How to Repair Small Household Electrical Appliances


Watching videos or listening to your favourite tunes is supposed to be entertaining, right? If frustration sets in because things aren’t working properly or sound a little strange, it can be a pain not a pleasure. But a quick recap of the basics can banish your technical problems for ever.

Get to grips with it

Isn’t it at least partly true that when we finally get our new electronic goods home – usually after a lengthy period of research and decision-making – we are so desperate to get it all set up that we don’t actually read the instructions that are enclosed with it? Everything just comes out of its box and is plugged in wherever seems most appropriate.

Many a frustration is the result of a basic lack of knowledge about our electrical toys. Somewhere there are full instructions that tell you how to make each of them do what you want them to. Do you know what happened to the operating manual after the initial rush to unpack? If you can find it, get it out and go through the step-by-step operating procedures. Learn them, so that you won’t get stuck when you are in a hurry. Knowledge is the key to success.

Take a few minutes to gather together your instruction manuals for everything you have in the house, then keep them all in the same place. A file marked ‘equipment’ would do the trick. They will always be easy to find.

Cable control

Get in control of all the cables that are attached to your electrical equipment. Put a sticky label on each cable so that you know what it does and where the other end needs to be plugged in. It will be a massive help if something goes wrong or if you want to move your equipment around. Also, there will be no danger of turning off the fish filter when you meant to turn off the toaster. Get plugged in.

Film

Keep track of what you have in your video/dvd library and you won’t ever go searching for a blank tape to record over. Get a small notebook and some sticky labels. Label each tape or disk with a number on the outside of the cassette and on the box and set aside a few pages in the notebook for each numbered tape. Always keep a pen or pencil in the notebook. If you don’t have any idea what is on the tapes, you will have to go through them one by one. You will then know what you have and what you are willing to record over. Every time you reuse a tape, amend your notebook accordingly by removing the old entry and listing the new one, along with the date if necessary.

Always put the tapes back in their correct box. It keeps your collection tidy and organised and will also stop dust from getting into the tape and ruining your machine.

Music

Work out which type of storage you prefer for your music. It will mainly depend on how many tapes, CDs and records that you have. Cassette racks and CD racks can hold up to 100 items and often have a few spaces for dou­bles. Keep them in alphabetical order, as this will limit the amount of time it takes to find the music that you instant­ly want to hear.

If you are a real music collector, store your collection in boxes, with a separate box for each music category. Place things alphabetically in the boxes for ease of reference. Remember when you had to do this kind of ordering as a child, to practise your alphabet? It gives your brain a quick workout and will enable you to go through your entire collection to see what you have and what you are still missing from your ‘wish list’.

Make sure to edit your collection. If there are things that you never listen to any more, give them to a friend or take them to a second-hand shop and make enough money to buy something that you really want. Don’t hold on to them. Our tastes change.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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