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What Have You Done That You Never Thought You Could Do?

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What have you learned from watching short video clips such as youtube?

I learned to put a new recharging port into a tablet and change the battery....runs like new. :)

Made some old flared trousers in to wearable straight legged trousers.....

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Changed pda battery years ago, blow transistor in a fire. These are the first two that spring to mind. Now, instead of getting someone to repair things, my first port of call is utube to see if it can be done by a noddy with two left thumbs. Suprising how much can be saved in diy-ing it

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Completely rebuilt a car - complete engine, drive train and electronic system from one car in to another along with modifications, maintenance and upgrades along the way.

Blew it up after 100miles and replaced a piston, piston rings and a head gasket. Left the valves and the welding on the head to someone else though.

Previously my mechanical experience was limited to caliper changes and routine servicing.

Car hasn't left me on the roadside yet and has completed several track days :)

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Fixed a lawnmower.

That's quite an achievement for a one time software engineer.

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Fairly, alright very, minor but changed the battery in my key fob. It wasn't obvious how to get into it without breaking it but a quick watch of YouTube showed me how.

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Another battery is how to change a watch battery....

Told me how to change a printer cartridge and tips on how to make the existing one last a lot longer.

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I'm not sure if I'd go as far as "never though I could do" but knocking a few pieces of wood together to build a model railway baseboard was quite an achievement, as was building a few (admittedly unfinished) models out of brass. Considering there was no woodwork or metalwork at school and I'm probably the first practical-less generation I was pleased with that.

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Learned that there was a much more interesting interpretation of the Christian God other than the 'Spaghetti Monster' of Dawkins et al i.e. not the highest being but being itself.

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YouTube showed me how to change the stick coils on my motorbike. Can now do it in 20 minutes. Only attempted it out of anger as the local motorcycle garage is run by the rudest man on earth. Probably saved 300 squids.

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