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November 10, 2011



Hugo, I am all for making repairs. Experience tells me though that there is a point where a simple repair becomes a restoration. Both begin with the letter "R" but he cost differential sometimes simply makes repair an unaffordable solution for mere mortals.

My ancestors lived here in California back in the days when the only way manufactured goods arrived was either by Studebaker wagon or clipper ship. The ancestors themselves arrived in a Studebaker via the Oregon trail. Any manufactured product was certain to have every bit of life wringed out of it. That is my tradition.

With a refrigerator, one can easily recharge the refrigerant but without locating and repairing the source of the leak the refrigerator will soon be gurgling again. Locating and repairing the source of the leak requires a higher level of diagnosis and skill than simply recharging the refrigerant. In a complex commercial installation this effort may well have a payoff but for a simple home refrigerator the effort normally does not payoff, except for the repair person. Of course if you are a DIY person with the appropriate skills and equipment then by all means...

On the plus side, we are improving our recycling processes. Jefferey's old Roper no longer ends up in the land fill but will instead soon reincarnate and return to our shores as a shiny new Chinese motorcycle.

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