. I have a couple of vertical shaft motors, and one good horizontal.

Posted by skunkbait 10 years ago


gmod

When i get more than 10 gmod users il unleash gmod how to instructables like how to make a plane without hoverballs, how to make a podracer, how to make a thaad defence truck,how to make a combine helicopter fly, how to make a airboat fly, how to turn your buggy into a lawnmower with npcs, how to download addons,how to change settings, i will release these in groups of 3 to prevent short pointless instructables and mabye a collaberation so all us gmodders can share ideas... UPDATE: i have now started posting my gmod instructables! enjoy!

Posted by bedbugg2 11 years ago


My school project

Just thought i'd let the instructables community know why I haven't been around foe a fair while. Well, mainly because it's getting near exam time, so I'm being a good little student and studying hard. Also, another reason is my best school project EVER!!!!!See, i'm involved in an extended program at my school, called open doors. We get to choose something that interests us, research it, and build it!!!We are building a HHO generator, running a lawnmower off it, then hopefully a small car!!!You can follow our progress here:http://terminator8000rpm.blogspot.com/

Posted by Da_Fudge 10 years ago


DIY water jet engine?

Hello. Me and couple of my local DIY buddies are also big fans of fishing. Because we are all students and can't drop 1K+ on normal outboard motor for our tiny aluminum boat, we are thinking on making our own. What we have here is a 200cc lawnmower engine. Because we don't wanna get into business of making our own gears we are looking for ways to implement water jet system. The problem is we just can't figure out what is gonna do a good job of being our turbine. Any suggestions? Does anyone know if the intake half of automotive turbocharger is gonna for pumping water?

Posted by Kizzmansky 8 years ago


Makers Wanted

Proper Television is looking for Makers to star in a new TV series. If selected for the show, you will enter a series of build competitions, including making things such as: -Modifying a lawnmower into a 70mph drag racer -Designing catapults to hurl pumpkins across football fields -Constructing Rube Goldberg machines -Building human-powered submarines Our goal is to find multifaceted individuals with aptitude in numerous fields pertinent to these sorts of projects. People with experience in things like engineering, electronics, physics, welding, pyrotechnics, construction, engines and industrial design—these are the sorts we’re looking to get in touch with. Does this sound like you? What about someone you know? Let us know, we'd love to hear from you! Email Jesse at jesse@propertelevision.com Thanks! Jesse

Posted by Proper J 6 years ago


Worst prank EVER

So I broke a wheel off my lawnmower, no big deal, just weld it back on. How was I supposed to know that a wooden stump would break it? Anyways, since i have a shitty flux core mig welder from Harbor Freight, I decided I'd ask a friend to use their gas mig to fix it. I bring the lawn mower over, bring the welder outside, clamp the wheel bracket back on, and start the weld. All of a sudden, there's a huge ball of fire all over my mask. I immediately stop welding, and jump backwards.. yelling out, while he sits there on the ground laughing. He switched the argon with acetylene, at 10psi. Not cool. It was hilarious, but not cool.

Posted by cvxdes 10 years ago


Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ

The Instructables Arduino contest gets a mention in the Wall Street Journal's Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware. Open-source hardware applies the same idea to physical things. There are a number of recent open-source hardware initiatives, including the Chumby, a clock-radio sized device that runs software "widgets" to display the weather or stream music, and Bug, a system of snap-together modules that can be used to make a variety of computing devices. So far, the Arduino has been the most successful. In the space of an hour, a layman can make it blink an LED, run a motor or send a temperature reading to a computer monitor. With a little practice, people have been able to do much more. Using Arduino hardware, tinkerers have recently created everything from a word clock to a radio-controlled lawnmower for a contest hosted by the Web site Instructables.com. More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm

Here's my five-question interview with Inventors Digest that appeared in the June 2009 issue:Five Questions With ... Eric WilhelmEric Wilhelm founded Instructables.com, "the world's biggest show and tell" Web site where users crowdsource do-it-yourself or DIY projects, from lawnmower race cars to skateboard sails. The site began in 2005 as a way for Wilhelm to document his mechanical engineering work and grad school kite-surfing projects. He's co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; and OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices. Talked innovation with him in this installment of Five Questions With ...More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


perpetual motion machine/device...

