Watch out, she’s got a screwdriver

8 March, 2009

Seamy, in a fit of spring cleaning, unearthed his old record-and-8-track-player and wondered if it could be made to work.

I am unable to leave that question unanswered. The answer is ‘sort of’; a little TLC* goes a long way, but it has illnesses beyond my capability to heal. Still, we now have the warm crackly vinyl sounds of James Brown and Thin Lizzie (the 8-track capability remains untested because the Beach Boys are lost somewhere under a heap of kipple).

The thing fascinates me. It’s so simple! It even works without electricity! How is this possible?

* the usual: if it’s disconnected, solder it, if it’s stuck, WD40 it, if it’s fragile, ducttape it, if in doubt, Google it, and if it’s a pen, old 5p coin, bus ticket circa 1970, block of paint, nail, receipt or button, remove it and make ‘eeeww’ noises ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. * You forgot to mention “percussive maintenance” (aka the engineer’s thump)!

    • Hehe, true, if all else fails… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not required on this occasion, I am happy to report.

  2. facebook is taking over my life. I have no useful comment to offer, I just sort of want to give this post a ‘thumbs up’ -!

    • Abi likes this? ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I modify furniture so it fits into my life better. Screwdrivers are good but electric staple guns are Fun!
    Steve has given his Xbox a gentle engineers thump on more than one occasion in my recent memory.

    Also i like this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Stupid Facebook

  4. […] Furniture for President! The 8-track player doesn’t work. A quick poke about suggests that the biro stuck inside it is probably not helping, but proper […]

  5. It’s no good – the truth is out…

    • It’s an inherited condition. 73’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

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