Yes. But the problem is that younger people are much more
likely to be renting which makes DIY rather harder for them.
Certainly some of them are into DIY, most obviously with the fringe
loons that make their houses entirely out of scrap they can find.
It must present an interesting conflict for many a green... on the one
hand it is a very good fit with the political ideology, and yet on the
other the knowledge requirements and attention to detail required are
likely to be counter to the (lack of) thought process that makes much
green policy seem even plausible in the first place.
Very true with some.
Have a pal who is into 'green' Replaced his Mini which he'd bought new and
had done few miles (9,000 in 3 years) with an electric Smart car. Claiming
it will save money as well as the planet. It's one of these where you rent
the battery. The total cost per mile of his motoring must be horrendous.
But tries to wind me up about my gas guzzling ancient Rover. ;-)
*Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Lol! I've always thought that BMW's use of "Mini" for their monstrosity
should be considered an infringement under the Trades Description Act.
And, as far as I can see, with each revised model they are getting
bigger and bigger.
Mind you, have you seen a Fiat 500 recently?!
I had one a bit like that (PKX 886M). Sold it in 1985 IIRC.
Used to see it for a couple of years afterwards, gradually
growing extra fog lights, walnut dashboard, coach lines, etc.
Owner probably got up one morning to find a pile of rust on
the driveway, topped off with walnut panel and chrome fog
Parents had one many years before in British Racing green,
with sliding windows and pull-cord door openers. (ABL 270B)
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As far as repairing goods is concerned, the whole point of mass production
certainly since the Industrial Revolutiin is to manufacture and assemble
all goods as far as possible by machine with as little labour input as
possible. As its this that makes goods so cheap in the first place.
Given economies of scale and labour costs its usually far more economic
to manufacture a new item from scratch than it is to train up technicians
to disassemble, diagnose and repair faults, maintain an inventory of spares
etc.Especially when new models might be introduced on an annual
In larger items such as cars these are often broken down into
sub-assemblies, headlights etc which need to be replaced
entirely and are imposible to repair.
Although this may be wastful of material, overall the cost saving in
labour is probably far greater than any labour costs incurred in sourcing
new material. For the present at least
This really is old stuff; going all the way back to Vance Packard and
the "Waste Makers" in the 50's/60's.
So which particular knowledge requirements and attention
to detail are you suggesting might reasonable be subsituted for
say an injection moulding machine or a numerically controlled lathe ?
With modern moulded composition soles i.e around 90%
of Clarks shoes nowadays, never mind the cheap end of
the market, proper repair is impossible as they're
made as a unit.
Traditional shoes with leather shoes can still be
repaired and there are plenty of cobblers around
if you know where to look.
Many of the kiosks appear to specialise in repairing
heels on women's shoes.
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