Ok, me and my friends were chatting on im on diff ways and ides for perpetual motion machines and i decided to make a forum about it. here is probably the best one, make suggestions, comments, and add your own ideas. ok, you have a tractor trailor or and vehicle for that matter, and you attach a turbine to the top with a fan/propeller/paddle like on the boats at busch gardens that catches air and spins faster as you pick up speed. once the driver has reached the desired speed, he turns the engine off and pulls a knob like on a lawnmower that gets the blade spinning from the motor, but in this case, it gets the wheel axel spinning from the fan thing at the top. the air/wind from the speed of the vehicle spins the fan thing, which spins the axle that spins the wheel that keeps the wind/air coming to the fan up top. if you think this will work, have any comments, or, can even test this out!(i dont have the recources) feel free to post your result or anything else you want to say. i will check and reply :)

Posted by A.C.E. 11 years ago


Which Projects should I instructablize?

       Complete, yet undocumented: 1 Hero Steam Engine 2 Ice Bullet 3 Heated side mirrors (truck) 4 Camera launched from cannon 5 Easy ways to connect batteries without the "proper" battery case. 6 Disconnect anti-lock brake circuit when they start acting like it's icy even on dry pavement. 7 Bicycle turns a car alternator, generates power. 8 Firestarting reflector from space-blanket. 9 Modify an off-the-shelf night light which is designed to light when A) smoke alarm beeps  B) It's dark. I only wanted light when smoke alarm goes off. 10 Home-made rocket engine. 11 Augment gasoline with propane when auto fuel pump is crapping out. 12 Adapt lawnmower to cut very tall grass 13 Non slip surface for ramp. 14 Apple picker.                     Some of these I still have around. Some, not.  Yet I might be able to dig up pics, or do line drawings + writeup.  I numbered em to make it easy to reference items.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


My lawnmower left me saying "WTF" this morning...

Well, here's the deal.. Last night I took the mower deck off my rider, sharpened the blades, re-attached them, made sure it ran fine, which it did, worked like it has been for the past 3 months, parked it in the tarp shed and went inside. Well this is what really really made me snap. I was happy with it because I just fixed the tire and thought "Thank fuckin god it's back and working again" as it had sat up on cinder blocks for the past 2 weeks due to flat tires. Morning comes, beautiful day out, grass to mow. I go to start it, takes a few times (I thought it was odd, but didn't think much of it) and get it started. Well some past history first, this machine was fixed at a mennonite repair shop a year ago or so because apparently there was a peice of dirt stuck in the hole that a supposed pin drops into when the machine shuts off to stop the gas flow from going into the engine when it's off. They put a valve on the gas line aswell, well after that, it never went down all the way on the throttle or it would just stall. Well this morning, it seemed to be completely the opposite, it idled fine at the lowest throttle setting (I had a really confused look at the time) and at full open, it ran horrible and the whole frame was shaking because it was going up and down (the reving I mean). I tried to cut grass with it, and it goes for about 5 meters and then nearly stalls (still hasn't for some reason, but just barely) and then starts running again and spews out a shitload of smoke for a few seconds. I tried to "run" it off and it didn't even drained the gas and put new gas in, that was a wasted $10 trip to the gas station.As of now, it's sitting out in my yard, I don't want to touch it because it's pissed me off enough. Also, I took the air filter off and it seems that at one point it was spewing gas up out of the air inlet. Can someone please help me?!? I need this machine running as I cut grass for people. I vowed to myself I would permantly park this thing if one more thing broke, but it's getting it's last chance.** Forgot to add, it's a 12hp brigs and straton (type H I think?), and manufactured by murry (I know..sad).Second update:Uhhh...it appears to be fine?? It ran ok today, a bit touchy, but it seems ok, can someone care to explain how the hell this happened????!?, scrap that, it's fuxxored again. Arg, I need it for my lawn cutting needs!

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago


Wooden Go Kart?

