Can I repair
this equipment or replace this part myself?
That is a question asked everyday and I will try
to give you some qualifications and confidence to help determine whether this is
something you should try or not.
My experience. I am always fascinated with how
things work. I will take almost anything apart, i.e. engines, bicycles,
printers, phones, automobiles, clocks, kids toys, cassette players, houses,
radios and much more. Sometimes because I thought the labor charges were high
but most of the time I knew that I would be able to perform the same service myself and
learn something useful in the process. I have excellent hand eye
coordination and my hands are very steady. Working with small and precise
instruments only requires me to be more accurate and careful. As my experience
grew I was able to accurately disassemble and reassemble extremely complex
mechanical / electro-mechanical instruments. While I find photographic
equipment challenging I never found it difficult.
Yes, sometimes I have broken parts when servicing
something and I learned from that.
I rarely use the word can't.
Useful guidelines for servicing your own equipment and my
experience in guiding others.
1) Anything can be taken apart. Skill
and care is required to reassemble the same.
2) Generally women have better hand/eye
coordination and more patience for working on small precise items.
3) The most common tools required are a
good quality Phillips screwdriver, small slotted screwdrivers and a pair of
4) Most damaged photographic equipment
requires broken parts to be removed and replaced.
5) You are the best judge of your