April 27, 2012

Yeah, I can do that!

 

It’s been a tough week for lightbulbs in my house this week. First the lamp on my projection TV went out, then one of the tail lights on my car. Just the thought of calling a TV repairman or taking my car into the shop for something so minor makes me teeter on the edge of a cheapskate panic attack, so of course, I am taking care of these things myself. The tail light wasn’t so bad, it only involved removing a couple of screws. However, the TV makes me a little more nervous, as it is a new frontier for me. I was able to download the manual and if that is not enough, there is always YouTube if I need more instruction. YouTube is a great source of information for finding out how to do things. It’s where I learned how to put chains on my tires.

I credit my DIY confidence to untold hours in front of the TV watching Pippi Longstocking when I was a kid. My mom was/is also a big inspiration for me. When I was a kid, she was always fixing things around the house when they got broken, and with 3 boys in the house, something was ALWAYS getting broken. My mom didn’t mind if I borrowed her clothes, shoes, makeup, or CDs, but if I touched her toolbox, I’d be in big trouble if I didn’t didn’t put a tool back!

This weekend, when I fix the TV, I’ll probably be humming, “Pippi Pippi Longstocking hope and a hey and a hope sha-na…” and I will be thanking my mom for teaching me that I can do anything I set my mind to.



  • J12291

    Changing the bulb on your TV is pretty easy. We’ve had to change ours twice,once when it burned out and once when lightning too it out. We got out our owners manual and followed the directions. The part is around 150.00 so with no labor to pay, that’s a pretty cheap repair. Good luck Karen  :) )

    • J12291

      *took

  • Americanvin

    If it’s a Mitsubishi, the lamp is probably located in a compartment on the lower right corner. All you need is a Phillips to remove the cover, and the lamp is easily removed. Just be careful not to touch the bulb on the new lamp-the oil on your fingertips can cause it to overheat and burn out prematurely (you can wear latex gloves to prevent this)
    All the best, Karen!

    Vinnie Martinelli

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks for the tips, Vinnie!

  • Ranmel

    go get ‘em Tiger!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CarmenIrving1 Carmen Irving

    Oh how I loved Pippy Longstocking <3 Karen you are too cute <3 : – )

  • sandy

    I went to order the Newsweek subscription and when I entered the code it incdicated
    “Sorry, this offer code is either invalid or has expired.” Today is still April 29. So bummed!


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