IF IT AIN’T BROKE … Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s February Expressions #3

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You mean like our 31-year-old furnace that works but is guaranteed to give up the ghost any time now? Or the back deck that’s propped up in one corner because it was falling off the house?

Finishing the door

I think you could definitely say this about software because almost all their “upgrades” which supposedly fixes inevitably make the simple stuff more complicated and the complicated bits unusable.

On the other hand, when it comes to the things in your household? Replacement or repair before it blows up, burns down, or collapses leaving holes in ceilings and potentially causing life-threatening injuries to persons or pets? Maybe you really need to fix whatever it is sooner rather than later.

The room, well lit

Fixing that broken toilet for $900 was a lot cheaper than replacing the floor, ceiling, and burying whoever was sitting on it when the floor caved it!

So maybe this needs a minor wording change:


IF IT IS WORKING PROPERLY AND EVERYONE USES IT, LEAVE IT ALONE. IF IT’S HARDWARE AND IT IS ANCIENT, CREAKING, AND WILL FAIL LEAVING A TRAIL OF DISASTERS IN ITS WAKE? CALL A PROFESSIONAL AND CHECK HIS OR HER REFERENCES BEFORE YOU LAYOUT ANY MONEY!




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13 replies

  1. I guess you’re really saying.., “If it ain’t broke.., fix it before it does break”
    I know what of you speak…

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  2. I think your edits to the old adage make it a much more practical, new adage for the 21st century, where built-in obsolescence seems to be the benchmark. And as to software, the folks at WordPress seem bound and determined to tinker with (i.e., fix) things that are working fine (i.e., ain’t broke).

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    • It seems to me that most software fixes aren’t fixing anything. Either they are adding another unnecessary level of complexity or dumbing it down so it works LESS well.

      Do you remember the old converted coal-fired furnaces? Those things lasted FOREVER. We had one in the house I grew up in that had to be 100 years old.

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  3. Brother. You and Evil Squirrel and your plumbing sagas! That whole balancing the pot on a beam and calling it good standard of installing toilets makes me shudder!! I’m glad you didn’t have to bury anyone who had just sat down for a quiet read and some privacy too.

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  4. Our forty year old furnace was still technically working when we replaced it. But it was like having a dragon in the basement every time it started up! It was expensive as hell to replace (they found asbestos) but … so nice to get rid of the dragon.

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  5. Words of experience and wisdom.

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    • I keep thinking that if we hadn’t fixed the bathroom, someone would have died falling through the floor. It’s chilling. And we didn’t even know the problem existed.

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