*Hopefully this is the correct category..... Hello all! I am quite interested to start learning woodworking (already have some knowledge) And what better way to start that with a gas (or electric) go-kart :-P? I know fair amount of people who have built things out of wood, some younger than I am (14). And it seems like a very good skill to have. Plus, if I am good enough at it and I outgrow the go kart, Ca-CHING! I could sell it for profit (If it is in good enough condition still). I'm currently in 8th grade but I cannot take a woodworking class until 10th grade, So why not start? I was also wondering if the Ibles community could help? I could use some ideas, and I will need alot of info for the engine and frame.(If you can even find PEDAL CART info that would be awesome too). My plan is to have it done by mid summer (July 10 for me). This may seem like too much for me, but I want to build one that, if it doesn't have an engine, one could easily add one (I realize I can not run a gas/lawnmower engine on its side) Please leave your thoughts below!!

Posted by Randomguy65 6 years ago


Storage Space for Parts

I'm sure me and Skunkbait aren't the only ones who have kept car or motorcycle parts in odd places.I hear my dad kept a motocycle in his living room for years, because the place didn't have a secure garage. For a little while, if you wanted to sit while watching TV, you had to sit on the bike or the floor, because there was no other furniture. Plus, it's just priceless to be able to ride out your front door.I know some folks who keep spare electical bits like turn signals and partial wiring harnesses laying around the house. Hanging on doorknobs. Apparently, bachelors, those aren't just for hanging underwear anymore.There have been a few times that the chainsaw and lawnmower had to live in the house so a visiting motorcycle could live in our shed.Generally, whenever I get a new part or tool home, it has to spend some time just sitting around while I try to figure out what the best way is to use it. Or just figure out why it looked like a good idea to buy another timing light.I've been known to hang particularly sexy motorcycle parts on the wall. I spent a lot of time trying to get a 10-120 speedometer from a Volvo to work as a clock one time. That didn't work, but it did make a good paperweight.Where have you kept parts, and why?

Posted by Rishnai 10 years ago


New shed, new toy, new skills

I've got a new shed!  I am now the proud possessor of two sheds. The new one is just storage - garden chairs, tents (we have six tents, but there are only four people in the household - how did that happen?), lawnmower etc, which means I now have something novel in my original shed - space to work! At the same time, I've bought myself a new toy - a scroll saw (or fret saw, if you prefer), a Ferm FFZ-400N, if you're bothered by that kind of thing.  It's second hand, and only has one speed and no manual, but it was also only £20. So, I'm now practising - I bought some cheap ply, and I'm working on a new project, which I hope to post by Wednesday.  Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiatus, since I've managed to snap the only blade I had.  What the heck, that's why they come in packs of ten, but I can't get a pack until Monday. Oh, and the shed: 6x4 foot "lap" shed from B&Q;, bought as a kit because I couldn't buy the raw materials anywhere near as cheaply. Basically, I got what I paid for - I spent as much time fixing the manufacturing faults as I did building it.  There are three fixes visible in the shot below, plus three fixes inside, not to mention the six or seven places where you can see daylight through the timber, and the very flexible window that will probably get sucked out by the first storm of winter... If you need a shed, and can only afford £135, then save up for something better.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


H and O burning car

The other day a friend and i were disscusing the possibility of riging an old vw beetle engine to run on hydrogen and oxyen separated by electrolosis immediatly befor combustion. heres what weve come up with so far. 1: run a second alternator off of the engine and directly to the gas tank which would be full of water (this would also contain some sugar or some form of electorlite to aid in the conductivity) as you would be burning the H and using the O as you oxidizer it would not be nessesary to worry about which gas is which u would only need one line this line would run to a valve of some sort limiting the flow of the two gasses the carb would then be removed as u are putting O into ur engine so there is no longer any need for it. the line would then be run to the fuel intake where said amount of gas is released (determined by the valve) no here is where we run into what we think might be a problem would the pressure of compression return the gasses to their original state; water? if not then the engine should then run at this point with increased horse power as of the explosive properties of these gasses. (note this is in a nutshell nothing is ever this easy if it was everybody would be doing this) of course as any responsible scientist would do i will tes this on my dads lawnmower first. not really but i do have a test engine my next project is to see if i can get an old snow blower engine to run on black powder if anybody has any ideas on that as well let me know as it is tricky because an engine requires oil but black powder igites dry that is why im going with a 2 cycle so i can try ro run it dry for like 3 seconds and if it works try to figure out how to adapt it to one with oil an maybe eventually my car how cool would that be. it would be like driving a machine gun. not to mention the increased horse power and torque.

