I Always Have To Know WHY Something Isn't Working Properly
January 10, 2012 6:59pm CST
I don't pretend to be an expert in electricals but I've often wondered if I'd be an electrician if I'd been born a boy. Mind you, I'm glad we don't have to change plugs anymore because I'd be frightened of blowing myself up. However, anything to do with CABLING i.e. connecting stuff up, I'm actually not too bad. Like I said, I'm no expert but I'm learning all the time. A case in point; our new telly and Sky+ HD box. Recently, I was noticing an annoying "lag" at the bottom of the screen, usually in motion scenes and it was so bad it was spoiling my enjoyment of programmes. John didn't notice it of course (or couldn't be bothered dealing with it) so I took the opportunity to delve further into the problem whilst he was at the snooker. Instead of moaning about the problem on Sky forums I decided to look at the troubleshooting guide on the Sky website. Sure enough there were instructions on there including the usual turning the appliances off at the mains then back on again after 3 minutes and checking the cables were securely installed. Upon doing the latter I noticed that one cable has gone into the RGB port in the TV. This was significant as the settings on the Sky box showed PAL. The instructions online showed me how to change the settings and.. BINGO! It's worked! I'm so pleased with myself. Who needs a man? (Only joking). Haha!
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11 Jan 12
Hi Janey.. There is always a way. Strange how your John isn't interested. I just got to find out how to put something right, if it's gone wrong. There is only one problem I haven't been able to find and that is the volume that comes from our Sky+ box. I often had to turn it right up on the TV and then when I switch it off at night, the TV comes on like full blast. I remember when we first had it there was a place to adjust the volume, then it updated and that facility seemed to be gone. It's not a problem, as long as I remember to turn the volume down before I switch off, or turn the TV off first. _Derek
• Garden Grove, California
11 Jan 12
hi janey its always so good as a woman to be able to fix something electronic or electric. I have learned how to reset the cable modem and router in case the electricity shuts down.I feel really proud not to have to call my son for things I can do myself.It is a liberating feelings to be able to repair something yourself.
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 12
It sure is. I'm good at fixing non-electrical things as well because I use my common sense. I had a Cif Bathroom Mousse (new one) and it wouldn't work because the top was broken. I still had the old one so I just prized the top off using a screwdriver and transferred it onto the new base. It worked first time! No way was I gonna waste a perfectly good tin of bathroom mousse. I've also fixed an ornamental dolphin my in-laws brought back from one of their cruises. The thing kept whizzing round instead of staying still so I took it apart..it was finicky tightening the screw underneath due to its location but I managed it. It's as good as new now.
• United States
13 Jan 12
Now I bet you feel real good. I know you do. But remember, sometimes with things like this, that seem to look complicated are just simple fixes. Now I know it could not have taken you to long to figure out. But, when you had your box installed I am assuming that the cable guy hooked it up. If so, he made the mistake. I know here where I am, some of those cable guys don't really want to do anything. They are not supposed to leave until the set or box works perfectly. Bravo to you on the fix.