eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 03:30:
Ps.: not sure that is called "welding" I dunno the correct English word for it.
"Soldering" would be the correct word to use here. (I too, like soldering)
And I agree with a lot that's been written so far.
It's actually an interesting topic, since I think a lot of the younger people get quite good about fixing larger mechanical components or doing plastering around the house, but as soon as something electronic goes wrong they dump it and buy a new one.
At the same time I think it's partially related to the need to tinker and the problem is that the "older" generation didn't have all the fun stuff so easily available and had to create a lot of thinks themselves.
All the "younger" gen would need is a smartphone and Google play or apple store to find something to do, so they are more likely to skip the part where you go around the house/great outdoors and actually have the create your own entertainment.
I'm generalizing a lot here of course for the sake of argument since I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions and it's one of those topics which each previous generation can talk about the new one.)
Personally, I had to start with fixing and creating my "fun", because I couldn't just get a new one so I think it gave a good starting platform. Almost everything is self taught due to whatever needs I had at the time and I suppose the "due it yourself" mentality is a great way to also challenge yourself.
I really like building stuff or having some kind of a project at hand, even if it's just about fixing the leaky toilet, changing brake pads on the car or soldering some broken contacts. Eventually it carries over to making a custom built focus rail (photo stuff) out of a stepper motor you found from a broken DVD-Rom other random parts.
So I think it's probably best if the "older" generation just tries to show or inspire the "younger" generation to tinker around a bit more and not get lost between all of those pre-built gadgets that are so easy to purchase these days.