Posted by buildingteen 11 years ago


Grow a plant in my locker?

Currently, this is an idea, and i am simply expanding on it. I had this great idea, mostly as a joke, why not grow a plant in a spare locker? I am currently a high school student that goes to a small school, and have way too much time on my hands. As i was looking at the empty lockers we have from students who left, or even just spares, an idea hit me. Why not put one of these lockers to good use? Why not put a plant inside of it, that can sustain most if not all of itself? Have a gallon of water in there, along with an arduino and a moisture sensor, that would end up watering the plant. I would also have an artificial light source to provide light, preferably LED. The hardest bit is the power. All of this would run off of either a SLA battery or two, or maybe a drill battery. I could swap the battery once every day, which means it would need to go for 24 hours without stopping. That, and the weekends, which would be three full days. I first thought about mushrooms, or other dark growing plants, but i find that boring, lacking a challenge. besides doing this just for jokes, i have also wanted to try out the idea of growing a plant fully indoors without the use of natural sunlight. I have never done this, so please feel free to bombard me with recommendations. Again, this is only an idea. I can only assume it's possible. Also, recommendations on parts and methods would be sweet. Some type of light that can be powered on 12-24v, and run off of a SLA or maybe even a lawnmower battery for minimum of 3 days. Also, plant. I was thinking a tomato plant? Some species that doesn't grow taller than 2.5ft? Anyway, that's the idea. If you guys could help with ideas, provide recommendations, or point me in the correct direction, that'd be sweet. Last note, i would like to keep this cheap. I am not going for some extreme garden or anything. Just a single plant, in a semi-self sustaining locker.

Posted by RocketPenguin 3 years ago


The cost and downside of modern life

In another topic we noticed that times have have changed in terms of repairs, spare parts or just finding a replacement for something. It not only seems that a lot of people no longer bother to repair their broken things but also that for those who still want to the available options are disappearing fast. Take the common lawn mover as an example: We can buy them in dedicated shops, the local hardware store, supermarkets and sometimes even at Aldi. But if you need such a simple spare part like a fuel hose or gasket for the carby you are usually lost unless you can order the parts from some online store at the other end of the world. Electronics are even worse, here a broken charging plug or just loosing the charger can mean people throw it in the bin to buy a new device. Splicing a rope? Why bother if a big bunch of knots does the same LOL Do you still remember these little repair shops that used to fix your waching machine, TV or sometimes even your electric drill? Where are they now? Or all these small electronics shops selling resistors, wire and complete kits? I still remember the times when I could take my radio to the local shop, the guy listens to the sound and lack of available stations and knew right away what parts I needed - and they were right at hand. For a few bucks extra he even replaced the broken bits if he had the time. After thinking a bit about all this I came to realise two things: a) We are getting lazy and no longer learn vital skills because modern life makes us think we no longer need these skills. b) Unless you can repair something yourself, labour costs mean a repair is often not worth it. Who here, under the age of 30 still knows how to make a good campfire from scratch, dares to take the lawnmower apart to fix it himself or simply bothers to stich up a little rip in his fancy tent instead of buying a new one? For crying out loud, a lot of kids don't even know how operate a washing machine by the time the lease the parents home for good... Schools seem to support these life changes by no longer teaching the use of pen and pencil, not to mention ink... All the kids get is a tablet or laptop and that means they don't even have to learn the language anymore - that what the spell checker does. If I dare to spin this further by another 25 or so years I only see chaos. Everyone is highly specialised, noone bothers to cook anymore and the third generation in the family no longer has any clue what the first generation is talking about. When my grandfather grew up life was hard. When my parents grew up life was all about expressing yourself. When I grew up life was intersting because everything was changing so fast. When my kids leave the house what will they say about this?... What do you think ? How much has modern life affected since you grew up ? And of course: Do think it is the right trend ?

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago