|What I've been up to the last few months...
||[Oct. 19th, 2013|07:15 am]
I haven't been feeling very creative lately. I've been too busy with other things to bother coming up with more stuff to post here. Sorry about that!
I repaired a neighbor's TV recently. A huuuuuge flat-screen HDTV. I had to remove 31 screws just to get the back off, 3 more to get a bracket out of the way, and then 6 to get a circuit board out. That was mounted on a backplate, which had to come off, and that involved undoing 16 more screws plus 11 of those little plastic standoffs that you had to pinch with pliers (those count, right?)... All to get to the back of a circuit board and solder on a part I got for $2 at Radio Shack! ...And then 3 more screws to move a fan out of the way so I could wrestle that board back into place and reconnect all the wires!
Imagine using the total number of screws you have to undo as an indicator of the complexity of the job you're doing. This TV repair job would have a score of 31+3+6+16+11+3, or 70 screws. That's a lot! (Especially considering how I had to lean over the TV at a very painful angle - it was too big for the table so I had it on the carpeted floor, and was practically standing on my head while undoing most of these screws! Oh, my aching spine! Don't worry, it's all better now!)
In comparison, I also recently replaced a power supply in a friend's computer, because the 5V line had become "flaky" and was causing the power supply to shut off (thank goodness that's all it did!) whenever a USB device was plugged in. That was only a 6-screw job: Two to get the side open, four for the power supply!
The good news: I earned a lot of money!
But I'm not done yet: Eventually, I gotta replace the motherboard in my own computer because of its bizarre sensitivity to cold. I'm also building more computers: some to sell, and some which will be Christmas presents to friends and family members whose computers badly, badly need upgrading!
I am so, so busy!
(By the way, it's probably worth pointing out that I collect old dead computers sometimes. Some of them just need replacement parts to be as good as new, while others usually have useful parts worth salvaging!)